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Archive for February 2008

Episode 16 – Bits du Jour

This week, we will talk with the president of a company who offers a referral program – with a twist. We will find out how we can profit from advertising software – and possibly other computer related products and services on our site in a commission based format that is seamless, sticky, transparent, and doesn’t compete with our sites.

TechPodcasts Promo Tag :10
Intro 1:18
Billboard 2:36

News and Comment segment 5:11
Toshiba suspended production of HD-DVD players last week and officially announced it would end sales of the format at the end of March.

Wal-Mart plans to sell through existing HD-DVD stock and will place a greater emphasis on selling only standard DVD formats and Blu-Ray during the next 30 days.

The Force Field is conducting a Trivia Contest during the months of February and March. If you are a regular listener of The Force Field podcast, you now have the chance to take your knowledge of the show and win prizes! All you have to do is listen to the podcast, log into The Force Field web site at theforcefield.net, click on The Force Field Podcast Trivia Contest link on the right sidebar and answer the ten trivia questions. If you answer all ten questions correctly you will be entered into a drawing to win a 1GB USB flash drive or an Nvidia partnerForce T-shirt! Enter The Force Field podcast Trivia Contest today and win! Contest ends March 31, 2008.

Small Business Computing.com released announced the winners of the 2008 Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Awards this month. In the collaboration category, the winner was GoToMeeting. Try GotoMeeting free for 30 days! For this special offer, visit www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Microsoft released a list of applications that will not work with Windows Vista Service Pack 1, due for release in March. In an article published on its web site February 22, Microsoft listed a dozen applications that had what it termed “compatibility problems” and would be blocked for “reliability reasons”.

Commercial Break 1:00
Totally Cool Tech Podcast Promo :30

Caffination Podcast promo :30

Intro to Interview 2:08
If you own and operate your own web site as part of your business you are likely searching for a way to maximize the valuable real estate on your site to monetize or otherwise profit from it. One of the most universally accepted practices of generating revenue from your web site is the lease or rent of that space on your pages to advertisers and commission based banner or link referral programs.

Nico Westerdale, president of a company called Iconico, Inc. offers a referral program that is different from all others. It is sticky, transparent and offers generous commissions for every item sold.

This week we’re going to talk to Nico and find out what his referral program is, how it works and how we can use it to both sell software from other vendors – and possibly our own services in a new referral program called Bits du Jour.

Nico Westerdale Interview 13:55

Wrap up and Close :46

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Episode 15 – The One Stop Shop

This week we talk to a provider and learn how we can specialize and still be the primary source of products and services for our customers.

TechPodcasts Promo Tag :10
Intro 1:19
Billboard 1:37

News and Comment segment 4:22
SCO announced a plan to use a $100 million cash investment to pull the company out of bankruptcy and go private. For many in the Linux world, this means SCO has risen from the dead for one more fright like the monster in a B horror movie.

The Force Field is conducting a Trivia Contest during the months of February and March. If you are a regular listener of The Force Field podcast, you now have the chance to take your knowledge of the show and win prizes! All you have to do is listen to the podcast, log into The Force Field web site at theforcefield.net, click on The Force Field Podcast Trivia Contest link on the right sidebar and answer the ten trivia questions. If you answer all ten questions correctly you will be entered into a drawing to win a 1GB USB flash drive or an Nvidia partnerForce T-shirt! Enter The Force Field podcast Trivia Contest today and win! Contest ends March 31, 2008.

When I hold a meeting with our team of administrators on theforcefield.net, we need the ability to share our thoughts, ideas, and plans for The Force Field web portal both audibly and visually in real time. To accomplish this, we use GoToMeeting.Try GotoMeeting free for 30 days! For this special offer, visit www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts.

Microsoft announced a bid to buy Yahoo! February 1st. Yahoo! Initially rejected the offer but according to an article in The New York Post their board is now split on it, with some board members in favor of the purchase and Yahoo! CEO Jerry Yang and other board members against it. If the purchase is ultimately approved it would put both companies in a better position to compete with Google.

Commercial Break 1:00
Totally Cool Tech Podcast Promo :30

Caffination Podcast promo :30

Intro to Interview 1:5
If you offer IT solutions you know that it is difficult, if not impossible to have all the answers for all the questions from every one of your customers. Yet it is expected. The question is, do you want to know a lot about a few things or do you want to know a little about everything? Do you want sell and support a few products and services to your customers or offer an entire suite of solutions?

One Provider who does both is Todd Hughes, and he thinks you can too – by networking with your competitors.

This week we’re going to talk to Todd and learn how we can both specialize and diversify our portfolios of products and services to meet the needs of our customers and profit from it all. We will learn how to collaborate with our competitors to be both a specialist and a general service provider and create our niche in the IT industry as The One Stop Shop.

Todd Hughes Interview 18:48

Wrap up and Close :46

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