Microsoft Photo Apps Updates and How Your Agency Can Use Them

Pictures and videos are great tools to use when you are trying to explain difficult concepts or show property and location information. Just about every outside producer now carries a smartphone with a camera and video capability. In addition to the built-in camera and video capability of your smartphone, there is also a myriad of third-party apps that extend your phone’s camera capability.

I have been using the Microsoft Pix app for a while. It is very capable, and Microsoft continues to expand and develop the program. It is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can read more about its capabilities in a prior TechTips here.

Microsoft has recently updated the Pix app with an exciting new feature. 

How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows

I am a keyboard guy. I realize the mouse has its place, but the more I can keep my hands on the keyboard by using shortcuts, the faster I can get things done.

keyboard shortcut

I recently discovered (unfortunately, it has been around a while) a way to create custom keyboard shortcuts that will launch Windows application shortcuts without using a mouse. Allow me to explain.

“Faster Information Creates More Value”
by Joey Giangola with Steve Anderson

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Agency Nation Radio
January 19, 2018

The stuff we need to know needs to move faster.

The slower it moves the more time someone has to think about going somewhere else.

Right now we’re giving them a long time to think about it.

The more speed our information has the more value it picks up a long the way.

That’s what Steve Anderson and I talk about as he shares his thoughts on what keeps slowing it down.

How to Copy and Paste Just the Text

Copy and paste. It is a simple function that we perform many times during the day. I doubt you even think about it much.

copy and paste

Until, that is, the text you paste into another document comes with all the formatting and underlying code that you then have to take time to strip out.

The problem is when you copy text from a website page or other document, in addition to the visible text, you are also copying the underlying code for that text. The code could include the font description as well as text attributes like bold, underline, and italics. Most of the time I do not want these other attributes; I am looking just for the text.

There are a couple of ways to make sure that when you paste the copied text, you get just the text.

LinkedIn ProFinder: Another Way to Find Quality Prospects

I suspect you have never heard of LinkedIn’s ProFinder platform.

LinkedIn Profinder

It is LinkedIn’s professional services marketplace that helps people looking for services find the best freelance or independent professionals in their area. It is currently only available in the U.S. and within specific service categories. Fortunately, Insurance is one of the categories included.

Any individual on LinkedIn can request more information including a request for proposal from professionals who have a ProFinder profile. The ProFinder profile is in addition to your standard LinkedIn profile, although it does include some shared information. Making sure you have a fully complete profile is a crucial step to getting opportunities, as it’s one of the first things potential clients will see.