You know those “push” notifications you get on your phone and on your computer? The ones that pop up that you cannot ignore?
Image having the ability to send out push notifications from your own website — such as every time you publish a new blog post.
That is what Roost enables. When you install it on your site, visitors will have the chance to opt-in to receive push notifications from you. Currently, Roost only supports the Safari browser in OS Mavericks, but they are adding support for Chrome and Firefox push notifications soon.
After your notifications go out, if someone misses it, it will remain in their Notifications center until they clear it.
You can set up Roost to automatically send a push notification when you publish a new post. Or you can login to Roost and send a notification anytime.
Cost: Free for 100,000 web push notifications/month; premium option of $29/month for 1 million notifications, plus the ability to send geo-targeted messages to your audience
Love fonts? Then FontFaceNinja will be your new best friend online.
It let’s you find and download fonts you like on any website! It’s free to download fonts, but the site encourages everyone to buy fonts they like. They are building a blacklist for licensed fonts.
To use FontFaceNinja, you install a browser extension that allows you to identify the font used on a website. It gives you the name, size and also the line spacing of the font. The plugin lets you hide any pictures to focus on fonts against a blank background.
Cost: Free bookmarklet and extensions for Chrome and Safari
If you have ever thought about starting your own business (or know someone who is considering it), I hope Go For Launch will become a favorite resource. It is my newest venture, inspired by both my successes and failures as an entrepreneur.
I think the time is right for more real-world resources and educational tools about what it takes to start and grow a successful business. Every month in the U.S. alone, there are more than 500,000 new businesses started! That is a lot of people seeking advice! What’s more, every day for the next 15 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65. Many of them will undoubtedly be forced (or finally freed) to turn their passion and knowledge into a new profession.
To learn more about what’s coming, visit Go For Launch. Sign up to get a free copy of my new ebook, 7 Steps To Start A Business The Right Way. And make sure to friend and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
The name Go For Launch comes from the classic scene in the movie Apollo 13, when the mission commander counts down to the fateful launch. The idea that there are checklists for the most complicated things on earth (in this case, rocket science) propelled me to begin distilling the process of starting a business into simple information and empowering courses.
Houston, we are go for launch!
There are plenty of “live chat” solutions you can add to your websites. However, I came across Firehose Chat recently and fell in love with it.
It features a familiar looking on-site chat paired with an SMS-like app that makes it super convenient to respond to visitors on your site from anywhere. When someone is on your site and “chats” you a question, you’ll get it as a push notification.
You can set “do not disturb” hours, and with the paid version add multiple team members and save chat histories.
Currently, Firehose Chat offers a native Mac app, an iPhone app and an Android app in beta.
Cost: Free version with limited functionality; paid upgrade for $3.99-$6.99 per month (depending on whether you pay monthly, quarterly, biannually or annually)
Use Discoverly to see any mutual Facebook friends you have with your LinkedIn connections (or potential connections).
After you connect Discoverly with your LinkedIn account and install a Chrome extension, you will see a little icon next to a connection’s photo. Hover over that graphic to view any mutual Facebook friends. This can be a great thing to mention when you first reach out to someone on LinkedIn, or better yet see if someone you both know from Facebook might be willing to make a personal introduction.
It also works with Twitter (look for the icon next to the person’s name when you are on their page on the main Twitter site).
Nomad is my new favorite company that makes portable smartphone charging cables. I hate carrying around a bunch of cords! Theirs, however, are small, especially their keychain lightning/USB connector for iPhones.
Check out the full Nomad product line (you will get 20% off your offer using my affiliate link).
FileThis a service that goes out and grabs documents from your various online accounts and stores them in one place. For example, it can automatically retrieve your online statements, bills and other documents from companies like American Express, Chase, Amazon, and many more, saving you time from logging into the sites individually or hunting down email receipts. Choose whether you want to store these securely at FileThis, send them to your PC or to another preferred cloud storage provider such as Evernote, Box, Dropbox or Google Drive.
This is a great idea, especially for bookkeeping purposes for small businesses.
Cost: Free (up to six connections); premium versions for $2 or $5/month.
Do you have an incredible idea for a new product or service? A “game changer?” Really? How do you know anyone will actually buy that?
Quick MVP will put your idea to the test. It let’s you to create a quick landing page, with no coding involved. The landing page comes with built-in tracking and goal setting to help validate your idea with potential customers.
But it’s more than just a landing page; it also integrates directly with Google AdWords. This allows you to start testing ads with keywords related to your concept. In other words, you can drive traffic to your landing page and use it to gauge interest.
You do not even need a Google AdWords account—you can use QuickMVP’s “house” account behind the scenes.
Cost: $30/month (with an initial 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied); in addition, you pay whatever your budget allows for the Google AdWords spend
Have you ever run across a WordPress-based website and wished you could find out what theme it was using?
WhatTheme does this. Just type in the site’s address, and if there’s information about the site’s theme, it will appear on screen. If not, sign up for an email alert if WhatTheme can find it.
Plain old physical whiteboards are OK…but the information captured on them during a meetings is fleeting. Even if you take a picture of the board, it’s not terribly useful later.
What if you could create a collaborative online whiteboard instead? That’s the premise of Murally. It’s a cloud-based, interactive board. Murally allows people to create and share “murals” that can include virtual sticky notes, images, YouTube videos, documents and links. With the free version, up to 50 people can collaborate on two murals.
Cost: Free/$29/$149/month (discounts available for students and teachers)