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SMBTN Offers E-Newsletters to Chapters March 4, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Chapters.
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The SMB Technology Network recently completed beta testing on its e-newsletter service for affiliated SMBTN chapters. For years, SMBTN has attempted to find a good way to help our chapters distribute news and information about their chapter to their membership but we could never quite get it right. It looks like those days are gone.

Here is how the program works:

  • SMBTN will create a Chapter site on its Sharepoint portal for the affiliated chapter. The chapter can brand it with its own name and logo or use the default design. We will similarly customize the newsletter template for the chapter to include the chapter name, meeting details, links and other information.
  • Each Chapter Site will be integrated int the SMBTN Community Toolbar
  • The SMBTN Chapter Leader will be granted control over most elements of the site to permit customization, etc.
  • Each Chapter site comes with its own blog and wiki. Blog entries will atomatically be posted as articles in the chapter’s newsletter and e-mailed out on a weekly or monthly basis. If nothing new is posted then nothing will be mailed out. To view a sample newsletter, click here.

That’s all there is to it. Simple, efficient communication with your members at no cost to you. All you do is post to the blog and the system takes care of the rest. Chapter members may subscribe to the newsletter from the portal site and access newsletter archives. Note also that you do not need to be a member of SMBTN to sign up to receive these newsletters.

If you are an affiliated chapter that is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, please contact SMBTN Member Services, as we will be implementing these sites and newsletters on a first come, first served basis until all the sites are up and running.

We welcome your feedback.


SBS Community Search Added to SMBTN Toolbar March 3, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in SBS, SBS2003, SBS2008, Tools.
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SMBTN ToolbarTired of searching the Internet for a solution to an SBS issue that you know you saw on a favorite blog, forum or website? If so, you may want to try out the new SBS Community Search function in the SMBTN Community Toolbar. It searches over over 20 Small Business Server blogs, forums and websites for solutions to the problems that you are facing today. Just enter your search term into the search  box and select “SBS Community Search” from the dropdown list of available searches and your done. No annoying ads either.

We hope you find this feature useful as we plan to add other community search options to future releases of the toolbar. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to post a comment.

10 Reasons to Try the SMBTN Community Toolbar March 2, 2009

Posted by Jim Locke in Tools.
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Over the past several months, we have spent a great deal of time developing our SMBTN Community Toolbar. We have worked hard to make sure that it could be of value to all SMB IT professionals and service providers. Here are just 10 great reasons to give it a try:

  1. Unifies sites, custom search engines, news feeds, and podcasts into an easy-to-use, central interface
  2. Unified access to all SMBTN Communities, Social Networks, Forums, etc.
  3. Custom SBS Community Search engine searches popular community blogs to assist you with issues
  4. Central chat room for users that have the toolbar installed
  5. Links to popular online tools (like EventID, DNS Reports), as well as, industry knowledgebases
  6. Links to SMBTN Partners like Trend Micro, e-Folder, LogMeIn, Speakeasy and many more…
  7. Links to Warranty Lookup tools for Dell, HP, and IBM
  8. Access to SMB newsfeeds from SMBTN and ChannelPro SMB
  9. Access to popular SMB podcasts from Karl Palachuk, Eriq Neale, Stuart Crawford and others
  10. Built-in Autotask integration permits you to lookup everything from clients and contacts to tickets

We know the last thing you need is some worthless toolbar to further clutter up your Internet Explorer or Firefox which is why we have spent so much time on this tool to make sure that you find it valuable. That’s why we have received rave reviews on it from people like Amy Babinchak, Erick Simpson and our good friend Karl Palachuk. Of course, we’re interested in your comments, as well. So please feel free to post any likes, dislikes or ideas you have for the toolbar here. We will do our best to incorporate popular suggestions into future releases of our toolbar.

New Release of SMBTN Community Toolbar December 9, 2008

Posted by Jim Locke in Benefits, SMBTN, Tools.
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We have made a new release of the SMBTN Community Toolbar available for download. This release includes additional tools, resources and partner programs and adds Autotask integration, messaging, and SMB podcasts from a variety of sources. The toolbar is only a week old and is already getting quite a few hits.

We are seeking feedback and suggestions about the toolbar and hope that you will find it to be a valuable resource.