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Audio in marketing can be extremely effective when done right. Listening to a recording of something is often much more compelling than reading it. Many people learn better by listening and find it easier to focus.
However, there’s a right and wrong way to do it. You obviously don’t want to have one of those sites that blast music when someone visits it. That will probably do more harm than good. Here are 10 tips to use audio Read More→
I was browsing around on Amazon and saw a few items I thought you might be interested in, especially if you are planning to do any recording, podcasting, teleseminars or webinars. Also, if you are into photography or taking images for social media, there is a good deal on a 16MP digital camera by Nikon (I just bought this and I love it). I’ve linked them to my Business Needs page (they’re all in the third row) so all you have to do is click on them to check them out in more detail.
Olympus VN-702PC voice recorder for just over $50. From what I’ve seen, this is a great price for all these features which include:
- Weighs under 3 ounces and measures 4.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches.
- Features a large LCD screen and built-in stand, 2 GB of internal memory, and microSD memory card compatibility which lets you easily capture high-quality audio.
- Enables you to download your files via USB and records in both MP3 and WMA formats.
- Gives you 823 hours of recording time and 2 GB of internal memory so you can dictate notes and documents, capture lectures, etc., and still have plenty of room to store documents.
- The device also features a microSD slot with the potential to hold up to 32 GB of additional memory.
- Built-in stand on the back of the body designed to reduce noise from the surface when the recorder is placed on the table. It works like a kickstand and allows users to read the menu without having to look down at the recorder.
- USB connectivity enables fast file transfers to your PC, as well as storage for e-mailing.
- The Calendar Search Function allows you to easily search your files by date and play them back with ease.
- Voice Activation saves time and energy by allowing you to start and stop the recording hands-free.
- And, even better for your transcriptionist (hopefully that’s me), wherever you are–whether in a conference room, large hall, or at home–the microphones will automatically adjust to capture the best sound depending on your setting.
Blue Snowball Plug-and-Play USB Microphone with Studio headphones and microphone pop filter for about $90. This gives you studio quality recordings and exceptional sound-capture quality. The Snowball produces crisp, clean recordings that are free of feedback and distortion. A unique pattern switch allows you to toggle between three different settings, giving you the flexibility to record vocals, instrumental music, podcasts, interviews, hearings, depositions, and more. With a plug-and-play design that is both Mac and PC compatible, the Snowball requires no additional drivers and is ready to record straight out of the box.
Norton 360 2013 Premier (1 user/3 PCs) for only $29.99. This is a real deal! I have used Norton for several years for my computer security and I paid more than this on sale early this winter. This provides a single, comprehensive solution that protects you from threats, guards your files against loss, and optimizes your PC’s performance. It lets you share, surf, shop, bank, and socialize online without downloading threats, getting ripped off, or having your passwords and identity stolen. Automatically backs up your files-so you don’t have to remember to do it-without getting in your way. Cleans up and tunes up your PC to keep it running fast and trouble-free. Protects without slowing you down or getting in your way.
Nikon COOLPIX S6300 16 MP digital camera for $126.95. As I said above, this is a great little camera (I have the blue one and I used it to take the Snowball picture at the top of this post) which features:
- 16.0 Megapixel CMOS sensor
- 10x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens
- 2.7-inch bright LCD display
- Full HD (1080p) Movies with Stereo Sound
- Comes in four colors to choose from
Hope you found a new gadget for your office! Take care.
So you just held your first teleconference, interview, podcast or webinar OR maybe you have a lot of audio files built up but they are just sitting in a database doing nothing. Your VA (Virtual Assistant) can edit your audios into products, podcasts or maybe an online radio program. Most audios just need a nice intro/outro (music) and slight editing. Then you can sell these audios on your website.
Maybe you just want to have the audio file(s) turned into a Word or PDF document so you can use that content in an e-book, report, articles or blog posts for your website . You don’t have the time, expertise or equipment to do it yourself — what do you do? Let your VA transcribe it for you!
There are many benefits to transcribing your files. You can pass the transcribed file on to your listeners (as a freebie, added benefit or at an extra charge) or to the ones who couldn’t make it to the teleconference. You could package it with the audio and sell it as an info product.
You can also utilize bits and pieces of the transcribed document as blog posts on your website or create articles you can submit to article directories. You can create an e-book with some of this material to sell on Amazon for use on a Kindle e-reader (one of the hottest technology products today).
Things to know:
- Decide which format you want the final product in and share it with your VA; i.e., Word or PDF.
- Decide how you want the spacing and other formatting
- House your audios in one place like Audio Acrobat. You should do this so as not to accrue bandwidth fees on your hosting.
Word Processing Plus specializes in transcription. Just email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Many people these days are creating videos to put on YouTube or on their website. If you’re not used to speaking on camera, this can be more difficult than it seems. That’s why professionals, even the president at times, use teleprompters. Instead of trying to memorize or remember what you want to say, you can just read it.
There is a program you can use that works just as well as an actual teleprompter. With uPrompt you just load up your script and you’re set to start. You can control script speed, direction and more. The font can be adjusted for easy readability. You’ll be ready to record in no time.
There are free and paid versions of uPrompt. For the first 30 days, the free version is a trial of the paid version. After 30 days it reverts to a version with less functions.
Another option is CuePrompter. It’s a free teleprompter/autocue service. Your browser works like a teleprompter -no extra software needed.
Your iPad isn’t just limited to word processing and web surfing. You can turn it into a product creation machine as well by using it as a way to record audio. Now you can create a podcast, audio course or seminar wherever you are, without toting along your laptop or other equipment. While the internal microphone won’t give the same sound quality as a $100 external mike, it can get the job done when you’re traveling light.
Before choosing an audio recording app, ask yourself the following questions:
- What am I going to use the audio for? Is it for products, for updating my blog, for podcasts?
- In what file format do I need to be able to export my audios?
- Do I want to send directly to iTunes?
- Do I want to use just what comes with my iPad, or do I want to plug in an external microphone?
- Do I want to be able to edit my recordings or just record and send?
- How long will my recordings be? Less than five minutes or significantly longer?
- How much time do I want to invest in learning the software?
Once you’ve answered those questions, there’s a selection of audio recording and editing software for you to check out:
- VC Audio Pro. ($5.99 from the App Store.) This app is self-described as “a recording studio in the palm of your hand.” It enables audio recording and editing on the iPad (and on the iPhone and iPod Touch as well). You record with an external microphone that you plug into the headphone jack. Then save and upload to your preferred site for podcasting, products, audio blogs, and more, as .WAV or M4A formats. CBS has used VC Audio Pro for professional-level broadcasts; however, reviews on this app are mixed.
- AudioBoo. (Free.) This is an app that lets you record and share your voice or audio recordings of up to 5 minutes, and post to your account on the Web, and then share via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. While it’s not great for paid products, it could be perfect for quick audio updates to your followers. It’s more of a social networking app than a product creation app.
- AudioMemos2. ($0.99) The Voice Recorder offers a simple, easy-to-navigate interface to record audio and export it via iTunes. There are a number of add-ons, such as voice activation, recording compression, and trim recordings that will make your podcasts or audio blogs even more professional.