Category Archives: technology tips

7 Apps You Can’t Live Without

We all rely on apps to make business and personal life more efficient.

In an effort to help make all of your lives easier, we reached out to our past clients and asked what apps they cannot live without. Here’s what they come up with:

Cozi – Helps families stay organized. Allows multiple family members to manage appointments and schedules with one account, as well as organize and update shopping and to-do lists. We personally use this and it rocks.

DarkSky – Predicts down to the minute weather conditions at your exact location.

Dropbox – Keeps your files safe and allows you to easily share photos, docs and videos.

Lastpass – Password manager. Saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.

TripAdvisor – Read reviews on hotels, restaurants, a must have when traveling.

True Caller – Identify missed calls, avoid telemarketers,  and keep current contact’s information up-to-date.

Waze – Nothing is worse than getting stuck in traffic. This app gets information from real drivers and will track real time traffic.

Did we miss a great app?  Let us know and we’ll be sure to include it in future posts.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

The above information is compliments of The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. They specialize in Solon luxury homes, relocation, and first-time buyers.

They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or 216-403-9189 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

The Schumans service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Aurora, Bainbridge, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Woodmere. We would be happy to refer you to a qualified agent if you are buying in an area that we do not service.

7 Apps You Can’t Live Without is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent.©September, 2015

How To Take A Picture Of Your Computer Screen

We love sharing great technology tools with our readers and today, we wanted to show you an easy way to take a picture of what you see on your computer screen and even turn it into a video.

The tool is call Jing® and can easily be uploaded to your computer.   It is free, with an upgraded version that costs only $15 ( well worth it ).  There is even a tutorial to show you how to use it.

IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION

Here are a few examples of how you can use this tool to increase your levels of communication:

1.     Add a visual to a blog post.

2.     Communicate information to a client:

Jing - great communication tool

3.    Share information on Twitter or Facebook

TURN SCREEN SHOTS INTO VIDEO

Another great use of the Jing®  program is turning a picture into a video.  Here is a picture of a market report that I turned into a video, and it took me less than 5 minutes from start to finish.  It even allowed me to automatically upload it to YouTube.

So, if you want an easy way to share information with people, give this tool a try.  It is simple to use and will add a little spice to your daily communication with others. Plus, people will think you’re cool for knowing all the latest hip technology, at least that’s why I use it:)

Please Share With Your Sphere

If you enjoyed this article, I would greatly appreciate if you could share  it with your sphere by using the buttons below or at the side.  Sharing helpful information is a great way to build credibility and relationships with your friends and contacts, so share and re-tweet away!

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna. They are Solon residents and can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.com.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

How To Take A Picture Of Your Computer Screen is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©February,2011

Technology Tips – Easy Way To Increase Your Website’s Ranking

If you have a website, here’s a great tool that allows you to grade your site, and offers tips on improving it, and it’s all FREE. You can check it out at www.websitegrader.com . Regardless of how your site grades ( out of 100 ), there are a few things that you can easily do that may help you boost your score, and hopefully drive more business your way.

Here is an example of what it looks like, using our personal real estate website, www.schumanteam.com . Overall, we scored pretty well, but could still refine a few things to make it even better.

 

 

While we suggest that you actually spend a few minutes by plugging your site into this grader, here are a few quick tips that we picked up and will share with you that may make a difference in your rankings.

1. Domain info – check your expiration date! If it expires in less than a year, search engines may see it as a lack of commitment to your domain or even view your site as spam.

2. Add links to your social media accounts.

3. Evaluate your readability level – define your ideal client and make sure you are writing to attract that person.  

4. Check your inbound links – More links to your site help increase your search engine rankings.

5. Add a blog.

If you have a blog,  make sure you at least put a link to it on your site. There’s also a handy tool to grade your blog as well  http://blog.grader.com/  . If you don’t have a blog, you may want to consider starting one. They are fairly inexpensive, easy to operate, and consumers love reading them.

Another great use for this grader is to be able to check out your main competitors to see how they are doing. You can plug any website into this tool, so everyone is fair game. Maybe your competition is doing something great that you aren’t doing.

Overall, there are some easy ways to help your website, so check out this great tool and hopefully your grade will increase.

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About The Authors

The above information pertaining to Cleveland Real Estate News was provided by The Schuman Team, Amy and Dan, of Howard Hanna.  They can be reached at 216-346-3235 or via email, danschuman@howardhanna.com or amyschuman@howardhanna.

We service the following Cleveland area suburbs: Bainbridge, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bentleyville, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, Highland Heights, Hunting Valley, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Moreland Hills, Oakwood Village, Orange, Pepper Pike, Shaker Heights, Solon, South Euclid, University Heights, Westlake, Woodmere.

Technology Tips – Easy Way To Increase Your Website’s Ranking  is the property of The Schuman Team and may not be duplicated or used without their written consent. ©October,2010