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Technology, You may love it or hate it, but no one can operate a successful insurance agency without using technology effectively. This presentation explores new technologies that help insurance agents be more effective managers to grow their organizations. A few of the new technologies we will explore include document management, voice recognition software, Internet websites, productivity tools, just to name a few. All of these tools will help insurance agents prosper in a competitive world.

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<p>Cool Tools</p> <p>Cool Tools, Gadgets &amp; Gizmos</p> <p>Steve Anderson</p> <p>Technology Trend</p> <p>Communicate</p> <p>Collaborate</p> <p>Connect</p> <p>We are now at the dawn of a profound technology-driven transformation that will make the changes we have experienced over the past 25 years seem small and slow. </p> <p>We are about to transform how we sell, market, communicate, collaborate, innovate, watch TV, learn and, as you might guess, much more. </p> <p>Daniel Burrus -- January 2009 </p> <p>Everything is being transformed</p> <p>How agencies marketHow they sellHow they communicateHow they collaborate</p> <p>Why?WUSIWYG What you see is what you getNo technical expertiseSecuritySEO friendlyWhatCMS Content Management SystemImmediate updates &amp; changesThemesPlug-insSEO friendly</p> <p>5</p> <p>WordPress: Creating Web Sites</p> <p>WordPress</p> <p>WordPress.com</p> <p>9,200,000Limited ThemesNo PluginsFreeNo maintenanceNo controlNot for branding</p> <p>WordPress.org</p> <p>9,700,000Full theme supportAll plugins allowedMonthly expenseSite maintenanceFull controlOwn your own brand</p> <p>6</p> <p>7</p> <p>WordPress Site Examples</p> <p>SteveAnderson.comClientInformationSecurity.comAgencyUserReviews.comAtlantaInsuranceLive.com</p> <p>8</p> <p>SteveAnderson.com</p> <p>9</p> <p>ClientInformationSecurity.com</p> <p>10</p> <p>AgencyUserReviews.com</p> <p>11</p> <p>User Generated Reviews</p> <p>12</p> <p>AtlantaInsuranceLive.com</p> <p>13</p> <p>WordPress Steps to Start</p> <p>Find a HostDownloadInstallDesignStart posting</p> <p>14</p> <p>Voice Recognition</p> <p>Dragon Naturally Speaking v9 PreferredNuance.com</p> <p>Using video on your web site</p> <p>Personalize the siteCreate connectionProvide informationIts easier than you thinkIdeasClient testimonialsWeb site introductionKey benefits</p> <p>Create Custom Training</p> <p>New Employee OrientationNew Employee TrainingCustom Software TrainingVisual Procedure GuideClient Coverage Explanations</p> <p>Flip Video</p> <p>Video Creation Tools</p> <p>Screen ShotsSnagit (TechSmith.com) Example</p> <p>Web RecordingCamtasia (TechSmith.com)Captivate (Adobe.com)</p> <p>Live VideoMicrosoft MovieMaker (Microsoft.com)Visual Communicator v3 (Adobe.com)</p> <p>EyeJot</p> <p>www.eyejot.com</p> <p>Evernote</p> <p>Capture informationFrom web siteFrom emailFrom anyplace</p> <p>Multiple platformsDesktop applicationWebsite accessMobile device</p> <p>Find information easilyIndexedEasy searchSearch from any device</p> <p>Evernote</p> <p>Chrome Browser</p> <p>Google Voice</p> <p>E-mail Notice</p> <p>Google Alerts</p> <p>Google Local Business</p> <p>Google Docs</p> <p>Word processingSpreadsheetPresentation</p> <p>Google Docs</p> <p>Get started with templatesOnline document creation Sharing without managing attachmentsRevision historySearch toolsSecurity and privacyMobile access</p> <p>Google 411 - 800-GOOG-411(800-466-4411)</p> <p>Google Maps</p> <p>Maps.Google.comGoogle Mobile MapsLocate Me</p> <p>The World of Wikis</p> <p>Collaboration softwareTrust vs ControlIdeas for usingIntranetBusiness Plan TrackingNew Business &amp; Renewal ManagementClient Service managementProcedure ManualsChecklistsTo-do ListsCarrier InformationReference Information</p> <p>Wiki Software</p> <p>MediaWiki.orgMoinMoin.inGoogle Sites (formally JotSpot)PBWiki.comTiddlyWiki.com</p> <p>Multiple Monitors</p> <p>Increased Productivity for any agencyEssential for document managementIncrease productivity generallyEasy ROI</p> <p>"...our research shows that productivity gains for standard tasks, window management, office, switching between documents, you can get productivity gains with multi-monitor anywhere from 20 to 50 percent...Bill Gates</p> <p>34</p> <p>35</p> <p>Monitor Stands</p> <p>Laptop Solution </p> <p>Eye-Fi Photo &amp; Video uploads</p> <p>Make your camera wireless</p> <p>ProvideSupport.com</p> <p>eGrabber LeadResearcher</p> <p>50</p> <p>Find missing information$250 annualPro version allows lists</p> <p>51</p> <p>Gist.com</p> <p>Find information about peopleCan attach to Outlook</p> <p>52</p> <p>Tungle.com</p> <p>Manage meeting requestsIntegrates with OutlookMultiple people</p> <p>53</p> <p>54</p> <p>55</p> <p>56</p> <p>57</p> <p>58</p> <p>PDF Readers</p> <p>PDFill.comNuance.com PDF Creater Pro</p> <p>Using video on your web site</p> <p>Personalize the siteCreate connectionProvide informationIts easier than you thinkIdeasClient testimonialsWeb site introductionKey benefits</p> <p>Create Custom Training</p> <p>New Employee OrientationNew Employee TrainingCustom Software TrainingVisual Procedure GuideClient Coverage Explanations</p> <p>Flip Video</p> <p>Video Creation Tools</p> <p>Screen ShotsSnagit (TechSmith.com) Example</p> <p>Web RecordingCamtasia (TechSmith.com)Captivate (Adobe.com)</p> <p>Live VideoMicrosoft MovieMaker (Microsoft.com)Visual Communicator v3 (Adobe.com)</p> <p>Deliver large files</p> <p>SendThisFile.comYouSendIt.com</p> <p>Networking</p> <p>InsuranceCampus.org</p> <p>Firefox Prism</p> <p>Pigdom.com</p> <p>Livescribe</p> <p>www.livescribe.com</p> <p>Digital BooksReadabilityWhisperNetKeyboardDocumentDownload$350 or $489</p> <p>Amazon Kindle 2 or DX</p> <p>Online Postage</p> <p>70</p> <p>iPhone (Apple)</p> <p>Photographic Text Conversion</p> <p>OmniPage Pro v16 (www.nuance.com)</p> <p>ScanR.com</p> <p>Producer Productivity</p> <p>www.copytalk.com</p> <p>www.jott.com</p> <p>InstantEstimator.com</p> <p>Helping clients answer Should I file a claim?</p> <p>www.ActiveWords.com</p> <p>ActiveWords</p> <p>Tool to reduce number of keystrokes</p> <p>76</p> <p>Password Problems</p> <p>77</p> <p>Web Login Management</p> <p>www.roboform.com</p> <p>Pass2Go USB Key</p> <p>78</p> <p>Turn handwriting into a font</p> <p>Personal handwriting font - $150Personal printing font - $70Personal signature font - $30Custom logo font quote</p> <p>vLetter.com</p> <p>Sign up at: www.SteveAnderson.com</p> <p>Subscribe to Steve Andersons TechTips and receive one short, to the point tip per week on little known websites, software and hardware tools, and any other resources that will help agencies increase revenue or reduce expenses.</p> <p>80</p> <p>Steve Anderson </p> <p>The Anderson Network, Inc. PO Box 1546Franklin, TN 37065(615) 599-0085Steve@SteveAnderson.com</p> <p>81</p>