Man have I been busy for the last 8 days. It all started when my computer blew up... oh darn it isn't 8 days it's NINE! Nine whole days of pedal to the metal, playing catch up after a catastrophic disintegration of my hard drive. Which is the reason that I haven't been able to blog.
It could have been much worse... I could have lost all the data (which was backed up on Carbonite) but that isn't what happened. It was on MSFT's 'super Tuesday'. They upgraded my operating system automatically, something that I've let them do hundreds and hundreds of times. It seems that this time, it created a small problem. It stopped my DreamWeaver CS4 installation from being able to transfer files. That's not good for someone who makes there living creating and maintaining websites.
My solution was a simple one, simply undo the upgrade using the restore point that is automatically created when the upgrade happens. That didn't work at all. In fact what I got was a hard disk with an inoperable operating system on it. Two hours on the phone with Microsoft tech support (Indian call center of course) yielded only a couple of trips of the minute had around the clock face, nothing else.
So I spend the next couple of days purchasing a new 1TB drive, installing Vista and upgrading it to Service Pack 2, then the slow process of reinstalling all my applications. That wouldn't be so bad, if I didn't have crushing deadlines on 5 sites that were set to be live and advertised in a big email marketing campaign. I had to put my head down and start blasting out some work.
It also happens that at the same time I was implementing a very cool, all inclusive small business CRM/email marketing/customer follow-up system called Infusionsoft. You can get a free trial - but realistically, it is so complex and powerful you need to have a consultant set you up or you need to dedicate some serious time to learning what it can do and implementing it. I working on getting certified as a 'professional consultant' for the product so that I can offer help to my client base.
Now that you know what kept me away from posting, let me show you some of the stuff that I was doing for clients - here are the websites that I was building and connecting to Infusionsoft along with some description of what the websites are about:
Career Confidential [www.Career-Confidential.com] - this is the main 'hub' site for an ecommerce information site dedicated to providing help for jobseekers. The main page displays the featured products and there is page that collects email addresses in exchange for an insider report on carrying out a winning job search. There is a blog attached to the site as well as an affiliate program. The affiliate program is easy to sign up for and the payouts are pretty good - check it out.
How to Get Into Medical Sales System [www.HowToGetIntoMedicalSales.com] - this is a sales site that explains the benefits of a complete system dedicated to helping sales professionals from most any industry make the transition into medical sales. The system was put together by Peggy McKee, the Medical Sales Recruiter, leveraging her more than 20,000 hours of recruiting in the medical sales industry to give jobseekers the edge in their job search.
Medical Sales Audio Conferences [www.MedicalSalesAudioConferences.com] - this is a sales site that advertises medical sales audio conferences that have been hosted by Peggy McKee. The first of the products sold at the site is a set of two prerecorded conferences that total over 3 hours of insider advice covering a wide variety of topics revolving around medical sales.
The 30/60/90 Day Sales Plan w/ Audio Coaching [www.306090DaySalesPlan.com] - this is new sales page that explains the benefits of the 30/60/90 day sales plan in the interview process and offers templates along with 30 minutes of audio coaching.
The 30/60/90 Day Sales Plan Template Worksheets [www.306090DaySalesPlan.com] - this is new sales page that explains the benefits of the 30/60/90 day sales plan in the interview process along with template worksheets, priced more economically than the audio coaching version for people on a very tight budget.