Episode 15

This is a special edition of Mining the Store.  On September 27, 2008 I had the privilege of leading a session at Podcamp Ireland.  The one-day event was held at the Hotel Kilkenny (pictured) in the beautiful city of Kilkenny.  Episode 15 is a recording of the session.  I hope you enjoy it.

Our music is The Christmas Song by Calvin Owens and you can find it at the Podsafe Music Network.

Comments are always welcome and our contact information is listed to the left.

Direct download: Episode_15.mp3
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Episode 14

Episode 14-New Beginnings
Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses. This is Episode 14.  This episode’s contents:
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00:00  “Carol of the Bells” by Doug Astrop from the Podsafe Music Network.
01:17  Changes coming to Mine Your Own Business.  Tacony Corporation and the Mine Your Own Business blog.
05:08  My rules for life planning:  Do what you enjoy.  Do what you’re good at.  Set up multiple streams of income so you’re never dependent on any one person or company.
07:34  Google Docs is a great application even if it is AWOL tonight.
09:18  Antitrust laws.  The feds are serious.  There’s a good ebook on the subject from the Federal Trade Commission.  There’s a link to the free book at Mine Your Own Business.
11:28  If you’re in business, you need to be on LinkedIn.
10:45  Changes are coming to Mining the Store
17:20  Mining the Store is a member of the Blubrry Podcast Network.
Direct download: Episode_14.mp3
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Episode 13–Back from Ireland

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses. This is Episode 14.  This episode’s contents:

00:00  An audio clip from the hilarious movie classic, “Waking Ned Devine.”
01:00  Some thoughts from our trip to Ireland.
01:30  There are similarities between Irish and American culture and there are differences.  Has Ireland benefited from the exchange?
03:20  Two weeks on the Emerald Isle aren’t enough to see everything.
03:48  Podcamp Ireland.  Surprise, most of the people in my session were boomers.
05:30  Social media should be a tool that fits the task at hand.  Are we altering the task to fit the tool?
09:00  If you aren’t using Skype, you may be missing a real money-saving opportunity.
10:45  Changes are coming to Mining the Store
13:10  We need your comments to make MTS a real conversation.

Direct download: EPISODE_13.mp3

Mining the Store Episode 11

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses. This is Episode 11.
There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important. You can leave a comment here on the show notes page. Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com. If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.
Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.
My Twitter ID is michaelbuckley and you can also find me on Friendfeed.
Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network.
This time on Mining the Store

00:57 RIP Don LaFontaine and Jerry Reed
02:47 Google introduces it’s Chrome Browser. Is it just another browser, or the beginning of an Internet  revolution?
07:15 Google introduces Chrome with a comic book.
08:28 Unintended consequences of Chrome’s launch. 1. Read the terms of service. 2. Be aware of what’s being said about you on the web. 3. When something goes wrong, admit it and fix it right away whether you’re a multi-billion dollar company or a one person home-based business.
12:15 Watch what you say about politics in a business context.
14:40 If you must comment, at least be logical about it. Dumb statements will cause others to question your credibility in other areas.
16:38 Politics as marketing. How do you sell Dr. Pepper or Seven Up to a nation of cola drinkers?
20:10 Mike O’Laughlin is a pioneer in the use of web 2.0 to promote his business. The Irish Roots Cafe provides a lot of good stuff for anyone searching for their Irish ancestors.
21:34 Your favorite podcaster will lead a discussion at Podcamp Ireland on September 27.
22:27 If you know anything about Alpha Buckley who lived in Peru, IN back in the 1850’s, I’d love to hear from you.

Direct download: Episode_11.mp3
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Non-ticket Tickets

Yesterday we received our “travel documents” for our upcoming trip to Ireland.  I understand the economies and efficiencies that the airlines achieve by eliminating paper tickets, but there’s just something kind of unsatisfying about spending thousands of dollars for a trip and getting a couple of pieces of paper in an envelope.

It’s not so bad when you’re traveling on business, especially on someone else’s dime.  But for expensive personal travel, I’d really like something to hold in my hand.

Episode 9, Our First Remote

Episode 9 Our First Remote
Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 9.There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

My Twitter ID is michaelbuckley and you can also find me on Friendfeed.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

This time on Mining the Store

:50    Me whining about being hot.
1:25  Call for comments
1:48  Help a Reporter Out
You could be come famous or at least recognized for your expertise.
4:02  Would you fly an airline called Derrie-Air
People respond to creative advertising, even when the company’s made up.  Thanks to              Patrick  Byers at the Responsible Marketing blog.
6:00  Mark Cuban’s tax plan.  You’re going to like it.
7:34  Podcamp Ireland.  I’m going to camp.
9:25  Common Craft, computer stuff for dummies.
10:32 The Podcast Sisters
Krishna De
Anna Farmery
Heather Goringe

New and Improved

Welcome to the new look Mining the Store.  Obviously the appearance of the page has changed since we’ve moved it from our podcast host Libsyn over to WordPress.  I hope you like the change.

There another, more important change I want to point out.  The new site has no ads.  Ironically, I have John Chow to thank for that.  In case you don’t know, John Chow is the king of web site monetization.  He claims to make $27,000 per month from his sites, all from ads.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, if it’s what you want to do.  More power to him.  But after reading his white paper on how to make money, it occurred to me that that’s not what this blog/podcast is all about.  It’s about you making money and not about me making money.  How serious can you think I am about helping you if all you see are ads?

Right now MTS is a labor of love.  I have a full time job and a part-time ministry, so it’s something I do nights and weekends and sometimes at lunch time.  I don’t need to make money here, so why try if it dilutes or takes away from the content.

I will continue to recommend products and services if I believe they can help you make more money in your business.  On the chance that someone wants to give me something free in exchange for a review, I’ll always let you know that, but I won’t let it influence what I say.  If I give you a link to a book on Amazon.com, it’s there for your convenience.  Personally I think you should buy your books at your local book store.

Finally, I’m 59 years old.  I do expect to give up the nine to five grind at some time in the not-too-distant future.  When that happens, then the economics of this operation will surely change.  I will be looking for some new income streams.  What that will look like, only God knows, and He’s not telling.

As always, thank you for visiting and I hope you keep coming back.  It also wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you told your friends.  I will be adding links to del.icio.us, digg, twitter, etc in the near future. (As soon as I figure out how.)  Meanwhile, if you have the social bookmarking buttons on your browser, I’d appreciate it if you’d Stumble and digg us.

This project has taken a little longer than I expected it to, so the 7/15 podcast is a little late.  Don’t despair, I expect to have it up tonight or tommorrow.

Episode 6

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 5.

There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

Our music is called “Shenandoah” and it’s by Larry Allen Brown from the Garage Band web site, find it here.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

Happy Father’s Day!

1:50  The long-awaited Firefox version 3.0 will be available this coming Tuesday, June 17.  They hope to set a world record for the most copies of software downloaded in one day.  The new version is said to be more secure, faster, and less of a memory hog.  There are other new features as well.

4:17  LifeClever offers a list of ten free on-line photo editing applications.  We tried one, Splashup, and it worked pretty well.

5:35  High gas prices, the economy, the Internet, and small business.

10:00 Question of the week.  Do your loved ones take your on-line work seriously?  If not, how do you deal with it?  Let’s talk about it.

Direct download: Episode_6.mp3

Episode 5

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 5.

There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

Our music is called “Shenandoah” and it’s by Larry Allen Brown from the Garage Band web site, find it here.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

2:04   Harvey Korman
2:45   Missouri Department of Revenue–How not to do customer service.
6:57   78 million Baby boomers are a diverse group.
US boomers range in age from 44 to 62
They ARE on the internet
44% of internet users age 50+ have broadband service
They use the web for a variety of purposes.
If you’re not reaching out to boomers, you’re missing business.
10:45 Contact me on Twitter and Facebook.
http://twitter.com/michaelbuckley
11:16 Anna Farmery–Healthy Business Relationships
http://www.theengagingbrand.typepad.com
12:23 More Anna–The Engaging Brand Episode 167, Joe Medina
Brain Rules
13:12 Minor League Baseball, the Gateway Grizzlies, and good marketing.
16:34 Donna Papacosta–Adding time codes to show notes
http://trafcom.typepad.com/blog/

Direct download: Episode_5.mp3

Episode 3

Welcome to Mining the Store, the podcast for small business owners who want to mine more gold from their businesses.  This is Episode 3.

There’s no “I” in podcast, so your comments are very important.  You can leave a comment here on the show notes page.  Or, you can email your comment to mike@miningthestore.com.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment, you can attach an mp3 file to your email.

Skype users can leave an audio comment at mike.buckley3.

Our music is called “Shenandoah” and it’s by Larry Allen Brown from the Garage Band web site, find it here.

Mining the Store is a member of the blubrry podcast network, http://www.blubrry.com.

According to my wife, I should lighten up, so welcome to Mining the Store Lite–half the fat and calories of our regular podcast with all the flavor.

Looking for great free software?  Here are two “best of” links.  PC Magazine’s “Best Free Software” and CNET’s “Webware 100“.

Results of our field trip to Branson, MO, the “live entertainment capital of the United States.”

Could your keyboard be 500 times dirtier than your toilet seat?  The BBC says yes.

MTS finally gets into Twitter.  It’s a lot more than we thought it was.

Check out what I do at my day job at the Mine Your Own Business blog.

Direct download: Episode_3.mp3
Category: podcasts — posted at: 12:14 AM

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