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What’s New in the March 2014 Release

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At Grovo we work very hard to continuously improve and release features that have both immediate and long-term benefits.  Now Grovo for Teams is more powerful than ever and offers complete control on how people interact with and train users.

The most significant change is in how users are administered quizzes and examinations.  In the past the only option was the default – each lesson concluded with a quiz.

But what about users that may already possess a base knowledge of a particular product or discipline?  Or if a comprehensive examination is more appropriate?

As part of the new admin experience you are now able to control the assessment for users with the following options:

  • Quizzes (default) – Users are given relevant quiz questions immediately after watching each lesson

  • Placement Test – Placement Tests are designed to determine specific knowledge or proficiency in various learning tracks for the purpose of proper assignment. Only the questions the user answered incorrectly are reviewed

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  • Certification Test – The Certification Test is available after all lessons in a learning track have been watched and is comprehensive in nature.

This greater level of control will benefit both the administrators as well as the user experience.  While these are the major upgrades, there are many more to be discovered.  Login or Sign Up and let us know what you think!

 

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Facebook Paper Is Here and It’s Gorgeous

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Facebook’s newest creation, Paper, has arrived, and it looks fantastic. This app is so beautiful and easy to use that it just might become your go-to news source.

You can check out stories from your Facebook news feed, alongside top headlines, science news, sports stories, and anything else you’re interested in, all in one smooth, clean interface, with no distractions. You can even share these stories with Facebook friends without leaving the app.

We’ve created these videos to show you how to get the most out of Paper right away. Each video is only about a minute long, so you can breeze through all of them on your coffee break and start using Paper in a flash.

Enjoy!

1. Choose Your Paper Sections

2. Get Your News From Paper

3. Create a New Post in Facebook Paper

4. Personalize Your Paper Account

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Top 5 Tips for Smarter Internet Shopping

Scott Gibson is a savvy shopper who is always looking for the best deals online for everyday items. He enjoys sharing his strategies and findings and writing about personal finance topics.

Internet shopping represents an excellent way to save money. If you go about it cautiously and do the right amount of research, it’s not hard to find better deals than you would in retail stores on just about everything, even after shipping costs are factored in – assuming you can’t find a way to get your item shipped for free. Just like everything else online, however, there’s a right way and a wrong way to shop. Here are a few tips to help you distinguish the difference.

1. Be Safe
It doesn’t matter what kind of great deal you find, if you end up with your identity stolen, you’re going to spend a whole lot more money in the end. Never give out personal information like your Social Security number, and always check the credibility of any website before you enter any payment information, especially if you hadn’t heard of it before. Perform a generic Internet search for complaints or scams or check the Better Business Bureau website to learn more.

2. Do as Little Work as Possible
Of course, you could refer to your list of top 15 favorite shopping websites, search them endlessly, and pounce upon a deal when you see it. Or, you could let someone else do the work for you. Sign up for a deal-sharing website like FatWallet to get all relevant discounts sent straight to your inbox. Just keep in mind that someone is performing the legwork on those deals, so when you come across one during your own searches, join the discussion and post a few discounts of your own.

3. Turn It Into a Business
Take an objective look at the next five deals you find on Internet purchases. Limit them to some of the more common categories such as consumer electronics or computer software. Then, research what the items are selling for on both eBay and Amazon. If there’s enough of a margin, pull the trigger and then open up a reseller account on one of those sites and post the items for sale. Before you know it, you just might find yourself owner of a successful Internet reselling business.

4. Don’t Go Overboard
If you’re not careful, your desire to take advantage of as many deals as possible can easily lead to credit card debt. For that reason, limit your purchases only to those items that you truly need and leave all so-called “wants” out of the equation. Restraint is important.

5. Never Assume Something’s a Deal
People and businesses can post anything they want on the Internet and just because you see an item listed at “80% off” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the case. No matter what you’re thinking of purchasing, do a separate Internet search to see what other websites are selling it for. In plenty of cases, you may find that the supposed deal isn’t a deal at all.

Although you might think Internet shopping is too much of a process, it’s really not. There’s no need to drive yourself to a retail outlet, spend time comparison shopping at different locations, and lug a heavy purchase home. You can save a ton of money – and a ton of time – by being a savvy online shopper. Now, isn’t that a much better way to spend your spare time than watching TV or surfing Facebook?

What tips do you have for smarter Internet shopping?

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93,000 websites compromised: Take these steps before it’s too late

 

 

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It’s just been revealed that hackers have stolen approximately 2 million user logins from sites including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter. Yours might be one of them.

If you want to keep your data safe, it’s important to learn how to keep your information secure as quickly as you possibly can.

Attacks like this have been happening more and more frequently. Two months ago, Adobe reported that 150 million of its accounts had been recently compromised; last year, Wired editor Mat Honan lost nearly everything he had when a malicious team of hackers decided to exploit his Amazon and Apple accounts.

The following videos are from Grovo’s extensive library of web training videos. Each one is short, simple, and will make your online data safer in a minute flat. Look for the web sites you yourself use, and follow our instructions so that you can leave your worries behind you.

  1. Security Strategy — What Makes Passwords Vulnerable

  2. Security Strategy — Prevent and Detect Malware

  3. Facebook — End an Active Session

  4. Twitter — Enable Two-Step Verification

  5. Twitter — Enable Secure Password Resets

  6. Google (Gmail) — Change Password

  7. Security Strategy — Manage Multiple Passwords

  8. LastPass — Generate Secure Passwords

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7 Smart Ways to Get Your News Online

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Sometimes it’s tough to keep up with the news. You get so wrapped up in your daily routine as more and more work piles up, and before you know it, you’ve missed a whole week of current events.

Luckily, there are a number of online services that can help you keep up with the news effortlessly.

Check out the videos below to learn how to set yourself up on Google, Twitter, IFTTT and more so that you’ll never miss a news story again.

1. Feedly: Start Following a New Blog

2. Google Search: What are People Searching For?

3. Google Search: Create a Google Alert

4. IFTTT: Find and Use Recipes

5. Muck Rack: Manage Muck Rack Alerts

6. Twitter: See What’s Trending Now

7. Twitter: Make a List, Check it Twice

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Win Moz Analytics & Grovo Pro FREE For a Year

Whoa there…

Moz Analytics AND Grovo Pro for FREE.

It’s true. The Moz Analytics and Grovo Pro sweepstakes means one lucky person is going to get access to both awesome services free for a year.

With access to these tools, you’ll know exactly how to…

- Quickly assess the performance of traffic you’re getting from search

- Target specific keywords that will earn you the most new traffic

Optimize the SEO ranking of each of your individual pages

- Analyze the behavior of your fans and followers on each of your social network accounts

Track mentions of your brand and competing brands across the web

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All you have to do is:

1. Enter the sweepstakes

2. Submit your email address

3. Wait and see if you’re the lucky winner!

Here’s the deal: If you want to get custom-tailored automatic data about how your website is performing, along with 48 Grovo lessons on how to use Moz and updates whenever Moz changes, this is what you need.

Enter the sweepstakes today to become the lucky winner of one year of both Moz Analytics and Grovo Pro for free.

The contest ends November 6th, so get after it!

In the meantime, check out the Moz story:

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Get Smarter with 5 Intelligent Internet Tools

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We all know the Internet can offer hours of mindless entertainment. But watching cat videos on YouTube and looking at your crush’s Facebook pictures can only last you so long – sometimes you need to stimulate your brain.

The Internet’s educational potential is unmatched among even the world’s greatest libraries.

Google and Quora have invaluable power when it comes to research, but you might not know about IFTTT’s easy-hacking capabilities or StumbleUpon’s educational tools.

Check out the five lessons below to learn how to use the web to its full potential and make the most of your time online.

1. Google Search: Invest in the Best Stocks

2. IFTTT: Introduction to IFTTT

3. Google Search: Do Academic Research Easily

4. StumbleUpon: Find Sites Based on a Certain Topic

5. Quora: Get Any Question Answered in a Flash

 

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8 Things You Didn’t Know Twitter Could Do

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Twitter is one of the simplest websites out there at first glance. You get 140 characters to share your thoughts with the world, and you can follow other people to see their tweets on your home page. Easy, right?

Not so fast. There are a lot of advanced features that the most savvy Twitter pros use daily, but not everyone knows about.

If you really want to get the most out of Twitter, you should know how to delete tweets, tighten your account security with two-step verification, and more.

Check out the lessons below to make sure you know about everything Twitter has to offer.

1. Hide Annoying Retweets

2. How Do I Delete a Tweet?

3. Share a Tweet Via Email

4. Tell Twitter Not to Track You on Other Websites

5. Tighten Your Account Security for Web Sign-in

6. Keep Your Twitter Password Secure

7. Keep your Location a Mystery

8. Save your Tweets Forever

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10 Smart Networking Tips You Haven’t Yet Tried

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Networking is more important than ever. It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.

Even though LinkedIn is a huge part of professional networking these days, you might be missing out on some of its hidden features, and besides, there are a number of other ways in which you can get your name out there.

Learn how to find Meetups with like-minded people, become part of the community on Quora, About.me, and Google+, and become a Twitter expert.

1. Meetup: Find a Meetup to Join

2. About.me: Send Compliments to other Users

3. Blogger: How Should I Deal with Posts by Guests?

4. Facebook: How Do I Create a Facebook Group?

5. Google+: Connect and Share with People You Know

6. LinkedIn: Create a Private Discussion Space

7. LinkedIn: Start a Discussion

8. Quora: Get Any Question Answered in a Flash

9. Twitter: What is the Etiquette For Following People?

10. Twitter: What Are Lists Good For?

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10 Ways to Keep Facebook From Distracting You

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Facebook is great. We all love being in the know about everything our friends are doing, but checking the social network too often can really hurt your productivity.

If you find yourself wasting time on Facebook whenever you get a message, notification, or another annoying interruption, there are a number of settings you can change that can help you cut down on this unnecessary downtime.

Learn how to cut down on notifications, chat windows, and spammy inbox messages and get back to work.

1. Keep Certain Friends From Chatting With You

2. How Do I Keep a Chat Window From Popping Up?

3. How Do I Stop Notification Sounds and Emails?

4. Make Facebook Leave You Alone

5. Disable Notifications For Neverending Threads

6. Control Who Can Tag You

7. Block People Without Them Knowing

8. Prioritize Close Friends in your News Feed

9. Filter your Inbox Messages

10. Stop Annoying App Posts on your Timeline

 

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6 Ways to Make Money Cleaning Out Your Garage This Weekend

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Stuff is piling up in your garage or basement and you want to get rid of it, so why not try to make some money off of it? Chances are someone else may be willing to buy it from you. As they say, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Craigslist, eBay, and Etsy can all help you turn your trash into treasure, both for yourself and for whoever’s buying your stuff.

Learn how to post items for sale, write effective titles and descriptions, and add enticing photos so that you can get the most value for your old stuff.

1. Craigslist: Post an Ad on Craigslist

2. eBay: Choose Between a Quick and Advanced Listing

3. eBay: Choose the Product for Sale

4. Etsy: Let Buyers See What They’re Getting

5. Etsy: How to Create your Shop

6. Etsy: What Should I Title My Items?

 

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8 Quick Ways to Make a Viral Video

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These days, viral videos can launch anyone to fame. Justin Bieber, Tay Zonday, and Charlie the biting baby all got their start on YouTube.

If you’ve ever thought about trying to follow in their footsteps, there are a few steps you can take to give yourself a great shot at it.

Come up with a great title, optimize your video to help it get the most views possible, and you might even be able to earn a little money from your newfound YouTube fame.

1. What is Video Optimization?

2. Grab Viewers’ Interest

3. Help Search Engines Find your Videos

4. How do I Get More YouTube Views?

5. What’s the Best Broadcasting and Sharing Option?

6. Why are Video Responses So Useful?

7. Write a Great Video Title

8. Get Paid for your Videos

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5 Things You Didn’t Know an Email Could Do

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What’s the first thing you check when you get to work? Your email inbox. What’s the last thing you make sure you do before you head home? Respond to any emails you haven’t addressed yet.

Like it or not, email is the hub of work-related communication these days, and spending a lot of time managing it is a must. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could get more done while you’re spending all that time in your inbox?

As it turns out, many cloud services offer email integration that lets you be even more productive right from your inbox. Check out these five lessons that will help you save time with Evernote, Basecamp, Asana, and more, without leaving your inbox.

1. Evernote: Create a New Note via Email

2. Basecamp: Create a New Element without Opening Basecamp

3. Blogger: Write and Publish a Post via Email

4. Asana: Add and Complete Tasks via Email

5. Squarespace: Post to a Blog or Gallery Via Email

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The Ultimate Guide to Grovo for Teams

Grovo users know best.

When users asked for a way to train their employees on cloud-based software, it was a no-brainer. Grovo for Teams was born. Here’s the result:

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What is Grovo for Teams?

Put simply, Grovo for Teams is a quick and easy way to…

  • Train and manage your team
  • Choose the content that matters to you
  • Track your team’s progress
  • Always stay up to date

The platform is an enterprise-wide training solution designed for large groups and teams.

It’s the training platform designed explicitly for cloud-based software, featuring nearly 4,000 short-form, rich video lessons covering 100+ Internet tools and cloud services.

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Why would I use it?

Training employees is costly, time consuming, and difficult — especially when it comes to  cloud-based technology. That’s because cloud-based technology is constantly changing. Your training on cloud-based technology has to be constantly changing as well.

But that’s where Grovo comes in.

  1. Always up to date training. Grovo uses a real-time production model that allows videos to be created and updated in real-time as websites and apps change.
  2. Easy-to-use LMS. Choose to assign employees existing learning tracks that have been curated in-house, or create learning tracks from scratch based on what your business or organization needs.
  3. Bite-size training videos. Training videos are all about a minute long and each one packs a valuable punch. That means you can learn whenever you have time, whether it’s a short break from work or if you’re sitting down to learn a new strategy end-to-end.
  4. Proven assessments. Each video comes with a quiz written by our in-house team, which includes former LSAT and GMAT question writers.

That’s not to mention that your team will actually use Grovo: Grovo for Teams enterprise users are averaging upwards of 40 video lessons each month, and racking up a 71% video completion rate.

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How do I use Grovo for Teams?

Through the easy-to-use dashboard, admins can:

With access to over 3,500 video lessons, team admins can curate custom learning tracks or take advantage of predetermined courses.

  • Create curricula relevant to your business
  • Sort lessons in the order you want
  • Keep your team updated as sites and apps change within 24 hours

All employees have access around the clock for their own on-demand and personalized education. They can learn at their own pace whether they need to master software with end-to-end training or quickly find the answer to a problem when they get stuck on a project.

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Who uses Grovo for Teams?

Early adopters of Grovo for Teams include Chevron, Pitney Bowes, P&G, Reach Local, Sotheby’s, SocialCode, and MediaMath. These companies, and hundreds more schools, organizations and agencies, use Grovo for Teams to improve their knowledge of social media, transition their teams to the cloud and cultivate a tech-forward environment.

Grovo for Teams comes ready to go with tools and training ideal for consumers, businesses, educators, and governments.

More broadly though, Grovo for Teams is designed for anyone who uses the Internet. People in 150 countries are using Grovo to develop their professional skills and become more productive in their day-to-day lives, online.

People use Grovo around the world in order to…

  • Stay ahead of the competition; knowledge gaps can be costly
  • Get more out of the online tools they already use
  • Learn proven strategies from experts
  • Teach technology to the people around them

What are people saying about Grovo?

Testimonial-BillM“Grovo helps my team stay one step ahead of the competition by keeping us trained on the newest online platforms. This helps us win new business and maximize ROI for our clients.” – Bill M., Executive

 

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“Grovo makes me and my students smarter and more comfortable with tools on the Internet.” – Rachel L., Teacher

 

Testimonial-NickM“The core technology my business uses changes every day, and there isn’t enough time to learn it all on our own. Grovo saves us time and makes sure we get the most out of every tool we use.” - Nick M., Small business owner

 

#1 online learning tool for businesses

 

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7 Ways to Save a Project From a Midweek Tailspin

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We’ve all been there. You have a project due by the end of the week, and suddenly it’s Wednesday and you haven’t really gotten organized yet.

What you really need is something to help you split your project into manageable chunks, track your progress so far, and figure out what’s left to do.

That’s where project management tools like Asana, Basecamp, and Trello come in. These online platforms can help you assign due dates for tasks, organize your project goals into a calendar format, and create automatic reminders about what needs to get done so you’ll be ready for that big deadline.

1. Asana: Keep Projects on Schedule

2. Asana: Split a Project Into Sections

3. Basecamp: Review Daily Progress in One Click

4. Basecamp: See Individual History

5. Basecamp: Create a Calendar

6. Trello: Need a Reminder?

7. Trello: Create a List of Subtasks to Be Checked Off

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