This is the first episode of our new monthly series, The State of Small Business Technology, September 2018 Edition. During the last week of each month, I’m dedicating a whole episode to news and happenings in small business technologies. This will lend heavily on the side of Web, Mobile and Social Media marketing content for Small Business, but I’ll also touch on other small business management technologies, such as IT and cybersecurity, as well economic development news and more, when appropriate.

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Next week, I have a great conversation with Sharon Sobel of Picture This Video, a video production expert, to talk about video marketing and production for Small Business. This is going to be a great rundown for you to understand how to actually get the videos made that are so popular on the Web, Mobile and Social Media today. I can’t wait to hear back from you on this topic once you get a chance to listen to it.

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Ray Sidney-Smith, Host

Show Notes

Resources we mention, including links to them will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Facebook and Instagram News

Facebook Blueprint courses

Learn How to Master Marketing on Instagram with These Blueprint Elearning Courses

Making Digital Skills More Accessible to Everyone | Facebook Newsroom

Facebook Will Now Allow Pages to Join Facebook Groups | Social Media Today

Instagram’s Testing an Option to Add Hashtags Without Having to Include Them in the Caption | Social Media Today

Instagram Adds Private Polls to Direct Messages | Social Media Today

What’s New at Google, September 2018 Edition

Google is revamping search on its 20th anniversary – here are the most exciting new features

G Suite Updates Blog: New G Suite adoption and productivity insights tool launching in Beta

G Suite Updates Blog: Real-time presence in Microsoft Office to become available October 17th

Google Home Hub might cost $149 according to a report – 9to5Google

Podcasting for Small Business (sign up via this link for notifications for my forthcoming book with Steve Orr of Steve Orr Media!)

Google Podcasts adds support for Chromecast – 9to5Google

YouTube will soon start showing vertical video ads – 9to5Google

Google retiring ‘Gmail Offline’ Chrome app – 9to5Google

Google unsurprisingly killing Inbox by Gmail next year – 9to5Google

Google Announces That its Data Studio Tool is Now Available to All Users | Social Media Today

Other News and Resources

[2018 Update] The Best Time to Post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. |

5 Things You Should Be Doing Right Now to Prepare for Giving Tuesday | Social Media Today  and Be a neighborhood champion – Shop Small® – American Express (Black Friday is November 23, 2018; Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018; Cyber Monday, November 26, 2018; and, Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018)

Meet the new Wave

The 16 Best Video Editing Apps You Must Use In 2018

Amazon Woos Small Sellers

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