by Alisa Michael
This is my first Tuesday Tip (I joined the team last Tuesday), so you might have to bear with me! I have heard that in past blogs Google sometimes gets a “bad wrap.” While I would never argue with those with more technical knowledge, I do know something that Google does well: Google Alerts!
While preparing to start with Network 1, I began to research their clients. Beyond the normal resources such as company websites and LinkedIn, I wanted to be informed of important events that might occur. Google is a handy tool: whether used to monitor information being posted about your company, gather information on clients or keep up-to-date on industry research.
Here is how to set up a Google Alert:
1. Go to the website: http://www.google.com/alerts and Sign In with your Google account credentials (if you don’t have a Google account, set one up – it’s easy and free).
2. Enter what you would like to search: “Network 1 Consulting” – I use quotations to make the search more precise.
3. Choose result type: The available options are – Everything, News, Blog, Video, Discussions or Books. I prefer to choose “Everything” because I catch more information.
4. Choose frequency of alerts: Depending on how frequently you would like to receive alerts (“As it Happens,” “Once a Day,” “Once a Week” are the three choices). I prefer “Once a Day”.
5. Decide upon the filter: “Only the Best” is the most refined search and “All Results” is the broader filter. “Only the Best” seems to catch a good amount of information.
Don’t forget to use David’s tip from a few weeks ago, Let Outlook Deal with Email, and set up a rule in Outlook so that these emails do not clutter your inbox!
Network 1 Consulting is a 15-year-old, IT Support company in Atlanta, GA. We become – or augment – the IT department for professional services companies: law firms, medical practices and financial services firms. Our IT experts can fix computers – but what our clients really value are the industry-specific best practices we bring to their firms. This is especially important with technology, along with regulations and cyber threats, changing so rapidly. We take a proactive approach to helping our clients use technology to gain and keep their competitive advantage.