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Paint Yourself A Remarkable Shade Of Purple-Cow- Cost = $1.99



Paint Yourself A Purple Cow Shade Of Remarkable.The Daily Grind Challenge – Levitate Above The Sea Of Sameness

Are people whispering about you?  Do people remember you?  Do you make a WOW-Impression?

You are’t forgettable or invisible are you?

You’re told, you must be “remarkable” to create Top Of Mind Awareness (it’s true).

Do you wonder, “How Am I Supposed To Do That”?

Here’s an easy way to paint your Personal-Brand a Remarkable Shade Of Purple Cow.

Say It & Mail It: iPhone Voice Mail/eMail WOW Magic

When not in person, how do you communicate with your friends, family, colleagues and clients?  You eMail and Voice-Mail right?

Big whoop, every Tom, Jane and Dick does that.  Email and Voice-Mail are unremarkable.

Run to the iTunes App Store and buy this $1.99 marvel.  Use it and people will go, “WOW”.  When people go” WOW”, tiny electrochemical sparks tickle their brains. When you tickle someones brain they remember you (think getting hired).  When what you do makes people go “WOW”, they tell others (think referral recommendations).

Bottom line:  This is a remarkable, simple, easy to use, iPhone app, that will save you time and make others go WOW.

Say It Mail It iPhone App - Super Cool and Simple

Here’s What It Does:

Touch the “Say it” button and record your message.  Stroke the “Play it” button and listen to what you’ve recorded.

Touch the camera icon and snap a picture.

Touch the Hwy. 10 icon and record your location on Google Maps, it has satellite view too;-)

Touch the “Mail It” button and eMail your Voice-Message, a picture (you can use a previously snapped picture from your camera roll too) and your location (photo and location are optional).

Here’s Why You Want It:

Text eMail is Bland and easily misinterpreted,  with this, your recipient hears your tone, nuance and accurate message.

No fumbling, no embarrassing misspelled words:-)  If you have nails or fingers, The iPhone keyboard is tricky, with this, no typing, simply record your message.

No squinting:-) Your recipient might have old eyes, I know I do.  With this, they receive your eMail/Voice Mail, touch play, and listen with blissful simplicity and convenience.

Here’s A Few Ideas On How To Use It.

WOW yourself!  Wanna remember or remind yourself, quickly record a voice memo and send it to yourself.

WOW your friends.  I bet they’ve never received an eMail/Voice Mail.  Record a friendly, “Hi, how’s it go’n?  I was thinking about you and thought I’d fire off this little message. blah, blah, yada, yada.”, include your picture or a picture of whatever you’re talking about. (see sample email below).

I’m not in favor of showing feedback, but if you must, do it fast, short and in sweet style.  Record > Send > Boom.

I use it to make announcments, reminders and updates to the entire (82 Realtor Icon) team. Click  > Record > Snap Picture > Click Mail It  > Boo-Ya Ka- Sha > 82 eMail/Voice Mail messages go out instantly.  WOW-Factor, compliments and “How Cool’s” roll in everytime.

Update you clients and prospects.

Announce Open Houses.

Announce new listings (cool with a picture and geo location).

Share. Engage.  Inform.  Etc.

Set yourself up with a account and send these messages to your Posterous blog, then Posterous can send your “work-of-wonder” to Facebook and Twitter…all with one click.  (Don’t have a blog – GET ONE – Here’s HOW)

How will you use something like this? Leave us some ideas in the comments, that’d be cool.  No, seriously, how would you creatively use this? Thanks.

Here’s What The Voice Mail Sounds Like.

Here’s What It Looks Like When Opened:

Here's what the eMail looks like when opened.  Your's will be way cooler, because it'll be your voice and maybe your picture.  Cheers.

Want More – Watch the 3:52 minute Youtube Video


Thanks for reading.  Cheers.

PS.  This is a simple share.  I do not own Apple stock, sadly, I did not buy it when it was at $80. Also, I do not own stock,  receive commissions or benefit financially in anyway  from in “Say It & Send It”.

PSS.  If you download the app, send me one:-)

Ken Brand - Prudential Gary Greene, Realtors. I’ve proudly worn a Realtor tattoo for over 10,957+ days, practicing our craft in San Diego, Austin, Aspen and now, The Woodlands, TX. As a life long learner, I’ve studied, read, written, taught, observed and participated in spectacular face plant failures and giddy inducing triumphs. I invite you to read my blog posts here at Agent Genius and On the lighter side, you can follow my folly on Twitter and Facebook. Of course, you’re always to welcome to take the shortcut and call: 832-797-1779.

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  1. Joe Loomer

    October 12, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Awesome find Ken! Finding these types of great tech tips are usually the realm of Lani – you’re giving her a run for her money!

    Don’t have an iPhone yet – waiting for Sprint to perfect the Pre (or the next generation). With all the apps out there now I might just bite the bullet and switch providers.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  2. Paula Henry

    October 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Cool Tool! Every time I read about a new iphone app, I want to run to AT&T and sign up. Like Joe, Sprint is looking more like a past provider of phone service. I’ve even thought about having two phones, two numbers, two providers just to have an iphone.

  3. Lani Rosales

    October 12, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Ah if only AT&T didn’t suck in Austin. Just wait until you come up for SXSWi and can’t get service anywhere besides the upper deck of IH35! lol Most Realtors here are chained to the Treo still because it has the infrared tech to open MLS lockboxes. Sad, really.

    COOOOL tool! I’m thinking this is also cool for a first time buyer’s closing, like taking a quick picture of them signing and thumbs-upping and letting them yell into the phone “we did it!” or something, then emailing/vming it to them for their own keepsake and to email to their family and friends (and if they’re tech savvy, it gives them something to put on their blog or microblog). LOVE IT!

  4. Rob McCance

    October 12, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Dood – way cool, but I don’t have a iPhone…dagg!

    Plus you got trumped all day by that ultra cool irish girl dancing in fast motion. Who wants to tall iPhone Apps when you can instead view that 238 times?

  5. Brad Coy

    October 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hey Ken. Great find!.. just clicked through to iTunes and it looks like they just upped it to $4.99.

  6. Judy Peterson

    October 13, 2009 at 7:06 am

    I’m going to add this to my 15 favorite Iphone Apps for real estate.

  7. Ken Brand

    October 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for reading friends. I love the iPhone, but it’s true AT&T is worse than terrible. I put up with it because of all their cool apps. Next year they lose the exclusive contract, I’ll be sprinting to who ever else provides the service.


  8. SteveBeam

    October 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    That is so freaking cool. I’m downloading it right now. If it works as advertised I’ll use it daily. Thanks for the heads up! These are the kinda articles I love. Not bitch posts but stuff we can learn and grow our business with.

  9. Stephanie Crawford

    February 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Ugh. It seems like I’ll never be rid of my TMobile contract. I’m currently testing out Google voice for my voicemail client. I don’t see the real benefit so far, but it does have a free voice to text transcription that is kinda cool.

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Easy email signature builder quickly updates your info

(BUSINESS MARKETING) When’s the last time you updated your email signature? That long? You might want to look at just sign, a new, quick, and easy, email signature generator.



just sign email

The last thing any of us are thinking about right now is email. While we’re all staying safer at home, though, it’s a good time to think about all the little things that need our attention, but typically get neglected: clearing out the email inbox, unsubscribing from things no longer relevant, and updating our email signatures. Why the email signature?

Oftentimes, we change emails when we change jobs and forget to change our signatures to reflect our new address. The same is true with social media; if we happen to change jobs, due to our own choice or by necessity thanks to the virus, we may need to update our social media profiles accordingly, especially if the new job suddenly makes this a requirement.

One of the fastest ways to update your email signature is with a generator. An email signature generator can help you quickly make a professional looking signature in about half the time it would take you to manually add each individual component.

Just Sign is one of the quickest options I’ve seen. This email signature generator is ultra simple, ultra easy, and ultra effective. It allows you to add clickable social links, a profile picture or logo, and all relevant contact information. It also allows you to choose a color scheme and tailor the formatting a bit to your preferences. As you begin to add options to your signature, you can see a preview of what the final product will look like in the right-hand panel.

Just Sign welcome

This allows you to make any necessary changes before downloading the finished product. When you have your signature perfected, simply click the purple “generate signature” button and you’re ready to go.

Just Sign is an easy, quick way to check another thing off your to-do list while we’re all at home. If you have already updated your signature, you might save this link for later use as it’s a good idea to revisit your signature a few times a year. Oftentimes, I revise mine simply to keep the attached picture updated. Have you updated your signature lately? Do you plan to? Let us know what you think of Just Sign.

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Business Marketing

How one employer beat an age discrimination lawsuit

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Age discrimination is a rare occurrence but still something to be battled. It’s good practice to keep your house in order to be on the right side.



Jewel age discrimination

In January, the EEOC released its annual accounting for reports of discrimination in the previous year. Allegations of retaliation were the most frequently filed charge, which disability coming in second. Age discrimination cases accounted for 21.4% of filed charges. As we’ve reported before, not all age discrimination complaints rise to the level of illegal discrimination. In Cesario v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., the federal court dismissed the claims of age discrimination, even though seven (7) plaintiffs made similar claims against the grocery store.

What Cesario v. Jewel Food Stores was about

In Cesario, all but one of the seven plaintiffs had spent years with Jewel Food building their careers. When Jewel went through some financial troubles, the plaintiffs allege that they began to “experience significant pressure at work… (and) were eventually forced out or terminated because of their age or disability.” Jewel Food requested summary judgment to dismiss the claims.

The seven plaintiffs made the same type of complaints. Beginning in 2014, store directors were under pressure to improve metrics and customer satisfaction. Cesario alleges that the Jewel district manager asked about his age. Another director alleges that younger store directors were transferred to stores with less difficulties. One plaintiff alleged that Jewel Food managers asked him about his retirement. The EEOC complaints began in late 2015. The plaintiffs retired or were fired and subsequently filed a lawsuit against their company.

Age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA). The ADEA prevents disparate treatment based on age for workers over 40 years old. However, plaintiffs who allege disparate treatment must establish that the adverse reactions wouldn’t have occurred but for age. Because none of the plaintiffs could specifically point to age as the only determination of their case, the court dismissed the case.

A word to wise businesses

Jewel Food was able to demonstrate their own actions in the case through careful documentation. Although there was no evidence that age played a factor in any discharge decision, Jewel Food could document their personnel decisions across the board. The plaintiffs also didn’t exhaust all administrative remedies. This led to the case being dropped.

Lesson learned – Make personnel decisions based on performance and evidence. Don’t use age as a factor. Keep documentation to support your decisions.

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in 2021 the EU will enforce ‘right to repair’ for phones and tablets

(BUSINESS NEWS) The EU says NO to planned obsolescence by…letting you fix your own stuff? The right to repair has started to make headway again.



Right to repair

Not to be a loyalist turncoat about it, but sometimes the European Union comes out with stuff that makes me want Texas to go back to being Mexico, and then back to being Spain.

The latest in sustainability news from across the pond is that in 2021, the Old World is saying no to Euro-trash, and insisting on implementing:

Right to repair laws
Higher sustainable materials quotas
Ease of transfer for replaced items (ie: letting you sell your old phone without the need for jailbreaking anything)
and Universal adaptors for things like phone chargers, and connection cables


Consumers worldwide have been feeling the pinch of realizing their (cough cough, mostly Apple brand) technology not only breaks easily, but either can’t be fixed afterwards, or requires costly branded repairs.

The phenomenon has given rise to rogue mobile repair shops, Reddit threads, and renegade fix-it philanthropists like Louis Rossman. And while they certainly HELP, the best thing for a problem is to cut it off proactively. Since companies were making too much money not picking up the slack, the EU’s decided to take the steps to force their hands.

I’m always on my soapbox, but I’ll stack another one on top for this: Planned obsolescence and the assumption that a company has any right to tell you you can’t repair, restore, revamp, or re-home your own possessions are obscene. And to be fair to Apple fans, it’s not just in tech—it’s in damn near everything that’s not meant to be EATEN. Literally.

I bought a STAPLER for a volunteer gig I had. A good, sturdy Staedtler one that I figured would serve the project and continue to stand me in good stead for a while. After a few dozen price tags attached to baggies, the stapler jammed, as staplers do. No worries, you find a knife and wedge out the stuck staple…except I couldn’t. Because the normal slot for that was covered by a metal plate literally welded in place so that I couldn’t perform a grade-school level fix on something I paid for less than 24 hours prior.

Rather than stand behind a product that’s supposed to last, companies, even down to simple office ware, have opted to tinker away to force consumers to trash their current products to buy newer ones. Which I did in the stapler case. A rusty second hand one that didn’t HAVE that retroactive BS ‘Let’s create a problem’ plate on it, meaning no company but the resale non-profit I was helping out in the first place got any more money from me.

Consumers are wising up, and fewer lawmakers are still stuck in the fog of the 90s and 2000s surrounding our everyday machinery. The gray areas are settling into solid black and white, and SMART smart-businesses here stateside will change their colors accordingly.

Now while we’re all still quarantined and hoping for these laws to wash up onto American shores…who has craft ideas for the five-dozen different chargers we all have?

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