Digital Audio Transcription & Typing Services
For those having to work from home we at Virtuadmin are here to help in any virtual administrative way we can. Just email us and we will be back in touch with you straight away.
Virtual assistant here to support small businesses in unprecedented times of a global lockdown and people being forced to work from home or not at all.
First of all, if you are not sure of what Google My Business is, here is a quick rundown for you. Google My Business is a free Google service for small or large businesses and organisations. It was released in June 2014 and you can maintain your business presence across Google, including in search and maps. Google My Business is very helpful for your search engine optimisation (SEO). Listing your business and verifying it on Google My Business will enable your product or service to show up in search results or on maps. When customers or clients perform a search, your product or service will be included in results.
The top benefits of Google My Business businesses are:
The versatility with Google My Business means that you can manage it on the go too! Your business you can manage from your computer, tablet or phone. It is available for Mac and Android. You can access your business listing via your phone, tablet or laptop when out and about on business. You can respond to queries and increase your business awareness.
Help customers find you and manage your business information on Google for free with Google My Business. There are two easy steps to listing your business:
To help you understand the value of Google My Business and the positive impact it can have on your product or service Virtuadmin have designed a completely new infographic for 2020. We hope it will highlight that it can only be a positive step to take for increasing your business’ visibility and growth locally, nationally and globally.
Transcription is the process of turning recorded dialogue into an accurate word-for-word account of what was discussed.
A human transcriber has things to consider when audio transcribing. Here is the 5-Step guide that anyone can use.
1) Play the audio back to yourself. Can you understand the participants clear enough?
2) Special requirements such as a full verbatim transcription, time-stamping or special formatting requirements will take extra time.
3) Advise the transcriptionist of any complex topics.
4) Advise the transcriptionist if there more than 2 participants to transcribe. This again will delay the transcription process slightly.
5) A human transcriber will always provide a quick and accurate transcript. AI transcription you will still have to check the transcript and edit accordingly.
Bonus Tip: Remember a transcriptionist software does not automatically transcribe the audio!
The comma in the English language is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks. It is used to mark a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses. Virtuadmin has created a presentation of 10 Comma rules and examples to help you improve your content writing.
If you are a small business, a new start-up or looking to re-brand and need a new logo but you are on a small next-to-nothing budget DesignEvo is a great new free in-browser logo maker to try.
Keeping your money safe is a top priority for anyone, whether it is in business or personally. It’s easy to be tempted by offers of quick cash, but becoming a money mule has some serious consequences, whilst you may not know anything about it, it is a criminal act.
This infographic has been created because it links to a blog post Virtuadmin wrote back November of last year, 'Are freelancers the new prey for money laundering scammers?' Virtuadmin nearly got scammed but at the last minute we realised what was going on and reported it to the police. As of writing in May 2017 luckily we haven't heard anything and hope that we never do! Scroll below to view our new infographic to learn more about it, along with ways to avoid the fraudsters.
This post has not been written by the team at Virtu@dmin. Virtu@dmin have been given permission to publish this post by the Community Manager at blogging.com.
It is no secret that the attention span of your typical reader is getting shorter and shorter.
However, content marketing is king, and if one of the methods you use to provide information to users is the humble blog, how do you keep your users’ attention on your post?
The short answer: create visual interest.
It can be difficult to produce sufficient content to power your posts. Not only do you have to come up with the clever, creative ideas, but you also have to put in the work to bring your vision to reality.
While we can do only a bit to help you with the idea generation process, there are many tools that can help you create eye-catching visuals.
In this article, we will cover some of the apps and tools that we think you will find helpful for creating powerful visuals that will have your visitors coming back for more.
Infographics & Data Visualizations
If you are interested in creating infographics, there are many tools out there that can help you. The following are some good options to get you started.
Easelly is a tool for “creating and sharing visual ideas.” What makes this product stand out from its peers are the templates you can use to create your own infographics.
Easelly offers free templates that you can use, but if you do not see anything that would fit your needs, you can upgrade to gain access to the premium templates.
Another option for creating data-driven visuals is Infogram. In addition to infographics, Infogram allows you to create things like:
To create infographics in Infogram, you can use the included drag-and-drop editor. There are templates that you can use, but you have the flexibility to change as much (or as little) as you would like. If you do not have enough content to populate your infographics, your Infogram subscription includes access to a large library of stock images and icons.
Generally speaking, we think that Infogram has a steeper learning curve that Easelly, but if you are looking for something that offers infinite flexibility and powerful functionality, you cannot go wrong with Infogram. It may take some time for you to get up to speed with Infogram, but once you do, you will be able to create pretty much anything you would like.
Finally, we wanted to mention Piktochart, which we see as a middle ground between Easelly and Infogram. Piktochart’s feature set is closer to Infogram’s, but it is easier to use a la Easelly.
PicMonkey also comes with a robust community and in-depth documentation, so if you are new to working with images, there are lots of helpful resources available to you. You could go through a tutorial or see what others have done to get inspiration for your next project.
If you are working in multiple environments, PicMonkey offers solutions for desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
If PicMonkey is not the option for you, check out Pic Stitch (which is available for iOS and Android users).
Pic Stitch is more limited feature-wise than PicMonkey, but the upside to this is that there are fewer options to bog you down.
Pic Stitch offers (in addition to the basic photo editing tools you would expect):
Remember, images do not have to be pictures — if you have written content that you want to be emphasized, you can easily turn your quotations into images.
If you are looking for something that is supremely easy to use and comes with no hassle, check out Quozio.
You simply provide your quote and its attribution, and Quozio will take care of the rest. The background is not fancy, but it is still an image that you can use on your website.
Recite is another web-based tool that lets you turn your quotations into images. It is a step above Quozio in that you have to choose a background image in addition to providing your quotation.
When you are done, you can choose to:
People love videos; if there is anything people love more than pictures, it is videos.
However, creating videos, especially those that run a bit longer, can be difficult. Luckily, there are many tools out there that can be used to help you create and edit your video files.
When it comes to video creation, RenderForest is one of the most popular tools around. It is a flexible, full-featured, cloud-based tool that allows you to create videos both short and long (in addition to other visuals, such as infographics and presentations).
The biggest perk to using RenderForest is the templates — while you are ultimately responsible for providing content, you can use the templates to help guide you in creating your videos. Furthermore, RenderForest comes with stock slides and the like to help you fill in gaps (such as during transition periods).
For a light-weight alternative to RenderForest, consider Ripl.
Ripl is an app for iOS and Android devices used for creating videos specifically for social media (though there is nothing stopping you from also using this content on your blogs or websites). Ripl’s product is aimed at small business owners, but we think that more than just business people will find Ripl useful.
Rather than having you film your videos, you provide a series of pictures, which Ripl then stitches together to create a video. The entire creation process takes places in three steps:
Currently, you can export your Ripl creations to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you need your content elsewhere, many tools, apps, and services offer support for YouTube videos.
We mentioned above that you can turn text into images, but you might also consider turning text into videos. One easy way to do this is with Lumen5.
What’s really cool about Lumen5 is the automation feature — you provide a blog post or an RSS feed, and the Lumen5 AI system helps you:
If you do not have enough content as is, your subscription gets you access to Lumen5’s media, which contains millions of free-to-use media files.
If you have not been living under a rock, you know that Instagram is a popular Facebook-owned app that allows its users to share pictures and videos (either publicly or privately to a list of pre-approved viewers).
In addition to being useful as a stand-alone tool, Instagram allows you to do a lot of cool things to your photos and videos, and with the appropriate social media integrations, you can use the content you create on Instagram elsewhere.
There are many features built into the Instagram app itself, including its famous filters, but to help you create even more cool content, the company has released three stand-alone apps you might find useful:
Used correctly, these apps help you create content that offers a user experience more engaging than a single, still photo.
Boomerang lets you take photos that are then consolidated into a short, one-second-long video that plays in a back-and-forth loop. (Available in the Apple iStore and Google Play)
Hyperlapse allows you to create shots that track the subject and are then used to create time-lapse videos. (Available in iOS only.)
The Instagram app allows you to post multiple pictures as a single post, but if you want multiple pictures to display on the same image, you can use Layout to create a photo collage. (Available in iOS only.)
These apps do not fall into any of the above categories, but we think you will find them useful when it comes to creating an engaging piece.
Are you tired of memorizing lines or doing retakes because you’ve stumbled over something you were planning to say? BIGVU’s Teleprompter feature means that you can turn your smartphone into a tiny teleprompter for easy video making. Simply look at the camera on your phone and read the lines that scroll up on your screen for a natural-looking reading of your script!
BIGVU also comes with editing features that allow you to change the background or add captions.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but getting great photos is only part of the battle — you will need a great caption to provide context and clarity to your images.
A caption-less visual is a lost opportunity to hook your readers further.
However, writing captivating captions for your pictures and videos can be exhausting (have we mentioned how difficult it can be to be witty and clever all the time?), so you might consider going to Captiona for help.
Captiona is a search engine for social media captions. You can enter keywords relevant to your photo or video, such as “studying,” “on vacation,” or “family,” and Captiona returns with options you can either use as-is or modify to fit your needs better.
If you see something you do not want to use now (but could find useful later), you can swipe left on the caption to save it for later use.
Creating posts with visual impact — whether via images, videos, or something in between — is essential when it comes to capturing and keeping your visitors’ attention on your content.
Creating such content, however, is not easy, so in this article, we have rounded up a set of apps, tools, and solutions you can use to make your content creation processes faster and easier. Have a favourite tool or app we’re missing from this list? Leave a comment and let us know.
Whether you are sending a proposal or quote to a freelance job/task that meets your expert skills, or you’ve received a direct message from a person or business in relation to your skills and a possible long-term job opportunity, here are some tips, from experience, on how to stay safe and be sure that the job is actually genuine and not a scam in 2018 and beyond.
PeoplePerHour, the online freelance market, reckons self-employment in the UK and the US is currently growing at an average rate of more than 3 per cent. Based on official labour market statistics, PeoplePerHour predicts self-employment will grow at an annual rate of 3.5 per cent over the next five years in the UK and at 3.2 per cent in the US.
One of the things that is making freelancing more popular and attractive to people is the ease of doing it, possibly from home like so many do as self-employed remote workers/freelancers/entrepreneurs. If you have an internet connection, familiar with the internet and a computer, there’ll always be something you can do online for money.
But for some people becoming self-employed is scary, especially if you are quitting your regular job to freelance. Maybe you had a temporary position or you’ve been made redundant and need to find a new regular income, as soon as possible, but freelancing is growing rapidly.
The decline in jobs opportunities in the marketplace, with proper part or full-time contracts and not 0-Hour contracts popular here in the UK, people are having to resort to freelancing to a certain extent.
Having now been freelancing as Virtuadmin for nearly 5 years now, there are some things, as I said, from experience that I would like to share with you and help you to stay safe when freelancing, offering your skills and services through freelancing websites.
There are many jobs sites out there online today, where you can offer your skills and expertise at a fraction of the cost of your competitors, to businesses or those requiring that skill as a one-off. This again is due to the advancement of the internet; the ease of connectivity to the internet from within your own home enables you to network, chatting with people about what it is you do. Then gain contracts, either short or long-term and build up your online reputation.
Here are some tips to protect yourself, and to be sure that the job is genuine and that you are going to get paid for your professional services.
We are sharing these tips with you our fellow freelancers so that you do get paid for your hard work, and that you do not get scammed, or fall for jobs that seem entirely genuine, even as an attachment to a job. These tips are for you to take onboard, bear in mind, not just for 2018, but beyond and for always whilst you have a freelance career, whatever service you provide virtually, through freelance jobs websites.
Start the New Year 2018 with this thought; if you are a new start-up or freelancer and considering building your first website, unsure of which website hoster to use, here are some tips and advice from our experience.
A few years ago, Virtu@dmin as a combined husband and wife team, set-up to provide administration support, at an affordable rate, working from home. We founded Virtu@dmin to provide the best administration support possible from the knowledge, education but most importantly life experience we both had.
However, the one thing neither of us had, and we both knew a great deal about the internet, was how to build a website. It was something that we both wanted to do, from the moment we met. Discussing politics and the economy, the internet and social media, we both wanted to build a website.
In our very early existence, Virtu@dmin were Cyberspaceayuda on Fiverr. The first freelance platform back in 2013 that was relatively new in its infancy and has grown and changed a great deal in the 4 years. Doesn’t sound that long, but in social media and freelancing terms, it has changed a lot.
After initially creating every social media account possible, Twitter first, Linkedin, Tumblr, Goodgle+, Pinterest a bit later on, and eventually Facebook. (I knew Facebook prior to these platforms and was a social, family-friendly site.)
We were on Twitter for a few weeks and kindly approached by CryptoCloudHosting as they too were new to their niche, Website hosting.
They offered a fantastic deal, and I must say, 4 years on, their support for hosting WordPress, of which we knew nothing about, is absolutely fantastic. We hadn’t even investigated WordPress.com let alone WordPress.org or what was involved, we didn’t know where to start.
The differences between the two different WordPress websites? In simple terms,www.wordpress.com is a WordPress hosted website, with the same free options as WordPress.org (self-hosted website) but fewer options.
We had to quickly find a name, logo, website name within a few days. Not that CryptoCloudHost would have withdrawn their offer, no way, we had an opportunity to quickly set things up and get going, way hey we’re off!
We quickly found a website name, Virtuadmin (Virtual administration) but it was my better half that designed a logo, set-up freelancer accounts, like Fiverr, Fiversquid (But avoid Truelancer see the post “Are freelancers the new prey for money laundering scammers?”) created a business Paypal account.
With clear guidelines and step-by-step instructions from CryptoCloudHost in our “C-panel”, we successfully downloaded and installed www.wordpress.org. Now what? Choosing themes, exploring plugins and seeing what they all did. Gosh, that was a few months work for both of us!
Our brand and joint venture as freelancers was born, article writing, testing mobile phone apps and writing professional reviews, every time we got an order or ‘gig’ we were singing around the flat “we’ve got an order” (albeit worth about £2.40, which was $5 on Fiverr.com back then, but every penny counted!). Thank you CryptoCloudHosting, without you we wouldn’t be Virtu@admin today.
Years down the line we’ve done a fair few upgrades on the versions of WordPress downloaded a few plugins that also come with updates. When updating your installed Plugins sometimes things go awry, plugins don’t update like they should. I have only ever had in our 4 years with them had 3-4 bad “crash-outs”, as I call ’em anyway!
Sometimes you get an error code, sometimes you don’t. Either way, generally this is down to a plugin, not your website hoster. The same as your website speed, this isn’t always down to your website hoster either, possibly it is your Internet Service Provider, so this is always something to bear in mind.
Because, whenever we have had a plugin in update “crash-out” I’ve tweeted to them the problem. I Direct Message them here, and literally within a few hours, they are in touch, asking what happened and when I’d like the site rolled back to, and all is restored, very quickly.
In the entire time, our website has been live, there has been no time at all their our website couldn’t be accessed because of downtime and it was a problem with their servers. They host in the cloud, and for a great fee, accepting multiple ranges of currencies, you get a fantastic web hosting service with wonderful and quick customer support, with no downtime unless you have a problem with a plugin or two, as with our website in the past.
We knew nothing about website building, the different types or website hosting. CryptoCloudHosting saw us through right from the very beginning. I was running from where my computer was, messaging them live while shouting instructions to my other half in the front room!
Just take a look at these great hosting deals for all types of currencies, where ever you are in the world, these guys are the ones to choose for any size website.
They were brilliant, totally understood how novice we were at this, we’d never downloaded or installed WordPress before, let alone use their .com site! They took us through it all, if any start-up, partnership by freelancing or anything else were clueless, we were!
We were totally blind and in the dark about all this web hosting malarkey, and they taught us a lot in the time they spent with us, albeit talking live, being patient and waiting for us to grasp what was going on! They were amazing, brilliant and do not forget that they take such a variety of cryptocurrency these days, how can you not afford to get the best hosting?
Podcasting is becoming a rapidly increasing multi-media communication tool, especially for business as a marketing strategy. It is reported by Edison Research that podcast listeners are rising at a rate of 21%-24% year on year, probably due to its ease of consumption; in the home or driving and the top 2 ways to listen.
This is a great way to market your products or services, social media management tips as an agency, and other gems of information.
If you are already podcasting are you optimising it and understand your audiences’ needs and requirements and fulfilling them? In this post, I am going to explain how to easily get the most out of your podcast and why.
It was while I was doing my usual Twitter search in relation to transcription a few days back, the main freelance job I undertake daily when I came across a tweet from Lev Mirov @theonlinemachine. The screenshot below has contributed to the writing of this blog post.
As you can read, his reply to a valid question from Se’mana @SamanaThompson who originally asked, “Questions for #disability podcasters: in what ways do you make your podcast accessible? Do you release transcripts same time as podcast?”
The response from Lev Mirov stating that he would listen to more podcasts if he could read the transcripts. This immediately says how to increase your podcast listeners, make a transcript available as soon as possible after your show!
He went on to explain in a separate tweet that he prefers a transcript because of migraines and that mumbling is a huge issue.
This is because your potential listeners are of the opinion transcripts are expensive to obtain. (Also stated by anther ‘Twitterer’ in the screenshot) For someone who is disabled their budget may not expend to audio transcription, and nor should it have to.
For podcast hosts there are cheaper ways for you to create a script for your podcast:
As a podcast creator, although you would have the additional cost of audio transcription, it is not just Virtu@dmin that is advising you add a script to easily get the most out of your podcast Business 2 Community, the website that covers all Social Media, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, Social Selling, Social Business and more, they recently posted “Getting Inbound Mileage from Your Company Podcast“.
In their post podcasting, they also recommend to add a transcript and post content. All of which is so easy to do, copy and pasting from your script from your freelance transcriber or transcription service. By an additional transcription there are also these benefits from just one investment of a digital transcription service:
Expert or beginner in podcasting, maybe even considering starting a podcast for your business, one thing that you will need, moving forward in the new age of digital technology, is a transcript. This is one of the ways you are making your podcast more accessible to your listeners. Think back to the tweet, Lev Mirov, “he would listen to more podcasts if he could read them as well”.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive process for you, and the cost will give you a good return on your investment. Having a script that you can use yourself can save you heaps of time too. I’ve written a post on this too, and created an Infographic, “9 Top Ways to Use Your Audio Transcript”.
One of the ways you can use your document is to use it for social media status updates. Highlight the text you wish to use, right click copy, paste, edit and post! No typing as such, just find the text, copy and paste and it’s done.
You could use it to write a complete blog post, an edit here and there, another easy way to use your transcript. It could even be a Q & A style blog post or this in itself another type of blog post.
Once you have the editable document it has so many uses, for you and for your listeners. SEO being of a high benefit, being accessible for everyone is another. Your business needs to be seen as user-friendly and all times. You need to be demonstrating consideration for your listeners and potential new listeners, subscribers, and hopefully buyers of your product, or contractors of your services.
*This is a guest post and infographic written by Erik Bullen of MageMail.
Email programs are becoming more automated, more personal and more efficient than ever before. With 4 billion email accounts worldwide and counting, smart marketers are using new strategies and tools to enable businesses to utilize the full power of email marketing.
People are more savvy than ever and know how to identify spam or irrelevant emails, making personalized emails more important than ever. More than simply including a person’s name, personalized email considers consumers interests, age, location andbuying behavior.
The majority of account holders now open emails on a mobile device, be it a phone or a tablet. Ensure your emails are mobile friendly. A poorly designed email on mobile will lose the interest of your target audience and have a negative effect on the brand.
This is a great way to ensure the efficiency of your email campaigns. There are tools that can test the full range of email content from the subject heading to the contact details. The results can be very useful in boosting your open and click through rates and revenue generated per email.
We’ve compiled this ‘Email Cheat Sheet’ infographic to help you get the most out of your email programs. Remember, the average ROI on email marketing is $44 for every $1 spent - unrivalled by all other marketing methods.