The time is now! That is, the time is now for the September Toolbox. Now, if you knew me well, you might know I would rather watch professional wrestling than do anything with regular tools for fixing things.
In other words, don’t ask me to remodel your kitchen.
But, the tools in the Toolbox are different types of tools, and they save me time, which allows me to watch wrestling.
So in today’s September Toolbox, we are going to discuss a tool for transcribing, a tool for having some fun, a tool for audiograms, and a robust tool for your website.
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WP Social Ninja has launched.
The Ninjas have launched another product. The makers of Fluent Forms and Ninja Tables Pro have launched WP Social Ninja.
WP Social Ninja is an all-in-one platform for your website social media management.
At first glance, it looks pretty good.
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You have the ability to pull in reviews from multiple locations, directly to your website.
For reference, I use Trustindex for a client. The Trustindex app pulls reviews to its platform and then allows me to pull them into the website.
With WP Social Ninja, you bypass another platform and deliver those reviews right to your website.
This type of app is ideal for local businesses who rely on reviews from various platforms such as Facebook, Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Facebook, Trustpilot, and more.
Additionally, you can add feeds to your site from Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, and coming soon, Facebook.
But wait, there’s more!
One last cool function of WP Social Ninja is the chat feature. So, if you are looking to have a chat feature, WP Social Ninja has that covered.
In the pro addition of WP Social Ninja, chat features included are WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Telegram.
I am not usually too big on a suite of tools in one plugin, but if you have local business clients, this may be all you need for these types of functionalities.
There is a free version with limited features and, of course, the pro version.
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With the launch of my recent podcast, I kept seeing from more veteran podcasters (cough cough Bob Dunn) that audiograms are a great way to promote on social media.
I thought, “why not?”
Now, when I started looking for one I knew about, the Headliner App, I found this article I wrote in 2019 at MainWP.
I opened that one up but I also came across another audiogram app.
So, for my first audiogram, I thought I would give it a shot.
The thing you need to know about audiograms is that they are usually between 30-120 seconds. In fact, the free version of the Audiogram app allows up to 60 seconds.
So, just importing your podcast does you no good. You have to find a section during the podcast that captures attention and is intriguing.
The rest is up to the app.
I did that with my latest podcast. I found a section that sets up the topic of the conversation I had with Mele Williams.
I used that section to create my audiogram and I think it turned it pretty well.
The app gave me the option to display captions which I thought was a nice touch. I could even edit to make sure that the caption was correct.
Have you used audiograms before?
Here is my audiogram:
Otter for transcriptions
Speaking of my podcast, I settled on Otter for my transcripts. Adding transcripts to a podcast takes a little work.
I can definitely forgo doing transcripts, but I think it is worth doing so. It is more content that gets indexed in Google.
Otter has a good plan that I can use to get my transcript and it delivers a really nice format.
With a little time, I can go and make changes to things like names, places, and words that get misquoted.
The benefit of going through the transcript is it helps me remember what we talked about, take notes, and create my bullet points.
Otter describes itself as an app that records and transcribes meetings. It is way more than that, and the platform is perfect for uploading audio recordings of podcasts.
When I add my transcription to my podcast page, I simply use an Accordion Gutenberg Block and paste the conversation there. The accordion block allows the user to open and close as they wish.
Transcribing meetings is essential in my opinion. I have used transcriptions to help me when working on copy for clients when I had an interview.
Otter has multiple ways to sync with storage platforms to begin transcribing your meetings. You can also take notes using the app and your microphone.
There is a new show on TV called Frogger. It is based on a real-life Frogger (the game) obstacle course.
I remember when I was in about 5th grade, the neighbors behind us had an Atari. I came home from school and would go over there and play Frogger.
It’s a fun game for the most part.
These obstacle-course-type games are starting to be popular on TV.
But, why watch when you can have fun?
So, I decided to look, and yes, I found a couple of websites with the old game where you can play for free.
So, if you want to relive your youth, or just see what it was like to play games in the 80s, help yourself to one of these two sites and play some Frogger.
Wrapping it up
That’s all for this month’s Toolbox. I hope you explore new tools that can help you in your business. Perhaps one of the tools mentioned in this article can do that for you.
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