Resources

I created this Resources page to help you with deciding what tools, services, and sites to go to and use. I personally know how stressful and frustrating it can be to make a choice on what to use or buy. With all the tools and services available, it’s really easy to get overwhelmed. Hopefully this page will ease your mind a bit.

I’ll be adding more to it as I learn and test out new things. In future posts I will reference this page quite often, so I recommend bookmarking it for your own personal reference and convenience. Thanks!

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links. These are all things that I currently use or have used before and I am recommending them because they are helpful and are companies that I trust. My promise to you is that I will not list any resource on this page unless I’ve used it and believe in it.

YOUR HOME ON THE WEB

Website/Blog Platform

  • WordPress.org – The #1 and most recommended Free platform for your website or blog. Just pick a web host service and install WordPress in 5 minutes.

Web Hosting

  • Bluehost They are incredibly easy to use, especially their 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost to anyone who is just starting out.

Web Themes

  • Themeforest – These are the best and easiest themes to work with. Very user friendly. OvationSocial.com uses the Velocity theme by Themeforest.

PODCASTING

Media Hosting

  • Libsyn – This is where I host all of my podcast audios. Perfect for podcasters.

Editing

  • Adobe Audition – I use Audition as part of the Adobe suite of products. Audition is professional, robust recording and editing software. I love it!
  • Audacity – This is a free, open-source alternative for audio recording and editing.

Microphones

Headphones

  • Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones – The main thing to me is over the ear comfort along with sound quality. These have both. A lot of time is spent recording and editing. Make sure your headphones are comfortable.

Speakers

Intro & Outro Voiceovers

  • Music Radio Creative – The go-to place for intros, outros, jingles, etc. The Standing O Show intro is a Music Radio Creative production. Also check out their YouTube page for lots of audio recording tips.

Interview Communications

  •  Skype – Unless you’re interviewing people in person, Skype is the best free choice for conducting your interviews.

Interview Recording with Skype

  • ecamm Call Recorder – Great software to record your Skype interviews. It also lets you split the recording into two mp3 tracks for easy editing.

Portable Recording

  • Zoom H4N Digital Multitrack Recorder – 2015 Version – This is a mini-recording studio you can fit in your hand. Built-in internal mics sound great, and you can add 2 XLR mics as well. Can record up to 4 tracks at the same time. Take it with you for on the road and convention interviews.

BLOGGING

Email Marketing

  • GetResponse – I absolutely love GetResponse. Their support and user friendly interface is amazing. If you’re looking to get more out of your list building service, then GetResponse is what you need. Try it out free for 30 days.

Analysis & Tracking Results

  • Pretty Link – The BEST link tracking and url shortener for WordPress blogs. A true easy to use WordPress plug-in to cloak and shorten links. There is a free Lite version and a paid Pro version.
  • Google Analytics – Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. A must-have for anyone with any type of website.

VIDEO

Cameras & Gear

Video Screencast Software

  • Screenflow – On a Mac, it allows you to capture your monitor screen, your iPhone screen, your video camera, and you microphone at once. If you’re doing video tutorials, you need a great screencasting tool.

Video Editing Software

  • Adobe Premiere Pro – You can probably tell by now that I love Adobe products. Premiere Pro is the best video editing software on the market, in my opinion. I use Premiere Pro as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.

Video Graphics Creation

  • Adobe Photoshop – I use Photoshop as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. There are other alternatives for creating graphics and composing images. I just happen to really enjoy everything Photoshop editing software offers.

Royalty Free Music

  • YouTube Audio Library – Lots of free background music choices in the YouTube library.
  • Audio Jungle – A huge catalog of music and sound effects for your video and audio recordings.

DESIGN

Website

  • NGNG Enterprises – I hired Amber Vilhauer and her team to design and develop this site, and I couldn’t be happier. I strongly recommend, so give Amber a call to discuss your web design needs.

Logos & Graphics

  • MASC Designs – Chris and his wife, Maren, are friends of mine. He’s an excellent graphic designer, and my Ovation Social logo is a MASC Design creation.  Look up Chris if you want high quality professionally designed artwork. He’s a great guy.
  • 48 Hours Logo – If you’re looking for something designed quickly, 48 Hours Logo is a good option. It’s set up as a design lottery. You submit how much you’re willing to pay, and interested designers submit designs for you to choose from. The Standing O Show podcast cover artwork was from my winning designer at 48 Hours Logo.
  • Fiverr – Just $5 for artwork, voice-overs, content writing, etc.

Easy DIY Design

  • Canva – Made for the non-designer who wants to design their own stuff. Super easy and intuitive platform for all kinds of social media design projects.
  • PicMonkey – Available as a free or paid service to do quick edits, cropping, and resizing of your images.
  • WordSwag – I use WordSwag a lot for Instagram posts where I want to post a motivational quote. The ios smartphone app has lots of its own image backgrounds from Pixabay, or you can use your own images.
  • Layout – A phone app from Instagram that let’s you choose multiple images and arrange them into one image for posting to social media platforms like Instagram.

Royalty Free Pics

  • Pixabay – Large selection of free images that you can use anywhere under a Creative Commons license.

RUNNING THE BIZ

Stay in Touch

  • Contactually –  I can’t imagine not using it to keep all my contacts in one spot available by computer or phone. The best thing about Contactually is that it reminds me to reach out to friends, contacts, acquaintances, leads, etc. at scheduled intervals. It’s all about building community, relationships, and trust. I highly recommend this program. Try it free for 30 days.

To-Do

  • Asana – I’ve always been a paper and pen person when it came to my “to-do” lists. Asana changed that for me. I like the interface on the web, and that I can also access my projects on my phone or tablet. Great to use solo or for teams.

Cloud Storage

  • Dropbox – Space for your stuff and the security to keep it yours. Sync your docs and files across all your computers and phones. I use Dropbox EVERY day. It’s one of my all-time favorite apps.

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

3 of my Business Staples

  • The New Rules of Marketing and PR – One of my favorite go-to books for the way to do marketing in today’s environment. This is a must-read to raise your marketing game.
  • Never Eat Alone – This book impacted my life big time! The secret is in the way you use the power of relationships. It is all win-win.
  • Think and Grow Rich! – If you haven’t read this one, why not? One of the transformational classics. I highly recommend that you add it to the top of your list.

Standing O Show Guest Book Recommendations

If you have any questions about any of these resources, feel free to contact me.