Monthly Archives: February 2013

To This Day – Someone Needs This

When I first saw and heard this poem, I was deeply touched. Enough that I needed to share it.

As kids, and even grown-ups, many of us experience this kind of thing even “to this day!”  When I saw the video below  which was the spoken words of the poem written by Shane Koyczan and then Animated, I was in awe.

To This Day Project is a project based on a spoken word poem written by Shane Koyczan to further explore the profound and lasting impact that bullying can have on an individual.

Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. We can give them a starting point… A message that will have a far reaching and long lasting effect in confronting bullying.

Animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments that will thread into one fluid voice. This collaborative volunteer effort will demonstrate what a community of caring individuals are capable of when they come together. Read more here..


We all know someone, or maybe even ourselves that need to see this. If you care, if you love someone, or if you know someone that this could help and make a difference in their life, please, no matter how young or old, no matter what seems to be their challenge or predicament, please share this with them.

Collectively, we as caring people, and even individually can help make a difference to someone, anyone just like the difference the collaborative effort this poem and video has made since it was put together. Over 5,000,000 million views and hopefully lives have been touched and changed in the last 10 days since this posted.

We ARE the caretakers of this World and its people, and WE CAN make a difference if we try. 🙂

 

Creating Hotspot Links on Pictures

This is an example of an online office, but as you can see… I’ve stepped away.

The image below is loaded with links and labels which will provide you access to the stuff that I think you might need or at least be interested in while I’m out.  Go ahead and feel free to click around on the picture, and if you’re interested in learning how to do this yourself… just continue reading.

There are 28 different links in this picture, can you find them all?

Real Estate Video RainMaker Graduate Real Estate 411 Info & Netwok Agent Assist Goal Planner Listen To The Music All the Bread Crumbs on the Web ActiveRain Puddles Real Estate Tech World Check Out These Digs! Contact Me Get The Entire Feed Here What's In Here? Hmm... DebraLee Darling & Her Brad Habit Armored Flight The Heartbeat Band Cool Pin Boards Free Training & Support Calendar Photos, Images, & Graphics Library Visit My Other Office The Internetarian & Web Concierge REALTOOLS for REALTORS Wine Valley Reviews San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Information FaceBook Twitter LinkedIN YouTube Who's Office Is This?  Let Me Google That For You... Image Map

So, how do you add these “Labels” and “Links” on YOUR images, graphics, and pictures? Let me show you.

They are called “hotspots” (or image mapping) and can be added to any pictures, images, and graphics of your choice using a variety of different software applications and programs.  For the picture above, I used SnagIt by TechSmith.  For this tutorial, I’ll make it even easier by using an online tool called Image-Maps.

No software, no downloads, and it’s free.

1. Go to Image-Maps.com and upload any image
2. Select the area on the image using the selector tool
3. Place the “hotspot” where you want the link to be
4. Add the URL (hyper-link) and label for the hotspot
5. Then save the image and grab the embed code
6. Copy and Paste the embed code on any HTML page

Hotspots on Images

Final Important note: Once you create and complete your hotspot image with all the links, you’ll want to host the original picture you’ve uploaded to the Image-Maps server somewhere else.  The site owner deletes your pic after 24hrs.  You can host it on Photobucket, Flickr, Picasa, on your own server/space at GoDaddy etc. 

Just replace the image-map URL in the HTML code with the URL where your image will now be hosted.

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Now this may seem complicated at first glance, but it’s not.  In literally minutes, you’ll have an awesome picture or graphic with valuable links all over it for your clients and prospects.  Just take a moment and think of the many possibilities and the variety of ways you could be using something like this:

IE: Banners, Headers, Footers, Email Signatures, Home and Office Tours, and that’s just the beginning…

What about these ideas for some uses:

  • Layouts with Facebook, Multiply, and hundreds of other social networking sites
  • Blog and web site headers and navigational bars or sitemaps
  • Website applications like advertisements and forum signatures
  • Navigational features like schematics, floor plans, blue prints, diagrams and flow charts
  • City, County, and Country maps.  Also click-able store locators and more

Here’s the online “image-mapper” go ahead and try it, it’s free. If you prefer software to do this, get a free copy of iMapBuilder and give it a shot… I mean “spot” lol~ You can also purchase SnagIt which is really inexpensive if you want the additional features they offer.  I use it frequently on my images, screenshots, graphic,s and pics.

Here’s a quick video showing how easy it is to image map without using software


There are a few additional HTML tricks and tips that can be useful for getting the most out of this tool and process, (like centering and targeting) and I’d be happy to share those with you too. But this should get you started and well on your way to creating some awesome graphics and pictures with hotspots, labels, and links built into them.

How To Add a Quiz To Video

How do you add a customized quiz at the end of your video? First of all you might be asking yourself why you’d want to? One reason would be to see how well your message was delivered? Based on the quiz results, you could determine the effectiveness of your content?  I bet you can think of more ideas, right?

Go ahead and click anywhere on the test image below to watch the 90 second video followed by a five question (multiple choice) quiz to see how it works in real time. You can see the results and your score when done, but what’s cool is that the author (me) also receives the results too.

Contact Forwarding

How was this created?  I used Camtasia to create the video and embed the quiz at the end. The video file was uploaded to a server for you to access via the above graphic.  The quiz results are shown to you and emailed to me. This allows me the ability to see and measure the results.

Adding a quiz to video is easy with Camtasia, and can be a great tool for measuring your effectiveness.
BTW – This new contact forwarding feature launched by my company is pretty awesome if you ask me.