If you’re planning on buying a new iPad, you have to decide which size works best for you and your small business.
The good news is that both the iPad Air (10″) and the iPad Mini Retina (8″) have the latest technology in the tablet industry and are rated very high by most of the industry reviewers.
Below are Top 10 Tips for selecting an iPad, a description of my ideal iPad and some Final Tips when considering buying an iPad.
Apple rolled out the new iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina in November 2013 and many of the reporters and analysts complained that there was nothing new or exciting in the new products. They questioned if Apple still had it….
Well, I beg to differ with them!
Here are five technology reasons why the new iPads are really HOT and why you should consider buying them. …Continue Reading
As a Small Business owner, you have to be crazy to let your mobile professionals use the Starbucks Free WiFi without using a low-cost VPN App on their Smartphone, Tablet or Laptop.
I’m not trying to pick on Starbucks (although it helped get your attention didn’t it?). This issue exists with most FREE WiFi services, including Airports, Restaurants, Cafes, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Hotels, etc. It’s a bigger concern when you travel overseas.
If you are wondering… A virtual private network (VPN) enables a Desktop, Laptop, Smartphone and Tablet to send and receive encrypted data across open public networks like WiFi. In many small businesses, VPN is more secure than their own private company WiFi network. Wikipedia has a more technical description of a VPN Network
We’ve been working with various partner programs for the last 20 years. Some very good… many NOT so good.
Today, setting up partnerships in business is a standard practice for many new companies.
It’s a lot of work to do it right. Since so many companies now have partner programs, it’s also very hard to compete with all the other companies pitching their programs. So how do you stand out from the crowd? How do you get your partners to use your product over the competition?
So how many times have you watched a Product Demo in a Webinar, Trade Show or in a face-to-face meeting and all you see is a Rep walking you through each feature and function on the webpage?
Then the Rep clicks on another page and does it all again. At the end of a 10 to 45-minute demo, they ask you if you have any questions. Sound familiar?
Unfortunately, when you see this type of demo, you are watching a typical demo done by 80% of Sales Reps and Business Development Reps. Yesterday, I sat through another demo just like this.
There is a better way!
Last Saturday was a very hot day in Silicon Valley. It’s the beginning of summer and it hit 87 degrees outside right before lunch. We’re having a heat wave!
After a lunch meeting, I jumped into the car to drive to my next appointment, turned on the air conditioner and started making some calls (yes….using a headset). The iPhone was with me in the air-conditioned restaurant during lunch.
After leaving, I put my iPhone 5 on the center console before driving off to my next meeting…..The iPhone was sitting in the sun and I had 54% of the battery charge left. After 20 minutes on the phone, the phone line suddenly went dead and this black and yellow screen to the right popped up…. I’ve had an iPhone for four years and have never seen this before.
It looks like the phone went from cool in the air-conditioned restaurant to overheated in 20 minutes. Wow, that was fast!
Once I realized what was going on, I quickly took the iPhone and held it by the air conditioning vent. It cooled down in less than five minutes and started working again. However, I did let it sit in the shade with the air-conditioning on it for another 15 minutes.
Over the last few years, technology has changed rapidly. As a result, we have old used technology equipment lying around our closets and drawers at our office and home. During our Spring Cleaning and End-of-Year Clean-Out Projects, we get rid of the old stuff – some we give away to family and friends, others we recycle and some we sell.
We researched and listed below our Top 10 Places to Sell Used Technology, including: Laptop, Desktop, Game Consoles, Smartphone, eBook Reader or Tablet. At the bottom of this list is a link to another article that lists the Top 10 places to just recycle the old stuff.
Many Small Businesses are looking to increase sales this year by expanding or upgrading an Inside Sales Program. In this article we outline the Top Five business-to-business strategies for implementing fast-selling Inside Sales Teams in a company.
There are many factors that determine which strategy is best for your organization. Although Social Networking and Marketing are very Hot Topics this year, you still need a fast-moving, high quality sales team to grow a small businesses. The common benefits of adding or expanding inside sales programs include:
- Shifting more experienced (and more expensive) Field Sales Reps to Higher-End Sales Opportunities
- Reducing the Cost of overall Sales Resources
- Establishing Sales Coverage around the US and World
- Responding to Sales Inquiries Faster
- Building a Sales Infrastructure that is flexible and can continue to quickly Grow Sales
Note: For this article we define Inside Sales Reps as staff with “Sales” Skills and Training. Reps that only focus on Social Marketing, Lead Qualification, Lead Generation and Demand Generation are NOT addressed in this article.
As a Small Business Owner, I’m always looking for ways to save money when traveling overseas. We’re planning a business trip to London England from San Francisco. I’m only traveling with an iPhone, iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard / case for this trip. The laptop stays on my desk in the office.
I set up a basic (but expensive) international data plan with my main AT&T account as a backup wireless resource. However, I want to use WiFi services as much as possible to save money. I need WiFi for Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) phone Calls, sending / receiving Text Messages, Managing Social Networking, checking eMails and working on Web Applications.
We just completed extensive research on the lowest cost and best options for WiFi services in London, UK and Ireland. The bottom line is that it’s a confusing mess of choices…and there are lots of options for using WiFi. To begin, I always check with my hotel before leaving on a trip, as well as plan for other WiFi services.
The following is a summary of the other best WiFi options I could find:
In 2013, there is a much larger opportunity than in the last few years for non-technology oriented Small Businesses to implement the latest technology. All of them will help you increase your sales and/or reduce your costs.
In addition, technology prices have dropped like a rock and they are so much easier to use (and learn) than ever before. This article was written for the non-technical owner or manager of a Home or Small Business.