Top 10 Paperless Office Technologies that will Increase Your Productivity

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The concept of the paperless office has been around for decades.  Unfortunately, the available technology was never quite good enough or cost effective enough to give most businesses a good return on investment (ROI)… until Now!

The latest technology is unbelievably effective at reducing or eliminating paper in your office.  Significant employee productivity gains are exciting to see within months, not years.

In our Small Business offices, we’ve been reducing one file cabinet per year by implementing these techniques.

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Top 7 Benefits of New Customer Service Technology (for Your Small Business in 2014)

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We all know that Customer Service has always been a critical component of all successful Businesses. However, you may not know about some of the latest Customer Service System Benefits that are now available for Small Businesses.

If you are still using the same Customer Service Technology from 3 to 5 years ago, you may find this information helpful to help Increase your Customer Satisfaction, Improve Staff Productivity and Increase your Sales this year.

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How to Find and Hire Top People Faster for Your Business?

The other day I was browsing the Zendesk website to learn more about their Customer Service / Help Desk solution for one of our clients.  As part of my review, I always look at the jobs postings (to see how fast a company is growing) and also scan the company Youtube videos.

I came across their recruiting video called “This is Zendesk.”  I didn’t plan on watching the whole thing.  However, the more I watched, the more I liked it. The video sucked me in, bit by bit.  After watching, I called over my business partner to watch it and give me her opinion.

We both thought it was great and walked away being very  impressed with the company and the people. If I was looking for a job, I would have wanted to work there… all from a simple video.

The job market for top people is getting more and more competitive. There are so many bad companies to work for out there.

After watching this video, you too may want to work at Zendesk. …. or you can produce one of these videos for your own company today.


The Zendesk Company Video used for Recruiting New Employees

So, one of the Secrets to finding and hiring Top People is … Produce a great low-budget recruiting video about working at your company.

Please comment with any other great company videos that would get a new employee excited to work for your company.

 

 

 

Top 5 Reasons the New iPads are Really Hot

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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!

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iPad Air or iPad Mini Retina? …Top 10 Tips for a Small Business

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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.

 

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Don’t Let Your Mobile Professionals Use Free WiFi at Starbucks

Businessman in a Cafe having Coffee using a Smartphone and Tablet  with VPN - photos by adamr with freedigitalphotos.net 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

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Top 10 Small Business Tips for Setting Up a Partner Program

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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?

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The Number One Secret to a Successful Sales Demo?

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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!

 

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What Happens When Your iPhone Gets Really Hot?

What happens when your iPhone gets too hot - This Screen Pops up

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.

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Top 10 Places to Sell Your Old Technology Equipment

Make Money Selling Used Technology Equipment

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.

 

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