5 Smart Tech Solutions to Boost Your Business

In today’s world, small and medium sized businesses are shifting their trends to equip their workplace with the latest technology. It helps them to conduct business in a strategic way and plan their business to get the competitive edge. Shifting the trend towards technology helps better product development, customer tracking and the marketing process.

You might have taken steps to get your business invested in the latest technology, but there may be a number of things that you have not yet considered. The following strategies will help you perform your tasks in a timely manner. Time saving and accuracy of work will be enhanced, allowing you to conduct your business more effectively. Here are some of the technology-based strategies that will help you in boosting your business.

1. Using Social Media to Boost Sales

Social media networks are helping small and medium sized businesses attract more customers and target them effectively. Social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are driving tools for your business to boost sales. With the proper implementation of social media strategy, you can enhance your brand, become prominent and interact with both your existing and potential customers as well as building an online community. There are several online communities that can provide a platform for your business which will help keep you ahead of your competitors. Hire a social media strategist to boost your sales.

2. Ensure Proper Online Platforms to Conduct Business

Things have changed a lot with the evolution of technology and that is why most companies are using different online systems to conduct an effective business operation. For example, finance managers use QuickBooks and Oracle to conduct all financial transactions, reporting and forecasting. Rather than relying on paperwork, the managers can easily conduct financial management in less time.

Similarly, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is helping owners build a better relationship with customers, checking on their past transactions and communicating with them.

Workload management has made it easy for owners to keep track of their employees on their tablet or mobile without having to meet with them directly at a designated place.

You can adopt these systems according to your business nature and requirements.

3. Connecting Teams Virtually Within the Company

Create employee portals and team sites to help individuals work successfully across the organization, irrespective of where the location is or the team. You will wipe out “corporate silos” that cut off communication because workers can now use technology to connect with others working on similar projects or find specialists to answer their questions throughout the organization.

4. Implementation of the Cloud System

The Cloud System is a very useful system used today by many small and large companies and has moved the technology paradigm for private companies. The Cloud System is a reliable and inexpensive way to store important documents, files and other business related items. With different plans from monthly to yearly packages offered at a low price, you can simply store your documents online. It will not only give you a safe platform for storage, but it will also allow your employees to access the documents, no matter where they are.

5. Develop a Mobile Application

We have all been reliant on technology, and the next step is developing a mobile application for your business which can bring about an interesting change. A well designed application for your business can open up the opportunities to build customer interaction and give them updates about your business. People are frequently on the move and don’t have time to access your website on a laptop. With a simple mobile application, your customer can get the latest updates about your business and stay in touch with just a single tap.

I hope that these tips will help you generate more traffic towards your business. By shifting your business to different technology-based strategies, you can generate additional revenue and manage your time and employees more effectively.

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How To Safeguard Your Privacy

Back in the “good ol’ daze” privacy was a very personal thing for most people. Now, in the digital age, privacy has taken on a new meaning: keeping your online property secure is just as important as your physical possessions. And the thieves (hackers) don’t discriminate; in fact, older less tech-savvy people can be easy-picking for those who want to gain access to private information.

A good password has become the first line of defence against digital theft. We can play a big part in protecting our privacy by using a password that is not going to be easy to pick. Good, unique passwords are the key to protecting yourself against being on the receiving end of being hacked.

If you’re playing ostrich when it comes to heeding advice to create more unique and secure codes, you’re not Robinson Whatshisname. The most common passwords, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords in 2014 from North America and Western Europe, show users are not taking the threat seriously. Some people still use passwords such as; ’123456′, single words such as ‘password’, ‘football’, ‘dragon’, or even their kid’s name, and wonder why they’re being hacked or have their identities stolen.

The bad guys know what passwords to try. You wouldn’t leave your front door unlocked, so why make it easy for people to get into your email, bank, or Wi-Fi

The best passwords, we’re told, use a combination of letters, numbers and capitalisation, and are often best based on phrases or sentences well known to the user. The phrase or sentence, of course, must mean something to you so you can easily remember it. Or, you could use an acronym of your favourite saying, interspersed with numbers and symbols, so it looks like gibberish. Say, for example, an old favourite of yours is ‘roses are red and violets are blue’ and you like number 7. You could set your password as ’7RaR&VaB7′. This is difficult to guess, yet easy to remember.

Listen up fellow-oldies! While you’re at safeguarding your privacy, try using different passwords for each account you have. If that task seems too daunting there are service providers who can help (for a price, of course).

If safeguarding your privacy is an issue for you, just go to http://www.justasktom.com and search ‘privacy’. If you’d like a free copy of anything you find, just let Neil know (neil@neil.com.au) and a digital copy will be with you, pronto.

Managing the Family Blender – Making Blended Families Work

Do you own a blender in your home? If you do, what type of blender would you say you own? Is it small, medium, or large? Is it one of those high-tech blenders with multiple buttons with different speeds? Or is it an older style blender with just a few buttons with only two or three different speeds? I do own blender in my home. I would have to say it is a rather large blender. As the man of my house and the head of my house hold, I take it upon myself to be the manager of the blender in my house. You see, the blender that I am referring to is not the kind that you may think. I am actually referring to my family.

I have a blended a family. My wife and I both come from previous marriages. In each of those marriages, we produced children. When my wife and I met and fell in love, we decided to bring our families together to form one big family. We are what you might call the modern-day “Brady Bunch.” The blended family is much more common today than it ever has been. If not handled the right way, being a part of a blended family can be a nightmare. On the other hand, if properly managed, a blended family can form a bond that can allow for the removal of the “Blended” and can just be a family; a healthy, supportive, and loving one.

My wife is 100% Dominican. She was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She moved to the United States at an early age and lived between New York, New Jersey, and Texas. I am African-American. I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. We are both ex-military and currently reside in North Carolina. Between my wife and I and our children, we bring three different ethnicities to the table. We also bring different upbringings, cultures, personalities, and attitudes as well. This can be a very stressful mix if the right frames of mind are not brought to the forefront. Luckily, my wife and I came to a very good understanding of how we want to raise our family. We both understand that we must have a sound foundation and that we must set the standards for our family and then stick by them.

We understand that bringing a blended family together is hard work and it takes great effort. It takes time for a family like this to gel together. It is not an overnight procedure. It is also very difficult to put a timeline on a process such as this. Each family dynamic is different and may take varying amounts of time to achieve the ultimate goal, which is a single, fully functional unit of love, respect and support for one another. We also understand that it takes plenty of fortitude to be able to manage the large mix of personalities and different attitudes, wants and desires. This effort has to be looked at as a life-long commitment to making the family work and everyone has to get on one accord and do their part. My wife and I made that commitment before we even got married and we recognize that putting the blender to work in our family starts with us. As the head of my house, I feel that it ultimately starts with me setting the tone.

Here are some concepts that my wife and I decided to incorporate into our family culture.

1) Rules must be put in place to develop discipline and responsibility. Once my wife and I agree on a house rule, we hold everyone accountable. Each child is held to the same standard. No one receives preferential treatment and everyone who violates a house rule is subject to the same punishment.

2) Communication on our part as parents is critical when dealing with our children. We have to always be in agreement with everything when it comes to the children. We never let any of our children play us against one another. Whatever my wife tells them, I back her up and vice versa. We never have disagreements in front of them. We save those for when we are alone and can talk things out in private.

3) Respect is huge in our family. There are all boys here in the house. I am tough on them when it comes to respecting the woman of the house. There is to be absolutely no disrespect of any kind displayed toward my wife at any time. It does not matter if it is her biological sons or her step-sons. I correct with haste, any actions that I deem disrespectful towards her. Teaching the boys how to respect women is a priority of mine and I will work hard to instill that quality in all of them. I demand respect as well, but the dynamic of my relationship with the boys is slightly different and I go out of my way to distinguish that difference with them.

4) Education is very important to our family. We try to instill the value of education into our children. We don’t just do that by word of mouth. We also demonstrate it through our actions. My wife is pursuing her undergraduate degree and I am working on a degree as well. They see us faithfully completing our school work as well as pursuing our career dreams. We want them to understand that they must work hard to achieve their goals and dreams. We make sure they understand that whatever they want to do or be, they can if they put their minds to it and work hard.

5) Family fun is necessary for bonding and just being able to unwind and enjoy being with each other. We consistently do family events together. Whether it is a cruise, sporting event, going to church or to a movie, a trip to one of our favorite restaurants, or just taking a drive to Baskin Robbins for some ice cream, we spend lots of time together doing fun things as a family. We work hard, so we should play hard as well. We also support one another’s individual events. All of our children like to play different sports. We all support each other in our individual events too. We want everyone in this family to know they have a support system at home that they can trust and depend on.

6) Love is the key ingredient that helps to make everything work. We try as hard as we can to create an environment that is full of love. My wife and I are very affectionate in our home. We show lots of affection in front of our boys so they can see it. I love my wife and I show her through my affections towards her. If they follow my example, my boys will also learn how to properly treat a lady, with kindness and respect. We also show plenty of affection towards the boys. We want them to know that we love them. We want them to understand that we desire to see all of them grow up to be happy and successful men.

Our overall goal is to ensure that our children have a safe, healthy, and loving environment where they can grow, thrive, and become well-rounded young men. We believe that the six concepts that we incorporated into our family culture have begun to reap great rewards. We still have a lot more to do and a long way to go, but we are well on our way to a great start in developing our family. I believe the same concepts can also be helpful to anyone who has a blended family.

Remember, nurturing a blended family is like making the perfect cake batter! Once you have all the ingredients, blend them together until you have a smooth mix. When the cake is baked in the oven at the right temperature for the right amount of time, you will have a nice looking, sweet-smelling, and great tasting dessert. This is the way I see my family, which is why I work so hard to make sure our family is built on unity, love, and respect. That is why I consider myself to be the manager of the blender in my home. Truthfully, every member of the blended family has to contribute in order to make the family a success. So in a way, each person is a manager of the family blender. Let the blender in your house work for you!