Tech Tips to Take Your Business to the Next Level
In today’s constantly changing business environment, if you want your company to stay ahead of the competition and reach its target audience, being technologically savvy is no longer an option. As such, you will definitely want to employ the following tech tips to ensure your company’s success and alleviate any unneeded headaches.
Take Advantage of Social Media
These days, social media is only becoming more important. An increasing number of people are continually logging on to sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. As such, if your business does not have a strong presence on these and other social media sites, you are missing a huge opportunity to:
– Connect with current clients/customers
– Reach potential new clients/customers
– Take advantage of free advertising/promotional tools
By the end of 2013, Facebook had 1.23 billion monthly users worldwide, adding 170 million users in just one year. As such, many of your business’ current clients/customers probably already use the site. In addition, Facebook provides an enormous audience of potential clients/customers to market your business to. However, Facebook is just one of the many social networking sites available.
If your business can connect with the audience aggregated by many different social networking sites, it will be able to easily reach them with news and promotions. Furthermore, any time one of these users likes, comments on or reposts one of your company’s posts it is free advertising for your company.
Moreover, most social networking sites are free and easy to use. As such, there is no reason for your company to not have a strong social media presence.
However, effectively marketing your business through social media requires more than simply creating a page for your company. For information on how to market your business through social media, check out this article from Forbes.
If your company is using an IT system that is wired, then it is not up to date. These days, your company should be leveraging the power of the Internet to conduct business.
As such, Wi-Fi and devices, such as laptops, smart phones and tablets, can help improve the productivity of your employees, allowing them to constantly be online regardless of if they are at lunch in the break room or visiting another department.
However, a wired system forces employees to be at least somewhat tethered to their desks and limits the amount of time they can be online. In addition, wires create clutter and can be a hassle to deal with. Furthermore, more and more office devices, such as printers and even lighting systems can be linked with Wi-Fi now, making a wireless system an even better investment.
However, setting up any sort of IT system can be confusing. As such, don’t waste time trying to do it yourself. Spend a little money to hire proper business IT support to set up a sleek and properly working system in your office.
Get a Website Fit for This Day and Age
Many companies are just too focused on their main business objectives to remember to have their website properly built and updated. However, this is a big mistake. These days, people are much more likely to use the Internet to search for a product or service than any other avenue.
In addition, a company’s website provides an easy place for customers/clients to get answers to frequently asked questions and even purchase goods and services. As such, make sure that you take the necessary steps, even if it means spending some additional money, to ensure that your company’s website is:
– Up to date
– Easy to use
Remember that a poorly designed website with outdated information will drive people away. To get a better idea of what goes into designing a good website, read this piece from Entrepreneur magazine.
Back Up Everything Routinely
Losing important documents to a system failure can heavily stunt the progress of your company. As such, if you are not ensuring that all your company data is routinely backed up and stored safely, you are taking some serious risks.
Fortunately, it is currently quite easy to get software that will automatically back up your system’s information on a timely schedule. In addition, it is quite safe and affordable to save corporate data in the cloud, alleviating the need to purchase physical drives. With backing up data being so easy, you really only have yourself to blame if your company falls victim to data loss.
With the advent of internet and the extent of usage it is of added benefits if you use internet for your business needs. From creating an online presence for your business with a website to effective marketing strategies you can take your business to further growth. With a reliable internet service and online customer support you can maintain long term relations with your clients.
It has become the norm in the consumer space to be able access the information you need, when you need it, regardless of time or place. For some time, therefore, business users have demanded the same functionality for enterprise apps. And BI has been quick to come to the party.
All of these tips are spot-on! All four of these are important to begin and grow your business.
Really excellent post! I think you are spot on about backing up! We are an IT support solutions company and its one of our main safety features for clients, we back everything up daily not only for security but to ensure we have the most recent data if we ever run into an issue and need to get the clients systems back up and running to the last working system save!