Monthly Archives: April 2013

Small business owners report time spent on social media is paying off

Time spent on social media activities is paying off for many small business owners, a new survey reveals.  The Manta Q1 2013 SMB Wellness Index of over 1200 small to mid-size business owners indicates 39 percent of respondents report a return on their social media investment, with 30 percent realizing returns greater than $2000. Over one third of respondents – 36 percent – report their … Continue reading Small business owners report time spent on social media is paying off »

How to keep your small business mobile devices under control

Is it taking you longer and longer to shut down your electronic devices when the flight attendant asks that you do?  A survey from Juniper Networks last year indicated that mobile users worldwide own an average of three Internet-connected devices, while nearly one in five people own five or more devices for work and home use. Small Business Trends recently interviewed me about ways small … Continue reading How to keep your small business mobile devices under control »

How to place follow-up calls to seal the deal for your small business

There’s no telling how things will go when you place a follow-up sales call. A prospect that may appear enthusiastic about your small business offering may not return a call or respond to your email. You can attribute their failure to reply to a number of things – they found a more attractive deal, had a change of mind, want a different solution or decided … Continue reading How to place follow-up calls to seal the deal for your small business »

How to Have a Crazy Good Meeting from Anywhere: 5 Tech Tools You Need Today

If you’re anything like me, “meeting from anywhere” means dialing an phone number into a conference bridge, toggling awkwardly on your smartphone for the 10-digit passcode and hitting the mute button so the other attendees don’t hear the airport background noise. But for us telecommuters and road warriors , you can end the insanity and have a crazy good, crazy productive meeting from anywhere. Here are five tech tools you need today to make it happen: 1.

Laptops vs Tablets: What’s the best mobile work device?

If you’re looking to buy a new mobile computer, choosing between a laptop and a tablet is an increasingly difficult decision. Mobility, apps and design are all big considerations when parting with your hard-earned cash. Or maybe it’s your company’s cash, and it has a BYOD policy , in which case security is also an issue

The Driving Force Behind Innovation

Did you know the first webcam was invented to check to see if a coffee pot was empty without having to get up?  Students at Cambridge University invented the first webcam so that they could monitor the coffee pot from another room, so they wouldn’t have to walk all the way there if it was empty.  The old phrase goes, “If you want to find an easy … Continue reading The Driving Force Behind Innovation »