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Marketing Pitfalls to Avoid

Most businesses that want to increase overall profit do so through a variety of ways. Some decrease their workforce to save on salary expenses, while others create new products to sell. A third option is to alter or create a new marketing campaign. If done well, this can bring in new sales, expand your customer base, or help you focus on a niche market. It’s important to know which marketing tactics to use, and which to steer clear of. Here’s a list of marketing pitfalls you should avoid.

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Planning for Possible Business Disasters

The word disaster conjures up images of hurricanes, floods, fires, tsunamis, and other natural events that cause severe damage to homes and communities. But there are other disasters that occur in more subtle ways that can cause just as much, if not more damage. From a business standpoint, a missed delivery, or improper invoicing could be a huge disaster when it comes to profits. If you own or manage a company, it’s important to anticipate possible business disasters, and have a plan in place for when the time is right.

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6 Time Management Tips for your Workday

Throughout your workday it’s easy to get distracted by the people and events going on around you. Having the world wide web at your fingertips doesn’t make it any easier. Once you do manage to get focused the task at hand, are you really working as efficiently as possible? One of the best skills you can offer as an employee is good time management. Here are a handful of tips to get you started.

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Softphones VS VoIP Phones for Business

Anytime a business transitions to VoIP phones services, there are many decisions that need to be made. One of these involves which type of phones to use. The two available types are dedicated VoIP phones and softphones. Each has advantages and disadvantages to consider. Let’s go over the basics of softphones vs VoIP phones so you can make right right decision for your business.

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How Much does Downtime Cost your Business?

When was the last time you experienced a power outage at work? How long did it take before work resumed as normal? Did this prevent potential sales, inhibit the completion of a project, or cause a delay in production? The obvious answer is yes, but can you put a monetary value on this lost time? Statisticians have done this exact thing, allowing businesses to determine the estimated cost of downtime. We’ll share some of the basics with you.

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Avoid these Pitfalls of Cheap Internet Service

Choosing an internet service provider (ISP) is not something to be taken lightly. If you choose the wrong one, you could be overcharged or receive subpar service and internet speeds. Before signing a contract, it’s important to research your options carefully to avoid getting scammed by cheap internet service. These four pitfalls should be avoided when making your selection.

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Stop Interruptions Caused by Insufficient Bandwidth

Have you ever been in the middle of an online video conference, or putting the finishing touches on a business proposal when your computer simply freezes? You probably wiggled your mouse, or pushed other buttons in hopes of fixing the issue, all to no avail. In the end you most likely restarted your computer and had to pick up where you left off. Anyone whose experienced something of this nature knows just how frustrating it can be. Could insufficient bandwidth be the cause of this problem?

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Don’t Let Speaker Phone Ruin Your Conference Calls

Individuals who participate in frequent conference calls know speaker phone can be a problem. Depending on the type of speakers, the location of the microphone, and the program being used, it could be nearly impossible to hear those on the other end of the phone. There are specific speakers designed to work in this scenario, but what if you don’t have those or can’t afford to buy them? Here are three tips to make conference calls over speaker phone more enjoyable.

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What are the Different Types of Cloud Services?

What we refer to as “the cloud” has been around since the 1960’s. However, it didn’t become part of mainstream culture until August of 2006 when Google CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, used the term “cloud computing” at an industry conference. Since then, the cloud has become an integral part of computer software for many businesses around the world. As more companies are choosing to use the cloud, it’s important to first understand the differences between the three main types of available cloud services. This can help you determine which is best for your specific business.

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Nifty Stuff You Can Do With Your Contact List

When you get a new phone, upgrade your laptop, or switch phone carriers, one of the biggest things to worry about is transferring your contacts. Your address book or contact list is where you keep valuable information about family members, friends, and business associates. Losing this data could be extremely detrimental, which is why VoIP carriers have provided the following helpful ways to transfer, integrate, and get in touch with your contacts.

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