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A business owner, who is efficient in his work, is likely to incorporate a culture of efficiency in the team working with him. Small businesses, however, are often replete with efficiency issues because of one person making a majority of the decisions. Business efficiency is all about making the most of what you have. Small business owners often fall into the trap of overestimating or underestimating their resources, thus failing to function at their efficient best.  (more…)

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How to Create and Share Business Content

By Diana Berryman, 28 July 2014

Content Marketing is the buzz-word around town right now. There are a ton of options for content to share but it can seem a bit daunting if it is outside your comfort zone. Don’t be intimidated by the over-confidence of people online, most of us have winged it at some time. Learn as you go along. Find out what works for you and your business. More than likely you will make a few mistakes along the way but as long as you learn from them you will come out a winner! You already have all the tools you need, but maybe you don’t know it yet. If you are passionate about what you sell, you are halfway there. A love of your product or service is a great base to creating amazing content for your content marketing campaign. The next step is to come up with ideas for your content. (more…)


How much time, effort and money do you spend on helping your customers and clients? What if I told you that you could slash all those variables by automating as much as possible? Automation might conjure up ideas of robotic assembly lines like the one in the picture, but that's old school. These days automation is as at home in your office as it was in the factory. Help desk automation is not just within your reach, it's also ripe for the picking. (more…)


Two heads have always been better than one. With the possibilities of communication over the web, those heads can be separated by thousands of miles – but that’s OK if they’re connected via good collaboration tools. Those tools have come a long way from the office conference calls and messaging of yesterday. Now with mobile and cloud computing, collaboration doesn’t even need fixed locations or times anymore. Collaboration tool functionality may include: Messaging via video, voice and text (keyboard) chat. Blogging and microblogging (micro blogs allow users to exchange small pieces of content such as a sentence, an images, or a link.) Wiki or Question and Answer spaces. Forums for discussions and expression of ideas and opinions. Social networking features to build and manage relationship-linked groups of people. (more…)


You've heard of the the acronym FOMO, or fear of missing out, right? When people in your company or social circles start using the terms "big data", "warehousing", "business intelligence" and "data mining", and you don't really know what they are talking about, it might just be enough to provoke an acute case of, you guessed it, FOMO. (more…)



How digital is your company? Before trying to answer that question, it’s best to understand what ‘digital’ means – and therefore what a ‘digital transformation’ really is. ‘Digital’ is the use of technology to help people use information. But one PC on its own or even per person does not make a company ‘digital’, if there is no good digital interaction between those persons. What collaboration software can do is to link all those pockets of ‘digital’ and power a digital transformation. (more…)


Best Marketing Influencers on Twitter

By Diana Berryman, 10 July 2014

Marketing in general, and particularly social media marketing, is taking over the world! Ok so I am slightly biased, being a social media marketer myself, but it is an exciting, ever-changing world of new and inspirational ways to make a success of your business. The very best thing about marketing your business on Twitter is that absolutely anyone can do it! There is so much information out there, millions of blog posts to read. Thousands of great people to mentor you. A billion ideas for you to adapt to suit your own business and to inspire you to imagine brand new ideas. If you are new to marketing and social media it won’t do you any harm at all to learn from the best. I started writing this list with people in mind. The more research I did the more amazing, influential, marketers I came across. This may have to be the first of a series of articles about the people who know their marketing stuff on Twitter. Watch, read and learn folks! (more…)


Product and process manufacturing have changed beyond recognition in recent years. Now, document management can be automated in ways that leave traditional manual approaches light years behind. Whether the starting point is an e-document or a paper document (all those legacy repositories still need to be integrated), the next steps are virtual all the way to the end. (more…)


Ten of the Best Marketing Time-Savers

By Diana Berryman, 8 July 2014

How do I find the time to manage all my online marketing campaigns I hear you cry? Planning an adventurous, multi-level, fast-paced online marketing campaign is essential to your business success, but how do you find the time to manage it all? That is where marketing automation software comes in. Platforms that allow you to complete repetitive jobs in no time at all, plus the ability to: (more…)


There are a couple of trends in cloud-based business software: mobility, integrations, customization, and ease of use. All these are happening with one goal in mind: to make technological business solutions accessible to the masses. You no longer need a doctorate in a specific software niche to improve processes and productivity -- pretty much anyone can use business apps for this. But this is a rather newer ideal. That's why it's interesting that way back in 2003, Kevin Sequeira joined Tenrox (now a part of Upland Software), a company that makes professional services automation software for the greater professional services market. Today, we learn from Kevin, the General Manager & Director of Product management of how it happened. (more…)