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Benefits of using an online proofing software Design-centric projects are envisaged for the creation of aesthetic and appealing designs within the stipulated time frame and with allocation of limited amount of budget and other resources. These designs are of great importance for a business and are often used for promoting and branding a business, so these can create a positive impact on customers’ minds and make its products and services more popular and acceptable. These designs may consist of a logo, website design or of any other type. A business wishing to execute a design project has to collaborate with a designer for fast and accurate design creation. For orderly and timely execution of such projects, there has to be prompt and effortless communication between a designer and his clients. Only then designs can be created fast and efficiently. All of this can be achieved efficiently using an online proofing and collaboration software. (more…)

What to Consider Before Using Collaboration Software

By Stephanie Miles, 23 December 2013

Collaboration software changes the way businesses operate. As the percentage of professionals who work remotely continues to grow — recent statistics by Forrester Research show that 34 million Americans now work from home, and that number is expected to grow to 63 million by 2016 — companies have struggled to find ways to continue fostering group collaboration in the workplace. The days when employees could solicit feedback and debate the merits of various business ideas while standing around the water cooler have long since passed. Although the Internet provides a suitable environment for getting work done outside the office, it isn’t necessarily conducive for group collaboration. Businesses of all sizes, and particularly those in the small to mid-size category, are facing this issue head on. Some are doing away with telecommuting and asking employees to return to the office, but far more are looking for digital solutions to this problem. Cloud-based collaboration tools are flooding the market, aiming to fill the void that’s been left by employees who regularly work from home. Managers have their pick of the litter when it comes to deciding which collaboration tool to choose. However, most experts recommend against taking a one-size-fits-all approach. Each collaboration tool has its own pros and cons, and there is no one single platform that will work for every company. Collaboration Software - Four Important Things to Consider Here are four issues to consider when selecting a collaboration software suite for your business: (more…)

Many tour operators attempt to go the DIY route and build their own online reservation system, but going this route is costly and full of complications. In this post, Simon Lenoir from Rezdy, will  discuss the benefits of going with an online booking software vendor instead of trying to build it from scratch. (more…)

Overworked managers have enough on their hands without throwing employee-scheduling issues into the mix. Although the majority of retail and restaurant managers still use printed calendars and digital spreadsheets to manage their staff schedules, a crop of new web-based tool employee scheduling software making the process easier. The average restaurant manager spends between one and eight hours a week creating employee schedules using spreadsheets and printed ledgers, according to a survey by TimeForge. As a business grows and the number of employee increases, the complexities related to scheduling issues can quickly multiply. Vacation days, work hour limitations, and employee preferences all have to be taken into account when creating staff schedules, and last-minute changes can throw a major wrench in the process. Although there is no doubt that employee scheduling software is more expensive than traditional methods of scheduling management — after all, a pen-and-paper are almost free — the benefits far outweigh the costs. Here are five reasons why companies should consider using employee scheduling software. (more…)

5 Ways to Optimize Leads Using Sales Automation Software

By Stephanie Miles, 21 November 2013

More than 3.8 million companies now use sales automation software, and marketing automation has seen the swiftest growth of any CRM segment in the last five years, according to data from Focus Research. Still, for every business that uses sales automation software to manage client relationships, business process, and sales goals, there are at least a dozen others that haven't adopted the technology — usually because they are unaware of what the benefits of sales automation software really are. At the core, sales automation tools makes it possible for busy professionals to improve the way they track sales opportunities, negotiate contracts, handle customer relationships, and offer support to clients. Among the more sales-focused features provided by these cloud-based applications are lead qualification, email marketing, and digital campaign reporting. Sales automation software empower busy teams to increase efficiency and improve the bottom line. By providing their employees with the appropriate tools for basic support and process optimization, managers can help their staffs achieve maximum results. Despite the obvious benefits, the reality is that sales automation systems are not silos, and they will not work efficiently if a company isn't optimizing the software it has in place. Every employee needs to be on board with using cloud-based sales automation tools in order for a system to work as it should, especially in cases where a business is using these tools to speed up pipelines and manage sales leads. Five strategies for optimizing sales leads with sales automation software (more…)

Benefits of using project portfolio management software Project portfolio management is a standard set of business practices, also known as PPM. When used correctly, project portfolio management software and practices allow businesses to construct projects and initiatives that align with their organization objectives, maximizing time and efficiency at the corporate level. At the core of PPM is a set of strategic principles. In order to adhere to these principles, businesses need to prioritize their projects, budget for all incoming and outgoing funds, track the progress of all ongoing initiatives, and allocate their resources appropriately. These are big tasks, and they require a level of commitment that few businesses are usually ready take on. For businesses that are ready to jump on board the PPM bandwagon, the benefits can be significant. (more…)

Learning Management Systems - An easy way to onboard new employees Replacing an employee who has quit or been fired is a process that is both time consuming and expensive. Not only are human resources managers responsible for identifying and hiring suitable replacements, but they are also expected to manage the process of onboarding any new hires. Typical employee onboarding processes can vary from company to company, however a few basic components include introducing new staffers to their colleagues, getting all necessary paperwork and contracts signed, and offering the appropriate training seminars. It’s this final step — administering formal training programs — that tends to trip many companies up. The quality of a company’s training program has a significant impact on how well new employees are able to assimilate in their environment. Orientation meetings, mentorship programs, safety workshops, and other regulatory compliance sessions are an important part of the onboarding process. Unfortunately, these sessions also tend to eat up valuable resources and time for overworked human resources professionals. As a result, it’s not uncommon for new employee seminars to be rushed through or skipped altogether. (more…)

Ecommerce is one of the fastest growing sectors of the retail economy, and that’s exactly why you might be at risk. The fact that global ecommerce is expected to top $1.5 trillion in 2013 is fantastic news for savvy internet retailers. However, businesses aren’t the only ones who see potential, and state and local taxing jurisdictions are taking new steps to tap this sector as a revenue stream. Unfortunately, many online retailers in the USA remain unaware of new and changing sales tax rules. This puts them at risk when it comes to compliance. In this post, we will explain new trends in online sales tax and offer tips for how to reduce risk for your business. (more…)

What is a CRM and How to Choose a CRM App?

By Aina Neva, 20 September 2013

Businesses rely on CRM software to simplify their customer service, sales and marketing functions. The software is offered on two basic platforms, namely, in-house and cloud-based applications. It is imperative that you select the platform that is ideal for your specific business needs, with regard to the pricing, technical know-how and size of business. Here is a very quick guide on how to choose your CRM. (more…)

Many businesses benefit from placing their key business processes in cloud-based software, including those in the tour and activities sector. This is why the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) signed an agreement with Microsoft last year to develop tourism across the world using cloud technology. According to Microsoft's International President, Jean-Philippe Courtois, "It is more and more important for tourism sector enterprises to develop their online businesses by looking to the most advanced technology. In this regard, the adoption of cloud computing is key, as it provides access to a solid web platform that will make it possible to offer more productive, efficient and competitive services." When key business tool like online booking apps are cloud-based, tour operators benefit for 3 key reasons. (more…)