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Lists of Best Business Applications and Web-based Business Software


In this installment of the App Guinea Pig series, I’m taking a look at subscription and recurring billing management software for my new website in development. You probably already know that a great way to monetize your business on the Web is by adding a paid subscription or monthly recurring option for your followers. (more…)


Skype is a great tool for all sorts of businesses. Not only does it help you stay in contact with your team members no doubt scattered across the globe, but Skype also helps consultants and other business professionals stay in touch with their clients. You may even offer Skype conferencing as a part of your assortment of services, as is often seen these days. But have you ever thought of using another communications app as an alternative to Skype? (more…)


Social Media Marketing is great fun right? The trouble is too many of us get engrossed in the making connections/sharing great content side but fall down when it comes to creating tangible leads and closing a sale. What can you do to find real leads and how do you turn those leads into customers? I have trawled the websites of some of our favorite marketing and sales apps and made a list of the most frequently asked questions. Let’s find out some of the answers to the most important questions YOU are asking. (more…)


Do you know what your field technician is doing right now, or why he’s been late to his past three scheduled appointments? Managing offsite employees is notoriously difficult, especially for companies in the service industry that rely on customer referrals to generate new business. Field service management apps are one of the ways that service and repair-based businesses are improving the efficiency and reliability of their offsite technicians. Although specific features vary from app to app, most field service management apps offer tools that managers can use to track the location of their employees, shorten billing cycles, cut down on unnecessary paperwork, and deliver better service overall. As a result, businesses that use field service management apps are able to improve on-time records, deliver better service and generate more referrals from satisfied customers. Below, you’ll find a list of the top five field service management apps on the marketplace today. (more…)


As you may have noticed, we're big-time cloud lovers around here, and we are loving the transition away from fixed media and physical processors to cloud-based, scalable solutions. But security is a common – and totally understandable – concern when considering whether or not to move your files and other digital assets to the computing cloud. (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…)


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…)


This post is primarily geared towards the implementation of  large on-premises software packages, particularly Enterprise Resource Planning software (ERP), however some principles may apply more broadly to businesses of al sizes as well. Whether you are selecting an introductory accounting package, or purchasing a full integrated ERP system, be sure to adhere to the following five steps: (more…)


Knowledge is power. Okay, okay - we know that's a little cliche. It's true, though. But what's even more powerful than what you know? What your team knows. As your business goes on through successive years, you collect a body of knowledge that defines all aspects of your organization, tempering the customer relationships you forge, and shaping the actions future generations of team members. In short, nothing is more important that the preservation of your business' collective knowledge. (more…)


Hiring people can be hard. As a hiring manager, you already know that, probably all too well! Of course, there have long been enterprise applications to help you keep track of applicants. But (without naming any of the applications’ names) you are probably just as aware that many of those old, clunky desktop applicant tracking programs are more trouble than they are worth – and we know you know the ones! So that’s why we’d like to turn your attention to the latest generation of applicant tracking apps. These apps are mobile-friendly, easy on resources, and have totally non-threatening learning curves. Whether you’re using an outdated applicant tracking program or, even worse, using scribbled paper employment applications, CVs and resumes stuffed into manila folders, it’s time to change with the times and switch to a cloud-based applicant tracking app. Let’s take a look at our picks for the top seven applicant tracking apps on the market. (more…)