How To Improve Your Business Through Tech

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We live in a modern world today, and that means that when running a business, everything is focused around the kind of technology you use which tends to be based around the internet. People don’t really read newspapers anymore, they look online for their daily updates. So when owning a business, you need to make sure that you are current and on trend so that your target audience can see you and learn about you. The way you plan on doing that is your choice, but the more options you leave open for yourself – the more chance you have of making your business a successful one.

Understand and implement new strategies
You should always be looking at new ways to upgrade your performance and get as much traffic as you can to your website, but if you’re not too sure on new ways of doing this, you will find it extremely hard to stand out and be different to your competition. This is why seeking out help from professionals like WGroup IT Management consulting can make such a big difference. They will be able to find the right route for you so you can get everything you want and more. You will also want to think about the little things, like the presentation on your site.

A lot of business owners tend to think the more, the better, as pages will look full of information and life that way, but this is in fact how a lot of people fail. There is no room for your pages to breathe, and it can end up looking messy, chaotic and overwhelming for your customers. So don’t be afraid of blank spaces. They will open up your design and be a lot clearer to indulge in.

Review your social media account
Social media is a brilliant way to market yourself as a business because it is not only the biggest source of news and entertainment but only usually costs time at the initial startup. There are millions and millions of individuals who all have their own personal accounts, so do some research and choose the platform your target customers frequent the most. It’s important that you manage your social media account and ensure that you are posting regularly, otherwise, people will lose interest quickly. You need to put out content that properly represents who you are as an overall brand and business, as well as what you do and what you can offer people. Then you need to think about the appropriate hashtags and captions to combine it all together. This is important as depending on your hashtags will determine the kind of people that see your content. If you need help with this, let us know! We love helping businesses of all sizes establish a social voice. 

Analyze your data and learn from it
You collect data for a reason, so never neglect the information that you’re able to receive. Data is an astounding way that you are able to really read into what you’re doing, whether it’s working, how you can improve and what you need to change. It allows you to have an insight into every single area of your business. Data can help you answer any questions that you may have along the way. But this can only work if you pay attention and learn from what it’s able to tell you. For example, data can have the ability to tell you exactly how much traffic your website has had, as specific as how many views an hour, to how many views in that week or month. This tells you a lot, especially if and when you make various changes because you will know whether traffic has then dropped as a result, or doubled. With a trial and error process of testing new things, you can then figure out what was successful, and what was a failure.

Technology is such an important thing within a business, and new advances are happening at a rapid pace. Just look at how far we’ve come in the last five years – let alone the last decade. Start small with just a website and one social media account. Give those two things the attention they deserve and see how it affects your business. 

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Your Business Needs To Embrace The Digital World

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It can be tricky to keep up with the ever-changing world of technology. A piece of tech seems to get twice as fast, twice as powerful or half the size every six months, on in the case of the iPhone bigger every release. This can be especially challenging when you’re running a small business. As the business world shifts more and more into digital territory, it can feel as though you’re getting left behind. But technology is not your enemy! New technologies can provide your business with just the boost it needs to compete in today’s market. Here are some ways in which you can use technology to keep your company on the cutting edge.

Smartphones and tablets
Chances are you already have at least one of these. You might even be reading this on one of them. Smartphones and tablets are the perfect piece of tech for any business owner who’s constantly on the go. It’s pretty rare that you’ll have time to regularly sit down at a desk to check your emails or schedule. That’s where your phone or tablet come to the rescue. You can check any information, respond to emails and arrange meetings all without interrupting your workday for even a moment.

The cloud
For any small business owner, storage can be a nightmare. The last thing you want is to find yourself buried under mountains of storage data. This can slow down your networks and make accessing vital information for more hassle than it needs to be. That’s where the cloud comes in. The cloud is a server farm that provides massive amounts of space to store files and data. It keeps them safe and secure and ensures that you can always find the information you need. When thinking about storage solutions, make sure you find a cloud provider that works with your business. Working with companies like Ntiva IT services and support is a great idea. That way not only are you in a better position to start using cloud services, but you’re also going to be able to embrace the IT side of your business much more confidently.

Digital Advertising
Gone are the days of paper ads and billboards. Why bother when there’s a superior and more cost effective method of advertising at your fingertips. For small businesses, the ability to focus advertising to be location specific is a gift. You can provide advertising that targets people in a small radius around the location of your business. This lets you avoid pointlessly advertising to people who will never be in a position to use your services. The best thing is you don’t need to be an expert in marketing to utilize digital advertising. You just need to do a little research into where to best direct it. Facebook is a great place to start. The algorithms on the site determine where users are located and address certain pieces of marketing towards them. This way you can make sure you’re targeting the right customers in the right places.

The truth is that running any kind of business in the modern world is something that relies on your ability to connect with the pace of the modern world and if that’s something that you’re not able to do then that’s going to be a serious problem. You need to be sure that you’re staying as up-to-date as possible when it comes to the digital side of your business. Otherwise, you’re just going to end up getting left behind by the competition.

Don’t be afraid to outsource!

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Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, outsourcing can be a veritable lifesaver. If you’ve been chipping away at your business and doing your utmost to keep it afloat, but you still need extra help on board, you should consider outsourcing. It can be a way to get some new perspective and to fulfill short term needs. 

It Highlights The Skills Gap

Nobody likes to think that they have a lack of skills. But when you are struggling with an aspect of your business, you will find that you are lacking strength in one or more areas. GOod for you for realizing that! The situation might also be a lack of resources instead of a lack of skill, outsourcing can help with that too. There are many companies that struggle as far as technology concerned. Companies like Houk Consulting work with businesses to ensure that their IT strategy is effective. Technology is a constantly evolving presence, and now, outsourcing to an IT company that knows what they’re talking about isn’t just common sense, but it’s essential to the survival of your company.

It Saves You Money

Obviously, it saves you money. Instead of hiring a full time or part time employee, you can hire someone to do a specific job at a fraction of the cost, and arguably, with better quality. While it shows you the skills you need in the business, saving money is a fantastic short-term solution, because it gives you that opportunity to accumulate knowledge in your skills gap, but also how you can better spend your money.

It Provides An Outsider Perspective

And as our resources are handed over to an external entity, it gives us that third-party perspective. They can see what we’re doing wrong, even if we can’t see it ourselves. It’s always beneficial to have another opinion, but when we’re so insular and used to our own ways, we may not have the advantage of an outsider perspective. It’s important to have this, not just so our faults can be highlighted, but it shows us what we can do out there in the big wide world.

Outsourcing is essential. We need the tools in order to complete pressing tasks, but we also need to know what we lack in. Outsourcing is a cheap and effective approach to this, whether it’s reinventing your website or it’s handing over the reins to someone who changes significant processes. Outsourcing can be a big boon to your business. It’s unfair to say that it’s using cheap labor because when we are beginning our business adventure, we need all the help we can get. Outsourcing can provide you with that help, not to mention reducing your overhead in the short term so you can get a perspective of the knowledge gaps and what you need to grow your business further. 

Before And After A Cyber Attack

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When you’re under pressure and on a deadline, the last thing you need is to have issues with your tech or more specifically, with your tech security.

Usually, the moment you relax and think you’re in great shape, in terms of IT security, you find yourself under the vicious attack of a rogue virus or hacker.

When you’re working on a shared network as part of a team this can have devastating consequences but there are steps you can take to both prevent a cyber attack and steps you can take when and if the worst-case scenario does, in fact, become a reality. We take a look at the before and after of internet security in light of a breach.

Prevention is certainly better than cure so at the very least consider delegating your IT and its security as a Managed Service. This is especially useful if you work on your own or as part of a small team and don’t have any specialists in-house.

The next prevention tactic to consider is how you will access your data should your hardware fail. The best way to protect yourself and your vital documents is to transfer them regularly to Cloud-based storage, off your hardware and out of harm’s way. The other good thing about Cloud storage is that it has its own security systems in place so you won’t have to worry too much about transmitting a virus any further.

Cloud-based working is considered by many business experts as the working way of the future in any case, so setting it up now might save you money and time in the long run, especially if you work away regularly from a central office point.

The very next step you’ll need to take is to make sure that your anti-virus software is the very best you can afford. Sure there are cheaper versions out there, even free versions but they will not have the up-to-date and robust information that you need to defend your computer and your network. If you’re going to spend money on one thing, make it your anti-virus software.

Mac users should make sure their operating software is completely up-to-date and install upgrades when prompted.

So what happens when you do find yourself at the receiving end of a cyber attack?

The first thing you’ll need to do is shut everything down and get everyone who shares a network with you to do the same. If you can minimize the risk of transferring the virus, you’ll stand a much better chance of recovering any shared lost data.

Once you’re powered down, get in contact with your expert team and tell them the details of how the virus spread and where you think the most likely point of contact was. In most cases, it will be through an email, use of a rogue public wifi network..

With a great anti-virus defense and capable support, you should be back up and running in no time.

Promoting Your Website On Even The Smallest Budget

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Advertising used to be a game you could only play if you had a lot of money to spend. Big businesses spent on billboards, TV commercials, newspaper advertisements and anywhere else you could pay to advertise.

While big companies still do this, digital marketing has made it possible for the smallest of businesses to get in on the advertising game. Whatever your budget, there are plenty of ways you can advertise online and draw people to your business. Find out more and get your next advertising campaign off the ground.

Enjoy targeted ads through Facebook

Facebook provides one of the most affordable and targeted ways to advertise to your audience. As you learn to use Facebook ads, you’ll discover the different targeting methods that exist, as well as split testing and more. Facebook allows you to advertise using a variety of content from images to video, and you can narrow your audience right down to help you make the most of your campaign. With flexible budgets, you can run Facebook ads for next to nothing – an ideal solution for small businesses or freelancers.

Get a lot for your money with Google Ads

Google Ads are a useful tool for businesses looking to increase their exposure. Like Facebook, you can use Google Ads according to your budget, allowing you to create some effective campaigns for your business. There are a lot of tips and tricks that will help you use Google Ads to your advantage, including automation scripts by PPCnerd that make it easier for you to run your campaigns. Google provides a lot of support on how to use their platform effectively, which can help you to get the most out of this popular marketing method.

Use Instagram to appeal to influencers and younger demographics

Instagram is one of the most popular platforms among younger consumers, and with the right strategy can be a good platform for you to market your products or services. There are different ways to create an effective Instagram campaign, which includes the use of sponsored posts and sponsored stories. Instagram is a Facebook company, with the same advertising tools available to make it easier for you to set budgets and target your audience as needed.

Start a blog

Does your website have a blog? If not, you should consider starting one. A blog can be an easy way for you to connect with potential customers and build your SEO in a more natural way. By providing expert advice and useful information related to your products and services, you’re providing your website visitors with useful content that could help inform their purchase decisions. While a blog can be a lot of work to maintain, the results are worth it to promote your website even further.

An effective marketing strategy is essential for promoting your website, and once you’ve mastered some marketing basics, you’ll be able to look into new and exciting promotion platforms. No matter what your budget is, it’s possible to make a splash through digital advertising and lead your business on the path to success.