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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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.

Gold Dust or Why you should dig through your jewelry box

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If you take a look online you will note that more and more companies are asking you to sell your gold in exchange for cash. More and more people are opting to sell their gold jewelry, broken chains, items that have lost their sentimental value or are just collecting dust. There are a few reasons to consider selling items that no longer bring you joy. 

You could get a good amount of cash for your gold
Gold is one of the very few goods whereby its value has increased over the past few years. We have seen a mass array of items (especially luxury ones) decrease in value. However, this certainly has not been the case when it comes to actual gold. Read this AvaTrade review to find out more about a platform you can use for help with pricing and trading gold. 

You can pay off any bills you may have
If you are like most Americans, you may be facing bills from the holiday gifts you purchased. Under no circumstances should you borrow money via a payday loan. While you are looking for items to sell on Facebook Marketplace or making items to sell on Etsy, consider also the items gathering dust in your jewelry box that you may have once loved and don’t any longer. If you are recently divorced and no longer want the reminder of what was, this may be a good option for you. Going this route keeps you from going into more debt. Next year, set and keep a budget to avoid this outcome in the first place. 

Selling your items may or may not be the right decision for you. Don’t do anything rash, think about it before you act.

Online Selling Tips for 2019

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More and more people are selling items online today. No matter whether you fall into this category, or you are thinking of starting an e-store, read on for some useful tips regarding the latest online selling trends.

Multi-channel shopping
This trend is inevitable when you consider the popularity of various devices in the current day. It seems that more and more people are making the switch from a laptop to a smartphone, to tablet. E-commerce has had to move with this. The stores that are going to benefit the most throughout 2019 are those that offer an optimum shopping experience through a smaller screen.

High-quality content
Over the past year or so there have been evident changes in the world of content. Previously, SEO content was entirely based on excessive keyword implementation with barely any thought for the quality of the article or post. Now, quality is everything. Search engines have changed their search algorithms and consumers are becoming wiser to the tactics deployed by businesses. Therefore, impeccably written content that is both interesting and engaging is a must. The relationship between this and ROI is becoming more and more evident with every month that passes by.

Amazon
For many years, eBay was the go-to platform for anyone selling items online for the first time. However, Amazon is slowly taking over. Take a look at this post on 1P vs 3P for information about the different selling strategies you can use on Amazon.

Targeted suggestions
The marketing tactics being deployed by developers are becoming increasingly targeted. Targeted suggestions is a prime example of this. When a customer visits a particular website they will witness product recommendations that have been presented based on a criterion unique to the company. Most of the time their recommendations will be based upon the items they have viewed in the past or indeed purchased.

Free shipping
More and more companies are offering free shipping on a worldwide basis nowadays. The one major disadvantage associated with shopping online when compared with shopping in the store is the fact that you have to pay for the goods to be delivered to your home. However, this frustration is likely to be lessened as companies are realizing the massive advantage they will have if they offer this perk to their consumers.

Cross-channel marketing
In addition to the points that have already been mentioned, cross-channel marketing has cemented itself as somewhat of a necessity. Seamless browsing, coupled with the ability to shop and save across various platforms, enhances user experience dramatically. Nevertheless, this trend is likely to lead to a bigger gap between the e-stores presented by big brands with big budgets and those smaller e-tailers.  

Social media and email marketing
Last but not least, social media marketing and email marketing show absolutely no signs of slowing down throughout the coming year. The significance of these two platforms is monumental. When used correctly, these two platforms can provide astounding levels of success. Have questions abotu social media marketing? Let us know! 

3 Hidden Factors That Are Damaging Your Productivity

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Productivity is a key concern for any business owner but a lot of them get it wrong. There are many different things that can affect the productivity of your company, some more obvious than others. Most people know that it’s important to treat your staff well, pay them properly and give them good benefits if you want them to work hard. But that’s only the start and there are plenty of other things that could be harming efficiency in your business. These are the things that you didn’t realize were harming productivity in your business.

Outdated Manufacturing Technology

All businesses know that technology is an important part of their company but they usually just focus on the office space and forget about the manufacturing side of things. But manufacturing technology moves quickly and if you don’t keep it up to date, you’re going to fall behind your rivals. They’ll be able to produce better quality products at a lower price which is bad news for you. That’s why it’s so important that you keep up to date with advancements in manufacturing technology and replace any outdated equipment. Good training is vital as well, otherwise, your staff won’t get the full benefit of any of that new technology.

Badly Maintained IT Systems

IT systems are a great tool for improving efficiency. They allow you to share data quickly and easily and you can automate large parts of the company which makes things a lot easier and also saves you money on staff costs. But IT systems are only good if you set them up and maintain them properly. If they’re poorly maintained, they’re going to do more harm than good. Constant crashes and error messages are just going to slow down all of your employees. If your computer systems are outdated and annoying to use, you should get an IT consultant to come in and have a look for you. Click here to find out more information. A good consultant will help you to identify all of the issues and redesign your IT systems so they’re actually helping to improve your company, rather than just slowing everything down.

Workplace Ergonomics

This is something that you probably haven’t considered before but it has a big impact. For example, if one of your employees is sitting on a chair that’s 10 years old and falling apart so they’ve constantly got a bad back, they’re not going to be able to concentrate as well. Or maybe they’re suffering from repetitive strain injury in the hands because they don’t have good keyboards. All of this stuff can have a big impact on their ability to work and make your company far less efficient. You’ve also got to think about things like the office layout because if 2 departments that work closely together are situated at opposite ends of the building, how much time are people wasting walking around the office.

It’s not just the obvious things that impact productivity in your company, these unexpected factors can seriously damage your company.