3Online Technologies that Can Take Your Business to the Next Level
Whether your company is completely internet-based—like an e-commerce site or you provide website design services, for instance—or you have a physical brick-and-mortar location, it’s highly likely that you’re already taking some actions online in an effort to grow your business.
One of the most common is social media as this is quickly proving to be a great way to get (and stay) in touch with your consumers, build your brand, and create a community of people who are most interested in your products, services, opinions, and ideas.
However, there are three other online technologies that, when used, can help you take your business to the next level. What are they?
1. Video Conferencing
If you’re not already utilizing online video platforms, then you’re likely wasting a lot of time traveling to and from in-person client appointments and important business meetings that can just as easily be handled without ever leaving the office.
And if you’re concerned that taking this approach will hurt your business, you may want to think again. In an interview with Clients on Demand founder and CEO Russell Ruffino, this successful entrepreneur revealed that his company was projected to do almost 20 million USD in 2018 and 100 percent of itsbusiness-related actions are virtual via the platform Zoom.
So, when you need to meet with a client, business partner, or vendor, first ask yourself if you can do it online. If you can, set up a video appointment. They will likely appreciate it too as it will save them time as well.
2. Online Scheduling
How many times have you exchanged repeated emails with someone in an effort to come up with a time when you’re both available to chat? Not only does it take time to type up each one and read each individual reply, but it’s also frustrating to look at your schedule over and over again just to realize that the times simply aren’t going to work. Online scheduling eliminates this.
TechAdvisory.org explains that online scheduling is also beneficial because people can set an appointment with you when it’s most convenient for them. If this is at 2 a.m. and you’re fast asleep, that’s okay because they can just go online and take care of it themselves.
TechAdvisory adds that it is likely that online scheduling will become more the norm as time goes on. Therefore, if you can begin using it now, you’ll feel more comfortable with this technology by the time it becomes a standard part of business.
3. Project Management Sites
With more and more companies hiring people who work remotely, it’s not uncommon to handle projects entirely online. Now you can keep everything all in one place by utilizing a project management platform.
According to BrightWork, these online solutions offer many benefits. For instance, when all team members are working in the same space, it’s easier to create project standards. The process also becomes more efficient and resources are easily optimized, while providing a central reporting location where you can manage tasks that must be completed and better collaborate with your team.
Some online project management sites are free to use whereas others charge a monthly or annual fee. The one that is best for you depends largely on how many projects you manage, as well as how many team members are on each one.
Adding these three technologies to the other business tools you currently use online can free up time and improve your ability to communicate with business partners, team members, and even clientele. Together, this can take your company to the next level, improving your bottom line.
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