How to choose the best cloud provider: Tech leaders provide insight When it comes to cloud services and software-as-a-service (SaaS), we're all familiar with the usual cloud providers. But for small businesses and larger enterprises, there's a huge world of opportunity and available resources beyond those best-known cloud storage services and cloud computing services: Google, Dropbox, Salesforce, Amazon, and Microsoft. In this guide to services for business, we're looking at 24 incredibly valuable services that solve real-world business problems. A few you may have heard about before. Many may be new to you. All are capable of providing nearly instant benefit -- without you having to make any infrastructure investment whatsoever. With that, let's get started with our first cloud-based service... Cloud-based approval workflowsFree version: Up to three workflows Plus program: $13 per month How many times has a project come to a screaming … [Read more...] about Storage, servers and more: We found 24 cloud services for your business
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Susie Moore, provided by Published 5:35 am, Saturday, June 9, 2018 Susie Moore Starting a business can be an intimidating task, with hesitations like funding, resources, and uncertainty holding you back. It can be hard to set your business apart from existing competition, although there are a few things you can do to gain success, fast. Here are five unconventional things I did to grow my coaching business. When someone says they’re a life coach, they probably fall into one of two boxes. They’re either leveraged and running an online, scalable component to their business, or they’re struggling to find 1:1 clients (hey — it’s hard out there). Recommended Video: Now Playing: Chen Zifang does the same things as other people. He just does them differently. Growing up in a rural area in Hubei Province, China, without arms, Chen has adapted his life to be able to manage a farm using only his feet. He uses the same tools as his … [Read more...] about 5 unconventional things I did to grow my business
June 5, 2018 - Written By Daniel Golightly Google is making it easier than ever for agencies and platform partners to manage all of their managed business listings with the introduction of a brand new tool called Google My Business Agency Dashboard. For clarity, the tool is not generally intended for use by individual businesses, although the company has been making great strides on that front as well – for both customers and businesses. Instead, the Agency Dashboard is intended to help those entities who manage client listings and who often have in excess of 100 business locations to manage. Prior to this latest release, that’s the number of locations each account had been limited to and that’s the first thing the new tool does away with. However, it also comes with a plethora of other benefits and advantages, too.Breaking down what’s included with the new Agency Dashboard, a single organized account will now be able to manage thousands of locations. Google … [Read more...] about Google Introduces Its Google My Business Agency Dashboard
Bought an Amazon Echo last Christmas? You were not the only one. According to a statement released by Amazon, “millions” of Echo Dots — the manufacturer’s smart home devices featuring voice assistant Alexa — were sold during the holidays, making it the best-selling item on their website. Indeed, virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa are increasingly being used in everyday life — and this changes the way consumers browse the web. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 30 percent of our browsing sessions will be voice conducted. In addition, audio-centric technologies such as Apple’s AirPods, Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are turning “voice first” interactions into ubiquitous experiences. Instead of searching via textual input, consumers are searching via voice input. This piece offers practical tools and tips for SMEs to adjust to this new era of browsing. A short history of search To understand how this new era of browsing will … [Read more...] about By 2020, 30% of search is voice-conducted. Here’s what that means for your business.
As we’re sliding into 2018, it’s safe to say AI-powered machines can do just about anything. They can detect breast cancer. Paint a new Rembrandt. Even tell us if there’s fresh coffee in the kitchen. So it was only a matter of time before artificial intelligence found its way into design. Last year, we used the AI-powered tool Brandmark, developed by Jack Qiao, to redesign TNW’s logo. The software works by identifying an icon, font pair, and color scheme based on some keywords about the brand. The results were somewhat underwhelming — nothing to fire our designers over just yet: Other attempts were more successful, however. Last year, as part of a marketing campaign, Nutella used an AI-powered algorithm to design seven million labels for their product. Some of the colorful designs showed polka dots, others featured zigzag lines, yet each design was one-of-kind. The “Nutella Unica” jars, which were only available in Italy, sold out … [Read more...] about Need labels for your product? A new logo? A new website? Have AI design them