Project Management Software Takes Online Communication to Next Level

Good Project Management software not only lessens our work load but also improve the Collaboration and Time Tracking among the team and clients. It makes your work, tension free and smooth. We need such a type of online project management software which eliminates our dependencies upon other software or tools. For example to send file we need to use mail, for chatting we use Instant Messengers and to view images we need an editing and updating image tools. To handle one project we need to download and install different software. This not only increases our project cost but also takes time to learn all the different tools and their features. Why not only single online Project Management software which handles all this.? Why to install, pay and use for so many different software. Is all this requirement cannot be taken care through one tool or software?

It is often seen that, during the chatting and telephonic discussion the common problem which many managers or team leaders faced is that they unable to let other person know what exactly they want to say. Or some clients or individual do not able to communicate their requirement well. This creates a lot of communication gap between the Project Managers and Team, Clients and Company or even between Management and Employees. Is their any software which helps us in expressing the things in better way?

Managers or team exchanges lot of mails for the same. Managing, Organizing and following these mails itself becomes the haunting task for anyone. This problem is very frequent among the Business Analyst and Project Managers, which led to wastage of time, energy and resources. This sometimes led to increase in the project time period and budget also.

Is their any Project Management Software which care of such a common problem? Any such a tool which helps the Project Managers, Team leaders or Clients, communicates exactly about their requirements. Proofing tool is meant for the same. With online Project Management Software you can easily share files, images with clients and team. But simply sharing files and images during chatting is also not a proper solution of the problem. First it takes time to download and secondly, after download viewing it and telling others about the changes consume lot of time.

Think about the tool by which you can not only share the file but also edit, mark or highlights the points online, which need an attention or changes. Proofing tool provided by Project Management Software does it exactly the same. While chatting or discussing you uploaded the file and let the other person know about the changes required instantly by marking it. Save the file online for future reference.

This type of tool is only meant for you. Proofing tools make the communication faster and fun way. You have all the features of different tools and software embedded in single online software. This sort of Project Management Software which provides tools like proofing takes communication to next level.

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How To Help Your Customers Avoid Buyers Remorse With Social Media

Is it possible that small businesses are not getting the message about social media and the potential exposure that can be generated for a product or service?

On a daily basis I am asked by small business people why would they consider using social media; how could Facebook possibly be useful to their business; and what benefit could social media possibly provide for a business.

There are many reasons and here, for the benefit of small and home based business owners, I will share one method, to help you understand the reasons you should consider using social media, particularly Facebook, as part of business strategies.

Do You Have Customers?

If you have existing customers, it is possible a high percentage of them experience buyers remorse after making a purchase from your business.

Research reveals a high percentage of consumers experience varying shades of regret, uncertainty or disappointment after spending money. Generally, the greater the price, the higher the emotions.

Buyers remorse occurs as the feeling of excitement surrounding a purchase fades and the consumer begins to reflect on the product/service, the price, and/or the time of purchase.

The emotions experienced by the consumer, post purchase, may be explained as anxiety or worry that the product won’t meet their expectations, they paid too much for the product or service and could have found a better deal, or the transaction or people who made the sale were lacking in integrity and will not be around to support their purchase.

As a business owner, you can convert your customers to loyal, happy and satisfied consumers by eliminating, or reducing, the feelings of buyers remorse. In doing so you minimize the negative emotions surrounding a purchase and leave the consumer, your customer, with only positive thoughts and feelings.

The customer’s decision can be confirmed and reinforced by you by providing a follow up service, making a reassuring gesture or an offer of goodwill and appreciation for your customer.

How can you do that using social media?

Connecting with your customers through social media demonstrates your availability and reachability.

Businesses who use social media to liaise with their customers, to provide valuable information and offer recommendations of complimentary services are adding value to their customers.

Using social media can demonstrate your integrity, your realness and create transparency for your customers to get to know, like and trust you. By getting to know you, your costumers feel a connection with you and your business and have the opportunity to contact you, see what other consumers are saying about you and get the feeling they know you in an exclusive relationship.

The simple act of offering to connect with new customers, if made genuinely, can be seen as an after sales service, giving your customers the chance to get in contact with you. Further connecting with your customers, through a personal message, to ask for feedback on your product or service, or to clarify how to best use the product, for example, can eliminate feelings of buyers remorse and make your customer feel they have made the right decision.

Small businesses, who have customers should consider having an after sales process, or strategy, to be extremely important, and social media is one simple and effective tool, which can be incorporated into this process to improve consumer loyalty.

If you have not investigated social media before today… then today should be the day to start.

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Improving Business Operations With Google Apps

First, Google changed the landscape of the Internet by making it easier to access and share information. Now the search engine giant is having a similar effect on the way companies do business with their online office software.

In just a few short years since its introduction, Google Apps for business use has grown to over three million companies and counting. The increasingly popular business application allows companies the online ability to perform many of the same functions as available in Microsoft Office, including creating spreadsheets and word processing documents. Employees can share and collaboratively edit documents created in the Google Apps browser or via Microsoft office. E-mails can also be sent and received via gmail with your domain address.

All of these services are provided by Google Apps free of charge. But for an annual fee of $50 per employee, Google offers a premiere edition with additional features such as the ability to sync Apps with Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail and other e-mail systems. The premiere edition also allows users to migrate data from old e-mail systems into their G-mail account as well. Upgrading to the premiere edition is optional for all Apps users except for businesses with 50 or more employees.

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of some Google Apps tools making the administrative side of doing business more efficient for companies.

Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office: Allows employees to share and collaborate on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. Users can sync files to Google Apps without having to leave Microsoft Office. Once uploaded to Apps, content can be accessed remotely via computer or mobile device. Content can be altered on Google Apps without having to change the Office interface. Compatible with Microsoft Office versions 2003, 2007 and 2010.

GMail/Instant Messaging: Employees can send out e-mails via G-mail using their company’s domain name. Users of the premiere edition receive 25 GB of message storage; an amount 50 times above the industry standard. Spam filtering and organizing features such as message labeling and threading are designed to cut down on e-mail management time. Instant messaging allows employees to communicate with each other in real time inside the G-mail platform without having to open a new window. Users can also conduct voice conversations with clients or co-workers.

Calendar: Allows company meetings and events to be organized through a single platform that users can update remotely. Can schedule events and send out meeting invitations. Once an employee accepts an invitation, the appointment is automatically included in their calendar. A reminder shortly before the event is set to take place will be sent to confirmed guests via G-mail. Users can view multiple employee calendars simultaneously when trying to determine the best time to arrange a meeting.

With the ability to manage important administrative functions remotely, and share documents in a collaborative fashion with co-workers, it’s no wonder why Google Apps has emerged as a popular business tool for companies worldwide.

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Which Online Game Rental Service is the Best?

Let me start by saying that this is written by a gamer and as a gamer I consider a lot when comparing one online game rental service to another. Ironically, the same items are reviewed when comparing online game rental services to in-store ones. There are a few words that are held in higher regard by gamers like me than any other when it comes to nabbing video games, whether you get them online or in-store. Those words are; “selection”, “availability”, “accessibility” and “price” or SAAP. Let me break it down for you a bit further.

Though every aspect of SAAP is crucial for a successful online game rental service, selection holds a bit more weight than availability, accessibility or price. Companies need to be able to offer not only what is new but also the games that are not so new anymore that we still enjoy playing. You can pre-buy video games but why can’t you pre-rent them? With online game rental services you can. Reserve a copy early and make sure you get the game the day it comes out without ever leaving your home.

Availability is pretty much worthless without selection, what good is it if they have 100 copies of polar bear bowling? Wherever you get your video games from you need them to have a good selection but what good is carrying the best games out there if they only have 1 copy of it? 1000 copies of a game for an online game rental service can be just as useless. Some of the more obscure online game rental services only have 1 distribution center and if you only have 1000 copies of a highly anticipated new release like Killzone 2 was or GTA4 than 1000 copies doesn’t go very far when divided by an entire country of gamers.

This is probably the number one concern on a gamers mind when they are considering an online game rental service. We want our games when we want our games right? But the problem with that “today not tomorrow” philosophy is that you are relying on in-store game rental companies to supply you with the game you WANT when you want it and we all know from experience that 9 out of 10 times they cannot deliver. So you end up waiting much much longer to play the game you’ve been craving than 24 hours. Selection and availability are great no doubt about it. If in-store game rental companies like Blockbuster offered superior selection and availability than there would be no room in a gamers market for a single online game rental service. However, they do not, have not and most likely will not ever get it right.

Price is price guys. Let’s face it no rental service for video games is going to cost you or save you thousands of dollars each month and while it’s important to save what you can why pay $3 dollars less to be frustrated. Now that is not to say that you have to pay more. Many of the best online game rental services can afford to give you the best deals and hence the best of SAAP available.

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