In today’s competitive atmosphere, your business needs to run as efficiently as possible. When running a small business, you need to find ways to maximize your time and reduce inefficiencies. Here are 4 four technology services that we use to improve our efficiency and recommend you consider for your small business:
1. Grasshopper For Phone System Freedom
Grasshopper.com is a virtual phone system that provides local or toll-free numbers, unlimited extensions, and call forwarding so that your small business can function like a large company.
The key thing that this service allows you to do is use one central number, and multiple extensions that can ring on all your employees cellphones so you don’t have to buy them a separate business-only phone. And because of that, you and your employees can conduct business from anywhere, not just the office. After activating the account, just download the app to your phone and the business number will ring on your cell phone.
Grasshopper also offers a number of other services for your small business, including the ability to receive voicemails and faxes online or through email. Customize main greetings, set hold music, and participate in conference calls. You could also setup informational extensions so callers can access pre-recorded information such as product descriptions, store hours, or driving directions. Learn more at, and view pricing packages, at www.grasshopper.com.
2. Google Analytics For Website Visitor Reports
Google Analytics is a FREE service that provides data to help you better understand your website visitors and how they interact with the different pages of your site. Of equal importance, you can learn a lot about how visitors ended up on your site in the first place – whether its from a regular Google search, or an online marketing campaign, or a website referral, etc..
With Google Analytics, you can make smarter marketing decisions by knowing where to focus your money and energy. Contact us if you need help setting it up. Or if it’s already set up and you need help learning where to view the data.
3. SendSpace For Large File Sharing
SendSpace.com is a file transfer and exchange service that allows you to store, email, and share large files for free. This service can improve your small business by providing easy access for large files that are difficult to share through traditional email due to size restrictions. To use SendSpace, simply upload your file and give recipients the download link.
You can upload and share files of up to 300MB each and download up to 1GB of files every day for free. No account creation necessary.
They also offers paid services that provide additional space in which the limit is up to 10GB, depending on the level of service you choose. You can also buy additional bandwidth to download files, which allows you to download the files directly without advertising. Your file is always available, and you can download it as many times as you need.
Try it for free at www.sendspace.com.
Just be careful when clicking the download links. Advertisements on that same page may trick you into clicking the wrong link. Contact us if you’d like some direction.
4. HootSuite For Social Media Management
Hootsuite is a social media management tool that allows you to schedule and post to almost any social media site from one central dashboard. You can analyze social media campaigns and schedule posts across all types of social media through Hootsuite without having to sign into multiple accounts.
Hootsuite also allows you to monitor what customers are saying about your product or brand so that you can respond quickly.
Hootsuite offers direct posting to social media sites through their dashboard along with scheduled posts. You can schedule posts across a variety of platforms to be posted throughout the month and even select on which sites you want the posts to appear. With a free account, you can post across three social media platforms. You can also provide targeted messages for certain audiences. Hootsuite also allows you to check data through Google Analytics or Facebook Insights to see how your posts are performing.
Learn more at www.hootsuite.com.