If you run a business right now in the 21st Century, and you aren’t making use of all of the technology available to you, right at your fingertips, not only are you missing out, but you’re probably not doing as well as your more tech-savvy peers.
Technology, and mobile technology, in particular, has completely changed the game in business and by using it, you can totally transform your company for the better. Here are just some of the things you can do with the right tech:
Show Your Customers, Don’t Tell Them
Perhaps, the biggest advantage of modern technology is that it enables you to show your customers how great your products and services are, rather than just telling them. For example, if you’re a furniture company, you could create an app that allows the customer to take a photo of their living room and virtually place your couches into that room, so they can see how good they’ll look, or if you run a hotel company, you can create a website or app that gives guests a virtual tour of the place before they book.
That sounds good, but how much does it cost to make an app? Actually, creating an app can cost as little as £200 for a custom solution, so you don’t need to worry about this. Anyway, creating an app which can be easily distributed and used to show customers how much value you offer, will pay you back many times over.
A relatively recent development in the business tech stakes is the increase in appropriate cloud computing. Cloud-based tools and technologies are a game-changer for the average business because they limit the need for investment in IT infrastructure, which means you can start and expand your operations on a shoestring.
Messaging apps like Slack and Skype make it easier than ever before for your employees to stay in touch, collaborate and complete work efficiently wherever they may be in the world. If you’re worried about cost, the good news is that Skype starts out free and costs just a few dollars a month if you need more options, and Slack, which is used to send text messages between employees, can cost as little as $6.67/£5.01 per user per month. When you consider how more productive, they can help your company to be, and how increased collaboration can also boost company creativity, tools such as these are real bargains.
Technology has given business a real boost by making it possible for employees to work anytime anywhere with ease. Thanks to telecommuting software, companies now have the option of allowing staff to work from home, thus cutting down on office space and associated running costs, and ensuring companies can hire the very best people for the job, no matter where in the world they might be located.
As you can see, technology can save your company money, boost its productivity and increase your sales – what’s not to love?