Blog Blog Copyright by en Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:07:45 -0400 Motor trade insurance tips If you are a motor trader, the vehicles that come into your possession – for the services you offer or because you are buying and selling them – are exempt from the rules that apply to private cars under the so-called continuous insurance enforcement legislation.

Instead, you may register as a motor trader and have the right to use trade plates in place of separate tax and change of ownership each time a vehicle comes temporarily into your possession.

To register as a motor trader, however, you must provide evidence that you have motor trade insurance – which extends legally required insurance cover to any named driver, whatever the particular vehicle (already in trade use by you or owned by one of your customers).

Here are some tips, therefore, on what to look out for when arranging your motor trade insurance:

Your general approach

  • it matters little whether you are a large, franchised motor dealer or a one-workshop motor mechanic, whether you run a valeting service or are simply buying and selling cars on a part-time basis to earn a little extra cash – the principles of motor trade insurance are the same;

Road risks insurance

  • this is probably the heart of any motor trade insurance since it provides the legally required third-party cover, together with any additional accidental damage insurance – such as third-party, fire and theft or comprehensive cover you need;
  • this cover applies to any vehicle that comes into your possession, is used for trade purposes and is driven by a driver named on your trade insurance certificate;
  • when a potential buyer wants to test drive a car you have for sale, this is also the form of insurance that grants the necessary cover;

Tools, equipment and premises

  • whether you are preparing cars you have bought for resale, repairing, servicing or maintaining them for customers, or even providing a valeting service, you are likely to have invested in a range of tools, equipment and machinery;
  • to safeguard that investment, you might want to ensure that your motor trade insurance provides the necessary protection against theft, loss or damage;
  • if you are operating from premises that you either own or lease, you might also want to consider the – often optional – possibility of insuring the structure and fabric of the building against such major risks as fire, flooding, explosions, impacts, vandalism and theft;

Liability insurance

  • often overlooked by those setting up their first small business are the risks associated with your liabilities as the owner;
  • amongst these is your public liability in the event of a customer, a visitor to your premises, a neighbour or a member of the public suffering an injury or having their property damaged through some contact with your business, for which they hold you liable;
  • in the event of a successful claim, you might be ordered to pay a substantial sum in damages – especially if personal injuries are involved;
  • public liability insurance indemnifies you against such claims and the legal costs and expenses typically involved in defending them;
  • this is designed to ensure that you meet any claims raised by employees who may have been injured or who have contracted a longer-term medical condition through their work for you and the legislation requires you to hold at least £5 million of indemnity.

Any motor trader has the requirement for specialist motor trade insurance to avoid the need for separate cover for each vehicle that comes into his possession. By following these tips and suggestions, you may be certain of arranging the insurance appropriate to your individual needs and circumstances.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:30:27 -0500
Finding the right travel website designers Back in the 1970s, the Internet and travel websites didn’t exist.

In those days, finding someone to generate a software solution usually involved finding a programmer. The more eccentric the individual was and the more incomprehensible techno-speak they used, the more in demand they typically were!

Business knowledge

It is only over the last 20 years that sponsoring companies have started to deemphasise the need for perceived technical genius in the sense of coding. That is an important change driven by the realisation that automating (programming) a bad business process on a website doesn’t give you a good process – it simply gives you a faster bad one.

Therefore, today one of the chief criteria when looking for travel website designers might be organisations or individuals who, at the outset, have an excellent understanding of the basic travel industry.

They also need to understand the end customer and peer-to-peer business processes within the travel industry because if they don’t, then technical skills alone may not compensate for their naivety and you may be back to fast bad processes.

Graphics knowledge

Another huge change in the selection criteria applied to travel website designers over the last 10 to 15 years has come about as a result of the increased display capabilities of technology.

The explosion of graphics and intuitive customer engagement models, such as touch screens, has meant that graphic design has become an exceptionally important skill for travel website designers. An extensive and demonstrable track record in that is important, as you may know if you have ever seen sites where such skills were presumably absent.

Customer interface psychology

This is closely linked to the above-mentioned business process skills but with some differences.

Perhaps the easiest way to envisage this is to consider those websites you might have visited, where you find yourself looking at a screen containing no clear indication as to what you need to do next to progress further. Other examples include screens asking for information which is highly ambiguous.

Website designers need to bring skills to the table that allow them to empathise with the customer engagement experience, so as to ensure that everything required is visible when needed and presented in a logical sequence.

Technical skills

Having earlier slightly downplayed this area, such skills are, of course, as important today as they have ever been.

Examples of what happens when a website designer is unable to deploy such skills, can regularly be seen on websites when clicking buttons that do nothing or which generate only technical error messages.

A commitment to quality

If you have ever used a website which failed to function correctly, you should be questioning not the programming error but why it was not picked up in the website developer’s testing regime.

It is essential that travel website designers have a total cultural commitment to quality inspections before they release their products to you for final testing and acceptance. This should not be a role that they somehow delegate to you.

Post implementation support capabilities

Even the best-engineered websites will occasionally encounter some form of technical problem.

In such situations, your business may come to a grinding halt until it is fixed. That is not the time you’ll want to find that there is nobody available in your designer’s office to assist or that they can’t get back to you for a couple of weeks because they’re too busy.

Be absolutely certain that you understand what support they will be able to provide you with and under what response time circumstances. Don’t wait to have that discussion for the first time in the context of a live technical crisis!

Uncategorized Editor Mon, 05 Feb 2018 10:55:43 -0500
Insurance requirements for your manufacturing business The term “manufacturing business” can mean different things to different people.

It might conjure up images of a vast site producing enormous quantities of goods and/or materials but in practice, significant numbers of manufacturers are relatively small-scale operations. In some instances, it might even be a sole-trader manufacturing specialist antique machine parts from a unit in their own garden.

Whatever the size of your business though, it might benefit from manufacturers’ insurance.

The risks

Some risks might be self-evident, such as damage to your premises through natural events such as storms, floods, subsidence and fire etc.

In other cases, the risks might be less obvious, possibly including things such as:

  • product liability. If you’re selling something you’ve manufactured then potentially you may be held accountable under law should it subsequently be proven to have been faulty and have led to problems as a result;
  • Your ongoing existence is put at risk by a customer who has failed to pay your bills when due;
  • professional liability. This might be an issue if you’re offering advice and guidance as part of your manufacturing business and such advice is subsequently shown to have been incorrect leading to material losses for the customer concerned;
  • cyber liability. If you accidentally infect or unintentionally provide an unauthorised gateway into another company’s IT systems, you may be sued for compensation. Cyber-attacks are a growing risk, as this BBC report published 23rd January 2017 indicates;
  • errors and omissions. The reality of life is that some of your customers and perhaps even suppliers, might not simply be prepared to forgive and forget errors or omissions on your part that have caused them negative consequences;
  • loss in transit. That might happen when your finished products outbound or raw materials inbound, are lost or damaged in transit.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of the risks faced by a manufacturing business. The list might illustrate though why it could be important to have appropriate manufacturing business insurance in place.

Customise your cover

Of course, not all of the above risks apply equally to all manufacturing businesses.

For example, if your business is operating as a sole trader, you typically won’t need employers’ liability insurance. If you only ship your finished product based on payment in advance, then credit risk insurance perhaps won’t be necessary either.

That’s why it’s important to think carefully about the exact operational nature of your business and the risks it faces. From that, you’ll be able to consider what sort of cover you need and what sort you find to be either inapplicable or not really necessary in your situation.

Seek advice

That sort of analysis isn’t always easy and it will need to be matched against an understanding of what policies are available and how they can be adjusted to accurately reflect your requirements.

Should that be the case, it might be advisable to discuss your situation with an experienced provider of manufacturers’ insurance. They should be able to outline the cover that’s available and your options for finding suitable cover at a cost-effective price.  

Uncategorized Editor Thu, 25 Jan 2018 23:15:43 -0500
The step by step guide to VAT and tax loans Well within living memory, some businesses regarded tax bills as things that had to be taken seriously but which could, typically, be put onto the back burner in payment terms.

That was because the government’s tax collection regimes of the time were relaxed and broadly speaking, often erratic. As a result, if a business simply didn’t have the funds to pay when the amount was due, it was tempting and actually possible to simply delay payment – typically without effect.

Today, those times are now consigned to history and the study of “how things used to be”. In the modern business world, the collection regimes of HMRC and other government departments are typically very efficient and focussed.

If you pay your tax late in the 21st century, you run the risk of penalty charges and potential fast recovery action.

Funding challenges

For all that evolution, one thing hasn’t changed for many businesses. Tax bills can still arrive at a bad time in terms of having the funds available to pay them!

There might be many reasons for that. Perhaps:

  • a major investment programme you’ve undertaken is over-running and you’re experiencing delays in the revenue generation you expected as a result;
  • a misfortune has led to some short-term business losses; etc.

It doesn’t matter what the reason, it’s possible you might suddenly find a substantial tax bill on your desk and not have the working capital to pay it when due.

Your options

If you find yourself in such a position, you may find that you’re facing relatively few options:

  • it might be possible to raise the required sum by disposing of an asset. That, however, might inhibit your business going forward;
  • in some cases, your bank might be willing to assist through a loan, however, you may not wish to advertise to your bank that you have such a funding challenge if they’re also providing you with other business banking facilities at the same time;
  • theoretically, you could discuss an extension with HMRC but their ability to help may be limited as typically will be their patience. You should most certainly NOT simply ignore the bill;

Tax loans – how they work

VAT and tax loans are specially designed to help you bridge funding gaps where tax bills are the problem.

VAT and Tax loans are generally unsecured. VAT loans are normally a 3-4 month term and Tax loans can be up to a 12-month term.

In order to obtain such a loan, you’ll typically need:

  • some evidence, usually via official accounts, that your business is broadly healthy – in other words, that your cash flow problem is a temporary and a typical problem rather than an indication that your business isn’t viable;
  • proof of the sums required (usually HMRC demands or similar etc.).

The mechanics of the funding solution that’s appropriate for you may vary depending on your individual situation because not all VAT and tax loans are equally suitable for all businesses.

Your options might include:

  • release of equity through loans against existing assets;
  • personal loans;
  • factoring/invoice discounting – to free capital you have trapped in your credit control operations;
  • short term business loans.

In fact, there are many different approaches to finding a solution for those tax bills that you’re worrying might be unpayable from your own daily working capital.

Rather than fret or even worse, allow an unpaid debt to arise with HMRC, why not take advice now on the options that might be suitable for you?

Uncategorized Editor Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:17:20 -0500
Guide to property renovation insurance If you are a construction company or a property developer, you are probably aware of the handsome profits to be made in renovation works. If you were in any doubt, you might want to take a look at an article written by a property developer and published in Home Building magazine on the 15th of July 2017.

The author’s tips on renovating for profit may appeal to any builder, construction company or developer.

Property renovation insurance

With your eye on the prize of attractive profits, however, these also need to be guarded through the cover provided by property renovation insurance.

What is this likely to cover and how does it protect your proposed building works?

Contractors’ “all risks” insurance

  • just as the title suggests, this is an element of insurance cover that forms part of many construction insurance policies;
  • it does very much as it says, by providing cover against the twin risks normally associated with any building project – loss or damage to the structure and fabric of the building itself and, claims from third parties alleging injury or financial loss, as described by Investopedia;
  • its goal is to protect the interests of all parties to a construction project – both contractors and owners of the property;

Engineering “all risks” insurance

  • similarly, engineering all risks cover provides protection for both contractor and customer against engineering design or works which result in injury or financial loss to third parties – and, so, forms an integral part of many construction insurance policies;

Public liability insurance

  • this is typically an important component of property renovation insurance, because of the potential for such claims to assume very significant proportions if a visitor to the site, one of your suppliers, a neighbour or a member of the public is injured or has their own property damaged as a result of the building works;
  • typically, public liability insurance provides a minimum of £1 million against such claims – but this may be varied according to the size and nature of the building works;

Employers’ liability insurance

  • an essential part of most forms of construction insurance is one that is required by law;
  • any employer has a legal obligation to hold at least £5 million of employers’ liability insurance to ensure that claims made by (current or former) employees who have been injured or who have contracted a longer-term medical condition may be met by the employer;

Professional indemnity insurance

  • as a builder, construction company or developer, your customers are entitled to expect an appropriate level of professionalism and competence in the property renovation projects you take on;
  • if you fail to demonstrate that appropriate level of competence and your customer suffers a financial loss as a result, you may be sued for damages;
  • professional indemnity insurance provides indemnity against such claims.

Additional cover

While property renovation insurance is an important consideration, don’t forget your fleet or van insurance as part of your overall project protection.

Whatever size or complexity your operations, you are almost certain to run one or more vehicles – to transport personnel, supplies and materials from one building site to another.

The law requires that an appropriate form of motor insurance or fleet insurance is in force, so many construction insurance policies may also make provision for the necessary cover.

Construction and property renovation insurance may cover a number of important headings, all of which help to safeguard you against the risks in construction projects such as these.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:32:34 -0500
How to Put a Value on Your SaaS Business For many business owners, the thought of selling a business they’ve worked so hard to build may never even come up.

However, for many SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS entrepreneurs, the business was built with the intentions of selling it one day and letting an investor pick up where the entrepreneur left off.

That means they’re going to need to figure out how much their business is actually worth to a buyer.

Often, sellers look toward the figure other businesses have sold for, which can create a variety of problems. Businesses tend to sell on a wide spectrum of values, and one business may be significantly different than the next.

Some businesses will have a full team of people with 10 years of consistent growth, while others may be 1 or 2-person operations with a couple of years of rapid growth. Each of these businesses will have different values to different investors.

All this means is that to understand how much your own business may be worth, you’re going to need to look at the factors that buyers are going to be looking at, and then make sure your own business can stand up against other businesses should you decide to sell it. Even if you don’t wish to sell, it’s always good to see where your business fits in the current marketplace.

Your Value Has a Lot to Do with Your Growth

As investors look at your business, one of the first factors they’re going to dig into is the business’ growth and how consistent that has been since you started building it.

They want to see how you are generating new leads for the business, how you’re converting those leads into new customers, which products and services you’re offering, and how long you are able to keep a customer.

The best businesses are able to show investors how they are performing in these key areas.

If your revenue rises and falls, investors may be less willing to offer a higher asking price than they would if the business has grown consistently from year to year. If there is still potential left in the business, their offers may go up, as well.

If your sales are constantly going up and down, or if you’re heavily reliant on a single large contract for the bulk of the business’ revenue, buyers could see the business as risky and not want to submit an offer.

Your Marketing Will Affect Your Valuation

You will also need to show the marketing strategies you have used to grow the business.

Buyers want to see the traffic sources that you’re relying on, and how well you’re able to generate new leads through content marketing and search engine optimization. These two strategies can generate incredibly targeted high-quality leads.

Unfortunately, many SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS business owners do not place enough emphasis on search engine optimization or content marketing, and end up leaving a lot of money on the table during the sales negotiations because of it.

Clients may have been flocking to you, lapping up your innovative offering but that’s unlikely to last forever. There is always someone else with a similar and maybe better idea waiting to open up shop. Investing in marketing is important for the long term positioning of your brand and growth of your business.

Investors Do Not Want a New Job

The amount of time your buyer needs to put into the business once they acquire it also plays a role in how much they’re willing to pay for it.

To give you an example, if you are currently putting in 40 to 60 hours a week just to maintain your business, and if you fail to put in those hours the business will begin to slide, it’s going to be seen as risky by investors.

On the other hand, if you have a completely hands-off business, investors may also devalue the business because they believe it may be being neglected in some way.

The real value lies in the fact that investors do not want to buy a job for themselves but they do understand that maintaining a high-end business does require some sort of effort on their part.

ARPUs Aren’t Always Reliable

Most business owners will want to rely on their ARPUs, or average revenues per user, to figure out how much their business is worth.

Investors do know that your APRUs will eventually be used in the valuation, but comparing the APRUs from one business to the ARPUs of another business can be incredibly misleading.

To help you understand this concept, let’s take a look at two different SaaS businesses. One sells directly to consumers and has lower APRUs as a result, while another has higher APRUs but sells directly to large corporations. Each business will be worth a significantly different amount.

How Quickly You’ve Grown Is Important

When it comes to SaaS / PaaS / IaaS businesses, how long you’ve been in business isn’t nearly as important as how well you have grown, and whether the growth you’ve experienced is able to be sustained.

You’re going to need to be able to show investors your churn rates, lead conversion rates, and any growth trends that you’ve identified as still remaining in the market.

You’ll also need to look at how much your business depends on annualized subscriptions and monthly subscriptions. Businesses that are more reliant on annual subscriptions will take longer for an investor to see an ROI.

Your Business Should Be Transferrable

Some businesses, while incredibly profitable, are almost impossible to sell because they cannot be easily transferred to a new owner.

To give you another example, if the code in your service is undocumented and full of bugs, you have financials that are hard to understand, or there are agreements in place that the business relies on that cannot be transferred to a new owner, obtaining a high valuation may be impossible to do.

Digging even deeper, you may have used a payment processing company that investors cannot use -- such as PayPal, that cannot be used in certain countries around the world.

To obtain a high valuation, you need to make sure that an investor can easily step into your role as the new owner without worrying about the business dropping in revenue or having to deal with putting out fires you should have put out before you listed the business for sale.

How Much Is Your SaaS Business Worth?

This isn’t a simple question with a simple answer. As a broad range, SaaS businesses sell from 2.5x annual profit SDE on the lower end to 4.0x their annual profit SDE on the higher side.

The range is huge but for good reason, there are so many variables. Looking at those outlined above will give you an idea of value and also give you an idea where you might want to make some improvements or investments in your SaaS business.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:36:27 -0500
5 Ways Restaurants Can Cut Costs

Whether you are struggling with the after-effects of a particularly dull sales period or looking to revamp your restaurant business, budgeting and cost-cutting are the top-most priorities of the restaurant owners to make their business profitable.

Small profit margins and high completion in restaurant industry further make cost-cutting an essential aspect of any food business. Right from choosing the best yet affordable restaurant supplies, optimizing the inventory to reformulating the menus & recipes restaurants do everything to save some bucks.

If you’re in the restaurant business and looking for smart and efficient ways to cut costs, here we are discussing the top 5 ways restaurants can cut costs and make their businesses more profitable in long-run-

1.     Make the right choice of restaurant supplies

Choosing the most efficient piece of restaurant supplies is a great way to start cutting down the restaurant costs. In fact, having the right tools and supplies means the world in any food or restaurant business. The restaurant kitchens are heavily dependent on high-quality equipment and restaurant supplies such as ovens, fryers, blenders, steamers, grills, garland range etc.

These restaurant supplies make a large part of the restaurant's utility bills and overall cost head. The first and foremost thing to do is replacing the outdated appliances and equipment with energy-efficient restaurant supplies models from a qualified service provider such as Nella Cutlery. Not only it will help you save money on the utility bills, the high-quality restaurant supplies will also maintain the proper ventilation system in the restaurant kitchen, saving further can cost on electricity bills.

Below are few tips to choose right restaurant supplies and cut cost:

  • Pick as per the theme: There are plenty of options available to choose from when it comes to restaurant supplies of different make, models, and varieties. However, it is essential to use discretion and find the equipment, cutlery, and other restaurant supplies that match the theme of your restaurant instead of wasting money on assorted buying.
  • Consider maintenance: While choosing the restaurant supplies, remember to go for something that is of high-quality, easy to clean, and maintain so that you don’t end up spending on replacement costs every now and then.
  • Don’t splurge on limited edition cutlery: Although it is tempting to splurge on the limited-edition cutlery and other restaurant supplies by premium brands, it can make a huge dent to your overall restaurant budget. If the objective is to cut down the cost, it is essential to prioritize functionality and quality over other things.

2.     Hire the right set of people

Staff & employees are, undoubtedly, the largest expense for most businesses including the restaurant business. In order to cut costs, it is essential to retain the most qualified and competent employees long enough to capitalize on this up-front investment the restaurants make in hiring them. Remember that the longer the staff or employee stays with the restaurant, the less money they cost. The right combination of talent and experience in the employees working for you can make a great difference and help you cut cost in long-run.

3.     Save on the supplies

Other than using the energy-efficient and cost-saving restaurant supplies, another area where the restaurants can cut cost is on delivery supplies. In most of the restaurants, the delivery supplies eat up a large portion of the restaurant budget and disrupting the entire costing. Some of the ways the restaurants can cut cost on delivery supplies are-

  • By making systematic changes to the supply buying routine such changing the deliveries to a weekly mode instead of daily or if few vendors doing the different supplies can consolidate their operations, it will also help in cut down cost.
  • Streamlining the buying process and cut cost on overhead expenses such as transportation cost etc.
  • By making strategic decisions such as placing larger orders less frequently etc.

4.     Cut down on unnecessary ingredients

The general rule in the restaurant industry is that 20 percent of the overall menu represents 80 percent of the food budget. To effectively cut the costs, it is essential that restaurants make sure that the unnecessary ingredients and menu items aren’t eating the budget more than essential.

5.     Optimize the Inventory

The wastage of food is one of the leading costs in food businesses and restaurants. To cut down on this unnecessary expense, it is essential to optimize the inventory. Although in the food business, especially restaurants, there is a general perception that having an overstock of inventory is the sigh off preparedness, but it leads to a lot of wastage and food spoilage at the same time.

If you are looking to cut down the cost, start with optimizing your inventory. Not only it will save wastage but will also minimize the chances of theft, misplacement or wastage of the inventory.

Uncategorized Editor Mon, 06 Nov 2017 23:04:24 -0500
10 Misconceptions about CRMs Debunked

“Customers may forget what you said, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel”, says Brain Tracy, Author and Motivation speaker. Customers are the real assets of a company, you need to manage and analyze them throughout the customer life cycle if you want to improve the business. This is why Customer Relationship Management is considered as an effective approach to achieve this. However, there are several myths regarding CRM you need to understand. Here are 10 misconceptions about CRM:

1.     It is Expensive

Something looks expensive only when it is not worthy. You can easily pay $10 for a delicious burger, but you will feel regret if you pay even $5 for an unpalatable burger. On the other hand, CRM costs less than you pay for your lunch when you consider monthly subscription. Additionally, you will be surprised by the extent of profit once you go for Customer Relationship Management.

2.     No connection with Social Media

Social Media is the best way to build relationships with your customers as well as clients. Hence it is important that the CRM integrates with social media. In today’s best real estate CRMs, you can get instant access to the social media info for your clients in your contact with a single click only. Moreover, it helps in the adaptation of your relationship with them.

3.     No support on your Mobile

In today’s world, everything is wrapped in your cell phones. You check your phone upwards of 100 times per day on an approx. It is necessary your CRM has its feet to your cell phone, because it is an effective way to provide your customers an ease for the interaction. Eventually, it includes a Mobile app through which responding has become an easy task for all.

4.     Ultimately its you, who will work

This is a thing of the past. Previously, even for newsletters, they used to provide a blank sheet and you had to write and create designs yourself. However, things have evolved to a better extent. Now they provide professionally designed and written e-Newsletter. Moreover, the e-Newsletter they provide are completely automated.

5.     Limitation in Automation

You live in a world where no one wants to work, but everyone wants outcome. In other words, automation has become a need nowadays. You can say automation is like a magic. Hence, in CRM also, people expect a complete automation. It is not stupid even, if you are paying much, you deserve automation. However, it is a myth that you don’t get. Most of the Customer relationship management softwares allow you to automate your lead capture, mass assigned automated keep-in-touch call reminders, drip email campaigns and send e-Newsletters in your database.

6.     CRMs don’t provide content

As stated earlier, there are many things that belong to the past. Technology has been evolved with time. A very common myth is “CRMS don’t provide content, they are just software”. If you had said this few years back then it would have been true, but now it is just a misconception. Now, it provides content according to the need and demand.

7.     You cannot determine your Return on Investment

This is another misconception which is a thing of the past. The best CRMs provide you special tools you need to see exactly what ROI (Return on Investment) you’re getting. You get the ability to check if your customers are opening your email or not. It helps you in determining the key-performance indicators as it relates to your business goals. Moreover, you get to see how CRM is improving your business through its tools.

8.     Old school ways were easier to keep in touch

Remember the sticky notes spread all above your table and bulletin board to remind you for particular reasons? Those were really effective. However, it doesn’t mean you don’t get these options in CRMs. It provides you mass assigned automatic keep in touch, reminders, birthday reminders and automated reminders for anniversaries. You don’t have to use those antiquated methods of sticky notes all around your office.

9.     You can’t create video content

When it comes to marketing, video contents are considered as the most effective way. People expect video content from marketers. Gradually it has become an innovative way to connect with the audiences. It provides you with a video recorder and video library to create video content for your customers.

10.  Setup is too complicated and lengthy

Gone are the days when technicians or guides used to take sessions weekly for the proper setup. Now you get end to end setup helps, you need not to worry about the configuration. The onboard team works closely with you to get every aspect of the system.

There are other myths and misconceptions too, which really confuses you while integrating with CRM. All you need is to debunk those misconceptions and go for it. In a few days you will see the change because it will improve your marketing strategy and you can offer more services to your customers. Eventually, customer service is the new marketing!

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 31 Oct 2017 10:29:54 -0400
4 Tips to Improve Project Management Success

There can be multiple challenges to keep a project on track within a budget when it comes to project management. There are many factors that you must consider because there can be various internal and external elements that can cause a project to derail. The success of the project also relies on the ability of the project manager and the methodical approach that he uses to execute project. The approach should be aligned with the needs of the clients and with the strengths of the team. Although most of the project managers know how to manage the work flow and how to measure the success of the project but how to do it right is the actual task. The best project management tips and tricks are learned with time and experience but we will list 4 tips in this article that can help you to improve the project management success. All you need to do is to have an excellent plan and few precautions and you can lead your project to success.

1.    Nail down the project details and identify the requirements

Before stating any project, you should make sure that your project is based on a solid foundation and you have the buy in from all the stake holders. Do your research and understand their interests and what they expect. This will help you to determine whether the project will get successful or not. Make sure that the scope of the project is also identified and every team member of the project knows it role and responsibilities. After doing that, create a project plan and check whether the goals of the elements are defined or not. They should be aligned as well because only then you can measure the success criteria of the project. Create a schedule for the tasks, a target budget and confirm that the customer is satisfied with the functionality. One thing that is very important is to make sure that the project meets the government and industry’s regulation or not. Making a complete plan can make a huge difference in the success of the project.

Now that is all about planning the project and once you have a strong plan the next you must do is to implement it with the help of your team. Your team will be a unit of individuals that will work towards a common goal and being a project manager, you should structure a team whose combined skills can help you to achieve your goal effectively. To build a successive team assemble and organize your available resources and make them to work together. Increase the capabilities of the team by integrating the individual skills and talents. You must align skills according to the needs of the project. Let every individual know about the task that he must perform and let them know that what would they provide at the completion of the project.

2.    Lead them by creating milestones

As you will be leading the team in the project so you must cultivate good and positive team dynamics. Be the mentor for all the team members and get the input from the project team and stake holders. You should inspire the team as well in the time turbulence and the best way to do it is to lead from the front. An effective leader ship can make a huge difference in the success of the project. Also, identify the defining moments of the project. You don’t need a project management certification to identify it. After identifying them create a life cycle based on the four phases that are initiation, planning, execution and closure. Creating a life cycle will help you to evaluate the situation at the end of each phase. Now examine all the deliverables and make sure that it is according to the expected quality and it is according to the customer requirement or not. This will eliminate the risk because you can monitor the project effectively. Tackling problems at the time of development is a key to the success.

3.    Keep in communication with the stake holders

You must keep your communication lines open and this goes for the team and for the stake holders as well. Being a project manager, you should create a communication plan and to stick with it. Be consistent, clear and open with your team members and stake holders and stay in contact throughout the process. Provide them with the information that they can use to plan. By providing information and updates you can keep your stake holders and team members on a same page and you will increase your chances of project management success.

Also, work as a professional. Before the initiation of a milestone, get documents signed by the stake holders. This methodology will ensure that the project team is covered in terms of expectations. Even with the best project management, it is not possible at times to complete a project in time and within a budget. Don’t complicate the process with over documentation but keep appropriate documentation ready for the stakeholders and plan for any unseen event.

4.    Avoid scope creeps and minimize the risk

Scope creeps happens when a new element is added to a project that is already approved and there is no consideration of increasing the budget, resources or time. Managing this scope creep is an essential task in the success of the project management success. To avoid this, you should come up with the proper documentation and those documents must be signed by the stake holders. You will experience risks at different phases of the projects and there are very few projects with no risks. A guide to the success is to foresee the risks and to take proper actions that are needed. This is only possible when you communicate. Because then you understand what risks are approaching and how you can manage them before they get out of your hand. Controlling a risk before time is easy rather than to wait it to turn in to a problem. This is one of the best practices in the project management process and this risk management can play a big role in success.

Project management can be difficult at times but keeping these basic tips in mind can help you to make things easy for yourself and for your team. The more it gets easy the more you will enhance the chances of getting success. Work as a professional and always keep in contact with your team and stakeholder. Achieve small milestones effectively and get collective success at the end.

Uncategorized Editor Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:11:51 -0400
How Do Millennial Entrepreneurs Run a Business

Millennial entrepreneurs are gradually dominating the world of business today, with more and more of them becoming notable and appearing in global rich lists. With the fast and furious pace that they run their businesses, which range from traditional ones to high-technology, young entrepreneurs are slowly becoming the new frontrunners of their industries.  

Technology has greatly paved a way for budding young entrepreneurs, enabling them to create start-up businesses swiftly and affordably. It takes even less than 20 minutes to set up an e-commerce page on a social media site. While millennials are already an interesting bunch as they are, millennial entrepreneurs take the game to another level. Here’s how they approach the battlefield of enterprise in many ways.

An Edge on Entrepreneurship

One major difference to note between past generations and millennials is that the former often envision climbing up the corporate ladder, whereas the latter faces enterprising endeavours head on. Inspired to pave their own paths, young entrepreneurs want to break from the norm of the corporate world by idolizing actual successful entrepreneurs of today instead of business tycoons of the past. So many businesses have crumbled by themselves with corporate scandals, and young entrepreneurs just don’t want anything to do with that.

Collaboration is Key

Millennials are noted to be highly collaborative when it comes to running their business and more open to new ideas. This is highly unlikely among older generations, which tend to keep their ideas close to their chest. With younger entrepreneurs, they play their cards by pitching ideas and gathering feedback from peers to ensure a positive response from their market. For millennials, a business is run through group effort, just as Mark Zuckerberg treats his workforce at Facebook. His massive open floor plan allows healthy communication with every employee.

Using Technology as an Advantage

It is during the time of Gen Y when digital revolution came to its peak. Although Gen Z-ers are the most exposed to today’s technological advancements, it is the millennials who have developed a rich understanding of how devices work. Having to use the clunkiest of computers through trial and error, millennials gained an intimate inclination to technology over the years.

Many entrepreneurs today use the internet to sell online, regardless of service or product – whether wedding-related products or medical accessories. Significantly, this gained millennial entrepreneurs the advantage of easily starting their businesses through technology. Aside from this, young entrepreneurs can now start and operate their businesses in their homes, saving them from painful costs that older generations may have struggled with in the past.

Motivated by Passion and Purpose

Millennials are known to be the most passionate and creative, and they have integrated these traits in entrepreneurship. While money is an integral aspect in a business, young entrepreneurs are not solely motivated by their earnings but also by a bigger purpose. With more and more businesses today that are achieving success all while supporting a bigger cause, more and more budding entrepreneurs have set this as a goal—making sure that they leave some positive impact on the world. Some medically inclined businesses do their part by providing quality O2 sensors and cables at a reasonable rate.

Get Creative with the Quest to Learn

Graduating during the recession, many young entrepreneurs have struggled early on with student loans and finding jobs. In the end, they came out of the financial mess more creative and resourceful, constantly finding new ways to do things more efficiently. Furthermore, their consistent quest to learn has fueled their motivation to run their own companies and apply their newly acquired knowledge.

Driven in Every Way

It’s no surprise why millennial entrepreneurs are slowly making names in the world of enterprise. The young generation aims to build awesome companies, manage a compact team, and take advantage of technology. They are driven by their eagerness to learn as well as by their failures. Of course, millennials also learn from the mistakes of others, seeking advice from more experienced mentors and strong networks.

With a mixture of creativity and purpose, they are able to start up businesses that beg to create a difference to the world. It’s no wonder how millennial entrepreneurs gain significant experience that will push them farther in the competitive industry.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:12:51 -0400
Elements of Good User Experience Many Online Businesses Still Neglect The term ‘user experience’ may seem like overused jargon, but it is an important element to focus on in today’s market. If your business relies on a digital interface in any way, whether it is an app for accessing information, an online store that sells products and services, or a website that acts as an anchor for your online presence, then good user experience is a must.

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UK customers are more sensitive to UX, especially when making online purchases. Unfortunately, many online businesses still make UX mistakes that are both costly and catastrophic to the business’ future. To help you, and your business, avoid making the same mistakes, we are going to take a closer look at those common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

The Checkout Process

In an attempt to learn as much as possible about customers, a lot of online stores use long forms and multiple steps as part of their checkout process. Customer details and additional information are indeed valuable, but making customers complete forms and having them go through several steps to finalize their purchases are definitely not good for business.

Over 80% of dropped carts are caused by this type of approach. An overly complicated checkout process will simply drive customers away before they complete their purchases. If your online store is losing customers during the checkout process, it is time to take a second look at the process itself.

Instead of using multiple steps and long forms, simplify the checkout process as much as possible. A single-page checkout where customers can complete their purchases easily is always the way to go. What about collecting customer information? The details you don’t need for processing orders can be acquired later. That brings us to the second element, which is….

Streamlined Customer Relationship Building

Don’t try to do everything at the same time. Instead, take the time to build a genuine relationship with every customer. You can deliver a much better user experience when every part of the flow is designed to be personalized and sincere.

When trying to learn more about a customer, for example, a follow up email asking about their experiences with your products or a customer satisfaction survey delivered through a personalized email is far more effective than jamming the checkout page with more fields or multiple forms.

You have all the time in the world to connect with your customers. Use that time wisely and provide them with a streamlined experience. This approach will also lead to higher customer loyalty and better customer value in the long run.


The last element to pay close attention to is consistency. You can’t deliver a positive user experience when a customer’s journey is littered with inconsistencies. Even the simplest things, such as having different colour schemes on your social media pages, can seriously damage UX.

Consistency is an important thing to add to the ecommerce web site design. Every page must create the same, seamless experience. Different sections of the site must be kept consistent for a more fluid browsing experience. More importantly, consistency will tie the ecommerce site together with your company’s branding and key messages.

Unless you start paying attention to these elements and avoiding common mistakes when handling them, it would be difficult to complete in a competitive market like the UK’s ecommerce landscape we have today. Get these things right, however, and you will have no trouble taking your online business to success.

Uncategorized Editor Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:14:23 -0400
The Importance of Writing a Will as A Business Owner A will has always been a job that you think you’ll only have to tend to when you reach a specific age, certainly when you’re much older anyway. Planning on what will happen if you pass is hardly the most cheerful of subjects but if you do run your own business that it is something you definitely need to be thinking about getting draw up. The reason for this is because without one, all of your assets may not be distributed in the way you would want them to be. A business is a whole different story when people pass compared with an ordinary death, it’s not as simple as a certain possession not going to the right family member.

Whilst the majority of people believe that all of their assets and possessions will automatically be divided up between their loved ones, this is often not the case. With no set will in place, the reality is that the law takes control of your belongings and they ultimately dictate how they are divided, so it’s worth thinking about not just for you but your family.

It is not unheard of to have your family home sold after your death to cover your business expenses and that reason alone is a worrying concept. Things become even more complex if you own a business and also have business assets. According to a recent study, It’s currently estimated that almost 1 in 10 business owners believe that their business would have to cease trading should one of the key individuals in the business pass away. This is a result that could affect the tens to hundreds you may employ, which seems highly unnecessary when your business can be easily mitigated if the circumstance occurred. All it needs it some calculated planning. Say for example you’re the head of an owner-dependent business, your unfortunate death could have significant consequences to the business that you’ve spent years growing.

What is worse is that an increasing amount of businesses have sadly had to stop due to a legal battle following a passing. If you took the case of a family business, that employs the owner’s children and they were to die – currently the law states that without the presence of a will, the business would then be equally divided out between all the owner’s kids. As a result, the child (the only one who actually worked at the company) would have to buy out their brothers or sisters in order to take control of the business, an eventuality that causes messy and draw out will disputes and severe emotional stress on your loved ones.

If you do own a family company and it isn’t in your wishes to pass on your business to your family - maybe because you have partners or other separate critical figure heads within your setup - arranging for each business owner to take out a life policy in trust for the other business can protect that scenario. By doing this, any set funds will be paid out straight to the surviving owners in the case of a death, so that they can buy out your share of the business.

When it comes to writing a will, you should look closely into succession planning. The reason behind this is to maximize the benefits of Business Property Relief. This gives relief from inheritance tax for businesses, for which you will need to be extra careful and accurate about when it comes to your planning. As an example, if your spouse were to gain control over your business and then they decided to sell it on, the profits from the sale will then be counted as part of the estate and it will be subjected to inheritance tax when they die. From a financial standpoint, it makes more sense to hold onto the shares but pass over the company to a trust. Your spouse will still benefit from the trust but it simply means that they won’t be hit with inheritance tax.

To summarize, you can easily see that running a business comes with its complications before and after you die. Too often people wait till they become ill or grow old but that is an organized way of operating a business in the modern world we live in. Having a will in place is there to cover you for the possibility of an unfortunate sudden or early passing, not to mention its necessity if you’ve just been recently married or have children. It’s always a smart idea to be prepared for any circumstance should the worst happen so it is more beneficial to start thinking now about how your business could be divided up. If you’re unsure on how to proceed, it’s crucial to seek help from dispute resolution solicitors to ensure you’re clear on what to do and also completely covered whatever the outcome.

Uncategorized Editor Thu, 11 May 2017 22:53:22 -0400
Looking the Part, But Spending Less Money If you are loving the fact that estate sales bring you amazing deals, you probably are also loving the feel of being on a big estate. Moving in the circles of society’s upper elite is a wonderful feeling that few of us ever get to experience. If you want to continue moving in those circles, beyond just heading over to estate sales, you definitely need to make sure that you look the part. While not all of us can afford fancy cars and clothes, you can actually make yourself look like you fit in pretty simply, and for very little money, too.

If getting yourself to look like you belong on an estate or in country clubs is your aim, you should definitely make sure that you are investing in the right clothing. Of course, the right clothing for you may be slightly different than what works for someone else. All the same, there are a few brands that everybody recognizes as belonging to the upper class. If you want to fit in at that level, you need to make sure you invest in the right stuff.

Getting yourself a pair of Ray Bans is a surefire way to fit in with the crowd at estates and country clubs. But if you are a little intimidated by investing in a pair of Ray Bans, fear not! You can score on Ray Bans for very little money if you just take advantage of Ray Ban’s Groupon Coupons. Using this new joint venture, you can find deals like Ray Ban Aviators for only $150, and other shades starting from just $70!

Taking advantage of this new partnership is pretty simple. All you need to do is check out Ray Ban’s Groupon Coupons page and find a coupon that seems to fit your needs. If you are not ready to make a purchase right now, do not worry about – Groupon Coupons and Ray Ban update these discounts regularly, so there are always new deals to be had. When you are ready to get your high class sunglasses, check out the deals Ray Ban and Groupon Coupons are offering, and you will be styling on the cheap (on the down low) in no time at all.

Uncategorized Editor Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:30:20 -0400
When is the Best time to sell your House on the Property Market?

What is the best time to sell your house on the property market? This is a common question that comes to mind when you want to put your house up for sale.

The truth is that is can be really confusing especially in the wake of contradictory headlines on the fluctuating prices and times in the property market. How then do you make an informed decision on when to sell without regretting?

According to expert sell house fast agency Ready Steady Sell o begin with, you need to take your motivation for selling into account. That is, for your home to sell effectively for the best price and at the right time, you need to know what the push and pull of the market is. That is, a strong reason for selling your house.

You may be selling your home because it is too large for your family or you are relocating or you need to take care of medical concerns. Moving to a smaller home could mean less maintenance costs hence less worries.

If you are relocating for work, then selling your home would definitely help to cut on the cost and time spent travelling as you will be able to live closer to your work station. Regardless of your push and pull, you definitely need both to be able to make a successful move.

So then, just when is the best time to sell your home on the property market?

The answer to this question is crucial in ensuring that your house does not languish on the market for months on end. If this happens you can be sure of ending up disheartened and demoralized.

The right time of the year to put your house on the market must be thought through seriously as it could affect how fast you will sell it.

Although estate agents will want to convince you to sell at whichever time of the year without any delays, it is important to plan for the best time that is in line with the needs of buyers and the market as a whole.

This calls for understanding of the different types of buyers as well as their buying behaviour and needs. This way, you will be able to determine when you should put your home for sale on the property market. Here are some distinct categories of buyers that can guide your decision to sell:

  • Singles and young couples – These are mainly first time buyers that are known to begin their search for a first home at the beginning of the year. For most of them, they are setting out for the first time having spent one too many Christmas celebrations with relatives.

This category of buyers begin their search in January and February with their purchases being mainly at the lower end of the market mainly terraced homed and apartments. Their second choice of property are detached and semi-detached homes.

Even then, you need to be aware of the fact that these young buyers could drag their search for a home for months and in some instances years hence the need to be patient with them to make up their minds.

  • Families – In most cases, family buyers will buy at three distinct times of the year mainly summer, spring and autumn.

These are tern times hence buyers with children do not usually like to house hunt during holidays because they are usually on holiday. Besides, it is a lot more stressful to going for viewings when you are bored and have a whiny child to take care of.

  • Downsizers – Singles and downsizers like to buy homes during warmer months. As such, retirement homes and bungalows will be on the market for long especially during winter because people do not like to go house hunting in snow or rain. They believe that summer time is tis best time to buy and sell. These buyers usually look at fewer properties since they make up their minds fast.

You can use this information to plan to sell your house. That is, you could get the house ready to suit the preferences of a specific group based on the time you intend to sell. Ultimately, keep in mind that if your property takes less time on the market then you are likely to achieve your asking price. Therefore, take time and study the market before listing your house.

Uncategorized Editor Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:23:08 -0500
Local prime central London economy supported by wealthy residents

Currently the number one address in prime central London, Mayfair has always been a popular choice for wealthy residents and tourists around the globe. However, there has never been a typical dweller in the area, since the resident profile has always been evolving and changing. The past few decades have seen inhabitants of the town getting younger with 43 percent of homes in the area currently housing young, wealthy, educated couples and singles. This increase is unsurprising due to the surplus of flats on the property market, designed especially for this young residential profile. Mayfair is growing younger and more active by the day.

In addition to young residents, Mayfair is also attractive to over 42 nationalities, and over 60 percent of people living here were born overseas. The mix of homeowners in the area is likely to continue changing as global economy changes and fortunes rotate to different locations. The US currently has 540 billionaires residing within its borders, while China is home to 251 and Germany to 120, according to the Forbes Rich List. Middle Eastern billionaires continue to decline in numbers as oil prices fall, and Russian-speaking billionaires are also fewer in numbers lately.


The ultra-wealthy residents of Mayfair are commonly thought to reside in the community without giving much back. However, a new report from Wetherell has proven just the opposite, with wealthy locals contributing to the neighbourhood through shopping, employment, and leisure. The affluent district is supported substantially by its inhabitants, and in fact, the report shows that the 2,000 plus millionaires living in prime central London contribute a lavish £2.5 billion to the UK and local economy each year. Of the 2,000 millionaires, 200 earn a nine-figure salary, and 20 are billionaires.

Additional data from Westminster City Council, and property experts Dataloft and EGI, in the report, shows that these prime residents support the economy through luxury shopping, consultants, and employment. Upon reviewing the annual expenditure of affluent households in Mayfair, those living in properties valued under £15 million were found to spend £2,700,000 on Interior Design and Artwork, £644,000 on Clothes, and £325,000 on Staff.


There are several luxury developments underway and in the future pipeline for Mayfair over the coming years and this is likely to spread the rising house prices from not only W1K, the most expensive postcode in Mayfair, but to W1S and W1J too.

At present, the property inventory in Mayfair totals 4,348 homes and can be broken down as 1,305 privately owned houses, 870 social houses, and 2,173 privately rented homes occupied by wealthy tenants with an average monthly rent of £1,387 per week. Approximately five percent of the privately owned homes are valued under £1 million, 50 percent are valued between £2 million and £10 million, and the final 45 percent are valued over £10 million.

Entry prices to the property market, in Mayfair, for a typical flat are currently over £1 million, and an average £4.8 million for a house. Despite the Global Financial Crisis, property prices and sales in prime central London have been relatively productive, and these values reflect that, with prices 45 percent higher than the 2007 pre-crisis market. Although the price of a Mayfair address is slightly lower than the 45 percent of last year, it is higher than the average 30 percent of the last decade, and the current growth of 42 percent proves that the neighbourhood is deserving of number one address in prime central London.

Compared to the prime central London property market average, Mayfair house prices have risen by 188 percent over the last decade. It has also fared better than equity markets, earning its right as a premium and worthy investment. With the Mayfair property market capable of meeting demands for luxury living, modern technology, and sophisticated design; new properties entering the market can create and break new pricing limits and expand the market growth. Prime developments can drive 100 percent premiums over average homes in the neighbourhoods real estate market.

W1K has long reigned the most costly postcode title, yet this may change once sales rates begin to rise and expand over the next five years. The increasing appeal of the neighbourhood continues to attract wealthy residents and can be sure that the local economy will remain robust as it is supported and continues to grow.

Uncategorized Editor Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:14:15 -0500
EU Data Collection Law Goes Against UK Government The UK government has said that they are “disappointed” after the European Court of Justice has classed their collection of data was against the law set by the EU. The court’s reasoning behind this was down to the fact communications data can only be retained if it was being used to fight serious crime.

The act in question is the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, which would require all communications companies to retain the data with anyone who has British citizenship for a 12-month period. The term ‘communications data’ refers to details such as the time and date of a phone call or email being saved – but not its actual contents.

This was an act which was pushed forward by Brexit secretary David Davis, and since its dismissal, the Liberal Democrats stated the government has been showed that they “overstepped the mark” with the act.

The Comeback

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) stated that a “general and indiscriminate retention” of data is against EU law and the only reason it can be done is to “fight serious crime”. This has meant the case has now been transferred back to the UK court of appeal who had referred the case to the ECJ to gain clarification on it.

Now the case is back in the UK, those who were bringing the case have said that the ruling shows that it is “counter-productive to rush new laws through parliament without proper scrutiny” and they have now begun to put forward “robust arguments” to the court of appeal. They then added that because of how important communications data is in detecting crime they are looking to make sure that clear plans are in place so that the police and other public authorities are able to acquire the communications data in a way which is consistent with EU law and their “obligation to protect the public”.

Urgent Change Required

The UK government has officially said that it would not make any changes until the Court of Appeal had ruled on the legal challenge to the legislation. Which would be expected to come in December once The Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act expires and the new legislation – the Investigatory Powers Act – comes in place.

Liberty, who are a group campaigning against the original act have stated that the judgement “upholds the rights of ordinary British people not to have their personal lives spied on without good reason or an independent warrant”. They finished with stating that the government must comply with this by making urgent changes to the “Investigatory Powers Act”.

About the Author:

Rebecca Harper is a freelance writer specialising in law, politics and business. She is an active advocate for immigration rights and works alongside a leading immigration service company to research trends in migrant movement throughout Europe.

Uncategorized Editor Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:15:26 -0500
Facebook Messenger – Always Active Location Sharing To Go Personally, I have been into social media networking and particularly Facebook.

Being the largest social networking platform, Facebook boasts of it ingenuity in App development as a major contributor to its success.

Times without number, we have always spent hours on end chatting and sharing with friends, unaware of Facebook unwittingly sharing our locations.

Well, this is definitely creepy; right?

The always-on- Facebook Messenger location sharing button has been telling your friends where you are whenever you are chatting with them.

On this premise, you can imagine how many times you have lied about your whereabouts on Facebook, when the location feature has always delivered the right information on the other side.

This is probably shocking, especially if matters of integrity and Facebook user privacy policies are to be taken into serious consideration.

However, thanks to a newly introduced location update on the Messenger that will henceforth share your location on request.

If affected, the default Messenger location sharing functionality that has always let people know your whereabouts during a chat without your permission will be something of the past.

Stan Chudnovsky’s announcement

During the latest briefing, Stan Chudnovsky’s who is Facebook’s Product Management head, has come out to confirm improvements on Messenger App which puts off your location unless you permit it to share. This means, now you will be able to chat with friends without being oblivious of the fact your location is being shared.

This announcement follows a blog post on Medium by Iran Ahanna from EuroVPS in which she revealed that, over the years, the world’s largest social media network has been tracking user subtly. Aran also further divulged details of his new Google extension tool called ‘Marauders Map’ which uses Facebook’s location sharing feature to track and pin-point the location of the users on a map.

No more an always-on feature

Further, according to Stan Chudnovsky, the new way of sharing one’s location alongside chat which is to replace the old features will enable users to explicitly share their whereabouts as a map or better still send your location as an independent separate message.

He says, to send your location, you navigate to the bottom of your Messenger Screen display and tap on the location pin. This brings up more options from which you can, for example, tell your friends where you want to meet up with them by sending a map of the place. Also, with the new development on Messenger, you can let your friends know where you are, which means, if you were headed for work, they will know how far away you are from the workplace.

Features of the new location sharing Extension on Facebook Messenger

There are people who always want to remain anonymous while chatting with friends using Facebook Messenger, therefore, the revelations that the old Messenger unwittingly shared one’s location is a big shocker as much as it is annoying. As pointed earlier, the new development on Messenger App is sure to bring cheer on the faces of users worried about this privacy.

Let’s for a second review the features that this new Facebook update promises:

According to Stan Chudnovsky, the new Messenger features will do away with the marauders map like feature which shared you location unwittingly, users will henceforth be able to use it as an explicit functionality. No more hidden and default functionalities.

Also, the new developments on Facebook messenger will enable users to choose a way in which they want to share their location. They can do this either by sending a map or the place where they are as a different message.

By tapping on the more button icon on Messenger App User Interface, it will now display an option which prompts you to share your location with the person with whom you are chatting. The good news is that this will only be shared if you tap send.

How to switch off location sharing feature

The old-look Messenger always secretly delivered a message with your location whenever you are chatting with friends, but with the new improvements, you can choose to switch it off so that it doesn’t track your whereabouts.

For those using Android devices, if you want to turn off the location sharing feature, you will go to settings then click on location sharing and switch it off. In Apple devices, the location sharing functionality can be turned off by going to settings then clicking on privacy which brings up location and then services.

The benefits of sharing location

Well, on the flip side, sharing your location on Facebook Messenger has its benefits.

At the very least, it enables your friends to track your whereabouts in which case if you were to meet up, they can easily find you using the location map you send to them on chat. Also, if used wisely it’s possible to track friends who are at leisure to hang out.

Also, with the newly improved Messenger, lying about your location is a forgone case. There is no way you can lie about your location because the new-look App perfectly tracks your location and as long as you choose to send it as a map message.

Many users will be with me on this benefit – location tracking feature, on certain occasions can really help the user, especially in life or death situations.

Was this change prompted by Marauders Map extension?

Agreeably, the revelations on how Marauder’s Map shares Facebook users’ location subtly by plotting it on a map must have come as a bombshell to those who value their privacy on social media and consequently played a pivotal role in Facebook’s decision to make improvement on Messenger location sharing capabilities.

But, Marauder’s Map is not the sole reason for this update. Facebook has been working on it for the past few months, and its main objective to bring commerce into its messenger app.

Facebook inspired by Asia Apps

Has Asia’s Chat Apps played a role in Facebook’s latest move to update location features in Messenger App?

Well, China is known for making inroads into the development of chat Apps such as WeChat. Asia’s monolithic Apps for chatting with which users are able to book a taxi and do more, has surely inspired Facebook’s latest move.

As noted by Chudnovsky, Facebook wants to change people’s views on location.

Their goal: to dish out awe-inspiring experiences in the future.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 27 Dec 2016 06:26:47 -0500
How to Keep Your Employees Motivated Low morale is often a problem in many businesses and this can lead to a wide range of problems for a business and the people who manage it. However, if employees are treated in the proper way and feel part of an organisation, they will be less likely to leave your company or underperform. Below are some effective ways you can motivate your employees.

Reward Employees When They Hit Certain Targets

Unfortunately, motivational words don't pay the bills, so you need to be willing to give financial rewards and other tangible rewards to your employees when they hit specific targets or surpass certain targets. If you do this, more of your employees will be willing to go the extra mile and ensure that they provide a high quality, efficient service.

Make Work More Enjoyable

Millions of people around the world dread going to work every day. Office politics, ridiculous rules and an unorganised and chaotic workplace are just some of the reasons why people dislike going to work.

Instead, your workplace should be an enjoyable place to work in and spend time in. You can do this by fostering a more friendly, fun working environment and investing in systems that make work less of a chore. For instance, in the call centre industry a range of high-quality contact centre workforce engagement systems are available that resemble gaming systems rather than business systems.

Empower Your Staff Members

In many businesses, employees do not a have a voice and feel disenchanted. However, many of the world’s greatest business leaders realise a business is only as good as the people who work in it.

Every business owner, manager and business decision maker should take this on board and listen to what their staff members have to say, what ideas they have and what suggestions they make. This is extremely important if you want your business to succeed because it’s the people on the ground who know exactly what a business is doing wrong and how certain issues can be resolved.

Lead by Example

In every walk of life, people want to follow strong leaders who have the best interests of their followers at heart. You should ensure that you’re approachable, understanding and treat each of your employees fairly.

Progression in Your Company

Unfortunately, if employees are not motivated they lose interest in their career and often give up hope of ever progressing in the company they work in. This is something every business owner and decision maker needs to address. Each employee should believe that they can get promoted, get regular pay rises and be able to create a better lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Motivating the people who work for you is not impossible to achieve. You need to change and the people in your organisation need to change, but following the tips above will gradually improve the morale in your organisation and make your employees more efficient and proud to work for your company. If you can do this everyone in your business wins.

Uncategorized Editor Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:34:45 -0500
How a Good Returns Policy Can Be a Marketing Tool Regardless of whether you’re marketing products online or in a brick and mortar store it is crucial that you have a good returns policy. To many it may seem counterintuitive to have a returns policy in the first place as it will eat into your bottom line – however that isn’t true, and at the end of the day a good returns policy can be an extremely effective marketing tool.

Inspire Confidence and Increase Conversions

Essentially a good returns policy can help inspire confidence in customers, and boost the likelihood that they actually end up purchasing the product. In particular if a customer is wavering and unsure about some of the claims about the product the knowledge that they will be able to return it if it doesn’t pan out could help convince them to make the purchase.

Considering the role that your returns policy can play in increasing sales it must be clearly visible and easy to understand. That way it can play its role in helping make sure potential customers feel confident enough to make a purchase. It would help to also include details of your policy on your delivery labels – especially if you use single integrated labels containing an invoice that could easily have a brief description of the returns policy too.

Market the Customer Service Aspect

Aside from its direct role in improving sales, a good returns policy can be part of a larger drive to market the customer service that your business provides. If you have a returns policy that is convenient, easy, and doesn’t make customers jump through too many hoops then that is a powerful statement in favor of your customer service.

Of course it is best not to point it out directly. Instead if and when a customer successfully goes through the returns policy try asking them to review your customer service at the end of it. That way you can turn a return into a way of generating social proof that can be used to improve your marketing efforts further.

All said and done it should be clear that as much as a good returns policy may cost a little bit – its benefits are more than worthwhile. Suffice to say you shouldn’t be penny-wise but pound-foolish, and making sure that you accept returns can help you to grow your sales numbers by leaps and bounds.

Uncategorized Editor Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:12:38 -0500
Can’t Get a Business Loan? How to Rebuild Your Credit Rating Most of the time, new startups need some type of funding in order to be successful. Although in a few instances and certain industries it may be possible to start a business without a great deal of money, for the most part it’s important to have enough to cover most of your startup’s initial expenses as well as cover expenses for the coming few weeks or months. Because of this, many entrepreneurs tend to borrow funding, whether from an investor, friends or family, or the bank. With bank loans being the most popular for business, it’s no wonder that, often, entrepreneurs who have a poor credit rating are left at a loss of what to do when they cannot obtain funding from the bank. Here’s how to rebuild and improve your credit rating in order to get that all-important business funding.

Debt Consolidation

When starting out rebuilding your credit rating, the first thing that you will need to do is pay off all or at least as much as possible of your existing debts. Once you have paid off a debt you will no longer be able to miss any payments on that line of credit, therefore it cannot be used against you when it comes to your credit file. However, for many entrepreneurs it’s not easy to simply pay off current lines of credit, which is where a debt consolidation loan comes into play. By paying off all of your debt with one separate loan, you can reduce your monthly repayment significantly and improve your credit rating. See for more information.


If you are struggling to make repayments for one or more lines of credit, it’s important to come to an agreement with your creditors. By doing this, it’ll be less of a struggle to keep up with repayments and by changing the terms of your repayment and coming to a new agreement, you will cause less damage to your credit rating. The majority of the time, creditors are very understanding when a lender’s circumstances change and will usually work with you to come to a mutual understanding that is beneficial for both parties involved. Rather than ignore your creditor’s calls, get in touch with them yourself and tell them about the situation so that they can give you help and support for example by reducing your monthly repayment amount or offering a reduced settlement fee.

Credit Rebuilding

It is not advised to take out any further lines of credit until you have dealt with your existing debts. If you are already struggling with current debt, adding more to the mix will not do your credit rating – or your pocket – any favours in the long run. Instead, wait until you have paid off and cleared all of your existing debt before taking out any further credit in order to rebuild your credit rating. A small line of credit – such as a credit card with a small limit or even a mobile phone contract – will often suffice.

Having good credit is essential to being offered a business loan!

Uncategorized Editor Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:14:32 -0400