How to make your small business blog invincible to hackers
If you have a small business blog, congratulations on embracing the online life! Digital marketing and, more generally, web development for your brand can make a huge impact on your company’s success. But have you ever considered the fact that your blog might be the target of malicious threats and cyber attacks? And do you know what IT support you need to have in place to ensure you stay safe?
Should B2B companies adopt eCommerce?
In the consumer world, eCommerce is all around us; if we want to buy something, we can simply venture online and do so, anytime, anywhere. As a service, it’s now completely immersed in our culture, embedded in our behaviours and driving our future expectations – but for the most part, it hasn’t yet extended to the realm of B2B. At a time when consumer expectations are being continuously redefined, it stands to reason that now is the time for that to change.
The Anatomy of an App
What does your app do for it’s users? There are many ways in which it can help a user, but what you need to assess, is the quality of help it provides for your target market. It is essential that your app is useful for customers, otherwise it will not be on their phone for long.
Why it Pays to have a Business Plan
A good Business Plan will describe your business now and what you expect it to look like in the future. Focus on how you intend to get there and the implications of the growth. Remember, don’t just make it all sound like plain sailing, you should also make it clear you have recognised potential downsides and pitfalls and have a strategy to avoid, or at least, mitigate them.
How to make your workforce more efficient
The old saying “there’s always room for improvement” often gets thrown about but how can you ‘improve’ your workforces efficiency?
How to Best Prepare for Auto-enrolment
There are many reasons that a company misses its staging date and it’s understandable that some small businesses employing a handful of staff do not feel as though they have to offer an auto-enrolment scheme but auto-enrolment is compulsory to SMEs and with a little planning, employers can avoid a lot of stress. Here’s a simple guide detailing how best to prepare for auto-enrolment.
How important is a Niche market to you?
In simple words, a niche market is a specific group of individuals and businesses that could benefit the most from your product or services and could afford to pay for it. Choosing the niche market is however not as straight forward and could require considerable experience and understanding your customers in order to decide the right niche for your business.
TOP 5 MISTAKES BUSINESSES ARE MAKING IN THEIR CREATIVE
The creative industry is a fast moving one and it is often very easy to make mistakes. When deadlines are looming and the content has to be signed off by a whole board or committee of directors, the message can get lost behind some major slipups. Here are the top 5 mistakes, we see some of the biggest businesses making with their creative.
Improving the Value of your Property
Across the UK property prices are generally on the rise. However, there are still further ways in which home and property owners can maximise their property’s potential and ensure they receive maximum return from its sale. This applies to both homeowners as well as those who own several properties across a portfolio and are looking to cash in on one of their assets.
5 Tips For Helping Businesses Grow
Once established, many SMEs are keen to expand their offerings and grow their business. If all goes well, your customer base and revenue will grow. But be aware: If done badly, you could end up with demotivated and overworked staff as well as irritated customers - a potentially deadly combination for your business.
Accountants | Solicitors | Architects
Z group aim to challenge, disrupt and ultimately change the discrete professional services market. Being an ABS allows us to intimately understand your business needs and personal wealth goals in a holistic way across legal, financial and architectural sectors.
Entrepreneur’s Frustration – helpful or painful?
Ever felt frustrated? I think that is a great place to pass through. Frustration means that you need to know or access something new, something you have no knowledge of and that is exciting. The trick to success is not staying in that place for too long.
EFFICIENT IT RECRUITMENT
The recruitment process is in desperate need for improvement. Picking the right talent for the right job has become a daunting task. Lots of companies have spent a massive amount of time picking the right candidate, only to find it’s the wrong one. Don’t get caught out!
How your business can benefit from DaaS / VDI
Understanding your customers: This is primarily for businesses who still operate on a local (or traditional) device. There are many benefits to visualization, some of the benefits include a decrease in maintenance costs, less expensive hardware, and the benefits of a third party securing their data.
5 tips to effective copywriting
In organisations large and small, copywriting often gets overlooked in favour of more pressing tasks. When it comes time to write something, you jot down a few sentences and hope it gets your message across. However, effective copywriting can bring greater awareness of your organisation and sell your goods or services, so it pays to spend a bit of time crafting content that works. The good news is that with a little planning and thought you can make writing easier and less overwhelming. Here are 10 tips that you can easily implement when putting together your next report, blog, newsletter, and more.
Local Businesses and the Social Media Conundrum
You’ve set up your digital presence and naturally you’re expecting thousands of bookings for your services... right?
Social Media 101 – The Business Edition!
In today’s digital industry, marketing your Business through Social Media is such a vital part of building your online presence! Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Linkedin, YouTube, Google+ or any of the other platforms, each one can be highly profitable as long as you are using it effectively. Here at Dotsquares we are going to give you a Social Media 101 where we will go over some of the top line factors that all businesses should consider.
Make the switch: Inkjet vs. laser printers
When looking to purchase your next printer, it’s important to understand which type best suits your needs.
CRM or NOT? New Evidence on CRM Success and Value
Maximizer has undertaken a study with 300 SME’s across the EMEA region to provide a benchmark and guidance for businesses looking to adopt and develop CRM within their organisations.
A Guide to Building Acoustic Testing
The property development market in the UK continues to expand rapidly, with increased housing for an ever-growing population needed more than ever. Hand in hand with the need to sustain our growing population is for people to be able to live in safety and comfort and that is why under UK Building Regulations, acoustic testing is required for almost all new builds in one way or another (Source: RJ Acoustics).
The difference in perception between a landline & mobile number for business
Even as keeping up with the latest technological advancements becomes increasingly important for businesses, many persistently disregard the effects of one integral communication tool in particular. The choice between operating off a landline or mobile number may appear a simple one on the surface, but its intricacies can leave you oblivious to issues that fundamentally undermine customer confidence.
4 reasons to really consider outsourcing your IT support
Supporting an IT infrastructure requires a complex combination of skills and expertise, here are four reasons why you should consider outsourcing your IT support to the experts.
Online company governance and funding platform
We built an online control panel for everything you need to setup, govern and bring investors to your business.
BRAND BRIEF, BUT WHY?
I bet some people will be asking what is a brand brief? Why am I even reading and why is it relevant in the first place? To understand the answers, you first have to understand what branding really is. According to the Business Directory, branding is defined as; “The process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product in the consumers' mind, mainly through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme. Branding aims to establish a significant and differentiated presence in the market that attracts and retains loyal customers.”