Getting the most out of IT!

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Getting the most out of IT!

Regardless of whether you work in a business of 1 or 50 employee’s, there are always parts of the business which require your attention. From an IT perspective, there are always tasks which can be undertaken which don’t necessarily have a cost associated to them. I’ve compiled a small list of the types of items I believe every business should be looking at in order to improve productivity, increase your website traffic and to help your business overall.

Social Networking

While I’m not completely convinced that social networking is for every business. I do think that it can be extremely effective for some. I’ll give you an example of how it works for PCtechnix. Our monthly newsletter has a subscribed audience of about 500 business customers. When this mail is sent out, I link to it on Twitter. As a passive Tweeter, I have 300 followers. I also have another 169 connections on LinkedIn who also get receive the link to the newsletter. So instead of reaching an audience of 500, It now goes out to nearly a 1000 people on a monthly basis. Has that approach worked? In a word. Yes. I have sold products and services to new customers via social networking. Perhaps you need to give it a try as well?

Twitter – Have you Tweeted?

Facebook – More traffic than Google.

Blogging – Share your expertise.

LinkedIn – Online Business Networking.

Forums – Join industry-related forums.

Advice
– Engage your customers.- Pick one to begin with and use it properly.- Don’t do all at once. Feature Creep

 

E-Mail Marketing

As mentioned above, the monthly newsletter now goes out to nearly a thousand readers per month. I try to ensure the newsletter is informative and engaging. I try to abstain from just spouting special offers and marketing material. The best approach in my opinion is to create a blend of news, information and offers in a manner which doesn’t overwhelm the reader. There are free and paid ways of getting your newsletter out. See blog post on email marketing for more information here for more information.

 

  • How much of a captive audience could you have at your disposal today if you had collected email addresses from day 1?

     

  • Creates an awareness of new products and services. Special offers and newsworthy items.

     

  • “Didn’t know you did Web Design too?”

     

  • Leaves the channel open for customers you may not see from one end of the year to the next.

     

See our newsletter Archive here

 

 

Google – Organic Results

Below is brief list of simple things you can do to drive more traffic to your website. In an ideal world, you would be aiming for the Top 3 spots. People are generally lazy and rarely move off the first page for search results. Winning the Top 3 is ambitious considering it is the Holy Grail but don’t let that deter you. There’s absolutely no point in having a great website if no one can find it. And you and/or your colleagues should be doing as much as possible to achieve this.

 

Simple things you can do to increase website hits.

  • Add your business to free website directories.
  • Google Place Page. Its Free!
  • Irish Hosting & .ie versus .com
  • Social Networking, Blogging, Youtube + Forums, etc.
  • Yahoo! Answers, Google Groups, Local Chambers, etc
  • Flash. Looks great. Not Google friendly.
  • Talk to Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) consultant.
  • Add Content to your website regularly. Content is King!

Here’s an example of how adding PCtechnix to the Google Place page has meant we are now

Number 1 for the search term “Business IT Solutions Dublin”.

 

Google Adwords – Paid Advertising

Google Adwords is amazing for any business who wants effective, targeted on-demand advertising. You sign up, set your budget, create your advertisement and away you go.

You create the Ads, They appear on Google, You get new customers.


  • Online sales for 123.ie boosted by 159pc in less than 12 months.
  • Bord Gais (Electricity Switch) 30,000 switched in less than 30 days. That’s 1000 new customers per day.
  • PCtechnix – Between 2-5 new business customers per month.
  • No big outlay. Start from as little as €50
  • Change budget to meet your ability to fulfill new business.

 

See below how we target specific key locations for PCtechnix using Google Adwords.


Skype

Skype has been around for ages but not everyone is aware of just how useful this product is! Skype is now available on practically every device that comes with a power source and you should really consider whether it can be of any benefit to your business.

  • It’s free for Skype to Skype calls.
  • Video Conferencing, Screen sharing, etc.
  • Save on travel costs.
  • Cheaper international rates.
  • Simple to use.
  • Secure.
  • Quick & easy setup.
  • Available on mobile handsets, laptops, iPads, TV’s, etc


Save on Printing

Tired of paying too much for your printing services?? With a managed print service you can save up to 33% on your printing needs. Not only this but if the printer requires servicing or parts, you can be guaranteed a repair time that is in the vendors interest not yours!

  • Serious potential savings
  • Toner efficiency
  • Two-side printing. Save on paper.
  • Reduce waste with printer mailboxes
  • Increased privacy.
  • Scan, Print, Fax & Photocopy
  • Secure Printing.
  • Centralised maintenance and more transparency on costs.
  • Use a photocopier/printer rather than a personal desk printer whenever possible.

     

2017-02-09T13:48:04+00:00 January 24th, 2013|Email Marketing, Marketing, Social Networking|Comments Off on Getting the most out of IT!