Data appears to be the new currency of the 21st century. It is becoming more imperative for all large organizations like governments and corporations to function in a meaningful way in world where the rate of human knowledge appears to be doubling every 18 months. Moreover, IBM estimates that as the Internet of Things builds out, this will be every 12 hours.
Governments need to access accurate data to make relevant decisions about a wide variety of issues from border security to annual employment. Inaccurate data can lead to wasteful spending, the wrong course of action, or an inability to manage large scale problems.
Meanwhile, corporations need to share accurate and current data among their different departments. Accounts receivables might need access to inventory records for parts’ numbers and description to create invoices, marketing might need product specs to create credible leads for the sales dept, and human resources might need significant job description data to hire the right talent for different departments.
How do you stand out as a business? There are many ways to respond to that question but customer service is always a top differentiator. A lot of customers will pay more for a product, service or brand if you offer a unique experience and treat customers as a top priority.
One of my favorite and prominent authors in the field of customer service is Chip Bell. And he has a new book out this week called, Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. I have supported Chip’s books in the past and I am excited to be able to support him again with the launch of Kaleidoscope.
In today’s fast-paced and increasingly digitized world, it seems that everyone has a very short attention span, making it hard for business owners to get people’s attention and hold it. To ensure that people pay attention to your messages and respond to them, you always need to be on the lookout for ways to improve your internal and external communications. Here are a few handy tips for this…
Here’s a riddle: how is a business card like a car?
Okay, so it’s not really a riddle—there’s a legitimate answer to this question. Just like today’s cars are faster and more high tech than the first Model T that rolled off Ford’s assembly line, today’s modern business cards are more cutting edge than ever.
That’s because these cards have to make instant connections at crowded networking events. And just like one slow car causes a traffic jam on your morning commute, an outdated business card can knock you out of the networking race. A boring card is forgotten and ignored in favor of anything that’s more interesting.
So how do you create something memorable? This quick and easy guide to creating business cards will teach you how to maximize your design’s potential to catch your audience’s eye.
Do you have an idea for a business but are afraid that it may be too late in life to become an entrepreneur? Don’t allow your age to become a hindrance. There are lots of over-50s creating start-ups and, instead of worrying about this, you could be making a steady income. Starting a business later in life is particularly beneficial if you are missing the buzz of business after retirement, or if your income isn’t quite as high as it used to be.
So where do you begin? The fact that you are a bit older has its advantages in business as you bring valuable industry experience and contacts to the table. However, if you are starting a completely new venture, you will need to devise a business plan.
As a business owner you need to acknowledge that should data go missing, it can be an incredibly stressful and worrying time. There’s no way to know what has happened to it immediately. You need to take the time to work out what’s gone wrong so that you can deal with the cause accordingly. Of course, that being said, it’s important that as soon as you notice that a piece of data is missing, that you start trying to work out what has happened, and recover the piece because the longer you leave it, the less likely you are to find and recover it.
Determining the cause of missing data isn’t always easy, hopefully, however, the tips and pieces of advice below will help you to do that.
For most modern businesses, projects are the lifeblood. But doesn’t it seem like business projects are getting more and more complex these days? It’s essential keep your head in the game and your mind properly focused on completing these projects, but it can really feel like an impossible task at times.
So with this in mind, here are you some tips for efficiently managing a mind-bogglingly complex project. It does not have to be overwhelming and the more that you complete, the easier it becomes.