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According to RightScale’s latest State of the Cloud Survey, 95 percent of enterprises are now using the cloud. Of these companies, 77 percent are using private clouds, which has increased the hybrid cloud adoption rate. As more companies migrate to the cloud, IT teams have grown more experienced with typical cloud deployment mistakes and had more opportunities to learn from these mistakes.

 

5 Common Cloud Deployment Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Here are five of the most common cloud migration mistakes and how to avoid them.

Assuming Cloud Migration Is Easy

A CIO.com survey of cloud migration experts found that the biggest cloud deployment mistake companies make is assuming that migrating to the cloud is a simple turnkey operation. In fact, a cloud migration is a complex process that requires a sound strategy, careful planning, and disciplined implementation for a successful execution. This process may require developing solutions for unexpected bumps in the road, such as discovering that one of your company’s favorite applications does not work on the cloud. To avoid stumbling over these obstacles, RKON Technologies solutions architecture director Christopher DeMichael recommends treating a cloud migration as a data center migration, rather than a simple upgrade, and acting accordingly. As part of this migration approach, Zensar Technologies associate vice president David Eichorn adds that you should test your new solution in a target infrastructure environment before doing any actual migration.

Going It Alone

Underestimating the difficulty of cloud migration leads to another mistake companies often make: trying to handle cloud migration alone. Cloud adoption is often a cost-cutting solution, leading many companies to cut corners by delegating migration responsibility to their cloud provider and to internal IT staff, Virtustream co-founder Sean Jennings explains. The problem with this is that, on the one hand, cloud providers typically provide generic solutions that do not address industry-specific applications; while on the other hand, internal IT members who typically lack cloud migration experience. The best practice is to have your internal IT staff work with an experienced cloud migration consultant who can help ensure that your solution is consistent with the specific needs of your business.

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Migrating Everything at Once

A third common mistake is moving your IT wholesale to the cloud all at once in one fell swoop. This approach discourages testing procedures which are essential to a successful cloud migration, running the risk of leaving your entire IT infrastructure out of order if something goes wrong. It also ignores the fact that not all applications necessarily need to be on the cloud. Successful companies tend to begin their cloud migration by adopting a cloud-based solution for a particular app or infrastructure element, MRK Technology Marketing Services principal Michael Krieger says. This is one reason an increasing number of companies are adopting a hybrid cloud solution.

Assuming the Cloud Will Solve IT Issues

Another common error is assuming that moving to the cloud is a panacea for IT issues. The problem with this assumption is that if your IT strategy and procedures aren’t sound to begin with, moving them to the cloud will simply duplicate your existing issues on the cloud, often increasing their complexity and expense. To avoid this, KEMP Technologies director of technical product marketing Jason Dover recommends that before your cloud migration, you should conduct a thorough review of how your current IT infrastructure is being used by all departments of your business throughout your organization and analyze the most natural path for migration of existing applications.

Focusing on Technology without Considering Business Processes

Another mistake organizations make is approaching cloud migration as a purely technical procedure without consideration for how IT technology supports more fundamental business processes. Taking this approach fails to achieve the full business benefits moving to the cloud empowers, says Orange Business Services director of cloud services Jay Stephens. For example, adopting a cloud contact center solution such as Aspect Zipwire can improve customer service efficiency and reduce payroll costs, over and above the benefit of cutting IT costs. Stephens recommends that companies considering a cloud move should build cross-functional teams to analyze what services you need and which ones you don’t so that you can fully integrate the cloud into your business operations instead of just automating basic processes.

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Between juggling administrative tasks, meetings, training, customer service and other responsibilities, business managers often have little time left to actually supervise employees. Here’s how managers can save time by using technology:

 

Save Time on Office Administrative Tasks With Technology

In fact, the average retail manager spends 45 to 55 percent of their time on administrative tasks and meetings. One way to win back some of this lost time, however, is by making more efficient use of office automation. Here are some ways to do that.

Running the Books

Many small business owners say accounting is their least desirable part of running their business. One reason they find accounting such a chore is due to the lack of an automated accounting solution.

While many company HR reps still do bookkeeping by hand, others are using antiquated models like spreadsheets. A better solution is to adopt a software tool specifically designed for online accounting. Unlike spreadsheets, Sage One integrates with other financial functions, including receipt processing, invoice management and tax preparation, which can save you tons of time.

Employee Scheduling

Checking worker availability against personal time off requests and switching shifts around can get complicated — and doing it manually can create scheduling mistakes. Fortunately, there are automated scheduling solutions on the market, including Insperity’s TimeStar, which lets companies automatically manage employee schedules. Each employee is assigned an individual account, giving both the employee and their supervisor the ability to view schedules, PTO balances, time-off requests, shift changes and other essential scheduling information.

Supervisors receive notices when employees request time off or shift changes, which they can then approve or reject, while everything else is automated. Insperity also offers time and attendance management modules for ultimate efficiency.

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Payroll Management

Payroll management is another task retail managers can easily automate. Instead of manually calculating wages and deductions, and preparing and sending paychecks by hand, companies can streamline their payroll procedures by adopting automated software. Solutions like Payroll Mate allow companies to instantly prepare paychecks, as well as distribute them through direct deposit, pay cards, client-generated checks and deliverable checks. Companies can even integrate their payroll software with existing HR, scheduling and accounting software to streamline efficiencies.

Inventory Checks

Big-box retailers, including Walmart and Target, leverage the power of automated inventory solutions to accurately forecast demand and monitor supplies in order keep up with market trends. Smaller retailers can enjoy the same efficiencies by adopting inventory management solutions.

For instance, Scanco Warehouse allows for the use of Windows-based scanners, phones, tablets or desktops as an automated inventory tool. Companies can even turn to a smartphone as an inventory scanner by mounting it on an Infinite Peripherals pistol grip accessory that integrates with Scanco’s warehousing solutions.

Supply Chain Management

Accurate inventory requires good supply chain management, another function that can be easily automated. For example, Accellos’ EDI-compliant software integrates with existing inventory software solutions to automate label printing and shipping, as well as warehouse space management. Accellos’ solutions can cut shipping costs by using specified product dimensions and weight to automatically calculate outbound order carton quantity and size, integrate order fulfillment processes with labels for carriers such as UPS and FedEx, and apply routing instructions for pre-paid and collect shipments.

Taking the tedium out of everyday tasks can help managers in any industry get through their day more efficiently. By implementing these smart solutions, business owners and managers can get gain a few more hours a day, adding more to the bottom line.

Byline: Roy Rasmussen, co-author of Publishing for Publicity, is a freelance copywriter who helps small businesses get more customers and make more sales. His specialty is helping experts reach their target market with a focused sales message. His most recent projects include books on cloud computing, small-business management, sales, business coaching, social media marketing and career planning.

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In March 2016, an average of 1.09 billion users logged on to Facebook every single day. If you want a share of that market, your Facebook page is the key to that world. By targeting your audience, providing relevant, to-the-minute resources, and even entertaining your readers, you’ll snag your share of that 1.09 billion-strong user base and grow your business more than you ever thought possible.

 

10 Ways to Make Your Facebook Page Amazing

Use these top 10 tips to rock your Facebook page and get yourself started.

1. Double-check the basics.

It might seem so obvious it doesn’t even belong on this list. But it’s also an absolutely essential step: check and double-check the contact information and company description you’re providing on your Facebook page. Make sure it’s accurate, concise, and to the point so users know what you’re about and how to reach you easily.

2. Manage your Facebook reviews.

Got negative reviews on your page? Don’t panic–just respond to them graciously and promptly. By letting customers (even the disgruntled ones) know you care and are working to remedy the problem, you’ll send the message that you’re actively engaged with your clientele. No matter what your business is, that’s an essential step. It doesn’t hurt to respond to positive reviews, either. Even a “Thanks for your feedback!” goes a long way.

3. Focus on graphics!

More pictures mean more clicks and far more connections with your user base. Photos of people doing things tend to generate the most clicks. Lifestyle pics are huge. Don’t just post pictures of your products–post pictures of people using and enjoying them, if you can.

4. Host Facebook contests.

Need more of those lifestyle images? Try having customers comment on your contest thread with photos of your product or service in use. Or just allow customers to share a post for a chance to win a gift certificate or other prize. People love free stuff, and this is a surefire way to get your name out to an even wider customer base.

5. Provide valuable resources.

Give your customers information they can use, preferably by linking back to your amazing blog. How-to posts typically fare very well, as do lists and easily-scannable posts. Don’t just aim for overt sales. Instead, aim to keep people’s attention and develop a reputation for being a solid resource. Customers will keep coming back.

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6. Use Facebook Offers.

Promote a limited-time deal using Facebook Offers, which allows you to highlight a product and get your name out there. You might be surprised how inexpensive and easy it is to get started.

7. Target Your Audience.

Facebook allows incredibly specific targeting so your ads go where you want them to–whether it’s to all female tea-drinkers under the age of 30 who live in NYC, or another slice of the population. And by associating those ads with your Facebook page, they’ll show up in your potential clients’ actual News Feeds–not just in the right-hand column.

8. Upload Your Mailing List to Facebook.

By uploading your existing email list to Facebook, you can connect on social media with customers you already have a relationship with. That means even more relationship-building and engagement that’s sure to serve you well.

9. Instead of just sharing articles, share images.

Rather than confining your shared links to a little article box, try uploading your own image–which will appear much larger–and include a short link in the description. You’ll highlight your post more and potentially generate much more attention.

10. Be you.

When it comes down to it, standing out from the competition means bringing something to the table that others can’t. That has everything to do with personality. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, put your own spin on things, and think outside the box while you market your brand.

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Every month, there are 310 million active users on Twitter who tweet more than a billion times. As a source of marketing demographics, this is huge. Twitter has an ad platform that allows business owners to tap into this market.

 

The Science Behind Effectively Using Twitter Ads for Your Business

Of course, Twitter, like its brethren at Facebook and Pinterest, is a social network, so the way that these ads are used is different than traditional paper advertisements. To truly use them to their best potential, you need to understand some concepts of big data analysis and social psychology.

Know Your Target

Twitter’s user statistics may seem high but Facebook has five times those active numbers and most people use both platforms. When looking at numbers in the multibillions, it is important to identify your target demographic. According to Pew Research, the majority of Twitter users are under the age of 50, with most being under the age of 29. They have an income over $50,000 annually. It is split about equally between races and genders. Facebook, as an example of other social networks, skews higher in age and income.

These demographics show that you need to choose the right platform for your target audience before putting money into advertising.

Twitter as a Microblogging Network

Smartphones have become a disruptive technology, one that is so cutting-edge that it has generated its own new market. Smartphones like the HTC One M9 has 42 Mbps connectivity, making them more than capable enough to drive your marketing campaign. The difficulty is finding a message network that will deliver your marketing communication. Research has found that the smartphones are holding up their end of the deal with computing power and location-based communication, but the infrastructure is often missing. Twitter is coming in as the microblogging network that allows the power of the smartphone to push your marketing communication from any location.

Create Near Similar Subsets

In the same vein as clustering are subsets that are close but not identical. Think of them like keywords. The word “happy” may be seen by one group of people. Add to that the words “joy,” “content” and “bliss,” all synonyms for happy, and you have extended your marketing reach through keywords that do not change your marketing message.

As you create your ads, develop a non-ad text campaign that has the same near-similar words and link it to your paid ads. This will give you greater impact on your market demographic.

Ads vs. News

Twitter users make a definite distinction between advertisements and news pieces. Unless the ad is very specific to a need as identified by the user, it is often ignored. Your targets would need to say to themselves that some specific person really needs your coupon in order to be willing to share it. On the other hand, news items are shared very readily.

To get the most from your Twitter ads, make them newsworthy. In general, link them to a news piece on your e-commerce or business information website.

Need to Trend

Breaking Twitter is the goal of every marketer. You want your tweets to trend whenever possible. This means that there are a lot of references to your business, via a label called hashtags, all in a short amount of time. The television industry has become quite good at getting hashtags to trend, but putting out an announcement at a convention or an event can also have the desired effect.

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Every business should have a business plan with very detailed start-up and operating budgets. For a new business, the budget is a living, breathing entity that changes as you learn and grow.

 

The 6 Hidden Costs of Your Future Business

Ideally, you want the changes to happen in your favor with higher-than-projected sales and lower production costs. More likely, you will be under budget because of things you either forgot or did not know about.

Theft

If you have an inventory-based business then shoplifting and employee theft can be a major problem. Habitual shoplifters steal a little less than twice per week on average, tend to steal from the same stores, and take anywhere between $2 and $200 in goods, according to shopliftingprevention.org. This does not take into account employee theft, which can include inventory or office items. For any business with valuable goods, you will either need to budget in loss or consider installing a security system to prevent theft.

Waste

Accounting for waste, spillage, or scrap is a rather sophisticated part of cost accounting in manufacturing that many new businesses do not understand. If a hypothetical doughnut shop purchases 50 pounds of sugar per week, some of this will be lost from spillage, one ingredient in a doughnut could go bad, or the vendor may have supplied inaccurate measurements. Not only will you under budget for the amount you actually need, but waste needs to be removed — and that also incurs a cost.

Marketing

There’s a difference between advertising and marketing. Coming up with an accurate advertising budget that includes fliers, ads and mailers is relatively simple. Marketing, however, is a little more elusive. Before sending out your first mailer, you will need to know your market demographic. This takes a bit of research, which, depending on your scope, may incur costs. You may want to do the research yourself, but every hour you spend researching is an hour lost to selling. Take a look at the cost of marketing research and put that into your start-up budget.

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Fees, Fees and More Fees

You want to lease space. There is a brokerage fee. You need water. There is a one-time set up fee. You want to register your business. Yes, there is a fee for that. Almost every piece of paperwork you create at the beginning of a new business comes with a cost. If you need to hire a professional, like an accountant, lawyer, or contractor, then you will have a lot of unbudgeted expenses. The rub is that these high-priced professionals are extremely important to your business. Having an accountant help set up your bookkeeping at the beginning will save you a world of problems later down the road. Don’t skimp; just budget properly.

Permitting

Licensing, permitting and other documentation that allows you to do business has a cost. If you need a license to conduct business, then don’t forget about the inevitable continuing education costs and membership fees.

The Unforeseeable

The biggest threats to your budget are things you simply do not know or could never predict. A pipe bursts. A hurricane hits. A loved one dies. You can easily generate a list of horrible events, but that will not help in times of crisis. Instead, create a sustainability plan and devote some money to this line item to shore up any deficits that may arise.

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Are you operating without a mobile strategy? Do you know how a mobile strategy can affect your bottom line? The fact of the matter is that if you are operating without a solid mobile strategy, you might already be falling behind your competitors.

 

Mobile Marketing as Part of Your Marketing and Sales Strategy

Time to start getting ahead:

Understanding what a mobile strategy is, and what it does for you is critical to the success of your company at every turn. We can help developing and implementing a mobile strategy of your own, and get you out from behind your competitors and into the future space of marketing, advertising and sales.

What is mobile marketing:

Mobile strategy is one aspect of an overall sales and marketing strategy. Belonging to both of those worlds, it straddles both, as well. Sales mobile strategy delves into the world of selling your product to your customers where they are most likely to see it in the first place: on their mobile device. If you aren’t leveraging your web space to make mobile sales a key component of your sales strategy, contact us and get help to do so. After all, this is where your customers live, work, and interact with the world around them. You need to make it easy for them to get your products from the devices they already use. Sell over cell!

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Ads in apps:

Marketing has unique opportunities in the mobile strategy space, as well. So many apps are being written these days that it’s hard to keep up, and everyone is trying to leverage their apps to make money for them. One of the mobile strategies in use by app developers is that of advertising space sales. And your company can benefit from their sale of that space.

Contact The Sherwood Group to find out how to be included in advertising space on mobile platforms, and let those other apps start working for you!

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Being a business owner can be like herding cats. One person may try to do it all, but with things going in so many directions, mistakes can happen, and it’s entirely possible that one or several of these 7 avoidable mistakes may be killing your business.

 

7 Avoidable Mistakes That May Be Killing Your Business

Making mistakes is okay, as long as we learn from them. Here is a list of 7 avoidable mistakes that may be killing your business:

1. No Clearcut Business Goals

Goals are how businesses move forward to the achievement of their milestones. The business establishes goals by documenting them and assigning an accountability partner, and every goal should should be specific and have a set date for its completion. When following these steps, it becomes much easier to achieve your vision. It’s like a workout at a gym, having a workout partner holds you responsible for completing your workout. Goal setting is the same way. If no one is holding you accountable, it’s not so easy to achieve your goal.

2. Being available 24/7

This is especially a problem with home-base businesses. When you don’t set a specific times for work, family and play, your business and your family will suffer. It’s easy to simply state when you are “open” for business. But, you need to stick to it. Otherwise, the business will be running you instead of you running the business.

3. Inconsistency

The key to success is consistency. Once you have a schedule set, stick with it! Follow it day by day, hour by hour basis. Despite his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon got it right: “Attention to detail is the religion of success.”

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4. Partners in crime

Finding a compatible business partner is one of the hardest things for running a successful business. Without the right partner, one that is trustworthy, honest and has a similar vision can drive your business into the ground.

5. Communication, or the lack thereof

Communication is vital in growing and maintaining a successful business. With all the ways to communicate, it shouldn’t be hard to establish a good network. If you are not communicating with your team, you may be killing your business.

6. Too busy to follow-up

As sales trainer, Brian Tracy says: “The fortune is in the follow-up!” If you’re not following up with your prospects, customers and/or investors, you’re asking for trouble!

7. Not investing in personal growth

One of the biggest mistakes business owners make is not taking the time to invest in their personal growth. Without personal development, any business will eventually stagnate and suffer. Read a good motivational business book or subscribe to one of the many informative podcasts that are available to help start off your adventure in new learning.

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