A Better Business in 2017 - 6 Tips for Getting your Business Ready for the New Year

Brianna Loftin - Friday, December 23, 2016

New Year's Day is coming upon us quickly!  If you haven't started yet, now is that time to get organized and start implementing new tools that will help your business take off in 2017.
1. Update your Website.  If you don't have the time to do a total revamp, at least make sure that all of your links are working correctly and your information is up to date.
2. Review your Data and make sure that you aren't holding on to material that serves no purpose aside from clutter.  You will thank yourself when your processes become that much quicker in 2017.
3. Check out how Act! CRM can help your business and sales teams organize prospects and customer details in one place, send emails, market products and services more effectively, and drive sales results.
4. Update the Look and productivity of your proposals with the market leading quote solution, QuoteWerks. 
5. Get QuickBooks up and running so that your tax documents are in shape for the following year.  
6. Start working in the Cloud so that you can work wherever and whenever you need.  Leaving you the ability to get more done in a time frame that works for you.  Contact us so that we can help you get setup with your Virtual Desktop to gain access to your software from any location on any device!

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QuoteWerks - The Best Quoting Software

Brianna Loftin - Friday, December 16, 2016

QuoteWerks is the best all around quoting solution available, here's why: 

Interactive Webpage - Know when quotes are Viewed and Accepted and will not be flagged as Spam.

QuoteValet Shopping Cart - Create online order forms

Affordable Pricing

FedEx & UPS Integration

Seamless CRM and QuickBooks Integrations -automatically create and keep sales opportunities current

Turn Key Implementation

For Companies of All Sizes

Recurring Revenue

Customized Quote Layouts

and much more!

For more information on QuoteWerks Software or to have QuoteWerks Hosted, call (866) 710-4228 or email us.

A Virtual Desktop is Good for your Health and your Company - Working from Home when You are Sick

Brianna Loftin - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Working remotely isn't just a great option for workers in various locations, but is a useful tool to keep your company in good health.  Most Americans don't call in sick anymore when they get a cold, or they go back to work while they are still contagious. A survey by Wakefield Research discovered earlier this year that 69% of working Americans don’t take sick days off, even when they’re genuinely ill. 

Many workers go to the office because they don't want to fall behind, or let coworkers down, however this actually cuts down on productivity. In a 2014 Staples Survey, found that 90% of office workers had, at some point, gone to work sick, and the study found that they were only 60% as productive as they would be under normal circumstances. Productivity is higher when employees aren’t being infected by sick co-workers and generating the whole company to work at 60 percent. 

Next time someone is under the weather, tell them to work from home if they feel up to it, so that everyone in the office can stay healthy and work at peak performance.  Stop spreading germs to individuals and families so that they feel healthy enough to have fun on the weekends, rather than just taking that time to recuperate. 

For more information on your options to work from home call (866) 710-4228 or send us an email.

Happy Thanksgiving - 10 Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving

Brianna Loftin - Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is loved by historians because it is a holiday that we celebrate that is actually celebrated in nearly the same way that it began.  Here are some interesting facts about Thanksgiving to get you started off on the right foot: 

1. The first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony in 1621, but it wasn't until more than 200 years later, that President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day became an official national holiday in 1941.

2. In 1939 President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving to the third week in November, hoping it would boost the shopping season during the Depression. It never caught on and was changed back two years later.

3. The first Thanksgiving was eaten with spoons and knives — but no forks! Forks weren't even introduced to the Pilgrims until 10 years later and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.

4. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.  (He was a brilliant man, but I'm glad we didn't take his advise on this one)

5. Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.

6. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

7. The Guinness World Records for the largest pumpkin pie, weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. Baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust. :O 

8. Female turkeys (hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.

9. Originally known as Macy’s Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy’s employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.

10. Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and turned their fast into a three-day feast! That is definitely something to give thanks for!

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Virtual Ransom - Protecting Your Computer from Security Threats

Brianna Loftin - Monday, November 21, 2016

After visiting my new dentist, he informed me that their recent server was hijacked by hackers for a ransom, and once the ransom was paid, they would put everything back as it was originally. Fortunately the hackers have not built trust in this business tactic, and the deal was not accepted.  

The Dental Business was down for two whole months while they had to replace their server and set everything up again with a new company. This is an extreme case, but nonetheless it is a severe risk that is waiting to happen to anyone with sensitive information and a glitch in their security.

This happened because their server was set up by a friend that "knows a lot about computers." There are many companies that use the person in their company that is the most tech savvy to monitor their server, but not hiring a professional puts your system up against some serious security threats. Please don't risk your data, contact us to help host a server for you so your business is no longer at risk and you can focus on growth, not maintenance. Call (866)710-4228 or send an email.

Incredible Cats

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, November 03, 2016

We turned the TV on to watch the final game of the World Series and were immediately drawn into the already tuned in program, "The Story of Cats" a PBS Nature mini series.
These shots beat out all of the You Tube Cat videos that I've seen.  The first cat we were drawn to was the "Fishing Cat" which I have never even heard of, and then we were blown away by the beautiful images of the snow leopard running through the mountains in Nepal.  The stunning beauty and interesting information kept us glued to the TV until the program finally ended, and the Cubs won, (Congrats Cubs, finally!)  

I'm looking forward to the airing of the second part of the mini series "Into the Americas" on November 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS.  Of course you can watch it online, but watching it in real time is always more fun.  I didn't want anyone to miss out on such awesome cats! I swear, I'm not a cat person, but who doesn't love a good cat video?

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Server went Down? - Speedy Solution to Get Back to Work Quickly

Brianna Loftin - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Did your server go down? Need to be up in an hour? Give us a call and we can get you set up immediately! 

In today's market, any downtime can mean some serious loss in productivity and potential business. Don't fret over having to purchase a server without doing your research, and let us host you in the meantime. There is very little startup cost, and when you are ready to pick up where you left off with your own server, just let us know, and we can help put you back with no cancellation fee. Read more about our Virtual Servers.

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How My New Phone System Reminded me to Keep Track of Customers - Expanding my Company

Jon Klubnik - Friday, September 23, 2016

Several years ago, we needed a new phone system.  Don't get me wrong, our old system still worked, but we had outgrown throwing the cordless phone back and forth to each other.  I had read about VOIP systems and I was ready to give it a go.  So, we filled out a form on a few websites and waited. Within a few hours, someone from each company had called and was ready to sell us our dream system. However, in the mean time, we got busy again.  For the next month, we were swamped and were just doing business. I didn't have time to evaluate and implement that new phone system.

Do you know what happened?  After 30 days, every one of those sales persons had forgotten about us and stopped calling.  My need had not gone away.

I"m not perfect, and I do occasionally not follow up on legitimate opportunities.  BUT, our company works hard to implement good systems.  We use the tools we host and support.  If you call and say that this is your busy season, we have a system to get in touch with you and reach back when the time is more opportune.

Oh, back to that phone system.  After 30 days, only one guy had marked us for a follow up out of all the original requests.  He got the business.

For More information on how to keep track of your customers, call (866)710-4228 or send us an email through our website.

E-Marketing Solution - Comparing Mail Chimp and Constant Contact with Swiftpage Act!

Brianna Loftin - Friday, September 02, 2016

Have you been trying to decide between Mail Chimp and Constant Contact for Email Marketing? Both programs work well depending on your businesses' size and needs, but consider instead Swiftpage Act!, which integrates e-marketing seamlessly with your CRM database so you can easily leverage and build upon your contacts and customer details.

Integrated Swiftpage emarketing services enable you to easily separate your prospects and customers, then design, send, and track professional, luring email campaigns that reach the right contacts with their desired information. Act! Easily creates and customizes professional looking, mobile-friendly templates for your email campaigns. 

You can peruse the easily analyzed graphs and intelligent call lists that automatically recommend hot leads to follow up with, generating higher sales. Act! emarketing will email up to 500 contacts at no additional charge.

You have the ability to send an email right from ACT! no exporting lists, and the results populate the customer record, which creates a quicker process. You can also embed a survey or web form into your website, write the information directly into Act!, and automatically execute a Drip Marketing Campaign to begin upon submission of the form.

As far as email creation is concerned, Swiftpage now offers both a basic and advanced template editor for more options with design.  Many people have also been investing in Branded Templates for professional, customized, and editable design to be used on a reoccurring basis.

For more information please call (866)710-4228 or send us an email through our website.

Getting The Most Out of Your Business - Cloud Hosting

Brianna Loftin - Thursday, August 04, 2016

Do you want the functionalities of the cloud that allow you to work at home or on the road, and the ability to share files as if you are in one location? We can help you solve your problem at a reasonable cost.

Moving Your Data - Our tech team will work with you to move your critical data to our data center securely and with little or no downtime.

Keep Everyone On The Same Page - Our hosting services are ideal for geographically dispersed teams allowing them access to critical company resources in a reliable, redundant environment.

Lower IT Costs - We have a variety of options available to suit your needs. With Tandem’s Hosting, you won’t have to hire outside IT support or worry about purchasing a server and maintaining hardware.

Support & Training - We offer phone support from our full time, US based employees, to get you up and running. We use a ticket system to log any issues you may have so that you are helped as efficiently as possible.

Our mission is to help in the background, so that you can get the most out of your business.

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