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Productivity Tip: Save Money When You Shop Online

Posted By Amy Geils, The Streamlined Office LLC, Monday, November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving is fast approaching! It's the time of year for reflecting, spending time with family and friends, and giving. Many of my clients are telling me that this time of year is also very stressful, particularly with all of the advertising pressure to start holiday shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

Do you dread the crowds at the stores? The traffic? Does the black Friday advertising leave you wondering where to get the best deal for the things on your shopping list?

If you are like me, you do quite a bit of your holiday shopping online. How do you feel when you get to the checkout page and seethe box that says “enter your coupon or promotional code here”? That always makes me feel like I might be missing out on a better deal. The “Honey” app has solved this problem with the click of a button!

Make your life easier and reduce the stress this holiday season! Install and use "Honey" for your holiday and year round shopping. Here's how it work:

Honey is a FREE browser extension that can save you money in 3 ways
  1. By automatically finding and applying coupon codes to your online purchases
  2. By showing you available sales items at their partner stores
  3. By participating in the HoneyGold Program (optional)

Honey is designed for and tested on most major browsers including Google Chrome, Firefox version 19 and above, Safari versions 5 and above, Internet Explorer version 11 or Edge.

Join Honey and then download and install Honey on your desktop browser.

For a full description and instructions on how to install and use this extension, read the full article Save Money When You Shop Online Using the Honey App

Simplify your life and have more time for what's important to you, especially during the holiday season.  For all of your office organization and productivity needs, contact The Streamlined Office for a FREE consultation. 480-221-0588


Happy Thanksgiving!

Tags:  organizing  productivity  technology  time management 

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How People Use Their Devices

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Thursday, October 27, 2016

Source: thinkwithgoogle.com

In a mobile-first world, people expect answers at their fingertips. They turn to the nearest device to make a decision, learn something new, or get something accomplished. Connecting the dots across these micro-moments is necessary for marketers to tell a single story across devices, channels, and formats. Here are new cross-device insights to help you build a strategy for mobile.

 

Device usage in a typical day

The proliferation of devices has changed the way people interact with the world around them. People freely move back and forth between devices to get things done. And they're more tethered to those devices than ever before. Here's a snapshot of how cross-device users turn to their phones, computers, and tablets in a given day.1

Mobile search helps people meet needs of all types

Nearly 40% of people search only on a smartphone in an average day as they look to meet immediate needs.2 As a result of this shift, more Google searches are happening on smartphones than computers. Here are some themes that are most likely to be searched for on mobile.3

 

1,2 Google Data, “How People Use Their Devices,” based on convenience sample of opt-in U.S. cross-device users, ages 18–49 who signed into Google and turned on Location History (mobile Android-only and IE/Chrome/Firefox desktop browser); calibrated to population studied, Jan. 2016–Mar. 2016; location analysis excludes locations that are not identifiable; apps include browser apps; search includes Google Search only; a store refers to a commercial entity that offers services or goods (examples: department store, big box retailer, clothing store); entertainment venues include movie theaters, stadiums, and other public entertainment spaces.
3 Google Internal Data, U.S., “Most likely to be searched for on mobile” are categories where at least 75% of searches occur on a mobile phone, Jan.–Jun. 2016.

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Outsourcing Your IT Why Everyone Is Doing IT

Posted By Matt Maggiora, TeamLogicIT, Monday, November 16, 2015

Today, Technology & Communication  Infrastructure  is the lifeblood of any business. Team Logic IT makes numerous technologies work more efficiently so you can tackle the important business tasks at hand. Your business is too important not to have experts solving your most difficult technology issues.

Having reliable, versatile systems that operate at high levels is no longer an option, it's imperative. Down time cost real money, headaches and a poor customer experience.

Many small business owners understand the value of outsourcing:

1. ISSUE AVOIDANCE:  You may base your current IT strategy on a ‘break/fix’ scenario. This means that by the time you know there is a problem, your business and staff’s productivity has already been affected and you typically experience prolonged periods of costly downtime. Team Logic IT provides pro-active maintenance and monitoring to avoid issues.

2.COST OF IT STAFF MEMBER - PART OR FULL TIME:  The average annual salary of a reasonably skilled IT staff member is about $55,000 add in employment taxes, benefits ect and you exceed $66,000 or $5,500 per month.  TeamLogicIT comparison: (based on full retail pricing), with consulting services, unlimited helpdesk, remote support, proactive maintenance, full documentation, proactive monitoring and full reporting for 35 workstations and 2 servers with 15 hours of onsite labor each month would cost $2,675 a month.

3. INCREASED STAFF PRODUCTIVITY: You may think that you are saving money by keeping the responsibility for your technology in-house and distributing it internally. The likelihood is your employees are not focusing on their primary roles and are being constantly distracted trying to deal with niggling IT issues which is dramatically reducing their productivity. Team Logic IT offers unlimited help desk support. This allows your employees to focus on what you are really paying them for.

There are many other reason to consider paying a small fee each month to have Team Logic IT manage your Technology

Have an entire IT staff at your disposal for less than $1 a day per workstation. We will manage your servers, switches, data connections, phones and more

Our managed services include:

  • Includes dial in help desk support
  • Server & Network Monitoring / Proactive System Alerts
  • Remote Support
  • Proactive maintenance (e.g.: Disk clean-up, defrags, etc)
  • Auto Patch / Security Management
  • Software License management
  • Equipment Serial Number/inventory tracking
  • Reduced rate, priority onsite support for machines under SystemWatch support
  • Monthly system health check reporting

 Visit our website at: www.teamlogicit/nwvalley

Call Me Directly at 480-436-7747 and discuss outsourcing as an option

 Matt Maggiora, mmaggiora@teamlogicit.com

 

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Wearable Technology: What Does It Mean For You?

Posted By Amie Mendoza, The Law Offices of Amie Mendoza, Friday, October 2, 2015

We are living in a digital world and that means a lot of info is out there about us. With great advancement in technology comes great advancement in identity theft and data breaches.

I haven't gotten an Apple Watch yet, but I know a lot of you have. Technology like this is completely awesome. However, being an informed consumer will help you avoid a great deal of heartache when it comes to protecting your privacy.

This week, I want to share with you some things to watch out for in your day to day technology use. 

Wearable Technology: What Does It Mean for You?
 
Recent headlines have been replete with data breach stories in the last few years. The number of companies and government agencies that have had their systems hacked is staggering. Names, addresses, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and other personal information have all been stolen by hackers from companies like Target, J.P. Morgan, Home Depot, and Sony, not to mention government agencies like the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Army.
 
What many people do not know is that they may be providing sensitive personal information to data miners on a regular basis through wearable technology. There is currently an explosion of activity in the development and marketing of electronic gadgets that people can wear to provide information on the go or to keep track of things. Read more....

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Site Not Mobile-Friendly? Kiss Your Google Ranking Goodbye

Posted By Gabriel Salcido, Arizona Small Business Association, Tuesday, April 21, 2015

 
Google's "Mobilegeddon" is heading your way: The search giant on Tuesday will update its algorithm to give preference to mobile-friendly sites for smartphone or tablet queries.

The change, announced in February, means websites not currently optimized for variously sized mobile devices will be buried under an avalanche of results, while mobile-friendly sites rocket to the top.

The switch threatens a number of sites owned by the European Union, the BBC, and Wikipedia, which failed Google's Mobile-Friendly Test developer tool, BBC News reported.

Similarly, mobile marketing firm Somo suggested famous faces like Versace, American Apparel, Dyson, David Beckham, Microsoft's Windows Phone site, and a handful of U.K.-based services aren't yet ready for the switch.

 

According to the test, mobile sites meet certain criteria like text size, amount of space between links, and whether content fits across a small screen. Take the Mobile-Friendly Test online; if you are unsuccessful, Google has some guidance.


"When it comes to search on mobile devices, users should get the most relevant and timely results, no matter if the information lives on mobile-friendly Web pages or apps," Google said in a February blog post announcing the update.

Meanwhile, Google last week announced it will no longer show URLs in mobile search results, and replace the domain name with real-world titles. Rather than URLs, Google will display what it calls "a breadcrumbs-like format."

Search "history of Google," for example, and you may find a green line of text reading "Google > about > company > history," or perhaps "Wikipedia > wiki > Google"— (above);a set of links akin to a trail of breadcrumbs.

 

"Well-structured URLs offer users a quick hint about the page topic and how the page fits within the website," software engineer Bartlomiej Niechwiej and product manager Rob Ennals wrote in a blog post.

The Googlers said this change will to help mobile searchers better understand websites. Because if the title link and brief summary aren't enough, you can now look to the green line in between to find more information.

Website developers and owners can indicate their preferred name, and provide more than one possible option, letting Google's algorithms choose between them.

Tags:  google  mobile  ranking  seo  Technology 

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