Sometimes you just need something right away. And while some have turned to Wolfram Alpha-powered juggernaut Siri for their quick burst of knowledge, hitting a search engine is starting to seem like something you used to do before you discovered better things. And FastCustomer looks to put that same kind of rapid knowledge in your hands without making you go through Siri.
Aaaah, yes — those geniuses at SAP Global. Since they had jumped onto the mobile app bandwagon for businesses, things have been quite peachy for the heavy hitters, Android and iPhone/iPad. Particularly for mobile businesses — entrepreneurs constantly on the move — the app from SAP (rhymes) called the Travel Expense Report brings a kind off convenience unheard of.
Okay, no x-rated or NC-17 or even R-rated stuff here. When I say “turn on,” I mean “sync in,” or “log on.” I guess. Whatever the case, this app turns me on! It’s an awesome app for the Android or iPhone called LogMeIn Ignition. One thing to keep in mind, though — this app is probably best efficient with tablets.
Some small businesses depend on the efforts of people who aren’t located anywhere near the business in question’s physical plant and property. And for those businesses, collaboration software can be very important, and TenHands is looking to make it much easier to get by offering a free, browser-based competitor.
There’s something nostalgic and very corporate about a whiteboard, isn’t there? For those old schoolers out there, you just can’t beat the good ol’ marker and board while you wear the nifty plaid tie and shirt as you pep up your marketing or advertising or whatever team for your small business, whatever that business may be. Has that flair of teamwork, don’t you think?
Trust is a big issue when it comes to small business. Imagine the quality of customer retention when businesses rely on “trust” in dealing with finances and payments. That’s what Venmo seeks to attempt — and this is an Android and iPhone app we’re looking at. Okay, wait a second…. What about apps like iSwipe, Square, even PayPal?
As amazing as e-commerce is in general, what with its opening up the wider world no matter where you happen to be, it has one critical flaw in its systems: specifically, getting the product to the person who bought it. And for one company, Postmates, they’re rapidly discovering the value in the immediate.
While we here at Halloo have had Google Apps functionality for some time now, Google Docs is also part of normal business for small businesses. And recently, Google Docs unveiled a whole new slate of updates for users that will put plenty of extra value in the standard operations of many businesses, including allowing some to take advantage of telecommuting.
We’ve heard about a variety of new mobile payment options coming out over the last several months, so it’s not surprising that Harris Interactive set out to conduct a poll to see just how important mobile payments are, or will be, to businesses. What they discovered about mobile payment apps was unsettling.
Getting customers isn’t easy under the best circumstances. Keeping them can be even harder. Sure, you can offer your customers the moon, but the first time anyone has a better offer, many customers–especially in these hard economic times–will head out to the better deal. Punchcard, meanwhile, hasn’t been on the market long, but as it’s closing in on profitability, and it wants to help you do likewise.