Monday, July 15, 2019

Tech Investments You Can’t Afford Not 
to Make: Advice for Small Businesses

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It’s an exciting new age for small businesses. There’s a wealth of affordable technology on the market designed to help draw customers to your website, simplify the transacting of business, and keep those transactions safe and secure. If you’re a small business owner, you know that your success depends on being smart with every single investment. That makes it all the more important to find tech advances that can transform your business into a desirable, safe, and convenient way for your customers to shop.
 


Security
There’s little doubt that data security technology is one of the most important tech investments you can make. It involves nothing less than gaining the confidence of your clientele and the protection of customers’ sensitive financial information. Small businesses that don’t secure themselves and their customers run the risk of being branded as irresponsible companies concerned only with maximizing profit by skimping on important technology. If you think data crime couldn’t happen to you, ask Target, Yahoo, and JP Morgan Chase — big companies that thought they had properly secured very sensitive data and information. 

Emphasize Mobility
Giving customers a responsive and engaging website is a must these days, but it’s still not enough. In fact, you also have to ensure that your site is mobile-friendly because more than 50 percent of web traffic comes from smartphones, which means your small business must be savvy about mobile technology, including websites, payment apps, and any details that make it easy for a mobile device to interact with your online storefront/website. Many content management systems provide mobile-compatible technology that businesses can use to construct customized websites that look great but don’t cost an arm and a leg. 

A Dynamic Website
Small businesses need to attract, impress and retain clients in order to succeed. Winning people over means you need a dynamic and captivating website. One of the best investments you’ll make is to hire a brilliant freelance JavaScript developer. As Upwork explains, skilled JS developers are fluent in different back-end technologies and have plenty of experience with build tools like Bower and Grunt. An effective application of JavaScript can make your website really pop. What’s more, your site will be much more mobile-friendly, which is an essential factor in pulling in customers who prefer to use their mobile devices to shop. JavaScript will keep customers coming back for a great shopping experience. 

Marketing Automation
Integrating your marketing outreach activities with your company’s technology is one of the most efficient ways to promote small business. Customer relationship management software allows you to communicate with customers and grow relationships without a lot of wasteful effort and, even better, without spending needlessly on tactics that might or might not work. 

As a small business owner, it’s important to maximize every investment you make in your company, and that’s where marketing automation can help. It’s smart technology that makes it easy to reach the right prospects at the right time, as well as provide customers with what they want based on their purchase history and shopping habits. Chatbots and automated social media marketing are good examples of affordable, technologically advanced marketing tools. 

Tech-Based Team Collaboration
If you have a large team to manage or an entirely virtual workforce, a team collaboration tool can help you work more efficiently and effectively. Collaboration tools combine communication and project management and reduce the likelihood that an important task will fall through the cracks. Sococo, for example, is a powerful online collaboration platform for meeting, messaging, and coordinating work, and Adobe Connect is a great way to hold interactive virtual meetings that can even be played back if someone missed something important. 

Small businesses are under a lot of pressure to make the right decision at every turn. That’s very hard to do, but there are technology resources that can make everyone productive and position your company for success — and there are many that won’t stress your budget.


Image courtesy of Pixabay

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Persuasive Wordplay in Animated Email Advertisements

Animated email advertisements by Google. An incredibly well-known company, which began as a search engine but now houses an entire suite similar to that of Microsoft Office. The following advertisement is for their advancement into becoming something of an "all-in-one" company, similar to Apple's "Siri," "Google Assistant" is an assistant to help people complete tasks by only using vocal commands. However, let's see how their advertisement compares to our standards.

Google Assistant Advertisement - Overall Grade: A

ANIMATED:


The animated portion of their advertisement is extremely well made for email based marketing approaches. Firstly, it's a small portion of the email that's fully animated, creating a smaller file size, and therefore, a shorter loading time. 

The pretense of this advertisement is the sentence, "Have Google -blank- it." Putting in different words in place of this "blank" is effective in that it's able to give examples of what the audience can do with this specific product. In giving multiple different uses for the Google Assistant, more people will buy into the idea of using it, because they can see a practical use for the product. Having the text move quicker and quicker as the animation goes on before replacing the changing verb into the slogan is smart because it gives the audience a sense of there being many, many more options available, and that there isn't enough time to look through them all. This is smart as a way to also lead into the ending, where the slogan appears.

The bold statement of "Make Google do it" is extremely effective in that it's able to very simply explain what the entirety of the animated advertisement had been trying to say; essentially, that Google, or Google's Assistant, can do anything you ask it to, and that all you have to do is tell it to do so. It's a smart way to tell the audience that they need to "Make Google do -blank-" in a way that doesn't sound like a command. If it were phrased that way, fewer people would be inclined to listen, even just a little bit, because people don't like being told what to do. However, with the email advertisement saying that they should make Google -blank- it, the audience doesn't feel as if they're being commanded, but that they can tell Google what needs to be done.

To finish off the animated advertisement with the logo for Google's Assistant is extremely smart, especially coupled with the fact that it is the only color in the entire animation. Having it be the only splash of color helps to make the logo stand out, as well as making sure that the audience remembers it from the animation. Considering the logo is also used within Google Assistant itself, it's good that it's in the advertisement to give the audience and customers a tie-in to the product itself.

STATIC:



The rest of this advertisement is great, considering that it came up in time for spring. The imagery of someone pruning a tree, getting it healthy for spring, is not only a great juxtaposition of the monotony of black, grey, and white (minus the Google Assistant Logo, of course), but it also brings in the color green as a focal point, which is not only associated with nature and life but also money and wealth, slightly inspiring an imagery of Google Assistant being a product that will help someone's life be prosperous. "Spring into action" is a really cute way to both blend in the time, and give a reason to begin using Google Assistant, which we'll mention soon. Through the statement, "tidy up and make way for what matters most with help from your Google Assistant," one can assume that the email advertisement is alluding to the fact that, in spring, many people participate in spring cleaning, in order to have a clean start for the rest of the year. This can also be helped through the fact that they're advertising a completely hands-free version of the AI, meaning that the audience can be cleaning with their hands, and begin searching things, create reminders, and more, simply by saying a vocal prompt. 

The final part of the email advertisement states that Google Assistant can be available across different devices, which not only helps sell their product to people who maybe have multiple devices that support Google Assistant, or at least, try to send a subconscious message for people who don't have multiple devices, to perhaps look into buying some for the upcoming seasons. 

Overall, the grade I've given is simply because I believe that every aspect of this animated email advertisement is absolutely wonderful. The subtle psychology behind the wording of the slogan, the color aspects of the animation, the color of the static image below, the wordplay on the season, and the slight advertisement at the bottom; everything works cohesively together, and it's orchestrated into a beautifully simple, yet complex advertisement that is succinct and persuasive.