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Ooma Office Provides Enterprise Features at Small Business Prices

Sponsored Post Ooma Office is a complete small business phone system that offers a virtual receptionist, conference call hosting, multi-device access, number porting, and much more; all at a price your small business can afford. Why You Still Need a Small Business Phone System Despite the rise of online search and ecommerce, a small business phone system continues to be an important key to your success: Even though 60 percent of online traffic in 2014 and 56 percent of top retail searches in 2016 came from mobile devices, mobile calls to businesses continued to grow, reaching 85 billion calls annually in 2016. In addition, 61 percent of mobile users call a business when they’re in the purchase phase of the buying cycle: 59 percent would call because they’re looking to get a quick answer while 57 percent want to talk to a real person. Customers are more likely to call when making a high-value purchase, especially in verticals such as auto, finance, or travel. Given these numbers, your small business can’t ignore the phones. And, when customers do call, you need to ensure that their experience matches their expectations. That’s where Ooma comes in. How It Works Getting started with Ooma Office is straightforward and fast. The company will ship your equipment along with a customized “Quick Start” booklet that knocks off certain steps, such as setting up your online administration account, if they’ve already been completed. Once you connect the Ooma Base Station to your network, you can add both digital and analog phones to the system. Using an Ooma Linx, you can even connect existing analog phones without using wires. And, if you use IP phones, you can skip the base station altogether and go “cloud-only”. ? No matter your equipment, the whole system is managed via an online administration portal. Here, you can add, remove and manage extensions and users. You can also manage the many features that come bundled with Ooma Office. Ooma for Business Features Ooma Office is chock-full of features, most of which are included in the regular low price of $19.95 per user…

The Typing Game Makes Entrepreneurs Faster and More Accurate at the Mobile Keyboard

While many people think little of the value of typing faster and accurately, it is one of the most fundamental skills required in lots of fields, business included. Be it in writing an email to a customer or writing a blog about your new products, typing is one of the most important skills. As a business owner, accurate and fast typing will save you a tremendous amount of time that you could have spent proofreading your emails or product descriptions for typos. About the Typing Game The Typing Game, created by Steev James, and available for free on Google Play Store, is a mobile application that claims to help with improvement of typing speed and accuracy. The game, which is low in size (only about 1mb in size), is completely free and doesn’t feature any ads. The game does not run in the background and does not require any permission to install or run making it fully safe. How it Works Download the game from Google Play Store and click ‘Open’ to get started. You will be ushered to the home page where you can choose to start a game, read more about the app, view your high score or exit the game. It is simple and straightforward.  The game itself is quite easy to play. You don’t need any instructions to guide you. You are given a minute to start typing in the provided words into a text box. The game comes to an end after the 60 seconds and your score is highlighted. You can as well see your highest score on the home page. Conclusion  The Typing Game is a simple and easy to use application that can significantly improve your typing speed and accuracy when sending out emails or even text messages to your customers or even business partners using your mobile phone. The only downside with the game is that at one point it said that my keyboard is not supported by the game, yet it worked well when I closed and opened the game again. This might be a bug that needs fixing. Besides that,…

ShortPixel Image Optimizer Can Speed Up Your Business Site

There are plenty of reasons you need a faster website, but the top two include keeping your visitors happy and getting a higher Google page rank. In fact, starting this July, Google will be using page speed as a ranking factor for mobile searches. There are lots of ways that you can increase your website’s loading speed, including applying sophisticated caching or even upgrading to a faster server, but one of the easiest and cost-effective way to go about it is to reduce the size of images that are displayed on your website. And get this right, this doesn’t mean literally reducing the size of the image. You want larger images for better visibility. However, image files contain a lot of unnecessary data that once removed makes file sizes smaller, allowing your website pages to load much quicker, without any visually detectable loss of quality. Installing the ShortPixel Image Optimizer The sign-up process is fast and easy. Just go to shortpixel.com and you will receive your API Key and password after signing-up on your email. They have a wide range of pricing plans, ranging from the Free Plan to the $49 per year plan. The free plan includes 100 image optimization credits per month. How ShortPixel Works ShortPixel offers image optimization via an API from their cloud. They also plan to add other tools as client libraries for Ruby and Java, plugins for Magento and Joomla and a mobile app. For a simple image optimization, just click the compress button on your account and you will then be allowed to choose your compression level that ranges from Lossy to Glossy to Lossless. You can as well optimize up to 50 files at once. The acceptable formats include PNG, Jpeg and GIF. You can as well compress PDFs. Here is the before and after photo. It is safe to say that there is no noticeable loss in quality. ShortPixel On Your WordPress Site ShortPixel also has a WordPress plugin that allows you to optimize all your WordPress images with just a push of a button. To get started, search for ShortPixel…

Need Charts and Graphs for Your Biz? Vizzlo Does them in Seconds

Sponsored Post Creating graphs and charts to present your business data used to be time intensive and costly, if you outsourced the job. Vizzlo has removed both of these barriers so you can easily create these documents in minutes. Vizzlo is a browser based application which helps you to create visual renditions of your data with charts and graphs. Unlike the complexities of traditional presentation tools, the only thing Vizzlo requires is very basic computer skills. However, the simplicity of the platform doesn’t sacrifice the quality of the graphs you are able to create. With more than 100 templates or Vizzards, as the company likes to call them, you can pass along your information on Gantt-charts, timelines, milestone plans, Venn diagrams, maps, process diagrams, and more. Vizzlo has a user-friendly interface designed for creating charts and graphs within the templates you choose. The UI is clean, intuitive and structured so you can add, change or remove text, colors and panels. When you are ready to stop, you can store and organize your project drafts in folders for quick access. To continue working on the graph or edit old graphs with new data, you simply open the document and start from where you left off. Last but not least, Vizzlo is very easy to use, very easy to learn, and has a price point many individuals and small businesses can afford. Creating a Chart If there is one thing Vizzlo wants its users to know, it’s about the simplicity of creating graphs and charts. So how easy is it? As a first-time user, the answer is very easy. Here are the steps with screen captures as I create a graph. After you sign up for the free version, you will be directed to your home page.  You click the portfolio button and more than 100 types of charts or templates will be displayed. Here are a few of the more popular charts you can choose form. Gantt Chart Waterfall Chart Ribbon Bar Chart Gearwheels Chart Human Body Chart Roadmap Chart You can scroll through them by Selected Vizzards, Use Case, Chart…

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