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Preparing for the New Mobile Reality

Posted by Tim Stanley on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 09:15 AM

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This year mobile officially became the primary means of engagement with consumers with eMarketer reporting that 51% of all digital media being viewed on a mobile device. It’s even been estimated that 91% of adults have their smartphone within reach 24 hours a day, and 11.3% of all web users use mobile devices exclusively.

It’s pretty clear, your business needs a mobile strategy. Here are four solid reasons why: 

1. Mobile has special requirements - Viewing a website on a mobile device is a different experience than on a big screen. The need for a design that automatically adapts to your user’s device is crucial. Cluttered pages do not translate well when viewed on a mobile device and text should be clear and concise.

2. Try apps to enhance user experience - Apps are a great way to enhance user experience, especially if you are able to offer something truly useful through interactivity. Apps can offer users instant access to a customer service rep, encourage pre-sales and allow you to demonstrate your product in unique, fun ways.

3. Mobile is how consumers shop - Roughly 75% of mobile users now use their devices for shopping while in store. According to ComScore, three out of five web searches are done using a mobile device. Consumers will often check for the best price when standing in front of an item in the store and half of all travel and restaurant mobile searches lead to a purchase.

4. Marketing can be targeted - 95% of text marketing coupons are opened within 15 minutes of being sent. Mobile devices are taking a larger role in consumer’s buying decisions, making them the perfect vehicle for marketing. 

Mobile is the next wave of consumer engagement. Make it a priority to develop an effective mobile strategy for your business! 

For more information on how mobile print technology can help support your business needs, contact us today.

 

 

Tags: mobile workforce, mobile print solution, mobile printing, millennials and technology

Do You Have a Mobile Print Solution in Place?

Posted by Tim Stanley on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 12:16 PM

mobile print solutionAs more companies and workers embrace mobile technology as a part of their daily business practices, the need for a mobile print solution is becoming more of a concern.  While there are questions and needs for both company IT departments and end-users, there is no question that businesses need to implement a mobile print strategy.

Let’s examine a few of the concerns of both IT professionals and mobile workers when implementing a mobile printing solution.

IT Concerns

IT professionals’ concerns regarding implementing a mobile printing strategy center around the time and resources needed to set-up and manage a system. Security is also a main concern, especially any security risks involving proprietary information.  Questions also arise around specific or unique applications and print driver support.

While these are all valid concerns, today’s mobile printing solutions address these issues directly. A good mobile print solution will alleviate the need for device specific applications and unique print drivers. Most offer built-in support for multiple devices and operating systems as a standard feature. Security is also built in which eliminates the need to deal with third party software. Because these concerns are addressed within the platform, IT time and resources needed to manage a mobile print solution are minimal.

End-User Concerns

Most end-users are concerned about the printing capabilities offered by their device. Another concern is for document file format support. As mobile use has continued to grow, more mobile print management companies are expanding support for MFPs, printers, and mobile devices. All offer support across multiple device platforms and operating systems.

In addition to print capabilities, most mobile print solutions offer scanning, document sharing and management, and cloud storage and program support depending on your MFPs functionality. A large variety of file types can be printed including MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel, along with PDF, TIFF, BMP, XPS and HTML emails and rich text documents.

Does your company have a mobile print solution? It’s time to explore the possibilities. It’s a smart business decision!

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Tags: mobile workforce, mobile print solution, multifunction printer, cloud printing

How the Cloud is Impacting Business

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Jan 01, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Cloud for businessFor anyone in charge of their company’s IT department or print environment, cloud technology has become an invaluable tool for streamlining procedures, connecting coworkers and improving data storage and access, and creating a better economy of scale. But many small to medium sized businesses have yet to get onboard the cloud, probably due to fears of cost and complication.

What is the cloud? How can it help business?

Cloud computing is a form of computing in which servers are networked in order to store data in a central place and allow easy online access to those who need it. In short, it is a great way to share resources faster, easier and without taking up any physical or digital space in a company’s office space.

Most people are already using the cloud and cloud technology in areas of their daily lives without even knowing it. Services like Drop Box are becoming increasingly popular ways for people to share anything—both personal and corporate.

For smaller businesses, cloud technology is a great way to keep IT functions better networked and accessible without a lot of upfront infrastructure costs. Workers simply login and access the apps and data they need to more efficiently do their jobs.

Five popular cloud services for better business

1. Sales Force. Sales Force touts itself as one of the world’s leaders in enterprise cloud computing. They offer a variety of apps and services that are tailored for a range of businesses—from CRM to marketing. They offer free IT infrastructure for fast integration of data.

2. Cisco WebEx. This cloud service is designed to make virtual meetings happen easier and more effectively. It’s a great tool for companies doing business in multiple places.

3. Drop Box. We mentioned Drop Box earlier, as many people both in and outside of the business world use this service to share large files, photography and more. It’s a simple drag and drop sharing service.

4. Office 365. This cloud service is Microsoft’s foray into cloud technology, providing a go-to office that’s accessible to users from anywhere, on any device.

5. Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey is an easy to use cloud service for polling and getting feedback—from both coworkers, customers and the general public.

In short, cloud based technology is making life easier and more dynamic than ever. For business, it can improve productivity without a lot of cost. It’s definitely worth investigating.

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Tags: mobile workforce, the cloud, IT services

Gain a Corporate Edge with Xerox ConnectKey

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

Gain a Corporate Edge with Xerox ConnectKey

To achieve success in business today, companies need to not only think out of the box, but off the clock. With the popularity of bring your own devices (BYOD) and the advantages of mobile technology, employees are no longer restricted to the office environment, or typical office hours. Mobile printing and the convenience of such innovative technology as ConnectKey are changing the face of how you do business in a powerful way.

Unparalleled Mobility

With ConnectKey and cloud technology, printing can happen anytime, anywhere, and from any device in combination with Xerox mobile print. Users can choose from their tablet, smartphone or laptop and print wirelessly in or out of the office with the click of a button.

Multi-function printers (MFP) with ConnectKey can be placed anywhere within the office environment, regardless of the current network dynamics, by utilizing wireless technology, adding to the convenience factor.  

Smarter Scanning

While printing is an effective way to share information, businesses and individuals alike are turning towards more convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly alternatives. ConnectKey scanning features provide the opportunity to simplify workflows while reducing your dependence on paper through such options as:

  • Share to Cloud Scanning - This is the bridge between your MFP and email, as well as many popular cloud services. Simply scan your document to your MFP and sit back as this program converts the file before distributing it to your choice of services such as:
  • Google Docs
  • Evernote
  • Dropbox
  • Office 365
  • SharePoint Online
  • Salesforce.com
  • Google Drive
  • ConnectKey for Share Point – With your Xerox MFP, you can scan documents and then route them directly to the appropriate SharePoint or other Windows folders, with ease. Use the browse feature to find the folder, name the document and add any other relevant information right from your MFP before you scan.
  • Single Touch Scanning – Press this button and an entire workflow is at your fingertips for the most efficient and convenient method of distributing and storing documents from your MFP.
  • Scan to Home – This handy feature allows users to automatically scan to their home directory.

Intuitive User Interface

ConnectKey MFP’s are outfitted with a user friendly, intuitive interface to assist users in accomplishing all their day-to-day tasks quickly and efficiently. The same interface is used across all devices significantly reducing the learning curve, and has easy to use menus with large touch points.

Mobile Express Driver – Automatically detect the closest ConnectKey enabled printer; perfect for those working from multiple locations or on the road.

Apple AirPrint – This function allows users to print from devices such as an iPad, iPod or iPhone.

ConnectKey from Xerox is a revolutionary method of printing, scanning and sharing documents that will change the way you look at your MFP. The convenience of printing securely and easily from wherever your job takes you is invaluable, and gives you the world at your fingertips.  

To find out how much your business currently spends on print, click here for your free print assessment: 

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Tags: xerox connectkey, office convenience, microsoft sharepoint, mobile workforce, mobile printing