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The 5 Secrets to Developing a User-Friendly App

Many mobile users often take connectivity, functionality, and speed for granted, but they will certainly notice when an application isn’t working. The modern-day audience are also not shy when it comes to voicing their opinion, which can result in a decline in downloads. Read the five secrets to developing a user-friendly app.

1.  Guide Users with Icons

If you are developing an application with a minimalist design, icons can become a critical aspect of the user experience. Those handy symbols will not only add personality into your app, but they will provide a visual language to help guide users to key areas, so can support the navigation process.

  1. Review Device Compatibility

Apps can quickly lose value if a developer fails to consider software updates, which ultimately prevent application failures, crashes, and bugs. Regularly review an app’s compatibility across multiple devices to ensure you continue to present the best program to a user. Also, pay close attention to both positive and negative customer feedback to identify potential bugs, so you can make the appropriate alterations. Read more »

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4 Ways To Keep In Touch With Your Customers

It is said that around 80 percent of your business will come from just 20 percent of your customers – that means it’s easier, and more cost effective to keep your current customers happy, contented, and loyal than it is to try and find more customers. Keeping in touch with your customers is a great way to ensure loyalty and good feelings, but how can a business do that successfully? Here are some ideas.

Newsletters

Having a newsletter that your customers can sign up to (or one that they are automatically signed up to) is a fantastic way to keep your company and your products and services in the mind of the people who will hopefully spend money with you. Keep them in touch with what is going on with your business, run competitions, give them discount codes for loyalty and so on. As long as you send out your newsletter regularly (perhaps once a month), then your company will easily stick in their mind. Read more »

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3 Common Mistakes In Managing Virtual Teams

Contributed article in our business series. Originally posted here, and reposted with permission. Enjoy! - Kimberly

Virtual Teams are everywhere now – from home office workers to workers in offices in multiple locations and teams embedded in large global corporations.

According to Forrester Consulting 81% of Teams are distributed across multiple locations.

Often when a Projects team is dispersed they suffer delays and sometimes complete failure. International investments are put at Risk due to the intercultural issues or simply because the team members feel isolated and unmotivated.

What are the 3 most common Mistakes of managing virtual teams?

What are the 3 areas, which if addressed correctly can raise your Virtual Team performance exponentially? Read more »

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Complex Systems View at the Emergence of Communication from Cells to Societies

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The unifying theme of this book is that communication is an underlying fabric of life, as fundamental as matter and energy are to our world and, more importantly, to our understanding of the world.  This book is also a non-exhaustive account of interesting, out of pattern communication and social behaviors that we can observe in animals, or in the biological world; among us, humans, and between us humans and other species.

While we know that communication is fundamental to life, in any form or shape it comes on our planet, the goal of this book is to show that there are aspects of communication that can be universal and transferable from one species to another and that it is what enables collective behavior in social animals and humans. At the same time, there are aspects of communication that are unique to each species or ecosystem, that communication has evolved both alongside the genetic evolution, the social evolution that is characteristic to a subset of living species, and the cultural evolution that is characteristic not only to humans, but also to whales, dolphins, primates, elephants, and many more.

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What Makes a Boss Great?

Contributed article in our leadership series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Being a good boss is essential if you want your team to work well. Becoming a great boss takes time and experience, but there are some things to remember that will help you. When the boss of a company is amazing, the work that is done for that boss is amazing too.

Passion

A great boss must be passionate about the company, the team, and the work that is done. They must love the products and services that are sold, and they must show that passion in everything they do. A boss who doesn’t care, or who is unsatisfied with their job, is very demotivating, and can lead to employees not caring either. If no one cares about the company, customers will soon sense that and stay away. Read more »

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3 Ways Tech Makes International Business Easy

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The emergences of the web and email have smoothed the path for international entrepreneurs since the 90s. As technology made instant international communication child’s play and the web developed to become a global marketplace, opportunities have multiplied further. Now there are several ways organisations of all sizes can connect with foreign markets and employ international teams — and advanced technology is also facilitating the development of products that have worldwide applications. Here are just three ways tech makes international business easy. Read more »

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The Top Business-Related Success Stories of 2017

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

For many would-be entrepreneurs, the notion of success appears as a mythical plateau in the distance as opposed to an achievable concept. However, there are many others who have possessed the confidence and the acumen in order to realise their loftiest visions. It often helps to highlight these stories so that the rest of us are able to find the motivation to follow our very own visions. Let us look at some of the most amazing business success stories of 2017.

The Mobile Recycling Community

One of the most surprising leaps forward in terms of success involves what is known as the market for refurbished mobile devices such as the iPhone. Read more »

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Be a CEO Who Cares: How to Show Team Spirit in the Office

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Great work environments take time to build. Even if you are the best CEO in the US, you won’t get much done without a positive team spirit behind you. It’s important to ensure that your office is a positive and collaborative space, in which you are all working together to reach your business goals. A good team spirit will also ensure that your employees understand any plans or strategies for the future of your firm, making sure that they don’t feel you have any unwelcome hidden agendas. If you’re a CEO who cares, your employees will love coming to work, and feel like they are being challenged and driven to achieve great results. Read more »

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How to Make Your Workplace More Tranquil?

If Cross Campus CEO Ronen Olshansky is to be believed then “every office space needs a space for active rejuvenation”. Why? The answer is quite simple: When your employees are working mentally and physically exhausting tasks, they need to replenish their lost energy levels. And, what’s better than rejuvenating the workspace/desk to maintain a positive and tranquil aura?

Cluttered desks ruin the positivity and often result in lowering productivity indirectly. If employees work under cluttered conditions, they kill time in looking for stationery and other stuff. In fact, misplaced items costs corporate America $177 billion annually. Messy desks don’t just cost monetary loss,  but also result in employees losing 76 hours every year.   Read more »

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How to Start a Home Design Business

Contributed article in our entrepreneurial series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

When you want to start a home design business, especially when setting up by yourself with very little cash, you have to become a bit more creative about sourcing your new customers. One very clever way of finding potential new customers locally is to look around for properties who are having double glazing windows installed.

When people are replacing windows and doors, they are usually in the process of sprucing up their homes, but many homeowners lack the time to do their own decorating. This is where you can spot an opportunity for your services to be in demand. Read more »

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