StrategyDriven https://www.strategydriven.com effective executives, efficient employees Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The StrategyDriven Podcast provides executives and managers with the strategic business planning and tactical execution tools needed to create greater organizational alignment and accountability for the achievement of superior results. During each podcast, we discuss the best practices that help create a clear, forward-looking strategy translatable to the day-to-day activities of all organization members. Nathan Ives clean Nathan Ives Podcast@StrategyDriven.com Podcast@StrategyDriven.com (Nathan Ives) Copyright 2007-2017 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. Strategic business planning and tactical execution best practices for executives and managers. StrategyDriven http://www.strategydriven.com/wp-content/themes/strategydriven/img/Base3000x3000-SDP.jpg https://www.strategydriven.com Atlanta, Georgia 2960793 Healthcare Management: The Top Strategies You’ll See In 2018 https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/23/healthcare-management-the-top-strategies-youll-see-in-2018/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/23/healthcare-management-the-top-strategies-youll-see-in-2018/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:00:25 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40750   While there have been numerous developments over the years in different industries, the healthcare sector has not been left behind. Both technological and policy advancements have brought significant changes to this horizon. Most of these changes have helped better the services and competence of the healthcare industry. In 2018, more business strategies have been […]

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While there have been numerous developments over the years in different industries, the healthcare sector has not been left behind. Both technological and policy advancements have brought significant changes to this horizon. Most of these changes have helped better the services and competence of the healthcare industry.

In 2018, more business strategies have been put in place intended to complement the benefits of the industry. Here are four healthcare business strategy trends from healthcare experts expected in 2018 to make health centers more convenient for you and your loved ones.

Doctors Will Emphasis on Patient Education

Other than diagnosing and treating patients, doctors have the responsibility of providing patient education. This education helps patients understand the conditions that they have and accept the diagnosis that doctors give. Over the years, however, doctors have not been competent enough in giving such patient education.

As a result, patients tend to deny some of the conditions that they are diagnosed with such as diabetics and cancer. In 2018, doctors are expected to focus more on providing patient education. This will help patients to become pro-active thus increasing efficiency all around.

Healthcare Organizations Will Address the Poor Employee Engagements

For healthcare centers to be most effective, the employees in the centers, especially doctors and nurses, need to be aggressive in their work. Unfortunately, there have been cases showing that employee commitment and aggressiveness in their jobs is low. The common reason given for the poor performance is low wages and salaries.

In fact, the healthcare organizations that have managed to offer better pay for their workers have realized a change. For this reason, it is expected that by the end of 2018, healthcare managers will address the concrete reasons behind the poor performance of medical experts to ensure better management of the centers.

Tech Companies Will Be More Involved in the Health Sector

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Over the years, technological innovations have brought about positive changes offering health insurance (and explaining the differences between types) in the Healthmarkets. You can be fulfill a certain criteria and get better health insurance just because of the information flow. Another good thing the internet has made it easy – both doctors and patients to have more information about various symptoms and diseases. Additionally, it is possible for patients to consultation even from far away, thus making the follow-up process easier and more effective.

It is expected that the tech companies will be more involved in the healthcare centers this year to have positive impacts on the industry. For instance, it is expected that there will be advantages such as ultra-health scans and digital therapy for patients who need home care and cannot afford to travel to the center. Such technological innovations will make it easier for you to access medical services at your convenience.

Easy Access to Accurate Medical Information

Having accurate medical information which is readily available is the key to the thriving of the healthcare industry. The demand for this information is rapidly increasing since there are new symptoms and diseases almost every day. As a result, there has been a need to move all medical details and knowledge to the cloud. This will make it easy for you to access the information at your convenience. Additionally, the cloud memory will have other advantages such as simple record management, reduced practice costs, and reduced price. It is also safer to store patient information in the cloud memory. Generally, moving medical information to the cloud will boost the workflow and thus optimizing the overall healthcare industry.

In the past years, there have been emerging trends and changes in the healthcare technology. Luckily these and more changes are expected to continue in the year 2018 through the healthcare business strategies laid in place. Above are some of the strategies in the healthcare that will help make the health sector better.

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Four Risks to Avoid During B2B Web Development https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/four-risks-to-avoid-during-b2b-web-development/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/four-risks-to-avoid-during-b2b-web-development/#respond Mon, 23 Jul 2018 00:00:44 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40763   A basic tip provided by start-up technicians, expert technology specialists, self-help experts, and network experts on how to start an online business is: “Be Effective.” Start-ups in e-commerce do their best, often taking part in courses tagged “Start-up 101” that are being promoted as the “easiest”, “fastest” and “best”, and they all seem to […]

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A basic tip provided by start-up technicians, expert technology specialists, self-help experts, and network experts on how to start an online business is: “Be Effective.”

Start-ups in e-commerce do their best, often taking part in courses tagged “Start-up 101” that are being promoted as the “easiest”, “fastest” and “best”, and they all seem to disappear in one or two years for reasons unknown. The people who have created new e-commerce enterprises ask the same questions raised by slick and motivational articles about success, instead of clarifying their vision. Unfortunately, none of these resources contains a single piece of advice on how to avoid at the typical errors synonymous with web development during the creation of platforms.

Our company is not just a web development agency; we are the technology partners of several start-ups. Our focus is on quick launch, and long-term projects have also become our priority. Our company is not only interested in the development hours paid by the project owner, but also in the success of a project, the development of additional features, maintenance capacity, and scalability.

Without further ado, we will talk about the main risks involved in web development:

Risk No 1: Contractor’s Experience

Most decision makers try to find an experienced web development company with skills that align with the planned project. If all companies were the same, there would be no single company or proposal that matches the needs of a specific project.

Solution: Look for a web development contractor with extensive expertise. Brendan Wilde of Discountdomains.co.nz believes that it demonstrates the contractor’s ability to implement different business models and bring the experience of other business areas to the benefit of the system. ‘A contractor with limited experience can be a star in a specific field but cannot always see the system in a broader sense’, Wilde added.

Risk No 2: Shortcuts

Some decision makers believe that if they find a contractor with the same experience in implementing the same type of project, then there’s no use to invest in research, analysis, lists of features, prototypes, etc. This may seem reasonable for small business websites or blogs, but when it comes to B2B systems and e-commerce platforms, these errors could lead to huge losses.

Solution: Take your time. Analyse the functionalities and their means of implementation, plot production, create prototypes and align the system’s professional outlook with marketing experts before coding. This will save costs on redesign, or solve technical bottlenecks created by lack of planning. This phase requires between 2% to 7% of the project budget, but saves a large amount of funds for long-term projects. Since start-ups are high-risk on their own, we suggest you avoid all possible dangers whenever you can.

Risk No 3: Length of the Project

This risk also relates to the cost of the project. The trick is to combine the financing model and the development calendar. In a linear process, different experts participate in various parts of the project, passing the baton to the next phase and to the team of experts. This approach may be suitable for small projects, but for large platforms it can ruin the whole idea. This is because the project could be obsolete before you even launch it.

Solution: Look for web development agencies aware of this risk. We have seen a huge positive impact when involving all types of experts in every phase of the project. This workflow ensures a faster transition of expertise among project team members at every stage of development, reduces repetitions and over-clarification, saves development costs in general, and shortens the development cycle.

Risk No 4: Linear Development

As per practical implementation, consider linear workflow as an example. The customer decides to create a B2B web platform from scratch. In a linear workflow, the first two months would be devoted to engineering requirements, creating feature lists and creating prototypes. The following two months will be dedicated to the correction of the prototype with the designers, the outlook design, the correction of the design (because the customer takes on a marketing agency for the purpose of the project) and the fine-tuning of the design. Development will begin in the fifth month simply because the corrections made in the second phase would return to the previous phase and would be used again in the second phase. This process is long, boring, complicated and risky in a competitive environment.

Solution: Try to reduce these repetitions, since the amount of work done by the requisite engineers in two weeks is enough to start working on prototypes, present the marketing agency with results, demonstrate the concept, and implement the changes and subsequently adapt to the market.

In this way, the client can start receiving comments from project experts in four weeks instead of four months. In addition, several specialists work at the same time: the developers are involved in the requirements analysis phase to discuss the performance of features and in the prototype phase to share their vision of coding design with the highest engagement ratio during the phase of development. The participation of designers is at the highest during the design phase, but also influences prototyping because they share their UI/UX experience and continue to support developers during the development phase.

With projects created in two weeks, you can start the development phase faster, using good WordPress plugins. Since the start of the design work is two weeks after design requirements, one month of preparation in this model is sufficient to initiate the development of back-end and front-end, and align the design or functionality with the recommendation from the marketing agency.

Think big, ask relevant questions, act quickly and pay attention to the details of hidden importance. These can ruin the entire project or bring it to the highest peak of business.

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Why You Should Consider SharePoint as a Business Technology Solution, part 2 https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/why-you-should-consider-sharepoint-as-a-business-technology-solution-part-2/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/why-you-should-consider-sharepoint-as-a-business-technology-solution-part-2/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:00:05 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40758   In the part 1 of this topic, the likes of communication, organization and information was discussed as some of the reasons every business owner should consider using SharePoint. In this article, the focus will be on the pros of using SharePoint as a business technology solution. Four Advantages of SharePoint Experts at Domains4less.co.nz say […]

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In the part 1 of this topic, the likes of communication, organization and information was discussed as some of the reasons every business owner should consider using SharePoint. In this article, the focus will be on the pros of using SharePoint as a business technology solution.

Four Advantages of SharePoint

Experts at Domains4less.co.nz say that SharePoint reduces costs by consolidating intranet, extranet and internet sites in a single platform – either internally or through the use of Cloud technology. Training costs can be reduced by using SharePoint to deliver training materials to teams, customers and partners via a password-protected website, accessible from anywhere. Resources, time and effort are saved with SharePoint’s collaboration and productivity capabilities, which allow companies to focus more on higher business priorities.

Useful SharePoint Tools

Often, the reason why companies are reluctant to switch to SharePoint is because they don’t imagine how they can apply it to their business to provide tangible benefits. While there are many tools associated with SharePoint, the following generally feature the most easy to understand applications for business operations:

CRM Tools

With SharePoint, companies can more easily implement a strategy to manage their company’s interactions with customers, distributors and sales prospects. The CRM tools provided by SharePoint can help with marketing efforts, customer service and even technical challenges. CRM data can be shared with customers, partners and distributors, allowing them to send requests, track status and view information. Content management features can be extended to your customers and you can create secure central documents that they can both view and edit.

Calendar

A SharePoint calendar will keep users abreast of events, meetings, deadlines, milestones, and other important dates to remember. Users remain focused and teams are more consistent when everyone is aware of notable calendar events. Customers can also stay abreast of company or product events via e-mail updates. You can even overlay a SharePoint calendar with Outlook calendars (or other SharePoint calendars) so you can filter events or view them simultaneously.

Workflow Solution

Regardless of their size or scope, all companies have workflows that dictate an activity pattern, enabled by the systematic organisation of resources, defined roles and flow of information in a tangible process that can be documented and learnt. Using SharePoint, the workflow is defined as the automated movement of documents or items via a sequence of actions or activities, related to a business process. When applying SharePoint business logic, you can attach workflows to instructions that specify and control the actions that occur in any given document or article. Subsequently, this can simplify the costs and time needed to coordinate common business processes.

Dashboard Instruments

SharePoint lets you create a project panel to help users synchronise and perform tasks. You can view and filter elements such as project details, project documents, project activities, project problems, project calendars, project milestones, lessons learnt from the project, the risks of project, and project modification orders, amongst others. Effective use of the dashboard can help you monitor business metrics, analyse the causes of any problems and improve business intelligence to aid decision making. You can customise the SharePoint panel so that essential tools for managing content and users are readily available.

Is Sharepoint Adequate For Your Business?

There are valid business reasons to use SharePoint, but it’s up to each entrepreneur to carefully analyse their business credentials and calculate the actual cost of ownership. In general, if effectively implemented, SharePoint should reduce costs, save resources and ensure accuracy, whilst delivering tangible benefits for the business, including improved productivity, better decision-making and greater innovation.

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Why You Should Consider SharePoint as a Business Technology Solution, part 1 https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/why-you-should-consider-sharepoint-as-a-business-technology-solution-part-1/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/22/why-you-should-consider-sharepoint-as-a-business-technology-solution-part-1/#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:00:48 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40754   SharePoint divides the different areas of a company and provides tools to connect them in a meaningful way. However, many businesses are cynical about Microsoft’s swiftly rising SharePoint tool. This could be because they’re not entirely sure how it can be applied to their business operations. Therefore, the goal of this article is to […]

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SharePoint divides the different areas of a company and provides tools to connect them in a meaningful way. However, many businesses are cynical about Microsoft’s swiftly rising SharePoint tool. This could be because they’re not entirely sure how it can be applied to their business operations. Therefore, the goal of this article is to define SharePoint, analyse its uses and help you apply it to achieve a positive return on your investment.

What is SharePoint?

Microsoft SharePoint is a multipurpose web application platform that makes communication, collaboration and content management more fluid and effective for many businesses. The SharePoint platform collaborates with information exchange, enterprise research implementation, business processes and business intelligence to simplify operations, increase productivity and ultimately save time and money. The three main components of SharePoint are communication, information and organisation.

Communication

SharePoint’s communication capabilities improve the way people work together, enabling teams to be aware of who did what, when and with what documents. Essentially, it helps to share and distribute information in order to improve teamwork. You could also install virtual machines, Artificial intelligence equipments, bots and the likes, but do not neglect the power of SharePoint.

Content is stored in a central repository instead of being distributed throughout the organisation; this facilitates access, allocation, control and exchange. Tasks are assigned and team members receive automatic notifications accordingly. Any upcoming events are easily available and sent to the relevant parties. Meanwhile, blogs and discussion forums provide a platform for sharing information and ideas.

Information

SharePoint allows users more control over information. Content management is more fluid and effective for companies, keeping it in a centralised and synchronised position for all members to access. Here, information is stored in a secure and private place, where it can be shared with team members, customers or assigned partners. With efficient input / output management features, users can add, edit and delete the same documents, whilst maintaining version control.

Organisation

The organisation as a whole is also improved through using SharePoint. Content can be added as a table or list, in which users can easily search for and assign tasks. By storing the content in a manageable database, it becomes much easier to access and share. Utilising the calendar tool, an event can be created and stored alongside related documents, while automatic notifications can alert interested parties about any upcoming events or document changes. Data can be accessed on mobile devices with internet access, so that all parties can have the relevant information at their fingertips, no matter where they are in the world.

In short, SharePoint is a collaborative tool that improves the way in which colleagues work together by providing tools that facilitates information flow between users and departments.

How Can A SharePoint Solution Help Your Business?

Increased Productivity

SharePoint aims to increase productivity via a range of features and tools that provide the relevant information for the right people at the right time, eliminating unnecessary activities through automated processes. Team projects are best managed using centralised workstations and workflow solutions that keep members informed about the status of activities, deadlines and milestones.

Best Decisions

The decisions made by any business consequently determine its future. Successful companies know how to gather, save and study vital trade and marketing statistics to attain efficient, tactical, strategic and active information to facilitate better decision making. SharePoint services enable organisations to quickly respond to a changing market and fast-changing business needs by easily accessing readily available information.

For example, a project panel allows users to view and filter information about the company and project, so they can get an overview of a particular business problem at their fingertips. Subsequently, accessing and distributing correct business information allows a company to make more effective decisions about its future.

Unlocked Innovation

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Innovation is a process whereby new ideas are created and applied successfully. Innovation can help businesses improve productivity, reduce costs, be more competitive, find new customers and increase profitability. A company that fails to innovate will lose market share and won’t succeed.

SharePoint is an innovation assistance tool that helps unlock creativity through discovery and information exchange. SharePoint discussion features allow users to share ideas, as well as offer experience and create customised solutions for specific needs. For example, a user can start a blog for a private company to share ideas with a team that’s visible only to those who have access.

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Two Things That Can Tarnish Your Online Business https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/21/two-things-that-can-tarnish-your-online-business/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/21/two-things-that-can-tarnish-your-online-business/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:00:14 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40745   There are two fundamental aspects of digital commerce that have the potential to tarnish the reputation of your success; the loading speed of your website and the credibility of your email account. Indeed, there are many essential ingredients every business needs but perhaps there are none more important in the sphere of online business […]

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There are two fundamental aspects of digital commerce that have the potential to tarnish the reputation of your success; the loading speed of your website and the credibility of your email account. Indeed, there are many essential ingredients every business needs but perhaps there are none more important in the sphere of online business than the load speed of your website and the amount of emails that get through to your list of subscribers.

First off, let’s take a look at your email account.

Email marketing is one of the most essential ways to communicate with customers today, indeed it is one of the most essential aspects of digital marketing, yet it can be notoriously difficult as often commercial emails end up in spam folders.

Today, there are over a hundred different SPAM blacklists in operation but with the use of certain tools and strategies such as using email list verification, this risk can be mitigated in order to ensure the majority of emails do get through to their intended recipients.

Now, let’s look at how the loading speed of your website.

It’s well known that there’s a direct correlation between the loading time of your website and bounce rate, that is to say the number of people that visit your site but leave straight away; just like in the offline retail world, where a customer walks into a shop then walks straight out.

In fact, to better explain the term ‘bounce rate’ it can help to picture a busy shopping centre – where people are walking around browsing or searching for a particular solution. In the shopping centre, signposts help point people in the right direction, whereas in the online world, Google is the authority.

In the offline retail world, people naturally browse a few different stores based on the attractiveness of their retail display amongst other factors such as brand awareness and perceived relevance to their needs.

Now, as the store owner once they come through the door, it’s your job to engage them with special offers, product demonstrations, engaging retail displays, and relevant ideas to solve a problem they face.

In essence, your job as a retailer is to engage consumers so they spend as much time in your retail environment as possible – for there’s a direct correlation between the amount of time spent in a store and the amount of money spent. This is why large retail brands invest so much in visual merchandising.

Now, in the digital world, if you have high traffic but low engagement this is known as having a high bounce rate.

The reason a high bounce rate will cripple your online business success is because it’s akin to people walking in your store, and then straight back out, without buying anything. Whilst a high bounce rate can be attributed to many factors such as a lack of engaging content, or a lack of perceived relevance, it has been found that 40% of potential customers will leave your website if the site takes more than 3 seconds to load.

This is particularly pertinent in our increasingly impatient digital world and therefore we’re going to take a brief look at three ways to optimise the loading speed of your website.

1. Hosting

Load speed can be somewhat contingent on your hosting provider, and therefore, it’s something you should seriously consider before committing to a provider. If you have a high volume of traffic to your website then you might want to consider upgrading to private hosting, as this can offer a much speedier service in terms of load speed.

2. Optimize Images

Many website owners use large image files and then scale them down automatically using CSS, to be displayed on the user’s device. This might not seem like a problem, but the challenge is the browser has to load the full size image, then scale it down, which is a very inefficient way to process photos – and this can seriously affect load speed.

3. Enable Browser Caching

When you regularly visit a website some of the elements of that web page are stored on your hard drive, in a temporary storage folder, known as a cache. As a website owner, if you enable browser caching it means you are able to temporarily store data on the user’s computer which means they will have a much faster loading experience.

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Leadership Inspirations – Life’s Tragedy https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/21/leadership-inspirations-lifes-tragedy/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/21/leadership-inspirations-lifes-tragedy/#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 15:00:42 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40454   “The tragedy of life is not so much what [people] suffer, but rather what they miss.” Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, translator, historian, mathematician, and teacher You just finished reading Leadership Inspirations - Life's Tragedy! Consider leaving a comment! Copyright 2007-2018 by StrategyDriven Enterprises, LLC. This content is intended […]

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“The tragedy of life is not so much what [people] suffer, but rather what they miss.”

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881)
Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, translator, historian, mathematician, and teacher

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Amazon Affiliate Marketing Business Review To Help Your Business Thrive https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/19/amazon-affiliate-marketing-business-review-to-help-your-business-thrive/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/19/amazon-affiliate-marketing-business-review-to-help-your-business-thrive/#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:06 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40523 Starting a business is not an easy feat. When you’re still new in the business arena, you have to carefully think about what to offer to your customers and promote them in marketing mediums which are convenient for them. This will demand a lot of decision-making and resources from you. You also have to think […]

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Starting a business is not an easy feat. When you’re still new in the business arena, you have to carefully think about what to offer to your customers and promote them in marketing mediums which are convenient for them. This will demand a lot of decision-making and resources from you. You also have to think about what your competitors are doing in order to level out the playing field. You have to constantly look at their strategies, determine which works and doesn’t, and apply it on your own business. If you want your business to thrive, you should also consider using other mediums to help you achieve that goal. There are different tools which can help your business in different ways – and Amazon Local Associates Program is just one.

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Amazon can be considered as one of the leaders when it comes to online selling. For years, Amazon has offered different products which can satisfy an individual’s needs and wants. It also has unique services such as Amazon Tickets, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Music Unlimited. Collectively, all of these things became the reason why Amazon has grown throughout the years. And if you’re still a neophyte or would want to improve your business, Amazon’s Local Associate Program might be the solution you need. This is a program which allows business owners to sell Amazon products through their own website. Once the customer clicks the link from the website, the business earns a commission. This means that the more customers using the link, the more income for the business.

Amazon Local Associates Program 101: How Can It Help Businesses Thrive?

Regardless of the type of business you have right now, chances are, there are already competitors who have offered the same set of products and services. Most often than not, your competitors already operated in the industry for years before you even started your business. Diving into business with this status quo will make it hard for you to create a name or brand in the eyes of your potential customers. Good thing, because Amazon Local Associates Program can help you through the following:

1. Your business can earn more: Money is one of the most critical resources in any kind of business. No matter who your target audience is or what kind of products you’re offering, you need money so the business can operate every day. And if you’re starting a business, you might not have the abundance of this resource yet. Amazon Local Associates Program will let you earn more by promoting their products. As a business, you have to post Amazon’s product on your website or blog and earn 10% of the purchase once a customer buys from you. This might not seem like a lot, but if you put time and effort in promoting products, you’ll surely earn more over time. You can use Entrepreneur Journal Review as your resource to know how you can promote products better online.

2. You’ll engage with customers: When you’ll promote products from Amazon, you have to use the internet in order to drive in customers and profit. After all, everyone is on the internet, right? You can write blogs, improve your website and even take advantage of your social media accounts. This can become an excellent avenue to engage with your customers. You can give your recommendations about a product and earn at the same time. And if customers don’t end up buying from you, their feedback can go a long way for your business to improve. You’ll have an idea on what business’ processes actually work and doesn’t in the eyes of the customers.

StrategyDriven Entrepreneurship Article3. You can offer variety to your customers: No single customer would remain loyal to a business if the latter offers the same set of products every single time – customers need variety, too. And with Amazon’s products on the website, you’ll never have a problem with variety. You can get almost any product that your customers need because of Amazon’s wide selection. You can promote products which are similar to your business niche, making it easy for you to reach your target audience.

4. You’re assisted by Amazon: Once your business starts operating, there are many things on your plate. You have to think about the packaging and delivery of the products, customer service and returns. If your business receives a lot of order in a day, the workload can be overwhelming which can result to compromised service. When you sign up for the Amazon Local Associates Program, you’ll be assisted by Amazon. This means that they will be working on your business’ behalf behind the scenes. They will take care of the delivery, customer service, and returns, among others. All you have to do is haul in customers for sales.

5. You can gradually create a brand: Your brand is what makes you stand out from the competition. If you have one, it’ll be easy for customers to distinguish your business from others. Creating a brand might be a tedious process, but it can be done using Amazon Local Associates Program. Since you can select which products to promote, you can pick one which is based on your expertise. You can easily write content or review the product since it’s something that’s up your alley. This can gradually increase the value of your brand because customers will trust the products you’ve recommended. It won’t be long before customers will associate you as a trustworthy business and choose you from the competition.

6. You can learn a lot: The maxim that states “experience is the best teacher” is true when it comes to businesses. Whatever you experience – whether good or bad – can become your learning curve for improvement. If you’re still in the first months of your business operations, Amazon Local Associates Program can help you gain experience which you can use in your business. You can learn how to entice customers, properly communicate with them and determine what they really want from a business. Sure, you might learn these from books or other businessmen, but nothing still compares to first-hand experiences.

7. You can keep your customers even when you’re not carrying a product: Customers are the bread and butter of every business. Without them, your business will be non-existent. However, if your business is service-based, not producing your own product can become the reason for them to turn away. For example, if your business is focused on teaching children, not producing books might influence your customers to choose your competitors over you. Of course, customers would always want convenience and complete offerings. If your business doesn’t have any products, you can use those which are from Amazon’s catalogue. This is one benefit you can give from Amazon’s Local Associate Program which can help you keep customers.

Beginnings Are Tough

The beginnings are always the hardest part of the process. This is where you’ll have to figure out how to do things the right way. And when it comes to businesses, beginnings are usually very risky. If you use approaches or strategies which doesn’t guarantee positive results, you’ll end up wasting time, money and resources – things which are crucial in every business. If you want to jumpstart your business or you want it to thrive long-term, make use of Amazon Local Associates Program. It’ll require work from you, but since you’re doing almost everything with Amazon, things can become easier. Amazon can surely help your business thrive and succeed.


About the Author

StrategyDriven Contributor, Kristen PearsonKristen Pearson is a journalist and business owner who enjoys writing on the side. She’s written for website such as Journal Review and enjoys getting into detail about different aspects of business. In her spare time, she enjoys jogging.

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Unfortunately, you can’t simply launch a company and expect business to be booming overnight. There’s a framework you need to put in place, and essential ingredients you’ll want to include that will help you succeed and get through the rough times.

It’s not a wise idea to move forward blindly without specifics in place from how you’re going to get from one point to the next. Always be forward-thinking and coming up with ideas for how you can be improving as you go. Include the following key requirements you need to experience long-term stability, and you’ll be quickly heading down the right path.

A Solid Business Model & Objectives

If you want to make money with your venture, then you’re going to need to have a sound business model in place with a list of critical objectives you’re going to tackle. Pay attention to what sources of revenue you have available to you and if you feel you’re competitively priced or not as you work on your roadmap. Set goals for what you’re going to work toward in the coming years and include specifics for how you’ll achieve each one. This is an instance where you do want to obsess over the details and make sure you’re putting yourselves on a solid course to victory for the long-term.

Policies, Processes & Procedures

Every business needs to have policies, processes, and procedures in place to function optimally. It’s not a wise idea to launch your company and simply hope for the best without documenting and communicating out your rules and expectations. You’ll need this type of structure in place as you begin to hire on more staff and expand your offerings. Efficiency and speed will become even more important as you grow and the only way to do this is by coming up with a framework of best practices. There will be less confusion on a daily basis and more communication occurring between departments and individuals when everyone’s on the same page.

Technology Solutions

Doing your work manually isn’t a good solution for the future because it slows you down and provides more opportunity for errors to occur. You can read more about what your options are for how technology can improve your business such as tracking time and individual projects. This way you’ll know exactly who’s in the office when you’ll save yourself money and can quickly take note of who’s working on what projects. Adopting more technology solutions will allow your employees to be more productive and you’ll be happier because you’ll be achieving your goals at a quicker rate. Bring more of what you’re doing online, and you’ll likely notice that your business runs a lot more seamlessly and there are fewer complications.

Talented Employees

Every successful business needs to have skilled and talented employees who are ready to work hard each day. Hire wisely by taking the time to come up with specific job descriptions, read through resumes and participate in the interviewing process. Be very careful and mindful of who you hire and bring onboard because it will cost you even more money to keep replacing people. Your company will progress nicely when you can depend on the staff who you’ve hired to complete their tasks correctly the first time around and not have to constantly be babysitting and correcting mistakes. Hold regular company-wide meetings and assign your employees individual coaches to ensure everyone feels valued and connected.

Strong Leadership

No business ever made it too far without having a strong team of leaders and management in place to guide employees and execute on the company’s objectives. Surround yourself with good people who have experience working in high-level positions and understand and can help you achieve your vision. Your company needs direction and people who are committed to building a bright future filled with a lot of positive outcomes. This will be especially important in difficult times or when your staff isn’t feeling very motivated. Your business will require strong leaders who will step up in the face of adversity and never give up or quit.

Paying Customers

Your business won’t survive too long without a long list of loyal and paying customers who you can depend on in good times and in bad. It’s essential you pay attention to your clients and offer them consistent and outstanding customer service. Reach out and seek feedback and listen to their viewpoints so you can make any necessary changes going forward. Focus on delivering quality products or services that are innovative and meet the needs of your customers. Engage with them on social media and be available to answer their questions or talk through any concerns. What will help you out the most is continuously testing out new products or services with small groups of people before you go to market with them, so you can guarantee they’re a hit.

A Plan for Problems

You should never expect all to go smoothly and as planned when you’re running a business. There will always be roadblocks, obstacles and unexpected happenings that you’ll need to deal with and manage. Think ahead by planning for problems and determining what it is that could possibly go wrong, so you’re prepared for these hiccups when they do occur. Always spend within your means and have resources available to you should anything get steered in another direction, and you need to act fast. Focus on problem-solving your way out of sticky situations instead of flying off the handle or giving in to these inevitable issues.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the essential ingredients every business needs to truly thrive in a competitive and cutthroat landscape. Work on achieving success in these areas, and you’ll be a lot better off as you continue to develop your company. What will help you to accomplish this goal is if you make a list and then prioritize what you believe is most important that you get done first and continue to work your way through the remaining items.

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“What is a committee?  A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.”

Richard Long Harkness (1907 – 1977)
Washington Correspondent for NBC and The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Stunning Strategies to Help Your Business Ace Health & Safety https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/14/stunning-strategies-to-help-your-business-ace-health-safety/ https://www.strategydriven.com/2018/07/14/stunning-strategies-to-help-your-business-ace-health-safety/#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:00:20 +0000 https://www.strategydriven.com/?p=40431 Health and safety needs to be a primary concern for any business in the world. If you don’t have the right health and safety mandates in place, you are going to suffer as a business. Nothing is as important these days as health and safety, and you need to make sure you have strong health […]

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StrategyDriven Risk Management ArticleHealth and safety needs to be a primary concern for any business in the world. If you don’t have the right health and safety mandates in place, you are going to suffer as a business. Nothing is as important these days as health and safety, and you need to make sure you have strong health and safety procedures in place. There are a lot of things you can do to ensure this, and it is vital for the business.

If you are compromised at all with health and safety, you are going to find that your business will be suffering from accidents, lawsuits, and a damaged reputation. This is why you need to do what you can to ensure you are the most safe and secure company you can possibly be. These strategies are going to go a long way toward helping you get the best health and safety mandate possible.

Understand Health & Safety

You have to understand how much health and safety matters in the world of modern business. It is important that you take a look at health and safety and understand what it is, and why it affects the business. Health and safety is how you protect your employees and the future reputation of the company. Businesses with poor health and safety mandates are the ones that wind up struggling.

Ensure Your Employees are Protected

It is also important that you make sure your employees are protected on a daily basis. This means that they need to be trained properly so that they understand what health and safety risks there are in the business. They also need to be taught what they can do to make themselves safer on a daily basis. It is also important for you to get online and look at what you can do to make the workplace safer. You might consider digital security, or here is some protective gear you may want to introduce into the business. Ensuring your employees are protected and kept safe is one of the best ways of acing health and safety.

Fire Drills are Important

You also need to do as much as you can to ensure you have proper drills in place. A fire drill is an essential part of the business health and safety mandate. If a fire breaks out in the business, this can be very destructive, so you need to know how to react in the event of a real fire. This is something that makes a fire drill so important for the business and will allow you to keep your staff safe, and the business assets protected.

Incident Reports

There are a lot of things you can do to improve the way you conduct health and safety in your business. But, one of the major things you can do is to keep logs and incident reports anytime something happens. This is important from a legal perspective, but you also need to refer back to it and understand why the incident might have occurred, as well as how you might be able to prevent it in the future.

As you can see, these are just a few of the wonderful strategies in place that you can use to help boost health and safety. Try to focus on what you can do to improve the working conditions for your employees, and make the working environment safer. These are some of the things that will go a long way toward helping you run the business faster.

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