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It’s Time To Start Embracing New Technology!

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It’s surprising how many businesses seem to be reluctant to embrace new technology, even in the modern era. This might be down to an assumption that any given piece of new technology is just going to be a short-lived fad, or perhaps it’s that they feel like their business doesn’t need it because it’s not particularly tech-focussed, to begin with. No matter what the reason is, it’s an incredibly misguided position to take. Every year the world is more dominated by technology and, for better or worse, there’s no going back on that. Even if you’re not a big fan of technology, your business needs it, and here are a few reasons why.

It helps you connect better with customers

Connecting with customers has always been a serious priority a lot of businesses but, in the past, many have struggled to understand how to accomplish this. Traditional marketing has always been good at reaching large groups of people, but one thing that it can’t do is pinpoint individual customers to engage with. Now, thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can talk directly to your customers in a way never possible before outside of face to face interactions. You can respond to their comments, assist with any queries and problems that they might have, and provide them with entertaining and interesting content. Not only that but you’re able to do this in a public space which means every interaction with a customer is also a marketing opportunity. Of course, it’s important to remember that the modern world moves at a seriously fast pace and that’s even more true for social media. Because of that, you want to be sure that you’re always keeping up to date with all of the latest social media developments. 

It makes your business far more efficient

Every business is constantly striving to be more efficient and productive. Time is one of the most valuable resources for your business, so it’s crucial that you’re using it wisely. Technology allows you to communicate more effectively throughout your business and makes many of the typical, day-to-day tasks much easier. Whether it’s making plans and schedules for the work week or using contract management software for better workplace administration, there are practically endless ways to improve the productivity levels in your business. This is especially true thanks to the rise of cloud computing. From creating a new space for your data to finding an oracle forms migration service, the cloud has never been so easy to adopt in your business. Technology is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the workflow of just about any business. Just don’t forget that it’s best to use it alongside your employees instead of trying to use it to replace them.

It reduces costs

One of the great things about technology is just how much easier it makes a lot of jobs. Things that used to take teams of people hours to do, or required specialized skill sets, can now be achieved by far fewer people in a much shorter space of time. This means that you can reduce your staffing costs without sacrificing productivity. Technology also allows you to streamline things like invoicing, accounting, and other tasks that would previously have incurred various costs on things like physical printing and postage. Likewise for your business’s storage solutions. Where you once might have had to spend a large sum of money on things like dedicated servers you can now just use cloud storage in order to keep your data and information safe and secure. Of course, a lot of technology is going to involve some form of cost, but if you use it properly, it almost always improves your business’s costs effectiveness to the point where they practically pay for themselves and then some.

It helps you find the ideal employees

Recruitment has been a challenge for many businesses for as long as they have existed. After all, a successful business is built on having the right people in it and if you’re not able to get the most out of your employees then you’re never going to be able to make your business the success it needs to be. However, in the digital age, there are certain developments that have made it a whole lot easier to find the perfect people for your business. For one thing, job sites like Indeed or LinkedIn allow you to search out candidates with the right attributes yourself rather than having to wade through dozens of applications that may or may not come from people who are at all qualified for your business. Likewise, the actual process of searching through applications and vetting candidates is far easier now than it has ever been before thanks to the internet. Sure, you still need to know exactly what you’re looking for and the process of interviewing can still be difficult and time-consuming. However, thanks to the internet, it really has never been easier to search through the many potential candidates in order to make sure that you’re always bringing the right people into your business every single time.

Of course, one of the most important things to remember is that it’s not just a matter of always looking to the future. Sure, trying to push your business forward is always important but it’s also incredibly important not to leave important lessons from the past behind. After all, there are plenty of things that are just as crucial to running a successful business as they were two decades ago. Things like careful planning, knowing that you’re working with the right people, and understanding the importance of connecting with your customers are all just as important now as they ever were. The only difference is the surface level ways in which you’re able to interact with these ideas thanks to modern technology. Remember, when it comes ot technology, the same basic principle applies that applies to the rest of your business: it’s all about finding the perfect balance.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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