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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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5 tips to make your employees, and your business happier

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that studies have shown that workplace happiness spikes productivity levels by 12%, while unhappy workers productivity levels dip by 10%.

But how can small business, often constrained by time, resources and money, incentivise a happier work place?

There are many ways to increase employee health and happiness, and in this post we share the top 5 initiatives we are focusing on, here at Lancom. 

 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Mar 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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3 ways to make connections and explode your business growth

Connections are the new currency. They have the power to transform your business almost overnight.

The right connections can lead to:

  • More customers or clients
  • More opportunities, such as being able to guest post on a high-quality blog
  • More fun! Who doesn’t want to be invited to a party across the world?

The problem lies in the wealth of info on the web. When you google “networking”, hundreds of different articles appear, each offering a different approach. Who do you listen to?

To help simplify things, we’ve created a summary of the best advice, covering the three areas where making connections can prove immensely valuable to your business.

And here they are:

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Feb 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Simple steps to expand your business through digital marketing

We’re in an age where everyone lives online. Cell phones in hand in the morning, evening, and at the dinner table.

We’re not here to discuss the ethics or morals of technology. We’re here to talk business.

With over 85% of searches being in relation to products and services, the value of investing in your digital presence is massive.

This post is going to help you get started with digital marketing. We’ll walk you through six simple steps to expand your business online.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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The 4 hottest Office 365 apps to watch in 2017

By now, you will have noticed that we are big fans of Microsoft Office 365. Where some of our past posts have highlighted the growing number of applications which are offered in the world’s most popular productivity suite, today we’re going to take a look at some of the new 2017 features which help us – and you – get more done in a day.

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Written By Warwick Eade Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Ceremony May Be Killing Your Business

(Massive hat tip to Clay Shirky here)

Software is eating the world. The world’s largest taxi company owns no cars. The largest provider of overnight accommodation owns no hotels. In 2017, two companies took a whopping $120 billion in advertising spend, despite not owning a printing press or TV network between them.

All these companies were founded as modest startups in the last 20 years. Many of the business’s they’re displacing have been around for over a century. 10-year-old Uber has the same $60 billion valuation as 100-year-old General Motors.

How did this happen? It seems counter intuitive that a company like Uber, which only owns software, is worth as much as GM, which owns hundreds of huge factories and plants.

How do small software startups founded with less than five employees ‘steal’ the markets from billion dollar incumbents? Like all counter intuitive truths, the answer lies in what we think we know… and what’s actually going on.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 10, 2017 9:20:00 AM

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Know the differences: deep learning, machine learning and AI

Along with the concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) has zoomed into business discourse as a promising technique to advance the capabilities of software and drive further automation and convenience. But what are the similarities and differences between these closely related constructs?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Dec 20, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Why the future belongs to data-driven CFOs

Chief financial officers aren’t going to stop concentrating on the books by any means. But they are increasingly looking to leverage the power of data to make better decisions – and to make those decisions more of the time. The future belongs to these individuals, who are taking advantage of the ability to mine, organise, analyse, and act upon data.

That’s thanks to the ready availability of the technology which enables data driven decision making. It is also a reflection of the increased interest that CFOs are taking in identifying and deploying technology in their organisations (an effect which isn’t limited to the financial office, either, as people across smart businesses look to maximise the operational efficiency through technology).

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 ways to boost operational efficiency in 2017

It’s the time of year where we all start to consider resolutions whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier or finally moving to that dream job. Your organisation shouldn’t be treated any differently and we’ve created a short list to let you trim the fat and start fresh in 2017.

 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Three features that make Windows 10 indispensable

As is routinely the case with the introduction of a new Microsoft operating system, it can be a little difficult to see what the real benefits are, besides the obvious improvements in look and feel. With Windows 10 in-market for some time now, users are quickly appreciating that there is more to it than a better-looking Windows; there are also some useful features which, when mastered, contribute to better productivity.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Oct 11, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Three customer-centric technologies every business should have

Is your business customer-centric? We'd be very surprised if it wasn't, because as the old saying goes, every business is a customer business. And as a customer-centric company, going beyond good services is likely to be something you're always interested in; it doesn't take genius to recognise that delivering great experiences accross the customer journey is a sure-fire way to keep them coming back for more.

Check out these three highly accessible technologies which we've found to be so useful that we're pretty sure every business will benefit from them:


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