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Survey Results: Cloud Services, Online Media Kit, Crowdsourcing

check boxAnother round of survey results, this time covering your responses regarding the use of cloud services, an online media kit, and crowdsourcing. If you didn’t participate in those surveys, but would like to add your input on those topics, then please leave a comment below.

This week’s survey is about data backup practices, so please participate in poll located on the right hand side of the screen. Surveys in the coming weeks will cover smartphones, Twitter use, and wireless technologies, so be on the lookout.

Cloud Services Survey

There are many reasons why small business should use the cloud. Why are you utilizing cloud-based services?

To Save Money – 43%

To Save Time – 43%

To Make Collaboration Easier – 50%

To Save Energy – 14%

To Secure Data – 43%

Easier to Use – 21%

Other – 0%

I don’t use any cloud-based services -43%

Analysis: I find it hard to believe that almost half of Smallbiztechnology.com readers do not use any cloud-based services, when popular programs such as Google Apps, Constant Contact, and Salesforce.com all count as cloud computing programs. Nonetheless, these results provide us several angles in which to cover cloud computing, considering that topics on securing data, collaboration, and saving time and money would be of huge relevance to our readership.

 

Online Media Kit Survey

Do you have an online media kit available on your website?

Yes – 18%

No – 73%

Not yet. We are currently working on one – 9%

Analysis: We went over the topic of online media kits briefly, but since almost three-fourths of our readership doesn’t have one, it might be beneficial to go over how to put one together, and what a good online media kit contains.

 

Crowdsourcing Survey

MSN’s Business on Main listed crowdsourcing as one of the top five tech trends for the year. Have you used crowdsourcing in any way?

Yes – 17%

No – 67%

I don’t even know what that is – 17%

Analysis: We’ve also just briefly touched up on the topic of crowdsourcing, but it seems that Smallbiztechnology.com needs to do a little digging to find a small business or two that has successfully used crowdsourcing (if you have, please comment. We might feature you in our reoccurring Tech & Your Biz column). It also would be good to have an article or two covering the benefits of crowdsourcing, and how it could be better than traditional recruiting or project management methods.

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About Allison Midori Reilly

Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.

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