Tech Thursday (1/24): News From Ooma, Nimble, YouSendIt and Constant Contact

A look at what’s new in the world of business and technology as it relates to the small business community.

 

 

 

 

Ooma® To Provide Small Businesses With Affordable Big Business Phone Solution

 

 

Ooma Office Delivers Advanced Features Typically Found in Far More Expensive Solutions

 

Ooma, Inc., the leader in smart home and business communication systems, today announced the launch of Ooma Office, its first product specifically designed to address the needs of small businesses. Ooma Office, shipping Q2 2013, delivers a big business phone service to small businesses with advanced features and quality of service typically found in far more expensive options.

Today, small businesses spend upwards of $100 a month for each line of phone service. In contrast, Ooma Office costs just $19.99 per line each month for unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada.

Ooma Office helps small businesses communicate more effectively through features that inspire confidence and professionalism. Key features of Ooma Office include:

  • Virtual Receptionist
  • Big Business Feature Set
  • Wireless Workplace
  • Unparalleled Voice Quality
  • Easy Line Expansion
  • Compatibility
  • 24/7 Customer Support
Read more about Ooma Office and it’s features here.

 

Nimble Expands Apps Marketplace Adding Zapier, Freshdesk, Import2 to Empower Social Selling

 

Integrating Nimble Social Relationship Management With Salesforce.com, QuickBooks and GoToWebinar to Streamline Customer Engagement

 

SANTA MONICA, CA – Nimble, a pioneering social relationship management platform, announced a new set of business productivity apps including Zapier, FreshDesk and Import2, has been added to the growing Nimble Apps . Nimble is internationally acclaimed for empowering business teams to collectively engage with customers and turn social conversations into business opportunities with its simple web-based solution.

The Nimble Apps Marketplace now hosts an expanding collection of third-party tools, empowering Nimble users with lead capture and analytics, email marketing support, and more. These new Nimble add-ons, available immediately to the Nimble community, give businesses even more ways to close the social marketing and sales loop.

Read more about these great add-ons to the Nimble product here.

 

YouSendIt Acquires Found, Finds Cloud-nostic Platform

 

YouSendIt has announced the acquisition of Found Software, Inc., a US-based software company that enables users to instantly find and discover their files, documents, and data across devices and cloud services. With the acquisition, YouSendIt will gain powerful technology capabilities, enabling data from email to desktops to cloud services to be instantly accessible and manageable. Found also offers impressive mobile capabilities as increasing amounts of data flow through mobile devices.

Users today are constantly forced to navigate cloud and device boundaries to make use of their cloud data. Aging file sync and enterprise content management systems, built on file and document-centric architectures, move data around but do not solve the significant challenges of discovering information and collaborating across devices and cloud services as well as outside the firewall.

The acquisition of Found enables YouSendIt to take search and discovery to a powerful new level, making content that exists in different platforms easily accessible and shareable, without requiring the user to hunt for information across these multiple clouds and devices.  YouSendIt fundamentally embraces the idea of helping users access and manage their data regardless of platform—a cloud-nostic future.

You can read more about the acquisition of Found by YouSendIt and the benefits it provides here.

 

 Four Major New Publishers Join SinglePlatform

 

 SinglePlatform Digital Storefronts generated more than 100 million consumer views in 2012

 For small businesses, it’s now even easier to get found by consumers looking to shop or eat at great local businesses. SinglePlatform, a division of Constant Contact®, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCT), announced that The Washington Post, WhitePages, Infogroup, and Acxiom Corporation have all joined SinglePlatform’s publishing partner network. In 2012 alone, SinglePlatform’s digital storefronts had more than 100 million consumer views from across their publisher network. These new publishing partners extend the reach of SinglePlatform’s small business customers even further by adding some of the most used consumer sites on the Internet.

Together, the new publishing partners give SinglePlatform customers reach to millions of additional consumer views. SinglePlatform has relationships with more than 100 publishers, including the top three business directory sites, the top three ratings and reviews sites, and dozens of other sites and apps that reach more than 200 million consumers per month. In return, publishers using SinglePlatform’s data report that adding rich content like menus contributes more than two minutes of additional engagement time on their sites.

Read more about this announcement here.

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About Carolyn Crummey

Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.