Tech Thursday (2/14): News From Sage North America, Yodle, Panasonic and Clearwire

It’s Tech Thursday from Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and shares them with you in a quick and simple round-up.




Sage ACT! Social Updates Help Small Businesses Capitalize on Customer Insights and Interests


Enhancements enable familiar social network functionality within Sage ACT! contact records and visibility into team members’ social connections


Sage North America has announced enhanced social media integrations for its Sage ACT! 2013 (version 15.1) contact and customer management system. Sage ACT! Social Updates help users capture insights that prospects and customers share through their LinkedIn® and Facebook® profiles and use familiar social features right from within Sage ACT! contact records such as creating and commenting on posts, endorsing skills and sending private messages. A brief video detailing Sage ACT! social features is also available.

Sage ACT! social integrations also extend to subscription-based Sage E-marketing for ACT!, allowing users to expand email campaign reach by pushing messages to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter® and placing sharing icons in email footers so recipients can post to their social networks.

For more information on these updates, click here.


Google Honors Yodle with a Premier SMB Partner Award in the Mobile Champion Category


Yodle named as the top Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner in North America for mobile online advertising


Yodle, a leader in local online marketing, today announced that the company has won the 2012 Google AdwordsTM Premier SMB Partner Mobile Champion Award.  Yodle was selected to receive the award at the recent Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Summit in Mountain View, CA, in recognition of the company’s industry leading focus on optimizing mobile ad spending.  This award comes less than a year after Yodle first rolled out its combined mobile media buying, ad distribution and website optimization solution to its 30,000 small business customers.

Yodle was designated as “Mobile Champion” from amongst Google’s 16 Premier SMB Partners, based on the company’s particularly concentrated initiatives around mobile AdWords spend.  The Google AdWords Premier SMB Partner Program(PSP) connects Google’s trusted and experienced AdWords partners with small- and medium-sized businesses that want expert help in creating, managing and optimizing their online advertising campaigns.  In addition to in-depth AdWords expertise, PSP partners provide full-service campaign management, detailed reporting, one-on-one customer support, and broad marketing guidance to help advertisers make the most of their campaigns.

For more on this announcement, click here.


Panasonic Announces Expansion Into Personal Document Scanner Category


High-Speed KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C Scanners Offer Enterprise-Grade Features


Panasonic, a provider of industry leading document management and imaging solutions, announced today the new KV-S1026C and KV-S1015C personal workgroup document scanners, ideal for small and medium businesses looking to achieve a paperless office or digital filing system. The new, high-performance scanners feature a modern, compact body, and offer extraordinary versatility, simple operation, and advanced features optimized for businesses looking to organize, sync and share documents or protect important physical records with digital archives.

“Many of our customers have a need for a high quality document scanner, but are limited by space constraints and budget,” said Bill Savino, Marketing Manager for business communication and document/imaging solutions at Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “The Panasonic KV-S1015C and KV-S1026C scanners put a high performance, business-grade scanner within reach for small business and home office customers with document management needs.”

For more on these new scanners, including features and price, click here.


Clearwire Launches Red Hot Hotspot


Stay Connected to Your Sweetheart with a Jewel-Tone Gift that Stands out From the Rest


“Good things come in small packages,” says the old adage. This Valentine’s Day, what could be more fitting then a small red package that keeps users connected even when they’re apart. For a limited time, consumers can purchase a jewel-tone red Limited Edition CLEAR Spot Voyager starting February 1.

“We understand that our customers’ devices are often as much about staying up with the current trends as they are about staying connected,” said Dow Draper, senior vice president and general manager of retail at Clearwire. “The new red Limited Edition CLEAR Spot Voyager is an obvious choice for those looking to make a statement and stand out for reasons beyond using one of the few truly unlimited 4G products available today.”

The number of red Limited Edition CLEAR Spot Voyagers may be limited, but data is not. The red hot personal hotspot delivers unlimited, on-the-go 4G internet and will outlast any red rose or heart-shaped box of chocolates. Be bold, and give the gift that keeps on giving.

For more on this offer, click here.

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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, 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.

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