It’s Tech Thursday from Smallbiztechnology.com. Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and share them with you in a quick and simple round-up.
YouSendIt Partners with Comcast to Bring Cloud Collaboration to 100 Million+ SMBs
Send, Share, Sync and Sign Now Available to Over One Million Comcast Small Business Customers
YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration solution, has announce that it has been chosen to be one of a select group of leading SaaS providers for Upware™, a new app marketplace
from Comcast Business. Through this new partnership, Comcast Business Class users (more than 100 million of which are SMBs) will now have access to YouSendIt’s entire Web Application suite of collaboration services through a Single Sign-On portal.
YouSendIt is the only collaboration solution in the marketplace to offer an individual user account for the price-conscious small business professional and one of the only to offer a robust, 1,000 GB storage capacity for team accounts. Check out the press release for more information on this new partnership.
HyperOffice Bridges Gap Between Structured, Social and Mobile Collaboration
HyperOffice has unveiled a new version of its communication, collaboration and mobility suite which unites the social and structured philosophies of collaboration in a single, unified interface accessible from any Internet connected PC or mobile device.
The new social capabilities are deeply integrated with HyperOffice’s suite of communication and collaboration tools with seamless connections between the “social” and “collaboration” layer. The new version also includes tablet computer access, where workers can connect and participate in social conversations from the road. You can see all the new features in their press release that announce the updates.
CDW, Google Partnership Turns a New Page for Enterprise Chromebook Solutions
Chromebook Offering Speeds, Scales and Simplifies Deployment and Management
CDW, LLC (CDW), a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced that it will provide complete Google Chromebook offerings to its customers in the private and public sectors.
CDW will now offer Chromebooks with Web-based management – a full, cloud-based computing solution. In addition to the device and Web-based management console, the CDW solution will include an array of network, integration and configuration services.
Read the CDW press release for more information on this partnership.
SinglePlatform Survey: 49% of Local Businesses Never Update Their Online Listings
Small Businesses Missing a Critical Opportunity to Get Found By Consumers When and Where They are Searching
In a new survey from SinglePlatform, a division of Constant Contact®, Inc., 49 percent of local businesses admitted having never updated their online listings, whether that’s on a search engine, review
site, or mobile app. With consumers relying more on not just online listings, but rich online listings, small businesses are missing a critical opportunity to bring new customers in the door by offering accurate listings with the information consumers want and need to make a purchase decision – menus, products, or services.
The continued explosion of new websites and mobile apps coupled with the growth of smartphone use has dramatically changed the way consumers search. Interestingly, the new data suggests that this disconnect is not a problem of focus or knowledge. In fact, local businesses realize that they can no longer rely on printed directories, local advertising, or foot traffic to attract new customers, and 85% believe it is important to be seen on major search sites and apps, like Google, Yahoo, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Yellow Pages.
The survey of more than 350 small businesses also uncovered the following key trends:
- 84 percent of small businesses believe that having a website that can easily be viewed on a mobile device is important to their business
- Only 25 percent of small businesses know how to create a mobile optimized web site
- 62 percent of small businesses think it is important to be seen on major mobile apps
- 85 percent of small businesses believe that in the future more people will be looking for their business on mobile sites
- Only 23 percent of small businesses have a good sense of how listings drive traffic to their business
- 50 percent of small businesses have seen listings for their business that are not accurate
- 70 percent of small businesses say they don’t have the time to manage listings on all of the sites that consumers use
View more of the results from the survey here.
iTwin Connect Now Available
iTwin Connect Provides Mobile Professionals Protected and Unrestricted Access to the Internet and to their Corporate Network
iTwin the company that created the award-winning iTwin Remote File Access solution – is excited to announce the availability of iTwin Connect. iTwin Connect offers protected and unrestricted access to the Internet, as well as to home/corporate networks (virtual private network or VPN).
iTwin Connect device consists of two identical halves. To install, simply plug the device into a USB port on the home/office PC. Detach one half of the device, which becomes the iTwin Connect “key”, and carry it along. When on the go, plug this key into a laptop and a secure VPN tunnel is instantly formed to the home/office PC.
Check out their press release for a full listing of the features, benefits and pricing.