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Google Meet Goes Free, Microsoft Flags Double Spaces…And Other Small Business Tech News

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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Google Meet is going free as it guns for Zoom and aims to fend off Microsoft Teams.   

Google announced this past week that it is going to begin making their video conferencing platform— Meet—  free, as a way to stay competitive with video conference giants Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google Meet has received an influx of new users who are now having to work from home. Google plans to implement the feature slowly to more users in order to make sure that all goes smoothly. Users with a G Suite account will be able to opt-in for alerts in order to be notified of when they can start using Meet. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

There will be many changes to our workplaces in the future because of the Coronavirus pandemic and one of them will be the increased use of video conferencing and collaboration systems. Zoom has been getting all the attention, but its rivals – Google, Microsoft, GoToMeeting, Citrix and others – are going to compete aggressively for your attention with free deals and other incentives.

2 — Microsoft Word now flags double spaces as errors, ending the great space debate.

Microsoft Word will now highlight when a user puts two spaces after a punctuation mark, flagging it as an error and ending the confusion surrounding this practice in the past. Now— when users are typing— if they accidentally— or intentionally—  put two spaces after a punctuation, Microsoft Word will provide the option to fix the double space to a single. Microsoft began troubleshooting the new update through Word’s desktop version and also been providing recommendations using the Word app Editor feature. (Source: The Verge)

Why this is important for your business:

To double space or not to double space? That’s been an age old question and now Microsoft is taking a stand. Get ready for lots of new grammatical errors in your company’s communications (as if there aren’t a lot already!).

3 —National Business League rolled out a $1.8 million platform to connect black businesses with technology amid COVID-19.

This past week, the National Business League Inc. — also known as NBL— is going to utilize their new 1.8 million user platform to help minimize the divide that exists digitally due to the COVID-19 pandemic among black-owned small businesses. (Source: Black Enterprise)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re a black-owned company then pay attention: NBL rolled out their newest technology platform along with many other initiatives to help businesses like yours, which will include the creation of a new mobile app and website. NBL plans to utilize social media platforms, online virtual entrepreneurial and educational training, live streaming, and additional services to help the gap among black-owned businesses that exists regarding technology.

4 —Without cloud computing, businesses would now be in even deeper trouble.    

According to Canalys—  an analyst firm— $107 billion were spent on cloud-computing services all over the world last year. That amount is 37% more than in 2018. It is predicted that public cloud services will rise to 17% this year, totaling $266.4 billion. With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way businesses run and employees work, the investment in cloud computing has allowed the transition to working from home happen relatively smoothly for many companies. If the Coronavirus had hit in 2010, businesses would have been in even bigger trouble, with only $6,300 a year being spent on cloud computing during that time. (Source: ZDNet)

Why this is important for your business:

If you’re not convinced that leveraging cloud is a good thing to do, the Coronavirus pandemic should have convinced you that the cloud is now and essential thing to do. Even if you have desktop or older applications, you can still move them to a managed server environment. The important takeaway is that you need to have a cloud strategy for your small business going forward.

Read entire article @ Forbes

 

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How to Use Instagram Stories to Build Your Audience

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How do you know when you’re using Instagram Stories like a professional? The short answer is: you’ll see it in your analytics.

For the long answer, read on.

But first: why develop an Instagram Stories strategy at all? Well, it’s the statistics. About half of Instagram’s monthly users are using Stories. That’s 500 million people posting 1 billion Stories every day. And about 62% of those people say they’ve become more interested in a brand or product after seeing it in their Stories.

For their part, brands have responded to the channel’s popularity by posting an average of 2.5 Instagram Stories a week. Also, 4 million brands are advertisers on Stories, as of January 2020. And given the state of the world, it’s very possible those numbers will go up in 2020.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to master the latest subtleties, we’ve got the complete rundown on best practices for this format.

Download your free pack of 20 customizable Instagram Stories templates now. Save time and look professional while promoting your brand in style.

How to use Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories—a camera-first fullscreen visual format that disappears after 24 hours, modelled after Snapchat—doesn’t show up in the Instagram news feed. This means that users can post easily and rapidly to their followers without worrying about overloading them.

Also, compared to the polished reputation of the Instagram aesthetic, the vibe is definitely a little more rough around the edges. This is good news for novices: diving in doesn’t require hiring a videographer. Even billion-dollar companies are posting iPhone videos of office dogs.

Here are some quick tutorials to help you dip your toes in.

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Featured Business: Shea Butter like WHOA!

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Shea Butter Like WHOA: All natural skin care! Natural butters, organic butters! Learn more @ HERE!

At Shea Butter Like Whoa they truly believe that the ingredients are the most important part of any product so they take pride in ensuring that their customers source the BEST on the market for all of their products.

Every ingredient is derived from nature which includes their Grade A certified butters, natural and certified organic oils, and certified organic essential oils.

They are delighted to promise that none of their products contain parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PBA, petroleum, paraffin DEA, synthetic color, or animal products.

They test their products with family, friends and a panel of volunteer customers before they’re released for sale. This testing evaluation process allows for them to confirm the true benefits of Shea Butter Like Whoa’s products before they reach their customers hands.

They want their customers to know that every product is packaged with an abundance of love, care, and personal attention to detail.

This further validates Shea Butter Like Whoa’s commitment to deliver excellent products to their valued customers.

Theort repeat customer base is growing exponentially, which is positive proof that Shea Butter Like Whoa’s products work and are second to none!

With going on over 12 years of experience in creating products from beginning to end, their experience in delivering amazing products will continue to expand and strengthen as they strive to continue in furthering their education, understanding their customer’s desires, providing A-1 customer service and expanding their product line.

Visit Shea Butter Like Whoa’s Web site HERESheaButterLikeWhoa.com

 

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Featured Business: DaLand Transportation

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Our mission at Daland Transportation LLC is to provide professional, timely, safe, and above standard transportation services to our clients in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Daland Transportation’s primary goal is to leave each passenger memorable and comfortable with experience. Our Business is built upon personal referrals from our many satisfied clients. We strive each day to make everyone’s journey unforgettable. We are proudly a local and minority owned small business in Washington DC.

 

Daland Transportation LLC provides professional, timely, safe, and above standard transportation services to our clients in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Daland Transportation’s primary goal is to leave each passenger memorable and comfortable with experience. Their business is built upon personal referrals from our many satisfied clients. They strive each day to make everyone’s journey unforgettable.They are proudly a local and minority owned small business in Washington DC.

 

Click here to visit our Web site @ dalandtransportation.com or call (or text) 240-398-0771!

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