TROY, MICH.—The proliferation of social media, and in particular, the blurring of personal and professional networks is causing unease among workers, with almost 30 percent globally, now believing it is acceptable to use social media for personal use while at work. But how does that apply to virtual office workers?
First, let’s look at the big picture. Workers express serious reservations about the spread of social media into work. Forty-three percent agree that it impacts adversely on productivity while 47 percent also express concern that mixing personal and professional connections through social media could lead to problems in the workplace. So says the latest survey results from the Kelly Global Workforce Index.
Here are some additional findings from the survey: Read more...
- 24% say it’s acceptable to share opinions about work with friends and colleagues on social media.
- 12% have been told to stop using social media at work.
NEW YORK–Looking for the best deals on high-quality virtual office space? You could be missing out on virtual office bargains at prestigious virtual office locations New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities near you—if you aren’t a member of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ Facebook page.
(BTW, you can like our Facebook page by clicking here if you haven’t already!)
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has an active Facebook page that keeps you up to date on all the latest virtual office trends, coolest virtual office locations, and other relevant issues, like telecommuting, workshifting, distributed workforce, mobile and remote workers, and the list goes on.
A leader in smart offices, Davinci Virtual changes the way people work by empowering businesses with savvy, live receptionist services and sexy virtual office space. Yes, virtual office space can be sexy! Today’s business people—people like you—crave lifestyle balance and mobility without compromising financial success. Read more... top ▲
HOLLYWOOD, CA—Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ Salt Lake City headquarters is 696 miles away from the movie capital of the world—Hollywood. But just because it would take our staff more than 10 hours to drive there (without stopping) doesn’t mean we can’t bust out a little filmmaking action right here in Salt Lake City.
Don’t believe me? Well, have you checked out Davinci Virtual Office Solutions’ YouTube channel? If not, what are you waiting for? There’s a growing library of quirky videos there that point out the challenges—and solutions—of virtual office users.
Our YouTube channel also gives you a taste of our virtual office culture with our version of the Amazing Race” blind taste test. You can laugh with us as one of our employees fails to taste the difference between a mango and a banana. Read more... top ▲
Are you a fan of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions? We want to hear from you, and we’ve created a simple survey that we hope you’ll take a couple of quick minutes to answer.
You may or may not know that Davinci Virtual Office Solutions has a LinkedIn Group. It’s an open group—meaning it’s open for anyone to join—and it’s called “A Smarter Way to Work by Davinci Virtual.”
In our group, you’ll find all sorts of relevant discussions that could save you time and money. One of our most popular discussions, for example, asks the question: “If you could give a fellow entrepreneur 1 tip on how to be a successful leader, what would it be?”
We’ve also discussed concepts like telecommuting, the distributed workforce, video conferencing and collaboration tools, and other topics that are important to virtual office users and small business owners. Our LinkedIn Group even offers promotions, jobs, and a list of like-minded members that you might want to add to your network. Read more... top ▲
Are you constantly on your mobile phone? If so, you have a 30 percent chance of getting malware on your device—malicious software that could be taking money out of your small business budget.
A new report from Lookout Mobile Security found that mobile malware has increased significantly, with Android users two-and-a-half times as likely to encounter malware today than just six months ago.
And you aren’t even safe in app stores. During the first half of 2011, the number of unique apps with malware found on markets and download sites grew from 80 to 400 apps.
Lookout estimates that between a half million and one million users were affected by mobile malware in the first half of 2011 alone. What’s more, three out of 10 mobile users likely to click on an unsafe link, including malicious and phishing links, over the course of a year. Read more... top ▲
Looking for some social media tips for your small business? Schedulicity is coming to the rescue with some strategic advice, particularly for your Facebook fan page.
So whether you are a budding entrepreneur or an established small business owner still trying to make social media work for you, read on for some practical advice that will help you drive the results you need on Facebook.
1. Start Using Social Media Now
Schedulicity recommends that you don’t wait to begin using social media tools such as Facebook, blogs and Twitter. Instead, create your personal brand from the moment you consider starting a business. Having a solid online presence will allow professionals to: Read more...
- Gain access to an audience that will read and comment on your social media content
- Begin collecting and storing hundreds of e-mail addresses for e-mail marketing purposes
- Listen to what’s happening professionally in communities
Have you always wanted to try Facebook advertising but aren’t sure you want risk your limited marketing budget on a new vehicle? Need a few tips to get you started? Then read on.
First of all, if you use American Express then you undoubtedly rack up membership rewards. Now you can use them to pay for Facebook Ads.
American Express is tapping into a trend. The company’s research reveals that 35 percent of entrepreneurs are using Facebook to promote their business to new customers. That’s up from 27 percent six months ago. What’s more, Facebook is the most popular social media site for small business owners.
If you want to cash in on the deal, here’s how it works: Cardmembers can redeem Membership Rewards points for Facebook Ads in three steps either on Facebook.com/Open or membershiprewards.com. Read more... top ▲
Looking to ramp up your social media marketing efforts? Then I’ve got good news for you. There’s a new online resource to help your small business get started with social media marketing—or improve your success on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media tools.
And wait … it gets better. These resources are absolutely free—and they come from a reputable source. Constant Contact is serving up what it has dubbed the Social Media Quickstarter, a step-by-step guide that offers small businesses a series of short tutorials to get up and running on the most popular social media networks. The guide offers actionable tips, best practices and case studies to inspire you and give you new ideas. Read more... top ▲
Earlier this week, we looked at how small businesses are using social media marketing to raise awareness of their products and services. Now, let’s take a look at one strategic method of driving more fans to your Facebook page: Facebook page design.
By creating landing pages—pages that new fans land on when they first call up your Facebook fan page—you have the opportunity to encourage visitors to sign up for your newsletters, buy your books, or take some other call to action.
“Internet users spend hours on Facebook to view their friends’ news feeds. By having Entrepreneur Package, business entrepreneurs can give an attractive look to their Facebook pages created for business purposes. A custom Facebook page design will allow them to get engaged with the visitors for long time thereby receiving higher traffic for their business,” says the owner of My Facebook Page Design. Read more... top ▲
Social media marketing is officially a top contending small business marketing tool. A whopping 73 percent of small businesses are using social media to market their business—and usage is trending upwards. So says a new study from Constant Contact.
What’s up with the 27 percent of small businesses that aren’t using social media to market their businesses? Well, they are beginning to open their eyes to these tools as well. Specifically, 62 percent expect to start using social media marketing in the coming year. What’s more, 81 percent of small businesses that are already using social media marketing plan to use it even more this year than they did last year.
“The value proposition that social media marketing offers to small business makes it a no brainer for time- and resource-starved small businesses. They simply need coaching and know-how to use those tools in the best way possible,” says Gail Goodman, CEO of Constant Contact. “Our assessment of this data is that more education will only improve small businesses’ results with social media marketing.” Read more... top ▲