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Here's a Way to Talk to Customers - In Real Time

San Francisco, Calif.-based Square Inc. already enabled companies of all sizes to accept payments via credit and debit card. Now it wants to give “Square sellers” -- vendors that use Square Register, the company’s smartphone and tablet based point of sale app -- a direct line into the experiences of their customers.

The company introduced Square Feedback today, signaling the addition of real time customer service capabilities to its existing services for $10 a month. If it works as expected, it could provide customers a way to make their feelings known — before they share experiences on social media.

Taking CRM to the Next Level with the Internet of Things

With all of the talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), it’s easy to get lost in the possibilities of the future. But right now, as you’re reading this article, you should already be devising a plan to integrate connected devices into your business processes.

5 Ways to Handle Real Time Content Demands

5 Ways to Handle Real Time Content DemandsBetween social channels, knowledge bases, blog comments, blog posts and the many other ways to interact with customers, how do you stay “on” in real time, even nights and weekends? Users are online all the time. Article comments, support questions and social posts appear around the clock. And as we have seen time and again, customers are more than willing to take action when companies don’t reply quickly enough.

How Does Mobile Affect Purchasing Decisions?

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About 83 percent of web traffic to B2B sites still originates from desktops, according to new data from Wpromote, an online marketing agency. But B2B would do well to watch the rise of mobile traffic in consumer sites -- and its role in purchasing decisions.

According to stats from online marketing agency Wpromote, desktop web traffic to consumer sites dropped to 73 percent in the first quarter, from 82 percent and 88 percent in the same quarter in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Meanwhile, web traffic from mobile devices increased by 50 percent in the past year and now represents a quarter of all website visits.

The El Segundo, Calif.-based company surveyed 35 client websites in e-commerce, business to business and consumer services. Although the sample is small, the findings supported the general wisdom about the move to mobile.

Celtra Offers Cross-Screen HTML5 Tech for Brand Advertising

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Which HTML5 camp are you in?

Some think HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications. An IDC report, "The Evolving State of HTML5," noted the technology is still plagued with misconceptions. Native app development and HTML5 will continue to co-exist, the IDC predicted. Native app development will continue to be "the primary way mobile applications will be delivered and run."

Others see the technology as promising. Sencha, an open-source web application frameworks provider, said standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.

Celtra feels there's promise.

IBM and Fluid Take Watson's Big Data Smarts Shopping

Michael Rhodin  IBM Watson Group with Fluid Expert Shopper  app and  Brooke Aguilar VP Global Business Development Fluid.jpgFor those whose only association with IBM's Watson is its $1 million win on Jeopardy, that could be about to change. IBM announced Tuesday that it will partner with digital retail developer Fluid to turn Watson into ... a personal shopper.

Unfortunately you won't see Watson trying on lipstick in the aisles of your local shopping mall any time soon, but Watson will power Fluid's shopping advisor to offer personalized shopping tips.

From Mobile Tasking to Mobile Productivity

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I love my mobile phone. Aside from helping me screen calls and serving as my primary phone these days, it is my lifeline when I'm away from my computer. Most often, its role as my connection to the world takes place when I am out running an errand or away from my hometown.

While my mobile phone is my lifeline to the world, it's very hard to do work on it. Sure, I can check email, review very short documents and manage my blog. But real work is a challenge. Most mobile applications are task-based and focused on providing a single feature very well.

If we want to move past this focused mindset to a world of true productivity, we have to give serious thought to an important question. What, if anything, do people really need to accomplish on their mobile devices?

SharePoint Users Routinely Breach Security Policies

Research by Cryptzone shows at least 36 percent of SharePoint users are breaching security policies — and another 9 percent admit they have no idea how to prevent sensitive information from being uploaded.

The study, conducted among attendees at Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas in March, is a warning to organizations that it is essential to develop adequate information security policies. It further underscores how lack of such policies are putting business critical information at risk. 

Earlier this month, Cryptzone, a provider of encryption solutions and identity and access management (IAM), was acquired by Medina Capital, an equity investment firm focused on the IT infrastructure sector.

We're Still Playing at Work - and IT Admins are Still Unhappy

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Knock me over with a feather: A new survey shows a lot of people waste time at the office doing all sorts of things they shouldn't … including playing games, browsing social networks and looking for new jobs. 

Last month, TeamViewer, a provider of remote control and online meeting software, asked 300 IT administrators to list some common behaviors of office workers and explain how those behaviors have affected both IT administration and the company’s bottom line.

The only thing surprising about the resulting IT Admin Behavioral Study is that the company described the results as surprising — and the fact that only 92 percent of IT admins report troublesome habits among office workers using company computers. Are the other 8 percent of IT admins ignorant or just naïve?

Get Serious About Your Brand's Mobile Presence

Mobile gives brands a significant opportunity to reach consumers on the go, but many haven’t been able to figure out the right way to deliver a quality mobile experience. A poorly designed mobile site can create a disjointed, confusing and cluttered experience which doesn’t foster brand loyalty or drive sales -- all important goals for brand marketers. It’s not just about creating a great desktop website and squeezing that onto a smaller screen. Brands need to think about mobile first design.

IBM's Take on Going 'Mobile First'

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For businesses to really nail success in the mobile enterprise, the first thing they should probably realize is it’s not easy.

It’s one of IBM’s messages from its report, “The upwardly mobile enterprise: Setting the strategic agenda.”

How does your company interact with customers on mobile? How does it develop and deliver products and services via mobile? How does mobile apply to physical, human and digital capital?

“While there are always risks associated with the use of new technologies,” IBM concluded in its study, “we also see risks associated with not taking advantage of mobile capabilities as customers’ expectations grow, and new and emerging competitors achieve results in this space.”

Gartner's 10 Technologies That Make Government Smarter

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You may think it's an oxymoron, but Gartner says it is possible to have a smart government. The temptation to be facetious is pretty strong here, but after initial skepticism, we found that what Gartner was talking about is 10 different technologies that can make government more efficient.

Smart governments, Gartner says, are governments that integrate information, communication and operational technologies across multiple domains, process areas and jurisdictions to generate “sustainable public value.”

By using these emerging technologies, which were identified at the recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Dubai, the taxpayers should get some bigger bangs for their bucks.

A Beginner's Guide to Responsive Web Design

Responsive web design emerged in 2010 as an option for businesses scrambling to deliver their websites across multiple devices. Though the approach is not new, some businesses still don't know what responsive web design entails and what value it provides. Here's a developer's introduction to the basics.

News Bites: Google Smart Lists, Contact Center Tips, & More

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And now, the news. Google gets Smart Lists, Sysomos integrates with Clarabridge, Bulldog gets Boosted, and 3CLogic goes 5.0.

Also in the headlines: multichannel contact centers get tips, addresses get corrected, reps need to know what they need to know, and Clari offers a new mobile sales productivity platform.

Huddle Cofounder on SharePoint's Mobile Challenges

2014-10-April-McLoughlin.jpgIf Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella thought he was doing iPad users a favor by offering them Office support, all he accomplished was opening up a great big can of worms called collaboration, prompting some to argue that SharePoint has had its day.

And while changes to Office don't equate changes to SharePoint, the iPad launch spurred on a broader discussion amongst critics of the faults with SharePoint's mobile collaboration capabilities.

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