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Kicking off the Holiday Shopping Season with Small Business Saturday

It’s official. The holiday season has begun. For many businesses—small and not so small, this is the season that counts. And that’s why we’re supporting Small Business Saturday. It’s the Saturday after Thanksgiving, launched by American Express, to remind holiday shoppers not to forget about small businesses in the midst of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

So what can small businesses do to help take advantage of the big day and the season at hand? Paul Jankowski offers some great tips in his Forbes blog, including taking advantage of social media. For those who get the value of technology, seizing opportunities comes easier.

Yet, according to Hiten Samtani’s recent piece on entrepreneur.com, many SMBs have little or no presence on social media, and 98 percent of business websites haven’t been optimized for shoppers using mobile devices (check out the great infographic in his blog).

That’s unfortunate, given that technology is what helps small businesses compete on the same playing field as the big ones. The key is to have the right technology in place to connect people with information, securely. Not just to handle transactions, but to also help optimize productivity; so that employees and business partners can work together effectively from wherever, and customers can shop and buy from wherever.

As you head into Thanksgiving (and beyond), think about how technology could better connect your employees and your customers. Then think about what that would mean in terms of business performance.

Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving.

The Rise of the Progressive SMB [Infographic]

Throughout the recent years we have seen an uptake in a new group of SMB’s – the “Progressive SMB,” organizations that are increasingly encroaching on the territory of their larger competitors. But what makes a SMB progressive?

Check out the infographic below to see what you can learn from progressive SMBs, including how they are going against the grain and investing heavily in technology to improve collaboration, productivity and long-term business bottom line results.

Do you consider yourself a progressive SMB? If so, we would love to hear how you are investing in IT to gain a competitive edge.

 

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Ken Blanchard Free Live Event: A Closer Look at the New Science of Motivation

Please join us for a live webinar where we will discover what the new science of motivation has to offer. Susan Fowler, best-selling author and motivation expert from The Ken Blanchard Companies, will not let you walk away closed minded when it comes to motivating yourself.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How to choose a higher quality of motivational experience
  • How motivation is a skill that can be taught, learned, nurtured, and sustained
  • The three ways you can apply motivation skills – at an individual level, as a leader, or from an organizational perspective

Register now! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to shift from a quantity of motivation to a quality of motivation experience.

Details: Wednesday, October 3, 2012| 9 am PDT  |  Noon ET  | 

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Cisco WebEx Meetings Mobile App now available for Kindle Fire

Get out of the office and still get your work done. Use the free WebEx Mobile app right from your Kindle Fire and take your meeting from anywhere that has Internet access.

Our newest app release allows you to participate with high-quality two-way video on your Kindle Fire by viewing the video feeds of the participants in the web conference and streaming your own video back to them.

Join, start or schedule WebEx Meetings from your Kindle Fire!

Download it right from the Amazon Appstore!

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Welcome Aboard San Jose State University!

Located a mere 10 miles away from Cisco’s headquarters, San Jose State is the newest university to turn to Cisco WebEx. The school will be using the tool as a way to improve their effectiveness and collaboration between their facility and staff via online meetings.

Can you think of three ways you can improve collaboration within a university? We did! This is what we came up with:

  1. Collaborate as a group online even at times when group members can’t meet in person
  2. Review lecture notes with colleagues before or after class
  3. Attend a lecture from a remote location

Want to learn more about WebEx? Click here.

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