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Building a remote team from scratch? Start with these 5 tools.

Welcome to Edition 14.0 of The VirtualPBX 5. It’s that time of the month when we share our 5 favorite topics, tips, gadgets, and apps.

Building a remote team from the ground up is a big undertaking. Having the right tools in place is essential to building a rock-solid foundation for your remote team. Lucky for remote team managers, there are many excellent tools available in 2017.

As remote workers ourselves, we have experience testing a plethora of remote working tools. Through many years of trial and error, we have discovered which tools have improved our team communication, connection, and collaboration.

Here are our top 5 tools to build your remote team around! Ready to take your remote teams communications to the next level? Test drive VirtualPBX with a 14-day free trial.

top 5 tools to build your remote team around

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Profit From The Super Bowl

5 Ways Small Businesses can Profit from the Super BowlWhen it comes to masterminding for the Super Bowl, small businesses have the ability to win big. The Super Bowl is a valuable opportunity for businesses to increase sales and boost brand awareness. Here are 5 ways small businesses can profit from the Super Bowl.

1. Gear up

The Super Bowl is one of the most profitable days of the year for the restaurant and bar industry. Due to the high demand for beer, pizza, and wings, businesses can score big profits by stocking up on the best sellers. In order to ensure a happy experience for the crowds of wing eating revelers, it is important to have enough staff to accommodate them. If all goes well, they will return for years to come.

2. Event Marketing

If your business is hosting a Super Bowl event or providing specials, it is important to get the word out. Hand out flyers ahead of the big event and create a digital version to be shared on social media. It’s important to not neglect your business phone, which will likely be ringing non-stop. Create a custom greeting to highlight your specials and hours of operation during the event. Building excitement is an integral part of driving foot traffic to your business.

3. Live Posting

A well-timed tweet is free and can provide more exposure to your business than a prime time television commercial during the Super Bowl. Just ask Oreo, whose social media associate threw a hail mary tweet to win the marketing Super Bowl in 2014. Being able to react and respond in real time with a witty tweet can be a game changer for your business.

4. Online Advertising

It’s 2017, which means businesses don’t have to pay millions of dollars to advertise in front of millions of viewers. When commercial breaks happen, people naturally turn to their phones to check social media. When it comes to receiving viral social media status, users want to see creative and humorous video ads. The opportunities to create brand awareness from your advertising efforts are limitless.

5. Business Connect

Business Connect was created to level the playing field between small businesses and big businesses during the Super Bowl. Local small businesses have the opportunity to win big contracts and become official NFL vendors. It’s too late to sign up this year, but you should sign up next year if a Super Bowl comes to a city near your business.

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5 Small Business New Year’s Resolutions For 2017

Your small business New Year’s resolutions are anything but ordinary. Besides traditional resolutions such as eating healthier and exercising more frequently, you have big dreams for growing your business in 2017.

There are no limits to what your business can achieve this year. Here are 5 strategic resolutions that can take your small business to the next level.

Small Business New Year's Resolutions

5 Reasons Your Business Should Include Remote Working

It may come as no surprise that employees are no longer satisfied working inside cubicles. According to Global Workplace Analytics, employees are not at their desk 50-60% of the time. Desks are already empty, so why not consider allowing remote working as an option for your employees?

Whether your business is looking to scale it’s workforce, improve employee performance or downsize overhead expenses, flexible working options have undeniable benefits for your business. This infographic showcases 5 reasons why your business should adopt a remote working strategy.

5 Reasons Your Business Should Include Remote Working

Top 5 Tech News of October

VirtualPBX 5 Top 5 Tech News of October

Welcome to edition 10.0 of the VirtualPBX 5. It’s that time of the month when we share our favorite topics, gadgets, and apps.

October’s tech game has not disappointed the gadget lovers of the world. Not since February have we seen such catastrophic advancements in consumer electronics. With a spectrum ranging from updates to a work kingpin to the emergence of hybrid-style game play, everyone has their eye set on a new rising star.

It’s time to trade in the old and bring in the new. Here is our top 5 tech news of October.

1. MacBook Pro

Without a doubt, the MacBook Pro was one of the most anticipated product releases of the year. Not just because of the fact that the latest version was released in 2012, but because the iPhone 7’s design failed to live up to consumer expectations. Surely there is a method to this Apple design madness, right?

2. Nintendo Switch

Futuristic, hybrid, mobile, are just some adjectives a dictionary would use to define the dreamy gaming machine. The Switch is the first true hybrid console. Play it at home or play while flying across the Atlantic. The Nintendo Switch is the play anywhere gaming console.

3. Vine

Twitter announced on October 27, that Vine was killed off, but won’t be buried right away. This comes at a time when Twitter is desperately seeking ways to monetize its entertainment verticals. Burning bridges with content creators may not be a good way to establish trust with the bread and butter of online media. R.I.P Vine.

4. Google Pixel XL vs. iPhone 7 Plus Speed Test

Early adopters with a need for speed have a lot to be excited about when it comes to processor speed advancements. Google brings its A-game with the ultra-fast Snapdragon 821 processor. Apple, on the other hand, comes equipped with the A10 Fusion. The tech foes are not backing down from this competition.

5. 24K DJI Phantom 4

The 24 karat DJI Phantom 4 is “The World’s Most Lavish Drone”. If you have $24,000 lying around or you don’t mind trading in your car for a drone, you can be the coolest person at the park.

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