Want to grow your insurance agency? Follow these tips.

Posted by Amber Newman

Aug 29, 2014 6:45:00 PM

Some companies manage to stay alive through thick and thin, and John W. Sanford & Son is one of those. It began selling insurance in 1864 and is still around today, weathering 150 years of tumultuous change in the process. According to Insurance Journal, the following tips are the reasons it has managed to stick around for so long. 

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Topics: Insurance

Service Information for Time Warner Cable Internet Customers

Posted by Amber Newman

Aug 28, 2014 4:58:00 PM

As you may be aware, Time Warner Cable suffered a major disruption of interent services starting on Wednesday, August 28th.  Although internet connections for many customers have been restored, problems linger that may impact your Fonality phone service. Time Warner has confirmed that some customers who are able to access many websites are still unable to utilize streaming media services, including Voice over IP services like Fonality.

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You think you've got a remote workforce...

Posted by Amber Newman

Aug 22, 2014 10:00:00 AM

You're a small business owner who's just put in place a new unified communications system, and you're marveling at all the doors it's opening up. Chief among these is the way it's enabled you to build a remote workforce. Once all your workers had to clock in at the office, now you have people checking in from home, and even host some new employees working in a neighboring city. You never realized just how transformative having a remote workforce could be. But if you think that you've got a remote workforce, just talk to these folks: 

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Topics: Mobility, Remote Work

Hashtag revolutions: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Posted by Lynn Jones

Aug 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Ah, the hashtag. What power it has! Within a single hashtag lies the power to take the world by storm. The New York Times on its best day can't hope for the readership that a skillfully deployed hashtag will garner. When a topic starts trending, #TheresNoStoppingIt. But just because hashtags have great potential doesn't always mean they've been put to great use. We decided to break down some of the major "hashtag activism" movements into three categories: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

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Topics: Social Media

Free-Range Humans: Embracing the Post-Cubicle Workforce

Posted by Amber Newman

Aug 18, 2014 12:40:17 PM

The traditional 8-5 cubicle job is over. With the latest technology, today’s information workers can work and collaborate from any location. But still, fear-driven employers cling to an archaic model and insist on keeping workers caged within the cubicle.

With high availability of video conferencing, chat, cloud-based software and other tools, the post-cubicle world has much to offer to both employers and employees. Not only can companies fast-track talent recruitment and growth by considering remote workers, but they can save on real estate and decrease their environmental footprint. A free-range model also impacts retention, productivity and happiness, as employees are allowed the freedom to choose the environment and location that best fits their lifestyle.

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Topics: Remote Work

From printing press to ... What will the future of the book be?

Posted by Saad Abughazaleh

Aug 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

We offer unified communications solutions, so it should come as no surprise that we whole-heartedly welcome technological advancements. Well, most of them, that is. But there are some things whose very existence is threatened with extinction due to the leaps and bounds of innovation that are happening left and right these days. One of these endangered species - the printed book - is something we care deeply about, and so we thought we'd take this post to ask the important question, "What exactly is going to happen to the book in the future?"

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Topics: Technology, Just for Fun

New Spring App Puts Bounce into Mobile Shopping

Posted by Amber Newman

Aug 15, 2014 2:06:13 PM

A new mobile app called "Spring" is poised to take the world of phone-based shopping by storm by allowing consumers direct access to items they love while minimizing the middle steps, according to the New York Times. This new application is designed to take advantage of the same thing most cloud communications systems do: instantly accessible information.  Web-based content aggregators like Facebook, Twitter or Buzzfeed, Spring will allow users to follow the things that they enjoy, but they will be seeing specific brands, not people.

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Topics: Mobility

2 CEOs who Need to get Over their Adolescent Hijinks

Posted by Lynn Jones

Jul 24, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Here's the situation: You stand at the head of a massively successful startup, an enterprise that a bunch of different tech people have gleefully funneled money into. You sit at your desk in a Venice Beach ocean-front property with windows for walls. That's right - instead of occupying some office space, you straight up bought a beach house for the company. Right now, you're thumbing through your finances wondering what to do with the tens of millions of dollars you didn't have last year. Oh, we forgot to mention something: You're also 24. 

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Topics: Management

So who Exactly are these Cybercriminals?

Posted by Amber Newman

Jul 22, 2014 9:00:00 AM

For all of you business folk out there, the topic of cybercrime is likely nothing new. After all, the virtual sphere is so crowded with hackers these days that all companies - from the corporate giants right on down to the small-town general stores - need to be cognizant of the threats posed by the innumerable cybercriminals out there. If your company is doing things right, then the topic of virtual crime is discussed in general online meetings, and not just confined to the IT department.

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Topics: Security

Worst Office Fashions

Posted by Amber Newman

Jul 18, 2014 2:08:00 PM

We live in an age when workplace fashion operates more or less in an "anything goes" mentality, which we - and our favorite college sweatshirt - are eternally thankful for. Sure, there are still offices where you have to knot up everyday, but they're gradually being superseded by the blessedly wide-ranging office style we call Casual Chic. However, this sartorial freedom wasn't always the case, and many were the days that America's office workers sweated through baggy suits, restrictive dresses and choke-hold bowties as they braced the 9 to 5. In honor of this bygone era of rigid standards of office dress, we thought we'd highlight some of the absolute worst items from workwear history:

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Topics: Just for Fun