In any relationship communication is critical. In business relationships this even more true. In order to successfully complete projects, receive new business, and close sales, you must be able to communicate. In the past this was done with phone and email, occasionally through physical presentations. Today, there are other options that allow clients, employees and businesses to connect.
Mobile Computing and Communication:
As technology evolved, connecting the business world has evolved as well. Mobile computing is one of the most utilized technologies today. From tablets and laptops to smartphones and cloud services, businesses are closer to each other than ever before.
This has created a more productive, successful and fully communicable business world. Regardless of location, time zone, or borders, businesses are able to connect. This saves commute time, expands the hiring pool to include telecommuters, and is creating jobs.
Cloud Computing and Communication:
If the internet wasn’t enough to revolutionize the business world, cloud computing is the next step. By connecting employees, clients, and customers in real collaborations and communication, the possibilities are endless.
The cloud offers an alternative method of file transfer, sharing, collaboration, and information gathering that, if used properly, can decrease cost while increasing productivity. Hundreds of industries have already seen the value of utilizing the cloud to get their information and files where it needs to be when it needs to be there.
While some companies are still on the fence about what exactly the cloud could do for their businesses, others are already converted and virtualizing most of their workflow. Many cloud services are easy to setup, offer easy user management, and connects people across multiple platforms. Now regardless of what technology they decide to connect with, they can still utilize the same information as if they were in the office.
Social Media and Communication:
Another technology being used by businesses today is social media. The boom in social networks for personal use sparked a need for businesses to include social media as a form of advertising and communication. By adding their current and future clients to their social networks, businesses are able to inform all of them of new products or services in a single message, rather than contacting all of them individually.
Social media is a great way to keep clients, employees, and businesses connected and updated instantly. Whether it is Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google +, a business needs to establish a social media presence in order to compete.
Technology is ever-changing. As it changes, businesses will change with it or fade away. Only those companies willing to take a chance on the newest technology trends and methods of communication will truly benefit from everything it has to offer.
Adam Gregories is a business consultant and tech blogger who offers advice on how to easily manage accounting clients.