It could be argued that communication is the basis of just about everything in our modern world - and this is especially true in the small business world. Strong lines of communication are absolutely essential to ensuring the success of a small business.
This includes both internal communication among team members, and external communication to customers, clients, and others. Great communication leads to a healthy company, strong growth, and success - while poor communication can often have the opposite effect.
In this article, we'll take a look at 5 reasons why your business should make great communication its number one priority. Read on - and change your business for the better.
1. Builds Better Relationships
Communication is the basis of relationship-building. Relationships are built and maintained by consistent, positive interactions with others. Effective communication skills and a friendly corporate atmosphere are both essential for this step.
Employees can be encouraged to enhance their communication skills through mandatory training sessions, and your HR department should also emphasize the importance of communication skills throughout the on-boarding process. Doing so allows all of your employees to be on the same page about communication - and provides a healthy environment in which relationships can be built.
Small businesses should also encourage communication from a top-down, corporate level. If you are running a business, you should make it clear that you are focusing on openness, honesty, and communication at a corporate level, and that you expect your employees to interact with you openly, just as they would interact with each other.
Doing so will help you build a strong corporate atmosphere of communication, and a relationship-based company that is tightly knit, loyal, and totally dedicated to their jobs.
2. Facilitates Innovation
How many great ideas have been lost because an employee wasn't able to talk about them? If your employees feel uncomfortable challenging your ideas - or presenting ideas of their own - your company will suffer, and innovation will stagnate.
Open, comfortable communication of new, innovative ideas is crucial for further business growth. A corporate atmosphere that encourages innovation and the sharing of ideas will enjoy massive benefits when it comes to innovation.
Every idea that an employee has for your business should be heard, whether it's a good idea or not. If employees feel free to share their innovative ideas - no matter how radical - free of judgment, you'll be shocked at how many interesting and useful ideas you can take advantage of to help grow your business.[click to continue...]
The DialMyCalls development team is constantly working on adding new features and improvements to our mass notification system. This month (May 2017) brought a plethora of changes which include a new customer support chat system, UI improvements and the addition of enhancements to several of our existing features. Please take a few moments to take a look at the current changelog below --- this changelog will be updated throughout the month:
May 22, 2017 --
- Intercom chat button is now located on right side of website.
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- Text-to-Speech has received its second improvement this month. Customers are now able to click on "Click Here For Advanced Recordings" to open a dialog box that displays code that can be added into a text-to-speech recording to have more control over the playback. The examples displayed offer the ability to add pauses in recordings and also gives customers the ability to emphasize certain words.
If you're involved in a charity or nonprofit in any capacity, you probably understand the importance of communicating effectively with donors. Great donor communication is the key to the continued success of your organization, and most nonprofit, charitable organizations rely heavily on donor generosity to continue doing business.
Because of this, members of charities and nonprofits should always be seeking out new and innovative ways to communicate with donors, and foster a deeper connection with their organization.
In an effort to do so, many nonprofits and charities have turned to advanced technology. Many charities are now using specialized nonprofit CRM software such as Zoho, and other innovative software platforms that can allow them to attract and retain donors more efficiently.
One of these software platforms is DialMyCalls. DialMyCalls is an advanced voice, text, and email messaging system that's incredibly versatile - and very affordable for nonprofits. The flexible DialMyCalls platform can be modified and customized by each and every customer, and our easy-to-use API allows IT teams to integrate our software into their own applications.
Using DialMyCalls is a fantastic way to boost engagement among donors. Let's take a look at some of the best ways that DialMyCalls can be used by charitable organizations now.
1. Event Alerts
Event alerts are a fantastic way to use the DialMyCalls service. Donors are people, just like everyone else - and they're often very busy. Because of this, special charity events, fundraisers, festivals, or other special occasions can sometimes slip through the cracks, and your best donors may not remember that they committed to the event.
And while that's not the donor's fault, it does mean that your nonprofit organization can miss out on some serious donations - and you need those donations to keep going. So it's a great idea to implement an automated text or phone notification service to remind donors about upcoming events.
To do so, you must simply login to DialMyCalls, create a custom list of donors from your list of contacts, and send out a message. You can even pre-schedule automated messages - send a reminder a week before the event reminding the donor of their commitment, then send a message the day before the event, and a message on the day of the event.
Doing so will ensure that your most valued donors feel like their presence is highly desired - and that's more likely to make them open up their wallets![click to continue...]
It can be hard for modern churches to stay engaged in their communities, especially as the culture surrounding our society continues to change. Too often, churches retreat into their own bubble - interacting only with other churches and their own congregations, and leaving the communities in which they're located totally out in the cold.
Church leaders have a responsibility - a duty! - to share themselves and the word of God with those around them. And in this article, we'll take a look at 7 simple ways to do so.
1. Community Events
Lots of churches have events that are hosted on their grounds for their congregations - events such as 4th of July parties and other celebrations - but these events shouldn't just be for church members. Next time your church is having a celebration like a cookout or a party, consider opening it up to the rest of the community.
Post signs around the church neighborhood and tack up posters to telephone poles and shop windows. Post about the church event on Facebook and "share" it with friends - do whatever it takes to get the word out.
The church doesn't have to push an agenda at these events. You're not trying to convert community members - you're simply looking to show them how God acts through the church, and be an example of his grace.
You'll be surprised at the community reactions you'll see when you do so - being honest, open, and allowing all to come to your events can create quite a bit of good will, and spur some folks into learning more about your church, and your beliefs.[click to continue...]
Life is tough for the owners of nonprofits. There is always worry, fear, and questions - persistent questions. Can we get enough donations? Are we running our programs correctly? Why aren't we more prominent in the community?
It's always a struggle to raise awareness about your nonprofit. Even if you're doing great work in the community, it may be tough to show that to the rest of the world.
So if you're running a nonprofit and struggling to raise awareness about your business, mission, and cause, we've put together a list of the 6 ways that you can increase awareness about your nonprofit business, and enjoy the benefits of an enhanced community profile.
1. Make Use of Social Media
Social media is one of the single most powerful tools available to any company - and that includes the nonprofit community. Approximately 2.8 billion people use social media every day - up 21% from 2015, and 83% of all Americans have at least one social media account.
Do you have an old Twitter account that's collecting dust? A Facebook page that hasn't been updated in two years? Now is the time to make use of these pre-existing pages, and to get active on social media.
The best part about being active on social media is that it doesn't take a huge time commitment, as you don't have to create too much original content. You can post about what's going on in your organization, as well as share useful and interesting content with your subscribers.
For example, if you run a nonprofit based on counseling abused women, you could share some shocking statistics about domestic violence, or find some articles that discuss the impact of domestic violence on children. No matter your area of specialization, you're sure to find some great stuff to share that can engage your social media followers.
2. Leverage Your Website With Great Content
If you are a nonprofit organization, you have a website - that's a given. But are you using it to its full ability? If you're not hosting a blog or posting great content on your website, you're wasting one of the best platforms you have for raising awareness and growing your brand.
Creating great original content for your nonprofit website is a fantastic idea - by writing about things that are in your area of expertise, you can continue to promote your nonprofit as an expert in the field of its specialization, which helps raise awareness about your mission and your brand.
Content creation also allows you to increase your SEO profile, generate more traffic, and get around ad-blockers, among other benefits. Also, the content that you create on your website can be cross-posted on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, further promoting awareness of your nonprofit.[click to continue...]
If you live in the United States, spring has sprung, and summer is well on its way. And if you live on the east coast of the United States, that means hurricane season is almost here. Typically recognized as running from June 1 - November 30 in the United States, the peak of Atlantic hurricane season is usually around September 10th of each year.
Approximately 10 storms develop into "named storms" each year - these storms are seen as being significant enough to merit naming by the NOAA. Of these storms, around 6 become hurricanes each year, and around 2.5 become “major” hurricanes of category 3 or greater. Most of these hurricanes are relatively harmless and end up dispersing before doing significant damage.
But every once in awhile, weather conditions are perfect for creating devastating storms that swell in size, intensity, and speed. These storms represent a serious danger to both people and property, and usually require emergency evacuation procedures.
In order to give you an idea of the size, intensity, and damage caused by these storms, we'll take a look at the top 11 most powerful Atlantic hurricanes of all time, and how they have affected the United States over the years.
NOTE: As per NOAA guidelines, these storms have been arranged by pressure - from lowest to highest. While storms are often ranked by wind speed alone, the NOAA prefers to rank storms by pressure.
11. Hurricane Ivan (2004)
Hurricane Ivan was the ninth named storm and the sixth hurricane to occur during the relatively active 2004 hurricane season. The storm system began forming in early September, around the peak of oceanic activity for the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.
Hurricane Ivan began to form September 2, 2004, southwest of Cape Verde. The system began moving west, and began to strengthen gradually. It became classified as a tropical storm by September 3, 2004, and by September 5, it had reached hurricane status.
By September 9, winds in the hurricane had intensified to 160 mph, as it passed around Jamaica and headed westward towards the United States. Peak strength was reached on September 12, 2004, when the hurricane passed through the Yucatán Channel.
The storm then began to weaken slightly to category 4 strength before making landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States. In Louisiana and Mississippi, thousands of Americans were evacuated. In Florida, thousands of homes were destroyed, and multiple bridges were heavily damaged by the high winds of Hurricane Ivan.
According to the NOAA, Hurricane Ivan is the 6th costliest hurricane to make landfall in the United States, with damages at $22.8 billion, adjusted for inflation.
10. Hurricane "Cuba" (1924)
Measured before the NOAA began naming storms, Hurricane Cuba is the earliest hurricane to be classified as a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and its low pressure of 910 hPa places it at tenth on our list of the most intense Atlantic hurricanes.
This hurricane formed on October 141924 in the Caribbean, and began picking up steam as it moved in a northwesterly direction. By October 16, it had officially attained hurricane status.
By October 18, the hurricane had peaked at an intensity of 910 hPa, and sustained winds of over 165 mph. Almost immediately after the hurricane hit peak strength, it made contact with Cuba. To this day, it is the most powerful hurricane to have ever hit the country.
After moving past Cuba, the hurricane weakened quite a bit, reaching Florida with peak winds of around 90mph. Despite the catastrophic damage done to Cuba, Florida was relatively unaffected. There were no reported fatalities, though heavy rainfall occurred all throughout the state.[click to continue...]
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