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Keeping Your College Funded With Timely Tuition Payments

Automated Tuition Reminders

It is nice to think that your students and parents non-payment of tuition was just an oversight, with busy schedules causing them to forget that the tuition was due. Yet the reality is that it should not be acceptable for any educational institutional to have to wait until it is convenient for the parent to pay the expected tuition fees. 

The money collected for student tuition is used to cover all the costs related to educating children and young adults. Most likely already earmarked for expenses such as utility bills or new books, schools are dependent on those fees to stay in business and continue education programs. To ensure prompt payments try implementing policies and procedures that will help to keep the needs of your school at the forefront of the parents and students minds.

Be Firm

As much as you may want to be understanding of a families sudden financial troubles, the truth is everybody could tell a true tale of financial woe if they wanted to. As a college administrator you need to be firm and expect payments on time. As much as you want to be flexible, allowing one parent or student to be late could open the flood gates for requests of extensions. 

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Small Business Solutions Using Voice Broadcasting

Just a heads that it is important as a business to follow all the FCC and your state laws regarding sending automated phone calls or texts. You need to make sure your customers have opted in to receive any kind of message from you, and never send any kind of unsolicited message. For texting you can have your customers opt-in to a list via text message, for example text COMPANY NAME to 80123 (our short code), which will opt them in to receive alerts from you. For phone calls you need expressed written consent from them agreeing to receive your messages.

In order to survive in the small business world owners have to be quick on their feet to think outside of the box. Competition is fierce and in order to retain your customer base you have to be able to offer them something that nobody else, or at least not as well. One example of this is developing an over the top customer service experience that is friendly and informative, yet non-invasive and an excellent way to do that is with a voice broadcasting service.

Every imaginable type of small business should be communicating with their clients and customers. From service based industries like hair salons and HVAC companies to retailers both online and face to face, active communication will help keep you at the forefront of their minds. Look at a few ways different small businesses can use automated calling to retain strong ties with their consumers.

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Putting a Stop to the School Bully

Stop Bullying

Being bullied at school is a threat to a child’s mental and physical health as well as their self-esteem and ability to learn. Their sense of security is threatened as one of the few places where they are supposed to feel safe is now fraught with fear and anxiety. In order to turn this around, children who are the victims of a bully need be able to regain some control over their life.

In the last few years, school bullying has turned from stealing someone’s lunch money, to harmful physical violence. This escalation in the severity of bullying calls for drastic measures on the part of school officials, police officers and parents.

The problem that officials and parents are facing is the reluctance of children to report a bully. It is suggested that this is due to a lack of confidence that the adult will intervene on the victims behalf.  Other reasons cited for not reporting a bully included:

  • A fear of retaliation, not just by the bully, but by his or her circle of friends
  • Shame at their inability to protect themselves
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Cutting Company Costs With Employee Notifications

Employee Notifications

It makes no difference the size of your company, big or small you need a way to stay connected to your employees. Every industry imaginable from restaurants to manufacturing plants can benefit from a reliable method of keeping employees informed. Consistent communication is the cornerstone to building strong employee relationships.

All businesses rely on communication to operate. Employees need to be informed of key changes in procedures, shift adjustments, and closings in the event of an emergency. A business owner can cut his costs while at the same time improving his employee communications by signing up with a mass notification service.

Every successful business man or woman will tell you that time is money, and when you need to relay an important message to a large group of employees it can take time. Looking for phone numbers or planning meetings wastes precious resources that could be better spent building your business. When you use DialMyCalls to relay those messages, the time you spend talking to one employee will be the same as talking to hundreds or thousands.

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Understanding E-Rate Discounts and How Your School May Benefit

E-Rate Discounts

Since 1998 E-Rate has been ensuring that every school-aged child is getting the full benefit of having internet access inside of their schools.

What are E-Rate Discounts?

E-Rate was developed by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, in 1997 as a way of providing internet access and other modern communication technology to libraries and schools across the nation. Each year $2.25 billion is spent to ensure that every American has the benefit of new information technology. 

The E-Rate is able to accomplish this by providing discounts of up to 90% on the tools needed to set up telecommunications and internet access inside schools and libraries.

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Second Annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest Is Now Live!

Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest

We are pleased to announce that our second annual Tweet For Success Scholarship Contest is now live – college students will have a chance at winning one of four (4) $500 scholarships.

Last year when we decided to offer a college scholarship we had no idea that it would be as popular as it was. Over 11,000 students submitted an entry that explained, in 140 character or less, how advances in technology have helped improve the education system – four winners were picked and each received a $500 scholarship to put towards the 2013 Fall semester.

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