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Last month $50 amazon certificate winners

by SK Dutta 16. July 2012 21:15

Last month (Jun 16, 2012 to Jul 15, 2012) we solicited feedback from you and you have given us some great feedbacks. The $50 amazon certificate winner are:

    Michael Monica from Greznet
    Melissa Bartels from Sailfish Boats
    Mike Morgan from ROS
    Noelani Berkholtz from BookIt.com

We would take this opportunity to thank everyone else who has given any feedback during this period.

Next month (between July 16 - Aug 15) will give out 4 amazon.com certificate for $50 for your feedback.

You can send feedback via Email or via LinkedIn Group

Thank you for your feedback. You make OfficeClip better!

 

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Send Invoices to your Customers using OfficeClip

by SK Dutta 27. October 2010 13:16

OfficeClip now has a new application for invoicing customers. There is no need to export or synchronize your accounting system information with OfficeClip. You can directly invoice customers from within OfficeClip.

This feature will be useful for our service oriented users who does their Contact Management, Account Management or Web Timesheet using OfficeClip. It is available as an add-on to OfficeClip Web TimeSheet and Contact Management module.

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OfficeClip Release 8.2.1

by Admin 5. November 2009 14:11

  Many of you have requested enhancement via OfficeClip Forum . In this release we have implemented of most of them.

  • Dashboard Enhancements
  • FREE 2 licenses for existing users
  • Improvements in the Reporting Module
  • Earn by Referring OfficeClip
  • Implementation of Expense Synchronization

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DCAA compliance requirements for Timesheet

by Admin 5. October 2009 13:10

All Employees (and consultants) of Government Contractors must comply with the DCAA (Defense Contract Audit Agency) regulations and Federal Accounting Regulations (FAR). Failure to comply with such rules may result in penalties and lose government contracts.

DCAA requirements are about implementing procedures for timekeeping (and accounting) in the organization to ensure prevention of fraudulent billing to the government. Note that this means that the submitted timesheets become legal documents of the company.

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LinkedIn for Your Small Business

by Admin 14. July 2009 10:07

This will be the first part in a series on how to use LinkedIn for your business. We have been using LinkedIn here at OfficeClip to build brand awareness and create an online presence, as well as establish each of us individually as experts in the areas we work (such as marketing, software, development, etc.). There are several ways in which businesses can achieve these (and I must stress that it takes time and effort) and I am going to talk about a few briefly here as an introduction. Follow-up articles will discuss some of these techniques in more detail.

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Tech Skills for the Next 5 Years

by Admin 6. July 2009 09:07

Global Knowledge gives 10 technology skills you should acquire over the next 5 years. Some of them may be long gone before that so I will discuss a few that are relevant and will more than likely remain so for awhile at least.

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SEO for Small Businesses

by Admin 26. June 2009 15:06

I watched a webinar from Hubspot today, presented by VP of Inbound Marketing Mark Volpe, that covered ways small businesses can can market and promote their business besides Google PPC Ads. The presentation covered things like blogging and publishing articles, videos and podcasts as well as Search Engine Optimization. Mark broke the process of optimization of the small business website into two main parts: On Page and Off Page SEO.

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Can Bing be the Next Great Thing?

by Admin 12. June 2009 13:06

I just wanted to write a little something about Microsoft's newest adventure. Also, we ourselves are considering advertising on Bing, so I though I'd share some of our research in case others are thinking of putting some ads there.

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Companies Turn to Web Software in Recession

by Admin 20. May 2009 15:05

As the recession continues on, many companies are looking for more beneficial ways to manage projects, employees and customers while saving some money at the same time. One way of doing this is through collaboration tools such as web based software. A new Forrester Research survery states that 70% of firms may adopt some form of collaboration tool in the next 12 months. Forrester analyst T.J Kiett says:

The tough economy is forcing companies to restrict travel while keeping distributed teams in touch. In addition, changes in the composition of the workforce mean enterprises must find ways to capture the knowledge of retiring Baby Boomers and provide Gen Yers with their favored tools to work efficiently.

Web management software, like OfficeClip, is a great solution to the current reductions in travel that businesses are doing, as it allows users to have access from anywhere and supports contractors and partners as well. Once businesses begin using collaborative web software, it will more than likely remain an integral part of their customer and employee management strategy even after the recession ends.

Online project management software such as timesheets, contact manager  and issue tracking can also be purchased on a pay-as-you-go basis for hosted versions. According to Meridith Levinson of CIO.com, these tools will not require companies to make a large inital investment so the risk and the cost are less than if they were installing the web software on their own servers. Both types, hosted and installed, are still much more cost effective than traditional software, as they are online and collaborative, providing great flexibility and ease of use.

We all hope the recession ends soon, but there are ways to improve your business without spending a fortune and collaborative web software is one of those ways!

Building an Online Community: Part 2

by Admin 7. May 2009 09:05
Our first post in this 2-part series talked about the use of forums in buidling an online community for your current and prospective customers. In this post, I will discuss how a blog, together with a forum, can be great resources for small businesses and serve your customers better.

 

Blogs can be used to build relationships with customers, as well as help you in product development by sharing new features and welcoming ideas and feedback from the readers. Blogging can also be used for viral marketing, as the posts can create a number of responses from other bloggers, bringing traffic to your blog and improving your SEO.

 

Blogs can help you improve your operations and this is where running a forum parallel to a blog can really benefit your customers. Blogs and forums can both give support to customers; blogs through the article format and forums more through a question and answer(s) format.

 

Although all the above are true benefits your company can experience from blogging, perhaps the biggest one is the ability to create brand awareness and set yourself apart from your competitors. At OfficeClip, we have chosen to use our blog to help other small businesses become more efficient. We do this by sharing tips on marketing and advertising techniques, technologies and strategies, and by explaining the benefits of our timesheet software, web contact manager and issue tracker.

 

Blogging is a way for us to share what we know and what we struggle with, so that we can help our current and prospective customers. Hopefully, they'll leave comments and suggestions for us too!

 

As far as platforms for blogs, we use www.wordpress.org and this is probably better for a business than www.wordpress.com because we have more control over things like widgets, adding features, changing the design, etc. to fit our specific needs. Also, we get to have our own domain name, which is very important for SEO.

 

Online communities connect us to our customers in ways that most could not have even imagined a few years ago. Building one by being transparent, honest and creative can help you establish your company on the web.

Building an Online Community: Part 1

by Admin 27. April 2009 10:04

This is the first part of a two-part series; we are now focusing on forums and the second will focus on how blogs can help small businesses to build an online community.

So far we have been serving our customers and prospects using direct email, phone and our product knowledge base. We have known for awhile that we wanted to implement a forum, where our OfficeClip customers could discuss their own findings with the software, such as easier ways to use web timesheet or web contact manager, how to set up issue tracker, etc. In effect, we want to create a community for our users so they have some place to go to find answers. This will make their satisfaction with our product even better and allow us to easily look to the conversations to see what we are doing well and where we need to improve. Additionally, prospective OfficeClip users can look to the forum to gather their preliminary information and talk with current users about their experience. This does put pressure on us though, because we want the word-of-mouth comments to be positive!

Our next step was to find a forum for us to implement. While researching for an online support forum, we found that there are many inexpensive and open source forum products out there. To my surprise the free and open source are almost as good as the paid ones.

We selected the YAF (Yet Another Forum) to implement our support forum. The advantage of being open source is that we could make some minor tweaks to the source code to make it work exactly like what we want.

When using open source, it is important to remember that developers of these open source programs need to be supported through donations (many of them have donation links on their website) or contributing to the open source product (if you are a developer and want to add more features to the product).

Please visit our OfficeClip Forum, let us know what you think and let us know if forums are working for your business. And if you like our community and want more discussions, follow us on Twitter, too!

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Reminder: Humans visit your site

by Admin 23. April 2009 15:04

Yes, we all want to be #1 in Google for every single keyword. Well, that's unlikely to happen, but we can still try to do our best. According to Brafton, most of the time, this means through SEO content in which people will write keywords...and keywords...and yet more...you guessed it, keywords. But what are those keywords really saying to your human readers?

For example, we may have  web timesheet software used many times in our content, but we also have to explain what our timesheet software is and how it  can benefit the visitor's business. If the content is largely written to completely accommodate keywords, the descriptions of your products and why the visitor to your site needs or wants them will be lost.

So maybe you end up #1 in Google and everyone comes to your site...but if you fail to communicate what it is your selling, chances are you won't sell it. What's the point of being #1 in Google if it doesn't translate to sales?

Bottom line, you have to write your content for the robots and for humans. Don't forget the humans.

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It Continues to Look Bleak for Newspapers

by Admin 16. April 2009 10:04

This post will be a follow up to my previous post, Would you Pay for Your Online News?, which examined what will happen to newspapers as advertisers leave in drives due to the recession and more people switch to reading online for free.

There was a very interesting post in the NYTimes about "hyperlocal" web sites and blogs that are bringing community news to the community as the major papers are cutting back on this news. These "hyperlocal" online sites are filled with links to news articles and posts from local bloggers, data feeds from city government, crime reports, restaurant openings and specials, locations for road construction and traffic, etc.

The biggest question is how these sites will make money and the answer appears to be advertising, although in a different form, and this is where the innovation of this idea could become a huge business. “When you slice further and further down, you get smaller and smaller audiences,” said Greg Sterling, an analyst who has followed the hyperlocal market for a decade. “Advertisers want that kind of targeting, but they also want to reach more people, so there’s a paradox.” 

However, he means large advertisers. But what about small ones? Numerous small businesses have never put ads online before and their estimated worth by 2013, according to Peter Krasilovsky, is $32 billion. Let's have an example.

We at OfficeClip are a small company located in Atlanta (Norcross, specifically). At present, we advertise online but not too much locally besides listings. Now let's say there is some very local news on this "hyperlocal" website about the police department nearby or a local chain restaurant adopting a new software or technological device to make their business run better, etc. That would be a great place for us to put an ad for our web timesheet software or web contact manager software. We might not reach as many people as we do with Google, but it probably would not be as expensive either. Also, there is a dedication that small businesses have to other local small businesses. This would enable them to know about one another more easily.

In all, this is probably bad for the newspapers, since they did not come up with it, but these "hyperlocal" sites still get information from them so they need to get advertisers quick in case their main artery newspaper fails. I still think this is a great idea and could really benefit local companies willing to participate!

A Discussion on Geo-Targeting

by Admin 26. March 2009 10:03

Some conversations have come up here at OfficeClip regarding reaching local businesses. Since we are located in Atlanta, GA, we are keenly aware of how many great opportunities there could be to reach out to other companies to offer our product or simply share ideas.The web is massive and sometimes  leads and sales can come from companies that want to or are willing to support other small businesses in their community.

Geo-targeting is what it's called when you do this with ad campaigns. I am not sure what it's called when it's a focus for social networking, like Twitter and Facebook...but I will lump it together for now.

My last post kind of hinted that Google has its faults (gasp!) and in this post, I am planning to return to that idea with this article, by Brian Carter of Fuel Interactive-a marketing agency in Myrtle Beach, SC and also offer some of my own thoughts on geo-targeting.

Mr. Carter's article focuses on experiences he has had with Google Adwords and his geo-targeted campaigns. He gives the following example:

"Say I want to serve ads about Myrtle Beach Hotels only to people in North Carolina – I’m creating a campaign specifically for North Carolinians with ads about a gas credit to save money on the drive down to Myrtle Beach. With AdWords’ current set-up and the query parsing exception, if someone in California searches for one of my keywords, like “myrtle beach hotels”, AdWords may still show them that ad. This happens despite the fact that the ad is for a gas credit that no one in California would ever use. Ridiculous. "

And I will have to agree with him here. Ridiculous. He goes on to further express some things I occasionally think when using Google:

"If I’m smart enough (or have good data from my analytics) to geotarget more specifically for better results or for specific campaign goals, I should be able to do so. Google either thinks their algorithm is smarter – and clearly it’s not - or they care more about making money than about helping me reach my advertising goals, or this is an antiquated approach they need to update. "

Things are tough out there right now and from what I've been hearing on Twitter and in some LinkedIn groups, people seem very committed to helping out their local businesses. Geo-targeting lets us try to get in touch with one another. If I want everyone to see my ads, I will create a campaign for the whole USA. But if I also want to target the Atlanta metro area, to see if any businesses here need web timesheet software or a web contact manager, I will want to create a campaign to geo-target this area for OfficeClip. Why does Google Adwords get to decide differently? Isn't it our money and our data? This is, for me, certainly an example that Google is too big and has too much control.

On another note, we have not implemented geo-targeting here at OfficeClip as of yet, but we are interested and engaged in our research. Any advice or comments...please post 'em as we would love to read 'em!

Telecommuting: Planning it Right

by Admin 17. February 2009 12:02

Although gasoline prices have fallen drastically in the last few, the economy has gotten far worse. Those still employed are looking for any way possible to save money and are putting in more and more hours at work. Now, with online software like OfficeClip, workers can log in from any computer with an internet connection and manage their contacts and issues, and submit their timesheets. This means telecommuting has never been easier or more efficient.

 

Benefits and Risks


IBM estimates that teleworking can help improve worker productivity by about 20%, while reducing stress, cutting commute time and giving workers a better work/life balance. This is great news for employers and employees alike. While this seems like a good way to make workplace improvements in the current economy, a workable solution must address remote access needs of teleworkers and handle the security risks this can bring. It is important to realize that without proper security in place, an organization's sensitive information can be exposed to outsiders.

Additionally, there are risks of viruses which can be transferred from an infected device to other computers on your network and of hackers who could effectively destroy much or all of your important data and information.

None of this has to be a reason to abandon telecommuting.  There are solutions out there, such as SonicWALL, which delivers real-time security that can fit into the most demanding network infrastructures. Solutions like these ensure that employees can telecommute without risking any company information or exposing the networks to viruses or hackers.

Tell us how you are using telecommuting in your company by leaving us a comment.

 

Big Brother Technology or Smart Advertising?

by Admin 4. February 2009 09:02

I am always on the lookout for new technologies, especially when it comes to marketing. When I discovered that tracking systems are being developed for use in video screens in shopping destinations, I was very surprised.

The technology is in limited use right now, but according to the New York Times, small cameras can be embedded in screens or hidden around them, tracking who looks at the screen and for how long. The software can determine the viewer's gender and approximate age range and can change ads accordingly. So if the screen determines you're a middle-aged female, the ad will change from lawnmowers to anti-aging cream.

I am unsure how I feel about this. I do marketing here at OfficeClip and I use the web contact manager to manage customers, accounts, etc. in addition to other ways to track potential and exisiting customers. Does something like this go too far? It seems a bit "Big Brother" to me, but on the other side, I can see how companies could really use this kind of information to provide targeted ads  to shoppers.

Would you use something like this as part of your marketing strategy? Would you be ok with this being used in your favorite shopping spots? Share your thoughts.

Tech-Users Go Low-Cost

by Admin 30. January 2009 09:01

With everyone pinching pennies these days, it's no real surprise that people are opting for cheaper versions of, well, just about everything. The technology industry has shown it's not immune, either. With so many low cost or free alternatives to expensive gadgets and softwares, it comes as no surprise that these alternatives are being snapped up in the current slow economy.

According to the New York Times, there are some bright(er) spots if you are in the business of low cost technology, such as the $200 Netbooks or inexpensive software that users still need.  Recessions “can cause people to think more about the effective use of their assets,” said Craig R. Barrett, the retiring chairman of Intel. “In the good times, you can get...not focused as much on efficiency. In bad times, you’re forced to see if there is a technology” that will help.

This seems especially true for companies that want to be more productive during the recession and save as much money as possible. Affordable management software, like OfficeClip, can be great value for money. Web Contact Manager, Web Timesheet and Web Issue Tracking can all help businesses to reduce waste, improve accountability and become more organized.

What are some ways you are saving money in the technology industry? Leave us a comment and share your ideas.

New OfficeClip Release and Enhancements

by Admin 1. December 2008 19:12

We have been working hard on various improvements and we are excited to introduce some great new features!

MS RDLC Dynamic Reports


With our OfficeClip 7.7.4 release on November 23, 2008, we have made several enhancements to the software. OfficeClip now has Beta Microsoft RDLC Dynamic reports. We have added these Microsoft reports instead of the Crystal reports and are confident that they will be more effective and appropriate in meeting the needs of OfficeClip users. They also give users the ability to add their own custom reports within the Web Timesheet and Expense, Web Issue Tracker and Web Contact Manager applications.


New Online Help Files


Another enhancement that has been in the works for some time is our online help files. We have done extensive work on updating these files to accurately reflect the software and guide both new and existing users through the many features of our software. We aimed to have the online help files do more than simply show "how" to make new web timesheets, color-code issues, create email campaigns, etc. We wanted them to also demonstrate "why" these various features and functions will help our users and how best to take advantage of all parts of the software to get the most benefit. The online help files can be especially helpful if you are in the process of evaluating our software, as they will guide through not only the setup of OfficeClip software, but also show you the varying levels of functionality and efficiency that the software can bring to your organization.


New Backup and Restore Tool


A new backup and restore tool is provided with the current version that will allow you to do your database and configuration file backups unattended. To access this tool, go to the Start Menu -> All Programs -> OfficeClip


Check Out Our New Video!


We also made a video of our software! So if you are new to OfficeClip and want to see how your business can benefit from web based management software such as
Introduction to OfficeClip

online timesheets
, web contact management, document sharing, etc. then take a look at our short (we promise!) video:


Last But Not Least...


Finally, we wanted to say how excited we are that Whataburger is using OfficeClip for their online business needs. We look forward to providing them with web based solutions now and into the future. Excited about any of these new features or want to see something else? Give us feedback or post a comment below!

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New Editions and Pricing for OfficeClip

by Admin 14. October 2008 17:10

Many business are feeling the effects of the economy right now and we wanted to help our potential and exisiting customers by introducing a new pricing structure for OfficeClip, as well as some new price reductions for our software. Its still necessary for businesses to be able to grow, organize and become more efficient, so we have put together three editions of OfficeClip, with the aim of meeting the various needs of all our customers.


Team Edition (Free)
- This free edition is for two users and we are aiming it at customers who want to first evaluate OfficeClip before buying and for developers. This edition can be used for an unlimited amount of time, allowing plenty of time for evalutation and for developers to try it out extensively. Team edition can be hosted or installed.


Professional Edition
- You can purchase Web Contact Manager, Web Timesheet and Expense, Web Issue Tracker and Web Collaboration separately or you can get them all together in the Premium Suite. Professional Edition can be either hosted or installed and is for anywhere between 3-200 users.  We have reduced the prices by 20%, please visit our pricing page for more information.


Unlimited Edition
- This edition is for organizations with over 200 users and is only available in the installable version. By purchasing the Unlimited Editions, there are no limits on the number of users, all applications (Web Timesheet, Web Contact Manager, Issue Tracker and Web Collaboration) are given and the source code is available. Please contact us for a quote on this edition.


Whether you are 2 users, 50 users or 1000 users; need only web based timesheet software or all applications; want to install or use the hosted versions-we are confident that we have the solution for your business.

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Get the most from OfficeClip: Login from your mobile!

by Admin 6. October 2008 12:10

This is a really handy feature of OfficeClip. Log in to OfficeClip from your mobile phone and access all your contacts, notes, tasks, appointments, etc. from anywhere you happen to be! This allows you to be even more flexible because you don't need to be on a computer. You could be in a taxi, on a train or having a coffee and be able to get all your OfficeClip information, such as Contacts, easily from your phone.

OfficeClip was created using the Microsoft .Net framework®, giving it flexible configuration and implementation on numerous web client devices, such as web browsers, Palm® devices, and web-enabled mobile phones. To access your OfficeClip contacts from your Web Contact Manager, and other applications, simply visit www.officeclip.mobi to login to your OfficeClip account. Couldn't be easier!!

Another great feature of OfficeClip is the ability to send SMS messages. Within every member's information, there is a place to add a mobile number and then you can manage the SMS. This gives you the ability to either disable the SMS entirely or to specify what type of SMS messaging you would like to receive. To send an SMS to someone, just click the link beside their mobile number. Remind a team member about a meeting, send an update on a web timesheet report or share information about an account in Web Contact Manager  all from within OfficeClip! This is a an easy, efficient and very quick way to communicate with your colleagues, whether they are in the office, out to lunch or traveling for work.

If you enjoy these features, or have questions, we encourage you to leave comments for us and for other readers!

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