Need an App For That? How Bloggers Can Reach Smart Phone Users

To look at websites for some of the largest online news sources (The New York Times and The Huffington Post come to mind), you’ll notice the enhanced blog format is fast becoming the CMS of choice for those who need to distribute items of interest quickly. It makes sense, for blog content is more apt to be picked up in a timely manner by search engines, and as one checks social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter you’ll find the majority of links shared go to some kind of weblog. The rise in smart phone usage, too, stands to increase readers and subscribers for blogs – if you maintain a blog and seek a stronger following, you may wish to consider making it easier for people to find you by creating an app for quick access.

Of course, if you don’t have the budget of a Huffington Post or New York Times to hire a developer to create something spiffy for you, you may be relieved to know there is a less expensive solution, provided you are willing to accept the restrictions required of each of the low-cost app developers and wizards working to cash in on the app craze.

Before you do sign off on that iPhone or Android application, however, you’ll want to take some time to consider if you truly need such a thing. Think about your blog and what you write and post: how broad or how narrow is your target audience? Do you have an established subscriber base you track from the blog statistics or through analytics like Feedburner? Do you believe you will see a healthy ROI in terms of new readership, monetary compensation from AdSense or other affiliations, or sales of products and services you promote?

Most importantly, do you really think anybody would download your app?

If you are fairly confident your blog can develop a smart phone following, and you have a few hundred dollars to spare, the next step is to research the quick-fix app developers for the right fit. Many of these companies typically develop the application using the feeds you provide from blogs, YouTube accounts, Twitter accounts and other RSS from sites or social networks. Here is a short run down of some of the most hyped developers for small budget projects.

BlogApper – This developers works mainly to produce native iPhone applications (readers can browse content whether or not they are online). Bloggers have two pricing options: pay $25 a month for continued service or pay a flat fee of $179 for a one-time production. BlogApper will take the RSS of your blog and allow you to customize with graphics before it’s submitted to the iTunes store for review.

AppMakr – What is nice about this developer is that their site allows you to see beforehand what your blog will look like as a phone app. With AppMakr you can customize your app to include blog RSS, Twitter, podcast RSS, and even iTunes feeds. Pricing options are $199 for basic services that require the AppMakr logo or $499 for publishing under your own brand.

iSites – A significantly cheaper option, iSites will produce an app for $25 which will incorporate several feeds into one application (not bad if you have a podcast or several blogs under one banner). For $99 a year you can integrate your app with a mobile advertising account like AdMob and monetize it.

As more companies turn to establishing their brand via smart phone exposure, it’s likely to see more companies spring up in the near future. If you plan to reach readers through mobile browsing, take care to investigate every app maker you consider before making the investment. Once readers subscribe, then comes the challenge of keeping your app on their phones.

Non Phone Jobs – Not a Dream Anymore!

When I started looking for a work from home job, I wanted to do something where I would not need to be on phone. While searching for such a job, I realized I was not alone. There are many people looking specifically for non phone jobs, because they have young children or noisy pets or simply do not like typical work from home jobs like customer service or telemarketing. Few years back it was not easy to find such a job unless you were a trained web programmer, web designer or graphic designer. Today, you can find lot of non phone jobs that don’t need such high level of IT skills.

Internet Research: If you own a computer with internet connection, you have definitely done this. I am sure you have used Google or Yahoo search engines to research, be it to find a good deal on a digital camera or how to clear up your baby’s diaper rash. You can put the same talent to work for you. Companies like ChaCha and kgb hire internet researchers to answer questions coming in from customers though text or voice messages. Small business owners too will hire people to do internet research for them as a one time project or on as needed basis.

Writing: I know it takes a lot of talent to churn up a great work of fiction but everyone can write reasonably well in their area of expertise. Lot of websites like ehow.com, AssociatedContent.com and Examiner.com accept well written articles and you do not need a journalism or language degree to get accepted as a writer for them. They do not pay per article but will pay based on performance or ad revenue that your article generates.

Blogging: Blogging is a great way to sharpen your writing skills. The best thing about blogging is you can write about anything and everything under the sun and it doesn’t have to cost you a cent. You can get a free blog and start blogging. Once you start getting a decent amount of traffic and blog regularly, you can get paid to blog. Many companies will pay you to write a post about their product or service on your blog. It is called paid posting or sponsored posting. You can also generate revenue by adding contextual ads; participate in affiliate marketing or selling ad space. You will, of course have to work on getting traffic to your blog before you see some income from your blog. It just takes a little bit of time and effort and it is really easy.

Forum Posting: It takes time to build a community. A forum which is just starting out needs help from posters to keep the conversations flowing. It takes time and lot of advertising to build a community where the posts keep coming everyday in various topics. To fast track this process, a lot of forums are now looking for paid posters. A paid forum poster is required to have good language skills, ability to write to the point and relevant to the topic and a commitment to writing a minimum number of posts

Virtual Assistance: Virtual Assistance is another growing work at home field. If you have experience working in administrative area, you can start your own virtual assistance business. Small business owners many times look for assistance in completing small tasks for them without having to hire a full time employee. Skills required are knowledge of Office Productivity software like MS word, Excel, letter writing, researching, reporting, creating presentations, maintaining calender and data entry.

Photography: Yes, you can earn with photography while working from home. You need to have good photography skills, digital camera, a good eye and knowledge of what sells in stock photography. Websites like Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Bigstockphoto sell royalty free photos and accept submissions from amateur photographers.

There are also non phone job opportunities in the fields of Bookkeeping/Accounting, Transcription, Data Entry, Proofreading and online tutoring. The world of non phone jobs is just opening up and I firmly believe it is possible to make a full time income from non phone jobs. Like it is outside of home, it does take a lot of patience, perseverance, hope and hard work to land the perfect dream job.

Pho-Mo-V Blogging – Shout Out Your Way

It’s actually not hard to sort out the various types of blogs you can publish today even after you’ve mixed your nouns (blog) with your verbs (blogging).

Pho – a photo blog or phlogging = includes photos
Mo – a mobile blog or moblogging = involves a cell phone, PDA, etc.
V – a video blog or vlogging = includes video

Where it gets a lot more complicated is in figuring out how to do them, especially given the variety of tools out there that will help you do any one of them…and the keyword here is “one.” We’ll come back to that. But first, here’s a better definition of what each is right now and may soon become.

Phlogging

Photoblogs are blogs with photos that tell their stories, on the most professional side, and family albums of random pictures on the most casual side. There is very little, or no text, that accompanies these photos as a rule. The serious ones, maintained by professional photographers who are still gnashing their teeth at the image resolution restrictions of the Internet, can still be appreciated as art despite all their pixel imperfections. They live a far cry away from the arms crossed, pouty faced, up your nose shots that litter every teen My Space blog there is.

Moblogging

Moblogging refers on one level, to posting blogs from a mobile device. Blogging itself began as a way of mobily reporting world events over the Internet. Back then it was done with laptops. Today, it’s done through mobile phones and their Internet connections. While it makes my thumbs ache just to think of creating a whole post on a mobile phone keypad, I suspect this term will also soon come to encompass much more.

Soon it may also refer to blogs created to be read on mobile phones. Mobi domains have been preregistered in the thousands, and we are seeing several large companies beginning to establish serious mobile sites designed to sell impulse purchase products. The mobile phone screen is a perfect advertising venue for a restaurant, especially if they can offer a speed dial number to see if there would be immediate seating for the guy calling from the sidewald out front.

Vlogging

Vlogging refers to a video blog, or a blog made up of video posts. There are a few of them out there, but they have typically lacked a large viewership because of bandwidth constraints or download times. Some sites that house a large number of videos might be organized on the blog platform. A site devoted to training on a particular subject may be organized as a blog with each “post” being made up of a different video lesson. But that isn’t real “blogging” as it is defined as an ongoing conversation.

Specialized streaming media tools

At the start of this article, I said there were lots of companies crowding in to the blogging and social networking space. There are plenty of products that will let you create a photoblog, or add your audio or video to your blog as long as it’s in the one format (flash or Quicktime or iPod or H264, etc.) they support. Anyone can find something that will help them quickly build a photoblog, OR convert an wav file into an MP3, OR an avi. file into a flv. if you try enough keywords and do enough searches.

Sorry, but I, for one, just don’t have time for that anymore. I’m running a business online, and have enough to do just keeping up with my own area of expertise. I don’t have time to continually learn new programming languages and interfaces just to be able to talk to my customers. What’s most important here is what’s always been most important; providing what my audience needs in the forms and formats they can use.

If I had to learn separate programs for creating each kind of media, and then separate platforms for distributing each media I too would be missing far too many chances to meet my audience when, where and how they want to be met. I would also be wasting other opportunities because I wouldn’t be able to use the right media for that place and that moment.

I might have a award winning text brochure or a video infomercial that boasts a hefty 25% conversion rate in one market niche. However, if I decide to target long haul truck drivers, I’d need to be able to deliver my message in an audio format as well, preferably on a CD, or in a podcast delivered via Internet radio.

I’m a huge fan of simple, and I actually do have a single tool that I use that helps me do that. I can create, store, deliver and precisely tailor the format of any media, all in one place, with just the click of a button. It lets me concentrate on the message itself, not on my delivery means I can do whatever I need to do to get my message out there.

Except for that thumbs thing. I don’t think I’ll ever be good and fast enough to text a post from my phone.

Win the Interview

Some people think that preparing for a job interview is fairly simple. Once you get the call to come in for one you essentially have the job unless you blow the interview. This is not to disrespect Walmart or McDonald’s but unless you are applying for a company like that, the interview process is not easy at all. In fact, getting the interview more times than not is easier than the actual interview itself. This pillar post is going to be for my viewers that are looking for a full-time job and hopefully it’s a highly looked at company.

The first step is having a great resume. There are plenty of good examples on the internet for samples but those are also mixed in with bad ones. Some keys things that you want in your resume are; having as many numbers as possible. It’s much more eye opening for an employer to see you raised over $10,000 in revenue during your 8 week internship than saying you raised a lot of money. Another thing is to make sure the formatting is done correctly. Make sure that everything lines up nicely and that you stay consistent on your word usage such as tenses. Also make sure to use a different starting word for the description of your prior positions. Then there are the more basic things such as make sure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes because that can instantly lose you an interview chance. LinkedIn is similar to your resume but where your resume should only include your most important and relevant things since it should only be a single full page, your LinkedIn page should include everything you’ve done. It should be a page that an employer can visit and see where you went to school, what you did there, how you did there, strengths, weaknesses, and any jobs you had up to this point.

Now if a company has asked you to come in for an interview, this is where you start researching that company. Everyone has many strengths and weaknesses, but this is where you need to see the companies values and what not and tie your best strengths to those values. It’s also where if you have a weakness of time management and their biggest thing is to have great time management, that’s a weakness you shouldn’t bring up. This next part isn’t always possible but now a days companies will let you know who you are interviewing with or it is the HR recruiter who told you that you have an interview. This is where you should look up the interviewer on LinkedIn, connect with them and learn some things about them. That way you can ask them questions more directed at them at the end of the interview. You should also ask your recruiter what specific position you are interviewing for so that you can plan accordingly for that one. Now it’s time for the dress code during an interview. Almost every job will want you to come in dressed business professional.

Even if they don’t say it, a common saying in business is that it is better to be overdressed than under dressed. For those who don’t know, business professional is a suit collared button down shirt with a suit jacket that matches the dress pants and a tie. I understand you might not already have a suit or that you don’t have the money to buy one. Some companies might understand and in that case you can just come in business casual which is business professional but without the suit jacket. If the company insists you be business professional which is understandable as you might need a suit during your job, such as if you’re visiting a client or on a company dinner. Then a possible substitute is to get one from Goodwill as they usually have an okay selection of them and can actually still be in pretty good condition. This is of course like a flat tire where it should only last you until you have the money to replace it with a real suit.

Now before the interview you should know exactly where the interview is happening at and any more specifics like if it’s in a specific room. If you are supposed to arrive at 10:00AM, leave so that you get there anytime from 8:00AM – 9:00AM. This will leave you plenty of time in case you get stuck in traffic, lost, or need to stop for something. The great part about getting there early is that you can continue to practice for the interview. One way of practicing is by looking up common asked interview questions so that you can be more confident going into the interview.

Now during the interview you’re going to want to shake every persons hand in the room whether there are two people or twenty. With the handshake make sure to have a firm grasp and go directly in, not from an upper angle or lower angle. Seems petty but some people think if you are coming in for the handshake from an upper angle, it’s you trying to show dominance. When shaking hands make sure to look the person in the eyes and introduce yourself. Then when you begin your interview make sure to calm yourself down. This will help you not to ramble on answers and or forget answers. If the interviewer asks a tough question, you don’t have to respond right away. Ask them if you can take a second to think about the answer. Most interviewers will like that you are willing to think first instead of going right into the answer. After the interview, the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. NEVER SAY NO! That can ruin your entire interview because most interviewers are waiting for questions and asking none can leave them with a bad taste in their mouth. Make sure to have 2-3 pre-planned questions and then try to think of 2-3 questions during the interview. That way you can easily ask three or four questions. After you’re done with questions make sure to shake everyone’s hand again and thank them for their time. If you do all of these things correctly, there shouldn’t be a single employer who won’t hire you.

All Important of Business Card

Graphic Design for Small Businesses and organizations isn’t only offering a product or service and having cash in on it. Once you start a small business, there are several features, which have to have a personal and professional focus. One of those is promoting your brand. There are a few things too, which form the foundation of promoting and one of those is the business card. The principle function of promoting is to attract the target market. When accomplished in the correct way, it can yield wonderful results. Marketing experts and graphic designers, who specialize in graphic design for small businesses, have the knowledge and experience to attract your specific client or buyer through distinct marketing and promotional tactics. A business card (or minute card) should have every piece of information essential for someone to interact and conduct business with your company or organization. There are many styles of cards, and in fact, it is necessary to decide on the appropriate style for your firm. This is why hiring a professional whom specializes in graphic design for small businesses is so important.

The product or service themselves won’t always draw in buyers or clients when shown to individuals in a prepared way. To get to the customers who will use, buy or interact with your company, one of several methods used in promoting is choosing the right business card. A card with the very best graphics, typography and layout that connect emotionally with your perspective client is the key. Every single color and color combination possesses its own meaning. There are many benefits and consequences to the use of color when contemplating the feelings and emotions of the people you’re trying to attract. Which means, a hues participation in the overall design is an essential part in selecting the most appropriate appearance of your business card. Imagine if the colors (or hues) used in your card were actually repelling your target audience you are trying to attract.

The visuals that happen to be loved by people of a distinct audience change by age and gender as well. An example is flowers; if your business makes products that are devoted to girls, then introducing flowers as visual elements (graphics) of your card will most likely attract more buyers. If though, your target is a more mature female audience, the use of flowers could be conceived as contrived and repulse your buyers. Selecting the most appropriate graphics for the business card is about the mindset of the buyer and not the business owner. Let me repeat that so you truly get it. The look, feel and emotions tied to your business card are about the buyer, not you, the business owner. If your buyer connects a personal emotion with the artwork, or possibly a design and style, employed in the card, then almost absolutely that buyer will choose the firm utilizing that artwork, design or style. For this reason alone, it is very important to work with a professional that knows and understands graphic design for small businesses.

Why have a business card in the hands of everyone that works for you? A nicely manufactured card affirms the level professionalism regarding the organization. You need a business card that is designed well with accessibility to information for your customers to make contact with you. It must be styled to create a personal connection with the buyer as well. Your reputation is riding on your business card. The primary function of your business card is to get clients to call you. Your logo should be prominent to let people know who you are the minute they see your card. After this, your business card should clearly provide methods for the client to contact you. This can be a website, a smart phone or email but it is highly recommended to have all three. A marketing expert or graphic designer whom specializes in graphic design for small businesses can help point you in the right direction for the content for your particular niche or market. Business cards with the proper visuals, content and style can help you do this. Are you ready to secure a professionally designed business card right now?

Solution for Business Growth – Networking

Interacting with influential people in parties, and collecting their visiting cards is just a touch point. Capitalizing your business on this network is totally a different ball game.

It requires due diligence and dedication over the years to build a relationship for a solid network. Once you have done it becomes a derivative to your success.

Networking should not be a temporary activity, it has to be an ongoing process, even when you are not at your desk. Aspiring business leaders have to learn the strategic networking technique for rapid business growth.

Primary reasons for networking

Why is it desirable to build a network with influential people and business groups of your domain?

· Immediate access to all service providers and vendors

· Quick response rate for contract base hiring

· Full extension to peers help

· Never face an issue of work crisis

· Referrals from the third party

· Updates on the latest trends and technology related to your business.

· Share ideas with similar business groups

Common Business Networking Mistakes

If the success of your business depends on networking then why to leave any corner of networking untouched, no matter how small or big your business is.

Unlike your business location, your network is not limited to the physical address. It has to proliferate in all directions. There are tons of way to build the network that is often overlooked.

· Not connecting with other communities

When it comes to pairing with individuals, usually you choose the known path for connection which is social media. It might look promising connecting through it but it limits your network spectrum. You have to explore another dimension for networking as well. Try to connect to lesser known communities like “Quora” or register with a “common platform for service providers”. There are other multiple online platforms where you can confluence with same business groups like Tumblr, musical.ly, tinder, etc. depending on your domain expertise.

· Not connecting to Niche forum or group

If you really want to build a close relationship with your clients or domain experts, join a Niche “forum”. But joining too many forum sometimes becomes complicated, try to zero in two or three forum of your field. There are big companies that also join this forum to get solutions and you can connect with them instantly.

· Not justifying your acquaintance

Let your client find you with your skills. Networking becomes easy if your clients know your whereabouts. There are very few networking sites that have a portal built especially for employees, where employees can build and upload their portfolio. It helps the employee in two ways, building their own network and establishing themselves as a brand.

· Not Paying heed to referrals

You need to pay attention to referrals coming through the third party or from the vendor’s site. Take immediate follow-up and honor these referrals.

· Not using Reviews/Testimonial for networking

This is the most overlooked attribute by vendors. Many of them believe “Reviews and Comments” are solely made for critics. No, that’s not true. You can convert those critics to your potential client. Ask for “Reviews and Comments” from them, you can even ask for the area of improvement for better service. It will help you to identify your weak zone, and at the same time, you have the opportunity to build a positive image in front of your clients. So, always be ready to listen to your client and make a bond with them through Reviews/Testimonials.

· Not connecting actively with Co-workers

Connecting with co-workers actively helps you to share ideas and gain knowledge. You develop this special”give and take” relation with co-workers over a period of time. Your equation with them will decide how your network will expand.

· Not connecting to diverse population

Usually, it’s a human tendency to connect with like-minded people, which is OK. But if you want to build up a B2B network, then you need to break that cocoon and connect with a diverse population. Diversity gives you the perspective to think out of the box and implement new ideas in your business.

Some Key takeaways for Business Networking

· Make your social networking activity a key part of your daily work.

· Locate and join networking site where other members sell their service or product same as you

· Rather than building numbers focus on people that show interest in your service

· Don’t miss out the client by not joining a common networking platform or joining much later than you should be

· Use software tools or plugins to optimize your networking activity

Curate and Control Your Online Reputation

Shakespeare, in Act 2 of his circa 1603 play Othello, said it best: Reputation, reputation, reputation. It is the original personal brand and one of the defining realities of our lives. For Solopreneur consultants and other self-employed professionals, reputation governs the number and quality of projects made available to us and therefore, reputation impacts our income and the kind of life we’re able to live. It pays, in more ways than one, to cultivate a peerless reputation and guard it vigorously.

In the internet age that is especially so, in both the personal and professional sectors. Mistakes and mischaracterizations made in digital formats are extremely difficult to dodge, ignore, deny, or correct. One’s online reputation is the ultimate flypaper. Take steps to ensure that what sticks to your name is all good.

Images

Along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest are the sites where images of you are most likely to be posted, by yourself and others. When cameras are around, meaning whenever anyone has a cell phone, which is about 24/7, make sure that your behavior represents you and your brand well.

There’s nothing wrong with being photographed in an obviously casual gathering. Just make sure that you (or others) are not in the midst of activities that could be misconstrued and reflect poorly on you sometime in the future. If you regularly appear in photos that you know or suspect will be posted to social media sites, counteract with a photo of your own that shows you at work, paid or volunteer. Balance your accounts, so to speak, and show that there is more to you than non-stop partying.

Content

Create and regularly post original content that makes you look smart, professional and successful. On your LinkedIn account, announce when you will attend a symposium, serve on a panel, teach a course or workshop and definitely broadcast the good news if you’ve recently earned a professional certification or advanced degree.

If you’ve presented a webinar, request the replay and turn it into a podcast for your website and YouTube. If you write a newsletter or blog, link it to your website and LinkedIn. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, produce streams of high-quality feed and images that convey the competencies and values that you want to be known for.

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook can feature glimpses into your personal life as well and it could all be for the good, as long as you are strategic about what is revealed. Your volunteer work is always a safe bet. Training for a marathon or even a fun and casual volleyball or softball league would be excellent. Your parent’s wedding anniversary party would make another good personal aspect to include in your online narrative. Be aware that narrative is the operative word. Create the story that you want to be told, in a manner that makes you look wonderful.

Search

About every three months, search your name and your company name in engines such as Bing, Google and Yahoo and see what comes up in the first 50 listings. Are you happy with what you see? Try keywords related to your business along with your city and check your professional reach in a more profound way.

If you find that your business has been reviewed in a negative and inaccurate way, contact the reviewing site and request that the offending post be removed. If customers have offered criticism that just may be constructive, address the matter. Apologize and offer your side of the story. Make amends if possible. By doing so, you’ll add to your credibility and customer service reputation.

It’s been reported that 70% of U.S. employment recruiters have rejected potential job candidates when something about them that was considered unsavory appeared on social media. Solopreneurs should assume that prospective clients will do the same. Maintaining and monitoring your online reputation has never been more important.

Build A Business From Scratch

My passions have always been gardening and painting. The two seem to go together and this was born out when starting a business in landscaping. It was natural to paint a picture of the finished design in my head. This led me to undertake counseling for those who could not imagine what a garden should look like. My long-standing interest in the outdoors held me in good stead as my little fingers were always in dirt from the time I could toddle.

Once advertising started and my first consulting job came to me it led to other things. The lady was so impressed with what she was offered that she paid me $400 to draw a plan of it. This was something right up my ally.

Putting my imagination to work the plan was a great success and before long there were some 2-3 per week along with consulting jobs. The main requiring for doing something like this is confidence. If one shows that they know what they are talking about and can satisfy their client with quality work, then it has to be a success.

Of course my enterprising didn’t stop there. The main point of this article is that people need to step out of their comfort zone and use their hobbies and interests to build a business. They have to start from scratch to do it but if they have enough confidence and knowledge they will success.

Mistakes will happen and that is the learning curve one has to go through. Costs of consulting work doesn’t have to be over the top as there is no outlay to doing it. Start small and build up. For consulting my charge was $75 and that is more than affordable when most landscape designers might charge 10 times that much for the same advice.

Norma Holt has knowledge that enables her to understand many issues. Political, social and behavioral problems are usually on her list for discussion as well as anything to do with the Spirit of the Universe and reincarnation, which she experienced. She is happy to hear from any of her readers.

Bring Your App Business on the Right Track

Every entrepreneur seeks to know the secret recipe for success. What strategies are made to increase the conversion rate? What are the exciting ideas that can be implemented to make the company grow? It is super strategies that create opportunities for a company. There are always some brand new ideas that you can implement to grow your business. However, not all the existing tricks will give your business a boost. It is only when the right strategies are followed at the right time and the right place that you end up having a revenue-generating business.

If you have an app business, here are 5 strategies you can follow to make sure that your business climbs the ladder of success. Let’s take a closer look:

1. Know the Purpose

To start with, in your mobile app business, it is vital to know the purpose behind the creation of an app and the audience for whom the app is created. The advantages and the true value of the app shall not be confined to the number of features it has and rather on how the user experience is. One of the most significant factors in creating compelling apps is close collaboration among developers, the quality analysis team, and designers.

2. All About Planning

It is the business plans that earn you profits. Only with clear objectives can you come up with the most suitable solutions required by customers. When it comes to creating successful apps, it definitely requires sharp focus. The complexity of a mobile app can be huge but fundamentally, an app must be designed by having an understanding of the real world. Moreover, to come up with engaging apps, it is also important to identify the exact expectations of users. So you see that accurate planning is vital for creating successful apps.

3. Choose Your Platforms Wisely

A significant part of sales depends on how you reach out to your target audience and you basically have to connect with them in the best way possible. Unlike websites, mobile applications are designed for various platforms. These days, there are multiple devices and multiple vendors. For instance, most smartphone users make use of iOS devices and others go for iPhones. Thus, the process of app development completely depends on how customer engagement can be carried out on different platforms.

4. Cross-Check the Intuitiveness of the App

Do you think that the app that you design will help in making your client’s life easier and happier? Once you design an instinctive app, it can end up giving an amazing experience to its users. Apart from integrating notable UX designs and streamlined functions, it is equally important to check whether an app is responsive enough and provides suitable performance to cater to the needs of the user. Also, ensure that the app is free from bugs.

5. Promote Your App

Promotion plays an integral role in boosting your app business. One of the most significant factors behind the popularity of an app is the way it is promoted. Adequate promotion of an app through reviews, ratings, video teasers, recordings, and social media posts helps to create a buzz among the target audience.

When it comes to the app business, the competition is stiff and if you fail to follow the right strategies, you may end up causing your app to lose its visibility among an extensive range of audience. So, follow the sure-shot strategies stated above and ensure the success of your app.

The Ways to Improve Fundraising

Donor management is never easy no matter how easy it may seem; there is always some information that you will need to get and some that you will need to impart in order to learn some of the best ways of it.

In the many things about donor management the one that counts to be the most important of all is improving fundraising and getting into the skills of it all for the best results. Here in this article are the ways you need to follow and imbibe to improve the fundraising program for your nonprofit or church.

1. Be Transparent with Your Donors – Though this might seem like an obvious point, it is usually the one that is most ignored, and the most important of all. What is important about transparency is your donors being able to trust you with all – from your plans to our ideas and ideologies. Also, this is an important point to note because only when they trust you will they be able to steward their money well and you must be able to show them you are doing so. By ‘transparent’ we mean both financial and program transparency.

Financial Transparency: You might not be considering financial transparency to be an important point but this should definitely be on your list of important things. It is considered important to release a note time to time which would show how you are allocating your funds, but your donors are not going to sit and read through that long document. Make sure you give your donors an easy way to digest how you are investing their money. Create a graph, chart, infographic etc. And if it looks like you spent more in say, fundraising, than expected, explain why. Your donors love your mission and giving them a peek behind the curtain creates a sense of belonging and teamwork.
Program Transparency: Program transparency is all about the IMPACT. If you can show your donors the impact their money has made in changing the lives of those you’re serving or where the money has impacted, you can be sure you’ve done your thing right. Create annual reports showing the graphs of how far you’ve come with the support, meanwhile mentioning exactly where you want more changes and where you’re striving to achieve more.

2. Optimize our Donor Experience – Your donors shouldn’t be there for just one years or only a period of time, and that is possible only if you manage to optimize the donor experience convincing them that there are things that’ll help you stay in contact for more than one donation period. Try personalization (which definitely does no longer mean just hey and the first name); it is always recommended to stay in touch with the donors through emails, letters and phone calls. You can segment based on last gift amount, last gift date, a specific campaign – anything. And then create fundraising messaging around each category.

3. Audit Your Systems – Thought this is not important? Wrong!!! One of the most important points to be considered to improve fundraising is to audit your system – audit on your end – use the right set of tool and the right techniques. Keep the audit impartial and keep it clear – this will help you understanding how far you’ve come with your fundraising program and exactly how far you will be able to go with it.

Fundraising for churches, charities and non profits is the thing that does the most benefit and an increase in the finds over a stipulated period of time is exactly what they’re striving for. It is therefore recommended that you use these set of tips mentioned above and create a draft accordingly of you new ideas and plans for an increase in the funds.