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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 3, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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4 FREE apps to help you know what your competition is up to

Have you ever wondered how your competitors are doing but haven't gotten up the nerve to ask them yourself? With these five apps, you'll be able to keep track of what other people are saying about your competitors, as well as what they are saying about you.

  1. Glassdoor
    If you want a clear view of the outside world, Glassdoor is a great app for both iOS and Android operating systems. It was originally designed for job seekers, but it lets you see salary information and reviews of employers. You can get a good idea of what your competitors do for their employees, and one-up them to prevent your talent from being poached. And if your team feels good about your company, they’ll have more desire to see you succeed over the others.
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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 15, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 Points to consider before moving to Office 365

A few weeks ago, we blogged about why your business should consider moving to Office 365 and the benefits of Microsoft’s cloud productivity applications. As always, it’s worth giving thought to the reasons for moving to Office 365 (and the reasons for making any change to business services should be good ones!)

With Office 365, those reasons are very good – but there are conditions which must be fulfilled before you do it. Check out these 5 points which will determine if your business is ready to take the leap:


1. Internet Connectivity

New Zealand is in the midst of the National UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband) Network roll-out. If you’re in an area which is connected – great. However, not every business has inexpensive access to business grade internet.

As a cloud service, Office 365 depends on good internet connectivity is essential. Don’t fall into the trap of switching only to discover your connection isn’t up to it. That could deliver a poor experience, leaving your staff wondering why the switch was made in the first place.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 8, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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9 Excel shortcuts everyone should know

Computer technology moves fast. For this reason, it's hard to believe that a computer program that's been around for so long is still one of the most popular programs in the world: Excel.

Nowadays, most office workers are expected to know how to work with basic Excel to the extent that many recruiters suggest you shouldn't even bother listing it on your CV. Be that as it may, if you still find yourself manually replicating columns and scribbling down maths on pieces of paper, you’ll find these 9 tips to use Excel invaluable (and you can download over 200 of them at the end of this post!).

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Automate recruitment! (We can do that for you)

Even as automation continues to change the nature of work today, it is human talent which makes the difference and drives high-growth organisations to reach the next milestone. However, attracting and retaining the right people is costly and time consuming.

How about automating this process?

That’s exactly what we asked ourselves at Lancom, years ago. Realising that the process from advertising a vacancy to starting the successful candidate just took too much time (and effort), we went about creating a better way. The result is HireRoom and it makes finding, interviewing and employing the best person far easier, much faster for all concerned, and considerably reduces the cost.
Best of all, HireRoom doesn’t remove the human out of the human resources.
It’s a recruitment tool that lets you test the skills of your next hire early on in the recruitment process, cutting down on time and quickly narrowing the candidate field down to those capable of doing the job. 

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 Webtools to take marketing to the next level

Noticed the pace and efficiency of the digital economy? Impossible not to – but are your marketing efforts keeping up? For most companies, the answer is as simple as it is short. No.

That’s because for many organisations, marketing continues to function as it always has, despite the obvious impact of digital business taking place all around. That necessitates doing things a little differently. If you’re wondering where to start, check out these five web tools which will help catapult your marketing into the digital era. Here’s more good news – they don’t need investments in time or money.

  1. Fiverr – The online market places for services starting at $5

This is so good it should come with a warning sticker: You will get addicted. However, used right, you will get amazing results from Fiverr. It’s an online site where you can get people to do tasks and services of all kinds for, well, a fiver (and upwards).
At Lancom, we use Fiverr for video work, logo animation and many more things. It has become our go-to-tool if we need something creative done, but don’t have the time to handle it ourselves. Check it out by visiting the site – and there’s a Fiverr app for your phone, too, so you can get stuff done while on the move.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Feb 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Downtime: How much does it cost you?

Despite advances in the resilience of IT systems, there remains a grim reality of failures which have the rather unpleasant habit of striking at the least convenient of times. Even short periods of outages can wreak havoc; after all, our dependence on IT has never been higher. But outside of annoyance, what does downtime actually cost?

Factors to consider are:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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3 useful (and FREE) mobile apps to take your business on the go

The world is changing as technology grows ever more mobile. Cellphones have gone from bulky, large pieces of hardware to smaller, more compact specimens; always useful, they’ve also evolved from ‘just’ making calls, to revolutionary tools for doing business over the internet. For owners of any business, the opportunity presented by these connected devices cannot be ignored, as they deliver efficiencies, convenience and productivity benefits which can substantially boost personal and company performance .

Doing that depends on more than the smartphone, though – it comes down to the apps you’re using. Here’s our pick of three particularly useful apps which can give your company that little bit of extra oomph:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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3 GREAT (and Free) Cloud Apps to Organise and Share your Data

Probably the best feature of the cloud is the quite staggering amount of awesome apps you can get for free. In this article, we outline 3 absolutely great (and FREE) cloud apps and services that everyone should be using to organise and share their data.

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