Marketing Automation is software designed to streamline, automate and measure marketing processes more efficiently. It’s about streamlining marketing and automating as much as possible of your company’s marketing efforts.
For technology companies, marketing automation is a must. So we created this public spreadsheet of marketing automation software that shows you the top options, their pricing, and a comparison of the features.
If you’ve visited the Time Doctor home page, then you probably noticed the first time you visited that it asks you some questions. This is a unique approach for a home page so I thought you might like to know a bit about our experiences and split tests around this concept.
Create an engaging experience rather than just passive reading
My theory is that most people on the Internet are passive, especially when they browse to a new site. They are mostly in a passive mode of reading and clicking on links rather than actively engaging on the page. It’s hard to get anyone to try a product because they’ve probably been burned before, and don’t want to go through a process of registering for a product unless they are convinced it’s worthwhile. The problem is that sometimes it’s hard to truly understand the product unless you do register and try it.
So I looked for a way to engage users. I’ve seen a few great examples of this on the web. One is with Optimizely.com, a split-testing website where you immediately engage with the site and see their technology in action.
This is a completely free site where you can post jobs and search for available staff. Bestjobs.ph is one of the top job websites in the Philippines and even though it is free it is still a useful resource for posting jobs.
This is the largest free classified website in the Philippines. It is quite difficult to post on this site if you are not from the Philippines as they have some questions to detect if you can speak the local language (Tagalog). If you do not speak Tagalog or have a local friend who can, you may not be able to complete the posting!
As a company that maintains a large in-house software development team (for Staff.com and Time Doctor), we have always been interested in bug tracking software.
Two years ago, we had this public spreadsheet of bug tracking tools where we can choose the best software for us. This list includes popular paid options like Jira and Microsoft Team Foundation, but also has lots of great open source alternatives.
Jira has an interesting sales model where they offer the first 10 licenses at a minimal cost, and then charge for add-ons or for larger teams. I actually visited their office in Sydney Australia recently and they are a very successful company with around $100 million in revenue!
I hope you will find this list useful.
Also, this is a public google spreadsheet where anyone can collaborate and edit the entries.
Which is better, retaining current customers or acquiring new ones?
While this has been been discussed countless of times in the internet already, only a few cared enough to provide us the math like Kapow Events did with this cool infographic. If you think you need to learn some more in client entertainment, then you have to check this out:
I met Elizabeth Saunders through email. She reached out to us through our chat app and I got one of the weirdest emails in history from Justin who mans our chat box. “Some woman wants to talk to you, says she knows you and she seems adamant.”
I was intrigued so I sent her my patented ‘Who the Hell are you?” email which makes me sound like a cross between an ass and a crazy person. One line that I was particularly happy with “Is your book scratch and sniff? If it is I’ll promote the hell out of it”.
She navigated my initial test email expertly and when she told me about the book I knew I had to chat with her. This is the product of this conversation.
In our quest for perfecting our productivity software, we’ve been observing many visionary entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders who are wielding strong influence on today’s business landscape.
But when it comes to revolutionizing the productivity landscape, these are some of the people who we found were the most influential.
I’ve been working with hundreds of virtual team members in over 9 different countries in the past 8 years. There have been times when I wanted to tear my hair out! Sometimes:
…I had no idea what my team was doing.
…Team members would “flake out”. They’d work effectively for a while and then their quality of work would taper off or they’d quit.
…I was frustrated about not being able to communicate with them effectively.
…I had many issues finding and hiring great people remotely.
Now I know a lot more about handling tough situations and issues that come with the territory when dealing with virtual teams. The strategies I now use reflect my years of experience figuring out what works best to keep the teams coherent, productive and motivated.
These are also the strategies that we use at TimeDoctor, where we have over 50 full-time team members all working virtually, remotely, to create the best remote management and productivity software for individuals and businesses. Find out more
Ever wonder what the rates of tech developers are around the world? We did, too. We teamed up with the guys from www.infoactive.us to put together the average salaries of tech development employees from around the world.
Take a look at the different rates and as always check out www.timedoctor.com if you need help managing your remote employees from around the world. If you want to hire developers around the world try our sister site www.staff.com