Showing posts with label Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Post. Show all posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

E-billing - The Death Of Post!

E-billing - The Death Of Post!
Introduction

The timely delivery of documents is vital to any business, be it an invoice so you are paid on time or an urgent purchase order to buy crucial stock. How many times have you asked the question: Am I really delivering this document in the most efficient and cost effective way? Post is a classic example. Its expensive, slow and sometimes very unreliable. When delivered, its no better - post needs opening, distributing and filing, all of which cost money. We are amazed so many companies still persist in delivering business documents like statements and invoices by post. Lets get your attention with an example:

The True Cost of Post

If a company delivers, just 1000 invoices and 500 statements per month, thats a cost of: 1500 x 0.5 x 12 = 9,000 per annum *This assumes a letter costs 50 pence this covers the stamp, envelope, printing and paper cost but does not include the cost of lost post and the environmental impact.

Will My Customer Accept an Electronic Invoice?

Given the above example most companies recognise e-Billing is worth looking at but often dismiss the idea with the old nutshell, Our customer simply wont accept an electronic invoice. Its strange that your customers wont agree to this when we all routinely use the internet and its very rare we receive a paper invoice. Have you actually spoken to your customers recently? In our experience, when companies ask the question they are surprised by the numbers agreeing to electronic invoicing; we would expect a typical uptake from 50 to 75%. Going back to our example calculation above, that equates to a cost saving of 5,400 per annum based on a 60% uptake rate. Just because you have a few die-hard customers, dont hold your business back based on their reaction. Convert the proactive ones now and move the traditionalists later.

Hint- a great way to drive e-Billing is to play the environmental card, nobody likes to be an Eco Dinosaur.

Invoice Formats

What format do I send my invoice in? This all depends on if you are moving to a true e-commerce type scenario or simply looking to bill your customers more cost effectively. Output management software (e.g. Formate software http://www.formate.uk.com ) is an ideal "document translation hub" to take existing document output from your business system and seamlessly deliver to your customer in virtually any format electronic invoices can be presented in many different formats (e.g. PDF, XML, CSV, EDI, TIFF, HTML, FAX etc) but most popular would be either Adobe PDF or XML format. PDF is an image representation of the invoice and is best suited to e-Billing, whereas XML is more suited to a true electronic interchange of invoice data and requires more setup. A good starting point is PDF, moving to XML if requested at a later date.

How does it Work?

Assuming you havent got a 100% uptake rate, you need to add some logic to the current process to decide how a specific invoice needs delivering (i.e. post or electronic) this logic which may come from the host application or failing that may come from a simple lookup table or database. For example, an MS SQL database can be created containing the account code and the relevant delivery method. Companies whose account code is not listed would automatically receive their invoices and statements via post. Companies whose account code does appear in the database would receive an electronic copy of their invoice. Its also good practice to put a file copy away into a document management system (keyword), again in PDF format, to allow resends or for company records. You may even want to email a PDF copy to your Credit Controller!

The Next Step

The technology side of e-Billing isnt complex, (as previously discussed) and can be implemented quickly whether your business system is SAP or Sage. However, the first thing to do is to talk to your customers in order to find out who is willing to accept an electronic invoice and collect their email addresses. There are two schools of thought here, these being: 1. Implement electronic billing by default, dont give your customers any choice. Only send paper invoices if they scream. 2. Ask if they would be happy to accept an electronic invoice. We suggest starting with your largest customers (following the Pareto 80/20 rule), as they are the ones you send the largest proportion of your invoices to. Once the email addresses have been collected they can be added to your business system, if it has the facility to hold email addresses, or they can be held in a separate look-up table or database (e.g. MS SQL). Youre now in a position to get started.

Guaranteed Delivery Document Delivery Portals

Emailing PDf invoices is a good starting point, offering a significant cost saving from day one with little setup cost. However, emailing invoices has two draw backs: 1. You cant guarantee an invoice has been delivered 2. You cant guarantee the customer has viewed the invoice Document delivery portals can solve this problem rather than send the invoice directly to the customer, the invoice is posted to an intermediate portal or web site. The customer is then sent an email prompting them to view the invoice from a web link (as this has no attachment it is less likely to be caught in an email spam filter). The customer clicks on the link, signs in securely, and can then see the new invoice alongside an archive of older ones. The sender meanwhile gets lots of useful information information on who has viewed what invoice, when and even if they have downloaded a local copy. A credit controller can now optimise there effort by only chasing overdue invoices which havent been viewed. Its also really easy to resend a link to a specific invoice if the customer has lost it. If your business is still sending paper invoices we hope weve given you the impetus to investigate e-billing further!



AUTHOR JOE HYDE

I'm the Sales and Marketing Director of Document Genetics. keyword Document Genetics is an established UK based company providing a comprehensive range of document management solutions. We focus on improving document automation, workflow and collaboration within our client organizations, and our range of innovative solutions and specialist services help to save time and money by processing documents and data more efficiently.




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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Easily Create Fast Traffic Sucking Blog Post Titles

Easily Create Fast Traffic Sucking Blog Post Titles
With the recent addition of a highly popular wordpress plugin your blog post title has become even more important.

This popular free plugin is ComLuv or CommentLove or CommentLuv.

What this clever plugin does is pull in your last blog title, so you better hope it's a good one.

Let's face it, a boring, bland blog title will not attract the attention of readers eyes.

Now even if you are not taking advantage of this super plugin, just remember that your title also appears in search engine results, possibly the anchor text when a website owner links back to your blog and your title appears on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter when pulled in from RSS feeds.

So here are 3 quick ways to ensure your titles suck the traffic right from out under the other blog owners noses!

First, be personable, include YOU in your blog title.

People are always interested in the what's in it for me scenario, so tell them it's for them and they will want to read it, remember don't write your blog posts for the millions, target a specific group of people and your results will be much more fruitful.

Second, play with your words!

Of course you do want your most relevant keywords in your blog post title to ensure you attract the attention of the main search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, but that does not mean your title has to be boring and turn your readers off.

Third, keep a blog title swipe file.

When visiting other blogs, look for the most popular posts and mimic them.

Notice which words they use apart from the main keywords.

Great words to use in blog titles can be:

Easy
Simple
Quick
Fast
Free

How is the blog author making those boring old titles exciting?

Are they trying to shock?
Are they trying to be controversial?
Are they asking a question?
Are they being personal?

Once you begin to monitor the titles used by other, more successful bloggers, you will soon have a list of titles, that you can play around with to create successful blog titles of your own.

Just remember that your blog post title must be enticing and attention grabbing but be sure that your content is relevant to the title or risk the chance of negative comments.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Post Jobs For Free

Post Jobs For Free

For some time now, the largest job sites have been charging hundreds of dollars to post a job. The result of course is that you could find job candidates pretty quickly, almost instantly. But, if you don't have hundreds of dollars to post an ad, then you were out of luck. So, sites started allowing you to post jobs for free. But, now, not even all of the free sites will allow you to post a job for free. For example, Craigslist will now charge you to post a job for some of the largest cities in the US. So, what are the small businesses to do?


One question you have to ask, is why? I mean why would you have a free site, then all of a sudden start charging money? Judging based on a lot of the forums out there, the sites started charging because companies were taking advantage of the free service. Individuals were spamming with fake jobs, or marketing their products which, in the end, were not jobs after all. And, the individuals would submit jobs many times, because, after all it was free. So, in an effort to filter out "job spammers" the sites started charging. From what I can tell, it has definitely cut down on the spam and has helped job seekers to get to the real jobs faster. It has also saved some people from falling victim to job scams. So, job seekers everywhere were happy, but businesses still have to pay.


So, what is the real issue here? It appears as though there should be a system where the job seeker community can flag job spam and employers can still post for free. If this was the case, then job spam would still exist, but not for long. And, eventually the spam would cut down because the fake jobs would be flagged almost immediately which would be frustrating to the job spammer. Also, there should be a way that you could research the business posting the job. If I'm going to work for someone, I'd like to get to know them a little better as well. This is where social networking sites can help.


If more social networking sites allowed you to post for free, then we'd have a solution. If you were a member of a social networking site and an employer was as well, you could research each other. For example, you could also see some background and feedback from others on the employer.



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger Trick - How to Make a Post Sticky on Your Blogger Account

Blogger Trick - How to Make a Post Sticky on Your Blogger Account

Blogs are great formats for sharing information. When you create a blog entry, the typical blog setups, Blogger and WordPress, put your most recent entry at the top. The older entries are moved down the page. After awhile, the older blog entries typically move off the main page of a blog, and they're archived. The older posts can still be accessed, but they're definitely not as prominent for readers or search engines as the most recent post.


Sometimes you want to keep a piece of information in one place, normally at the top of your home page. Often you'll want to keep a summary of your blog or an important notice at the top of each page on your blog. This is referred to as keeping the information sticky. The "sticky" post or block of information doesn't move from its position on your blog. Here's how to do it.


Blog posts are included on a Blogger account using what's referred to by Blogger as a widget. A widget is a piece of code included in a Blogger template that tells the Blogger system to include some text or some kind of functionality. If you use one of the default templates from Blogger, you will find this section of code in the XML file for your blog setup, which can be accessed by going to Layout-> Edit HTML from your Blogger control panel.


(div id='main-wrapper')
(b:section class='main' id='main' showaddelement='no')
(b:widget id='Blog1' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'/)
(/b:section)
(/div)


These lines of XML tell the Blogger system to include your recent blog posts in the main section of the page for your blog. When you are creating posts, there is really no way to convey to the widget that you want a particular post to stay at the top of the page. Instead, you have to use a different widget, separate from the main "Blog Posts" widget described above.


For a blog I recently created, I wanted to have such a setup - a sticky post that would keep an overview of my blog at the on top of every page. I accomplished this by using a Blogger widget that actually doesn't deal with what's normally considered a "post" at all. Blogger has a widget called "Text" that suits the purpose well. If you click on any of the "Add a Gadget" links from the Layout page of your Blogger control panel, you can select the Text widget and enter the information you want to show up in your "sticky post". After you click Save, you are returned to the Layout page, where you can drag and drop the new widget so that it appears above your blog entries.



Richard Robbins is one of the founders of WebsiteTemplateDatabase.com, a resource for free blogger templates. He recently published a blog that outlines his online success story and offers eCommerce help to people who want to make money selling things online.




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

How to Post Effective Blogs Online

How to Post Effective Blogs Online

Blogging in past was mostly a medium of sharing of opinion and views. With the rapid growth of information technology and its dominant role in the commercial market today has made blogging one of the most potent medium of making money online. Many people are doing big online using blogs that are informative and liked by others. Blogging has not only become a source of making money direct but it also has become one of the most powerful tools for website optimization and traffic enhancement thereby generating more revenue for the user.


Blogging Has Turned Into Business
In fact that is the way the business minded and money oriented people are using blog today. A new way of using this powerful medium of expression has thus come up and is gaining in popularity day by day. One will come across many blogging courses on line and most of them try to teach you how to make money online. Many of these courses are styled as how to make money blogging courses as well.


Blogging for Bucks
Blogging for bucks thus is no more the myth it once was. It has come up for real. Advertising using blogs is one of the safest and surest ways of traffic generation online. Devoting a little time and exercising a little patience one would start rising slowly up the ladder. Making money with blogging requires creation of your unique contents and lots of it as well.


Tips for Effective Blogging
Here are a few tips for making your blogging campaign successful in earning you good deal of money.


Tip 1 - Post as many comments as possible with other blogs. You will find a huge amount of blogs online and your task is cut out in finding just the one with the right niche and matching your interest. Commenting regularly on blogs will reciprocate your action and on turn generate a lot of comments and traffic for your website. You will get recognition and stand out in the crowd.


Tip 2 - Register with well known and reputed blog networks. Starting the process could be with submission to some search engine and web directory. Create a detailed profile so that whoever contacts you through the network will know who you are and they will only contact when they find genuine interest in you. Such network will be reciprocated by others and will consequentially generate a lot of traffic to your site. Remember tagging your blog properly so that people find your site easily enough.


Tip 3 - You may join some blogging courses. However to find out which one is the best among them you can go through some blog course reviews. There are multiple 'How to Blog' course's reviews available on the net. Not only your knowledge would expand but you will come to know their pros and cons perfectly going through the reviews.


Tip 4 - Register with multiple forums. Especially those that are related to your niche would help you to become an effective voice in the community. If your contents are interesting, people will flock to you. To improve your blogging capabilities joining forum for free exchange of opinion and views will be very useful.



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Friday, July 28, 2017

The Best Place to Put Keywords in Your Blog Post Titles

The Best Place to Put Keywords in Your Blog Post Titles

For search engine optimization (SEO) purposes, it is always a good idea to put your keywords into your blog post titles or the titles to any article that you write and post on your website. People find your blog posts in the search engines by looking for keywords and search engines base where the posts show up in the results based on many different factors, but keywords being one of those factors.


But where is the best place to put keywords in your blog post titles? Of course there are only a few places to put them; at the beginning, in the middle or at the end. There are only 3 choices, but the best place may not be the most obvious place.


The best place is actually the beginning (otherwise known as the left hand side) and there are a few different reasons for this:


People read from left to right. When a person sees the title for your blog post, they often decide if they are going to read it or not based on the first few words of the title. If you have a long title for a post and you stick the keywords at the end, you may lose some readers.
Search engines typically value the text that the crawlers "see" first. Due to this, there is going to be more weight placed on the words that are found first over the words in the title that are found in the middle or last.
A lot of people are using mobile devices these days and if your website is not set for mobile users, then long titles may get cut off and people may not scroll over on their screens to see the rest of it. Putting the keywords in the left hand side of the title will up the chances that they will be seen on mobile and smaller browsers.

A lot of people know that they should be using keywords in article and blog post titles. Sometimes the positioning of those words are not really thought about.


 



I have been working in Internet marketing, search engine optimization and freelance writing for nearly 4 years after leaving a position with a financial institution. I love the freedom it gives me and I get to do something new every day!




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Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Blog Post

The Blog Post
If you are a football fanatic, then the word you are going to zoom in on, upon viewing that headline will be post (as in goal post). Strangely enough, football and blog writing work really well together as is evident from the plethora of football blogs that have sprung up online.

Whether you are a Man U supporter, a Liverpool fanatic or are bonkers for all things Arsenal, we all follow football, right? What better way to showcase your passion for your team than turning into a football blogger.

Blogging is an excellent medium for football fans to get their fix of the latest transfer news, keep up to date with their teams standing in the league table or simply share their views on the game. Being a football blogger also helps you to connect with other like minded soccer souls. So, if you are itching to rave about that sweet curling shot you saw over the weekend or you want to rant about your team managers stupid selection, then what are you waiting for? Get in vogue and start chronicling your life as a football supporter.

However if you do not have the time to be regular blogger, you can be an avid reader of football blogs. The advent of the internet has witnessed a big shift of fan generated passion and energy from fanzines to sports blogs that have acquired massive followings.

There are a wide variety of football blogs to choose from, ranging from team centric blogs to professional blogs that cover the sports media. The Football Express, Soccer Lens and Deadspin are examples of the latter that have proved to be very popular with fans. For instance, Deadspin was launched in September 2005 and since February 2010; the site has drawn over 462 million visitors and around 573 million page views. Deadspin has adopted a very humorous, laidback and dry editorial tone and often picks on mainstream media personalities.

Another popular place to check out football blogs is Footbo.com, where one can get the inside tips from some of the best footballers like Michael Ballack and Alexandre Song, along with some insightful writing by respected journalists. Lord of the Wing, who can be found at Ole Ole.com, is also worth a read. You may be interested in European football; in that case Football Italia comes highly recommended. If you are looking for the sharpest mind on football tactics, then reading Jonathan Wilson at Guardian Sports Blog is a must.

For team related blogs, some top notch ones include Arseblog, Red rants, Goonerholic, Who ate all the pies, Manchester United Blog, Just Chelsea and Goodplaya.

The main point is that there is plenty on offer. So, pick a platform to share your love of football, make yourself heard and get writing!


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