Personalized customer experience is something that companies of virtually all shapes and sizes must provide. Once thought to be a highly complex undertaking & only accessible to large companies, personalization is now something buyers and customers—B2C and B2B—expect from virtually all vendor interactions. This new world of personalized customer experience means every interaction with a brand—whether email, text, online, or in-person—must reflect personal and business preferences and requirements.
Why Personalization Is Important
The business case for personalization is patently obvious. The ability to create unique, personalized experiences translates into more loyal and engaged customers and increased sales. Office space was one area that was mostly unchanged, until Davinci Meeting Rooms changed the industry by letting our customers personalize their office needs by offering hourly rentals. Indeed, a recent study by Gartner finds that brands offering personalization will outperform competitive brands by 15 percent by 2018. Read more...
Let’s face it, we live in an ever-increasing work anytime, work anywhere universe. The 9:00 to 5:00 work schedule is going the way of encyclopedias, electric typewriters, and polar ice caps. Remote and teleworking is in, and so is saving dough on a full-time space that you really don’t need because of your nomadic, mobile, and agile work-ways. You still occasionally need a place to plop down, ply your trade, and meet clients in an IT-ready, professional setting. Using Starbucks or a hotel room as places to meet can come with obvious drawbacks, this is why Davinci Virtual offers over 1,100 professional office locations for your on the go convenience. Read more...
As the workplace becomes more mobile and new demographic changes take hold, the overall percentage of virtual workers will continue to grow. There are certainly tangible benefits associated with these changes. For example, recent studies, including one in the Harvard Business Review, show that virtual employees are not only happier and less likely to quit, but they are also more productive.
The Virtual Workplace and Small Businesses
To compete in this new marketplace, small businesses must adapt. Not only do they need to give employees who live and commute within the “proximity” of their local offices an option to work virtually (or maintain a hybrid schedule), but they also need to look for talent outside of their locales who will work virtually 100 percent of the time. Read more...
This one appears to be pretty straight-forward. A flexible workspace is just about any place that lends itself to working in a flexible manner. With the ability to pop-in, plop-down, plug-in and get down to business, flexible workspaces are rising in popularity. Given today’s continually leap-frogging of IT advances and tech gadgetry in our work anywhere / work anytime universe, perhaps the more apropos question is “What Isn’t A Flexible Workspace?” Unsurprisingly, the answer to that question results in a pretty negligible list.
In a sense, flexible workspace is every space these days. Whether you’re travelling, shopping, eating, or drinking a cup of coffee, chances are you are using a flexible workspace – or initiating one – because you are probably working on a hand-held, laptop, or wearable device that renders you as flex-working. Read more...
Whether you are a hard core Apple fan, a loyal Android junkie or a Microsoft Windows Phone user, there is a world of mobile apps on the market that promise to help you work smarter. Davinci Virtual has compiled a list of eight of these apps for road warriors, time management-minded professionals and mobile entrepreneurs who refuse to sacrifice productivity no matter where you are.
Ideal for anyone who bills by the hour or project, OfficeTime makes recording and tracking time and expenses simple with a clean, user-friendly interface. The iPhone and iPad versions focus on ease-of-use, recognizing that if time tracking is simple to do, users will be more likely to take the time to do it. OfficeTime takes great care to minimize how many finger taps it takes to do something. If you are a time management or need to track billable hours, this is a great app for you. Read more...
In part two of this two-part blog series, we explored 5 of the 10 things small businesses need to consider when building and optimizing a website. Some businesses may not have a website, and they are not sure where to start. Others may have a website, but they are not getting the results they want.
This blog series is intended for both scenarios. In part one of the blog series, we looked at core building blocks small businesses need to consider when building a website:
- Do It Yourself or Do It For Me
- Website Platform
- Listing on the Search Domains
- Website Performance
- Search Optimization
The following five considerations (or 6 through 10) relate to how a small business elects to engage with website visitors. Read more...
A recent study by GoDaddy found that 59 percent of very small businesses (five or fewer employees) operate without a website. Yet this number is going to change very soon; over half of them report plans to launch a website in the next two years.
Some of Davinci’s customers find themselves in this category. You started a business and have been so busy growing it that you haven’t had time to build and launch a website. Others have a website, but you feel it needs improvement—that you can get better results than what you’re currently achieving.
The following are 10 things a small business needs to consider when launching—or enhancing—a website.
1. DIY or DIFM Read more...
For this month’s customer success story, we bring you another satisfied Davinci Meeting Rooms customer – GlobeConsult LLC. They are an international business development consulting company that specializes in helping oil, gas, petrochemicals, power plants & many other sectors expand their presence internationally. Founded by Mancy Malek, GlobeConsult has over 25 years of experience in the international business environment, and a work history in Europe, Middle East & spanning all throughout the world, helping small & medium businesses expand internationally.
So when this growing company needed a small conference room to meet an international client, one that was also in a convenient location for both parties, Mancy ended up picking Davinci to provide this service after a friend of his found and recommended us. After contacting us, our helpful representative Lindsay A. helped narrow down the options based on what he was looking for. Mancy stated, “This was my first encounter with Davinci. They gave me several options and even made recommendations as to what would be good for me and my visitor.” Read more...
Productivity and meetings should go hand-in-hand, but a new survey reveals that is not always the case. Seventy-two percent of meeting-goers reported they felt half or less than half of their business meetings are productive, according to The Truth about Meeting Culture, a survey released by Mersive.
Professionals spend enormous amounts of time in meetings—33% of meeting-goers attend 10 or more meetings per week, according to the report. The survey further reveals that engagement and maintaining meeting focus are the biggest challenges faced in meetings.
What’s a meeting organizer to do? Try these well-known tips and tricks—and little known secrets—for driving employee productivity at company meetings from our resident experts. We’ll start off with three secrets from Paul Rulkens, president of Agrippa Consulting International, an expert in high performance and author of The Power of Preeminence. Read more...
Getting time for in-person meetings with your prospects, customers, and even internal stakeholders is not easy. Time is a valuable resource. Expectations for meetings are quite low. Nearly three-quarters of business professionals believe meetings are unproductive and ineffective, failing to meet desired outcomes.
How does a business ensure their meetings fall into the 25-percent minority? Upfront planning (for everything from logistics, location, the agenda, presenters, communications, etc.) is a critical starting point. Flawless execution of the agenda must then follow.
Don’t Forget the Meeting Room
Meeting location is an important facet of managing a successful meeting that is all-too-often neglected. Few businesses have offices in all of the locations where their meetings need to take place. This means rented meeting space is required. However, even when a business has a permanent office space, this does not mean they have a conference room that suffices for all meeting scenarios. Read more...