Mobile Apps for Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Who Are On the Go

Challenges of Summer Travel

Professional and personal travel always increases during the summer months. Yet while you’re on the road or taking some much needed rest and relaxation, your business doesn’t take a break. You still need to manage your communications—from call routing to voicemail, you still need to schedule meetings,book conference rooms, and you still need to find and book a day office so that you can get some focused work done.

Getting your laptop out or logging onto the Internet from a hotel workstation takes away valuable time. Plus, for most on-the-go professionals, you don’t have time to stop and do so.

Mobile Is the Answer

But then there is your smartphone. It makes a lot of sense. We spend an average of 174 minutes on them every day, doing everything from basic communications (email, instant messaging, etc.), to informational searches, to shopping, to various business tasks. Indeed, more time is now spent online on smartphones than desktops and laptops, and the discrepancy will only continue to grow with annual mobile utilization expanding at more than 75% each year.

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Mobile That Connects with Customers

Mobile usage continues to skyrocket. Last year, 33 percent of web traffic was generated from mobile devices, a number that is projected to hit 39 percent this year.

The impact of mobile is far-reaching when it comes to how work is performed. A recent study reveals that 44 percent of workers check their mobile devices at least 40 times each day for email and to pick up incoming phone calls. And while the majority of workers indicate mobile improves their productivity and saves them one to two hours a week in time, they also note that they work outside of the office one to two hours every day. And while about one-third believe their mobile devices improve their work-life balances, about the same percentage believe they actually have negative repercussions.

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Business Travelers: When Day Offices and Meeting Rooms Are Needed

U.S. workers logged 455 million trips for business in 2015, a number expected to increase by nearly four percent in 2016. Remote work is certainly becoming the norm and not the exception. For road warriors, they may spend only 10 to 15 hours per week in their office, with the rest of their time spent traveling and meeting with prospects and customers.

So for employees who are on the road, when does the majority of office work take place? For the most part, it takes place between flights and meetings. And where does this work occur? It occurs at busy airports, noisy coffee shops, and cramped and uncomfortable hotel rooms. However, these less-than-ideal settings are often the last place you want when crafting a winning business proposal, writing and designing compelling content, or assessing and compiling recommendations for strategic clients and business proposals.

Needing a Day Office

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The Supreme Benefits Of On-Demand Meeting Access For Entrepreneurs and Business Pros

OK … so many of us are now into an agile & mobile, work anytime/anywhere, work-life balancing way of living. Got it. And, since we’re no longer Headquarter or CCR (Centrally Commuted Office) centric, we also have found all kinds of cost-effective, clever ways to satisfy our spontaneous workspace needs … thanks in great part to the  growth and popularity of Virtual Office Plans. But what about when you need a Meeting Room — from a reliable, basic space to sit with a few people face-to-face, to maybe a locale that can accommodate hundreds of people with all the accoutrements and IT & AV gadgetry, plus catering, copying and other services that you need?

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7 Ways to Stay Ultra-Productive on the Road

I’m writing this blog post on an airplane. I travel a lot and I’ve had to learn tips and tricks to stay productive while I’m in the air, on the road, or otherwise out of the office. After nearly two years of living a hard core road warrior lifestyle, I’ve come up with these seven tips to keep you productive just about anywhere you happen to be.

  1. Always Fly Wi-Fi-Enabled Planes: Virtual office and mobile technologies help—but not if you don’t have Wi-Fi. Delta has the largest fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled planes but other airlines have this feature also. Be sure to ask about Wi-Fi when you book, especially if you are taking a flight over two hours. You can get a mass amount of work done from the comfort of your economy seat.

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Work/Life Balance: The Latest, New Trickle-Down Business Practice That’s Anything But “New”

Well, we all know about ‘trickle-down economics’ – the theory that if the system favors the wealthy and higher-ups, that those lower down the ladder in society and the job ranks would benefit from a cascading or ‘trickling down’ effect. As the well-heeled loosen their purse strings thanks to their financial wherewithal to spend and reload, comfortable knowing that their piggy banks would keep refilling at a relatively consistent pace, the process restarts yet again. Unless you’re at the top of that totem pole, you’re probably not a big fan or defender of the wisdom and results of that business and economics model – especially if you’re a Walmart cashier or stockperson, or are a comparable station-mate in life.

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5 Meeting Room Etiquette Tips for Meeting Organizers

In our last Davinci 101 we talked about a few etiquette tips for meeting attendees. Since most of our clients are often on the other side of the table presenting, we picked 5 more etiquette tips, this time focusing on meeting organizers and presenters. While there’s a lot that goes into presenting and organizing a meeting, proper etiquette is a great way to make sure that your meeting is memorable for all the right reasons.

  1.  Start on Time

Just as everybody is expected to show up on time for the meeting, attendees expect the meeting to begin at the scheduled time. If you are still waiting on some people to show up, start the meeting and offer to catch them up on what they missed after the meeting. While you may not want anybody missing out on what you need to say, it’s unprofessional to keep people waiting around for you to start the show.

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8 Things that Can Go Wrong When Planning the Location for Your Next Face-to-Face Customer Meeting

Customer meetings are probably the most important business-to-customer interaction that takes place during the relationship life-cycle. Customers have limited time for meetings, and thus businesses must capitalize on the opportunity to convey the right amount and type of information, foster strategic relationship building, and set the stage for the next set of desired actions.

Prepping for a Face-to-Face Customer Meeting

How businesses prep for and then manage these meetings is crucial. Much has been written on the subject. Tips and strategies include everything from doing your homework before the meeting, to dressing and acting the part, to setting an agenda and using it to guide the conversation.[1] And with the influx of millennials in the workforce (expected to comprise half of the workforce within the next year), the dynamics of managing customer relationships changes, including in-person meetings.[2]

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The Tide Has Turned On What It Takes To Run a Successful Meeting

It used to be that when a company or manager planned a meeting, their employees participated with apparent interest, be it real or feigned, by demonstrating visual attentiveness. Regardless of whether they were into it or not, most employees would listen intently, and did so out of manners and courtesy, at which time they provided their undivided attention.

In many corners these days, all bets are off when it comes to the old standards of having facial and body language be the primary indicator of how attentive the meeting attendees are. Many Gen-Y/Millennial digital natives don’t provide such continual eye-contact during meetings — and unless it’s an old school ‘digital immigrant’ conducting the meeting and upholding the traditional cultural standard of visual attentiveness, the meeting leader doesn’t expect it, either.

Why?

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Find Success With A Davinci Meeting Rooms Planner

Kalie, Your Meeting Room Planner

Organizing a meeting, especially with prospective clients, takes a lot of planning, consideration, and effort. For many small businesses owners, mobile entrepreneurs, and independent consultants, the meeting planning process is often a bit stressful. Davinci Meeting Rooms understands that the process can feel a bit overwhelming at times and has created a product that removes the stress and the hassle while providing a meeting space that is sure to impress.

In today’s environment, even small meetings can be pretty demanding from a technological standpoint. Internet access, audio-visual presentation tools, and video conferencing are just a few of the things we use to conduct meetings. Throw in catering and room preparation, and it’s easy to see how someone can simply feel overwhelmed by the meeting planning process. For as cheap as a few cups of coffee, Davinci Meeting Rooms can actually handle the entire meeting planning process, including room setup, room booking, and providing the necessary technology and tools for you and your clients.

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