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3 Telling Signs to Hire the Right, IT Team Members

Do you know what to look for? You just went through a mound of résumés, searched the Internet and have reduced your list of IT candidates down to a reasonable amount. Now, the fun really begins with in-person interviews. And if you are new to hiring technology people, or just want to make sure you [...]

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How to Pick the Right Technology

Get what you really need to succeed If I didn’t have spam filters in place, I would be inundated with e-mail messages about the latest technology tools, software and services. It’s bad enough as it is with phone calls and snail mail. How about you? Are you overwhelmed with tech information that will supposedly solve [...]

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Technicians, Move Ahead in Your Organization

Stop the Status Quo and Take Action Now! If you are a tech specialist and stuck behind your desk whenever the big, boardroom meetings happen, it may feel like your career is at a standstill and you are not taken seriously. If this sounds familiar, have you done anything to move out of your current [...]

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Is This on Your Year-End, IT Checklist?

It’s time to get ready for 2013! The craziness of Cyber Monday is over, and now comes the holiday rush. With everything that’s going on in your organization, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and miss out on some important, year-end activities. Here are a few reminders to help your IT team stay on [...]

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How to Improve Customer Service with IT

Today, most businesses are using the Internet to compete on an international basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that technology is now a major part of the sales process, and more important, your customer-service activities. But you cannot provide top-level customer service with technology alone.

People are sick of dealing with call-centers, being on hold for a long time listening to lame music and trying to get their questions answered via online chat centers or from technicians who don’t know what they are talking about. With this in mind…

How well does your technology combine with the human touch?

If you want to provide excellent service to your customers around the clock, it’s essential to get your technology team working with your customer-service people. Here are a few questions to help you accomplish this:

1. Who’s on your team right now?

Start at the beginning. Make sure you have employees who care about your brand and want to learn as much as possible about your customers. Hire positive people who are willing to work with others to reach company goals. And if you already have some negative players on board, it’s time to talk to them about their attitude… or get rid of them fast. It only takes one bad egg to bring down an entire department, or company. (At Rich Dad, all of our new employees take the Kolbe Index so we know where they’ll exceed most in the company.)

2. Who does what?

Be sure your employees understand roles and responsibilities. If possible, write it down and distribute the information. This way, everyone will know who does what, and you’ll avoid unnecessary questions and conflicts about responsibilities.

3. Are you meeting regularly?

If your teams are not getting together on a regular basis, it’s time to schedule monthly meetings. Your tech people and your customer-service teams should feel comfortable working with each other and asking questions. By discussing issues, goals and ideas, you’ll be able to provide better, faster service. And more important, your employees will develop a level of trust and create better working relationships that will help the company culture as a whole.

4. What’s going on?

Once you have your technology and customer-service processes in place, be sure to monitor and analyze activities. What’s working and what isn’t? Get regular reports on results, issues, questions, comments, and more. Then, your teams can discuss this information at their monthly meetings to resolve issues before they become major problems and celebrate the activities that are working well.

5. Are you covered?

Today’s customers will look at your entire company. They will seek information online, via phone and in-person. Are you ready to help them?

Be sure to integrate all of your communications so that your team members provide the best service possible… no matter how customers approach your business.

6. What tools are you using?

Customer-service technology is constantly changing so make sure your team members are aware of the latest trends, software updates, viruses, and more. In addition, confirm that all of your technologies are up-to-date, backed up and in good working order. Customers don’t have a lot of patience, and it would be a shame to lose sales due to a Web page error, a bad e-mail process, privacy issues, or some other, technological glitch that could have been avoided.

Excel at Customer Service.

Providing the best customer-service process possible involves a combination of good technology and the human touch. Once you have the right people on your teams, open the lines of communication, monitor results and make changes as necessary.

By updating your customer-service processes regularly, you’ll improve employee relationships and create a more trusting and creative work-environment. But more important, you’ll be able to exceed at customer service and increase sales.

Robert LeCount is The Rich Dad Company’s Director of Information Technology. Based on Robert Kiyosaki’s best-selling book, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” The Rich Dad Company uses innovative technology to offer a new way to think about money and investing. For more information, please write to Robert below or at www.richdad.com.

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Today, most businesses are using the Internet to compete on an international basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that technology is now a major part of the sales process, and more important, your customer-service activities. But you cannot provide top-level customer service with technology alone. People are sick of dealing [...]

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Is Your IP Safe?

3 Tips to Protect Your Important Data

Intellectual Property (IP), or creations of the mind that you use in your business, are a big deal. In fact, the Global Intellectual Property Center reports that, “America’s IP is worth $5.8 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world.” This means that as a business owner, protecting your IP is important.

“Intellectual property protection is significant for small businesses who provide services,” states author of “Start Your Own Corporation,” Garrett Sutton, Esq. “As an attorney, I’ve heard many stories from clients about malicious employers who ripped off their clients because they did not have an intellectual property protection.”

With this in mind, what are you doing to protect your IP?

Obviously, it’s essential to work with a legal professional to set up the appropriate protections via copyrights, trademarks and patents. But with information available online to a worldwide audience at any time, it’s essential to be proactive when protecting your information. To increase your IP security, try these three tips:

1. Look for Thieves Regularly.

Just because you have legal paperwork in place, this is not going to stop thieves from searching for ways to obtain and use your IP. This is why it’s important to have specific team-members monitor your data every day online, record and report potential issues and know what to do if there is a breach of information. This way, you’ll be able to stop IP problems from escalating and wasting unnecessary time, money and effort.

2. Sign a Confidentiality Statement.

Although you probably trust most of the people you work with and feel they will keep important information confidential, it’s essential to get this in writing. Work with your attorney to create a non-disclosure agreement and have everyone involved in your organization – employees, advertisers, contractors, etc. – sign it.

This way, if someone exposes private information, you have signed paperwork in place to pursue legal action. Plus, your team members will know this is serious information, and they’ll be aware of the ramifications for divulging business secrets.

3. Involve Everyone in Your Organization.

Protecting your IP involves everyone in your organization. Because of this, schedule regular meetings, send out e-mail notices or monthly newsletters, or hold special events throughout the year to inform your team members about IP and confidentiality issues.

Teach your staff members what they need to look for and what to do if they see a potential breach. By doing so, you’ll have a group of people regularly on the lookout for perpetrators and increase your chances of discovering thieves faster.

Stay Vigilant!

With constant advancements in technology, more people have access to information than ever before. If you want to keep your confidential, IP information private, it takes more than putting legal processes and paperwork in place. You also need to be proactive, educate your team members regularly and always be on the lookout for IP thieves.

This way, you’ll have a better chance of stopping potential perpetrators from stealing your confidential data. After all, if you don’t protect your IP, it’s not a matter of “if” it will be stolen; it’s a matter of “when”!

What are you going to do today to start protecting your IP?

For more information, please provide your comments below or reach me at www.richdad.com.

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3 Tips to Protect Your Important Data Intellectual Property (IP), or creations of the mind that you use in your business, are a big deal. In fact, the Global Intellectual Property Center reports that, “America’s IP is worth $5.8 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world.” This means that [...]

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