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Manage Remote Teams with WordPress

Manage Remote Teams with WordPress

Manage Remote Teams with WordPress

Many companies are going remote to manage the day to day operations and keep their business running. Using entirely, or partially, remote employees free businesses up to hire talent around the country or even around the world. Additionally, operating on a remote team sheds a lot of overhead costs that will allow a business to continue to thrive. Companies don’t have to worry about renting a commercial space or stocking break rooms. There are no electric bills or maintenance staff to manage. The cost savings alone are worth exploring if you can manage it.

There are some excellent reasons to maintain office space. Employees get to socialize during work and face to face meetings help generate more engagement. Luckily, there are ways to mimic an office space for remote employees. Conferencing tools like WebEx and Zoom allow employees to share screens, use video conferences, and drawing tools to simulate a whiteboard.

The goal of the remote business model is to create a different approach to managing operations. Your WordPress website can give you all the tools you might need.

 

Develop a company intranet.

Intranets are a way for you to open up what is essentially a website dedicated to your employees. Companies use them to disseminate internal messages among other value prospects. The intranet can serve as a comprehensive knowledge base for the company. You can store company policies, handbooks, and contact information, so everyone is up to date with organizational clarity.

Intranets are also a great way to simplify onboarding. As mentioned, an internal knowledge base is beneficial, but storing onboarding paperwork, training articles, and general guidelines for new employees is an excellent way to get them up to speed quickly.

Finally, intranets provide a unique opportunity for employees from all over the country to communicate and recognize one another. Peer reviews, an employee of the month initiative, and an open forum for conversation are all great ways to get your employees engaged with each other. Simple things like congratulating one another on projects or sales can go a long way toward high morale productivity.

Intranets help take the place of an office space for remote teams. Owners and managers can engage directly with employees an an individual level as well as through group notifications. They are valuable to remote teams due to the ability to work at or as close to an physical office as possible. The quality of work produced by a team with a functioning intranet can match or exceed an in-person office space if managed properly.

 

Take advantage of integrated communication.

WordPress is universally praised for its flexibility. The number of systems and software that integrate is staggeringly high. For a business owner looking to manage a remote team, this flexibility opens up several options and opportunities for internal and external communication.

We already discussed how using an intranet can help internally, but your website is just as capable of communicating with web traffic externally. Website chat features are some of the most common ways customers/prospects can easily get in touch with quick questions or issues. For instance, LiveChat is a plugin that lets you communicate in real-time with visitors and records the conversation for future reference. LiveChat is highly rated and affordable with many options available so that you can find the one that fits your site best.

For businesses that want to keep a presence on the phone, you can use VoIP services. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Essentially, you can have a full telephone system through a plugin in your WordPress site. Of course, there are several options to choose from, so explore and find the one that suits your needs best. InFlo is a versatile software used for VoIP calls and comes highly recommended by customers such as Toyota and Keller Williams. Before deciding on a service, review the features offered so you can pick the best solution for your remote team.

 

Manage Internal Communication

Independent communication services help to keep your team in contact via instant messages, but they also have powerful plugins to interact with your WordPress website. Remote employees need the ability to see constant updates as new developments happen with the business. Whether those developments are new sales, new sign-ups, or new comments, your WordPress site has the tools to connect your team.

For instance, integrating your Slack channel into WordPress lets users post comments or articles into your website which will immediately notify everyone in the Slack channel. This feature can be helpful for notifications about customer sign-ups or form completions since it will update the entire team.

Other services like Zapier will integrate with several different programs including WordPress. Zapier uses a series of automated triggers, or Zaps, to complete an automation process. For example, a new visitor to your website can sign up for your newsletter, which triggers Mailchimp to send a welcome email, which then triggers a Slack notification to the team without anyone having to handle anything manually.

WordPress integrations are excellent ways to automate many of your day-to-day operations freeing up more time for your employees to focus on more important tasks. The ability to be in constant contact with them by sending notifications through your website is important when trying to manage a team in different timezones. Remote teams need all the help they can get as far as internal communication is concerned, so we recommend exploring some other options like Slack or Microsoft Teams until you find one that works for you.

 

WordPress and remote teams

Switching to a remote team requires a fundamental shift in understanding how business can be done. The days of cubicles and conference rooms are over since resources like WordPress offer so many tools to help you manage a remote team. With the plethora of available plugins, WordPress can meet nearly every need you might have.

From an intranet for employees only to external communication programs like chat and VoIP to internal communication services, WordPress has a solution to fit your business. Going remote can be an enormous boost to your company’s growth by shedding overhead and promoting a “do more with less” mentality. Remote employees tend to be more efficient and produce at a higher level, and your WordPress website is the key ingredient to managing your team.

 

Starting a remote business or transitioning to one is a stressful task, but we have some experience over here! We’d love to talk a little more with you about what it would take to get your remote team off the ground. Reach out and talk about your needs with our experts to get started!

 

 

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How to Get a Yes!

How to Get a Yes!

How to Get a Yes!

We talk a lot about developing, maintaining, and using your WordPress website to give your business a distinct online presence. We talk about marketing and plugins, strategies for retention, and measuring success.

But first thing is first. You have to make the sale.

There is no one right way to go about making a sale, so don’t feel bad if your product isn’t flying off the shelf right when you start selling. Since your business does depend on sales, it’s still a good idea to research, test, and measure different tactics, however.

An efficient website can serve as a lead magnet and a sales funnel. Using your site to convert traffic into sales is extremely difficult. You need the perfect mix of marketing, design, and sales strategy to close. Many times, basic websites and marketing campaigns aren’t enough for tacit sales. 

The good news is there are plenty of strategies to use to get a yes!

Court early adopters

Studies show that over 34% of consumers are early adopters. These consumers want the newest of the new, and they’re ready to buy. Marketing to early adopters requires loud calls to action. Chances are someone else is selling something similar to your product, so you need to stand out of the crowd.

Sometimes, all you need to grab their attention is some bold font or a well-placed digital ad. Other times, you’ll need to build out a full marketing campaign emphasizing “launch day” as the most important day since the Superbowl. Luckily, social media blitzes are affordable, but crafting your message is challenging. 

Early adopters are the ones camping outside Best Buy so that they can buy the newest TV or latest iPhone. Think about the energy and enthusiasm they need to be that dedicated! Trying to capture that enthusiasm isn’t easy, but it is an extremely effective way of selling to early adopters

Art & Emotion, Not Sales Tactics

Think about Apple. The reason why Apple has grown to power is through their ability to display their vision artistically. Early adopters gravitated towards Apple because of their ability to tap into emotions in a creative, functional way. Word spread that Apple products were for the creatives and the “cool kids.”

No bright banner ads were saying, “BUY APPLE PRODUCTS.” In fact, to this day, Apple rarely uses a call to action. Instead, they rely on showing off the features of their merchandise. Their marketing and advertising campaigns build value through emotional pleas or trendy, chic imagery.

Luckily for Apple, resellers like Verizon and AT&T advertise on their behalf! Getting someone else to advertise for you is a fantastic way to get a yes. You might not ever see Apple’s level of success, but you can follow suit with branding strategies. 

Stimulate them Intellectually

No one wants to buy a dull or uninteresting product.

One mistake that business owners make is forgetting that their customers need to be intellectually stimulated. Business owners believe their products will sell themselves instead of reaching out to leads. 

It’s up to you to build value and stress urgency to your potential customers. With the overwhelming amount of information and entertainment online, it can be tough to break through to the right audience. According to Forbes, average Americans see between 4,000 and 10,000 ads each day.

EACH. DAY. 

If that seems outrageous, look at that app on your phone or other websites, commercials, driving around town, product placement in TV shows, etc. It doesn’t end. Your job is to build enough value and stress enough urgency to crash through that wall and get a yes.

Traditional Sales

Less exciting than some of our alternatives, traditional sales methods are still some of the best. Sales strategies are a dime a dozen. Do you want to smother prospects with a high-pressure approach? Are you more of the type that wants to use a longer sales-cycle to build relationships? Whatever your method, the bottom line is you need to ask for the sale.

We already talked about building value and stressing urgency. Those are the two components to a sale. It’s the most straightforward breakdown of the process, but in a nutshell, those two steps are how to get a yes. 

The best part about all of these approaches? Your website provides infinite opportunities to experiment with what works. Traditional sales tactics tend to rely heavily on personal touchpoints. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call! With WordPress, you have access to dozens of scheduling plugins that let your design and marketing content do the work of getting you new leads. It’s up to you to close the deal!

How to get a Yes

Sales strategies are continually evolving, and your job is to find one that fits your personality. Not everyone wants to hop on the phone and cold call 100 people a day looking for sales. The good news is you don’t have to. We covered several marketing approaches to help take a more hands-off approach. 

One direction we can move quickly and efficiently is with your WordPress website. Through plugins and added tools, your site presents new strategies to test. Services like Lumen5 help create video content to engage your traffic better. By 2022, 82% (Cisco) of consumer internet traffic will be in video form, so consider the benefits of using video marketing to generate leads get to a Yes

Regardless of your methods, closing a sale is a challenge, but you can explore different strategies until you find the one that fits. Early adopters, emotional pleas, intellectual stimulation, and traditional tactics are only a few options, but there are plenty of others. Find yours. Make a plan. Get a yes.

We want to talk more with you about strategies to get to that Yes. Reach out for office hours to get the ball rolling!

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5 Project Management Plugins for WordPress

5 Project Management Plugins for WordPress

5 Project Management Plugins for WordPress

Online project management continues to grow as a staple of the modern business world. With so many companies doing business on the web, the ability to convey important critical quicker and more concisely has become a powerful competitive advantage. There are many third-party tools to help, but integrating a project management plugin into your own website may be more straightforward.

For business owners and project managers, time is the most valuable resource. Project management plugins like the ones below help free up time by automating and organizing many aspects of your project. More importantly, the ability to integrate into your website eliminates the need to utilize other products or web portals, saving you money and, best of all, time.

The list of project management plugins is long, but here are our picks for the top five.

Projectopia

We’ll start with Projectopia. What began as an in-house solution for a web agency has now found itself embedded in thousands of WordPress websites. Projectopia, formerly named CQPIM, has powerful options such as a separate client dashboard, support ticket features, workflow control, and more. For the reasonable price of $49, this is a jam-packed plugin for those willing to spend a little.

Project Panorama

Project Panorama is one of our favorite project management plugins on this list. If you want to give your client an incredible visual experience, Panorama is your best bet. This all-in-one solution emphasizes user-friendliness with simple data diagrams. You can even add detailed milestones to all your projects to show clients their current status at any time. You also can customize the plugin to match your branding. This look and feel is a great way to impress clients with your professionalism. These features do come at the cost of around $70/year for an average membership. We think the price is well worth it!

WP Project Manager

The team behind WP Project Manager, weDevs, has been making plugins since 2008. This particular plugin has seen over 4000+ active downloads. It has all the functions you need to take project management into your own hands and includes some bells and whistles too. Features like user roles, manager assignment, project visibility, project statuses, and more make this plugin a worthy replacement for Basecamp or Asana. One of the best parts of this plugin is the support team behind it. weDevs will likely get back to you quickly in the event of any technical issues.

Upstream Project Management

This plugin by Upstream boasts excellent reviews on WordPress.org, though it hasn’t been as popular as others on this list. The one thing you can know for certain when downloading this project management tool is that you will not be incurring any costs. This plugin is completely free at all levels with features such as Milestones & Tasks (that can be linked), Bug/Issue Tracker, Upload Files & Documents, Project Discussion thread, and more.

Kanban for WordPress

Kanban for WordPress is a powerful plugin with task organization tools similar to Asana or WP Project Manager by WeDevs. Where Kanban shows off is the ability to integrate with other products seamlessly. Programs like Zapier, Google Drive, DropBox, and even Jira (with a Chrome extension) are all ready to work with the Kanban plugin. Despite being so versatile, Kanban is easy to learn and get started. The Pro version clocks in at $149/year but comes with all kinds of new goodies to incorporate. For businesses operating with multiple other software, Kanban is undoubtedly worth a look.

—Summary

Project management plugins exist to lighten the load on you and your team. The automation alone helps save your business labor hours without sacrificing speed or quality. You may only need to bring in a freelance project manager to provide the manual maintenance and put on the finishing touches. Any time you can save on projects is more time you have to work directly with your customers.

Regardless of your business goals, there is one plugin on this list that will help you complete projects on time. Explore these different options and see if they make you want to ditch your third-party software. If you find the right plugin, you’ll never have to leave your dashboard again!

We want to talk with you about your goals and how project management plugins can help you achieve them. Reach out for a consultation and let’s get started!

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