This past month and a half I've been preparing for my Google Sales Certification test which is coming up on June 30. To prepare I've been to seminars, webinars, hangouts and rooftop networking events. I have a new appreciation for these folks!
Meanwhile I've been selling and setting up Small Business "Web Presences" - designed websites, Gmail and local listings based on Google Apps that are optimized for SEO visibility and conversion. Each process takes about 2 weeks and early results for clients has been fantastic, but I'm shy of my final goal for June.
Do you know someone who's looking to start or grow their business? I'm trying to sell just 8 more SMB Google Apps Packages before the end of the month.
I've posted a self-guided Web package that includes Google Apps, turnkey setup, my Google Playbook and a $200 credit in Google Ad-Words. $495 in professional services for Google Apps for under $200.
Check out The Newest Service for Google Apps: Coolhead Start for Google Apps
There are many benefits to going Google, one of which is the energy efficiency and savings gained by reducing in-house servers or getting rid of local servers all together. Official Google Enterprise Blog: Energy efficiency in the cloud
An excellent Guest Post on Forbes' CIO Network by Gil Zimmermann. Zimmermann is CEO of Cloudlock, a top notch cloud data security company based in Waltham, MA.
Have you noticed a decline in leads or sales on your website? Making your small business website mobile-friendly is critical to your success today. How do you make your site mobile? That's the issue - it's not easy if you have a traditional site.
It's easy to copy and paste your site into a mobile friendly website service like Google Sites or Wix. These services will automatically detect and adjust your site for mobile devices like Ipad, Iphone and Android devices.
Make Going mobile a priority for your business this summer. If you wait you may be left behind when it comes for holiday shopping (which is sooner than you think!)
Study: Small Business Web Sites Not Mobile-Friendly | CIO Today:
This Enterprise and local sales rep job was recently posted by Google for Austin.
"We've helped over 30 million employees at three million organizations around the world to 'go Google.' As masters of cloud computing, the Enterprise team helps small and large businesses, educational institutions and government agencies discover the wonders of "the cloud" and work smarter through Google Apps. Our technical and sales teams design and implement solutions for these organizations with custom features, security and support -- all with Google's philosophy of innovation and ease of use in mind."
Enterprise State and Local Sales Representative - Austin - Google Jobs:
If you work for a small business or are a small business owner, I would appreciate your comments on this Citibank Survey.
43% say business conditions are positive (up from only 24% in Summer, 2010 )
53% say they have reinvented their business "to stay afloat or competitive"
69% say they used their own money to help their business survive
38% of owners say employees worked additional hours without pay
18% say employees voluntarily missed or delayed cashing paychecks.
“Small business owners risk everything to pursue their dreams and are willing to do what it takes to make it”
Percentage of U.S. Small Business Owners Reporting Positive Business Conditions Nearly Doubles Since 2010
Interesting article in the WSJ yesterday that discusses Google Apps, Cloud and Chromebooks. We've used Chromebooks for almost a year and I gave up my Windows PC in January to try using the Chromebook exclusively.
Now, less than a month after chromebooks' major update, I'm less sure of the short-term viability of the devices. One thing is for sure: chromebooks demand change management.
Kaplan CIO: Cloudy With a Chance of Chromebooks - The CIO Report - WSJ:
I'd say between the current state of mobile and cloud computing, the revolution in the IT jobs Market is already here. It's evident in the rise of "painpoint" job fairs here in Austin and other tech cities.
The current tech talent gap is just the first sign of a coming revolution in the IT jobs market. Here's how to secure your footing now and brace for what's ahead. IT Skills: Jumping the Chasm - Computerworld:
Edward Hanapole, CIO of test prep firm Kaplan was recently quoted saying that Google Apps was not well structured for Enterprise support yet.
It's difficult to compare the enterprise support structure needed for Google Apps compared to traditional software/hardware combos such as MS Office on a PC. With Google Apps there is simply less need for the legacy IT support infrastructure that has driven our IT budgets through the roof and makes Google Apps a value proposition that can't be overlooked.
So far, when we've needed them, our experience with Google Enterprise Support has been limited but fine. How about your company? Have you needed to contact or call Tech support for Google Apps? How was your experience?
Google Apps Lacks Strong Enterprise Support, Says CIO - The CIO Report - WSJ: