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5 Ways Tablets Are Furthering Small Businesses

Tablets are an important resource for small businesses. Not only do tablets provide today’s small businesses with tools to enhance productivity and efficiency, they also provide an additional way to market their products and services to consumers. Tablets play a critical role in today’s modern world and, within a few years, they are expected to rival laptops in terms of popularity. Let’s take a look at five ways that tablets are furthering small businesses and helping them expand.

Tablets Help Productivity

A tablet provides credit card processing on the go

If you were to walk into Nordstrom today, you would find salesmen eager to help you checkout by using the credit card processing features of their iPhone. You can buy anything inside Nordstrom without even having to stand at a sales register. Small businesses today can further themselves by using their tablets and smartphones as mobile credit card processing machines. This technology is innovative, creative and highly profitable. If you’re at a conference, event or selling products door-to-door, accepting credit cards can be accomplished simply by carrying your tablet with you. The money you process will be deposited directly into your business bank account.

Tablets allow small businesses to conduct presentations face to face

If you regularly meet with clients or fellow employees, tablets allow you to conduct a small presentation without having to gain access to a computer. If you want to hit key points by cycling through a PowerPoint presentation while sitting down with a customer, your tablet has this ability built in and accessible within seconds. Tablet presentations are innovative and cutting edge. If you want to take your small business further, you could use this functionality to employ mobile salesmen to carry out your marketing efforts.

Tablets provide access to email and sales statistics anywhere in the world

The applications you can download on your tablet allow you to sync your email accounts and sales accounts directly to the device. If you have to run out of the office, checking your email and viewing today’s sales reports is only a touch away. Tablets are incredibly convenient when it comes to staying up-to-date with the progress of your small business. Tablets can even be used during meetings and employee to discuss your business using up-to-date statistics. Real-time stats on your company will be accessible in just seconds.

Social media account management without hassle

Social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube are fully accessible from a tablet. You can publish status updates and keep in touch with customers, no matter where you’re located. Social media marketing is a profitable opportunity for today’s small businesses, but you can’t drop the ball when you’re away from your desk. Tablets provide you with 24/7 access to the social media apps that you need to take your online presence to the next level.

Webinars and employee meetings

As one of today’s innovative businesses, webinars are a great way for you to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Conducting an online webinar allows you to discuss the success of your business with your employees and provide tips for improvement. Webinars can even be used to communicate directly with customers. Tablets make it easy to have meetings over the Internet and, through webcam technology, putting a face to the attendees of your meeting is now possible as well. Webinars help move businesses further along and improve efficiency.

If you want your company to have 24/7 communication with employees and customers, then investing in tablets is something you should consider.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.

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