What is Project Management Software?
Project management software is used for scheduling project, cost control, resource allocation, communication, quality management and documentationor or administration systems, which are used to deal with the complexity of large projects.
Most of the big companies are using one of the following Project Management Software listed above. It's designed to support multiple users modifying different sections of the plan at once and delivered the project on time.
In the company i working right now, we used Mavenlink for our project collaboration, it's a very nice software aside from their friendly UI of the software most of the project management software features that the companies looking for is already in the mavenlink. It's a better way to manage your projects from start to finish. Mavenlink is now completely integrated with Google Apps and Intuit Apps Center .
For more info about Mavenlink - Online project management software.
Mavenlink Project Management
Mavenlink Launches in Intuit App Center with Quickbooks Integration
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Finally, Google is now allowing businesses, brands and any non-human entity to participate in its Google+ social network, through new Google+ Pages that are launching today, promised to be available to everyone shortly.
Businesses Weren’t Allowed, Initially
Businesses have wanted to be part of Google+ from the start. In fact, many businesses and brands made use of regular Google+ accounts as a way to participate on the service despite their non-human status.
However, in July, Google terminated any business accounts that it spotted, including one from Sesame Street, promising that formal business pages would come — and that they’d be worth waiting for.
Google+ Pages Now Welcome Businesses
Now businesses are being welcomed in, through the new Google+ Pages program. Beginning today, and rolling out over the next two days, businesses will be able to create Google+ pages for themselves, using the Create A Page tool (and assuming you already have a regular Google+ account — more on this below).
Not everyone who goes to that page will get in (many will get a “Google+ Pages isn’t ready for everyone” message). Again, it’s a random rollout happening over the next two days (NOTE: Google tells us now everyone should have access). But once you gain access, you’ll be asked to create a page in one of five categories:
- Local Business or Place
- Product or Brand
- Company, Institution or Organization
- Arts, Entertainment or Sports
Local Is Different
If you’re creating a page for a local business, you have special options including the ability to enter a phone number. From Google’s help page on the topic:
Local Google+ pages are unique from other categories of pages because they have features that allow customers to easily connect with that business’s physical location. For example, local pages include a map of the business’s location and feature its address, phone number, and hours of operation.
Of course, many local businesses have already claimed their pages in the completely separate Google Places. Much of the information that Google+ Pages for local businesses wants — and more — are on those pages. But they remain unconnected. Google tells me:
Currently, Place pages and Google+ Pages must be managed separately. A Place page provides information about a business and makes it easy for customers to find local businesses on Google Maps and local search; while a Google+ page provides business owners with additional ways to engage, build relationships and interact directly with customers. Readmore
My first real company was an SEO agency. I was only 17 years old when I started it and I had no clue what I was doing. The only thing I knew was there was a business to be made from SEO because companies spent millions of dollars on pay-per-click advertising.
I was fortunate enough to get my agency $10,000 to $20,000 a month in revenue within a year, but scaling the company to millions of dollars a year was a much harder challenge. Luckily I was able to get there as soon as I figured out how to close big SEO contracts that were in the million dollar range. If you want to create a big SEO agency that’s printing cash, it’s still possible. All you have to do is learn from my mistakes. Here’s what I learned over the years:
#1: Run Your Agency Like a Businessman
When you think about big SEO agencies who come to mind? Probably companies like Distilled and Blueglass, right? Although they are great agencies, they aren’t that big when you compare their revenue to companies like iProspect or 360i.
Do you know why? It isn’t because companies like iProspect and 360i are better SEO agencies, rather it’s because they understand business and sales very well.
When I first started out I would pitch companies on SEO by telling them how much more traffic I could get them and how high I could get them to rank on Google. I would also end the pitch with how much it would cost. Although that approach works, it’s not as easy as you may think. Can you guess why? Well the person who signs off on a six- or seven-figure contract doesn’t care about rankings, they care about revenue AND profit instead.
It took me a few years to learn this, but once I did my minimum SEO engagement started at $240,000 a year and it went up to $1,200,000 a year. I was able to get large contracts because I changed the message of my pitch. Instead of pitching rankings, I would first figure out how much traffic a company was currently getting from search engines and their conversion rate. I would then take that data and multiply it with their average order size to get an understanding of how much revenue the company was making from organic search.
From there I would break down how much more traffic I could get the company from: conservative, normal and aggressive estimates. I would break down the methods I would use, and give them a time range in which they could see these results. I would also share how much more revenue they would see on a quarterly basis from my efforts. Using their average revenue per customer number and their conversion rate percentage I was able to provide estimates on how much additional income I can bring to their business.
Once I figured out that magic formula it wasn’t hard to tell a company that I wanted $300,000 per quarter because I was going to make them an additional $3,000,000 in quarterly revenue.
When you’re pitching to companies, don’t make the mistake I did of pitching rankings, instead discuss the revenue and profit impact you are going to bring to the table.
#2: It’s Harder to Get clients than to Keep Them
One mistake I made with my agency is that I spent more time acquiring customers than trying to keep them. Instead I should have spent 75% of my time keeping clients and 25% of my time trying to acquire more. The better results you provide, the more clients you are going to get from word of mouth. Instead of just focusing on getting new customers, make sure you are satisfying your customers. You can do this by weekly calls, monthly reports, and sometimes even in-person meetings.
But the best way you can make sure your customers are happy is to survey them. One consulting company who does a great job of this is Conversion Rate Experts. After every call, they send you a survey that contains questions like this:
- What were the three top highlights of the call?
- What is the one thing that you think will benefit you most from this call?
- What were the three worst aspects of the call? (Remember, we love blunt, honest feedback – we invest loads of time and money gathering it – and reacting to it).
- How could we have improved the call?
If you notice, they don’t ask questions like “are you happy?” Rather they ask questions that will help them improve the service they are providing. Take a page out of Conversion Rate Experts book and ask your customers specific questions that will help you service them better.
#3: Never Stop Building your Brand
One of the reasons my agency took off was because I had a big brand in the SEO sector. During my peak I spoke at over 50 conferences a year, I blogged about SEO three times a week, and I constantly did free work for popular bloggers. In exchange they put my company's logo in the footer or sidebar of their blog.
I didn’t stop there… I also started to spend $10,000 to $20,000 a month for advertising. I bought a banner on any major SEO sites that would sell it to me. Through all of these efforts business was flourishing and we were getting bombarded with requests from new companies. But after a while I got tired of blogging and traveling to conferences, so I slowed it down.
Within a six-month period I noticed that incoming requests from potential clients were dying down as my agency stopped putting an emphasis on growing our brand. At this point we were focusing our time on satisfying clients instead of acquiring new customers. Like I mentioned earlier, focus 75% of your efforts on keeping your customers happy and 25% of your efforts on acquiring new customers. It’s all about finding the perfect balance instead of spending too much time on one or the other.
#4: Keep Your Overhead Low
One of the wisest things I did when I first started out was that I kept my overhead low. By running the agency in my parents' home for the first few years I didn’t have to pay rent and my mom could tell me who came into work and who didn’t because I was still in school at the time. However, as the company started to scale into the low six figures each month, I started to spend money a bit more lavishly. From staying in fancier hotels when traveling to having useless gadgets for employees to be entertained, I started to spend money like it was water.
Luckily for me, my business partner started to see this and he helped me cut back on expenses, as this was very important when the recession hit. When it rains it pours. Losing one client will turn into two, and that can turn into three. So if you don’t keep your overhead low, you’ll have to start laying off employees… this is the last thing you want to do!
Ideally your profit margins should be around 50% if not higher. It’s hard to do this when your revenue is below six figures a month, but none-the-less your profit margins should never be below 20%. Save your money for a rainy day because no matter how good of an SEO you are, there will be rough times. Read More>>
Mobile phones have come a long way in the last decade, moving from a mix of modest clamshell and candy-bar designs to widescreen smartphone powerhouses. And while huge lists of advanced features are all the rage these days, many still look back on the phones of yore with fond eyes. One of the most popular handsets of yesteryear was the Motorola RAZR, and now, 5 years since the company ceased production of the iconic flip phone, they are reviving the name. The new Android-powered device is called the Droid RAZR, and while it's nearly unrecognizable compared to its older brother, it just may be what smartphone fans are looking for.
The svelte new smartphone sports a dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording, and 4G LTE support. The RAZR's massive 4.3" Super AMOLED touchscreen looks dazzling, and is encased in Gorilla Glass for added protection. The device is splash resistant, with Motorola promising that even the phone's internals are meant to survive a bit of water.
One of the biggest selling points of the original RAZR was its thin form factor. The Droid RAZR continues that trend, measuring a laughably-narrow 7.1mm — making it the world's thinnest smartphone. By comparison, the recently-released Droid Bionic measures 10.9mm, and the iPhone 4S checks in at 9.3mm. The back of the new phone is made of woven Kevlar, in case it ever gets caught in a Hollywood-style shootout. It will run Android version 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box.
The original Motorola RAZR (pictured right) debuted in 2003 and in just three short years it racked up over 50 million units sold, largely due to its super-thin profile and flashy appearance. But as smartphones began to grow in popularity, the modest features of the RAZR sent it straight to the bargain bin. But with that kind of name recognition, the new RAZR — which boasts a much more powerful OS and huge list of features — may be able to capture some of the old phone's magic, which is something many Android devices seem to be lacking as of late.
The Droid RAZR will be release in November as a Verizon exclusive and will cost $299 with a new 2-year contract. A suite of accessories will also be poised for a launch-day release, including keyboard and laptop docks that will expand the phone's capabilities to a larger screen. If you want to experience the rebirth of the RAZR line, you can pre-order the device starting on October 27.
This article originally appeared on Tecca
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a new addition to the iDevice stable: The iPhone 4S. While rumors about the 4S had been swirling for days, they were nowhere near as rampant as those about the fabled the iPhone 5, which wasn't mentioned during Apple's keynote event.
Speculation about the 4S was mainly centered around it being a cheaper version of the iPhone 4, but this proved false on Tuesday. Instead, the iPhone 4 has dropped to $99 for the 8GB version, while the iPhone 4S is featured at higher price points for its three configurations.
Those who expected Apple to announce a completely redesigned iPhone 5 will have to settle for a device that's physically identical to its predecessor. While many may feel disappointed by the iPhone 4S, the new device does boast some marked improvements over the iPhone 4, such as voice control, airplay mirroring and an improved camera. Read More
Apple iPhone 5 is based on face recognition mechanism with a sleek design. It contains 64GB memory with OLED screen. With GPS navigation feature you are able to synchronize with iTunes and customize SMS alerts and tones with HD audio quality. With Apple iPhone5 you can do video chat on 3G. For more durability, the screen is made scratch protected. For improved resolution it contains the most advanced graphic chips in it with chips dual core processors. On iPhone 5 you are also able to watch local channels. It also includes Pico projector which is used for presentation on a wall or flat surface.
Many have speculated that the iPhone 5 will launch with LTE support, as there are already a few Android handsets and tablets on the market that support LTE and Apple generally tries to lead and not follow with its new iPhone handsets. With Apple’s two main carrier partners AT&T and Verizon currently rolling out 4G LTE network coverage as fast as possible, users would likely flock to the iPhone 5 in droves if LTE support was an included feature. Verizon’s network is far more complete than AT&T’s, but it’s expected that the two companies will feature similar LTE coverage by next year.
Although the iPhone 5 is all but confirmed to be launching sometime in September or early October, Apple has yet to even confirm the existence of the device. Nothing is known about what the next-generation iPhone handset will deliver in terms of upgraded hardware or features; whether or not LTE had even been considered by Apple was unknown until the discovery of LTE settings in iOS 5 Beta 6.
Pivotal Tracker is the award winning agile project management tool that enables real time collaboration around a shared, prioritized backlog. It keeps everyone, even distributed teams focused and on the same page, with an integrated, always up to date story board. Your team will stay on target with Tracker's continuous, automatic prediction of milestone completion dates, based on historical performance. Most importantly, you'll get the right product to the market, sooner, based on Tracker's simple, yet powerful workflow which encourages continuous customer feedback and prioritization.
10 reasons I like Pivotal Tracker.
- It’s free.
- It’s hosted.
- It’s a joy to use. It’s the iPod of project management software. It’s all drag-and-drop and clickity-clack and it just works.
- It’s multi-user. Your co-founder in North Korea can make changes in Tracker and you will see them instantly. No page reloads.
- It’s for lean startups. The building block in Tracker is a story: an increment of customer value that you deliver with minimal waste.
- It’s about completing your next most important task—not maintaining mile-long to-do lists, Gantt charts, and lists of bugs.
- It’s transparent. Everybody on the team knows what everybody else is working on, their priorities, and their accomplishments.
- It’s in sync with reality. It doesn’t take time to keep your requirements and schedule in sync with reality, even if your business priorities change daily.
- It doesn’t do much. No, it doesn’t do dependencies and critical paths. It just keeps you focused on delivering value to customers.
- Bonus reason: Everything is on one page—there’s no need to navigate around (unlike other project management tools). More Gmail, less Hotmail.