GoCardless, the new service which allows you to collect money directly from your customers’ bank accounts has gone live providing a real, and cost effective, alternative to accepting credit and debit cards.
Several pieces of research have emerged that show many small businesses are failing to maximise the online opportunities available to them, despite the rise in e-commerce and digital marketing.
‘Companies everywhere are recognising that video has become the factor that can provide an edge over the competition’ – the wise words of James Leal-Valias, creative director at iStockphoto, writing for Business Matters a few weeks ago under the title ‘Design for Small Business: Integrating Online into Your Marketing Mix’.
Recently, I have shifted the focus of this blog series away from my personal perspective on cloud computing in order to give some of our customers the chance to present their views on the technology.
Years ago I found myself on a board tasked with privatising part of the old Greater London Council (GLC). We submitted a bid to buy our business but it was unsuccessful and the business was sold to some other guys. Just before I received my marching orders I did get a chance to see how the new predators operated. There are some lessons that I’ve never forgotten.
ecademy – the business-orientated social networking site, that we have covered many times within the pages of Business Matters, gave a stark warning to its members of the possible pitfalls of using social networking as they left supposedly private support emails sent through the site publicly viewable as the result of a programming error earlier this week.