|What Is Virtual PBX And How Is It Different From Conventional Office Phone Systems?
||[Aug. 14th, 2014|08:45 am]
Recently, I came across a free personalized demo from RingCentral Office offering prospective clients the opportunity to test-run their virtual PBX phone services. Seeing this demo clearly pointed out to me that these web-based cloud phone systems must be gaining in popularity with businesses - both big and small. But what exactly is a virtual PBX phone system and how is it different from the traditional landline phone systems which have dominated the company office for so many years?
Just as the name suggests - this is a virtual web-based phone system, often referred to as VOIP or voice over IP. In other words, just about everything is handled in the cloud, which is another way of saying your phone services & system will be hosted on a remote third party company. Like almost everything in business these days, your phone system will be totally integrated with your computers and the world wide web.
Immediately, many people (myself included), will see red flags popping up. Do I really want to have my vital business calls and information stored on the web - on a third party site, no less? What about security? What about hackers?
However, once the initial panic subsides, I realized, and most people would agree - so much of our personal, banking and business lives are already on the web, and we have to live with that fact. While we do hear the occasional horror story, for the most part - with encryption and increased security measures - our information is safe. Regardless, it does not take a genius to realize, cloud-based services are here to stay and will probably become (if it has not already) the way business will be done in the future.
Now, getting back to the question at hand, how are these virtual web-based PBX (Private Branch Exchange) phone systems different from conventional ones? Perhaps, the best way to distinguish between the two systems, is to look at how they are structured. Conventional phone systems are physically wired or connected to each other, whereas virtual phones can be completely wireless and mobile.
Because they are wireless, installation with a virtual system can be setup within a few minutes - instead of weeks that are usually required with a landline system. Depending on the complexity of your office, you can even use your current smartphones to setup your network. However, many companies do purchase specially designed VOIP phones for the office, especially if the operation is large.
Already, we can see the advantages of using a web-based system, setup can be almost immediate and installation/maintenance costs are nil or non-existent. For small home offices or businesses, this can be a major drawing card since resources may be limited, especially at startup. Keep in mind, as your company grows, your virtual system is completely scalable - extra lines can be added with a few clicks of the mouse.
However, easier setup and cheaper costs are not the only factors why potential clients are drawn to this newer way of handling your company's calls and communications. These virtual phone systems are usually all-inclusive, in one package, you can have voice, text, fax, conferencing, virtual secretary... and even high-quality video meetings.
In addition, these web-based phone systems are completely portable and mobile. Employees, customers, salespersons... can be reached at any time, regardless of where they happen to be located. In other words, your business is no longer tied down to a specific office setting or location - it can be accessed from wherever we have the Internet and these days that's just about everywhere on the planet.
Lastly, what makes and differentiates these virtual PBX systems from their traditional counterparts, is the total integration of all your company's communications with your computers and the web. This flexibility and functionality can make any modern business much more competitive in today's dog-eat-dog business world.
The only other question you have to ask - can your company afford not to have such a virtual phone system in your corner? Can your company truly compete or remain competitive without all these added benefits and features of a web-based PBX phone system? Like all business inquiries of this nature, it is your call?
To discover more about using virtual PBX systems for your business or company, try this link: More information on virtual PBX
|Online Fax Services Guide YouTube Channel Gets Upgraded
||[Jun. 9th, 2013|10:05 am]
Seems YouTube is always making changes to its platform and now they have introduced a mandatory upgrade which gives every YouTube channel a new look. They are keeping us busy.
The background and the old layout is gone. I don't like this new upgrade but what can you do... never liked the other changes YouTube made but we have to live with them if you you want to keep using YouTube... our newly updated Internet Fax channel looks like this.
Google does like changing things I guess... they are never satisfied with leaving things alone. But again, what can you do, this YouTube belongs to our popular Online Fax Guide and we just can't lose it. Onward and upward...
|Can The Traditional Fax Machine Survive Online Faxing?
||[Jul. 4th, 2012|12:50 pm]
In our fast moving world, new technologies replace old ones everyday. So it's not really strange to question the whole notion of the conventional fax machine being replaced by a more modern service or method. Are the days of the old fax machine numbered and can it possibly be replaced by online faxing?
The answer to that question is not an outright yes. Well, maybe if you look further enough into the future, but the traditional fax still have it die-hard users and one won't be seeing these machines disappear any time soon.
Probably the best comparison can be made with cell phones or mobile technology, while cell phones have virtually taken over how we communicate, there is still a place for landlines or fixed phones. Along the same reasoning, one can't really see these land phones disappearing from the scene in the near future, no matter how popular cell phones become. Likewise, one doesn't really see "snail mail" disappearing just because we now have email.
Actually, these are very good comparisons because online or Internet faxing is a mobile version of traditional faxing. With online fax, one is using their web connection and their email account to send and receive all their faxes. You just have to sign up to an online provider who will handle all your communications in return for a small monthly charge - around $8 to $10. And because these services are web based - you can send/receive your faxes anywhere, anytime.
Just as we have seen that cell phones and email can be very convenient to use, regardless of where we are, online faxing is just as convenient and portable. It's this "flexibility of use" and "location independence" which have made this new way of faxing very popular with both individuals and companies.
However, online or email fax, does have some other strong benefits which contribute to this growing popularity. Besides the cheaper rates and expenses, this new technology is completely scalable and can be quickly adjusted to meet your growing business needs. It is also more secure and private, since your messages can be encrypted. Plus, everything is digital and tied directly into your computers, so your files can be easily stored and retrieved at any time, with a few clicks of the mouse.
In addition, just as email and mobile phones, have sped up our rate of doing business and communicating, online fax is doing the same thing for our faxes. It has made these business transactions faster since you are no longer tied down to the office setting or even office hours for that matter. Obviously, anyone using this new technology will have a competitive advantage over some one still using the traditional method.
One final word, just as we have seen individuals and companies still using land phones and postal mail, for the most part these parties have also embraced cell phones and email. In other words, other than expense, there is no reason why anyone can't use both methods to send and receive their faxes. Keep the best of both worlds and still retain any competitive edge these new technologies bring into play. There's no reason why your company can't do the same, but as in all business decisions - it's your call?
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|Ivy Bridge Laptops Have Arrived - Is It Time To Upgrade My Gaming Laptop?
||[May. 22nd, 2012|04:14 pm]
New 3rd Generation Intel Core (Ivy Bridge) empowered laptops have hit the marketplace, do I need to upgrade my gaming notebook with these latest 22nm processors or chipsets? This question is being asked by thousands of gamers and ordinary laptop owners who want the latest specs and highest performance levels for their systems. There are two ways to answer this question.
First, if you have just bought or purchased a gaming notebook with the old (can't believe we are already saying this) Sandy Bridge processors and your system performs all your games at the highest levels (or what every level you like to play your games at) then there's no problem. Your current laptop is quite adequate and you don't really need to upgrade.
Keep in mind, we are talking about high-performing laptops here, if you just want a device for web-surfing, email, watching movies and doing simple word processing - then just about any laptop on the market will satisfy your requirements and meet your needs. In that same light, if you do have a high-performance rig and it meets all your requirements, there really is no need to waste money on an upgrade or a new notebook.
However, gamers are usually a strange lot, they simply want the best of "everything" in their gaming machines. So the only question left to ask: "Is Ivy Bridge better than Sandy Bridge?"
Comparing just the speeds alone, the next generation of Quad Core processors are slightly faster. For example, take the top of the line Sandy Bridge - the Core i7 Extreme 2960XM with 2.7 GHz and boost to 3.7 GHz using one core. Now compare this the top Ivy Bridge - the 3920XM at 2.9GHz with boost to 3.8GHz running one core. Server and desktop processors will have slightly different performance levels.
However, speeds are one thing but how a laptop performs in the actual video gaming environment is something entirely different. Excess heat is one major problem most gamers have experienced at one time or another. There has been talk in some of the gaming forums about heat issues with Ivy Bridge processors, especially when they're over-clocked. Overclockers.com is reporting that Ivy Bridge run about 20°C higher than Sandy Bridge when overclocked. In reference to the desktop Core i7 3770k, this over-heating was due to the "integrated heat spreader" and this issue should be examined further before you buy, especially if you're going to be over-clocking your system.
In addition, most benchmarks and tests, are proving Ivy Bridge might definitely be worth the upgrade. PCWorld in their benchmark tests reported that there was only moderate CPU performance boost when using Ivy Bridge compared to Sandy Bridge, BUT these new 3rd generation quad core processors did offer "significant graphics improvement, as well as better battery life."
In another comparison, Anandtech did benchmark tests on an Ivy Bridge laptop compared to AMD's Trinity platform and found that Intel won the day, however AMD's integrated GPU Trinity 7660g did out perform Intel's HD 4000. In contrast, Anandtech found the battery life on this Ivy Bridge system was somewhat disappointing when compared to both Sandy Bridge systems and the AMD Trinity. More tests are probably needed here to get a more accurate judgment on battery life.
Regardless, more and more gaming laptops are switching to the newer Ivy Bridge systems, perhaps most noticeable, are the new Alienware M17x R4 notebooks. Others include the ASUS G75VW-DS73, Toshiba Qosmio T752, MSI GT60 and the MSI GT70. Over the coming months, expect more high-end Ivy Bridge gaming laptops from the major manufacturers to hit the gaming world. If you have been waiting to upgrade your laptop or buy a new system, now is probably the time to do so.
The author has a keen interest in all things laptop and runs an online Laptop Guide featuring the latest top gaming notebooks, including
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|Web Marketing After Google Panda And Penguin - SPECIAL REPORT
||[May. 17th, 2012|01:17 pm]
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|What Is A Web Based Fax Service?
||[Apr. 12th, 2012|09:47 am]
Many people are wondering just what is a web fax service? They are used
to a conventional fax machine in the office, where you have a dedicated fax
phone line and number. In most cases, it is just a matter of clicking
a few numbers and feeding your fax through the machine.
But how can you fax online?
Actually, the answer is quite simple, online faxing uses your email system
and your web connection to send and receive all your faxes.
You can simply get your own online fax service.
Once you sign up to an online fax service, you are given your own local or
toll-free fax number to use. Your are also given access to your own online
account or interface, where you can log in to send and receive your messages,
which are sent through an email attachment. Although there are several ways to
fax with a web based fax service so you should check with your provider for
the exact details.
Many providers have a free desktop application which users can place on
their computers, then they can fax directly from their desktops. Keep in
mind, a web fax service is a simple form of "cloud computing" where your fax
needs are met through an online server which can be accessed from anywhere and
at any time.
This portability or mobility is one of the main reasons why web fax services
have become extremely popular. Your faxes are available 24/7, 365 days of the
year. Any mobile device such as a cell phone, iPad or laptop can be used as your
fax machine. This offers great convenience and ease of use.
In order to get a web based faxing service, you have to pay around $8 to $10
a month, although there are cheaper services out there so it does pay to shop
around, especially when you consider this is a long-term business expense.
However, you must realize this is paperless faxing so you will save on the cost
of papers, inks and toners. Plus, since everything is done online, you don't
have the cost of a dedicated fax phone line which can be expensive in its own
There are several more reasons why these web-based fax services have become
popular with business owners. One has to do with increased security, online
faxing is very secure because your messages can be encrypted. In addition,
your messages are only received by the person or persons they are intended
for - so your faxes can be much more private.
Another great feature, these services will "confirm" that the receiver has
indeed received your message. For vital company faxes, this is extremely
important, especially when it comes to acquiring timely sales or deals.
Another selling point, these services connect all your company's faxes
with your computers. You can easily store and retrieve any of your
messages with a few clicks of the mouse, even ones which you received
6 months ago. This is an excellent time-saver and will make all your
business dealings run more smoothly.
For all of these reasons, going with a web based fax service must be
considered if your company or business depends upon faxing to make
sales, contact clients or acquire timely contracts. It's another one of
those modern communication options which must be considered if you want
your business to remain current and competitive.
For more information on Internet Fax Services use this handy online fax Comparison Guide: Click Here. Or if you want more detailed information on Internet Faxing try: here.
|How Virtual PBX Makes Home Business Startups More Professional
||[Mar. 31st, 2012|10:45 am]
Using virtual PBX services can make any home business or startup more professional, mainly because first impressions are extremely important for setting the right business tone or atmosphere for future communications with clients and customers. Even a small company or business can project a "big company" image by using these hosted PBX services to handle all communications associated with the day to day business operations of their companies.
PBX stands for "Private Branch Exchange" and refers to the old style switchboard which handled a company's communications in the not so distant past. Virtual PBX refers to modern day services or providers which are hosted on remote servers, far removed from a company's actual location. These virtual services are very comprehensive and can include voice mail, call-forwarding, online fax... as well as a virtual receptionist in some cases.
In other words, most if not all, of a company's communications can be directed or handled through a virtual PBX system. This can be an inexpensive way to consolidate all one's phone, email, fax... into one communication system. For any business just starting up, it can be a much cheaper alternative than putting in the extra phone and fax lines, buying the extra hardware and/or hiring a real receptionist for the front office.
Going the virtual route can be a great time and money saver for any startup or home business. In addition, these services are very professionally run and this professionalism will boost your company's image in the eyes of potential clients and customers.
Virtual PBX is actually a form of "cloud computing" where these services are outsourced to third party providers. By using or outsourcing to one of these providers, such as the well known RingCentral, any company or startup can be up and running within minutes. In return for a small monthly fee, these companies can have a professional phone/fax/receptionist system working 24/7 to handle all business communications.
While professionalism and economics may prove to be the two main reasons for going the virtual route, they are not the only reasons. Connecting all one's business communications with computers and the web, will make any company more efficient and viable in today's computer obsessed world. Clients and customers will be able to easily reach those companies using virtual PBX, anywhere and anytime, meaning these same companies will be open for business around the clock. For that last reason alone, any home business or startup, must consider the feasibility of acquiring a virtual PBX service.
For more information on acquiring a virtual PBX service click here: www.onlinefaxguide.com/virtual_pbx.htm. For other handy business solutions try here: www.bizwaremagic.com.
|List Building - Social Networks Are It!
||[Feb. 15th, 2012|10:12 am]
List building is a topic which I have been following for over 10 years or more. In that time, you pick up a lot of helpful information when it comes to building your own opt-in email list. With the recent advent of such social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+... list building has grown in importance, rather than diminished.
Granted, the effectiveness of using email as a marketing tool doesn't hold the same power as it once did when it was a new medium. Most web users have now become wary of receiving too many emails and/or open fewer and fewer emails, regardless of the subject matter. These subscribers are also more likely to unsubscribe from your list if your emails become too promotional.
Regardless of this fact, most savvy online marketers will have "follow-up" marketing funnels or lists in place for the products and services they're promoting. Instead of just having one chance to "sell" to a potential customer, if that person subscribes to receive additional information, you will have countless chances to promote your products. In a similar way, most of these marketers will have a general opt-it list, where they promote different related products. For example, if you have a site on Internet marketing tools, you could build a list full of readers interested in marketing tools.
Social Networks Changes Everything
As a way of promoting my sites, I have several YouTube channels and I am constantly surprised to find that some pimply faced kid has several million subscribers. Some of these kids are not even out of high school and they're racking up millions of views and getting 1000s of new subscribers each day. The list building power of a system like YouTube should not be underestimated. Most of these same kids have partnered with YouTube and earn daily sums that would shock many people. For example, one kid in London just bought a house with his earnings from making YouTube videos. Well, that kid is actually in his early 20's now, but he started as a teenager on YouTube and considers it his full time job.
But YouTube is just one of these social networks which lets one build your list of contacts, an even better one is Twitter. Mainly because this is a simple messaging system which lets you broadcast your short messages to thousands, or even hundreds of thousands with a click of the mouse. Perhaps the only drawback, your subscribers or Twitter followers may be subscribed to hundreds of other Tweeters, so your message might get lost in the onslaught. Regardless, Twitter is a "must-have" program for any online marketer or webmaster who is interested in building their lists.
Another new-comer to the whole social networking scene is Google+ and it has quickly become important for several reasons. One it is from Google, perhaps one of the most respected brands in the world. Second, Google has just recently integrated Google+ profiles and posts into their personal search results when a user is logged into their G account. This second factor really opens up Google+ as a list building property because you can now use the power of Google's search engine to promote your profile and posts to build your list of contacts.
However, the grand-daddy of all social list building programs simply has to be Facebook. One can use this premium social network in many ways... build a fan base for your website or product, build a list of close business colleagues or build a list of close family members and friends... Facebook is the ultimate online list builder. What is really significant here is Facebook's large member base - close to 900 million users and will probably reach a billion users soon.
This opens up a whole pool of prospective subscribers which is much larger than Google+ and besides Facebookers stay logged into their accounts twice as long as those using Google. This makes Facebook users much more active and more likely to stumble across your own Facebook page or fan site.
Lastly, if you check out some of those young YouTubers who have subscriber numbers in the millions, you will discover that these savvy list builders have profiles and accounts in ALL of these social networks. They use all of them... Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Dailybooth... to help build their lists. The best part, all these social networks and programs are free. So are you using them to build your list?
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