Business Opportunity Follow-up

It’s not the girl or guy who’s number you got last night, it’s someone who wants to hear from you now.

No delays, no games, close the deal!

Having created and run multiple businesses in both the services industry as well as hard goods, I’ve come across a fair amount of opportunities and inquires. While there are  many differences between these types of businesses, there are also some similarities, including the opportunity follow-up.

Answer immediately, particularly in the age of the internet, constant connectivity and instant response/gratification expectations. For us and many, our website is our storefront and any form completed to request information or follow-up communication is someone figuratively knocking on the door.

Just imagine if you had a brick and mortar business and your front door is locked at the moment. A customer shows up and knocks on your door to buy some goods or simply to ask a few questions. How many of these opportunities do you suppose you would close if you chose to answer your door a few hours or even a few days after the customer is knocking? Do you really think that they would just sit there waiting for you to answer the door?

When a customer completes a web form requesting information or contact, especially these days, they demand an answer immediately. If you choose to ignore the knocking on your door (or email on your smartphone) and wait any stretch of time to answer, you will lose nearly every time. They will go next door and find another seller, they will go to another website and submit a request and eventually, they will get an answer in a more prompt and professional manner.

No excuses!

Free iPad for the best Entrepreneurial Idea/Plan

Win a Free iPad by using your brainYes, seriously, a free iPad for the best Entrepreneurial idea/plan! The 3G one too, not just WiFi.

There are conditions of course, it’s a contest and not a sweepstakes. The prize is a 3G iPad with 18 months of service and any business assistance I can give (within reason). If I get a good response I’ll make sure it shows up for the holidays! Who knows, if I get more than one awesome idea, there may well be more than one prize – it’s happened before.

In working with the kids and staff on starting, building and running a business, I was thinking that it would be really cool to see how many ideas we could all come up with. I spend a lot of time kicking ideas around and have found my iPad pretty useful for doing so with the various applications for project management, financial calculations, flow charting, drawings and collaboration. I have to imagine the same is true of similar minds. If you don’t participate then you lose and I’ll win my own iPad 🙂 or just save the money.

What I wanted to find out is, what are the best ideas for businesses that are conceptualized, planned, started, built and run with no other in-house technology besides iPads. This does NOT exclude cloud computing for various purposes, but the business and its offices have no other technology at the desktop besides the iPad. No desktops, no servers, no Ethernet, no fax machines or phones, copiers, printers or anything along the same lines.

Ideas are great but don’t go anywhere without a plan. The best idea wins yet must come with a plan to succeed and ideally the drive to carry forward with the idea. I’d love to help make it happen for someone who really gets it and may just need some encouragement and help.

Privacy notice: You have my word that your ideas are safe and won’t be shared nor would I run with them unless you were at the helm. I can offer a lot of assistance to the right person with the right idea. Since you probably don’t know me nor my word, feel free to ask around, I’m sure you’ll find it as you should.

If you know someone with the moxy and the need for a iPad, send them here for me please. Thanks.

You can post your response, send it through the contact page or email me directly (probably best). My email here is me@ my domain. Call me if you want, but you still have to submit it in writing.

Thanks for playing along!

VoIP Supply launches Nationwide Installations

Deploy - Nationwide VoIP Phone System Installations

VoIP Supply has recently announced the launch of ‘Deploy’ its Nationwide Voice over IP phone system installation service.

The official press release is below. Deploy is the result of many months of work, demo and beta installations and refinement of the process from start to finish. VoIP Supply is the only reseller of Voice over IP hardware that offers a true nationwide base of professionally trained and certified VoIP Phone System Installers.

VoIP Supply Launches Deploy Nationwide Installation Services

Leading supplier of VoIP equipment now offering nationwide VoIP installations via Deploy.

Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2010

VoIP Supply LLC, North America’s leading supplier of Voice over IP (VoIP) equipment and complete systems, today announced the launch of Deploy. Deploy by VoIP Supply is a suite of nationwide VoIP installation services aimed at business that don’t have the time or technical acumen to properly install a VoIP solution. Through Deploy businesses can make the evaluation and installation of a VoIP system quick, easy and affordable.

“Even though VoIP systems have become easier to set-up and install do it yourself is not for everyone,” stated Garrett Smith, Director of Marketing and Business Development at VoIP Supply, LLC. “With Deploy by VoIP Supply those businesses that do not have the time or expertise to properly set-up and install a VoIP system can now do so quickly and inexpensively, ensuring they realize the cost savings and efficiency increases that come with VoIP.”

Through Deploy by VoIP Supply, businesses gain access to a nationwide network of licensed and certified field technicians that perform:

  • On-site assessments
  • Cable installations
  • Network infrastructure configuration and installations
  • VoIP system configuration and installations
  • VoIP endpoint configuration and installations

Starting at just $199.99 for an on-site assessment, the typical business can have a complete VoIP system installation – from on-site assessment to cabling to end point installation – for around $300 per user. Deploy services can be purchased in tandem or a la cart and are backed by an industry leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) that includes a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty.

For more information about Deploy by VoIP Supply, please visit http://www.voipsupply.com/services/installations.

About VoIP Supply
VoIP Supply, LLC (http://www.voipsupply.com), a division of Sayers Technology Holdings, is North America’s leading supplier of VoIP Equipment and complete systems with offerings for businesses, service providers and resellers. In addition to a comprehensive product catalog, the company offers technical support, extended warranties, device configuration, installations and logistical services. VoIP Supply is a three-time INC 5,000 honoree and in 2007, was ranked number 45 on the Entrepreneur Magazine’s Hot 100 fastest growing companies in the U.S. VoIP Supply has also been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Western New York by Buffalo’s Business First Newspaper, one of the Top 100 privately held companies in WNY, as well as the fastest growing company in WNY for 2006 by winning the Business First Fast Track 50 Award.

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