We are already deep into 2017 and we have seen some cool innovations and trends that will be available soon on the market, if you haven't starting using them already. From improved self-driving cars and advanced virtual reality devices, to smart home innovations and mobile industry trends... this year has been very interesting so far.
Constant advancements in technology are bound to improve almost every aspect of our lives. However, it’s time to ask ourselves this: what does the remainder of 2017 have in store for businesses? Are there any technology trends that will change the way we operate our companies in 2017 and beyond?
Luckily, the answer is yes, there are. With a little bit of research, we analyzed the current business technology trends and put together a list of the most impactful ones, so you know exactly what to keep an eye out for this year. Read on, take a few mental notes, and arm yourself with these useful tips.
Freelancers have been a part of the business world for a long time now. Even though they are nothing new, the technology will further improve productivity and your communication with your virtual workforce. This is particularly important for small businesses because they often do not have the budget to hire highly experienced individuals.
With freelancing growing in popularity and technology allowing for more efficient and reliable experience, smaller businesses will gain access to a much larger talent pool of virtual workers. Finally, we will be able to overcome geographical limitations, which is something humanity is obviously striving to master.
Social Media Marketing
The way we advertise our products and services is also bound to experience some major changes. It was not so long ago that we used only newspapers, radio shows, billboards and television to market our businesses. Today, on the other hand, we have access to social media networks and other platforms that have quickly become a go-to advertising spot.
Of course this is not a 2017 innovation, but this year will probably be the turning point. We are already witnessing how much power internet influencers have and a lot of major companies are testing the water with them. It is strange to say, but some YouTube personalities and Instagram celebrities have more reach than major TV networks. And this should not come as a surprise, knowing that people nowadays spend way more time online than they do in front of their small screens or reading a newspaper.
Focus On Customer Experience (CX)
It is also important to note that 2017 is all about customer experience. We already talked about marketing through social media platforms and influencers, but now we will go over the importance of CRM systems (Customer Relationship Management). A lot of small businesses have realized how important these systems are if you want to provide your customers with the best possible customer experience.
Running a business has always been a risky thing to do. Even if we put aside financial risks, the potential of burglaries, cyber-crime and data theft are enough to keep any business owner awake at night. Now, we are not trying to frighten anybody here, or cause panic, but these threats are real. However, by simply installing a good security system, you can minimize these threats.
Luckily, 2017 brings a lot of innovations in the security industry. Electronic lock, 24/7 surveillance, cyber security, hid reader, etc. are just some of the latest security measures that are already widely available. A lot of security companies are offering state-of- the-art security technology. We are not saying that you should bunker yourself, but at least install some of these security measures so you don’t have to worry about it all the time.
Using systems like Salesforce, One Page CRM, and Insightly will allow you to learn more about your customers and their preferences through their public profiles. You can use data gathered by the CRM system to improve customer response rates as well as to improve your overall marketing goals. In previous years, companies were hiring marketing specialists to resolve these problems. Nowadays, thanks to these – and similar – systems, they are accessible even to small businesses.
As you can see, 2017 has brought a lot of innovations and will only continue to surprise us. Even though we have been using some of these technology trends for quite a while, lately we have seen the newer, improved versions of most of them. So, if you are looking for ways to modernize your business, consider making use of some of the suggestions we’ve mentioned in this list.
I hope you enjoyed this article about business technology trends that are defining 2017 and beyond.
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