Mobile is Growing.

February 8th, 2019 by TCC No comments »

Mobile Statistics You Need to Know About.

The World Has Gone Mobile. In the United States, of the 260 million adults, 88% have a mobile phone, and roughly half have a tablet.

Mobile phones offer one option to drive sales and conversions. One of the mobile commerce trends that is creating a whole new stream of revenue is tablet users. In the United States, mobile commerce sales on tablets will to grow to $77 billion by 2019. The great thing about sales on tablets is the fact that there is more real estate to work with, giving brands the opportunity to go draw customers into immersive, engaging experiences.

Mobile Coupons

Over 105 million adults in the US used mobile coupons in 2016. This is a clear sign that whether it’s through SMS or push, mobile engagement drives sales directly. With the spread of mobile wallets on Android and iOS continuing to grow, sales on smartphones and tablets will continue to grow.

Important Mobile Commerce and Engagement Statistics You Need to Know About.

  • 75% of Americans bring their phones or tablets to the bathroom.
  • 80% of shoppers admit that they’re more likely to purchase from and interact with a brand that offers an engaging mobile experience (Source: Huffington Post)
  • 78% of small businesses attract new customers through social media (Source: Relevanza)
  • 62% of shoppers search for deals digitally for at least half of their shopping trips (Source:GMA/Booz & Company Shopper Survey)
  • 55% of US Internet users will redeem a digital coupon or code at least once per year (Source: Digital Marketer)
  • 80 percent of mobile users prefer locally relevant advertising and 75 percent are more likely to take an action after seeing a location-specific message (Source: Mobile Audience Insights Report from JiWire)
  • Mobile app store revenues worldwide are projected to grow to US $76.5 billion in 2017 (Source: CMO Council)
  • 44% of consumers say that they would like brands to deliver deals and coupons to their mobile devices (Source: CMO Council)
  • More than 33.3 million U.S. consumers already engage in shopping-related activities on their mobile phones, 7%, or 2.3 million, of those consumers have made a purchase on their devices, the report finds (Source: Experian Simmons, Mobile Consumer Report)
  • 87% of millennials always have their smartphone at their side, day and night.
  • 78% of millennials spend over 2 hours a day using their smartphones.
  • 68% of millennials consider their smartphone to be a personal device (Source: CMO Council)
  • 46 percent of consumers have used their phone to get product information while in a store (Source: Briabe Media)
  • 75% of heavy mobile users said mobile search makes their lives easier, 63% said access to mobile search has changed the way they gather information, and 32% said they use mobile search more than search engines on their computers (Source: Performics Mobile Search Insights Study, conducted by ROI Research)
  • 69% of retail executives said mobile is an important strategic initiative (Source: NRF)
  • 79% of smartphone users found it useful to download mobile coupons to their phones (Source: Accenture, reported by Internet Retailer)
  • 73% of consumers find it useful to receive an instant coupon as they pass by an item in a store (Source: Accenture, reported by Internet Retailer)
  • 73% of shoppers with smartphones prefer to reference their mobile device while in-store rather than ask a sales associate for help (Source: Accenture, reported by Internet Retailer)
  • 62% of consumers use their smartphones to search for a store location or directions (Source: IDC Survey)
  • 40% search for price and product information (Source: IDC Survey)
  • 38% check the status of an order, and, while in store (Source: IDC Survey)
  • 32% browse product reviews (Source: IDC Survey)

So what’s the point?

There is not turning back. To stay competitive we all need to keep moving into the future.

Eliminate Your Computer Support Problems!

December 27th, 2018 by TCC No comments »

Eliminate Your Computer Support Problems for your Business.

  • Network down?
  • Printer offline?
  • VPN underperforming?
  • Email over capacity?
  • Overwhelmed by spam?
  • System under a virus attack?

Tired of the problems?

We have designed many IT administration and support solutions specifically to solve all these problems and others. Growing organizations do face computer support obstacles like these.
The Computer Company has already solved these problems for many of our clients and we know how to do the same for you. Get your business back up to full efficiency.

Computer Support: Strengths and Skills

With our 24/7 customer support services, immediate response is guaranteed and we’ll stay focused on your needs until the problem has been resolved. Our total IT support services include:

Staff Support

We’ll augment your current IT staff and provide deep technical expertise at a rate more affordable than adding more staff

Risk Minimization

When your IT staff is unavailable, we can immediately resolve many IT problems. Use us as your emergency staff and always have IT help available.

Efficiency Optimization

Regular maintenance and system health reviews reduce downtime and increase the overall efficiency of your network. A thorough IT audit can reduce, if not eliminate, the expense of future infrastructure outages.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing services and cloud storage deliver software applications, data access, data administration and storage for everyday businesses saving time and money. Because your server will be part of the cloud you will access your data from anywhere at any time.

The Computer Company prevents natural and man-made disasters from becoming computer and business disasters.

  • Replication
  • Off-site Back ups
  • Data Center
  • Business Continuity
  • Remote Office Space

We offer a full range of disaster recovery consulting services, practices, and solutions for your business to prevent many events, minimize any damage, and return your system to its full capabilities as soon as possible. Do you require a hosting company that is flexible enough to meet your unique environment? The Computer Company will work with you to architect a design that provides the necessary bandwidth, processing power and storage so your business can seamlessly operate in the cloud.

We provide, “IT Solutions Done Right.”

TCC Direct Help Line :: 800.418.2358

Top Ten Reasons Why businesses are moving to the Cloud.

December 3rd, 2018 by TCC No comments »

Why are businesses moving to the cloud?

Top ten reasons.

1. Work from any where, any time, any device

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection, you can be at workImproves communications, work efficiency and effectiveness. Allows you to fill blank spots in your workday, become more responsive, builds more controlled “think time”  and/or “your time” when you want it!

2. Security

Because your files are stored in the cloud, you will have comfort in the knowledge that your business’s computing-server hardware, software and stored electronic data is protected in a 21st century “state of the art” fortified environment  with certified personnel oversight 24 hours a day, every day, year round!

3. Cut Hardware Cost

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. Eliminates any or all “mainframe” computing costs, regardless of growth and fluctuations in business or data!  Provides for multi-year cost containment regarding computing and storage. You simply pay for what you need. All the management and setup is done by us.

4. Low Per User Core Pricing

Our controlled and focused growth ambitions together with private ownership allow for a favorable pricing environment which we are pleased to share with you.

5. Extraordinary Back Up Protection and Disaster Recovery

Our self imposed demand for unmatched backup is key to your protection and our success. (Ask us for details when you’re ready to buy.) The Computer Company’s Cloud Service provides an easy and definitive pathway for data recovery solutions.

6. Support Expediency

Our goal is to have you utilize our services when needed and when you cannot or wish not to provide them yourselves.

We are currently developing an ” IT ASSOCIATE Program for back up within your business. IT Associates will be trained by us to help you internally directly or indirectly for IT support.  

7. Customer Growth and Retention

SAFETY SELLS! Your customers and prospects hear and may experience loss caused by lax security anywhere. The safer their information is with you, the better they will feel about you.

Whether the security is tied to weather, storms, electrical power or to cyberspace intrusion, hacking or internet fraud, safety sells.

8. Automatic software updates

We do the server and security back ups for you. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter more, like growing your business.

9. Vantage Position

The Computer Company’s Cloud Service has an OUTSTANDING LEGACY AS A  DATA CENTER AND IT PROVIDER.

The Computer Company Inc. has been an active IT provider since the mid 1990’s and a pioneer in the Cloud since the early 2000’s. We are in the unique position of not only hosting you in TCC Cloud but also in Amazon, Microsoft and other clouds. Conversely, we can provide full IT services and work with your choice of community IT provider. Transitions to and from your own private Cloud is a specialty along with transition planning based on your timing. We are positioned to meet your needs.

10. Rewards

We can help you reduce or even eliminate your TCC cloud costs!  How?
You help us by finding new customers, and we credit your account.

Not moved to the cloud yet?

It’s time.

Simple Steps to Avoid Losing Data

September 14th, 2018 by TCC No comments »

Data loss is a huge problem that can be avoided by just following a few simple steps.

Information on your computer is highly valuable, and it is important to take all possible precautions to avoid a disaster that could end up costing you money and time. We came across this guideline from werecoverdata.com and believe it can be of value to you! Save yourself the hassle and use the following tips to protect your data!

Safety tips to avoid data loss

  • Always back up your data, especially when upgrading your system. Make sure that copies of your most important data are being kept off site
  • Always turn your computer off using the operating system shut down process
  • Always use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security, such as virus protections and firewalls
  • Laptops should be operated on a hard and flat surface to allow proper ventilation and to avoid over heating
  • Servers should have fans, ventilation or portable air conditioning systems as close as possible to avoid operating in high temperatures.
  • Allow enough space around the external drive’s cooling fans and remove any items that may block air flow
  • Do not turn off peripheral devices while computer is on, or when disc is active
  • Drives should be stable and stationary when operating. If you have to move your computer – turn it off first
  • When touching or handling the media, make sure to avoid static electricity
  • If you hear unusual sounds coming from your computer, turn it off immediately to avoid further damage.

If Your System Fails, Could You Recover?

Disasters do happen.  The question is, when something fails, will it be a temporary inconvenience or a business-shaking crisis?  When a hard drive crashes, can you be back in business in hours? If a natural disaster shuts your network down, can you recover every business critical application that day?

The Computer Company prevents natural and man-made disasters from becoming computer and business disasters.

  • Replication
  • Off-site Back ups
  • Data Center
  • Business Continuity
  • Remote Office Space

We offer a full range of disaster recovery consulting services, practices, and solutions for your business to prevent many events, minimize any damage, and return your system to its full capabilities as soon as possible.  We do disaster recovery right.

 

Why are so many Businesses Moving to the Cloud?

June 21st, 2018 by TCC No comments »

Why are so many businesses moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and offers many more benefits…

Check out ten of the best below.
By-the-way, any three of the benefits would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all ten? It’s time.

1. Flexibility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing bandwidth demands. If your needs increase it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity, drawing on the service’s remote servers. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is baked into the service. This level of agility can give businesses using cloud computing a real advantage over competitors – it’s not surprising that CIOs and IT Directors rank ‘operational agility’ as a top driver for cloud adoption.

2. Disaster recovery

Businesses of all sizes should be investing in robust disaster recovery, but for smaller businesses that lack the required cash and expertise, this is often more an ideal than the reality. Cloud is now helping more organisations buck that trend. According to Aberdeen Group, small businesses are twice as likely as larger companies to have implemented cloud-based backup and recovery solutions that save time, avoid large up-front investment and roll up third-party expertise as part of the deal.

3. Security

Lost laptops are a billion dollar business problem. And potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. Cloud computing gives you greater security when this happens. Because your data is stored in the cloud, you can access it no matter what happens to your machine. And you can even remotely wipe data from lost laptops so it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.

4. Capital-expenditure Free

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. You simply pay as you go and enjoy a subscription-based model that’s kind to your cash flow. Add to that the ease of setup and management and suddenly your scary, hairy IT project looks at lot friendlier. It’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.

5. Increased collaboration

When your teams can access, edit and share documents anytime, from anywhere, they’re able to do more together, and do it better. Cloud-based workflow and file sharing apps help them make updates in real time and gives them full visibility of their collaborations.

6. Work from anywhere

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection, you can be at work. And with most serious cloud services offering mobile apps, you’re not restricted by which device you’ve got to hand.

The result? Businesses can offer more flexible working perks to employees so they can enjoy the work-life balance that suits them – without productivity taking a hit. One study reported that 42% of workers would swap a portion of their pay for the ability to telecommute. On average they’d be willing to take a 6% pay cut.

7. Document control

The more employees and partners collaborate on documents, the greater the need for watertight document control. Before the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.

And as even the smallest companies become more global, the scope for complication rises. According to one study, “73% of knowledge workers collaborate with people in different time zones and regions at least monthly”.

When you make the move to cloud computing, all files are stored centrally and everyone sees one version of the truth. Greater visibility means improved collaboration, which ultimately means better work and a healthier bottom line. If you’re still relying on the old way, it could be time to try something a little more streamlined.

8. Automatic software updates

The beauty of cloud computing is that the servers are off-premise, out of sight and out of your hair. Suppliers take care of them for you and roll out regular software updates – including security updates – so you don’t have to worry about wasting time maintaining the system yourself. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter, like growing your business.

9. Competitiveness

Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud gives access to enterprise-class technology, for everyone. It also allows smaller businesses to act faster than big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go service and cloud business applications mean small outfits can run with the big boys, and disrupt the market, while remaining lean and nimble. David now packs a Goliath-sized punch.

10. Environmentally friendly

While the above points spell out the benefits of cloud computing for your business, moving to the cloud isn’t an entirely selfish act. The environment gets a little love too. When your cloud needs fluctuate, your server capacity scales up and down to fit. So you only use the energy you need and you don’t leave over sized carbon footprints. This is something close to our hearts at Salesforce, where we try our best to create sustainable solutions with minimal environmental impact.

Not moved to the cloud yet?

Any three of the above benefits would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all ten? It’s time.

 

(this article was re-posted from: Salesforce UK)

Social Media…For Your Business?

October 19th, 2017 by eManagerSite No comments »

The answer is YES.

Using social media outlets can literally open up your company to a whole new corner of the market.

Forming a good connection with your customers will guarantee that customers come back and continue to be satisfied with what your company offers.

The Setting? A girl from college had tweeted last semester that she wished there was something besides coffee that could allow her to stay up all night and study for her final exams.

So then what happened? Red Bull happened to see her tweet soon after and offer her samples of their new products.

Results? When I heard about this from a friend, I was immediately impressed by Red Bull and was curious to see if their new line of drinks could help me focus and concentrate better too. I’m sure the girl from college also thought very positively of Red Bull being so proactive in advertising their product in a very human way.

Why should you listen? People will have opportunities to learn about your business that may never have happened other-wise. people who already know about you could become more loyal. Every social media word you create and send out into the world can open a door leading back to your site. And finally, people like doing business with other people; not with companies.

Points to consider:

  • Like Red Bull, your interactions with customers online has to be personal. The tweets, Instagram photos, or Facebook statuses have to be able bring about an effect on your followers, friends, and fans. Make their heart ache a little by showing a sweet photo of a father and son, just in time for Father’s Day.
  • See what’s trending online and post something about them. These posts will get a bit more attention than usual, so cash in!
  • Promote your company – just try to be as creative as possible. A lot of promotions and advertisements are thinking quite literally outside the side ad boxes on popular websites. It is not only big companies like Red Bull doing this. Notable celebrities like Taylor Swift and Rihanna are always posting on social media outlets, interacting with their fans in this way, and continuously promoting their image. Take a page from their book and do the same for your business.
  • So be consistent with when you post on social media. Don’t post every day for a week and then stop for the next two weeks. Interact with customers and potential partners-be proactive like Red Bull! And stick to your brand!
  • It’s also a good idea to assign only one or two employees to update content on social media outlets. That way the updates will most likely stay focus and consistent with the company brand. And like anything else practice makes perfect so letting one or two employees practice, they should become “Social Media Gurus” in no time!

Keep in mind that every one of these social media platforms are different. Some content on one platform might work great, on another platform they can fall flat. One idea; Check out other businesses that are similar to yours and see what works for them.

 

Would You Like to Sell Products Online?

September 28th, 2017 by TCC No comments »

We understand your needs.

When your goal is to sell products, you need the right infrastructure, navigation, and product descriptions that help make the sale. Selling your products is problem-free when customers can find what they are looking for, understand the product they are buying, and can purchase on demand. The Computer Company provides you with everything it takes to sell products and services online.

In today’s digital economy, people want to conduct business quickly, easily and wherever and whenever they feel like it. Therefore, in order to compete in the 21st century, a company must be conducting business 24/7.9

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Email Encryption – Why?

September 21st, 2017 by TCC No comments »

Why Should You Consider Getting Email Encryption?

Ensure Your Communications Are Safe & Confidential

When sending emails to customers, employees, or business partners, your business has to ensure that any sensitive information you send is completely secure. Every industry in today’s marketplace has a need for encrypted email communications – simply hoping that no unwelcome eyes are viewing your information is not enough. Keep your emails completely confidential with The Computer Company’s encrypted email services.

Encrypting Your Emails is Easy

 Once our email encryption services are implemented, securing your emails is simple. With a click of a button, your emails can be encrypted and decrypted. Receivers of your encrypted email only have to go to a secure site and create an account to view your email. Once your email receiver has an account, they just login to view any of your subsequent encrypted emails. Your email encryption is easy, simple, and fast thanks to The Computer Company. Best of all, it’s guaranteed to be secure. While other companies may have to worry about hacking, phishing, and other digital threats, your company can rest easy knowing your communications are under lock and key.

Email Encryption Is Especially Important For…

  • Finance – Whether you’re in the finance industry, or simply handle a lot of money in your day-to-day business dealings, email encryption is key to ensure financial information is secure.
  • Government – Government entities need to be more concerned than the average organization about security and privacy of information. Our email encryption services can handle thousands upon thousands of encrypted emails and receiver accounts. The public trusts you – and you can trust us.
  • Healthcare – Patient information is one of the most sensitive issues in the medical field. This is true whether you are a hospital, a clinic, or an insurance company. Allowing this sensitive information to fall in the wrong hands can lead to legal troubles, emotional harm, and even patient illness or death.

Your company can’t afford to have your private and confidential information hijacked by a hacker or a competitor.

Don’t risk your securitycall (860) 635-0500 today to learn more about our secure email encryption service.

The Internet is your best opportunity to increase your business.

September 7th, 2017 by TCC No comments »

The Internet IS your best opportunity to increase your business sales volume.

It still shocks us, how in this day and age, people can be so resistant to doing business on the web. I remember the owner of one apartment complex telling us how he doesn’t “believe in the web.” I wondered, how else are people going to find you? And consider this. He has an average of 10 empty apartments a month. So that’s an average loss of $1200 per unit, times 12 months…$144,000 a year! Wow! He won’t spend a dime on the web. If you are thinking, this doesn’t make sense, you are not alone in that thought.

The importance of growing your business and expanding your Web brand using all the strategic Internet tools available cannot be overstated.

  • Fresh updates
  • Online Videos showing your product or service.
  • SEO – get found by those waiting to buy from you.
  • Social Media.
  • Obtaining quality sales leads and gaining new customers online
  • Expanding market reach, communicating with existing customers
  • And increasing your company’s online sales reach should absolutely be a part of the overall strategic sales and marketing strategy for any business today. Why not?

With the exponential increase in the sheer number of people searching, business employees, B2B buyers, purchasing managers, engineers, and B2C consumers in all corners of the globe, searching the Internet on a daily basis; searching for new products, services, new technologies, and to shop at ecommerce websites online; it is imperative that the sales and marketing message being portrayed in the website be right on target with what they need.

The online marketing message is what sets a business apart from the competition, and provides the means for a website to be found in the search engines for the various keywords specific to each business. And, make no mistake about it, horizontal and vertical markets can be quickly tapped into using the Internet.

It is important not to underestimate the online sales web power of a website. It is the face of your company. It can be one of the most best web marketing strategies and online advertising communications that your company can invest in, which can significantly provide more sales and qualified leads through the various online marketing channels.

Learn 3 ways we can bring you more business –

Call today 800 418 2358.

What are you waiting for? Why wait? Do you want to start bringing in those new customers and sales leads via the Web? With The Computer Companies Web Services we can get your website found online in the search engine results. Contact us today for an online marketing services quote and start bringing in more leads and sales results for your business tomorrow. Utilize the power of the web.

 

 

Are You Keeping Your Data Safe?

August 30th, 2017 by TCC No comments »

How would you answer that question? How can you keep your business information safe?

Sadly, what has happened in the city of Houston this week from the hurricane is an example of what can happen any where and to any business. If businesses have their business data backed up and secure off-site, they will be in a better position to resume business when the time comes. This is where the Cloud Storage Solution come in for most businesses. Why? To have Information Security you need to insure your business data is safe and confidential. It also needs to be quickly available when you need it.

So…. What are the risks to your business data?

No doubt you have seen the news, computers and the information more then ever are vulnerable to wide variety of threats.

Environmental threats. Severe weather can cause outages or knock servers’ offline. Downed lines from a freak autumn snow storm last year left millions in the Northeast without power for several days.

Malicious software. All computers, especially those connected to the internet, are vulnerable to attacks, viruses, worms, Trojans and other malware that can exploit weaknesses and damage data.

  • Cyber crimes from hackers that attack and try to access your computer for malicious reasons.
  • Viruses, Spyware, Ransom-ware are other obvious ones.
  • Unexpected events like old server cables can also take down a business overnight.
  • Human error. Even an employee can accidentally delete critical files.

Unauthorized users. Firewalls and intrusion-detection systems can protect outside users from changing your data or accessing confidential information like human resources and payroll, but the largest risks often come from an organization’s own employees.

Technical failures. Damage to the equipment that stores, processes and transmits information can range from someone tripping over and disconnecting a cable to a catastrophic server crash.

Easy Solution: Keep Your Data Safe in the Cloud with the Computer Company

The Computer Company will provide far better security than most businesses would likely to have in-house. Why? Because the main key to keeping your business data secure is to make sure timely protections are in place. And that’s what we do!

  • Our servers offer robust performance, security, reliability and scalability for all applications.
  • Our flexible configurations allow you to choose the right options and hardware upgrades to optimize performance.
  • Choose from multiple CPU cores, maximum memory and flexible storage.

More organizations are realizing the benefits of co-locating their mission-critical equipment within a data center.

  1. Co-location saves you thousands of dollars each year, not to mention the bother of spending time and energy towards ensuring the optimum performance of your server and your network.
  2. Server co-location leaves you free to concentrate on your core business and better utilize the resources you would have spent on your in-house data center.

The Computer Company’s reliable and secure co-location will grow with you to fit your ever changing needs. We serve clients from coast to coast, using only the highest quality equipment and Internet bandwidth available.

Not only does The Computer Company provide co-location in Connecticut, we offer dedicated servers, data backup, migration and managed hosting services.

Contact The Computer Company at 800 418 2358 for more information.