The benefits of a high speed internet access

A lot of SMBs have yet to discover how the Internet can be a powerful tool in reaching out to their markets, doing research to get new ideas and information—and as a result, make more timely, accurate and strategic business decisions—and for conducting critical communications or even closing deals with business partners.

Let’s look at the ways that SMBs can take advantage of the Internet, especially when they use a high-speed Internet connection from Globe Business.

Company websites

Websites let SMBs to have a presence in digital, online world. According to one estimate, there were some 2.27 billion Internet users in 2012. Just think of getting a share of that market.

A website allows consumers a specific place where they can go, akin to that of an office building. It can be a place to learn more about the company, its products, and its services, or put in inquiries and suggestions. Furthermore, because a website is privately owned, it allows SMBs to express themselves. Having their own website means that they present it in however way they want to present themselves to others.

Blogs, Social Networks

More and more businesses are using Blogs and Social Networking Sites. These sites engage your market in a more direct, more personal way. Posts you make on these sites are quickly “shareable” among the members of the social networking community. These sites share information, generate interest and buzz, and promote an image or foster goodwill about the company, its products and services.

Consumers have the option to engage in conversation with the company. And the company is also in a situation where they can initiate this interaction. It perks up people’s interests because then the company doesn’t seem like just another corporation. They begin to see the company as one of them; someone who shares their interests and wants to know more about them.

Of course one must alert their consumers about the company’s online presence. E-mail blasts are a quick way to making sure that consumers are aware of a company’s place in the internet. They can be as brief or as detailed as one would like.

Within all of this, high-speed Internet connection will definitely play a role. High-speed internet means that one can update their website on a daily, or even hourly, basis. Keep it updated and make sure that, when consumers visit the website, they will know everything that has happened involving the company. “Within all of this, high-speed Internet connection will definitely play a role.”

Blogs and Social Networking Sites can also be updated quickly using high-speed Internet. Replying can be instant, thus continuing the flow of an actual conversation with consumers. High-speed internet also means that one can post regularly, thus giving the consumers something to look forward to. Knowing when the next update will be posted will give consumers more reason to visit one’s blogs.

Communication

Most important of all, SMBs can rely on high-speed internet for maintaining communication internally and externally. For businesses established in various branches, one can save time and cost from making phone calls or even travelling to these locations.

High-speed Internet means that e-mails can be sent and received at any time, from anywhere. If e-mail is not the desired platform for discussion, there is also the option of having an online, Web-based video conference. This way, one can meet with all involved members, even if they are located far from each other.

It would also be the best place to set network with other companies. They may not be in the same country but it is possible to get them to endorse one’s business. Meetings can transpire through e-mails and video conferences. Instead of having to travel to one’s office, one’s online presence can serve as a portfolio to present endorsers.

Contracts and documents won’t have to take days to be delivered; if e-mail storage is not enough, there are sites which offer space for uploading huge files. Supplies and products that will help the business can be ordered from the Internet, saving the inconvenience of having to go to that specific shop that is out of the way or out of the country.

In our Information Age, the Internet is a necessary tool for anyone who wants a successful business. It provides a wide range of sources; not just for information but also of consumers. Furthermore, it’s not simply about exposing one’s business; it’s also about expanding it. With the right mix of presentation, content and connection, one could become a well-established business recognized worldwide.

Globe Business offers high-speed, reliable, and secure Internet connections to help in an SMBs growth. Learn more about how high-speed Internet and other Globe Business products and services can do for you by visiting the nearest Globe Store; logging on to  www.globe.com.ph/payrollcloud;or calling +632 730-1010.

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.

Family is still top priority of Filipino Entrepreneurs

Filipino entrepreneurs are hard-working, hands-on business owners who devote so much, if not most, of their time to running and growing their businesses. Even with the success of the business however, many Filipino entrepreneurs find themselves wishing that they have more quality time for their families. Is there a way for them to balance work responsibilities with time for family and loved ones?

In coming up with customizable solutions that fit the Filipino entrepreneur’s needs, Globe Business’ research showed a common concern for most of them they want to have more time and energy after work, so they could enjoy life with their spouse, children, parents and other family members.

Modern telecoms technology from Globe Business can make a huge difference helping entrepreneurs achieve work-life balance and in improving their quality of life. Keeping in touch with family as much as we can is an essential part of our lifestyles and our culture as Filipinos.

“Family is what gives purpose and meaning to the Filipino entrepreneur’s work life.  All the hard work that an entrepreneur can be fulfilling by itself but all that effort and separation from family can be stressful and even lonely for the business owners. The entrepreneurs we spoke to all wanted more control over their time and their work responsibilities. They want a way to do their work more efficiently, in less, time and without requiring that they sacrifice so much time with their families,” said  Manny Escosa, Globe Business Marketing Head for Corporate and SME Segments.

Telecoms advantage 

According to Escosa, the result of various discussions with entrepreneurs was the thrust of Globe Business to design solutions that would allow entrepreneurs to finish their work faster, and also enable them to work even outside their offices and company sites.

“Much of an entrepreneur’s work requires him or her to get real-time information, so he or she can formulate strategies, make decisions, and relay instructions to staff. With advanced telecoms technology from Globe Business, an entrepreneur can maximize his time and be more flexible with his work schedule—that’s because he can stay at home to do his work, or he can be out with his family while still being able to run his business. He can get his information, relay instructions, or even close deals remotely, through the cellphone, email, or instant message,” said Escosa.

Work from home 

Working from home is very convenient, fast, and reliable for an entrepreneur who uses the Internet. Email and instant messaging would allow him to communicate with managers, staff, and business colleagues. It can even save him time and fuel costs by letting him do the work without having to drive through traffic on the road. Plus, he or she can stay at home with family members while still keeping tabs on the business.

Globe Business provides Filipino entrepreneurs with Direct Internet Lite for fast, reliable, and powerful Internet connection at more affordable rates. It uses a leased line set-up with basic Internet connectivity for both Foreign and Domestic routes and is faster, more reliable, and able to transmit higher amounts of data compared to the usual DSL. Entrepreneurs can choose from bandwidth options ranging from 2,000 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps and enjoy always-on Internet connection that they can use for their business communication needs.

With advanced telecoms technology from Globe Business, an entrepreneur can maximize his time and be more flexible with his work schedule—that’s because he can stay at home to do his work, or he can be out with his family while still being able to run his business.

Get connected—any place, any time

Entrepreneurs can still run their business from home, while on the move, or even when on holiday, thanks to mobile telecoms technology on their mobile phones and other Internet-ready devices. For those who rely on text messaging and voice calls, they can do business anywhere they want and more affordably, too, if they avail of TxtConnect and Business Capped Plans from Globe Business.

Txt Connect lets entrepreneurs send a high volume of text messages using this Web-based service that broadcasts SMS messages to groups of people. All they need is a computer with an Internet connection, a smartphone, or a 3G tablet device. It becomes easier to send SMS blasts in just one broadcast, with just a few keystrokes, wherever one is located.

TxtConnect al charges are much lower than regular text messaging or phone calls with a plan that starts at P1500 per month. Subscribing to TxtConnect results in as much as 35 percent in saved cost compared to the regular text messaging service charges. 

Another cost-effective service for getting connected to the workplace is a Business Capped Plan from Globe Business. Whether an entrepreneur is at home or at a family gathering, he can still do critical work if needed as long as he has voice calls and text messaging services as his tools. The usual downside however, is that these tools can carry too high a cost.

Business Capped plans solve this by setting a cost ceiling for the use of the company’s mobile phone accounts every month. It provides a monthly load allowance that serves as a cap or limit on company mobile phone credits. If a Business Capped Plan has a monthly allowance of P600 per month, for example, the company only pays for that amount.

Furthermore, Business Capped Plans have an Unli Business Loop feature that allows unlimited calls within the company for even greater savings. Mobile phone handsets are also bundled with Business Capped Plans.  Business Capped Plans also allow the user to avail of Globe’s various prepaid promos, like Supersurf, to maximize the use of their load allowance.

In touch while overseas 

Entrepreneurs who need to go overseas on business are just a text message or phone call away from their loved ones, thanks to very affordable, quality data roaming services from Globe Business.

Bridge DataRoam Unlimited and Bridge VoiceSMS Roam bundles let Globe Business subscribers enjoy unlimited data roaming, as well as voice and SMS services, minus the worries of having to monitor their data usage. That’s because they have to pay only one flat rate that is applicable when they are traveling in any of the Bridge Alliance territories. They no longer have to suffer “bill shock” when they get their bill because high roaming charges have been eliminated.

A subscription to Globe Business Bridge roaming can save up to 90% in data roaming charges, compared to the usual roaming services.

A subscriber using a regular data roaming service would pay as much as P5,427 if he or she consumes 10MB of data in one day.  However, on a Bridge DataRoam Unlimited plan, the subscriber would only pay P440 for the same amount of data consumed in one day; these savings that amount to as much as P4,987 in charges would allow entrepreneurs to make more important calls, texting, or chat to family members.

“Modern telecoms technology from Globe Business can make a huge difference helping entrepreneurs achieve work-life balance and in improving their quality of life. Keeping in touch with family as much as we can is an essential part of our lifestyles and our culture as Filipinos. Our entrepreneurs are no different from us in that respect.

“In turn, improving quality of life helps inspire entrepreneurs and gives them greater vitality and drive to keep on growing their businesses. After all, the success of a business is really for sake of family and loved ones. For Filipino entrepreneurs who want to achieve both work success while having family time, using telecoms technology is a great benefit,” said Escosa.

Entrepreneurs can still run their business from home, while on the move, or even when on holiday, thanks to mobile telecoms technology on their mobile phones and other Internet-ready devices.

Start creating your own work-life balance by using telecoms technology from Globe Business and have more time for the more important things in life. Just get in touch with your Globe Business Account Manager; or visit any Globe Store; or call the Globe Business Hotline at +632 7301010. You may also log on to http://www.globe.com.ph/business.

Globe Business is the corporate arm of Globe Telecom, the leading mobile telecommunications company in the Philippines. Globe Business provides wireless and wireline solutions for a diverse set of industries, businesses, and commercial enterprises. It assures SMEs of affordable, reliable, and dependable services for all communication needs, both wireless and wireline solutions, to generate the highest possible profit at the lowest possible cost.