Automation Nation: Save Time Increase Bottom Line
There are so many tasks a business has to perform that you, a business owner might get overwhelmed occasionally; what if you could automate a lot of it? You might have more time to spend on more important things, or even leave early one day out of 365.
What can you automate? You’d be surprised. Here are four ways to automate some of your more important tasks around the workplace.
Automate Your Social Media
If you have to post to your company blog each day and it’s kind of inconvenient at times, write a few posts ahead of time and set them to go out each day at a certain time. There are also social media dashboards that allow you to tweet, post to Facebook, and post to your circles in Google+, all at the same time and ahead of time, too. Write everything out, set the time and be on your merry way, knowing that you just got two weeks of posts that will be posted, and it was done in 45 minutes.
Queue-up your social media posts and schedule them to be shared by using a platform such as Buffer, which provides an extensive amount of tools to make social sharing and posting easier.
Automate Your Email
Going through email takes so much time it’s a wonder anybody gets anything done.
Use automation software that will let you send marketing emails automatically at the time you specify, and the email can be customized by you ahead of time. Chargify is a company that automates refunds, failure to renew messages, subscription requests;just a tiny sampling of what can be done.
If you don’t need a mass marketing campaign but still have a lot of people to respond to at any given time, then you can use the auto filters that many email clients have now. There are types of messages you can have flagged or sent to a special folder, or you can have “out of town” notices sent out. Just enter the information in the appropriate box, set it, and forget about it. When you leave and you’re thinking, I know I forgot something, know that it won’t be your email notifications.
Automate Triggering Events
Triggering events are when someone mentions you in a Facebook post or tweets something about your business. Azuqua, an automated cloud business solution that can be integrated with a variety of apps including LinkedIn, Facebook and Salesforce, can reply directly to customers in response to triggered events. You can set the software program up to abide by a set of rules to go by for each event. Now you don’t have to worry about catching the occasional nasty tweet. The software will catch it and take care of it by the rules that were previously set.
Simply create an account, add a starting event and select your channel or app, and choose from 40 logistic functions to monitor the data that you’re after.