Want to ditch paper, text messages or plastic cards as a way of tracking or running your company's rewards program? These companies would love to help.
Small Business Matters
Long-time small-business advocate Heather Clancy translates the latest SMB trends -- from e-commerce technologies to cost-effective applications, hardware, collaboration tools and cloud services.
Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.
Led by former executives with Dun & Bradstreet and American Express, the startup's service uses analytics to introduce small companies to potential partners.
Despite what you hear, many small businesses haven't bought into cloud computing -- one reason why the market for remote access tools continues to grow quickly.
Swarm Mobile uses Apple's iBeacon messaging approach to help boutiques and stores measure foot traffic against actual transactions.
The service helps SMBs prioritize leads based on social signals and other industry developments.
It was a busy spring, with new cloud-delivered platforms from Pose, Vend and LightSpeed to name just three.
New partnership is aimed at helping small companies use existing customer data to refine campaigns and prospecting.
Coming soon: more insights to help small companies manage local commerce across multiple locations.
Two big differentiators for Flint Mobile: its no-extra-hardware approach to reading cards and a per-transaction fee structure that doesn't penalize low-volume users.
New features in the cloud customer service application include the ability to create individualized consoles, plus additional APIs for integrating data from other apps.
New reporting capabilities enable midsize businesses to examine transactions, budget entries and other operational measures in far greater detail.
New features simplify setup and administration of multiple access points from a single interface.
The company's flagship technology enables business teams to analyze data from multiple applications and cloud services.
If Salesforce.com is way more than your company needs, here are 14 other options -- most of which tightly integrate marketing automation features.
Fueled by $600,000 in seed funding, the startup automates collection of local taxes related to e-commerce transaction.