Expensive Computer Repairs and How to Fix Them

In this digital age where a large percentage of people work online, computer problems can throw a wrench in everyone’s plans. Preventative maintenance can go a long way in protecting your pictures, files and livelihood.

According to Happy Hamster Computers, the five most expensive computer repairs are data loss, broken or cracked LCD screen, moisture, overheating and a virus.

The average cost of computer breakdowns goes like this:

  • Data Recovery: $1000-$3500
  • Liquid Damage Cleanup: $200-$400
  • Hard Drive Replacement: $250-$350
  • LCD Screen Damage: $225-$300
  • Power Cord/Jack Replacement: $150-$200

There are four phases of damage recovery. First, you must repair the hard drive functionality. Next, you image the old hard drive to a new hard drive, essentially copying everything. After that, you can recover files. Lastly, you have to repair the damaged files.

To prevent hard drive loss, keeping your computer away from vibrations can do a lot! The hard drive write heads are three nanometers above the drive platter.

There’s more! Read in the infographic below.


Proper Nutrition and Workforce Productivity

It would make sense that a nutritious meal could boost productivity and performance. We all know that eating too much or a carb heavy meal can make us feel sleepy and slow, leading to that 3pm crash.

According to Target Logistics, providing a nutritious meal for your employees can mean an increase in ROI. Investing in your employees health can lead to higher profits.

If employees ate five or more servings of fruits and vegetables four days a week, they were 20% more likely to have higher job performance. Workers who eat healthily all day long are 25% more likely to have higher job performance. Absenteeism, a much bigger problem for employers than we realize, was 27% lower for employees who exercise regularly and ate healthily. In addition, they were 11% more likely to have a higher job performance than their peers.

Certain foods have more benefits than others. For example, salmon is very high in omega-3 fatty acids and iron. People with an iron deficiency demonstrate as much as a 30% decrease in productivity. Roasted red potatoes are a complex carbohydrate and high in fiber, providing 40% of the recommended Vitamin C intake and 20% of Vitamin B6. Glazed carrots are an incredible source of Vitamin A and dietary fiber, which the latter lowers cholesterol and heart disease risk.

Coors Brewing Company has seen the results of investing in their employees in action. See what happened in the infographic below.


What People Think of Business Jargon

The 21st century has seen a huge rise of office jobs and with that, new terminology or business jargon. So what do people really think of phrases like “move the needle”? Powwownow has fortunately released a resource to tell us all about it!

  • Only 21% of people are happy to work with others who use business jargon.
  • 38% of people hate picking up the phone when you, the guy who uses the jargon, calls.
  • The phrase, “blue sky thinking” is the most irritating phrase used in office environments.
  • Only 70% of people know the meanings of a third of popular phrases. This means no one know what you’re saying when you use these phrases.
  • The funny part is that 74% of people don’t think you even know what you’re saying.
  • This leads to the reason why 50% think that people who use business jargon are trying to sound smarter than they are.
  • And the statistic that 38% of people think you’re trying to impress people with your knowledge.
  • Less than 25% of people think that using business jargon will help you communicate your thoughts in the fastest way possible.
  • One in 20 people think that you are using business jargon to sound ironic.
  • People hate being in meetings with those who use business jargon the most, especially since that is where 60% of business jargon is used.
  • The phone is the safest place, since only 20% of people think they’re at risk of being exposed to business jargon there.

Curious? There’s a screenshot of the infographic below, but you should definitely take a look at the interactive infographic on their site.

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Cloud Phone Benefits for Business

Everything seems to be moving to the cloud these days. From storage to well known applications, the cloud is where the popular kids have been hanging out. Today, we are adding another item to the list. Phone systems. According to Fastmetrics, there are nine specific benefits of utilizing a cloud phone system. Let’s take a look at them.

  1. Zero install costs. From what I gather, standard business phone systems can be very costly for businesses. This is definitely a benefit for small businesses that don’t have much cash to put towards fancy, but essential equipment for operating.
  2. Zero maintenance fees. Obviously, if there are no on-site physical systems, there’s no cost to install it or maintain it. I’m guessing that all maintenance costs are covered by the cloud provider?
  3. No physical space. Makes sense, no arguing on that one.
  4. Redundancy. Multiple servers can be used for cloud phones and there is no single piece of equipment required.
  5. Presence. Cloud phone systems are easily set up and managed across virtual offices, interstate or worldwide.
  6. Faster install. Since there is no physical install required, it’s much faster to implement than standard business phone systems.
  7. Flexibility. It’s easy to add new users instantly using the control center. It says that existing phone hardware can be used- I’m guessing you plug it in to your computer?
  8. Energy savings. Cloud phone systems use less equipment, equaling greater energy savings and a lower power bill. But what about the phone bill? No word yet on that cost.
  9. Reduced carbon footprint. Using less energy equals better environment.

Not convinced? See the infographic below.


Long Term Business Success

Everyone hears that a majority of new businesses fail, but do we know why? A company that provides affordable merchant equipment has provided a resource that can help us understand why and how many of these businesses can’t make it.

The number nine reason why new businesses fail is a lack of responsibility and awareness, particularly related to credit card breaches. You can protect your business from fines of up to 100,000 dollars with EMV chip-enabled card processing terminals.

Debit and credit card terminals are supposed to help you expand your business, but it’s possible that you may be getting charged too much for your processing terminals and transaction charges.

For key entered payments, Paypal takes 2.9% and $.30. Square takes 3.5% and $.15.

TMS rates are between 1.25% and 1.99%. The industry average rates are between 2% and 2.4%.

Look out for red flag transaction charges like:

  • an invalid TIN or TFN
  • equipment lease charge
  • non-PCI fee
  • “one-size fits all” cost
  • high chargeback volume
  • holding funds and delayed deposits
  • batch or settlement fees
  • non qualifying transactions

For more, see the Long-Term Business Success infographic below:


Major Trends in Enterprise Video Conferencing

It is 2013 (nearly 2014!) and video conferencing has come a long way since it’s earliest days. This infographic from Polycom shows 4 significant trends that we’re seeing in enterprise level video conferencing. The first trend the infographic talks about is the introduction of the tablet is changing the playing field. Currently, tablets are the primary devices that videos are viewed on. Because of this, every major tech company is significantly investing in video apps for tablets, according to the infographic. Another trend, according to this infographic, is that the amount of recorded video content is growing very rapidly across all businesses. The third trend in this infographic is the accessibility of video content due to the cloud – anyone can access content from any location on any device. Finally, the infographic suggests that video will soon become the default means of communication for business. To learn more about these trends and what it will mean for your business, read the infographic below.

Christmas Spending Statistics

This infographic from Amara looks at Christmas spending. According to the infographic, the most popular Christmas gift (ever!) was Pokemon in 1999 with sales of $1 billion. In second place are Pogs (1994) with sales of 350 million Pogs, followed by Bratz Dolls, the 2001 hit which sold 125 million units. To put this in a bit more modern perspective, the 8th most popular Christmas gift (2007) was the iPod touch with 13 million units sold. Further the infographic predicts that the most popular item of 2013 will be the Furby Woob!

The infographic also looks at the average family spend on Christmas gifts across different nations:

  • Finland – £626
  • Spain – £571
  • United Kingdom – £543
  • South Africa – £487
  • United States – £435
  • Italy – £462
  • Canada – £409
  • Germany – £407
  • Russia – £320
  • Australia – £304
  • Ukraine – £278
  • Poland – £261

Further, this infographic reports that 92% of people in the UK spend money on Christmas presents and women are 4% more likely to buy Christmas presents than men.

Sales predictions expect £40 Billion to be spent on Christmas retail for 2013. To find out all the spending stats on Christmas, read through the infogrpahic below:

Serving More Riders With Motorcoach Mobile WiFi

More and more users are consuming content on their mobile devices and mobile visits to websites often outnumber desktop visits. To meet the increasing demand for WiFi accessibility, many motorcoach services have begun to implement WiFi on their vehicles. This infographic looks at this growing trend and just how many riders are taking advantage of WiFi while they ride. In the US, motorcoaches in many cities have already adopted onboard WiFi, including:

  • Seattle
  • Reno
  • San Francisco
  • Salt Lake City
  • Albuquerque
  • Austin
  • Blacksburg
  • Durham
  • New York City
  • Boston
  • Miami

This adoption of on-board WiFi is vital as over 60% of bus passengers typically use electronics and 90% of college students consider WiFi to be essential. When presented with the option, over half of riders consider WiFi important when choosing their mode of transportation. Research has found that people are willing to work for (or at least provide advertising views for) their WiFi – 68% of people are willing to watch an ad in exchange for free WiFi. Read the infographic below from Your Single Point to learn more about this growing trend.

7 Questions for Change Mangement

In today’s ever changing world, companies need to have a comprehensive change management process to ensure their structures, strategies, or systems are up to date. Customer loyalty and consumption look much different than 10 years ago and adaptation is key to survival in today’s age of information.

According to Torben Rick, only a third of companies remain successful throughout the ages. Usually, companies fail if they focus too much on short-term financials. Organizational health is paramount to long-term survival.

First, companies need to ask themselves, “Where are we?” The first step towards change is knowing where you are. Second, you need to identify where you want to go. This means finding the intersection of the market and your organization’s capabilities as well as the field you want to pursue.

Third, ask yourself, “How ready are we to start?” Preparation is key, so you can’t just jump in without an organized plan. Get a clear view of the capabilities and mindsets that need to change first. Next, identify the practical steps that need to be taken. Save yourself time and money by adequately planning for changes.

See the rest of the steps in the infographic below.


Business Disruption Calls for Innovation

The internet has completely changed the way businesses need to operate. Companies need to adapt or face the inevitable decline. According to Torben Rick, business-model innovation is necessary in these present times of change. The newspaper business didn’t have to change much for 200 years and are now forced to innovate or die.

Two contributors to business disruption are information technology and the rise of collaborative consumption. The internet has evolved from fragmented communication to cohesive and integrative social media, and this increased interaction has essentially contributed to a new type of shared economy.

Employees, competitors, brand advocates and customers can now converse in an open community, requiring brand redefinition of both personal and corporate brands. Establishing a consistent brand is required to succeed and brands that fail to adapt are falling quickly.

A few examples provided of disrupted businesses:

  • The emergence of the iPad and tablets has led to a PC decline.
  • Brick and mortar bookstores are seriously threatened while the Kindle and ebook readers flourish.
  • Liberation via the internet of expensive traditional cable services. Netflix, Hulu and other low cost streaming services are booming.
  • Traditional bank lending is disrupted as peer to peer lending grows.

See more in the infographic below.