Jan 06, 2017 09:08 PM EST

Gearing Up For A Successful 2017? Here Are The Tech Must-Haves For Businesses

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All businesses, big and small, benefit from technology by making some tasks easier and improving profit-making. Technology is a key to protecting the infrastructure of your business and the security of your customers.

As an entrepreneur, you probably use technology to communicate with your customers either via call or email. You have your own website, Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter account that will help you connect with your customers more. As Jobs & Hire previously reported, social media marketing helps businesses become successful.

However, using technology just to communicate with your customers is not enough. There are other technological products and services that you have to access in order to ensure the success of your business.

One of them is digital billing. Do your customers still have to go to a bank or a payment office just to get your product or avail of the services you are offering? If the answer is yes, then clearly you are not taking advantage of online payment tools and invoicing programs.

Offering several payment methods to your customers means that you are making your product and service more accessible to them. Customers value their time and effort, so if there is a way that you can offer them what you are selling without them having to leave their homes, do so.

Analytic tools are also helpful in the success of businesses. You can use them to make decisions regarding your expansion. With analytic tools, you can determine whether you are entering a market that has a need for your product or service. Relying on your business instincts alone is not enough. You have to use data and information to support any decision that you make.

Go mobile. Small Biz Trends reported that small businesses should consider making a mobile-friendly version of their website since customers are now relying more and more on their mobile phones to get information. If you can afford it and if your business can truly benefit from it, developing a mobile app for your business will also be beneficial.

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