Post like everyone's watching.
According to some people, social media is the greatest thing to happen to the business world since the invention of the telephone. Others, meanwhile, think it’s overrated and generally a waste of time. More likely, though, is that it depends on how you use it and who your audience are. But whether it’s beneficial or not, the fact is when you tweet from a business account, you’re putting your reputation on the line, and getting it wrong can cause enormous damage to your organisation. So how do you avoid social media disaster?Read More »
You might want to go faster, but it'll cost you.
It’s been several months since the UK’s fifth-generation mobile network launched, offering speeds well in excess of its predecessor. Most phone manufacturers have released a 5G handset, and all the major mobile networks have started offering access to 5G services. But just because something is available, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. In fact, there several reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade to a 5G phone – at least not for now.
Before we get into that, what are the big advantages of 5G?Read More »
How the nation's main telecoms company works with businesses.
Last week, the Labour Party announced a pledge to create a nationalised broadband service. Some applauded the other idea, while others ridiculed it. We’re not going to debate the merits of that plan here, but it did get us thinking about how we got to where we are today, in terms of the UK’s current telecoms infrastructure. Almost all phone and broadband lines in Britain are owned by one company: Openreach, a division of BT. How did that come to be, and is it actually good for consumers and businesses?Read More »
It's not just your own defences you should be concerned about.
Taking care of your own cyber security should be your priority, but breaches suffered anywhere in your supply chain can cause your business problems.
As the metaphysical poet John Donne once wrote, "No man is an island". The same can be said for businesses. Whether your organisation is a huge multinational, a one-man band or anything between, it doesn’t function in isolation; at some point, you have to rely on other businesses.Read More »
If you want a handy example for the phrase “double-edged sword”, then online user reviews are ideal. In many ways, they provide an excellent public service, helping consumers to choose whom to business with and encouraging companies to offer excellent service. But at the same time, they’re open to abuse, which can mislead users and unfairly damage businesses. The problem, as you can probably guess, is fake reviews.Read More »
Leaving things as they are may be convenient, but it could be costing you.
When did you last start a new contract for your business broadband? If it was more than a year ago, you're possibly on a rolling contract, lasting no more than 30 days. In other words, you pay month by month, and as long as you don't contact your supplier to cancel, you remain a customer.Read More »
Why saving a few quid on software might not be such a good idea.
Using open-source software for business purposes can seem like a good idea for one simple reason: it’s usually free. When you’re trying to keep down expenses and boost margins, a saving of hundreds or even thousands of pounds can be hard to ignore. But like most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated than that…Read More »
Online connectivity brings a whole load of problems with it.
It’s an increasingly important part of business and daily life, but the Internet of Things is set to become a massive cyber security headache for businesses if more isn’t done to protect it from hackers.Read More »
If you like losing money, hop on board. Otherwise, you should hold off for now.
Depending on who you talk to, cryptocurrency is either the best modern invention since the smartphone or it’s nothing more than a hyped-up Ponzi scheme covered by a thin veil of mainstream acceptability. Previously, when TMB wrote about this subject, we predicted big players like Bitcoin might have the staying power to survive any kind of crash in the cryptocurrency market, but we recommended that SMEs should probably avoid getting involved – at least for now. But more than a year has passed since we wrote that, so what about now? Is cryptocurrency worth it?Read More »