Are you using these Automation Technologies?
Automating your business’s repetitive processes and tasks can massively improve your productivity and efficiency. Here are some examples of the fantastic automation technologies available that you may find useful, however large or small your business is.
E-COMMERCE AND POINT OF SALES
If you sell any kind of product online, e-commerce automation is invaluable. When a customer places an order, a business has to process the order to the right department, package and ship the product, order new stock and manage emails for confirming the order and possibly requesting feedback. As it is likely that all of these steps must be taken after every order, it makes sense to automate the process instead of paying employees to manage them. There are software packages that combine it all into one easily managed process and save your business a lot of time and manpower.
If you know anything about digital marketing, you know that social media can be an invaluable tool for promoting and driving new customers towards your business. However, it can take time for an employee to update every social media site you are on and, unless you have other tasks for them or you are a larger business, you may not feel that it is worth hiring a dedicated digital marketer. With software like Hootsuite, you can automate the marketing process by posting a single message to several social media sites at the same time. This means that this duty won’t be very time consuming and an existing worker can easily absorb this role instead of hiring an extra dedicated employee.
Converting your business from paper to digital documents has huge benefits financially and environmentally, as well as helping to improve overall organisation. This transfer is made much easier with the use of modern automation technologies. There are now scanners capable of scanning multiple pages at a time, digital document management systems and cloud hosted storage services. This means that important paper documents can be scanned quickly and easily to your system and shared among every necessary user’s device. The backup of folder directories can also be automated which prevents important documents being accidentally deleted or stolen, and you never have to remember to do manual backups.
These are just three ways that automation technology is helping businesses today do more for less. If there are additional pain points that you’re experiencing with running your business, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that there’s a solution available to automate what you’re struggling with. There are many areas of your business that can be automated, and without taking advantage of them, you may currently be running below optimum efficiency. Take a look at some of the ways you can automate time-consuming tasks – you’ll be surprised at the effect it can have.