[NEW RESEARCH] Alternatives to spreadsheets: small businesses are dumping Excel for software

[NEW RESEARCH] Alternatives to spreadsheets: small businesses are dumping Excel for software

Small businesses are still grappling with spreadsheets and paper-based methods at work to manage a variety of tasks and processes. However, for certain workplace tasks, many small businesses say they have now made the switch to a dedicated software solution.

According to new GetApp research almost half of small business owners and managers (47.7%) say they have replaced spreadsheets and manual methods with a dedicated solution for invoicing and quoting. More businesses have found software alternatives to spreadsheets for invoicing and quoting than for any other workplace task, according to the survey of 500 U.S.-based small businesses.

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[NEW RESEARCH] Shoppers impressed more by sales staff than in-store retail tech

[NEW RESEARCH] Shoppers impressed more by sales staff than in-store retail tech

Customers are more likely to be won over by the presence of salespeople in a store than any in-store retail marketing strategies, according to new GetApp research.

More than one third of consumers (33.8%) polled said that they are more impressed with the presence of salespeople in a store than other retail tactics such as point of purchase displays (i.e. sales promotions next to the checkout), innovative use of in-store real estate, or technologies such as video walls and way-finding kiosks.

In fact, it seems that customers still aren’t being bowled over by modern in-store technology, with only 14% of respondents saying that this tech is the thing most likely to impress them when they walk into a store – the least popular of the four options given in our survey.

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International Women’s Day: GetApp celebrates women in business

International Women’s Day: GetApp celebrates women in business

Today is International Women’s Day and we’ve decided to mark the occasion by highlighting some of the top female influencers in the business world. Whether you’re a man or a woman running a small business, these industry luminaries aren’t only an inspiration – they can provide you with sound advice on how to succeed.

From marketing mentors to project management powerhouses, the women we’ve featured have reached the top of their game. Check out the selections of inspirational influencers from across a range of sectors that GetApp’s own team of hotshot writers have picked out:

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7 magnificent things we’re celebrating on GetApp’s 7th birthday

7 magnificent things we’re celebrating on GetApp’s 7th birthday

A lot can happen in seven years. If you’d have told us in 2010 that Donald Trump would be president, Britain would vote out of Europe, and “Brangelina” would be no more, we would’ve dropped our iPhone 4 down the toilet in shock.

But by far the biggest deal for us over the last seven years is seeing GetApp grow to become a world leader in business software discovery. We’re humbled by the fact that since launching in January 2010 our site has now helped six million small businesses find the right tech solutions to help them grow. We’re blown away by the fact that we now have more than 5,000 apps in the GetApp product catalog. And we’re thankful that our users have left more than 75,000 reviews on our site.

As we celebrate our seventh birthday we’d like to raise a glass to our users and everyone who’s helped us along the way. Excuse us if we get a little sycophantic here but we reckon we’ve come a long way…

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21 unmissable Dreamforce 2016 tools and resources

21 unmissable Dreamforce 2016 tools and resources

Wow. That came around quickly. Dreamforce 2016 is already upon on us. Starting Tuesday October 4th, the likes of U2, Billie Jean King, and Patricia Arquette (yes, it’s a crazy combo) will join 170,000 business people at the biggest SaaS and sales event on the planet.

If you’re heading out to San Francisco for Dreamforce 2016, it’s vital that you do your preparation now. With more than 2,000 sessions to attend and thousands of products to check out, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and find yourself crouched in a dark corner sobbing. Even if you didn’t manage to get in, there are plenty of ways to follow the event and gain valuable insight into how sales software and cloud technology can propel your sales team into hyperdrive.

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Welcome to the 2016 SaaS Games!

Welcome to the 2016 SaaS Games!

As the world’s greatest athletes slug it out to become Olympians, an even more competitive battle has been raging: the fight for medals at the SaaS Summer Games 2016. GetApp’s Games are designed to find the most popular SaaS software from the top SaaS companies on the planet, pitting business solutions against each other in a frenzied, furious, fight to the finish in six different ‘events’, related to types of application.

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[NEW RESEARCH] “Techorating” gets small businesses dressed for success

[NEW RESEARCH] “Techorating” gets small businesses dressed for success

Techorating – the fusion of technology and decorating – can be a powerful way to improve employee morale and customer experience, according to new GetApp research.

63% of small business owners and managers polled said that they agreed that interior décor, such as “techorating” a company’s premises (using digital signage solutions to adorn a shop/office) can reap rewards for both staff and customers. In fact, 19% of those polled said they “strongly agree” that digital interior décor can have a significant impact.

By contrast, only 6% of small businesses said that interior décor doesn’t make a difference to morale and customer experience, while 30% were undecided.

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The SaaS Summer Games 2016: How to cheer on your favorite software

The SaaS Summer Games 2016: How to cheer on your favorite software

The road to Rio for the 2016 Olympics in August is still littered with controversy and pitfalls. But there will be no such doom and gloom surrounding GetApp’s inaugural SaaS Summer Games 2016 – where the best cloud software apps for business will battle it out for medals, and where we’ll discover which countries produce the most successful SaaS apps.

You can be assured that no viruses will scupper the entrants into our SaaS Summer Games – in fact, by visiting software product profile pages on GetApp you can find out the security policies that the apps use to safeguard your data. We’re hoping for a clean competition without the threat of cheating – all of the top players in the cloud software world will be turning up for this one!

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