Category Archives: Saving Money

Develop a Website that Saves Time and Money!

If you’ve come to this blog you may be asking yourself, How can a website save time and money? Think about any task you currently perform within your business. If any part of your business involves the internet (there’s a good chance it does), then there is a way to make what your doing online, more time efficient.

When you’re trying to decide on the type of website you want, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind. Here are few we found that will help you narrow down the type of website that’s going to not only be geared towards your long term goals, but also can save you time and money in the process.

1. Do you want the ability to edit the content? If you answered yes, then a Content Management System is most likely a core component your website should have. A Content Management System will basically allow you to log into a web interface, and edit the content by filling out Forms with text, much like an email. The process is simple, and anytime information about your business changes, you won’t have to interface with a web developer to make the change.

2. Do you currently use an online lead generation system? If not, are leads something you’d like to be able to collect? Developing a customized lead generation tool, or using one that exists on the web might help your business give the boost that it needs. We’ve developed a lead generation tool for the Maid Services Industry Compass Wave (www.compasswave.com). There are also other tools out there such as Sales Force.

3. What if any tasks do you currently perform online that could potentially benefit from an online software? If you currently grab information from websites to conduct reports, or have an off the shelf software solution for say an auction website that provides inefficient reporting, then a custom online software package could benefit your business.

In an ideal world any off the shelf software package for $x would fit your businesses current needs and there would be no need to integrate with a software development company. Unfortunately that’s not a reality when it comes to different businesses and online software.

Let’s take an online auction software for instance. We’ve run into a situation where an off the shelf software solution was purchased for the purpose of conducting online auctions. This software worked perfectly as far as the online auction portion was concerned, until it came to billing. When the auction was completed, an email was sent for each auction item won. This amounted to over 100 emails during a large scale auction. While 100 emails worth of auction items doesn’t seem tedious enough to filter through, imagine having to create custom invoices for each one by copying data from the email to an invoicing template. Add the fact that Shipping and Tax information now needs added as well. This task took over 2 weeks before all invoices and items were shipped out. With our ability to analyze the situation we were able to write a script to make this process more efficient and save the business time and money! This reporting application needed run with the click of a button and now all invoicing with shipping and tax information was split into individual invoices. Not only did this save the business time by having the invoicing done within an hour instead of 2 weeks, but it improved customer satisfaction as well.

The invoicing software we developed for a local auction company is just one example of how you can have an existing software package implemented, but that you might not actually be using it to it’s full potential. A website is a good marketing tool for your business, but don’t forget a website can be more than content on a page.

 

Your partner in Developing Websites that Save Time and Money,

Mark Lane

President Eco York, LLC

Ecoferral can Save your Business Time & Money


We thought it would be apropriate to write an entry about our slogan “Developing Websites that save you time and money”.  Today we’ll focus on our newest creation Ecoferral (www.ecoferral.com). Our product Ecoferral is geared towards any business that wants to communicate with other businesses in a closed environment.  If you’re a business owner, then you’re aware of Networking Groups, where businesses meet once a week to discuss and promote their business, while giving referrals to other businesses in the groups.  These Networking groups have worked well over the years, but Eco York saw an opportunity.  Why not develop a product where these businesses can send referrals and communicate in real time outside of their normal hour weekly meeting.  That’s where Ecoferral comes in.  Ecoferral allows businesses to join an existing group, or create their own closed network of businesses they already work with, and share information.  But Sending Referrals isn’t the only benefit of signing up with our product.  Businesses can send testimonials, are listed in an online directory, can offer coupons and surveys to current or potential customers and more!

Another issue we found is finding businesses contact information is also sometimes rather difficult.  That’s why we allow businesses to not just be listed in a directory, but each business has their own company profile page.  This page can be shared on their favorite social networks, linked from their current website, and is indexed by the most popular search engines.  This profile page allows businesses to have all their contact information all in one central location as well as a description of their business.  From this same page potential customers can claim any coupons you may offer, as well as participate in a survey you can fully customize.

That’s a brief overview of our newest product Ecoferral.  If you’re interested in saving money and growing your business, contact us today!

www.ecoferral.com

Your partner in Developing Websites that Save Time and Money,

Mark Lane

President Eco York, LLC

5 ways to stay cool this summer

With the most recent heat waves in the North East you’re most likely trying to find ways to stay cool. There are some ways you can stay cool without using that air-conditioner.

Whether you are trying to go Eco Friendly or just trying to save some money this summer, finding ways to stay cool without using the air-conditioner can help.

Here are 5 ways to stay cool this summer:

1. Trouble sleeping?
There are a few ways to keep your bed cool and sleep in comfort. Before you go to bed put a sheet in the freezer for about an hour or two before you go to bed. Another trick is to take one of your water bottles and fill it with ice cold water, and place the bottle on the back of your knees to cool your legs.

2. Graze instead of eating big meals
Have you ever eaten a large meal and felt your body get warmer? Even if the meal was warm, that’s not the only reason. Protein enrich meals force your body to stoke its metabolic fires which make your body feel warmer. The solution? Eat smaller meals, and more frequently. Not only is it healthier, you’ll feel cooler as well.

3. Change your light bulbs
Have you still put off replacing your Bulbs with energy efficient ones? CFL Bulbs can save you 75% in energy savings, and they also put off significantly less heat than conventional bulbs. Have you ever wondered why conventional bulbs are used on farms to keep the chickens warm? The only thing these bulbs are doing for you is providing you with mini heaters throughout your home during one of the hottest times of year. The best way to stay cool is to switch the conventional bulbs with Energy Efficient CFL Bulbs. Not only will you be staying cool, you’ll be saving electricity and money as well.

Check out our Energy Savers section to learn more.

4. Close your blinds
By closing your blinds the sun won’t be radiating as much heat through your home as if they were open. You can still keep the windows open if there’s a small breeze flowing through, but closing your blinds alone should reduce the amount of heat coming from your windows when the sun is shining. Another technique to staying cool would be to provide shade near your windows. Check out our Shading Energy Savers to learn more about shading techniques.

5. Use a Fan
If you have room Ceiling Fans can provide the most amount of coolness. But if you don’t have room or the budget to install a ceiling fan, a vertical fan can work just as well. By installing fans you’ll get the circulation needed to move the air around in your home without the expensive costs of running an air-conditioner.

Another way to stay cool this summer, is to have your website developed by us. Having a Hot website will help you stay cool knowing your image is in good hands. Contact us for a Free Consultation https://www.ecoyork.com/contact-us

Do you have any more cooling tips you’d like to share? What ways are you able to stay cool whether you’re saving electricity, or your air-conditioner breaks?

Your partner in living a greener life,
Mark Lane
President Eco York, LLC

Daily Deals and Saving Money

Daily Deal sites and sites which help you save money are taking the internet on by storm.  Whether it’s an app that you’ve downloaded, or a site you’ve added to your favorites, you’re taking the old coupon book and accessing it online instead.

Think about it, just a few years ago you would cut coupons out from the Sunday paper (maybe you still do), but it’s more common to checkout a deal online and print the coupon or redeem it online more than ever.  Sites like Groupon.com and Livingsocial.com are the most popular coupon sites out there.

Groupon offers daily deals based on using Geo Location.  Geo Location basically means that Groupon can detect where you are accessing the site from, and knows what deals to target towards you.  If you’re looking for daily deals, Groupon is definitely a site you’ll want to check out.

Woot.com is another popular site, which many might not actually know too much about. Unlike Groupon Woot offers one deal daily and it’s not necessarily based on Geo Location.

Living Social is another daily deal website very similar to Groupon.  It’s behind in the amount of traffic and revenue to Groupon but is in a very close second place and gaining due to recent Facebook applications.

Here are a few Daily Deal Apps for your mobile devices

Woot Watch – Woot Watch allows you to see the Daily Deals on Woot.com in an elegant way on your Ipod or Iphone.

Groupon App – Groupon offers an app for many mobile devices so you’re never left in the dark on the daily deals in your area. You can even save trees and the environment by using their paperless redemption.

Living Social App – Living Social has actually been around longer than Groupon despite it not being quite as popular, and actually offers deals in sometimes more locations than Groupon does.  Their Social app allows you to see which daily deals are being offered in your current location with ease.

Whichever site you decide to check out or subscribe to, each offers a unique experience and deals that you can’t beat.

Your partner in living a greener life,
Mark Lane
President Eco York, LLC