With recent increases in access locations and speed tiers, selecting a business-friendly Internet provider may be more difficult than ever. According to the 2013 “Measuring Broadband Across America” report, the FCC cites a current average U.S. broadband speed tier that tops 15 Mbps (1). In the last six months of 2013, more than half of the U.S. consumers still running at less than 1 Mbps upgraded to a quicker speed tier.
The following three points focus on the critical areas of business-friendly broadband Internet services.
1) Speed — How Much Is Sufficient?
Every new generation of devices increase the demand on broadband speed. But without predictability and dependability, your Internet services quickly become worthless. According to Measuring Broadband Across America, speeds above 10 Mbps do not greatly affect page downloads. However, HD streaming video as well as multiple resource sharing can force quick reductions in delivery speeds.
2) Data Limitations
Uploading may be even more critical than downloading. Modern business management has turned to “cloud services.” From video conferencing to interactive learning and from file sharing to email, the software, the data and all the associated files flow in both directions. To further hinder the process, some business broadband business Internet service providers limit your single-instance data transfer options. Make certain your services do not dead-end due to file size restrictions.
Latency defines the time lag between real-time data transmission and data packet delivery. When uploading a file into “cloud” storage, latency may not present any major complications. However, latency can greatly affect the efficiency of real-time video conferencing and online phone calls. For efficient real-time communications, make certain that your Internet provider and cloud management services use equipment designed to eliminate data latency.
Although not the only criteria for business Internet service, speed plays the major role in home and business connectivity. Before choosing any Internet provider resources, consider the importance of:
- Plan Restrictions
- Contract Requirements
- Managed Services
- AND Speed.
Not long ago, the business world embraced simple, concise written communications as a powerful tool. Whether in business plans, white papers or daily correspondence, clarity was key. In recent times, communication seems to have been diluted by an onslaught of email, website content, text messages and now Facebook and Twitter posts. Many struggle to keep up with business correspondence in harried exchanges on the go.
However, email, blog posts, comments to blog posts, social media updates, plans, memos, reports, texts/SMS messages and more would be well-served by a more conscious awareness of some of the business communications principles of not-so-distant times. Yes, it’s more efficient to type “IDK” instead of “I don’t know” in a text message, but today’s acronyms can be balanced out with a measure of old-school business communication conscientiousness.
Whether you’re following up with clients on social media or crafting your latest business proposal, these tips can serve you well in today’s fast-based business communications climate:
Make an impression. Use a strong opener, title or headline, then supplement as needed. People tend to skim written communications these days.
Get to the point — efficiently. Use short, concise sentences and simple, to-the-point, no-nonsense words. Avoid jargon, buzz-words and obtuse “ten-dollar words” that your readers will have to “Google” to define.
Use those English skills. Take the time to use basic, proper capitalization and punctuation, even in text messages.
Simplify. Avoid lengthy emails or proposals with multiple points and topics; people just don’t have the attention spans they once did. Create a separate document for each topic with a new, fresh, engaging subject line. Recipients are far more likely to receive and integrate your message if you stick to one topic each.
Of course, business communications have ventured far beyond just the written word. Integrated Communications offers comprehensive telecom communications services for businesses, including:
• Business Telephone Systems
• Business Internet
• Business VOIP
• SIP Trunking
• Hosted PBX
• Conference Communications
• Telecom Consulting
Solid written business communication aligned with the latest cutting-edge technology creates an unbeatable partnership. Contact Integrated Communications for business solutions you can trust.