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Upcoming Webinar: The Profitable Agency

by Chirag Ahuja on Dec 19, 2014 in Agencies & Creatives

Growth is the easy part. Attracting and retaining a profitable client base is the real challenge for agencies. As the demand for digital services increases, many agencies are forging new paths to reduce client churn and increase profit margins.

Paul Roetzer, founder and CEO of inbound marketing agency PR 20/20, will join WorkflowMax in presenting “The Profitable Agency: How to Attract, Retain and Grow a Profitable Client Base” on January 27 (United States); January 28 (Australia/New Zealand).

Register for the free webinar to learn how new services, streamlined internal processes, alternative pricing structures, and the right tech infrastructure can help maximize your agency’s profits in the new era of marketing services.

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5 Reasons to Power-up Your Business Performance with a WorkflowMax Set-up Partner

by Monica Shepherd on Dec 18, 2014 in Architects, Agencies & Creatives, IT Services & Consulting, WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Technology (The Cloud, etc.), Engineers, Building & Construction, Small Business Tips

I’ve recently had the opportunity to speak to several of our awesome WorkflowMax clients to learn more about how they use the software in their business and the positive impact it has had on their systems and processes.

One of the consistent messages that I’m hearing after talking to business owners is that making use of a WorkflowMax Set-Up Partner was hugely beneficial for getting the most out of the software and the actionable insights it provides.

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A Cocktail for Every Difficult Client: 5 Christmas Drinks to Bring You Good Cheer

by Steff Green on Dec 17, 2014 in Small Business Tips

Image from Love You, Mean It.

You’re at the annual Christmas party for your firm, but instead of focusing on your exciting plans for the holiday (I’m going spelunking in Waipu, in case you cared …) and the best projects you did over the past year, the talk turns to clients. In particular, the clients that have done your head in. The clients that call too much or call too little, the clients that make a hundred tiny changes an hour before the deadline, and the clients that are simply bonkers.

Enjoy an assortment of seasonal holiday drinks tailored to the type of clients you are dreading dealing with when you drink them:

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12 Days of WorkflowMax Christmas

by Steff Green on Dec 16, 2014 in WorkflowMax Customers (Tips, etc.), Small Business Tips

A WorkflowMax riff on the popular Christmas carol. We'd love if you could share this fun song with your colleagues, friends and clients!

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10 Cool and Coveted Christmas Gifts for Agency Creatives

by Monica Shepherd on Dec 15, 2014 in Agencies & Creatives, Creatives

We all have that creative friend, colleague or client who always looks fabulous, is one step ahead of the latest tech trends, and has impeccable taste when it comes to choosing home decor. Finding a gift for these creative folk, whether they are a designer, a developer, a copywriter, an agency exec, or just creatively inclined, is often a nightmare.

Instead of wandering the shopping malls despairingly in search of the perfect present, we’ve made it easy for you. Here are 10 design-inspired gifts that your favourite creative person will love:

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Top 5 Hiding Places and Productivity Tips for Getting Work Done

by Chirag Ahuja on Dec 12, 2014 in Agencies & Creatives

For agencies, productivity translates to profitability, which is why interruptions can be costly. A typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption, while it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption.

Despite email’s bad rap, face-to-face interruptions account for one-third more interruptions than email or phone calls. Furthermore, frequent interruptions are linked to higher rates of exhaustion, stress-induced health issues and workplace errors. Yikes!

Bottom line: you need to hide.

Here are our top tips for productivity and office hiding spaces.

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Workflow 411: How this Hydraulic Training & Design Firm Has Reduced Their Admin Time By Half

by Monica Shepherd on Dec 11, 2014 in Workflow 411, Engineers

Workflow 411 is a regular column here on the WorkflowMax blog. Here, we get a company to walk us through their workflow process. Every company is different, and every firm has different methods and processes for managing their projects. Our hope is that by studying what others do, you can find techniques to improve your own workflow.

Today we talk to Kyle Probert, director of APT Training, a company that offers specialist hydraulics training courses in New South Wales, Australia.

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Client Gifts: 10 Creative Ideas to Say Thanks to Clients This Christmas

by Steff Green on Dec 10, 2014 in Small Business Tips

The year is nearly over, and that means it’s time for winding up client projects and taking stock of the year that has been. It’s also the time to go shopping for client gifts.

Many companies will give their clients - or at least their top clients - a gift over Christmas. It’s a nice way to show clients that their business means a lot to you, and that you value their continued support. But it can be really difficult to figure out exactly what would make an appropriate gift. You don’t want to risk offending your client or give a gift that they hate or don’t use.

It’s for this reason that corporate gifts have become increasingly dull. Chocolate boxes. Cigars. A bottle of wine. A hamper of preserves. While these are all nice gifts, they don’t really send the message you want.

Here are my ten ideas for unique client gifts this holiday season:

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Has Your Builder Been Naughty or Nice - A Christmas Gift Guide for the Construction Industry

by Steff Green on Dec 9, 2014 in Building & Construction

My Dad has been a builder for the last 35 years, and he’s the hardest person in my entire family to find a Christmas gift for. He’s intensely practical, highly unmaterialistic, and if he wants something tends to carefully weigh up all the different prices across various websites, and then goes and buys it himself. All his hobbies include either specialised equipment I can’t buy for him, or absolutely no equipment at all.

So I’m always scouring the stores for cool and clever gifts for him. This year, he’s getting a couple of jars of my now famous homemade whisky marmalade. Last year, it was a fish smoker. It’s taken me nearly 30 years, but I’m getting better at finding gifts for my builder.

What about you? Is the builder in your life impossible to shop for, too? Well, here are 10 ideas that may help you find the perfect gift this holiday season:

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10 Awesome Christmas Gift Ideas for Architects

by Monica Shepherd on Dec 8, 2014 in Architects

They’re generally the people that you turn to for creative inspiration, so it’s no surprise if you’re stuck on what to buy the architect in your life. Whether it’s a gift for a loved one or a thank you to the poor guy who has redone your house plans three times because you can’t make a decision, we’re here to solve your shopping woes.

Here’s our guide for 10 awesome gift ideas for architects:

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