Alliances That Work

GNEX Timeshare Expo

Meeting Of Minds

GNEX

Alliance Sales & Marketing Solutions has had an exceptionally busy year of refining the cutting edge soon to be launched cloud based computing system Alliance iTeam. Next year will see Alliance Sales & Marketing Solutions heading over to join rest of the best and brightest at the always greatly anticipated GNEX 2014 event.

The level of excitement is rising throughout the entire timeshare industry for GNEX 2014 and for just cause considering the exceptional success of GNEX 2013 (Beverly Hills) and the positive feedback generated by the last event. Over eighty five percent of last years GNEX event attendees held/hold senior executive positions with global companies. Next year at GNEX 2014 leaders of the vacation ownership industry will congregate in one place to network and exchange ideas of how to improve the timeshare industry on a domestic and global scale. Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions will be exhibiting Alliance iTeam.

Alliance iTeam

The dynamic team of young talented individuals at Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions has recently debuted a game-changing sales and marketing operations platform called, Alliance iTeam. The innovative new cloud-based system is the perfect solution for companies, such as timeshare sales and marketing organizations, that are separated by both time and space, because it creates a virtual workplace for mobile businesses to stay updated, connected, and efficient.

Alliance iTeam is a SaaS (software as a service) solution, which enables the Alliance iTeam staff to form a service-based relationship with their clients that encompasses not only daily support (which greatly reduces the client’s IT budget), but also includes free system updates and constant improvements. Alliance iTeam is also a PaaS (platform as a service) solution. PaaS systems take service to the next level, by enabling users to customize their experience and tweak their individual systems to better suit the needs of their particular business, including customizing their sales and marketing presentations.

As Alliance iTeam was specifically designed to work for the timeshare industry, by timeshare industry professionals, it offers its clients versatile solutions based on business intelligence principals. A few of these solutions include:

  •  Interactive point-of-sale marketing app
  • Interactive point-of-marketing app
  • Real-time statistics for the entire operation
  • World class training system
  •  Assembly line approach to data entry
  • Top cloud security protocols and data management
  • 7 day a week support
  •  Availability from any web enabled device
  • The Alliance Solution’s patented sales psychology system

The Alliance iTeam installation is a straight forward process that does not require any additional software. In a highly mobile and dynamic world, Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions offers solutions that keep up with our ever changing industry.  iTeam’s highly versatile, extremely user friendly and innovative platform is just what your enterprise needs to increase efficiency and bring your operations into the cloud computing era. Alliance iTeam executives are available today for free consultations and demos of the exciting  iTeam system.

Next year at GNEX 2014 will seen Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions exhibiting iTeam in front of the most influential and talented leaders of the timeshare industry.

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iPad versus Android

ipad vs android

Machine warfare

In the machine warfare feud between the Apple iPad and Android tablets, both sides are wrestling for supremacy in a battle defined through technological advancements, style and functionality and there does´t appear to be an alliance forming anytime soon.

Apples iPad still holds the majority market share while the gulf between iPad and Android devices appears to be shrinking. It would appear that Android device advancements are quickly closing the distance with future predictions of perhaps overtaking the Apple iPad alliance in terms of market share and ending the reign of market supremacy that Apple has held since the introduction of the very first iPad in 2010.

iPad versus Android

The iPad is a product spawned by the trusted alliance of the Apple brand and is considerably user friendly and apt for young professionals. Featuring the latest new age eye friendly retina display giving the iPad a bright and immensely readable screen. Coupled with an incredibly lightweight design that allows you to hold the iPad in one hand. E-reading is an especially strong area for the iPad due to the ease of downloading books and formatted text files, making the iPad a real winner in the “user friendly” department. Surfing the Internet has never been so convenient as long as you can get a WI FI connection you can literally open your iPad and be connected to the Internet in under a minute. The iPad is a formidable travel companion lightweight, space efficient meaning it can be whipped out in an instant which is especially useful when faced with a business or travel emergency also it is great for watching movies on those lonely nights alone in your hotel room, and for those partial to photography it provides an interactive platform for showing off your holiday pictures.

App superiority

What really separates the two and perhaps the most important factor in the ongoing machine feud is not the devices themselves but it is in fact the Apps that the devices support. In this area the margin of distance between the two devices is quite substantial. Despite cameras, processors, memory and performance comparisons what really matters is the everyday use and functionality of the product.

Finding credible Android tablet apps could be described as arduous at best especially compared to the vast amount of functional iPad Apps that are readily available which at the moment is more than 65,000 available Apps. Despite the claims that Apps function on Android devices this unfortunately does not mean that they were indeed specifically designed to function on Android devices. Most Apps were designed for much smaller 4 inch screens and are therefore not functional for larger devices. For the mainstream consumer market who´s preferences lie with user friendly and functionally superior devices this may not be a such an attractive trait, though there will always be the hardcore tech geeks who remain indifferent to the apparently volatile compatibility of Android apps and are more than happy to experiment.

On the other hand the amount of available Apps that have been specifically designed to be utilized on the iPad runs in the high thousands. There are over 65,000 Apps available for the iPad. Everything from Apps that can measure your blood pressure and maximum heart rate to Apps that will help you manage your business more efficiently. Apple is truly the uncrowned king of the App´s.

Apple continues its brand domination partially due to consumer belief in their product and they seem to be able to deliver products that the consumers want. Though nothing in the technological realm is timeless in a competitive market, but something can be said for brand power and familiarity and that is what gives Apple a competitive edge over their competitors.

Article brought to you by Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions

 

 

 

 

Understanding Cloud Computing

 

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Up In The Cloud

Cloud systems and cloud computing are general and expansive terms employed to describe a multitude of services. The term “Cloud” has been commandeered as the latest techy catch phrase, much in same way that “iPod” was used to refer to any brand of MP3 player. The term is now often thrown around both in social and business settings. Though more often than not most products and systems are being inaccurately branded as “Cloud”

Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the amalgamation of SaaS (Software as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) and to a less extend IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Cloud hosting has effectuated the same transformation for business operation that the Internet did for the library. It has made the material into the immaterial. Infrastructure, software and hardware is all virtual in the cloud computing realm. You access, manage and run your business through cloud based applications off of a lightweight desktop or mobile App and the data is stored on secure remote servers.

As cloud hosting continues to push forward in terms of advancement it will no doubt become the standard platform for all successful businesses to conduct their operations from. The factors of reduced spatial economy, expenditure reduction coupled with the vast number of other benefits should be sufficient incentive for all companies to eventually jump on board. Cloud systems traits and benefits include:

  • Secure
  • Virtual
  • Affordable
  • Flexible
  • Low maintenance
  • Multi-functional
  • Space efficient

What is SaaS?

SaaS or “software as a service” is a model of software distribution where vendors or service providers host applications, are made available to customers over the network. SaaS works in a similar manner to Gmail except it goes much further. The benefits of SaaS include:

  • Centrally managed software
  • Automatic software upgrades and patches
  • Use of Application Programming Interfaces (API´s)
  • Access via web to commercial software
  • Ease of administration
  • Automatic updates and patch management
  • Compatibility as all users will have the same version
  • Global accessibility
  • API’s allow integration between software

What is PaaS?

PaaS or “Platform as a Service” is the section of cloud computing that generates a platform or cyber ecosystem that allows developers to create applications and services using the internet. Platform as a Service provides the tools and the realm that enables its and users to build software applications.

PaaS services are comprised of preconfigured features which users can subscribe to; users exercise the freedom to choose to include features that meet their requirements while chipping away those that don’t, effectively sculpting their own unique application. Therefore packages tend to vary from offering basic point-and-click frameworks to more advanced options. All services are continually updated, existing features are upgraded and additional features introduced. PaaS traits and benefits include:

  • Platform components are provided as a service
  • Provides services required to support the complete life cycle of building and delivering web applications and services on the internet.
  • Service provisioning includes multiple users concurrently using the same integrated application development environment
  • PaaS reduces TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
  • Built in elasticity and scalability, provides equal experience and efficiency
  • PaaS, operating system features, have the option to be frequently upgraded
  • Provides services to host and also deploy, test and maintain applications within the same integrated development environment (IDE)
  • Interested in discovering how cloud computing systems can help your business?

As cloud hosting continues to push forward in terms of advancement it will no doubt become the standard platform for all successful businesses to conduct their operations from. The factors of reduced spatial economy and expenditure reduction coupled with the vast number of other benefits should be sufficient incentive for all companies to jump on board.

Interested in discovering how cloud computing systems can help your business then contact Alliance Sales and Marketing Solution.

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iTeam Cloud Solution

iTeam Cloud Solutions

iTeam

Alliance iTeam cloud computing sales solution is brought to you by Alliance Sales & Marketing Solutions. The dynamic team of young talented individuals at Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions have recently debuted a game-changing sales and marketing operations platform called, Alliance iTeam. The innovative new cloud-based system is the perfect solution for companies, such as timeshare sales and marketing organizations, that are separated by both time and space, because it creates a virtual workplace for mobile businesses to stay updated, connected, and efficient.

Software As A Service

iTeam is a SaaS (software as a service) solution, which enables the Alliance iTeam staff to form a service-based relationship with their clients that encompasses not only daily support (which greatly reduces the client’s IT budget), but also includes free system updates and constant improvements. iTeam is also a PaaS (platform as a service) solution. PaaS systems take service to the next level, by enabling users to customize their experience and tweak their individual systems to better suit the needs of their particular business, including customizing their sales and marketing presentations.

As iTeam was specifically designed for the timeshare industry, by timeshare industry professionals, it offers its clients versatile solutions based on business intelligence principals. A few of these solutions include:

  • Interactive point-of-sale marketing app
  • Interactive point-of-marketing app
  • Real-time statistics for the entire operation
  • World class training system
  •  Assembly line approach to data entry
  • Top cloud security protocols and data management
  • 7 day a week support
  • Availability from any web enabled device
  • The Alliance Solution’s patented sales psychology system

 

The Alliance iTeam installation is a straight forward process that does not require any additional software. In a highly mobile and dynamic world, Alliance Sales and Marketing offers solutions that keep up with our ever changing industry. iTeam’s highly versatile, extremely user friendly and innovative platform is just what your enterprise needs to increase efficiency and bring your operations into the cloud computing era. Alliance iTeam executives are available today for free consultations and demos of the exciting iTeam system.

What Does Alliance iTeam Do?

Alliance that Work: Using Cloud computing as a platform iTeam makes a virtual replication of your physical office. This means you don’t have to physically be at the office to be at the office, iTeam will make your work station web enabled, fully accessible and fully mobile.

Alliance iTeam targets the following components of your business:

Data - Alliances that Work: iTeam improves the rate and quality of information that passes into your system, collapses redundant processes and streamlines data entry using the data assembly line approach. Customer data gets richer and more in depth as it moves along the assembly line from lead to prospect and finally to member. Data entry is a time consuming but integral part of any business, with a small margin for error. A benefit of iTeam is that it increases the efficiency of your business by implementing data entry systems that eliminating the need of repetitive and frequent data entry by personnel. Therefore reducing the risk of human data entry error and increasing the rate, quality and precision of which data is entered into your system.

Security –  iTeam bolsters the security of your business and keeps your valuable data safe from domestic and outside security threats. The iTeam system masks critical data, ensures that no data is stored on a single computer and uses system logs to record every single users actions along with top security protocols and encryptions to protect stored data. iTeam also by works on permission based access to ensure that data can only be accessed by staff who require it.

Corporate - Empower your corporate leaders to direct your organization with iTeam Sales and Marketing System. Your corporate leaders are busy no matter where they are in the world and using iTeam they will stay connected to all your organization´s sales and marketing activities. The iTeam corporate command central interface keeps corporate in the loop as events unfold in real time. Our industry leading statistics system supplies your corporate officers with accurate information on which to base informed decisions.

OPC - Your marketing team is your company´s first point of contact. The iTeam´s point-of-marketing-interface ensures that they are accurately conveying your brand message and projecting a positive first impression. The iTeam´s cutting edge training platform enables your marketing staff to train during their downtime. Our exciting apps engage your prospects and drive your marketing team to increase daily tour productivity.

Sales - Equip your sales team with our fun and exciting iTeam point-of-sale interface. Your sales staff can now access your fully customizable sales presentation from any web enabled device, including iPhones, iPads, and even customized Wall Tour. Your sales staff are free to take your presentation anywhere on your property or anywhere in the world, for that matter. Boost sales now with world class videos, interactive and informative presentations, and intuitive sales psychology that helps guide your team down the path most likely to result in a sale. The iTeam´s amazing training platform connects your sales staff with the best sales trainers and motivational speakers in the world.

VLO – Keep your VLO or customer service team on the same page as the rest of your organization. Increase member retention and improve receivables performance by helping your members stay connected and engaged with your customer service team. The iTeam customer service interface easily and accurately tracks your new members through all the stages of ownership, starting with the critical rescission period. The entire iTeam platform can be completely connected with your existing back-office systems to offer your whole team a seamless system that effortlessly provides them with all the support they need to achieve their daily maximum potential.

Alliance Sales and Marketing Solutions invite you to learn more about Alliance iTeam.

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Internet Reputation Management

The importance of internet reputation management is often underestimated. Managing your online reputation is arguably the most import part of you business. Your online brand reputation is essentially the face of your business, it is the first point of contact for your clients.

Internet Reputation Management

Alliance Sales & Marketing Solutions know that managing the online reputation of your company is the most fundamental and important factor in ensuring the success of your business, it is as fundamental as having a steering wheel on your car. If you cannot dictate the direction that your business is traveling in  then it won´t be too long before lt crashes.

Online reputation management is simply reputation management and in today’s competitive and highly interactive market you need to be managing your reputation. In fact you need a team of people managing your twitter accounts, facebook accounts, Linkedin accounts, blog comments, website comments, web comments. These are the front lines of your business and the most strategically valuable areas.

“Negative brand associations can poison the well and kill your reputation” 

When a customer puts your companies name through a search engine what comes out the other side will determine whether or not they will visit your website. Every customer will immediately notice your web ranking and its association to words such as fraud, scam, con or rip off.

Over 91% of consumer search online before making a purchase and 75% of Internet users never make it to the second page of search engine results. Negative brand associations can poison the well and kill your reputation. Your brand must be ranked on the very first search result page and no negative brand associations should be visible. The first search engine results page should represent the professional and honest face of your brand.

Internet Reputation management

Consumers have a voice and a multitude of forums that left unchecked or unchallenged they can lay waste to your online reputation. An open line of communication that allows customers to vent their frustrations directly to your company as opposed via social media is essential.

Alliances Sales and Marketing Solutions believes that yours lines of communication should be constantly monitored and any negative press or complaints must be dealt with swiftly. Striking up a rational, polite and helpful dialogue with a disgruntled customer is much more productive than a defensive/aggressive or dismissive response. Remember that engaging a disgruntled customer over a public Internet forum is an open conversation and you will have an audience and an opportunity to display customer service. The world of retail is a people orientated one and the demands and expectations of your customers are increasing year after year. Customer feedback should always be viewed as a useful tool that allows you to fix something that is wrong with your business.

Boosting your online reputation

Actively interacting with consumers through social media and “after sale” services provides customer service to the consumer and unique consumer insight for your company not to mention boost your reputation.

  • Join as many social media and social networking sites as possible in order to maximize your brand visibility.
  • Monitor all of your social media sites daily
  • Interact as frequently as possible with your customer base.
  • Link your social media sites to one another to maximize brand exposure
  • Buy your domain
  • Analyse the web for negative brand associations

Point of No Return

Unfortunately there are a large number of companies that have gotten themselves into a deep water as far as reputations go and actually rank lower than their brand complaints page. A vast number of companies that through years of bad service have successfully converted their loyal consumers into saboteurs who now partake in counter-reputation management in order to discredit the company. Others have simply inherited a “bad apple” and are desperately trying to change the course of the brand. Then there are those that have been sabotaged by their competition. Regardless of the reasons why so many companies have allowed their reputation to have fallen so far from grace, they are in dire need of repair

Brand reconstruction

Attempting to market your brand with a tattered reputation within a reputation dependent market such as today’s is nigh impossible. Many business with such far gone reputations simply choose to reinvent themselves by re-branding. Though advantages of re-branding perishable and short lived unless the services are improved and the issue of online reputation management are addressed. When faced with disgruntled consumers the best course is to bury negative brand association by creating positive association.

“Masking the perceived face of your company”

Counter intelligence and guerrilla marketing is your secret weapon. Creating social media accounts that hold no connection with your brand what so ever can be used to promote the product, services and past experiences of your brand slowly re-constructing the public image of your brand.

First line of defence

The first line of defense in the online reputation management skirmish is to deliver quality products and services and communicate with your consumers. Study your customers and evolve with their needs, monitor social media and be attentive to a demanding market place. Above all make sure that you have an adequate online reputation management team ensuring that your brand is presented in the best possible light.

The bottom line is that your business should aim to deliver a quality product and superior service than that of your competitors. Listen to you consumers and interactive with customers over the many portals and forums that are available to you.

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