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PlanningForce Express Planner : Software Review

Plan your tech project successfully! (For free…)

Express Planner is free project planning software ideal for freelancers and small companies.

This software focuses on resource scheduling; you will drastically improve the use of your people. The scheduling process is automatic, the app does the job; no more tedious and time consuming calculations.

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What you can do and get with Express Planner.

You define your projects (unlimited), your tasks and define your constraints (date constraints, resources).

You define your people and also their availabilities (contract dates, holidays…).

You chose how you want to schedule, manually or automatically.

The application comes with two scheduling modes: automatic and manual mode:

· Automatic scheduling: no over-use of resources, the application automatically solves these problems;

· Manual scheduling: you manually adapt your plan in a fancy interface.

You get up to 6 reports that can be printed and exported under several formats (html, Excel, PowerPoint…)

A community is made available to users; you can ask questions, watch video tutorials and also download dozens of ready-to-use project planning templates.

Features overview of PlanningForce Express Planner

· Create unlimited Projects;

· Define date constraints and goals;

· Define unlimited people;

· Define individual and global calendars;

· End-dates and start-dates of projects and tasks are automatically calculated;

· Two scheduling modes;

· Generate up to 6 reports to share your plan results;

Click here to download Express Planner.

Points to remember while using twitter as business tool

Twitter as a business tool Twitter is an excellent tool to which lets you update among 1000’s of people following you. It’s being widely used as one of the most successful marketing tool.

Here are few things that you should remember while using Twitter as a business tool. But keep in mind that your that you have to socialize also don’t use it for the business purpose alone.

  • Update your profile – Keep your profile updated and current with any new developments or projects currently in the works. This helps your customers understand where you are going as a business and it also makes them aware of any changes you have planned.
  • Stay professional – While it may be fun to get into a heated debate over who will win the Kentucky Derby, keep your tweeting business oriented. It is not a bad thing to express your opinion every once in a while, but do make sure that it falls directly in line with the mission statement and operating procedures of the company under whose name you are tweeting. If you are a sole proprietor, obviously you have the decision making power here, but if you are in business with others, develop a policy for how individuals will tweet.
  • Be personal – People like to know they are talking with actual people. In this age where digital voices prompting our actions are standard, people find great delight in the ability to communicate with intelligent human people who can actually listen and respond rather than deal with canned impersonal messages that don’t meet their individual needs and desires.
  • Give to get – Do not, I repeat, do not, just spam your followers with announcements of new products or websites for them to look at. Converse with them, answer their questions and ask them exactly what they are looking for. Once again, be human and socialize with them. It is ok to interact with your customer online the same way you interact in a face to face meeting, just keep it professional.
  • Use tracking devices – Implement the use of hashtags and other tracking devices as searchable references for your customers. This makes it easy for them to follow you and your business developments. The easier it is to follow you and what you are doing, the better chance you have they will actually do it. Let your customers know when you have initiated a new search term and what those terms mean to them. Your business is about helping the customer get to your product as easy as possible. Hashtags are a great tool to help this happen.
  • Make their life easy – While conversing with your prospects, make sure to ask if there is anything they believe your business can do to improve – and then listen. Customer feedback is one of the most valuable tools to a business. What better way to get feedback than online when you are already in conversation with them? You can develop customer loyalty simply through listening to and responding to their opinions.

The biggest mistake I was making on Twitter is tweeting only like a deaf machine. What i used to do is I was tweeting like this “Google announced RSS ads – link:” I was never replying to @messages. Don’t be a machine like I was, whose work is to post and post only, check your replies and messages, respond to questions and be human. Business is build with strong relation so don’t forget about it.

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