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6 Ways to Use 3D Systems to Execute Business Strategy

6 Ways to Use 3D Systems to Execute Business Strategy

As a matter of fact, Virtual Reality (VR) is what we all have seen in the movies and heard of occurring in the very distant future, but that’s not true! Some of us are already experiencing it in many forms. Undoubtedly, the tech industry is raging on in a huge debate about virtual reality vs. augmented reality, which is opening up paths and opportunities for small businesses to take advantage of.

1. Augmented Reality

When it comes to the augmented reality, you’ll be able to see the physical, real-world environment with augmented computer-generated sensory input like video, sound, graphics or GPS data. The GPS smartphone app is the best example of augmented reality in which you can see the corner of the street by using a camera along with additional information appearing on structures.

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2. Virtual Reality For Small Businesses

Also, virtual reality is the process of creating an artificial environment with the help of computer software and hardware, creating a realistic experience for the client. It’s an entirely immersive experience in which the customers feel that they’re moving to a different world.

The integration of augmented reality into our lives started after the arrival of smartphones. On the other hand, virtual reality is now starting to pave its path as a possible business tool, which connects customers in a whole new way. It’s recommended for marketers to use the VR in the best possible way in your small businesses.

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3. Events

Virtual reality has made it feasible to attend a live football game or the opera from home. It’s the best part that anyone from around the globe can enjoy this view. As a business person, it’s a very good idea to connect your business with a live event with the help of sponsorship (that’s what most of the brands already doing). You can go one step further by integrating virtual reality flanking an event.

4. Research

When it comes to the marketing, the key to honing in on what’s beneficial and what’s not is research and data. To determine your audience preferences, you have to conduct questionnaires and surveys, but how you would be able to pick the brain of your target market while designing a storefront?

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It’s quite beneficial if you create a products or store layout and present it your potential customers via virtual reality to get the feedback before execution. You can hone in everything starting from the décor to ambiance by the client feedback.

5. Products and Services

You can get your business and brand name in front of the target audience with the help of a website, direct mailing or TV commercials, but what about providing the customer a real experience about your offer? Just imagine if your potential clients are able to experience a destination such as a restaurant, hotel or casino without really being there in person.

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If you allow your target audience to experience these places via VR, then you’re creating the best way to sell. For instance, you’re looking to buy a home online, yet pictures and videos aren’t enough to finalize the decision. With the help of virtual reality, you can transport the buyer directly into that home and to view the features as if he/she were really there.

6. Relationships

Can you believe that link building can be influenced by VR same as online gaming has morphed into a shared community of people? Brands will have a unique opportunity to relate with customers and inspire a sense of mutual loyalty. Moreover, virtual reality also enables a business to make their products, and the like, to reach out to the wider audience in an efficient, yet effective way.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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