How KaiOS is beating Apple and Android to the next billion cellphone users

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Its phones sell for as little as $15 but run WhatsApp, YouTube, and more. KaiOS is the most popular mobile operating system you probably haven’t heard of. Instead of designing software for full-blown smartphones, Hong Kong–based KaiOS Technologies (pronounced ky-O-S) has exceeded 150 million global users by powering what it calls the “smart feature phone.” Far more spartan than iPhones and Samsung Galaxy models, these devices—which sell for as little as $15—run must-have apps such as YouTube, Google Maps, Facebook, and Whats­App, with more available from the KaiOS app store. Read Full Story

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The Best VoIP Phone Services (In-Depth Review)

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. The best VoIP phone services create exceptional customer experiences. And exceptional customer experiences work wonders for your bottom line. Imagine this: a potential customer calls the sales number listed on your website. Six states away, a personal cell phone rings. Your sales person picks it up, answers a few questions, and closes the sale. Within a matter of seconds, that potential customer turns into a paying customer rather than being transferred from employee to employee, wasting their time and testing their patience. With the right VoIP service, you can streamline and automate the customer journey, resulting in more money for less work. Furthermore, these services are easy to set up, easy to use, and most of the leg work happens behind the scenes. But choosing the right service feels …

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YouTube SEO: 26 Tactics for Getting More Views, Subscribers, and Traffic

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When you think of SEO, you probably think of Google. It’s easy to understand why–Google is the most powerful search engine, period. However, Google isn’t the only search engine, not by a long shot. I’ll even go on record saying that some search engines can be more powerful than Google . (Gasp!) Not as big, no. Not as popular. But if you tap into other search engines, you can boost your search presence and conversions. Here’s the thing: less popular search engines fill specific roles. For example, if you do Bing SEO , you can reach an audience you can’t reach on Google. If you ignore other search engines, you’re doing your business a disservice. Today, I want to talk about YouTube, and more specifically, YouTube SEO. It might seem weird to think of YouTube as a search engine , but that’s exactly what it is. Specifically, it’s a search …

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Best Business Phone Systems

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Phone communication plays a critical role in today’s business landscape. Practically every business, regardless of size or industry, needs to have a business phone system. This statement holds true for freelancers and single-member LLCs to Fortune 500 enterprises with thousands of employees across multiple locations. There’s just one problem—finding the best option for your business. With hundreds, if not thousands, of choices to consider, narrowing down the top pick for your business can feel like a daunting task. Fortunately, I’ve handled all the heavy lifting for you. After spending countless hours researching and testing different business phone systems, I’ve picked the top six that I can recommend with conviction. The Top 6 Options For Business Phone Systems Ooma Freshcaller Dialpad RingCentral Line2 Intermedia Unite How to Choose the Best …

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15 Tools to Boost Your YouTube Marketing

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This year, businesses have had to grasp at every opportunity to drive interest and sales. Luckily, YouTube has become a useful option. Video is great for user engagement, and YouTube can drive traffic--and leads. To that end, these 15 tools can help you optimize your YouTube content. Read the full article at MarketingProfs

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5 Resources to Build Your App Idea

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Considering building an app? You’re in good company. The mobile app industry is expected to be worth more than $407 billion (yes, with a B) by 2026. Meanwhile, the average person has more than 80 apps on their phone . That represents a ton of opportunities for app builders. However, if you think creating an app is an easy way to get rich, you are setting yourself up for failure. Building an app requires research, hard work, and a willingness to dive in and learn. Luckily, there are tons of resources to get you started—including this guide. Below, I’ll walk you through how to build out your app idea and then share five resources to help you launch your app. How to Build Out Your App Idea Like any business, creating an app requires laying the groundwork before launch. Here’s a five-step guide for getting ready to launch your app, …

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YouTube Dominates Google Video in 2020

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Posted by Dr-Pete In a study of 2.1M searches and 766K videos, YouTube accounted for 94% of all video carousel results on page one of Google, leaving little room for competition. Even the most casual video aficionado knows YouTube (acquired by Google in 2006). As a Google search user, you may even feel like you encounter more YouTube videos than videos from other sources, but does the data back this up? A Wall Street Journal article in June 2020 measured a strong advantage of YouTube in Google search results, but that article focused on 98 hand-selected videos to compare YouTube to other platforms. Using a set of over two million Google.com (US) desktop searches captured in early October 2020, we were able to extract more than 250,000 results with video carousels on page one. Most organic video results in 2020 appear in a carousel, like this one: This carousel appeared …

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How to Grow Your Local Business During Uncertain Times

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No doubt this is a hard time to grow a local business. Coronavirus has likely forced you to make big changes to the way you operate. It’s almost certainly hit your bottom line too. However, it’s still absolutely possible to grow your local business at a time like this. You just have to be smart about it. In this article, I’ll talk you through how to do that. First, though, here’s a bit of detail on why this is such a challenging time for businesses like yours. The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Businesses You’re probably sick of reading and hearing the word “unprecedented.” I know I am. Unfortunately, it’s just the best word to describe the current climate for local businesses. By the end of March, 32 states had locked down in response to the pandemic. Two in five small businesses across the US had temporarily closed …

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How to Get Verified on Social Media

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Getting verified on social media is one of the first steps to building a successful social media marketing strategy. Whether it’s your personal account, your business account, or both, getting that little checkmark next to the profile name is massively important. And not so that you look like one of the ‘cool kids.’ A verified social media account provides instant social proof and credibility when anyone looks up to you or your company online. Verification can also help with networking and push your company to your industry’s forefront as a trusted option. Getting verified on social media can be a challenge, and it might take some time, but it is definitely worth it. But maybe you’ve already tried to become verified, and you were rejected. Or perhaps you don’t know where to start. Unless you’ve got a huge following like Beyonce , becoming a verified account takes some commitment and …

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The 15 best productivity apps of 2020

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New tools for making work easier and more enjoyable, no matter where you’re working from. 1. A vocal cord Texting is impersonal. Video chat, invasive. Maybe what we need is good old-fashioned voicemail. Yac lets you leave voice messages that teammates can listen to any- time on a computer or phone. You can also add a screen share, in case you need a visual aid. [Windows, Mac, iOS, Android] Read Full Story

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This app bypasses the absurdly high cost of making phone calls to prison by converting texts to snail mail

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The prison phone call industry is controlled by just a few companies, resulting in soaring prices for a short phone call. Ameelio lets you easily send a letter instead, by doing the work of finding correct addresses and getting your words in the mail. As COVID-19 spreads in American jails and prisons—where at least 59,000 people have been infected with the virus so far, and more than 550 people have died—in-person visits to inmates have been banned across the country. For the families of many of the incarcerated, there’s no good option for staying in touch: Just two companies dominate all prison communications, and charge as much as $25 for a 15-minute phone call . Read Full Story

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