How Email Marketing Can Work for Your Business

 

Your customers have a lot of choices on where to shop. That’s why it’s important to differentiate yourself and keep your business in the forefront of your customers’ minds. Email marketing is a simple and effective way to do this. By regularly sending emails to your customers, it reminds them of your services and can inform them quickly of any upcoming promotions.

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Why Email Marketing Matters

Email marketing is cost-effective, produces immediate, measurable results, and can result in a high return on investment. It is suitable for any business (of any size or budget), and can be used to enhance any other marketing technique your business currently implements. It will also allow your business to quickly reach most of your clients at once, which is usually a great idea around the holidays or before a large sale.

How to Encourage More Sign-Ups

To encourage email sign-ups, promote it on your social media pages, have a simple sign-up button on your mobile-friendly website, and offer a promotion when customers sign up for emails (such as a discount on their next purchase). Once people sign up for your email or newsletters list, you can begin promoting to them. However, it’s important to make your email stand out so that customers are more likely to read them.

Writing a Better Email

There are several ways to write a more effective email. Keep your email brief, genuine, and clear. Most people receive many emails throughout the day, so they don’t have time to read long emails. Stick to the point and let them know how your product, service, or promotion can benefit their lives. Create an effective subject line that clearly states what the message is about and will entice customers to read the email. Lastly, create an effective call to action that entices the reader to act.

Your email should be personal, relevant, and written as if you are speaking to your customers directly (so, don’t over complicate it). It should also be mobile friendly, in this way customers can clearly read your email anytime, anywhere. Good content can strengthen the customer relationship and begin effective communication through a promotion, announcement, greeting, or thank you letter.

Marketing Automation Solutions

If your business is interested in taking advantage of email marketing, but simply does not have the resources to do so, consider marketing automation solutions. With marketing automation software, customized deals and discounts can be automatically emailed to your customers. The software can automatically assess customer shopping and purchase patterns to determine what the most effective promotions will be for that particular customer.

Marketing automation solutions can also systematically send emails to customers thanking them for their continued business, which can increase customer loyalty and encourage them to visit again soon. This will vastly improve the effectiveness of your promotions and increase your revenue in no time. Contact SalesVu for more information on how our marketing automation and complete business management solutions can improve your email marketing efforts.

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Why You Should Make the Switch to POS Now

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If you’ve considered making the switch to POS, it may be one of the most impactful things you can do for your small business. The easy-to-use software can help you seamlessly run your business from anywhere, anytime. Whether you have one small boutique or a number of large retail stores around the country, a POS system can be customized to fit your needs. The system can pay for itself in no time with increased revenues, a larger client base, and more time to spend with your customers.

Quick Checkout Process

Instead of having to wait in line for an open register, your customers can check out from anywhere in the store with mobile POS technology. This is a fast, highly convenient option for both your customer and employees, and can lead to more on-the-spot sales. It will also reduce the chances of a customer walking out because they don’t want to wait in line to pay for their purchase.

Answer Questions On the Spot

Imagine having all the information on products and items in inventory at your fingertips. With mobile POS, you can answer any questions customers may have about your products and services. This can help employees engage more meaningfully with customers, creating more customer loyalty, customer retention, and even employee retention.

Effortlessly Upsell

With a POS system, your employees will know exactly which products will work well with what your customers are already interested in. This can take the guesswork out of upselling and will give your employees more confidence when they are selling a product.

Send Orders to the Right Place

When it comes to a restaurant, bar, café, or fine dining establishment, things can quickly get out of control if the front and back of the house are not in sync. With a POS system, each order can go to the correct area. Employees can easily open multiple tabs, split checks, accept payment, and more – all from an iPad or mobile device. This can save a huge amount of time, help your business run more efficiently, and provide your employees with the tools they need to succeed.

Gain Complete Insight into Your Business

With a POS system, you can gain complete insight into your business, inventory, and customer purchase patterns. It can also help with things like table management, inventory management, employee management, customer tracking, marketing automation, accounting, and more. This can help you make better business decisions, replenish inventory before it’s too late, and anticipate your customers’ needs.
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Many small businesses are now enjoying the overwhelming benefits of POS technology. Offering your customers these same options can provide them with the quick, convenient shopping experience they want and expect. Dated machinery and practices can slow down your business and show customers that you are not keeping up with your competitors’ technology. So contact SalesVu to find out how you can start taking advantage of affordable POS software today.

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Improve the Restaurant Experience and Engage with Your Customers

 

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Every customer interaction you have is another way of gaining their continued business and loyalty. Read our tips on how to improve each interaction so that your customers are more likely to return time and time again.

Improve the Service

Getting your employees involved can quickly transform your business and leave your employees feeling more upbeat, which can lead to better customer interactions and more employee and customer retention. Ask for their suggestions, offer employee promotions and contests, and make sure everyone knows the menu inside and out. Anonymous employee surveys can gauge their satisfaction, feedback, and insight into management and how the business is run.

Make sure your employees understand the importance of customer service. For starters, they should introduce themselves to each table, have a friendly demeanor, and be able to answer any questions about the menu and preparation. They should be alert, attentive, and quick to meet your customers’ needs so that patrons want to return for the ambience, food, service, and overall experience.

Get In Your Customers’ Shoes

In order to really make lasting changes, you need to know what is, and is not, working. The best way to do this is to see things from your customers’ perspective. Consider leaving suggestion cards that customers can fill out. Leave them in the bill and offer a discount or free meal if customers are willing to fill them out. Patrons love to feel like they are being heard and suggestion cards is one great way of accomplishing this.

Offer More Menu and Dining Options

Restaurant patrons love options. Consider offering take-out, delivery, and/or curbside to-go options so that your customers can get their favorite food faster. This can also reduce labor costs, free up tables, and increase profits quickly. Consider also adding new menu items featuring seasonal produce, local ingredients, and weekly specials so your patrons can always try something new and exciting. They will want to visit more often to see what new items the chef has prepared.

Consider updating your brand image, logo, e-commerce site, storefront, and awning. Make sure to also clearly display and promote your new menu options with colorful posters, menu boards, or through online campaigns.

Tech Updates

With POS solutions, servers are able to take orders at the table, send them where they need to go (such as directly to the bar or kitchen), open multiple tabs, split checks, and more from any terminal, which will make your servers’ lives easier. Most importantly, it helps ensure every order is right, that your inventory is updated, and can even help track customer purchase patterns. Once you know what your patrons’ love most, you can make better business decisions, shift pricing, and improve inventory management.

Contact  SalesVu to find out how our all-in-one restaurant POS solution can quickly produce a huge change for your business. Our system also offers table management, reservation management, credit card processing, marketing automation, and more to help you manage every aspect of your business – anytime, anywhere.

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How to Create Successful Holiday Promotions

 

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to prepare your business for the busy shopping season. Your customers want to feel cheery during the holiday season and, fortunately, you don’t have to spend much to decorate your business and get in the holiday spirit.

DIY Decorations

Go for subtle, but expressive, decorations that add a modern, classy flare to your storefront. Stick to traditional holiday color palettes, like red and green, blue and white, or silver and gold. Encourage employees to decorate their areas, while being aware of others’ space and religious sensitivities. Consider a team decorating event or contest, so your employees can feel more pride in where they work and what they’ve done to ring in the holidays.

Get Your Customers Involved

Some of the most successful holiday promotions and branding efforts involve some form of customer interaction. Whether your customers get to leave their name on a snowflake after a donation, can make suggestions for holiday décor on your social media, or can win freebies and goodies with their holiday purchases, find a way to get your customers involved.

Create Gift Sets

If you are trying to sell more items from inventory, consider creating gift sets. This can include something like a customer favorite with a less popular item to entice customers to try new things, while turning over inventory much more quickly. Make sure to also offer special deals, free shipping, or other ways of enticing your customers to shop at your business more both during and after the holidays.

Replenish Your Inventory

The last thing you want is to run out of inventory during the holidays. When your customers want to purchase a gift, if your business is out of stock, they will just go elsewhere. This is a busy time of year and the last thing your customers want is to have to come back twice for the same thing. Get control of your inventory with our inventory management tools so you know what your customers love most and never have to worry about running out again.

Update Your Packaging

Try updating your packaging to include winter scenes and non-religious holiday elements, such as snowflakes and snowmen. This can make your product instantly themed or limited edition, and more appealing to customers who want to get in the holiday spirit.

Establish Your Online Presence

Make sure your customers know where to find you online, so you can inform them of holiday promotions quickly and effectively. Consider updating your website or e-commerce site to feature holiday-related designs or content to bring holiday cheer to every aspect of your business.

Get On Board With Loyalty Programs and Gift Cards

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start offering loyalty reward programs and gift cards. Read more about the benefits of a gift card management system and how you can benefit from a loyalty program to see why you need to get on board before the holidays. Contact us for more advice and to get started on a successful holiday promotion today!

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SalesVu’s iPad POS allows Treasure Coast Seltzer Works to operate entirely on delivery trucks!

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Treasure Coast Seltzer Works (TCSW) is one of only four bottling companies in the country who specialize in old-bottled seltzer. TCSW delivers their quality product directly to their customers’ door, and then collects the empty bottles that have been left out for them. This milk-man style delivery process requires a mobile POS system that can operate on a delivery truck, for which TCSW has chosen SalesVu.

We caught up with TCSW owner Ryan Pinnell as he was on the way back from a delivery route. When asked about TCSW’s experience with SalesVu, Pinnell opened right up with “We literally could not operate our business without it, hands down!”

TCSW chose SalesVu because of the ability to modify the software to work the way they needed it to. Pinnell says that running SalesVu-generated reports has saved him 85 hours per month in billing labor.

“The recency report saves me thousands of dollars just in the reporting suite,” he says, “It comes down to this: you need something for the backbone of your business. [SalesVu] is literally priceless to me now.”

Before switching to SalesVu, TCSW was using Square but found themselves greatly frustrated by technical support and lack of necessary business management tools. “You can’t talk to anyone at Square,” tells Pinnell. “[SalesVu’s] technical support team is amazing!”

Pinnell has been so pleased with the capabilities of his iPad POS, he has integrated more of SalesVu’s business management features like our easy accounting software and our ecommerce website for online sales.

“Everything is fluid. Very simple. Not a hard program to use,” he explains, “SalesVu gives you just enough of what you need without all the junk. Out of the box you have a web platform and the ecommerce website has a simple setup!”

When asked what he liked most about SalesVu, Pinnell says he enjoys the fact that he can run his whole company through SalesVu’s iPad POS. “I can pick any iPad, go anywhere in the world and see everything that’s going on in the business” he says.

“We are a visionary company and [SalesVu] has molded our business to be 100% mobile!” says Pinnell.

We thank Ryan Pinnell and TCSW for their continued loyalty, we have thoroughly enjoyed serving and growing with them over the past few years. For more information on Treasure Coast Seltzer works visit their website, or any of the social media links below.

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Key Components of Efficient Restaurant Management

According to a study conducted by POS software research firm Software Advice (SA), 55% of restaurants surveyed were not using any management or point-of-sale software, but instead relied on manual methods like hand-written tickets and traditional cash registers for restaurant operations. It comes as quite a surprise that more businesses have not already switched to more time-efficient techniques for management, because the restaurant industry is expected to bring in $683.4 billion in 2014.

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Being a part of the ever-growing restaurant industry is hard enough but with technology innovations moving more quickly than ever, how can you be sure your restaurant is up-to-speed for the industry? Based on the research compiled by SA, integrated restaurant management suites loaded with convenient features seem to be the best way to keep up with restaurant management demands. Of the restaurant buyers surveyed by SA, 61% said they would only be interested in an integrated software suite, and less than 1% said they would be alright using multiple products for management.

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Many restaurant owners have chosen SalesVu for their business management needs, one of the more popular mobile solutions on the market. SalesVu can solve all the pressing challenges in today’s restaurant industry and provides an intuitive software management suite which can be accessed from anywhere you have internet!

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Top Requested Restaurant POS Software Features

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This graph reflects 48% of restaurant owners surveyed wanted inventory management, 34% wanted sales tracking, 23% wanted employee scheduling and 18% iPad/tablet compatibility.

I. Intuitive Inventory Tracking:

Restaurants everywhere are losing countless man hours performing the tedious task taking inventory on a regular basis. This means keeping someone on the clock to count all products in the store, decide which vendors need to be contacted for orders and compare sales data to current inventory to analyze what is selling best. This time-consuming process runs up labor costs and does not directly contribute to sales. In order to keep up with the demands of today’s industry, restaurants should seek to move towards a more efficient inventory tracking alternative. An ideal solution would automatically deduct products from inventory count after each sale is made and import that information to a web-friendly report which would allow you to view the details of your inventory from wherever you are. Systems today even encompass more convenient elements like the ability to automatically email vendors for more product when inventory count drops below a certain amount, generating profitability reports to easily show which products have the largest profit margin and managing transferred products between locations with specifiable delivery and shipping preferences.

i. Case Study: Sugar House Coffee

Restaurant inventory tracking can be especially challenging depending on the type of restaurant you own. Sugar House Coffee manger Emily Potts found herself frustrated with their current system which was “a very outdated PC running Coffee Shop Manager” because it wasn’t very intuitive and she couldn’t take it to events while catering. Since switching to SalesVu’s Restaurant Management Suite, Potts has enjoyed the ability to not only manage inventory but also easily keep track of employee hours.

“We are always getting different pastries from our baker and I need to be able to add a product quickly,” says Potts. “I also love that there is an employee time-clock on the POS – it’s nice to have everything on the same program. It makes payroll quick and easy!”

II. Real Time Reporting:

One key component of efficient restaurant management is being able to view sales statistics even when you aren’t in the store. With some of the cloud-based solutions offered today, you have the capability to see real time reports of what is going on in your store by logging into a cloud-portal on the internet. A seamlessly integrated system would allow you to see things such as average ticket sales for the day, returns/exchanges processed, and breakdown by payment method for the time period you specify. A reporting feature such as this one would allow for important sales data to be analyzed even when you aren’t present in the store, allowing you to always best make decisions for the company.

ii. Case Study: Shades of Sugar Bakery

Autumn Surface, owner of Shades of Sugar Bakery (Richardson, TX) found herself searching for an all-in-one restaurant management solution after struggling to keep up with employee hours, sales trends, expenses and invoices. Once she decided to switch to SalesVu, Surface was able to make better data driven decisions about which products to keep on her shelves and which to discontinue.

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“I like that at any given time I can pull a report and see exactly what is happening financially at the bakery,” said Surface, owner of Shades of Sugar bakery. “I can input my recipes and it will keep track of my inventory and my employees clock-in using SalesVu. It truly does everything! SalesVu has combined all of those [features] into one easy application and made my time mine again, so that I can do what I enjoy doing, BAKING.”

III. Efficient Employee Scheduling:

In order to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, the POS system you select should not only be able to accept payments for your product, it should also have some features that will make managing your staff easier. Traditional cash register POS systems make it very hard to track sales by employee, a component that is helpful when trying to make an accurate labor report. Subscribe to a mobile POS that allows for employees to clock-in and out, trade shifts and schedule time-off requests. A cloud-based system would allow you to manage your staff’s schedule, adjust compensation and view labor reports from wherever you have internet access. Some services even allow you to sync your schedule with iCal, Google Calendar or send your employees text message notifications about their shifts. A feature like this would benefit your restaurant greatly because your employees information will be stored all in once place. Everything from compensation to shift reports, and even performance reviews can be managed easily at the click of your mouse.

iii. Case Study: Sweet Freedom Bakery

Finding an all-encompassing POS can be a challenge, owner of Sweet Freedom Bakery, Jen Kremer realized after searching the market that bigger companies would not necessarily mean better services. Sweet Freedom needed a new POS because their current solution, Quickbooks POS, was dated, “horrible” with tracking items, had no timekeeping and did not integrate well with credit card processing.

“We narrowed every option on the market down to two: SalesVu and Square,” said Kremer. “Obviously upfront costs pushed us in the direction of these two and ultimately SalesVu won our loyalty because of employee timekeeping. Other items were also charming like gift card integration, quickbooks integration, etc.”

IV. Tablet Takeover:

According to SA’s research, traditional POS systems provided by companies like Micros, Adelo and Digital Dining have been trusted by restaurant owners for years. However, the costly set-up and high maintenance requirements of these terminals is turning away many small restaurant establishments. Not only do these devices take up a considerable amount of space in a restaurant; when they malfunction or need to be repaired it often costs owners a considerable amount of time and money to get the system fixed. Because of this, we have seen a recent shift in the restaurant industry towards the use of tablets for point-of-sale transactions. Tablets are not only smaller and less expensive to purchase, they also provide complete mobility and in the event that one is broken or malfunctioning, you could simply pick up another tablet and process transactions on that.

“This curiosity mirrors a trend we see in the restaurant industry at large.” says Craig Borowski, POS Researcher at Software Advice, “Across the nation, restaurants are experimenting with tablets, using them to replace menus and even replace waitstaff in the ordering process. Early reports suggest that tablet use could even lead to more spending per table.”

iv. Case Study: Cloud Cafe

Denae Dehoyos, general manager at Cloud Cafe (Katy, TX) sought an intuitive restaurant POS system because she wanted a product that would be consistent whether they were in the store or at an event. Since adopting SalesVu, Dehoyos has been thrilled with the convenience of an iPad POS, as well as the reporting capabilities SalesVu can offer.

“As we are an all tech-savvy staff at the cafe, we enjoy having up to date technology at our fingertips – literally! It’s so much easier to just have a tablet or iPad (most of us here already own at least one) that we can pop a card reader on and handle our business… Since we already have phones and tablets handy. Why spend the money on old technology?” said Dehoyos, “We saved tons of money not having to hire an accountant for the company alone. SalesVu makes it easy to let anyone manage the finances.”

SalesVu and The Competition

What’s more? SalesVu has more features AND lower credit card processing rates than our leading competitor, Square!

When he began searching for a mobile POS system, K Bar K Ranch owner Kent Black started by looked into Square, who charges a fee of 2.75% of credit card sales for processing. “I noticed that SalesVu only charged 2.7% so I started looking into [that],” said Black. “I was impressed by all the features SalesVu offered both on the iPad as a POS device as well as the reporting software available online.”

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We know you have many choices when selecting a mobile POS solution but here are some of the specific capabilities SalesVu can provide that many our competitors CANNOT.

With SalesVu you can

  • Open and manage several tabs at once
  • Allow customers to tip on paper receipt or on iPad screen
  • Set up recurring time-based discounts for selected products (useful for things like happy hour!)
  • Split checks
  • Allow your employees to clock-in and clock-out
  • Schedule employee shifts and allow employees to request trades
  • Use fully-customizable, SalesVu compatible gift cards
  • Generate an automated email campaign with discount codes based on rules that are proven to increase sales
  • Build an ecommerce website for online ordering that is fully integrated with your in-store solution
  • Table management
  • Online reservations
  • Manage inventory and transfers across multiple locations
  • Easy multi-location management and reporting
  • Free card reader with merchant account or option for external terminal

Purchasing the appropriate POS software for your restaurant may seem like a difficult process, but it’s important to know that a demanding industry doesn’t have to be demanding on your wallet as well. SalesVu’s Restaurant POS Bundle offers all of these highly-demanded features and more at a competitive rate. We encourage all interested parties to visit our website for more information SalesVu business management subscriptions, and sign up for a free 15 day trial of the Restaurant Bundle, today!

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We’d like to thank POS technology research firm Software Advice for their detailed data collection.

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With an ecommerce website and online employee scheduling, LPV says SalesVu’s iPad POS is an “awesome” system!

The Lilly Pad Village (LPV) is an establishment in Blue Ridge, Georgia that has been in business for nine years and caters to over 25,000 visitors annually. Owner, Geza Csuros says, “We provide gem mining, mini golf and a great fishing pond in a beautiful and serene mountain setting.”

As they began to add more inventory to their gift shop, LPV discovered that their regular cash register would no longer be able to accommodate their needs. LPV “went through about three or four merchant service companies, who offered great savings, a better service etc, but ended up costing a lot more money than was initially indicated… the annual contracts and the hidden fees always ended up costing more.”

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LPV also tried Square for an iPad POS but found that they lacked some of the important services that LPV required.

“We have been with SalesVu for three years now, and do not look back.” Csuros raves. “SalesVu allows us to keep accurate inventory and helps with keeping track of employee hours… Makes payroll a breeze!”

LPV appreciates the ability to have multiple terminals that are synchronized in real time – this has allowed them to reduce traffic in the main building by taking payments for activities out on the grounds. LPV has also been able to reduce employee hours because the multiple terminals allow employees to share booking responsibilities.

SalesVu’s ecommerce website widget has helped LPV sell tickets online.

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“I love using the SalesVu shopping cart!” says Csuros. “Our sales are automatically added to the open orders, hence the only thing customers have to give us is their name, and their open ticket can be redeemed very easily.”

Csuros also speaks very highly of SalesVu’s customer service team.

“Response time to any questions or problems (which are not many) is great. Jarod and Thomas are always on the ball, and I usually get a response within a few hours the most.”

We thank The Lilly Pad Village for their continued patronage and look forward to continuing to serve them!

“All in all the system is awesome! Cannot say enough about the application and about the service we receive,” says Csuros, “No long term obligations, no hidden fees, no compliance fees – just a great application and even greater service.”

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SalesVu’s POS System manages customer relationships for Intuitive Hands!

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Intuitive Hands (IH) is a massage therapy studio located within the Healing Arts Center in Austin, Texas. IH owner Bichlien Tran, approaches the human body from a postural perspective, treating a variety of conditions by working with the alignment of the body. She focuses on pairing massage and bodywork with Pilates training to help clients correct dysfunctional movement patterns. Tran strives to develop personalized workout plans not only to prevent pain and injury, but also unite her clients’ mind and body into a state of wellbeing.

Tran sought a mobile POS system for IH when she realized she would need to take payments other than cash. About other mobile point-of-sale solutions Tran says “I did consider Square for a brief moment, but the little square did not seem sturdy for me, easy to lose, as well as their service fee was higher.”

Three years ago, Tran decided to trust SalesVu for her iPad POS solution and she’s never looked back. According to Tran, “SalesVu was straight forward and easy to use. It was a payment solution that also provided other services such as client directory and a record of transactions… Also, the fee was less compared to other competitors that did not offer extra services outside of only a credit card transaction.”

SalesVu’s reporting feature has made record keeping easy and simple for IH. Tran enjoys being able to view sales reports by week, month or year to keep track of how well business is doing. She also likes how SalesVu’s customer relationship management feature allows her to easily view client history in detail.

“I value the option to look up client history and see their payment history in detail: date they visited, how they paid, and if I needed to re-email their receipt or refund, it was only a click away,” says Tran.

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For more information about Intuitive Hands, visit their website at www.intuitive-hands.massagetherapy.com or click below to visit their Facebook page!

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SalesVu is an exemplary provider of iPad POS solutions and cloud-based business management software!

Finding the right POS solution for your business can be a very difficult process. Not only is technology is advancing faster than ever before, but hardware becomes smaller and more capable each year. In this age a traditional cash register’s capabilities are getting close to obsolete. Why pay thousands of dollars for a massive, clunky POS when you could pick up an iPad to ring sales on, then manage your inventory, sales reports and employee schedule at the touch of a finger? Here are a few factors to consider when choosing an iPad POS for your business.

Quick, easy sales transactions will provide your staff with excellent time management and your customers with a satisfied service experience:

Our iPad POS system allows the checkout process to be executed quickly whether you prefer to use a Bluetooth scanner to ring up your sale, or you select the product off the iPad interface. After scanning or choosing the products you’d like to sell, you can simply press the PAY button and easily accept payment in the form of cash, check, credit card or gift card. Once the payment has been accepted you have the option to print the customer’s receipt to a Bluetooth printer in-store, or send it to them via email. In the event that you need to look up a product for your customer, you can search by product name, SKU or UPC code to let your customer know whether or not that product is in stock. You can even manage a tab for someone by creating a new order for them and not closing it out. If you have your devices cross-synced on SalesVu.com, you can start ringing an order on one device and then close it out on another.

 “[SalesVu's iPad POS] has allowed us to accept credit cards at our events, which accounts for almost half of sales every week! We would not have the amount of revenue we earn without SalesVu allowing us to take credit cards in the field.” (Megan Cowan, Trinity River Vision Authority).

 

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Manage your business at any location, any time:

With SalesVu’s iPad POS you can check the status of your store at any time by clicking the Shift Management drawer. Here you will be able to see the total sales that have been made for this day including discounts, breakdowns by payment type, how much cash is on hand and how much has been deposited to the safe. Furthermore, these figures will be imported to your cloud portal where you will easily be able to see sales reports by the time of day, employee, location, device, and product category.

“Besides being more user friendly with the cashiers, the ability to run reports and track sales from the home office has improved the efficiency of our organization tenfold.” (Allen Wallace, Lone Star Kolaches)

 

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Comprehensive inventory management:

SalesVu’s inventory and supply chain management feature will automatically deduct products from your inventory every time you make a sale. It will calculate what you have in stock based on manual, POS or e-commerce transactions. Also, you can setup a low inventory threshold alert and set up the system to automatically e-mail your vendors for more inventory!

“We needed a low-cost, cloud-based solution that was simple & easy to use. We also needed a product that tracked inventory, and this is what set SalesVu apart from others we looked at.” (Phil Gilbert, Experience Life Now).

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Configure employee schedules and create system-wide bulletins easily:

SalesVu offers a human capital management feature where your web portal will keep track of your staff’s performance history, shift schedule, clock in and out reports and employee access levels. Through this feature, your employees also have access to a company-wide messaging system which will allow for them to exchange documents and request to trade shifts as needed. Furthermore, labor reports can be easily generated and all data can be exported to your accounting software for payroll purposes.

“I love that there is an employee time clock on the POS – it’s nice to have everything on the same program. It makes payroll quick and easy.”  (Emily Potts, Sugar House Coffee).

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Set up your online store using our E-Commerce feature:

SalesVu’s e-commerce feature allows you to host an online store on our server with a fully customizable look and feel, as well as the URL of your choice. If you already have a company website or wish to host it on a separate server, you may do so and simply add our ecommerce widget to manage your online sales. All purchases made through your SalesVu supported e-commerce website will be added directly to your inventory and product reports. If you’d like to, you have the option to push your online orders to one of your in-store devices for review before they are processed.

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Automate your marketing efforts so you can spend more time focused on the business!

SalesVu can help generate more customers for your business with our viral marketing campaigns through facebook or email. Our marketing strategy allows you to send your customers coupon codes via their facebook accounts, which will automatically post to their page once they have redeemed it. With this social marketing integration, you will be able to generate detailed reports of the codes that have been redeemed which will include the discount given versus the total purchase amount. You may also use our email marketing to automatically send your customers an email when they fit certain rules that you have set – for example, once a customer completes their first tennis lesson, you can have the system automatically send them a coupon for 15% off their second lesson.

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Seamless bookkeeping with Quickbooks Online or SalesVu’s easy accounting software:

With SalesVu, you have the option to use our easy accounting software, or you can sync with your QuickBooks online account. If you choose our easy accounting software, you have access to a detailed breakdown of expense categories, transactions made and a full profit and loss report. These reports can be broken down by date or category, and you have the option to export it to a CSV file at any time. If you already use QuickBooks, you can integrate SalesVu with your existing QuickBooks online account to import all of your data.

“It just makes so much more sense to save the man hours involved in numbers and marketing… [With SalesVu], reports are done how I want, in less time and without having to pay someone to do it for me.”  (Denae Dehoyos, Cloud Cafe).

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Superior Gift Card Management:

SalesVu would be happy to provide your business with Gift Card services! In our cloud portal, you can choose whether or not you would like to accept gift cards as a payment option. From there, you will be able to view a detailed report of all gift card transactions, outstanding balances and activate or disable cards. We offer this service at a low rate of $10/month/location + 1.7% per transaction. All gift card purchases made at through your iPad POS or e-commerce website will automatically integrate with all of the back end reports you see on the cloud portal. While SalesVu does not provide the physical hardware, you may purchase fully customizable SalesVu compatible gift cards from mposgear.com or cardprinting.us.

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Competitive credit card processing rates:

SalesVu’s POS system for iPad and iPhone can provide you with reliable credit card processing from Mercury Credit Card Processing and Century Business Solutions. With the help of our trusted partners, SalesVu can process credit card transactions in-store from your POS system, online from your ecommerce website or through an emailed invoice. If you have recurring billing service set up with SalesVu, our partners will ensure that credit cards are validated prior to the billing date. Not only do you have the capability to accept Credit Card Processing with SalesVu’s partners starts as low as 2.6% – which is lower than our biggest competitors!

When he began searching for a mobile POS system, KBKR owner Kent Black started by looked into Square, who charges a fee of 2.75% of credit card sales for processing. “I noticed that SalesVu only charged 2.7% so I started looking into [that]…I was impressed by all the features SalesVu offered both on the iPad as a POS device as well as the reporting software available online.”

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Manage multiple locations with ease!

SalesVu is all about mobility, even if you have multiple locations. All of our features can be managed by location and fully integrated with the cloud portal! This means you can check sales reports, employee’s stats, inventory and more on any device, wherever you are. And what’s more? You even have the option to cross-sync your devices. This means you can start an order for somebody on one iPad POS, and cash it out on a completely different device if you need to.
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Allow your Customers to Reserve Tables and Schedule Appointments:

In a restaurant it is critical to be able to book reservations and manage tables. SalesVu’s table and reservation feature allows your guests to make reservations online and you can easily manage all their reservation preferences right from your POS system. With this feature, managing your physical resources is easier than ever. At any time you can re-draw your physical layout, view total sales made at each table and configure available time slots for booking. This service can be subscribed to along with other business management features in the Restaurant Bundle for $150/month/location, or by itself for $50/month/location.

SalesVu took into account that many beauty and wellness establishments need to schedule appointments. Customers can easily schedule an appointment online and can pay a non-refundable deposit at that time if they need to do so. You may also view a physical layout of your resources (massage rooms, salon chairs, etc.) and see appointments by the day, week or month. Another great aspect of this feature is that you can post a reservation widget on your existing website which will allow easy scheduling for your customers and easy management for your staff.

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Invoicing and Billing is Easier than Ever

With our invoice management feature you can e-mail invoices directly to your customers from your iPad POS or the cloud portal. This makes it easy for customers to send electronic payments, because they receive an email with a “Pay Now” link that lets them securely pay their balance from SalesVu.com. This feature is great for many businesses in the professional service industry or anyone who needs to manage invoices easily!

The recurring billing feature will automatically charge your customers for services you have specified. After doing so, the system will send an e-mail receipt or failed payment notification to that customer. Billing information can be edited at any time, and you may also suspend billing whenever you’d like to.

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Software, hardware, customer service and subscription costs:

SalesVu’s business management software can be purchased in a bundle that will encompass all the features your business may need at a low rate of $150 per location, per month. If you’d like to purchase additional features, you may do so for between $10-$50 per month. While SalesVu does not provide hardware devices, it is compatible on iPad, iPhone and Android Tablets so if you or your staff already owns any of these devices, you can download the SalesVu app and get started at any time!

“As we are an all tech-savvy staff at the cafe, we enjoy having up to date technology at our fingertips – literally! It’s so much easier to just have a tablet or iPad (most of us here already own at least one) that we can pop a card reader on and handle our business,” (Denae Dehoyos, Cloud Cafe).

Also, SalesVu customer service is free for you at any time! You can call our support line at 888-900-5819 or send us an email at support@salesvu.com.

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“We chose SalesVu because of their customer service foremost. SalesVu’s associates were so helpful in answering all my questions and taking suggestions from me.” (Emily Potts, Sugar House Coffee).

 

Choosing the right POS system can be a challenging process so thank you for considering SalesVu. We encourage all interested parties to schedule a demonstration with our support staff on our website for more information. In this demo, a member of the SalesVu team will meet with you online, walk you through all the capabilities of the iPad POS and the cloud portal, and answer any questions for you. At the end of the demonstration, you have the option to sign up for a free 15-day trial of SalesVu’s software. What have you got to lose? Sign up for a demonstration today!

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Retail POS system helps Experience Life Now track inventory across multiple locations

Experience Life (EL) is a non-denominational Christian church in Lubbock, Texas. After being founded by Chris Galanos in 2007, the church has grown to an average weekly attendance of over 3,500 people. This establishment is one of only two churches in the Lubbock/Amarillo area that has been certified by the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. Outreach Magazine has also recognized them for being one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Experience Life has five physical campuses in the Lubbock/Amarillo area and 2 digital campuses that can be viewed on local TV station KLBK or on the Experience Life website.

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“At Experience Life, our vision is our name. We want to help people experience all God has for them in this life!” explains Phil Gilbert, HR director. “We believe that you can experience God’s best in your life no matter what your past or present looks like. At Experience Life, there are no perfect people allowed!”

Across EL’s multiple campuses, they provide discounted books and t-shirts for their church attendees. As their fellowship continued to grow, they realized they would need an inventory-based POS system that could support credit card processing.

“We noticed that few people carried cash or checks anymore,” says Gilbert. “So if we wanted to really serve people as much as possible, we needed to provide more common means of payment.”

After using Square for about a year, EL felt they needed a POS system that could provide better inventory features. As a business, EL was growing faster than ever and wanted a way to ensure none of their products were getting lost. They considered Quickbooks and Paypal before switching to SalesVu.

“An important feature that Square was lacking was the inventory tracking side. We needed a program that would help us track inventory by site for a low fee,” says Gilbert. “SalesVu fit the bill & has helped us to monitor our inventory more closely.”

SalesVu’s inventory tracking has helped EL better serve their church community by making sure that products are always available when they’re needed. They’ve saved a significant amount in man-hours now that they don’t have to recount the entire inventory on a weekly basis, and still they can remain confident that they will never run out of products.

“We needed a low-cost, cloud-based solution that was simple & easy to use,” says Gilbert. “We also needed a product that tracked inventory, and this is what set SalesVu apart from others we looked at.”

SalesVu’s retail POS has helped EL seamlessly track their sales and inventory across three separate locations. They can now easily see trends by church site and monitor loss prevention.

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For more information on Experience Life, visit their website at www.experiencelifenow.com, or follow their social media accounts by clicking one of the icons below.

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