How Apps Can Improve Workplace Communication

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Communication is everything in the workplace. It is always necessary to have good workplace communication to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of your workforce, particularly when something goes wrong.

Due to the importance of workplace communication, many businesses are now looking to mobile app technology to provide staff with a means of communicating.

What are Workplace Communication Apps?

By now, you’ve probably seen at least one of these apps advertised on TV or online. You may be left wondering what they are and how they work. Let’s discuss.

Firstly, workplace communication apps are essentially just the same as other messaging apps when stripped down to their basic features. They allow you to communicate with others via messages, images, calls etc. However, they’re optimised for their purpose.

The “workplace” part of the name comes from other features that allow for smoother and more effective usage of the apps within the workplace. These features can allow workers to organise their conversations by project, or they may aid the business owner/manager in monitoring staff productivity and communicating accordingly.

So, to summarise, workplace communication apps are fundamentally the same as a lot of the messenger type apps you already likely own. Just with additional workplace usability optimisations.

Who Should Use Workplace Communication Applications?

Workplace communication apps have been springing up in all types of workplace. It’s easy to see how a lot of businesses could benefit from these apps, and they’re also not an expensive investment, which means that most businesses can afford to do so.

Here are some examples of workplaces that could benefit from communication apps:

  • Restaurants – Restaurants can be very fast paced environments, and they require that everyone work together. Communication needs to be good between the waiting staff and the kitchen staff or the cleaners and other team members. When used effectively, workplace communication apps could massively improve the efficiency of food businesses.
  • Construction – Another industry where team coordination is very important is the construction industry. Consequently, workplace comms applications can not only improve the efficiency of construction businesses, they can also improve safety.
  • Education – For educational organisations, such as schools, colleges, etc. communication is vital for ensuring the learning and safety of students. Therefore, if teachers and other staff can communicate with each other instantly, they can work together to solve any issues much faster. An example of this would be if a child was absent from lesson. The teacher could find out very quickly if the student should be in lesson and react accordingly.

Get in Touch with Appoly for Website & App Development Services

If you’re in need of development services, Appoly are here to help. We offer many developmental services, as well as consultation for when you need to get your idea(s) off the ground.

No project is too big nor too small to discuss with our experts. Our team are always happy to discuss potential projects and provide help and support where necessary.

You can contact us via email, phone or our contact page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Web Development for SEO – Tips & Tricks

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Can a Website’s SEO be Affected by Developmental Factors?

There’s no denying how important SEO activities have become for websites and businesses within the digital industry.

Many people still view web development and SEO as two separate entities, however, the way in which a site has been coded/developed can actually have a huge impacted on the site’s performance within search engines.

There are many factors of search engine optimisation that can be impacted by the way a website is built. Whether it’s site speed, URL structure, header tags, etc. it is wise to have SEO at the forefront of your mind when developing a site.

Let’s take a look at some of the key ways in which SEO can be affected via the developmental side of a website.

Site Speed Optimisation for SEO

If you want to build a website that is SEO friendly, one of the main and most obvious points to consider is site speed.

It’s obvious that search engines aren’t going to rank a slow website with loads of bloated code and large images as high as it would a clean-coded and quick website.

When developing websites, always try to keep your code as clean as possible and consider which aspects of the site may need further planning to ensure they won’t cause sluggishness.

Automated Header Tagging

The structure of a website is very important for user-friendliness, and with that being the case, we can be certain that it’s also important to Google and other search engines.

While you can add the appropriate header tags to a page at any time, it’s always a good idea to implement automation into the tagging process.

For instance; if we wanted the titles of a site’s pages to also be the H1 tags, we would have the process automated, meaning that should the user forget to implement header tags appropriately, there is some reliability on the website itself. This means the SEO basics regarding header tags should automatically be covered, even if not perfectly, enough.

Correct Canonicalization

Correct canonicalization is important for a site’s SEO due to the fact that it eliminates the risk of duplicate content.

It is advisable to ensure that a site’s IP address and protocol variants all redirect to the same URL.

For instance – entering “appoly.co.uk” or “http://appoly.co.uk” in your search bar will redirect to “https://2017.appoly.co.uk/” – which is ideal, as it prevents multiple versions of a website being live on different web addresses.

Contact Appoly for Website Development Services

If you need a website developed with search engine friendliness in mind, get in touch with Appoly today.

We have a great expert team who are always happy to listen to the details of your project and discuss with you what your best options are.

No matter how big or small your project is, our development experts are always glad to hear about new ideas and will do their best to ensure your website is at its most optimal.

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