• Google Apps for Your Business

    Posted on March 2, 2014 by in Technology

    Work better together

    Google AppsGoogle Apps helps you and your team work faster and smarter by making it easy for everyone – employees, partners, vendors, anyone – to collaborate effortlessly across teams, companies and locations.

    Google Apps lets you share and edit many types of files – docs, spreadsheets, presentations and more – in real time. Forget all the time-wasting email back and forth over multiple file versions; storing docs in the cloud means everyone automatically has the latest version of any file. Doesn’t that make sense? The best thing I like, you can actually CALL Google!! You receive a toll free number along with a customer pin.

    What’s the difference between a Google account and a Google Apps account?

    What is Google Apps? The following is directly from Google:

    Google Apps is a suite of Google applications that brings together essential services to help your business. This is a hosted service that lets businesses, schools, and institutions use a variety of Google products — including Email, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Talk — on a unique domain (e.g., www.yourcompany.com).

    For instance, if you own the domain example.com and you sign up for Google Apps services, everyone at your organization will get:

    • A custom email address (user@example.com)
    • Tools for word processing
    • Spreadsheets and presentations
    • A shared calendaring system
    • Tools for creating web pages and sites for your business
    • Access to a flexible intranet system
    • And much, much more!

    How is a Google Account different from a Google Apps account?

    Although Google Apps and Google Accounts allow you to access several of the same Google products, they’re different types of accounts. A Google Account is a unified sign-in system that provides access to a variety of free Google consumer products — such as Gmail, Google Groups, Google Shopping List, Picasa, Web History, iGoogle, and Google Checkout — administered by Google. Google Apps provides access to products powered by Google but administered by your organization.

    Not sure what kind of account you have?

    If you’re able to edit your account recovery options,  then you have a Google Account. If you sign in to your account to the account recovery options page  and receive a message with details to contact your administrator, then you have a Google Apps account.

    The Google Apps transitionGoogle-Apps-phone click

    We’ve recently transitioned Google Apps accounts to a new account infrastructure such that Google Apps accounts are able to access the majority of Google products, just like a Google Account.

    Google Accounts are subject to the terms and conditions set by Google as agreed to when you created your account. However, if you have a Google Apps account, the services you use on your account are also subject to the terms and conditions of your organization. Furthermore, access to services powered by Google are in the control of your administrator, so you may have limited functionality when using a Google Apps account when compared to a Google Account.

     

    Click here to setup Google Apps for Business for your company.

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  1. […] Google Apps lets you share and edit many types of files – docs, spreadsheets, presentations and more – in real time. Forget all the time-wasting email back and forth over multiple file versions; storing docs in the cloud means everyone automatically has the latest version of any file.  […]

  2. Having a Gmail account is great but going to the next level and having a Google Apps account for business adds so much more to the mix.

    One of the main advantages is having your own email domain with 25 gigabytes of storage for each user. Why advertise Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook or AOL? Promote your company with each email that you send.

    What are the components of Google Apps:

    * Gmail
    * Calendar
    * Talk or Hangouts
    * Postini
    * Docs
    * Sites
    * Video
    * Groups
    * Market Place

    Google Market Place and Postini

    I want to mention Postini before I go into the market place. Some businesses need an extra level of security and this is what purchasing the Postini program will do.

    As far as the market place goes, there are hundreds of third party apps that integrate seamlessly with your Google Apps program. This in my opinion is probably the best feature of having Google Apps.

    Some apps that I have found very useful are:

    * Constant Contact for email marketing
    * Mail Chimp for email marketing
    * Survey Monkey for marketing
    * DO for project management
    * Wrike for project management
    * Wave for accounting
    * Insught.ly for customer management
    * Nimble for customer management and social media management
    * Hello Fax

    Using Google Apps will make your life and work more efficient and save your company money.

    • admin says:

      Hey Bob,thanks so much for sharing your insights with Google Apps for Business. So many business owners think it’s no different than having a gmail account. You point out so many benefits with using Google Apps!