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Featured Weekend Reading (09/28/2012)

Welcome To The Pumpkin Patch II_6299
Woo hoo it’s that time again! That’s right peeps it’s finally Friday. It has been a super crazy and busy week this week with month end. We have all worked hard here in CVA land and it’s time put those feet up and get your weekend on. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get this weekend started!

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We Have You Covered!

Having your own Virtual Assistant really pays off! A few months ago, my client decided that her website needed a new, fresh look. She asked me if I could help her with the creation of the new look, she wanted something special with various custom design images. However I am not a great graphic designer, so I suggested using one of our CVA graphic designers and web builders who could do exactly what she wanted.

She considered this option, but instead decided to contact her previous designer. The designer created a very colorful and dynamic site to replace the old one. But this beautiful new site had one flaw –– it took up a great deal more memory than the old one. Website migration is a complicated and delicate process. It requires extensive technical knowledge: from backing up and deactivating the old site to activation and migration of the new one. And if you exceed the web host memory capacity, it can spell trouble down the line.

After months in the making my client’s new website was finally finished. It looked great! Colors, graphics, text, images, and videos, everything was just right. However 30 days after successfully activating the site, disaster struck –– the new website was suddenly gone!

I quickly called the web host. They told us that a small crash had occurred in their system. They’d done a restoration with what they had in the backup files. Unfortunately, the only thing in the backup was the old site. Apparently we’d gone over the space limit and the weekly scheduled backups were incomplete, so we had none of the new files.

Immediately my client contacted her web designer. She expected the designer to help restore the site; after all, the designer had the files. To my client’s disappointment, the designer was not going to restore it without additional costs, even though they had some responsibility for the backup. My client was very unhappy, frustrated and almost ready to give up on the whole thing.

Seeing my client so sad and unhappy, I assured her that we were going to help her through this and have her site back up quickly, with virtually no added cost. She was extremely happy to have the support. It was certainly a painstaking task. First I had to carefully look at every page and make a list of all the files, images, links, videos and everything else that was missing from the site. Some had to be rebuilt from scratch. The files were sent to me slowly, but in a few weeks the new website was up and running. My client was delighted and relieved, not only because I took over, but because I was there for her every step of the way.

At CVA, our Virtual Assistants are there for you every step of the way. We have you covered!

Photo credit: Celine Walker

September 26th, 2012 by Lillian Koenig, Virtual Assistant | No Comments »

Identify & Prepare: Surviving the Slow Season

Many industries have their “busy” and “slow” seasons that can wreak havoc on even the best laid out budgeting plan. The lack of cash flow can be difficult to keep your business afloat during the quieter months of the year, especially when unforeseen expenses arise. Planning ahead can make it easier to coast through the slow season until things ramp back up again.

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Featured Weekend Reading (09/20/2012)

One Down, Two to Go

Woo hoo Friday is finally here and Fall is definitely in the air. This is my favorite time of year! I love the pumpkins, and the leaves, and the cooler weather. We have all been busy this week and it is time to get our weekend on and enjoy ourselves. So what are you waiting for? Without further hesitation, let’s get this weekend started!

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The Role of a Customer Service Representative

The role of a customer service representative has experienced an evolution in today’s modern age of technology and advancement. Fifty years ago, an assistant, secretary or clerk handled the role. Today, a CSR brings more to the table than order entry and answering telephone calls. Although there are still many similarities, the role has grown and expanded over time.

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September 20th, 2012 by Client Advocate Team | 1 Comment »

The Deal of the Day: Groupon & Living Social

The newest coupon endeavor to overtake the business world is the deal of the day enterprise. In the past few years, the two giants of this new way to discount have swept over the nation: Groupon and Living Social. Both offer similar services yet have slightly different vantage points.

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