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GIVE AWAY: The BlackBerry® Classic

classic-preorder.png.originalAs 2014 starts to wrap up, many business owners are thinking about resolutions and investments for the New Year. If technology is on your mind, why not start thinking about which smartphone would start you off on the right foot?

Just in time for the holidays, the new BlackBerry® Classic has arrived and is available to Rogers business customers. The device is a mixture of all the good things about BlackBerry smartphones, such as the Physical keyboard and classic navigation keys, combined with the new speed and performance of BlackBerry. Like the recently released BlackBerry Passport, the Classic also comes loaded with Blackberry 10.3 software including Blackberry Blend Technology (brings documents, emails etc. from your device to your laptop or tablet) & BlackBerry Assistant (lets you complete actions on-the-go using voice and text commands).

In addition, the device comes ready for both work and play:

  • The physical keyboard and beloved classic navigation keys let you navigate with confidence using the optical track pad, menu and back buttons as you move between documents, emails, phone calls, etc. Not to be forgotten, you can also rely on the touch screen to get you around!
  • The BlackBerry Classic packs some serious punch, with a 3.5-inch screen, a fast processor with 2GB of RAM making multitasking even easier. It also has a 2,515-mAh battery for up to 22 hours of battery life and a microSD card slot to expand your storage if need be.
  • There’s no shortage of apps at your fingertips for work or play, with access to BlackBerry apps on BlackBerry® World™ and Android apps through the Amazon App store.

Want to give this new device a try? We’re giving one away. All you have to do is to tell us how your business could benefit from a BlackBerry Classic device (100 words or less) in the comment section of this blog post to be entered into our draw.

We’ll be doing a random draw of all eligible email subscribers on January 19th, 2015 and will be announcing the winner here, and via our Twitter account, @RogersBiz within approximately ten days following the draw.

For more information about this device contact your local Rogers Small Business Specialist or Rogers representative.

Contest closes at 4:00 pm ET on January 19, 2015. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. Prize: one (1) BlackBerry Classic valued at approximately $500. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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Get ready for a New Year packed with NHL!

RBB_RGCLWhen the puck dropped in October, we announced that all Rogers wireless data and Internet customers received a free preview subscription to Rogers NHL™ GameCentre LIVE™ until December 31. Last month we shared that Rogers customers get a free 2014-15 Season’s Pass to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™ (including the Stanley Cup® Playoffs!), if they’re on one of the following (or select grandfathered) wireless or internet plans:

  • Share Everything™ for Business wireless plan (comes with data that can be shared with up to 25 devices, unlimited text , Canada-wide calling and access to ROAM LIKE HOME™ for just $5/day when roaming in the U.S)
  • Business Internet Standard or above

Remember to get on one of these plans if you want to score a 2014-15 Season’s Pass for Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE™, otherwise the free preview subscription ends December 31st.* Depending on where you’re watching, you’ll get access to national, in-market regional, and out-of-market regional games, French broadcasts, plus, Rogers customers also get exclusive access to GamePlus™ and MyReplay angles that put your right in the middle of the action.

Tune in on TV

We’ve also got an all-star line-up on for traditional TV:

  • With NHL® Centre Ice, you’ll be able to show up to 37 regular season, out-of-market NHL games every week in both SD and HD. Bundle your business internet, phone and TV, and you’ll receive one season of NHL® Centre Ice™ for free – that’s valued over $1200.00!
  • The NHL on Sportsnet will deliver 350 national regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada.
  • The Grid on channel 509 (available in Ontario only) is a showcase of six channels at once: Sportsnet Ontario™, Sportsnet ONE™, Sportsnet 360™, City™, CBC, and FX Canada.
  • Sportsnews on ch. 500 features scores and game updates on game night.

Whether your customers are looking to follow their favourite team, players, or just a game featuring the league’s best stars, they’ll know your establishment is the best place to do it.

For more information about NHL® Centre Ice™ or Rogers Game Centre LIVE™ contact your local Small Business Specialist today.

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Introducing the Nexus 6 for business

A couple of weeks ago, Rogers became the first carrier in Canada to roll out LTE-Advanced. We started with 12 cities and have a plan to roll it out across the country. Now available is the first LTE-Advanced enabled device, the Motorola Nexus 6, available online and in Rogers stores. Demand is going to be high, so we recommend reserving a device on the Rogers Business Reservation System.

The Nexus 6 is the first new device to come loaded with the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. This is the biggest change to the OS in years and comes with new features that complement a busy work schedule and arms mobile professionals with the tools to make them more productive on-the-go. Check out the features below:

  • Multi-tasking made easy. With the new system, users can easily switch between editing documents, browsing the web, responding to emails, or checking their calendar.
  • More doing, less charging.  A large 3220 mAh battery provides up to 24 hours per charge and access the Motorola Turbo Charger for a quick burst of power – 15 minutes to get up to 6 additional hours of battery life.
  • Security on the Go. The Nexus 6 is automatically encrypted on first use and is equipped with Android Smart Lock which secures a smartphone by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable, tablet or even your car.

LTE-Advanced is now available in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Moncton, Fredericton, Halifax and Saint John.

For more information about this device contact your local Rogers Small Business Specialist or Rogers representative.

Are you a Nexus user? What do you think of the new features in this device? Check out the video below to learn more.

 

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Last minute tips to prepare your small business for Black Friday

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailThis year, Black Friday is expected to set new sales records (yes, even in Canada). If you own a business, particularly one in the retail industry, here are some tips to help your business get the most out of Black Friday:

Be prepared
Taking a look at last year’s Black Friday sales results can help you come up with an accurate number for this year’s big shopping day. This will help you determine your inventory, workforce, payroll, equipment and marketing needs. An accurate Black Friday sales forecast, even one you put together last minute, can help build an efficient, profitable and customer-focused business.

Offer incentives to customers and employees
Loyalty programs like Vicinity gives customers a reason to choose you over the competition. This helps you incent customers on big shopping days like Black Friday but also inspire repeat visits and build relationships with future loyal customers.

Customers can register online at vicinityrewards.ca or at any participating local business. Members can then search for nearby businesses and track their rewards through their online account or by downloading the mobile app (available for Android and iOS). Customers can then use a single loyalty card to redeem offers at more than 650 businesses across Canada. Simple.

You might also want to offer special incentives to your employees to keep them energized, as some workers are known to mentally “check out” during the holidays. Give your hard-working employees welcome words of encouragement and recognize their accomplishments to keep morale high.

Launch a last-minute Black Friday online campaign
The big promoters’ integrated marketing campaigns to advertise their Black Friday deals will be seen and heard on all media. To help small businesses compete, there is Engage by OutRank by Rogers, a cost-effective tool that helps small businesses market their business online, while getting a comprehensive picture of their marketing results, online reputation, social media and website performance, all in one place at a low cost. This service can make connecting with past, present and future clients this Black Friday a heck of a lot easier.

Bottom line? The Black Friday and holiday rush can be a race. Be prepared to seize opportunities where the big guys can’t compete. To learn more, visit vicinityrewards.ca or rogersoutrank.com.

What’s the best deal your business is offering on Black Friday?

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Rogers fuels growth of startups and entrepreneurs in Canada

wavefront-lrgIn the past, we have told you about our long-standing partnership with Wavefront, a non-profit business incubator located in Vancouver.

Today we announced a funding commitment of $4 million to Wavefront, Canada’s Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research, to drive growth of Canadian businesses in the areas of machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things.

This means that over the next five years, we will connect thousands of early-stage wireless technology companies from across Canada with experts from Rogers and Wavefront to help build their businesses. We will also provide financial resources, wireless technology solutions and access to developer platforms to help businesses get their products and services to market.

Growing a strong Canadian wireless technology industry requires collaboration among organizations who support innovators and entrepreneurs. In partnership with Wavefront, Rogers is helping new businesses effectively commercialize, grow and enter new markets, by providing hands-on mentorship and programs like the Commercialization Support Program that help startups develop go-to-market strategies.

Our financial commitment to Wavefront will be matched by up to 50% by the Canadian Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP), a five-year program established by the Government of Canada to foster growth among the country’s startup community. Together, we will give technology businesses in Vancouver and across the country the tools and resources to help them drive growth in their business and compete on a national and global scale.

Over the past six years, Wavefront’s incubation and acceleration of technology businesses has resulted in thousands of new jobs in Canada, and contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Canada’s GDP.

For more information on Wavefront, please visit: www.wavefrontac.com.

 

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Q&A: Rogers Ignite™ revs up our innovative engines

Rob 2The next great innovation might be right around the corner. Today, we launched Rogers Ignite, a new program that encourages companies to pitch us their market-ready products and services. Now, companies around the world can apply to partner with Rogers where they can take their business to new heights,and help us deliver more value to our customers.

Today, we spoke with Rob Switzman, Vice President of Innovation at Rogers, to find out what the launch of Rogers Ignite means to him and to businesses in Canada and around the world:

Q: Please briefly describe the vision behind Rogers Ignite.

A: The global technology ecosystem is rapidly evolving. To deliver continued value to our customers, it’s essential that we stay ahead of the game to bring the best innovations the world has to offer to Canadians. Rogers Ignite is a new program that makes it easy for companies to pitch us their market-ready products and services. Our team will evaluate opportunities and collaborate with colleagues across our business to see what could be a right fit.

Q: Generally, what kinds of companies does your team seek to partner with?

A: We are looking for companies with a market-ready product or service, that when combined with our best-in-class assets, can deliver enhanced experiences to our customers.

Q: What types of opportunities are you looking for?

A: We’re looking for companies that can offer us opportunities to build on our assets. For example, with Enterprise we’re looking at Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Cloud technologies. For consumers, opportunities that can help us evolve wireless solutions, cross-platform video services, smart home solutions, and mobile content are of interest. Also, we’re exploring ways to improve the way our internal services work to better serve our customers.

Q: What is the one primary piece of advice you would offer to entrepreneurial companies with a new product or service, who want to work with a leading technology company?

A: Ensure you can clearly position how your product/service has the potential to deliver value to the company’s customers, and how it offers something that can differentiate the company and yours in the market.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.rogersignite.ca.

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Leave your notepad at home – The Note 4 has you covered

samsung note 4 rbbPutting pen to paper might sound as outdated as using a quill since the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, equipped with the new S Pen, hits Rogers stores today.

This ‘phablet’ ups the ante with a premium metal build, a fingerprint scanner and tons of software improvements. So is it worth the upgrade? These four features might convince you that it is:

 Better display

The Quad HD Super AMOLED® screen is crisp and clear and can make screen-intensive tasks like editing a document or spreadsheet on the go even easier.

 New security features

The new finger print scanner gives the Note a big security boost. The feature helps you keep your work phone locked down and now lets you access Private Mode, where you can store your most sensitive business files.

Updated Stylus

What makes a Note a Note is the included S Pen stylus. Sliding it out instantly transforms your phone into a note-taking machine, letting you write out notes and draw diagrams right on the device’s display.

AM to PM companion  

The Fast Charging feature allows you to recharge up to 50 per cent of your battery in just 30 minutes, so you can carry your Note 4 from your morning meeting to your night flight without worry.

The Note 4 is now available online and in Rogers retail stores – For more information contact your local Small Business Specialist.

Are you writing with an S Pen or is writing still something you see only happening on paper?

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How to stay safe amongst the clouds

cyber awareness month _RBBIn honour of Cyber Security Awareness month we wanted to share some tips on how to stay safe when using the ‘cloud’. In its simplest form, the cloud is used to house information, documents, etc. on the internet. iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive are examples of storage sites that let you save and share your materials through the cloud.

While it is great technology that can help us stay de-cluttered and organized,  it’s important to take precautions.

Check out these tips below to keep your information safe when in the clouds:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords on your accounts. Change your password if you see it on this list of the 500 most common passwords.
  2. Avoid letting your browser save your passwords.
  3. Ensure website URLs contain HTTPS when accessing personal information over public Wi-Fi networks.
  4. Install apps from official app stores.
  5. Read permission requests before installing apps to ensure the information they’re accessing is appropriate.
  6. Always log out of sites completely when you’re finished.
  7. Install the latest app and operating system updates for your device.
  8. Enable password locks on your device. Check out how to enable passwords for your iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
  9. Don’t upload information to the cloud if you want to keep it private.

To learn more about how to stay safe when staying connected check out  http://techessentials.rogers.com/. Tell us, what steps are you taking to stay cloud safe?

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Managing the transition to innovation: interview with Bob Allen

Staying on top of the shifting ground of tech innovation in the workplace is something businesses of all sizes, from micro to enterprise, need to do. But the ability to integrate popular and emerging technologies is challenging, because there are so many options—more each day, it seems. And finding the time in the midst of busy work weeks to research, source, plan and integrate new technologies can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Not innovating, however, will set businesses back, both long-term and in the day-to-day. In particular, IT departments are under pressure from executives to update and improve their technology infrastructure; but this need is complicated by figuring out how to modernize and transition legacy systems and the associated downtime costs, not to mention strained resources and financial restrictions.

Rogers Communications Solution Consultant Bob Allen recently sat down with us to discuss the pressures businesses face to innovate, and how to meet those challenges effectively and gracefully. Watch the full interview here.

According to Bob, significant changes in IT operations and management can disrupt workflows, processes and budgets. Further, trying to choose the right technology partners and solutions from the many available options takes a lot of time. Cloud-based solutions like Rogers Enterprise Voice & Collaboration are easy to integrate and allow companies to make an elegant transition to “technology 3.0” without having to take a “rip-and-replace” approach. And the right implementation partner and approach will help facilitate the transition to innovation.

How do you plan to innovate in your business?

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