If you are a developer (like me), have you ever wondered how to determine if the color set you are using on your web page or in your software is a good choice? After all, there are lots of things to consider. Color makes what you present “eye catching”, and can boost the enthusiasm of your target audience. It can attract attention to an important area, or help distinguish regions of information.
On the downside, the wrong color choices can make your information displeasing, hard to read, and actually discourage readers. Also, colors which may look really good, can be near impossible to distinguish by individuals with varying degrees of colorblindness.
So, how do we make sure the colors we have chosen do not do the exact opposite of what we want?
The answer, at least for text, is some math. There are 2 methods to test a color combination, the first being the older AERT algorithms proposed by W3C, and the second being the Luminosity Contrast ...[more]
If you were to turn back the hands of time and bring the clock back to the late 80’s and early 90’s, we would agree a backup consisted in most cases of a small thin plastic square which was inserted into an equally thin slot, which after a few minutes would allow you to save data. These plastic squares of storage, also known as floppy’s, are now but extinct and have been replaced with devices which hold hundreds, thousands, or even millions of files. Now, what’s the point of the remembering the golden years of the floppy? Simply because it reminds us that backing up and saving our data was important then, and it’s even more important today. With technology taking bigger and bigger leaps every year, our dependency on computers grow with every leap. This means our data becomes more of a priceless possession than just a simple file saved on a hard drive. If your server were to crash, if a thief broke in and stole your computer, if a fire broke out in the middle ...[more]
Permission marketing is when you ask your target market and web site visitors for their ‘permission’ to do, or send them something. It is an important part of your internet marketing. The key is to get your target market to willingly volunteer to participate in the process. In order to do this, whatever you are offering needs to be of value to the user and you have to make that value clear to them. If they see no benefit in participating, then they will not. It’s that simple! Adding an opt-in email sign-up is a good example of permission marketing.
What makes permission marketing so effective?
It’s not intrusive. The user volunteered to receive the information you are sending because it is of interest to them. This significantly increases the chance of the user viewing what you send to them and also being receptive to it. Permission marketing can be a valuable asset in acquiring new customers and building relationships with your existing ones. ...[more]
Just as you want customers to visit your tire and automotive service location frequently, you also want potential and present customers to visit your website. Displaying promotions on your website is a great way to encourage return visits. You will want to change your promotions regularly and add a few features to make it easy for your visitors to share your promotions with their friends.
Remember, each time ...[more]
As Tire Power users, we all have done it. We need to enter a customer transaction, only to not be able to find the customer’s name. We think they are in there, but why can’t we find their name? Is the name in the database misspelled, an extra space inserted, or does it have an extra letter which is making the search not work correctly? This can be frustrating and a little embarrassing, especially if the customer is right in front of you. Over the years I have heard and seen some pretty good tips to help you find that customer, such as using a phone number look up, or first name look up, but one of the most underused and powerful searches you can use to find an elusive customer in your database is the % sign lookup.
Let’s say I am in Front Counter searching for the customer, ‘Weaver Autobody’. The quickest way to search is to enter in “weav” in the ‘Last Name’ field. In this case, I do get some results, just not the one I need. I am fairly cer ...[more]
We were pleased to notice TIREMAX, a multi-store chain based out of Conroe, TX, and a long time Tire Power Software user, were featured in a very nice article in the March 10th issue of the TireBusiness.Com on-line publication. TIREMAX has now begun franchising its retail concept across the nation, so their expansion efforts were highlighted in this article. Good job TIREMAX, and congratulations from all of us here at TCS. Follow the link below for the full article…
Our Tire Power software has tremendous reporting capabilities and hopefully you are taking advantage of those features. Remember, after running the reports and financial statements, it is very important to examine them for any discrepancies. If you have any questions about how the numbers are calculated, or think the numbers don’t correlate with some of your other figures, give us a call. If errors were made during the day, week or month, it’s easier to fix them sooner rather than later. The longer errors go without being addressed, the more potential to cause further and sometimes bigger problems. Remember, your TCS Support Team is here to help!
|The First Wheels
The wheel is an icon of invention and civilization. The first known stone wheels came out of ancient Mesopotamia, the region today known as Iraq, around 3500 BC.
These first wheels were used for throwing pottery and agricultural uses such as grinding. It took another 300 years for wheels to be used in transportation.
Most business owners are great at casting a vision or seeing the big picture. This is a great asset to their company as it gives their employees direction and motivation. So how does Tire Power Software play into the big picture? Or maybe a better question is, how do you get to the big picture? The answer…one report at a time. Many Tire Power Software customers have yet to realize the full potential of the software. I have talked with several customers recently who have said, the more they use the software, the more they find it will do for them. They feel it will enable them to be more efficient and improve their bottom line.
So what are these tools inside of Tire Power Software? Let me just cover one for now (only because it is a BIG one). Tire Power has a vast and extensive reporting system. Let’s take the ‘Accounting’ tab for example; there are currently 28 reports on that single tab. Almost all of these reports have filters which allow th ...[more]
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