Julie Fredlund, ABC Home and Commercial Services, Austin, TX
How many times have you attended a conference packed with great educational topics only to discover you overlooked a session that would have been perfect for your business needs? Avoid program-overload and be ready to hit the ground running with this session that outlines the key topics and technical tracks covered at BizTech 2021. Get the most out of your event experience and maximize your learning potential with BizTech Basics!
Presented by Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend
When you discover a new tech tool, do you sign right up? Sit back and wait? Shake your head?
More than 130,000 new apps hit mobile platforms every month, and thousands of new startups target us with ads... all promising to be the best tech you've ever used. And, the subconscious way you approach new tech can greatly impact the way you can leverage today's biggest advancements.
Join Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend, to discover your Technology Psychology. You'll take a self assessment to find out your Technology Psychology Persona to help you understand the benefits and limitations of your approach to new technology. You'll also see the new tech world from other perspectives so you can understand why it's so tough to get everyone on the same digital page when it comes to tech solutions.
Facilitated by Beth Z., Your Nerdy Best Friend
Your peers are the smartest nerds around! Many professionals have their favorite time-saving, productivity-increasing, rear-kicking technology secrets. This lively, interactive discussion gives you and your peers the opportunity to share and discover the best technology tools. Great for both tech newbies and experienced experts!
Jeffrey King, The Pest Rangers, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Advances in communication and invoicing technology are revolutionizing the way we engage with new and existing clients. Virtual platforms are now available that allow you to identify new sales leads, develop and deliver interactive service agreements, and close sales all without ever leaving the office. You can even track the progress of your proposals and invoices at every stage of the process, giving you insight into advanced analytics that can improve your closing rate. Discover how one company is leveraging these new tools to seamlessly integrate sales and service in this futuristic session.
Tony Massey, Massey Services Inc., Orlando, FL
It’s no secret that consumers think differently across generations, and that these differences inform their buying habits. This has never been truer than in today’s technology-dominated marketplace. When is the last time you reviewed your marketing strategy to make sure you aren’t missing out on an entire generation of potential clients? Learn how to upgrade your existing marketing plan to include a multigenerational approach that integrates with today’s digital world. It’s time to get the ROI you expect from your marketing dollars!
Ashley Heavrin, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions, Charlack, MO
How efficient is your company’s onboarding process with new employees? Do you have an off-boarding plan for outgoing staff? Does your business have a system in place to recognize or reward staff who go above and beyond? Learn how small HR hacks can lead to big improvements in company culture, engagement, and overall efficiency in this informative session.
Breanna Neerland, Kwik Kill Pest Control, Madison, WI; Dauphin Ewart, The Bug Master, Austin, TX
Integrating any new technology into your business can be an exciting journey. New “smart” routing solutions, paperless invoicing platforms, and even remote monitoring devices can lead to a huge improvement in operating efficiency that help your bottom line. But modernizing your business can also mean big changes to your company’s day-to-day processes that can create unexpected disruptions. Hear real stories of the pros, cons, and everything in between that businesses experience when they upgrade their tech in this candid and engaging talk.
Colleen Lynch, Vault Communications, Plymouth Meeting, PA
In this session you’ll learn how content creation best practices make a difference in your digital programs. Short-term videos used on TikTok are the reason behind their meteoric rise! You’ll also hear about how other platforms like Instagram and YouTube have adapted to new strategies and tactics to grow their markets – using short term videos!
Adam Brashier, Modern Pest Control, Katy, TX
Time is one of the most valuable and limited commodities when you’re trying to run a business. Incorporating solutions to everyday problems that allow you to improve efficiencies and streamline processes can save you time that would be better spent improving your business. In this session, learn how project management tools and other operations-focused platforms can be easily integrated into any business to save you time and money.
Aric Schroeder, Terminix, Memphis, TN
Surveying your customers and your employees to gauge company satisfaction is a great way to monitor how your business is being perceived. It can also serve as an indicator of potential problems, internally or externally, that could impact your business. One challenge with traditional survey tools is that interpreting feedback to glean useful information can be time consuming and challenging. Hear how traditional satisfaction measurement tools are being reimagined, integrating with the latest communication platforms to make it easier than ever before to collect and analyze valuable feedback.
Sheri Spencer Bachman, Woodstock, GA
Modernizations to your business’s virtual infrastructure, like upgrading to a paperless invoicing process, can have big impacts on your company procedures. While many of these changes have positive long-term consequences, they can be disruptive to customers in the short term. Gain valuable insight into what potential pitfalls await any company who doesn’t prepare your clients for even the smallest changes to your day-to-day business processes.
Stacy O’Reilly, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Fridley, MN; Aly Silva Mulgrew, Plunkett’s Pest Control, Fridley, MN
Hiring a dedicated IT professional can mean more to a business than just having access to a technology specialist. But the investment in employing a skilled specialist may not hold the same value for every business. Hear one company’s story of how nearly every aspect of their day-to-day operations was transformed by bringing on an IT pro. Come with your questions ready!
Don’t miss your chance to interact and engage with product experts like never before with BizTech 2021’s Vendor Speed Dating session! In this outside-the-box event, attendees will meet with multiple product experts to attend live demos, advanced trainings, and interactive Q&A sessions. Prepare to experience a product showcase like never before!
Crystal Washington, Technology Strategist & Futurist, Houston, TX
Constant technology innovations, Gen Z entering the ranks, and a changing global marketplace were already dramatically impacting the face of the workplace. Then 2020 arrived and the script got flipped upside-down. Technology strategist and futurist Crystal Washington shows pest management leaders how they can thrive now while keeping an eye on the horizon to be ready to ride future waves of change.
In this session you will:
Recruiting high-quality talent is no easy task. But once you build a great team how do you keep them positioned for success? Unlocking employee potential is essential to the success of an organization. Learn what every business should be doing to tap into your team’s hidden potential, and how to avoid common pitfalls many businesses make after recruiting top talent.
Jeff Dotson, President and Co-Founder, Four Story Creative, Waxahachie, TX
Virtual reality (VR) technology is reshaping the way many industries approach safety training today. Employees can now engage in lifelike, immersive simulations of dangerous on-the-job scenarios to learn how to safely navigate complex problems without risking real world consequences. See for yourself how this technology is changing the world with VR expert Jeff Dotson as he covers the integration of virtual reality training across industries.
Jenifer McCauley, McCauley Services, Bryant, AR
New customer acquisitions don’t have to rely on employee-client interactions. The development of new artificial intelligence (AI) chat software and other “smart” client-engagement tools have opened the door to a whole new way to acquire new customers and sell add-on services. Find out what options are available and how they can work with your business in this futuristic session.
Brittany Campbell, PhD, BCE, National Pest Management Association, Fairfax, VA
Finding skilled, qualified workers remains one of the biggest challenges that pest control companies face. The National Pest Management Association launched the Workforce Development program to promote the pest control industry and show that our industry is a viable career opportunity. Attend this session to learn about our activities on social media and how we are attracting job searchers on pestcontroljobs.com. But most importantly, come to learn about NPMA’s job board and all the resources you can use to recruit employees and remain competitive in this very hot job market!
Hear from a panel of experts in this open-forum discussion as they answer your questions and share their key takeaways from this year’s educational programming.