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08/24/2016

The best and worst features of Google ‘Allo’

“Allo mate!” It sounds like something that should be on a tourist ad – but no, this is just me and my imagination as I read over Google’s latest app development.

Currently in the testing phase, ‘Allo’ initially seems very similar to Whatsapp – although there are of course some notable differences. So far the reviews have been mixed, with some suggesting the app would be better bundled with ‘Google Duo,’ Google’s 1-to-1 voice call app. So with that said, let’s have a look at the great, the okay, and the not so great.

Thumbs up Features

Incognito Mode – With end-to-end encryption, you can chat privately with your contacts. Simply choose how long you want messages to stick around for, and when they should expire. You can also make sure your chats stay private from snoopy people sitting behind you on public transport by using the private notifications setting.

incognito

Google Assistant – Want to know the weather report for the weekend, the best local japanese restaurants, or simply need a reminder for an early wake up alarm? No problem! Just use the microphone button to ask a question, and Allo’s Assistant will give you an answer (or in the case of an early wake up, set your alarm).
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allo assistant

Image from Android Police

Individual message deletion – According to Ausdroid, Allo will allow users to delete individual messages from their chat stream. For example, let’s just say that your partner sends you an emergency text with their credit card details – you certainly don’t want those hanging around on your phone do you! With Allo, you can simply delete any messages as you feel fit. While this is certainly not a revolutionary idea by any means, it’s still one that is helpful. Just be aware, deleted messages will only disappear from your device.

Independent artist sticker packs – According to Allo, their app will offer users 3 sticker packs to get started (each containing 24 stickers), with the option to purchase more (in total there are 24 packs). Similar in part to some of the Hangout emoticons, you’ve got everything from the funny and cute, to the sassy and cheeky (such as ‘pudding the cry baby,’ ‘fun-der the sea,’ ‘worst day ever,’ and ‘talk to the hands’). Just be aware however, there are a few packs that are possibly NSFW – including ‘Julio the Bull,’ a bootylicious character who, let’s face it, is in no need of an ego boost! All stickers are designed by independant artists and studios from around the world.

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Ink – as mentioned earlier, Allo will allow you to get creative by ‘inking’ photos (essentially, drawing and doodling on them).

Search Function – With Allo’s dedicated and extensive search function, you won’t have to worry about endlessly scrolling through your chats to find a specific text (as with Hangouts). Hallelujah for that!

Features that are a bit MEH

Smart Reply – According to Allo, this feature will allow your phone to automatically respond to pictures and text messages automatically – without you having to type a single word. Apparently, the app does this by learning over time what your response style is, and then adapting from there. For example, if your friend sends you a picture of their new puppy, Smart Reply might suggest that you respond with ‘aww how cute!’ or ‘Love!’ You then have the option to click on one of the suggested responses.

Personally, I think it’s a bit average. I mean, are we really so time poor that we’d rather a machine converse with our friends as opposed to us? I know I’d rather have a real conversation with my friends and family – and receive genuine responses from them – without the ‘help’ of automatic suggestions.

And let’s not even get started on what would happen if it automatically sent off an incorrect response!

Thumbs down Features

No cloud backup – According to Android Police, it seems that Allo does not have a dedicated backup or cloud function – something which seems rather strange. For some this could possibly be a killer, as once uninstalled, your chat history and one-one-one texts, along with images you’ve sent and videos you’ve received, are all gone.
However, given that the app is still in its testing phase there’s hope that perhaps this function will be fixed by the time the final app version is released (we really do hope so!).

No ability to play videos within the app – Unlike other mediums, users will need to play videos through a preferred media player

No trimming – If you’re hoping to trim that lengthy video before sending, it appears this won’t be an option sorry.

Auto-Wifi – Hoping to save data by limiting your auto downloads to Wifi only? Sorry, it seems this also isn’t a possibility yet.

As mentioned Allo is still in the testing phase – so there is still hope for change. What will stay or go however, remains unknown for now.

What are your thoughts on Allo? Do you think it will replace Hangouts or Whatsapp as your preferred app? Let us know!

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At GMT, we’re helping you get ready for the EOFY. That said, here is a checklist to help make the preparation just that much simpler. 

Review And Coordinate Your Accounts

Do you have any outstanding debts or vice versa? Say you’ve paid for Google Ads in Australia but your account is overdue or maybe you’ve provided a service to someone else who now owes you. Use this period to get on top of what you’ve paid to others and what they’ve paid you. You’ll want to make sure you pay vendors any money owed as well. Sorting all this out means you won’t have to worry about it being taxed next year. 

Keep Records And Back Up Your Data

You’ve heard the term, ‘I’ve got receipts’, and well there’s no hard evidence like proof of purchase. Additionally, we recommend backing up any crucial files or data onto a hard drive independent of your computer. You know, for safe measure. Trust us, if systems fail you’re going to thank yourself for being so proactive. 

Review Your Insurance

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Conduct An Audit

Count and recount your inventory so you know exactly what you have and what you need. Doing so will allow you to match what’s on paper with what’s on hand. 

Use Your Calendar

Planning is key so make a note of all your upcoming due dates, including by when you need to lodge your tax returns. 

Lodge Your Taxes

In Australia, the ATO expects you to lodge your taxes on or before October 31st so we recommend getting ready early. Organise your expenses and other tax deductions so you can have your return ready for submission sooner rather than later.

Rectify Bookkeeping Errors

With the financial year ending, you’ll want a fresh start going into the new year. We recommend going through your bookkeeping and identifying any transaction errors on your bank accounts and credit card statements.

Implement And Update Management Software

Management software makes keeping track of your inventory, finances, and other business assets easy. While we also encourage you to check all of these things manually during this time, implementing and updating your management software will save you time and resources in the long run. 

Prepare Financial Reports

Running financial reports helps point out where your business rests financially. Additionally, they’re fantastic for helping businesses outline and plan their budgeting. There are three financial reports you’re going to want to run this financial year and every subsequent year after. They are:

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Prepare For The New Year

If you’re reading this checklist, you likely want to get on top of everything before the new financial year rolls around. By doing so, you’ll be able to figure out how your company performed over the past year and make an action plan for the future. Take a look at what worked and what didn’t and look for areas in which you can improve. Set goals and establish timelines to help you stay on track. 

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How to Start Planning Your Best Financial Year Ever!

The end of the financial year is fast approaching and many businesses are scrambling to create some last-minute campaigns to increase their revenue.

However, just as important as the end of the financial year, is the beginning of a new one. While it’s always good to finish strong, it’s also important to ‌get a good head start against the competition. This means having a plan already set in place to help you jumpstart and launch your way towards success.

For that reason, we’ve put together a couple of tips on how you can get started planning the new financial year with your team and organisation.

1. Review Your Existing Business and Marketing Plan

The start of a new financial year is always a good time to review your current business and marketing plans in order for you to create a sound strategy moving forward.

As you review your business plan, make sure that it includes the following:

  • Your mission and vision statements
  • What products, packages, and services you’re currently offering
  • Your company structure, including the key staff and leaders
  • An overview of how you plan to make sales
  • A map of your basic customer journey

This quick review of your company’s basics and foundations should help remind and refresh you of the general overview of who you’re serving and what problems your business solves. 

This quick refresher should also help you reexamine and reevaluate your current goals, plans, and offerings and whether you’ve met and accomplished them, and what you’re plans might be moving forward.

 

2. Review the Past Year and Your Current Status

Before you can set a path for where you want to go, you first have to look back and see how far you’ve come.

Do a review and an executive summary of the past financial year. What goals were established? Which goals were achieved? Are there any areas in your business that you could improve on? This would be the perfect time to get feedback and suggestions from leaders and managers.

Take a day or two to meet with your staff and stakeholders to discuss the following points:

  • A SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats)
  • Does your current organisational structure need to change to better suit the organisation’s needs?
  • Are you setting the right KPIs for your workforce?
  • How have sales performed in the past year? What milestones were achieved?
  • Competitor analysis–what areas are they succeeding in and how can you match their growth?
  • Are there any plans set in place for unforeseeable challenges?

It will take some time to gather all this data and information, and much more to discuss them amongst your leaders. But achieving a good and thorough understanding of how your business has performed over the past 12 months will help you ‌move forward with setting the right goals for growth.

 

3. Decide on Your Future Goals and Targets

Now that you know where you’re coming from, it’s time to set your sights on the path ahead. 

Think about what projects, campaigns, and goals you want to accomplish in the next 12 months. Do you want to further increase revenue or sales? Is your goal to pay off any business debt? Are you looking to expand, launch new products or projects, or pivot in a different direction?

Take ample enough time to flesh out your goals for your business. Be specific. Set deadlines and timeframes so that things continue to move forward, and clearly communicate these goals throughout your organisation.

 

4. Create a Plan to Bridge that Gap Between Your Current State and Your Future Goals

Now comes the part where you have to work at bridging the gap between hope and reality. After all, every journey begins with a single step.

To achieve that, you need to do the following:

  • Breakdown each of your goals into several milestones.
  • Set deadlines for each milestone
  • Assign a leader or manager to oversee the accomplishment of each goal
  • Lay out the tasks that need to be accomplished in order for those goals to be achieved.
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When working on a strategic plan, always involve the key stakeholders to help provide proper feedback and guidance on the best path that you can take. The better you’re able to break down the steps necessary to accomplish your goals, the better. Start with the end in mind, and work backwards to determine how you can get from A to B.

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