Feature Update: Portrait and Landscape Views Now Available

We’ve had numerous customers ask, “Why can’t I use The iPad Receptionist in portrait view?” Until now, we’ve had to say that the app was only available in landscape. Well, those days are gone! Now you can use The iPad Receptionist in either portrait or landscape view! Using The iPad Receptionist in portrait view requires an upgrade to the latest …

Announcing the IPR Beta Program!

We have a vision to develop a visitor management application that has unprecedented flexibility in workflow and visual design — that solves problems businesses didn’t even know they had. We created the IPR Beta Program because we think getting user feedback early and often is the best thing we can do to help us achieve our vision. If you’re interested …

10 Secrets of Great Workspace Design

Remote workers, startup culture, and mobile technology are revolutionizing the spaces where we meet, collaborate, and work. Open plans aren’t one-size-fits-all, and an increasingly nomadic workforce renders permanently allocated spaces impractical. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve maximum employee engagement and productivity with your workspace design. 1. Stay flexible Ownership and permanence are out. The sharing economy is …

7 Tips for Moving Your Business to the Cloud

You know the benefits of doing business in the cloud. But are you ready to make a conscious, company-wide move? Before you do, it pays to carefully consider questions of cost, security, availability, and maintenance. Here are seven tips to make your migrations as seamless as possible. 1. Learn the language As the cloud computing landscape expands, so does the …

5 Things Your Technology Says About Your Company

We all know the importance of nonverbal communication. In business, the nonverbal signals you send can make or break your brand. Your choice of technology falls into that nonverbal category. It reflects your company’s values and personality, so it’s an area you can’t afford to ignore. Here are five things your technology says about you: How old you are Millennials …

Feature Update: Referral Program, Branding, and Slack Integration!

We’ve been hard at work making your iPad Receptionist experience the best it can be! Here are three new things we wanted you to know about. New Customer Referral Program So many customers have referred someone to The iPad Receptionist that we’re launching an official referral program. We think it’s time to reward you for spreading the love. And to make …

21 Coworking Blogs You Should Read in 2016

At the dawn of 2016, coworking communities personify the flexibility and creativity necessary to succeed in today’s professional climate. Staying connected in a distributed workforce also requires a lot of listening. We know you’re busy, so we’ve taken the liberty of sorting through the noise. Here are 21 coworking blogs, along with a couple of our favorite posts from each, …

9 Modern Office Overhauls for 2016

The secret of modern office design is keeping it minimal and functional. Lighting, storage, and seating all play a part in encouraging active brain function and creating a positive environment for both employees and clients. Here are 9 fresh and functional ways to update and stimulate your office space in 2016. Storage Open Shelving For a sense of space without …

Our Top 5 Most-Read Articles of 2015

We hope you’ve found great resources on our site this year. Just in case you missed one, here are our five most popular posts of 2015. Did You Know Your iPad Could Do This? 11 iPad Features Most People Never Use Swipe between apps? Shake to undo typing? This article explains 11 iPad features you might not know about that …

5 Tech Toys Your Office Needs for 2016

What would the new year be without new toys? Luckily, in 2016, you can take your toys to the office. Simple, functional design combined with high-tech capabilities make this new year an awesome time to go to work. Here are 5 toys that put the “fun” in your office functionality. Nendo Data Clip Flash Drives Want to add a touch …

7 Tips to Make Your Office Holiday Party Awesome

Everyone’s been there. The awkward holiday gift exchange where you get the box of balled-up newspaper or peanut shells. Your supervisor throws a feather boa around your neck and forces you to sing “Santa Baby.” Someone’s caught kissing behind the palm fronds, and the office won’t stop buzzing the next day. Instead of embarrassment this winter, here are 7 great …

5 Major Office Security Fails That Could Have Been Prevented

We recently conducted a survey of receptionists and office managers. Almost 50% of respondents said their offices have no form of visitor sign-in required for entry to their buildings. A visitor sign-in system may not stop a criminal mastermind, but here are five major building security breaches that illustrate the importance of monitoring your office traffic. Philippe Petit’s Twin Towers …

New Features: More Visitor Contact Fields and Multiple NDAs

Ready to start collecting visitor emails and phone numbers when they check in at your office? We thought so. How about managing multiple NDAs for different visitor types? We got you covered there as well. Take a look at the latest features for your iPad Receptionist. Our team is building the best visitor management software around. No matter what subscription level …

21 Event Ideas for Coworking Spaces

Coworking’s popularity is exploding because it gives freelance, remote, and independent workers the opportunity to network, collaborate, and chat around the water cooler. It’s all about community. One of the best ways you can attract people to your space is to host events that provide that sense of community. Here are 21 event ideas for coworking spaces. 1. Demo days …

91 Newsletter Ideas for Office Managers

So, you’ve gathered email addresses, signed up for an email service provider, and promised everyone in the office a weekly or monthly newsletter. The only question left is: What the heck are you going to write about? Here are 91 newsletter ideas to keep the content flowing. Letter from the President or CEO. A letter from someone at the top …

5 Best Coworking Office Space Management Software Solutions

As coworking has become more popular, tech companies have started building software to help coworking spaces thrive. Here are five of the best applications available for managing coworking spaces. **Bonus tip– use a visitor management system to save time and modernize your office: 1. Nexudus We featured Nexudus in a previous blog post about scheduling tools for coworking spaces, but the software can do much …

15 Best Scheduling Tools for Coworking Spaces

“Scheduling is my favorite thing!” said no one, ever. Whether it’s for desks and rooms at your coworking space, meetings, or events, booking time and space is usually much more complicated than it needs to be. Here are 15 tools that take the pain out of scheduling. **Bonus tip– use a visitor management system to save time and modernize your …

How to Solve QuickBooks Errors: 7 Resources You Need

QuickBooks is a top general accounting software for small businesses. One reason it’s so popular is because it doesn’t require users to know the ins and outs of business accounting. As a result, many receptionist and office manager jobs require QuickBooks experience. But for all of its advantages, QuickBooks is famous for its numerous, and sometimes very obscure, errors and …

The iPad Receptionist Featured on 9NEWS Denver

Earlier this week, The iPad Receptionist was featured on 9NEWS Denver’s Tech channel, as anchor Cheryl Preheim talked with tech expert and Blogmutt founder Scott Yates about how Colorado companies are reinventing the reception area. Watch the video and read the full coverage at 9NEWS: 3 Colo. companies help businesses with reception areas From the article: Nearly every office or …

7 Costly Mistakes Your Business is Making

Are budget leaks slamming your bottom line? Are you spending money on things you aren’t sure are valuable? No one likes to waste money, especially in business, where it can mean the difference between Christmas bonuses and Christmas layoffs. Here are seven costly mistakes your business is probably making. 1. Overbuilding your product You’ve heard the mantras of “minimum viable …

21 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

The ultimate productivity hack is a bit like the Holy Grail — everybody’s looking for it, no one can find it. Or, perhaps, they are ignoring it. There are actually a ton of solid, time-tested and research-backed strategies to increase your productivity at work. Here are 21 of them. 1. Get a good night’s sleep If you sleep well, you …

5 Ways to Improve Your Visitor Experience and Make the Most of Your iPad Receptionist

The experience your visitors have when they arrive in your office can make or break your reputation. Here are five ways to use your iPad Receptionist to improve your visitor experience, delight your guests, and reduce distractions in your office. 1. Put the kiosk front and center If you have a receptionist, he or she can easily instruct a visitor to …

How Secure is Your Office? (And How a Visitor Management System Can Help)

What are you doing about office security? I’m not talking computer security or network security (though those are certainly important!). I’m talking people-walking-into-your-office-and-taking-stuff security. Many companies today aren’t doing enough about security, particularly companies with open office plans, where employees change locations often and work with laptops. Alarm systems and security cameras may be great for after hours, but what …

Visitor Management System Best Practices

Visitor management systems improve the flow of visitors through your office while also reducing the administrative burden and increasing security. Here are seven best practices for implementing a visitor management system. Choose a user-friendly system Yes, a visitor management system benefits you by improving office productivity and security. But it is also one of the first interactions visitors will have …

5 Ways Visitor Management Systems Save You Money

For startups, small offices, and even large companies that don’t have receptionists, visitor management systems simplify visitor processing while providing an enhanced level of safety and security. On top of all that, they are enormously friendly to your bottom line. Here are five ways visitor management systems save you money. 1. Eliminate the need for a receptionist According to Glassdoor, …

Virtual Receptionists, iPad Kiosks, and Other Tools for a Digital Office Transformation

Today’s digital revolution in offices is about more than just eliminating paperwork. It’s about providing employees with better tools and customers with better experiences. The digital revolution also helps small businesses benefit from the same tools and technologies that large businesses can. Here are five types of tools to jumpstart your own digital office transformation. 1. Virtual receptionists You need …

Happy 2015!

Happy New Year from your friends at The iPad Receptionist! Thank you for making this year our best year yet! It’s because of you that we get excited to take the iPad Receptionist to the next level and continue to grow. We truly appreciate all your support and are looking forward to even more exciting upgrades to the app in 2015! …

5 Big Trends that Will Dominate Office Designs in 2014

These days a company’s office space is a direct reflection of the company’s identity and brand.  When you walk into a cool office space it should feel like an experience in interacting with that brand.  Typically reserved for ad agencies and mega brands with entire campuses,  modern office trends are showing up across all industries. Whether it’s designing a new …

App Update: New Features! Time To Update Your iPad Receptionist App – v 1.7.1

It’s that time again! We’ve added new features to the iPad Receptionist and are ready for you to update your app in the app store. Here’s what you’ll find in the latest version: NDA Upload and Display   You’ll now be able to upload a non-disclosure agreement to your check in process! To add, simply go to the General Settings …

SXSW Wrap Up

Whew! SXSW was one fun-packed whirlwind of a week! We ate tons of BBQ, saw old and new friends, listened to great music, and got to experience some of the latest innovations in the tech industry. The SXSW Trade Show opened up on Sunday where we could be found in the Startup Corner exhibit section featuring our iPad Receptionist. When …

SXSW Startup Corner Shoutout

SXSW 2014 has officially begun! We’re busy packing, shipping, and preparing ourselves for the big weekend ahead and it’s finally sunk in that we’ll be leaving for Austin within 24 hours. The booth is planned and all displays are ready, now it’s time for haircuts and suitcases. With all the excitement buzzing around this year’s Trade Show, we’re lucky to …

New Feature: Visitor Badge Printing!

Need to easily identify who’s visiting your office? Custom visitor badge printing is now available for The iPad Receptionist! From the visitor name to who their visiting, along with date and time, you can fully customize your badges complete with your company’s logo. Once a visitor checks in, you can set the printer to automatically print their personal visitor badge, creating …

The iPad Receptionist @ SXSW 2014

The countdown continues! SXSW Interactive Conference begins in just 8 days! Our office is busy preparing for the week and couldn’t be more excited to meet our current (and future!) iPad Receptionist users. The Interactive Festival begins on the 7th but we’ll be setting up home base at our booth for the SXSW Trade Show beginning March 9th – 12th. …

iPad Receptionist is headed to SXSW 2014!

Yes, you read that right – We’re headed to Austin for the 21st Annual SXSW Interactive Festival! While one of our team members has been a regular attendee, it will be the first year for the rest of the team, including myself! Not only will we be excitedly checking out sessions, keynotes and other exhibits, but iPad Receptionist is exhibiting …

How To: Make Contacts Appear Under Two or More Buttons

Sometimes you’ll want to have a contact appear under two buttons. For example, let’s say you have a Company Directory button and well as an HR button and your awesome HR manager, Jessica Marshall, needs to appear under both. Because Jessica is one of few who needs to be presented under HR, go ahead and assign her to that button. As soon …

iPad Receptionist Macworld Review

by Jeffery Battersby      Dec 10, 2013 7:00 AM Los Trigos’ iPad Receptionist app works on a simple principle: Most businesses, even larger businesses, no longer employ fulltime receptionists to sit at the front desk waiting for someone to walk into the office. Whether you work in small, shared, collaborative workspaces, a mid-sized business, or even a larger enterprises it’s quite …

Press Release: Armor Active Launches "Receptionist in a Box" iPad Kiosk with iPad Receptionist

As “business in a box” iPad kiosk solutions rapidly change the way businesses operate, ArmorActive leads the movement with TextUs.Biz to provide the “Receptionist in a Box.” This combined solution offers all the components necessary to “staff” a front desk, in one simple package. Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 17, 2013 With the significant expansion of the mobile application …

Featured Business: LevelUp iPad Receptionist

Are you a startup company? We’re a startup too so we totally understand the need to have the coolest, most modern space to work in. What’s cooler than having a virtual iPad Receptionist waiting to greet your visitors? SMS and email notifications? A better way to keep track of office deliveries? A sleek and sexy user interface? Well, how about all of …

Press Release: TextUs.Biz Unveils ‘Receptionist in a Box’

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 23, 2013 — In this post-recession economy companies are forced to maximize value from their full-time employees. One position that is increasingly difficult to justify is the receptionist. Many companies simply cannot afford one and others simply choose to go without. Faced with empty front desks to greet visitors, busy staffers get tasked with figuring out how to connect …

Press: The Denver Post – "Apps help old-school operations go new-school"

By Staff, The Denver Post  –  08/05/2013 08:01:57 AM MDT Business owners can send and receive text messages with their old-school landline number using software from a Boulder startup.TextUs.Biz bills its app as the only one to essentially turn a landline into a cellphone with text capabilities. Messages are sent and received via a tablet or computer. The subscription-based service starts …

New Features: iPad Receptionist Image & Signature Capture

As a startup, one thing we know we need to do to be successful is to listen to our early customers.  We’ve received a ton of great support and feedback and have some exciting new features to announce for iPad Receptionist! First we’ve added the ability to enable the iPad’s front facing camera to take a photo of your visitor. …

Are you suffering from PND syndrome?

Does your desk happen to be the one nearest the main door to your office?  You know, that awkward location where every visitor looks to you as the office receptionist? You’ve seen it a thousand times: the visitor hesitantly turns to you hoping that you’ll point them in the right direction. Do you sometimes pretend to be in the middle …

Receptionist Early Invites are out!

iPad Receptionist early invites have officially been released! If you were in an early inquirer you automatically received your invite this morning with a link to set up a one-on-one set-up appointment. Be sure to book your time as time slots are filling up quick and we’ll be first come first serve biases! Interested in an early invite? Request one …

Featured Business: TechStars – iPad Receptionist

This weeks featured Business is TechStars Boulder. One of our very early beta testers here in Boulder with the Receptionist app, TechStars actually uses the app in tandem with their receptionist Christine. The reason they love having an iPad Receptionist is there are new classes of startups and founders that rotate through their program. It’s tough for anyone to remember …

Press: iPad could replace your office receptionist via Tuaw

by Steven Sande To keep a professional feel to a workplace, many businesses hire a receptionist to greet and direct visitors to an office. Receptionists may become an endangered species soon if the Reception Messenger iPad platform from the Foundry Group, Rage Digital and TechStars takes off. Currently in beta, the platform uses a kiosk-mounted iPad and customizable app to connect visitors to …

Press: iPad platform aims to replace the receptionist via PSFK

It seems that tablets are becoming increasingly effective at performing the tasks of customer facing roles, which is why companies such as The Robot Pub Group have taken to using the devices to allow patrons to help themselves. Now the iPad Receptionist platform is hoping to do the same for administration, offering a way for office visitors to check themselves in. …