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For Wireless Provider, Happy CSRs Mean Improved Customer Service

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August 20th, 2009 No Comments »

In a non-descript building in suburban Tampa, Florida, resides the nexus of Verizon Wireless’s customer experience.

It’s the experience that occurs after the new wireless customer has left the retail showroom, after the first bill has arrived, when a question arises or when it’s time for an upgrade and a live operator must get involved.

Verizon Wireless call centers belie the traditional image of row after row of non-descript workspaces.

Verizon Wireless call centers belie the traditional image of row after row of non-descript workspaces.

It’s an experience handled by one of some 1,200 live operators (CSRs, or customer service representatives, as they’re called) at this six-story building just off a bustling throughway. The wireless carrier’s Florida Customer Service Center handles calls from across the state. The center is one of 24 nationwide, but it’s anything but typical.

And though it’s a call center, don’t come in thinking you’ll see row after row of stereotypical phone banks. Read More »

FREE Home Office Highway Brochure & eBook Ready to Download

Tour News, What's New With the Tour?
July 31st, 2009 No Comments »

Want to learn how to become a more efficient, productive and fun-loving road warrior? Whether you’re a home officer, a teleworker or a road warrior, you can.

Download the same Brochure that was given away across the South as part of Home Office Highway ‘09. Just click here to download your own copy - where you’ll learn all about netbooks, Mifi personal hotspots, and other tips and insights to help you work wisely from the highway.

You also can download the Home Office Highway ‘08 eBook. The booklet and ebook both include tips and insights on where vocation meets vacation on the open Road. Read More »

Home Office Highway: A Media Adventure

Product Review, Tour News
July 28th, 2009 No Comments »

Mark Hayes with Fox Atlanta and Ruth King with On The Ribbon Business Network were two of the hosts we visited with during Home Office Highway '09.

Mark Hayes with Fox Atlanta and Ruth King with On The Ribbon Business Network were two of the hosts we visited with during Home Office Highway '09.

Home Office Highway was created to showcase the latest in mobile technology. Among the people we met and discussed Mifi, netbooks and various accessories with were Mark Hayes with Fox Atlanta Channel 5 and Ruth King of On The Ribbon business television.

From camping overnight in the Fox TV parking lot (so to be sure we wouldn’t miss the 7am call time) to driving through Atlanta to find Ruth’s office, it was a day of adventure.

Hopefully, we left behind some valuable insights, too.

No Summer Staycation Here as Home Office Vocation Hits the Road

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July 7th, 2009 No Comments »

‘Home Office Highway’ RV Road Show Reveals Latest Digital Lifestyle, ‘Location Independence’ Technology

Coral Springs, FL (July 8, 2009) – Want to hit the road – but don’t think you can leave the job behind? Then take it along for the ride.

This summer, the “anywhere” office comes to life as Home Office Highway ’09 reveals the technology, tools and strategies that make taking a vacation a guilt-free and productive adventure.

The two-week road show and social media event will bring “location independence” to the open road in a recreational vehicle equipped with the latest small office technology. Hosted and produced by technology, telework and home office columnist expert Jeff Zbar, the tour will take his family throughout the American South, visiting small towns and popular tourist destinations – and revealing just how productive a traveling family can be. Read More »

Stylish Digs: Concept Mobile Office for Road Warriors, Teleworkers

Accommodations, Telework & Virtual Officing, The Road Warrior, Tour News
May 4th, 2009 No Comments »

nissan-mobile-office-via-trendhunterWhat defines your perfect mobile office?

I was reading Trend Spotter this week and came across Nissan ’s (not so) new mobile office concept vehicle. Except that it cannot sleep a soul, it’s a pretty cool active workplace.

Unveiled at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the NV200 sports a well-hidden, full mobile office in the rear. Though its target apparently is “ocean photographers,” I could see this as a little giddyup run-about for Home Office Highway’ers and active teleworkers.

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And the Winner Is… Home Office Highway Names Contest Winner

Tour News
August 9th, 2008 No Comments »

Home Office Highway always was envisioned as a two-part program. First, a family would travel the highways and byways — and see how technology would keep a business owner connected to work back home, and vacation on the road.

Second, we wanted to share the tools we used on the road. More than 60 people entered the Home Office Highway drawing for a chance to win an Ativa wireless router, surge suppressor, USB flash drive and “Cable Burrito”; a Targus Flare laptop bag, and even a copy of the Home Office Highway booklet.

So watch the drawing and to all those who entered, accept out thanks.

If You See This Home Office on the Road…

Tour News, sponsor news
June 20th, 2008 No Comments »

… you’ll know you’re coming up on Home Office Highway.com. Graphic designer Angela L. Moses at JMM Graphics in Parkland, Fla., worked with DigiGraphics in Dania Beach, Fla., to create the vehicle signage for the ZRV.

Home Office Highway ZRV from Rear

We’re on Turn Three of pulling the tour together. A few details left to iron out. Check back in a week for the FREE downloadable booklet, Home Office Highway: Where Vocation Meets Vacation on the Open Road. It’s packed with useful strategies and tips on the technology needed to work successfully from the road — and ways to keep your work schedule and client expectations in check.

Departure Countdown: T-Minus 30 Days ’til Home Office Highway Hits the Road

The Road Warrior, Tour News
June 9th, 2008 No Comments »

Fleetwood Jamboree (Courtesy RV Sales of Broward) Departure Countdown: One month until the RV hits the road. The partners (Office Depot and Verizon Wireless) are in place, and the family’s getting excited.

I visited our RV partner, RV Sales of Broward, to check out the recreational vehicle we’ll call home for three weeks. While it’s no John Madden-esque luxury coach, it’ll be perfect for the tour.

It’s a 23-foot Fleetwood Jamboree. It’ll sleep our family of five comfortably, and not chug the petrol like a much bigger coach. Apparently it’ll get somewhere near 10 MPG. Now I’ll know what a once-proud Hummer owner feels like as oil tops $137 a barrel.
John Madden’s Outback RV

Now’s the time to start getting the fine-print details into place:

- Signage. I contacted a local vendor who’ll print and install laminate signage for the sides.

- I ordered a copy of Over the Road Wireless for Dummies (Wiley, 2006), and downloaded a copy of Marcia Yudkin’s Taking Your Business On The Road. Written from her two-month sabbatical across the U.S. and Canada, this is quickly becoming my must-read tome on the work-from-the-road advanture.

Much to do, and time’s running short. Have ideas, links or resources for me to explore? Send them along.

Home Office Highway Signs RV Sales of Broward as Partner

The Road Warrior, Tour News
June 6th, 2008 No Comments »

RV Sales of BrowardCoral Springs, FL (June 6, 2008) – Home Office Highway, the digital road show and contest that this summer will showcase how consumer electronics and small business technology can empower the digital lifestyle from within a recreational vehicle, has partnered with RV Sales of Broward.

“From a compact camper to a luxury motor coach, RVs are a perfect way to have fun and work efficiently during a road trip,” said Jeff Zbar, the show’s creator and host. “Smart technology, tools and creature comforts can enable productivity from the road.”

“This promises to be an exciting, educational adventure that will highlight how the RV lifestyle and road warrior workstyle can coexist,” said Gigi Stetler, owner and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based RV Sales of Broward, and creator of the Riding Gigi Style line of RV linens. “Jeff and his family will show how an RV can be an ideal office.” Read More »

Verizon Wireless to Hit the Road with Home Office Highway

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May 30th, 2008 No Comments »

Coral Springs, FL (May 30, 2008) – Home Office Highway, the digital road show that this summer will showcase how personal electronics and small business technology can empower the digital lifestyle from within the comforts of a recreational vehicle, has signed Verizon Wireless as a presenting sponsor.

“Verizon Wireless is an ideal sponsor because its communications products are vital to any road warrior or digital consumer,” said Jeff Zbar, the tour’s creator and host. “People who work from the seat of a car or a tech-laden V must be able to reliably log on to the Internet or communicate with their wireless hone. It’s essential to working and living in the Digital Age.”

“Home Office Highway is a great new concept that relates to such a large part of today’s mobile society,” said Chuck Hamby, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless in Florida. “We’re glad to have the opportunity to show off a variety of our wireless technologies that meet the dynamic lifestyle wishes to work and play while on the move.” Read More »


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