Relationships can be hard work.

And the bonds we build with technology are no exception.

One day you wake up and realize all those things you used to love about your child care software are suddenly driving you crazy.

Whether you were sucked in by shiny ads or swept off your feet by a list of unfulfilled promises, finding yourself wanting more but not knowing how to get it is a problem most of us have faced.

Luckily for you, we’re going to let you in on a little secret to help you avoid awkward software relationships all together…

The trick is: Know your reasons for choosing the relationship in the first place.

So, before you find yourself with more hard-to-please technology on your hands, let’s do some detective work to figure out how you got here.

#1. Because everyone else was using it

“Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right.”

Heard this one before?

Who hasn’t, right? But despite the well-known adage, many businesses still look to their peers and competitors before pressing ‘go’ on decisions in the digital realm—often without doing their own research.

Now, we’re not saying advice is a bad thing. But we are saying it’s time to take the decision-making back into your own hands.

According to a study conducted by Cloverpop, the enterprise platform for communicating, tracking, and improving decisions, businesses that regularly use ‘decision-making best practices’ increase their number of good business judgments by six times and cut their failure rate by 50%.

Best practice, according to the folks at Cloverpop, means two things:

  1. Making decisions strategically as a team—including decisions about which technologies you use.
  2. Thinking carefully about how the outcomes will affect your business in the future.

The lesson? Don’t just rely on other people’s opinions. Use decision-making best practices before taking the plunge with new software.

#2. Because of the price tag

Everyone loves a bargain. But as it turns out, buyers love a high price tag too.

In a study from CalTech and Stanford, researchers found that people who drink expensive wine experience more pleasure reactions in their brain than when they drink the same wine labeled at a cheaper price.

It’s true. Brands can fool customers into thinking they’re getting a better product simply by upping the price tag. If you’re not taking a good look under the hood to see exactly what your child care platform can do for your business, you’ll never really know if you’re paying the right price.

Lesson #2: Don’t be swayed by the price tag either way. Focus on the product’s features and how they will work for your unique child care business.

#3. Because the ad sucked you in

As a dashing Don Draper once said, “Advertising is based on one thing: happiness.”

Turns out the Mad Men protagonist knew what he was talking about—even the science backs him up. Couple this with the fact that retail therapy is proven to reduce sadness, and what do you get?

A world full of people just waiting to be swayed by tech advertising.

So, if you did choose your current child care software based on the fact it was exciting, new, and so much flashier than your old system—don’t feel bad, it’s human nature!

But just because something is new doesn’t mean it’s better. Unless you do your due diligence, that flashy new tool can leave you with a digital system that’s actually less efficient than good ol’ pen and paper.

Lesson #3: No matter how great the branding, always do your research before committing.

#4. Because change sucks (and is super time-consuming)

You may be one of those people who thinks change is the spice of life.

Unfortunately, your employees may not agree with you.

System changes in the workplace can mean extra work for the entire team: setting up the new technology, integrating old software, training team members, inputting data…the list goes on.

So making sure all your employees are on the same page is crucial.

The good news? There are plenty of smart systems out there that can help you integrate your existing tech into one seamless workflow so that it’s for everyone to say ‘yes’ to change.

Lesson #4: Choose child care software that can easily integrate with your current technologies AND your employees’ daily routines.

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