Why Do You Need to Outsource IT Services?

Why Do You Need to Outsource IT Services?

While operating and maintaining IT by yourself is a good option, there are instances where you are better off outsourcing this aspect to a contractor. A startup can only get away with in-house support until it needs greater facilities for storage and data security....

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KRACK Attack

KRACK Attack

It seems like every other day, we are hearing about some new hack or website attack that shows the vulnerability of different websites and network systems. But one recently hit the mainstream media, and for good reason. The recent “KRACK Attack” has garnered this...

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Not Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Not Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday

If it’s Tuesday in your office, then chances are that means one thing: it’s time for another Windows patch/update from Microsoft. These have been rolling out pretty steadily for some time and it goes back to the business model of putting out a product that is not...

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Could The Next Hurricane Harvey Flood Your Inbox?

Could The Next Hurricane Harvey Flood Your Inbox?

Many Americans sat helpless as we watched the devastation that has recently hit the southern parts of the country. This started with Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Irma then hit the Southeast and Hurricane Maria devastated multiple areas,...

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Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Top 10 Benefits of Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing is essentially the process of leading people to your office, store, website or blog through platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networks. In the past, social media was used primarily as a way for people to...

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Why is Social Media Important for Small Businesses?

Why is Social Media Important for Small Businesses?

Social media marketing is considered the “next big thing.” Sure, there are some entrepreneurs who still think of it as a passing marketing interest. But the numbers paint an entirely different picture. In fact, according to Social Media Examiner, an estimated 97% of...

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Using Facebook to Market Your Small Business

Using Facebook to Market Your Small Business

Facebook is the most widely used social media platform for businesses and as many as 41 percent of small businesses in the U.S. use it as part of their marketing strategy. However, a lot of business owners have reported that their efforts are not as effective as they...

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Using Twitter to Market Your Small Business

Using Twitter to Market Your Small Business

In the latter part of 2013, Twitter had over 232 million active users each month, majority of which lived in the U.S. In 2015, this number grew to 300 million. Although Twitter is no longer as widely used as Facebook, it is still a very powerful marketing tool. So if...

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Is Your Printer Spying On You? Yes, It Might Be

Is Your Printer Spying On You? Yes, It Might Be

Ask any IT specialist what the most aggravating part of their job is and it probably won’t be foreign hackers or incompetent users who think they know more than they really do. No, chances are that their biggest nightmare is a little device that most of us take for...

Equifax Has More Than One Bad Day

Equifax Has More Than One Bad Day

One of the biggest problems with all of the media attention given to corporate hacking is that after a while it almost becomes blasé. We become so used to hearing about yet another online invasion that has left customer data in jeopardy that we almost start to think...

6 Marketing Challenges that Can Make or Break Your Business

6 Marketing Challenges that Can Make or Break Your Business

Generating profit with your business largely depends on your marketing strategy. An effective marketing strategy will go beyond making sure the orders are fulfilled and your bills are paid so that you can live comfortably. Whether you are handling the marketing on...

Why Digital Marketing is Important

Why Digital Marketing is Important

The online marketplace is extremely lucrative, with 96 percent of Americans making purchases on the internet. The majority of those shoppers prefer the internet for shopping over having to deal with crowds, lines, and product availability in brick-and-mortar stores....

5 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

5 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Out for in 2018

Being able to adapt to industry trends is the hallmark of a successful business owner. There are more platforms that ever before that owners and advertisers can utilize to drive traffic to their website, get people in the door of their brick-and-mortar shop, and...

Phones Vulnerable To Ransomware? Yes, They Are.

Phones Vulnerable To Ransomware? Yes, They Are.

In 2014, Hollywood was turned upside down when personal photos of several high-profile actresses were hacked and released on the Internet. Apple quickly scrambled to fix the problem, citing that it was an issue with their “Find My Phone” app and the iCloud service. ...

Strategies for Marketing a Niche Business

Strategies for Marketing a Niche Business

If you are a small business owner or a solopreneur, narrowing your business down to a niche can actually boost your business. It sounds crazy, but getting really good at delivering a small number of specialized products or services to like-minded customers can improve...

How Digital Marketing Affects Consumer Behavior

How Digital Marketing Affects Consumer Behavior

Digital marketing and its disruption are here and opening new opportunities for businesses to expand and reach an even larger audience. Where we’ve come from In the last 20 years, we’ve moved from getting our news and advertising in measured doses from TV and...

Where Do Cyber Threats Come From? From All Sides.

Where Do Cyber Threats Come From? From All Sides.

We are such a highly technological society that we often take it for granted. This can lead to opening ourselves up to cybercriminals at an alarming rate. A recent speech from FBI Director Christopher A. Wray emphasized that these cyber threats are "coming at us from...

Could Convenience Cost Your Company Security?

Could Convenience Cost Your Company Security?

New technology is always promising the ease of use and convenience that this breakthrough will offer.  Unfortunately, for every step forward in convenience, there seems to be another step backward when it comes to headaches for IT professionals. This is true with...

You’ve Decided the Cloud Is for You – What’s Next?

You’ve Decided the Cloud Is for You – What’s Next?

It’s a major step that any IT director has to take, but once you’ve decided the cloud is right for you, there are a few steps you absolutely have to take. You are going to need to sit down with your team and discuss the timeline for the switchover, and just how you...

To Cloud or Not to Cloud? That is the Question.

To Cloud or Not to Cloud? That is the Question.

A few years ago, a new term hit the tech world—“the cloud.” Since then, it has become one of the biggest technology game-changers, while at the same time also being one that many people don’t completely understand. But one thing that your business needs to do is...

Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds

Hybrid Cloud: The Best of Both Worlds

Many people are currently agonizing over the decision to switch their computer system over to a cloud-computing environment. Some are concerned about the security issues or the privacy problems. Others are worried about connectivity and what happens when the cloud...

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Why Call Tracking is So Important for Your Business

Do you want to be able to record a phone conversation, know the phone number of incoming calls, the geographical location of the caller, the name and address of the caller, and the time of inbound calls? Do you also want to identify which ads, search keywords, web...

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

Chart created by http://nativeinstyle.com/ According to a very interesting article written by Gregory Ciotti of Help Scout, “the idea that colors such as yellow or purple are able to evoke some sort of hyper-specific emotion is about as accurate as your standard Tarot...

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Pay to Play. The End of Free Social Media Marketing

Is the future of social media going to be ‘pay-to-play’? Well, at least for Facebook that’s going to be the case. The Times reported “The Free-Marketing Gravy Train Is Over on Facebook.” What does that mean for people who rely on Facebook for marketing purposes? The...

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What are brands for?

Before asking what brands are for, you need to understand what a brand is. If you search the Internet for “What is a Brand?” you‘ll get a pile of definitions like: At its core, a brand is a promise to consumers Visual + Verbal + Experiential = Brand Perception Brands...

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Google Authorship is Dead – For Real This Time

Google Authorship was created by Google as a way to connect content to an author by use of an author signature. The author’s signature was used to score the author based on trust and authority signals pointing at the author’s content, and that score was then used to...

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Yet Another “Is SEO Dead?” Article

In a recent article in Forbes, written by Steve Olenski, called 7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Invest In SEO, he points out some really interesting facts. Read full article here. He says,” Google the term “Is SEO dead?” and what comes back in return is over 44...

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Ten Cool Things You May Not Know About Google

The fact that Google is used by millions to search the web every day comes as no big surprise, but these ten cool things that you can do with Google might just leave your mouth wide open. Here’s the scoop on ten of Google’s little-known functions. 1. Do you want to...

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Creative Marketing Strategy Defined

According to the website, businessdictionary.com, the definition of creative marketing is, “The outline prepared by the creative team of an advertising agency for the launching of an advertising campaign or message. A creative strategy is generally the result of a...

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Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing

Why You Should Outsource Your Marketing

It is already common practice to outsource development, accounting, customer service, and other areas of your business because it’s been found to save money/time on overhead, commitment, recruiting time, training time, and expenses that come with a full-time staff....

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Google Promoting Mobile-Friendly Websites

Google Promoting Mobile-Friendly Websites

Starting on November 18, 2014 Google started to add a “mobile-friendly” label to mobile search results which they expect to roll out globally over the next few weeks. What makes a site ‘mobile friendly’? According to Google, a page can qualify for the...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a time for feasting, football, and family, and sometimes frustration. After shopping in long lines, missed flight connections, lost luggage, recipes that flopped, and relatives who can get under your skin, who couldn't use a few laughs on Turkey Day?...

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Google Likes Long Form Content

Google Likes Long Form Content

The mantra ‘Content is King’ has not changed but the desired length of the content may have. Google understands how easy it is for webmasters to slap together a 400-word blog post and then optimize it for a keyword or two. Google is looking for and rewarding sites...

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Twitter’s New “Buy” Button

Twitter’s New “Buy” Button

After months of reports and rumors, Twitter unveiled their first commercial product – their “Buy Now” button. Twitter is testing through a small sampling of merchandiser partners how well the “Buy Now” button will work.  This is the firststep Twitter is taking toward...

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Five Best Halloween Apps

Looking for the best Halloween apps? We pulled together a group of what we think are the best Halloween apps of 2014. 1. First Words Halloween by Learning Touch LLC Price: $1.99 Download from iTunes Download from Google Play This app comes with rave reviews.  It was...

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Why Proofing Your Online Content Is So Important

Why Proofing Your Online Content Is So Important

Nothing screams “shoddy work!” more than typos, grammar errors and sloppy formatting, especially online where the content is so visual. Strangely enough, proofing is often the most overlooked step in the writing process. Today, 90% of B2C marketers use content...

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Why You Need A Responsive Site More Than Ever

Why You Need A Responsive Site More Than Ever

There are more mobile devices on Earth than people! And that number is expected to continue to grow at this crazy-fast pace. If you want to capture this market share (and why wouldn’t you?) then you need to make sure your website looks good on multiple devices. That’s...

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Google Is Having a Bad Day

Mid-April of this year, Bing reached their all-time high of the Search market share in the U.S. with 20% of the market share. Both, Yahoo and Google experienced a slight decrease with Bing's gains. These results come from recent analysis of the U.S. desktop search...

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Marketing Using the Five Senses

Here’s a marketing test involving research participants that yielded some very interesting results. Marketing professor Raj Raghunathan and Ph.D. student Szu-Chi performed a study of two chickens and here’s what happened. The Test Participants were given two photos to...

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Why You Should Be Using Call Tracking – Right Now!

Why You Should Be Using Call Tracking – Right Now!

Before you can reap the benefits of call tracking, first you need to understand what it is and how it works. What is Call Tracking Call tracking is a technique used in digital marketing to track which marketing channels generate calls. Call tracking is not unique to...

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