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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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...

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Digital Marketing vs. Traditional Marketing

Should a business spend its marketing budget on traditional marketing, with its long and successful heritage, or digital marketing, a relative newcomer? Or does a blended approach make the most sense? Print was the first form of traditional marketing If you don’t...

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How Mailsploit Just Made Phishing Easier

Ever since the first email was sent through the Internet, people have been trying to find a way to make the most money off the revolutionary technological advancement. Soon after that, nefarious individuals tried to find a way to take advantage of this through illegal...

The Advantages of Using a Boutique Agency Vs. Marketing Firm

In Sydney Pollack’s 1995 film "Sabrina," Julia Ormond reminds Harrison Ford, “More is not always better, Linus.  Sometimes it’s just more.” The same applies when comparing a large marketing firm with a boutique agency. Some people reason that a large firm has more...

Why You Should Document Your Network System

For many of us in the IT world, we enjoy working on computers, building networks, designing programs, and implementing new systems. But when it comes to the “paperwork” side of the business, many of us tend to lag behind and let those tasks fall between the cracks....

Backup Horror Stories

Ask someone to name something scary, and chances are you'll hear about fears of spiders, snakes, or creepy clowns. But in today’s society, with cybercrime on the rise, you’ll probably also find “loss of computer data” on that list of fears. We’ve become so reliant on...

How to Protect Your Data from a Natural Disaster

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us will remember the slate of natural disasters that have hit the country over the last 12 months. From hurricanes in the fall that hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico to wildfires blazing out of control in California,...

4 Ways to Protect Your Company From a Cyber Attack

There is an old saying that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That is definitely the way it works for cyber security. Unfortunately, many employees in some companies have proven themselves to be the weak link in their network security chain. Staying one...

April Roundup: 15 of our Favorite Productivity Tips

Happy Friday! Where did April go? It has just flown by. As the week/month comes to a close, it's always good to reflect on what you got done and see how far away you are from accomplishing your goals. Which got us thinking — how about we make our April roundup post...

Cyberattacks Threatening Professional Sports Teams

One of the biggest industries in the United States is professional sports. The National Football League (NFL) posted earnings of over $13 billion last year. For Major League Baseball (MLB), the number is $9.5 billion. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has...

5 Ways to Protect Your Data on Facebook

The recent testimony of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, before congressional investigators has only underscored what many of us have known for a while—social media can be potentially dangerous when it comes to the data that is being collected on you by outside...

What is GDPR and How Does It Affect You?

In the last decade, data has become king, and one of the biggest issues for cyber security experts has been protecting that data. With several high-profile hacks including the Equifax breach, it is obvious that hackers are targeting data storehouses in an attempt to...

Advertising on Facebook – is it as effective as I’ve heard?

When it comes to paid advertising online, you only have two MAJOR options: Facebook Ads and AdWords. Which one is better? There’s no universal answer to that question. The only way to decide which platform is a better fit for you is by defining your needs as clearly...

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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

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

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

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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What Exactly is a Hashtag?

If you’re new to social media, you might be wondering what all the talk is about hashtags. You’ve probably seen them in Twitter and other social media sites. They’re those short links with the pound sign (#) in front of them. If you’ve ever wondered what they are or...

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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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How Small Businesses Can Build their Brand

Things are changing in the SEO and SEM world in 2015. The days of small, no-name companies ranking on top through the use of keyword optimization, link building and page optimization is no longer achievable. Today, small businesses need to spend more time building...

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Adwords vs. Bingads; Which to Choose?

When most businesses think of starting a PPC campaign the first thing that comes to mind is Google AdWords.  That’s because with owning 67% of the market share for PPC campaigns, Google Adwords is the leading choice for most businesses. It also boasts significantly...

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How to Determine Your PPC Budget

For many companies, they ignore the important step of establishing a budget for their PPC strategy.  Some companies think that as long as they're making money, all is good, so we’ll just spend, spend, spend. But budgeting is the real key to a successful PPC campaign....

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Is PPC Advertising Right for Your Business?

If you want to improve exposure to your target audience and drive more traffic to your website you should seriously consider a Pay per click (PPC) advertising campaign. PPC is an effective way to reach the top positions in Google without spending a lot of time and...

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Happy Holidays from the Grafique Team

We hope we put a smile on your face.  2014 has been a wonderful year of growth for us.  We’ve added new members to our team and have redesigned our website with a new, fresh face.  We hope you like it as much as we do. As we approach the holiday season and the...

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How to Prove Social Media Marketing is Profitable

Before you can begin to build your social media strategy your website should be filled with interesting and compelling content (blog posts, videos, webinars, eBooks, and whitepapers).  Why is that important?  When used properly social media can extend the reach of...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

In a modern, digital world that currently revolves around the use of tablets, smartphones and laptops, it’s very challenging to think in an offline sense. Both traditional and offline marketing still have their clear advantages, but the method of choice for your...

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The Difference Between Branding and Marketing

A business operating amidst a competitive industry makes good use of attraction marketing in order to maximize selling potentials. This technique enables a potential customer to see what you are offering them and how it can actually be of benefit to them before making...

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Yes, we are still talking about mobile!

In 2008, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers made a bold prediction. "Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014. According to the latest report from comScore, we’re way past the mobile tipping point. It’s not whether mobile marketing is important, it’s...

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Top 10 apps for mobile

Here’s the top ten apps for mobile devices, ranging from getting the scoop on local businesses to trying the best new restaurant in town to visiting a new city and looking for the best place to get a haircut. Want to know the closest coffee shop or gas station? When...

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“Near Me” searches are on the rise

According to Google their “Near Me” Search feature has doubled this year as people turn more and more to find local businesses with their mobile devices. Google released this information last week when they launched a new mobile ad product designed specifically around...

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