How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

Business is booming. Or at least we hope it is. And you’re looking for new ways to improve your bottom line, drive sales, engage your audience and grow the company. But marketing is expensive. And these days every dollar spent needs to count. Spending hard-earned...

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2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

The year 2017 seems to have broken all kinds of records, from movie ticket sales to digital downloads. But one concerning trend was that 2017 saw more cyber attacks than any other year before it. This yearly increase is a trend that has been ongoing for about the last...

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Are All Hackers Monsters? The Answer Will Surprise You

Are All Hackers Monsters? The Answer Will Surprise You

Ask the average person to describe a hacker or “cybercriminal,” and chances are you would probably get a stereotype straight out of Hollywood: a guy with a vaguely Eastern European accent sitting in a cramped, dark room, dressed like the Unabomber or an extra from Mr....

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How Will Net Neutrality Affect Me?

How Will Net Neutrality Affect Me?

As the New Year begins, one of the biggest topics in the tech field is net neutrality. After the FCC voted to end net neutrality in December, the Internet erupted with a variety of theories as to what would happen to Internet access in the coming year. As with most...

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How Mailsploit Just Made Phishing Easier

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...

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The Advantages of Using a Boutique Agency Vs. Marketing Firm

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...

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Why should I have a newsletter? Who cares what I’m up to?

Why should I have a newsletter? Who cares what I’m up to?

When it comes to marketing campaigns, a newsletter isn’t likely the first idea that comes to mind. However, despite its reputation as a “boring” or antiquated tool, newsletters can offer a unique way to connect, communicate with and sell to, your customer base. Heck,...

The Magic of Leave-Behinds: Leaving Lasting Impressions

The Magic of Leave-Behinds: Leaving Lasting Impressions

We’ve all seen them. More than likely, you have several in your house. Take a look around. How many pens do you have bearing a company logo or slogan? Keychains? How many business cards to you carry around in your wallet or purse? If you’ve been to a career fair, then...

Customer Reviews, an Essential Component to your Business Strategy

Customer Reviews, an Essential Component to your Business Strategy

Customer reviews have become an integral part of marketing, consumer influence and branding. The principal of social proof is alive and well, with over 75% of purchases being influenced by some type of social influence. The opinions of real people who have actually...

3 Tips on How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers

3 Tips on How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers

For many people, theft goes beyond the actual loss of an item. It’s painful because of the loss of privacy and the invasion that it constitutes. But when the stolen item is a laptop or tablet, that invasion of privacy can go much deeper. It’s possible that if your...

Top Concerns for IT Directors in 2018

Top Concerns for IT Directors in 2018

When you look back at 2017 and see all the Internet nightmares that occurred, it’s easy to see why IT directors have had their blood pressure steadily rise. Last year saw the rise of ransomware, including the WannaCry hack that impacted everything from businesses to...

How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

Business is booming. Or at least we hope it is. And you’re looking for new ways to improve your bottom line, drive sales, engage your audience and grow the company. But marketing is expensive. And these days every dollar spent needs to count. Spending hard-earned...

2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

The year 2017 seems to have broken all kinds of records, from movie ticket sales to digital downloads. But one concerning trend was that 2017 saw more cyber attacks than any other year before it. This yearly increase is a trend that has been ongoing for about the last...

Is Your Email Host Catching All The Malicious Malware?

Is Your Email Host Catching All The Malicious Malware?

For many of us in the business and technology fields, emails can be our lifeline.  Unfortunately, hackers also realize this and they are doing everything they can to subvert our emails and use them against us to infiltrate our networks.  That’s why we rely on our...

5 Online Marketing Tactics Brick-and-Mortar Stores Can Use to Thrive

5 Online Marketing Tactics Brick-and-Mortar Stores Can Use to Thrive

You’ve worked hard to establish a thriving and successful brick and mortar (physical) business. But the potential of leveraging online marketing and tactics has you intrigued. As well it should. Over 81% of consumers being their buying research process by conducting a...

Federal Employees Aren’t Immune to Data Breaches

Federal Employees Aren’t Immune to Data Breaches

While there have been a lot of high-profile hacks in the past few years, many still don’t believe that they themselves could one day also become victims of data breaches. But the reality is that just about any person could potentially be hit by one of these attacks...

April Roundup: 15 of our Favorite Productivity Tips

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

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...

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Local Promotion Guide

Local Promotion Guide

In this day and age, having an online presence can be the best thing you do for your business. People search for what they need through search engines, typing in certain keywords to help them find businesses or services in their area. This is where local SEO...

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Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Do you have a shiny new online shop, with a service like Shopify or Etsy, but aren’t making your sales goals? Promoting your items on Facebook is one idea, but what if your store actually existed on Facebook? We’ve discovered a new tool called Shopial that will allow...

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Easily Find The Images You Need To Make Your Posts Pop

Easily Find The Images You Need To Make Your Posts Pop

Post any images on social media recently? You might’ve spent more time than you wanted searching for the perfect image to go along with you post. Image posts get 179% more interactions than text only posts. A no-brainer for trying to convert some of your social media...

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Easily Create Entertaining Videos for Promotions

Easily Create Entertaining Videos for Promotions

Video content is shared on Facebook more than any other post type, averaging 89.5 shares per video. Creating a video to promote your golf course seems difficult or unapproachable if you don’t have experience. It doesn’t have to be difficult if you find a decent tool...

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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...

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. ...

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...

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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When Branding Fails

When Branding Fails

Brands fail, sometimes in pretty big ways and other times drip, by slow drip; but one thing is for sure, it happens more often than we think.  Just why do customers lose that lovin' feelin' for a brand and why do loyal customers leave and go elsewhere? As the...

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How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

Have you ever thought about how people perceive your company? If you work out of your home many people won’t give you the time of day.  But there’s ways you can appear bigger than you really are with social media. Secret Entourage has collected 50 ideas to make your...

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Does Website Chat Work?

Does Website Chat Work?

You’ve all seen them and most of you have probably used them under certain circumstances and conditions. We’re talking about popup web chats, also called live chats. Consider this.  What makes you want to begin the chat on some websites and you can’t close the window...

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Google Sends Out Warnings For Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Google Sends Out Warnings For Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Google now has a new warning message they are displaying on websites that are not optimized for mobile use.  How is your site?  Have you received a warning like the one below? Hey, it’s not pretty! But we can help. Right now, these messages are really just a warning...

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How To Build An Email List

How To Build An Email List

Great, you’ve completed reading our Email 101 blog post and now you want to build an email list.  That’s good news because building an email list is one of the cheapest, most cost-effective ways to start communicating with potential customers. If you’ve been doing...

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Why Negative Keywords Are So Important For Your Campaign

Why Negative Keywords Are So Important For Your Campaign

Even if you’ve never developed an Adwords campaign, chances are you have a pretty good idea how Adword works.   If not, here’s AdWords 101 in two sentences: AdWords works like an auction, and the way you get your ad in front of interested audiences is by bidding on...

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Email Marketing 101

Email Marketing 101

Besides picking up the phone and cold calling, an email provides you the most direct line of communication for conversion to sales.  In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association when you want to move from conversation to commerce, the art of drafting a good...

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How Small Businesses Can Build their Brand

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?

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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GFQ Article – When To Know You Need Help

GFQ Article – When To Know You Need Help

There’s a saying:, “Entrepreneurs are the only people who work 80 hour weeks to avoid working 40 hour weeks”  How true is that! When you first start your business it’s only natural that you’ll want to do things yourself for several reasons. You’re in Start-Up Mode and...

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Google Plans To Penalize Doorway Pages

Google Plans To Penalize Doorway Pages

Google announced an upcoming change in their ranking algorithm for “doorway pages” and are advising users to stop using them. What are doorway pages? They are special pages designed to help a website rank for a particular keyword or phrase that has very little to do...

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Viewability Standards for Mobile Ads

Facebook, in conjunction with MRC, IAB and Nielsen are working on establishing viewability standards for mobile ads and hopefully these standards will help to define the difference between an ad impression served and an ad impression viewed. Why is the distinction...

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When Branding Fails

When Branding Fails

Brands fail, sometimes in pretty big ways and other times drip, by slow drip; but one thing is for sure, it happens more often than we think.  Just why do customers lose that lovin' feelin' for a brand and why do loyal customers leave and go elsewhere? As the...

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How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

Have you ever thought about how people perceive your company? If you work out of your home many people won’t give you the time of day.  But there’s ways you can appear bigger than you really are with social media. Secret Entourage has collected 50 ideas to make your...

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Direct Mail is Not Dead

Direct Mail is Not Dead

There is a tested and proven way to reach more potential customers, directly communicating with your target market and making you stand out against your competition. It is not through the use of digital methods such as social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or...

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What Does Your (Lack of) Branding Tell Potential Clients?

What Does Your (Lack of) Branding Tell Potential Clients?

Branding is a very important aspect in the marketing circle. It has the power to push your business forward, giving you a competitive edge. A strong and well-defined brand will result in an increase in sales, customer loyalty, brand value, and most importantly, the...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

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

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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