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...

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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...

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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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3 Easy Steps to Avoid Being Victim of Email Phishing Scams

3 Easy Steps to Avoid Being Victim of Email Phishing Scams

Fraudulent emails are a reality for each of us. These fake emails are attempts by hackers to gain access to your email and personal information. Stories of stolen identity as well as attempts (sometimes successful) to hack business networks and servers have been...

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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...

February Roundup: 20 of Our Favorite Small Business Marketing Tips

February Roundup: 20 of Our Favorite Small Business Marketing Tips

Running your own business can be exhausting, and it can be a challenge coming up with new, fresh and fun marketing ideas when you're burnt out. Not only that, but these fun marketing ideas need to be within your marketing budget. Fear not! Here are 20 effective...

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...

10 Benefits of having a Company Website for your Small Business

10 Benefits of having a Company Website for your Small Business

If you aim to grow your brand, having a website is no longer optional in today’s marketplace. And while having a website can put your small business globally on the map, it’s just as vital for those SMBs operating locally. Adweek reports that over 81% of consumers...

May Roundup: 16 Organization Tips for Your Small Business

May Roundup: 16 Organization Tips for Your Small Business

1.You should have a Google my business profile Millions of people use Google Search as their first step when looking for goods or services. With a GMB created, you can ensure that they see the correct information. You can make sure that your business is getting a...

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...

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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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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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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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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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Google Changes Presentation of URLS On Mobile Devices

Google Changes Presentation of URLS On Mobile Devices

  Google’s changing things up on mobile devices again. This time it’s the way that URLs are displayed on mobile devices. As part of this new launch, Google will make these two changes: The website name will be used instead of the domain name The URL structure...

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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

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Email Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing

Email Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing

There’s a debate going on within the marketing industry. The debate is between defenders of time tested email marketing and those defending the newer online strategy, social media. The question asked is: Which is actually better – email marketing or social media...

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Do You Know Your Customers?

Do You Know Your Customers?

This question might come as a surprise to you. How well do you know the customers that you are serving? Perhaps you’ve already made your assumptions when it comes to demographics, sales history and buying habits. However, how about hard data? Assumptions can lead to...

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Is Your Business Building an Email List? It Should Be!

Is Your Business Building an Email List? It Should Be!

If you have a business, and you are taking advantage of modern technologies online, one of the most important things that you need to have is an email list. As a matter of fact, if you do not have one, you are actually making a very big mistake. Of course, you may...

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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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