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

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?

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

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

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 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....

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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...

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

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?

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

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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Up Social Media Activity with Hootsuite

  What stands in the way of your golf course having success with social media? The short answer to this question is staying active – posting like crazy! Hootsuite can help you do just that, and it doesn’t’ cost anything. It will let you integrate all your social...

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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?

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 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

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

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

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

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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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 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

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

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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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?

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!

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

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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