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

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

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

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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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.

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

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

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?

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...

Your Brand’s Voice: Formal, fun, or somewhere in the middle

Brands are most effective and notable when they have a unique, consistent and resonating voice that connects with their target audience. This voice is rooted in their implementations across platforms, in their public relations, in the communication with their...

Could You Be Cyber-Attacked While in the Hospital?

We have heard quite a bit about the dangers of cyber attacks.  Specifically, though, most of these stories center around hacking personal information such as social security numbers, checking accounts, and credit card numbers.  Identity theft and ruining your credit...

Is Your Child At Risk Using Disney Apps?

When you send your child out in the world, be it to school or outings with friends, you hope that they will be safe and protected.  To that end, many parents are buying smartphones for their children at a younger and younger age.  The rationale is that if the child...

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...

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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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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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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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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!

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’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

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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7 Successful Facebook Ads

Facebook is still the first name in social media. Although there may be newer trends in social media marketing, Facebook is still the tried and true gold standard for most people. However, there are a variety of ads that work best if you’re trying to market your...

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5 Free Facebook Ads Management Software

Facebook is not just the biggest social media site on the planet. It’s also one of the hottest ways for marketers to get their ads across to a wide variety of people. From national campaigns to local ads, Facebook is the future of marketing. As it stands,...

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Why Choosing Colors for Your Brand Matters

Choosing colors is very important for any business. In fact, it is very important in a lot of ways that you may be unfamiliar with, especially with regard to your marketing efforts. Color is a very important aspect that you need to keep in mind as you choose 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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