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The Resurrection Of Facebook Notes

27 Aug. 2015Remember Facebook Notes? Probably not, but it’s back, new, improved and ready to take – well – notes. Did you know that before March 2009 a Facebook status could only have 160 characters? That’s not much larger than a tweet. The number quickly grew to 5,000 characters by September 2011, and they didn’t stop there....

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Ad Sense

27 Aug. 2015Neil Cumins explores the ‘common-sense’ aspects of online advertising… Advertising has always been an art rather than a science, despite the confident claims of ad execs in open-collared polo shirts and thin spectacles. The simple truth is that nobody can predict with absolute certainty where an optimal target audience will be located on any given … Continue reading

Looking At Windows Server 2016

27 Aug. 2015

While standalone versions of Windows have always stolen most of the headlines, their networked cousins have never been far behind. Since Windows NT 3.1 was released over twenty years ago, multi-user operating systems have shadowed the consumer versions of Microsoft’s ubiquitous OS. Windows XP had Server 2003, Windows 7 had the second iteration of Server...

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Confused By Facebook? Here Are Some Marketing Tips

27 Aug. 2015

Posted by Jessica Furseth

Facebook is the most popular social platform for marketers, but over half admit they need to know more about what works. Confused by Facebook marketing? You’re not alone. The vast majority (93%) of marketers use Facebook, and over half that number plan to use it even more, but they find it confusing, according to a...

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Generation Z Is Coming. Is Your Business Prepared?

26 Aug. 2015The next generation of consumers is maturing rapidly. How will your business adapt to the up-and-comers of tomorrow? Business trends are always changing, that’s no secret. Consumer-facing businesses must adapt or die when faced with changing generations and their varying spending habits. Just when you thought you had those “Millennials” figured out, “Generation Zers” are...

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Protect Your Brand In 3 Easy Steps

26 Aug. 2015As a small business owner, you put blood, sweat and tears into your brand. Now it’s time to protect it with a great domain name strategy. Picture the scene: you’re struck with a great idea for a product or service, quit your day job and commit 80 hours a week to getting your idea off...

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Are You Listening Closely Enough?

25 Aug. 2015Social listening is a great way to find out what others are saying about your business. Find out how you can take full advantage of this important business technique. We all know how effective social media can be for a business. It’s an inexpensive way to create a social link between you and your customers, … Continue reading

Businesses Take Note: “Lol” Is Over

25 Aug. 2015

Posted by Madeleine Bruce

Studies show that the way we’re laughing online is changing; be sure you’re not “lol”-ing too late! It’s official: we’re not “lol”-ing anymore. Facebook recently completed a study into the way we laugh online and has ruled that “lol” is in fact now dead. In its place “haha” is taking the lion’s share of our...

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What Lies Ahead For The Internet?

25 Aug. 2015

Virtual reality, wearable technology, human rights bills? We’re unravelling the future of the web. The internet is a many splendored thing. The most unpredictable and liberating invention of humankind, there’s little certainty around what the internet will bring us in the next few years. One thing’s for certain, though: the internet is here to stay,...

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Less Is More: A Guide To Sending Company Emails

24 Aug. 2015Customer email can be a valuable asset, but there are strict rules for getting it right. LinkedIn said it themselves when announcing a much-needed change of pace to its email updates: “Less is more!” In a blog post, LinkedIn has at long last promised “less frequent and more relevant” email updates to users, starting by...

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What Will Become Of Fun.co?

24 Aug. 2015The domain name fun.co was just sold at a hefty price. We’re speculating what kind of website will end up on the domain. The suspense always builds when a premium domain name is sold for several thousand dollars. Just recently, fun.co sold for $70,000. That’s a high price to pay for some online real estate....

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What Happened To Other Search Engines?

24 Aug. 2015Whatever happened to the Lycos lads? The process of verbification (or verbing) only happens occasionally. Hoovering, Tasering and Photoshopping are three examples of verbs created from a proprietary brand name when it became a market leader. We can also add Google to this exclusive list, but why do we talk about Googling something rather than … Continue reading

Could Split Testing Boost Your Site?

24 Aug. 2015

Utilize split testing with help from a SSD VPS to take your site from good to great. Designing a website can be difficult, and at times we find ourselves asking questions about font, content, placement, color and call to action. So when the right answers are hard to come by, let your visitors help you...

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Welcome To The Digital Single Market

24 Aug. 2015

Posted by Jessica Furseth

The European Union will become a Digital Single Market in 2016, bringing with it a host of benefits for UK businesses looking to expand to the continent. Good news for European travellers: the end of mobile roaming charges is in sight! Soon we’ll be remembering the shocking mobile bills after a long trip abroad like...

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Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Wifi?

21 Aug. 2015While the Declaration of Independence doesn’t include technological advances, there may be a need for an update as the debate over whether or not an internet connection is a human right rages on. The US Constitution has been amended 27 times, and surprisingly none of these amendments mention internet access. Does that mean that an...

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Uncovering The World’s Most Expensive gTLDs

21 Aug. 2015Now that awareness is increasing for new gTLDs, we’re seeing some huge domain name deals going on. Check out some of the most expensive gTLDs so far. A great domain name can be the deal maker for a business so it’s no wonder that many businesses spend thousands, and yes sometimes even millions, of dollars...

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Is A Managed Cloud Server For You?

21 Aug. 2015

Could your business benefit from life in the cloud? Cloud computing has become a bigger part of our daily lives than most people realise. Every time you log onto a social media website or use the Shazam app to identify a song, you’re accessing a cloud-hosted site. This information isn’t stored on your smartphone or...

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What Is Linux?

21 Aug. 2015

Posted by Madeleine Bruce

Although Windows might be the most commercially popular operating system in the world, there’s a lot to be said for Linux when it comes to web hosting. You may not know much about operating systems, and certainly today’s systems make sure you don’t have to be an expert. Their easily-navigated graphical user interfaces (GUIs) make...

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Designing Your Online Office

20 Aug. 2015As a follow-up to our Online Office post we will outline the how-tos of creating a digital hive. In a previous post we looked at a study performed by McKinsey & Company which evidenced an increase in executives using the power of social media internally in an effort to promote employee engagement and implement change....

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Are You Two Steps Ahead?

20 Aug. 2015We take a look at how Digital Darwinism is affecting today’s digital world of business. If you’re not two steps ahead of your competition, you’re actually a step behind. In our constantly changing world of technology the phrase “innovate or die” rings far too true. Companies that are always innovating are those that remain near … Continue reading