As websites become an imperative marketing platform for large and small businesses, it’s important to understand what elements to include in one. Years ago, a good side menu and tons of keywords could easily land you on the first page of search engines. Now Google takes hundreds of factors into account when choosing which websites to list highest in their search results. Some of these factors include content, secured sites, mobile-friendliness/responsiveness and page speed. Among them, user experience (UX) is one of the most important ranking factors for SEO.
This only recently became a key question you should be asking when upgrading your company's communications system. I believe there are a few key things that are a no-go when looking at each system. First, let me cover Hosted Solutions. Specifically, if you have these items or issues, then this is not the right solution for you.
- The Start Menu
For you Windows 7 users, rest easy, because this is here to stay. For the Windows 8 users, the start menu is back with its full functionality – and then some. The aesthetics of the new start menu combine the basics of the start menu from Windows 7 with the sleek tiles that were a part of Windows 8. The customization of this helps you to access what you need much faster and boosts productivity. Open the Start Menu, click on Settings, Personalization, and then Start. Make the Start Menu work for you. Microsoft created a helpful onboarding resource for this feature as well.
Not all Managed Services Providers (MSP) are created equally – sure, they may all provide IT services for a monthly fee, but beyond that, there are vast differences. Today we want to look at some of the myths surrounding what “good managed IT services” look like, debunk them and give you some ideas of what to really look for in a great MSP. The industry is moving fast and what may have been best practice or top-of-the-line 5 years ago could be ineffective by now.
The news says the economy is getting better, and it might be the nation’s best economical year since 2007. Unfortunately, businesses are still feeling the budget crunch and are continuously looking for inexpensive, yet effective ways to push their products and services. The good news with that is, there are a lot of marketing ideas you can push out without spending your whole budget. Take these five tips and implement them any time of the year. However, since I love Halloween, I added my own little timely tips in the list.
Recently it feels like I am always thinking about my customer experience. Let’s face it, it is not because I am having a good customer experience. When I look at some of the companies that are growing exponentially, they almost always have an amazing customer experience-for example, Zappos. Super fast shipping, free returns and an amazing corporate culture that can be felt through any interaction. Others might include;
Everyone would probably agree at this point that you should have backup. For your personal data and even more so for your business. Still, the backup landscape seems to be a bit like the wild west with a multitude of options out there and cloud file sharing that seems to blur the lines between file storage and true backup. In addition, backup has shifted from a solution to protect from hardware failures or fires to your very last line of defense when it comes to cybercrime. With all these things in mind, let’s take a look at what to consider when choosing a backup solution for your business:
IT is becoming so prevalent in our businesses that it is thankfully earning its place in many budgets with its dedicated resources. If you’re not budgeting for your IT, here’s your wake-up call; you’re definitely spending money on it, so you might as well include it in your business plan. For those who do budget, many still struggle with spending money ad hoc as they react to issues and failures as they come up. IT can be a monster that’s tough to tame. Today I would like to share a few tips that will help you budget for the long run and stabilize your IT spending. None of these are quick fixes, but they will pay off over time and allow you to scale, so that as you grow your business, your IT helps that growth by enhancing productivity instead of becoming a cost inhibitor to that growth.
On May 18, 2018, the small town of Quinter, KS, which my wife and I call home, weathered a storm like none I have seen before. Being a Kansas native all my life, we always talk about our extreme weather. We often say if you don’t like the weather, wait 20 minutes it will change.
Let’s face it – email has been around for so long that most people don’t even consider it part of IT anymore – it’s just the standard way to communicate and everyone has it, so we easily take it for granted and forget that your email requires just as much attention as your other IT assets. Yet, many businesses still rely on free mainstream email services for their most crucial business tool that hosts some of their most sensitive data.