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Google: Get mobile friendly by 4-21-15 or else! by
Google has announced that starting April 21st, 2015 if your site doesn't meet their criteria for mobile friendly usability, it will "Significantly impact your search results".
Local Search Matters! by
Recently we helped a client correct their address and phone number on several of their listings for local search.
eCommerce Changing Our Buying Habits by
Cyber Monday set a record for online sales of $2.68 billion in one day! On the flip side spending on Black Friday was down from last year which may be a sign that the purchasing habits of consumers may be drifting into virtual reality vs. physical. This continues the trend over the last several years of eCommerce sales rising, brick and mortar stagnant or declining.
Website Design - It's those little details that count by
Somebody once said "Don't sweat the small stuff." Sadly, many people listened. In any business, the top performers in the industry are those that do indeed "sweat the small stuff". Those little details make all the difference in the world. Let me give you some examples.
Why WordPress = Automatic Target by
WordPress has the distinction of being the most frequently used open source blogging tool and CMS (Content Management System in the world. Drupal is another CMS that is very popular. You would think that's a good thing. If it's so popular I should use it too right? Well not so fast... read on to see why the most popular means the biggest target for attack.
Google Ads - Here, There & Everywhere! by
My last post highlighted that Google is now the World's most valuable brand. This post takes a quick look at why they are in the top spot.
Google - World's Most Valuable Brand by
Think all those little ads at the top of the page or down the right hand column of those search results don't amount to much? Think again! Google just unseated Apple as the World's most valuable brand.
Facebook's Listen In Feature by
Facebook knows we want to share all the juicy details of our lives so they've just made it easier. Now when you are composing a status update, you have the option to turn on your smartphone microphone and they can just listen in!
Domain Age As A Search Ranking Factor by
There is a debate in the SEO world as to whether or not the age of a domain (how long it has been registered and has had an active website) is a factor in SEO and how well the domain ranks. Read the full story to get my opinion (based on experience!).
It's Hard To Teach An Old (Web Site) Dog New Tricks by
This Old Web site guy had a birthday yesterday. I'm now officially on the wrong side of the hill. As an old guy we tend to get set in our ways... for instance. For the last Three years I've been typing/spelling Web site wrong. Turns out in April of 2010 the AP Style Guide says it should be website (lowercase, no space).
A Web designer's "dirty and scary" job by
Did you know that 11% of Americans think HTML is an STD (for those of you who haven't been single in years, that's short for Sexually Transmitted Disease). Please don't tell my insurance agent or our health premiums may rise (and yes there's a bad pun in there).
Three great articles on Competition, Business Ups and Downs and Business Strategy by
I normally like to write my own content. Not that I'm that good at it, but plagarizing isn't a win for anybody. However, this weeks post is really just links to Three great articles published in the Phoenix Business Journal. I enjoyed reading all Three of them and I think you will too!
Survey Says... Video Persuades! by
Recent survey results from Animoto reveal that video on Web sites has persuaded nearly 3/4 of the visitors to B2C sites to make a purchase. Almost everyone (96%) said that videos were helpful in making purchasing decisions.
Want to win $5,000 for Marketing? by
Intuit (developer of QuickBooks software) is having a contest with 15 winners being awarded $5,000 each in a marketing package. But hurry the contest entry ends March 16th.
Is WordPress a Good Platform to Build a Web Site On? by
When a business owner or marketing department makes the decision to either redesign or build a new Web site the question of what platform to build on sometimes comes up. WordPress has great name recognition and the price is right (free). However a recent Q&A of WordPress experts and security pros has led me to believe it may not be the best choice.
Don't buy on price... buy on value! Web sites and razors... by
My wife recently got a bloody reminder (literally) of what happens when you make purchase decisions based on price, not on value. She's an extremely frugal person so I'm not surprised this happened, but I'm hoping she learned her lesson and there may be a lesson in here for you as well.
IE10 Zero Day Exploit (and why we don't Love Internet Explorer Even On Valentines Day) by
Internet Explorer (version 10 only at this point) once gain has a Zero Day Exploit (meaning no patch is available to fix it). In combination with Adobe Flash (another piece of software with a terrible track record on security) is being actively used to compromise systems. The attack seems primarily aimed at our military and was being exploited by a hack on the VFW Web site.
If you use Comcast as your ISP, either at home or work, change your password now... by
Comcast has very quietly admitted that their mail servers were compromised and their customers data (e-mail address, passwords, etc.) have been compromised. Even if you don't use your Comcast account as your primary e-mail, you DO have an e-mail account with them for billing purposes...
Ad Tax? Depreciating Your Advertising??? by
Imagine having to depreciate 1/2 of your advertising budget over 10 years! If this crazy proposal by Congress, initiated by Dave Camp, surprisingly a Republican from Michigan succeeds that's what will happen.
Google Confirms - Mobile Site Now A Necessity! by
Google in June confirmed what they had only hinted at before. Google, in some cases, will reduce your site's rankings, or even remove it from the search results when searchers are using a mobile device, AND you haven't delivered an optimized mobile site for them.
Social Media Is Great, But Be Careful If You Automate! by
Chipotle had a little snafu with their Twitter feed recently. Seems their marketing automation tool developed a life of it's own...
Hundreds of new Top Level Domains Coming by
Whoa! Hundreds of new top level domains (think .com, .net, etc.) are on the horizon. ICAAN (the governing body of the Internet) has moved forward with allowing the creation of lots of new domains including... .web, .accountant, .attorney, .auto, .bank, .bar and more. For the complete click through to the full blog post.
The price is right on our E-commerce site! by
Recently we appeared in the Tribune Business Weekly in South Bend.
Your password is the key to your house by
Choosing a unique password is as important as keeping tabs on the keys to your house.
Warning USPS and a Malicious Virus by
USPS is warning customers of bogus email package delivery notifications.
Attack of the Email message by
Remember the days when communication was solely based on picking up the phone or
HP is going all in to Cloud Computing by
HP, the world's largest PC company is abandoning their consumer hardware division
"Email Quota Limit" - A Phishing Attack! by
Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire sensitive information by masquerading as a trustworthy source.
Top 10 questions about the BANG! Online Support System by
What Support System?
Domain Name Game about to get more interesting by
ICANN (the governing body of domain names) has approved an unprecedented change to open up the top level domains (currently 22 top level domains exist including the typical .com, .net, and .org) to include the creation of new domains in any language or script. ICANN will soon be launching a global campaign to raise awareness and is currently looking for applications from companies that want wanting to manage these new domains. What does this mean to you?
Experiencing issues with Internet Explorer 9 by
If you’ve recently updated to Internet Explorer 9 and you experiencing issues
IE9, Firefox 4, and Chrome 10 by
In an unprecedented aligning of the stars, each of the major Web browsers released a new version in the past month. The Good News is, the browsers are all faster and are displaying Web pages quicker than previous versions. On the Bad news side...
Speaking of Social Media, Have you Liked Us on facebook yet? by
BANG! now has a facebook page.
How Cybercriminals Invade Social Networks by
Good article by TrendMicro about computer security and social networking. Since we are encouraging our clients to be more active with social networking, we want to also educate them about the dangers involved...
On-line Holiday Sales Set New Records by
Tuesday December 15th On-line sales set a new daily record of $913 million dollars!
Branding, Positioning & Value by
Branding, Positioning & Value... What do they mean to your company? Are you a Timex or Rolex? Is your goal to sell a lot? Or very little to a select few? Read on to see where BKR Studio comes down on these issues.
Going Green by
My but that Ponderosa Pine is looking mighty attractive... I'm afraid I'm turning into a tree hugger!
Read on to see what the warning signs are...
bing - Microsoft's attack on Google by
Microsoft, who for years has been an "also ran" search engine, may finally have a winner with bing!
Time for a Blog... by
I've been encouraging clients to Blog now for some time... guess I need to demonstrate the benefits by "Walking the Walk" instead of just talking about it.