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30 Jul

Posted by Leanne Town

A question that we get asked regularly by our clients when building an ecommerce website is whether they should use PayPal or direct card processing for their online payment processing. The simple answer we like to give is both! But for smaller companies, and those just breaking into ecommerce for the first time we always ask them to look at the advantages PayPal offers. When thinking about online shopping it is important to remember why people actually shop online. It is amazing how far online shopping has come; it is now a part of every-day life compared to when it was first available. The main advantages of online shopping are convenience and price; and now with the advent of mobile ecommerce it’s becoming uber-convenient! So where does PayPal fit into this scenario then? ...

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21 Nov

Posted by Roger Martin

We moved into our new office 'The Old Schoolhouse' in Castle Ashby back in June of 2010. One of the things that was pretty important to us as a digital marketing agency was the speed of the broadband, so we were fairly pleased when we found out that we should be getting approx 3.5mb downstream. On the allotted day the man came and fixed it up, and after an initial period of 4 days where we had virtually NO bandwidth it duly settled down at 3.5Mb. But here came the problem. every time anyone uploaded a file, however small the downstream died- period. Now I know that ADSL stands for asynchronous and that the upstream is always slower, in this case about 300K, but we've had plenty of experience of ADSL elsewhere and never seen this problem. BT's response? That's normal, but if you...

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22 Sep

Posted by airtimeandy

As an agency we receive a lot of speculative B2B email but the one below takes the biscuit. The warning. Always check your data lists before sending as you can do yourself a lot of harm. As these guys have done. We won't be recommending them to any of our clients! [caption id="attachment_349" align="aligncenter" width="430"] How to annoy your prospects with incorrect targeting. They actually sent this out to agencies![/caption]

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11 Jun

Posted by airtimeandy

We had a prospect enquire about our small business web design service today, and as we were exchanging emails concerning his requirements he mentioned that a lot of companies had told him they would get him to show on the first page of Google as part of the package. This kind of thing makes us cross, as we work hard to build everything to be as compliant as is practically possible and we use best practice SEO techniques during the build process. We know that for a new build to get indexed can take months, even with a sitemap.xml file and a robots.txt file in place. These companies that make promises such as this need to be more transparent about what it is they are actually offering. To be number one in say the search term plumbers is going to be impossible without a huge amoun...

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27 Apr

Posted by rogerm

Will we get help and support? Surely all businesses in the UK are asking the question, and what's with the cent? Go to the country guys so at least we can have a change of government and have a realistic plan for recovery, staying put is futile, and based on your borrowing frenzy, downright dangerous. [caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="580"] The Darling Buds of May? No way![/caption]

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20 Feb

Posted by Roger Martin

Just got a letter from these people based in Milton Keynes offering me a listing in their registry of Executives and Professionals for free because I would be suitable as a biographical candidate. Well a quick search on the internet throws up an interesting blog post from the US, see link below. And guess what? It's a scam, barely legal and preying on our vanity to be seen as opinion leaders and experts in our field. It's just gone in the bin... http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/04/victoria-strauss-beware-whos-who.html

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28 Jan

Posted by rogerm

I'm loving the Wordle tool (www.wordle.net) and I've posted this on their gallery anonymously. Clicking on the image below will take you to a much higher resolution version where you can study the words in more detail. But before you do, and I seriously recommend that you make that click folks, keep the following in mind. When you study the larger version look at how small the words England, Britain and UK appear, and then see if you can even find the words transparency, business, confidence and stability. I run a small business in the UK, and I hear a lot about how PM Brown has our interests at heart, and that of all business in the UK. Perhaps Wordle is food for thought for Gordon's speech writers? Click on and see for yourself As ever, comments are welcome...

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06 Jan

Posted by rogerm

We moved premises recently, and apart from the usual strife of transferring phone lines and DSL lines, where the phone provider and BT Wholesale blamed each other continuously, delaying our move for nearly a month we were then assaulted with calls from so called business energy providers promising us the best fuel deal on our new premises. The first one to call got blocked a few times before getting to me, but their creativity grew over a period of 48 hours and 6 calls....  I finally got passed the call as they were an ex-client! Can you believe that? They then proceeded to tell me that they were the UK's largest supplier of energy and that they were previously known as the National Grid! I asked them for their company name, Network Electricity! Sounds grand doesn't it? Alarm bells ...

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