Why your company needs to be on Instagram

2016June30_BusinessIntelligence_CIt’s astounding how celebrities manage to amass millions of followers and gain thousands of likes for posting a photo of their shadow. Companies of all sizes would go crazy for that kind of exposure, but rarely do their wishes get granted. But not all hope is lost, start small and take baby steps with the help of Instagram’s recently-announced tools that help make the process of establishing your company’s presence an easier one:

Business profile pages

Previously, it was hard for Instagram users to distinguish an account belonging to a business from one that is dedicated to cats, but with the Business Profile feature, that’s a problem of the past.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

Today I’m working on a plan but it’s not working out the way I expected it would. Yes, these things happen and they happen quite often for many of us. The bigger question is now what?

Not only does my answer depend on what is not working out -- More importantly, why isn’t it working? Let’s assume you prepared for the event and had a fair expectation of what would happen based on some level of past experience.

Ecommerce: Squarespace adds new analytics

2016June22_Web_CEven if your business doesn’t see internet-based commerce as a top priority, it’s hard to ignore it as a sizable revenue opportunity regardless of your target market. Content management service (CMS) Squarespace knows exactly how you feel. Long kept as a secondary goal, the popular service will finally make moves to better cater to ecommerce subscribers looking to get more information and ROI out of the platform.

Tools for online reputation marketing

2016June21_SocialMedia_CLike the Loch Ness Monster, reputation marketing has long been considered a figure that is shrouded in mystery. Shai Aharony from Redboot Online sums it up as “tools that allow you to analyze, track, monitor and engage online activity, giving you the power to directly respond to customer complaints and turn potentially damaging feedback into a positive experience.

Game Over: NBA team losses valuable data

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Good cyber security, much like the best NBA defenses, must be strong and able to stop threats from every which way. For the Milwaukee Bucks, their on-court and cyber security defense could both use a little practice. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Milwaukee Bucks sent out the names, addresses, Social Security numbers, compensation information and dates of birth of players as part of a spoofed email attack.

Seven Microsoft Excel mastery tips

2016June16_Office_CWhen was the last time you used Microsoft Excel? And no, hovering over the icon doesn’t count. If it’s taking you too long to remember, then it probably is. Digital literacy is an essential part of finding a job these days, in fact taking a look at it further reveals that proficiency in Excel is a skill still sought after by most companies.

Creating online communities for businesses

2016June14_Productivity_CGamers require an effective strategy to thwart the boss, athletes require constant updates on the latest tournaments to improve performance and businesses require an online community to fully thrive. As the saying goes: ‘What comes easy won’t last, and what lasts won’t come easy’. This is especially true when you embark on building an online community for your company.

Ransomware to begin self-propagation

2016June9_Security_COne of the biggest fears security experts have may be coming true: self-replicating ransomware. Viruses that have the ability to copy and spread themselves to new systems are nothing new, but until now ransomware attacks have been targeted campaigns.

Windows Phone is calling it quits

2016June7__MicrosoftWindowsNewsAndTips_CMicrosoft smartphones have been on their last legs for months, if not years. Though builds and new features held promise in revitalizing the device, Microsoft announced the removal of their phones from the consumer market. While Microsoft maintains its stance on “fully committing” to Windows Phones, the fact that they are selling off their handset business, shows otherwise.