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Facebook “Like Box” is due to disappear!

I have seen and created sites which utilise the Facebook “Like Box” to engage with people on a website to urge people to like a Facebook page. If used well these can not only display your number of likes and faces of the people that like your page but they also can display your post feed and tell you if any of your friends like the page also. Well The Facebook Like Box is about to be no more! With the release of Facebook Graph APi v2.3 the Like Box plugin will become deprecated and thousands if not millions of websites around the world will end up with a blank […]

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Becoming a featured supplier

About 2 months ago I was asked to be a featured supplier on their website to promote their services in a more personal way, this company is a company I have used since 2002 for all my domain needs. little did I know there would be in a few months time a picture of me on one of their high traffic pages where they provide email services, so is this going to help my business? Well the feature was live on the 5th March and judging by my analytics this tripled my visitor rate for that month, though in our nature of business this is difficult to quantify. As a rule […]

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Skeuomorphic design

Well the other week when “Apple” announced the upcoming “iOS 7″ was being released later this year a strange and wonderful word was banded around… Skeuomorphic design…What the? It seems that this is the thing which “Apple” are trying to come away from in their latest UI design, so I know it is an epic! and hench! word but basically its what they are trying to shelve. So what is “Skeuomorphic”? To start with it has been an age old challenge to design and create things which reflect real life as closely as possible, this is the basis of Skeuomorphic or making stuff look like stuff. If you produce a button on […]

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Companies that don’t do their homework…

Getting an inbox full of company’s offering you services from a far away country? Offering prices so amazing that your jaw drops? And hang on a minute…. its exactly what you do!!! This has happened to me over the last few days and admittedly most of these emails that end up in you info@ mail box tend to be from real dodgy types looking to increase the size or lengthen the you know what….. But hey sometimes some of these are from outfits that look like they are what they are. My issue is with a company that not only send an email from a reputable looking company but also look like […]

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Zeebox, could it be a good thing for business!

Here’s a little nugget for you, I have been playing around with Apps lately after acquiring some lovely gadgetry and I came across Zeebox. I have seen the TV adverts with the big man as the TV and the little man as Zeebox and that it is designed to let you interact with your favourite tv shows via social media. Well what I didn’t expect was that this app would in fact bump up my followers on twitter quite considerably, so starting to receive up to around 20 new followers a week just from simply making comments on my favourite TV shows. I guess dependant on your industry you could make informed comments and […]

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What to avoid when advertising your brand with a flyer

Everyone wants to put across the right impression when promoting their business, but there are some simple things which need to be taken into account to ensure your brand looks professional. Let’s take a basic flyer for our example for now. It’s all very well trying to stand out from the crowd but certain things on your flyer need to be avoided. 5 things not to do: 1. Don’t capitalise text to make it stand out. The human brain recognises shapes of words not just of letters and when all letters are capitalised the normal word shape is lost, This is why all UK road signs back in the 50’s […]

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Pinterest…The next big thing for 2012

Well according to some this has been around since 2006 and has had a steady following until early last year when interest (or Pinterest) for the site started to explode and by early this year Pinterest was looking down the barrel of over 10 million unique visitors in US. To read more information about this follow the link below: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/07/pinterest-monthly-uniques/ Now this is breaking records for the speed that an individual site has broken the 10 million mark but what is it all about? So let me share my experience as I begin exploring. Started using Pinterest today after receiving a very kind invite from a member of Banbury Business […]

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When Good Brand Marketing Sways Your Choice

Here’s a funny one for you.. I just purchased car breakdown cover as I know in the coming months I may need to make a few long journeys. Now I didn’t go to google and type in Breakdown Recovery, instead I just typed “The AA”. So Why is that? I asked myself, well I know I must have seen at least 3 adverts on the TV in the last few days and I have seen a number of their vans around in this cold weather and I seem to remember I had an email from them as I had been looking into Car Insurance. This just shows that if your […]

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The Power of the Infographic

Having worked alongside Steve for a couple of weeks now, it has become more obvious to me just how much “stuff” is created everyday on the internet. When you break it down to a 24 hour period, each day 249 billion emails are sent and received, 2 million blogs are posted, Facebook is visited 172 million times, with 250 million new pictures posted each day. (http://www.mbaonline.com/) These numbers are only going to increase. So how is all this data dealt with so that it’s not just a mass of uninterpretable digits? Businesses are continually being told that understanding their data is key to success, but how can this be done efficiently? This is where […]

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Is the introduction of NFC around the corner?

NFC is a technology being spoken about a lot at the moment , but is it likely to be implemented into smartphones any time soon? Speculations of the potential of NFC have been whispered to consumers, and large corporations, like Sony and Blackberry, seem to be moving in to intergrate it into their hardware. So what is NFC? It’s a method of data transfer which is entirely contactless. Although similar tech has been used for some time now, like TFL’s Oyster cards, Near Field Communication has the capabilities for “sharing, pairing, and transaction”. (unlike the RFID chips of Oyster cards which are one-way only). There are some exciting and innovative things planned for […]

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