A new UK study from Searchmetrics, the leading global enterprise search experience optimisation platform, highlights four key considerations that digital marketers should focus on to help their websites achieve and maintain high rankings within Google UK searches. The findings emphasize the need for relevant content that comprehensively covers the topics that target audiences are searching for, as well as the importance of a strong technical site architecture, backlinks from other sites and visibility on social media.
We are a now generation. We don’t like waiting for anything, whether it’s our microwave dinner to finish, the red light to change, or our YouTube videos to buffer. Not surprisingly, this impatience translates easily from our personal lives right into our professional lives. What’s true at home is just as common in the office. For example, with smartphones and cloud computing, we expect to be able to communicate with anyone and access information from anywhere. Technology has increased our collaborative abilities, leading to quicker turnaround times, shorter deadlines and heightened expectations.
With business, speed can mean everything. Not in the sense of rushing projects, which could lead to sloppy work, but being reactive to the needs of customers. If you can quickly ascertain what they’re looking for, and provide it first, you’ll find yourself well ahead of the competition. It’s because of this that big data has become such a popular and rapidly growing trend. The wealth of information created everyday can help businesses learn important insights and make decisions to improve future outcomes. However, while all this information is available, businesses often struggle to manage or process it in a timely matter in order for it to be relevant. In such a fast-paced world, how can businesses find the right piece of information before they lose their short window of opportunity?
EPiServer, a leading provider of digital marketing and e-commerce solutions, today announced that Accel-KKR, a technology-focused private equity firm specializing in software and IT-enabled businesses, has made a majority investment in the company. This investment will enable the company to continue accelerating its growth and market share.
Business demands are always fluctuating, so to keep up in a world that seems to be constantly on the move, the best choice is to go with flash array storage.
Webnodes AS, a company developing a .NET based semantic content management system and e-commerce platform, today announced the release of version 5.0, with with major improvements in the development framework, simplifying and cutting down on development time.
It’s amazing the influence technology has. All these new gadgets have made our lives easier in so many ways, but they have also dramatically changed the cultures that embrace them. For example, digital theft is becoming a more common threat than physical theft.
We’ve heard examples of large corporations having their customer information hacked, or even celebrities having their personal photos stolen. And while we think criminals would only go after the big guys, small businesses aren’t in the clear. Without massive IT budgets and industry professionals, their networks are often left unprotected and become easy targets for intruders.
So what can small businesses do? How can they improve their network security without spending so much that it draws away from the normal day-to-day operations of their business? Here are 6 simple tips small businesses can follow to avoid attacks and keep their data safe.
When I talk about Drupal, information technology and the weather all in the same breath, I'm known to be very enthusiastic and opinionated in such discussions. I can't help myself. I'm biased toward Drupal as it is one of my favorite content management systems. I'm also a former meteorologist working in information technology for a very large organization that is heavily involved with the weather. Needless to say, a year or two ago when I heard that The Weather Channel started using Drupal to meet the needs of it's customers and meteorologists, it caught my attention. I think the use of Drupal is a win-win for everyone around and given my background, I wish my own employer had adopted a similar solution. I think organizations miss out on a lot when they don't utilize open source or even proprietary systems in favor of an in-house CMS.
The news keeps getting better for Drupal fans. This week both Acquia and Mediacurrent announced that The Weather Channel is standardizing on the Acquia Platform for Weather.com. Weather.com started using Drupal last year to increase the agility of its content creation and publishing. Now, the company has moved the entire website, which serves more than 20 million pages of content, to the Acquia Platform, which brings together Drupal and Acquia’s solutions for digital engagement and experience management. The team at Weather.com worked with Acquia and digital agency partner Mediacurrent for its site development and migration from its legacy web content management system Percussion.
Big data is essential in helping recruiters assess candidates quantitatively, and find those candidates who can thrive in any environment – and make smarter decisions about who will be a good fit. So what does “big data” mean when it comes to recruiting?
You better get used to paying with your phone. It’s already a popular method of making purchases in places like Japan and even some countries in Africa, but in the United States it hasn’t caught on quite as quickly. While so-called tap-to-pay methods have been around for a number of years already, Apple’s recent announcement of their own mobile payment service, called Apple Pay, has sent a new wave of excitement through the technology community.
Services like Google Wallet and CurrentC are certainly not new, but overall adoption and acceptance has been sluggish. Apple Pay might be just the thing to propel mobile payments to widespread popularity. But how does Apple Pay compare to other services that already have established methods and techniques? Read on to see how Apple Pay might completely change the game and if it could end up being one service you want to use.
Over the years, I've talked about building a range of simple websites for personal use to implementing very complicated proprietary and open source enterprise content management systems. What I haven't talked about is the cost of building and maintaining those websites. Honestly, I've been too embarrassed for how little I spend and too stunned by the price tag for what the big companies pay for their websites. Who Is Hosting This? sent us a graphicthat we thought represented the typical costs small to medium size businesses can expect when building and hosting their new websites. So good was the infographic that we decided to post it here.
Much of the statistics came from Which Web Design Company. WWDC maintains a database of over 7000 web design agencies world-wide, and provided them with the average starting cost statistics for web development used in the graphic below. Whatever your costs and whatever you decide, assuming you're working with reputable companies, the bottom line is that you get what you pay for. That's not a threat, but just a reality of the market.