The Press Pass – Sunday, February 5

first_imgNeil Ashton is joined by Darren Lewis and Dominic Fifield to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.The trio look back at an eventful weekend of Premier League action, including Chelsea’s latest victory over Arsenal, and Manchester United’s morale boosting win over Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City.Plus, the panel discuss Arsene Wenger’s future at the Emirates and whether his reign should come to its conclusion after a 21-year stay.  Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.last_img

Universal Orlando Resort Preview — Week of September 23

first_imgShare This!The Universal Orlando Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney and Universal travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Tomorrow is the first official day of fall. Even though the temperatures have yet to drop in Central Florida, the crowd levels have certainly dropped at Universal! It’s a great week to visit, so let’s see what’s in store.Weekly Crowd LevelThings are looking pretty even and easy at the parks this week. Detailed crowd level information can be found here.Weekly Weather ReportMid-week is looking good, but still warm. Check out the latest weather forecast here.Weekly Park Hours and Admission Looking for a good scare? Head to Universal Studios on Saturday, Sunday, or Friday for Halloween Horror Nights.CityWalk is open until 2am daily, and self parking is free after 6pm.Single-day park tickets will be at Value pricing all week. One-day base tickets to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure will run you $110 per adult, and $105 per child (plus tax). 2-Park 1-Day tickets are $165 per adult and $160 per child (plus tax). A one-day ticket for Volcano Bay will be $67 per adult and $62 per child (plus tax).Notable HighlightsThere’s only a few weeks left to enjoy Terminator 2: 3-D before it closes on October 8.Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories is set to reopen on October 1.Craving some yummy and silly fun to start your day? Seats are still available for Superstar Character Breakfast! The breakfast is held on Saturday, Thursday, and Friday from 9-11am at Cafe La Bamba at Universal Studios.Let us know if you are headed out for some fun! See you next week!last_img read more

Santoro captures first Soweto Open

first_imgLooking ahead, Smith added: “Sata also aim to get Futures tournaments here, simultaneous men’s and women’s events, plus the mini-tennis and coaching components – this will service a lot of people.” However, the 36-year-old, who added R150 000 to his R100 million in career prize-money earned in 20 years on the ATP Tour, had to come from behind after De Voest played superbly to break serve in the match’s very first game. The action is far from over in Soweto; the Soweto Women’s Open takes place at the same venue from 25 April to 3 May. After that, South Africa face Belarus in a crucial Davis Cup tie from 8 May to 10 May. Semi-finalsOn Saturday, the semi-finals resulted in relatively comfortable victories for Sunday’s finalists. Santoro accounted fourth seed Thiago Alves 6-3 7-6 (7-2) and De Voest repelled the challenge of big-serving fellow South African Fritz Wolmarans 6-4, 7-5. The doubles’ inners picked up $6 200 and the same number of rankings points (100) as in singles, with the finalists taking away $3 600 and 60 points. 20 April 2009 Second setThe second set went with serve until De Voest was forced to serve to stay in the set and the match at 5-6, but he was struggling with stomach cramps due a virus, he admitted afterwards. Speaking to radio station SAfm after his win, Santoro said it had been a pretty tough game, adding he enjoyed it because he won, but found it pretty difficult. Santoro, who has beaten 17 world number one ranked players during his career, broke De Voest in the fourth and twelfth games of the first set to take it 7-5. De Voest, ranked 180th in the world, tried with all his might to wrest the first ATP tournament to be held in Soweto away from the Frenchman, but it was not to be. Santoro quickly moved into position to win the contest, with two match points in his back pocket. A pinpoint backhand down the line then gave him the title 7-5 6-4.center_img SAinfo reporter and South African Tennis Association “The City of Johannesburg, Gauteng government and the National Lottery have backed Sata, and the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex is a fine development in that regard.” ‘The goal is to grow the game’South African Tennis Association (Sata) CEO Ian Smith reflected on the venue, the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, and said it was an important location for an ATP event to take place. “The goal is to grow the game,” he explained, “and Soweto represents a major part of our history, which makes staging the tournament here an appropriate one. In the doubles final, the duo of George Bastl from Switzerland and Australian Chris Guccione took the coveted trophy home courtesy of a 6-2 4-6 11-9 win over the Russian pair of Michail Elgin and Alexandre Kudryavtsev. Apart from the specially-designed trophy by SA sculptor Des Khourie, there were 100 ATP world rankings points for the singles’winner and 60 points for the finalists, plus $14 400 for the inaugural champion in the City of Johannesburg-sponsored tournament and $8 480 for the loser. An international-class venueIn addition to the eight courts already in use at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, another eight are being built, with another R9-million being injected into the facility, to bring the venue up to the standard of the international-class venue that Smith envisages. Top seed and world number 50, Fabrice Santoro of France, won the inaugural Soweto Open men’s tennis tournament, beating unseeded Rik de Voest of South Africa 7-5, 6-4 in the final at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex on Sunday. De Voest said he struggled with his serve and Santoro returned well. Towards the end of the contest, De Voest went on, he had trouble finding rhythm on his serve. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#Nextchat: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

first_imgIs HR sexy?  Is it an attractive field of study for college students?  Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century?   The answer to all of these questions is yes.According to CareerCast, “Employment growth for Human Resources Managers is projected to be a very healthy 21% thru 2020, which is on par with most medical professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Young professionals care about what’s going on in our government and in our world. They know that issues such as healthcare and immigration reform, the skills gap and the “fiscal cliff” are front and center, and many want to join a profession that’s at the critical intersection of it all.Additionally, young professionals want meaningful work. They like the idea of contributing to a company’s success story by creating strategies to attract the best talent. They want to manage a global employment brand and develop innovative social media campaigns.  Since many have been unemployed — or underemployed — for long periods, a career that helps others secure employment, skills training and career development is incredibly worthwhile.Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 12 for #Nextchat with special guest Justin Angsuwat (@JustinAngsuwat), a human capital consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers and a member of the SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Committee.  We’ll chat about “Why HR is Sexy and We Know It!”Q1. What makes the HR profession “sexy” in the 21st century?Q2. Why is human resources one of the top 3 professions to enter in 2012?Q3. How can young professionals get into the HR profession and why would they want to?Q4. How can young professionals make an impact on business through a career in HR?Q5. Why is HR front and center in Washington right now?Q6. How does tax, healthcare and immigration reform impact business?  How is HR influential in shaping that policy?Q7. How will young HR pros change corporate cultures to attract and retain future generations of the workforce?last_img read more

The State of E-commerce in Canada

first_imgCompared to the United States and some other countries around the world, Canadian shoppers have been slower to adopt online shopping. As of 2013 (the most recent year of verified statistics), only 13 percent of Canadian businesses were selling online. But other statistics show that Canadians are more than willing to adopt e-commerce. Projections show that 10 percent of all Canadian retail spending will be online in 2019, up from 6 percent from 2014. This is almost the equivalent to the 11 percent predicted for the United States.The challenges in growing e-commerce in Canada are no different than in most other countries:E-commerce retailers are held to a higher standard. Retail consumer trends show that shoppers expect personalization with best-in-class service and greater transparency on product and price than they do from brick-and-mortar stores.E-commerce means managing numerous variables. Online retailers often manage a vast inventory of product. Daily operations are more intense with the picking, packing and shipping of individual orders. The higher volume of post-purchase customer care is also an issue.“One-size-fits-all” marketing doesn’t work. Traditional retailers send out one mass flyer each week. E-commerce requires personalized marketing emails sent at a frequency and volume determined by individual customers.Geography sinks profit margins. The cost of picking and packing thousands of orders is no different than paying store employees. However, the cost of distribution to homes across entire countries is a much greater cost to the retailer.Some have speculated that the slow adoption rate of e-commerce in Canada is due to a cautious approach in solving these challenges. Others have suggested that Canadian businesses aren’t ready or aren’t interested enough in e-commerce to make it worth the cost to accelerate its growth. Still others have noted that Canadian cross-border shopping with the United States has lessened the demand for faster growth in Canada. Statistics show that 9.2 million Canadians placed at least one order with US e-commerce retailers in 2015.- Sponsor – The geography challenge has a far greater impact in Canada than in most other countries. The need to serve Canada’s vast geography with a relatively small population base makes e-commerce growth particularly difficult for Canadian e-tailers.But consumer demand is there and growing in Canada. Fortunately for them, numerous Canadian technology companies are equipped with the technical know-how and financial support necessary to support rapid e-commerce growth in the future of retail. Because Canada faces some major challenges, the adoption rate may never be as high as in the United States. But it is increasing and will continue to increase year-over-year as the Canadian retail industry continues to invest in systems, marketing and inventory to support it. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Speaker Profile: Intel’s Ayse Ildeniz, On How Women Will Fuel The Wearables Market

first_imgadriana lee Tags:#Curie#Intel#MICA#smart jewelry#smartwatches#wearable devices#Wearable World Congress 2015#wearables Wearable World Congress, ReadWrite’s signature annual conference in San Francisco on May 19-20, will feature the key players who are shaping wearable technology and the Internet of Things. This series profiles some of the experts who will be speaking at the conference.Women may be underrepresented in technology as a whole, but they’ll loom large for one of its hottest niches, wearable devices. The way Intel’s Ayse Ildeniz sees it, “women—as consumers, as well as designers and creators—will have a huge role to play in the wearables market,” she told me. As vice president of Intel’s New Devices Group and general manager of Strategy and Business Development, Ildeniz has a front-row seat to the emerging wearables movement. Intel itself makes body-worn devices, like the Mica smart cuff, as well as components powering other companies’ “smart” accessories—from jewelry and smartwatches, to smart glasses and other products. Buy tickets now: Wearable World Congress, May 19-20Many of the gadgets we rely on focus more on function than form. That may work for devices we carry in our bags or pockets, but everything changes when you strap it on your body. Suddenly, those products become more than tools; they become extensions of ourselves, and it will take more than a coat of paint to make people want to wear it. Tech makers need to shift perspectives—from a focus on pure functionality, to a new ethos that gives design equal (or even greater) priority. The female point of view, says the executive, is critical to that approach. Ildeniz will join us for Wearable World Congress this month to discuss the role of women in wearables, but here’s an excerpt from an early conversation I had with her. From your standpoint, what exactly is the role of women in wearables? Let’s first define the wearable as we’re speaking about today. I think wearables are really personal things that we put on our bodies. What you choose to wear is a very personal decision—like what kind of bag you use, what kind of glasses you put on your face, what clothing you prefer, what kind of watch you choose. When we did some research, we saw that people wanted not just functional and comfortable things, but aesthetic things. So for women, it’s probably much more important as compared to a man—in the sense that they’d like to carry things that they identify themselves with, that they are proud to wear and that they think are beautiful things. See also: Intel’s MICA Bracelet Just Might Be Smarter Than Your Average SmartwatchSo, from that perspective, I actually think women—as consumers, as well as designers and creators—will have a huge role to play in the wearables market. You see the types of devices that are coming to the market being much more fashion-conscious, more astute in the aesthetics, which is very good. Because the more they are, the more accessible and easier it will be for women to adopt these things. Women bring a whole new element into electronic devices. Wearables are so personal, you easily can identify it with the types of people it tries to cater to. [It’s] really a different game-changer in the consumer electronics industry. I would say that for the first-time, aesthetics are very, very important. Have wearables served women well or let them down? What can companies do better? The devices we have seen for over two years now have been rather technological—geared more toward males than females. From that perspective, function has been at the forefront. Also, they’ve been brought to market by technology companies. At Intel, we’re creating beautiful accessories with our partners, but that happen to be supported by technology. There is a very big difference between the two: trying to make a technical thing prettier by changing its color, and taking [accessories] that exist and putting in technology to make it smarter. I’ll give you examples: The ultimate is the Mica smart bracelet. We got together with Opening Ceremony, Barney’s and the CFDA [Council of Fashion Designers of America], and we built this thing from scratch with our partners to make sure that the aesthetics were the number one concern—how a woman would carry that, how they would look wearing it—and that it would also fit their daily needs, which is to help them stay in touch with their loved ones. It’s a pure communication device. I remember the first time that we unearthed this device in New York City. From the tech journals, we got these articles that said, “Wow, but you cannot really type on this thing, so what is it good for?” or “You cannot talk to this device. I want to talk to my bracelet”—which I thought was funky. I don’t know any woman who would want to talk to a bracelet. See also: Intel, Luxottica Team Up To Create Ultimate WearableSo, from that perspective, it shows you that the industry is still very, very technical and function-oriented, rather than usage model-oriented. Who is the audience that would make the most of this thing?There’s a big difference in how we perceive it. We’re trying to push that by bringing partners that are game players in this space—like Oakley or Luxottica, which does most of the eyewear in the world. Or working with Fossil which, again, have very big iconic brands that they do watches for. We work with them on how to make their brands and products smarter out in the market. It’s a very different approach than what’s out there. Just putting the customer first, putting their aesthetics or function first, and then worrying about how the technology should serve that. Mica smart bracelet from Intel and Opening CeremonyWith the Mica, the display sits on the inside of the wrist. That’s a very different approach than that of smartwatches and many other wearables. Is that where this usage-oriented strategy shows up?Absolutely. I think Opening Ceremony should take credit for that. They are the ones who told us…because initially, we suggested two screens, on the outside and the inside. And they said, “You know what? The women that we sell to, they don’t want anyone knowing that they’re wearing a technical thing on their bodies.” If possible, they’d like to hide that. If anything, they don’t want anyone to show or see their SMSes or messages that come to these devices. So, they asked, “Can we hide it?” We said, “Yup, absolutely we can.” And we took away the screen at the top. It was such an easy and eye-opening conversation. There are a number of things we went through with them. The bracelet was much more rectangular and much thicker. During the engagement of our engineers and their designers, the number one topic for months and months had been, “Can you please make this rounder? And can you please make this much thinner?” It was their requirement, because as a woman, I need to use my bracelet everyday and I need daily functions. If it’s too heavy and too thick, I can’t do them. So, all these simple and obvious things that we’ve listened to and learned from our partners showed us the way. And I think that is the future for this industry. If it is to take off, it not only has to be pleasing from an aesthetic perspective—incorporating beautiful, different materials into it and [offer] quality of design and look, which are very, very important—but besides that, it’s the usage. What are you actually going to do with it? With a bracelet, do you really need to go play games? Do you need to download videos to a bracelet? Or is it just simply communicating and getting messages in your hurried life? It does a couple of things wonderfully. And that’s it. That’s what we’ve followed. See also: Meet Curie, Intel’s Brand-New Wearable ProcessorThe button-shaped Curie processor from Intel, announced at the Consumer Electronics ShowIt seems like more companies are paying attention to both form and function. For Intel, is that where the company sees its Curie (compact processor) fitting in?We’re very excited about that. When it comes to the market this year, all these designers, creators and innovators will be able to take this chip, and do what you or I can’t imagine today. Different form factors, different functions, it will be truly revolutionary. That’s what I think is going to happen.To hear more from Ayse Ildeniz and other innovators and experts, register for Wearable World Congress 2015, May 19-20 in San Francisco.Photos of Ayse Ildeniz, Mica smart bracelet and Curie processor, courtesy of Intel; young women in tech photo by Todd KuleszaUpdate: After this conversation, Intel reorganized some of its internal departments, including its New Devices Group. The move puts wearable tech chief Mike Bell into another position within the company, according to a spokesperson. We’ve reached out to Intel for comment, though it hasn’t offered any further statement on this matter. However, given that the Internet of Things has become a growth sector for the company, it’s not likely to pull back on this area, or its related connected technologies and wearable devices. Ildeniz remains in her current post as vice president.  How Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi…center_img The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearables You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Related Posts last_img read more

Web Browsing on Tablets – Which Platform Delivers the Best Experience?

first_imgTablet devices vary considerably in terms of supporting the full range of Web content and technologies. However, when tablets are used in the office, your workers will expect the highest-performing tablet on the market. Principled Technologies put the following five browser/tablet combinations, head-to-head to determine who would prevail in displaying the web content that you want to see: Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bit Google Chrome on an Intel Atom processor-powered HP ElitePad with Windows 8 Pro 32-bitMicrosoft Internet Explorer 10 Modern UI app on a Microsoft Surface RT with Windows 8 RTGoogle Chrome on a Samsung® Galaxy Tab® 2 with Android 4.1.1Safari on an Apple iPad 4 with Apple iOS 6.1.3Our FindingsUsing two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the set of popular Web sites tested. (Lower numbers are better.) Missing or broken features. These sites had errors that made it difficult or impossible to use certain site features. Examples include Ikea’s site, which doesn’t allow users on certain browsers to use online planning tools; Shutterfly, which has Flash-based tools for uploading pictures; and deviantART Motion Books are not supported on some browsers.Missing or broken links. These sites had links that either did not work or were found missing when compared the site on the mobile device to the site on a non-tablet PC. Examples include Sprint’s Web site where a link labeled “Got questions? Click to chat,” which allows users to initiate support chat, is missing on some browsers; and Adobe’s site where certain navigation bar links are missing on the home page on some devices.Sites or parts of sites do not load. These sites had errors when loading the full site, or parts of the site. Examples include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter site, which redirects some browsers to a more general Universal Studios Parks site; Fox Sports, which redirects to a site that doesn’t load properly on some browsers; and T- Mobile’s site, which doesn’t load properly when trying to initiate support chat on some browsers.Video issues. These sites were unable to properly load and/or play the videos embedded in their sites. Examples include the ABC Web site, where the TV episodes failed to stream on some devices; the Food Network site, where videos and tutorials do not load on some devices; and many of the major sports sites such as NFL, NCAA, and CBS Sports, where videos failed to play on several of the browsers.Fewer Issues Across a Range of Technologies Users of Web browsers on tablets occasionally encounter problems stemming from technology such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight®, Java, WebGL, WebM, Parallax Scrolling, and various HTML5 CODECs. Principled Technologies found that the Intel Atom processor- powered tablet accessed Web sites using these technologies with fewer errors than the other tablets they tested. In the case of WebGL, Google Chrome on the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet was the only browser to run the technology properly. The tools that Web designers and programmers use to create content for mobile browser users are continually evolving. Currently, less than 1 percent of Web sites run Java or Silverlight. Adobe removed their Flash app from Google Play some time ago and Microsoft recently announced plans to phase out support of Silverlight. So expect the world of Internet browsing to continue to change as technologies evolve.Great-Looking Web Sites Without AppsRoughly 61 percent of the Web sites with which Principled Technologies encountered issues offer apps that work around the issues. While some users welcome these alternatives, they are not an ideal solution for everyone. Workaround apps can clutter up the tablet screen, take up space on the internal storage, and can require frequent updates via app stores such as iTunes and Google Play. In addition, apps can pose a burden on IT staff—they must keep up with an ever-changing array of apps and perform a more complex initial setup process for users. Many organizations set up custom app repositories, which also require management. Finally, not all apps provide the full functionality that the Web site does. Users may be able to access some form of the site with the app, but be unable to do everything they could do on the full site. This summarizes the instances of reduced functionality Principled Technologies encountered on the Web sites they tested. Following the table, they explain each type of issue and present examples. For a Web Experience You Can Rely on, Choose INTEL INSIDEMany factors go into the process of selecting a tablet—size, price, styling, and more. The ability to visit a wide range of Web sites with confidence that they will behave as intended should also be high on the list.In testing, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet running the Windows 8 Pro operating system, which offers an experience similar to Windows-based desktop and notebook systems, encountered the fewest problems. Depending on the browser used, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet handled either 95.0 percent or 95.2 percent of the 433 sites without issue. For the other tablets tested, this number was as low as 71.8 percent.Based on these findings, an Intel Atom processor-powered Windows 8 tablet is a wise choice for those who need their tablets to handle the widest range of Web resources with the least chance of incompatibilities.The Best Tablet Web Experience Starts With INTEL INSIDE Observed 152 individual problems or issues. Of 433 sites, 139 sites had an issue on one or more platforms. Most issues occurred with the iPad (122) and the Galaxy Tab 2 (101). IE 10 Modern UI on the Surface RT had 37 issues. The two browsers on the Intel Atom processor-powered ElitePad had the fewest issues: 21 with Internet Explorer 10 and 2center_img What’s New in Tablets?For a complete list of sites tested please visit the full report by clicking here.Tablets are playing a powerful role in business – how can you integrate tablets into your organization? Click here to learn more.This blog is part 2 of a 2-part blog series on tablet web performance. Check out the other blog in this series here.For more conversations about IT Center and tablet computing, click on the Hashtags below:#itcenterOpens in a new window #tablets Using two different browsers, the Intel Atom processor-powered tablet had the fewest issues with the subset of popular Web sites with which problems were encountered.  (Lower numbers are better.) More Than Just Flash Lack of support for Flash is a well-known limitation of iPad tablets. However, Flash issues accounted for less than half of the problems they encountered. As Figure 3 shows, 37.3 percent of issues fell into the “Other” category. This includes such problems as missing links, import/export issues, zoom problems, and bad formatting—things they could not attribute to any one technology, but that result from poor code translation between full desktop browsers and tablet browsers.    A breakdown of the types of issues observed by Principled Technologies. Less Frustration, Greater Productivity last_img read more

5 Technical Tips for Improving SEO

first_img Video: Marketing Analytics 101: How to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Website is available if you would like to learn more.  . How fast do your pages load? What can you do to increase the speed of your web pages? Google recently added Providing your audience with to learn how to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Website. to Webmaster Tools. This tool lets you view your page load time and compare it against average page load times across the web. Fast loading pages may have a positive effect on how quickly and often your site is crawled and indexed. Users expect a fast web browsing experience and pages that load fast are likely to earn more retweets, links and sharing than slower pages. Begin using Site Performance Learn how to Measure the Effectiveness of Your Website. Feedburner HubSpot thank you page Feedburner setup Download the free video 4. RSS & Feedburner web page speed optimizer tool The design and navigation should mirror the rest of your site. compelling calls to action (Really Simple Syndication) is the best way to broadcast your blog, video or other web content across the internet. Visitors who use an RSS Reader can subscribe to a feed of your content. Once subscribed, users get new articles sent to their RSS reader. This makes it easy for the user to follow multiple blogs without needing to navigate back to your blog or web site each time. Additonal Shaun’s Bio Include links to related content, (blog, social media sites, etc) Topics: 5. Flash crawl flash content setup. Producing compelling content is only half the battle. Making it easy for Google to crawl and index your content is equally important. In today’s post we will look at five technical best practices for improving the crawlability of your web site. Originally published Apr 15, 2010 1:30:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 advanced web master is a web feed management tool that provides custom RSS feeds to content producers. If your host your blog on WordPress you should setup a Feedburner account to track subscribers and collect data. You can track the number of RSS & email subscribers to your blog each day. Learn more about 1. Page Load Timecenter_img Google prefers text based content that is regularly updated. Focus your efforts on creating compelling content. If your site is already using Flash, work with your design team to find a way to include more text based content in your next web site redesign. 3. Custom Thank You Pages 2. Optimizing Images for the Web Optimization of the images on your site can lead to faster loading pages and a better user experience. Not only that, but optimized images cut down on wasted bandwidth on servers and speed up the load time of your site. All of this could lead to visitors spending more time on your site, viewing more pages. This announcement by Google was a step in the right direction, but B2B websites should still use Flash sparingly. You should be striving to make it as easy as possible for Google to crawl and index your content and it’s simply not as easy for Google to crawl content within Flash elements. There are many reasons to create text based content instead of Flash, including: today or try the There has been a lot of debate about Flash and if it’s search engine friendly or not. In 2008, Google came out and said they had made it easier for GoogleBot (Google’s web crawler) to This article is written by Shaun Pinney, a member of our consultant team at HubSpot. Check out DanieVDM . Thank the user for filling out the form and let them know when they can expect a response. Often Flash content is only linked to from other Flash based content. Inbound links and internal links may not be fully counted and given credit for. This is a major issue, as Google values a majority of your sites authority on the quality and quantity of inbound links. is the key to turning qualified traffic into leads. Marketers spend a lot of time crafting offers and building landing pages, custom thank you pages are just as important. Here are some best practices to get you started with your own thank you pages. Site Performance Website Design and get started tracking your feed. Photo Credit: This is the second in a two part series on JPEG and GIF are two common file types used on the web. JPEG’s are typically reserved for photos and GIF’s are for graphics. If you have access to PhotoShop, you can quickly edit images and graphics. Adjust the file size and the number of colors of the image. Be sure to limit the file size without downgrading the photo quality. It’s better to load a slightly larger image than one that is smaller in size but blurry. Example of a RSS education . With Flash, basic Search Engine Optimization elements are often missing (H1 tags, anchor text, image alt tags & title tags)  . RSS Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Google Takes Social Search to the Next Level with +1

first_img Google Updates What do you think about Google +1? The days of obsessing over keyword rank are over. Instead, make your business social and create relevant information that will help to attract +1s and influence who decides to visit your site from search engine results pages. Blogging and sharing content on social media has never been more important. In a world that is being built on personal recommendations, it is critical that your business becomes social through remarkable content. A Real Step Towards Social SearchWith +1 Google makes a major step forward in its quest for more social search results. Not only do the +1 recommendations play a significant role in Google’s series of social search improvements, but they will also highlight content people are actively interested in. Now people using social search will be able to see content created and shared by those in their social network, and recommended by those in their Google +1 network. All of the +1 data, TechCrunchpoints out, will be available to the public likely through an API. How Google +1 Works Check out a quick video from Google introducing +1: to Facebook’s Like button. Earlier today, the search engine giant began rolling out a new button called +1. The +1 button will apear next to search engine results and AdWords advertisements. In the future, website owners and publishers will be able to add a +1 button to pages and articles on their sites. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack How does Google’s new +1 work? First of all, +1 is currently being rolled out as an experiment and you need to Google +1 Is a Social Network While +1’s initial impact might be seen in social search results, it is important to realize that +1 is more than that; it is a social network. Google Profiles are at the core of Google’s future plans for the discovery and sharing of contextual information. With the launch of +1, Google Profiles got much more useful because a new tab has been created in Google Profiles to let users keep track of all of their +1s. Today, It seems like Google keeps making changes and adding new tools that will impact how your business will get found online. Don’t worry about understanding all of the details and granularity of every change Google makes. However, you should notice the patterns that are occuring with all of the changes Google is making. Clearly, Google is rewarding social businesses. The more your business connects with prospects and customers online, the more you increase your odds of getting found in Google’s evolving search results. opt in with Google to have access to it in the short term. In order to view +1 search results and AdWords results, the user will have to be logged in with their Google profile. Once a user is logged in and clicks on the +1 button next to a search engine result, Google we keep track of that +1 and highlight that search result if it appears for any of that user’s friends for that or a similar search. Originally published Mar 30, 2011 3:07:00 PM, updated October 20 2016 Topics: Marketing Takeaway Google came out with a counter punchlast_img read more