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AI, Hackers and Drones, Oh My!

June 2nd, 2021 by Ima Admin

Cyber SecurityDuring the 1939 hit movie, “The Wizard of Oz”, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Dorothy, chanted the memorable phrase, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!”. Today its just as likely that the things to be concerned about are AI (artificial intelligence), Hackers (those ne’re-do-wells seeking profits at other’s expense) and Drones (those minicopters that homeowners, realtors, the military deploy and Amazon may be using to deliver our orders) – Oh My!

Lions, Tigers and Bears aren’t necessarily out to eat us or the primary characters of Oz, but then neither are AI, Drones and/or (some) hackers necessarily ‘bad’.
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‘Mel’ware Beware!

April 28th, 2021 by Ima Admin

phish hook on keyboardOver the past several months, w/ increasing frequency, we’ve seen emails from a malicious scammer named Mel (“Mellie”, “Melina”, “Melika”, and “Meleana”, et. al.) filling out a client’s website form, and very aggressively claiming copyright infringement. Recently ‘Mel’  changed her name or has a colleague named ‘Amber’.

The email arrives via your website contact form and accuses you of using copyrighted website images and tells you to click on a link to see the list of the images that are in violation.  Even when think it’s a scam, you’ll be tempted to follow the link. (DON’T CLICK THE LINK) The writer threatens to file a complaint with your hosting company and sue you.
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First Best Impressions

August 2nd, 2018 by Ima Admin

On a sad note, funeral services were held earlier this week for a friend who was a psychic contortionist, but it was OK because she had said she saw her own end.

Wow! I’ll bet that left an impression!

‘Impression’ is a funny word.. we can DO an impression, we can MAKE an impression, we can GET an impression, we can be LEFT with an impression, and we can COUNT impressions.

When you arrive at any business or networking event, you make some judgements about who you THINK everyone is and IF you want to have a conversation with them.

It’s OK, we all do it. They’re doing the same thing.
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Historical or Hysterical

July 22nd, 2018 by Ima Admin

Is your web site Historical or Hysterical?

There are a number of things that go into designing a successful website or any marketing piece, whether it’s a restaurant menu, a billboard, an advertisement, a sales flyer, or a tradeshow banner.

Its easy to point to appropriate use of colors, the fonts used, putting things (such as the logo or navigation) where people will see and use it, or using a CALL TO ACTION (CTA) to generate interest.

But all that is really informed by YOUR customers. What works best for one company and its customers might not be best for you and yours.
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Close More Business

July 11th, 2018 by Ima Admin

Some time ago I met a sales coach at a networking event and during our conversation, I asked what constituted the bulk of the requests they receive. She indicated that they get more requests for workshops on how to close more business than any other topic.

It seems that many of us are relentlessly searching for that one killer closing line or magical silver bullet technique that will compel a prospect to hire us and/or buy from us on the spot.

She had some real Bad News!
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Online Sales Tax

June 25th, 2018 by Ima Admin

On June 21st, 2018, the Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) overruled 1992’s Quill Corp v. North Dakota case in South Dakota v. Wayfair in a 5 to 4 vote.

Back in 1992, Quill stated that US states could only change sales taxes on companies with a physical presence in the state. Effectively, Quill determined how state taxes worked with e-commerce from the web’s first days. Started in 1956, Quill, a direct and mail order office supply retailer, has grown to be one of the largest business-to-business office supply retailers in the U.S. at over $1 billion in annual sales with 70% of that coming from internet sales. Quill was acquired by Staples, Inc. in 1998.

The 1992 Court did not have before it the present realities of the interstate marketplace or how the Internet’s prevalence and power would change the dynamics of the national economy. Here’s some of the 2018 reasoning…
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What Makes a Great Site?

June 22nd, 2018 by Ima Admin

In 2016 mobile internet use had surpassed desktop use. Sometime in 2019, people that forecast this stuff expect that time spent on mobile will exceed time spent on TV (which is today just under 4hrs/day).

With that in mind, several designers/marketers were asked to comment on a question in Alignable, “What makes a great website for today’s time (ie what are the top 5 things for a great design)?”

It’s a good question, and there were a number of varied answers, with many suggesting mobile-responsiveness and fast loading as two of the five criteria. The most liked answer was ‘animated dancing penguins’.

However, the question is too ambiguous to answer. Here’s why…
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Designer SPAMspotting – A Rant

June 19th, 2018 by Ima Admin

I’m sure you, like many of your clients, get one of these spam/scam emails periodically. A few are legit, but most are not. Some of them, like this one (after the break) are subtle and claim to have looked or analyzed your site. Others proclaim blatantly that there is something egregiously wrong with your site and ‘they’ have a fix. Almost ALL of them are unsolicited and annoying, as in this case, where I’ve received no less than 5 duplicates of this particular email in less than 20 days AND apparently I must take time out of my day and away from my clients to actively respond to stop them.

So, let’s look at Peter and his email(s) to us…
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Going Mobile

April 19th, 2018 by Ima Admin

Driving down the road, I passed a sign that asked simply, ” Who was the first person with a tablet to download data from the cloud?” The sign was in front of a church and the answer was, of course, Moses.

Fast forwarding about 3500 years, its no real surprise that Google gathers a lot of data… A LOT. Google has been gathering data about how quickly user behavior is shifting on mobile. Not only are more users on mobile devices when using Google search, but how they browse mobile results is changing too.
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Data Breach, the GDPR and You

April 4th, 2018 by Ima Admin

DATA BREACH!!

These are two words we’re hearing more and more that are as scary as hearing “GUN!” or “FIRE!”

Perhaps not as an immediate threat as the latter two, but something that could affect our lives long, long after the actual breach.

No April Fool’s joke, on April 1st, news releases announced that hackers allegedly staged an attack on Saks 5th Ave. and Lord & Taylor to steal information from more than 5 million debit & credit cards.

The following day, potentially worse AND closer to home, according to researchers, the Panera Bread’s website was found to be leaking data potentially exposing millions of customer records – something Panera allegedly knew about in August 2017.
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