Many local businesses have been getting unwanted calls, “supposedly from Google”. Please be aware – these calls are NOT from Google! These are calls come from companies or individuals somewhere in North America or overseas. They use robocalls and trained telemarketers to present false information – scare tactics with the purpose of selling their services, scam you to take money or gather personal information from you. ……..
The use of mobile devices is increasing steadily every day. The cell phones of yesteryear that were used to receive and make calls are being replaced with a dizzying array of intelligent devices that offer the user hundreds of functions design to smooth and facilitate the tasks of everyday life. There is a device that appeals to every kind of user, and they are widely available. Furthermore, the technology that makes them so user friendly shows no sign of slowing down, and it can be expected that they will only be more intuitive and useful in the future. Knowing this information, it’s no surprise that the number of users who are expected to use their device to make online purchases will jump 26% by 2017. This opens up a whole new segment of the population as potential customers for your brand, the people who prefer to browse the web from their mobile device(s). Even if you already have a well-established website, optimizing the site for mobile access requires adhering to some parameters that many business owners do not take into account, thereby hurting their company. Users are repelled by sites that are not well suited to mobile platforms and have lackluster performance, loading issues, reduced navigation speed and other issues. The design of the mobile site needs to be taken into account before losing revenue and potential customers due to negative experiences when visitors access to your site from a mobile device. An important factor that needs to be kept […]
Facebook and Instagram are both introducing new tools connected to the company’s recent commitment to the time well spent movement. Announced that both apps will soon be rolling out an activity dashboard where users can track the amount of time they spend on both Facebook and Instagram, along with two additional features to help monitor app usage. Facebook says it wants the time people spend on its apps to be intentional, positive and inspiring. “It’s our responsibility to talk openly about how time online impacts people — and we take that responsibility seriously. These new tools are an important first step, and we are committed to continuing our work to foster safe, kind and supportive communities for everyone,” writes Facebook’s director of research, David Ginsberg, and Instagram’s product management director, Ameet Ranadive. Both the Facebook and Instagram activity dashboards are located on the user’s settings page. For Instagram, the feature is labeled “Your Activity,” and on Facebook, it’s “Your Time On Facebook.” Clicking on either of these listings from the settings page will display a dashboard tracking the amount of time spent on the individual app by day. Clicking on the bars within the chart will show the total time spent that day. An option to set a daily reminder to close the app is located beneath the dashboard. There is also a link to “Notification Settings” feature where users can mute push notifications for the apps. References Gesenhues, A. (2018, August 1). Facebook & Instagram introduce new user tools […]
From Google: “Today, we’ve updated the way we label country services on the mobile web, the Google app for iOS, and desktop Search and Maps. Now the choice of country service will no longer be indicated by domain. Instead, by default, you’ll be served the country service that corresponds to your location. So if you live in Australia, you’ll automatically receive the country service for Australia, but when you travel to New Zealand, your results will switch automatically to the country service for New Zealand. Upon return to Australia, you will seamlessly revert back to the Australian country service.” At the time, it seemed this update was more of a minor change, when trying to check international results. Instead of going to the version of Google for a particular country, the results were now based on your location or the location in your Google settings. Google stated: “This update will help ensure that you get the most relevant results based on your location.” This seemingly minor change actually had a huge impact for websites operating in multiple markets. References Stox, P. (2018, June 20). Google changed the way it works, and no one really noticed. Retrieved from Marketing Land: https://marketingland.com/google-changed-the-way-it-works-and-no-one-really-noticed-242738