When: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 800am - 930am Where: The Orchards What: Email Marketing Seminar Who: Berkshire Direct (Kevin Ellingwood, Jeff Stripp, Allen Jezouit)
Local marketing firm Berkshire Direct will deliver a 90-minute seminar on email marketing strategies and tactics. Whether you’re a for-profit business attempting to drive ecommerce transactions on your store site or a non-profit seeking to engage your donor base with ongoing messages, this seminar is for you. Please RSVP by contacting Judy Giamborino at 413.458.9077 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, it sure didn't take Google long to respond - with actions, not words - to the New York Times story that came out last week about JC Penney's alleged "black hat" SEO techniques. According to today's Wall Street Journal, Google has modified its search engine algorithms to prevent websites from using JC Penney's techniques to game the system. (See Google Revamps to Fight Cheaters, Wall Street Journal, Monday, Feb. 28, 2011).
It will be interesting to see just how effective Google's changes are, and how much they impact the page ranks of sites that heretofore had relied upon "white hat" SEO techniques. If you rely on your site for new leads, new business, etc. (and who doesn't these days), you need to pay careful attention to your site's rankings over the next few weeks to see if there are any changes resulting from Google's algorithm mods. Our guess is that the more extensive your link building efforts, the more likely this will effect you.
By: Allen Jezouit, @BerkshireCountyBusiness On: 12:17PM / Tuesday February 22, 2011
Talk about some scary stuff! Evidently you don't need a genius IQ and a ton of expensive hardware to be a cyber security threat anymore. That means all of us need to be on our guard. Unsecured wi-fi networks - like in coffee shops - are pretty scary places. Your personal information is evidently not safe there in the least.
A recent New York Times story, "New Hacking Tools Pose Bigger threats to Wi-Fi Users" (Kate Murphy, Feb 16, 2011) provides some startling info.
"You may think the only people capable of snooping on your Internet activity are government intelligence agents or possibly a talented teenage hacker holed up in his parents’ basement. But some simple software lets just about anyone sitting next to you at your local coffee shop watch you browse the Web and even assume your identity online."
Really interesting story this past week about JC Penney's SEO results appeared in the New York Times. I would highly recommend giving it a read if you are at all interested in SEO and getting your website found online.
Technology marches on. I am regulary blown away by how simple things can be when super smart software engineers figure out ways to take advantage of big picture opportunities.
We have built several ecommerce stores for clients on the BigCommerce platform. We just love it. BigCommerce has recently created functionality that allows a store owner to have a "Shop" tab on their Facebook page. We setup a few of these in the past week. One is for local maple syrup producers and alpaca farmers Sweet Brook Farm. You can check out the shop tab on their Facebook page here: