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For marketing videos, planning makes all the difference

Given the trend toward greater video content consumption online, you’re likely considering video as a greater portion of your marketing mix this year. Video can be effective, and budget-friendly, if you take the time up front to prepare your strategy and resources to get the most out of this effort.

Ready for My Close-Up: Using Video to Drive Sales

We live in a world increasingly dominated by video content. It’s true offline, with Americans watching an average of five hours of television each day, and it’s also true in the digital space. In fact, online video consumption is on the rise: Americans watched 47.1 billion online videos in November 2013 alone, up from 40 billion in the same time period the year before.

Toppling a dangerous website myth: If you build it, they will come

I’ve heard it time and time again – clients believe that creating a website will be like Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.” In reality, this is far from the truth, and it’s critical that we break away from the notion that a website project ends with the launch of the new site.

Help! I need a CMS that fits my site

Imagine this: You’ve just launched a new website for your company, and you have a few content changes that need to be made. If your site was custom-built without a CMS, that means going back to the developer time and time again to make those edits. CMS platforms provide user-friendly tools for non-developers to make content and imagery changes to the website without any particular web expertise. It’s one of the many advantages to use a content management system – which is why so many of my clients are asking for a CMS.

Network Security is Key: What Heartbleed Taught Businesses

The discovery of Heartbleed, an open-source OpenSSL bug that exploited missing code allowing for the exposure of data and server’s private master key, was a turning point for network security. Although detected quickly, it still was a security breach of epic proportions, and some have called it one of the worst vulnerability issues since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet.

In the Future, Your Marketing Materials Read You

Science fiction gives us a glimpse into the future, like the sci-fi thriller Minority Report, set in 2054, that demonstrated an interesting concept: the ability to market based on facial (or, in the case of the film, retinal) recognition. We’ve already seen companies try to harness this sort of technology to put clients’ messages directly in front of their prospective customers.