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Here you’ll find all sorts of super useful information for making the most out of your web hosting experience
as well as countless tips and tricks for small business owners, freelancers, digital professionals and online entrepreneurs.

19 Sep

Best Mobile Web Apps for Small Business Owners
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I’m like a kid in the candy store when I look at small business apps for my smartphone. I want to try everything! Every app promises to make my life easier, my company run smoother and my customers happier. Some have lived up to the hype, while others have left me scratching my head. Here are a few of my favorites and their best features for small businesses. Google Apps Google Apps from HostPapa are amazing from an office and business needs prospective.  It’s a one-stop-shop and part of the reason this...

18 Sep

Email Marketing Best Practices: Do’s and Don’ts
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If your small business is not yet using email marketing to reach out and stay in touch with your customers, then it’s time to start. Why? Because your audience engages with email marketing, and it’s an inexpensive way to nurture your leads. Respondents in a 2015 survey conducted by Econsultancy attributed about 20% of their sales to email marketing, while they spend less than 10% of their marketing budgets on email campaigns. The respondents rated email marketing the second most effective channel for return on marketing investment (SEO was No. 1)....

18 Sep

Responsive Design: 7 Design Mistakes that Can Cost You Leads
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You want your website design to generate leads – not send new visitors clicking to find information elsewhere. The best website design is a reflection of the quality of your company’s products and services. Your website needs to do more than look good; it needs to be clear and intuitive for users. Here are the Top 7 mistakes I see when newbies design websites for lead generation. Where Is Your ‘About Us’ Page? Data analytics company Chartbeat says the majority (55%) of visitors spend less than 15 seconds on your page. Forget the 30-second...

24 Aug

7 Steps to Secure Your Company Data
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New customers frequently ask us about data security and data privacy, two topics that we at HostPapa take seriously. You don’t need an IT department to keep your information protected, but you do need to be aware of the many ways your data is vulnerable and how to protect them. I divide my advice into seven easy steps for you. First, let’s look at some numbers: ITBusinessEdge estimates that in 2014 nearly half of all organizations suffered a data breach – up 10% from the previous year. Nonprofit organization Online...

29 Apr

Mobilegeddon is here – Have you done all that you can?
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As a website owner you are probably aware that Google likes to shake things up every now and then. They famously give little warning before releasing game-changing updates, causing the web community to scrabble to make the required changes. Google has been warning webmasters for years about profound changes to mobile search results, but the latest changes are compelling and affect websites for big and small organizations alike. Released on the 21st of April 2015, Mobilegeddon – or Google Mobile Friendly Update – has cast large ripples across the SEO world....

9 Apr

Measuring Customer Lifetime Value
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Customer lifetime value and customer acquisition cost are the two most significant numbers to any corporate strategy. It's not enough to focus on single sales; a company that wants to truly build growth and stability needs to be able to build a relationship with their customer and understand the context of each sale. That being said, measuring customer lifetime value is no trivial task; it involves an incredible amount of data which needs to be meticulously tracked and analyzed. Calculating Your Customer's Lifetime Value Calculating your customer's lifetime value is fairly trivial:...