How will GDPR requirements affect your business + FREE legal templates!

As you’ve probably noticed from all the press stories, advice seminars and social media discussion, there’s just a month left until the new GDPR legislation comes into force on 25th May. This will give the data’s owner (usually the person that it’s about) more rights and impose greater fines and penalties on businesses that misuse […]

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Startup Funding Stages Explained!

Raising investments for your start-up can be a daunting task, regardless of what funding stage you’re at. Continued funding is crucial to the longevity of any business and is vital to growth and expansion. Thankfully, there are tips and tricks that can aide your efforts, improving your chances of enticing investors and securing that all-important […]

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Essential Advice for Grant Funding Your Startup

Funding can be a barrier for all startups. Investment isn’t your only option. There are over 200 government grants available to businesses in the UK. This can be an attractive option, well worth consideration. Often they won’t need to be repaid and you won’t have to give up any equity stakes. Innovate UK have put […]

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How to recruit the right team

Recruitment is always a big issue for startups and small businesses but surrounding yourself with the right people could be the difference between success and failure. Recruiting is a time consuming and costly process. The repercussions of making a mistake can be devastating to your business. Thankfully, Innovate UK have brought some vital tips to […]

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Securing better search rankings with SSL

As you may know, the criteria for achieving a high Google search ranking is always changing. Since January 2017, your website’s security has been a much larger factor in how you perform in the search results, so we thought it was time we took a look at website security, or SSL. What is SSL? Secure […]

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Top Tips to Help Define Your USP

No matter how well your brand is marketed, if it doesn’t have a clearly defined USP there’s little chance of success. Having a firm grip of what you stand for and what differentiates you from the market is intrinsic to actually making it in the tough world of business. Not only will your unique selling […]

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Is your website fast enough?

Back in April, Google announced that the speed of your website is a factor in how they rank your site. That’s not ground-breaking.  If a site is dead slow then it makes sense that people will be less impressed by it and less likely to use it.  If they don’t use it then it’s no […]

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A textbook way to communicate bad news

Campaign Monitor is an excellent site for sending out newsletters.  We use it for our MMD newsletter and it works really well – lots of functions and behind the scenes works well as well.  Email servers are very jumpy about spam and newsletters can often be marked as spam, but if they come from Campaign […]

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The Queen is now on Twitter

The Queen (well, the British Monarchy) have started using Twitter. http://twitter.com/BritishMonarchy They’re doing very well and have managed to attract over 9000 followers in a very short space of time.  However, I wonder if they’re actually managing to get the most out of Twitter.  For a start, very few of their tweets are under the […]

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Affiliate programmes

I was speaking with my good friend yesterday, the marketing guru Jim Connolly and we got onto the topic of affiliate programmes.  Jim was telling me that while affiliate programmes are very common online, they also work just as well offline.  In fact, they can be even more powerful offline simply because personal recommendations between […]

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Truly Dreadful Websites – Part 1

I’ve been on the web since 1995 and have seen websites evolve from when the default background colour was grey through to today where anything goes.  My very first website had a highly classy ‘repeating cloud’ background which I thought was fantastic at the time.  However, looking back, this may not have been the case! […]

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China Blocks Twitter, WordPress, Hotmail….

According to Mashable and various other reports throughout the internet, China has blocked access to Twitter, Flickr, WordPress, Hotmail, YouTube, Blogger and a host of other websites. Apparently this is down to the upcoming anniversary of the Tiananment Square Massacre in 1989. The Chinese authorities obviously don’t want their people to be exposed to alternative versions […]

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Twitter Search is Evolving

CNET reports about two major upcoming changes to Twitter search.  Twitter search has a massive amount of potential but has been seriously overlooked so far.  That’s about to change. Firstly Twitter is about to start crawling and indexing the links that are tweeted to provide a far broader view of what’s popular at the moment.  […]

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Gumtree.com : Recommended!

Recently I’ve needed to find a new tenant for my flat which I rent out, so I went to the usual estate agents that I use.  They wanted £750 to find someone, which I thought a bit steep but which seemed to be the going rate so I told them to proceed. 3 weeks late, […]

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Do something for charity and get a link in return

Today is Comic Relief day in the UK.  It’s a huge event and has people and down the country doing the craziest things all in the name of charity.  It’s a very worthy cause and has raised over £600 million UK Pounds for good causes all around the world. You can do a tiny bit […]

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Seven Things You Don’t Know About Me

SEO guru Liam Delahunty from the Online Sales blog very kindly invited me to participate in this meme. Seven things about me 1. I’m the Chairman and Trumpet player in the local wind band: Woodley Concert Band. 2. I took 6 months off work to go travelling in China and ended up visiting North Korea, the […]

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Gmail is down

Gmail, usually one of the most reliable email site on the Internet has been down for a few hours today.   Google has taken a bit of a beating for not responding within an acceptable time (3 hours). I don’t use my Gmail as my primary email account so I’ve not really suffered but one […]

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3w-net.com Email Scam

One of our clients received this email today from a company called 3w-net.com about another company called Meiao Development Co: Today we formally received an application from Meiao Development company. They are applying to register “**domain name deleted**” as their domain name and Internet keyword through us. which regarding your trade mark and company’s name. […]

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Twitter phishing attack

Darren Rowse has written a good overview about Twitter being used as a platform for a phishing attack. It’s a shame that it’s happened and I’m not sure if I can see a way for Twitter to easily stop this happening in future.  But it reminds us to always be wary about clicking link – […]

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Merry Christmas from Mass Media Design

Just a very brief note to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2009.  We have some really exciting things in the pipeline for 2009 that I’m looking forward to sharing with you all. And we’ll have all the best SEO and website marketing tips right here! But for the moment, […]

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How to build your followers on Twitter

I have over 3500 followers on Twitter and it’s growing every day.  I’m often asked how I manage to do it and the answer is very simple: I give my followers what they want and I interact with them. The #1 mistake people on Twitter make is that they use it purely for their own […]

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Why Search Engine Submission is Bad

I was checking out some of my competitor’s websites a few days ago (something I recommend that you do periodically) and was amazed to see that some of them were still offering a ‘search engine submission’ service. There may have been some value in this service back in 1997 but to offer this as a […]

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VAT rate change could cause website chaos

The Chancellor has announced a cut in the rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) of 2.5%.  This takes the current rate of VAT to 15% and is the first change in the VAT rate since the early 1990s. Back in the 1990s, ecommerce didn’t really exist and so many of the ecommerce systems that have […]

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Our new website design

Those of you who regularly visit our home page at Mass Media Design will have noticed that we have a new website design. It was time for a change – we wanted a fresher design but we also wanted to increase our conversions as well so we’ve implemented a few little features that we’re expecting […]

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How to add a link to your signature in Outlook

  This is a supporting article for our sister website – Small Business Website Marketing. N.B: These steps are for Microsoft Outlook 2007.  For other versions – try this article: http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2006/06/13/add-a-signature-to-your-messages-outlook-20022003/ Creating a signature Click on the Tools menu item and go to Options -> Mail Format -> Signatures Click on New Give your new signature an […]

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Our new design!

Today we re-launched our Mass Media Design blog with a new design and a whole bunch of changes under the covers. As you’ll see below, the move from the old blogging platform to the new hasn’t been without its problems and in the process we haven’t been able to move the comments to the new […]

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This blog is moving!

I’ve finally lost patience with Subtext so have taken the opportunity to move to WordPress. Subtext is good, but it’s huge, a nightmare to skin or make any configuration changes too and it’s started to be a bit flaky lately.  Plus I wanted to have a completely separate blog so have take the opportunity to […]

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Google Chrome Browser Market Share

As you probably know (in fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid it) – Google launched a new web browser on September 2nd called Google Chrome. The implications for Firefox are pretty immense since the early techie adopters form the main user base for Firefox.  These same people are the people most likely to move to […]

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Sony Vaio VGN-TZ Model Recall

Sony Vaio VGN-TZ Model Recall Sony has announced that it is recalling thousands of its computers due to an overheating problem which led to one customer being burned. Sony said “The issue involves a small number of units which may overheat due to a wiring problem.” Apparently, this “small number” of units is approximately 74,000 […]

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Metcheck cocks it all up

Even the experts can get it wrong.  Metcheck, one of the most popular weather forecasting websites managed to screw up their move to bigger servers and ended up putting their site down for at least a day,  ruining their Google listing in the meantime (see image below). When I checked their website over the weekend […]

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