Many small business owners set up a website, fill it with content, and then forget about it. Unfortunately, you can’t afford to adopt such a passive approach if you want a successful website that actually generates useful traffic. Luckily, website analytics are an excellent way to drill down into your website for clues on how to make it perform better.

Google Analytics

Back in the day, you may have hired a Magento agency to create a fantastic website. It probably still looks amazing now, but you still need to monitor your website traffic. Analytics make this job so much easier. There is a wealth of detailed information available, and you don’t even need to be an SEO expert to access this information. 

Anyone can open a Google Analytics account. It won’t take long to get your account up and running, and once it is, you can add a tracking ID to any website you own. This allows you to analyse website traffic, and a whole host of other metrics. 

Top Performing Pages

Look at which pages attract the most visitors. Analyse these pages in depth to find out where your visitors are coming from, what keywords they use to find the page, and how long they spend on the page. This information will help you create more of the same. You can also leverage your high-performing pages by adding a strong call-to-action or more prominent ads on these pages.

Visitor Location

Google Analytics offers a geographic breakdown of visitors, so you can see where your traffic comes from, right down to the town or city. This is more useful than you might think; especially if you are looking to expand your business into new areas. You might discover that you already have traffic from a specific country, which indicates your products or services are of interest. 

What’s Your Bounce Rate?

There will always be visitors who click on a page and then click away almost immediately, but if your bounce rate is higher than expected, it indicates you have a problem. Look at page loading speed. If a page takes more than a few seconds to load, this could be the reason why your bounce rate is high. If so, ask yourself what’s causing the problem. Is it your server, or do you have too many graphics and videos on the page? Whatever the underlying cause is, fix it, as it is hurting your website.

Traffic Sources

Where is your traffic coming from – paid ads or organic traffic? This information tells you what is working, and also what isn’t. Check whether traffic is coming from mobile or desktop devices. Again, this is very important for future optimisation. 

If you pay close attention to how visitors interact with your website, your traffic will grow a lot faster.

New Hobbies for 2017

By Pete | @kingpetey | 26 Jan 2017

Many people spend too much time Netflix binging or simply wasting valuable time. Instead, maybe it is time to discover a new hobby in 2017, one that can even be done while watching those favourite shows. Choosing a new hobby can lead to much enjoyment and will even allow you to create some amazing masterpieces in your spare time. There are some great new hobbies for 2017 that will appeal to many and these are some of the greatest ideas on how to pass the time while remaining productive. 

Arts and Crafts

For those that are artistic and wish to create, there are some great hobby ideas that can be explored. Embroidery and cross stitch are great for those that like to work with their hands and create gifts or things that can be placed around the home. These are inexpensive options and can be quite relaxing. Making paper flowers is also a great hobby for those that like using their hands. This craft can be dome while watching television and it is another cheap option.

Gaming and Entertainment

Some people are looking for hobbies that offer more excitement and will enjoy taking up online gambling as a hobby. Playing at the UKs newest casino can lead to the generation of real money wins and can also provide a great form of entertainment to pass the time. Looking for something more physical? How about ballroom dancing or horseback riding? While these will be a bit more costly, they provide a great way to get out and interact with others while spending quality time with friends and family.

Photography Hobbies

Photography is one of the greatest hobbies and it can create pictures that can last a lifetime. There are many ways in which one can engage ion photography, from simply snapping phots throughout time to starting to shoot portraits. With a photography hobby, you can capture those special moments and find beauty in just about everything.

One great option to consider if you are planning to take up photography this year is tilt shift photography, where a picture is taken to make it appear as a miniature scene. This process is often done through Photoshop or other photo editing software programs. 

Home gadgets are increasingly getting smarter with every passing day and to our amazement we are having robust and precise control to tweak them through other devices, most commonly our cell phones. But few innovative home devices are literally pushing the boundary of technology while helping our day to day life in more ways than one. Bonjour smart AI powered alarm clock is the latest addition to these new breed of technologies.

  • What is Bonjour?

Bonjour is an artificial-intelligence powered alarm clock with smart control capabilities. It works with voice control and can learn from the surrounding environment as well as from your daily habits and activities to respond accordingly. By learning the way you react and interact it can work as a smart personal assistant scheduling your meetings, waking you up in tight time, ringing an alarm before you get late for a meeting and do on. Isn't it nice to see your smart alarm just postponing the alarm observing that there is heavy downpour outside? Yes, Blnjour can just do that and s lot of things.

  • How does it work?

Bonjour is pretty much an alarm clock with the only difference being the way it perceives environment and interactions from the user and reacts. It is possible just because the alarm clock is powered by artificial intelligence that allows it learning from the environment and user habits and accordingly initiate actions. Suppose a meeting scheduled for morning in your office got cancelled. What any other alarm clock will do? Well, obviously they will still ring the alarm waking you up only to get up see the cancellation mail. In complete contrast, Bonjour will just refrain from ringing the alarm just because the meeting has been cancelled. Isn't it nice and smart?

What Bonjour can do can be summed up in the below mentioned capabilities.

  • Artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence algorithm allows Bonjour learning from the user routines and reacts accordingly. Bonjour learns from the daily routine if the user. It also observed the traffic condition and grab remote traffic information to wake the user up at the right time for starting your journey. Bonjour can also check weather status and accordingly can help planning your outdoor activities and travel.

  • Personal Assistant

Bonjour Smart Alarm Clock is a cutting edge personal assistant as well. It can help in more ways than one.

  • Just after assessing the morning traffic it will suggest how long it may take to pass through the traffic jam and reach your office. It can also call an Uber earlier based on such information.
  • Bonjour also helps processing information from other interfaces and apps like Google Map, über, iCal, Google Calendar, etc.
  • Bonjour also can remind you of your scheduled purchase or similar actions in your calendar. Say, you have set an alarm for purchase of brands such as Ted Baker or Lacoste from Love The Sales. Bonjour can alert you in time when the offer comes.
  • Bonjour can also check local weather condition and check weather forecast data concerning rain, wind, etc.
  • You can also regrade Bonjour with fitness trackers and apps. As per the feedback received from fitness trackers like FitBit, Apple Health, or Withings Bonjour can offer suggestions.

Smart Home Automation

Bonjour works as a great smart home automation device with prompt voice control.

  • Bonjour can learn your pronunciation and way of speaking over time and respond to your voice commands.
  • With Bonjour you can control smart home systems and gadgets just with voice commands.
  • Bonjour is compatible with smart home lights.
  • Bonjour can recognize voice from smh place in your home.
  • You can also make Bonjour learn certain habits and can make it learn the way you want it to act when you are not around.
  • Bonjour by integrating with home security systems with wifi can deliver real time captured images over a remote device screen.

Bonjour smart alarm clock has just come out of the Kickstarter campaign with a bounty of fund and has just started shipping. 

Online casinos have taken the world by a storm. They provide an opportunity for one to have a full gambling experience without having to visit a ground casino. They bring the casino to you. Casinodeals.io is where you get the whole experience package. The online casino has various amazing features and gifts for the ultimate gaming and gambling experience.

When you register with the casino as a new member, there is a welcome bonus thrown your way. The deals for the new members mostly entail 100% or more bonus on the first deposit and some include free spins for the slots. That is just to welcome you. Once one is a member of www.casinodeals.io they get to enjoy the various deals and offers available for members. 

Hundreds of games and slots are featured. These games and slots are from the biggest game developers in the world. The games have been developed with great graphics to offer the best experience while playing. The search function integrated into the site make it easier for anyone to go the specific game they would want to play. There are 405 casinos available at www.casinodeals.io to choose from. More casinos are being added with time. 

The deals and bonuses are not restricted to the new members only. The benefits are, also, extended to the members. The casino features 397 active deals up for claim. Depending on the casino, the active gamblers can enjoy benefits such as bonuses on their deposits and free spins or both. 

Some of the most attractive benefits are the “No Deposit Bonus” and “Free Spins”. The number of free spins offered depends on a specific casino. Some casinos have up to 1000 free spins to give to players. Things couldn’t get any better than this. The No Deposit Bonus allowed for a player to enjoy spins without putting up a stake. All you have to do is claim these deals from the casinos offering them and stand a chance of winning for free.

www.casinodeals.io is the place to visit go get the craziest casino deals and enjoy the various games and slots that will bring out your best gambling skills

Your office space should reflect you as a business owner and as a company. This is important because the building and its interior is the way you make that all-important first impression, so make it good!

Make a bold statement

You need to show visitors and clients that you are cool, creative and modern. Think about a statement piece for your entrance or reception – it could be a sculpture, a collage of your employees and their stories, or something bonkers like an indoor pond.

Focus on the reception

Those first few seconds of human contact are vital in forming an impression that will hopefully lead to a great business relationship. You need to get across the feel and ethos of you and your company, so incorporate that into the design and layout. Don’t forget, though, that the reception area is often busy and so people need to be able to move efficiently and quickly through it.

Once you’ve pinned down the design, make sure your receptionist seals the deal with a warm smile!

Use the building’s original features

If your office space in Heathrow has some quirky features, or an interesting history, bring this to the fore. If it used to be an old tyre factory, for example, think of ways to give that history a nod. It’s a talking point, at least.

Use the force…of colour

Colour really does influence people and their behaviour, so busy rooms can be yellow or orange to promote creativity and energy. Don’t go overboard though, as it can lead to outbursts of temper.

For calmer rooms, try blues and purples, and for a return to nature and restfulness, try greens. You can also have some old favourites like greys and browns, but only as accents, as you want to avoid a total re-run of the 1970s!

Aim for a homely kitchen

Just as the kitchen is the heart of the home, it should be the heart of the workplace too. Office kitchens have previously been grubby, drab little affairs where bad coffee and dry sandwiches were the order of the day.

Now, however, the office kitchen is a home/work/meeting kind of place where people can genuinely relax and even generate some ideas together. Aim for cosy and homely, or maybe a bit café-ish, depending on your style. One thing is vital, however – good coffee! Coffee is how working relationships and friendships are forged.

If there’s space for air hockey or something similar, then go for it.

Choose the best chairs you can

Woefully overlooked, the office chair needs to be rehabilitated and brought back into fashion. We spend hours every day in them and if you want the best out of your workforce, give them the best foundation you can! They deserve comfort.

Use clever lighting

With creative use of lighting, you can make your space into zones and manage people’s moods. This includes letting in natural light as well as feature and adjustable lights and lamps. Aim for a mixture of natural, soft and high beam.

What are your ideas for cool office spaces? Let us know!

While Shropshire Council closed its web service for community websites last week, the first parish council websites created by Community Hub are currently being launched.

Shrewsbury based web development company, The Web Orchard, created Community Hub the easy to use parish council website service earlier this year. Community Hub was designed specifically for community and parish councils, and offers a whole range of features that weren’t available on the old Shropshire Council service.  

The first parish council websites hosted on Community Hub went live a few weeks ago, with more going live every day. One of the first councils to launch their Community Hub website was Montford, whose clerk, Ian Hutchinson, said: “We are very happy with our very successful Community Hub website which has been tailored by The Web Orchard specifically to our requirements for quick and easy management by a part-time clerk to a typical Shropshire parish council.”

Shrop.NET, was originally developed by Shropshire Council in 2008 to help the county’s parish and community organisations create websites for the first time. However, the service has become severely outdated in recent years due to the lack of updates and redesigns – which led to the decision to stop supporting the service from the Council in its recent cost cutting measures.

This has led to a number of Shropshire’s Parish Council’s being left without websites which after the new Transparency Code regulations came into force last year is not practical or feasible. These new regulations set out that smaller councils are now required to publish a range of different publications throughout the year on an accessible website for the public.

Pete White, director at The Web Orchard said, “We’re excited to see how Shropshire’s parish council’s websites will grow in the coming months as they take complete control over them and the content.”

Mobile Sports Betting

By Pete | @kingpetey | 06 Jul 2016

When it comes to things better than watching your team win a championship, the list is short. However, on that short list is winning a wager along with your team. Your team wins, and you win as well. Placing bets from your mobile is much easier than you may think. The leader in this industry is bet365, the largest online bookmaker in the world, and in this guide we will show how you can sign up and place a wager or two, and hopefully win some cash.

How to Find & Install the App

You can find the Bet365 by visiting your app store and searching for ‘Bet365 Sports’. iOS and Windows device users should note that Bet365’s mobile app is only available in certain countries app stores (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the UK to name a few).

If you do not live in one of these countries, you can find the Bet365 by visiting Bet365.com, then scrolling down to the bottom of the page where you need to click on ‘View all Bet365 apps’. This will show you the full list of Bet365 apps, now click on Bet365 mobile sports app and it will be installed on your device.

Note: bet365 also does NOT accept real money wagers from those living in the USA.

Compatibility

Bet365’s mobile app is compatible with most mobile devices and operating systems, including iOS, Android and Windows devices.

iOS:  iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS version 5.1.1 or later.

Android: Android phones and tablets with Android 4.0+ installed

Windows: All current Windows phones or tablets

How to Create an Account

Once your app is up and running, you can start creating your account by clicking ‘Join Now’ at the top right corner of the screen. You will need to enter all the standard information required to create an account, including personal and contact information. This information may need to be verified later, so make sure you enter it correctly.

Make sure to enter the bonus code CBC365 when prompted to take advantage of the bonus offer (more on this below.)

Once you are done with the registration process, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Sometimes confirmation e-mail’s end up in the spam folder, so make sure you check it if you don’t receive it within a few minutes. You’re now a member of bet365!

How to Deposit

Now that you have your brand new account at hand, it’s time to make your first deposit! Simply click on your account balance at the top right corner and then navigate to the deposit menu.

Bet365 offers quite a few deposit methods, though depending on where you reside, not all of them might be available to you. Once you select a preferred deposit method, fill out all the required information and click ‘Deposit’. All Deposit options are free of charge and processed instantly (except for wire transfers).

Credit cards tend to be the quickest and most convenient, as they can be processed directly on the app. You can also opt for an e-wallet such as Neteller, but this will require an account with that service.

Receive a Bonus on Your Deposit

Bet365 offers new players a 100% bonus up to £200. This means when you make a first deposit of at least £10 and Bet365 will match your deposit, up to a maximum of £200.

After your deposit is cleared and your bonus is activated, you have to meet a wager requirement before cashing out. It’s easy to track on bet365, simply wager your deposit and bonus three times. This will then “clear” the bonus and you can cash out any amount you wish, even the amount of bonus remaining.

For example, if you deposit £50, your will receive a £50 bonus. You would then need to wager the £100 in your account three times, for a total of £300. Once cleared, the money is yours to keep forever, no strings attached.

Note that residents of some countries may be offered a different promotion. Check on bet365.com to see which offer you can take advantage of.

How to Place a Bet

It’s very easy to place a bet with Bet365. First, you need to choose your bet and click on it. This will transfer the selected bet to your bet slip. You can find the bet slip at the bottom of the screen. To finish your selection, choose the bet type you want to place (standard or banker) and enter the amount you want to bet. Keep in mind that banker bets require at least 3 selections.

Once you choose the bet and amount, click “Place Bet” to confirm. The bet will be finalized and automatically processed upon completion of the event. You can always view all of your open bets by clicking on “My Bets” at the top of the screen.

Place a Wager Today

It only takes a few minutes to sign up and place a bet using the bet365 mobile app. If you’re into sports, you will have even more fun cheering for your team with a little cash on the line, and even more so when that cash is given free. Download the bet365 app today to get started and earn up to £200 free!

 

In sports, the best players don’t always win; there is a difference between a good player and winning player. Much like in poker, the difference between a good player and a winning player is money. Of course it is, the sole aim of poker is to win money.

If you wish to become a poker master, then before you even think of playing, you must learn the game inside out. Research every last detail of it, watch as many as games as possible as it is often said the best way to master poker is to sit and watch it. The beauty about learning poker by actually watching it is that you can thorough view of the game from all players which of course will allow you to develop a better understanding.

Once you’ve watched a few games of poker and you feel comfortable about your ability to play, it’s now time to read about it. Poker may involve luck, but if you develop a thorough knowledge of the game, then you can make your own luck, by perfecting the skills required to become a successful player. The best players can calculate odds and make decisions based off those stats, with a bit of research and a practice, that could be you. However, be sure to remember a casino is always going to do its best to take advantage of the player. All of the rules are based on mathematic principals, so master that side as best you can.

Develop your own strategy, something that will set you apart from your opponents, though of course, it must be a tried and tested strategy that actually works. The term strategy may make mastering poker seem more difficult than it can actually be, it’s basically a game plan. Similar to formations and systems in sport, they can become outdated (you know, who still plays 4-4-2?), but rather than rewriting the whole strategy, the best of players modify them ever so slightly, or sequence them together. The sole aim of your game plan should be to restrict your opponent as much as possible.

Test your strategy by starting off playing with friends. Crack open the beers if you wish, play with real chips, or whatever you have as an adequate replacement. It’s perhaps too early to start playing with real money, so this is just a friendly home game to get you acquainted with actually playing poker.
Now start playing online poker. The famous Royal Vegas Casino is a great way to test yourself and develop your skills. See you there.

According to research, the demand for enterprise mobile applications is on the rise, and is expected to do nothing but increase over the next few years. Demand for the development of applications is expected to increase five times faster than the availability of IT teams to meet the growing demand within the next two years. Companies are constantly finding new challenges in terms of how they organise themselves and structure their working processes due to the digital disruption that many organisations are having to tackle. With enterprise mobile applications now being the favoured solution, providing developers with the means to meet business requirements with less worry about infrastructure, it’s crucial for enterprise owners to find the right platform for their app development needs.

Quick Development

Choosing an app development platform which can handle the management of your enterprise application from start to finish is important. This gives you full control over the whole production cycle, right from the planning stages of design and development through to the app being rolled out. By ensuring that all the three main stages of the development are carried out in the same working environment, you can ensure a seamless process and optimise your resource requirements. Get in touch with these application developers from London for more information.

Reducing Production Costs

Organisations are constantly hit with the need to keep costs low, even for essential processes such as developing an enterprise app. Although a good, well-developed enterprise app may well increase your profits and reduce your costs in future, keeping development production costs as low as possible is essential to your bottom line. Mass-producing an enterprise app quickly becomes essential if it is to be central to your digital strategy, therefore choosing a development platform which allows you to pool development initiatives, reuse graphic components and automate repetitive tasks can keep costs as low as possible.

Best for Business

When developing an enterprise app, it’s important to create an application which is perfectly tailored to meet all the requirements of your business. Although many popular platforms will not allow you to create an app which is specifically for your business alone, getting in touch with a dedicated app development team will ensure that you achieve these results. Choose a platform and development team which will enable you to import your own data model, implement business processes and customise the app for your company. This way, you know that you have complete control over both the app interface and the user experience.

Updates and Upgrades

There’s no doubt that the digital world is moving at an extremely high pace, and there’s not always a guarantee that something which works well today will be as effective in the near future. Because of this, opting for an app development platform which offers updates and upgrades when needed to ensure that your enterprise app is up to the latest standards is vital to keep pace with changes in your market and company.

With the need for enterprise apps constantly on the rise, business owners looking to develop an enterprise app should ensure they choose the right platform for their needs.

Many entrepreneurs run several businesses or one business from multiple locations. This can pose logistical problems. One of the biggest problems is information. The entrepreneur or owner will want to know what is happening at the various enterprises at the various sites. Significant business data and information is held on the computers; the problem, at least in the past, has been how to bring all this information together so it can be accessed in one place or on one computer or device. There is a solution, and it comes in the form of ‘the cloud.’

The cloud, otherwise known as cloud computing, provides a virtual world where all the companies’ data and other essential information is stored and accessed via the internet. The cloud has become a key component for entrepreneurs such as Gavin Woodhouse, MBi Consulting.  Mr Woodhouse is the founder and principle shareholder of MBI, one of the fastest growing care home providers in the UK. He is also chairman and shareholder of Stada media group as well as Giant Hospitality and Ideal Student Accommodation. With a leading role in such a wide business portfolio the cloud gives him the opportunity to co-ordinate the activities within each of those companies.

Harnessing the cloud to run multi businesses is not difficult; there are companies that provide the necessary expertise and which offer the business cloud services and solutions required. However, before becoming involved, business owners will no doubt want to know the benefits offered by cloud computing.

One of the benefits of cloud-based services when running multi businesses is the flexibility – business owners can scale the services up or down in line with their requirements.

The loss of data can pose major problems for single enterprises and those problems can reach crisis level where multi businesses are concerned. However, with cloud services, backup and recovery is generally available.

Another benefit of the cloud is that it can help save money. Enterprises may spend cash on new software but eventually it will need updating. With cloud-based services, the software is automatically updated by the supplier, leaving the business owner and staff free to concentrate on their work. This is especially advantageous to principals of multi businesses as it saves the time and expense of having to install new software on every computer and then having to periodically update it.

What must be considered a key benefit when harnessing the cloud to run multi businesses is its ability to enable collaboration. The cloud includes apps for workflow and file sharing, which allows real-time updates across the various enterprises.

The cloud also allows business owners and staff to work from anywhere, such as from home. Obviously, this allows work to be undertaken and information to be accessed outside of normal office hours. If the cloud service also includes mobile apps this means work can be done while on the move – a big advantage on long journeys.

Other benefits the cloud offers to multi businesses include strict document control. With documents being worked on across various businesses, security needs to be tight to prevent them being seen by those not authorised to do so. Cloud computing also offers the advantage of enhanced security. Should  a laptop be lost, for example, the cloud serves as a repository for the data, rather than the device.

All the benefits offered by cloud-based systems give multi business owners competitive advantage over rivals, particularly in terms of money saved and the time saved in sharing information and data across the whole group.

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