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March 2014

Online marketing – the next step after Get Your Business Online Week

This week is Get Your Business Online Week, an initiative run in collaboration with Google and spanning some 43 states of the US – but with real-terms reach that stretches right around the world. During the week, Google have been handing out tips on how to get a business online, including the initial steps towards… more »

Surfing Holidays

Nat

It’s that time of year again where Christmas is a distant memory and people are searching for holiday destinations and booking their spring breaks and summer holidays. Thanks to the internet and the multiple resources on offer, the process of booking your holiday has completely changed for many people. Everywhere is deemed accessible now and… more »

‘Mobile is the future’ says Bing

If you are not already investing in responsive web design, optimisation for mobile devices and compatibility with touchscreen interfaces, 2014 may be the year to do so. According to a Bing blog post, webmasters who fail to invest in catering for a mobile audience during the current year will fall behind the pack. Senior product… more »

Bing add reverse image search, Google add consumer ratings in ads

Two new developments have emerged in recent days, each of which has the potential to improve your search performance in a non-standard way well beyond conventional on-page SEO and link-building. Let’s start with Bing’s ‘Image Match’, which should be familiar to anyone who’s ever used reverse image search on Google. In short, you can now… more »

Building Community with Laravel

Laravel Users Manchester

What is LUMA? We developers at First Internet believe in building and supporting communities, in that vein we have recently decided to start a new group called Laravel Users Manchester (LUMA). In a previous blog post Tom Parson gave an account of the new codebase being developed at First Internet, using the Laravel PHP framework…. more »

Ranking poorly on Google? Console yourself with Bing for Xbox

Microsoft’s Xbox One games console incorporated voice-recognition technology from the company’s Bing search engine as a means of navigating around its interface and launching games or media files. But one thing was missing – the inclusion of web results in voice-activated searches. Now Microsoft have changed that, with a system update announced on March 4th… more »