Top 10 Ways To Get Good Reviews Online

A review at Marcus EvansThey say that “Word of Mouth” is the best form of advertising – and what’s more it’s free – so every business needs to spend some time ensuring that it is getting the most from online referrals and reviews. It’s best to do this before spending any money on other forms of marketing. Furthermore, if you don’t start getting positive reviews online, then, eventually a negative review will be posted by a disgruntled customer and will be the first to be picked up by Google. You need to make sure that any such negative comment is swamped by positive reviews.

Here is the Top Ten list of tips you need to follow:

1. Every customer you can get to write a positive review becomes an unpaid brand ambassador.

2. First, build up your list of prospective ambassadors by making sure that you have the email address of every one of your customers.

3. Once you have compiled your list, send everyone an email asking them if they would be so kind as to provide a review via email or, alternatively, directing them to a website where they can leave a review.

4. Comment cards are ideal if you have a customer facing business. Simply ask customers if they would complete one while they are on the premises. Failing this, you can always post them with a postage paid reply envelope.

5. Don’t start offering inducements to gain reviews. You can bet that a percentage of your customers will gladly provide one for free. Offering any kind of inducement not only involves unnecessary expense but it can appear grubby to many of your brand ambassadors.

6. It’s quite normal for many business owners to feel slightly embarrassed about asking for reviews. If this sounds like you, pass the buck onto a 3rd party by saying something like “My marketing consultants have suggested that I try and obtain some reviews from a small handful of customers that I can publish online. Do you think it would be possible for you to help me in this respect?”

7. Don’t ask people for Yelp reviews. This almost always backfires. You may get a few positive reviews in the short term but, if your customers are not active Yelpers, the site’s SPAM filters will eventually bin their reviews.

8. Try and ask your customers for reviews as soon as possible after they have dealt with you and they are, hopefully, still in a state of supreme satisfaction with your service or product. Comment cards completed on the spot are worth ten times any blank ones sitting around for weeks on people’s mantelpieces.

9. If you have the customer’s email address, follow up your initial request three days later with a reminder email containing links of where to go for review submissions. Reminder emails can account for a huge percentage of review conversions.

10. Finally, make it easy for customers to post their reviews. For instance, there isn’t much point in sending them a link to review you on Google unless they have a Gmail address.

Security events: smartphone use

People attending security events are being warned to make sure that they have the right measures in place to protect smartphone users and their employers.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of IP specialists Wick Hill Group, says that smartphone use has a lot of potential for businesses as staff can use them to work on the go.

However, he does warn that “a smartphone raises key security issues, which many organisations have not fully realised yet or, if they have, they may not have taken appropriate measures to ensure network safety.”

He warns that businesses now have to factor smartphones into their security policies so that they don’t become vulnerable to security threats. He also says that any smartphone use must be managed centrally.

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Vodafone NL set to buy BelCompany telecoms

People interested in telecoms conferences may also be interested to hear that Vodafone in the Netherlands has announced plans to acquire mobile retailer BelCompany to add to its fleet of stores.

The company announced this week that it would be buying the 210-store chain from the Macintosh Retail Group for €120 million (£104.6 million), taking the Vodafone’s total number of stores to 296.

According to Telecom Paper, Vodafone said that the acquisition will help the company meet increasing public demand for face-to-face advice in its shops, which has arisen following the introduction of high-tech mobile devices, such as smartphones.

Vodafone products are available in 21 countries worldwide. Last year the company enjoyed a pre-tax income of £14,735. It employs around 85,000 people around the globe.

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20 Scam-Free Methods to Earn Money Online

With the world economy in crisis, the long-term unemployed and under employed are turning to the Internet to make ends meet. Recognizing legitimate opportunities in a sea of clever scams and frauds is a daunting task.

Legitimate doesn’t mean easy, but hard work and persistence go a long way. You may already have the skills to get started on some of these 20 totally scam-free methods to earn money online.

1. Sell what you already own. Sites like eBay bring buyers and sellers together. From collectibles to clothing to automobile parts, eBay stores are easy to set up and use. With tutorials and templates for invoicing, shipping, and marketing, you don’t have to be a tech guru to set up a successful store. Detailed sales and financial reports allow you to see what works and what doesn’t, so you can adjust your strategy accordingly. After you get the hang of it, you can sell your services to other sellers who don’t have the time or inclination to do the work.

2. Sell in-demand products. You don’t need a warehouse or shipping facilities to create a virtual store. A clean, simple website highlighting a niche product or market can perform well with search engines. Drop shippers take the hassle of packing and shipping off your back so you can concentrate on the selling. Before diving in, do some research on drop shippers, popular products, and website design that works.

3. Sell your passion. Are you a crafter? Do you knit…sew…build…create? Sell your creations in your own virtual store. An elegant website with photos of your products tells potential customers you mean business. You can set up a shopping cart or simply take orders over the phone. After you cover your costs, the profit is all yours.

4. Become an affiliate marketer. If you have a website or a blog, you can make extra money through affiliate marketing. You generally receive a commission when a visitor to your site clicks on an advertiser’s widget, banner, or link. Other than promoting your own site, which you would likely be doing anyway, there is very little maintenance on your part.

5. Sell stock photos. Do you have a flair for photography? Photo sites like iStockPhoto pay you when customers download your photos. If you enjoy taking pictures anyway, and you submit quality work,  it can be a good little source of revenue.

6. Be the problem-solving tech geek. Do you live and breathe all things tech? Can you fix a broken link…figure out why a WordPress blog has stopped functioning…fix novice errors in a content management system? What seems fairly easy to you may be a real head-scratcher for someone else who may be willing to pay for your rescue services.

7. Harness the power of social media. If you can set up your own Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+ account, you can do the same for someone else. Local business owners may have the know how but lack the time, or are completely clueless about social media. This is your chance to clue them in. Charge a flat rate to set up an account or a monthly fee to keep it active on a daily basis.

8. Create an advertising platform. If you don’t already have one, create a website or blog or both. Monetize them with Google AdSense and affiliate programs like Amazon. Sell banner ads, links, and sponsored blog posts. It takes a high number of pageviews and a lot of clicks to make money, but it can be a low-maintenance part of your revenue stream.

9. Become a freelance article writer. If you think about it, you’re probably an expert in something. Use that knowledge to create highly targeted articles that you can sell to online publications. Sites like HubPages and Squidoo allow you to set up pages for your topics and share in ad revenue. Other sites allow you to bid on projects. Free article directories don’t pay, but allow you to post articles with a link back to your site. If you’re really confident in your work, start pitching story ideas to online publications that pay.

10. Self-publish eBooks or print-on-demand books. Do you have a story to tell? Self publishing is easier than ever, and eBooks are a growing business. Beyond writing the book, you’ll also have to edit, format, create a cover, and market it, so it’s a huge endeavor. If you do it all yourself there is little cost,  but if you believe in your work, it’s worth the time.

11. Be an editor. Do you like making sure all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed? Many a self-published author will pay you handsomely to edit a manuscript.

12. Format eBooks for publication. In addition to editors, some indie authors need help in formatting eBooks for publication. For those who lack html coding knowledge, it’s a skill worth paying for.

13. Become a virtual assistant or take on odd jobs. Busy people need help, and the online world is no different. Make a list of all your skills and you’ll soon get an idea of how valuable your services are. Do some research about the world of virtual assistants so you get a feel for how much to charge. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is simple and fun – you can choose from hundreds of quick tasks that earn small amounts of money. You won’t get rich, but it’s a great filler for spare time.

14. Be the “go to” person in your area of expertise. Whatever your background or area of interest, someone is in need of more information. Be that information broker. Create a dedicated website and blog. Dive into social media and write articles about your topic, using same image for brand identification and linking liberally to your other work. Join services like Help A Report Out (HARO), which put you in touch with writers looking for information and quotes.

15. Sell your designs. If you design logos or websites, you may also want to take advantage of the growing demand of eBook designs and covers for on-demand books.

16. Be a Domain Flipper. Just like house flippers do, you can flip domain names. With a little homework and some common sense, you can buy up high-quality domain names on sites like GoDaddy and resell them at a profit.

17. Transcribe audio files. It’s a bit tedious and requires loads of concentration, but if you can transcribe an audio file into a transcript, there are people who will pay you to do it. Try it out and make sure you’re up to the task before you begin advertising or bidding on jobs.

18. Be an audio editor. If you have a talent for flow and timing for music swells and fades, busy podcasters may be willing to pay for your services.

19. Be a video editor. It takes time and attention to detail in order to edit a video and show it off in its best light. Good video editors can make or break a production, and talented freelancers keep very busy.

20.  Create videos. Videos are all the rage these days and are used to promote everything from books to websites. You can use videos to promote your own marketing ventures or do it for hire. Videos can also attract customers to your existing website or blog.

By combining several of these ideas, you can generate multiple small streams of income that are independent of each other. Keep in mind that the Internet is never stagnant. If you’re in it for the long haul, don’t hesitate to abandon time-sucking projects that no longer work. Stay on the alert for scams, and keep abreast of new trends.

With the world economy in crisis, the long-term unemployed and under employed are turning to the Internet to make ends meet. Recognizing legitimate opportunities in a sea of clever scams and frauds is a daunting task.

Legitimate doesn’t mean easy, but hard work and persistence go a long way. You may already have the skills to get started on some of these 20 totally scam-free methods to earn money online.

1. Sell what you already own. Sites like eBay bring buyers and sellers together. From collectibles to clothing to automobile parts, eBay stores are easy to set up and use. With tutorials and templates for invoicing, shipping, and marketing, you don’t have to be a tech guru to set up a successful store. Detailed sales and financial reports allow you to see what works and what doesn’t, so you can adjust your strategy accordingly. After you get the hang of it, you can sell your services to other sellers who don’t have the time or inclination to do the work.

2. Sell in-demand products. You don’t need a warehouse or shipping facilities to create a virtual store. A clean, simple website highlighting a niche product or market can perform well with search engines. Drop shippers take the hassle of packing and shipping off your back so you can concentrate on the selling. Before diving in, do some research on drop shippers, popular products, and website design that works.

3. Sell your passion. Are you a crafter? Do you knit…sew…build…create? Sell your creations in your own virtual store. An elegant website with photos of your products tells potential customers you mean business. You can set up a shopping cart or simply take orders over the phone. After you cover your costs, the profit is all yours.

4. Become an affiliate marketer. If you have a website or a blog, you can make extra money through affiliate marketing. You generally receive a commission when a visitor to your site clicks on an advertiser’s widget, banner, or link. Other than promoting your own site, which you would likely be doing anyway, there is very little maintenance on your part.

5. Sell stock photos. Do you have a flair for photography? Photo sites like iStockPhoto pay you when customers download your photos. If you enjoy taking pictures anyway, and you submit quality work,  it can be a good little source of revenue.

6. Be the problem-solving tech geek. Do you live and breathe all things tech? Can you fix a broken link…figure out why a WordPress blog has stopped functioning…fix novice errors in a content management system? What seems fairly easy to you may be a real head-scratcher for someone else who may be willing to pay for your rescue services.

7. Harness the power of social media. If you can set up your own Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+ account, you can do the same for someone else. Local business owners may have the know how but lack the time, or are completely clueless about social media. This is your chance to clue them in. Charge a flat rate to set up an account or a monthly fee to keep it active on a daily basis.

8. Create an advertising platform. If you don’t already have one, create a website or blog or both. Monetize them with Google AdSense and affiliate programs like Amazon. Sell banner ads, links, and sponsored blog posts. It takes a high number of pageviews and a lot of clicks to make money, but it can be a low-maintenance part of your revenue stream.

9. Become a freelance article writer. If you think about it, you’re probably an expert in something. Use that knowledge to create highly targeted articles that you can sell to online publications. Sites like HubPages and Squidoo allow you to set up pages for your topics and share in ad revenue. Other sites allow you to bid on projects. Free article directories don’t pay, but allow you to post articles with a link back to your site. If you’re really confident in your work, start pitching story ideas to online publications that pay.

10. Self-publish eBooks or print-on-demand books. Do you have a story to tell? Self publishing is easier than ever, and eBooks are a growing business. Beyond writing the book, you’ll also have to edit, format, create a cover, and market it, so it’s a huge endeavor. If you do it all yourself there is little cost,  but if you believe in your work, it’s worth the time.

11. Be an editor. Do you like making sure all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed? Many a self-published author will pay you handsomely to edit a manuscript.

12. Format eBooks for publication. In addition to editors, some indie authors need help in formatting eBooks for publication. For those who lack html coding knowledge, it’s a skill worth paying for.

13. Become a virtual assistant or take on odd jobs. Busy people need help, and the online world is no different. Make a list of all your skills and you’ll soon get an idea of how valuable your services are. Do some research about the world of virtual assistants so you get a feel for how much to charge. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is simple and fun – you can choose from hundreds of quick tasks that earn small amounts of money. You won’t get rich, but it’s a great filler for spare time.

14. Be the “go to” person in your area of expertise. Whatever your background or area of interest, someone is in need of more information. Be that information broker. Create a dedicated website and blog. Dive into social media and write articles about your topic, using same image for brand identification and linking liberally to your other work. Join services like Help A Report Out (HARO), which put you in touch with writers looking for information and quotes.

15. Sell your designs. If you design logos or websites, you may also want to take advantage of the growing demand of eBook designs and covers for on-demand books.

16. Be a Domain Flipper. Just like house flippers do, you can flip domain names. With a little homework and some common sense, you can buy up high-quality domain names on sites like GoDaddy and resell them at a profit.

17. Transcribe audio files.  It’s a bit tedious and requires loads of concentration, but if you can transcribe an audio file into a transcript, there are people who will pay you to do it. Try it out and make sure you’re up to the task before you begin advertising or bidding on jobs.

18. Be an audio editor. If you have a talent for flow and timing for music swells and fades, busy podcasters may be willing to pay for your services.

19. Be a video editor. It takes time and attention to detail in order to edit a video and show it off in its best light. Good video editors can make or break a production, and talented freelancers keep very busy.

20.  Create videos. Videos are all the rage these days and are used to promote everything from books to websites. You can use videos to promote your own marketing ventures or do it for hire. Videos can also attract customers to your existing website or blog.

By combining several of these ideas, you can generate multiple small streams of income that are independent of each other. Keep in mind that the Internet is never stagnant. If you’re in it for the long haul, don’t hesitate to abandon time-sucking projects that no longer work. Stay on the alert for scams, and keep abreast of new trends.

Five-day strike for Nordic Telecoms

At least 2,000 workers at Nordic Telecoms giant TeliaSonera staged a five-day walk out this week, over proposed job cuts in the company, telecoms conference delegates may be interested to hear.

Thousands of staff left their posts for the strike on Wednesday, in union-planned strike action staged in response to company proposals to shed 800 jobs after profits fell marginally below target, despite increasing by 13 per cent, the Press Association reported.

Bosses at TeliaSonera said that the strike action would have little effect on the day-to-day running of the company, despite the large number of staff who have ‘downed tools’. Most of the mobile shops are still open.

Commenting on the annual report for 2010 TeliaSonera president Lars Nyberg, said: "2010 was a successful year for TeliaSonera."

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Nice Ambience – The Siemens Company in its review of Marcus Evans states that it provides a very pleasant environment for work. The atmosphere at Marcus Evans is very professional and very pleasing. The employees at Marcus Evans like their work atmosphere very much. This is a very important attribute for any high level business organization as workers need to feel satisfied in order to perform well.

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Thus, the reviews of the Marcus Evans Company are a mixture of mostly positives with some negatives. The Marcus Evans reviews signify that the company is definitely on an upward trend as so many of its employees really enjoy the professional environment that they are working in. However, work conditions can sometimes be a bit too competitive which is not too healthy for professional growth.

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Telecoms giant planning service bundle?

Telecoms giant BT is reportedly planning to offer free YouView boxes bundled with its broadband internet packages from next year.

YouView is an internet-connected television platform, slated for release in mid-2011. It is a collaboration between the four terrestrial TV networks and three telecoms businesses – BT, Arqiva and TalkTalk.

The telecoms firm has yet to confirm reports. BT Vision director Andy Baker would only say: "YouView may be offered at special rates as part of new or improved broadband packages."

Although YouView has received approval from the Office of Fair Trading, it continues to face vigorous opposition from other TV and broadband service providers, notably Virgin Media and BSkyB, who claim it is anti-competitive.

If BT were to give away boxes along with its internet packages, that argument would gain renewed force.

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Facebook offers next generation of email

Facebook is looking to expand its reach well beyond social networking, with a new venture that provides a template for the next generation of online communications.

Revealed on Monday, Facebook plans to consolidate SMS, instant messaging, its own private messaging system and email into a single inbox for its users – along with an "@facebook.com" address.

Many commentators are putting this into the context of the emerging struggle between Google and Facebook, but others believe that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has his eye on a bigger prize – the next generation of web users themselves, who he says find conventional email "too slow and formal".

With a ready-made audience of 500 million users worldwide, Facebook is in a uniquely strong position to launch a new messaging system.

Interestingly, Microsoft Office applications will also be able to be accessed directly through the system, hinting at possible future collaboration between the two companies.

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IP providers in judicial review

Telecoms firms TalkTalk and BT have been offered a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act by judges at the High Court, after IP providers expressed their reluctance to tackle file-sharers.

TalkTalk and BT say the regulations had been rushed through parliament by the former government.

The High Court development could go as far as seeing the Act be amended or even scrapped, as judges will analyse the legal foundation of the law.

Director of strategy and regulation for TalkTalk, Andrew Heaney, is pleased the High Court has taken the time to listen to the concerns of IP and telecoms providers.

Mr Heaney said: "The provisions to try and reduce illegal file-sharing are unfair, won’t work and will potentially result in millions of innocent customers […] having their privacy invaded."

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Daisy Group buys telecoms and IT firm

Communications firm Daisy Group has bought a rival telecoms and IT company for £23.5 million.

The Lancashire firm has acquired NEG, which specialises in providing telephone services and hardware to over 2,000 customers in the healthcare industry.

Daisy said that NEG’s gross assets of £7.4 million and its existing contracts were key factors in the decision to purchase.

It also believes there are significant opportunities to cross-sell data and mobile services since buying the Essex-based operation.

Daisy has purchased ten acquisitions over the last eighteen months through a buy and build strategy. Last month the company bought business telecoms firm SpiriTel in a £27.3 million cash deal.

And chief executive Matthew Riley hopes the NEG purchase will allow the firm to significantly enlarge its customer base.

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