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Migrating to the Cloud – How to Avoid Turbulence

Migrating to the Cloud can be bumpy if you are not prepared. Chances are you have already started migrating to the Cloud. Without realizing it, you may be accessing the Cloud by using mobile and web based applications and services that store and share your data from the Cloud. According to International Data Corporation, (IDC) public IT Cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) spending will reach $127 billion in 2018.

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How to Make More from Your CSP, Telco and MSP Marketing Efforts with LinkedIn Groups

SEO, Pay Per Click and Social media get plenty of attention for CSP, Telco and MSP Marketing Programs. Cloud Computing is a catalyst of convergence for Telco agents and MSPs. Content marketing is a great way to boost your online visibility and attract prospects at the top of the funnel. By creating blog content, webinar replays, streaming video, info grams, case studies and whitepapers you will help move prospects along the sales cycle and even close business. Here are some tips to help you make the most of these digital assets.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your IT Systems

Are your IT Systems on the naughty or nice list? Do you proactively monitor your networks for compliance, cyberthreat and performance? Are your data back ups up to date? Have you begun your migration to the Cloud? Are you getting the most from your broadband network? Have you trained your employees on the risks of cybersecurity attacks and do they change their passwords regularly? Here is a list of things to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2016.

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Business Continuity Planning: How Much Downtime Can You Afford?

Having a Business Continuity Plan is an important way to ensure your company can operate during and after a disaster. By assessing your business risk, you are able to protect your company and minimize downtime that may occur from unplanned business interruptions. Natural disasters including fire, earthquake, flooding and snowstorms can slow or halt operations. In addition, other threats including cyber attacks and data leaks can cause unplanned disruptions to your business. The impact of prolonged unplanned downtime can be reduced and or eliminated.

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Tips for Telco, CSP and MSP Marketing Plans

Managed Service Providers, Telco Agents and Cloud Service Providers are converging on the rapidly expanding SMB Market in 2016. IDC predicts a compounded annual growth rate for Cloud Services of 18.3% in 2016 fueled by the need for Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud solutions. Using content to attract an audience at the top of the funnel (ToFu) will create awareness of your brand and capabilities. Using content marketing to nurture your prospects to engage with your sales team, drives dialogue that will lead to opportunities. Content comes to the rescue again to convert opportunities into sales.

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Technology Outlook for 2016

What drivers will shape 2016 technology trends? Businesses using customer facing technology for competitive advantage will fuel demand for Cloud Computing, in particular, Software as a Service. The Internet of Everything will amplify the number of connected devices in our world leading to additional needs for data protection and CyberSecurity defense. Mobile computing and Cloud Computing adoption will increase the adoption of fast, affordable and secure broadband networking. Here is the short list of what to expect from the biggest trends in technology for 2016.

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Is Your Business PCI Compliant?

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a common sense standard based on good IT Security policy. The objective is to protect customer credit card information from compromise. With the holiday season upon us, eCommerce and credit card processing activities will ramp through the end of the year. Trillions of dollars are transacted via credit card every year. So what can you do to ensure your business is PCI compliant?

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Growing Your Cloud Services Business: 3 Tips for Success

The idea of starting a new business is hotter than ever. The rapidly growing segment of small to medium sized businesses are contribute significantly to economic recovery and the adoption of Cloud Services. At the same time, margins on Cloud Services may be low, while competition for new Cloud business is relatively high. What can a Cloud Service Provider do to build a profitable and scalable Cloud business? Use these three tips to help grow your Cloud Business.

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Mobile Hotspots – Is Your Business At Risk?

With almost one billion mobile connections in place, it is easy to understand why these devices are targeted by hackers. Employees connecting at Starbucks, in airports, on planes and in hotels open themselves up to additional security breach risk by accessing information through mobile hotspots. Mobile hotspots can be easy targets for hackers by setting up spoofs to get your employees to unknowingly log into unsecure networks, making them vulnerable to Man in the Middle (MitM) exploits. As an employer, it may be impossible to prevent employees from using hotspots, so it is very important to take steps to protect your business.

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10 things to expect in your 1st month as a ClikCloud Client

Thank you for signing up with ClikCloud, your new Digital Marketing Department. We get asked all the time about what to expect when you sign up. We have a streamlined onboarding process designed to take the hassle out of digital marketing for you and your company. Here are 10 things to expect when you take your first step and sign up:

1. Place your credit card on file with our secure, PCI compliant website or call at +1.866.474.8515 us and we will be happy to take your order over the phone. Your card will be charged for your first month’s subscription fee less any promotions or discounts you may be eligiblelgible for. This is your anniversary date. Your subscription will automatically be billed for your monthly services fee on that day going forward.

2. Upon sign up, you will receive a welcome email that includes our on boarding survey. We will build a “wire frame” of your site based on the onboarding information you provide (e.g. what products and services you offer, what makes you unique, client and customer testimonials, partnerships and other information about your company.) Please complete this right away.

3. Your account manager will be assigned and will ask you to provide us a high resolution version of your logo. We prefer photoshop or illustrator file formats. If you don’t have a logo or are ready for a change, we can develop a new logo for you. Contact us for pricing on express logos, standard logos and complete identity systems.

4. Once we have your onboarding survey and your logo, you will receive a fully functional website designed around your brand within 5 to 7 business days. This site is available for your review and feedback. We use an automated ticketing system for you to submit comments and changes to your site. You can submit your feedback at https://clikcloud.zendesk.com/home or Email support@clikcloud.zendesk.com. Please be as descriptive as possible with your changes or additions. Attach files (e.g. team photos, bios, partner logos etc.) to your ticket. Please open a separate ticket, per page, if possible. Note: we will make changes to your site as long as you are a customer so you do not need to feel locked in upon launch.

5. Upon your approval of the staged site, you will receive launch instruction from your account manager. To launch your site you will update your DNS settings to point to our servers. Please open a ticket when you switch your DNS so we may monitor the progress of the launch.

6. After your site is launched, we perform additional on page SEO and submit your site to Google, Yahoo and Bing. We set up website analytics with reports that automatically run each week providing you insight to visitor traffic, latest visitors and referring websites. We also set up a RSS feed of your blog for your site, email newsletter and micro blogs. In addition, we set up your Ggoogle Pplaces account, if you have not done so already.

7. After launch we provision your email newsletter. We create a template for you that feeds from your blog and also links back to your optimized landing pages and calls to action on your new site.

8. We request that you submit a ticket including a CSV file with your newsletter list. We recommend you include customers, prospects and suspects that you have a commercial relationship with. (No purchased lists please). We need first name, last name and email address in your CSV file. If you provide your list by the 3rd week of the month, your first newsletter will go out by the end of the month. Nnote: You can add to your list every month. We automatically track unsubscribes and duplicates.

9. On an ongoing basis your blog, site, newsletter, micro blogs will be updated bi monthly with blog articles. These articles are written around IT Best Practices in topics that range from IT Security, bBring your own device policy, cloud computing, business continuity, compliance and other thought leadership topics. These articles are vendor neutral and typically focus on the business user versus cs. consumer or technical user.

10. After you are up and running, if you need changes, updates, new testimonials, newadd white papers, data sheets, team photos, or new services simply open a ticket and we will complete the task for you within 3 to 5 business days.