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The Cloud: The 3rd Platform of Computing

The Cloud: The 3rd Platform of Computing

Around 2008, the IT industry started to experience a massive shift in traditional computing. The International Data Corporation (IDC) began referring to this change as the “3rd platform.” The 3rd platform is built on the four technology pillars for innovation and growth: Cloud, mobile, big data, and social technologies.

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Beware of Cryptolocker

Beware of Cryptolocker

Imagine you are on your personal or work computer, and you receive a seemingly innocuous email from a trusted source, such as your bank, your tax office, or even a friend. The source asks you to download a file to update important account information. But, when you click on it, your most important files become encrypted and you are threatened you will lose them unless you pay a sizable sum to get them back!

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Watch Your Email List Grow Before Your Eyes

Watch Your Email List Grow Before Your Eyes

One of the most fundamental ways to reach new customers is to regularly work on growing your company’s email list. It’s not enough to gain a sizable list and then never revisit it. Your contacts’ email addresses are in constant flux as individuals move companies and email addresses, opt out of email communication, or simply stop checking certain addresses they provided at an earlier date.

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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

After a landmark vote on February 26, The Federal Communications Commission officially classified Internet providers as public utilities. The new net neutrality rules were approved 3 to 2 among party lines. The rules ban high-speed Internet providers, such as Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable, from blocking websites, slowing down content from particular sites, or selling-off faster traffic speeds to the highest bidders.

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Ingram Micro Cloud Elevate

Last week ClikCloud traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for the 2015 Cloud Summit conference. Cloud Summit is the channel’s largest Cloud computing event where motivated Cloud providers gather to learn the newest information about the Cloud and receive access to unmatched Cloud resources.

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Writing Compelling Website Content

Your website and its content is one of the most important platforms to present your services and reinforce your brand, so it is of the utmost importance to put in the time and effort to write to impress. Your writing needs to do more than just present information; it needs to engage your future customers, boost search engine rankings, and get your message across as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

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Why the Cloud Isn’t Going Away

Cloud Computing is only beginning its growth and progression; more than half of all businesses have already implemented Cloud Computing in some way or another into their day-to-day operations. Whether you need improved security, lowered costs, higher efficiency, a backup plan, or a mixture of these benefits, the Cloud is the answer.

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How to Build and Manage Your Email Marketing List

It’s a new year, and it’s time to start thinking about how to reach new customers with your business. One of the most cost-effective ways to grow and market your company’s services is by building an effective email marketing campaign. And, one of the most important elements to strong email marketing is developing and maintaining a strong email list.

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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.