10Dec2014
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Productivity

Working hard does not necessarily mean you are being productive. You may well be juggling phone calls with answering emails, eating lunch at your desk to save precious seconds and burning the midnight oil, but are you actually ticking off anything on the never-ending ‘to-do’ list? Following these simple steps can help boost your productivity this week, and every other week. It may just change how you work altogether!

To do or not to do…that is the question…

It’s easy enough to jot down all the things you need to get done in the day, or the week, but it’s not so easy to stay away from the less important tasks that don’t need as much of your undivided attention. Many of us are not aware of the things we do on a day-to-day basis that destroy our productivity. To combat this, besides writing a ‘to-do’ list, also write a ‘to-don’t’ list of all the things that are not high on the agenda, such as playing around on social media, or letting the inbox take control. This will help focus your mind and prioritise what needs to be done on a weekly or daily basis and reduces the risk of distractions.

That said….

Stop planning, start doing
We can all spend a lot of time writing down what needs to be done, or organising your work space so it’s ‘just right’…or generally wasting time avoiding the things that need to be done. Obviously this eats away at precious productivity hours and has a disastrous knock on effect to your overall productivity. So, instead of planning, get on with it! The option to work on the task in the future instead of now seems comfortable but is not wise. While you keep ‘saving’ that task for tomorrow (or the next day…) it is not going to go away and one day, unfortunately, someone’s going to have to account for it – the odds are, that will be you. It is better to take the bull by the horns, stop procrastinating and tick it off your list – TODAY.

A Piece of Cake
No one likes being the last one picked for a sports team. Are you leaving one particular task standing out in the cold waiting for its name to be called up? If that’s the case, rather than trying to run before you can walk, break down daunting tasks into more manageable segments. This will help you feel as though you’re achieving something and the task will seem less intimidating. Before you know it, it’ll be done and you can move on.

Divide Up Your Time
Some of us can concentrate longer than others, but no-one can concentrate constantly all day on a single project without breaks. As well as dividing up your tasks, divide up your time in order to stay focused and productive. Try working solidly for 25 minutes focusing solely on the task in hand, and then rewarding yourself with a 5 minute pause. When you have a mountain of work to get through, this could seem impossible, but dividing your time up into more manageable chunks will keep your mind fresh and the daydreams at bay.

Everyone has certain times of the day when they are naturally more productive or creative. Whether it’s after your morning caffeine hit or late afternoon, choose what time best works for you and use it to tackle the tasks that require a lot of thought. Use the times you’re feeling less creative to clear some of the less important tasks on your ‘to-don’t’ list, such as admin or clearing the inbox.

Don’t be a Perfectionist
Is perfection actually achievable? If you keep chasing perfection, it could take longer to get the task done; therefore eating away at your designated time for the task and you will be less productive than planned. The reason being, if you are seeking perfection, you are more likely to spend more time on a single task than required, causing other responsibilities to be pushed back and fall by the way-side. Even worse, perfectionism is even higher when you don’t have anyone but yourself, as fine tuning never ends. Try to stick to your allocated time and if you hit a creative brick wall, leave the task and come back to it another time with fresh eyes. If you’re not getting anywhere the first time round, you can spend time more productively on something else.

By Alison Curry-Taylor
Operations Director Daily Internet

21Nov2014
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WEBSITE TIPS

There’s no denying it, every business needs a website. Whether it represents the core of the business or acts as a glorified businesses card, a great one can pay untold dividends and a poor one, end conversations with potential new customers before they start. 

For those who excitedly launch their new business site only to be met with relative silence, it might be worth checking these common mistakes which could just be a part of the reason the business isn’t being inundated with appreciative emails and product orders.

1. One click, two clicks, three clicks….gone
Blame it on the online environment having created an increasingly shortened attention span but if people can’t find what they are looking for within seconds and it is not clearly signposted, they’ll be scrambling for the search bar in no time. Most websites overestimate the number of clicks their customers are willing to make before they abandon you all together. Tailor your website to your core customers, make the key information easy to navigate to and also help to guide them to where you want them to go. Take control and decide what action you want them to take, whether it’s making a call, finding your address or placing an order and make sure they can get there quickly and efficiently.

2. Get Mobile
According to GSMA Intelligence, there are officially more mobile devices in the world than there are people, and they’re multiplying five times faster than we are. Ignoring mobile optimisation for your website, or having it at the bottom of your ‘To Do’ list is one way to lose the attention of users. The mobile phone is the fastest growing manmade phenomenon ever, and so, making sure your website is mobile ready should be key for any business. Design your website with mobile in mind. When viewed on a mobile a well optimised site should look similar to an app and be navigable by swiping, not clicking. There should be a constant action point visible so your customers don’t have to use their detective skills to establish where to go. If you use the mobile ‘one click’ mentality first, you can apply the same theory to you website.

3. Keep Descriptions Simple
When meeting your customers face-to-face, there’s time for the lengthy description about how your products are produced or where your original idea came from, but on the web, there’s not. Not only do your customers have that increasingly short attention span, but they also have an incredibly short time frame to be reading about the finer details and would commonly rather know the key facts NOW. Try to distil your value proposition into one sentence keeping it clear and concise, avoiding over complex, jargon laden descriptions. . Also, prioritise what you are including. Many small businesses write lengthy essays but forget the simple stuff – 60% forget to include a contact number!

4. Minimal Content
Although similar to point 3, this is not about what you’re writing, but how much you’re writing. Don’t go overboard on text. Wherever possible try to include images, videos or diagrams to get the message across. We are all visual beings, so including something other than a slab of text will prove to be eye-candy for your customers. Minimal, concise content will make your website appear slick, sophisticated and support your overall company image, which will engage with your customers far better than bombarding them with a text-heavy webpage. Understanding the purpose of your homepage is also essential – it is not a place to be sharing business news or gossip, but rather a platform to first; articulate clearly who you are and what you do, ensuring a visitor feels they’ve come to the right place and two; to ensure they can navigate easily to any additional information they might want.

06Nov2014
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Web Domain

Anyone who has named their own child will understand the anguish involved in wading through the seemingly infinite assortment of syllables and sounds in a bid to find that perfect combination that will for evermore embody everything you hold dear.


Naming your online business can be far worse. Not only can you not use the same name as anyone else – imagine here only being one Britney or Justin! – but, choose wrong and it can have a significant effect on whether a business grows up to be a proverbial doctor, or stays living at home until the age of 45.

What’s in a domain?

While the reported $35m price tag for ‘VacationRentals.com’ may have become the stuff of legend within the domain industry, from a business perspective, there would have been some very sound reasoning behind the figure paid.

Undoubtedly, online business is booming. Almost 150 million domain names are currently in use and Google searches alone are estimated at around three billion … per day.

With many of us now having 24 hour web access through smartphones, tablets and desktops, any need, want, desire or inane query can be answered all-but instantly and competition to get this consumer attention is ferocious.

So in an effort to stand out in a very large and noisy online crowd, how important is having ‘the right’ domain name and can it make or break a business?

While there’s no definitive answer, a well-chosen domain name can undoubtedly have an immediate impact on a new businesses and the wrong one can make it almost invisible.

There will always be businesses that prosper when their domain is … open to interpretation. Is that ‘ChildrensWear.co.uk’ or ‘ChildrenSwear.co.uk’?

Basic rules apply -

Keep it at home – For businesses operating in the UK, a ‘.co.uk’ or the newer .uk suffix is important. ‘Google.co.uk’ dominates UK searches and favours UK-specific sites over others.

If you’re looking to go global with a business, having the internally recognised .com suffix is also a must. For those inspecting your business from afar, there may well be a negative connotation associated with having only a local suffix.

Keep it short – At risk of stating the obvious, the easier a domain is to remember and spell correctly the better.

Keep it simple – If it’s possible, register the company name as the main URL as this is what people who are looking for your business will try first. If the business produces products, invest in any product name domains in case these ever require their own standalone websites.

Keep yourself to yourself – For writers, artists, photographers, etc where a personal reputation in a chosen industry is what draws customers, having a FirstNameLastName domain is the most ideal. With almost 130,000 domains being registered daily though, most common names will be taken. If so, look at adding the industry also or hyphenating the name if all else fails.

Keep clear of Mrspellings – Any name which can easily be misspelled will divert and frustrate those looking for you. Online consumers are inherently impatient. If necessary look at buying common misspellings of the domain and pointing them to your main website.

What are gTLDs and do I need to know?

While the ‘bit after the dot’ has never made for great dinner party conversation, hundreds of new gTLDs or generic Top Level Domains have now become available which have the potential to shift how new online businesses are able to position themselves.

For a new business, the days of having to be creative to the point of confusion with a name in order to find an available domain are leaving fast. While the most familiar suffixes such as the .coms and .uks aren’t set to be thrown aside for the new shiny things anytime soon, gTLDs do represent a new level of opportunity for businesses which want to get creative with a website address. There is now the digital luxury of making businesses better reflect their location (.london), industry (.photography) or specialism … uh, (.guru)

We’d be happy to help you find your perfect name. Daily offer some of the industry’s best prices on Domain names, including all the latest gTLDs available for purchase or pre-registration.

To get started and choose the most ideal domain name for your business or personal website please visit – https://www.daily.co.uk/products/domain-names/index.html

31Oct2014
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SEOSo you’ve built a shiny new website, you’ve included the greatest images, the most concise copy extolling the wonders of your products or services, you’ve littered the website with calls to action for customers to contact you and buy your range of revolutionary new products, you’re ready to go.


Just one more thing – you need people to find you.

Google is arguably the world’s most successful company and this is because it is able to easily connect people with the things that they’re searching for. Whether that be the answer to the amount of passes in the 1966 world cup final or the best plant-based remedy for jet lag, it’s all there and accessible with the typing of a few keywords in the search box.

The order in which Google delivers a searcher results based on the keywords they use is controlled by a highly complex piece of computer code called an algorithm. This algorithm takes into account a multitude of factors in an effort to deliver the most relevant results for every search.

For a UK ‘Widget’ seller with a new website, SEO – or Search Engine Optimisation – is the process undertaken to strategically raise the chances of their website being found by Google and placed within the top results delivered to people searching for their particular product or service.

So what is the process?

Although taking on the job of optimising a website is possible, for anyone unfamiliar with the more specialist side of the web, this is something which is often best left to professionals or online services tailored to the job.

Some of the highest priority activities which are undertaken when optimising a website include-

– Submitting the website’s URL – or web address – to the search engines and relevant online directories – monthly
– Establishing appropriate keywords for the business
– Ensuring that those keywords that people would use to search for a product or service are consistently and properly included in the website copy
– Including and optimising meta tag data for the website. This data states exactly what the site is about, includes all the most important keywords and is the most frequently searched component by search engines.

Why bother with SEO?

Simple: Because, with over a billion websites on the internet, it’s not easy to get noticed. For businesses looking to make an impression online, it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity.

SO TO CONCLUDE:

The world wide web is a highly competitive place to do business but, when done well, there is the potential to engage with a global customer base overnight.

Building a stylish and informative website which is easy to navigate, engages it’s visitors and enables them to find the information and/or products they want, quickly and easily, means that some of the hard work has been done.

By also adopting a complimentary SEO strategy, either with a professional consultant or by using a cost effective and advanced online service such as the one offered by our team here at Daily, a new business can ensure that they will not only look good, but be highly popular too!

For more information on Daily’s advanced Search Engine Optimisation Service, please visit – https://www.daily.co.uk/products/search-engine-optimisation/index.html

24Oct2013
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I am quite surprised with the incredible response from the recent BBM for Android and iOS app. Over the past couple of years, the number of Blackberry customers have been decreasing. I have found that when asking customers why they are holding onto their Blackberry, I am told that it is mainly for their precious BBM app. Unfortunately, as people are moving away from Blackberry and towards iOS and Android anyway, even Blackberry’s biggest fan won’t have anyone left on his BBM list to message.

What is BBM?

BBM stands for BlackBerry Messenger. This was one of the first successful instant-messaging services on smartphones. The app is already provided when you buy your Blackberry device, enabling users to message, send files or voice notes with other BlackBerry users via 3G and free over Wi-Fi. A unique PIN is assigned to each Blackberry device, similar to having your own telephone number. Once you have added another Blackberry user’s PIN (or vice versa) you are able to start messaging. Blackberry Groups allows users to privately share calendar events, photos and other documents with up to 30 other BBM users. This has been extremely popular in offices.

Despite Blackberry launching a new operating system, they have found it extremely difficult to keep up in the smartphone market. The company lost many of its users to Android and iOS operating systems last year. Applications such as WhatsApp, which allow users to communicate over cross platforms became hugely popular and is currently much more useful than BBM.

Well, not anymore.

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18Oct2013
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At Daily, we are all fans of WordPress. I think it is important for you to know some of the important beginner tips when using it yourself. Here is some advice of what you could do with WordPress:

1. Change The URLS of your blog posts or pages

WordPress will create a URL for your post or page but sometimes it is a bit too long and you will need to adjust it. Here is why you would want to change URLs.

1) If your post or page URL contains characters such as  *, &, or @ , you will probably want to change your URL. These characters make it difficult for search engines to read and can be problematic for browsers, potentially preventing some of your pages from loading.
2) Secondly, your post or page title may be too long and the words are not optimised for search. For example, if my post was titled, “WordPress beginner tips, if you want to learn about it all” – WordPress may automatically generate this URL: “WordPress-beginner-tips-if-you-want-to-learn-about-it-all.”  Search engines prefer shorter URLs, so it would be worth your while to remove the unnecessary words as it will not help your post or page’s ranking. Also, search engines prefer that your higher ranking keywords appear at the beginning of the URL. In this way, you would want the most important part of your blog post to be the highest keyword. In this scenario, “beginner tips” are the most important keywords to describe this post. In the example above: We want to rank for the phrase “WordPress beginner tips” so we may want to adjust the URL to read “beginner-tips-for-WordPress”.

Be aware that you should not change permalinks after you have published your post. Once you have gone live, people may have already written down, shared or linked your URL.

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03Oct2013
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A comical article on Buzzfeed gave some examples of how technology could change in the future. I thought this was extremely interesting, as I was surprised to find out that people were actually trying to invent the most peculiar things! I’ve copied out a few of their examples for you to see for yourself and then further explored into other projects.

 

1. You won’t age.

Scientists have figured out how to slow down aging in mice, so what makes us think that it is impossible for humans?

 

2. Jet Packs.

We will be able to fly using Jet packs.

 

3. You’ll never ruin your phone again.

GE Scientists are working on superhydrophobic coatings that can completely repel water.

 

4. You’ll be able to print your own food.

NASA is already studying the possibility of 3D-printed food that can be used on deep space missions.

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20Sep2013
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We always feel the need to be faced with the newest products. I mean, if I was buying something in the Apple store I wouldn’t be surprised if a newer update was made available before I left the store! Whether it is a new phone device, new forms of technology or internet space, we are always discovering different things. This blog post will focus on a mixture of products and news that have caught my eye over the past couple of days.

Let’s start with 4G.  I am sure you have either heard all about the introduction to 4G – or have experienced it yourself. What is it? More importantly, what is all the fuss about?  4G is the latest technology for connecting to the Internet without a wi-fi connection. Most of you would know this as the faster 3G. Apparently it is almost as fast as home broadband. 4G will only be found on the newer handsets, by the end of 2017, it is said that the majority of the UK should have 4G coverage. G, as the name suggests, picks up where 3G (and 2G before it) left off. 4G stands for Forth Generation of Cellular Communications and is the next step in the evolution of mobile data.

What about webspace? Are you a big user of Dropbox? It has been reported in the past that Chinese tech giants Baidu and Qihoo 360 are giving their users 1TB of free space – something that is way bigger than that received by Dropbox, Box and others.

Surprisingly, there has been an even bigger amount of free storage that is being given by another Chinese tech company. The company, Tencent has really outdone themselves, offering customers a ridiculous 10TB free storage.

How it works: sign up for a Tencent QQ account and download the latest version of the Tencent Cloud mobile app. If you click on  the big blue button, you will immediately receive 1TB worth of free space first. As the amount of space you use increases (and in turn lowering the amount of space you are left with), Tencent will top up your storage space automatically, up to a maximum of 10TB.

What about an introduction to new uses of technology? Lastly, they have brought out the idea of 3D gaming devices. The company Nettle, gives the illusion of seeing holograms inside a screen. This enables different perspectives of the scenes as the user decides to move around. This product, called ‘Nettlebox’ costs $28,000 and is aimed directly at businesses such as estate agents or amusement parks.

Watch the video here:

Do you find the idea of a 3D game technology fun? For starters, I haven’t moved on to the new iOS7 let alone thinking about 4G. I think it is ridiculous that there will always be the newest gadget or product out there. It will always be a race against the time to get there first.  Speaking of which, people are actually queuing TWO days in advance outside the Apple store in London to get to the front of the queue for the new Apple iPhone. How is this possible? Someone said they were offered £300 for their space in the queue, and was waiting to be offered a bigger sum of money. How much money would you charge to stand in a queue outside for 48 hours? I know for sure that I wouldn’t…

 

04Sep2013
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Just when you thought you had seen it all. Technology seemed to advance, we were passing over the old and only looking for the new. Watches changed from a necessity to a fashion statement as more and more people would use their phone to check the time. Well – what if we were to combine the two products and create, yes – you’ve got it.. a smartwatch?

sony-smartwatch-2

I mean surely this can’t be popular? I would much rather keep my phone as my phone and my watch as a watch. Have a look at the Pebble smartwatch Kickstarter campaign to get you started on what it is all about. Last year, a group of engineers launched this campaign for the so-called smartwatch. This watch would connect to your phone – notifying you of any incoming calls, texts, emails, and so forth. The watch apparently will also be allowing specific apps.

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