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Technology Adoption Fuels Recovery Tipping Point For UK SMEs

According to research from BT Business, supported by the Design Council and Prince’s Trust, small businesses at the forefront of technology adoption have been the least impacted by the recession, with those most reluctant to bring in new technology suffering the most. Companies with a positive attitude to technology adoption had a 69% better than average experience of the recession, whereas technology laggards suffered a 34% worse recession experience than the average.

The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT Business and included responses from more than 7,200 small businesses across the UK.

The 2009 Business Pulse report is the UK’s largest survey of SMEs this year. The survey shows widespread recognition of the importance of technology in reducing costs and increasing efficiency and competitiveness. 30% of businesses said that they have saved money through using technology, 32% use technology to network and obtain advice and 28% have found more customers through its use. Nearly one in five cited the use of technology to support flexible working as having one of the most significant impacts on how they have managed the recession.

The Business Pulse survey identified the positive steps firms have taken to manage the downturn. Nearly twice as many technology innovators have seen an increase in turnover of 10+% compared to those small businesses reluctant to embrace new technology, the majority of which have seen their turnover decrease since the recession began.

Mick Hegarty, strategy director, BT Business said: “The small business community has fought bravely to survive the downturn. Our findings show that many small businesses believe we are now at a tipping point with a recovery almost upon us. We can also see that now more than ever technology has a critical role to play in the future success of these businesses, helping them to find new customers, market themselves more effectively and reduce costs. Investing in better technology is emerging as a measure of success in the future for many businesses.”

In terms of the technologies having the biggest impact, 61% said faster broadband speeds have had a positive impact on their business. Better web sites, better e-commerce and mobile devices were also particularly beneficial. More than 1 in 10 small businesses are looking for more advice and support on using technology to manage their business.

Smaller organisations are also increasingly turning to social media to improve the way they operate with one in five respondents turning to support forums, Twitter and blogs to market their business and attract and retain customers.

Lord Digby Jones, said, “The Business Pulse highlights that optimism is on the rise. Equipping firms with the right technology and support will help tip the economy from recession onto the road to recovery in 2010.”

Full findings of the Business Pulse will be revealed in Small Business Week 2009 and debated by a business leadership panel including business experts Peter Jones and Lord Digby Jones at the launch.

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bigmouthmedia Has Been Named One Of The UK’s Ten Fastest Growing Technology Companies For The Second Year Running

Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency made the list of major winners in the Deloitte Fast 50 2009 following another successful year of exponential expansion. Recording a growth rate of 4111% over the past five years, the company’s top ten listing was cited by the judging panel as evidence of the online sector’s growing influence.

“Trading conditions this year have been challenging to say the least, but the digital marketing sector’s increasing maturity and size has enabled us to pursue an ambitious growth strategy despite the economic situation. Cost-effectiveness and measurable ROI lie at the heart of what we do, and even in the most difficult of times these qualities make for a compelling business argument,” said Lyndsay Menzies, Group Chief Operations Officer at bigmouthmedia.

“We’re delighted to have been ranked so highly and are obviously happy that bigmouthmedia’s continued success across the group has been recognised. It’s a great boost for the entire team and underlines what a talented group of people we have here.”

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50, one of the UK’s foremost technology award programmes, is a ranking of the country’s fastest-growing technology companies based on percentage growth over five years. Now in its 12th year, the programme honours business growth, technological innovation and UK entrepreneurial spirit.

David Halstead, Partner TMT practice and Fast 50 Chairman, Deloitte said: “The large number of software and digital marketing companies in the 2008 Deloitte Fast 50 reflects the growing maturity of online enterprises. The web is approaching the next stage of its evolution, and successful business models are becoming entrenched.”

The complete list of winners is available at: http://www.deloitte.co.uk/fast50/

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Online Accountancy Firm Brookson Has Appointed bigmouthmedia To Handle Its Search Marketing Activity


A leading provider of accountancy, tax advice and support services, Brookson selected bigmouthmedia following an extensive search to identify the ideal partner to lead its digital marketing strategy. An established innovator in the sector, the move comes as the award-winning consultancy moves to establish its Navigator Money Manager portal as the UK’s preeminent suite of online financial tools.

“As a company we have been going through a revolution in recent times. We have fundamentally changed our business model and are going direct to market as we look to continue the company’s expansion, so clearly search engine optimisation is a critical part of that strategy,” said Martin Hesketh, Managing Director at Brookson.

“Together with its status as an industry leader, bigmouthmedia’s unrivalled experience in helping brands make the most of their online activity made the agency the only logical choice for the job.”

Founded in 1995, Brookson was recently shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) awards for ‘Innovation of the Year’. The company’s 150-strong accountancy service now manages the financial affairs of over 9,000 customers, freelance contractors and individuals who work in business for themselves.

Brookson’s Navigator Money Manager portal underpins Brookson’s claim to offer one of the most innovative contractor accountant services available on the UK market. Allowing clients to access their business financial information 24/7, the system has been designed to helps customers run their businesses more effectively by providing up to date financial information at their finger tips.

Currently, ninety nine per cent of Brookson’s customers used the online tool to complete their last year-end accounts and each week the online portal records an average of 4500 unique visits.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Brookson as a client. The company’s focus on innovation and invention is one that we share at bigmouthmedia, and this promises to be both an exciting and challenging campaign,” said Phil Acton, Head of Business Development at bigmouthmedia.

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Collection Of Online Video Greetings For Diwali 2009

Indiavideo presents you a fascinating collection of online video greetings for Diwali 2009. Besides videos on Diwali celebrations, there are video clips featuring the Indian classical art forms like Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Baul music performance and many more.

The video greetings on art forms feature some of the master performers like Anita Ratnam, Dr Deepthi Omcherry Bhalla, Manju Bhargavee, Pali Chandra, Sujata Mohapatra, Bimbavati Devi, Dr. Neena Prasad, Rajashree Warrier and Parvati Baul. Click here to send Diwali Video Greetings The greetings facility is user-friendly, less time-consuming and the option to send a video greeting to multiple recipients is also available.

The online video greetings facility is also available on our branded channel on YouTube:www.youtube.com/indiavideodotorg.

www.indiavideo.org is the first website to offer online video greeting facility and it was introduced in 2007.

www.indiavideo.org is the first of its kind website portraying the geographical, and cultural marvels of a country. The portal is envisaged as an online video encyclopaedia on India.

The site has hundreds of videos from almost all Indian States and Union Territories. Videos on places and events of historical importance, colourful festivals and celebrations from different parts of the country, tourist attractions and wildlife are included. A rare feature of the website is exclusive galleries on topics like Ayurveda, Yoga and Indian cuisine.

The website, currently maintained by Invis Multimedia, was developed in association with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) New Delhi Office. Only professional video clips are included in the website.

DIWALI
Diwali, the ‘festival of lights’ is time for celebrations in India. Diwali or Deepavali, as it is known in South India, literally means a row of lights or lamps. This festival symbolizing the victory of ‘good over evil’ and ‘light over darkness’ is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the country, known for its multi-lingual and multi-cultural existence.

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Get CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook For Free With Pass4sure

The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification were released on May 5, 2009. Pass4sure is making adjustments according to this update and proposes the “Free CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook” program.

Pass4sure, the world renowned IT certification exam material provider, announced today that it is making adjustment according to the competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification, and releases the “Free CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook” program.

To reflect the growth of the network as a service platform, Cisco has revised the certification requirements for CCIE Routing & Switching (CCIE R&S)–the expert level certification for network engineers. The new requirements were developed with assistance from Cisco enterprise customers and reflect the expectations of employers across industries.

The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification were released on May 5, 2009, and are available on the Cisco Learning Network under the CCIE R&S v4.0 Written Exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Exam topics. Exams based on the new requirements are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009, and will immediately replace the currently available v3.0 exams. Candidates who plan to take their exams on October 18, 2009, or later should prepare using the new v4.0 exam topics.

Pass4sure is paying close attention to this update and proposes the “Free CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook” program.

From now on, if you buy the CCIE R&S Version 3.0 Lab Workbook, you can get the CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook and Open-Ended-Question for free after we release the Version 4.0. This program will expire on October 17, 2009. This is the first time for Pass4sure to take such attempt that is offering the new products to customers for free.

While according to Eliza Jencey, the Marketing Director of Pass4sure, “the Free CCIE R&S Version 4.0 Lab Workbook program is not only a marketing strategy, but a considerate gift to all CCIE candidates.”

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Fujitsu Has Chosen bigmouthmedia To Lead Its International PPC Campaign

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH selected the Edinburgh based search engine optimisation company following a multi-agency pitch. Bigmouthmedia will now lead the company’s paid search advertising campaign in more than 25 countries worldwide, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

David Hardy, bigmouthmedia group’s international sales and marketing director, commented on the deal saying: “We’re delighted to be working for such an internationally renowned brand like Fujitsu. One of bigmouthmedia’s key strengths is our international scope, and our demonstrable expertise in running complex multi-language campaigns has been a key factor in winning this account.”

He added: “Over the past 12 years we have established a proven track record in managing big brands across multiple territories, and I am confident we will enjoy similar success with our strategy for what promises to be a challenging and exciting campaign.”

Fujitsu’s digital marketing requirements also included an increase in the profile, turnover and traffic on their international sites as well as the capacity to oversee new product and service launches. Beginning work immediately, bigmouthmedia now develops and manages Fujitsu’s PPC campaigns in more than 25 countries, including Italy, Spain, Turkey, Scandinavia and the Eastern European countries.

About bigmouthmedia
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe’s largest and most experienced digital marketing agency and was rated the UK’s #1 Search agency for Search Engine Optimisation and PPC in the 2009 NMA Marketing Services Guide.

Bigmouthmedia’s 200+ online marketing experts across 12 international offices maximise online brand exposure for our clients by means of integrated digital strategies incorporating SEO, PPC, social media marketing, affiliate marketing, display advertising, online PR and copywriting.

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BT Business And Google Today Announced An Agreement To Offer Digital Marketing Services To Small Businesses

The alliance will involve BT Business becoming a Google AdWords™ Authorised Reseller. Small businesses can now access Google’s base of millions of UK users and receive professional, full-service AdWords account management, from account setup and activation to ongoing campaign monitoring and optimisation, through BT Business.

More than one million businesses already served by BT Business, including the 350,000 members of BT Tradespace, will benefit from the agreement.

“Small businesses are looking to the internet to compete and grow in these tough economic times,” said Bill Murphy, managing director at BT Business. “Our own research across 700,000 small business websites shows that the majority need help to optimise search and effectively use search engine marketing. They don’t often have the skills internally to manage this and need affordable services and support. Working with Google AdWords will enable us to help smaller companies promote themselves and engage with customers, partners and suppliers online as well as larger businesses.”

The addition of the Google AdWords online advertising platform means BT Business can now offer customers a complete range of digital marketing services to help them promote their businesses effectively on the Web. From setting up a website and managing an online marketing campaign to ensuring they can effectively extend their business relationships through customer management tools and business social networking profiles such as BT Tradespace and other business applications.

Matt Brittin, Managing Director at Google UK & Ireland said: “Many businesses already use Google AdWords to reach new customers locally, across the UK and across the world. BT Business can now offer targeted, accountable and cost effective AdWords advertising to more than a million small businesses in the UK. We look forward to working with BT to help more small businesses get the most out of the online opportunity.”

About BT Business
BT Business understands the challenges that businesses face in the current climate, and supports cost control, improved productivity and winning business with technology including business broadband & internet, domain names and web hosting packages, IT support and mobile services including BlackBerry.

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Web Users Everywhere Have A New Way To Celebrate Their Loved Family And Friends At ILoveThisPerson.com

The I Love This Person website gives people an easy way to create permanent online dedication web pages for their loved ones. This is the perfect present any time of year, or simply a happy surprise. Don’t just tell the person, tell the whole world!

People can create a customized dedication page for any person they admire, respect, or love. Dedications are especially great for a family member or friend. Dedications can be anonymous, or the creator can display his or her name.

Users can create an editable lifetime dedication web page, containing up to 100 photos, for only $19.95. Dedication web pages are visible to anyone searching the Internet. Users also can link dedications to social media websites, such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, making them easy to share.

New users can create a test dedication web page and view it without committing to pay for it. Once they are happy with the results, they can purchase their editable dedication for only $19.95. The I Love This Person website is available at www.ILoveThisPerson.com.

About Robipau
The I Love this Person website is a service of Robipau. Robipau develops and promotes virtual products on the Internet that emphasize the good in humankind.

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LipstickRocks.com – The Networking Organization For Professional Women In The DC Area

Network. Network. Network. That’s what everybody is saying these days, but how? One solution is LipstickRocks.com, a networking organization for professional women that offers both an online community as well as regular networking events in Metro Washington, DC.

LipstickRocks.com - The Networking Organization For Professional Women

LipstickRocks, LLC hosts regular theme events for business-savvy women to meet and empower each other and grow professionally. The virtual community on LipstickRocks.comis for professional women in multiple industries to connect and share information. The website is easy to navigate and offers search engine optimization, which is a powerful Internet marketing tool that boosts the user’s web presence. LipstickRocks.com‘s web presence is multiplied by new advertisements on twitter.com, facebook.com, and meetup.com.

Regular meetings provide an opportunity for women to bring friends and co-workers to mingle with other professional women, most who are already on the LipstickRocks.com website. Women come to promote their business, glean from each other, and provide practical advice. Many m embers of LipstickRocks sponsor these networking events to strategically promote their businesses. Premium members of LipstickRocks enjoy other privileges including discounts on advertising, web design, hosting, member-to-member discounts, and consultations.

Most sponsors and business partners actively give back to the community. A percentage of all purchases from LipstickRocks go to charities, such as the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure for breast cancer research. The total amount contributed will be tallied up and displayed on the website at the end of the calendar year.

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Platinum Barter Asia Announces Membership In DoBarter Online Bartering Web Network To Aid Economic Crisis In Action

Platinum Barter Asia joins DoBarter network as bartering hub for worldwide bartering commerce facilitation. Bartering is the greatest impact free trade technology to alleviate the credit crisis. Once unheard of technology on 7 year old bartering network platform aids in conducting business without using a single dollar as medium of exchange. Unique attribute of trade dollar usage, lets you set prices in retail and trade unrestricted within international bartering network.

Platinum Barter Asia

Platinum Barter Asia, a new player to the bartering world, and with a shared exclusive territory of South Korea, activates a position in a worldwide network going online toady. The DoBarter network has been in place for over 7 years, as a genuine barter interexchange site for facilitation of ecommerce within a trade dollar medium of exchange philosophy.

In times of economic crisis, economy can be found in mediating trade while short on cash using a barter unit of exchange. DoBarter has patented the process of online barter as a worldwide leader in the barter community. Using genuine application service hosting, accessing a resilient barter network becomes easy in hard times, while maintaining network stability for the longer term.

An average barter transaction works as follows. A exchange exists as a firmament to flock to on the world wide web. It is typically a network run exchange uniting various regions, and national territories to facilitate a larger community. A individual wishing to “barter” is someone whom has a trade balance of products or services where by the wish to enter them into the exchange to obtain exchange trade dollars for their sale or rendition. In exchange trade dollars are equally available for other exchange products or services, and also trade at a rate of $1 to 1 Trade Dollar (Exchange). In return a territorial member whom operates on the exchange receive a incentive of some trade dollars for operating in that region, while dually being able to introduce members to a national or international market based on offerings.

We at Platinum Barter Asia just want to leave the light on in the financial community for dedicated business people whom must still remain active in times of economic crisis and credit crunch. By using exchange trade dollars it relieves an obligation of the end user or customer of the exchange to have stock in national currency or credit thereof. Thereby the term: exchange trade dollars.

Platinum Barter Asia is online now with an existing network exchange with tens of millions of dollars of products and services available for barter. Visit us today for your growing needs to alleviate the evaporating credit dollars of yourself and your B2B (Business to Business) transactions.

About Platinum Barter Asia:

Platinum Barter Asia is a new player to the barter marketplace, and wishes to compound on both the success of the 7 year old DoBarter DamnFast Networks meber exchange philosophy and hope to be of highest regard nationally and internationally in times of the current economic forecast.

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Bizwiki.com – Change The Way Local Search Works By Enabling Its Users To Build Up The Most Detailed And Up-To-Date Index Of Business In The United States

A new website called Bizwiki.com has launched across the USA today, promising to change the way local search works by enabling its users to build up the most detailed and up-to-date index of business in the United States.

Bizwiki.com

In a break with traditional Yellow Pages websites, Bizwiki invites business owners and representatives to get involved in adding and improving their records with everything from contact details to prices and opening hours, completely free of charge.

“We put up an early Alpha-version of Bizwiki.com to test it on the web in December 2008, and already traffic levels have grown to several hundred thousand users per month!,” said Bizwiki co-founder Matt Aird. “There is definitely a strong demand for the sort of information a Web 2.0 business site can deliver, and the increasing amount of users on the site provides a compelling motivation for businesses to get involved in adding and editing their listings.”

“Today’s launch is officially a fully-functional beta, but we already have several hundred thousand pages on the site, with more being added each day. We’ve tried to take ideas and concepts from some of the most successful user-created websites in the world, such as Wikipedia and the Open Directory Project, and improve them to where the ‘anyone can edit’ principles of a wiki can be used in a business-environment. The biggest single difference is probably that our site is built in a consistently structured format, allowing us to rapidly scale-up the amount of information and also give our users an easy way to search the site.”

The Bizwiki difference:

• It’s free – Unlike many established publishers that charge for inclusion, Bizwiki is free to search, free to edit and free for companies to list on.
• It’s editable – The ‘anyone-can-edit’ approach is a challenge to frequently the out of date records of conventional printed Business Directories.
• It’s a wiki – The wiki approach allows far more depth of information about each business to be compiled than anything conventionally available.
• It’s structured – Bizwiki is built using structured data, allowing reusability of information, bulk updates from chambers of commerce or webspiders, and an easy search experience for users.

Bizwiki was built by industry-veterans with years of business directory and meta-search experience behind them, including Keith Hinde, Matt Aird, Craig Sefton and Arthur Jenkins who between them have helped develop directory and search products for Infospace, local directory publisher Thomson Directories, TradePage and Webcrawler.

To try the new Bizwiki site, or even add and edit a business record, visit http://www.bizwiki.com.

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Bigmouthmedia Welcomes The New Search Partnership Between Yahoo And Microsoft’s Bing Search Engine, Stating That The New Arrangement Could Rejuvenate Competition In A Market Currently Dominated By Google

Although details of the deal are as yet unclear, reports from numerous credible news outlets worldwide suggest that after many months of negotiation, the global giants are set to unveil an agreement that will see Yahoo sell search ads under Microsoft’s nascent Bing brand. While estimates of the global market share the partnership will hold vary from 12% to 30%, Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency believes that the news will have a positive impact upon the industry.

“It’s been 18 months since the rumour mill first started touting the possibility of a deal involving Yahoo and Microsoft, and the industry as a whole will be delighted to see what’s become the search business’ longest-running soap opera finally approaching a conclusion. The devil will be in the detail, but given the alarming dominance that Google has held over the market for so long, the prospect of a serious challenge to their position is good news for everyone,” said Lyndsay Menzies, Chief Operations Officer at bigmouthmedia.

“Although the impact in the UK will be minimal, with the combined entity still only accounting for a market share of around 5%, competition in any market is good for consumers. If the partnership succeeds in growing their market share still further, the renewed challenge could force Google to become more competitive.”

With the precise details of the agreement still a closely guarded secret, the news that Yahoo has finally succumbed to Microsoft’s advances has spawned widespread speculation over the deal’s possible ramifications. While the prospect of a serious competitor to Google’s Adwords system is being touted as a move that could help push PPC advertising prices downwards, other commentators have suggested that the deal could force the search giant to reconsider its policy against paying commission to partner agencies.

“There are still more questions than there are answers about this deal, but If Yahoo’s paid search ads are powered by Bing then we will have another credible search engine to consider for paid search budgets. That may result in some instability as bid management platforms adapt to cope with the new landscape, but it will help keep cost-per-click prices down,” said Andrew Girdwood, bigmouthmedia’s Head of Search.

“But if Bing is only going to supply Yahoo with organic results then it still means Yahoo is out of the search game. They’ll not be developing their search engine, are unlikely to return to it and will in essence become an ad management platform – the long term effects of which remain to be seen.”

About bigmouthmedia
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe’s largest and most experienced digital marketing agency and was rated the UK’s #1 Search agency for Search Engine Optimisation and PPC in the 2009 NMA Marketing Services Guide.

Bigmouthmedia’s 200+ online marketing experts across 12 international offices maximise online brand exposure for our clients by means of integrated digital strategies incorporating SEO, PPC, Social Media Marketing, Affiliate marketing, Display Advertising, Online PR and Copywriting.

Bigmouthmedia’s multilingual digital solutions deliver outstanding ROI for over 300 world leading brands including British Airways, Tesco, ebay, Sky, Cisco, BT, Comic Relief, Barclaycard and Europcar.

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BT Business Cuts The Price Of Web Hosting

BT Business has announced a major price cut to its web hosting Starter Pack to encourage small businesses to get online.

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The cost of a 5GB web hosting package with BT Business has been reduced by 40 per cent to an exclusive online price of £2.99* per month, including a host of extra business tools to help small businesses promote themselves with a professional and secure web presence.

With enough web space to create hundreds of pages, a professional business domain name and business email for up to 10 accounts, the price cut makes the BT Business Starter Pack one of the most high value web hosting packages specifically designed for small businesses in the UK offering 24/7 support.

One in five small businesses don’t have their own web site, despite 25 per cent -£78 billion – of UK retail spend in this year projected to come from online sales. According to BT Business research the vast majority that do are also not getting the most out of their websites or using them effectively to attract customers.

Helen Costello, founder of Aardvark Cakes in St Helens, Merseyside, has been a BT web hosting Starter Pack customer for three years. The mother-of-two, who works from home, said: “My business is my website and it is important for me that it is easy for customers to find what they are looking for and place orders. Having a trustworthy web hosting provider is vital to me as the site is an indispensable tool of my trade. In the past 12 months, trade has really escalated, showing just how important it is for a small business to have an online presence in this day and age.”

“Having a professional web site presence could mean the difference between winning and losing customers in the current climate,” said Jerry Thompson, director online, BT Business. “We are listening to small businesses that are citing overall cost, ease of use and 24/7 support amongst their top considerations when getting online. By offering a complete range of high value digital marketing services we want to ensure that small businesses can compete as effectively as bigger companies and can grow their online presence with them.”

The BT Business Starter Pack is available immediately. Additional features include free web site building software with 400 templates to get businesses started on creating their own web site without the need for technical expertise.

*Pricing on a 12 months contract. Price reverts to £5 after first 12 months. Terms and Conditions apply

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group’s revenue was £21,390 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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LoveSilverDoor Is Now The SilverDoor Page On Twitter

LoveSilverDoor is now the SilverDoor page on Twitter, the micro blogging site taking the world by storm. Twitter was formed in San Francisco in March 2006 and since then has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices.

“We decided to take a page on Twitter to u p d a t e our followers on any special offers, promotions or even last minute availability.” Marnie Delaney-Parker, Head of PR and Marketing at SilverDoor said: “Twitter enables companies to communicate to their clients on any news that may be relevant or even just daily life within that organisation.”

Silverdoor sees Twitter as the ideal way of connecting with potential clients to quickly inform them of any company news or new promotions, such as the offer of complimentary parking, broadband and a welcome pack on arrival including a bottle of wine which is available through the Vizion Apartments, one of Silverdoor’s serviced apartments in Milton Keynes.

Other serviced apartments which have already received a LoveSilverDoor tweet include the Buxton Street Apartment in Newcastle and the Keel Wharf Apartments in Liverpool. This was to promote that both of them are offering complimentary coffee all day and a drinks reception four evenings per week. Discovery Dock Apartments and Chichester Street Apartments in London, with their offer of complimentary gym and pool access are also amongst the first announcements talked about on Twitter, however Silverdoor is looking to fully embrace the speed and ease with which Twitter allows companies to provide information to their customers and clients in real time.

“It’s an easy way to give clients a quick reminder of what we have on offer and it’s good to embrace modern communication methods”, said Chris Gee, Sales Director at SilverDoor.

About SilverDoor
SilverDoor international serviced apartments was incorporated as a limited company in March 2000 under its original name of Hotdigs. At the beginning of January 2006 the company changed its name to SilverDoor. The company was formed and continues to be led by managing director Marcus Angell.

SilverDoor boasts an impressive client portfolio which includes many FTSE 100 companies such as Cadbury, MAN Group PLC, ICAP and Serco Group as well as relocation and hotel booking agents.

SilverDoor offers serviced apartments in over 170 locations globally such as London, Paris, New York, Abu Dhabi and Toyko. SilverDoor has also just added to its portfolio with additional new Farnborough serviced apartments and a selection of serviced apartments in Basingstoke as well as new serviced apartments in Maidenhead.

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Online Grief Support Group Reaching Out World Wide

An online grief support group, Angel Families Online LLC, whose website services over 600 families throughout the United States and several other countries across the world, now plans to set up physical offices in several localities. The main headquarters for Angel Families is in Farmington, Connecticut, which houses the first office and conducts local support under the name, Eternally-Loved.

The group originated with a handful of individuals who had created online memorials for their loved ones. The interactive features of these memorials allowed visitors to leave condolences or tributes and even contact the website owners by email. As each read the other’s stories and viewed photos of loved ones who had passed, friendships began to develop.

They started to organize and post their loved ones Birthdays and “Angel” dates (anniversary of death), so that others could visit the memorials on these difficult days and post their messages of support.

In September of 2006, Angel Families held it’s first “gathering”. It was a weekend event and was held at a hotel in Virginia Beach. Over 30 people attended from several US states including people as far away as California. “It was the first time my wife and I actually enjoyed ourselves since our son passed.” Mike Smart relates, “We were free to cry, laugh and talk about our loved ones knowing that everyone else in the room didn’t expect anything from us and they knew our pain, because they were going through a similar pain themselves.” The weekend included a memorial slideshow and a candle-lighting ceremony.

The group has come a long way from that first meeting. There have been several meetings in various states. The website, which was then hosted on free websites, now owns their own Dedicated Server and hosts their own memorial websites for their clients.

The new plan is to plant “Eternally-Loved” group support offices in several key areas. This will enable a more “hands on” immediate approach for support. It will also reach those people who can benefit from the same type of support but may not be comfortable with the computer.

Eternally-Loved offers one-on-one as well as group support. Individual support is offered by appointment. The duration and frequency of support is determined by the client and his or her needs. Support group meetings are held weekly. These groups are designed to meet the needs of people with similar experience. These include parents, children, grandparents, spouses, and friends. Websites, personalized DVD slideshow, personalized memorial gifts, memory cards and year books are just some of the products available.

Memory Walks, Balloon launches and Candle-Light ceremonies are also held regularly. Please visit http://eternally-loved.com and http://angelfamiliesonline.com or call us at 860-676-7736 for more information.

Grief has no time limits. A person may find themselves in need of someone to talk with regardless of how long it has been since their loss. Many times after the loss of a loved one, the survivors experience a change in their relationships. Some family members may feel it is time to get back to “normal”. They do not understand that for the person who is grieving, there is no going back to what others think is normal instead; we will never be the same.

Friends of the grieving individual may become uncomfortable. Some avoid any mention of their loved-one’s name, while others are full of advice and clichés. It may be difficult to watch others “move on” with life, while yours has virtually stood still. Holidays, birthdays and milestone events such as graduations and weddings may trigger deep feelings of grief and depression.

Many people who are having difficulty find comfort in relating to others who have experienced the same pain from a significant loss.

We, at Eternally-Loved, know this pain and we care. We are on this grief journey with you and “together” we can get through it. not “over” it…..we know there is no getting over it. Keeping our loved one’s memory alive is very important in easing the pain and depression. We focus on this and offer several ways to do just that.

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WordPress Now – A New Premium WordPress Theme Company

The aggressive market of WordPress themes has recently seen the addition of a new premium theme provider, WordPress Now. The company is currently offering three unique WordPress themes with prices as low as $49. WordPress Now will be releasing a new theme on a weekly basis to keep a “fresh” selection of themes available to their customers.

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At midnight (12:00AM U.S. EST) on June 5, 2009, the company released the WordPress Now website to the public. At that time there were three premium themes available for purchase, including Bloom, Triumph and Elements.

The prices of WordPress Now’s themes are set at an extremely competitive bracket against similar themes f r o m other providers. Four different price points come with each available theme; branded single-use, branded multi-use, unbranded single-use and unbranded multi-use, each caters to different customer needs. Mr. Lee Cooper, Project Director of WordPress Now says that “There is a choice for everyone, whether you need the theme for one website or twenty five. And if you don’t want our logo branded on the website, all you have to do is purchase one of the unbranded options.”

“Our themes come with many features to enhance the functionality,” says Mr. Ryan Maffit, Lead Web Developer. “We want to satisfy an appetite that many of our customers have. Most seek a theme that makes their website unique, and all of our themes have features that make that possible.”

The design of WordPress Now and all of the themes is headed by Mr. Jesse Wingert. Previously a freelance graphic designer, Mr. Wingert has spent the last eight years practicing and exercising his skills with web designing. He says, “To some, having to design a new theme every week would seem like a burden, but I find it especially exciting. It is a great way to use my creativity and skills to their full potential. To stand back and look at your work succeed brings one of the greatest feelings to artistic people like myself.”

As for releasing a new theme every week, Mr. Lee Cooper said, “Most weeks will see a new theme released f r o m WordPress Now. Some weeks may see two new themes, some may see none. But in a 52 week period, we plan on releasing 52 different themes.”

WordPress Now has a development blog and social networking pages such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace, which offer different ways for customers to keep track of what the developers are working on. For now though, we can only wait and see what the company has up its sleeves for their future theme releases.

Those interested in more information about WordPress Now can visit their website at http://wpnow.com.

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FoundLocally.com Media Inc Has Released A New MovingInCanada.com Web Site, Which Already Attracts Over 50,000 Unique Visitors A Month

The site has expanded and improved community information about hundreds of communities and thousands of neighbourhoods across Canada. Information is integrated with Google’s maps and relevant Realtor.ca MLS listings. The site also provides powerful search tools to find local realtors, builders, and movers, accessing the thousands of businesses and individuals that have added themselves to FoundLocally.com’s free directory, but keeping users close to MovingInCanada.com’s local real estate and community information.

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“We wanted to make this site more relevant to the home-buying and moving experience. Over the past year MovingInCanada.com has more than doubled the number of communities and neighbourhoods covered, and the re-design makes all that information more accessible” says Mark Ruthenberg, the website’s General Manger. “Consumers are using the Internet not just to shop, but to decide with whom to do business. They are doing their ‘due diligence’ research online before calling a real person, and are much better informed consumers. MovingInCanada.com continues to evolve to help with that process.”

The new MovingInCanada.com has integrated data from sister site FoundLocally’s free listings business database. The site search integrates more than business descriptions and web links, but news, savings, jobs, and events like realtor open houses posted by those businesses. Before, this information was just a link to FoundLocally, but is now seamlessly built into MovingInCanada. Consumers can now search by business category and community/neighbourhood and compare descriptions and other features, even reviewing a business’s website, to help them make key buying decisions.

Builders, realtors, home stagers and movers can add themselves to their local free listings directory, and are included in both FoundLocally and Moving in Canada with a single listing.

The site has added coverage of the entire Greater Toronto Area (“GTA”), with new detailed information about neighbourhoods in Oakville & Burlington, Mississauga & Brampton, Etobicoke, North York, Toronto, Scarborough, the York Region, and Oshawa & Durham Region. We have also added more information about outlying areas and “bedroom communities” for fast-growing cities like Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Sudbury. We have also added more information about resort communities in the Okanagan & Shuswaps areas of BC and the Canadian Rockies, popular with vacation home buyers as well as year-round residents and retirees.

We have also notice a significant portion of visitors are from outside Canada, looking to move to Canada, so MovingInCanada.com has added content relating to the immigration process.

About FoundLocally.com Media
FoundLocally.com Media Inc. is a Calgary-based company that creates community information portals, and provides web design and web marketing services. It also runs TransCanadaHighway.com (about travel along the world’s longest highway), and MovingInCanada.com (about real estate & relocations). The FoundLocally web sites are represented nationally by 24/7 RealMedia, the nation’s largest interactive ad agency.

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Value Target Will Be Launching Its On-Line Bartering Services On Sunday, June 7, 2009 As A Predominately On-Line Bartering System

Value Target is a place where users list those items or services that they want to trade for other items or services. Value Target has included many of the member features, such as distance from, that allow its users to quickly locate those goods and/or services of interest.

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Whether it is a good or a service it’s not difficult to find sites that allow you to pay for a “for sell” listing. However, currency is only one form of commerce; an equal trade of services is another. There are many “trading” sites available to the on-line user, but they can be limited to the regional areas or lack the fine grained user functionality of locating within a close proximity.

Value Target at launch will be offering the first 250 item listings at no cost to the user. Two types will be available, and always for free. Users that want to just give away goods are welcome to create a “Free” listing. Users that are in need of a service or good but haven’t found a listing to trade with are welcome to create a “Wanted” listing.

Value Target allows users to create paid item listings that covers items and services. When it comes to vehicle, real estate, and watercraft listings we have taken it further to incorporate specific descriptions of each. For no charge users are allowed to create “Free Listings” and “Wanted Listings” in hopes to accomplish trades. Even the on-site advertising is user generated to boost any users success at generating interest.

Great selling sites offer users the ability to see all products, yet fine grain searches down to the most relevant as well as closest. Value Target recognizes that; while a web developer may be able to trade programming services all over the world, a dentist may only trade services in the next city. Value Target has included geo location to help users find items by proximity to their location.

Communication between users is key as well. With accounts, users are allowed to send messages between their accounts, or questions and offers on a submitted listing. When a user registers they can elect to receive notification of their message, question, or offer via email. Additionally they can elect to receive an email for those new items activated that interests them.

Value Target is a place that fully recognizes that money doesn’t make the world go round. Everyone has something that they can trade for something else.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Scott Krutsinger, please call Scott Krutsinger at +1.386.717.9840 or e-mail Scott at scottk@valuetarget.com

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I Love This Person Website Creates Lifetime Dedication Web Pages for Dads

Web users everywhere have a new way to celebrate their fathers this Father’s Day at www.ILoveThisPerson.com. The I Love This Person website gives people an easy way to create permanent online dedication web pages for their dads. This is the perfect, long-lasting Father’s Day present that you share with everyone, to say, “I love you dad”. Don’t just tell the person, tell the whole world!

People can create a customized dedication page any time for any person they admire, respect, or love. Dedications are especially great for a father this Father’s Day, or even a family member or friend. Dedications can be anonymous, or the creator can display his or her name. The I Love This Person web page is like creating a website for your father to show the world you love him.

Users can select a single editable lifetime dedication web page for only $19.95. Dedication web pages are visible to anyone searching the Internet. Users also can link dedications to social media websites, such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter, making them easy to share.

New users can create a test dedication web page and view it without committing to pay for it. Once they are happy with the results, they can select a single editable dedication for as little as $19.95. The I Love This Person website is available at www.ILoveThisPerson.com

About Robipau
The I Love this Person website is a service of Robipau. Robipau develops and promotes virtual products on the Internet that emphasize the good in humankind. They believe that the potential of the Internet is enormous yet still in its infancy. They endorse the entrepreneurial spirit that exists and is inherent in all of us globally. Robipau works daily with entrepreneurially minded individuals f r o m around the world who have a well thought-out virtual business concept but needed assistance in converting their concept into a revenue-generating Internet business. For more information, visit www.robipau.com

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Affiliate Marketing Agency bigmouthmedia Announces Jason Dale And One Little Duck as the Winner of the B.A.B.E. Award

The bigmouthmedia affiliate blogging excellence award (the B.A.B.E. award) was founded as a way to highlight the importance of the affiliate community within the United Kingdom and to reward those who contribute the most to it.

Affiliate marketing is most productive and effective when affiliates are empowered to contribute significantly and safely to merchant sales. Successful affiliates are rewarded with commission on sales, leads and actions but bigmouthmedia launched the blog competition to extend the reward structure to those affiliates who help others.

Jason Dale’s One Little Duck blog was first nominated by the affiliate community – receiving nominations through the affiliate agency’s voting form and mentions on Twitter – and then selected as the final winner by bigmouthmedia’s judges.

“One Little Duck is a great blog,” said Jen Brain, senior affiliate manager at bigmouthmedia, “We thought Jason provided useful reading for affiliates of every level. The blog is community focused and integrates with Affiliates 4 U’s ‘back me’ voting system for individual blog posts, MyBlogLog f r o m Yahoo, the ShareThis widget and sports a good collection of recommended WordPress plugins.”

On winning the award, Jason Dale said: “I’m still in shock but I am very pleased and truly honoured that One Little Duck has been chosen as the B.A.B.E Award winner, especially as there are many high quality UK affiliate bloggers. Thanks to the judges and nominators, as well as to everyone who reads One Little Duck. A big thanks also to bigmouthmedia for the awards initiative. I hope it will become an annual event and that more affiliates are encouraged to share their experiences with others via their own blogs”.

The competition allowed affiliates to step up for nomination by talking about the award on Twitter. Bigmouthmedia recorded several hundred tweets and retweets about the competition as affiliates spread the news.

About bigmouthmedia 
Founded in 1997, bigmouthmedia is Europe’s largest independent digital marketing agency. With a team of over 200 staff located across 13 offices in 10 countries on 3 continents, the company maximises exposure for major brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing channels: Search engine optimisation, PPC, Online Media Planning, affiliate marketing, Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web Analytics. Bigmouthmedia also provides up to date daily digital marketing news to ensure clients are fully informed and aware of all industry developments.

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