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Get 30% off Constant Contact through June 30, 2015

Buy now and get 30% off Constant Contact.

If you’re already using Constant Contact, please let others know of this special offer. Thanks!

Sign up to take advantage of this
30% off for 3 months* offer.

Use this Offer Code at checkout: SPJUN30

If you need help, I can get you set up or even manage your account for you. Just give me a call at 928.301.7292.

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Offer ends June 30, 2015
(11:59 pm ET)
*This promotion (the “Promotion”) begins on June 8, 2015 at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on June 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m., ET (the “Promotion Period”). If eligible Constant Contact customers purchase (i) the Email or Email Plus level of Constant Contact, during the Promotion Period, they will receive a discount of 30% off of such purchased product(s) for the first three months after they become a paying customer. Constant Contact customers will be eligible to participate in this Promotion if they (i) are a Constant Contact trial account holder or a new Constant Contact customer who has never been a paying Constant Contact customer, and (ii) become a paying Constant Contact customer and either enter the applicable promo code during check out by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 or call a Constant Contact sales representative and mention this offer by 5:00 p.m., ET, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. After the first three months have ended, eligible participants will automatically be charged the current retail price for the product(s) unless they cancel their accounts or the applicable product. This Promotion cannot be combined with any other Constant Contact promotion or special offer. Constant Contact offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on purchases of certain Constant Contact products, as more fully described at www.constantcontact.com/pricing. Constant Contact reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this Promotion at any time. This Promotion and all Constant Contact products and services are subject to the Constant Contact terms and conditions.

Google’s Biggest Ranking Change Ever

Whether you have a website (owner) or you search and visit websites (user), Google’s biggest ranking change ever, coming next month, will impact YOU! Please do read on… (and, if you’re an owner, see the article Website Owners: Preparing for Google’s Ranking Change).

When you run a website it seems like there’s always something to worry about. The latest worry is being called Mobilegeddon – seriously (you can search on it!) – and it represents a very real threat to the Google rankings of millions of websites. AS OF APRIL 21, GOOGLE WILL START RANKING MOBILE-FRIENDLY WEBSITES HIGHER IN SEARCH RESULTS.

Google’s Biggest Ranking Change EverSearch engine rankings determine how easy it is for people to find you and your website. Ultimately, with this change, the “mobile friendliness” of a site will represent a significant influence on the ranking algorithm that Google uses to show results to searchers. This could be to the extent that websites not deemed mobile friendly may not even be eligible to rank in mobile search results.

As a website owner, you want your website to be a place for your readers to connect with you, for your site to rank well so that people can hire you or buy your products and services. Your website is an extension of what you do, and if it’s not getting found in the search engines, it can have a profound impact on disseminating important information and, of course, your profits.

As a user, this change means that your searches will not yield as extensive results as before; you’ll not get as full a picture or as many choices to explore. Also, it could be very confusing when searching for something you’ve ‘googled’ before, but which now no longer shows up in search results.

The good thing about all of this is that Google has given us a warning, and time for all of us to prepare.

As I commented last month, these are surely interesting times and we live in a most interesting world! It’s going to be ’interesting’ to see how this all pans out…

Exclusive Offer from Constant Contact – Ends March 31st!

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Email Marketing is the perfect tool for connecting with your customers and driving new business. And because I’m a Constant Contact Solution Provider, I’m able to provide you with an exclusive offer:

Here is an exclusive offer from Constant Contact: Buy Email Marketing before March 31st and receive EventSpot, Online Survey and Social Campaigns FREE for the first 3 months.*

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose the products you wish to purchase… include Email Marketing, EventSpot, Online Survey, and Social Campaigns.
  2. Click on “Redeem promo code” on the final payment screen and add promo code MARCH2014 to receive EventSpot, Online Survey and Social Campaigns free for the next 3 months.*

Sign up to take advantage of this exclusive offer. If you need help, I can get you set up or even manage your account for you. Just give me a call at 928.301.7292.

*Terms and Conditions: This March Promotion (the “Promotion”) begins on March 18, 2014 at 12:00 a.m., Eastern Time (“ET”), and ends on March 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m., ET (the “Promotion Period”). If eligible Constant Contact customers purchase Constant Contact’s Email Marketing product or Email Marketing with MyLibrary Plus, during the Promotion Period, they will receive 100% off of Constant Contact’s EventSpot, Social Campaigns and Online Survey for the first three months after they become a paying customer. Constant Contact customers will be eligible to participate in this Promotion if they (i) are a Constant Contact trial account holder or a new Constant Contact customer who has never been a paying Constant Contact customer, and (ii) become a paying Constant Contact customer and enter the applicable promo code during check out by 11:59 p.m., ET, on Monday, March 31, 2014 or call their Constant Contact Solution Provider and mention this offer during such Solution Provider’s normal business hours during the Promotion Period. After the first three months have ended, eligible participants will automatically be charged the current retail price for the product(s) unless they cancel their accounts or the applicable product. This Promotion cannot be combined with any other Constant Contact promotion or special offer. Constant Contact offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on purchases of certain Constant Contact products, as more fully described at www.constantcontact.com/pricing. Constant Contact reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel this Promotion at any time. This Promotion and all Constant Contact products and services are subject to the Constant Contact terms and conditions.

The End of Windows XP Support

Windows XP supportIf you’re a Windows XP user, it should come as no surprise to you that effective April 8th, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. Learn more at Microsoft’s website.

I certainly have my opinion about this… When I had to buy a new laptop about 2 years ago, I was ‘forced’ to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 and did so kicking and screaming – but in the nick of time so as to not have to jump to Windows 8!

All that aside, you do need to have a plan in place for what to do when Windows XP support ends. Here’s an article providing suggestions about dealing with the end of life of Windows XP.

Oh my – I just realized that my old laptop is my spare, so I too will need a plan!

Unique Holiday Gift

Unique Holiday GiftDon’t know what to give a loved one, friend, colleague, or employee? Holiday gift certificates are available from The Computer Spirit! Purchase whatever number of hours you like, and the recipient can use them for coaching and consulting services related to:

  • WordPress websites
  • Constant Contact e-newsletters
  • One-sheets
  • Brochures and flyers
  • PowerPoint slideshows
  • Microsoft® Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook)

To purchase and/or learn more, contact me via email or phone (928.301.7292).

2011 Constant Contact All Star

2011 Constant Contact All Star

The Computer Spirit is thrilled to be named a Constant Contact® All Star once again for 2011!

The All Star Awards are how Constant Contact recognizes customers who stand out from the more than 500,000 organizations who use their services. This status is an annual designation that only 10% of their customers achieve, which makes our accomplishment as a Solution Provider even more noteworthy.

Note that any Constant Contact customer can be chosen as an All Star. Criteria include:

  • Having been a customer the entire calendar year
  • Consistently high open rates (greater than 25%), click through rates, and low bounce rates
  • Regular contact with your audience, or sending at least 3 surveys or publishing at least 3 events
  • Using tools like Join My Mailing List to grow your audience, either on your website or Facebook
  • Using social tools to share and promote your content or events
  • Regularly viewing your reports to see how you’re doing

Learn more about the Constant Contact All Star Awards.