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16
Is your Facebook password Strong?
Posted by Janvier Nshimyumuremy on 16 February 2017 12:34 pm

Is your Facebook password Strong?

Facebook is one of the most popular social media websites where people get to interact with their friends and families. As of the fourth quarter of 2016, Facebook has over 1.86 billion users. This makes it a target for those who are trying to steal information by using different tricks to get Facebook user’s accounts information. There are several precautions you can take to secure your Facebook from being hacked.

Make a strong password

Create a strong Password. It is recommended that you avoid using your name, birthday, pets, numbers from 1 to 9 or common words in your password. A strong password should be at least 8 characters in length, the more the characters are the better. The characters should contain at least one upper case letter, lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Change your password every 6 months; this is not only good advice for Facebook only but other online accounts as well.

Do not use the “remember password” feature on web browsers. When your browsers prompt the “remember password”, simply click Not Now.  If you use the “remember password” feature on someone else’s computer, it will give them access to your Facebook account whenever they want.

Avoid Facebook Quizzes.  Do not interact with every quiz that pops up in your timeline. Quizzes use catch phrases like “What Do People Say behind My Back?” or “Who Are the Hottest Friends around You?” These quizzes usually request your information such as name, profile picture, age, sex, birthday and other private information. This is giving out your personal identifying information to strangers who might use this information to hack your Facebook account, your bank account and more.

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Feb
10
3rd Annual Bradenton River Regatta
Posted by Meredith Bardsley on 10 February 2017 01:14 pm

3rd Annual Bradenton River Regatta

 

The 3rd Annual Bradenton Area River Regatta was a huge success! After having cold and rainy weather in its 2nd year, this year went off without a hitch, and it has been reported that there were about 100,000 people in attendance!

I was looking forward to this for weeks, and was so happy when the day turned out beautiful! I had guests so I didn’t get to make it there as early as I would have liked. (Clydesdales are my favorite, and I had hoped to see them cross the “Green Bridge”)

We got there for the 2pm Powerboat Division Final. Parking was a bit of a challenge, but that was to be expected. There were so many people! On the walk to the river, we passed a concert, there weren’t many people listening, probably because the big event was about to happen.

Bradenton RegattaWe actually found the perfect spot, right between both bridges, and right on the rail, which we didn’t think would happen. We were right in front of the pavilion, where soon after we got there, a BMX bike show was going on. There were literally people everywhere. The whole length of the bridge was lined with people, the waterfront was full, and people were way up on the embankment too.

The show didn’t start at 2, but that was fine. There was plenty of action on the other side of the bridge. We couldn’t see from where we were, but it was the Hydro Cross Qualifier’s. We did have a little entertainment though; a wake boarder came out on a jet ski. He was pretty incredible! There were also a few helicopters. Had I thoroughly read about the Regatta prior to getting there, I would have known that there were helicopter rides too! They were flying so low, and came right above the crowd so we could wave at the passengers, it was quite fun.

When the power boats finally came out, the crowd was filled with excitement! Check out this video below!

Boy those things are loud. Honestly, I was expecting something like a big cigarette boat, but realistically, they wouldn’t have even fit in that small area. Of course, I picked my favorite, a purple boat to win, but a white one and a yellow one were the leaders. Those little boats move fast! They were almost running in a figure 8, and I believe the white boat lapped the others.

Bradenton River RegattaSince it didn’t get under way on time, and one of the boats broke down stopping the action again, we left. So we didn’t see who won, but it was a lot of fun while we were there. As I said before, I had company, and if it were up to me, I would have stayed all day! There’s always next year.

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Jan
27
Video Marketing
Posted by Meredith Bardsley on 27 January 2017 12:58 pm

Video Marketing

Video Marketing

Video marketing has been one of the biggest trends this year. You Tube isn’t the only place for videos any longer. Social media marketing via video is everywhere, and live videos are becoming the norm.We are a living in an on demand society who have, and want everything right at their fingertips.

Thankfully, making video has never been easier. You don’t need any special or expensive equipment. The only thing needed is your phone! There are so many great apps available, that now making quality video is as simple as shooting it or putting a few pictures together in an app.

Here are some benefits of including video marketing as part of your marketing strategy.

Conversion

74% of users who watched an explainer video to learn more about a product or service subsequently bought it.

SEO Benefits

Google loves it! Search engine algorithms love content rich media such as videos.

Consumer Engagement

Not only does google like it, consumers do too, and they’re much more likely to like and share your content.

Here’s why video marketing should be part of your marketing strategy

  1. It can help build brand loyalty
  2. Video content can be used as a teaching tool for products
  3. 65% of the population are visual learners
  4. 100 million users watch online videos every day – Video Brewery
  5. Video is the most powerful tool in creating emotional connections

Video advertising should make up a significant portion of your advertising strategy. For questions or any advice on this topic, please contact us at Webtivity and we’ll be happy to help.

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Jan
13
New Device? No Problem!
Posted by Meredith Bardsley on 13 January 2017 04:46 pm

Email SetupEmail Set Up

Did you get a new phone or tablet for Christmas and need to set up your email? Well, Webtivity has got you covered! Follow the steps below to set up your Android device, Apple device, and computer.

Android Device

  1. Open Outlook for Android.
  2. Go to Settings > Add Account > Add Email Account
  3. Enter your email address then continue
  4. Enter your email account password
  5. Allow calendar and contact permissions
  6. Your email account is set up!

Apple Device

  1. Open Outlook for iOS
  2. Go to Settings > Add Account > Add Email Account
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Enter your email account password
  5. Select yes allow calendar and contact permissions
  6. Your email account is set up!

To set up an IMAP account, such as our smarter mail email accounts, follow these steps:

  1. In Outlook, go to File, Click the Info tab
  2. Click Add Account
  3. Click manually configure server settings or additional server types radio button.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click the Internet Email radio button.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Enter the following information:
    • Your Name:
    • Email address:
    • Incoming Server:
    • Outgoing Mail server:
    • User name:
    • Password:
  8. Click Next.

If your mail server requires SMTP Authentication, follow these steps. If you are not sure if your mail server requires SMTP Authentication, please contact your hosting company or ISP.

    • Click on More Settings.
    • Navigate to Outgoing Server Tab
    • Check “My Outgoing Server requires SMTP Authentication”.
    • Click OK.
  1. Click Next.
  2. Click Finish.

 

Server Details for Webtivity email clients:

Webtivity Server: a.mx.webtivity.us

Pop port: 110(TLS), or 995(SSL)

IMAP

Port: 143(TLS), or 993(SSL)

SMTP

Port: 25(TLS), 587(TLS), or 465(SSL)

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Dec
13
Holiday Marketing Campaign
Posted by Janvier Nshimyumuremy on 13 December 2016 01:14 pm

Holiday Marketing Campaign.

During the holidays businesses tend to run a milliard of different promotions. When the year is almost over people spend more than compared to other times of the year. Christmas, arguably the biggest holiday of the year, is right around the corner, as a business you should be running different types of marketing campaigns to take advantage of this temporary increase in spending.

At Webtivity, we can help you figure out which type of marketing best fits your business and would bring you the kind of results you desire. Here are some examples of different types of promotions you can run during holidays.

  1. Make sure you have a website to drive your customer to, having a website makes a huge difference to a customer’s buying decisions. If you have a website, it must be attractive to customers and mobile friendly because, in this era, everything is done on cell phones.
  1. Social Media: If you are trying to promote your business during holidays, you need to be active on social media which allows you to connect with a lot of different potential customers. Using social media can also help you to create attractive ads for your business that are easy to share. This makes it easy for anyone who likes your promotions and ads to share them with their friends. Therefore gaining your business some much needed exposure.
  1. Advertise ahead of the holiday. This allows you to promote your business and to allow people to get to know your services before the holidays. In case they need your services during the holidays they are more likely to use a business whose offerings they are familiar.
  1. Content: Make sure your website has great content, you do not want to drive customers to a website that does not have good content or is attractive enough to turn them into a client.

 

Webtivity Marketing & Designs would like to wish you and your family happy holidays!

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