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  • Dec 16 / 2013
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Nerdy Stuff

How to Dress Like Your Favorite Muppet

Welcome to a new week NSquared readers!The Muppets

 

 

This particular Monday we thought we would publish one of our most important articles ever. How to dress like your favorite Muppet. You might be asking yourself what this has to do with inbound marketing, PC repair, IT consulting, or some of the other awesome services we provide and the answer is: nothing.

 

 

Prepare to have your world rocked. And please, do us a favor. If you do hit the streets with some of these duds at a Christmas party or family gathering, leave a comment or a picture.

 
Here we go folks, let the Muppet madness begin!

 

 

 

“8 Ways to Dress Like Your Favorite Muppet

 

If you’re walking around wishing you could give your wardrobe a little more whimsy, we’re here to help — well, us and our stylish Muppet pals.

 

 

Kermit and company offer inspiration on how to inject some colorful fun into your outfits. Whether you find yourself with an inner frog who knows it isn’t easy bein’ green or possessed by a fuzzy blue cookie fiend, you can find way to work Muppet into your closet.

 

 

After digging around Etsy, we found all the items you need to channel your favorite felt friends.

 

 

Maybe this year you’ll rock the Miss Piggy look for your office holiday get together — or just cozy up at home with a big comfy sweater and your favorite book of “knock knock” jokes.

 

 

 

Kermit

Homepage Image: Neilson Barnard/The Muppets Studio/Getty Images”

 

 

(Top Right Image Credit: Flickr/ Michelle O’Connell Photography)

 

 

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  • May 13 / 2013
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Articles, Social Media

What the Heck is Social Media?

Social_Media_iconsSocial Media…the New Communication Method

 

 

Howdy folks! Welcome to week 3 of our May series on inbound marketing. This week we will be talking about social media, what it is, what it does, and how you can utilize it to boost your business.

So, what is social media? Chances are, if you’re reading this blog you know what it is. However, I found this awesome graphic from the New Zealand Teaching Council called What is Social Media, and I couldn’t help but share it for two reasons. 1.) New Zealand is awesome, and 2.) it’s a really nice graphic that sums up the different types of social media into categories with pretty colors (we love pretty colors here at NSquared).

 

 

 

“What is Social Media

 

Social media embraces web-based and mobile-based technologies to facilitate interactive communication between organisations, communities and individuals. The social media map provides a visual summary of some of the most common types of social media platforms, and their purposes. We’ve also identified the characteristics that are a feature of all social media platforms.

 

 

social media map

Characteristics of social media

Online platforms that enable users to:

  • create, share, adapt and reuse content engage in digital dialogue and collaboration
  • create linkages, groups and communities
  • have peer-to-peer contact
  • have social interactions with other users
  • create and maintain their own user
  • profiles and IDs

Online platforms:

  • are largely public, but walled gardens exist within some platforms
  • are accessible 24/7 from a range of devices and locations
  • generally expose users to an unknown audience

Content on a social media platform is:

  • discoverable
  • community moderated
  • persistent
  • subject to conditions of use”

 

 

There you have it. A super basic idea of what social media is. Nowadays, it’s mega important for business owners to understand social media. As much as some of us still like to talk to people rather than their profile (I am one of those people), there’s no doubting that social media has an amazing capacity for being a wonderful marketing tool. Our next post will explain how to use social media to your advantage. You don’t want to miss it!

 

Contact us if you’d like help using social media to boost your business!

 

  • May 06 / 2013
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Articles, Newsletters

Why Your Business Needs a Newsletter

Extra, Extra…Read All About It!Basic RGB

 

Howdy folks! We are now on our second week of “Inbound Marketing”. Last week we covered blogs, why you need one, how to start one, and how to reap the mega hardcore benefits.

 

This week is all about newsletters (hence our cute little NSquared man over there). And needless to say, he has some pretty cool news to share this week.

 

I could go on and on about why newsletters are the bomb, but TobyDuckett posted an article called 10 Reasons Why Your Business Needs a Newsletter on businesszone that sums it up quite nicely.

 

 

“10 reasons why your business needs a newsletter

 

Building relationships with your customers, clients and prospects is crucial in this age of social media. Companies who embrace relationship building as part of their marketing activity are far more likely to generate customer loyalty and repeat business, plus it is far cheaper to target your existing customers than it is to generate new leads.
Email newsletters (or e-newsletters) are an incredibly efficient way for your company to keep in touch with customers and prospects, encouraging a steady stream of leads. People guard their email inboxes mercilessly these days which means that being granted permission to send them a newsletter gives you an opportunity to build and nurture a unique relationship. This is an arena where you can truly stand out from the competition.

 

Here are our top ten reasons why your business should have a newsletter:

  • 1. Newsletters create a more personal and intimate connection with your prospects and clients
  • 2. Newsletters keep you in front of your target market until they are ready to buy
  • 3. Newsletters ensure people don’t forget about you
  • 4. Newsletters give you a platform to display your expertise on a deeper level
  • 5. Newsletters help to generate customer loyalty
  • 6. Newsletters belong to you – there’s no dependency on social media trends or terms of use
  • 7. Newsletter lists are one of the biggest assets your company can have
  • 8. Newsletters give you the opportunity to really get to know your customers
  • 9. Newsletters save you money by nurturing existing leads and allowing you to market to existing followers
  • 10. Newsletters let you tailor-make your offerings to your ideal customer by tapping into what they really want from you.

 

Pretty great, huh? Welcome to the world of newsletters! Stay tuned this week. Trust me (and our cute NSquared news guy), you don’t want to miss out.

 

Contact us if you’re interested in boosting your business with weekly newsletters. It’s the right thing to do…

  • Jan 16 / 2013
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Articles

Why Do I Get Viruses?

We are asked this question often.  Your machine starts running a little slow, then slower and then you get false messages that you have a hard disk failure, or you are infected and need to purchase this anti virus software and they won’t let you do anything until you do.  While it’s true you have a virus, their “anti-virus” is what actually infected you!

 

Or perhaps your machine will not even load the desktop anymore, and you have no idea how this happened.  Even if you have anti-virus, this can still happen to you.  The fact of the matter is, just as the anti-virus software business is huge, so is the virus industry.  There are actually black market software groups that are developing virus creating tools for hackers.  An entire “standard” virus library exists!  Why re-invent the wheel right?

 

Who are these attackers anyways?  Attackers are divided into several categories:

  • Hackers-Individuals who just want to attack a computer system, either to expose security flaws, bragging rights or vandalize the system.

 

  • Script Kiddies-Unskilled attackers who want to break computers but are not actually programmers, they use the above mentioned virus programs to create scripts to do the work for them.  Incidentally if you ever saw the movie Swordfish, while Hugh Jackman was
    suppose to be this advanced programmer, here is proof he was just a script kiddie:script

 

  • Spies-This person was specifically hired to break into a machine and steal information.  The less attention drawn to the break in the better.  These guys are pretty smart.

 

  • Insiders-48% percent of information leakage in organizations is caused by someone in that organization.  Disgruntled employees may load a virus on a machine or steal data.

 

  • Cybercriminals-These are the guys that are making a lot of money.  They steal identities, commit financial fraud, and are the people spamming you.  They may infect your machine with a Trojan (example: a virus hidden in a free application you installed from the internet) and are collecting your passwords and account information to exploit. They even have investors to help fund them.

 

  • Cyberterrorists-Ideologists that attack for the sake of their beliefs.  They have brought down some heavy networks like, oh the Pentagon!  They may infect your machine as well, just to turn it into a zombie.  They can infect millions of individual computers with what is called a root kit virus, and use these machines to do things like send a bunch of signals to a network to overload it and bring it down.  You may unknowingly be helping a cyberterrorist take down government sites.

 

 

 

 

These are the people that can ruin your day or cost you money.   Common reasons people pick up viruses are:

  1. You installed free software
  2. You are hanging around some seedy areas of the internet (this can range from celebrity gossips sites to adult content)
  3. You visited a site that got hacked and infected you through the browser

 

To protect yourself from them you need a good firewall, regular anti-virus scans and a little discernment when browsing the internet.  If you do get infected and your anti-virus cannot fix the issue. Then you need to give us call, as more advanced measures need to be taken.

 

 

There you have it, a little insight in the dark world of viruses.  Browse safe out there and share the       be sure to share this with your friends.

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