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How to Improve Your Instagram Photos

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Are you happy with your Instagram marketing images? Looking for tips to improve your photos? In this article, you’ll discover four tips to help you create better photos so you can stand out, drive more clicks, and generate more revenue. Why Good Photography Matters on Instagram The imagery you’re posting to Instagram can help make […] The post How to Improve Your Instagram Photos appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

3 Instagram Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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Is your Instagram marketing working? Wondering if you’re making mistakes that could hurt you? In this article, we asked some of today’s top Instagram marketers to share common mistakes they see and how to avoid them. #1: Using Instagram Hashtags Incorrectly In 2018, Instagram finally allowed hashtags in a profile’s bio description to be clickable […] The post 3 Instagram Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Get Leads With Facebook Messenger Ads

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Want to generate more leads from your Facebook marketing? Have you tried Messenger ads? In this article, you’ll discover how to create Messenger ad campaigns that will generate new leads for your business. A Note on Using Messenger Ad Destinations Before diving into Messenger ads, it’s worth noting that this article isn’t about the Messenger […] The post How to Get Leads With Facebook Messenger Ads appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Why User Discovery Experience Is Now Vital to SEO – Here’s Why #202

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Google is no longer just a search engine; it’s a discovery engine as well. The question for brands and sites today is: are you worth discovering? In this episode of the popular Here’s Why digital marketing video series, Eric Enge explains what a discovery engine is and why SEOs should be optimizing not just for keywords but as useful, valuable entities as well.  Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why Resources Solving Complex SEO Problems Requires a New Discovery Approach See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Transcript Mark: Eric, what do we mean by user discovery experience? Eric: User discovery experience is about Google’s increasing shift for many queries from being a search engine to a discovery engine. Mark: What’s the difference? Eric: Traditionally a search engine provides the user with a large number of links to web pages that might satisfy the user’s query. A discovery engine is more about helping users to find or explore things that they may not have been explicitly searching for, but which have a good chance of being of interest to the user. Google is becoming a discovery engine, helping people find content that might interest them before they search for it.Click To Tweet Mark: What are some examples of Google’s discovery engine at work? Eric: As SEO Hannah Thorpe explained at SMX East, the most obvious example is Google’s own discovery feed on its mobile app, which displays articles and news items about topics Google thinks are of high interest to the user. We’re looking at an example of that feed right now. But Google is also helping users with discovery in more subtle ways such as neural matching. Mark: What is neural matching? Eric: According to Google’s Danny Sullivan, neural matching is an AI method that attempts to connect words to concepts. For example, as we see here, a user doesn’t know the name for a specific phenomenon. He or she searches using a very human description like, “Why does my TV look strange?” Google’s AI neural matching knows that this fits with something called the “soap opera effect” and so displays results for that even though the phrase and the query may not actually appear on those pages. Mark: It’s kind of like me saying, “Did you see that movie? Oh, you know, the one where a bunch of rebels are fighting against an evil galactic empire? What’s the name of it?” Eric: Star Wars, Mark. Mark: Nice neural matching there, Eric. Where else is Google helping with user discovery? Eric: One fascinating area is Google’s interest in entities. Mark: Entities? Eric: Entities are identifiable things in the world. They could be people, places, organizations, or even concepts. Google is building an ever-expanding database of such entities. We see a direct display of entities in Google when it displays a knowledge panel directly in the search results, like the one we see here for Yorkshire Terrier. Mark: Okay. Now let’s get practical with this. What should SEOs do as Google increasingly tries to create a user discovery experience? Eric: First of all, don’t for a moment think that the traditional search methods are going away. Actually, as Hannah Thorpe explained, search and discovery each have their own unique value depending on the query and the user intent. In discovery, the entity holds the value, while in search, the domain is the valuable thing. So discovery is not query-based; discovery is all about a journey–a user journey–while search is the quest for a single best answer. Mark: Each has its value to the end user. Eric: Exactly. As SEOs, we’re pretty experienced on the search side of things. We know to optimize for popular keywords that are relevant to your business, but we need to learn also how to optimize as entities to show up more on the discovery side of things. Winning businesses in the future will be high performers in both search and discovery. So, while you need to keep working hard at ranking for your keywords, you also need to work to earn Google’s respect as a relevant, respected, authoritative brand entity that Google users will be glad to discover. Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

The Exhaustive List of Ecommerce Types and Categories

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If you’re interested in starting up a web business, it’s important to have a good idea of what business you might start. What kind of ecommerce category do you fall into? There are important considerations for each different type, and those considerations can vary quite a bit. For example, if you’re looking to sell a service, you need to establish yourself as enough of an authority that people will trust you. If you’re selling something in a retail format, you need to figure out your inventory and fulfillment processes. Let’s explore, shall we? B2C Vs B2B Vs C2C Vs C2B First, let’s cover the broad, top-level ecommerce categories. I figure there are only four of them, but some people think there are as many as six; more on those in a moment. The main four are those I’ve listed in the subhead. So what are they, if you’re not familiar with the acronyms? Business to Consumer is the most traditional type of business you think of when you think about, well, a business. A retail store is a business to consumer brand. Amazon is large business to consumer. A store like Office Depot is a hybrid, catering to home users and to businesses. Business to consumer brands are businesses that sell products directly to non-business customers. Business to Business brands are also very common. Think about any service provider with a business tool to sell you. Google has a lot of business to business tools. Marketing platforms like Hubspot or MailChimp or HootSuite are all business to business companies. A business to business brand is simply a brand that is selling their services to other businesses, either of a specified scale or of any scale with varying pricing and service levels. Consumer to Business is a less common type of transaction, but it has become increasingly common over the years as the benefits of hiring an employee drop, while the benefits of contracting a freelancer rise. A freelance writer working for a company is a C2B relationship. A website that provides stock photos is acting as a middleman; consumers produce the content and businesses can buy it. Consumer to Consumer is the newest and fastest growing form of transaction. There are a variety of different ways this can manifest, from traditional to brand new. Traditional consumer to consumer transactions include small-scale sales like a yard sale or the transactions facilitated by eBay or Craigslist. It also includes the entire gig economy, ranging from for-contract courier services to Uber. Some people also consider B2G or B2A as different from B2B. The G or the A stand for Government or Administration. Selling a service to the government as a contractor would be a B2G transaction. Filing and handling tax services would be a B2A service, potentially. I figure these are just a sub-set of B2B, if you consider the government or various public administrations to be a variety of business, or at least an organization. It’s not strictly necessary or beneficial to make the distinction. So, the first thing you need to decide when you’re starting a business is what your target audience will be. Are you going to be a freelancer selling your services to companies? Are you a creative, working with whoever will pay you? Are you going to set up a deal with manufacturers or retailers to sell for them or refer customers? You have quite a few options. The second thing you need to do is pick a business model. Here are three divisions, and the business models you might find within. Tangible Goods The first category of ecommerce is the traditional retail sales model, and various related business models. I call it the tangible goods category, because what you would be providing to your customers is a tangible product, something that can be handled physically and requires shipping. Retail Sales, also known as Wholesaling and Warehousing, is the traditional sort of sales model. You produce, or hire someone to produce for you, physical products. You then store those products somewhere, be it in your spare bedroom or in a warehouse down by the docks. You create a website with a catalog users can use to browse your products, or you use a third party system like Amazon or Etsy to showcase your inventory. Customers make an order, and you fulfill the order, handling all of the shipping and support. Some companies, like Amazon, offer services like Fulfilled By Amazon to ease some of this process and guarantee shipping. Retail sales can range from B2C, where you’re a company selling items to people, to B2B, where you’re wholesaling large quantities of products to other retailers, who will sell at a markup. Either way, you’re the initial provider of the item, not counting whatever factories you have hired to produce it for you. Drop Shipping is a way to streamline the retail sales model. A wholesaler doesn’t care about most small customers; it’s not worth their time selling individual cans of Coke to people when they can sell truckloads to retailers instead. A drop shipper steps in and says “I will make you a deal; I will aggregate orders from small customers and process them; all you need to do is ship to the addresses I supply.” There are a ton of drop shippers on Amazon. It’s incredibly easy to set up contracts with certain wholesalers and list products on Amazon (or your own storefront, set up using Shopify and some plugins), and sell those products. Customers are buying at a markup – so you can profit – but they don’t care, or the wholesale price isn’t available to them, and so on. White Labeling is sort of like a form of drop shipping, or of wholesaling, as a kind of bridge in the gap between them. You typically purchase products from a company and sell them to individuals, like you would with drop shipping. However, instead of keeping the manufacturer or wholesaler’s branding, you add on your own branding. This is common in the health and beauty niche, but is more difficult in other niches. Print on Demand is somewhat similar to drop shipping, though you can be the first-party provider or a second-party middleman depending on your position. You can do the printing yourself, or you can hire a printing company to print what you want them to. The difference between print on demand and drop shipping is simply that, with wholesaling and drop shipping, there’s a warehouse full of products somewhere just waiting to go out. With print on demand, the item is not created until an order comes in. This is exceedingly common with apparel and small accessories like phone cases. It’s also common with art prints.  Affiliate Marketing is similar to drop shipping, except you’re not handling any part of the process except advertising. With drop shipping, you have to create the storefront, and forward orders on to your wholesaler. With affiliate marketing, you don’t even handle orders; you simply direct customers to your wholesaler’s storefront. Amazon also does this; the Amazon affiliate program allows anyone to just make a link that points to a listing on their storefront, where they get paid if their referred user makes a purchase. It has the lowest overhead – all you need to succeed is a blog – but it’s also likely to have slimmer profit margins. Manufacturing can be considered the root of all B2B tangible goods sales. Being the company that actually creates the products means you can make a lot of profit; if a widget you sell costs $100 per case, and it takes you $2 worth of materials to manufacture the case, you’re pulling in a lot of cash. The trick is, you have to source raw materials and you need the hardware to manufacture the products in bulk at a rapid pace. There’s a reason most manufacturing is now performed in places like China; it’s expensive to get set up and reconfigured. Many of these ecommerce categories have a supplemental or spin-off type in the form of subscription services. The Dollar Shave Club is a prime example; they’re a drop shipping and white labeling company that operates on a subscription model rather than discrete sales. For the most part, I don’t consider these subscription services to be different categories; they’re just recurring orders for existing categories. Intangible Goods There is a lot of overlap between tangible goods and intangible goods sales. Many of the same business models apply. Affiliate marketing, for example, works equally well for Amazon regardless of whether you’re buying a book or an ebook. Digital Product Sales are a form of intangible good where you’re simply selling something that has no physical form. Software is the prime example; everything from boxed software at Best Buy to the library you can buy on Steam can count as digital product sales. Training Courses are another form of intangible good. It’s different from a service, because you aren’t necessarily training anyone directly; rather, you’re providing video lessons and coursework in PDF form, and whatever else is included. Services The final ecommerce type is being a service provider. Rather than providing a book, you provide the service of writing. Rather than providing a painting, you provide the service of graphic design. Freelancing is one of the primary forms of service one can provide online. Freelancers can do anything from coding and writing to art to marketing. Almost anything a business needs can be done by freelancers, though it’s not always appropriate to contract freelancers rather than hire employees. There’s also the middleman business model of providing connections; sites like Upwork or WriterAccess provide the service of connecting freelancers with people who want to hire them. Consulting is another form of service one can provide. You don’t have to provide the service for a company directly, but you can examine their processes and explain to them how they can improve, with your own recommendations, and perhaps your own services on offer. Consulting is simple outsourcing institutional and industry knowledge. Training is similar to consulting, but more in-depth. You can hire someone to train yourself or your employees in a task. Training is often provided along with tangible and intangible goods as well. As A Service (XaaS) is an entire class of internet-based service providers. Anything you think of as a web app today is usually “software as a service”. Rather than buying a piece of software and the hardware to run it, you buy access to someone else’s computer running that software. Anything from Google Analytics to Canva to Microsoft’s Office 365 can be an example of software as a service. More than just software can be provided as a service. Amazon’s web services, Google’s App Engine, and WordPress.com hosted blogs are examples of Platforms as a Service. Content Delivery Networks and outsourced processing power in the Google Compute Engine are examples of infrastructure as a service. Any as-a-service model relies on uninterrupted internet connections and reliable providers to succeed, which is why many of them tend to be B2B; they need the scale to support themselves. Still, more and more, these are becoming commonplace. Once you have chosen your target audience and the category for your ecommerce business, you can start to nail down more of the details. What is your product or service? How are you going to provide it? What kind of infrastructure do you need in place to succeed? Have at it, and good luck! The post The Exhaustive List of Ecommerce Types and Categories appeared first on Growtraffic Blog.

LinkedIn Live Video and Company Page Updates

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore LinkedIn Live video and company page updates with special guests Viveka von Rosen and Cathy Hackl. Watch […] The post LinkedIn Live Video and Company Page Updates appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

How to Become Iconic: Succeeding by Standing Apart

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Want to set yourself apart from others in your industry? Wondering how you can stay top of mind with your customers? To explore how to make your brand iconic in today’s world, I interview Scott McKain. Scott is a professional speaker and author of the book Create Distinction. His podcast is Project Distinct, and his […] The post How to Become Iconic: Succeeding by Standing Apart appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Getting The Message Out Quickly, The Journey, Season 2 Episode 21

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Got an important message you need to get out there quickly? Then watch The Journey, Social Media Examiner’s episodic video documentary that shows you what really happens inside a growing business. Watch the Journey This episode of the Journey shows how Social Media Examiner quickly got the word out about an opportunity that had a […] The post Getting The Message Out Quickly, The Journey, Season 2 Episode 21 appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Does AMP Improve Rankings, Engagement, and Conversion?

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Studies show that AMP drives more revenue and positive ROI. This includes prior analysis done by Stone Temple (now Perficient Digital) as shown in our canonical guide to AMP. In addition, a Forrester economic-impact study outlines how greater page-load speed increases conversions, traffic and pages per visit. There’s a lot of positive, individual-use cases for how websites are succeeding with AMP, but there are also stories out there where things didn’t go so well. In my experience, that’s usually because the implementation was poor, resulting in a crappy UX. Going from a slow site with great UX to a fast site with crappy UX is probably not a win, in my opinion.

How to Create LinkedIn Objective-Based Ads

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Do you want to optimize your LinkedIn ad campaigns? Wondering how objective-based advertising can help? In this article, you’ll discover how to create objective-based ads using LinkedIn’s updated Campaign Manager. What Are the New LinkedIn Advertising Campaign Objectives? The Campaign Manager interface has been redesigned for LinkedIn objective-based ads and to offer a more streamlined […] The post How to Create LinkedIn Objective-Based Ads appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

A 7-Step Process to Make Marketing Videos That Work

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Do you need to work with experts or employees to create marketing videos? Looking for a proven process that results in great content? In this article, you’ll learn how to guide experts to deliver talking points you can use in your marketing videos. Explain the Process to Your Interview Subject While you may think what […] The post A 7-Step Process to Make Marketing Videos That Work appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

3 Ways to Improve Instagram Engagement

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Is Instagram marketing a priority for you? Wondering what types of organic Instagram posts people engage with most? In this article, you’ll discover how you can generate more organic engagement on Instagram. Instagram Marketing Changes to Watch For In 2018, eMarketer estimated that 31.8% of the U.S. population uses Instagram. That’s a lot of potential fans […] The post 3 Ways to Improve Instagram Engagement appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Why Content Marketing Works (and How) – Here’s Why #201

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More companies than ever are using content marketing, but do we have any proof that it actually works?  In this episode of our award winning Here’s Why digital marketing video series, Mark Traphagen shares some interesting stats from a study that show just how effective content marketing can be in bringing in and retaining customers. Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why Resources Does Content Marketing Actually Work? The Data Says Yes! See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Transcript Eric: Mark, content marketing has been all the rage for several years, but how do we know it works? Mark: It may seem like something you have to take on faith, but now thanks to some research by metrics firm ProfitWell, we have some solid data on its effectiveness. They took a deep dive into 3,000 businesses that subscribe to their service, some of which use content marketing and some that don’t. They also had access to the behavior of 30,000 consumers who use those sites. Eric: And what did they find? Mark: To start, they showed that while content marketing might seem like an expensive investment, it is cost effective compared to other forms of marketing. For example, they found that content marketing is about 30% less expensive than paid channels in terms of cost of customer acquisition. They also stated that companies with blogs get 67% more leads. Companies with blogs get 67% more leads than those that don't.Click To Tweet Eric: Content can be effective in bringing in new customers, but does it help a site retain customers? Mark: According to the ProfitWell data, it does. They saw a 5% to 10% better retention rate for companies that deploy content. But obviously, the biggest benefit is on the customer growth side. In fact, the companies that consistently use content see about a 30% higher growth rate than those that don’t. Eric: Those are some pretty amazing stats. Mark: I do think we need to provide a caveat here. No one should take from these results that simply posting content in and of itself will make this magic happen. I think it’s a safe bet that the companies in the data sample that drove the positive results up employ a well planned and executed content strategy that does a great job of covering the whole buying cycle. ProfitWell’s stat that almost half of buyers view three to five pieces of content before engaging with a sales rep seems to back that up. Don’t miss a single episode of Here’s Why with Mark & Eric. Click the subscribe button below to be notified via email each time a new video is published. Subscribe to Here’s Why See all of our Here’s Why Videos | Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

YouTube Growth: Audience and Subscriber Numbers Are Rising

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Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore YouTube audience and subscriber growth and Periscope live streaming with guests with special guest Luria Petrucci. Watch […] The post YouTube Growth: Audience and Subscriber Numbers Are Rising appeared first on Social Media Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

IBM Cloud Direct Link Now Available in CyrusOne Data Centers

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Dallas, TX – CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced the availability of IBM Cloud Direct Link within CyrusOne’s Carrollton, Texas data center to support customers in the U.S. via CyrusOne’s National IX. IBM Cloud Direct Link provides customers with a secured, dedicated network connection from their own IT infrastructure to the IBM Cloud. “We are excited to welcome IBM Cloud into the CyrusOne ecosystem. IBM is a world leader in cloud services, and connecting to our National IX provides a competitive advantage for customers in Texas and across the United States,” said John Gould, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, CyrusOne. “The Dallas Metro Area has seen rapid growth in cloud services, and locating in our state-of-the-art Carrollton facility provides the lowest latency for customers in the Texas markets.” “As businesses enter the next phase of the cloud journey, it’s important to have an open, hybrid approach to develop, run and deploy applications across multicloud environments,” said Gabriel Montanti, Global Offering Executive, IBM Cloud. “The collaboration with CyrusOne is part of the expanding IBM Cloud Direct Link service provider program, which provides businesses with dedicated private connectivity with low latency so they can optimize their hybrid cloud strategy.” CyrusOne National IX delivers interconnection across states and between metro-enabled sites within the CyrusOne facility footprint and beyond. The platform enables high-performance, low-cost data transfer and accessibility for customers and unites CyrusOne data centers throughout the United States. With dedicated connectivity to the IBM Cloud, businesses have a secured path to migrate sensitive workloads and data to the cloud and take advantage of next generation services including AI, analytics, blockchain and more. CyrusOne operates more than 45 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver high availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy. About CyrusOne CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is a high-growth real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The Company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for approximately 1,000 customers, including more than 205 Fortune 1000 companies. With a track record of meeting and surpassing the aggressive speed-to-market demands of hyperscale cloud providers, as well as the expanding IT infrastructure requirements of the enterprise, CyrusOne provides the flexibility, reliability, security, and connectivity that foster business growth. CyrusOne offers a tailored, customer service-focused platform and is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its more than 45 data centers worldwide. Additional information about CyrusOne can be found at www.CyrusOne.com.

Liquid Web Upgrades their Managed Dedicated Server Solutions

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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, a managed hosting company purpose-built for mission-critical sites, stores, and applications for small and midsize businesses announces the refresh of their Managed Dedicated Server offerings, now featuring the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The new lineup includes the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v6, Intel Xeon Silver 4108, and Intel Xeon Gold 6130. These technology improvements enhance speed, reliability, and security across the Managed Dedicated Server portfolio and signal Liquid Web’s continued commitment to growing their customers’ online potential. “Our goal is to provide our customers with the best available server technology backed by the Most Helpful Humans in Hosting. This makes Liquid Web the best choice for web-dependent businesses and the designers, developers, and agencies who serve them,” said Melanie Purkis, Director of Managed Hosting Products. “This new Intel Xeon Scalable technology provides workload-optimized performance, improved hardware security, and serious processing power that our customers require for their mission-critical sites, applications, and databases,” said Purkis. Liquid Web’s Managed Dedicated Servers come standard with DDoS protection, advanced security, and built-in backup disk. And, as with all Liquid Web customers, Managed Dedicated Server users benefit from our wholly-owned data centers that are staffed 24/7/365 with highly-trained administrators and engineers who are always available by phone or live online chat in 59 seconds or less — guaranteed. All of this comes without the need for contracts, long-term commitments, or hidden costs. All Managed Servers at Liquid Web also include the following hosting essentials and uptime guarantee: Security Performance Enhancements (CloudFlare) DDoS protection Built-in server backup solutions 100% Power and Network Uptime Guarantee 24×7 proactive monitoring Optional off-site backups and Server Protection/Malware Remediation About Liquid Web Liquid Web powers online content, commerce, and potential to 30,000 SMB entrepreneurs spanning 150 countries. An industry leader in managed hosting and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings, including bare metal servers, fully managed hosting, Managed WordPress, and Managed WooCommerce Hosting, and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Companies for eleven years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”).

Oracle Enhances Cloud Capability in Abu Dhabi

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Oracle announced the immediate availability of its new data centre in Abu Dhabi, which will offer public cloud applications services to customers in the UAE and wider Middle East. The Abu Dhabi data centre will support the rapid adoption of Oracle Cloud in the UAE and act as a key catalyst for the implementation of UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aimed at building the country’s leadership in education and advanced technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics and genomic medicine. “By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “Our customers in the region are excited about this new development. Coupled with Oracle’s unique ability to deliver solutions at every layer of the cloud stack, they firmly believe they can tackle digital disruption head on.” Top organisations in the UAE continue to drive major digital transformation projects with Oracle Cloud. Etisalat, one of the world’s leading telecommunication groups, is the telecom partner for Oracle’s applications data centre in Abu Dhabi. “In the past year, we have seen dramatic changes in the industry with digital technologies taking centre stage. Businesses are making investments in futuristic technologies and adapting to these technological changes in their ecosystems”, said Miguel Villalonga, Vice President of Cloud & Data Center, Etisalat Digital. “With digital transformation driving the future, more companies are enabling digital innovation in their business and services. Our collaboration with Oracle complements very well the existing capabilities of Etisalat Digital and will help accelerate this transformation and cloud adoption to further empower government and commercial entities in the region.” Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Rauda Al Saadi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Smart Solutions and Services Authority (ADSSSA), said, “The Authority is sparing no effort in contributing to positioning Abu Dhabi as a global hub for technology and innovation. In line with this, the launch of the new Oracle data centre in Abu Dhabi represents a strong boost towards achieving a digital transformation path, complementing the Abu Dhabi Government Accelerators Programme ‘Ghadan 21’.” “We are fully aware of the important role that data plays as the key element in driving digital transformation, which requires a strong data system based on the latest technologies and capabilities,” H.E. added. “We therefore attach great importance on the need to strengthen partnerships with leading technology companies to enhance the government services, decision making process, and raising the efficiency of government performance. Our collaboration with Oracle will allow us to double our capabilities across many areas of technology, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and large data analytics.” Data management represents a cornerstone of the authority’s strategy to develop and manage the data exchange platform, build analysis capabilities, and reinforce private sector participation in the development of this field, she noted. That effort supports the Abu Dhabi Government’s efforts to achieve economic growth and enrich the quality of people’s lives. About Oracle The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly-Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com/middleeast.

365 Data Centers Introduces Enterprise Managed Services Solution

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Norwalk, CT — 365 Data Centers, a leading provider of hybrid data center services for carrier, content and enterprise customers, announces its Enterprise Managed Services solution, which provides full-service, end-to-end data center technology procurement and management. The new offering includes strategic investment in hardware and software from the industry’s top vendors, such as Dell EMC, storage in 365’s secure facilities, and all supporting services. Allowing businesses to consolidate the cost of acquiring and supporting data center infrastructure into a single fixed monthly fee, the Enterprise Managed Services solution frees up enterprises to focus on their core business instead of IT management. “Our Enterprise Managed Services solution is our latest example of how we’ve developed a complete enterprise IT services ecosystem, ensuring that our clients no longer have to be burdened with data center management,” says Jeff Slapp, Vice President of 365 Data Centers. “Every week, we’re hearing that enterprises want to move away from a data center management role, but they’re also increasingly interested in hybrid IT infrastructure and keeping costs low and stable. Our new offering solves for these competing challenges and is anchored by our unmatched customer service, along with our entire services portfolio.” “We’re proud to collaborate with 365 Data Centers to provide enterprises with comprehensive, industry-leading data center solutions,” says Elliot Hujarski, Area Vice President-Southeast for Dell EMC. “With Dell EMC’s broad portfolio of scalable, high-performance data center solutions coupled with 365 Data Centers’ expertise, network and facilities, enterprises can tap into the best IT architecture in the industry without the upfront capital expenditure.” 365 Data Centers’ Enterprise Managed Services offering provides clients with hands-on, start-to-finish guidance to meet their infrastructure needs, beginning with consultation on the desired hardware and software combination, and ending with a move-in-ready, fully implemented, secure solution housed at one or more of 365’s 10 U.S.-based facilities. The fundamental goal of this offering is to free customers from the burden of day-to-day data center management so they can focus on what matters: the success of their business.

Alibaba Cloud Launches Second Data Center in Indonesia, Doubling Capacity

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Jakarta, Indonesia – Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, today launched a second data center in Indonesia to double its local capacity. The company also announced the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program at today’s “Hello Indonesia 2019” event to empower local enterprises and talents, contributing to Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision. Driven by strong customer demand, the opening of the second data center came only ten months after the first. Alibaba Cloud is the only global public cloud platform with local data centers in Indonesia. The two centers will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, allowing customers to deploy mission-critical workloads in multiple availability zones and switch over within seconds. Alibaba Cloud now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide. The two centers offer a comprehensive suite of products and services, ranging from elastic computing, database service, networking, storage, security, and middleware, to solutions that address vertical industry challenges. With strong demand for big data and analytic solutions from Indonesian enterprises, Alibaba Cloud has already launched Machine Learning for AI and, later this month will offer elastic search to provide real-time search, data analysis, and visualization capabilities. Alibaba Cloud has also launched Smart Access Gateway (SAG), an SD-WAN solution to provide a one-stop cloud connectivity solution for public cloud and hybrid cloud environments. “The Digital Economy Vision of Indonesia sets out a clear direction for our future development. Our goal is to foster new decacorn and unicorn, accelerate the growth of at least 1,000 startups, and help at least 8 million people in the traditional farming and fishing industries, as well as SMEs, to go digital,” said H.E. Rudiantara, Minister of Communications and Information of Indonesia. “With better connectivity and a fast-growing digital community, the Indonesian market presents enormous opportunities to both local and global enterprises,” said Leon Chen, General Manager of Singapore and Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud. “By doubling our data center capacity and launching the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program in Indonesia, we aim to further build the cloud ecosystem and talent pool for Indonesia.” The newly launched Alibaba Cloud Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program echoes the Indonesian Government’s digital ambition by providing training, mentorship, and venture capital opportunities to enterprises and professionals. Following its initial launch in Indonesia, it will gradually roll out to other global markets. Alibaba Cloud kicked off the program in Jakarta by giving 300 professionals from start-ups and enterprises an introduction to e-commerce technology, using Alibaba Group’s Double 11 Global Shopping Festival as a case study. The accelerator program will go to Bali on January 12 to further connect with more than 200 professionals and students. Alibaba Cloud also continues to strengthen its local channel network with partners such as PT IndoInternet, PT Blue Power Technology and PT Sistech Kharisma. Today, Alibaba Cloud announced a strategic partnership with PT IndoInternet as the distributor of its full range of cloud computing products and services. “We are very pleased to work with Alibaba Cloud. Reliable and cost-effective products and services are highly sought-after in our market as it expands. Serving as a distributor of Alibaba Cloud not only helps us meet increasing market demand but also enables local resellers to improve their product knowledge and service standards,” said David Tandianus, Director, PT IndoInternet. About Alibaba Cloud Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (www.alibabacloud.com), the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

Cloudflare Announces Strong Network Expansion and New Office

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San Francisco, CA – Cloudflare, the leading Internet performance and security company, announced results from the fourth quarter of 2018. In the final three months of the year, Cloudflare continued to expand its global footprint with 10 new data centers, launched its first mobile application, and opened a new office in Munich, Germany. “We closed out 2018 with significant network expansion, our first consumer application, and a new European office,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “I’m proud of the growth our team accomplished in the final quarter, as we brought our network even closer to our global users and opened an office to be closer to our European users.” Cloudflare’s new data centers bring its network to 165 global points of presence. With these additions in the United States, Bahrain, Russia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and France (Reunion), Cloudflare announced a total of 46 new cities in 2018. Cloudflare also announced its first mobile application, the 1.1.1.1 app. Cloudflare launched the 1.1.1.1 DNS offering in March 2018 to provide users with a faster and more private Internet browsing experience. The 1.1.1.1 app allows iOS and Android users to quickly toggle 1.1.1.1 on and off on their phones to easily access an encrypted browsing experience. Since launching the 1.1.1.1 app in November, nearly one million users have downloaded the app. Cloudflare also published an update on the one year anniversary of the Athenian Project, an effort to restore confidence in democracy by providing vulnerable election websites with Cloudflare’s enterprise-level service, for free. In December 2018, Cloudflare received high scores from the 2018 Gartner Critical Capabilities report for Cloud Web Application Firewalls (WAFs)*. In addition, Cloudflare is continuing to expand its network across the world and now has a network capacity of 20Tbps. Cloudflare had more than 865 employees at the end of 2018, up from 539 just over a year ago as the company continues to grow its engineering, sales, marketing, and support teams across its offices worldwide. *Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. About Cloudflare Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers more than 10 trillion requests per month, which is nearly 10 percent of all Internet requests. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with each new site added. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer, named the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company for two years running by the Wall Street Journal, and ranked among the world’s 50 most innovative companies by Fast Company. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in San Jose, CA, Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, and Singapore.

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