Courtney Pugh

As an industry expert, Courtney Pugh provides tips and advice to help SMBs reach their full potential online.

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Don’t Fall for the Traps: Do’s and Don’ts of the Office Holiday Party

If you are some of the lucky few, holiday parties are still a reason to celebrate at the office this time of year. Typically the first to go when a company encounters financial constraints, office holiday parties are a great way to boost morale and bring co-workers together outside the confines of the office. Although a good excuse to let loose with co-workers after a year of hard work, it is all too easy to fall into the traps unintentionally set by the party planning committee. Free food, open bars and a casual environment have all the makings of a fun Friday night, but an embarrassing Monday. Below, we outline the top 5 traps to avoid at your office holiday celebration.

Trap 1: The Allure of the Open Bar

At the majority of office events, companies use the common social lubricant of alcohol to help get their guests in the party mood. While this may be a great opportunity to try those fancy martinis and/or that top shelf liquor, alcohol has the power to lower inhibitions and alter your judgment. Don’t fall into this trap. Even if you think you can properly handle your alcohol, remember that perceptions can have a big impact on your office reputation. You don’t want to look like you’re constantly in line at the bar or drinking too much. Limit your alcohol intake to a glass of wine or single mixed drink to ensure that your professionalism stays intact.

Trap 2: No “Professional Attire” Dress Code Restriction 

“Yes! Finally an opportunity to get out of those boring suits!”

While a cocktail or causal dress code is in effect for most gatherings outside the office, this is not the time to break out your newest mini-skirt of favorite old band t-shirt. If you wouldn’t want your CEO to see you dressed in your outfit, then you should not wear it to the office party. Bright colors, sequins or even festive accessories are great ways to enhance your party outfit, but keep anything revealing, sheer or suggestive at home.

Trap 3: It’s a Party After All

One of the great advantages of an office celebration is the opportunity for employees of all levels to intermingle. Knowing this very important fact, don’t let your guard down! Although you may joke around with your co-workers, the same may not be said in front of your boss. You never know what co-worker or high level executive may be standing behind you as you tell that racy joke. Limit your office talk and foul language. While you are at a causal event, be sure you are not over-sharing personal information or spreading off-color stories. You never know who you could offend or put off.

Trap 4: Invitation Says You Plus a Guest  

If you are lucky, you are able to bring a guest to your office party. While a spouse or loved one is an obvious choice, for those without a significant other it is important to truly think about your choice of guest. Not only will this person be meeting important professional contacts, they will also be a direct reflection on you. Invite someone who will behave appropriately. The means swapping out your drinking buddy or unpredictable childhood pal for someone you trust to follow proper social etiquette.

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Social Media Mistakes to Avoid this Holiday Season

Social Media for Businesses

The holiday season is a great time for family gatherings, delicious food, and time away from the office. However, this time of year also has a big emphasis on shopping. Consumers are constantly making their shopping lists, and checking them twice! Both in-store and online businesses should take advantage of this shopping spotlight to help increase their end of year sales. Today, social media is considered a beneficial tool strong enough to affect shoppers’ purchasing decisions. To be sure your business is properly leveraging this platform we asked US consumers about the biggest social media mistakes businesses make and how to avoid them. Check out the top 5 mistakes and learn how to avoid them to profit this holiday season.

63% not responding to comments

Not responding or interacting with users was the most common mistake consumers identified for businesses on social media. Facebook, Twitter, Google + and many other social media platforms offer an opportunity for consumers to directly interact with their favorite businesses. This is a great opportunity to increase users’ trust and loyalty to your brand. Be sure to answer and engage with all of your comments, even ones that offer criticism. Knowing that their opinions are heard and considered can go a long way in the eyes on shoppers.

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Category: MyWebsite & Apps
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Start Your Holiday Preparations Today

Start Your Holiday Preparations Today

Holiday cookies in October?! Although it may seem early the holiday season will be here sooner than we think. With November right around the corner, the winter holidays should now be a major focus for business owners looking to prepare for the rush of holiday shopping. Below are eight tips to start your holiday preparations.

1. Spread the Cheer

The first impression is always the most important. Therefore, it is key to keep your website as timely as possible. Customize your layout or add fun festive graphic elements to your site as the holidays get closer. These visuals will provide your customers a pre-holiday shopping atmosphere and help serve as a reminder for them to complete their shopping list sooner rather than later.

2. Make Paying and Shipping a Breeze

One of the biggest complaints from consumers shopping online is difficulty with payment and shipping. The holiday season is the perfect time to evaluate what you offer to ensure you are in-line with what your customers need. Be sure to offer more than one payment and shipping option! Little choice in this category often leads to abandonment of the order transaction. Online payments options such as PayPal in addition to credit cards are popular payment options for those looking to shop online.

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Category: eBusiness
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1&1’s Joomla! Specialist Viktor Vogel is Attending FrOSCon

FrOSCon 2014- log

This weekend, 1&1’s Joomla! Specialist, Viktor Vogel  will be attending the Free and Open Source Software Conference (FrOSCon). Another fun-filled weekend for our Joomla! Specialist, Viktor will be travelling to Sankt Augusti, Germany for the annual event which takes place on 23rd and 24th August.

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Category: Net Culture
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Joomla!’s Bug Clean Up with Viktor Vogel – New Pictures

Joomla! Bug Cleanup Team

We recently revealed a sneak peak into the Joomla! bug cleanup event 1&1’s Joomla! Specialist, Viktor Vogel, attended. Promising you more photos and Viktor’s full report of his experience, we are thrilled to announce the wait is over.

Taking place in Manchester, Viktor joined eight other developers from around the globe with the mission to clean up Joomla!’s bug tracker. With hundreds of unresolved issues, the bug tracker needed to be addressed in order to move forward with Joomla! updates. Specifically, the JoomlaCode issue tracker was no longer appropriate for the amount of growth Joomla! had experienced since 2005. Below is Viktor’s personal experience.

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Joomla!: A Popular CMS

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A Content management system or CMS as they are more commonly known, is a software system used for publishing web content. The glue, holding the majority of websites together, such applications are used to manage the content (text, video, images and music) on a website. Joomla! is just one example of a popular CMS used today. Ranked as a top CMS option for both beginners and advanced users, the popular app had been downloaded more than 50 million times in February 2014.

Operating within an open course concept, Joomla is freely available to anyone and everyone, as well as a host to a loyal community of contributors. A variety of industries, nonprofits, and some of the world’s largest financial institutions are currently benefiting from Joomla!.  In fact, the CMS is powering around 3,200 government agencies’ websites, blogs and Intranets across 204 countries – according to a Joomla! press release in February 2014. A main component to Joomla is the use of extensions. Extensions are opportunities to further customise your site and fall into five categories – components, modules, plugins, templates, and language. Each extension is an opportunity to make your site stand out from the crowd. With 8,314 different extensions currently available, there are endless possibilities to make your site one of a kind.

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Category: Developers
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The Evolution of 1&1 MyWebsite

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Since the launch of 1&1 MyWebsite in May 2009, our flagship web design tool has come a long way. Having grown and expanded over the last seven years, we take a look at what’s new in 2014.

A do-it-yourself website builder, 1&1 MyWebsite is an easy to use tool for everyone. From businesses wanting to showcase their products and services, to those that want a website dedicated to a hobby of other interest, the 1&1 MyWebsite tool was designed to meet the needs of all users. Continuously evolving to meet the ever changing needs of consumers, we have seen some major upgrades this year.

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Category: MyWebsite & Apps
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Viktor Vogel, 1&1’s Joomla! Specialist Attends J and Beyond 2014

Viktor_JandBeyond 2014

J and Beyond is one of the world’s largest Joomla! events. Held in Konigstein, Germany from 30th May – 1st June 2014, we were thrilled to hear that 1&1’s Joomla! Specialist Viktor Vogel attended and presented at the annuall event. As a core contributor to the Joomla! community, Viktor’s session: Joomla! Multiplied – How to run Multiwebsites, was a joint presentation with Gerald Martin. With over nine years of experience in the Joomla! Community, Viktor was excited to share his expertise on the subject.

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Category: Developers
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