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Don’t Let Customers Forget About You!

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There are thousands of sites across the web that customers and users have completely forgotten about. Once upon a time, these sites might have had hundreds of views and clicks. Now, they are dead spaces with no interest from consumers at all. Why does this happen? Usually, it’s because the business owner has allowed customers to forget. When you run a company, you must do everything you can to keep the ideas of your business brand alive and not just let them fade. For instance, you might build a business around releasing innovative tech. With this brand image, you can’t just release one piece of technology and ride it to success. You have to keep delivering fresh possibilities to customers and consumers. You must remind them why they bought from you in the first place. A large part of this is about marketing and how you promote your company.

Continued SEO

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SEO, despite what some people believe, isn’t a one and done solution. It needs to be constantly built on and expanded. You have to do what you can to keep your business on the first page of the SERPs. Or build towards reaching that position. Don’t forget that online users often have low attention spans. They won’t spend hours searching for a business. Instead, they will click on one of the first ones that they find. Assuming the website is attractive, they will stick with it for quite some time. That’s why SEO must be your first position of attack. You need to make sure that you get customers to your site. We suggest hiring the services of a professional marketing agency. They will be able to improve and adapt your SEO so that you continue to get the interest of customers.

Going Viral

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If a piece of content goes viral online, it reaches a wide range of users in a small period. That could be up to a million shares in under one hour. Doing this is not easy, but it’s a skill that you can learn. The first thing that you’ll need to do is identify your target customer. These are the people who are going to be most interested in your content and who will share it. Once you know who these individuals are, you need to focus on building a story. Story building is important for viral content. If you look at a viral content guide, you’ll see that you need to create a narrative the target customer can follow. Do this and you should have no issues making sure they share and marketing your content for you.

A-B Testing

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You need to run A-B testing on your site frequently. A-B testing is the process of running two versions of the site at the same time. The differences between these versions are subtle, yet often important. It could be the difference between getting a sale and losing a customer. If you don’t do this, you may find that your CRO is ineffective. By constantly improving your site, you are keeping it free and update with the desires of the consumer. As such, they have no reason to use a competitor instead.

Following this advice, your customers won’t lose interest in your online business. They will always come back for more.

 

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Social Media’s Big, Grown Up Future

Social Media’s Big, Grown Up Future

2016 is, allegedly, a breakthrough year for social media. We’ve seen more activity on social media sites than ever before. And now the technology is even influencing the course of democracy itself. Just look at how Donald Trump has used it to his advantage over the last 14 months or so.

Social media has already gone well beyond its original intention. It started as a way for university students to chat to each other on US campuses. It’s telling that we rarely talk about this application anymore. Now everybody’s fired up about its marketing potential and political clout.

What’s more, there’s no reason to believe that progress in the area has hit a brick wall. Far from it: many of today’s social media companies are leaders in innovation. Investors might ask themselves, what does the future hold for the industry?

Virtual Reality

Recently, Money Morning reported that Facebook stocks were up more than 15 percent since January. Commentators argue that the increase isn’t being driven by the company’s old business model. It’s being propelled by new technologies. One of those technologies is VR. Facebook bought the virtual reality company, Oculus back in 2014 for $2 billion. Since then, Mark Zuckerberg has been touting VR as the next big thing in social media. According to analysts, the VR market is set to generate $30 billion by 2020. That’s a lot, considering it was only back in May that we got the first proper VR headset.

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No doubt valuations for VR will go higher now that Pokemon Go has arrived. Although Pokemon Go isn’t a VR game, it’s proof that augmented reality is something the masses want. We now have a working model of augmented reality mixed with social. It’s only a matter of time before there’s an application in the social media space.

Decision Making Power From Data

We’ve already seen some examples of social media using its data gathering skills for the common good. Back in 2014, Facebook released its Safety Check feature. The feature was designed to tell loved ones whether they were safe or not during a disaster. Since then, there have been a lot of disasters, and Safety Check has been put to good use. It was first used in the Nepal Earthquake last year. And since then it has been used in all the terrorist atrocities in Europe.

But in the future, data can be used for more than that. Take the recent Zika virus outbreak in Florida. Here is a great example where governments could use Facebook data to help combat disease. If users have location turned on, outbreaks can be tracked geographically. And that information could be used to track down the source.

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Companies are going to benefit from data too. They’re going to be able to make decisions on how to market. If companies are able to collect data on what’s trending right now, they can customize their marketing accordingly.

Social Media: The New Skype

It seems strange that we have separate apps for posting pictures and having conversations. We use social media for the former and video chat apps, like Skype, for the latter. But why is that? It’s mainly down to the fact that Skype managed to get into the video-chat space first, and social media hasn’t caught up. Well, until now that is.

In 2016, live video went mainstream. Blab, Periscope, and Meerkat all went big and hit the primetime. Even Google moved to give Hangouts a video function. And this all makes sense. Video calling is fundamentally a social act. And so it should be merged with social media.

Facebook, of course, is on the case. As the world’s biggest social media site, it should be. Facebook wants to make sure that live video streaming is something that everybody does. They don’t want it to be the preserve of businesses and video marketers. They want to take on the likes of Periscope and make live streaming bigger than it already is.

 

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Plus, you can see the appeal of live streaming. One of the limitations of the original Facebook model was that you couldn’t broadcast your life in real time. But with the success of shows like Big Brother, there certainly is a market for it. Marketers on YouNow have discovered that social media users will actually pay to watch live streams. They’ll watch anything, from people sleeping, dancing and singing.

Social At Work

We all know how social media has found its way into our offices. But it’s never been seen as a part of work. It’s something that most employers discourage. And it’s something bloggers constantly tell us is a waste of time.

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But now there’s change afoot. No, your favorite social media sites aren’t going to be unblocked by the company firewall. But you may get some new, work-related social apps. One app, called Slack, is doing the rounds right now. It’s an app that allows users to share information, gifs, and PDFs. Facebook has also tried to get into the space. It’s launched its new Facebook for Work, which sounds utterly boring. But it’s designed to separate the business from the social since social media is now such an important part of business.

Machine Learning

Silicon Valley is obsessed with machine learning at the moment. It’s become the new Big Data. (In fact, it uses Big Data). And it’s being put to use on social media. Forevery, for instance, has developed a new technology that automatically classifies your camera roll. All you do is download the app, and then it will organize photos according to the people in the images, where they were taken, etc. It’s an example of just how much easier tech will make our lives.

Facebook too will move to tag you and your friends automatically in photos. We’ve had face recognition technology for a while now. But we’re moving into a different era. Now machine learning is so good it can tell who you are without even looking at your face. It can recognize you from other characteristics.

 

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Skype: listening function discovered in Android app?

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Skype: listening function discovered in Android app?:

Eavesdropping on Skype? Due to a security vulnerability in the chat app is Android phones to make spy camera and a microphone. we investigated.

The no disturbing scenario: Your Android phone indicates an incoming Skype call, but the ringing ends abruptly. No problem, the caller may have placed no more or simply network suddenly. According to recent reports and rumors on the net but you can hear you at this very moment from you. If an error in the Skype system torn a vulnerability?

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A user of the technology blogs Reddit happens to come across this “bug” feature and describes how easily this can be exploited: The caller must ensure only on two arbitrary devices into the instant messaging service log and the alleged victim on an Android Call via Skype device. When the phone rings, the caller disconnects the network connection of the apparatus used and then you have probably just have to wait yet. So the called Android device registers the connection is aborted and tried to call back the caller on the second, likewise logged-in Skype device. Critical: This happens automatically – and the callee might remembers nothing about it. The display should not be recognizable that – still run microphone and camera, the record hardworking. The attentive Skype users, who discovered the supposed vulnerability in itself, has already asked for feedback from other Skype and Android users. These confirm the Bug function but only partially, as the comments in the blog entry is read.That sums thing up perhaps to a limit.

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We wanted to know what is going on with the listening function and tried to recreate tested it with many Android devices – without success! Interception error could not be confirmed. Once the connection was cut off, and the device of the called party terminated the ring. An automatic callback was made in any of the test runs. But beware: The error is still not ruled out. Well, what we recommends: To ensure that you do not become a victim of such an attack in the near future, please do not initially on the phone function by Skype or limit the chats on Skype trusted contacts. Stay tuned and prompts you if there are updates to the supposed vulnerability.Hope you guys got an idea on the same.If any doubt pops up onto your mind- don’t mind letting us know by making your queries in the comment section.Keep visiting the site.

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Disabling Facebook’s Auto Photo Enhance Feature

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Disabling Facebook’s Auto Photo Enhance Feature

Now, c. Essentially it uses the same picture improvement filters that were already in the app, but now they’re automatically applied for you, based on what Facebook thinks makes a decent photograph.

The auto photo enhance feature is enabled by default and if you trust in your own photography skills you can disable the auto enhance feature by following some simple steps.

Step 1: To start, open the Facebook app from your iOS device.

Step 2: Select the “More” tab from the lower right corner of the app.

Step 3: Scroll down to the Settings section and select “Settings”, then tap on the “Videos and Photos” option.

Step 4: Now you can see the “Enhance automatically” option. By default the option will be enabled, so go ahead and tap it once to disable it.

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Now Facebook will not be automatically enforcing brightness and contrast enhancements on the photos that you upload. Anyway, the auto enhance magic wand icon will still appear in the corner of your pictures should you want to enable it on a photo-by-photo basis.

You can easily again enable the auto enhance feature by default by simply following the above mentioned steps. Tapping again on the button “Enhance automatically” will enable it.

Hope you understand what we meant.For more detailed clarification about the same don’t mind making your queries in the comment section. Have a pretty good day..!! 🙂

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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat

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Flown Windows Phone apps from the Store: Snapchat:

Snapchat is an app for smartphones, with which you can send self shot pictures for a few seconds to other contacts. After the indicated time they disappear permanently and can not be viewed. Officially offers Snapchat apps on iOS and Android. Not officially but there are also third party who use the API of the service and thus have access to the Snapchat features and Windows Phone users.

This, however, did not seem to like the company, because since yesterday all third-apps from the Windows Phone Store have suddenly disappeared. Huynh – a developer of such an app – make a statement on Twitter:

“6snap has disappeared as well as all Snapchat apps on store. I will work closely with Microsoft now to convince Snapchat to change its mind”

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An official statement by Microsoft or Snapchat there is currently not yet. Although warned Snapchat a few months ago, may be those apps as dangerous, but they had not yet announced more so far. That the action, however, probably originating from the app itself and not from Microsoft, tell users which of Snapchat due to the use of a third-party app has been locked .

One possible reason should either missing features such as avoiding screenshots or planning an official Windows Phone app be. Personally, I suspect the latter, eventually Windows Phone has long been a serious operating system.Keep visiting the site to get more updates regarding the news.

Top 3 well known automobile blogs in India

At Chaaps, we mostly cover  latest tech stories and happenings in technology industry. Starting today we will also be covering the news connected to automotive.

 

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Today we are listing the top brands in India which covers the latest automobile news.

1. Team-BHP

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The oldest of all the available auto-portals in India.  Team-BHP started like a forum and now has a huge  dedicated automobile fans. It mostly covers news related to Cars. Exclusive reviews , photos and community engagement are its highlights.

2. Carwale

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Carwale is an auto portal which serves as a discovery portal for various car brands. Carwale also lists out used cars, a dedicated tool to do a basic research on various car models and brands.

 

3. GaadiKey Blog

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GaadiKey blog is a emerging blog in Indian automobile industry.  The blog at GaadiKey  is a good source for finding  new cars and bikes. Unlike other blogs GaadiKey covers both cars and bikes. You can find out about latest car and bike news at blog.gaadikey.com .

 

Please let us know if you come across auto-blogs targeted at Indian audience.

 

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Facebook’s New Hover Cards

If you logged on to Facebook today and hovered your cursor over a Facebook page or user’s name you may of seen the new Facebook hover card. A hover card is a small popup window that appears with information about a user which includes: there name (page or user), there cover photo, friends that like the page or friends in common, their occupation, and some instances an overview of the user.
Below is an image of what my hover card looks like when I view my own.

The new hover card also has two button, one to see the status of your friendship (or add as friend) as well as a button to message the

user (depending on their privacy settings).If i didn’t know better it seems that Facebook is making a business type card for users for everyone to see, as well as making it easier to socialize with people on Facebook.
Back in 2010 Facebook had a feature like this that pop ups to show information about a user’s interests and being able to delete and add as a friend making it simplified so you don’t have to make a million clicks to add a person or message them.
This feature will enable users to save a lot of time from having too have clicked all over the place. In my own opinion this article will bring great meaning to Facebook and its users, epically considering recently Facebook has been adding several new features and changes for a couple of weeks, and what more is to come? What do you think of this new feature i consider awesome?

 

Google Plus updates its buttons

Google's Plus One Buttons now features a new look: Increases Engagement!


Just recently Google has rolled out a new slick set of Google Plus buttons for its social networking platform. Google tells us the new buttons are sure to increase user engagement on your site.

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The Google Blog revealed it in their official blog post on Wednesday,

Today, we released the new +1 button from preview and it’s now rolling out to all users. You may also notice the numbers

in your +1 buttons increase, as we update our plugins to better reflect social activity around your content.

There’s absolutely no need to change the Google Plus button code if you are using it on your site. Google says the new G+ button will automatically be updated gradually to all the public, so the webmasters should not be worried if their +1 button did not get an updated look. Give it time!

Personally, i loved the old Google+ button because of the multi-colored upper border on it. But the new look isn’t so bad. A combination of red and white simply gives it a minimalistic look and doesn’t look bloated.

I am sure people will immediately start +1’ing content and you should take advantage of this to flash your G+ badge across all your sites. Be sure to feature your Google+ Standard Page Badge on your site and give users the opportunity to add your page to their circles and Plus one your page. The more number of Plus one’s you collect, the more number of friends will start recommending your posts across Google+ and you will gain more exposure.

Have a say on this story and tell us if you love the new Google Plus One button’s new look by making a comment below! Thank You and keep enjoying Google Plus.

Haven’t yet added the Google+ Button? Get it from here. You can also check out the whole collection of Google+ buttons of all sizes and customize it according to your taste out here.

Real Life Angry Birds Slingshot

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Angry Birds just got better!

Angry Birds is played 300 million minutes per day according to the Telegraph. When that’s the case, why not make this game real.

To make Angry Birds a real sport, we need real equipment. So the idea for this hack was to build a real slingshot as a USB peripheral to play Angry Birds.

The slingshot emulates a USB mouse, so it really is a plug ‘n’ play. It translates the physical use of the slingshot in to appropriate mouse controls.

Here’s a demo of the slingshot:
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mbed, the company selling usb microcontrollers decided to improve its sales by making its product compelling to buy. That’s why they came up with a hack to improve the Angry Birds experience.

The finished slingshot is recognized by a PC as a mouse. In reality, it takes the input of pulling back the real slingshot using a rubber stretch sensor and translates it into the expected mouse input. The angle of the shot is controlled by an accelerometer and all depends on the angle the slingshot is held at by the player.

The accelerometer and stretch sensors are hooked up to an mbed NXP LPC11U24 board that uses a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M0 Core. A USB connector is then attached to allow connection with a PC. All supporting code for the project was written in C++.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper slingshot without being handcrafted from a piece of wood. mbed selected an appropriate branch and bored out the insides so as to fit the electronics and USB connector.

All that’s missing now are the grumpy birds and the levels to be built up in real life. While the controller may not convice officials to brand it a sport just yet, it could certainly become a fun multiplayer game to play with friends and family the next time they visit. As Mbed’s video below suggests, just use a projector for full-size fun.

The good news is, there’s nothing to stop you making this slingshot for yourself. All the components are widely available and relatively cheap to buy, and mbed have released instructions and code for creating their prototype as described here.

How to Make Friends Profile Picture as Emoticon in Facebook Chat

Enrich your Facebook Chat experience by using your friends’ profile picture within the chat window. The recently discovered facebook chat hack what mashable calls it as Facebook Chat Gimmick is making quite a lot of news.

The hack is all about using some special codes and tags to generate emoticon sized profile pictures within the chat window. Isn’t it good to show up your buddy’s image in a group chat rather than plain vanilla text?

The above chat window says it all. So how do we try it?

Open your chat window and start using these tags in your conversation.

Troll face: [[171108522930776]]
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME: [[143220739082110]]
Not bad Obama: [[169919399735055]]
Me Gusta: [[211782832186415]]
Mother of God: [[142670085793927]]
Cereal Guy: [[170815706323196]]
LOL Face: [[168456309878025]]
NO Guy: [[167359756658519]]
Yao Ming: [[218595638164996]]
Derp: [[224812970902314]]
Derpina: [[192644604154319]]
Forever Alone: [[177903015598419]]
Not Bad: [[NotBaad]]
Fuck yeah: [[105387672833401]]
Challenge accepted: [[100002727365206]]
Okay face: [[100002752520227]]
Dumb bitch: [[218595638164996]]
Poker face: [[129627277060203]]
Okay face: [[224812970902314]]
Socially awkward penguin: [[98438140742]]
Rage face: [[FUUUOFFICIAL]]

To link your Friends, Just use their facebook ID and enclose with 2 square braces..

Your friend at facebook.com/chethant can be linked using the tag [[chethant]] or by using the full numerical ID (incase there is no username]

That’s it for now. Thanks to GeekoSystem. DO Share your views by commenting below!

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How To: Embed a Facebook Subscribe button on your Website


As you all know Facebook recently had launched a Subscribe feature with which you could Subscribe to a person’s public or m

ost important updates on Facebook without the need to be his/her friend.

Just a few days ago, the social network decided to release its Subscribe button for blogs and websites too. Now you can embed the Subscribe button on your WordPress blog or any other site by simply inserting a few lines of code into a post or page. It works just like the Facebook Like button.

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On clicking the Subscribe button, users will immediately get subscribed to your public updates on Facebook. This way you can increase your subscribers count easily, furthermore you can also make sure your content gets delivered to more people via Facebook.

iFrame Subscribe button:

<iframe src="//www.facebook.com/plugins/subscribe.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fzuck&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;font&amp;width=450" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe>

NOTE: Please replace the red portion of the code with your Facebook Profile url and you are good to go.

XFBML Subscribe button:

The XFBML button consists of two codes, the Javascript and the actual code where you want the button to appear.

The Javascript:

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script>(function(d, s, id) {
  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];
  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;
  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;
  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_GB/all.js#xfbml=1";
  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);
}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script>

Make sure to insert the above code possibly in your header.php if you are on a WordPress blog.

The Code:

<fb:subscribe href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck" show_faces="true" width="450"></fb:subscribe>

NOTE: Simply replace the red portion with your Facebook profile url and insert the code where you want the button to get displayed.

If you would like to further customize your Subscribe button please head to this page and personalize it the way you want! Enjoy coding.

If you have any questions, please drop a word to us. Enjoyed this tutorial? Please comment.

Facebook for Chrome extension

Facebook for Chrome extension: Now Facebook smartly and quickly

Facebook for Chrome extension is a handy little extension to enhance your Facebook experience and get rid of all the unnecessary distractions. It integrates into the Google Chrome browser and brings to you only the latest, most important updates to your notice.

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Of course, it is not the official extension. This google chrome extension is developed by a guy named Zachary Allia. After installation you can see this extension icon sitting on the top right of your browser. Clicking it will not open a new tab, it will open a popup within the same window and display your Facebook News Feed.

Unique features of this extension include:

  • No need to go to Facebook.com to update your status, just do it by clicking the extension icon and typing your status message.
  • One thing i really like about this extension is its Instant Notifier. It immediately sends you notifications by showing a number on the icon, its not at all disturbing and intruding.
  • After clicking a notification, it will immediately show you that particular post to minimize unwanted interactions.
  • You can comment and like a post right from the popup quickly, without opening it up on Facebook.com.
  • Presently tagging your friends in posts is not supported but that feature will soon be added in the next update.
  • Jump to your Events tab, Photos tab, Messages tab quickly right from the popup.
  • Goto the original Facebook site easily by clicking the Full Site button shown in the popup.

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Download Facebook for Chrome extension now and enjoy Facebooking smartly like a professional without having to waste your time by looking at all the unimportant updates in your life. To top it all off, its totally free on the Chrome Web Store.

Comment and let us know if this extension has helped you reduce the man

hours you have spent on Facebook.