CES 2016

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Last week was an exciting week in the world of tech. The iconic Consumer Electronics Show (which has been around since 1967) was held on January 6 to January 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

While there was an incredible amount of innovation and adaptation shared over the four days, we wanted to share some of the most anticipated gadgets that appeared (and some that may even be in your price range)!

Lo and behold, our CES 2016 round-up:



The infamous Internet Explorer is a browser we all love to hate. For users, it’s notoriously slow, and for marketers it is the bane of our email marketing and web design testing processes.

But lucky for us, Microsoft has announced that support for older versions of Internet Explorer will end on January 12, 2016. This means that only Internet Explorer 11 will continue to receive security updates, compatibility fixes, and technical support.

Internet Explorer 11 has had much better reviews than previous versions and offers better security and performance than operating systems created in the past.


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2015 has been a busy year! Small business owners and entrepreneurs have had to learn more about video, survive Mobilegeddon to focus on SEO, and start to think about life on Mars thanks to SpaceX.

So if you are one of those busy businesspeople, we know that holiday shopping may not have been a top priority; or even if you are trying to purchase for one of these determined people, this list is for you!

We’ve gathered some of the coolest tech gadgets we could find into a single list to help you quickly find a gift for that tech-savvy someone.


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Dear Webs Users,

As you’re preparing for Small Business Saturday and other holidays, we wanted to take the time to thank you for your loyalty to Webs! We’re happy you have chosen to trust your small business with us, and we hope you have a happy and successful holiday season.

Since this can be a stressful time of the year, please enjoy the cartoon below to bring a little laughter to your day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Webs Team

About the Author: Deanna Zaucha is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist for Webs and Pagemodo, and also manages their social media presence. She can be found on the dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with trends in marketing and tech. Get more from Deanna on the Webs Blog, Pagemodo Blog, and Twitter.


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We are just a little over a week away from Halloween weekend, which means one thing: it’s time to talk about holiday marketing!

Not what you were expecting?

Google did a lot of research into some trends seen during the 2014 holiday season, and found that 48% of holiday shoppers did a majority of their shopping on or before Cyber Monday; and a quarter of shoppers asked did some shopping before Halloween.

Not surprisingly, 78% did that holiday shopping research online and 40% successfully purchased. We can only assume this percentage will grow this year. In which case, we urge you to prepare your website for the holiday rush!


UX design vector

We’ve talked about how web design is essential to building a better small business website, but the power behind web design is fueled by what you want your user to experience.

Allow us to introduce you to User Experience (UX) design.

UX combines usability (the extent to which a product can be used to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use) and the user’s emotions and perceptions to drive the success of a site.


Unlock Productivity vector

You’ve failed at being in two places at once, growing that third hand, and having the memory of a full-grown elephant; but on the bright side, some productivity hacks exist that can help your small business thrive in its natural busy and stressful environment.

So take a deep breath, and count to eight to start using these eight productivity tips as soon as you can!

1. Complete your least desirable tasks first
There’s nothing quite like the sensation of crossing something off of your to-do list. But, the tasks that have been sitting on that list for days (cough, weeks) are the most satisfying to eliminate. Imagine if you made an effort to do those tasks FIRST, you will feel more productive instantly.


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The evolution of content marketing has been entertaining to watch. We’re currently experiencing a permanent shift away from static, traditional content and towards fresh, interactive content. While blog articles will always be the bread and butter of corporate content strategies, many brands have complemented this standard with more engaging mediums like infographics and video. However, there’s still a form of content marketing that very few brands are aware of and it’s called interactive content.



While big box brands may have the budget to reach a national audience, small businesses have a distinct advantage on the local stage. Not only are people gravitating more and more toward local businesses (48% plan to increase local patronage), these smaller brands are able to leverage local search listings more effectively if they know what to do.

If the hipster movement has taught us nothing else, it’s that people want the things they eat, the clothes they wear, and the places they shop to say something about them as individuals. In that environment, the local business will beat out a national chain in local search results any day. Take advantage of that starting point by making the most of your local listing. How? Check out this research and infographic from Google:



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