Promoting your business online: Website

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WWW-Promo-IconIn our opinion the first step to promote your business online should be a website. A website is like your store, but in the World Wide Web. You can showcase your products and services, can have contact details available and depending on the nature of your business maybe even a shopping cart system in place. There are a few questions you should ask yourself before getting started.

1st Question: Your Budget
The first question you should asked yourself is how much money you have available for your website project. Your available budget will help you answering the next questions.

2nd Question: Platform, Host, Domain Name
Depending on the product or service you have to offer you may want to go with a WordPress Blog, a Joomla website or maybe an online store build with Magento. There are many other platforms to choose from and some are more suited for your business than others. If you are not sure which one to choose you can contact us for a free consultation. Some platforms require to be setup proper so you should check which website host is offering them. Last but not least you will have to get a domain name preferable something that is also the name of your company. Depending on the Host and the kind of domain name the cost can vary and the cheapest you can get is under $10 per month.

3rd Question: Developer
You may feel comfortable to build your first site by yourself but maybe you need professional help. Picking the right developer is an important step. Consider how much money it will cost to build the site by yourself and compare that with the costs of a professional developer. We have created a tool to give you an idea how much a website can cost. The calculator is designed to give you a general idea, prizes can vary a lot and also depend very much on the project. But we hope it will give you at least an idea. So please feel free to follow this link. We suggest to “shop around” a bit to see if you can find a developer that fits your needs, budget and can earn your trust. Trust is a very important factor when picking a developer. We suggest not to go with the fist guy, check out other options and find the one that is the right fit for your project.

After you have asked yourself those 3 questions you can go to the next step which is building the website. You may have seen many one page websites and those are often a great way to get started. But keep in mind a good website is changing, a successful website is growing and you should always try to add new content. Think of your website like a real store where you change the decoration depending on the season or add new products to your shelfs. With the right platform you will be able to create new content easily and if you have the right developer on your site it won’t be a problem to keep your website fresh and interesting for your visitors.

You also want to consider Online Marketing options such as Online Advertisement and Social Media to increase the traffic to your site. We can help you with every single step and even if you decide to go ahead and try it on your own first, it might be a good idea to have the knowledge that a professional have pointed you into the right direction.

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INTERNeX New J1 Program for Canadians

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INTERNeXFor many years INTERNeX has helped students to gain work experience abroad. The cultural exchange was always the most important factor for them as well as the personal growth. Programs such as the practicum program, hospitality program and ranch stay program are designed to bring people together and let them learn to walk in someone else’s shoes. Many students from Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and other European countries went on an adventure in Canada or New Zealand. Always knowing that INTERNeX is there to help them if needed.

INTERNeX international exchange Ltd. is Canada’s leading work experience provider, hosting more than 1000 participants from over 30 countries per year. Since February 2015 INTERNeX is providing services to Canadians who want to go to the US to do an internship there. Of course certain requirements apply in order to get the J1 visa, but all necessary information can be found at http://internexusa.com

A practicum is a fantastic way to gain work experiences and to use the theoretical knowledge in the “real world”.

To learn more about the INTERNeX J1 Program for Canadians we encourage you to read the following posts:

What is a practicum and why would you do one?
J-1 Visa an option for Canadians wanting internships in USA
Internship possibilities for Canadians in the US

If you want to learn more about INTERNeX international exchange here are some useful links:

Main Website http://internexworld.com
Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/INTERNeX
Twitter http://twitter.com/internex_canada
Blog http://internexcanada.com

J1 Program http://internexusa.com

Is Yosemite Apples Vista?

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OS-BeachballOne of my first computer had MS DOS installed and I loved and used PCs for years. I remember very well my first Windows 3.11, followed by Windows 95, later Win 98, the not so great Win ME and of course the fantastic Win XP. I felt lucky getting my hands on Windows Vista, before it was officially released. I remember how exited I was when I first saw it and how disappointed after using it for some time.

My disappointment with Windows Vista, dealing with the problems for quite some time and the clever marketing campaign from Apple made me think if I should switch to a Mac. After doing  research for some months and talking to other Mac users I finally decided to get one myself. I bought the MacBook 13-inch Mid 2009 and remember that I was quite nervous when I first opened it. I was scared that I may have bought an overpriced laptop and that I would need to get a Windows version after all, erase the Mac OS and be angry with myself for falling for a clever marketing campaign. But I loved my Mac from the first day. I even decided to go “all in”  and didn’t  bothered getting MS Office for Mac and started using iWorks instead.

I became a real Apple fan. I upgraded almost immediately to the next Mac OS as soon as it came out. Bought later an iMac to have a bit more powerful machine and liked the fact that it was so easy for me to work on my documents thanks to iCloud.

It was amazing to me that my Mac seemed never to crash, at least not as bad compare to Windows. Opening an Application was almost in the blink of an eye and working such a pleasure.

But then Yosemite happen…

Since I upgraded to the new Apple OS X called Yosemite I have so many problems. Sure… my old MacBook might get too old for the latest and greatest Mac OS, but I also have issues with my iMac. And I am not the only one.

When I was using my Mac with the previous operation systems I almost never saw the rainbow coloured beachball, which is Apples version of the hourglass and indicates that the computer is processing your request and need more time. But since Yosemite I constantly have to deal with the beachball. Even opening a simple plain text document with TextEdit can take more time now. Starting the computer seems to take forever and shutting down too.

The Notification Centre, a great feature, is useless because of the fact that it is slowing down your computer even more.

It is especially frustrating that the issue seems to be random. Sometimes I have no problems opening more than one application and work for hours without any problems and than there are times where I can not even open a website without seeing the beachball of hell.

As mentioned earlier, I am not the only one with issues. Friends and colleagues have also problems. Even a MacBook Air, bought a few weeks before Christmas, has problems.

Beachball and to be forced to Force-quit applications are just a few of the annoying features of the Mac OS X Yosemite.

With a little research we found out that the so called kernel_task is responsible for slowing down your machine. A problem Apple knows about.

The experience with Yosemite is for me very similar to the one I had with Vista a few years ago.

I am very disappointed and frustrated. My hope is that Apple will not make the same mistake as Microsoft did with Vista. In my opinion Microsoft main problem with Vista was that they tried too hard to make it work and invested too much in marketing instead of fixing the problems. I even have the feeling when working with a Win7 computer that it is simply a repainted Vista with a new name. Well and Windows 8 does not know what it wants, in my opinion. Is it a tablet OS? Is it a desktop OS? It tries to be both and ends up to be nothing at all.

Lets hope Windows 10 will be as good as promised ant that Apple will be able to fix issues with Yosemite.

Introducing “The Off Switch V2.15” by teccrab

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Logo "The Off Switch V2.15"We live in an age where technology is an important part of our lives. But by staying connected via Computers, Cell Phones, Smart Phones and other Gizmos we often disconnect ourselves from our real lives and sometimes turn into Technology Zombies.

As an Online Marketing Agency we use technology ourselves and understand how important it is to step away once in a while. This is why we would like to invite you to join us for an opportunity to turn off your devices and to talk about better ways to stay connected without disconnecting ourselves from family and friends.

The first thing we will do is to turn off our cell phones, laptops, tablets and other devices. We will even put them away and sit down with pen and paper while talking about our experiences.

To secure that everyone gets the most out of the event we would like to keep groups small. Included in the small $10.00 fee are snacks and drinks available to you during the event.

The first event is planed for Wednesday the 28th January 2015. Upcoming events can be found on our Event List.

We are looking forward to welcomeing you to “The Off Switch V2.15”

Your teccrab team

Highlights of the year – teccrab inc. 2014 review

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We are enjoying the last days of the year and would like to take a moment to say thank you for an amazing year. This year we had the pleasure to work with a lot of brilliant people on many fantastic projects. We would like to mention some of our highlights in our last post of 2014.

Our Sales Representative Alex joined our team in February 2014 with some creative ideas to increase the sales for our video production services. In March we produced a little advertisement with the goal to create a video that would demonstrate how powerful video advertisement can be, even if the video is made on a small budget. The video we produced, staring Alexander, is the following:

In May 2014 we had the pleasure to start working with Patricia, a very talented and dedicated Web Application Developer. One project she helped us with was the websites for an insurance agency in Germany. She also became the Project Manager for an in-house software we are developing.

Later this year we had the opportunity to update the INTERNeX website and to create a prototype for an iPhone application for them.

We also produced a 15 minute movie for INTERNeX which will be used as orientation for arriving candidates. Since this video is for their use only, we also produced a making of video:

During 2014 we have offered many seminars, but between October and December we had two seminars we want to mention here. One was about Online SCAM and the other about Facebook advertisement. Every Wednesday from October to mid December we switched between those two seminars and would like to thank everyone who joined us. If you are interested to see what seminars we organized in 2014 feel free to check out our profile on Eventbrite:

http://teccrab.eventbrite.ca/

We used the quite time at the end of 2014 to work on our own website and translated a major part of it also into German. You can find our website at http://www.teccrab.com or http://de.teccrab.com if you prefer to read our details in German.

After this little short review let us talk a bit about 2015.

Our main goal for 2015 is to open an agency in Germany. With the knowledge and our connection we are confident that we can be a great asset for German companies who want to check out the North American Market and for Canadian companies who would like to explore opportunities in Europe. We produced a little video ad to introduce teccrab and our services to the German Market. The video is the following:

To get things started in Germany we have also planed a seminar in March 2015 were we talk about benefits and risks using social media as marketing platform. If you are interested to learn more about this seminar check out http://seminar.teccrab.com for more information.

Seminars are for us an important factor not only to educate but also to build trust. We therefore plan to offer in 2015 seminars with various topics. Since we had great success with the Online Scam seminars we are planing to have them as a regular event.

We also want to introduce “The Off Switch V2.15 by teccrab” an event we would like to offer once a month. More details on that soon.

As mentioned we had an exciting year and look forward to see what 2015 will have to offer.

We wish you all a good start into the new year.

Battle For The Net

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If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites. Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon? On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10th Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

Online Security Awareness Seminar (OSAS) – May 2014

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We would like to invite you to join our Online Security Awareness Seminar (OSAS) which we will offer in the last two weeks of May. Because of recent security problems such as Heartbleed and the issue with the InternetExplorer we dedicated some time to create this seminar for you. We decided to offer our seminar to everyone who is interested in this subject and to make it also as affordable as possible. During the seminar we will go over the following topics:

OSAS-2014System at risk
When you are working with a computer and the internet you are probably aware about the risks. Let us talk about those systems.

What kind of risks
Heartbleed demonstrated that even big players can not give you any guarantee to be protected. You also need to protect yourself. Let us give you a little overview and talk about the “What kind of risks” each system is facing.

Security vs Convenience
There has to be a balance between security and usability. How much is to much and what is the minimum? Let us talk about it.

Options to secure your system
Let us give you some example how you can protect your systems. We will talk about technics as well as software that can help you accomplishing this goal.

Password creation
We all use passwords to protect our computer, website, social media network, Bank Account and Email. Let us show you how to generate a more secure password which you can also easy remember, hopefully without leaving a clou to others.

At the end of our presentation we will have of course some time to chat with you and to answer questions you may have.

We are looking forward to welcome you in our Consultation Location in the International Mall at 88 West Pender Street where we will offer the seminar every business day from the 20th until the 30th May 2014 from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. You can find the available dates for the seminar in our event calendar where you can also reserve a spot and pay the $10.00 administration fee. Please be informed that there is an additional fee charged by the event page provider as well as additional fees from your credit card provider.

Please be so kind and arrive 10 minutes before the event so we can start on time.

If you want to learn more about us please visit our website http://teccrab.com

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And of course also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/teccrab