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How to run your business activities online during the Coronavirus outbreak

The Coronavirus outbreak will have wide-reaching implications for businesses across the UK and it is set to continue for the foreseeable future with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson ordering a UK Lockdown. But this does not mean your business has to suffer or be shutdown during the outbreak. By utilising technology, businesses in Nottingham can still keep many aspects of their business in operation including offering customers deliveries.

At Boss Digital, all our staff are now working from home. We are still supporting and delivering our quality services with minimum to no disruption.

During this unprecdeneted pandemic and with further social isolation and lockdown on the horizon for the forseeable future, Boss Digital recommend the following steps to support your customers through this difficult time.

1. Put out a statement addressing the Coronavirus outbreak

You may have been inundated with emails or phone calls asking whether you are still open for business. By putting out a coronavirus update statement you can let your customers know that it is “business as usual” or you can advise them of new methods in which they can still do business with you. It is a great information that can be posted on your website – and inturn you can share and back link the post on your social media accounts.

2. Keep in touch with your customers

It is more important than than ever to inform customers about the various ways they can stay in contact with your business. With the advance of social media and apps your customers can contact you in many ways. Whether its Facetime calls, or video calls on Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp or Skype. Businesses can support their customers without putting themselves or their staff at risk. Google My Business is also another great way to keep your customers updated with revised opening hours and support issues.

3. Social Media Updates

Due to social distancing recommendations by the UK goverment, ways in which services that businesses provide will most likely change. To maintain your customers trust, it is key to keep them updated to new changes to your business process. Social Media is a great way to keep customers updated, especially as many people will be using social media more.

4. Setup Online Payments

Does your business have a product that can be delivered or does it offer an online service? If the answer is yes then you can get your customers to pay for these online. Setting up your business website to take payments can be setup in only a few of hours.

If you have a WordPress website you can integrate the WooCommerce plugin. WooCommerce allows products to be sold online and payments to be processed from all major credit and debit cards. PayPal also allow payment processing for all major credit and debit cards. Add a Paypal ‘Buy Now’ button to your website, you can quick and easily allow customers to easily make payments. Without the annoyance of repeatedly filling in their personal details it allows businesses to still operate during the Coronavirus lockdown.


If you need to urgently add a page to your website to take payments for services or products online. Please call us on 01157 757 757 or contact us on the following page.

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Boss Digital open and available to help during Coronavirus outbreak.

The Coronavirus outbreak will impact the UK and will have far-reaching implications for businesses across the world. At Boss Digital we have asked our team to work from home for their own safety and to minimise the risk on passing on tcoronavirus.

We will still be offering all our services and are available at anytime and can be contacted my any means via our contact page. All phone calls and emails are being answered, and if you prefer, we can also have meetings over Whatsapp, Skype or Facebook Messenger Video.

All our projects that are currently in development and all ongoing works for clients who retain our services are unaffected and it is business as usual for us.

If you are not an existing client, but would like assistance, especially if you need urgent help to still trade through Coronavirus, please call us on 01157 757 757, or email us at info@bossdigital.net.

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Google to prioritise mobile-first indexing by September 2020

Google has announced that by September 2020 all sites will be crawled and indexed by Google using mobile-first indexing.

Google has stated that “To simplify, we’ll be switching to mobile-first indexing for all websites starting September 2020.”

70% of websites shown on Google searches have already been switched over to mobile first indexing.  

“From our analysis, most sites shown in search results are good to go for mobile-first indexing, and 70% of those shown in our search results have already shifted over,” Google said.

Google first began the mobile-first indexing process almost four years ago in 2016. Most Web Masters have had sufficient time to get mobile ready for this change and it should come as no surprise. However if your site has not moved over yet, you may have received a notice from Google with more information. You can also check if your site has moved over by logging into your websites Google Search Console.

Below is a screen shot of a notice that Google sent out to users where mobile first indexing issues were detected in a site:

Why you should care? 

If you get the above notice from Google Search Console, you should take action on it immediately. For many businesses their search ranking on google is critical to their business. If Google has issues accessing your site with mobile first indexing, then it will impact your search engine ranking of your web pages and in turn may impact your business and website enquiries resulting from a drop in rankings.

If you need any support or advice on how to get your site mobile index ready contact the team at Boss Digital for a Free No Obligation Consultancy

Feature Samples of Your Work on Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn have introduced a new feature that will allow users to highlight samples of their work for others to see on their profile.

In this new ‘Featured’ section, users can include work samples such as:

  • LinkedIn posts that you’ve created or re-shared.
  • Articles that you’ve authored and published on LinkedIn.
  • Links to external websites, for example your personal blog, business website or your portfolio.
  • Media that you upload, for example your images, documents, presentations, and videos.

The only content users cannot include in the Featured section, in order to protect the privacy of other members, is posts from LinkedIn events and groups.

Users can add work samples to the new Featured section on either desktop or mobile by following the below steps:

  • Click the Meicon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage.
  • Select View profile.
  • Click Add featuredin the Featured
    • You can also click the +Addicon from the Featured section.
  • From the dropdown that appears, click the +Addicon next to the type of work sample you’d like to showcase.
  • In the pop-up window that appears, select the work sample you’d like to feature, or enter the required information for the work sample you’d like to showcase.
  • Click Saveor Done.

Managing Work Samples that you have featured

Once you’ve added a sample of your work to the Featured section on your profile, you can manage it by:

  • Editing the work sample.
  • Deleting the work sample.
  • Removing the work sample.
  • Reordering the work sample. (You must have at least two work samples featured to be able to reorder positions).

 

LinkedIn is gradually releasing this feature to all members, so you may not be able to access it at this time but you will have it very soon.

Source: LinkedIn