UpshotMediaGroup
February 25, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
Mandrill Alternatives

I recently had a few requests for Mandrill alternatives for transactional email service in light of the Mandrill Policy Changes announced yesterday. I am providing a formal list of some very good alternatives, some of which I have experience using. If you haven’t read the specifics around the Mandrill Policy Changes yet, then you might want to check out my mandrill rant first. PRIMARY MANDRILL ALTERNATIVES FOR TRANSACTIONAL EMAIL SERVICE MAILGUN -10,000 free emails per month -Full tracking analytics (open, click, delivery time, etc.) -Built... View Article

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UpshotMediaGroup
February 25, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
Man Drill

I would like to talk about the Mandrill policy changes announced today, but first let me start off by explaining what Mandrill is for those of you who don’t know. Mandrill is Mailchimp’s transactional email service that was (until today) a completely separate product offering from their promotional e-newsletter marketing service. Mandrill can be used for personalized, one-to-one e-commerce emails, or automated transactional emails like password resets, order confirmations, notifications, and welcome messages. Why is it called Mandrill? I always assumed that the Mandrill transactional... View Article

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UpshotMediaGroup
January 21, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
google search update

Google has taken an unusual step and officially confirmed it is making some rather noticeable search updates to its core algorithm right now. This was partly due in response to thousands of webmasters that took to forums and social media about the disruption and major fluctuation in web rankings the past few weeks. A few online marketers believed this to be the Penguin roll out that webmasters have been waiting for since last year, but this is not the case as confirmed by Google. What... View Article

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UpshotMediaGroup
January 18, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
social media integration

I got away from Hootsuite awhile back, but decided to give it another whirl. In the past when integrating social media platforms it would take a combination of RSS, Hootsuite, and Ping.fm. Looks like those days are behind us and social media integration is pretty straight forward. Social Media Integration Feeding blog posts to selective social platforms automatically seem to be pretty easy these days, however I am looking into a more customizable approach that allows me to select which blog posts I want to... View Article

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UpshotMediaGroup
January 11, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
Wordpress a Secure CMS

WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal publishing system (blog platform before slowing becoming a preferred CMS) built on PHP and MySQL. It is the official successor of b2/cafelog. WordPress is modern software, but its roots and development go back to 2001. Since its official inception there have been many claiming it is too vulnerable to hacks and it lacks in security. WordPress a Secure CMS I have seen many articles addressing both sides of WordPress security, and after working across multiple... View Article

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UpshotMediaGroup
January 9, 2016
UpshotMediaGroup, Project Manager
cheap websites

When shopping for just about anything it is natural for consumers to want to get the best price possible for what they want (or need). With that said, it is easy to get caught up in the price and forget other very important criteria. Your website is the online storefront for your business and you want it to be presented professionally and easily accessible. You get what you pay for and that is no different when it comes to cheap websites. Do you want “cheap” associated with your... View Article

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