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ShowMyPC Uptime Monitoring | New service added for Premium customers 
This is a new addition to our suite of IT support products to enable our users to run their business effectively and efficiently. In the new digital and connected world, it is of great importance to ensure that your websites and servers are up and running 24/7. Our monitoring service makes it easy for you to be always in the know if there are any issues with your websites/servers.

Why Use Monitoring?
- Hosted monitoring enables instant setup and no costly software to install or maintain.
- Instant alerts to get notified immediately if your site is down.
- 24/7 access to Uptime History.
- Monitoring Frequency Starting at 1 min.
- Monitor http, https, ssh, ping requests.
- Access one week of history on the monitors.
- Analyze your site uptime, and improve as you have a window into the past performance of your website.

How do I add Monitors?
Currently, this feature is available only to subscribers of our Online Meetings and Remote Support product.
You can access the Monitor features from your account dashboard.


How can I get an overview of my Monitors?
You can visit the Monitor dashboard to get an overview of your monitors, and to see the status of your current monitors in a graphical format.
You can visit the Uptime Report section of the Monitor functionality to see history of your monitors.


How do I know when there is a problem with my website?
You will receive instant email notifications about any issues with your website based on your monitor alert rules configuration.

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Top 7 essential local advertising platforms for Small Businesses 
As the population continues to turn to the internet for information, there is simply no better way to target local markets than through the world wide web. The market for local advertising is thriving and it doesn’t look set to slow down anytime soon. In fact, recent research from Wishpond revealed that online advertising has surged by a huge 36% since 2011.

If you want to get your business out there and vastly increase your target audience, read on for a list of the top seven local advertising platforms that every business should be utilizing.



Yahoo! Local Listings
Recent studies from ROI Research Inc and Performics indicated that around 20-30% of purchases made at retail stores were influenced by online search results. Let your presence be known with services such as Yahoo! Local Listings where you can promote your business to customers on the search for specific goods or services.

Facebook and Twitter
With over 1.23 billion active monthly users, Facebook is by far one of the most effective ways to advertise. Offering the option of refining your target demographic to include locality, Facebook advertising is a fantastic way to reach local customers. Twitter is also fast emerging as a social media giant and represents huge potential for local advertising. As well as building a following of local clients, you can also retweet the posts of other local businesses (and encourage them to do the same) in order to win more followers.

Froogle Local
As Google’s exclusive shopping search engine, Froogle is a great way to target local consumers as they search for location specific retail stores and products. It’s a great way to generate customers, regardless of whether or not your business offers online commerce.

Local online directories
Well known online directories such as the YellowPages and TrueLocal are great ways to up the ante on your local advertising strategy. The public use these websites to actively search for services which means that if your advertisement is eye catching and effective, you could win yourself a significant amount of easy business.

Google AdWords
Perhaps the most popular of local advertising platforms, Google AdWords allows you to target local online customers by purchasing pay-per-click ads that pop up when users search a specific area, city or region.

Dotster
As a web domain registration and hosting company, Dotster offers businesses a comprehensive local web advertising package. Upon signing up you allocate a monthly budget which is then used to promote your ad on all the major search engines. It’s quick, easy and efficient!


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Web Conferencing can be fun too! 
Web conferencing is used by many businesses around the World to unite their workforce from various locations. Using software to connect to staff and clients alike, means businesses are now offering a new level of customer and staff support.

Web conferencing in itself is not that new to the market. In the past many companies have used ‘conference calling’ to remotely connect staff and clients. The disadvantage of just calling is that everyone needs to be looking at the same documents at the same time, which does not always happen easily. This is why web conferencing is a much better idea, as people can share documents and collaborative working is made much easier.



Of course there are many providers of web conferencing software, but not all of them provide exactly what you need to be able to remotely connect and share everything you need to. We are very pleased to announce the release of our newly revamped all inclusive web conferencing service, with new and improved features including:

VOIP – speak to anyone from the comfort of your desk
Screen sharing – allow others to see a presentation
Chat – keep the communication going using the built in chat
File sharing – simple to send files quickly to anyone anywhere
White board – add a bit of fun into the discussions by using the white board
Webcam – see who you are talking to, building that trust between you

Using our web conferencing software could not be simpler. Everyone who logs into the web meeting can share their desktop, applications and files with each other, as well as use the white board and chat to collaborate seamlessly. If someone cannot find a document, it takes seconds to transfer over another copy; meaning your meeting is not held up. Some people also like the idea of face-to-face meetings, to see who they are doing business with, it makes them feel more comfortable, so being able to see the other side through web conferencing is an advantage to many.

Meetings can be hard enough to arrange when there are more than 2 people invited. All the diaries need to match up and then there is the travel (not to mention travel and accommodation costs!). If your client is in the USA and your staff are in France, the cost of organizing a face-to-face meeting can quickly mount up. The advantage of web conferencing is that it allows you to meet face-to-face via a screen with those clients at a fraction of the cost.

Our all-inclusive conference room is simple to use for all users running Windows, Linux, Mac or any mobile device. You can chose from free or premium package to suit your business needs. Seamlessly allowing multiple users to share files and screens, enabling meetings to run smoothly and efficiently – a must for any business.


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5 ESSENTIAL TOOLS TO RUN YOUR SMALL BUSINESS 
When running a small business, it is pivotal to ensure that your operations are as efficient and as cost effective as possible. Unlike larger scale corporations, you simply can’t afford to waste valuable resources, whether they are related to time, money or productivity. To help you enhance the way in which your small business is run, we've compiled a list of five essential tools that every small business owner should utilize.



Square
The technological revolution is in full swing with an estimated 65% of Americans now owning smartphones. Square is at the forefront of embracing the mobile device trend with the development of technology that allows businesses to accept credit card payments through an iPhone, Android or iPad. With a no commitment sign up, free Square Reader plug in device and ‘pay only when you sell’ policy, the service is a no brainer for greatly expanding the ways in which your business is able to accept payment.

ShowMyPC
One of the keys to small business success is maintaining effective communication with clients, customers, suppliers and other corporate affiliates. ShowMyPC makes collaboration easy with the provision of a remote support and meeting service which completely breaks down conventional geographical boundaries. With services including free and premium remote PC access, desktop sharing, screen sharing and an array of other state-of-the-art features, ShowMyPC is a must have tool for any discerning small business owner wanting to keep their communication lines wide open.

DropBox
Cloud storage has undergone a huge surge in popularity in the last few years thanks to the convenience, security and ease of sharing/access that it offers users. DropBox is an incredibly reliable cloud based storage solution trusted by hundreds of millions of people across the globe. It’s fantastic for small businesses and will help you store and remotely access important documents as well as rapidly share information with staff and clients.

FreshBooks
FreshBooks is an intelligent cloud based accounting solution designed especially for small businesses. Using simple yet intuitive technology, the software allows you to track time, log expenses and invoice clients with incredible ease. This is one of the most popular invoicing, accounting and billing solutions on the market.

Social Media
Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest have completely revolutionized the way in which the modern world communicates. If you’re not on board the social media bandwagon your small business is missing out! Establishing a dynamic online presence will help you connect with your customers, network with other businesses and embrace the opportunity for free publicity and advertising.

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5 reasons why you need ShowMyPC this summer 
Summer is finally here and with it comes warmer weather, glorious sunshine and the chance to get out and enjoy quality time with family and friends. However this doesn’t have to mean that your business experiences a lapse in productivity and communication. By enlisting the help of ShowMyPC, you can ensure that you, your employees and your business partners stay connected all summer long. Here’s what ShowMyPC can do for you this summer!



You’re going on holiday but still want to make that important business meeting?
It may be summer in the Northern Hemisphere but meanwhile your Southern Hemisphere clients are slogging it through the winter and most likely don’t have any vacations planned. On the contrary, they may be expecting you to attend a number of virtual meetings that clash with your upcoming trip to the Greek Isles... Don’t let that ruin your European vacation. With ShowMyPC’s convenient Online Meetings service, you have the power to attend meetings from anywhere, at any time.

On a summer getaway but need access to your home or office PC?
There’s nothing worse than having your summer getaway interrupted by an urgent business matter. Rather than bite the bullet and book an early flight home, why not safeguard your trip with a Access Home or Office PC service from ShowMyPC? With the capacity to work on a remote PC at the home or office, you can effortlessly sort out that critical business matter from the comfort of your sun lounger.

Want to provide your customers with ongoing summer support?
If you’re committed to providing exceptional customer service, ShowMyPC offers the perfect tools to keep your business thriving this summer. The Online Meetings and Remote Support service, along with the Helpdesk and Invoicing systems, give you the power to offer your customers around the clock help and assistance, whether you’re knuckling down at the workplace, grilling on the deck or living it up in Cabo.

You want to keep on top of your invoicing and payments?
If you’re determined to spend the summer relaxing rather than stressing out over invoices, ShowMyPC offers a Free Invoice System service with all Business Plans. Using innovative online cloud technology, you simply send a quote, receive approval and convert to an invoice. It’s simple, professional and stress free way of ensuring that your business finances are up to date throughout the summer season, leaving you with more time to kick back, relax and enjoy the warmer weather.

You want to give your staff a refresher training course after the summer break?
After a relaxing summer break, the best way to get your staff back into the swing of things is to run a refresher training course. ShowMyPC makes this easy by offering the ability to run online training and presentations from the convenience of your computer screen. The capacity for remote training will also ensure that any staff members taking an extended break won’t miss out on the session.


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