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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from DBS Internet Marketing

DBS Christmas Card 2012

DBS Internet Marketing has sent out a Christmas Card by email.

We do not send Christmas cards in the post, preferring instead to donate the equivalent amount that we would have spent on Christmas cards to our favourite charity, the NSPCC.

We have updated our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ pages with the image to add some festive cheer to our social media accounts.

Please note that our offices will be closed from 1pm on Friday 21st December, and will not re-open until 9am on Wednesday 2nd January.

From David, Chrissy, Julie, Matt, Allan, James, Thomas and Emma at DBS Internet Marketing -  have a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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DBS Launches Legal Website and Social Media for Martin Kaye LLP

DBS Internet Marketing’s web department has launched Martin Kaye’s new website. The site has undergone a major redesign and rebranding.

The new site has been built to have a responsive design. This means that it will automatically resize itself to fit on any screen that is being used to view it on. This includes iphones, tablets, androids and ipads.

It is now very important for any company with a website to have a “mobile friendly” website. Using a mobile device to access the internet is expected to overtake using a PC to access the internet by 2014. As more and more people are viewing sites through mobile devices, companies need to make sure that their site is easy to view and navigate using a mobile device.

Martin Kaye’s social media pages – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ – were also relaunched and rebranded at the same time to reflect the new design.

The new site also has an “Our People” and “News” which is managed internally by Martin Kaye using a content management system. No web development skills are needed to use the content management system which means that Martin Kaye can add and edit the “Our People” and “News” sections in real time.

Martin Kaye LLP is a leading solicitor based in Telford, Shropshire in the West Midlands. They have been operating for almost 30 years, since 1985, and their services include personal injury law, family law, commercial and business services, commercial and residential property, commercial litigation, employment law, intellectual property, wills, trusts and probate.

DBS also manages Martin Kaye’s Pay-Per-Click advertising, retargeting, link building, social media and printed directory advertising.

Martin Kaye website

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Google’s UK tax avoidance

What is going on at Google is always headline news in the internet marketing world, but it’s affairs went more mainstream recently, hitting the headlines with it’s tax avoidance issues.

Google is by far the most used search engine in the UK. It made a minor ripple at the beginning of November when it was announced that it had dropped to it’s lowest percentage share of searches for five years in the UK, dipping below 90%. However, the figures show that 89.33% of UK searches are done through Google, still meaning that if you want your website to be found online, Google is still the only search engine that is really worth considering. These figures help to make the UK Google’s second biggest market.

Despite this, Google only paid £6 million in corporate tax last year, a rate of 3.2% on its overseas earnings. By funnelling over £6 billion of revenues from international subsidiaries into Bermuda last year, Google avoided paying $2 billion tax, thus halving its tax bill. This led to an uproar from MPs in the UK last week, calling Google, Starbucks and Amazon, the most prominent companies who had avoided tax, immoral. Starbucks, in an attempt to avoid the bad publicity last week, announced that they would voluntarily pay £20 million more in taxes to the UK exchequer over the next 2 years.

Google has effectively said it is not their fault that this is allowed to happen. Today, Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, told Bloomberg: “We pay lots of taxes; we pay them in the legally prescribed ways. I am very proud of the structure that we set up. We did it based on the incentives that the governments offered us to operate. It’s called capitalism. We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”

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