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Double celebrations for DBS staff

clip_image002We would like to wish a massive congratulations to Julie Priestley and Matt Rayner who are both proudly celebrating work anniversaries with us this month.

Julie first joined DBS in 2001 and has seen the business successfully grow and expand since its early days as a Yellow Pages advertising company. Julie was made an official director of the business in June 2017.

Matt Rayner celebrates 10 years at DBS this month having joined us originally in 2008. Matt started out as an internet marketer specialising in pay-per-click and now heads up our web team overseeing the development of cutting-edge websites.

Click here to read more about our team: http://www.dbsinternetmarketing.co.uk/our-team/

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Google+ Says Goodbye

clip_image001Google has announced that its social network, Google +, will shut down after reports of a data breach that could have affected millions of users.

When is Google+ shutting down?

Google has stated in a blog post that it will be shutting down the consumer version of Google+ over the next 10 months.

Why did Google+ fail?

There were high hopes for Google+ when it first launched back in 2011. Deeply concerned by the fast and disruptive growth of Facebook and Twitter, Google executives launched their rival social network to ensure that Google was not overtaken in the new era of social media.

While users loved Google’s search tool for its lightening quick speeds and minimal, unintrusive format, the same could not be said for their attempt at the social web. Bad publicity regarding the platform’s interface and its functionality dogged the company from day one and following an initial flurry of interest the platform struggled to take off. Where other social platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and even Vine offered something genuinely different to users, Google+ had no obvious selling points to bring it consistent growth.

Data Breach

Google announced in the blog post that it undertook an internal audit called ‘Project Strobe’ earlier this year in an effort to review third-party access to Google accounts. The audit highlighted a bug which may have allowed other developers access to private details of as many as 500,000 accounts. However, the research also brought to light the very low level of consumer usage, with 90% of user sessions ending in less than five seconds, prompting Google to call time on the network.

What do with your Google+ account?

Were you a user of Google+? If you’re looking to permanently delete your account, then here’s how you do it:

1) Visit https://plus.google.com/discover

2) Click ‘Sign In’ in the top right corner

3) Log in using your associated Gmail account

4) Click the drop-down menu in the left corner and select Settings

5) Select ‘Disable Google+’ and ‘Delete Your Entire Google Profile Here’

6) Scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box next to Required

7) Click Remove Selected Services.

Don’t forget that if you have links on your social media accounts or website to your Google+ profile then these will need to be deleted. Alternatively, you could link to your Google My Business listing instead. For help doing this please call us on 0800 988 8366.

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DBS sponsor NK Community Champion Awards

43703374_2138159766222942_8274925687463215104_oDBS Director David Clarke was delighted to attend the NK Community Champion Awards earlier this week, which this year was held at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) on Canwick Hill, overlooking Lincoln.

The illustrious event recognises the best examples of community effort and individual achievement within the North Kesteven community, honouring winners in nine separate categories.

Last year DBS were awarded the accolade of ‘Community Business’ of the year and as such were very pleased to sponsor the award this year.

DBS’s James Hopkins joined a team of judges in August to pick out 28 brilliant finalists from over 107 nominations made by residents of the North Kesteven district.

This year’s winner of the community business award was Leadenham Teahouse, a tea room that provides support for residents and smaller businesses and provided drinks when the village was beset by flooding. Other finalists in the category included AF Blakemore and Ringrose Law.

We would like to offer our congratulations to the winners, the finalists, and everyone that was involved in this wonderful event.

Click here to view the full list of finalists and winners: https://www.nkawards.org/winners-and-finalists-2018

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Web launch for Broadbent Fabrications

clip_image002We are delighted to have launched a new website for Broadbent Fabrications.

Based in Lincolnshire, the company operates nationally fabricating a variety of bespoke, custom-made items from metal including steel, aluminium and stainless steel.

Broadbent Fabrications’ previous website was a one-page site, which has now been altered to offer clearly defined product and service pages allowing for an extra level of granularity needed for marketing purposes. Following the launch of the new website we have been very pleased to have started providing internet marketing services to Broadbent Fabrications, helping to drive more traffic to their website via Google.

Due to the type of service the client provides, the site is extremely image driven, providing images of past work undertaken. It also includes a blog with a content management system which allows the client to post regular news and work updates as and when required.

Click here to view the website for yourself: https://www.broadbentfabrications.co.uk.

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Happy Lincolnshire Day: 5 reasons you should visit!

clip_image002October 1st marks the annual celebration of everything Lincolnshire. While we here at DBS call the county our home, we know that some of our clients have never been before. So here are a few reasons why you should put a visit to Lincolnshire on your to do list.

1 – The historic city of Lincoln

Lincoln has 2,000 years of history under its belt and arguably some of the finest historic buildings in the country. Take a walk up the infamous Steep Hill to Lincoln’s cathedral quarter and you’ll be richly rewarded. Among it’s cobbled streets you’ll find tea rooms, pubs and book shops nestled in between the glorious Lincoln Cathedral, which is the second largest Gothic cathedral in England, and Lincoln Castle, which was built by the Normans and is a court and former Victorian prison.

2 – Food, Glorious Food!

Lincolnshire is well known for its agricultural output and this abundance of food means that Lincolnshire has some of the tastiest and freshest dishes available. Local delicacies include Poachers cheese, Lincoln red beef, haslet, stuffed chine, plum loaf and of course…Lincolnshire sausages.

3 – RAF heritage

Lincolnshire has a proud history of aviation and is sometimes nicknamed ‘Bomber County’ for its active role in WWII. Today Lincolnshire has various operational bases in places like Waddington, and also Scampton where the Red Arrows themselves are based. Airplane and history enthusiasts can also make the most of the newly opened International Bomber Command, a £10 million centre that provides a comprehensive history of service of Bomber Command.

4 – Beaches and countryside

Lincolnshire is also famous for its flat landscapes and stunning scenery. Nature lovers can delight in the Wolds to the North of Lincolnshire and the fenlands to the south of the county. There are several nature reserves, sanctuaries and public parks to enjoy as well as beautiful beaches on the East Coast with popular resorts like Skegness and Mablethorpe and quieter areas like Anderby Creek.

5 – Navenby

DBS has been based in our current offices in Navenby since 2008. Situated just nine miles south of Lincoln, Navenby was once voted by The Sunday Times as one of the top rural places to live in the UK. It’s a charming village with stone period buildings and its own small economy of butchers, bakers, newsagents, restaurants and more. Navenby is also home to ‘Mrs Smith’s Cottage’ a 19th century grade II listed building where the owner Mrs Hilda Smith lived until 1995 to the age of 102. While it is currently closed for renovations the wonderful cottage serves as a time capsule into a bygone area.

We hope this blog inspired you to make a visit to Lincolnshire sometime soon. If you’re in the area don’t forget to give us a call and drop in for a coffee and a chat.

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