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Men of DBS grow moustaches for Movember again

DBS Movember for the Blog Three of the men at DBS Internet Marketing have been taking part in Movember for a second year running. David, Director of DBS, Matt from the Web Department and James from the Internet Marketing and Social Media departments, shaved on the first day of November, and have since been growing their moustaches as part of the worldwide campaign to raise awareness of male cancers and to raise funds.

Movember aims to raise awareness of testicular cancer and prostate cancer in particular, as these are the two largest male specific cancers in the UK. The three specific goals of Movember are to raise awareness and education, increase survivorship, and facilitate research. The money raised by Movember therefore goes to three different charities - the Movember Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research.

DBS Internet Marketing took part in Movember for the first time last year, and raised over £600 for the incredibly worth cause. We wanted to once again help raise vital funds to help change long established attitudes that men have about their health. Movember is important because it helps to educate men about the risks they face in order to increase their chances of early detection and diagnosis, thus giving them a greater chance of effective treatment and survival.

If you would like to donate to DBS Internet Marketing's Movember effort then you can either give to our team or to our individual fundraising efforts -, and Thank you.

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DBS launches mobile website simulator

Before and after DBS have added a mobile website simulator to our website to showcase some of our clients who now have mobile websites, and to illustrate the difference having a mobile website makes to the way your site is viewed on a phone.

If you go to our mobile websites page you will see a gallery at the bottom of the page with clickable images of a sample of some of our clients.

If you click through you will see how their site looked before we made it a mobile website, and how it now looks, and what a difference it makes.

Having a website which looks good and is easy to use on both a traditional PC as well as a mobile device is vital because in recent years more and more people have started using internet "on the go".

It is predicted that surfing the web on a mobile device will overtake surfing the web on a PC by 2014.

There is therefore a high chance that your clients and potential clients will be viewing your site and considering your services whilst sat on the train, in a cafe or at home using their iPad, iPhone, tablet or smartphone.

It doesn't make a good impression if the website they view doesn't display properly on their mobile device, and if they have to scroll around or pinch the screen to view your information. Chances are they will end up getting fed up and look at the website of a competitor whose site is mobile friendly.

If you are interested in having your website made mobile friendly, contact David Clarke on FREEPHONE 0800 988 8366 for more information.

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Social media cover photos

DBS Cover PhotoTwitter header
Facebook first introduced its cover photo in September 2011 when it introduced Facebook Timeline. It was a major change to the way Facebook pages looked, and it gave owners of Facebook pages the chance to tell people looking at their page something about themselves. They say that a picture says a thousand words, and in this case it is certainly true that the large banner across the top of your page is the most viewed part of your Facebook page, so by keeping it interesting, colourful and creative it can say a lot about you as an individual or as a business.

Not to be outdone by Facebook, Google+ introduced their own version of the cover photo in April of this year, giving a bit of colour and excitement to a still not particularly interesting social networking site.
LinkedIn cover photo
Now, a little late to the game, both Twitter and LinkedIn have both launched their own versions of the cover photo, with  the photo for LinkedIn brightening up previously uninspiring company pages, as well as giving more prominence to status updates, and Twitter incorporating the name, 160 character bio, website, location, profile photo and cover photo all into one header in September 2012.

Therefore, the 4 big social media sites have all adopted cover photos, moving towards making social media more visually appealing, creative, artistic and mobile friendly. If you haven’t updated your profiles yet, we highly recommend that you do, as it makes your page far more interesting, and fills the otherwise blank space that the sites leave for you! If you need any help or advice with your social media then contact DBS as we offer a full social media set up and management service.
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