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A concept many people are becoming more familiar with these days, working from home is something that is only recently becoming practical for many people.

 

In our industry, it is something that can be done easily and seamlessly thanks to the speed of current home internet connections, and the fact that most people do have computers in their homes now. Go back 20 years, and it was the vast minority who could work from home if needed. There are some careers, such as construction, which for obvious reasons will never be home jobs – however for those of us who can work from home, these can be some essential tips and tools for the tasks at hand.

 

Proper Setup

 

You are going to want to make sure you are lined up with all the gear you need before you sit down to begin. I would highly recommend that if you work on a monitor/monitors at the office, you get a peripheral to allow your laptop to connect to your home monitor/monitors as well. Clear your desk of any distractions you may have in your field of view, and try your best to make the surrounding environment quiet enough to work in. Having a good pair of headphones at home will really help, and if it also has a built-in mic, you are covered for your phone as well. Wireless is key here for home, as it will allow you to go to your kitchen and other areas of your home while on the phone. Having a USB hub will also help ensure you have all the connections you may need.

 

Mimic your Regular Schedule

 

Try your best to act like you are “going to work” for real. This means getting up at the same time as if you had to commute, doing your same morning ritual, and getting dressed as if you were going to go to the office. This part is important and the temptation is there to skip out on some of this as you do have the extra time and likely won’t be seeing anyone, but the mentality of getting ready for your workday will put you in “work mode” and help to wake up your brain, which may revert to “weekend mode” otherwise.

 

Try and take your breaks and your lunch at the same time you would at the office as well, as this will help keep your day on track. It is easier to work through lunch, or take excessive breaks if you are not self-monitoring more carefully.

 

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About

Tiny Toad Creations Inc. began as CEO Amanda Carroll's personal mission to provide her friends and family with tasty treats that did not contain sugar. Not being satisfied with the sugar substitute options available, she researched and discovered monk fruit, a tiny gourd appreciated for hundreds of years in the Philippines for its sweet taste. The sweetness comes from an antioxidant, Mogroside V, which does not impact blood sugar levels. Today Tiny Toad Creations is pleased to offer three Sweet Cheat Products: Spoonable Monk Fruit, Chocolate Milk, and Hot Chocolate, all of which contain minimal ingredients, are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with monk fruit.

 

Sweet Cheat's Main Contact Person: Chrissy Vanderkooy, Director of Operations

 

No. of Employees: 3

 

Location: 92 King Street S, Waterloo, N2J 1P5

 

Established: 2017 after which Amanda spent over a year in Research and Development; we started actively selling in November 2018.

 

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Why did you choose REM?

 

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We chose REM Web Solutions because members of our team had worked with them before on previous projects and were very pleased with the results. Also, because you have a great reputation in the KW area for delivering quality work at an excellent price point.

 


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What was it like working with REM?

 

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We had a wonderful experience working with REM. The initial discussion and intake form allowed us the opportunity to communicate exactly what we were looking for. The designers interpreted our needs and created something beautiful and beyond our expectations. We received excellent training and support and without exception everyone we have dealt with at REM has been friendly and service-oriented. Overall, a fantastic experience!

 

 

Without exception everyone we have dealt with at REM has been friendly and service-oriented. Overall, a fantastic experience!

 

- Chrissy Vanderkooy,
Director of Operations

 


 

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Automation tools empower a small business to share and curate content on social media, leaving you with time to authentically engage with customer questions and feedback. However, this is not a set-it-and-forget-it solution.

 

The increase of smartphones and mobile device use, and what Google calls micro-moments, has created the expectation that companies are connected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Automation tools will give your prospects and customers the impression that someone is manning the store, even when your schedule has you out of the office.

 

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Moreover, effective social media marketing requires consistency. If you are posting on Facebook or Twitter, here and there, once or twice a month, you are not getting the attention you deserve. Statistic Brain reports there are 58 million tweets per day. Online users are bombarded with content all day long as companies try to get their attention. This means if your message is not seen by your target audience within about 15 minutes, the organic benefit disappears, and you will need to use paid social media promotion.

 

Regardless, there are some things a business should not do using automation.

  1. Private or Direct Messaging - Social media users interpret marketing messages through private or direct messaging as spam. This is the fastest way to get users to stop following you or block you out.

  2. Non-personalized Posts - Your social media content should focus on all consumers, at every stage of the customer life cycle. Social media is not just about attracting new business, but also maintaining customer relationships.

  3. Overlooking Analytics - You need to know what is working and what is not, and when are the best time to schedule posts. There is a lot of information available about the best times to post, but every company and industry are different.

  4. Not Reading Curated Content - Many social media automation tools empower you to share the content of others. Curated content is an effective way to enhance your own content. However, know what is getting posted under your name.

 

Ultimately, social media automation tools will free you from your computer. You can effectively manage your time, while still effectively engaging with prospects and customers.

 

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It’s time to adjust...

We can help keep things business as usual.

 

While your customers are taking a break from visiting your physical store, let us help keep your business thriving with online transactions through our easy, affordable eCommerce solution.

 

Call 519.884.4111 now for a free consultation. We can get you up and running in no time!

 

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Well, the short answer is SEO is a widely used acronym in the marketing and tech worlds and it stands for Search Engine Optimization. Why is it important that YOUR company invest in it? That's a bit more complicated.

 

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How Do People Find My Website?

Before the internet became a global marketplace and an important part of the world economy, websites were simply spaces that existed online where a user could access information from a computer. Nowadays, the internet is its own universe and millions of people use it every day to perform complex tasks. From ordering Chinese food takeout to buying a car, the internet is a place where opportunity exists for your business to thrive, and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is a large component in making sure customers can find you.

 

Have you ever typed a search query into Google and been overwhelmed with the results that you receive? The answer is yes, and you probably ignored most of the results and clicked on a link at the top of your screen. These websites that you see listed at the top of your screen didn't magically appear, no, they invested in smart and solid SEO. As a matter of fact, they may have invested in other tactics also, such as PPC (Pay Per Click) advertising and even real-world marketing investments in print.

 

All marketing strategies can be valid when considering a campaign in driving users to your website, but today, the search engines are returning results to users based on how strong a website's Search Engine Optimization is. At its core, SEO is simply a way to tell an engine like Google what your site is about and when a user should see your site returned as a result; simple as it seems, the competition you will be dealing with online, requires you to invest in a good strategy so your site doesn't fall to the bottom of the search engine results, and that can take time and dedication.

 

The good news is, we are here to help! Contact us today to learn more about SEO and how it can help your website go to the next level.

 

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Out of the interest to protect our staff, clients and general public, we will be working from home until further notice.  Rest assured, we have all the technology in place to continue to run at 100% capacity.

 

If you need any assistance, please call 519-884-4111 or email support@remwebsolutions.com as usual.

 

Please stay safe.

 

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Your business’s website is designed to enhance awareness of your brand, garner sales, engage with your prospects, and showcase your products and services. Social Media tools go a long way toward accomplishing these goals.

 

Social media tools provide an easy way for prospects to connect with you. Those strategically placed, clickable icons on your page allow them to connect with you across all your social media channels - with one click of the mouse.

 

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Social media tools make it easy for existing clients to share your expertise with potential clients. One of the most valuable social media buttons on your website is the one that says 'share' or 'forward'. Your clients can easily share blog posts, newsletter sign-ups. and other valuable content. Tweetables are another easy method of sharing insights and quotes right from your website.

 

Social media tools are a great way to increase website traffic. These tools help direct people to your website, newsletter, blog, and service or product links. Social media should enhance, not detract from, your website.

 

Social media tools increase your SEO rankings. Social media tools help increase your SEO rankings. This, in turn, increases your search engine rankings and drives traffic right back to your website.

 

Social media offers many valuable benefits to help grow your business, increase awareness of your brand and boost sales. Using them to learn more about your target market and engage with your audience is part of a strategic marketing plan.

 

Make the most of your social media tools and icons today and watch your business grow tomorrow. Contact us today to see how we can help.

 

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If you have just started a small business, you have probably gone through the traditional checklist of keys for your success such as having a great product, a great staff, procuring the necessary licenses, and of course having the financial means to operate the next year. If you are serious about your business taking off, you might have dug deeper and even took the time to develop a strategic plan for growth, a marketing plan, and launched your social media accounts.

 

Out of all those crucial markers, however, one of the most important to have in 2020 is a great website for your business. Local businesses often overlook a web site because they feel their customers already know them, but this is an extremely short-sighted view. The internet has expanded customer bases from those in towns like Kitchener, to those in cities across the world. The way people look for products is heavily reliant on internet searches so if you do not have a web presence, you are invisible to thousands of potential customers.

 

Another belief that people still think of when considering developing a web site is that web design is a timely and complicated process. This just simply is not the case anymore thanks to user-friendly web content management systems such as WebWiz@rd™ made by REM Web Solutions, a Kitchener-based Web Design & Development company. Many customers without any experience in web design have found that managing a website is a simple process that will not occupy as much of their time they thought it would.

 

REM Web Solutions has made web design simple and quite fun once you allow yourself to get creative. If you are ever in Kitchener, you should stop by and meet the team yourself to learn more.

 

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About

Here at CarePartners we offer health professionals a great place to work and families a great place to find high quality health care. We provide personal support workers, rehabilitation services and nursing care for patients in homes, schools, retirement homes, clinics, and workplaces. Our services are available all across Ontario, in both urban and rural communities.


The majority of the services we provide are funded by the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) but if you prefer to pay directly, we are always glad to work with families to arrange private care. Our personal support workers, therapists and nurses are enthusiastic about their work and care about their patients. We know having an ill family member is a worry for the whole family and we provide the kind of care that we would want for our own family members.

 

CarePartner's Main Contact Person: Cathy Walker, VP Quality and Professional Practice

 

No. of Employees: 4,500+

Established: 1984

Location: Kitchener, ON (with locations across Ontario)

 

Visit CarePartner's website

 

 

 

Q:

Why did you choose REM?

 

A:

When our team was looking to create a new company website our main goal was to find a local company who specialized in web development and had the capability to give their clients the attention and care that was needed. After receiving a recommendation to check out REM, we were pleasantly surprised and pleased with their creative ideas, unique proposal, and client care they could offer. The time and effort that the REM team put into our website, along with their fair prices and user-friendly platform, our decision to become a client of REM was easily made.

 


Q:

What was it like working with REM?

 

A:

The entire REM team is easy to work with and they all take the time necessary to ensure that each project is completed on-time and to the highest standard possible. The team is quick to fix any technical or content issues and are always open to discuss updates and/or changes to improve the website.

 

 

The entire REM team is easy to work with and they all take the time necessary to ensure that each project is completed on-time and to the highest standard possible.

 

- Cathy Walker, VP Quality and Professional Practice

 


 

Learn first-hand how we can help you with your website needs.
Contact us today!

 

Toll Free: 1.866.754.4111

Phone: 519.884.4111

Sales: sales@remwebsolutions.com

Support: support@remwebsolutions.com

 

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So, you've got a great new website with striking imagery and a lot of new information. That should put you ahead of your competitors, right? Most people assume that a new or redesigned website will bring them a lot of traffic. But as time goes on, they may find that their website is receiving the same number of visitors as before. Things really don't seem to be picking up at all. Why is this? And what can you do about it?

 

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Remember that just setting up a website isn't enough. The newness of your website will no doubt bring you a few more visitors. However, once your website has been around for a few weeks, it's not new anymore. Thurs, search engines like Google will tend to give greater priority to information that has been added to the internet after your website was set up.

 

The Novelty of New Things

The answer is to introduce the element of novelty to your website, week after week. This can be done efficiently with a blog. Not only does a blog increase the number of keywords in your website, thus ensuring that you show up in a number of different searches but it also adds the element of newness. Therefore, when Google is crawling the web looking for new content, your website will show up.

 

Update Your Blog and Social Media Pages

Another way to promote your new or redesigned website is via social media. If you already have an established social media presence with a number of friends or followers, that's great. If not, now's the time to set one up and start updating it on a regular basis.

 

When it comes to both, the blog and the social media pages, constant updates are needed. Remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. And your business empire, including your online presence cannot be built up in a day either. It will take many months of constant updating before your website will generate the kind of traffic you would like it to. Remember to keep at it!

 

Contact us for more great tips on promoting your new or redesigned website.

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