Pay Per Click Advertising pt1: Why you should care about PPC

Our colleagues at Bing are currently producing a really interesting series of posts on Pay Per Click Advertising for small businesses. We thought we’d share it with you. If you’re at all interested in generating sales and awareness online, then this is definitely going to be a series to follow. Part 1 is below. Keep checking back for…


Introducing the new Microsoft Business centre

We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to the recently launched Microsoft Business centre – a new, single destination that covers all things relevant to your small or start up business.  You’ll find everything you need in there, from solutions built around your business challenges to news, blogs, communities and support.  Do take…


Online Marketing helps drive Small Business growth

Developing strong products and services is only part of the challenge for small andmedium-sized businesses (SMBs). Unless they are able to reach out to consumersand develop brand awareness, how can they ever be expected to generate aprofit? SMBs generally only have limited advertising budgets – they are notable to spend hundreds of thousands on integrated,…


What's your ideal small business website?

We’re planning to revamp our Microsoft Small Business UK website and would love to get some input from you – our visitors and readers – on what you hate, what you like, and what you’d like to see more of. Maybe you’d like more videos? Perhaps you’d like more product info? Would you like more…


Inject creativity into your business

I caught some of Working Lunch today (does anyone know why the BBC is axing this programme? Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame was being interviewed – not for his musical talents and achievements, but for his latest enterprise, a company called Weapons of Mass Entertainment. (I would put the website up but there’s no point…


Starting a business from home?

Redundancy, pre-school children, returning to work or can’t stand the boss…. There are lots of reasons for starting up a business from home – including of course, the excitement and challenge of taking a great business idea and running with it.  There are lots of resources out there on the web to help – here’s…


New resources on Microsoft's Small Business website

New on our small business website are a couple of great articles on SEO and upgrading to Windows 7; plus, we’ve had a bit of tidy up and introduced a couple of new pages to help you navigate our resources. Why upgrade to Windows 7?  – Dan Simpson, Client Services Manager, P1 Technology Partners, answers…


Plain-speaking please

There’s a great story on the BBC website today on a list of banned jargon, compiled by council leaders. The list includes:   ·         Predictors of beaconicity ·         Re-baselining ·         Coterminous stakeholder engagement ·         Coterminosity ·         Mainstreaming   Now I’m on fairly safe ground I think in admitting that here at Microsoft we are guilty…


New look to Microsoft Small Business Centre

We’ve spruced up the Small Business Centre home page with a new look for 2009. We hope the bright colour palette design will provide a much more welcoming experience for small business customers and make it easier for you to find the information you need. Over the coming weeks we will also be reflecting this…