Pay-per-click (PPC) for SMB #1: Paid and organic search

For SMBs, search and online advertising can be a bit intimidating. Every organisation wants to be top of the list in search engine page results, but many people aren’t sure how to go about it. In this series of step-by-step articles on paid search (first published on the Microsoft adCenter blog) we aim to explain…


Fund101 launches to help fill finance gap

Small business support company, Enterprise Nation, along with PayPal and Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, is launching Fund101 to offer amounts of up to £500 to start ups and young businesses. The fund is being launched to meet a gap in the market for business owners who need only a small amount of capital to…


Special offer: upgrading 5+ PCs to Office Pro?

If you are thinking of upgrading 5+ PCs to Microsoft Office Professional you can get a 50% 1st year subscription discount by buying through an Open Value Subscription licence.  From 1 March – 31 May 2011, any customer signing a new Open Value Subscription (OVS) licence agreement for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 is eligible for a…


Why I love direct mail

Guest blog from Howard Graham, CEO and Founder of The Made Simple Group and member of the BBC’s Small Business Panel of Experts. All opinions stated are the author’s own.   Perhaps it’s just me – but I seem to be getting a lot less junk mail through my letterbox. What was once a steady…


SMBs find Bing converts more for less

 Guest post from Cedric Chambaz, Marketing Manager, Search & SMB, Microsoft Advertising Pay-per-click advertising (PPC) is an affordable marketing technique which allow brands to promote their products to prospects that are proactively looking for them. Affordable, scalable and trackable… PPC is the preferred solutions for small and medium businesses who have an online presence. And…


Check out Microsoft Store

Have you visited the Microsoft Store (UK) recently? It’s worth a look! New products available to order now include Express 3 and Windows 7 of course, which is released 22 October. If you can’t wait til then, you can buy Windows Vista now and get a free upgrade to Windows 7 from participating retailers. You’ll…


Need a new PC now? Buy now, Get a Windows 7 upgrade later

Here’s a chance to have your cake and eat it too. With the Windows 7 Upgrade Option, you can get a new PC or upgrade the one you have today, and get Windows 7 from participating retailers and hardware manufacturers when Windows 7 arrives. How to buy: For more details and a list of participating…