Monthly Archives: September 2016

Introducing SharkProtect

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We are introducing a new service which allows you to send your images and PDF documents to the cloud for disaster recovery and backup. Computer files are backed up to the cloud automatically and continuously whenever you’re connected to the internet.

Cloud backup is efficient and reliable. One of the main problems businesses have with their data is ransomware, this is a virus that infects your files and demands money to get your files back – the only thing that can save your files is a good backup.  It is important to keep a copy of your files offsite, even if business files are backed up on a file server as a flood, fire, or theft could destroy the computers and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office. One of the main advantages of uploading images and documents from Frontier to the cloud is accessibility. As long as there is access to the Internet on a computer or smartphone you can access your files at anytime, anywhere so there is no need to travel around with a laptop or go back to the office to see that important file.

Cloud backup is simple and affordable; with cloud backup you only pay for the storage that you need. Uploading your valuable files to the cloud is safe and it will protect them. Saving information to a disk or an external hard drive is far from a suitable solution for businesses as these can go missing, be corrupted or get damaged.

Contact us now for more information.

Vehicle payments go live on auction sites

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Online auction payments are now available on Motorhog’s auction site when buying a Motorhog vehicle. This feature allows winners of the auction to now pay online for the vehicles that they have won. Sage Pay payment gateway is used to take your payment online and you can pay using debit or credit card. You will save time and effort by making vehicle payments online and with this new feature being available you can now complete your purchase in just 4 simple steps! Your payments can be made safely as it is secured by Sage Pay.

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Below is a screenshot of Motorhog’s auction site. The screenshot shows you a vehicle that you have won on auction. It shows the vehicle details as well as the bids you have made on it. To pay for the vehicle you have won you can click on the Pay Now button.a1

 

When you click on pay now, it allows you to view the auction sale information,  showing you the price of the vehicle, the auction fees and the total cost. Below this you can see the payment options section where you can choose your payment method. You have the option of bank transfer, debit card, credit card and cash. Beside each one it shows you the additional cost added to you by using that particular payment method.a3a4

 

Once you select your payment method you are able to enter your billing information and card details and you can also edit any previously saved details here. When you are done you can click on confirm card details.a5

 

You will be taken through to a purchase authentication page where you will have to enter your password to verify your identification and to authorize your payment. Once you have entered the correct details click on submit.a6

 

Once submitted you will be presented with a Thank you page to confirm your payment has been processed. It gives you a summary of the payment details and the vehicle details. There is also a Return to My Vehicles button which allows you to  go back and view the list of your vehicles that you have won at auction.a7The button next to this vehicle should now show as Paid and the date you paid it on.a8

September 2016 Newsletter

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September Newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter.  Once again we have been busy behind the scenes updating your desktop software, fixing bugs and adding new features.  As one of our customers would say, playing with our ones and zeroes.  We are making great progress on our responsive websites, with several released and another few in the pipeline.  There are plenty of new and exciting features planned and as always we appreciate your feedback and comments.

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Thatcham Data Users

Our Thatcham users can now find more accurate wheels for their customers as we now have extra wheel data, such as PCD and number of studs. It will reduce the chance of selling a wrong wheel and then having to refund it. Refunding increases costs because of the cost of delivery. In the new version, when a user adds a wheel through a vehicle, it will automatically do a RegNo lookup to fill in the wheel data for that vehicle. Similarly, when searching for wheels, users can also do a RegNo lookup to automatically fill in the wheel search criteria, which will speed up the search and also find the accurate matched results.

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Dismantling of Tyres, Wheels and NCS Parts.

We are currently working on dismantling of tyres, wheels and NCS parts. When providing dismantling status for tyres, wheels and NCS parts, it can tell the users the availability of the parts when their customers try to buy them. Also the tyres, wheel, and the NCS parts can be sent to Touch Screen Dismantling to dismantle after we added the dismantling ability status.

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Ebay Policies Requirements

Some of you had received the following warning from ebay when trying to upload items. Seller profiles will soon be mandatory while creating a new listing. Support for legacy postage, payment and returns fields will be removed for sellers opted into business policies.

Ebay is pushing the use of business profiles and it is our understand that they are soon going to force everyone who has enabled business profiles to use them exclusively, then at some point the future force all business sellers to use them.

The current version of Frontier has the option to use business profiles if you wish, what this entails is you setting up your payment, return and shipping profiles on eBay and assigning them a recognisable name. Then when you come to upload an item in Frontier you will be presented with three dropdown boxes, one for payment, one for returns and one for shipping rather than selecting the couriers and assigning postage costs.

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Vehicle Labels

We have implemented the ability to print vehicle labels with a big barcode for sticking to windscreen. They’re nominally 20cm x 5cm and are designed so a fork lift driver can scan them without leaving his cab, to make it quick and easy when putting vehicles back in the rakcs. This does require a long range Bluetooth scanner.

To print these labels, a separate printer is required (we recommend Zebra ZT230) as these are bigger than the item labels and the printer settings are slightly different.

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Get to know Laura

This month we are getting to know our apprentice Laura a little better! Laura is our Digital Marketer and manages all aspects of our marketing. She maintains all of our social media accounts and uses them to engage with our customers. Laura creates our monthly newsletter and our other email campaigns as well as writing our weekly news stories. Laura is responsible for DH Systems and our customers’ Analytics/AdWords/Conversions. Her marketing services have also been extended to DH Systems customers and she can take control of your social media accounts, Analytics/AdWords/Conversions and can write content for your website as well as post news stories and create newsletters.
What is the best part of your job?

The thing I enjoy most about my job is that it is fun and it is different each day, social media and the internet are growing rapidly and it’s great to be in a role that is always changing. I like that I get to use my creativeness in my job and can also design new graphics or icons for DH Systems.

What do you do in your spare time?

During the week I like to go to the gym after work and at the weekend I usually go out with my friends. I am interested in art and design and occasionally spend my time drawing or painting.

Favourite holiday destination: The best holiday I’ve been on was Las Vegas, I went a couple of years ago with my family, the hotels are amazing!

A fact about yourself: I have a phobia of onion rings!!

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Graeme’s Bungee Jump

Congratulations to Graeme who has successfully completed his Bungee Jump at Killiecrankie and has so far managed to raise £1,130 of a £1,000 target for his chosen charity XLP. XLP’s main focus is helping disadvantaged youths to give them equal opportunities in society.

A few words from Graeme after the jump…
“It truly was a memorable experience (although, not necessarily one that I will be repeating in a hurry). We reached (and passed) our £1000 target and have been truly humbled by your generosity – especially those people who donated and who I haven’t seen for 40-45 years, and others who I have NEVER met – yet! You all deserve a huge round of applause for your amazing generosity. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

You can read more about XLP and Graeme’s story on the jump on his Just Giving page, donations are still welcomed! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jamie-and-Graeme-go-on-a-Bungee-Jump

GRAEME

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The Heb – Race on the edge: Day 1

My first adventure race and it was truly epic – unbelievable views and terrain added in with pretty much everything from sunshine to storms and lashing rain. The Outer Hebrides consists of Rocky Mountains, sea inlets, gorgeous sandy beaches and peat bogs everywhere else. The race started off with a run to get to the bikes at the start, next there was a decent road cycle and I went pretty well along here and was just outside the top 10. I have never raced over peat bogs before but it is just mental and great fun. We got to the first check point and then aimed for the hilltop – a 300 m summit.

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I checked my time at the bottom of the hill and I was on my original target time so I decided to do the third checkpoint as it was a 90 minute penalty if missed. I went hard on the bike again before getting to the next running section at the stunning tidal Isle of Vallay. There was now another good cycle over to Loch Maddy and the kayaking. The kayak was an out and back with the turning point being a small island. Got back onto dry land and the heavens opened up and the wind had gotten right up. Needless to say the next section was down road heading directly into the wind and rain. After a few long miles it was time to go off-road. Now all I had to do was cycle the last 20km as quickly as I could – I ate every gel I had and went for it. And I held on – I took line honours! I was under no illusions – when my time penalty was applied I would be nowhere near the lead but for me it felt like winning! I ended up 12th after day 1 with which I was absolutely elated.

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The Heb – Race on the Edge: Day 2

Day 2 dawned breezy and wet, not unusual for the Outer Hebrides. Today was all about tactics – do you do just the small first hill and take the huge 5:30 time penalty or take the risk of doing the 2 big mountains but getting timed out… It didn’t seem to me like it was worth doing just one of the big mountains as you only had to go halfway down to get the second summit. I had my own agenda, namely to beat my good friends and arch rivals Martin and Neil – so my strategy was set for me – whatever they did on the hills I would be doing. After a quick sprint I was on their wheels where I stayed despite much shouting of wheel leach.

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There then followed many kilometres on land rover tracks, by this point I knew there weren’t that many people in front of me on the road, more than half of the teams opted not to do the 2 big hills and do just the small hills like us. I got to the next checkpoint on Orasaigh in the lead on the ‘road’. I held my lead for the rest of the cycle. There followed a short run around the headland to the kayaking then a run back to the last mandatory climb of the day. I decided to curl around the hill as this looked better for me. Alas I should have read my instructions properly as I was climbing up the high summit whereas my adversaries were dibbing on the lower summit. So I sprinted back down and over to the check point. I started to jog the last half mile to finish whereupon a little boy, who had been filming us as we went past on the way up, came out and said well done Mister, all you have to do now is beat me and this 11-year-old sprinted off far too fast for me to keep up.

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Hells Hop race

Hells Hop Swimrun – not sure if you all know what a Swimrun is? It is what it says on the tin you swim and run but unlike triathlons you have to take all your kit around the entire course with you! Hells Hop consists of 13 swims and 13 runs totalling up to just under 30km of running and 7km of swimming. The race started with a mass dive from the Tall Ship ‘Lady of Avenel’. I’ve never been scared swimming in the sea before but there were times when panic was looming – you could go for several minutes and see nobody because of the swell. After 40 minutes you get out the water and it was then onto a 2.5km off-road run to the southernmost point of Eriskay.

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Then it was the most exciting and potentially dangerous swims out to the stacks that lie off the south of Eriskay. The swim itself is short at 40m but this is a proper rocky ingress and egress and a lot of tide! I adopted what I will call the ‘seal’ method which basically involved belly flopping up the rocks with each wave and holding on with grim death as each receded. There then followed a relatively gentle 4km along the road before starting the longest swim of the day. I got lucky as this point and got a partner (I didn’t actually have a partner at the start) … Tim! Unfortunately, his partner, Erica, lost her food down a rabbit hole on the first run.  It was a gentle off road run next to the shoulder of a pass where there was a short 100m swim through a lochan. Then a nice off-road run down the other side followed by 9km along the road due west back into the sea. There was a 800m beach swim which was much smoother and nicer than expected from our earlier sea swims. The race was almost done now with 4km along flat landrover tracks followed by a nice 1250m swim in a loch. Then 2km along the road, 750 swim and 200m sprint to the finish. Big thanks to Tim who dragged me around the rest of the course quicker than I would otherwise have gone.
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I would like to say a massive thanks to all the team at Durty Events for putting on The Heb, a truly epic race and a very heartfelt thanks to all the marshals and volunteers who give up their precious time to allow us to race. Also a massive thanks to the organisers of Hells Hop Swimrun, their safety crews and all the volunteers that make these events possible and of course the sponsors!

You can read The BBC’s news article on Hell’s Hop and see some pictures here! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-37337078

 

SEO and Metadata

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What is Metadata?

Metadata is a set of data that describes and gives information about other data. Without metadata we weaken our ability to drive people from search engines to our sites. Nearly all metadata is invisible to your visitors and customers. It lives and works behind the scenes in the HTML of your web pages. Metadata is important to drive traffic to your page and to get your page to the top of Google.  There are 3 main pieces of information included in metadata – Title, description, keyword/phrases.

Every page must have a meta title as it plays an important role in how your website is perceived and it has to sum up what your site is about.

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The meta description is equally as important as it provides an explanation of what your site is about which allows the visitor to see if this is the correct page they are looking for.

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Your SEO keywords are the keywords and phrases in your web content that make it possible for people to find your site via search engines. If you use the proper keywords you will get more search engine traffic and if you optimize your website keywords it will help you rank faster.

What do your customers type in to find you? If someone searches for ‘Scrap my car’ or ‘Sell my car’ to find your company, it is such a generic search phrase that it would be difficult to get your web page to the top of Google. This is where adverts get expensive for generic phrases because everyone wants them. Good use of keywords and phrases will help get your website a better ranking in search engines.

Here is an example of all the different web pages that come up when you search for Scrap my car. The top pages are Ad’s where the company has paid for the best rankings in Google. If you get your metadata just right you will be able to get to the first page of Google without having to pay the expense of ads

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We are currently coming up with fresh metadata for our new DH Systems site. We have been researching the most searched for phrases people use when looking for our website on search engines and making sure we include these keywords and phrases in our new metadata. Want to see your website at the top of Google? We can do the same research on your site and come up with metadata that will optimize your site and drive as much traffic as possible to your web page!     Contact us now for further details.

Get to know Laura

Untitled-1This month we are getting to know our apprentice Laura a little better! Laura is our Digital Marketer and manages all aspects of our marketing. She maintains all of our social media accounts and uses them to engage with our customers. Laura creates our monthly newsletter and our other email campaigns as well as writing our weekly news stories. Laura is responsible for DH Systems and our customers’ Analytics/AdWords/Conversions. Her marketing services have also been extended to DH Systems customers and she can take control of your social media accounts, Analytics/AdWords/Conversions and can write content for your website as well as post news stories and create newsletters.

What is the best part of your job?

The thing I enjoy most about my job is that it is fun and it is different each day, social media and the internet are growing rapidly and it’s great to be in a role that is always changing. I like that I get to use my creativeness in my job and can also design new graphics or icons for DH Systems.

What do you do in your spare time?

During the week I like to go to the gym after work and at the weekend I usually go out with my friends. I am interested in art and design and occasionally spend my time drawing or painting.

Favourite holiday destination: The best holiday I’ve been on was Las Vegas, I went a couple of years ago with my family, the hotels are amazing!

A fact about yourself: I have a phobia of onion rings!!

Here are a few pictures from Vegas…

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