Category: Education

Google for Nonprofits and Ad Grants

Google is a strong supporter of nonprofit organizations and offers free resources that can help organizations connect to the people who matter most to help raise greater awareness. If eligible, the following Google services can be available for free with Google for Nonprofits: Google for Nonprofits is currently available in 50+ counties. Successfully enrolling in […]


SWIVEL: A Website Conference for Website Owners

Do you own or manage a website? Then you should be at the Swivel conference in Bend, Oregon this October! Swivel 2015 is aimed at website managers and owners. This conference is built to bring energy to your website, inspire new creative ideas, and ultimately help you get the most out of your website. Promoting […]


Come Swivel With Us!

It’s that time again. Time for the Bend WebCAM Conference in Bend, Oregon. This year we’ve put a spin on the conference… and on the name. Swivel, formerly known as Bend WebCAM, is taking place in Bend, Oregon from October 12-13th, 2015. If you’ve attended in past, you’re aware of the benefits that this conference […]


The Facebook Bluetooth® Beacon: How this Small Device Can Bring You BIG Business

The Facebook Bluetooth® beacon recently became available to the public. The idea behind the beacon is to provide customized suggestions for places to go within one’s surrounding area. ‘Place tips’ are customized based upon one’s Facebook friends, upcoming events, and advertisements from businesses that have a Bluetooth® beacon. Whether a person is on vacation or […]


SMX Advanced 2014 Top Takeaways

It’s been a few weeks since the SMX conference took up residency in Seattle focusing on advanced search marketing tactics. As with most conferences, it has taken us a couple weeks to wrap our heads around all the great information we received over the two days. This year’s conference definitely did not disappoint and was […]


Google Updates: My Business, Shopping Ads, Panda 4.0

It seems that almost every week there is a new or anticipated update from Google. Whether it’s an algorithm update for hummingbird, penguin or panda – or changes related to their many ‘products’ – one thing is for certain, Google’s practices are always changing. The last 6 weeks has brought a variety of changes to […]


Heartbleed Bug: What It Is & What You Should Do

As many of you are probably aware, a bug was recently discovered in the OpenSSL software used by roughly 2/3 of the sites on the Internet for SSL encryption. This is known as the Heartbleed bug. You are likely wondering if your site hosted by Smart Solutions is affected by this problem. That answer depends […]


Big Takeaways from SearchFest 2014

SearchFest is always a conference that we look forward to attending. It’s a full-day of insightful and powerful presentations on trends that are shaping Search Marketing and Social Media. The conference organizing body, SEMpdx’s, original mission was to “put search on the map in Portland, and Portland on the map in search.” Not only have […]


Google AdBirds

We received a notification in Adwords today about a new feature – AdBirds. According to Google, “AdBirds is a new ad format that allows you to take your campaign to new heights by placing ads on real birds.”  How cool is that?! *chirp chirp* How to Create an AdBirds ad Select an ad group Pick […]


Pinterest Changed!

From Smart Solutions Social media channels don’t stay the same for long—this is a fact that anyone who has had a Facebook for longer than a year knows. They update on a regular basis and there’s no reason to not embrace the change. However, every change comes with a few ups and downs, and when […]