European payments are changing from September 14, 2019

Beginning September 14, 2019, PSD2 regulation will require Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) for many online payments made by European customers, to help reduce fraud. To ensure payments will not be declined, businesses will need to build an extra layer of authentication into online card payments, unless transaction-specific exemptions apply. The impact of SCA on your business can vary...
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O’Brien Media launch new website for Swindon based Azone Storage

Local commercial storage experts Azone Storage, who have been an O'Brien Media client for many years, wanted to update their website following the rapid expansion of their business and needed a website that could easily accommodate changes as they opened new storage locations. Azone Storage took the opportunity to switch things up with a more engaging website based on the popular WordPress...
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Office 365 feature update: Focus on your active teams

Are too many teams cluttering up your left rail? Over the next few weeks, teams you haven't visited in more than 45 days will be automatically reordered and moved to the bottom "More" category so you can focus on teams you're more active in. This feature update from Microsoft is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 48621 and does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions for Education. Microsoft...
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[Infographic] A Minute on the Internet in 2019

A lot can happen in a minute. Sixty seconds can pass in the blink of an eye for someone mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or checking their email. Combine all those actions together and we have an extraordinary view of the life of the internet in a minute.According to data compiled by Lori Lewis and Officially Chadd on Visual Capitalist, and visualised by Statistica, a single internet...
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Please Reboot: BT Tower displays ubiquitous Windows error message

The famous BT Tower appeared to be having technical issues over the weekend as it began displaying the dreaded Windows error message to Londoners. The screen, or "infoband", went down on Saturday afternoon but has now been resolved. The band usually displays colours on the 36th and 37th floors of the 189 metre-high structure which forms London's skyline. A BT spokesperson said: "A technical issue...
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Does your website homepage make an impact on your visitors?

Everyday, we see websites that are not fulfilling their full potential. An impactful home page can make such a huge difference to your business and could be a key tool in helping you grow your customer base and take your company into the future. Long gone are the days when you just ‘needed to be online’. In fact, it is thought that around 50% of UK businesses still don’t have a website....
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Swindon’s O’Brien Media Among The Winners of the 2019 Designer Awards

Swindon, Wiltshire – The team at Swindon based website design agency O’Brien Media are pleased to have picked up two awards this year’s LUXlife Design Awards for the South West England region, Creative Design Agency of the Year 2019 & Award for Excellence in Web Design Services 2019. The Designer Awards focuses on quality, not quantity, and having won these awards for their work with...
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It’s Time to Give Your Business a Spring Clean

Spring is officially here and it’s time to deep clean, reorganise, and declutter everything from your closet to the garage. Giving your place a deep clean is a great way to revamp your surroundings and celebrate a transition into a new season. I love giving my house a spring cleaning because when my life is organised, I can accomplish more and feel less stressed doing so. You can also take...
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Tom’s top tips for putting together better marketing emails

Getting started with emails can be the most intimidating part! Here's my top three tips for where to begin. 1. Make the most of your subject line If you want your marketing emails opened, read and clicked, it starts off with the subject line. The best subject lines are short, descriptive and give your clients a reason to explore your message further. Top Tips Keep it short and sweet / Tell them...
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