You should include this information in your emails to be GDPR compliant

Prompted by the GDPR and its headline-grabbing fines, businesses have worked hard to ensure that they have a proper legal basis for their email marketing. This usually means consent from users, although in some circumstances "legitimate interests" may also be an option. In addition to establishing a proper basis for marketing under the GDPR, businesses should include certain other information in...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (14th/15th November 2019)

Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings of disruption due to flooding, snow, and rainfall being in effect for parts of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers affected by adverse weather conditions over the next 48 hours. For those not aware of this plan, this means that...
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Expert Advice: Automatic email signatures can now sign binding contracts

This is a guest post, for which we would like to thank Bethany Fitzgerald, a paralegal with the commercial team at Wansbroughs Solicitors. Automatic signatures found at the end of emails, stating name, place of work, job title and contact details, are now being included in what counts as a signature to form a binding contract – according to a ruling from Manchester County Court. In the case, a...
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3 Reasons why no one replies to your messages anymore…

Has anyone else noticed that there seems to be a marked rise, from even a decade ago, in terms of the regularity and predictability with which all kinds of messages are returned? Because I have. Call me old fashioned (I'm only 35 at the time of writing!), but I always felt that returning messages was important, a sign of reliability, a good thing in business. I always make it a point to return...
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How do I switch from Wix, Squarespace or a website builder to WordPress?

The short answer is, if you've outgrown the features or functionality of your current website builder services, such as Wix.com or Squarespace (or any number of services provided by website hosting companies) then you're going to need help making the move. Move from Wix.com or switch from Squarespace We've helped businesses of all sizes move from Wix.com, switch from Squarespace, and a whole host...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (06/10/19 to 18/10/19)

Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings being in effect for parts of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers affected by adverse weather conditions over the next few days. For those not aware of this plan, this means that if you are an O'Brien Media customer for website...
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O’Brien Media are Cyber Essentials Certified via IASME and CyberSmart

The growing threat of cyber-related crime is quickly becoming a major concern for most organisations and business leaders. With regular reports of high-profile businesses falling victim to cybercrime across the globe, it’s the responsibility of every organisations to ensure they adequately protect themselves and their customers. What is Cyber Essentials? Cyber Essentials is a cybersecurity...
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Why do I need a Business Website?

If you operate a business and you don’t have a website yet, you should really consider getting one. Why should you have a business website? The truth of the matter is that you can’t afford not to have one. Your business website can help you generate more clients throughout all aspects of the customer acquisition cycle, such as when a prospective client: Performs a broad internet search for...
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Brexit: An update

As you are no doubt aware, the UK is set to leave the European Union on 31st October 2019. The way in which the UK will leave the EU remains unclear and as a result, O'Brien Media has, for some time, been preparing plans to ensure that we are able to support our customers through this period no matter what the outcome might be. Below is our Brexit strategy document which explains our preparations...
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Business Continuity Support for customers affected by adverse weather conditions (30/09/19 – 04/10/19)

Friday 4th October 2019 Our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan is no longer in effect, existing requests under the CBCS will continue to be actioned Due to Environment Agency public advice and Met Office warnings being in effect for most of the UK over the next 24 to 48 hours we have activated our Customer Business Continuity Support (CBCS) plan to provide assistance to customers...
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