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How Android and Google+ will kill the Yellow Pages

Google+ Business PagesIn today’s post, we are going to explore Google+ business pages, how their information is integrated into the latest Google Smartphone and what the implications of this are for businesses.  Continue Reading →

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Meet Ollie, The Blue Llama Llama!

Llama KissOK, well he’s not actually ours unfortunately, but Blue Llama sponsor Ollie, a young and very handsome llama living on the Llama Rama Farm on the edge of the Mendips in Somerset.

Sadly, Ollie’s Mum, Molly died whilst giving birth to him. He was hand reared by Caroline Pembro, the farms owner, who had to feed him round the clock every two hours. He’s grown up to be a fine specimen of a llama, in his short time he been interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol and is hotly tipped for the National Llama Championships.

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Blue Llama Cupcakes

Blue Llama Cupcakes

Blue Llama cupcakeMmmmmmm… tasty! When we say thanks to someone, we like to do it a little differently! Steve from L.C. Pallot Ltd. recently referred a new customer to us and as a way of thanks we sent him some very tasty Blue Llama cupcakes. Big thanks to Vicki at Jersey Cupcakes for putting in some serious effort to make them look so good. If you’re nice to us… you never know your luck!

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Diversifying Jersey’s Economy – Mobile Payments?

Diversifying Jersey’s Economy – Mobile Payments?

Google Wallet JerseyThe current rumblings in the press about the UK government clamping down on tax avoidance is nothing new but still pose a big concern for an island heavily dependent on its financial services industry.  LVCR’s disappearing act between 2010 and 2012 showed just how little influence the States of Jersey have on the UK government and how fragile our economy can be.
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Jersey’s Group Buying Websites

Jersey’s Group Buying Websites

Jersey Voucher and Quidsin Group Buying in JerseyAlso known as Daily Deal or Collective Buying sites, Group Buying Websites (GBW) are a relatively new phenomenon only hitting the mainstream in 2009. The principle behind them is to exploit the power of the web and social media to sell large quantities of an individual product or service at a discounted price that appeals to buyers, while still providing many benefits to seller.
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Jersey Facebook Advertising (Work Around)

Jersey Facebook Advertising (Work Around)

Facebook Advertising in the Channel IslandsUp until the beginning of the year, companies were advertising within Facebook to Jersey and Guernsey users without any problem. Suddenly, after Facebook introduced changes to it’s advertising platform, the number of users it believed present in the islands fell dramatically from tens of thousands to just over two thousand!  This meant it was no longer possible to graphically target adverts to people in one or both of the islands, click throughs plummeted as adverts no longer displayed to their true target audience. Continue Reading →

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How Is Google+ Going To Affect Your SEO Strategy?

Google +1 effects on SEOHow are you getting on with your Google+ account? Whether you were one of the early birds who were invited to try out the new networking service from Google or you joined with the masses last week, it’s clear that already Google+ is getting a lot of people very excited. But why? At first glance it may seem as though it could be a handy networking tool, and a way of grouping different people into circles, such as family, friends, colleagues, clients and so on. But how is this really going to affect your SEO marketing strategy? Continue Reading →

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SEO Audit Report

SEO Audit ReportFor a limited time, Blue Llama is offering a full SEO audit report for a single web domain at a cost of just £250. This is not a computer generated document but a focused, human written report that incorporates your strategic aims and the competitive factors in your marketplace, to arrive at a plan to increase the revenue generated by your website. Continue Reading →

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Small Business Outsourcing using Online Freelance Marketplaces

Small Business Outsourcing TipsWhile the UK is a fantastic place to live, it can be really bloody expensive!  It’s not just consumer products that exhibit inflated price tags but business services too.  I live in Jersey, an island built on money from the finance industry and the comapnies servicing the banks and trust companies rightly demand big bucks themselves.  Small businesses often receive sub-standard service as providers concentrate their efforts on larger clients.  This inequality was the premise for founding Blue Llama; a small business for small businesses!  …But enough of the sales spiel.
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Effects on the Channel Islands of abolishing LVCR

LVCR-abolished-channel-islandsIn November, the low value consignment relief (LVCR) threshold in the UK will be cut from £18 to £15.  This means Channel Island companies exporting to the UK will have to pay VAT on goods over the value of £15.  While this will certainly hit the Channel Island e-commerce industry, the majority of goods, typically DVDs, CDs, printer cartridges and memory cards are priced below £15 and will be unaffected.
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