Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – A comparative study

The best smart speakers: Google Home vs Amazon Echo

 

Google Home vs. Amazon Echo – which smart speaker is best? Google Home is the first major competition in a field dominated by the Amazon Echo. But which one is a better smart speaker? Which of the two speakers answers your questions more reliably and accurately? Which one has the...

 

Paperless office: the advantages of digital archiving

Paperless office: can you really digitize everything?

 

Digitized photo albums and music collections are nothing new; for years now, internet users have been able to manage their music and images online. This phenomenon allows us to share our snapshots with friends via social media platforms and listen to our favorite songs while on...

 

The Google evolution: Mobile search results

Google mobile search: the evolution of the Google search

 

In the modern world you don’t just have your smartphone on you at all times – you have Google as your daily companion as well. Through its broad range of services and applications for mobile devices the search engine market leader has taken a firm grip of the mobile phone...

 

The best Alexa Skills

Amazon Echo upgrade: the best Alexa Skills

 

So you think Alexa can do a lot? Well, it’s now possible to add even more capabilities to the smart Amazon Echo speaker. If you network it with external providers, you can extend the pre-configured functions with different applications. With Amazon Alexa Skills, Alexa becomes a...

 

The best WhatsApp alternatives

The best WhatsApp alternatives

 

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an excursion with the college soccer team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other on...

 

Best Video editing programs

The 7 best video editing programs of 2019: beginner, advanced, and professional

 

Professionals use video editing software to create amazing films. However, video editing is not just for professionals. The best video editing programs of 2019 manage a balancing act between suitability for amateurs and professionals. With the right video editing software, you...

 

Optimize your online store with a stock control system

Inventory control in online trading

An increasing number of orders indicates growing success for your online store. However, the logistical effort increases in line with demand. Without well-planned purchasing and sales as well as solid warehouse structures, the dream of high profits quickly turns into a nightmare. In order to equip your business for higher sales figures, the use of a stock control system is recommended.

Free Microsoft Excel alternatives

Microsoft excel alternatives: 5 premium free-of-charge applications

For many companies, spreadsheets are a part of day-to-day business: whether to compare costs, create diagrams, or plan financing and revenue streams, most tend to gravitate towards Microsoft Excel for their calculations. But is there any way around having to pay for this expensive product? We’ll show you 5 of the best alternatives to Microsoft Excel here.

Clear Google history

How to delete your Google account’s history

With Google history, the search machine provides a function that enables a personalized experience for users of the Google product range. In doing so, Google lists all the user account’s activity and displays these in a neatly-arranged history log. You can clear this Google history as necessary. We show you how this works.

Performance marketing

Performance marketing: measuring advertising success

Advertising is a science in itself: self-employed people, entrepreneurs, and experienced advertisers know this. How well it’s received by potential customers can’t always be measured accurately. However, when it comes to online advertising, this problem can be countered with performance marketing. Within this subfield, in which the most diverse strategies are used, from SEO and SEA to newsletter...

Create your own product photos

Product photography: taking your own professional photos

One advantage brick-and-mortar retailers have over their e-commerce counterparts is that customers are able to experience products with all of their senses before they’re purchased. Online shopping, on the other hand, only provides potential customers with descriptions and product photos. What follows is that high-quality photos are all the more important for online shops. Find out how to create...

Product photography for your online store

Product photography: the best tips for store owners

When out shopping, most people actually pick up products to feel their quality, structure, and weight, occasionally even smelling or listening to them. This gives customers the chance of forming an emotional connection with the product, which can then lead to a successful sale. Since an online store cannot offer customers the same experience, quality product photos are instead needed in order to...

The best PayPal alternative

The 7 best alternatives to PayPal at a glance

Americans love shopping online because it’s so convenient. Fast, easy, and secure payment methods have contributed to the rise of this sector. Until recently, online payment systems were heavily dominated by one industry heavyweight: PayPal. But not everyone is enthused by this payment method, having been criticized for both security as well as data protection issues. Fortunately, there are plenty...

E-Commerce

E-commerce: features and developments

Online shopping, digital advertisements, electronic customer databases, and intelligent inventory systems: all this has revolutionized the trade and changed the buying behavior of customers. The internet and computer-based systems form the basis of e-commerce. From the perspective of companies and consumers, electronic commerce has many advantages, but also a few downsides. New trends are now...

3D Secure

3D Secure: Mastercard and VISA are becoming more secure

These days, credit card fraud primarily takes place on the internet. Criminals use hacked information to take advantage of customers, retailers, and banks. In order to make internet purchases more secure, credit card companies like VISA and Mastercard have released a new version of 3D Secure. It is intended to offer more security and convenience - all in accordance with the EU’s PSD2 regulations.

PSD2

PSD2: What does the Payment Services Directive mean for you?

When it comes to making payments on the internet, customers favor security and convenience over everything else. The payment process shouldn’t take long and must meet data protection requirements - after all, this is very sensitive data. Regarding PSD2, the EU is presenting a new version of the Payment Services Directive that regulates online payments more thoroughly and promotes competition among...

Online marketing

The 1&1 IONOS Guide to Online Marketing: tips and expertise for all

There are many options and strategies for marketing content, products, and services online. In addition to traditional outlets (like banners or videos), e-commerce also lends itself particularly well to generating customer attention: methods like search engine, affiliate, and social media marketing are all part and parcel of a good online marketing mix. In our guide on the topic, we’ve compiled important information on the basics of online marketing and have also included plenty of expert-level tips.

Who should use our Online Marketing Guide?

From beginners to experienced professionals, this guide offers individuals of all competency levels relevant tips for successful online marketing. And online marketing basics are just as much a part of this guide as expert-level topics (‘Cloaking–an SEO blackout’ or ‘Canvas fingerprinting–web tracking without Cookies’). Readers looking to set up e-commerce platforms or become online marketers stand to gain a lot with this content. Small and midsized companies aiming to enter the online market or expand their marketing skills will also find useful resources here (e.g. ‘Creating a business plan for your online store’, ‘8 tips for successful online store marketing’, or ‘Successful social media marketing’).

How the guide is structured

The articles are divided into four different subcategories. Under ‘Online sales’, you’ll find texts on how to construct and operate an online shop. In addition to the fundamentals of online marketing, there’s a lot of information on how to upgrade your web store located in this section. The subcategory, ‘Social media’ provides tips on how to win over customers and create campaigns within today’s conventional social media networks. Here, you can find out how to execute different strategies in varying levels of complexity. Under the keyword, ‘Social media marketing’, there are articles on search engine optimization (SEO), search engine advertising (SEA) as well as useful online marketing tips for relevant tools and techniques. The fourth and final subcategory, ‘Web analytics’, covers different approaches and tools for gathering data on visitor behavior and how to create web statistics (e.g. with Google Analytics). 1&1 IONOS’s Online Marketing Guide is a one-stop shop for clear and comprehensive information on online business and online marketing. 


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