Monday, September 15, 2014

Featured Report: Are You Sabotaging Your Business Website?


Wall Street Journal

For the Few Who Do Use Mobile Payments, They Like NFC

Sept,12,2014
by: BRIAN R. FITZGERALD
Mobile payments have been around for years, offered by the likes of Google GOOGL -1.28%, Amazon and Square. But none of the various technologies have been adopted broadly.
Apple AAPL +0.73% is hoping to change that with its own service, Apple Pay, that relies on near-field communication, which involves waving a device in front of a reader. Of U.S. adults who have embraced mobile payments with their smartphones, 37% have used NFC, according to a recent survey by Nielsen that was charted by Statista. Read More



Dex Media

Are You Sabotaging Your Business Website?
Sept,08,2014
by: Marion Jacobson
It’s essential for your business to have a website, but if you’re making these mistakes, you might be hurting your business more than helping.
Visual Mistakes
You can drive people away from your website in a nanosecond with:
  • Flash or animation that begins to play automatically
  • An extremely busy design
  • A very dull, vanilla design
  • Tiny text that is hard to read
  • Missing, hard-to-find, or hard-to-read contact info






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One Insanely Actionable Content Marketing Strategy That Will Generate You 74% More Search Traffic
Sept,15,2014
by: NEIL PATEL
Are you tired of your competition outranking you? Or even worse, seeing them rank for keywords that you don’t even show up for? In this post, I will teach you, step by step, how to identify keywords your competition is ranking for and how to create content that will outrank them. This approach is so effective that by leveraging it on Quick Sprout over the last 12 months, I’ve been able to increase my search traffic from 160,773 visitors to 280,428 visitors a month. That’s 119,655 more visitors a month. Or 74% more search traffic per month. Read More

Site Pro News

Google+ Social Media Strategies – What You Need to Know
Sept,15,2014
by: Tina Courtney-Brown 
No social network invokes the fear, confusion, and outrage that arises when someone mentions Google+. It’s the most controversial platform out there these days, in part because so many business owners can’t seem to quantify if it’s worth the time and effort. Most concur that businesses need to have a presence on the flailing social space, for no other reason than Google wants you to, and Google owns the search stratosphere. SEO value aside, it’s a tough space to unravel.
Rest assured, however, that if you’re crafty, committed, and well-prepared, Google+ can indeed be a marketing boon for your business. There are metrics available now that help decipher what was once an intensely mysterious space. You no longer have to “trust it’s working.” Google+ experts ‘CircleCount’ recently released an interesting and highly valuable infographic and report that helps marketers capitalize in a space that few have truly mastered. Heed their advice, and you’re light years ahead of the pack  Read More



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Friday, September 12, 2014

Featured Report: Weak mobile device security bodes big risk for hospitals


Fierce Health Payer

4 complaints providers have with Medicare Advantage
Sept,12,2014
by: Dina Overland
Medicare Advantage plans are widely popular among Medicare-eligible consumers, but not everyone is fond of them. Many providers actually dislike the Medicare Advantage program and, therefore, are reluctant to contract with Medicare Advantage insurers, reported NerdWallet.
There are five common issues that providers have with the Medicare Advantage insurers, which continue to boost their enrollment numbers with broader coverage than traditional Medicare, FierceHealthPayer previously reported. Three of them are summarized below.





Fierce Mobile Healthcare

Weak mobile device security bodes big risk for hospitals
Sept,08,2014
by: Judy Mottl
Only slightly more than half of healthcare employees (59 percent) are using full-disk encryption or file-level encryption on mHealth computing devices used at work, according to a new Forrester research report, which concluded that medical enterprises must adopt a data-centric approach to endpoint security on all employee devices. Such a security strategy will lead to less risk of data theft and data breaches, as well as shore up regulatory compliance, according to the report's authors. Read More


Modern Healthcare


Advocate, NorthShore merger would create giant health system in Illinois

Sept,12,2014
by: Andrew L. Wang
Advocate Health Care, Illinois' largest system, and NorthShore University HealthSystem, the dominant health network in Chicago's northern suburbs, announced today they will merge to form a 16-hospital system to be called Advocate NorthShore Health Partners.

Together, the two non-profit systems generated $7.3 billion in revenues and $361 million in operating income in 2013,according to the Modern Healthcare Financial Database. Presence Health, the 12-hospital network formed in the 2011 merger between Resurrection Health Care and Provena Health, was the second-largest system by revenue in the state with $2.8 billion in total revenue, according to the database.   Read More







Fierce Health IT

Telemedicine beneficial in management of chronic diseases, lowering costs
Sept,11,2014
by: Katie Dvorak
There are many uses for telemedicine to manage chronic diseases, and no matter the process, the technology offers beneficial results and costs reductions, according to a recent study.
The study, published online in the journal Telemedicine and e-Health, looks at the impact telemedicine has on cost, quality and access to care, focusing three chronic diseases: congestive heart failure, stroke and obstructive pulmonary disease. Read More





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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Featured Report: Mobility "like a drug" says CEO of property buyer's agent


ZD Net

Mobility "like a drug" says CEO of property buyer's agent
Aug,22,2014
by:  Angus Macaskill
Ben Handler, co-founder and CEO of property buyers' agent Cohen Handler, provides insights from his organisation's experience of implementing mobility tools.  Handler discusses the client service and collaboration benefits that accrued, and advises other businesses to get on the mobility train before it leaves the station. "The phone is like a drug, people are addicted to their phone…and if you can't work out a way to get to your phone, to connect with your customers, to be connecting with your group, then you've missed the boat."  Read More



Fierce Wireless

5 reasons cable operators are building public Wi-Fi networks
Sept,08,2014
by: Mike Dano
It's no secret that the nation's cable companies are making a serious investment in public Wi-Fi networks. Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and others are building out hundreds of thousands of public hotspots that their customers can access for free. Moreover, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable already enable roaming across 250,000 of their individual hotspots via the "CableWiFi" initiative, without requiring the use of Hotspot 2.0/Passpoint technology. Read More


Media Post


Kids Have Opinions About Smartphones; Tablets, Too

Sept,09,2014
by: Aaron Baar

Although they’re not generally the target consumer for high-end electronics, kids are using smartphones and tablets in increasing numbers and are showing a clear preference among brands. According to advertising consultancy Communicus, one-third of American pre-kindergarten-age children have a tablet specifically used by them, while two-thirds of kids regularly use tablets. Among those that don’t have tablets, 50% ask their parents to buy them one.  “It’s certainly an opportunity area” for device manufacturers, Jeri Smith, president and CEO of Communicus, tells Marketing Daily. “[Kids] don’t dictate the brand, but they can use the ‘pester factor’ to get what they want.”  Read More



Wireless Week

Smartphones, Apps Lending Intelligence to Cars

Sept,09,2014
by: Tom Krisher


With a thumb swipe on a smartphone, your car one day will be able to drive into a parking deck, find an open spot and back into a space — all by itself. Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360-degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles. Then, when you're done with dinner or a business meeting, the car will return to you after another swipe of the thumb. The potential benefits are plenty. More orderly parking means less congestion. Drivers are spared the time and frustration of the hunt for a spot. Parking lots can squeeze more vehicles into limited space.  Read More




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Monday, September 8, 2014

Featured Report: How to Start a Business Blog


GiGaom

Data plans are the biggest obstacle to mobile video’s future
Sept,05,2014
by: Janko Roettgers
The high cost of mobile data is one of the main reasons why people don’t stream more video on the go. High price tags on content are also a turn-off.Consumers are increasingly turning to their phones to stream video, but there’s one major obstacle that still holds many back from watching video on mobile devices while outside of their own home: data plans. That’s one of the findings in the most recent Ericsson ConsumerLab TV and Media report. Read More


Dex Media

How to Start a Business Blog
Aug,25,2014
by: Marion Jacobson 
Some of the most frequently asked questions from small businesses involve blogging.
  • Should I have a business blog? YES!
  • How do I start? 
  • How often should I publish new content? REGULARLY. AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
  • What should I write about?WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW
  • How do I get people to read my blog? PROMOTE YOURSELF  Read More



Chain Store Age

IBM: Mobile drives growth in August online sales
Sept,04,2014
by: DAN BERTHIAUME
 Online U.S. retail sales for August 2014 were up more than 11% as compared to the same period the prior year. According to new IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark data, mobile traffic accounted for 41.5% of all online traffic, up 34% compared to the same period the previous year. Mobile sales saw strong growth, up nearly 39%, reaching 7.8% of all online sales. Smartphones drove 27% of all online traffic compared to tablets at 13.8%, making the smartphone the browsing device of choice. When it comes to making the sale, tablets drove 11.5% of all online sales while smartphones accounted for nearly half of that at 6.2%. Tablet users also averaged $110.93 per order, more than smartphone users, who averaged $95.65 per order.  Read More


Venture Beat

Study: In social advertising, YouTube converts more customers than anyone else
Sept,04,2014
by: Stewart Rogers
When it comes to paid advertising on social platforms, YouTube is the clear winner in introducing new products and helping consumers make their purchasing decisions, according to a new study Aol Platforms released today. The report, which analyzed data found within 500 million clicks and 15 million conversions during the first quarter of 2014, tracked social purchase interactions through Convertro’s attribution technology. This then determined which platforms had affected online sales and at what point in the purchasing decision they had influence on the consumer.  Read More


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Featured Report: Health IT a new sweet spot for investors

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Modern Healthcare

Full D.C. appeals court expected to uphold ACA subsidies
Sept,04,2014
by: Paul Demko and Bob Herman 
The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington on Thursday said the full 11-member court will rehear (PDF) the controversial case that ruled Americans could not receive subsidies to help pay for plans on federally run health insurance exchanges. Oral arguments will begin Dec. 17.

The court's decision to rehear the case en banc, which experts said is rare for the D.C. appellate court, vacates the judgment issued earlier this summer. On July 22, a three-judge panel ruled 2-1 in Halbig v. Burwell that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act forbade people with lower incomes from receiving tax subsidies from insurance marketplaces run by the federal government, effectively making those subsidies illegal in 36 states. Read More




Fierce EMR


Meaningful Use payments top $24.8 billion
Sept,02,2014
by: Marla Durben Hirsch
The Meaningful Use program has paid providers more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments since its inception, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest report.
The report, presented by Elisabeth Myers at CMS' Office of e-Standards and Services to ONC's Health IT Policy Committee on Sept. 3, stated that as of July 2014, there are 487,866 active registrants in the program and payments have amounted to $24,873,262,183. More than 92 percent of eligible hospitals have received payment under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, 90 percent of eligible professionals have registered for the program, and 75 percent of eligible professionals have made a financial commitment to implementing electronic health records. Read More




Fierce Health-Payer


Pharmacy group comes down on health plans
Sept,04,2014
by: Diana Manos
To provide for a smooth transition from coverage to care at the start of the 2015 plan year, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) urged the federal government to require that health plans provide nightly updates to patient eligibility files. This is just one of many actions the group wants health plans to take to help beneficiaries during the upcoming enrollment process
NACDS announced it wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to "recommend administrative changes to facilitate a smooth start for new exchange enrollees seeking prescription drug coverage in the 2015 plan year."   Read More





Fierce Health IT

Health IT a new sweet spot for investors
Sept,04,2014
by: Dan Bowman
As use of electronic health records by providers and health tracking devices by consumers becomes more ubiquitous, the health IT industry is gaining a reputation as an emerging sweet spot for technology investors, according to a Reuters report.
Several investors, according to Reuters, said they see health IT as more of a safe bet than an industry like biotechnology. While success in the former industry is linked to services and data being sold to insurers and providers, the latter's success hinges on the unpredictable drug market, the article notes.  Read More




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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Featured Report: Microsoft finally cracks down on deceptive Windows Store 'crap apps'



Fierce Wireless 

Nokia to bring HERE mapping platform to Android via partnership with Samsung
Aug,29,2014
by: Phil Goldstein
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) said it will bring its HERE mapping platform to devices that run Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android software starting with Samsung Electronics' Galaxy smartphones. The deal represents a major win for Nokia since the company sold its devices business to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) in April.
According to Nokia, thanks to a licensing deal with Samsung, a HERE beta for Android will be made available for free in October when Samsung rolls out its Gear S smart watch, which runs on the Tizen platform but also supports HERE. That should strengthen the link between the wearable device and Samsung's smartphones, which can be paired together via Bluetooth. Read more



PC World

Microsoft finally cracks down on deceptive Windows Store 'crap apps'
Aug,28,2014
by: Mark Hachman
So-called deceptive “crap apps” have always plagued the Windows Store. But now, Microsoft appears to be finally ready to do something about them.
In a blog post late Wednesday, Microsoft said that it had removed 1,500 deceptively named apps as part of a policy shift to crack down on developers “trying to game the system with misleading titles or descriptions,” the company said.
A year ago, Microsoft publicly said that the Windows Store has more than 100,000 apps, and it’s unlikely that that number has climbed higher than 200,000 apps by now. But as far back as Oct. 2012—before Windows 8 even launched—analysts were pointing out that the fate of the Windows 8 app store didn’t need a large number of apps to be successful. It needed quality, and that’s not what Microsoft delivered. Instead, consumers are faced with numerous clone apps and paid “alternatives” to freeware, both outcomes that give those users a bad taste in their mouths.  Read More


Wireless Week

AT&T Rolls Out New Secure Cloud for Government Clients
Sept,02,2014
by: Ben Munson
AT&T today announced a new secure cloud storage offer for Federal Government agencies. Synaptic Storage as a Service for Government is a multi-tenant, community solution.
The carrier has built in the same features and policies as its commercial cloud storage service but it’s added other functions to beef up security.
The STaaS storage towers are physically separated from other towers in the data center, government customer data won’t co-exist with commercial data, government customers get a separate cloud portal, and all their users are assigned RSA hard token for 2-Factor Authentication.   Read More


Mobile Marketing

Apple Updates Mobile App Ad-serving Guidelines

Sept,01,2014
by: Tim Maytom

Apple has released new, stricter guidelines for developers submitting apps to the iTunes store designed to serve ads.
Under the new rules, Apple will reject mobile apps that don’t use Advertising Identifiers, specifically the IDFA, a unique ID for each iOS device that is the only way to offer targetd ads across the network. Apps may also be rejected if they use the IDFA but do not display ads properly or have a built-in advertising, or indicate they don’t use the IDFA when they do.
With more and more developers using deep linking to help people discover relevant content within their apps, identifying content-related ads in apps has become increasingly important. Apple has expanded its iAd advertising network into 16 countries and regions, moving into Russia and Switzerland most recently.  Read More



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Friday, August 29, 2014

Featured Report: Doctor-patient video visits to triple to 16 million next year



MobiHealthNews

Doctor-patient video visits to triple to 16 million next year
Aug,28,2014
by: Brian Dolan
According to research firm Parks Associates the number of doctor-patient video consultations in the US will almost triple over the next year.
“The number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018,” Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates said in a recent statement.  Read More






Fierce Mobile Healthcare

Mobile app privacy practices scarce, lack transparency
Aug,24,2014
by: Judy Mottl
Mobile healthcare application privacy policies are hard to find, and those in place are not providing transparency on privacy practices and more than half aren't focused software, according to a new study.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, states that of the 600 most common apps, just 183 boasted a privacy policy. Of those policies, about two thirds, or 66.1 percent, did not address the software and sharing practices.  Read More





Fierce Health Payer

Price transparency: a win-win for insurers and consumers
Aug,27,2014
by: Diana Manos
Price transparency is more than just an exercise in being up-front--it's imperative to improve the bottom line for any health insurer, says a new brief from the nonprofit, Families USA.
Prices vary dramatically by provider, oftentimes with no difference in quality, leaving consumers with a hard time discerning where to get the most value for their money, according to the brief.
"More expensive providers do not necessarily deliver higher-quality care," writes Lydia Mitts, senior policy analyst for the organization, which advocates for affordable, higher-quality healthcare for U.S. consumers.  Read More


Med City News

Despite promise, mobile health faces slow road
Aug,26,2014
by:  
While mobile health is an increasingly popular topic in healthcare and technology circles, patients – the most important piece of the equation – are still perhaps unpersuaded, according to a report in the MIT Technology Review.
One in 10 Americans owns some sort of health tracking device, from FitBit to Nike to Jawbone, yet more than half of those devices are no longer being used by the patient, writes Nanette Byrnes, citing consultancy firm Endeavor Partners.
With respect to mobile applications, more than 100,000 are available, but “very few” have been downloaded 500 times, while more than two-thirds of consumers have stopped using the apps, according to a PWC report   Read More



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