Stamp prices increase from 31st of March 2014

The recently privatised Royal Mail will be hiking up stamp prices from the 31st of March. A first-class stamp’s price will go up by 2p, to 62p, and the second-class stamp will see a 3p increase, up to 53p. See if you can save money on postage here, by hiring or purchasing a franking machine. […]

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The tale of (Not Provided) in Google Analytics

Two years ago Google began encrypting searches for users that were signed in, this resulted in the  appearance of the frustrating “(not provided)” result. Now Google has recently announced – albeit quietly – a change aimed at encrypting all search activity, except for ad clicks. This means that there is actually nothing to stop referrer […]

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Is a World Without Social Media Gurus in Sight?

Social Media is an odd beast and a complicated one – but if you’re thinking about focusing your career as a social guru or ninja or pterodactyl … or whatever it is people are calling themselves now, then think again. At the time of writing 76 per cent of 18-30 year olds – Generation Y […]

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How do we solve a problem like Google Reader?

On July 1st 2013, Google Reader became no more. Dwindling numbers of users had preceded the announcement from Google, months before it was turned off, with a majority flocking to Twitter and Facebook to pick up their news “feeds” for a while. The problem with Google Reader – from experience – was that it was […]

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Approved Index Girls – Raising Money for Cancer Research!

We’re a charitable bunch here at Approved Index, and are regularly involved in fundraising activities. Our most recent charity success was last week, when four of our girls decided to join forces with eMedia and Banker’s Accuity – jointly named RBI Angels – to raise money for Cancer Research UK by running (and walking) the […]

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3 Ways Online Sellers Can Reduce Parcel Costs in 2013

If Royal Mail’s 2013 price changes threw a spanner in the works for your business, then it may be time to look into revamping the way you send parcels. In our previous post Royal Mail’s 2013 Price Changes Made Easy, we promised a follow up article which would explore some simple solutions to counteract the […]

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6 Small Business Marketing Sweet Spots: Why Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Marketing from the perspective of a small business can often seem like an uphill struggle: marketing expertise and advice is expensive, you don’t have the budget to subscribe to fancy online marketing tools and you have no brand cache to exploit. On top of all that there’s only a handful of you at best (and […]

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Royal Mail’s 2013 Price Changes Made Easy

2012 brought with it highs and lows, and although most of us were enjoying the glory that was the Olympics — and then living on a high for the rest of the year – SME businesses were painfully aware of the large increase in Royal Mail packaging prices. So, when Royal Mail announced that in 2013 they were […]

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Meet the Account Management Team of Approved Index!

Luke Roberts – Sales Manager Luke began working as a Sales Executive at Approved Index in January 2008. He quickly set to work selling everything that we had to sell and helping to introduce some new products that we didn’t. He has since been rewarded for his innovation by being promoted to the role of […]

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Windows XP: what does the end of support mean for your business?

On the 8th April 2014 Microsoft plans to end support for its XP operating system, placing thousands of businesses at risk according to new research. Despite Microsoft’s recommendation for a migration period of 18-30 months, independent research by Camwood show only 42% of companies have started the upgrade away from XP. This means that three […]

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