Tech Tidbits

PTC Computer Solutions has been involved on the Internet since 1996 and has a background of understanding how the Internet operates extending well beyond that. PTC will periodically post technology tidbits to emphasize an understanding of the world of the Internet, how it operates, what tools are being utilized, and where it’s all going. Stay tuned to the Tech Tidbits.


Second Homes & Investing

Disposable Income Soaring Thinking about buying a vacation home? You’re not alone. Second homes  are highly sought after now as Americans’ net wealth and disposable income soar to their highest levels on record. Not only are folks eating out more, buying RVs and luxury goods, they’re increasingly looking for a […]

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Affordable Housing Held Back

Economists identify an unseen force holding back affordable housing When the smoke cleared after the Great Recession, the home builders who survived were in a surprisingly strong position. They had fewer competitors and more power in their local markets. They have since built on that advantage, consolidating until many markets […]


Home Design Trends

10 Home Design Trends on the Rise See popular features and styles for kitchens, bathrooms, dining rooms and more catching on with Houzz users lately. Home design journalist writing about cool spaces, innovative trends, breaking news, industry analysis and humor. Home Design Trends Homeowners Want What will homeowners be asking […]

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Block Bad Website Bots and Spiders Tweaking .htaccess

Key Steps to Securing Your Site Bots are exceedingly common on the web. In fact, as of 2012, bot traffic exceeded human traffic on the web. That’s right; more than 50% of the hits on your website, on average, come from robots rather than humans as of 2012. These days, […]


Website Search Traffic Drop

12 Common Reasons Your Website Traffic Is Dropping Successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising executives from Forbes Agency Council share trends and tips. For any business with an online presence, website traffic is important; the more visitors you have, the more opportunities you have to make your brand known, […]

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7 Best Ways to Create Successful Integrated Marketing

Strategies for developing a successful marketing campaign Today, marketers have more choices than ever regarding how and where to promote or advertise products and services. In addition to traditional methods, such as print advertising and direct marketing, you have email marketing, Web-based advertising and multiple social media sites, such as […]


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Marketing Do’s and Don’ts

Why your marketing is failing and what to do about it As marketing consultants to developers since 1982, we at Parker Associates have had the opportunity to constantly meet business leaders who have questions about marketing or are curious about how to market to their prospects. Almost every conversation starts […]


4 Letters to Selling Anything

Why do people buy? One of the keys to being able to sell a product is to understand what makes it sell. Some things don’t change, people like to buy things because they want it or need it. But, there are always choices. How do you stand out in a […]

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Avoiding the SEO Pitfalls

Avoiding the SEO pitfalls of URL parameters URL parameters are the parts of the address of a web page often visible after a question mark (?), ampersand (&), equals (=) or other attribute. Parameters might also be referred to as “query strings” and are commonly used on e-commerce websites. Numerous […]

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Here Come the Pivotals

Reaching Gen Z If you’re anything like everyone (and most of us are), then you don’t have a clue about Generation Z, becoming popularly known as “The Pivotals” and for good reason. Finding out how to connect with the next generation of consumers is a critical marketing understanding for any […]

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Millennials Aren’t All Millennials

Millennials are a generic term for the generation we consider born from the early 80s through the late 90s. There are various definitions for exacting years of this group, but it’s a large categorizations for such a diverse group. Though they are similar in many ways, they have their differences. […]


Finding the Right Customer

Get Your Target Right Making a perfect product might not be enough. Even if you’re convinced you’ve made the right product for the right customer, you may have missed the boat. Make sure to do the research, refine the marketing, launch the product — and then wait to be promptly […]

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Millennials Killed the Mall, Pivotals Will Save It

The next generation of U.S. buyers isn’t shopping like their parents. Gen Z, The Pivotals, keeps confounding Corporate America. It’s their nature. They can’t help it. They’ve shunned beer, they want companies to take political stands and they trust Kardashians to make their makeup choices. But perhaps the biggest surprise […]


Being OK Can Be Great

It might come as a surprise to some people, but being OK, can be a great thing. Some of the best people I know are OK people. I don’t mean they are just OK in how I feel about them. I mean they are not people who worry about too […]

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First Time Homebuyers Finding It Tough

Tightening Mortgages Making It Difficult Kiplinger reports that the first time homebuyers are having more difficulties with getting mortgages. They also report that Investors are giving some push back on stocks that lack key components. First Timers Many first-time home buyers will have a tougher time getting a mortgage. The […]


Online News, Fact or Fiction

Ramping Up the Fight The difficult fight to neutralize false online news stories is ramping up. It’s only a matter of time before the regulations on the many social media platforms becomes more stringent. A major goal is to appease advertisers who are souring on certain websites and online platforms […]

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Scooter Swarm

On the Move Perhaps you have noticed the scooters on every corner from Coral Gables to Indianapolis to San Diego and beyond. The dockless scooters offer an alternative way to get around that is both simple and convenient. Offering a simple smartphone app, they can be unlocked, used, and parked […]


R.E.A.C.T.

5 Steps To Success Finishing what you start is the most important aspect to successfully completing any task.  Sure, it sounds obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I hear that people don’t have time to finish something, or can’t get started on something because they can’t find […]

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IoT Apps for Real Estate

3 Key IoT Applications to Improve Your Real Estate Assets The Internet of Things (IoT) applications in real estate are promising. From predictive maintenance to accelerated decision making to increased energy efficiency, IoT will improve both the real estate industry and our everyday lives. Buying a home is one of […]


Near Field Communication

Firms are Ramping Up Adoption of NFC With companies increasing the adaptation of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, there is a large number of new advancements to be made in various fields, including marketing of all kinds. The NFC technology allows two chip-enabled “things” to wirelessly communicate quickly and securely […]

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Questions to Answer for Successful Businesses

Every Owner Must Be Able to Answer these 11 Questions And this isn’t just a one-time exercise–these are the questions you should be asking yourself and your team constantly. As a long time business owner of PTC Computer Solutions as well as start-ups NETneighbor and the Internet Access Club, I’m […]