Google changes that hurt small businesses --- and how you can help
Is "Defragging" my computer important? Why? --- Check out our latest blog post...
1 of the 3 Best in St Paul! --- We just received an award for the Tech Branch! Check it out!
Mala Class --- with Vajracharya Charlotte on 11/29
Gift Certificates --- Not sure what to get? We have Gift Certificates available right from our website!
What all do we do: Just a quick list of some of the things we offer...
Psinergy's Online Herb & Supplement Dispensary --- 10-25% off, fast shipping and a great way to get what you need when it's -20°F!
More Upcoming Events around Town
Featured Business: Duir Massage & Wellness
Thanks, Google...Not! 😠
One of the BIGGEST things for a small, local business is their Google Reviews. For years, you could tell clients to go to your Google Places page, or give them a direct link to your profile, and they could easily leave a review for a business.
Well, not anymore... and no clue exactly when Google changed this exactly. So, for years we've been encouraging our clients (especially in the "Help" email we sent last month), to go to our Google page and leave a review. Since the change, we've had a good number of people leave a "review" as a comment on a random Google Places post... and while those are nice to see, to be honest... they do nothing to help our business attract new clients 🙁.
Now people have to go to google.com, then search for the business they want to leave a review for, and then when it shows up on the right-hand side, you click "Write a review".
Next, another reason why we are pushing reviews, besides the fact that we need to be constantly attracting clients... about 3 years ago a new company started up and named itself a name very close to the name of a pretty popular company that use to be in the area, but hadn't been around for a few years (they went out of business). When this new company started up, they decided to open their office pretty much just down the street from us. Now interestingly... this new company, which is a one-person shop, has 63 reviews in their 3 years of business... which to be honest... is odd.
Why do we think it's odd? Well, another very popular tech repair center in Roseville that opened over 13 years ago has 89 reviews (and they are like 10+ times the size of us), and we've been in business 9 and only 30 reviews. Another similar company in the area that has been open 4 years and our same size, has 32 reviews. Then another one that has been in business for 7 years with 3 different locations has 40 reviews. So... it's very "interesting" that a company that has only been in business 3 years has almost as many reviews as another similar (and considerably busier) business that has been around 13+ years.
Now, you may wonder... why are we making a big deal about this? Well, the #1 search engine that people use in this area is Google. If they are searching for a local company for a specific service, people are more likely to go with a company that has more reviews. Would you rather work with a company that has 62 glowing reviews and 1 bad review, or would you rather work with a company that has 29 glowing reviews and 1 bad review? Now, we're not saying this other company doesn't offer good service... we're just saying we need to step up our game and need your help to do that.
So, again... we're asking... Please, Please, Please leave a review for us. We know that it is a little bit of work... but a review (not just a rating), would be soooooo very helpful - especially for our future clients in this upcoming computer repair season. So, if André has fixed your computer... gave you computer advice... whatever, please leave an honest review. Thank you!
Your computer hard drive is like a library, with parts of books all over the place.
Think of your hard drive as a library and every file on your computer is a book, except your Windows computer doesn't really care if your "book" fits in any particular location on a shelf. It doesn't even care if an entire page can fit in one place. So, it "splits" that book, or even pages or words in a sentence of that book, into pieces and places them on the shelves where-ever they fit, then writes down the locations in the "index" or library catalog, then the computer simply remembers where it puts every piece of data from a particular file. In computer terms, this index is called the "File Index" or "Master File Table (MFT)".
Three Best Rated® was created with a simple goal to find you the top 3 local businesses, professionals, restaurants and health care providers in your city. They display only businesses that are verified by their employees since customers deserve only the best.
How do they actually find the best computer repair service centers? They have a 50-Point Inspection that includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust, and cost to the general excellence. That's not all… businesses do not pay them to list them ever. They believe that local businesses provide better and personal services locally. Local businesses know your city better since they live there too. Their policy is free to list because if you can pay to list, then is it really the best business?
Thank you for the acknowledgment Three Best Rated!
Also, congratulations to our fellow colleagues and businesses, Capital City Computer Fixx & I.T. Services and Nanosystems, for also receiving this honor.
Make Your Own Mala Class (November 29, 2017): We will practice our Hanmi Buddhist chanting while making our own malas. Donations accepted.
Students provide their own mala materials. (One suggested purchase site: shadeofthebodhitree.com. They have a DIY mala package where you can choose your own beads, color of thread, guru beads, placer beads, and so on. Takes about a week to ship and receive. Of course, there are many other places you can purchase beads and such, so, if you don't choose this site, I have some other suggestions. I highly suggest that you purchase some guru beads in addition to whatever other beads you want, and also that you purchase enough beads for a full mala --108 beads + a few, just in case. )
Ordering your Supplements & Herbs through our online dispensary. While yes, we make a smaller percentage vs what we have on our shelves --- they are able to have more inventory in their warehouse, and shipping is pretty quick. Link and info about that are below in the newsletter.
What all do we offer here? That's a pretty big question as we offer a lot!
Wellness appointments with SchaOn, including: Esogetics Holistic Medicine (Colorpuncture, Holographic Crystal Therapies, I-Ching therapies, Pre-Natal & Ancestor Trauma Release therapies and a lot more), Basic Ayurvedic Medicine principles, Complex Homeopathics, Access Bars, BodyTalk Access and a bunch more (see his Client Bill of Rights for the full list)
Additionally, on the Health side of our business, we also offer Monthly Wellness Membership to help keep maintaining your wellness more affordable. Also, almost any and all supplements can be purchased through our Online Dispensary - plus, we give you 10-25% off on each order!
And as always --- please keep referring people to us (on the tech side, for computer clients we give you a $10 credit towards future service --- on the health side we are not allowed to do that). If they have questions about what we do, or if we can help (which is very common on the health side of our business)... have them give us a call. We're pretty friendly and try to explain things well.
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The Twin Cities Holistic & Greener Directory was created to be an affordable online resource for small and local businesses within the Twin Cities Metro region who are more holistically minded and focused on greener options and services.
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