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Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Happy Easter from StepForth

In order to spend time with our families, StepForth will be closed tomorrow (Friday, April 02) for the Easter Holiday.

We hope everyone has a great long weekend, and may the Easter Bunny be good to all of you :) We will be back to our normal hours again on Monday April 05.

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Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Happy New Year!

Well, another year has come and gone, seems like only yesterday we rolled over to 2008 and now it’s just about to end.

A lot happened in 2008. Here at StepForth we have expanded our families both on business and personal levels with the addition of some new personnel internationally and the pitter patter of little feet turning both Ross and I into new fathers. Our services have grown, and we have some exciting plans in store for 2009. Stay tuned to see what we’re up to during the next calendar year.

Everyone at StepForth would like to wish our readers and clients all the best 2009 will have to offer. Have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve!

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at StepForth, we would like to wish all of our American friends and clients a happy Thanksgiving!

StepForth will also be closing early Thursday Nov 27 at 3:00pm (PST), for our annual Christmas staff party. Yes we know it’s still November, but with everyone’s busy work and family schedules in December, tomorrow just works out best. We will be open during regular business hours on Friday Nov 28.

Again Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and let the Christmas shopping begin!

Happy Canada & U.S. Independence Day to our Friends and Clients both North and South of the border.

In order to best serve our current and future clients StepForth will remain open through the two statutory holidays next week.

On Canada Day (Tuesday, July 1st), our office will be open during regular business hours, 9:00-5:00 PST with a limited staff, and being the Canadians that we are, since we do not celebrate Independence Day up here, we will operate during normal business hours, with our regular staff complement for the Fourth of July.

We wish everyone a fun and safe time with their celebrations and respective days off.

Google celebrates many holidays with pizazz by presenting a themed logo. On Memorial Day Google has not opted to provide a themed logo as long as I can remember, yet as Search Engine Journal depicted today many of the other search engines do a decent job of theming their logos.

So what is it with Google? Obviously no one in their right mind would have any problem with honoring active members, veterans and resting military personnel.

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Monday, March 10th, 2008

Welcome to the World Emma!

With great joy the staff at StepForth want to welcome into this world Emma Marnie Van Achte, the newborn daughter of Scott Van Achte; our Senior SEO at StepForth and friend.

Emma was born March 03, 2008, 5:54pm, at 7lbs, 8oz

Congratulations Scott and Lyndsay! You have an absolutely gorgeous baby girl and we can’t wait to meet her and spoil her silly :-)

Here are more pictures of Scott and Lyndsay’s long awaited day.

Lots of love from your
StepForth family.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Vampires are in Your Home!!

an unrelated but sadistic looking vampire kitty!!!You heard me right! There are items in your house ‘sucking a nickel of every dollar’s worth of the electricity that seeps from your home’s outlets’. The items I speak about are the ones in “standby mode”, such as your computer or any type of electronic waiting for the touch of a hand to fire it up. This includes rechargeable and trickle charge devices for cell phones, tools, toothbrushes, and any idle appliance such as an oven, dvd player or microwave that displays a clock.

An average household in the US will pay an additional $200 per year due to electronics on standby which is why The Vampire Slayer Act of 2006 has been approved by the California Assembly.

For ways to conserve energy I found this site to be of value and informative.

As for vampires in your home, they may be the ones shouting “Trick or Treat” at your door tonight.

Happy Hallowe’en from all of us at StepForth!

by Anita Sperrer, Office Manager

Ps. The picture of the kitty was added by Ross because… well a picture of a vampire kitty just seemed to work in his crazy Halloween-filled mind.

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Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Google Offers Toilet WiFi

I just love April Fools Day! The foolishness really seems to come alive online and this year I take my hat off to Google – they really had fun with it this year with TiSP; Google’s new Toilet WiFi service.

“Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.”

Remember! “Please wash your hands before surfing.”

And yes, I felt strongly this great new technology merited a position under the SEO Blog’s “New Tech” label.

For a hilarious walk through of some of the best April Fools hoaxes of all time check out this great hoax site – it is well worth it for the painful grin your bound to enjoy.

Last Wednesday Google released the results of a survey they conducted on the Valentine’s Day shopping habits of 2214 adults. Here is an excerpt of the most interesting data for retailers:

Highlights From Survey Results:

Among U.S. adults who typically buy Valentine’s Day gifts:

  • 50% indicated that they purchase multiple Valentine’s Day gifts.
  • Although men and women (both 71%) are equally likely to typically buy at least one Valentine’s Day gift, women (56%) are more likely than men (44%) to buy multiple gifts.
  • 55% of men indicated that they plan to buy for spouse, compared with 44% of women.
  • These adults are more likely to buy Valentine’s Day gifts for their pets (6%) than their fathers (5%) or grandfathers (1%).
  • Women (83%) are more likely than men (74%) to indicate that they typically buy a Valentine’s Day gift for at least one family member.
  • 41% indicated that they plan to purchase from more than one store/website this Valentine’s Day.
  • 11% indicated that they typically spend $10 or less. On average, U.S. adults spend about $70 in total on Valentine’s Day gifts.

Among U.S. adults who typically buy Valentine’s Day gifts for a significant other:

  • Men (50%) are more likely than women (37%) to indicate typically buying multiple Valentine’s Day gifts for a significant other.

The purpose of the survey was to pitch the benefits of being found on Google Checkout but either way the information is intriguing.

This was Google's holiday logo in 1999
In a bid that is sure to raise the interests of many e-tailers, Google has announced that it will be providing free merchant services for the holiday season. Say what?! Yes, FREE.

For those of you who are not familiar with transacting online suffice it to say that this promotion could save participating e-tailers hundreds if not thousands of dollars this holiday season. Read more…