We want to alert you to a few important updates concerning your online presence and tools or software you may be using as you work remotely.

Google My Business

You may experience delays in updating your business information as Google My Business has limited some functionality during this crisis. Your business hours, reviews, and other updates may not show up right away. We are waiting on reviews from three weeks ago to show up for one client, so we see it first-hand. Please take a look at the information they have posted here for more details.

Digital Ad Campaigns

Regardless of the platform (Google Ads, Facebook, etc.), ad reviews and approvals are taking longer than normal. Some platforms also advise that ad delivery may be impacted. Please contact us if you have any questions about digital ad campaigns.

Zoom and Video Conferencing Software

Video-conferencing software has become a vital tool for many businesses to keep connected during this shutdown. Our staff uses Zoom along with Google Meet (Hangouts), Microsoft Teams (Skype), Facetime, Rendezvous, and other conferencing tools. They have proven very beneficial and we’ve even used them to create online content for Nutrena, Wrangler, Terry Bradshaw, and others.

In our opinion, Zoom is the easiest to set up, but it also has some security concerns. If you are worried, we advise you to take the time to set up Microsoft Teams or Google Meet (Hangouts). Here’s a quick review comparing all the major options: https://www.pcmag.com/news/zoom-vs-microsoft-teams-vs-google-meet-a-videoconferencing-face-off

Zoom

Zoom has made a number of updates in the past few days, but if you want to Zoom, you might want to read these articles from CNET for tips to keep your meetings safe:

Using Zoom while working from home? Here are the privacy risks to watch out for: https://www.cnet.com/news/using-zoom-while-working-from-home-here-are-the-privacy-risks-to-watch-out-for/

“With the novel coronavirus causing a surge in work-from-home activity, Zoom has quickly become the video meeting app of choice. And with that popularity, privacy risks are extending to a greater number of users.”

Prevent Zoombombing: Change these 4 Zoom settings now for secure video chat: https://www.cnet.com/how-to/prevent-zoombombing-change-these-4-zoom-settings-now-for-secure-video-chat/

“Video-conferencing software Zoom has been drawing attention from researchers and journalists lately for a number of potential privacy and security issues, as use of the platform surges due to an increase in coronavirus-related remote working. One of the biggest security issues facing Zoom is the surge in “Zoombombing,” when uninvited attendees break into and disrupt your meeting.”

As we all continue to adjust to a new – and hopefully temporary – normal, we want to reiterate that Blue Million is:

OPEN

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WORKING REMOTELY

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