Archive for March, 2015

Have you taken the mobile -friendly test?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Us here at Geek Towers LOVE the new Google test to see how mobile-friendly your website is. You just type in your web address (or that of your competitors if you want to be nosy) to see how Google rates you on a mobile device.

Who cares, you ask? Well, you will after 21st April if you are found wanting. After this key date Google will actually penalise all websites that haven’t been designed with a mobile device in mind. This means that when someone searches for your website (e.g. accountants in Surrey), you’ll be demoted down the Google results list if you don’t perform well on a mobile device.

It’s actually more usual now that web designers plan for mobile devices BEFORE they consider the desktop version. This because the figure for mobile browsing (phone, ipad, etc) is rising almost daily. It’s estimated that more than 60% of websites are viewed on some sort of mobile device (although that number changes with every article you read).

Anyway, enough said. Take the test and if you need help – contact us

Dare to be different

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

I was watching someone working the other day – using software I have used for years – and I spotted them doing something. “Stop!” I cried, “What was that?”. They showed me and I have been using it myself now, daily. It was only a shortcut, nothing amazing but it highlighted the fact that there was plenty I didn’t know about software I thought I knew inside out.

The point of today’s long-winded blog intro is that we get stuck in our ways and don’t always seek to be challenged to do things differently. At Online Practice, we have developed a product, and continue to develop it every day, that embraces the way professionals (particularly accountants) work. We have added all sorts of functionality, such as online signing, that some of our clients are still hesitant about (

The clients who use online signing are ecstatic – it saves time, is efficient and allows them to get on with the business of making money. The software even flags up daily reports on who has signed and who hasn’t, making follow up a doddle.

The ones who are reluctant to use it have worries – is it legal, will it replace client meetings, how do I use it? These niggles are understandable and easily resolved. We work with them to guide them – and before long, they too are wondering how they managed without it.

Considered change is great, it doesn’t have to be life-changing but if it’s something that makes life/work better, then maybe small steps is the way forward. Talk to us about taking a leap of faith and doing things differently in your practice.

Take the next step, call us today
0121 794 0685