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Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide #business #grants #for #women

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Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide

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Social media networks are fantastic resources for businesses of all sizes looking to promote their brands online. The platforms themselves are free to use, and they also have paid advertising options specifically for brands that want to reach even more new audiences. But just because your business should be on social media, that doesn t mean your business should be on every network. It s important that you choose and nurture the social platforms that work best for your business so that you don t spread yourself too thin.

If you want to create a successful social strategy, you need to familiarize yourself with how each network runs, the kinds of audiences you can reach and how your business can best use each platform. We profiled the top social media platforms so you can learn more about them and market your business better.

Facebook

Facebook is the biggest social network on the Web, both in terms of name recognition and the total number of users. With more than 1.55 billion active users, Facebook is a great medium for connecting people from all over the world with your business. And Facebook is not only the biggest network, but it s arguably the most versatile one. In the 12 years since it launched, Facebook grew from a simple website where college students could keep in touch into a multifaceted Web and mobile social platform where anyone can connect with not just their friends and family, but also with celebrities, organizations, businesses and more, thanks to the Pages feature.

Considering that Facebook has a wealth of options for any type of organization, it s a great starting point for your business, regardless of your industry. You can use it to share photos, videos, important company updates and more. Additionally, Facebook can be more low-maintenance than other social networks whether you post several updates a day or only a few a week won t make much of a difference in terms of what your fans will think of you. To find out more about Facebook for business, check out our guide .

Editor s Note: Looking for information on social media marketing for your business? Use the questionnaire below, and our vendor partner will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Twitter

Twitter is another social network where you can post mostly anything. With Twitter, you can share short (140 or fewer characters) text updates, along with videos, images, links, polls and more. You can also easily interact with other users by mentioning their usernames in your posts, so Twitter is a great way to quickly connect with people all around the world. (The platform has more than 320 million active users worldwide and is one of the top 10 websites in the United States.) Because of its wide reach, Twitter is not only a great way to market your business but also an effective channel for handling customer service. For example, if you maintain an active Twitter presence, customers who are also active on the platform will seek you out to express concerns or share their praise.

If you have interesting content, Twitter is also a great tool for quickly spreading the word. Retweeting and sharing other users content is incredibly simple, hashtags help boost posts, and if a user with a lot of followers retweets you, your content has the potential to go viral. But with Twitter, it s important to remember to find balance don t simply share your own links or media; make sure you are also sharing a lot of interesting, relevant content from other Twitter users and from around the Web so your audience doesn t think you only care about what your business is doing. Check out our guide to learn more about using Twitter for business .

Pinterest

This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where users can save and display content they like in the form of pins. Users create and organize their boards by category. So, for example, as a personal user, one might have a board dedicated to food, where they pin recipes; another board dedicated to photography they find interesting; and so on. Pinterest is very visually oriented (every post has to be an image or video), and like Facebook, it is also fairly low-maintenance in terms of post frequency. However, keeping your boards organized and search-friendly can be time-consuming.

Pinterest is also more of a niche network than Facebook or Twitter, so it may not work for everyone. Pinterest s users are primarily women, and popular categories on the site are DIY projects, fashion, exercise, beauty, photography and food. That s not to say that businesses outside of these categories can t succeed on the platform, but it does make it a great marketing tool for businesses that do work in those areas. If you can find ways to connect your content to Pinterest s audience, then go for it. The platform also has a series of special types of pins called Rich Pins, which brands can use to add special information to their pins, like product details and even location maps. There are plenty of cool ways to use this platform to your advantage, and you can read more about them in our Pinterest for Business Guide .

Instagram

Instagram, like Pinterest, is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. The network, which Facebook owns, has more than 400 million active users, many of whom post about food, art, travel, fashion and similar subjects. Instagram is distinguished by its unique filters and photo and video editing options. This platform, unlike the others, is almost entirely mobile (there is a Web version, but you can t take photos or create new posts on it, and other functions are limited as well).

Instagram is another platform where more artistic niches excel, so again, it may not be the best fit for your business, depending on your industry. If you want to succeed with Instagram, it s important that the person running your account has a good eye for detail and has at least basic photography skills, so that the photos and videos posted to your account are high-quality. And don t be discouraged if your industry is underrepresented on Instagram; if you can find the right hashtags to latch onto and can post intriguing photos, you will most likely make it work. To find out more about using Instagram for business, read our guide.

Tumblr

Tumblr is arguably the most difficult social media platform to use as a business, but it s also one of the most interesting networks. Tumblr allows several different post formats including text posts, chat posts, quote posts, audio posts, photo posts and video posts so you re not limited as to what kind of content you can share. As with Twitter, reblogging (reposting other users content) is very quick and easy, so if a user with a lot of followers shares your content, it s possible to go viral fairly quickly. However, what sets Tumblr apart more than anything is its audience, which is less like a pool of users and more like one big tight-knit community full of smaller subcommunities.

Tumblr currently hosts more than 200 million blogs, and the majority of these blogs are run by young people (half of Tumblr s visitor base is under age 25). But this means that businesses that don t cater to young people s interests or aren t relatable to young people in some way are not poised for success on the network. The good news is, there s a subcommunity or fandom for almost every niche and interest you can think of, so a successful marketing campaign is possible if you use Tumblr correctly. You can learn more about the Tumblr community and how to use Tumblr for business in our guide.

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Free Advertising for Small Businesses – Dex Media #business #schools

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Free Advertising for Small Businesses

The Top Ten List

Free Listings for Establishing Your Presence in the Digital World

It is a popular and widely accepted benchmark that small businesses should spend between five to ten percent of their sales revenue in promoting and advertising their business each year. For their advertising dollars, owners aim at a mix of the highest quality leads and the most leads possible. However, with limited budgets, small business owners are also looking for good opportunities to promote their business for free.

Are you an SMB owner or manager looking for free advertising or an inexpensive way to establish your presence on the Internet? The following list contains the top ten companies (in my opinion) that will provide you with a free business listing in the digital space. These listings will appear on the Internet, whether people are searching on PCs, smartphones, or tablets. All for a favorite price – free!

It is easy to get started, and does not take much time to complete. Each site will take about 10 to 20 minutes to upload your data, if you have all of your personal contact information available (including your business email and business phone number).

In addition to this top ten list, there are four important things to know about free listings:

  1. Accurate Data: If you have a business phone, your business (most likely) already has some sort of data on these sites. You should claim your listing to ensure that your listing (or business profile page) has accurate, up-to-date data.
  2. Your Reputation: Your free listing or business profile page may contain ratings and reviews of your products or services from your customers. You should monitor the ratings and reviews that appear on these sites so that you can engage with your customers. These ratings and reviews might be visible only on these websites and not available on the search engines, such as Google. Again, not all ratings and reviews are visible through search engines, but your potential customers may see them. These sites provide you, as the business owner, an opportunity to respond to both the positive and negative feedback.
  3. Consistency: This list of Top Ten sites will help you ensure the consistency of your company s data across the Internet. Data aggregators and search engines may gather, pass and display erroneous information if customers or consumer users provide incorrect data for your business. By claiming your free listings on these Top Ten sites, you ensure that your data is accurate and consistent on other sites and other digital platforms as well.
  4. Getting More: Some argue that a business listing is not properly defined as an “advertisement,” since it simply contains basic company data. However, at many of these top ten sites, you can add more than just your basic listing for free. For no cost, you can add photos of your business, additional text describing your company, and blog posts. Regardless of whether you call this information a listing or an advertisement, you should get more from these top ten sites by adding as much information as possible about your company.

And finally, search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing have historically aggregated data from these top ten sites, including ratings and reviews. More recently, search engines are allowing SMBs to enter the data directly. Consequently, I recommend that small businesses add their business listing to at least these three top search engines.

I hope that you find this information helpful, and would welcome and appreciate your feedback. In addition, please feel free to use the comments to recommend any additional sites that I may have overlooked.

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Originally posted on December 29, 2012.

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5 Ways to Brand Your Construction Company and Make More Sales – Capterra Blog

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5 Ways to Brand Your Construction Company and Make More Sales

Update 8/25/16: This post has been updated to reflect the latest marketing and branding trends.

A brand is the promise of an experience.

Walk into a Starbucks and you know you’ll be surrounded by hipsters and overpriced but delicious coffee. Go to Disney and expect to experience “magic.” Shop at Whole Foods and you can anticipate locally-grown or organic produce—and prices to match.

But branding doesn’t stop at nationally-recognized chains. Creating a construction brand prepares your potential clients for an experience they’re willing to pay for.

I m sure you ve seen this brand before.

A great brand is a reflection of what your company is, what your company aspires to be, and how people perceive your company—and your brand should also be based on what your target market wants and needs you to be.

Establishing a quality brand takes perseverance and patience—but it’s worth the effort. Here are five steps to help you brand your construction company.

1. Set a budget.

When you’re deciding how much money to spend on a brand, know that you get what you pay for. A home-made logo probably won’t be of the same quality as a professional design. Professionals suggest that you spend 1%-10% of your overall revenue on marketing—and branding is only a part of that budget. But there are other ways to budget your firm’s brand.

You could make a branding plan to be executed over the year and create a budget to solely meet those needs. But this method doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room if an unexpected opportunity comes up and you need collateral. You could also analyze how much your competition spends—and then match it (though figuring out what they are spending may be difficult. and you can probably use your own resources more efficiently).

For a sample budget, check out this Excel sheet .

No matter how you arrive at your numbers, looking into your company’s finances and determining what you can spend will directly affect how successful your branding campaign is. Setting a budget will also give you a clearer sense of guidelines as to what you are willing to invest in—and what you aren’t.

2. Decide what you want to be known for.

I’m a fan of For Construction Pros s guide to creating a construction brand: you want to be known for being experienced and of high quality, but not necessarily cheap. Ron Roberts explains why:

What should you hope your brand stands for?

  • Professional
  • Reliable
  • Trustworthy
  • Fair
  • Well managed
  • Good quality
  • Good value

Note that I didn t list low price. You really don t want the reputation for being the low price provider as that reputation inevitably leads to low margins. You want to be selected for the reasons listed above. The last one, good value, covers the price angle.

You want to work with people who understand value. You don t want to work with people who only understand price.

In other words, you want your brand to uphold the values of your company without cheapening your product.

So how do you do that?

MarketingDonut suggests that you should “think of your brand as a person.” You’re creating a character, a personality, a placeholder for your business as a whole—the approach should be as holistic as possible. MarketingDonut adds, “Our personality determines how we behave in different situations, how we dress and what we say.” That “personality” should be written down for all workers to see and adhere to, especially when working with a customer.

You don’t want your business to act bipolar; consistent positive experiences are the key to getting repeat customers and quality online reviews. Once you have your business’ personality defined and written down, take the time to document “if-then” scenarios. How do you want your company to act in given situations, like a frustrating change order or with a new client that was referred to you by a previous one? The more you document expectations, the better your brand will stay predictable and uniform.

Once you’ve defined your brand’s “personality,” move on to the visual aspect of branding.

3. Choose a logo that represents you.

There are some construction brands that have done this very well. Consider:

What makes all of these logos powerful? It’s clear that these are construction companies and hints at the kind of construction that they do. These are elements you want to be looking for in your logo.

On the flip side, I have seen many beautiful construction logos that haven’t told the consumer anything. For example, look at:

These two logos give the viewer no knowledge of what the firm does, let alone that they’re a construction firm. Make your area of specialty clear—if not in the logo, then in the slogan. And choose colors that you will be comfortable working with for a long time—they will be handy soon.

Consider using lower cost options like Fiverr. 99Designs. and oDesk for competitively-priced logos. For businesses with bigger budgets, you can look for a local branding or advertising firm .

Your logo only does well if it actually gets people to call your firm or leads to market-leader recognition. Make sure to include your company name in your logo. Connecting your name with your logo will mean prominently pairing the two whenever you have the chance—on your stationary, on your trucks, and even on your work outfits. Make your brand synonymous with your name, and happy customers will start attributing great work to your firm.

4. Storm the Internet.

Once you’ve figured out your brand, it’s time to build a website around your logo. Choose the same and complementary colors to further accentuate your brand. Set up social media to drive traffic to your site, and blog about construction to boost your company’s SEO. Your website will often be your first opportunity to make a good impression on a potential client, so invest well in it .

Also, encourage your happy customers to review you on Yelp, especially for remodelers. Clients will be far more comfortable with a construction company that has a history of doing good work as opposed to one that is known for its terrible customer service.

5. Choose your superstar.

The Brand Constructors has a particularly good idea for branding your firm… or more specifically, your people. After setting up your logo and your website, consider marketing your best team members. People want to hire experts, and they’re willing to pay for it. Having a branded expert on the team guarantees your customers they will have access to someone they trust.

They write, “Being the expert in their industry is much more powerful than being a generalist in your field.” So take your best people and send them to trade shows, advertise them on flyers, and set up their own social media accounts for your business. As a bonus, it makes those team members feel important, leading to more job satisfaction.

More?

Beyond staying on time and on budget (likely through the use of construction management software ), what have you done to brand your construction firm? What worked? What didn’t? Leave your answers in the comments below!

Looking for Construction Management software? Check out Capterra’s list of the best Construction Management software solutions.





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Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide #franchise #businesses

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Social Media for Business: 2016 Marketer’s Guide

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Social media networks are fantastic resources for businesses of all sizes looking to promote their brands online. The platforms themselves are free to use, and they also have paid advertising options specifically for brands that want to reach even more new audiences. But just because your business should be on social media, that doesn t mean your business should be on every network. It s important that you choose and nurture the social platforms that work best for your business so that you don t spread yourself too thin.

If you want to create a successful social strategy, you need to familiarize yourself with how each network runs, the kinds of audiences you can reach and how your business can best use each platform. We profiled the top social media platforms so you can learn more about them and market your business better.

Facebook

Facebook is the biggest social network on the Web, both in terms of name recognition and the total number of users. With more than 1.55 billion active users, Facebook is a great medium for connecting people from all over the world with your business. And Facebook is not only the biggest network, but it s arguably the most versatile one. In the 12 years since it launched, Facebook grew from a simple website where college students could keep in touch into a multifaceted Web and mobile social platform where anyone can connect with not just their friends and family, but also with celebrities, organizations, businesses and more, thanks to the Pages feature.

Considering that Facebook has a wealth of options for any type of organization, it s a great starting point for your business, regardless of your industry. You can use it to share photos, videos, important company updates and more. Additionally, Facebook can be more low-maintenance than other social networks whether you post several updates a day or only a few a week won t make much of a difference in terms of what your fans will think of you. To find out more about Facebook for business, check out our guide .

Editor s Note: Looking for information on social media marketing for your business? Use the questionnaire below, and our vendor partner will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Twitter

Twitter is another social network where you can post mostly anything. With Twitter, you can share short (140 or fewer characters) text updates, along with videos, images, links, polls and more. You can also easily interact with other users by mentioning their usernames in your posts, so Twitter is a great way to quickly connect with people all around the world. (The platform has more than 320 million active users worldwide and is one of the top 10 websites in the United States.) Because of its wide reach, Twitter is not only a great way to market your business but also an effective channel for handling customer service. For example, if you maintain an active Twitter presence, customers who are also active on the platform will seek you out to express concerns or share their praise.

If you have interesting content, Twitter is also a great tool for quickly spreading the word. Retweeting and sharing other users content is incredibly simple, hashtags help boost posts, and if a user with a lot of followers retweets you, your content has the potential to go viral. But with Twitter, it s important to remember to find balance don t simply share your own links or media; make sure you are also sharing a lot of interesting, relevant content from other Twitter users and from around the Web so your audience doesn t think you only care about what your business is doing. Check out our guide to learn more about using Twitter for business .

Pinterest

This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where users can save and display content they like in the form of pins. Users create and organize their boards by category. So, for example, as a personal user, one might have a board dedicated to food, where they pin recipes; another board dedicated to photography they find interesting; and so on. Pinterest is very visually oriented (every post has to be an image or video), and like Facebook, it is also fairly low-maintenance in terms of post frequency. However, keeping your boards organized and search-friendly can be time-consuming.

Pinterest is also more of a niche network than Facebook or Twitter, so it may not work for everyone. Pinterest s users are primarily women, and popular categories on the site are DIY projects, fashion, exercise, beauty, photography and food. That s not to say that businesses outside of these categories can t succeed on the platform, but it does make it a great marketing tool for businesses that do work in those areas. If you can find ways to connect your content to Pinterest s audience, then go for it. The platform also has a series of special types of pins called Rich Pins, which brands can use to add special information to their pins, like product details and even location maps. There are plenty of cool ways to use this platform to your advantage, and you can read more about them in our Pinterest for Business Guide .

Instagram

Instagram, like Pinterest, is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. The network, which Facebook owns, has more than 400 million active users, many of whom post about food, art, travel, fashion and similar subjects. Instagram is distinguished by its unique filters and photo and video editing options. This platform, unlike the others, is almost entirely mobile (there is a Web version, but you can t take photos or create new posts on it, and other functions are limited as well).

Instagram is another platform where more artistic niches excel, so again, it may not be the best fit for your business, depending on your industry. If you want to succeed with Instagram, it s important that the person running your account has a good eye for detail and has at least basic photography skills, so that the photos and videos posted to your account are high-quality. And don t be discouraged if your industry is underrepresented on Instagram; if you can find the right hashtags to latch onto and can post intriguing photos, you will most likely make it work. To find out more about using Instagram for business, read our guide.

Tumblr

Tumblr is arguably the most difficult social media platform to use as a business, but it s also one of the most interesting networks. Tumblr allows several different post formats including text posts, chat posts, quote posts, audio posts, photo posts and video posts so you re not limited as to what kind of content you can share. As with Twitter, reblogging (reposting other users content) is very quick and easy, so if a user with a lot of followers shares your content, it s possible to go viral fairly quickly. However, what sets Tumblr apart more than anything is its audience, which is less like a pool of users and more like one big tight-knit community full of smaller subcommunities.

Tumblr currently hosts more than 200 million blogs, and the majority of these blogs are run by young people (half of Tumblr s visitor base is under age 25). But this means that businesses that don t cater to young people s interests or aren t relatable to young people in some way are not poised for success on the network. The good news is, there s a subcommunity or fandom for almost every niche and interest you can think of, so a successful marketing campaign is possible if you use Tumblr correctly. You can learn more about the Tumblr community and how to use Tumblr for business in our guide.

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Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking #top #business #schools

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Top Ten Social Media Sites for Business Networking

Top ten social media sites for business

Social media is becoming more powerful today than it was at its inception and as such there are now more social media sites out there than ever before. There are tons of sites that are geared toward certain jobs, areas, and age groups. It helps to understand event marketing definition to be able to move forward in the right direction. Business can benefit now more than ever from social media as more and more sites are becoming business friendly. Small business networking sites and business related networking sites can really give your business a boost. Here are ten sites that are incredibly useful to businesses across the board.

This site is a group of dedicated entrepreneurs and business professionals that are dedicated to helping one another succeed with helpful information, tips, and tricks. Communication on this site is key and can help lead to worthwhile and useful business contacts and information that can help any business go from hum drum to successful in a matter of months.

This site is a networking site that allows professionals to post resumes, talk with one another, and build valuable connections. This site is perfect for both starting business professionals and those that have some experience under their belt.

Business networking groups like this one allow entrepreneurs, designers, programmers, and so much more. The site works to bring professionals from all walks and genres together to create a truly diverse and interesting work place. The site is mainly geared toward those individuals that are starting new ventures and need both support, advice, and information.

This is an online community and marketplace where ideas can be exchanged, worked on, and fabricated. It was created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs that are interested in starting new ventures and just need that little extra push in the right direction. E.Factor is a type of experimental marketing.

This site was founded as a way for business professionals to get in contact with other professionals. The site works to partner small business owners and entrepreneurs that may want to invest. This is also a great place to share ideas and build valuable business connections. This site and many others like it are called event marketing agency.

This is an online community created by Entrepreneur.com that is geared toward connecting entrepreneurs to one another. The site works to create lasting connections and allows users the chance to talk with one another, share ideas, and network over a large area.

This site encourages mutual success through a vast network of entrepreneurs, business people, and small business owners that can help encourage and offer information for others. This site is a great opportunity for new business owners or those with an idea to start the process of owning their own business. Every new business should be on this business networking sites list.

This site is an ultra enhanced address book that allows users to stay in contact with one another and truly be part of a community. There are tons of great features that make this site great for anyone with a plethora of contacts that needs a succinct and organized way to store, work with, and use their current contacts while gathering new contacts.

This site allows users to organize themselves according to profession, location, and former jobs to help others find one another. This site is great for connecting with other users by being able to simply search to find users that have similar interests and past references.

Business networking sites like Linkedln offers businesses the chance to become acquainted with other business professionals. It offers users the chance to peruse thousands of profiles, find potential employees, other professionals, and even business partners. This site is great for those that want tons of information at their fingertips. Being a business does not mean that you have to completely get out of social media. Social media offers businesses a chance to share their interests, knowledge and more.

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MMS Picture Messaging Information

This page contains information and advice on MMS Picture Messaging, and how set up this mobile phone service in the UK

What is MMS?

MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service, and more commonly referred to as ‘Picture Messaging’.

MMS beats the standard SMS text message as it adds animation, images, sound and video to a message sent from your phone.

What can you do with MMS?

  • Take digital photographs and store photographs on the Internet
  • Send and receive full colour pictures
  • Send and receive voice clips
  • Add a text message to your picture
  • Purchase pictures and sounds from the Internet
  • Have enhanced polyphonic ringtones

MMS runs over GPRS. You normally need to subscribe to a GPRS tariff, and have ‘Media Messaging’ enabled by your network operator. You will need a phone handset that supports the MMS service – If you receive an MMS message and don’t have a suitable handset or GPRS service, you’ll receive a standard SMS text message, and will be able to view the message at the web address included with the text message.

o2 Picture Messaging

Costs (o2 Online): Typically, sending an MMS over the o2 network costs 25p. Most of the o2 pay-monthly contracts come with a 500 text message or 125 MMS message bundle.

If you have received an MMS message that you can’t view from your o2 mobile, you can view this via o2’s website. Go to http://mediamessaging.o2.co.uk . You’ll need to log on to o2’s website using your standard o2 web logon. Once you’ve logged on, you’ll be able to access the message in the Media Messaging folders. If you don’t have an account with o2, you can register via www.o2.co.uk

To find out more, for more help with o2 settings, or to get hold of a smartphone with MMS, go to our dedicated o2 page

UK MMS Settings

Below are the MMS picture messaging settings for the main UK network operators:

o2 MMS settings

The o2 MMS settings can be sent direct to your mobile. Go to www.o2.co.uk/services/ota4/select. Alternatively, the settings are:

Access point name: wap.o2.co.uk (contract customers) or payandgo.o2.co.uk (pay-as-you-go customers)
Username: o2wap (contract customers) or payandgo (pay-as-you-go customers)
Password: password
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP (proxy) address: 193.113.200.195
Session mode: Permanent
Port number: 8080 or 9201
URL address
. http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002

Vodafone MMS settings

Access Point Name: wap.vodafone.co.uk
Username: wap
Password: wap
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP (proxy) address: 212.183.137.12
Session mode: Permanent
Port number: 9201
MMS Message (Relay) Server URL: http://mms.vodafone.co.uk/servlets/mms/

T-Mobile MMS settings

Access Point Name: general.t-mobile.uk
Username: user
Password: one2one
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP (proxy) address: 149.254.211.10 (also 149.254.201.135)
Session mode: Permanent
MMS Message (Relay) Server URL. http://mmsc.t-mobile.co.uk:8002/

Orange MMS settings

Note: Orange must enable MMS for your account. Contact Orange Customer Services

Access Point Name: orangemms
Username: Orange
Password: Multimedia
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP (proxy) address. 192.168.224.010
Port: 9201 (some users have reported 8080 works if 9201 doesn’t)
Session mode: Permanent
MMS Message (Relay) Server URL http://mms.orange.co.uk/

3 MMS settings

Access Point Name: mms.three.co.uk
Username: blank
Password: blank
Gateway IP (proxy) address. 217.171.129.2
Port number: 8799
MMS Message (Relay) Server URL: http://mms.um.three.co.uk:10021/mmsc

Virgin MMS settings

Note: Virgin must enable MMS for your account. Contact Virgin Customer Services

Access Point Name: goto.virginmobile.uk
Username: user
Password: (leave blank)
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP (proxy) address. 193.030.166.001
Port: 8080
Session mode: Permanent
MMS Message (Relay) Server URL http://mms.virginmobile.co.uk:8002

Tesco Mobile MMS settings

Many thanks to Nick B and Martin J for supplying the Tesco Mobile settings.

Access point name: prepay.tesco-mobile.com
Username: tescowap
Password: password
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP address: 193.113.200.195
Session mode: Permanent
URL address. http://mmsc.mms.o2.co.uk:8002

GiffGaff MMS settings

Access point name: giffgaff.com
Username: giffgaff
Password: password
Authentication: Normal
URL address. http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002

BT Mobile MMS settings

Access point name: mobile.bt.uk
Username: user
Password: btmms
Authentication: Normal
Data bearer: GPRS
Gateway IP address: 212.183.137.012 or 62.239.21.123
Session mode: Permanent
URL address. http://mms.bt.com/servlets/mms or http://mmsc.btmms.co.uk:8002

We have also been told that the following settings may work for a corporate BT Mobile: APN: btmobile.bt.com. username:bt. password:bt, port:8799. IP address:212.183.137.12

ASDA Mobile MMS settings

Useful MMS information

Here are details of how to configure a Windows Mobile device for sending and receiving MMS messages. Here we’re using a Windows Mobile XDA Orbit with o2’s MMS service:

  • Go to Start Messaging
  • Go to Menu Tools Options MMS
  • Move to the Server tab.
  • Add a new entry for the MMS server you’re after, and enter the details of the MMS gateway – The following screenshot is for o2’s MMS gateway. Make sure that ‘Connect Via’ corresponds to the MMS access point of your mobile operator (more )

Make sure you set the new MMS entry as default, using Set as Default , then exit the MMS options screen.

MMS Problems:

  • The phone: Make sure that your phone supports MMS. Most newer mobiles support MMS, but many older phones don’t. If in doubt, check in your phone’s manual, or go to your phone manufacturer’s website and check the specification of your phone.
  • The network: Make sure that your network operator has enabled MMS on your mobile phone account. They have to switch the service on, and it may take up to 48 hours for your SIM Card to receive the command to enable the service. Double-check that the service has definitely been enabled by contacting your network operator.
  • Settings: Make sure that you have configured MMS correctly. We list the settings for the UK operators on this page. You can also have the settings sent direct to your mobile phone (see the link below). Many network operators offer the ability to send settings to your phone via their website too.
  • Credit: MMS messages are more expensive than text messages. Ensure that you have enough credit or have not exceeded your MMS allowance.
  • Connection: Ensure that you’re using the right Multimedia Message GPRS Access Point , and that the data bearer is set to GPRS. MMS uses a different APN to WAP, so if WAP works and MMS doesn’t you could be trying to send MMS via your WAP gateway.

Links:

  • MMS entry in Wikipedia – Great definition of MMS some useful links
  • Over-the-air configuring – Settings for email, WAP, GPRS and MMS sent to your Nokia phone
  • MMS Diary – Nifty app for those with a web server, this emulates an MMS server – get pics sent via MMS to your website

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    Beyond ‘Wonka’: They Want Every Kid to Know Roald Dahl’s World

    As the centennial of Mr. Dahl’s birth approaches, the estate of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author is developing at least 23 projects based on his works.

    TV Takes a Prime-Time Chance: Kooky Comedy

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    A ‘Nightmare’ Presidential Campaign Ad That Stayed in the Vault

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    Peter Naylor: A Sun-Drenched Cubicle, but Hardly the French Riviera

    11:43 AM ET Mr. Naylor, senior vice president for sales at Hulu, the television streaming service, often travels for work and this year went to a festival in Cannes, France.





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