Facebook Avatars

The latest trend is to use Facebook Avatars of yourself to express a range of emotions. Click here for your guide on how to create the ideal version of you. The Avatars feature lets you customise your own personal avatar for use in stickers across comments and Messenger,” Facebook explained. “It lets people create a new persona, allowing them to share across Facebook and Messenger in a more personal, light-hearted way.”

What are Facebook Avatars?

Facebook said it wanted to give users a better way to express themselves and introduced Facebook Avatars. Here is how they they have described them.

“Avatars enable you to share a range of emotions and expressions via a digital persona. They uniquely representative you and are so excited to bring this new form of self-expression to people around the world. Avatars let you to react and engage more authentically with family and friends across the app. As a result, there are many emotions and expressions to choose from.”

Facebook Avatars

Go to Facebook or Messenger comment composer, click the “smiley” button. Click the sticker tab. Click “Create Your Avatar”!

What can you use Facebook Avatars for?

Facebook  Avatars can be used within comments, stories and Messenger conversations. They can also be displayed on your Facebook gaming profile and Facebook will eventually allow use for text posts with backgrounds.

How to make your them

You can start making your own Facebook Avatar by heading to the comment composer in the Facebook app or Messenger app. Next, tap the smiley button and go to the sticker tab, choose “create your avatar”. It’s that easy!

You’ll notice a range of options, including for hairstyles, complexions, and outfits.

LIS pride ourselves in providing a first class IT support service. Do you know there are over40 million business pages on Facebook. We can help your business with the latest computer equipment. Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss your requirements, IT support and telecoms needs.

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Can Virtual Raffles Save Business?

Could holding an online raffle be the way to give your business a much-needed boost in these strange times? Can virtual raffles save business?

In these uncertain times it’s nice to hear some good news. Find out how you can raise your business profile, attract some new customers and sell some of your products or services, click here.

From London…

In south London, independent traders are being thrown a lifeline by online raffles, organised by two community groups, Save East Dulwich and the Big SE Raffle, which have raised thousands of pounds for local shops, salons and pubs.

Victoria Rennison, who set up the Save East Dulwich raffle, said she came up with the idea after wondering “what would happen to East Dulwich if all of these businesses went under?”

“There’s such a sense of community because of them – I feel like they need some support from us in return,” she said. “I was thinking, what could I do remotely, when no one is allowed to see each other?”

Can Virtual Raffles Save Business?

… to Manchester

A business owner has created a virtual community raffle to support independent businesses during lockdown in Salford west. Susie Kwok, 48-year-old, owner of On Our Doorstep magazine began fundraising last weekend and has since sold almost 50 tickets. She said: “There are 1,000 tickets on sale. This would allow us to help 20 local businesses. If this takes off, we will continue running raffles until the lockdown is over. Our ultimate target would be to reach 10,000 tickets – which would mean we have helped 200 local businesses!”

“Each prize will be worth £50 or more. So, for £1, you could win a brilliant prize, plus the satisfaction you have helped our businesses which are the heart of our community. She added “Can virtual raffles save business by promoting services and products?”

As a business owner, Ms Kwok knows first-hand what local independent businesses in Salford are experiencing. Before the lockdown On Our Doorstep was ready to distribute their April/May issue but that has since been postponed. Ms Kwok continued to say that there is not enough financial support for businesses: “It’s based on your final profits and what you’ve submitted in your final self-assessment.”

“It doesn’t take into account that before you take out your profit you have to pay your employees, printers etc. Then you still have the worry of how to pay those other bills that are in no way covered by the government grant.”

Currently, Ms Kwok takes no percentage from the Salford West raffle to support her business as “it didn’t feel right”.  But there are hopes that soon she will be able to offer a prize to help her business as well as others. Ms Kwok says: “It’s important that the community doesn’t forget these businesses.”

Help is at hand

We hope that your business is still operating and are here to assist you with your IT requirements. Contact the LIS Helpdesk for a chat to help with your business IT solutions. We provide fully managed IT solutions, support and have a range of comprehensive technology solutions. We look after your business which allows you to run your business!

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SharePoint Makes Working Easier

SharePoint makes working easier by allowing its users to work remotely and have full access to data. It’s is like having a mobile office without worrying about security or space to store paperwork. Today’s business environment is drastically different from that of the past. Employees are working remotely. Regulatory requirements are changing and evolving. Organizations are under increased pressure to work more effectively. They also need to collaborate with greater ease and serve customers more efficiently. Take a look at our new video about how SharePoint makes remote working easier.

How can companies meet these changing needs while improving overall ROI and gaining the ability to make better business decisions? Microsoft SharePoint is a valuable tool that increases productivity. In fact, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies are using SharePoint. However, does this solution make sense for your business?

Benefits of using Microsoft SharePoint

Working remotely as a team is really important right now, with many of us sat in different places. Businesses need to make sure that all their staff and sub-contractors have access to the correct files, folders and data storage. SharePoint is a great tool to help you do that.

It works with Microsoft 365 to connect your team and allow them to create, safely store and share documents online. You can set up team sites for projects, where your people can collaborate on documents. As well as allowing you to create an intranet for your business. Which is a great way to stay connected to what’s happening, where and with whom.

SharePoint makes working easier by sharing news with colleagues, access forms, lists and libraries of information. That’s vital when we can’t all be in the same place. There’s also a mobile app, so your team can stay updated on group news when they’re not at their big screen. The system is cloud-based and allows you to access everything in one place. This is perfect for working from home, back in the workplace or a hybrid setup.

For more information or to set up SharePoint for your business get in touch today to see how LIS can help you.

Virtual Pub Quizzes

Lockdown virtual pub quizzes have surged in popularity. Thanks to technology, family and friends are able to take part in virtual pub quizzes from around the world.

It’s nearly the weekend, why not brush up your general knowledge with a virtual pub quiz?

We are reliant on technology for everything from exercise classes to speaking to loved ones. To help metal wellbeing, it is also been key in keeping one British tradition going – the pub quiz. Fire up your PC or device for House Party, Google Hangouts, Zoom or Messenger and test yourself.

We are all using technology a lot more right now- see how much you really know about it!

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Virtual Pub Quizzes

Starting to feel like the old grey cells are getting rusty? There are virtual pub quizzes for everyday of the week.

History of the pub quiz

Renowned the world over, the great British pub is not just a place to drink beer, wine, cider or even something a little bit stronger. It is also a unique social centre, very often the focus of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the length and breadth of the country.

Yet it appears that the great British pub actually started life as a great Italian wine bar, and dates back almost 2,000 years. For more information visit The Great British Pub article published in History Magazine.

An article in The Times 15th December 1990 mentioned “The quiz has been part of pub life for many years. Tetley’s, the Leeds brewery, has run a league for 22 years.” This suggests organised pub quiz leagues since 1968. Tetley are now part of Carlsberg and to be honest it is a tricky to Google as each search term brings up lots of pubs with quiz leagues.

The Times article also mentions “Burns and Porter, Britain’s biggest quiz organisation, runs 600 leagues for 16 breweries, supplying questions for 6,000 teams. After 14 years in the business, the company has just celebrated its two millionth quiz night”. Burns and Porter are much better documented and this is strong evidence that organized pub leagues were around since at least 1976.

Would you like any help to set up you next social or business online idea? Having trouble with your IT systems? Then contact us and we will be glad to help. Happy quizzing!

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