Although the media headlines often highlight major data breaches of large corporations and government agencies, the majority of businesses being hacked are small businesses. Why is this the case? Most small businesses do not have layers of security in place to protect them so attackers consider them low hanging fruit. According to Verizon’s 2018 Data … Continue reading The Importance of Cybersecurity for Small Businesses
When I mention the nationwide sandwich chain Jimmy Johns, what words come to mind? If you are like most people, your thoughts went immediately to the words fast or delivery - not sandwiches or subs. Why is that? Jimmy Johns competes in a highly competitive industry with competing brands like Subway, which urges consumers to … Continue reading Step Up Your 2020 Marketing Game: Stop Talking About Title. (Yes, You Read That Right!)
Normally, searching title for a Lot in a Subdivision is a relatively easy puzzle to piece together. Every now and then, you come across a search that contains some very odd information, which can make that puzzle more complicated, and sometimes a little more fun! As we know, a title search with an Estate in … Continue reading What To Do…When There’s Black Voodoo?!
Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Heeding these words from Mr. Newton, I interviewed several “giants” in our industry—past presidents of the VLTA. Perhaps by standing on their shoulders, we can get a good perspective on 2020. Everyone wants … Continue reading Looking Ahead and Looking Back
For real estate agents and title insurance professionals, your online reputation can make or break you. This is especially true for local businesses. About 88% of Google searches on mobile devices are for services or agents in the area, which means that a large number of potential clients who are looking for information on local … Continue reading Why Online Reviews Matter – The Obvious (and not so Obvious)
It has been a long day. After your calls to your title insurer’s underwriting counsel, your E&O carrier’s agent and your lawyer, you pulled together your file and retraced your steps. With 20/20 hindsight, it has become clear that you may have made a couple mistakes…… Your first question had been “Why us?” After all, … Continue reading Anatomy of A Claim – Part 2
I had a chance to sit down with Megan Meloon at the VLTA Annual Convention right before she took over as President of VLTA. Megan and I discussed her upcoming term and some of her goals for 2020. One of the first things we talked about is how she is approaching her term in office. … Continue reading The Future of VLTA with 2019/2020 President, Megan Meloon