Month: January 2019

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Engine & Test Drive

Maruti Ertiga Overview

The first generation Maruti Ertiga tasted huge success, thanks to its sheer practicality, fuel efficient engines and a compact silhouette that could seated 7 passengers. The pricing too was quite attractive and competitive. Since its six years of existence, Ertiga has managed to create a success story of its own, making it one of the popular MPVs among others. So, to continue with the same spree, Maruti Suzuki introduced the second-gen model of Ertiga with the competitive pricing, more comfort features and fresh set of engine options. The new Ertiga comes with the all-new design along with an all-new Heartect platform. Just by looking at the new MPV one can say that it’s a better car as compared to its older model. The second-gen Ertiga do offers extra to the buyers with new design and advanced features while retaining its value proposition by competitive pricing.  Maruti Ertiga On road price starts from 6,44,625/-. Check for price details of Maruti Ertiga in CarzPrice.

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Maruti Ertiga Design

The all-new 2018 Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has a fresh design and it only takes a short glance to realise this. The highlight is the front, which looks straight out of a car and looks good. The chrome studded grille is a first for this price-segment and has been done tastefully to give the vehicle a premium look. Flanking the grille on either sides are sleek headlamp units with projectors that not only bring some sharpness to the design but provide good illumination as well. Tie all these up with a new hood and smart looking bumper and what you get is a front that is no longer boring to look at but has some desirable elements too.

From the side, the new Maruti Ertiga leaves a long impression on your eyes and that’s because it is longer than its predecessor. However, the strong shoulder line running from the tail lamp up to the front accentuates the length and the new alloy wheels also play a considerable part in offsetting the visual fatigue of length. Similar to the front, the rear is completely new and it’s the vertically-stacked tail lamps that take the center stage here. Yes, they are similar to Volvo SUVs but that’s only a good thing on a Maruti. The sharp lines on the boot lid and the bumper compliment the overall design further and make the new Ertiga a good vehicle to look at from the front and rear.

Overall, the biggest change for me in terms of design in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the fact that it no longer is a bland-looking MPV. Instead, it looks younger, smart and appealing, which should make it appealing to young buyers, something the previous Ertiga wasn’t good at.

Maruti Ertiga Cabin

The cabin is the place where there are more chances of sealing the deal. And since Ertiga is known for its sheer practicality, it would be better to start with the practical aspects of the car. The interior beige interiors lends a sense of roominess inside augmented by massive glass area so much so that one would find it difficult to differentiate between a windshield and the second row door window. All the three rows can be reclined along with adjustable headrests functionality, and this comes as standard. Pretty cool!

Egress especially for the elderly would be more convenient as the floorpan is quite low and the middle door looks like a gate. Coming to the cabin space, each row can absorb adults, even 6-footers but the second row is little constricted but still usable, however. While comparing to the older Ertiga, there is not much difference in terms of space in the first and second row, but the third row does have improved shoulder, head and kneeroom. This also makes the second generation Ertiga more of a true 7-seater MPV. Even the third rowers will get some benefit from the ergonomically placed rear AC blower at the second row.

This brings us to the quality of the auto AC unit which is fortunately doesn’t look like an aftermarket fitment while the AC vents are styled like those we have seen in Audi cars. The SmartPlay infotainment unit is the same unit working in other Maruti cars and it works pretty well. Then there is solid looking flat-bottomed steering wheel with smoothly finished wooden inserts reflects the effort of the carmaker towards making a special car. The dashboard is fresh unlike the earlier one which was a straight lift from Swift. Though, the interiors of the car are upmarket, the plastic quality is average and it’s nothing great when it comes to fit and finish.

The ‘second generation’ tag comes with some speciality and it can be seen in first in class ventilated cupholders, colour multi-information display and 12V charging sockets for all the three rows. The new MID with coloured TFT which is also working in the new Ciaz features tachometer and gives relevant vehicle information including gear shift indicator, digital clock, outside temperature, distance to empty and fuel consumption. The car also get a big boot space of 209L with all the seats occupied while folding third and second row can expand the boot space to 550L and 803L respectively. The third row also has reclining feature that allows you to adjust between the passenger comfort and luggage space. For extra space, the carmaker has given two cubbies underneath the boot floor, enough for a backpack of a toddler.

Though the car is feature loaded with aspects such as push engine start/stop switch, electrically adjustable/foldable ORVM and automatic climate control, there are some misses. The car does not have auto headlamps, no steering reach adjustment while the cruise control is also missing, may be the company wanted to keep the price tag within the reach of the middle income families. Overall, the carmaker has done a pretty decent job in enhancing the cabin comfort and space in the new Ertiga.

Maruti Ertiga Performance

In terms of engine and gearbox, the biggest change in the new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is the inclusion of a new 1.5 litre petrol engine, which we saw making its debut in new Ciaz. In is in similar state of tune it develops 104 hp and 138 Nm of torque. This engine also comes with the updated SHVS technology, which we saw in Ciaz and this comes with lithium-ion battery, resulting in higher output and efficiency. The system stores braking energy and it uses it back at the time of acceleration which Maruti Suzuki terms as a Torque Assist. This results in improved fuel-efficiency. This was a short drive but we’ll soon do a detailed test of the car to find its real-world efficiency.

The motor is quite smooth to start with and has adequate power to move around the vehicle with ease. Even on the highways while overtaking the long trailers there is enough power on tap. The other engine option is the tried and tested 1.3 litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox only. In terms of noise vibration and harshness levels the insulation isn’t exceptionally good and it isn’t bad as well so it is at a point where sound that filters into the cabin will not bother you but a slight improvement could have been made as far as the decibel levels are concerned.

The 5-speed manual gearbox works well it is paired well to the engine and the automatic transmission also does a good job but is primarily aimed at someone looking at urban use. Gearshifts happen at a reasonably good pace but the lack of any option to shift manually is a miss.

Maruti Ertiga Rideing

Maruti Suzuki are the masters in suspension tuning and it’s no different with the Ertiga new model. The ride at slow city speeds is comfortable and the suspension soaks up most bumps with complete aplomb. As speeds rise, the suspension manages to feel planted and reassuring. The steering has decent feedback too. This car errs on the side of comfort so don’t expect it to be an adroit handler. But also remember that MPVs are meant for comfort and so the steering feedback is in line with that. There is generous body roll around corners but it is always under control.

Maruti Ertiga Safety

The brakes are progressive and have considered bite force. And the icing on the cake is that the carmaker has further bolstered the braking mechanism by adding ABS with EBD and Brake Assist as part of standard fitment package. Other standard features include ISOFIX child seat anchorage in the second row, rear parking sensors and high speed alert system.Move up in the variant list and you will find options such as ESP, Hill Hold Assist, front seat belt height adjuster, front fog lamps and reverse parking camera.

Maruti Ertiga Price

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 6,44,625/- (Ertiga LXI) to 10,51,922/- (Ertiga Smart Hybrid ZDI Plus). Get best offers for Maruti Suzuki Ertiga from Maruti Suzuki Dealers in India. View offers on Maruti Cars from Maruti dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Maruti Ertiga Verdict

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes out as a winner when looked at from an overall perspective and has a lot of good things going for it. It’s got a good looking design, spacious cabin, good features, a smart infotainment system and it drives and rides well too. The new Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is priced between Rs 7.44 lakh to Rs 10.90 lakh and is nicely feature packed across the variant range. Right now the vehicle has no direct competition although it is being compared to the Mahindra Marazzo. However, keep in mind Marazzo is not a direct rival to Ertiga. It is a vehicle from different segment a slightly more premium vehicle and till the time the new Ertiga has no direct rival it is going to enjoy good sales and will build further on the success of the older model.

Setting Safety And Privacy Settings On Social media apps

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We share a wealth of information about ourselves on our social media platforms. We snap perfectly posed selfies, check in at happy hours, tweet at our friends, and announce the arrival of bouncing new babies. The benefits and joys of social media are numerous, but there are privacy risks to consider as well.

Social media users tend to overshare life details in order to feel connected to friends, family, and coworkers. But these private details can be used maliciously by cyberthieves to access sensitive accounts, create fraudulent identities, and compromise careers.

Teens and young adults can also experience the impact of oversharing. Sexting, cyberbullying, texting while driving, privacy concerns, and self-esteem issues are topics that need to be addressed and consistently monitored, and many parents admit to feeling ill-equipped when it comes to talking with their children about online sharing.

Below, the Center outlines steps that might help keep your most sensitive information safe on social media sites. Use these steps to help protect yourself and your loved ones online.

Facebook

Minimum age: 13

Facebook’s privacy settings let your child control who sees their posts and timeline.

Click or tap the padlock icon at the top of any page and this takes you to Privacy Shortcuts in the drop-down menu for further instructions. On the mobile app you will find it under More at the bottom of the screen.

Your child can also block someone (click or tap the padlock icon on the right side of their timeline, then select How do I stop someone from bothering me and type in their user name), and report abusive or offensive content (choose Report post after clicking the arrow to the right of the name of the person, or Report group by clicking on the three dots to the right of Notifications at the top). On mobiles and tablets, go to Privacy Shortcuts (see above) and then click on How do I stop someone from bothering me.

Instagram

Minimum age: 13

To set Instagram posts to private, your child should go to their profile by tapping the person icon. Then, tap the gear icon (iOS) or the three dots icon (Android) and turn on the Private Account setting.

Your child can also block and remove followers by tapping their user name, then the three dots icon and selecting Block User.

Snapchat

Minimum age: 13

Snapchat has two privacy settings, one for who can send your child Snaps and another for who can view their Stories. To change these privacy settings, tap the gear icon in the top right of the Profile screen to access Settings. To change Who Can Send Me Snaps within Settings, tap Send Me Snaps and choose from Everyone or My Friends. To change Who Can View My Stories within Settings, tap View My Story and select either Everyone, My Friends or Custom. Any changes will be saved when you press the back button.

To block someone, go to My Friends, tap on the name of the person you want to block, then the gear icon, which brings up a list of options. Click Block. For SEO Agency in London visit Vivid SEO

Twitter

Minimum age: no specific T&C but in their privacy policy they say that their services are not directed to people under 13.

Your child can choose to protect their tweets so they are only visible to the Twitter followers they have approved. On the Web, find Settings under your small profile pic, top right.

Go to Security Privacy settings, scroll down to the Tweet privacy section, tick the box next to Protect my Tweets and click the blue Save button. On a smartphone, go to Me, tap on the gear icon (iOS) or overflow icon (Android), select Settings and choose the account you’d like to edit. Then, for iOS devices, go to Protect my tweets and tap On and for Android devices, go to Other and tick the Tweet privacy box.

To block someone on the website and mobile, click on their tweet, select the three dots icon, then click Block. You can also Report a user or comment here.

YouTube

Minimum age: 13 for an account, no minimum to watch videos

YouTube is very popular with children of all ages. You can watch videos without creating an account or (over 13s only) log in with a Google account to upload videos, comment and vote.

If you’re worried about your child watching inappropriate content on YouTube, you can set up Restricted Mode. From your computer or tablet, click on the drop-down menu at the bottom of any page on YouTube and select ‘On’. To prevent your child from making changes, lock Restricted Mode for that particular browser – you’ll need a YouTube account to do this.

To access Restricted Mode on mobile, you’ll need to go to the Menu and look under Settings.

YouTube also allows you to flag, report and block videos, comments and accounts. To block or report a user, go to their channel, click About, click the flag icon and choose from the drop-down menu.

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To report a comment on a video, hover over the comment, click the arrow in the top right corner and use the Report spam or abuse link.

YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids is designed for children aged 12 and under

Google recently launched the YouTube Kids app, designed to offer only child-friendly content. You can’t make comments or upload your own videos to YouTube Kids.

Parents can also turn off the search feature and set a time limit for how long their children can browse.

All the videos on YouTube Kids should be appropriate for children, but if you come across something you think has made it through by mistake, you can report it. Tap the menu icon at the top of the video player, choose Report and then choose Yes.

Pinterest

Minimum age: 13

Pinterest is a service for sharing and organising images, videos and other media. Users upload their own content (called Pins) to their Pinboards. They can also save (or pin) other media that shows up in their Pin feed to their Pinboards.

To keep a Pinboard from showing up to search engines, under your name at the top of Pinterest, click the gear icon, Edit settings, and change Search Privacy from No to Yes. Click Save settings to confirm the change.

You can’t completely hide your Pinterest profile from other users, but you can make specific Pins private by putting them on a secret Pinboard. Secret boards are only visible to you unless you give other users permission to view them.

Tumblr

Minimum age: 13

Tumblr is a blogging platform popular with young people. It’s especially popular with photo bloggers, but you can post and re-blog all different types of content.

Tumblr lets you create additional blogs in addition to your primary blog (the original, first one you create when you sign up to Tumblr). Your primary blog has to stay public, but you can make secondary blogs private, meaning other users will need a password to look at them. Secondary blogs don’t have access to some of Tumblr’s social features.

To report something on Tumblr, go to https://www.tumblr.com/abuse and fill out the form.

You can add someone who’s bothering you on Tumblr to your Ignored Users list by going to the list of blogs you’re following and clicking block users.

Follow the link to your blog settings page, scroll to the bottom, enter the name of the Tumblr you’d like to block in the Blocked Tumblrs box and click block.

Skype

Minimum age: Skype says its software is not intended for, or designed to attract, users under 13s

The video messaging service does allow users to block or report someone but there is no report button to click on while making a call.

Desktop: Sign in and click on Contacts in the side menu and then, to the right, click Skype. Find the contact you want to block. Right-click the contact’s name (on a Mac, ctrl click) and choose Block… You are also offered the option to Report abuse from this person. Click this if you wish to alert Skype to the user’s actions.

Mobile (OS): Go to Search at the top of the screen and tap on the contact’s name you’d like to block. In the drop-down menu, tap View profile. Select either Block or Remove contact. You may need to scroll down to see it.

Mobile (Android): To block a contact: Start Skype. Go to People, tap and hold the contact you’d like to block. Tap Block contact, then tap OK.

Gmail

Minimum age: 13*

Gmail is Google’s email service. It’s very popular, including with teens. If your child uses Gmail, they should make sure they’ve set a strong password and shouldn’t share it with anyone.

If your child receives any suspicious messages via Gmail (like emails that ask for personal or financial information), they can report them to Google. Click on the arrow next to the reply button and select Report phishing. You can also report spam or block a particular email address from contacting you.

*It’s worth noting that Google also offers Apps for Education, an add-free version of lots of their popular services (like Gmail, Calendar and Drive) for use in schools. If your child’s school uses Google Apps for Education they can have a school Gmail account even if they’re under 13, although the school should get parental consent.

Audi A4 Hatchback First Drive & Transmission

Audi A4 Overview

Audi A4 is the sedan that combines technology and aesthetics to provide the most refined experience to the buyers. The vehicle has propelled into a new generation and has become more advanced. This time Audi A4 has received a plethora of changes that make the vehicle a much better product. The fight between the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and BMW 3 Series has chronicled over the passing time. Mercedes and BMW have already updated their cars for better sales, its Audi’s turn now to bring the A4 at par with the competition. The car was launched back in April 2017 with a new diesel engine which is now more powerful and fuel efficient than the earlier one. Audi A4  On road price starts from 38,92,397/-. Check for price details of Audi A4  in CarzPrice

 

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Audi A4 Design

The new Audi A4 at first glance doesn’t look too different from its predecessor and it’s hard to make out if this one’s a facelift or a new model. Audi says this is a completely new car with no component sharing between it and the older model. While I’m certain Audi is right about that, the A4 doesn’t look what one would expect an all-new version to be like. Zoom in on the details or walk closer and it becomes clear that the A4 now looks much more stately, premium and pricey.

The sharp LED headlamps with a dynamic DRL design flank the trademark Audi grille draped in chrome. The long hood now features a clamshell design, which along with the shoulder line lend the side profile a hint of dynamism. The new A4 is longer by 25 mm than the older car, which should help space inside the cabin but more on that in a bit. Moving on to the rear, once again everything is new but the only thing that really stands out is the new LED tail lamp cluster with dynamic turn signals.

Audi A4 Cabin

The cabin is a lot more different from the previous model. In fact, the design of the dashboard is reminiscent of the new Q7 SUV. The carmaker has focused the design for a more driver-centric approach. And this can be seen in the new smart and sharp 12.3-inch MID display that has ditched the conventional looking dials. The instrument cluster now sports a large speedometer and tachometer imparting a plethora of information. The driver can also switch views to get information such as tank range, average efficiency besides music and navigation maps. All these amenities would prevent the driver from distraction.

Coming to the design and built quality, the dashboard features wooden screen running across the length. The ac vents sits just above the wooden dashboard panel and looks like running end to end with the dashboard. And once again, the traits of the Q7 are evident. The 7 inch infotainment system at the centre is fixed though it looks like a pop-up unit offered in many other Audi cars. The cabin of the new A4 also features state-of-the- art MMI which is now loaded with more features. The controls are fresher and the unit is slick to operate. Then there is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for easing out your job of music and phone calls on the go.

For more convenience, the front armrest has been bestowed with 2 USB slots, Aux-in ports, SC card slots as well as a SIM card slot. So, there is no dearth of connectivity be it music, handling phone calls, WiFi or the internet. This is not the end, the same front armrest also contains wireless phone charging dock so your devices are never out of juice. Buttons and switches look elegant and are also touch sensitive. This means unless you have the intention of changing the setting of the AC, a mere touch on the panel can give you the needed information. The yatch-like drive mode selector seems to be lifted from A8 which does add to the premium feel.

In terms of seating, the carmaker has provided a wide range of seat adjustments with both driver and passenger side getting full set of controls. The seats are upholstered in leather or pashmina beige. The increase in the dimensions has translated into increased passenger comfort. There is a generous amount of comfort not only on the front but the legroom and headroom at the rear are astonishingly good. Other luxurious highlights of the car include glass sunroof, triple-zone climate control, electrically foldable ORVM and engine start/stop button among others.

Audi A4 Performance

The new model comes with 3 engine options – the 1.8 TFSI with 170bhp, which starts at just under 28 lakhs (ex-showroom), the 2.0 TDI with 143bhp, which starts at just under 30 lakhs, and the (current) top-of-the-line 3.0 TDI Quattro that produces 245bhp, but costs almost 40 lakhs. Both the 1.8 petrol and 2.0 litre diesel come with front-wheel drive and CVT gearboxes to maximise efficiency (and reduce cost), while the 3.0 TDI has Audi’s S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. Now, after having fallen in love with the 177bhp 2.0 TDI Quattro, mated to a 7-speed S-tronic, in the Q3, I can’t quite figure out why Audi doesn’t provide the option of this configuration in the Audi A4 – as opposed to the much more expensive, and therefore very low volume, 3.0 TDI.

Right, that’s enough numbers – so, how does the car feel? We started out on a small autocross track set up in the parking lot of the BIC to get a feel for the 1.8TFSI. The first thing you notice is that the new electro-mechanical steering provides a little more feedback than it does in the A6. It weighs up nicely at speed, and the Audi A4 certainly goes where you point it. The course was set up in such a manner so as to experience quick direction changes, as well as grip levels through a winding hairpin bend. And, with the ESP (Electronic Stability Program) on, the electronics control the chassis with such precision that you can virtually drive the entire course with your foot flat to the floor – in the knowledge that the ESP will sort out the chassis dynamics for you.

Audi A4 Rideing

Ride and handling in the new A4 is massively better than the older version and that makes a strong case for chauffeur-driven buyers. The steering too is better than the older car’s and weighs up adequately but still doesn’t transmit enough feedback through corners. The corners themselves are handled in an acceptable manner and one has to keep in mind that this is a front-wheel driven car and doesn’t come with the famed Quattro technology. Pushing the car hard around corners results in understeer, although body-roll isn’t much.

Overall, the new A4 30 TFSI is a car that will do the job of moving around within cities and between them on highways with ease but will not end up putting a smile on the driver’s face. During our test, the car did the 0-100 km/h sprint in 8.72 seconds (using a hand-held GPS device) and returned an average fuel-efficiency of 12.17 km/l, comprising mostly of city traffic. The acceleration numbers might not be exciting but the fuel-efficiency ones surely are impressive.

Audi A4 Safety

Coming to the braking department, it’s very much predictive without any guesswork. The car can quickly shed the speed in the straight line without any fuss. In terms of safety, the car comes loaded with top-notch safety kit including 8 airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control, vehicle stability control system and hill assist. Other aspects include front and rear parking sensors, rear parking camera, warning triangle, first aid kit, tyre pressure monitoring system and anti-theft device among others. View offers on Audi Cars from Audi dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Audi A4 Price

Audi A4 Ex-Showroom Price in India ranges from 38,92,397/- (A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus) to 44,14,873/- (A4 35 TDI Technology). Get best offers for Audi A4 from Audi Dealers in India

Audi A4 Verdict

The new Audi A4 is a great improvement over the last model in terms of features, comfort and efficiency. It doesn’t feel quite up there when it comes to exterior design and driving fun though. The way I see it, the new A4 is an ‘in-betweener’ in its segment since it does a bit of everything without really being the outright leader in any one area. This isn’t a bad thing though, especially in India, where people demand everything from their cars. Being an ‘in-betweener’ is actually the strength of the A4 as it will appeal to a wider range of consumers.So if you are in the luxury market and are more inclined towards being cocooned in a cabin with modern tech and a smart infotainment system, the new A4 fits the bill. For chauffeur-driven buyers too the A4 is a good option as it’s comfortable and fuel-efficient. Where the car misses out is on driving fun so if that’s your prerogative, the new A4 30 TFSI isn’t the car for you.

Some Of The Top 5 Social Media Holiday Tips

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It is hard to believe that the holiday season is right around the corner and with that comes one of the biggest spending times of the year for consumers. For this reason, now is the time to start brainstorming about your holiday marketing strategy and get your social media feeds ready to go!.Below are some holiday marketing ideas to help you stand out in the sea of social media and really engage with your customers this upcoming holiday season.

Are Your Business’ Social Media Outlets Ready For the Holidays?

Christmas is a week away, and that means that businesses all over are trying to keep up with the holiday rush! Regardless of the rush, as a business you need to ensure you are publicly presenting an image of festive cheer in addition to being there to help your customers who have gifts to buy, meals to plan and family to take care of in order to get everything done on time! According to Mashable, 65% of shoppers turn to social media to find the perfect gift, and, when they do, you need to make sure that you are there to help them out. For Digital Marketing Companies Check Vivid Digital

Here are 5 tips to help you get started are as follows :

1. Decorate your social media

Nothing says holiday cheer like the right decorations, so make sure you get your social media accounts decked out too! Change your cover photo to something that reflects the holiday season. You can go all out or simply give your logo a festive twist.

2. Create holiday engagement

The holidays are a great time to get people talking about your products and your business. Encourage comments and shares from your fans by posting holiday related content.

For example, post an image of your company’s Christmas tree. Then ask fans to share an image of their tree.

3. Think visual

Do you have seasonal products? Make sure you post them on your social media sites, and ensure you add call to action! Make sure you post them with seasonal sentiment, as this will help make them more engaging. A call to action will help bring your company’s name to the forefront of your customers’ minds during this busy time.

4. Holiday competitions

People love businesses that give back, and the holiday season is one of the best times of the year to show your giving side. Holiday competitions give you a great way to get your business noticed and show your customers you understand the spirit of giving. For SEO Agency in London visit here

For example, give away gift cards to help customers plan their holiday meals or buy their stocking stuffers. You can ask them to share their favorite recipe or a picture of a holiday tradition.

5. Check out what’s trending

The holiday season is the most high-stakes time of the year for businesses. Make sure you get the most exposure possible by checking what’s currently trending on social media, so you can tailor your message accordingly. Just make sure you jump on a trending topic that makes sense for your business. Your message should be relevant and fit in organically with the conversation going on.

Overall, the holiday season is a busy time for both customers and businesses, so make sure you have a strong social media strategy to increase the chances of reaching your customers. In addition, customers are turning to social media to ask questions and report problems, so make sure you are dealing with all the inquires in a timely matter. Don’t forget making customers happy at this time of the year is a top festive priority.