Archive for: May, 2017

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Google Enhances Knowledge Panels for Art-related Searches by @MattGSouthern

Google is catering to the art aficionados with its latest update to organic search results.The post Google Enhances Knowledge Panels for Art-related Searches by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Google AdWords’ Smart Bidding Sets the Ideal Bid for Each Auction by @MattGSouthern

In an effort to help AdWords users get the most out of their advertising budget, Google is introducing Maximize Conversions.The post Google AdWords’ Smart Bidding Sets the Ideal Bid for Each Auction by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

My kind of contract

The work for hire terms at Segura, a design firm in Chicago. My three favorite bits: 1. “Time is money. More time is more money.” 2. “If you want something that’s been done before, use that.” 3. The pro bono amendments.You give me money, I’ll give you creative.I’ll start when the check clears.Time is money. More time is more money.I’ll listen to you. You listen to me.You tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what you need.You want me to be on time, I want you to be on time.What you use is yours, what you don’t is mine.I can’t give you stuff I don’t own.I’ll try not to be an ass, you should do the same.If you want something that’s been done before, use that.PRO BONOIf you want your way, you have to pay.If you don’t pay, I have final say.Let’s create something great together.For those who will be quick…

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Chicago, Be Chicago

Yuck! Enough with the Silicon Valley worship, Chicago!🎶Hey, Chicago, what do you say? Can we stop talking about wanting to be the next Silicon Valley today?🎶If you pay attention to the Chicago tech/media scene, you’ve probably been hearing for years that Chicago is poised to be the next Silicon Valley. The storyline continues in this recent Inc article: Why Chicago will be the next Silicon Valley tech hub.There’s a lot of good in this article. And we’re honored that Basecamp is held up as an example of something positive happening in Chicago. But the notion that it’s now Chicago’s time to grab someone else’s torch is where it falls apart for me.It’s certainly true there’s more entrepreneurial excitement in Chicago these days. More optimism, more opportunity, etc. This is great.But what’s with all this this fetishizing of Silicon Valley? To be next in line to be them? What about being us? What about being original?…

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Hiring a Growth Mindset

Been doing a lot of thinking around hiring these days as we gear up to grow our small team of 3 founders at Pinpoint and I’ve been reviewing my own personal notes from the past and updating them for my own use. One of the things that I come back to time and time again is the power and importance of having a growth mindset when it comes to early-stage organizations. The question, of course, is how do you know if someone does, in fact, have that type of mindset? The short answer is that you don’t know until you work with them but you can ask penetrating questions when you chat with them to see if you can diagnose that intrinsic perspective in the person and candidate. For a quick reminder, a growth mindset is best captured and understood as someone who believes that their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input…

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These Features Will Take Your Online Community Engagement to the Next Level

You have a wicked cool technology product or service that people are clamoring to use. You are growing quickly and building your user base. And now that you have users, they want actual information and support…all the time. So how  do you keep your users engaged and make sure they’re getting the information and support they need, when they need it? Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

9 Secrets the Pros Use to Create Great Facebook Ad Copy

Writing great Facebook ad copy, like writing great books (or blog posts), is a craft. David Ogilvy was considered a master of his craft. He understood before anyone else the importance of writing a good headline, for that’s the first thing readers see and determines whether they read more. It was true in the age of Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

9 Secrets the Pros Use to Create Great Facebook Ad Copy

Writing great Facebook ad copy, like writing great books (or blog posts), is a craft. David Ogilvy was considered a master of his craft. He understood before anyone else the importance of writing a good headline, for that’s the first thing readers see and determines whether they read more. It was true in the age of Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

PHP Developer – We Are Envoy – Irvine, CA

CMS and opensource projects like WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, osCommerce, etc. ENVOY is looking for a passionate, energetic web developer to work with emerging…From We Are Envoy – Wed, 31 May 2017 17:51:17 GMT – View all Irvine, CA jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

UI/UX Designer – Weill Cornell Medicine – New York, NY

Experience designing websites for the Drupal 7 Content Management System. Under direction from the Art Director and the Associate Director of Web Communications…From Weill Cornell Medicine – Wed, 31 May 2017 15:52:49 GMT – View all New York, NY jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Influence — The Power of Free

A few weeks ago we walked by a comic book store and noticed it was Free Comic Book Day, an event where comic book publishers provide… What else? Free comic books. My 3 year old daughter has expressed interest in learning about comics so we thought we’d check it out.It was a great experience. Line wasn’t long. And they gave out 3 free books per person. Not a bad haul for Free.I recognize the goal here. Give people a free taste and they’ll want more down the road.Or maybe some will come for the freebies and buy something else out the door. But I didn’t see enough people buying anything as they left….Dr. Robert Cialdini is the famous author of books on influence and persuasion. One interesting chapter in his book Influence is on the power of “reciprocation”.Dr. Cialdini describes the Hare Krishnas, a religious organization that was having trouble in the 1970s raising…

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How to Use Tokens in Drupal Fields

Token is one of the 3 most popular modules in Drupal. It allows you to use small placeholders to automatically complete tasks. To take a simple example, if you put [site:name] on your site, it will be replaced by the actual name of your site. To take a more complicated example, you can use Token together with the Pathauto module to automatically create URL patterns for your whole site. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

How to Growth Hack Your Keyword Research in 6 Steps by @thewillrobins

Aligning your revenue goals with keyword research yields amazing results. Here’s how to hit your business and SEO goals.The post How to Growth Hack Your Keyword Research in 6 Steps by @thewillrobins appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How to Growth Hack Your Keyword Research in 6 Steps by @thewillrobins

Aligning your revenue goals with keyword research yields amazing results. Here’s how to hit your business and SEO goals.The post How to Growth Hack Your Keyword Research in 6 Steps by @thewillrobins appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Animating Single Div Art

When you dig deep with your tools, it is amazing what you can create out of the most basic of HTML. I have been constantly impressed with “Single Div Art” by Lynn Fisher and others where you take a single generic <div> to create a beautiful cactus, Alamo, or panda. See the Pen #dailycssimages 01: Bear Cub by Lynn Fisher (@lynnandtonic) on CodePen. It can be hard to jump in and deconstruct how these are made, due to the fact they are using layers of background gradients, box shadows, text shadows, and more in the midst of just a single div and it’s ::before and ::after pseudo-elements. Before we go any further… check out Lynn Fisher’s article on why and how she started working with single div art. One thing that single div pieces rarely do is animate. If you can transform your div or one of its pseudo elements,…

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How Can I Make My Icon System Accessible?

Here’s a question I got the other day? Would you suggest icon fonts or inline SVGs for a complex single page application? And are there specific accessibility concerns for either? Accessibility is especially important for us because schools use our products. I ask because we are currently in the process of unifying and setting up an icon system. I don’t think I would make the choice based on what “kind” of website I was building, so let’s ignore that part of it. I also think SVG icon systems are just better than icon fonts, so let’s assume that. The accessibility question is the interesting bit, so let’s cover that. There are two ways an icon might be used: Standalone: icon needs to convey meaning all by itself Decorative: icon is just visual sugar – the words around it convey the meaning. Pattern for Standalone Icons I’m adapting this from Accessible…

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Addressing Similar Content: When to Canonicalize, Noindex, or Do Nothing by @@joshuacmccoy

How do you address similar content: canonicalize, noindex, or do nothing? Let’s look at when to use these options.The post Addressing Similar Content: When to Canonicalize, Noindex, or Do Nothing by @@joshuacmccoy appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Floating Labels are Problematic

I feel like all these issues are handleable, but the damning issue is #3: they need space to move into. Labels can’t go away and need to be readable at all times, so a floating label pattern doesn’t actually save any space. You could have just put the labels where they float to to begin with. It’s still a neat effect, but it doesn’t buy you anything and may just cost you something. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Floating Labels are Problematic is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Top 10 WordPress SEO Mistakes That Beginners Make by @josephhhoward

Avoid these WordPress on-page optimization mistakes and you’ll be on your way to more visibility in the SERPs!The post Top 10 WordPress SEO Mistakes That Beginners Make by @josephhhoward appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

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