Category Archive for: mobile app

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 to Reportedly Redesign its Home Page in the Near Future by @MattGSouthern

Reports suggest Google is planning to redesign its home page to match its mobile app experience.The post Google to Reportedly Redesign its Home Page in the Near Future by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Bringing Research Home

Any designer who has created a personal portfolio site knows that your toughest client is always yourself. Recently, we have felt particularly sympathetic to the plight of designing for yourself because we have been taking an introspective look at our own site and messaging. We wanted to understand how potential clients perceive and evaluate Viget in their search for an agency partner and the role that our website plays in shaping that impression. We wanted to see our brand and our site through the lens of a potential client, a person getting a first introduction to Viget. To do that, we applied the same research methods we employ for client projects to our own questions. Creating a Setting for Direct Feedback Having conversations with prospective and current clients is something we do all the time. Typically though, those conversations are initiated by the business development team or account managers, people who are heavily involved in…

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Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories: Which One Should You Pick?

Snapchat was first. Then came Instagram. And now, Facebook. Snapchat’s defining feature is their disappearing images and videos, which can be shared publicly, to all your followers, or privately. Instagram recreated this with Stories, and Facebook played copycat in their Messenger Day feature and then again with their own Newsfeed Stories. So what’s the difference between Facebook Messenger Day, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories? Which one should you use? Does it even matter? I can tell you one thing: in the battle of Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories, it does matter. And in this post, we’re going to look at why, along with differences between each platform and which you should use for your business. Facebook Messenger Day vs. Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories: The Similarities This is a pretty good place to start. Facebook Messenger Day, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories all have some overlapping features, including: Images and…

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Drip campaigns — How we do them differently at Highrise

I’m not a fan of most email I get. So I read very little of it :)The worse offender is often drip campaigns from companies trying to keep me engaged with their product or service. You know the kind. You signup and then get a series of 6 emails someone wrote years ago that just keep coming to you.They have some importance, right? There are things where you need some time to digest about the experience of working with a new tool or service that you don’t want to to be overloaded with immediately. You need to signup, get your bearings, learn the mobile app, learn how to do X. It just doesn’t make sense to clobber you over the head with all this at once. So some dripped education over the course of weeks or months is actually helpful.The biggest problem with drip campaigns is they just feel robotic. There’s no human…

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Are ‘Skeleton Screens’ the Answer to Your Loading Time Problems?

One of the biggest challenges in web design and development is building sites fast enough to meet user demands. We face a constant battle of delivering richer content and experiences in a way that doesn’t leave users waiting around for things to happen. There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank screen and this is where so many designers rely on spinners, progress bars and other animations to give users feedback. However, a new trend has gained a lot of traction over the last couple of years – using “skeleton screens” to quickly load the template of a page and progressively add content as it downloads. Could this be the answer to our loading time problems or are we missing the point when it comes to optimising for performance?   Skeleton screens in action Skeleton screens aren’t exactly new and you’ll almost certainly have seen some of these in action. The most…

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LinkedIn Adds 6 New Profile Picture Filters by @MrDannyGoodwin

New photo editing tools are now available in LinkedIn’s mobile app. You can now edit and apply filters to improve the look of your profile picture.The post LinkedIn Adds 6 New Profile Picture Filters by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Mobile App Developer – EZEN COMPUTER SERVICES INC – San Jose, CA

Mobile App Developer*. Experience using a CMS like *Joomla, Drupal, etc.*. HARMAN Connected Services*….From Indeed – Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:32:20 GMT – View all San Jose jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

WordPress 4.7: Best New Features and Ones We’d Still Like to See

WordPress 4.7 officially rolled out in December and it got more attention than your typical update in the build-up to release. Rather than an incremental revision, WordPress 4.7 – affectionately dubbed “Vaughan” after jazz singer Sarah “Sassy” Vaughan – brings some welcomed new features – both for developers/designers and website owners. So there’s some good stuff in the latest update and it’s pretty clear the team at WordPress is trying to resolve some of the user concerns with the platform. That said, there are still some new features we would have liked to have seen in an update by now (we’re never happy, are we?) The Best of WordPress 4.7 Starting on a positive note, here are the best things to come out of WordPress 4.7 Twenty Seventeen While there’s nothing particularly interesting about WordPress updating its default theme, there are some important tweaks worth mentioning. For many developers who build…

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Why You Need To Use Facebook’s New Dynamic Mobile Install Ads Right Now

Even after all the giving of the holiday season is over, there are still consumers on the hunt for new things to buy. Maybe they have cash or gift cards that they’re itching to spend, or maybe they’re trying to give themselves the gifts they didn’t get. After all, who hasn’t hit the post-holiday sales? Maybe they have cash or gift cards that they’re itching to spend, or maybe they’re trying to give themselves the gifts they didn’t get. After all, who hasn’t hit the post-holiday sales? But the must lucrative of all these customers might be the people that received new gadgets as gifts — smart watches, phones, tablets — and they’re looking to fill their blank slate with all their new favorite apps. If you’ve developed an app, you need to be reaching these customers. Their pockets are open and they’re excited about trying new things on their…

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Google Acquires Fabric, a Mobile App Development Platform by @MattGSouthern

Fabric, one of the most popular mobile development platforms, has been acquired by Google.The post Google Acquires Fabric, a Mobile App Development Platform by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Omni-Channel for Government Part 1: What & Why?

What is Omni-Channel and Why Should You Care? By now, you’ve no doubt heard about omni-channel. (If not, you can get up to speed on the basics here on our blog.) And perhaps you may think it’s only relevant for retail organizations. But omni-channel is not just about units sold or customers converted: it’s about serving your users as best you can, meeting them where they are, and using your data to power an exceptional experience. This concept extends far beyond retail. Great experiences matter for everyone, including non-profits, NGOs, and of course governments. In government, you don’t need a huge budget for digital, or a wealth of advanced software to start down the path of omni-channel – but you do need some key information and the right mindset. That, coupled with an appropriate strategy, will help you apply an omni-channel approach and provide more efficient service delivery, putting your…

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Highrise for Android is here…

Highrise has had an iOS app, going on now for 7 years. However, the development on that mobile app has been slow. In June of 2015, we released version 2.0 and we’re still on that version today. We’ll update it soon, but I have to admit we’ve been saying that for awhile.Regardless, at least, iPhone users, you had an app. Android users had nothing.As soon as we got the iOS app update out, creating a brand new Android app kept popping up on our list of priorities. But our team didn’t have the skillset of making Android apps, so the search for building that part of our team, even trying to use contractors, became laborious and soon other priorities pulled us away.Finally, we committed to figuring out how we could ramp up the knowledge internally we needed to get this task done, and we uncovered something pretty unusual but very powerful for us…

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Benefits and Disadvantages of Using The Hamburger Menu In Responsive Websites

Let’s get one thing straight: this article has nothing to do with different varieties of hamburgers, but rather a new trend in the web development industry. The hamburger menu is a technique in responsive design aimed at improving the functionality of a website. The name refers to its shape literally looking like two buns and a slab of meat. You might not be aware of it but you might have seen the design before. What is the Hamburger Menu? The hamburger menu consists of three stacked, horizontal lines usually found at the top left or right corner of a webpage, allowing users to click through and have a glimpse of a hidden menu of the different pages of the website. The hamburger menu was originally created by former Xerox product designer Norm Cox back in 1981. It was originally intended to simply indicate a list within the company’s Star system.…

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Facebook Ads Bidding 101: Everything You Need to Know (…supported by data) 2016 EDITION

When it comes to crafting the perfect advertising campaign, everyone always focuses the attention on a stunning ads design or selecting the perfect targeting audience. Very few people take into account another critical factor: The bidding strategy. What’s the point of a great ad or a carefully selected audience if you’re then screwing everything up with the wrong bidding strategy? You may end up either paying too much for your campaign or reaching a small portion of your potential reach. A lot has changed regarding Facebook’s bidding strategies in the past year! It’s now time for a more in-depth analysis and an update to the latest news. Noticed a few changes in the past few months? Us, too. Facebook has changed the bidding format interface. If you want, you can click here and go straight to our 2016 update. But if you want the whole picture… Let’s get back to the drawing board…

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Bing Expanded Text Ads Can Now Be Edited on Mobile by @MattGSouthern

Bing is rapidly expanding the use of expanded text ads with an update to the Bing Ads mobile app.The post Bing Expanded Text Ads Can Now Be Edited on Mobile by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How To VLOG

Last night I put together my ultimate how-to video on vlogging and… I thought I’d post it here for those that spend much more time reading my content than watching. (And, if I’m to be honest, the written content here is still infinitely-better than my vlog, so, you were warned…) It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but, the point is simple and trustworthy: Execution trumps everything and if you can overcome your fear (“PUNCH FEAR IN THE FACE!“) then you’ll open yourself up to a ton of personal rewards. I promise. So, here’s my 10 Steps to VLOGGING (oh, and if you want to see the full video of my vlog from September 2010… it’s at the very end of the post…): And here’s the visual guide for those that don’t want to watch: Step 1: Think About VLOGGING Step 2: Decide to VLOG Step 3: Find a Camera Step 4: Hit Record,…

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Google App Redesigned: One Section for Personal Interests, One for Upcoming Info by @MattGSouthern

Google has released an update to its mobile app which sees the cards reorganized into one section for personal interests, and another section for upcoming information.The post Google App Redesigned: One Section for Personal Interests, One for Upcoming Info by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Drupal 8 turns one!

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of Drupal 8. On this day last year we celebrated the release of Drupal 8 with over 200 parties around the world. It’s a project we worked on for almost five years, bringing the work of more than 3,000 contributors together to make Drupal more flexible, innovative, scalable, and easier to use. To celebrate tomorrow’s release-versary, I wanted to look back at a few of the amazing Drupal 8 projects that have launched in the past year. 1. NBA.com The NBA is one of the largest professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. Millions of fans around the globe rely on the NBA’s Drupal 8 website to livestream games, read stats and standings, and stay up to date on their favorite team. Drupal 8 will bring you courtside, no matter who you’re rooting for. 2. Nasdaq Nasdaq Corporate Solutions has selected Drupal…

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