Category Archive for: social

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.

Introducing Boosts: an all-new way to show your support in Basecamp

We gave up on Likes and invented a totally new form of tiny communication.If there’s one thing you can’t avoid on the Internet, it’s Likes. They’re in nearly every software platform where people post photos or write text messages.Sometimes Likes are called Faves, Hearts, Reactions, Claps, or something else, but the basic idea is the same: they’re a small, quick way to express your feelings about something, usually accompanied by a count of other people who had that same feeling.Until today, we had exactly this sort of feature in Basecamp 3. We called it Applause. If you liked a post, you’d clap for it. Everyone who clapped was shown in a row.Basecamp’s applause feature.This was fine, of course—it worked just like all the other Likes.But a couple months ago, we started thinking more deeply about this pattern, and we noticed it has a lot of insidious problems.Likes are vague, especially in a professional setting.…

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BigCommerce Sponsored Post

Huge thanks to BigCommerce for sponsoring CSS-Tricks this week! Here’s the basics: BigCommerce is a hosted eCommerce platform. In just a few minutes, anybody can build their own online store. From a personal perspective, I’d suggest to any of my friends and family to go this route. CMS-powered websites are complicated enough, let alone feature-packed eCommerce websites. Please go with a solution that does it all for you so your site will look and work great and you can focus on your actual business. Feature-packed is a fair descriptor, I’d say, as your BigCommerce site isn’t just a way to post some products and take money for them. You can manage inventory if you like, manage all your shipping, and (I bet this is appealing to many of you): get those products over to other sales platforms like Amazon, eBay, Facebook and Instagram. But I’m a developer! I’d like full…

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Privacy, Progress

An important talk on the difficulty of reconciling technological progress with privacy: This is, of course, especially important in the world of blockchain, bitcoin, and decentralization as a whole. It’s the very thing that my brother and I are wrestling with as we think through the development of our social exchange. I love this slide too: Makes you think. The post Privacy, Progress appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Facebook, Evil.

I wrote my family an email late last night that I wanted to share here. For starters, I try my very best to tread very, very lightly when it comes to prescribing any technological behavior or perspective… mostly because it’s just not worth an argument and I believe that everyone has to come to terms with their own use of things like social media (just as I did myself). But, when something as obviously evil as Facebook comes around and with daily reports on their abuse of power and flippant attitude toward safety and privacy… I really feel like I had to say something. And with recent news of their entire network being compromised (> 2 billion accounts!!!) I felt like I had no choice. Here’s what I shared via email: Facebook is the largest surveillance company on the planet… the thing is that you gave them permission to harvest your…

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Static File Hosting Doesn’t Have To Be So… Static

A huge high-five and welcome to Netlify for the sponsorship this week. If you haven’t heard of Netlify, the big thing you should know is that it’s web hosting, but more than that. It’s web hosting with the developer workflow squarely at heart. You can spin up a site on Netlify in literally seconds. One way is through their robust CLI. Another way, that I find very comfortable (and just did the other day), is to log into the Netlify web interface, create a new site, and connect a Git repo to it. Plus I can give it a command that will run my site’s build process when I push to master. Now anything I push up goes live on my website, which is HTTPS and on a CDN. Uh, wow. Of course, I can also point a custom domain name at Netlify and now we’re cooking with gas. The…

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Social Listening in 2018: 10 Ways for Brands to Succeed

Here’s a stat that may surprise you: 96% of the people talking about your brand online probably don’t even follow you. How are you supposed to engage in these conversations if you don’t know they’re happening? The answer is simple: social listening software. With social listening, your brand will be able to gauge the overall Read more Source:

The Bookmarkable Guide to Social Media [and AdWords] Ads Image Sizes in 2018

Nailing the perfect Social Media Ads image sizes can be more difficult than it first appears. Each platform has a myriad of specs and design guidelines that govern image publications and impact how a viewer sees your finished product. Each platform continues to roll out new updates, making the process tricky to navigate. To create Read more Source:

Solved With CSS! Colorizing SVG Backgrounds

CSS is getting increasingly powerful, and with features like CSS grid and custom properties (also known as CSS variables), we’re seeing some really creative solutions emerging. The possibilities are still being explored on what CSS can do to make writing UI’s simpler, and that’s exciting! One of those is now one of my favorite CSS features: filters. Let’s look at how we can use filters to solve a problem you may have encountered when working with SVG as a background image on an element. CSS Filters First, let’s start by with an overview of filters. They include the following functions: blur() brightness() contrast() drop-shadow() grayscale() hue-rotate() invert() opacity() saturate() sepia() These effects can also be achieved with SVG filters or WebGL shaders, but CSS filters are the easiest way to implement basic transformations in the most browser-efficient manner. Because they are shortcuts of SVG filter effects, you can also use…

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About Time

I shared in a recent newsletter update that I had closed out / down a bunch of my independent (indie) projects. The truth is that I’ve shut down all of them. The biggest ones are MNML and Desk, which almost a week ago I removed from the App Store: It was a really good run. Those projects were a huge part of my life and they both deserve an independent eulogy from me at some point, but, I’m way too tired to give them what they deserve… perhaps a bit later. The much more important reality is that my time has been entirely consumed by the new (singular) entity and project that I’m building with my brother in the industries of blockchain. We’ve stumbled upon some rare opportunities that we hope to take advantage of fully and it is now requiring 100% of my time and attention, which, I’m grateful for. One…

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The Best Ways to Quickly Publish a Blog or Website

Every business needs an online presence. A blog or a website is necessary, and it is preferable to have both at once. Social media is optional, although some would have you think otherwise. The principle purpose of your social media, if you have it, should be to help boost the profile of your blog or website. The opposite is not true. The importance of having a website or blog is so determinative in terms of reaching the full potential your business can achieve that it’s really not something you should delay implementing for too long. Before you can sell or persuade, people need to be able to find you. The easiest way to get found is to have a website telling people who you are, where you are, what you have, and why they should do business with you. You need that online presence established now. So what’s the best…

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The Commercial Reality

This: “What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does – ‘connect’, ‘build communities’ – and the commercial reality. Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads…

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We Could Be Famous

Social media gave many us this crazy idea that we could be famous… or, at least sub-culturally famous. It offered many of us the opportunity to expand our “platforms” and our influence globally, beyond our own small geography. I’ll admit that I entertained this idea and even thought that I could “make it work” for me. I never really gave a thought about what the “cost” might actually be. via Gaping Void Now that I’m moving in the other direction I can see a lot of this more clearly and I feel like I’m seeing it for what it is: It’s just not worth the cost. Full stop. The post We Could Be Famous appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

How to Say You’re Sorry

“You know I try, but I don’t do too well with apologies,” Justin Bieber once sang. You’re not the only one with this problem, Justin! Businesses also struggle with saying sorry, and in this age of swift social media retribution, the process of screw-up ➡️ public shaming ➡️ bad apology ➡️ more outrage ➡️ slightly better apology seems to play out more frequently than ever. Why is it so hard to say sorry? Why do corporations and public figures default to enraging non-apologies, saying things like “We apologize if you were offended” or “We regret the incident” or “It was not my intention to offend” or other phrases that deflect responsibility? In this episode of Rework:Susan McCarthy, co-creator of SorryWatch, looks at what’s changed and what hasn’t in public apology culture.Basecamp’s David Heinemeier Hansson recounts a time in our company’s history when we had to say sorry.The founders of SorryApp talk about their…

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Building Links Through Social Responsibility & Taking a Stand by @tonynwright

Is link building through social responsibility right for your business or brand? Click here to find out.The post Building Links Through Social Responsibility & Taking a Stand by @tonynwright appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Copywriting Q&A: Should You Worry About Competition from Other Copywriters?

When you’re out there hustling to find as many clients as you can, it’s natural to be aware of (and maybe intimidated by) your competition. But should you worry about it? Or is there a better way to expend that energy? Read on… Today’s question comes from Renee R., who asks, “I just joined a Facebook group for creative professionals because I thought it would be good for networking. The problem is, I’m constantly bombarded by posts from tons other copywriters talking about their successes and I’m starting to feel like a failure. If there are so many other copywriters out there, how can I possibly succeed?” Especially when you’re in a confined “space” like a Facebook group, competition can feel very daunting. But there are two things you need to keep in mind: First, competition is a good thing. If someone else can make a living at it, you…

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How to Rock Facebook Messenger & Chatbots for Social Success by @lisabuyer

Are you a marketer? Then you need chatbots. Find out how and why your brand can get started using chatbots.The post How to Rock Facebook Messenger & Chatbots for Social Success by @lisabuyer appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

How to run your first meeting as a new manager

Whether you’re a first-time manager or are taking over a new team, here’s how to approach that first meeting with your team.It happened: You’re a new manager now.Perhaps, it’s the first time you’re leading a team. Or you’re taking over a new team as a manager. Either way, that first meeting as a new manager is a daunting event. What should the agenda for that first meeting with the new team be? How should you set expectations as a new manager? Should you make prepare some sort of “new manager introduction speech”?First impressions are often lasting ones. And there’s no better time and place to solidify that impression than the first meeting with your entire team.Whether you’re taking over a brand new team, or you’re a first-time manager, here’s how to approach that first meeting. I’ll walk through what you should be thinking about, some things you can say, and some questions you…

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