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.


The OSTraining Podcast #2: Matt Medeiros

In the second episode of the OSTraining podcast I talk with Matt Medeiros. We recently launched a new WordPress plugin called PublishPress. I woke up one morning, and Matt had posted a detailed video review of the plugin. It was completely unexpected and offered some great feedback. That’s how Matt rolls. He has built his career and being friendly, helpful and social. He shares everything he learns and as a result has carved out an enviable niche for himself. We talk about how he started working in a car dealership, and slowly transitioned into tech. Check out CraftedbyMatt.com for everything that Matt does. One thing worth noting: a couple of days after recording this espiode, Matt joined Pagely. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit http://OSTraining.com for full links, other content, and more! ]] Source: https://www.ostraining.com/

Server-Side React Rendering

React is best known as a client-side JavaScript framework, but did you know you can (and perhaps should!) render React server-side? Suppose you’ve built a zippy new event listing React app for a client. The app is hooked up to an API built with your favorite server-side tool. A couple weeks later the client tells you that their pages aren’t showing up on Google and don’t look good when posted to Facebook. Seems solvable, right? You figure out that to solve this you’ll need to render your React pages from the server on initial load so that crawlers from search engines and social media sites can read your markup. There is evidence showing that Google sometimes executes javascript and can index the generated content, but not always. So server-side rendering is always recommended if you want to ensure good SEO and compatibility with other services like Facebook, Twitter. In this…

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Powerful Strategies To Connect Your Website To Social Media

The key to standing out and succeeding over your competitors is by increasing your online presence. Most businesses take advantage of social media because it has become one of the useful and most powerful tools to let people know about your company, products and services. A website that is prominently visible on search engines makes it easier to connect with potential consumers, thereby leading to a positive impact towards the business. What causes websites to rank higher than the rest depends on search engine optimization (SEO), although its main driving force is high quality content. On top of these, you need to connect your website to social channels. In this article, I will share with you some tips and techniques to maximize social media for your website. The Importance of Social Media Social media has become a part of any online business. At least 97% of marketers are currently participating…

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Uber’s CEO is out because of pressure, not some ethical epiphany from the board

It’s hard to predict exactly how much pressure is needed to affect change, but it’s clear to see when there is enough. And there was finally enough to flush out Uber’s CEO.But let’s not kid ourselves. Kalanick didn’t get the boot because Uber’s board had some ethical epiphany. They presided over his misdeeds for years. Fat, golden years steered by toxic leadership and fueled by depraved acts.Now greed has taken a backseat to fear. Fear that the pressure that once seemed so easy to ignore will suddenly drown them all. Flushing out the CEO goes from “impossible to even consider” to “impossible to avoid” in what seems no time at all.On the board, it probably did look like “life comes at you fast”, but that’s only because they’ve been ignoring a dashboard full of warning lights for years. Blinded by those seventy billion dollar headlights.When the gravity of the situation finally comes into…

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Focus is Power

This couldn’t be more true: via gapingvoid There is something quite amazing about working intentionally on focusing your time and energy and limited resources into just a few things. For instance, over the past year I’ve systematically removed nearly all of my personal projects and experiments and also my social media and networking usage. I haven’t been this “trim” in… well, I honestly can’t remember. And although I wouldn’t have called the feeling that I’ve felt “power”… now that I think upon it that’s actually how I feel. I simply feel more powerful – it’s great. If you feel like you need to focus your time and your efforts than now is the best time to do it. And when you think you’re done there’s a good chance that you could go even further. The post Focus is Power appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

How to Promote a Small Website: Content, Social & Link Building by @grybniak

Help your SEO efforts go further with a content strategy, social media marketing, link building, and PPC marketing.The post How to Promote a Small Website: Content, Social & Link Building by @grybniak appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How Voice Search Will Impact Your SEO, PPC & Social Strategies

How can you plan, act, and report on voice search? Get ready by incorporating these real-world strategies today.The post How Voice Search Will Impact Your SEO, PPC & Social Strategies appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Learn Drupal 8 Online and Get Certified with this New Course

One of the questions we get most often is, “How do I prepare for the Acquia Certified Developer – D8 Exam?” Now we’ve got an answer: the Drupal 8 Developer Immersion Course w/ Certification Prep – an 8-week, instructor-led, project-based online course that covers all areas of Drupal 8 and prepares you to take the Acquia Certified Developer – D8 Exam. And as an introductory bonus, the course fee includes a voucher to take the Acquia Certified Developer – D8 exam – a $250 value – plus a free retake if needed. The course starts next Wednesday 6/21, and we still have some space left. Another bonus: If you register before 6/15 you’ll save $400 off the class fee. Learn all the details and register here to reserve your space. BTW, this innovative course is “flipped” virtual training that combines self-paced learning with weekly live virtual classroom sessions led by…

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What the best leaders do

10 things I’ve tried to keep in mind as a CEO these past few years…“This is somewhat terrifying.”I remember thinking this when I became the CEO of Know Your Company back in January 2014. Sure, I’d started two companies beforehand — but one was with close friends, and the other was by myself. With Know Your Company, it was the first time I was to lead a team of people who weren’t friends of mine.At the time, I hired one programmer part-time to help me out at Know Your Company. And while he was just “one direct report,” it was imperative to me to be the best manager and leader to him, as possible.Here’s the first thing I noticed in this process: Being a manager feels different than being an employee. And, it feels very different than working by yourself.Your words carry more weight than before. Your actions are watched more closely. You aren’t…

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Pinterest Contests: All You need To Know To Run It Now (and Win New Leads)

Pinterest is truly a platform that is unlike any other social media site that we have, where the goal is to store content from outside sources instead of just sharing it or creating it. And it only makes sense that Pinterest contests would be unlike any other social media contest examples that we’re familiar with. Since Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

Sr Developer – Drupal & Social APIs – Bajibot – New York, NY

Sr Developer – Drupal & Social APIs. Experience in Drupal core. Bajibot is looking for a talented and experienced Senior Level Developer….From Indeed – Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:56:57 GMT – View all New York, NY jobs Source: http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=Drupal+Developer

Cleaning Up Twitter

One of the things that I’ve been doing, behind the scenes, is cleaning up a lot of my social network accounts that aren’t being used. You see, even though I’ve put Twitter on “bot-mode” I still have a lot of other accounts that just need to be deleted entirely. Ewww. So, what I’ve done is delete nearly all of my Twitter accounts that I have (and I know how many I have via 1Password). I couldn’t believe how many that I’ve had and it’s kind of embarrassing to be honest. For every project that I created I started a new Twitter account because I believed that it was necessary for the project’s success. I actually believe that you can be just as successful without Twitter and many of the social networks that the many “gurus” and “the pros” recommend. You see, in a world where signing up for Twitter and using it…

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Is It Time to Finally Kill Off the Homepage?

As with most things in web design, the homepage has been branded dead or dying many times over the years. They’ve been replaced by magazine-style front page designs, bypassed by landing pages and cut out entirely by social media. Except none of these things killed the homepage. Instead, they joined it as part of a more intricate set of interactions with visitors – each one playing an important role in a more complex web. Now, the latest person calling for the head of homepages is Optimizely’s Cara Harsham, who wrote for the Moz blog last week, claiming her company has “successfully killed THE homepage”. Well folks, looks like it’s time to get those funeral suits pressed again. Personalization killed the homepage The crux of Cara Harsham’s article is that brands need to show users customised content based on their needs and previous interactions, thereby making the generic homepage irrelevant. Her article makes a lot of…

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If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work

Actual hard workDesigners, programmers, tech entrepreneurs, and investors love talking about how hard their work is.Let’s get real.Hard work is picking lettuce 8 hours a day in 90 degree heat.Hard work is being a single mother or father who has to work two minimum wage jobs back to back with nary a recuperative break all day.Hard work is heaving dirt and rock on a construction site. Or working with industrial equipment that could crush you if you make the wrong move.Rule of thumb: If it’s hard you’ll have trouble finding people who want to do it. There’s no shortage of people who want to be programmers, designers, strategists, social media consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, etc… But try finding people to work the farm. Hard work is doing the work other people don’t want to do.Coding, or designing, or writing pitch decks, or making sales calls, or preparing spreadsheets, or writing blog posts, or social media marketing, or buying…

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Does Social Media Help SEO? [Final Answer] by @Visiture_search

Some believe social media helps your website rank better. Google says it isn’t a ranking factor. Here’s the real answer.The post Does Social Media Help SEO? [Final Answer] by @Visiture_search appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Does Social Media Help SEO? [Final Answer] by @Visiture_search

Some believe social media helps your website rank better. Google says it isn’t a ranking factor. Here’s the real answer.The post Does Social Media Help SEO? [Final Answer] by @Visiture_search appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Learn How ESPN Used Interactive Data to Chronicle LeBron's Journey

Today we kick off one of the most anticipated NBA Finals in history – the 3rd year in a row pitting the Cavaliers against the Warriors. It also means that one of basketball’s greatest players, LeBron James, is once again at the center of professional basketball’s biggest stage. Earlier this season, LeBron became one of the NBA’s top 10 all-time scorers. In order to capture the drama of the accomplishment and help fans analyze it, ESPN wanted to create an engaging and interactive experience powered by data. They turned to the data visualization experts at Viget to give life to this idea. We concepted, designed, and developed a dynamic, stats-based story that tracks LeBron’s rise from rookie to one of the best of all time. It even uses Kevin Pelton’s SCHOENE projection system to predict when he might make it to the No. 1 spot. It’s been one of our favorite projects…

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Tips To Create Effective ‘Coming Soon’ Landing Pages

The company website is an effective tool for grabbing the attention of potential customers. While it may seem like a daunting task, creating an effective ‘coming soon’ landing page is not all that hard. Just like any website page, it needs to have an appealing and attractive design to make your customers excited about the launch of your new website. What is a ‘Coming Soon’ Page? Before we learn some tips on how to make an effective ‘coming soon’ page, let us first have an understanding of what these pages are. As the name implies, these are placeholders that announce whether your website is launching or undergoing maintenance. They are designed to capture a visitor’s limited attention span. While creating one may take time and energy, it can also help create a sense of anticipation to your loyal and potential customers. Making them look forward to your launch date can…

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5 Use Cases to Drive More Engagement with Twitter Moments

Twitter engagement can be difficult to come by. It’s so difficult, in fact, that out of the several core necessity social media profiles, it’s the last one I typically recommended for most small and medium businesses. There are ways, however, to get more Twitter engagement. I wrote a post detailing 23 of them a few Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

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