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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.


New Search and More in Basecamp 3!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve told you about what we’ve been working on in Basecamp 3. The entire team has been plugging away at making it the best it can be. Here’s the latest features available for all Basecamp 3 accounts:SearchBefore, searching in Basecamp was a bit like making your bed with a cat around. Yes, the job will get done, but it probably could have been faster and your assistant wasn’t as helpful as it thought it was. Today, we announce the new search feature in Basecamp 3, faster and better than ever! This is a huge update to our search feature, brought to you by designer Conor and programmer Pratik.Making it work.Now you don’t have to go to a separate page to search. Click ‘Find’ in your toolbar and you’ll see our new search tool, right in place. You can filter by type of item, who posted…

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New in Highrise — our Small Business CRM

Mobile 3.1, better mobile emails, and moreIt’s officially Fall here at Highrise HQ in Chicago, but it sure didn’t feel like Fall for our wonderful company meetup here a few weeks ago:If you want to get to know the team some more, and hear our thoughts on business you should check out a couple videos we made with some great advice around staying motivated and getting started with programming.For more videos like these, subscribe to the channel.We’ve also been busy getting the word out about our simple CRM and have had some fortunate results with Highrise recently being named as a top 20 category leader for CRM solutions by GetApp.com and 6th for best CRM software by Crozdesk.But we could still use a lot more help spreading the word. If you have a few minutes, we could use some reviews on Capterra (or any other review site you frequent).As always if you need…

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Exciting! We’re launching The Watercooler

An online community for leaders looking to become better“How do I become a better leader?”I’ve spent my entire working life trying to answer that question. The answer, unfortunately, has never been very clear. I found books to be one-sided, conferences require you to be there in-person, and mentors who I trust not always available (nor do they always have the experience or answers I’m looking for!)So we built “The Watercooler” — an online community for founders, CEOs, owners, executives, and managers to talk candidly about our struggles and our successes. No matter where you live, no matter where your company is located in the world, we now all can support each other on the path to becoming better leaders.Who The Watercooler is forBusiness owners who don’t have the time (or have never been interested) in attending leadership seminars, but crave thoughtful discussion around how other folks think about leading teams.Managers who are having a tough time transitioning into…

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From an internal Basecamp announcement re: pings/IMs

Direct/instant messaging is something many people are doing more and more often at work. And while it’s a handy way to quickly get ahold of someone, it’s a forceful interruption often coupled with an expectation of a quick response. That makes it costly communication. And that’s why the etiquette around it is important.Recently we noticed some internal behavior around pings (Basecamp 3’s name for direct/instant messages) that we didn’t like. David and I discussed it and we decided to post an internal announcement to everyone at Basecamp detailing the problem as we saw it. We also suggested ways to improve the efficacy of a ping, and reduce the burden of empty notifications for everyone.I figured this might help other people outside our walls, so here’s the announcement in full (and here’s a link to the announcement in Basecamp itself if you want to share or reference it elsewhere):📢 “Ping” /…

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Highrise Mobile 3.1 now on iOS AND Android

Just a couple months ago, we announced iOS 3.0 and today we’re thrilled to announce BOTH a 3.1 version for iOS and Android.For iOS users, since we just released iOS 3.0, this iteration has a lot of tweaks and fixes so you’ll see fewer crashes and bugs.For our Android users, you’ll get all of the iOS 3.0 updates like the ability to search leads and contacts by tags.And a lot more Task features brought into the app.And more… like support for predefined values on custom fields, incorrectly formatted international phone numbers, copying fields from a contact, and emojis in notes, emails and comments.A recent iOS review:4* We’re a small sales organization with tons of complex interaction with our customers. We depend heavily and love Highrise on our desktops and laptops. I’ve been a beta tester for the upgrade iOS app for a few months and have been happy to see everything they’ve added and improved…

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Three Reasons Why Facebook Messenger Is Great For Business

Technically, “messaging” and “live chat” are similar. It’s the same basic foundation with the same basic use cases. However, in reality, they couldn’t be further apart from each other. The experience used to be horrendous. It was slow, ponderous, and made you question why the company even had it in the first place. Today you’ll Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

SEO 101: Learn the Basics of Search Engine Optimization [NEW E-BOOK] by @lorenbaker

Learn the basics of SEO and how it works today. Download SEJ’s completely up-to-date SEO 101 guide here.The post SEO 101: Learn the Basics of Search Engine Optimization [NEW E-BOOK] by @lorenbaker appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

Why Connecting Hardware with the Web is So Neat

We just wrapped up development on Lightwalk, an interactive art installation living at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. For a number of reasons, this has been one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever worked on. There is the obvious wow factor of the installation itself, but we also developed a whole suite of dev tools running behind the scenes that not only keep the installation running, but also enable engagement from ACU students in multiple ways. It’s this tie between hardware and software that makes the project truly shine, it’s taking art and making it sm-art, it’s the internet of things but it’s actually interesting, and it’s what I’m going to be talking about today. So what are “dev tools” anyway? Short for “developer tools”, the system we built to power the Lightwalk installation provides a couple of critical services: Allow students to choose the effects and colors…

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Writing style

Was there a source for my writing style or was it self discovered?body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}@natekontny as a follower of vlog, wanted to know, where did you pick up the style of writing from, was there any source, or self discovered — @seebiscutfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize) {donkey.resize(height); resized = true;}if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var obj = {iframe: window.frameElement, height: height}; parent._resizeIframe(obj); resized = true;}if (window.location && window.location.hash === “#amp=1” && window.parent && window.parent.postMessage) {window.parent.postMessage({sentinel: “amp”, type: “embed-size”, height: height}, “*”);}if (window.webkit && window.webkit.messageHandlers && window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize) {window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize.postMessage(height); resized = true;}return resized;}twttr.events.bind(‘rendered’, function (event) {notifyResize();}); twttr.events.bind(‘resize’, function (event) {notifyResize();});if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var maxWidth = parseInt(window.frameElement.getAttribute(“width”)); if ( 500 < maxWidth) {window.frameElement.setAttribute(“width”, “500”);}}Surprise!Adapted from Gage SkidmoreMy dad loves talk radio. I remember as a kid driving around with him and the car tuned to WGN an AM station based here…

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Get instant feedback from visitors

(This is a sponsored post.)Now you can get instant visual feedback for your website or app. Incoming Feedback from Hotjar is an easy and quick way to collect instant feedback directly from your website visitors. Measure your performance and see the impact your team’s changes have on your website or app over time. Celebrate your wins and tackle your team’s next challenge. It only takes your visitors two clicks to share their feedback on your website or app. They can even highlight specific elements, so you get a better idea of what you should work on next. Get your free account today! Direct Link to Article — Permalink Get instant feedback from visitors is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

“Email killer”

There’s a lot we’d like to replace in our lives from material objects to our coworkers, jobs, lifestyles, you name it. But maybe there’s a better way.Graffiti was a huge problem in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2008. The initial attempt to solve it was, like most things we do against something we don’t like, to replace it. Cover it up. Crack down on those who did it.But when areas that attracted graffiti were locked down by police, graffiti artists just matriculated to other areas. Even worse, the cover up was incredibly expensive. And it didn’t work. New graffiti would show up overnight.Then some folks in the Reykjavik government realized an unspoken rule about graffiti culture: respect. You don’t cover up art that is better than yours.And so parts of Reykjavik embraced graffiti. Some became curators, letting the best of it remain. And some homes and storefronts, even the government itself, commissioned graffiti artists to…

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iOS 11 Safari Feature Flags

I was rooting around in the settings for iOS Safari the other day and stumbled upon its “Experimental Features” which act just like feature flags in any other desktop browser. This is a new feature in iOS 11 and you can find it at: Settings > Safari > Advanced > Experimental Features Here’s what it looks like today: Right now you can toggle on really useful things like Link Preload, CSS Spring Animations and display: contents (which Rachel Andrew wrote about a while ago). All of which could very well come in handy if you want to test your work in iOS. iOS 11 Safari Feature Flags is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

​HelloSign API: The dev friendly esign

(This is a sponsored post.)We know that no API can write your code for you (unfortunately), but ours comes close. With in-depth documentation, customizable features, and dashboard that makes your code easy to debug, you won’t find an eSignature product with an easier path to implementation. 2x faster than other esignature APIs. “We wanted an API built by a team that valued user experience as much as we do. At the end of the day, we chose HelloSign because it was the best combination of these features, price and user experience.”  - Max Mullen Co-Founder of Instacart Test drive HelloSign API for free today. Direct Link to Article — Permalink ​HelloSign API: The dev friendly esign is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

What’s new in Basecamp 3.5.4 for iOS

🍂 Fall is here, there’s a new version of iOS, and with it comes a new release to Basecamp for iPhone and iPad. It’s available in the App Store today. Here’s a brief look at what’s new:Quick jumpQuick jump is one of our favorite new things in Basecamp this year and we’re excited to bring it to iOS. It works exactly like the desktop version, especially on iPads with a keyboard attached (either 3rd party keyboards or iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard). Command + J to start. Arrow up/down. Enter to select. Type to filter. It’s just the same.Quick jump to projects, people, or recently visited items.It’s also available on as an experimental feature on iPhone. That’s an atypical approach for us so let me explain. As of today you can quick jump by swiping from the top edge of your iOS device with two fingers. It works pretty well but the…

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5 things CSS developers wish they knew before they started

You can learn anything, but you can’t learn everything 🙃 So accept that, and focus on what matters to you — Una Kravets 👩🏻‍💻 (@Una) September 1, 2017 Una Kravets is absolutely right. In modern CSS development, there are so many things to learn. For someone starting out today, it’s hard to know where to start. Here is a list of things I wish I had known if I were to start all over again. 1. Don’t underestimate CSS It looks easy. After all, it’s just a set of rules that selects an element and modifies it based on a set of properties and values. CSS is that, but also so much more! A successful CSS project requires the most impeccable architecture. Poorly written CSS is brittle and quickly becomes difficult to maintain. It’s critical you learn how to organize your code in order to create maintainable structures with a…

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Copywriting Q&A: How to Ramp Up Your Referrals

Prospecting is an important way to build your business. But there’s another way that, once you get the right plans in motion, is so much simpler. Referral work is work that comes to you through little to no effort of your own. Sounds nice, eh? Let’s talk about how to build your referral system. Today’s question is from Juliana P., who asks, “I think I read somewhere that you now get a lot of your work through referrals. How did you make that happen.” It’s true: Referrals do make up the vast majority of my business now. Don’t get me wrong: I spend plenty of time prospecting for clients, but after being in business for so long (15+ years) it’s certainly referral work that drives most of my days. Referrals come from three places: 1) from a previous client who refers you to a colleague 2) from a previous colleague…

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Breakthrough

A decade or so ago, a young musician couldn’t get anyone to play his music. He had raw talent, and just recorded his first album, but all the gatekeepers thought he sounded too young. Without Disney or Nickelodeon marketing his stuff, he was a dud.What does he do?I bet you know the names of a few famous impressionist painters. Monet. Manet. Degas. What makes them famous though? Are they really the best? Do you know a bad impressionist painter?What about Gustave Caillebotte?Caillebotte was an interesting impressionist. I don’t think anyone would say he’s bad, but he sure isn’t as popular as Monet.Caillebotte also has a quirky story. Upon his death he requested his art collection be hung in the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris. His art collection was about 70 paintings he had collected from his friends, also impressionists.They weren’t popular. They were actually the worst paintings of his friends. “Worst” being the…

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​No Joke…Download Anything You Want on Storyblocks

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