Posts Tagged:Amazon

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.


72 Things to Know When Selling SEO Services by @bhartzer

Selling SEO services can be tough. The more you know, the easier it can be to sell search engine optimization (SEO) audits and monthly retainer services to businesses. While I really understand SEO and how to create websites and optimize content, I’ve never considered myself to be a salesperson. Good SEO definitely sells itself, but many businesses, especially those with a limited marketing budget, need to be sold on the benefits of good old-fashioned SEO. After all, SEO isn’t an item that can be bought on Amazon. So, How Do You Sell SEO? For the purpose of this article, SEO […]The post 72 Things to Know When Selling SEO Services by @bhartzer appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

When You Need to Get Down to Work: The 5 Second Rule

I’d love my clients to think I have a super-human ability to get down to work and churn out amazing copy. However, the truth my students need to know is that I absolutely do not have that super-human ability, and I often find it just as hard to get focused and sit down to work as anyone. And because I know I face this challenge—and because I get the questions about it from students all the time—I’m on a regular quest to find ways to overcome procrastination and lock in motivation. But you know what I’ve recently discovered? Motivation doesn’t work. Or, as coach and speaker Mel Robbins says, “Motivation is complete garbage.” I’d been hearing about Mel Robbins’ work for a while, but when I stumbled across her book “The 5 Second Rule” and its bevy of five-star Amazon reviews, I was intrigued. To be honest, though, I almost…

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Building a Simple API with Amazon Lambda and Zappa

We recently had a client come to us with a request for a simple serverless API. They wanted little to no administrative overhead, so we went with the AWS Lambda service. It was my first foray with Lambda, and getting it set up came with its fair share of headaches. If you’re starting down the same path and want to build a simple API with Lambda, here’s a tutorial to help. Github If you would rather go through the tutorial on github, you can find it here AWS Lambda This is a great service offered by AWS that allows users to run a serverless application or function. It’s a cloud-based, serverless architecture that comes with continuous scaling out of the box. Deploy your code, and AWS does the rest. It will only run when “triggered,” either by another AWS service, or an HTTP call. It’s relatively young and has room…

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Building an Open Source Photo Gallery with Face and Object Recognition (Part 1)

In this two-part series of blog posts, I’m going to show you how we built a Drupal 8 photo gallery site, integrated with Amazon S3, Rekognition, and Lambda to automatically detect faces (allowing us to automatically identify names!) and objects found in our photos. Acquia Build Week Every year, Acquia puts on Build Week, a week-long event where Acquia’s engineering teams (along with other departments, like OCTO, Professional Services, and more!) come together to learn, collaborate, and inspire a little crazy. One of the most intense, fun, and productive parts of Build Week is the two-day Hackathon. Every year there are some new and interesting initiatives, spanning a very wide range of interests. Some projects, like the exploration and strengthening of Drupal 8’s then-nascent Configuration Management tools, are geared towards building up Drupal 8. Other projects are more imaginative and exploratory, like augmented reality shopping experiences, which demonstrated how Acquia…

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The reason why Acquia supports Net Neutrality

If you visit Acquia’s homepage today, you will be greeted by this banner: We’ve published this banner in solidarity with the hundreds of companies who are voicing their support of net neutrality. Net neutrality regulations ensure that web users are free to enjoy whatever sites they choose without interference from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These protections establish an open web where people can explore and express their ideas. Under the current administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commision favors less-strict regulation of net neutrality, which could drastically alter the way that people experience and access the web. Today, Acquia is joining the ranks of companies like Amazon, Atlassian, Netflix and Vimeo to advocate for strong net neutrality regulations. Why the FCC wants to soften net neutrality regulations In 2015, the United States implemented strong protections favoring net neutrality after ISPs were classified as common carriers under Title II of the Communications…

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The reason why Acquia supports Net Neutrality

If you visit Acquia’s homepage today, you will be greeted by this banner: We’ve published this banner in solidarity with the hundreds of companies who are voicing their support of net neutrality. Net neutrality regulations ensure that web users are free to enjoy whatever sites they choose without interference from Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These protections establish an open web where people can explore and express their ideas. Under the current administration, the U.S. Federal Communications Commision favors less-strict regulation of net neutrality, which could drastically alter the way that people experience and access the web. Today, Acquia is joining the ranks of companies like Amazon, Atlassian, Netflix and Vimeo to advocate for strong net neutrality regulations. Why the FCC wants to soften net neutrality regulations In 2015, the United States implemented strong protections favoring net neutrality after ISPs were classified as common carriers under Title II of the Communications…

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Alexa, Siri, and Friends: The Voice UI and Machine Learning Landscape

If you tend to start your day with “Hey, Siri!” or “Ok, Google” then you are one of the 55% of frequent voice assistant users.   Voice-based user interfaces are rapidly evolving and changing how people use software. If you aren’t entirely clear on what Voice UI is, it is simply any technology we use to talk to a computer, a smartphone, or another device, like an Amazon Echo. Source: https://www.phase2technology.com/feed/

How Google Stole the Internet in 5 Simple Steps

It seems like a lifetime ago since Google emerged from Silicon Valley as a refreshing tech prospect branding the slogan: “Don’t Be Evil”. Now, in 2017, that heart-warming slogan is no more and Google is simply one element of its parent company Alphabet, which seems hell-bent on taking over the world. Progress is good, too. Alphabet is a global leader in artificial intelligence, life sciences and a range of technologies used by the military. The tech giant is quite literally everywhere and it’s on a mission to know everything about us and the world we live in, which makes for some scary aspirations when you think about it (omnipresence + omniscience + omnipotence = God). Alphabet’s global takeover started with Google, of course, which managed to pretty much steal the internet from under our feet in five simple steps. This is no exaggeration either. It’s already happened and, if you don’t realize it yet,…

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These Are the Five Hottest Lead Generation Trends in 2017

Every year we have new lead generation trends come and go. Some earn their place as invaluable marketing strategies while others fade away with a whimper. Whatever happens, there always seems to be a lot of buzz around trends, whether they deserve it or not. Which makes it difficult to know which ones will catch on and which of those are gimmicks simply getting their moment in the spotlight. This can be frustrating for web designers and site owners – especially when trends shake up design principles only to fall short of expectations. #1: Voice search Like most trends, voice search is nothing new but 2017 is the year it’s being touted as a technology that will change the way people use the web. This shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise following the release of Google Home and Amazon Echo devices, but what does this mean for voice search…

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How Will the Voice Search ‘Revolution’ Impact Web Design?

Voice search is getting a lot of attention right now and it’s no big surprise. The big tech firms are pushing their voice platforms hard and marketers are hyping them up to disrupt the entire industry. Needless to say, voice search is one of the hottest topics in digital technologies right now and this isn’t going to change anytime soon. Despite all this, the rise of voice search isn’t going to have the impact on web design and marketing most are predicting right now. The thing is, voice technology comes with some fundamental limitations that mean its role in the consumer journey (where designer, marketers and the rest of us make our money) will be relatively small. Voice search sucks at selling Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos featured in a recent article here debunking the clickbait notion that homepage design is dead (another BS trend). He’s a smart guy, there’s no question about that.…

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How to Build Your Own Alexa Service

With the recent introduction of Amazon and Google products that provide Ironman-esque voice control functionality, we’ve been wondering lately what this means for the future of human computer interactions. Always on the lookout for emerging technology to get ahead of, we decided to put a project together to see what these little devices are capable of. We had about 2 weeks before the three Viget offices were assembling for an all hands gathering, so we wanted to something both fun and interactive. What we ended up with was an Alexa service that could figure out which Viget employee you were thinking about. We called it: The Know It All Trying out our latest Viget team game using voice control. Can you guess who? More updates soon! cc @alexadevs @amazonecho #Alexa pic.twitter.com/M1YgCh3obj— Viget (@viget) June 13, 2017 There are a couple pieces to this puzzle – a Rails backend, a React…

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The $1,000 Podcasting Setup

I figure between (as I write) the 267 episodes of ShopTalk, 134 episodes of CodePen Radio, 154 video screencasts (and many hundreds more as part of the different series), and all my guest podcast apperances, I’m edging on 1,000 things I’ve voice-recorded for public consumption. 98% of that was with the Rode Podcaster, the same exact microphone I documented using in 2008. I figured it was about time for an upgrade, as I plan to continue podcasting and screencasting for another 10 years! I know audio quality is a big deal. I don’t quite consider myself an audiophile, but I know I prefer listening to podcasts with good audio quality, and I’d like to make sure what I produce is as good of quality as is practical for me right now. I had our podcast editor Chris Enns on ShopTalk to talk gear’n’stuff, and this setup is largely his recommendations.…

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property on Amazon: Brand Registry 2.0 by @bestfromthenest

Amazon has launched their new brand registry program. Learn how to use it to protect your brand on Amazon today.The post Protecting Your Intellectual Property on Amazon: Brand Registry 2.0 by @bestfromthenest appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

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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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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From imagination to (augmented) reality in 48 hours

Every spring, members of Acquia’s Product, Engineering and DevOps teams gather at our Boston headquarters for “Build Week”. Build Week gives our global team the opportunity to meet face-to-face, to discuss our product strategy and roadmap, to make plans, and to collaborate on projects. One of the highlights of Build Week is our annual Hackathon; more than 20 teams of 4-8 people are given 48 hours to develop any project of their choosing. There are no restrictions on the technology or solutions that a team can utilize. Projects ranged from an Amazon Dash Button that spins up a new Acquia Cloud environment with one click, to a Drupal module that allows users to visually build page layouts, or a proposed security solution that would automate pen testing against Drupal sites. This year’s projects were judged on innovation, ship-ability, technical accomplishment and flair. The winning project, Lift HoloDeck, was particularly exciting…

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The Tools of an HTML Email Workflow

Last week’s ShopTalk Show was all about HTML Email. It’s such a fascinating subject, as technically it is front-end web development, but it almost feels like a bizarro alternate universe. We have dozens of browsers to worry about, they have hundreds of clients to consider. We worry about whether fancy new APIs are supported, they worry about whether padding is supported. We have grid layout, they have…. grid layout?! It’s tempting to make the joke: “It’s coding like it’s 1999!”, but as we talk about in this episode, that’s not really true. Aside from all that, another thing I thing fascinating are all the tools involved. Lemme think this out. Creation Tools: Bare Metal You can create an email with just HTML. I’m sure quite a lot of HTML email is created this way. Open code editor, create HTML email, send HTML email. I know I’m tempted by this and…

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Think beyond with Acquia Labs

For most of the history of the web, the website has been the primary means of consuming content. These days, however, with the introduction of new channels each day, the website is increasingly the bare minimum. Digital experiences can mean anything from connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, smartphones, chatbots, augmented and virtual reality headsets, and even so-called zero user interfaces which lack the traditional interaction patterns we’re used to. More and more, brands are trying to reach customers through browserless experiences and push-, not pull-based, content — often by not accessing the website at all. Last year, we launched a new initiative called Acquia Labs, our research and innovation lab, part of the Office of the CTO. Acquia Labs aims to link together the new realities in our market, our customers’ needs in coming years, and the goals of Acquia’s products and open-source efforts in the long term. In…

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