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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.


Marketing Design — How we improved our conversion rate at Highrise

Originally Highrise was built for Jason and David, the founders of Basecamp, who had trouble staying on top of who was talking to the lawyer, who needed to follow up with the landlord, what was said to the reporter, etc.But do our customers look like Jason and David?Maybe they did originally but things changed over the last decade Highrise has been in business? Is that still our reason for existing? So we recently did a series of Jobs-to-be-Done interviews to understand who uses Highrise at a deeper level.The results were clarifying.Our interviews uncovered that Highrise was now in the hands of a very different group of people with very different needs. It’s less about “Contacts” and more about “Leads” someone needs to get into a sales process. It’s less about “Todos” and “Tasks” and more about “I need a reminder to follow-up with this lead in a few weeks.” But that’s just…

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Give, Give, Give

I love this via Seth Godin so much: Culture, it turns out, is built on people losing in the short run on behalf of the long-term win. Connection and trust and reputation are worth more than any single inning. I haven’t always believed this to be true because I was simply unaware of this principle, as it works. But, my actions have always mirrored the outcomes. In other words, I have spent my entire career giving away what I know instead of hoarding it, sharing with folks as much as possible the learnings that I get, as close to real-time as possible, knowing that through giving away I can ultimately receive. This is how Godin’s principle manifests itself in my own life. I might “lose” in the short-term by offering up my time, my services, my insight, and my resources but in the long-run I gain influence, a trusted reputation, and…

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Hi, I Have a Newsletter and It Is Called: “trying to win the internet”

I did something that I’ve been meaning to do for a long time yesterday and the relief that I feel is as much as I expected it to be. Strange how that works… I share a few thoughts near the end of yesterday’s vlog about this, which, you can skip to minute 6:00 (although the first part is pretty darn important, if you ask me…): The short story is this: I’m a builder, a creator of things. Most if not all of these things are experiments and I love sharing my experiments with others, with you. I can’t tell you why but I think there’s something in all of us that just really loves sharing our work, our creations, with others that might find value in them, that may mutually enjoy their existence. To be honest, I immediately think of children who constantly tell everyone within shouting distance to “look” and “see” what they are doing. I…

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Why Elm? (And How To Get Started With It)

If any discussion of the biggest problems in web development, there is no doubt complexity comes up. Between the use of dozens of tools, dependencies, and complexities inherent in the languages themselves, complexity is part of the job. Modern web applications require new ways to think about how we handle processes. The problem of executing functions without a strict order or in unexpected moments — like the click of a button or an incoming network message — forces us to use different techniques, from callbacks and promises to more sophisticated tools like Reactive Extensions. It is not surprising to have systems composed of several thousands of lines of code, and things can easily get out of control at that scale. Even the slightest of changes could have unintended consequences. Runtime errors are extremely common with JavaScript, and if we are not careful we can find ourselves trying to make impossible…

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YouTube Revenue Report 2

Following up on my YouTube Revenue Report 1 I wanted to give an update for this month and also provide some more visibility into the ever-growing world of YouTube monetization. [Make sure you check out my new dedicated page collecting all of the reports as well as my actual financial dashboard!] Now, of course, I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination… but, I have been around for quite some time and know a few things about monetization and optimization as a whole that, at times, can be loosely applied to YouTube-centric money-making exercises. For those that are just joining me, please note that the reason that I’m doing YouTube at all (via a daily VLOG) is because I wanted a new creative challenge, something to make me grossly uncomfortable with myself. I also hate quitting on any personal challenge as well, so, there’s that. My…

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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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Adobe Stock Apparel Products That People Wish Were Real

Have you ever seen something so good that you wish you could instantly have it no matter what it takes? Adobe has recently achieved something to that effect, with the release of Adobe Stock Apparel. What is Adobe Stock Apparel? The graphic software giant has come up with a unique and whimsical kind of advertising to revive their stock photo service, in the form of Adobe Stock Apparel. These simple products consist of Adobe stock photo printed on shirts and other clothing options. While this looks like a welcome sideline for the software company, some people have pointed out that the stock photos that appeared in the Adobe Stock Apparel lookbook are the worst of their millions of photos. Of course, there’s one major issue at hand: The product line is not real. Sure, the stock photos may look great on shirts, and perfectly depict messages that any company would…

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Basic HTML5 Canvas Methods Every Designer Should Know

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration dailyUsing the canvas of HTML5 should have become second nature by now, but actually it’s still very rarely utilized by designers.  This could be in part due to the fact that the average business site has no great need to make use of canvas features, but that’s not always the case, and understanding how to use the canvas is an essential skill that every designer should have at least some familiarity with.The canvas provides a way to draw and animate directly on the web page, and as such it allows the creation of real-time graphics that can be quite useful in a variety of ways.  For example, you could make charts that indicate live stock value fluctuations.  Or you could just draw a cartoon mouse being chased by a herd of hungry velociraptors.  What you draw depends on the needs of the…

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Camera equipment suggestions

body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}@natekontny Q: What equipment are you using? Any suggestions? — @corey_gwinfunction 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.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”);}}Thanks Corey! Thank you so much for watching. I do have suggestions :)I have this awesome Canon 80D DSLR camera.The quality is amazing. I’ve got a couple really nice wide aperture lenses that create this beautiful shallow depth of field. Gorgeous video coming from this setup.And I rarely use the damn thing.First rule for me: convenience trumps quality.The DSLR is just not convenient. When there’s a hint of bad weather I refuse to have that gear out…

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How do you plan out your vlog themes/scenes?

Billy Schrero asks about my incredibly popular YouTube channel. 🙂 I kid, I kid. But it has been growing nicely, the videos are getting more and more engagement. It’s been a great learning experience. And this is another great question I’ve experimented with.“You write the film you want, shoot the film you can afford, and edit the film you have.” — AnonAt first I just grabbed a camera and started filming, and maybe that works for some, but I realized I could do better. So I started doing a little planning. I’ll write a short script now in a writing program like Draft and plan for a handful of “scenes” or shots with possible dialog. I don’t try to perfect this at all. It’s just rough thoughts. Each paragraph break is a new shot in my head.Part of the script I wrote for a recent videoI often try to get the dialog to fit into…

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App Spotlight: Our Top Five Free iPhone App Picks for the Week

Urbanspoon It happens to all of us: you’re hungry, but can’t really decide what to eat. Or you want to try something new, but don’t want to pay for a bad meal. Luckily, your phone can help. Urbanspoon is a restaurant app designed to help you decide where to eat. Presented as a slot machine widget, Urbanspoon reads your location, lets you pick the type of food you’re looking for, and then tells you to shake your iPhone for a restaurant pick. Not happy with the results? Shake it again. Results can be filtered by neighborhood, cuisine, price, distance, popularity, no chains and the meal you’re looking for. Urbanspoon also provides reviews from bloggers, newspapers and other users.

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