Posts Tagged:PayPal

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.

Low Volume Sourcing Techniques

Low volume manufacturing can be a logistical nightmare. You might think that vendors who could help you simply won’t because you don’t represent a significant quantity of work. You might also think that you’re doing something incredibly brainy and only YOU can tackle the challenge and ensure quality. To a degree both of these are valuable and tempering thoughts. But what these thoughts often mean is that you’ve started to think about sourcing towards the tail-end of a project. These thoughts actually represent a totalitarian go-it-alone-until-it’s-perfect-in-my-eyes approach which is consequently 100% ignorant of vendor capabilities and appetite. The reality, as i’ve seen it, is that strong vendor relationships underpin success. I look at manufacturing sprints as crucial to the design and engineering process, even, if for no other reason, it gets me or another engineer on a real phone with a real person talking about real tangible things. It helps…

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Paying customers, not paying Facebook, Google, or Twitter.

Our new Basecamp Referral Program splits $100 between existing customers and new customers rather than putting it in the pocket of those that track your every move online.Last year we experimented with running ads on Facebook, Google, and Twitter. All-in we spent 6 figures on the experiment. And then we stopped.But what stopped us wasn’t the spend, it was the feel. Every dollar you spend is a vote, and we were casting hundreds of thousands of votes for big companies that are tracking people’s every step, every move, every curiosity, and every detail of their lives. Fuck that.Yeah, they could bring us customers. But we don’t like the way they do it. We don’t want to be complicit in the how. No thank you, no vote.So, armed with the dollars and the drive, how do we introduce Basecamp 3 to more people? Who can we vote for to help us do this? The answer…

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Designing a website with your customer service in mind

Ways to design a website with your customers in mindAny designer who is creating a website for a business needs to have customer experience in mind. A website is never going to be successful if users cannot find the information they need, or if the content is not engaging. If you are creating a website for your business you need to put yourself in the customer’s head space and think about what they need you to provide. In this article, we are going to talk about some of the features that you can include on your website, in order to ensure it provides the best possible customer experience, Enabling customers to help themselvesPeople visiting your website are bound to have questions from time to time. They may want to know about your returns policy, or they may want to check if they can use an online wallet such as PayPal…

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Essential E-Commerce Site Design Techniques To Prevent Shopping Cart Abandonment

E-commerce shop owners understand the importance of the shopping cart. Unfortunately, some online business owners have to deal with customers abandoning their shopping cart before making a purchase. You can prevent shopping cart abandonment by your customers, by improving their online shopping experience. Shopping Cart Abandonment At A Glance According to the Listrak Shopping Cart Abandonment Index, ecommerce websites lose at least 75% of potential buyers before users cross the line and convert in a best-case scenario. On the other hand, 4 out of 5 shoppers abandon the shopping cart before making a purchase. In addition, shopping cart abandonment averages as high as 87% for checkout pages and increases to as high as 90% during Fridays and weekends as revealed by this article. Aside from that, among the different sectors, the travel industry registered the highest abandonment rate at 85%. Site Design Tips To Avoid Shopping Cart Abandonment Now that…

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People’s Names That Break Websites

I heard from Alex Goldman of Reply All (a super duper very great podcast with stories loosely originating from the internet): We’re doing a story about people that have names that websites and computers don’t seem to like – for example, we spoke to a guy named William Test, and a woman named Katie Test, both of whom can’t seem to keep a hotel or airplane booking because the name “test” is flagged by internal systems. We also spoke to a guy named Christopher Null who had the same problem, and woman named Joan Fread, who can’t use paypal because her last name is the same as a PHP command. I’m curious if there’s anyone in the dev community that is thinking about this, and how to deal with it. Is it even considered a problem? Is the population that this affects so small that people don’t even think about…

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Probably the Best Web Apps for Designers and Teams

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration dailyBefore you start browsing through the web apps list, check the productivity tips outlined here to see if there are any you might be neglecting. You should find these productivity tips and project management principles to be of significant value in managing your day-to-day workflow processes.Productivity Tips –        Clarify Expectations – poorly stated expectations can lead to unintended outcomes. For individuals, following poorly stated or ambiguous client requirements usually leads to trouble. This includes task prioritization as well.–        Keep Communications Open. Insufficient communication, whether between a team leader and team members, or individual designers and their clients, can be a productivity killer. This should be a constant process, since requirements, priorities, and needs can change.–        Give Team Members Autonomy. By doing so, team members feel empowered, and are more likely to grow in their work.–        Rethink Meetings. Structure a meeting to support project objectives. Whether the meeting consists of a roomful of people, or a…

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Sell Your Swag on Facebook Marketplace

If you’re looking to sell your stuff online, the first place you’ll probably go to is Craigslist or Ebay. But you might want to consider Facebook Marketplace. Facebook Marketplace has been around for awhile. Originally launched in 2007, it’s inception was a bust because the site never really caught on among users. The site was re-launched early last year after Oodle (a growing online classifieds service that organizes millions of classified listings from across the web–say that three times fast) gave it a makeover. By taking online classifieds social, Facebook is hoping to give Craigslist a run for it’s money.

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