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Creating an Engaging and Human Based Digital Strategy

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In a recent interview by Social Media Examiner’s Michael Stelzner, Bryan Kramer discussed the topic of digital marketers struggling to create a real connection with their online community as their communication strategy lacks essential yet basic human elements. The discussion covered what digital marketers are currently doing and ways they can better engage with their fan base. The following covers highlights from the interview, including examples of brands actively communicating with their customers, plus tips on how businesses can incorporate a human 2 human (H2H) approach to their online marketing strategies.

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Speedwell Partners with Leading Ecommerce Platform Znode

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Speedwell becomes Australia’s first Certified Znode Solution Partner of leading ecommerce platform Znode

Znode are leading the way in the ecommerce sector by producing a highly scalable solution with an extensive suite of ‘out-of-the-box’ features. Speedwell entered into a partnership with the leading eCommerce platform in late 2013, making Speedwell the first and only Australian Znode Solution Partner.

Recently Znode announced their partnership with Sitecore, a leading consumer-focused, personalised CMS solution that Speedwell partnered with early 2013. This alliance provides Speedwell the ability to deliver unbounded engaging and powerful digital experiences through their partnership with both systems.

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Understanding Consumer Behaviours on E-Commerce Checkouts – An Infographic

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Digital platforms provide businesses access to a vast amount of data. This information can be used for market research and insights to better understand online consumer behaviour. A highly researched area of online consumer behaviour is factors influencing a users’ final purchasing decision on an eCommerce checkout. A poor buying user experience can greatly hinder the success of an online business. It’s important for eCommerce sites to provide customers a user friendly checkout process to achieve long term success and maximise sales.

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Web Design’s Awkward Teen Phase

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Remember the days of dial up? Reaching top speeds of 56kb/s. When you couldn’t be on the Internet and on the phone at the same time. Does this nostalgic tone sound familiar? Oh how times have changed. As the youngest person in the studio I probably can’t even say exactly what’s changed (being only 5 years older than Speedwell itself est.1997). The following takes a trip down nostalgia lane, looking at web designs’ awkward teen moments and how they have evolved over the years.

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Premier Campbell Newman Sings Praises of TEQ’s new VIC Applicaiton

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Premier Campbell Newman recently published a joint Media release discussing Tourism and Events Queensland’s (TEQ) newly launched Visitor Information Centre (VIC) application that aims to help tourists locate Queensland Accredited Information Centres on their smartphone device.

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How to use Signalr with Redis to create a simple chat application

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Before I get into the technical parts of this blog, I would like to give a brief summary about why I chose this topic.  In my work, we have a task tracking board similar to Trello where cards are frequently moved around to different groups.   The problem was that other users were not able to get the updates from other users.  So, we used Signalr to do update the board whenever changes were made.  All was well and good, until we created a public version of the site.   The board was still updating but only within the context of the site. For example, the changes made to the public site wasn’t updating the intranet site and vice versa.   This is when we decided to integrate Signalr with Redis.  Redis backplane acts like a middleman between the two sites and notifies all subscribed sites with any changes.

In this blog, I will demonstrate how to use Signalr with Redis to create a simple chat application.

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Great new features and upgrades to Adobe Creative Cloud

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The Adobe Creative Cloud is a great way to have a seamless way of keeping settings, files, and feedback from team members in sync. Before CC every 2 years Adobe would release a new Box set with CD’s. If they were to make an update you would have to wait 2 years to get that update. Now with a subscription you get monthly updates on each individual program.

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Top 3 Killers for Projects at Crunch Time

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There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of taking something from some arrows and boxes on a whiteboard to a live digital reality.

As the best thing about being a project manager is also the worst thing about being a project manager (responsibility) a collection of enduring patterns emerge that sometimes are outside of a client’s field of vision.

As a project manager, the role played is one of midwife – you are responsible for the delivery but it’s never your baby.  It’s this comparative emotional detachment that allows you to give your client the best service.

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Continuous Integration of iOS projects using Xcode Server

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Continuous Integration (CI) for iOS projects has long been a difficult scenario. Tools like Jenkins and Teamcity have been used with varying degrees of success to manage the build lifecycle, but often these solutions involved custom scripts or workarounds. For test device installs, TestFlight was often the tool of choice, but many development houses chose to create custom internal deployment methods. With the recent release Mac OSX Mavericks and Xcode server, Apple has incorporated a CI tool in their standard development environment. Once configured, “Bots” can be created and monitored from within each developers’ Xcode IDE or through a web browser with the build being handled periodically on the server.

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Snapchat 101

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Snapchat made some headlines in 2013; with the app rejecting Facebook’s $3 billion buyout offer in November. On New Years Eve, Snapchat was hacked and 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers was leaked on the web.

Being a bit of a social media enthusiast in the office, I frequently get asked what I’m doing when I’m sending snaps or what Snapchat is. It’s a photo messaging app that allows users to send photos/videos to friends but they can only be viewed for 10 seconds or less and then it’s deleted.

Snapchat has an estimated 50 million users with the core age group of users between 13 – 25 year olds. But why is it so popular?

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