Business Catalyst Blog

New Partnership Gives Users 40,000+ BC Web Designs

Magda Neagu Wednesday, August 19, 2015

We’re excited to announce that Adobe’s Business Catalyst has been added to Crayon, the marketing design search engine.

Using Crayon, you can now access over 40,000 existing web designs built on Business Catalyst to get inspired and great ideas about what to build next. Designers and Marketers can use Crayon to filter designs by desktop or mobile, select from 35+ page types, 40+ industries and organize all of their favorite designs in one place

For Project Managers, Crayon is great for collaborating on new design projects (called Collections) with your team and/or clients. In addition, users can record and save comments for efficient communication between team members. 

The best part about our partnership with Crayon is that it’s 100% free for the Business Catalyst community. Give Crayon a try today for free and access over 40,000 designs using Business Catalyst!

Webinar recording: Speed Optimization to improve user experience and search engine rankings

Diana Iliescu Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thanks to those of you who attended our August's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.
In this webinar, Mike Sallander demonstrated techniques to improve your website load time and ultimately, the success of your website.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recordings here:


Registrations are now open for the September sessions as well:

Tue/Wed, September 15th/16th: How module_data is changing the way we develop

To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-2015, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

See you next time!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Don't forget to register to the upcoming BC webinar: Speed Optimization to improve user experience and search engine rankings

Diana Iliescu Monday, August 10, 2015

Slow websites are hurting your bottom line because load time:

  • Is a major contributor in page abandonment
  • Decreases customer satisfaction
  • Makes it less likely that customers will do business with your site again
  • Reduces conversion rates
  • Impacts your search engine rankings

The good news is that Business Catalyst with the power of BC.Next puts you in control of significantly improving your page speeds. Mike Sallander will demonstrate techniques to improve your website load time and ultimately, the success of your website.

Pick the sessions below and register on your relevant timezone.

Tue/Wed, August 11th/12th: Speed Optimization to improve user experience and search engine rankings

To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-2015, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

Thank you and see you there!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Episode 48 of the BC Podcast – Neil Eisenberg

Scott Reynolds Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In this month’s interview Neil Eisenberg from Design Intervention Studio talks about the changes in web design and gives lots of valuable business insight.

Tune in for Episode 48 of the Business Catalyst podcast!

Listen to this month’s podcast:
Simply click the play button below to stream the podcast via your browser.

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Alternatively, you can download the podcast in .mp3 format for offline listening.

In this episode:

  • Michael Sallander announces the BC App of the Month.
  • Neil talks about the changes in websites over the years.
  • Neil explains the difference between a web designer and someone who owns a web design business.

Neil Eisenberg talks about the changes in web design and gives lots of valuable business insight, but my biggest take away is his explanation of the difference between a web designer and someone who owns a web design business.

During the interview Neil discusses how someone who builds websites, but doesn’t keep the relationship going doesn’t have a web design business.

“The business has no value if it has no customers.”

It’s the life-time value of the customer that matters. Having even ten or twenty clients working with you, creates a lot of value. A customer isn’t someone who you did business with once. As Neil says, “A customer is someone who has a long-time relationship with you.”

To learn more, listen to the entire interview.

Scott B Reynolds - Thrise

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Join BC at MAX 2015

Magda Neagu Tuesday, July 28, 2015

We're happy to announce the Business Catalyst Unconference and social event a day before this year's Adobe MAX conference. MAX is a great opportunity to network with your fellow designers, developers and BC Partners and find out the latest developments in the product. 

The Sunday before the official opening BC is hosting a half day unconference for which the agenda is work in progress. It will include a range of dedicated BC sessions and a BC Unconference catering to both new and experienced Partners. If you want to share your knowledge with other partners let us know and we will consider your presentation for the unconference


Top Reasons to Attend MAX 2015

Following the BC unconference you get a chance to spend some more days in LA at MAX. Here are a few reasons to extend your trip. 

  • Learn how you can get the most out of Business Catalyst Open Admin and BC.Next initiatives
  • Get some hands-on training on liquid, new module syntax and REST APIs
  • Expand your horizons and open up new business opportunities by networking with like-minded designers, developers and Partners
  • Meet the team and have a drink on us - we'll be running a series of events where you can sit down with the people behind BC to discuss your thoughts and concerns.
  • To get your hands on a conference pass, make sure you visit the MAX website and register today!
  • The BC unconference is not yet listed in the official calendar but will appear in the next few days. 

    Also, don't forget to attend our social event on Sunday 4 October. The event kicks off at 7:00pm and runs until late. Drinks and appetizers on us!

    We look forward to seeing you at MAX 2015!

    Adelaide BC User group Meeting - August 3rd

    Magda Neagu Monday, July 27, 2015

    This month the Adobe Business Catalyst Group is welcoming Sue-Ellen Cordon, an Adelaide videographer who is an expert at getting you (and your clients) to feel confident in front of the camera and to convey their message in a way which engages audiences.

    With video becoming an extremely powerful marketing tool and one which many clients are wanting to have on their websites, you will leave this meeting with some specific knowledge about the different ways you can have video adding value to your business and that of your clients.

    You will also see 5 mini videos on Business Catalyst which Urszula Richards created as part of Sue-Ellen’s 30 Day Video Challenge to inspire (or quite possibly scare) you :)

    Please register on the Facebook event pageWe hope to see you there.

    • Topic: Video Marketing
    • Day - Monday 3rd August, 2015
    • Royal Oak Hotel, 123 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide. 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start (slightly later than normal)

    App of the Month: BC Video Gallery

    Roxana Moldovan Monday, July 27, 2015


    July’s BC App of The Month is a video gallery management system designed to make managing videos as simple as possible. Not only does this app make it easy to add and manage videos in the admin, it comes with a front-end video gallery (based on Bootstrap). The gallery uses the site’s categories as filters. 

    The front-end is fully-customizable using javascript and/or Liquid. You have the option of changing the template in the settings, or using a json tag in the HTML. If you use the json tag you instantly gain access to all of the video information generated from the admin. Use the data to design your own gallery.

    Features:

    • Easy to add/edit/delete videos from YouTube and Vimeo
    • Title and thumbnail are automatically generated
    • Drag and drop sorting feature
    • Change menu label and location
    • Slick front-end video gallery with filters
    • Easily customize front-end video gallery
    • Use Javascript or Liquid Markup to make your own video gallery

    Download 'BC Video Gallery' now and you will receive a discount for a new Business Catalyst hosting plan!

    About the developer

    Thrise, founded by Scott B Reynolds, is a premium BC App Developer with six BC Apps in the BC App Store. Scott is the host of the official Adobe Business Catalyst podcast, a Business Catalyst partner advisory board member, an Adobe Community Professional, and a BC Sandpile organizer. He often presents on topics ranging from responsive web design to advanced Business Catalyst integration.


    Webinar recording: Abandoned Cart techniques to boost sales

    Diana Iliescu Friday, July 17, 2015

    Thanks to those of you who attended our July's BC webinar with Michael Sallander. In this webinar, Mike Sallander walked through the techniques and implementations to track, reduce and re-engage with customers who abandon the cart or purchase page.

    If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recordings here:


    Registrations are now open for the August and September sessions as well:

    Tue/Wed, August 11th/12th: Speed Optimization to improve user experience and search engine rankings


    Tue/Wed, September 15th/16th: How module_data is changing the way we develop

    To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-2015, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

    If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

    See you next time!
    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    Last chance to register to July's BC webinar and learn about Abandoned Cart techniques to boost sales

    Diana Iliescu Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    Close to 70% of potential buyers are abandoning carts, which leaves a lot of money left on the table! Earning the sale by reengaging these customers can drive a lot more revenue for your business. In this webinar, Mike Sallander will walk through the techniques and implementations to track, reduce and re-engage with customers who abandon the cart or purchase page.

    Pick the sessions below and register on your relevant timezone.

    Tue/Wed, July 14th/15th: Abandoned Cart techniques to boost sales

    To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-2015, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

    If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

    Thank you and see you there!
    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    Updates to the USPS Shipping

    Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, July 14, 2015


    As you might be aware, USPS has recently updated their APIs, and as such Business Catalyst plans to upgrade to the latest version of the USPS APIs by July 29th 2015. With this new version, USPS requires merchants to provide product dimensions and weight for products shipped internationally. 

    As a result, if you are shipping your products internationally, please update all your sites that use the USPS shipping integration to feature package dimensions on all products. If you only ship within the US no action needs to be taken. If products do not have product dimensions and weight defined, the USPS API will return an error upon placing an order.

    A detailed e-mail containing the sites that need updating will be sent to your inbox shortly. 
    Please update your site accordingly to take this matter into account. If you have any other questions regarding this subject you can check out the USPS migration technical note.


    Thank you,
    The Adobe Business Catalyst team