Business Catalyst Blog

Register now for a business webinar session with Amanda Holmes: 3 Strategies to Double Sales

Diana Iliescu Monday, March 14, 2016

This month we'll meet Wednesday March 23rd (US) / Thursday March 24th (AU) with Amanda Holmes from Chet Holmes International for a business session, where we will discuss 3 Strategies to Double Sales.

In this webinar, Amanda is going to show you...

  • How to create a sales message that gets 9 times more impact when you get in front of the customer.
  • 3 practical ways to get the sales message in front of your target audience.
  • Step by step instructions, proven sales scripts and email templates you can use in your business tomorrow.
  • How to follow up with your prospect the right way without annoying them... (80% of all sales are made during the follow up process).

Pick the sessions below and register on your relevant timezone.

Wed/Thu, March 23rd/24th: 3 Strategies to Double 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 monthly desired plan, for the first 12 months. Coupon validity: 30-Jun-2016, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

There will be no recording for these sessions so be prepared for this interactive session and ask your questions!

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

Business Catalyst yearly plans to be discontinued. All sites renew to monthly

Magda Neagu Tuesday, March 08, 2016

In an effort to streamline our offering and allow more flexibility for our customer base, we hereby announce that the yearly offering of Business Catalyst will be discontinued as of May 15th, 2016. With this move, the yearly pricing schedule will no longer be available for new sites, or as an upgrade from an existing monthly plan.

What does this change for existing plans?

Existing yearly and biyearly plans will carry on until the renewal date. Upon renewal, they will be switched to a monthly plan, while still carrying their discount (10% on yearly, 15% discount for existing bi-yearly plans). For example, if a customer is on a yearly plan with renewal due in October 2016, there will be no change until October 2016, and from October 2016 onward it will be billed monthly with the monthly price discounted with 10% (i.e., discounted with the yearly plan discount). In this way, our current customers get the price discount of the yearly plan while benefiting from the flexibility a monthly plan. 

If you have any questions about this change please let us know. 

The Business Catalyst team. 

 

Our Widgets Factory is live!

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, March 02, 2016

We happily invite you to explore our Widgets Factory, which is now up and running.

With the new BC Widgets, you will be able to extend your site’s functionality in no time, with minimal HTML knowledge required. Choose, upload and initiate. It's that easy.

We are awaiting for your feedback and your ideas, which will help us enhance our Widgets Factory in order to best suit your expectations.

Site of the Week: Manufacturing Technology Centre

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Manufacturing Technology Centre, designed by HTDL.

The cutting edge Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) supports manufacturing businesses in their pursuit of world-class performance. MTC works with world-class research partners, which have attracted members such as Rolls Royce, Siemens, Nikon and Airbus, transferring cutting edge technologies into manufacturing processes in industry. From aircraft engines to automotive production they work with the world’s leading manufacturers to bring their products to life.

In response to the UK Government's manufacturing strategy, 'Manufacturing: New Challenges, New Opportunities', MTC appointed HTDL, back in 2011,  to develop all external communications from brand development to digital strategy to market this globally competitive manufacturing research hub to its target audience.

The website took around 8 weeks to build after initial wire-framing and design stages, however, the website is constantly developing with the online recruitment section being the most recent addition.

According to Andrew Hopkins from HTDL, designing and building Web Apps gave them enormous flexibility and the ability to allow clients to update the site very quickly and intuitively whilst being customized to their specific needs.

We began building the website when BC.Next and Liquid platform was still in beta, which meant we had to ensure our code would be able to utilize a lot of the new features that hadn’t been fully documented. Without Liquid markup and the BC.Next platform I don’t think that the site would have been possible.

We also had to ensure that the site could keep up with the rapid growth and diversity of change within the MTC. Business Catalyst gives us this freedom and flexibility so HTDL can constantly develop the site to meet the MTC’s requirements for now and into the future.” (Andrew Hopkins)

HTDL has been working with Business Catalyst since 2011 and have found that the flexibility, power and reliability are key factors when showing the system to clients. “We find that being able to build and integrate virtually any front-end that is possible with the latest web technologies allows us to ensure the designs we produce translate extremely well on the BC platform.  When talking to clients about their project requirements we don’t have to think, can BC do this or that? In most cases we can show how we’ve already done the same for another client and how it has transformed their business.“ (Andrew Hopkins)

An advice for somebody who just started using BC, from the designer of MTC:

My advice for someone starting to use BC would be to ensure you have a good understanding of HTML5, Liquid Markup, jQuery, CSS and support frameworks like Bootstrap so that you can fully utilize the power of Business Catalyst. Use online forums and resource groups to learn new features. If a feature doesn’t exist, see if it can be adapted from another source and integrated into BC. Use Adobe Dreamweaver / Muse in conjunction with the online IDE to allow multiple team members to work on a site all at once, as well as synchronizing and backing up code.  Definitely ‘Think out of the box’. We have tried to continually push BC to its absolute limits often using dynamic generated CSS, JavaScript and JSON using Liquid Markup to bind them all into some very powerful features. The possibilities are immense if you have the drive and commitment to delve deeper into the platform.

HTDL is an award winning design agency creating brands and websites to transform business. Since 1988, they conceived, developed and delivered over 14,000 successful projects.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

 

 

Extend the functionality of your site with BC Widgets!

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, March 01, 2016

We are excited to announce that our documentation platform has undergone several usability improvements, including a new friendlier layout. Also, from March the 2nd you will be able to use Widgets, a new powerful tool which will help you enhance your BC site.

You will definitely love Widgets if...

  • you want to make the best use of Liquid and provide your users with extremely complex features, without having a deep technical background;
  • you want to extend your site’s functionality just by undertaking few simple steps;
  • you want to make your site more responsive, by using latest technology features.

Widgets are easy-to-install pre-built complex features, that require basic HTML knowledge. They will certainly have an impact on the overall functionality of your BC site and will improve its usability.

Making use of Widgets is easy. It all comes down to uploading and initiating.  You can benefit from advanced functionality right away or customize & configure them according to your needs. 

Let's have a sneak peek in what some of the new Widgets can offer you:

Complex Blogpost Search

Once having installed the Widget on your site, you have two different ways of searching your blog. With the Live search, the Widget is looking at the title and body of your blogposts and returns the results in a dropdown selection list. Once clicked on a select option, the blogpost will appear in the result container. This tool will always return only one blogpost in your container.

The classic way of searching and filtering your blogposts can be done using the Title, Tags and Categories after the Search button is clicked. The widget will search or filter for blogposts that have all the rules in the form. 

The classic way of searching and filtering your blogposts can be done using the Title, Tags and Categories after the Search button is clicked. The widget will search or filter for blogposts that have all the rules in the form.

Order Status Bar

Based on the order status, this Widget can count and display all orders set to specific statuses, including a total count and show it in a tabular format.

It can be perfectly integrated into the account page of your customer's store page. Show them a table or a list so that your customers can check their order history at a glance.

Have a look now at our Widgets Factory and extend the functionality of your BC site today!

We would love to hear your feedback, so feel free to test & review the first set of Widgets made available. Also, if there's a specific Widget you need and you can't find it in our gallery yet, use the feedback button, as new ideas are always welcome. 

Webinar recording: Advanced Ecommerce Filtering

Diana Iliescu Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thanks to those of you who attended our February's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.
In this webinar, Mike Sallander from BC Academe, showed developers how they can add advanced filter options to their ecommerce stores. This includes, showing multiple list views, sorting options, different pagination and price ranges. While the concepts and implementation discussed in this webinar are for more advanced Business Catalyst developers, beginners will also benefit from learning what is possibly and conceptually how to approach these features in Adobe Business Catalyst.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Advanced Ecommerce Filtering.

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

Site of the Week: Pubs of Oxford

Roxana Moldovan Monday, February 22, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Pubs of Oxford, designed by Code to Pixels

The site was designed as a comprehensive resource for searching all the pubs in Oxford and it took 3 months to complete.

The BC features used include: Web forms, CRM, Secure Zones, Content Holders, Blog, Liquid and multiple Web Apps. The Web Apps combined with Liquid were especially helpful here, as each pub had multitudes of information that needed to be pulled through into different layouts and pages.

I have been working with BC for 2 years now and I love how the most complex of tasks can be completed with ease. The main advantages I've found with this CMS is how it works perfectly out of the box, but also allows for extended features. The combination of Web Apps and Liquid allowed me to create endless features for my clients and build each site to be completely bespoke around their needs and wants.” (Chris Sawyer, Code to Pixels)

An advice for somebody who just started using BC from the designer of Pubs of Oxford: “I'd advise any new starter to delve into the documentation, which is extremely well detailed and the code snippets make it easy to understand. There are also the forums, that are constantly active with Business Catalyst gurus who are always happy to help and share their knowledge.”

Code to Pixels is the digital home of Oxfords freelance web design & developer Chris Sawyer, based in Oxford, specializing in bespoke designs built into the Business Catalyst CMS.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

Don't miss the upcoming BC webinar on Advanced Ecommerce Filtering with Mike Sallander

Diana Iliescu Thursday, February 18, 2016

This month we'll meet Tuesday February 23rd (US) / Wednesday February 24th (AU) with Michael Sallander to discuss about Advanced Ecommerce Filtering.

In this webinar, Mike Sallander from BC Academe, will show developers how they can add advanced filter options to their ecommerce stores. This includes, showing multiple list views, sorting options, different pagination and price ranges. While the concepts and implementation discussed in this webinar are for more advanced Business Catalyst developers, beginners will also benefit from learning what is possibly and conceptually how to approach these features in Adobe Business Catalyst.

Tue/Wed, February 23rd/24th: Advanced Ecommerce Filtering

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 desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 31-Mar-2016, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

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

Site of the Week: Waverley Volkswagen

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Waverley Volkswagen, designed by Complete Business Online.

The site was built for Waverley Volkswagen, Australia's biggest seller of Volkswagens and it took about 10 weeks to complete.

This site uses Liquid, Custom Web Apps, Blog, Web Forms, Newsletters and E-Commerce. According to the designer, the best feature of the website would be the Vehicle Search Engine. They used a combination of liquid, web apps and some custom script to achieve this. Data from a 3rd party server are being pushed to BC via API. They have a custom built dashboard app in the admin to manage stocks, featured vehicles etc.

The biggest challenge for the designer was to build the Vehicle Search Engine – namely to be resourceful and figure out a way to dynamically push the data from a 3rd party car search engine into BC.

"Being a developer has been one of the best experiences in my life. I get to use my problem solving skills to help build wonderful websites for our clients. It gives me a great deal of satisfaction every time I see something that is brought to life and become useful.  I’ve been using BC for 5 years now. The main advantage is that it’s an all-in-one platform. You do everything in BC and there’s a great amount of apps you can use to improve your site." (Jeff Yao, CBO)

An advice for somebody who just started using BC from the designer of Waverley Volkswagen: “BC already has everything you would need to build your website. Once you get to know the ins and outs of BC, you would want to customize your site and you’d need to use your scripting skills so make sure you know javascript/jquery very well.”

CBO is a complete creative & marketing digital agency, who solves problems with creative ideas and digital expertise. 

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

2015 Year in Review

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, February 02, 2016

It’s been an interesting year for Adobe Business Catalyst, with a lot of work, but also great results, new features launched and a great MAX Unconference, where BC team and partners got together for inspirational discussions and 2016 planning.

We look back with pride and we hope you look back with satisfaction. For those of you who could attend neither our Unconference nor the end-of-the-year Townhall, here are some of the most important steps forward we have made in 2015:

BC.Next

  • Liquid Markup - enabled for all BC users; we implemented new series of filters: Globals, Conditionals, Loops, the ability to get data out of BC;
  • Open Platform – made constant improvements:
    • Offers the ability to build admin apps;
    • Over 60 APIs available using OAuth access tokens;
    • Allows server-to-server authentication.
  • New module syntax
  • New admin editor (work in progress)

Support & documentation

  • The Developers documentation was reorganized; we added Cheat sheet, a great resource for finding quickly what you need in terms of tags & liquids;
  • We updated the knowledgebase - improved layouts, added new features (Quick links, Recent articles, “How to” articles), re-created the partner documentation;
  • We updated the support workflow;
  • The search process was improved by using Google search appliance.

Core features updates

  • Added the Stripe payment gateway
  • Blog post featured image
  • Automated transfer site process
  • Web app updates
  • Improved spam protection for forums and comments

Operations

  • We updated all the .NET & MS SQL servers, changed Load balancers and Monitoring, redone the PCI audit, made some Security enhancements, which led us to 100% uptime in the second part of the year;
  • Managed to smoothly transition more than 100.000 paid sites to the new infrastructure and few hundred thousands trial sites.

We have started working on a new design for our BC site and also on enhancing our library of templates.

Our BC community has been constantly growing, we now have 16760 Facebook followers and many, many friends willing to give a hand to beginners and professionals alike, on our very active forums.

Thank you for your permanent feedback, for your criticisms and your appreciation. Thank you for being part of a great 2015!

*Image courtesy of Anoop Krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net