Business Catalyst Blog

BC webinar: Pitching your competitive advantage with BC WebCommerce

Diana Herac Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This month we'll meet Wednesday, September 24, for a webinar that will teach you a thing or two on:

Pitching your competitive advantage with BC WebCommerce
- A love story about Clients and Elephants and offering the best value in town

Andy Mundell is owner of on.co.nz. A NZ based web agency and BC partner who for the past six years has successfully sold all new clients on BC's full WebCommerce plan (including price driven entry-level customers) without meeting any pricing resistance. In fact, he argues that with the right presentation, WebCommerce becomes your compelling, competitive advantage. He shares his pitch including some valuable inclusions from OnCompany's proposal template, to show you how and why this is a winning formula.

Andy asks…

  • Is the cost of BC hosting the elephant in the room when pitching or pricing to prospective clients?
  • Do clients tell you they can get hosting for a fraction of the price elsewhere?
  • Do you bury or absorb hosting costs to compete with WordPress and other open-source based proposals?
  • Do you go for the lowest BC plan that will accommodate your clients requirements?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, then he says "you're doing it wrong and should attend this webinar".

You can register for this session here:

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com.

See you there!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Scheduled system maintenance on AU and NA data centers - September 14th 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Friday, September 12, 2014

To ensure the highest levels of performance and reliability, we've scheduled a database server upgrade on our Australia and North America data centers. To minimize the customer impact, the upgrade is scheduled at the most convenient hours for the regions and will take up to 6 hours to complete. During the maintenance procedure, creating and updating content, Partner registration, trial site creation, publish from Muse, sFTP, APIs and some site admin sections will not be available for 4 hours on ALL data centers. Additionally, all sites on the AU and NA data center will experience up to 9 minutes downtime sometimes during the maintenance window. Except for the scheduled 9 minutes downtime, the website front-ends will not be impacted by the maintenance.

Maintenance schedule:

  • Start date and time: Sunday, September 14th, 12:00 PM UTC (check data center times)
  • Duration: We are targeting a 6 hours maintenance window

Customer impact:

  • Partner registration, Trial site creation Muse Publish, APIs, FTP and some admin section will not be available for 4 hours on all data centers
  • All websites and services on AU and NA data centers will experience up to 9 minutes downtime sometimes within the maintenance window
  • Creating or updating content on sites located on AU and NA data center will be unavailable during the maintenance procedure

For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are made aware of these important updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

BC Sandpile September 2014 Schedule

Diana Herac Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Weekly Day/Time:

  • San Francisco: Tuesdays, 5pm (all times adjusted in relation to this time)
  • New York City: Tuesdays, 8pm
  • London: Wednesdays, 1am
  • Sydney: Wednesdays, 10am

BC Development: The Lazy Way
2nd September (3rd in AUS) 2014
Adam Ladrach from BC Gurus will show that even though developing sites on BC can be a complex process, given a little work, it can be much simpler. He will use his experience in managing development projects to show you some best practices in your development workflow, as well as managing the productivity of your team.
Details: http://thri.se/VSX7CX

Open Meeting - September 2014
9th September (10th in AUS) 2014
If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.
Details: http://thri.se/1A1xm0w

Solving Common Business Catalyst Problems
16th September (17th in AUS) 2014
Working with almost 200 BC partners and over 550 completed BC sites has given EZ-BC insight on what features and techniques are most important to BC Partners and their clients. Alex Yagolnik and Vlad Zaytsev of EZ-BC are going to share some of their best techniques, and answer as many Business Catalyst related questions as time allows.
Details: http://thri.se/1A1xg9c

Teaching Clients Marketing - the split training approach
23rd September (24th in AUS) 2014
Urszula Richards specializes in teaching business owners digital skills and marketing knowledge. If you have ever thought that despite your best efforts your clients are not quite getting it, then this presentation on the ‘split training’ approach is for you.
Details: http://thri.se/1A1wXLF

Full schedule: http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/
Sandpile Recordings: http://www.bcsandpile.com/business-catalyst/resources.htm

App of the month: Homepage Slider

Diana Herac Monday, September 01, 2014

Looking for a simple way to include a content rotator in your Business Catalyst site? Look no further than the Homepage Slider by BC Gurus.

The Homepage Slider is a quick and easy solution to displaying featured content anywhere on your site, without the need for web apps, or other complex HTML solutions. The Homepage Slider was designed with the Business-owner in mind, and allows any site user to easily control the featured items in their slider with ease.

 

Feature Summary:

  • Multiple Slider Functionality - Use the sliders anywhere you can put a content holder.
  • Create Video Slides - Vimeo and YouTube API integration.
  • Use on any BC site plan (including free Creative Cloud accounts, webBasic, and webMarketing)
  • Responsive - just drop the slider in any responsive page element.
  • Inline Edit - Simlply double-click any slide content to edit.
  • Customize the slider theme with simple CSS.
  • Install sliders on any page by simply inserting a Content Holder
  • Reorder your slides with simple drag and drop
  • Easily upload images or choose from your library
  • Manage all slides on a single dashboard
  • Slider settings dashboard controls ten additional configurations

Get the Homepage Slider today, and start featuring content with ease! http://www.bcappstore.com/apps/homepage-slider

August webinar recordings

Diana Herac Friday, August 29, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended our August BC webinars: Kicking off a solid marketing plan for Fall with Adam Zoblotsky from Indie Media Partners and Liquid Markup Training - Part 1 powered by Pretty Digital.

If you missed any of them, you can find the recordings here:

Stay tuned for more exciting webinars this September!

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

The Business Catalyst Unconference @ Adobe MAX 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Monday, August 25, 2014

[Update] The event is now fully booked and we do not accept any new registrations!

During this year's Adobe MAX, we're holding a dedicated BC Partner event where we want to bring you and the team together and present talks in an unconference style. The event will take place Monday, October 6 and will be hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center (http://goo.gl/qfy8QQ) in room 308, and kicks off at 1:00pm.

We're really keen to see you at MAX and, therefore, we're going to give all BC Unconference participants a 50% off discount code valid for all sites upgraded until the end of the year.

Please consider that you need a valid MAX pass to attend the unconference.  

You can add the unconference event from the MAX registration website: http://www.max.adobe.com/registration/ -> in the "Special events" category you will find the BC unconference which can be added at no charge to your MAX sessions list.

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    We ask that each staff member from your team who'll be attending fill out the form, so we can best manage the event. Due to venue size, registrations will be capped at 50, so make sure your team book in as soon as possible and don't miss out.

    You can find the full schedule for the day below:

    1:00pm - 1:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
    1:15pm - 1:55pm – Official Adobe opening presentation
    2:00pm - 2:55pm – BC.Next deep dive with Lucian Cozma
    3:00pm - 3:55pm – Open Platform deep dive with Radu Cosnita
    4:00pm - 4:55pm – BC Roadmap open table with Alexandru Costin
    5:00pm - 5:55pm – BC Sandpile with Scott Reynolds from Thrise

    If you're unable to attend, you can also watch it live over Adobe Connect.

    And don't forget to visit the MAX website and register today  to get your hands on the Adobe MAX conference pass as well.

    For updates, keep an eye on your inbox. We'll be in touch with additional event details soon!

    We look forward to seeing you at MAX 2014!

    Scheduled system maintenance on NA data center - August 23rd 2014

    Cristinel Anastasoaie Friday, August 22, 2014

    To ensure the highest levels of performance we will be updating file servers located in our North America data center. To minimize the customer impact, the update is scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to one hour to complete. During the maintenance procedure, publish from Muse, sFTP,  and File Uploads will experience a 30 minutes downtime. Additionally, the site indexing services will not run for approximately 12 hours starting 8 hours before the update window. The website front-ends will not be impacted by the maintenance.

    Maintenance schedule:

    • Start date and time: Saturday, August 23rd, 07:00 AM UTC (check data center times)
    • Duration: We are targeting a 30 minutes maintenance window

    Customer impact:

    • Muse Publish, sFTP, File Uploads, Site replication and some admin section will experience service interruptions
    • Updated site indexes will be available at 9:30 AM UTC

    For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are made aware of these important updates.

    Thank you for your understanding and support,

    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    BC Webinar: Kicking off a solid marketing plan for Fall

    Diana Herac Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    This month we'll meet Wednesday, August 27, for a fresh webinar that will teach you everything you need to know about "Kicking off a solid marketing plan for Fall" with Adam Zoblotsky from Indie Media Partners

    A few words on our presenter:

    Adam Zoblotsky prefers the title in Culture Map Magazine, in which the writer describes him as a “Colorful Entrepreneur”. While attending Fashion Institute of Technology in the heart of the design district of New York, Zoblotsky learned a lasting truth about marketing fundamentals, “It’s always changing and it’s oh so colorful”.

    He argues that the idea of a traditional marketing plan is simply outdated. In many ways thru changing trends, client industries and A.O.I “Acts of Internet” a traditional marketing model is on life support. If you could use some marketing oxygen join in while Adam discusses ideas for the upcoming year and offers unique perspective on marketing, advertising and finding a hobby.

    Adam Zoblotsky is Head of Design & Development for Indie Media Partners, a design and creative agency based in Dallas, with a New York branch launching next. He may be reached at
    adam@indiemediapartners.com
    www.IndieMediaPartners.com

    You can register for this session here:

    If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com.

    See you there!
    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    Liquid Markup Training - Part 1

    Diana Herac Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Brought to you by Brass Tacks

    There’s been a lot of interested in the Business Catalyst community around Liquid Markup and BC.NEXT

    If you missed the Pretty Digital presentation discussing the fundamentals of the new technology you can view the webinar recording here

    The feedback from recent webinars was amazingly positive. We’ve been inundated with requests for training. So as a seasoned Business Catalyst training partner Pretty Digital will focus the next few Brass Tacks sessions to providing a series of classes to help agencies understand and start using Liquid Markup.

    Classes are targeted to Front End developers with an intermediate level of knowledge in HTML/CSS/JS . Classes are free to all.

    In this session you’ll learn about:

    • Liquid Markup variables and the methodology
    • Use cases
    • Best practices for constructing your markup

    This is a continuation from previous webinars we’ve run, but the first in a series of sessions aimed at educating partners

    By strong demand we have adjusted the session times to better accommodate USA Partners.

    You can register for Business Catalyst training here:

    If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to brett@prettydigital.com.au

    “The Runaway” - an incredible journey of one fearless BC Partner

    Cristinel Anastasoaie Friday, August 15, 2014

    Meet The Runaway, a BC partner juggling deadlines, client meetings and project budgets to create great websites powered by Business Catalyst.

    About EZ-BC

    EZ-BC is a premium BC partner and partner advisory board member. Since 2008, EZ-BC has completed over 500 Business Catalyst projects with partners around the world. They work exclusively with other BC partners and provide a code production platform to help partners implement their designs and keep projects on track and on budget.