Business Catalyst Blog

Redeem your commissions early to receive the money before the Holidays

Diana Iliescu Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In order to help out Partners and have the commission payments received before Christmas, the cut-off date for redeeming your commissions is moved 3 days earlier, to December 17th EOD (applicable for all time zones). Please redeem them* before this date and enjoy the extra money for the Winter Holidays!

*you may redeem your commission once total owing for one currency exceeds $500.

Support availability during the winter holidays

Mihai Tica Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Another busy year is coming to its end and an exciting year lies ahead. In order to get ready for a fresh new start, our Support team will benefit from a well-deserved few days’ rest, so we will be adjusting our schedule over the holiday season accordingly.

Please find our team's availability during the holiday period outlined in the table below.


December 25 Emergencies/incidents only
December 26 weekend
December 27 weekend
December 28 Limited coverage
December 29 Limited coverage
December 30 Limited coverage
December 31 Emergencies/incidents only
January 1 Emergencies/incidents only

Site of the week: Alchemy Restaurant

Roxana Moldovan Monday, December 14, 2015


Business Catalyst Site of the week is Alchemy Restaurant, designed by Cassandra Robson from Cassaè Designs. The site created for Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, “one of Brisbane's best fine dining restaurants with exceptional food and million dollar view" took 6 weeks to complete.

According to Cassandra Robson (web developer & graphic designer), the site owes its beautiful design and friendly interface to specific BC features, such as: Webforms, Event Modules, Ad rotators and Web Apps, that allow the client to easily update specific information (rotating home page slider, testimonials, logo displays). 

The biggest challenge Cassandra encountered while using our platform was making sure a site looks good across every type of browser.

"I have been using Business Catalyst for nearly 6 years. As a website designer with limited server side scripting knowledge, BC gave me the ability to offer my clients all the features they were asking for to run their online business and interact with their clients. The more you know... the more you need to know. BC has many capabilities and as you learn how each component comes together you can start to get creative with how you implement them into your websites." (Cassandra Robson)

Cassaè Designs is a Business Catalyst Partner web designer based in Hawthorne Brisbane, Australia.

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Our new 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"!

Webinar recording: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

Diana Iliescu Friday, December 11, 2015

Thanks to those of you who attended our December's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.
In this webinar Mike Sallander revealed how you can lower your development costs by using Business Catalyst apps during the build out of the website.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps.

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 miss our December 9th webinar: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

Diana Iliescu Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Learn how you can lower your development costs by using Business Catalyst apps during the build out of the website. Mike Sallander, owner of the BC App Store, will show practical use cases and implementations so you can walk away knowing how you can apply these apps to your next Business Catalyst website.

Wed, December 9th: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

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: 31-Dec-2015, 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

Episode 51 of the BC Podcast – Urszula Richards

Scott Reynolds Monday, December 07, 2015

In this month’s interview Urszula Richards from onlineiq shares her experiences as a Business Catalyst Partner.

Tune in for Episode 51 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:

  • We learn how Urszula Richards got started with Business Catalyst
  • How Virtual Assistants can be a great resource for BC Partners
  • Urszula answers questions from the Business Catalyst community

During this interview, Urszula shares a lot of what she has learned over the years. I’m focusing on what she shared about Virtual Assistants, but you should listen to the entire interview to get the most out of her experiences.

Virtual Assistant Use Cases

Getting Clients
A Virtual Assistants (VA) is often hired for administrative tasks, but there’s no reason not to use a VA to help drive business. Urszula had great success when she tasked her VA to look up local graphic designers with only a few websites in their portfolio. A lack of websites could mean they are struggling with web. Once her VA came back with a list of potential designers, Urszula made the most of Business Catalyst’s email marketing to send out an email campaign to the list. It worked. Urszula not only made high quality relationships with many of the designers, she continues to get referrals from that campaign. One of those graphic designers is now Urzula’s go-to designer.

Support
The more sites you build, the more support requests you receive. This can cripple productivity. Urszula solves this by leveraging her Virtual Assistant as first level support. In most cases the VA responds to the support request and adds the work order to Trello for Ursh’s developers to take over.

Urszula’s tips on using a Virtual Assistant:

  • Get really clear about the type of support you need.
  • Understand how much work your VA can take on. If you take on a big project your VA may not have the additional time to help support the project.
  • Distinguish tasks which require little training, supervision and risk vs business critical ones which require a considerable time investment in training. This has implications for what you invest in training and how much of a commitment you ask (eg. how available are they on a weekly basis, and/or what their longer term employment terms are). Once a VA has proved the quality of their work, it can require less supervision.
  • It’s important to encourage your clients to use your support system. You want to ensure things don’t get lost, and you can follow the thread of a support request even when you are not directly involved (or need to take over).
  • Decide when virtual is not enough. You may come to a point where you need someone in-house and in-person.

To learn more, listen to the entire interview.

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Tutorial of the month - How to Build An App in Adobe Business Catalyst

Diana Iliescu Friday, November 27, 2015

Watch Mike Sallander explain step-by-step how you can get started building apps for Adobe Business Catalyst. Mike will share an organized list of resources that will get you on your way to building your first app. He will then walkthrough a demo of how he built the Solid Company Settings app in approximately 2 hours.

Watch How to Build An App Video

Below are the topics that are discussed in this tutorial:

Programming Languages You Need to Know
In this tutorial, Mike will show you some of the jQuery, JavaScript, JSON and Liquid Markup needed to build apps in Business Catalyst.

Business Catalyst SDK
Learn how to implement and utilize the existing Business Catalyst SDK to perform simple functions to retrieve and write data to Business Catalyst’s API.

Get Started
Mike will go over techniques to quickly getting started with apps. Building apps for BC is constantly evolving, so these techniques may not represent current best practices but will get you set up with a simple app in a few hours.

Solid Company Settings
This app gives developers an easy, standardized way of inserting company information across the entire website, using Schema.org rich snippets. This also enables the small business owner to simply update their company information across the site. Watch as this app is developed from start to finish.

Learn how to build a Business Catalyst App Today

Join us for an end of year Townhall meeting

Magda Neagu Tuesday, November 17, 2015

UPDATE: For those who could not attend, here is where you can watch the recording

Hi everyone,

We have set a date for our end of year Townhall meeting on November 24th. We tried to pick a time that would suit all locations. Please see below a selection of cities and their local time for the meeting.

Register now for the meeting to receive the location and login details.

The Agenda will include:

  • updates to AUD pricing migration
  • planning for the next 3 months - what will BC be working on
  • other projects we are looking into
  • Q&A

We hope to see you all there,

The Business Catalyst team

Webinar recording: Battle of the Blogs

Diana Iliescu Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanks to those of you who attended our November's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.
In this webinar Mike Sallander compared the 2 different approaches to building blogs on Business Catalyst.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Battle of the Blogs.

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

Register now for the new webinar series!

Diana Iliescu Monday, November 09, 2015

Mike Sallander is a serial entrepreneur who has emerged as one of the leaders in the Business Catalyst community, co-founding Chicago Digital, BC Academe and Solid Sky, and also the new owner of the BC App Store. He is a unique problem solver who enjoys helping businesses and developers alike.

Pick the sessions below and register on your relevant timezone.

Tue/Wed, November 10th/11th: Battle of the Blogs

Learn the 2 different approaches to building blogs on Business Catalyst. Mike Sallander, Instructor at BC Academe, will uncover the strengths and weaknesses to the 2 approaches so you are armed with the right information to setup a blog on your next website.


To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*Some conditions apply, see below)


Registrations are now open for the December and January sessions as well:

Tue/Wed, December 8th/9th: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

Learn how you can lower your development costs by using Business Catalyst apps during the build out of the website. Mike Sallander, owner of the BC App Store, will show practical use cases and implementations so you can walk away knowing how you can apply these apps to your next Business Catalyst website.


Tue/Wed, January 19th/20th: Business Catalyst and Responsive Muse

Get a peek into how you can build data-driven responsive websites with Muse & Business Catalyst. These 2 Adobe tools prove to be a powerful combination for building a modern website that allows designers to unleash their creativity and customers to manage content. This presentation will go over how the 2 tools conceptually work together as well as some coding demonstrations on how to connect them.


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.

*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 31-Dec-2015, 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