Business Catalyst Blog

Webinar recording: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

Diana Iliescu Friday, June 17, 2016

Thanks to those of you who attended our June's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.

Unfortunately there is a universal phenomenon that exists with web developers everywhere. You hurry up to build a website to meet a deadline and then you wait… and wait, for the client to get you all the content. When they supply the content, they realized that they no longer need certain items you already built, or the site doesn’t correctly accommodate for this or that, which typically leads to rounds of unpaid revisions and projects that drag on way too long. All hope is not lost: there is a way to save your sanity and your bottom line.

Do not start development until you have all the content and functionality defined. This has been one of the most significant improvements Chicago Digital has made to its web building process. Mike Sallander, President of Chicago Digital, will walk you through an example project and how they use Gather Content to stay on top of the content and requirements for custom website builds on Business Catalyst.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line.

You can also find the recordings of the past 2 webinars here: Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons and Content Loading Like A Pro.

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

New templates from BCTemple

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Often projects require a simple landing page while a new website is being built, an event is being organised or a special service is being offered.

Landing pages still take time to setup, so BCTemple put together 5 new templates that will save you plenty of time!

Each landing page comes with a pre-defined light and dark version as well as some other simple features to get you going.

JUST FIVE?

For now. BCTemple are in the process of building plenty more as well as a whole new category of templates that will be released later in the year.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The marketing templates are exclusive items for BCTemple Members so you can only install them if you’ve signed up for a Temple Membership.

A Temple Membership costs $99 for a year of access – which currently gets you 12 templates with instant 24/7 self-installations on all data centres, plus discounts on customizations.

Join the temple!

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

The older templates are being updated with new technologies and frameworks, as well as BC features like liquid. There are also some new full-scale templates in production that BCTemple think you’ll love.

ABOUT BCTEMPLE

BCTemple are a premium Business Catalyst template provider with 100’s of members enjoying the low-cost benefits of easy to use, pre-built templates and experienced support staff.

 

Register now for tomorrow's BC webinar: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

Diana Iliescu Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This month we'll meet Wednesday June 15th (US) / Thursday June 16th (AU) with Michael Sallander to discuss how to stay on top of the content and requirements for custom website builds on BC.

Unfortunately there is a universal phenomenon that exists with web developers everywhere. You hurry up to build a website to meet a deadline and then you wait… and wait, for the client to get you all the content. When they supply the content, they realized that they no longer need certain items you already built, or the site doesn’t correctly accommodate for this or that, which typically leads to rounds of unpaid revisions and projects that drag on way too long. All hope is not lost: there is a way to save your sanity and your bottom line.

Do not start development until you have all the content and functionality defined. This has been one of the most significant improvements Chicago Digital has made to its web building process. Mike Sallander, President of Chicago Digital, will walk you through an example project and how they use Gather Content to stay on top of the content and requirements for custom website builds on Business Catalyst.

Wed/Thu, June 15th/16th: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

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/yearly desired plan, for the first year. Coupon validity: 30-Jun-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 showcase: vanleasing.com & First European

Roxana Moldovan Monday, June 13, 2016

This week we are featuring two great sites, presented together, as they share a common history: they are built by the same designer for the same customer, but having completely different designs: vanleasing.com and First European

Both sites utilize full BC functionality, using web forms and web apps in conjunction. There are over 1,000 vehicles loaded into each site and the client needed a simple way to add and remove vehicles and keep pricing and imagery up to date. Web apps made this so easy and allowed developers to combine web app data with a custom web form to create a quote feature where the visitor can choose a vehicle, then complete the form to build their customized quote.

"Maybe we’re a bit biased but I like to think that we’ve created some two unique looking sites that our client loves.  For us BC is not just about design - the marketing tools are so powerful. These 2 sites we’ve created make use of BC’s email series functionality really well. We’ve setup automated campaign processes to start from when the customer first makes an enquiry and continues every month from then on, giving customized messages depending on what products they have shown interest in. We love collaborating with other BC partners to push the platform forward and for this project we got Scott at Thrise involved to help us with some of the back end coding for the web app functionality." (Ryan Prentice, Brinn Marketing)

"We’ve been working with BC for 6 years and love the flexibility and powerful marketing tools it gives us right out of the box. At heart we are a marketing company rather than a web development business so for us it’s about building sites for clients that are going to act as the central focus of their ongoing marketing strategy. It is our responsibility to keep content up to date on our clients sites, run their SEO strategy, send out email campaigns and manage their social media accounts.

We know that if we build a BC site properly at the start of a new project, we will then have a powerful and solid platform to run a successful marketing strategy from. We love the flexibility of web apps because it provides such a simple, non-technical way for our content writers to keep client sites up to date. Having the email marketing platform integrated with with the CMS makes it so easy to run automated email series campaigns without having to use a third party system." ( Ryan Prentice, Brinn Marketing)

At Brinn Marketing, a team of talented designers, developers and marketers work as an outsourced marketing partner for some of the UK’s fastest growing SMEs.

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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"!



 

 

App of the Month: Photo Album Pro

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Photo Album Pro makes photo gallery management a breeze on BC. Developers will find it very easy to setup and customize. Clients will love the intuitive drag and drop interface and how easily each gallery can be created and customized on a per album basis.

Features:

  • Great front end with Album gallery display options: Fixed grid, responsive and carousel
  • Easy to add/edit/delete photos
  • Title, thumbnail and captions are automatically generated
  • Drag and drop sorting feature
  • Gallery will generate a master album list that automatically links to display photo gallery
  • Each individual gallery has an output tag that can be placed on any page.
  • Easily customize front-end photo gallery
  • Option to sort gallery with categories

About the developer

Based in Geelong, Australia, JWAM creates award winning web design, brands, graphic design, advertising & marketing. They are a creative agency with a passion to provide clients innovative solutions to exceed their expectations.


Site of the Week: Parent2Parent

Roxana Moldovan Monday, June 06, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Parent2Parent, designed by Design Effects.

‘Parent to Parent support’ is an internationally known concept, the Dutch site being inspired by an American initiative in Wisconsin. In the Netherlands, the foundation Parent2Parent (P2P) was founded by parents of children with disabilities. P2P is building a nationwide network, where parents can ask their questions to an experienced, trained Support Parent.

Design Effects constructed a straightforward and secure website, where Support Parents are being trained, and parents can post their questions regarding education, nursing, medical capabilities, etc. Both parents who have questions and parents who can offer support create accounts and (in a secure area) they are asked to complete their profile consisting of four sections; 1) personal details, 2) family details, 2) details of the child with a disability, and 4) areas of interests. Based on the profile, a parent who needs assistance is matched with a Support Parent.

Because the community wants quality matchings, instead of quantity, a moderator (a ’matcher’) checks the matching profiles and manually makes the match. Several filter options are available for him to broaden or narrow the match results.

From the first idea until the launch of the site, the project took more than 6 months. “Because functionality of building several profiles for parents and the workflows had to be invented from the scratch, we simultaneously needed to figure how we could implement this into BC.  Having no programmers who can work with BC available in The Netherlands, we looked abroad and found a dedicated BC-developer from Great Britain. This construction was not ideal, mainly in the concept phase, because of language differences. We had to put in extra effort in the communication, but it worked out well: the number of parents who we hoped would subscribe was achieved in less than half the time we originally planned.” (Willem Plaisier, Design Effects)

For the complete subscribing process with all the required fields, the designers of Parent2Parent had to build several Webapps. This gave them the right flexibility in building the profiles and the filtering functionality. They also offer to site visitors the possibility to subscribe to the P2P-newsletter by filling out their e-mail address. 

An advice for somebody who just started using BC from the designer of Parent2Parent: “ The only advice I can give anybody who starts with BC is: get yourself a building team – interaction designer, visual designer and a dedicated BC developer! If you want to build a site that fits the client's needs, BC isn’t a quick fix. But be honest, no system is... BC offers all that is necessary for an online business.”  

Design Effects is a Rotterdam-based full service design firm, led by Willem Plaisier, BC Partner since 2011. Willem is specialized in crafting logos and design thinking for complex sites - government, social and health care sites, as well business to business sites.

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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"!

 


Scheduled Business Catalyst maintenance

Magda Neagu Friday, June 03, 2016

To ensure the highest security and performance levels for our services, we're applying a hardware and software update on servers located in our Dublin and Sydney datacenters. To minimize the customer impact, the updates are scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to eight hours to complete. 

During the maintenance procedure the Admin Console Access will experience 2 service interruptions of up to 30 minutes each (first one at the beginning and the second at the end), impacting sites on Dublin and Sydney datacenters.
Additionally, throughout the maintenance procedure, website front-ends for sites located in the respective Datacenter that have heavy database usage my experience service interruptions of maximum 5 minutes.

Please find below the maintenance schedule and the list of affected services:

Start of maintenance Duration Datacenter Customer impact
Saturday June 04 2016 11:00 PM PDT /8h, local time 09:00 AM.  8 hours Sydney & Dublin
  • 3 x 15 minutes service interruptions for Partner registration, Trial site creation, Adobe Muse publish, APIs, FTP and some admin sections will not be available during the 3 interruptions
    Operational and email marketing campaign emails will be delayed

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

Thank you for your understanding and support, 

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Site of the Week: Tielka

Roxana Moldovan Monday, May 30, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Tielka, designed by Greenlamp.

Tielka is the first tea company in Australia that brought fairtrade organic loose leaf tea to the market back in 2009. The latest version of the website is built on responsive framework, enabling Tielka's retail and wholesale clients order the freshest loose leaf tea straight from their mobile devices.

The latest version of the website was built in just a few days, however, prior to that, the website mock-up took a bit longer, as the agency was working on new branding and packaging for Tielka at the same time and a lot of design decision had to be locked in first before they could start coding the website.

"We used most of the BC features (Custom Apps, eCommerce modules, Web Apps, Web Forms, Blogs, Email Marketing, CRM, etc.), but our favorite feature by far was the new Liquid engine, as it allowed us to take the standards modules to new heights, i.e. check out our implementation of the shopping cart." (Alexei Domorev, Greenlamp)

"We have been working with BC since 2013 when our marketing agency Greenlamp was founded. What appealed to us about Business Catalyst back then was the modular approach to web design, ability to apply different templates to different pages and built-in CMS that our clients could use straight away." (A. Domorev)

An advice for a BC beginner from the designer of Tielka: "Be patient and persistent. BC is a great platform, but it has a steep learning curve at the start."

Greenlamp Marketing Solutions is an Australian based marketing agency. They provide a full spectrum of marketing solutions from strategy to implementation: marketing planning, branding, graphic design, print and web design.

 

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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 tomorrow's webinar: 'Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons'

Diana Iliescu Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This month we'll meet Wednesday May 18th (US) / Thursday May 19th (AU) with Michael Sallander to discuss about Enabling Your Clients to Change Website Icons.

Icons that render as fonts are popular on websites, but, unfortunately are usually only things that developers can change out. In this webinar, Mike Sallander from BC Academe, will show you how you can setup a custom icon library for your website and easily allow clients to pick and choose icons of their liking from the library when creating new web apps.

Wed/Thu, May 18th/19th: Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons

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/yearly desired plan, for the first year. Coupon validity: 30-Jun-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

App of the month: Cart Abandonment For BC is finally here

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Did you know that 2/3rds of your online sales are abandoned at checkout?

It doesn't take much number crunching to realise that cart abandonment software can save you thousands of dollars per month.
Digital Marketers will love "Abandoned Cart by Pretty Digital". It offers huge potential returns with very little management overhead, and it allows the business owner to track Return On Investment.



WHAT DOES IT COST?

Unfortunately most Cart Abandonment software providers charge you a percentage of your saved orders, costing you thousands of dollars per month. "Abandoned Cart by Pretty Digital" doesn't work like that. You pay a simple monthly fee with no lock-ins or commitments allowing you to give it a try and start making more sales without risk.

The developer is so confident that you'll make more sales using Abandoned Cart that if after 6 months the software hasn't paid itself in recovered sales, then they will gladly cover the next 6 months absolutely free of charge.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When your customer abandons their cart we note who they are, when the cart was abandoned and what products were in the order. If the customer does not complete that order then we trigger a personalized email reminding the customer about the products, and invite the customer to return to the website. If the customer returns to the website and completes an order we count it as a recovered order. It's that easy and it's that effective.



WHO IS THIS SOFTWARE FOR?

Online research says good Abandoned Cart software will reduce your abandoned cart rate by 15%. And online research states abandoned orders make up 2/3rds of your potential sales.

If you have a BC eCommerce website that's turning over $150 per week or more then this app is for you.

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER

Pretty is a Creative Digital Marketing Agency with strong expertise in Adobe Business Catalyst. Part creative, part technical and part strategy, a Pretty website design is Search Engine friendly, easy to manage and adheres to best marketing practices.