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awesome! so glad you went to Ohio.

11 months, 1 week ago on WMC Fest 2013 Recap

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I like the trick at the end! In the little experience I have in writing articles, I find that I end up shifting my own writing perspective as I assemble the pieces. Sometimes that transforms the contents from positive to negative. If I go back to earlier drafts, I realize that the previous version could also work but the tone is so different.

 

I wonder if it is common practice in journalism to produce multiple versions of a piece, then choose which has the right tone or slant to deliver the intended message best. In print, you tend to only get one shot at it. But in web marketing, it's useful to repeat that message in a different tone or from a different perspective.

1 year ago on Content Spinning: How to Spin Content Without Getting Sick

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Thank you for posting this Mary Fran! Great summary. This statistic really made me think:

 

"People download an average of 2.5 apps a month but they will visit an average of 24 sites per day on a mobile device."

 

That's 10x mobile site to mobile app! Why? It's pretty hard to market an app. How often are you directed to an app compared to a website? Google doesn't rank apps (yet). It's a shopping effort and experience to even search for one. It's easy to get lost endlessly swiping in an app store. You are always kinda "lost" on the web, but that's kinda the point... Apps don't link to each other. Websites do (especially Wordpress blogs!). 

 

How many apps do people delete per month to make space on their devices with limited storage?

1 year ago on When Orbiteers Head to WordCamp

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See it read live by the poet here http://vimeo.com/67689103. Nice job @crestodina ! That poetry class really paid off.

1 year, 1 month ago on Web Marketing Poetry

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Great write-up Ryan! I was very happy to be a part of the inaugural Design Brew! It was a refreshing discussion, and I look forward to the next one.

1 year, 1 month ago on Design Brew Recap

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I like the bitter-sweet porter blog.

1 year, 2 months ago on Beer Blogging: If Your Blog was a Beer…

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 @Webydo Thx for the comment. Load time with RWD is a potential issue especially with the images. Programming and server-side techniques are being considered by web developers to ensure the optimal image size and compression are used per device. However, this further complicates the platform logic and maintenance of the website which arguably increases the cost. But the results tend to be really good.

 

As for load time in general on mobile, I would like to find some research on the patience of a smartphone user. Obviously a mobile site should load fast, but I tend to assume that if a smartphone user really wants the information on their phone, and they like the website, they will stand to wait a few extra seconds.

1 year, 3 months ago on Mission to Mobile: A Guide to Mobile Websites, Apps, and Templates

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My amateur advice: Have no fear and trust that practice will lead to improvement.

1 year, 4 months ago on 10 Things to Make Your Blog Awesomer

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Fair Trade Websites! Brilliant idea!

1 year, 6 months ago on Why Orbit Became a Certified B Corporation…

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There are so many quick moments that I so clearly remember during the 5.5 years that I knew John. Everyday moments of pushing his glasses on his nose, throwing the bag over his shoulder. Moments like first meeting him at the Orbit open-house party, explaining our code and requirements for his first project, wishing him well on his honeymoon, meetings about becoming Team Leader, feedback discussions about the team. The visions of him were so impressionable. Characteristics like the big boots, the untucked white button-down shirt over the sleeveless undershirt, the sleeves rolled up, the extraordinarily loud aggressive typing, the willingness to explain anything he cared about until you simply had to agree with him - usually because he was right.

 

He was truly honest and empathic at all times, and then would add a complex layer of sarcasm or sly humor that just made you appreciate what he said even more because of HOW he said it. Great balance of honest work and humorous perspective. Always the teacher, debater. He was passionate about his work like it was core to his life. John Cooney was approachable, friendly, smart, witty, well educated, great writer, well read, good taste. He had it all.

 

I think about him everyday at the most emotional moments. He was a true inspiration. I miss him dearly.

 

Thank you Andy @crestodina  for writing this post.

1 year, 6 months ago on Remembering John Cooney

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 @gettelfinger  @crestodina How about a Musical Taxidermy Service: The Badgermin: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNEMzH7pOZ8

Navigate that!

1 year, 7 months ago on Website Navigation Best Practices

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wow that's soooo 2005! still cool though.

1 year, 7 months ago on Utilizing Virtual Tours on Google +Local

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This post could be spun just a little to be "Start Using Social Media" - the very basics to create a social presence. It's true it cannot be ignored, but it doesn't have be embraced either. It's just another tool that requires practice and patience.

1 year, 7 months ago on I Hate Social Media

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 @barrettrossie Barrett's are hard to find. Based on your website, it sounds like you know a few things on the topic. Thanks for the comment!

1 year, 7 months ago on Here's Your Website. Have a Nice Day!

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 @ginidietrich  @crestodina Great time and great forum by both of you! I don't attend our own Wine & Web event often enough. Last night seemed like a very engaged audience. Thank you Gini for being part of it!

1 year, 8 months ago on Community Building, Content Marketing and Charles Arment

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 @mvaughnsc  @charlestondjentertainment We like WordPress too! Thanks for commenting.

1 year, 8 months ago on Websites and Wedding Cakes

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Couldn't have said it better myself! Thanks for a great article Kurt. Looking forward to making responsive websites with you!

1 year, 9 months ago on Responsive Web Design: Orbit’s Approach to Mobile

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Great explanation and working examples! Thx for sharing Nick

1 year, 10 months ago on Setting the Mood: Web Design by Candlelight

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 @katemhamilton  @barrettoms  @manamica We do all of the above. The length and depth depends on the functional specs and mission-critical-ness of the project. A marketing site will contain the standard questions, ecommerce will double the questions, and integration has its own set of questions. There is prep time before the kickoff meeting for the client to enter answers and an Orbit project manager to review. Orbit will have a pre-kickoff meeting internally to review the goals, proposal, and client responses to the questionairre. Usually we need one kickoff meeting to settle all concerns. If there are high design requirements, there may be a separate design meeting with the client branding manager. If there is integration, there is always a separate meeting with the client IT team.

 

Sounds like a preview of our kickoff guide would be useful on our website!

2 years ago on Websites and Wedding Cakes

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 @manamica Our Kickoff document contains so many questions to help minimize the chances of scope increases. It starts with overall goals and drives down to the information and best features to display it. Sometimes new requests are identified during that part of the process. Clear expectations is the key. Neither clients nor Orbit want to be surprised by the final product.

2 years ago on Websites and Wedding Cakes

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 @minimins The similarities are uncanny.

2 years ago on Websites and Wedding Cakes

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 @gettelfinger My first job was a cake decorator at Baskin Robbins - which would be the other end of the cake decoration spectrum from wedding cakes, but still relatively similar in process.

2 years ago on Websites and Wedding Cakes

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I really don't know what else to add here - maybe I should reread your article and apply to a good comment ;-)

 

Actually, I thought of another option: You could take Step 2 and consider a member of your own organization who has first-hand experience with a relevant topic. Then follow the same steps to the end.

 

This not only gives you relevant and timely content, but it promotes the expertise of an important team member from your own company. Plus, as an owner or manager, you gain insight to the minds of your team.

2 years, 1 month ago on How To Write When You Have No Ideas and No Time

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Sounds like the WMC made an impact!

2 years, 1 month ago on WMC Fest Recap 2012: Cleveland

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