Newfangled works with independent agencies to create lead development web platforms for their clients.

Newfangled works with independent agencies to create lead development web platforms for their clients.

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February 27, 2014  by Tema
Newfangled produces a lot of content of each month. I mean, really — a lot. That’s been the case for a long time, but we’ve recently experienced a pretty significant jump in output. Let me quantify that a little more concretely. Last month (January 2014), we published a whopping 20,000 words of content comprised of one newsletter, one case study, and ten blog posts. How on earth does a company of our size (there are about twenty of us on staff), with exactly zero full-time, dedicated writers manage to produce that much content? Well, we recently made some pretty significant changes in how we manage our content strategy. The payoff has been increased output and a more sustainable model. Here's what we've done to increase production by 85% and get more efficient, too...   more

February 26, 2014  by Mario
Every site we build begins with the NewfangledCMS. This sophisticated core of code is customized to meet each client’s specific needs, and it handles the vast majority of each website’s function. But most every site we build also includes at least one or two integrations with other software products or services that complement or augment the functionality found in the CMS. We connect the CMS with these third-party systems using Application Programming Interfaces, also called APIs. This article explains what an API is and also talks about what the developer needs in order to successfully complete an API integration.    more

February 24, 2014  by Christopher
Amazon already has your customer in their store. Your customer is already browsing their aisles. Amazon will beat you, not because they have a better store than you, but because they have a bigger store than you. They sell enough things to already have your customer’s attention. It doesn’t matter if they came in to buy socks, if they’re at all likely to buy your thing, Amazon will have an easier time selling it to them because they are already there. So what do we do? Give up? Not just yet...   more

February 19, 2014  by Page
Having strong calls-to-action that are easy to notice, understand, and fill out is absolutely crucial for your site's conversion rate.  However, don't fall into some common usability traps!  Here's a simple usability guide to creating compelling, clear, concise CTAs.   more

February 17, 2014  by Dave
Tracking down and fixing bugs is hard. A non-developer might assume the opposite — if there’s an issue that the client/end user sees, the developer just needs to “go in and fix it.” The reality, though, is that the process of isolating the actual issue that needs correcting can often be rather winding — full of dead ends and false starts.   more

February 11, 2014  by Christopher
A few weeks ago I wrote up a quick explanation of how to test a website in ten minutes. Quick and easy. But did you know that you can test a web page in ten seconds? Believe it. I started doing this after I read a page abandonment study by Jakob Nielsen, and have put together a method you can use right now...   more

February 10, 2014  by Chris
As a follow-up post to last week's look at why marketing automation implementations can fail, I wanted to highlight another common recipe for failure - having great robust marketing automation tools, but not knowing how to use them and not having the proper training and guidance to use the effectively.   more

February 5, 2014  by Steve
Merge Records, an independent record label in Durham, NC, is the home of critically acclaimed and popular artists like Arcade Fire, Spoon, the Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, and many more. Theirs is also one of our latest website builds — one that presented a few interesting development challenges. While we’ve written at length about the overall Merge site build elsewhere, we thought it would be helpful to look specifically and in greater detail at the development side of what was a particularly complex project.   more

February 3, 2014  by Chris
I recently read that three out of five marketing automation implementations fail. Three out of five! That’s a 60% failure rate. That is alarming, but I don’t think that the reason that most of those fail is due to the software itself — there is some great MAT software on the market right now. The reason they usually fail is ultimately due to misguided expectations on the part of companies using that software. Here's a quick look at how to set your expectations realistically and set yourself up for success.    more

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