The most important measure of an ecommerce site is its sales. If people put items into their shopping cart, go through checkout, and pay, that's a success. If they abandon the cart without buying, something has gone wrong. Not only is that a missed sale, it could be a potential customer who was too frustrated to come back again.
In 2016, we made a conscious effort to grow — both with clients and employees. Because our development process is focused on prioritization and phases, we require a lot of work managing projects to ensure they start and end successfully.
Last week our team was in Marrakech, Morocco for a company retreat. Since we're a company with international employees and no office, it makes sense to meet ... well, anywhere, really. We collaborate and communicate every single day, but we don't get a chance to go out to dinner and chat in person as much as some coworkers might.
In 2016, independent research firm Forrester, released a study about how companies use content and commerce. Forrester noted that “working with current legacy CMS or implementing a new CMS were named as two top technology concerns,” for companies. So, we'd like to know, what is your situation? Thanks, in advance, for your time!
It’s time to pack the skis (and snowboards, hats, boots, etc.) because we’re heading to the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City! This will be our second Show but our first winter one. I’m not sure we’ll enjoy a Skratch Labs tofu bowl outside this year, but I’m sure there will be plenty of other delicious food.
In classic end-of-the-year fashion, it’s time to take a look back at 2016. After an exciting year, I’d like to thank everyone — our clients, our peers, the Drupal community, and the hard workers at Bluespark — for making it so successful. As a digital agency, we’re successful when we produce high caliber work and our clients are happy. And we really truly want our clients to be happy.
2016 has been a year of growth for Bluespark. We added a number of new positions including CFO, marketing strategist, and Drupal developers, and now, we welcome new VP of Sales Development, Daniel Paul. Daniel brings with him a variety of technology, entertainment, and business experience from large organizations like Apple and Disney to smaller agencies like IMM and Pyxl.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the majority of clients didn’t need to worry about the overall project budget and would just let your team work their development magic and build whatever they need? It would be great, but it certainly isn’t realistic.
I recently read a post by Melissa Baker-Young, a web project manager at the University of Michigan Library. In her post titled "Agile-like", Melissa addresses some of the common challenges that libraries (and universities, higher ed, etc.) face when embarking on a web or technology project.
Jennifer's relationship with Bluespark started differently than most. She used to be a client. Working on TripAdvisor Insight's marketing team, she collaborated closely with Bluespark to ensure TripAdvisor's CMS upgrade, and subsequent redesign, was a success. She now brings this valuable client perspective to the Bluespark team.
Who is allowed to access an academic library's website? This often turns out to be a complicated question. Copyrighted materials are often licensed only for use within the institution, or just to select groups. Authenticating users and determining authorization involves more than just getting a user ID and a password. Keeping things simple by hiding the complexity
There are a number of reasons open source software works but one of the main reasons is the community of people. As an example, Drupal has more than 100,000 people around the world actively contributing to the software. To compare, Microsoft has approximately 114,000 employees. But what does open source really mean?
While ecommerce as a practice may feel mature, we’re still just getting started. Remember just a few years ago? Early ecommerce sites were met with skepticism. The process of buying online was interesting and novel and a few hearty souls took the risk. The brands that were successful made buying from a virtual catalog easy.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Matt Glaman, senior Drupal consultant at Commerce Guys and author of Drupal 8 Development Cookbook. Matt and Commerce Guys have worked side-by-side with the Bluespark team to build Sport Obermeyer a new enterprise ecommerce system.
DrupalCon Dublin is approaching quickly and three Bluespark employees are getting excited. Bluespark's President and Founder Michael Tucker, CEO Rick Cecil, and COO Ashleigh Thevenet are making the trip this year. As regular contributors to and supporters of the Drupal community, we always look forward to attending DrupalCons.
Recently, Bluespark UX Strategist Mark Dodgson was invited to speak with Michael Schofield, frontend librarian and host of the LibUX podcast, a show focused around design, development, and user experience in libraries and higher-ed web. This particular episode focuses on user experience and Bluespark's proven design and development process.