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Despite all the talk and focus on social media marketing, email remains the most effective means of reaching customers. According to a recent Salesforce Study, nearly 70 percent of internet consumers prefer email as the method of communicating with businesses. The study also indicates that 80 percent of marketers feel email marketing is crucial to business success. But here's the challenge: according to econsultancy.com, more than 200 million emails go out every minute of every day. For an email message to make it through all that noise and reach its intended target, it needs to be backed by a well thought out marketing plan.


We are proud to announce our Level II Designer Certification is here!


Recent years have seen the SEO industry shaken to its core by a series of major algorithm updates designed to help weed out spam and make the virtual world a better place for all. Consequently, offending websites that don't meet Google's Webmaster Guidelines have seen an onslaught of penalties, some of which are applied manually. You'll know if you receive a manual penalty, since you'll receive a message in your Webmaster Tools dashboard, most likely followed by a very significant drop in traffic to your website.


I once hired an amazing flooring contractor after told me he was “allergic to bullsh!t.”

He did a great job.

I’ve spent my career building technology solutions, which often are driven by the Marketing department. I’ve watched huge piles of money be spent on nothing but names and slogans, while tech has to scrounge to build any product at all, so my natural tendency is to be pretty wary of tag-lines and vision statement meetings.

So with my anti-spin street cred on the table, let me now tell you - I’ve got a problem and I see the light.


In today's world we demand things to happen fast. We expect short waits in line, fast food, tv shows instantly. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now.

People like fast websites that load and deliver content quickly.

But, if not optimized properly, they can also come with significant overhead that can slow down page loading, responsiveness, and more.

In this webinar you will learn how to optimize your server for concrete5.


Happy World Backup Day! What do you mean you didn’t know about world backup day?

World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups.

This independent initiative to raise awareness about backups and data preservation started out — like most good things on the internet - on reddit by a couple of concerned users.


Time to vote for your favorite talks at the OpenWest Conference!


Voting for talks at the OpenWest conference is open until March 31st, 2015.

OpenWest is a community-driven conference that focuses on all things Open Source, Open Hardware and Open Standards.


Presentations are chosen using blind community voting as the main factor in deciding which speakers to invite.


If you’re a Web Designer then you don’t need me to tell you how competitive it is out there.

That applies to you and to your clients.

Whenever you look there seems to be more and more competition.

So as a trusted adviser to your clients, they look to you to help them navigate a safe course for their business.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a predictable formula which was mutually beneficial to both you and your clients?


The upcoming release of concrete5 Version 8 will have some amazing new ways to create structured data and hook it into 3rd party services. It's always been easy to build a marketing site with concrete5, now it'll be just as easy to build an application online. Learn why we think this is the next big thing and watch a quick demo of how it works.


We are proud to announce that the new version 7 beginner and developer online training classes on concrete5.org went live today.