Care Package vs Support Plan

Care Package vs Support Plan

Hosted By:
Dave Haggblad and Mike Sallander

September 26 2017 (Sep 27 in AUS)

A panel discussion about how you provide support to your customers. Some call it a Care Package, some call it a Support Plan. What do you call yours? How much to you charge? Do you bundle it with Hosting or charge it separate? Let's talk about it and perhaps you can come up with something that makes sense for you.

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Michael Sallander Sales


AngularJS and Business Catalyst

AngularJS and Business Catalyst

Hosted By:
Dave Haggblad and Mike Sallander

September 19 2017 (Sep 20 in AUS)

In this sandpile we'll discuss the use of angularjs as a potential filtering tool for webapps. We've just begun working with it so can't give you the definitive answer, but we'll share what we've got so far.

RECORDING: AngularJS and Business Catalyst

Michael Sallander Development Javascript jQuery Web Apps


How the Sandpile Members Portal was built

How the Sandpile Members Portal was built

Hosted By:
Dave Haggblad & Mike Sallander

September 12 2017 (Sep 13 in AUS)

There's been lots of questions about how the Sandpile website was built. How the messaging works, how the 'follow' works and the partner search.

In this Sandpile we'll discuss some of the phylosophy behind the Sandpile site and provide some overall details on how those features work.

We will also field questions from Sandpilers and do our best to answer them.

RECORDING: How the Sandpile Members Portal was built

Michael Sallander Case Study Development Secure Zones


Ask a Web Pro: Mike Sallander

September 5 2017 (Sep 6 in AUS)

In the first Sandpile that Chicago Digital is leading, Mike Sallander will be running solo, reviewing the Sandpile feedback and fielding questions from the audience.

This is your chance to ask Mike any questions about BC Sandpile, Business Catalyst, the BC App Store, BC Academe, BC Gurus, Solid Sky or Chicago Digital.

Mike will also be announcing an exciting new format for BC Sandpile moving forward.

RECORDING: Ask a Web Pro: Mike Sallander

Michael Sallander Ask A Web Pro


The Dawn of A New Era for BC Sandpile : A Sandpile for All

August 29 2017 (Aug 30 in AUS)

This week we have a super exciting announcement about changes in BC Sandpile.

BC Sandpile has had a gradual evolution; growing from about 5 regular members in 2011 through to massively huge meetings where it felt like we had all the major and minor BC players attend.

As our community has evolved, as technology has evolved, and indeed as BC has evolved, we have tried to adapt and move with what will be of most value to the community.

But enough of a teaser - we invite you to the big reveal tomorrow.

Don�۪t miss it.

RECORDING: The Dawn of A New Era for BC Sandpile : A Sandpile for All

Urszula Richards Interview Marketing


Email Choices - options and setups

Email Choices - options and setups

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

August 22 2017 (Aug 23 in AUS)

The topic of how to set up email for clients will come up every time you make a new site live.

While many partners use BC Email most of the time, other partners prefer using Google or Microsoft services.

At other times, email is already hosted externally, and this presents it's own set of challenges.

This week we revisit these varied options and see if there are any changes or new best practices to help us help our clients make the best decisions for their business.

RECORDING: Email Choices - options and setups

Urszula Richards Business Think Tank


What Is Your Business Catalyst IQ? (August 2017)

August 8 2017 (Aug 9 in AUS)

It's been a year since we last tested your BC knowledge! Are you a BC Genius? A BC Novice? Or, somewhere in between?

As a group we will take the BC IQ Quiz. The quiz will contain all Business Catalyst related questions. You will have a chance to answer the question before we discuss it as a group.

No matter where you are in your BC journey, please join us. This is a great opportunity to test your knowledge and walk away with a new understanding of BC

RECORDING: What Is Your Business Catalyst IQ? (August 2017)

Scott B Reynolds Liquid Markup


Liquid Markup Refresher

August 1 2017 (Aug 2 in AUS)

In this BC Sandpile we are going to take another look at Liquid Markup. Scott B Reynolds of Thrise will walk through both the basics of Liquid Markup, and go over features and tecniques you probably didn�۪t realize were available. No matter if you�۪re a newbie or an expert, you will walk away with knowledge you can use in your future Business Catalyst projects.

RECORDING: Liquid Markup Refresher

Scott B Reynolds Liquid Markup


Beat Out The Competition : How to Stop Discounting Your Web & Digital Projects

July 18 2017 (Jul 19 in AUS)

Brent Weaver is going to talk us through something many partners are dealing with - Discounting!

He will specifically address -
  • How to win against cut-rate competitors and website builders like Wix and Squarespace
  • How to find more clients that don’t expect a custom website for cheap ‘do it yourself’ pricing
  • How to deliver the same project for more money, without putting in extra hours to get it done.
As most in the community will know, Brent has been a leader in the BC Community for many years and has now expanded to provide business advice to web professionals through UGurus

We are thrilled that he will be presenting a series of business-building topics over the coming months.

RECORDING: Beat Out The Competition : How to Stop Discounting Your Web & Digital Projects

Brent Weaver


Think Tank : Pricing, Packaging and more

Think Tank : Pricing, Packaging and more

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

July 11 2017 (Jul 12 in AUS)

Another major change which partners have been implementing is the new partner pricing.

Many partners have taken the opportunity to review and revamp the entire way they 'do business'.

While next week we will have Brent Weaver talking more about positioning our products & services, this week's discussion will be a perfect pre-cursor to this.

Come and join the think tank to let us know what you are doing, any challenges you are facing and any solutions you have come up with.

RECORDING: Think Tank : Pricing, Packaging and more

Urszula Richards Business Open Meeting Sales Think Tank


Implementing SSL - Your Experiences So Far, Your Tips & Challenges

July 4 2017 (Jul 5 in AUS)

It's been three weeks since the release of SSL & the new pricing, so we though it would be a good time to check in and see how you are going.

  • Have you hit any problems and solved them? 
  • Or still need to solve them?
  • How are your clients reacting?
  • Have you worked out any hacks or workflows?
  • How have you been communicating with your clients about it?
All these questions and more will be discussed in this week's Sandpile.

Come and share your experiences, or learn from the pioneers who have been implementing.

RECORDING: Implementing SSL - Your Experiences So Far, Your Tips & Challenges

Urszula Richards Development Open Meeting Think Tank


Is Your Partner Site Outdated?

June 27 2017 (Jun 28 in AUS)

Let me guess, you don’t have a great partner site because you are too busy with your current projects?

Maybe you still have that standard outdated template as a base of your partner site?

Code Production team believes every BC partner must have a responsive, cross-browser, modern-looking professional site.

During this sandpile Alex Yagolnik will introduce a brand new special template along with a program based on their Custom Templates solution. This program will be aimed to help any BC partner create a top-notch professional partner site in a very short term and at low cost.

RECORDING: Is Your Partner Site Outdated?

Alex Yagolnik


Templates 2.0 – The Next Generation of Templates from BC Gurus

June 20 2017 (Jun 21 in AUS)

BC Gurus and Chicago Digital have teamed up to create a new generation of incredible templates, launching June 29th.

Rebuilding everything from the ground up, they focused on making templates that are not only enhanced with best-in-class UI/UX design but also include tons of new features and exclusive add-ons, all available for easy and fast customization.

Michael Sallander will be giving a sneak peek into what they've been hard at work developing, the first template 2.0 to be released Gadgets & Gear: A Review & Magazine Theme.

RECORDING: Templates 2.0 – The Next Generation of Templates from BC Gurus

Michael Sallander Business Design


SSL, New Pricing Implementation Tips from the BC Team

June 13 2017 (Jun 14 in AUS)

Find out everything you need to know about the new SSL feature available in Business Catalyst. Which plans include it by default, which plans have it available as an overage, what you need to do to install it and how you can sell it to your customers.

RECORDING: SSL, New Pricing Implementation Tips from the BC Team

Magda Neagu


Custom Templates Becomes a Game Changer

June 6 2017 (Jun 7 in AUS)

Alex Yagolnik of EZ-BC/Code Production will introduce the new customization features that will change the way one can design and deliver sites.

And we will make it different this time: every attendee will be able to play with the newest feature set giving a real time feedback and getting answers to any questions.

RECORDING: Custom Templates Becomes a Game Changer

Alex Yagolnik


BC Webinar - Connect Business Catalyst with Slack

May 30 2017 (May 31 in AUS)

Slack is becoming the central communications platform for companies, don't leave Business Catalyst out!

In this webinar, Mike Sallander will show you practical use cases for connecting Adobe Business Catalyst and Slack together, using real-world examples from the brands that he runs such as Chicago Digital, BC App Store, and BC Academe.

Mike will show you the variety of ways you can go about connecting the systems including both plug and play methods in addition to developing an integration. Speaking of Slack, if you are not already a member of the BC Sandpile Slack Community, join for the webinar and we will show you how you can get an invite!

RECORDING: BC Webinar - Connect Business Catalyst with Slack

Michael Sallander BC Webinar Business


Custom Templates Getting New Tools for Designers and Developers

May 23 2017 (May 24 in AUS)

Alex Yagolnik of Code Production will present the new powerful customization tools for creating sites from custom templates.

How about those who prefer to code themselves? New advanced tools are prepared just for coders!

P.S. Bonuses and coupons for attendees guaranteed

RECORDING: Custom Templates Getting New Tools for Designers and Developers

Alex Yagolnik


Marketing BC - Starting a conversation about a collaborative way forward

May 16 2017 (May 17 in AUS)

This week, Carolyn Frost from Adobe BC will join a facilitated discussion about the marketing of BC.

One of the things we often hear about, is the need for more up-to-date marketing resources and the need for BC to have a much higher profile in the overall website solutions conversation. Most people, simply have not heard of it.

While the focus of the BC team is currently on implementing https and the major work this requires, we thought it was a good time to start this conversation and have input into what we think would work, and we are grateful that Carolyn has agreed to be part of the conversation.

RECORDING: Marketing BC - Starting a conversation about a collaborative way forward

Urszula Richards Business Marketing


Xero Integration has now arrived - CBO showcases this new integration

May 9 2017 (May 10 in AUS)

Shane will be talking about the latest (and much requested) app - BC to Xero integration.

It is one of the first recurring apps in the BC App Store.

He will showcase the functionality of the App with a live set up and demonstration, along with some behind the scenes diagrams of how the system works and answer any API questions the audience may have.

Shane will also talk about the BC to Zapier integration (and can give a demo of this) - he would like to ask the audience for some ‘real world use cases’ so we get input into which data points to expose and in what order.

RECORDING: Xero Integration has now arrived - CBO showcases this new integration

Shane McGeorge BC Apps


A cool new tool - this WILL help your business

May 2 2017 (May 3 in AUS)

Sometimes a new tool is released into the online universe which is a complete game changer.

This is one such tool and Urszula Richards has not been so excited since she discovered Trello (and she's still excited about that).

She has already used this tool to close a sale, do some staff training and create a built-in training and support library for her clients, and collaborate with other partners. And she's been using it for under a week.

What is it? Loom.

Be prepared to be in awe. This WILL help your business.

 

RECORDING: A cool new tool - this WILL help your business

Urszula Richards Admin Business Marketing Web Apps


BC Webinar - Personalize Your Website and Email Marketing

April 25 2017 (Apr 26 in AUS)

Business Catalyst is an amazing Content Management System that has the website hosting, CMS, CRM, Ecommerce, secure zones and Email Marketing combined, in one product. This enables developers to build web experiences that are more personalized to their audiences. Mike Sallander, President of Chicago Digital, will show you the potential of personalization in Business Catalyst by walking you through practical examples: Display different Home Page Sliders based on the country of the visitor
Send email marketing campaigns to users based on their country or state without asking for the information
Change calls to actions on your website based on users past interactions with your website

RECORDING: BC Webinar - Personalize Your Website and Email Marketing

Michael Sallander BC Webinar Design Email Marketing


BC Webinar - Here's to Making JSON Part of Every Developer's Vocabulary

March 28 2017 (Mar 29 in AUS)

Most people know that Business Catalyst is a very secure, simple, and powerful platform to build websites, but what you may not know is that Business Catalyst is also flexible and customizable.

To unlock the full potential of Business Catalyst you will need to learn more than HTML and CSS. If you are ready to take Business Catalyst to the next level, then demystifying JSON is the next step.

If the word JSON intimidates you, this webinar is for you. If you struggle with liquid or working with APIs, this webinar is for you. While Mike Sallander from Chicago Digital cannot make you a JSON expert in this webinar, he will help you understand the importance of JSON and make you feel more comfortable with it so you can begin to unlock the power of the platform.

RECORDING: BC Webinar - Here's to Making JSON Part of Every Developer's Vocabulary

Michael Sallander BC Webinar JSON


Custom Design/Development vs Templates vs Custom Templates by EZ-BC

March 7 2017 (Mar 8 in AUS)

Should I start from scratch and charge more, or use a pre-designed/pre-developed template and charge less?

Are there any other options?

EZ-BC claims their templates solution for Business Catalyst is a better alternative in both cases. Alex Yagolnik, founder of EZ-BC/Code Production will share the story behind the Custom Templates project and how it can drastically change the way you sell and deliver websites.

In addition, there will be exclusives offered to just the Sandpile attendees!

RECORDING: Custom Design/Development vs Templates vs Custom Templates by EZ-BC

Alex Yagolnik Business


BC Webinar - Unlock the Potential of Business Catalyst with Web Apps

February 28 2017 (Mar 1 in AUS)

Web Apps are a simple way to add complex functionality to Business Catalyst websites while making the backend editing experience for customers easier.

In this webinar Mike Sallander, from Chicago Digital, will explain what web apps are, how they are used, and show basic and advanced implementations.

For advanced users, Mike will discuss how you can get around one of the limitations of Web Apps in Business Catalyst.

RECORDING: BC Webinar - Unlock the Potential of Business Catalyst with Web Apps

Michael Sallander BC Webinar Web Apps


Social Media Feed

Social Media Feed

Hosted By:Ursh

February 21 2017 (Feb 22 in AUS)

Finally a simple way to aggregate all of your brands' social media posts into a single beautiful social media feed on your website.

Aggregate - Automatically pulls in new posts from your social media accounts.

Choose - Choose the accounts you want to show in your feed.

Display - Display them in a beautiful, easy to install social feed on your website.

Features Get Noticed - Beautiful social feed with posts from all your accounts. Save Time - Easy website embed. Specially built for Business Catalyst Stand Out - Use our provided styling or style it yourself! Be everywhere - Responsive. Looks great on all devices. Sit back and relax - Automatically updates your feed. Pulls in new posts when you post them.

RECORDING: Social Media Feed

Shane McGeorge Social Media


4 Ways to Charge More With BC and SEO

February 14 2017 (Feb 15 in AUS)

4 Ways to Charge More With BC and SEO

Who doesn't want to charge more for web design and development ?

We're going to show BC partners how they can use a new free and paid BC app to bill customers more each month.

Then we're going to show you how to charge new clients more with a creative SEO approach.

RECORDING: 4 Ways to Charge More With BC and SEO

RESOURCES: 4 Ways to Charge More With BC and SEO

Fraser McCulloch


Landing Page Builder - How to Use it & How to Monetise it

Landing Page Builder - How to Use it & How to Monetise it

Hosted By:Scott & Ursh

February 7 2017 (Feb 8 in AUS)

This week we have the first of our App Developer presentations - Scott from Thrise & Ursh from onlineiq will present the Landing Page Builder App.

The Landing Page Builder has been in beta for some time, gathering valuable feedback from early adopters, and now they believe it is at a stage where you can confidently create new business by offering Landing Pages, or speed up your existing Landing Page development.

In order to ensure that the presentation is relevant to you, they have asked that you fill out this one minute survey to help them ensure that the presentation is of value to you.

RECORDING: Landing Page Builder - How to Use it & How to Monetise it

Scott B Reynolds Advertising BC Apps Business Marketing


Fatal Errors of Business Planning

January 17 2017 (Jan 18 in AUS)

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London and moving to Australia, Jon has had a varied career, including -

  • as Managing Director of a private company with cattle, wine, property and art interests in Australia, a chain of theatres in London and other interests in the USA, and
  • as a director of a public listed company involved in a range of business to business services
  • Jon has vast experience in business strategic planning and working to develop successful small businesses.
Jon will talk about the Fatal Errors of Business Planning and how to avoid them, how to always be in planning mode, and will present a simple template for effective planning. 

 

Jon Elbery Business


Utility Apps in Business Catalyst

December 6 2016 (Dec 7 in AUS)

When we think of a BC Admin App we often think of a module-type of app designed for our clients. But, what about apps that help the day-to-day activities of a BC Partner?

Join us for a Business Catalyst Sandpile dedicated to leveraging utility BC Apps to speed up our workflow, and provide more value to our clients. We’ll look at include management, web app helpers, customizing the admin, landing pages, etc.

RECORDING: Utility Apps in Business Catalyst

Scott B Reynolds BC Apps Web Apps


Special 2 Hour Adobe MAX 2016 Sandpile

November 2 2016 (Nov 3 in AUS)

At this special BC Sandpile we will be live in San Diego, CA during Adobe MAX! We are fortunate to have three BC Partners and a representative from the Business Catalyst Team giving presentations.

Where: The event will be in our normal Sandpile Connect Room

When: November 2nd from 6pm - 8pm (PT - San Diego time)

Business Catalyst Community Updates (Mike Sallander)
Mike Sallander of Chicago Digital, BC Academe, Solid Sky, and BC App Store will be sharing the latest releases and upcoming announcements from the community. Discover the amazing things that partners around the world are accomplishing with Business Catalyst.
RECORDING

You Asked For It (Dave Haggblad)
Dave Haggblad be announcing something you’ve been asking BC Gurus to create for a long time.
RECORDING

Invoicing with Business Catalyst (Scott B Reynolds)
When it’s time to bill your clients, which invoicing tool do you use? Have you considered using Business Catalyst? Scott B Reynolds of Thrise will show you how to turn your Partner site into a powerful invoicing system. Business Catalyst is set up for invoices, and with a few changes, you will be able to start invoicing your clients without relying on a 3rd-party billing service.
RECORDING

The Potential of Business Catalyst (Shane McGeorge)
RECORDING

What's going on with BC? (Magda Neagu)

Q&A with a Business Catalyst representative from Adobe.
RECORDING

Scott B Reynolds


Pre-MAX Open Meeting

Pre-MAX Open Meeting

Hosted By:Sandy Sandpile

November 1 2016 (Nov 2 in AUS)

Many of you won't be able to join us at the Business Catalyst Social Event during Adobe MAX in San Diego, but it doesn't mean you can't socialize here instead.

At this meeting we will discuss any BC/web related topic the group wishes. If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Don't miss the special Sandpile the day after this Sandpile.

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


Think BC Apps First

October 25 2016 (Oct 26 in AUS)

Have you spent hours (or days) developing solutions for your clients that could have been solved in minutes by using a BC App offered in the BC App Store? In this session Michael Sallander from the BC App Store is going to review what is available now, and give some sneak peeks on some exciting BC Apps coming soon.

RECORDING: Think BC Apps First

Michael Sallander BC Apps


Landing Pages and Business Catalyst - A Match Made in Heaven

October 18 2016 (Oct 19 in AUS)

Landing Pages and Business Catalyst are a match made in Heaven. Well certainly Scott & Ursh, the creators of the Landing Page Builder think so.

But what has been obvious to us for some time, is presenting as a brand new idea to many partners, so in this month of BC Apps, we thought the first place to start would be to explore Landing Pages and see how they can be used to enhance their clients' businesses, as well as their own.

What is exciting about the pairing Business Catalyst & a Landing Page product is that nowhere in the market is this solution available at this price point with the amount of integration which Business Catalyst affords.

The session will include case examples of Landing Pages you can create easily, and how you can monetise these.

We will also demonstrate examples of how the Landing Page Builder (which is currently in Beta) can be used by Partners already, and let you know what else is in store.

And if you simply can't wait that long, you can sign up and get access to the beta ahead of time.

RECORDING: Landing Pages and Business Catalyst - A Match Made in Heaven

Urszula Richards BC Apps


BC App Review: Email Marketing Template Pack

October 4 2016 (Oct 5 in AUS)

We're going to take a close look at the exciting new BC Admin App: Email Marketing Template Pack

Specifics:

  • Overview of the email marketing module
  • Using the CRM anniversary dates
  • Using the ICE editor
  • Dynamic content in emails
  • How to test emails using 3rd party software like Litmus
  • Examples of email marketing designs
  • Advanced examples of web form auto-reply emails
  • UTM tracking

RECORDING: BC App Review: Email Marketing Template Pack

Shane McGeorge BC Apps


What Is Your Business Catalyst IQ? (August 2016)

August 23 2016 (Aug 24 in AUS)

Are you a BC Genius? A BC Novice? Or, somewhere in between?

As a group we will take the BC IQ Quiz. The quiz will contain all Business Catalyst related questions. You will have a chance to answer the question before we discuss it as a group.

No matter where you are in your BC journey, please join us. This is a great opportunity to test your knowledge and walk away with a new understanding of BC

RECORDING: What Is Your Business Catalyst IQ? (August 2016)

Scott B Reynolds Admin


BC App: Communicate With Website Visitors

BC App: Communicate With Website Visitors

Hosted By:Penny Elbery

July 26 2016 (Jul 27 in AUS)

Jason Miller from 3MD Communications, has built a free app which plugs into BC Sites, and offers an integrated support solution using native BC functionality.

Jason will show us not only how to install and use the admin app, but how it can benefit BC Partners by bringing in additional revenue.

 

RECORDING: BC App: Communicate With Website Visitors

Penny Elbery BC Apps


Google Basics for New Websites

Google Basics for New Websites

Hosted By:Katherine Anderson

July 19 2016 (Jul 20 in AUS)

 

In this Sandpile, Katherine Anderson from Business Catalyst SEO will remind us of the basic setup we should do when setting up a new website, including Google Webmaster Tools, Bing, Sitemaps and more.

She will also touch on the complexities of website migrations or when an old domain needs to be redirected to a new one and keep its rankings. It is not for the faint-hearted and shows why expert help in order to ensure your clients keep their hard-earned rankings may be required.

 

RECORDING: Google Basics for New Websites

Katherine Anderson Analytics SEO


e-Commerce | The odd, the inspired and the {almost} impossible

e-Commerce | The odd, the inspired and the {almost} impossible

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

May 31 2016 (Jun 1 in AUS)

With some pretty amazing, stand alone, e-Commerce offerings in the market, our clients are coming to us with requests for online shops and online selling which not only stretch the imagination, but the limits of what many of us think is possible in Business Catalyst.

At the same time, each request sends a challenge to us to see if we can indeed find a work-around, create a BC App or some other way of meeting these requirements.

In this Sandpile, we invite you to share any challenges, solutions or examples.

Show and tells most welcome.

RECORDING: e-Commerce | The odd, the inspired and the {almost} impossible

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Roles, Permissions & Workflows

Roles, Permissions & Workflows

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

May 17 2016 (May 18 in AUS)

This week, we start our partner discussion by looking at the various Roles and Workflows we can set up in Business Catalyst.

  • What default Roles do you set up and why?
  • What mistakes (or discoveries) have you made in setting up Roles?
  • Do you use Roles to show/hide functionality which you charge extra for?
  • Have you set up any interesting Workflows for your clients?
  • Do you have a standard workflow for setting up Roles and Workflows when you build a website?
Join us to discover what others to, and share what you do.

Here is a link to the google doc spreadsheet you can use to see what the default BC Roles are, and to create some of your own. You can view this document and create a copy for yourself.

Pauline has further upgraded this document and added another column and document with screenshots if you don't quite know all the admin menu items

Permissions with Menu Locations

BC Admin Menu Screenshots


 

 

RECORDING: Roles, Permissions & Workflows

Urszula Richards Admin


Webflow and Business Catalyst with Fraser from Platonik

Webflow and Business Catalyst with Fraser from Platonik

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

May 10 2016 (May 11 in AUS)

In this week’s Sandpile, Fraser from Platonik will talk us through an interesting process of using Web Flow for front end design with Back End development in Business Catalyst. 

He will show us some benefits to using Webflow, export the website in BC, then go through how he integrated and customised with BC modules and web apps.

This will be more of a ‘top line” presentation and discussion.

In the meantime, if you missed this awesome post by Fraser on trends you’re really missing out - hop over there and have a read!

 

RECORDING: Webflow and Business Catalyst with Fraser from Platonik

RESOURCES: Webflow and Business Catalyst with Fraser from Platonik

Fraser McCulloch Analytics Design Development Marketing


BC + 3rd-Party Server Overview

May 3 2016 (May 4 in AUS)

Is there a way to connect Business Catalyst to your own server? Why would you need another server outside of BC? At this Sandpile Shane McGeorge from Complete Business Online will give an overview of BC’s Server-to-Server capabilities, and share some real-world examples. See how CBO has used the Business Catalyst REST API to connect their server system on AWS which gives them the ability to extend the capability of their customer’s websites.

Join us as we explore unexplored Business Catalyst territory.

RECORDING: BC + 3rd-Party Server Overview

Shane McGeorge BC Apps


Wireframes, Mockups, and Templates

Wireframes, Mockups, and Templates

Hosted By:Ursh

April 12 2016 (Apr 13 in AUS)

How do you start your designs? Do you use a wireframing tool? Do you mockup a design for your client’s approval? Maybe you give your client a selection of templates?

Join us as we discuss the design process. Scott will start with showing off Adobe’s new application Experience Design CC (Adobe XD). Then we’ll discuss how your Business Catalyst projects get designed. Don’t miss this one.

RECORDING: Wireframes, Mockups, and Templates

Scott B Reynolds Design Open Meeting User Experience


Open Meeting Recordings

April 5 2016 (Apr 6 in AUS)

If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Recordings

 

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


March 2016 Release Overview

March 2016 Release Overview

Hosted By:Ursh

March 22 2016 (Mar 23 in AUS)

Too busy to check out March 2016 release (R213)? Didn’t know about the release? No worries, at this Sandpile we are going to explore the most important BC updates of March 2016.

RECORDING: March 2016 Release Overview

Urszula Richards Liquid Markup Release


Successful Adwords Campaigns For BC Partners

March 15 2016 (Mar 16 in AUS)

Learn first-hand how to advertise on Google with practical advice on how to run a successful campaign. Find out how top performing AdWords campaigns can translate to higher performing organic results. Call-Only campaigns are a great alternative and can be easy wins for your customers.

RECORDING: Successful Adwords Campaigns For BC Partners

Bob Ingram Adwords Advertising Marketing


An Introduction to BC Widgets

March 8 2016 (Mar 9 in AUS)

On March 2nd 2016 Adobe launched what they are calling BC Widgets. This meeting will we will explore this new exciting feature.

Meeting agenda:

  1. Difference between web apps, bc apps, modules, content holders, includes, and bc widgets.
  2. What is a BC Widget?
  3. How to install a BC Widget.
  4. Examples of how to customize.
  5. Group Discussion
  6. Donuts and coffee

RECORDING: An Introduction to BC Widgets

Urszula Richards Liquid Markup


Business Catalyst Development & Deployment Strategies

February 16 2016 (Feb 17 in AUS)

Discussion of best practices, tips and tricks for Business Catalyst Development.

  • How do you deploy your changes to already live sites?
  • Do you develop on a “development” site and push live to a production site?
  • What tools do you use to make your deployment and development cycles faster?
  • Do you have a development strategy to ensure you aren’t working on live sites?

RECORDING: Business Catalyst Development & Deployment Strategies

Justin Kirkwood Development Open Meeting


Let's Talk Images!

February 2 2016 (Feb 3 in AUS)

Images can make or break a website. That's why we are going to dedicate an entire meeting on image optimisation for Business Catalyst sites.

What are server side settings for image optimisation and does BC use them? What are best dev practices for image optimisation? What are best image editing practices? What are best image uploading and naming practices?

Join us as we explore an often overlook subject.

RECORDING: Let's Talk Images!

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


January 2016 Release Overview

January 26 2016 (Jan 27 in AUS)

To be able to offer your clients the most value out of Business Catalyst it's a good idea to keep up with the releases. Join us as Scott B Reynolds and Dave Haggblad explore the most important updates of January 2016.

RECORDING: January 2016 Release Overview

Scott B Reynolds Release


BC vs Wordpress, BC is expensive, BC won’t …. vs a Focus on Value

BC vs Wordpress, BC is expensive, BC won’t …. vs a Focus on Value

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

January 12 2016 (Jan 13 in AUS)

Sometimes it seems that we tie ourselves into knots trying to explain why BC really is the best solution for our clients. Of course BC is not the best for ALL clients, nor would we expect it to be, but hopefully we are all at the point where we know that when we recommend BC it really IS the best solution for our clients.

So why do we still struggle with conveying the value of this offering to clients, and complain that it is an expensive solution. In my view, it is the best value offering providing an integrated online business solution, offering a high level of customisation in design and functionality for client needs.

Wrestling with this fact, I recently came up with a document for a client who was very familiar with WP, so he could see and understand this comparison and then make his own informed decision.

I will be sharing this document on Sandpile this week to see if it is something you can add to, and use as a resource for your own business.

If your clients are anything like mine, they will not, at the beginning, understand the value of all the features BC has built in.

For that reason, after this initial pre-sales document conversation, we will move on to a discussion on how to continuously educate our clients so they are not only satisfied with what they are paying for but truly understand the value of what is at their fingertips.

RECORDING: BC vs Wordpress, BC is expensive, BC won’t …. vs a Focus on Value

Urszula Richards Marketing Think Tank


What's New with BC (Latest 2015 Releases)?

December 15 2015 (Dec 16 in AUS)

To get the most out of Business Catalyst it's a good idea to pay attention to the releases. The last few months there have been some updates and enhancements that you will want to know. Join us as Scott B Reynolds and Dave Haggblad explore the most important changes.

RECORDING: What's New with BC (Latest 2015 Releases)?

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting Release


Meeting Business Needs with Liquid

November 3 2015 (Nov 4 in AUS)

Steve Johnson from Graphite Web Solutions has his own small business and employs a young developer part time for 2 days a week. Back in July they launched a website for a cookery school in Scotland and used liquid to solve some of the business website needs. Steve wants to show those that haven't looked at using liquid yet how a small agency can leverage some basic liquid to help solve problems and help improve website experience. Steve will cover the original website and some of the issues and then demo how they solved those problems in the new website. It wont be code heavy!

RECORDING: Meeting Business Needs with Liquid

Steve Johnson Liquid Markup


Ask A Web Pro: Urszula Richards

October 27 2015 (Oct 28 in AUS)

Want to know how other BC Partners run their business? In this Sandpile Scott Reynolds will interview veteran Business Catalyst Partner Urszula Richards to find out specifically how she runs onlineiq. Ursh will also be taking questions from the audience.

RECORDING: Ask A Web Pro: Urszula Richards

Urszula Richards Ask A Web Pro Interview


Ask BC: Paul Chirita

Ask BC: Paul Chirita

Hosted By:Scott B Reynolds

October 6 2015 (Oct 7 in AUS)

If you could ask the Senior Engineering Manager of Business Catalyst a question, what would it be?

Well, get your question ready...it's going to be an open discussion between you and Paul Chirita, Senior Engineering Manager at Adobe. Paul has agreed to answer our questions and listen to our concerns. We’ll be accepting questions both before and during the meeting. Questions that come in before the meeting will be given preference so get those in asap.

Scott B Reynolds will be meeting with Paul in person at Adobe Max and will facilitate the conversation.

RECORDING: Ask BC: Paul Chirita

Scott B Reynolds Interview Open Meeting



Beta Introduction of the BC Pie framework

September 29 2015 (Sep 30 in AUS)

BC Pie has been a long time coming. It’s the fulfillment of a promise Adam Cook (ONE Creative) made to the community a year and a half ago, that he would champion better tools and techniques for BC site development. BC Pie is a modern front-end framework for Business Catalyst, complete with powerful tools and brand new opportunities for partners.

RECORDING: Beta Introduction of the BC Pie framework

Adam Cook Development


Edge Animate for Responsive BC Sites

September 8 2015 (Sep 9 in AUS)

A tutorial on the basic steps to produce a responsive Edge animation, and how to insert it into a responsive Business Catalyst template and send it live.

RECORDING: Edge Animate for Responsive BC Sites

RESOURCES: Edge Animate for Responsive BC Sites

Mary Blight Creative Cloud Design


Ask A Web Pro: Beth Kahlich

September 1 2015 (Sep 2 in AUS)

In this interview Scott Reynolds is going to interview Business Catalyst Partner Beth Kahlich to find out specifically how she runs her businesses, Dallas Search Engine Academy and Kahlich Internet Consulting. Scott will ask practical questions to discover what's behind Beth's success as an SEO trainer and internet marketing consultant.

RECORDING: Ask A Web Pro: Beth Kahlich

Beth Kahlich Ask A Web Pro Interview SEO


BC Liquid Development Recipes

August 18 2015 (Aug 19 in AUS)

Michael Sallander, President and Co-Founder of Chicago Digital will share practical use cases of using liquid markup for Business Catalyst websites. This will include many liquid snippets that you can implement on your websites immediately.

This presentation will also be infront of a live audience at the Chicago Business Catalyst User Group. Questions and participation is encouraged by both groups.

RECORDING: BC Liquid Development Recipes

Michael Sallander Liquid Markup


Ask A Web Pro: Debra Scarpa

August 11 2015 (Aug 12 in AUS)

How do you find your clients? Do you typically use contracts? What is your payment schedule like? In this Ask A Web Pro interview Scott Reynolds will interview Business Catalyst Partner Debra Scarpa, of Design By Friday. Scott will ask practical questions to discover how she runs a successful web business.

The group is encouraged to ask questions during and after the interview to learn more about Debra's business.

RECORDING: Ask A Web Pro: Debra Scarpa

Debra Scarpa Ask A Web Pro Interview


What We Learned Building BC Sandpile

August 4 2015 (Aug 5 in AUS)

There's a new bcsandpile.com and Scott B Reynolds and Dave Haggblad will show how some of the more interesting parts were built. This will include Liquid Markup and some of the other new features in Business Catalyst.

RECORDING: What We Learned Building BC Sandpile

Scott B Reynolds Liquid Markup


Site Launch and Discussion

July 28 2015 (Jul 29 in AUS)

In this landmark BCSandpile, we come together to celebrate 3 1/2 years of BCSandpiles, with an opportunity for us all to review and contribute to BCSandpile’s future direction.

So much has changed in 3 1/2 years! Responsive websites, liquid, the BC Advisory Board.

Many of our early, regular Sandpilers have gone on to create some awesome products and services as a result of the feedback and support of the the BC community. Many have contributed to our collective knowledge and free ‘in-service’ education, and new partners and micro operators have had somewhere to go for support and information.

Sandpile has always been a community driven project, so we felt it was a good time to review what you love, what you want more of, how you’d like to see it change and what you think is no longer relevant.

And we have something exciting to show you…

We’d love to invite all past and present contributors, presenters, existing and newbie sandpilers and lurkers.

Be a part of the continuing evolution of a resource you can tap into whenever you need.

RECORDING: Site Launch and Discussion

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


Responsive Images with the Chicago BC User Group

July 21 2015 (Jul 22 in AUS)

Brian Mulholland, Senior Web Designer and Scott Shefler, VP of Web Development at Chicago Digital will be discussing how to effectively use responsive images from both a design and development perspective. Topics include selecting the right file types (jpg, png, svg), showing different images for different devices, and speed optimization. These techniques will help you deploy better looking websites across devices that take less time to load.

RECORDING: Responsive Images with the Chicago BC User Group

Michael Sallander Responsive Web Design


Ask A Web Pro: Neil Eisenberg

July 14 2015 (Jul 15 in AUS)

Have you ever wondered how other web professionals work? How do they find clients? How much money do they ask for at the beginning of a project? Do they charge for support? In this meeting we will run through a series of questions asking everything you want to know, but are afraid to ask.

In this session, Neil Eisenberg of Design Intervention Studio has agreed to share his successful workflows, and answer all of our questions.

RECORDING: Ask A Web Pro: Neil Eisenberg

Neil Eisenberg Ask A Web Pro Interview


What’s New in Creative Cloud 2015?

July 7 2015 (Jul 8 in AUS)

We’ve had some requests lately to discuss the most recent changes in Dreamweaver and other web-related updates in the Creative Cloud.

This release (CC 2015) has given us lots of new ways to speedup our workflows, but taking the time to discover each one on your own can be frustrating and time-consuming. This is why we are going to explore the new features together. This includes artboards in Photoshop, responsive web design in Dreamweaver, crazy zooming in Illustrator, and much much more. Join us as we improve together.

RECORDING: What’s New in Creative Cloud 2015?

Scott B Reynolds Creative Cloud Dreamweaver Photoshop Release


Keyword Research for Business Catalyst

June 23 2015 (Jun 24 in AUS)

Effective Keyword Research is said to be the starting point to a successful website. But there is a huge variation in the way people do it, and it seems to be both an art and a science. In today’s sandpile, we collectively look at how we do Keyword Research - the process of knowing which words to research, the tools we use, how we interpret and implement the results. Come along with your knowledge, tools, questions and experience for another member-driven sandpile. And if you are an expert in Keyword Research - please consider coming and sharing your experiences.

RECORDING: Keyword Research for Business Catalyst

Dave Haggblad Keywords SEO


Ask A Web Pro: Jayne Burgess

June 16 2015 (Jun 17 in AUS)

Have you ever wondered how other web professionals run their business? Do they use contracts? How do they handle Scope Creep? Do they charge for support? In this meeting we will run through a series of questions asking everything you want to know, but are afraid to ask.

Jayne Burgess is the owner and Creative Director of Flirt Group. Jayne works with a wide range of clients in areas such as corporate communication, branding, packaging and online communications. Her background in Psychology, combined with proven skills in user interface design and the technical production aspects of online development have led to the development of a keen interest in UX within online and retail branding environments.

RECORDING: Ask A Web Pro: Jayne Burgess

Jayne Burgess Ask A Web Pro Interview


Using Liquid to Show Different Content Based on Opening Times

June 9 2015 (Jun 10 in AUS)

Learn how to show different content depending on opening times. Mat Baxter from Commotion will share how to use module_json to gather opening times, compare to the current server date, and then work some magic!

RECORDING: Using Liquid to Show Different Content Based on Opening Times

Mat Baxter Development Liquid Markup


BC and Google Analytics

June 2 2015 (Jun 3 in AUS)

Michael Sallander from BC Academe, The BC App Store, and Chicago Digital is going to discuss best practices when it comes to Google Analytics and Business Catalyst. Mike is one of the most requested Sandpile presenters. To see why, watch his previous Sandpile presentations:

RECORDING: BC and Google Analytics

Michael Sallander Analytics


Host Multiple Sites Using Liquid Markup

May 26 2015 (May 27 in AUS)

Are you wondering how to leverage a single Business Catalyst subscription to host multiple websites? In this Sandpile, Phil Marcuson will share some of the steps he’s taken to implement this capability using a bit of Liquid and some out-of-the-box features. We’ll touch on page templates, liquid logic and includes, categories/classifications and the use of custom module templates. We’ll wrap up with time to share your tips and a Q & A.

RECORDING: Host Multiple Sites Using Liquid Markup

RESOURCES: Host Multiple Sites Using Liquid Markup

Phil Marcuson Liquid Markup


Liquid Tips and Tricks For Success

May 19 2015 (May 20 in AUS)

This meeting is what the BC Sandpile is all about - BC Partners exchanging knowledge. We will spend the entire meeting sharing tips and tricks related to Liquid Markup to help each other speed up and improve their Business Catalyst workflow. Bring your tips and tricks to share.

Scott B Reynolds Liquid Markup


Panel Discussion: Niche Marketing

May 12 2015 (May 13 in AUS)

Does it make sense to work with just one group of customers? We're going to talk to a couple of BC Partners that do just that about the ups and downs of working with a specific Niche of customers . And why they found that approach to be the best choice for their agencies.

Join us as we explore this very important topic with experienced BC Partners as guest panelists.

RECORDING: Panel Discussion: Niche Marketing

Scott B Reynolds Business Interview Marketing Panel Discussion


SEO Best Practices with Katherine Anderson

May 5 2015 (May 6 in AUS)

More Best Practice SEO essentials with Katherine Anderson from  Business Catalyst SEO.

After our last *filled to the brim* session with Katherine Anderson on dealing with Duplicate content, we realised we were only just touching the surface when it came to some key knowledge about managing best practice SEO for our clients.

In working with partners in her business BusinessCatalystSEO.com.au, she is in a perfect position to see what we are currently doing and in what areas we can improve in order to give our clients bigger wins.

So we have asked Katherine back - and her recommended topics for big client impact are understanding -

  • robots.txt, 
  • 301 redirects and 
  • internationalisation.

We hope you can join us.

RECORDING: SEO Best Practices with Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson SEO


Business Catalyst Speed Dating (April 2015)

April 28 2015 (Apr 29 in AUS)

It's been awhile since we had speed rounds of BC vendors showing off their products/services. Each will get 10 minutes to show off they have to offer to the community.

Our BC Speed Dating sessions usually turn out to be the most fun and interesting Sandpiles. Don't miss it!

RECORDING: Business Catalyst Speed Dating (April 2015)

Scott B Reynolds Speed Dating


Think Tank: Fonts and Business Catalyst

Think Tank: Fonts and Business Catalyst

Hosted By:Urszula Richards

April 21 2015 (Apr 22 in AUS)

Fonts are an important part of the web, and are often overlooked. At this Sandpile we are going to invest an hour discussing how the group selects and implements fonts.

RECORDING: Think Tank: Fonts and Business Catalyst

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Let's Get Visual: Mind Mapping for Business Catalyst Projects

April 14 2015 (Apr 15 in AUS)

Let's get Visual - Using Mind Mapping for Website Navigation and Content Development with Patrick Baker of Mindlogik.

Have you ever completed a project only to find out that your client has expectations that go way beyond the scope of the project? One of the challenges facing Business Catalyst Partners is conceptualising the website design and navigation with the client in an intuitive and easy to adapt format.

Mind mapping is a technique that provides a great way to quickly record ideas, associations and connections and to map out a website design and structure.

It is also a tool that can be used to manage:

  • The complete web development process with; Staged sign-off linked to a mutually approved project schedule.
  • Provide a collaborative platform for rolling out a staged project with sign-off by the client to minimise 'scope' creep.
  • This webinar will cover the development of a website concept from start to finish with question and answer opportunity.

RECORDING: Let's Get Visual: Mind Mapping for Business Catalyst Projects

Patrick Baker Design Development


Improving Productivity With Online Tools

April 7 2015 (Apr 8 in AUS)

Following on from our recent Sandpile on “Tools Tools Tools,” Megan Taylor from Kapow Interactive will present a suite of online tools she uses in her business to increase productivity, make communication more effective, and decrease administrative overheads. She will discuss how online tools keep her work days organised and reveal her secret trick to staying highly productive every day. We anticipate a lively discussion afterwards to discuss the pros and cons of various software.

RECORDING: Improving Productivity With Online Tools

Megan Taylor Business


Save Time with Business Catalyst Robots

March 31 2015 (Apr 1 in AUS)

Macros are helpful in doing all sorts of tasks. From testing to data management, these automation tools can save you hours of time.

In this BC Sandpile Matthew Knighton from MRK Development will show you how to go from start to finish with Macros, and how to share macros with the Business Catalyst community.

Lets get these robots working for us!

Topics to be covered:

  1. What are Browser Macros?
  2. Install the Browser macro tools
  3. Getting Started - Recording a macro testing your site
  4. Using macros for performing deletion tasks - removing spam comments
  5. Adding lots of Shipping variations with a macro
  6. Using CSV files
  7. Sharing Macros
  8. Q and A

SLIDES: Slides
EXAMPLE: Examples

RECORDING: Save Time with Business Catalyst Robots

Matthew Knighton Development


How to fix Duplicate Content issues - with Katherine Anderson

March 24 2015 (Mar 25 in AUS)

Some Best Practice SEO essentials with Katherine Anderson from  Business Catalyst SEO.

In this BC Sandpile with Katherine Anderson we will hear about how to fix one of the major issues she sees with websites - Duplicate content.

In working with partners in her business BusinessCatalystSEO.com.au, she is in a perfect position to see what we are currently doing and in what areas we can improve in order to give our clients bigger wins.

Come and join us for this information filled session - or if you missed it - watch the recording.

RECORDING: How to fix Duplicate Content issues - with Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson SEO


BC Tips and Tricks 2015

March 17 2015 (Mar 18 in AUS)

This meeting is what the BC Sandpile is all about - BC Partners exchanging knowledge. We will spend the entire meeting sharing tips and tricks to help each other speed up and improve their Business Catalyst workflow. Bring your tips and tricks to share.

Previous Tips and Tricks meeting (6th August 2013)

RECORDING: BC Tips and Tricks 2015

Scott B Reynolds Think Tank


Customer Retention - A Think Tank with Urszula Richards

March 10 2015 (Mar 11 in AUS)

Supercharge Client Retention

It’s that 80/20 Pareto Principle. Even good old common sense tells us that retaining our existing clients is one of the most profitable things we can do for our business.

So what is it that you do to keep your clients happy and not moving away from you.  Is it your customer service? Is it expanding your service offering? Is it something else?

In today's Think Tank, we will be sharing our own strategies for keeping those hard won clients.

RECORDING: Customer Retention - A Think Tank with Urszula Richards

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Tools, Tools, Tools ....

March 3 2015 (Mar 4 in AUS)

Why don’t you 'down tools' for an hour this week, and join us on Sandpile to share which tools you use in your business.

We have previously had Sandpiles on specific types of tools - such as Time Tracking and Invoicing. But this week, we will be getting Partners to talk about any tools they find useful in their business. You may discover a completely new tool, or find that a something you had reviewed and rejected some time back now does exactly what you need it to do.

So come along this week, prepared to share and discuss - you may even discover 'the one' which will transform your work life forever!

Tools, Tools Tools Tools, Tools Tools (1910 KB)

RECORDING: Tools, Tools, Tools ....

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Open Meeting - February 2015

February 24 2015 (Feb 25 in AUS)

If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


Using Dreamweaver as a Business Catalyst Partner

February 17 2015 (Feb 18 in AUS)

Did you know that you have access to Photoshop files directly from Dreamweaver? If you start your web projects in a PSD and end up in Dreamweaver, this feature alone should save a ridiculous amount of time and frustration.

And, that’s just one of the most recent improvements that makes Dreamweaver and Business Catalyst a winning combination.

Scott B Reynolds with Thrise will walk us through recent Dreamweaver updates and share time-saving techniques of using Dreamweaver with Business Catalyst. Join us as we take a second look at Dreamweaver to see what’s new, and how we can update our workflows for the modern web.

RECORDING: Using Dreamweaver as a Business Catalyst Partner

Scott B Reynolds Dreamweaver Photoshop


How To Be A Successful Business Catalyst Partner

February 10 2015 (Feb 11 in AUS)

Want to learn what other Business Catalyst are doing to succeed? Find out how they find new customers, how they deal with difficult customers, how they bill, and many other topics related to running a successful business.

Join us for our panel discussion on being a successful web professional. We have three experienced web pros who are ready to share their experiences and answer all of your questions.

RECORDING: How To Be A Successful Business Catalyst Partner

Scott B Reynolds Business Panel Discussion


Reliable Email Campaigns in Business Catalyst with Matt Knighton

February 3 2015 (Feb 4 in AUS)

Sending Emails can be daunting. Checking all those email clients and making sure your email gets the best response is at times overwhelming.

Help is at Hand.

In this presentation Matt Knighton from BC App Centre and M R K Development will show you some of the tricks and tools he has found to make sure your emails get to inboxes in a reliable way.

This presentation will see you equipped to send better emails for your customers and get better results in mobile using frameworks and testing tools for your BC Campaigns.

SLIDES: Email Marketing Slides

RECORDING: Reliable Email Campaigns in Business Catalyst with Matt Knighton

Matthew Knighton Business Email Marketing


Business Catalyst Speed Dating (Jan 2015)

January 20 2015 (Jan 21 in AUS)

It's been awhile since we had speed rounds of BC vendors showing off their products/services. Each will get 10 minutes to show off they have to offer to the community.

Our BC Speed Dating sessions usually turn out to be the most fun and interesting Sandpiles. Don't miss it!

RECORDING: Business Catalyst Speed Dating (Jan 2015)

Scott B Reynolds Speed Dating


Overview of BC's January 2015 Release

January 20 2015 (Jan 21 in AUS)

To get the most out of Business Catalyst it's a good idea to pay attention to every release. This month there are updates and enhancements that you will want to know. Join us as Scott B Reynolds and Dave Haggblad explore the most important changes.

January's release:

  • Liquid data type updates
  • Enhanced Web App Items user interface with new widget types for custom Web App fields
  • More User Information available through globals (globals.user enhancements)
  • Bug fixes on the new BC engine
  • Apps and APIs bug fixes
  • Redactor (new admin editor) updates
  • Transfer site between partners

RECORDING: Overview of BC's January 2015 Release

Scott B Reynolds BC Apps Liquid Markup Redactor Release Web Apps


Results of The Sandpile Spam Experiment

January 13 2015 (Jan 14 in AUS)

Spam...we all get it. Our customers get their share as well and they let us know about it. But, how do we best stop it?

In June we had a Sandpile that explored various techniques to stop unwanted spam. We then applied those techniques to web forms on bcsandpile.com.

In this Sandpile we're going to present our findings. Which technique was the most effective?

Original Spam Experiment (Recording): The Sandpile Spam Experiment

RECORDING: Results of The Sandpile Spam Experiment

Dave Haggblad Spam Web Forms


Think Tank: Membership Sites

January 6 2015 (Jan 7 in AUS)

You might say that Membership Sites are all the rage.

In fact, number 6 in the top 15 Digital Marketing and Social Media Trends for 2015. From Social Media Today we hear that ...

Businesses will look to other ways to create engaging communities. This means outside of the traditional networks like Facebook & Twitter, but on to your own site. Think memberships and exclusive content.

We are planning to have a number of Sandpile sessions this year on Membership sites, and we kick this theme off with a Think Tank Sandpile.

Which 'out of the box' BC functions are perfect for Membership Sites?

Some suggested topics discuss -

  • What are the best join up processes?
  • What experiences have you had in setting up regular payments, and are some payment gateways better than others?
  • What community building functionality does Business Catalyst have?
  • What would you like to learn regarding a membership site?, and
  • What kind of membership sites are out there?

Come and share what you know, ask about what you’d like to know and we will try to source community experts to help our collective knowledge of membership sites grow.

RECORDING: Think Tank: Membership Sites

Scott B Reynolds Think Tank


Practical Things You Can Use Liquid For Today

December 30 2014 (Dec 31 in AUS)

In this Sandpile Dave Haggblad from Digital Inkwill show you practical examples of how you can use Liquid. He will go over some common but useful applications, including some that were requested in previous BC Next Sandpiles like hiding image tags if no image exists.

Learn the true power of Liquid!

RECORDING: Practical Things You Can Use Liquid For Today

Dave Haggblad BC Next Develop Mode Liquid Markup


Code Faster: An Introduction to Emmet

December 23 2014 (Dec 24 in AUS)

Looking for a tool to make you a faster and more efficient coder? Emmet provides a shortcut language for writing HTML, XML, and CSS, based on an abbreviation structure most developers already use that expands into full-fledged HTML markup and CSS rules. In this demo Brad Lawryk from Auroratec Digital Publishing will give you an introduction to using Emmet with Dreamweaver to write your HTML and CSS quicker.

RECORDING: Code Faster: An Introduction to Emmet

Brad Lawryk Development


BC.Next Best Practices with Adam Cook

December 16 2014 (Dec 17 in AUS)

With so many new features included in BC.Next it's difficult to know the best way to begin. Adam Cook from One Creative will continue his series on BC's best practices by showing how to use some of the new features recently released (BC.Next). Adam will show off best techniques with Liquid, templates, API V3, and much more.

RECORDING: BC.Next Best Practices with Adam Cook

Adam Cook BC Next Development


Web Components and Business Catalyst

December 9 2014 (Dec 10 in AUS)

In this talk we will review what components are and why it is exciting.

We will also cover the basics of ECMA-6 and will then make a menu using polymer components.

We will finish with answering your questions and how to download the source code from our examples.

RECORDING: Web Components and Business Catalyst

RESOURCES: Web Components and Business Catalyst

Matthew Knighton Development Javascript


Admin Panel How-To (Part 2) with Dave Haggblad

December 2 2014 (Dec 3 in AUS)

Still mystified by some of the options in Business Catalyst Admin? Join us for another dive into BC Admin where I’ll go over each menu item, discuss it’s purpose, and uncover any tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way. Once again, please bring what YOU know about the Admin Panel items so if I’m stumped you can jump in and give me a hand!

If you weren’t at the Oct 28th Sandpile where we did this for your Partner Portal, now’s a great time to watch the recording.

RECORDING: Admin Panel How-To (Part 2) with Dave Haggblad

Dave Haggblad Admin Develop Mode Redactor Release


BC.Next Wrapup - For Developers and Non-Developers

November 25 2014 (Nov 26 in AUS)

Business Catalyst has typically been marketed as a platform for designers who did not want to touch code. We now all know that this is not quite true, and that this lack of access to code has had the developers and those with specific client requirements less than happy.

Enter BC.Next. So much excitement, but what does it really mean?

In this session, we will talk about how this new set of tools will solve customer problems - in a way that non-techies will understand.

And if you are a developer playing around with Liquid - we’d love it if you share your ‘best so far’ application of Liquid which solves a specific customer problem.

RECORDING: BC.Next Wrapup - For Developers and Non-Developers

Urszula Richards BC Next Development Liquid Markup


Learn to use module_data and BC V3 APIs Interactively

November 18 2014 (Nov 19 in AUS)

Are you interested in learning about BC.next and module_data, a module that makes all BC data, for all modules, accessible in both list and detail views, with sorting capabilities on any field and pagination? Join us discovering module_data and how it works with the new BC V3 APIs and in website’s frontend? 

Join our session to learn how to easily test the new V3 APIs on your site and how to use them when building websites? This is a hands-on session with live demos from production sites.

RECORDING: Learn to use module_data and BC V3 APIs Interactively

Scott B Reynolds Admin BC Apps BC Next Liquid Markup


How BC Partners Are Using Liquid

November 11 2014 (Nov 12 in AUS)

In the second sandpile in our month dedicated to BC.Next Partners are stepping up to show off how they are using Liquid. You will see practical applications using new techniques. This is the per fect meeting for anyone interested in how other BC Partners are using Liquid.

Timothy Blevins from Rithmic Digital will be one Partner who shares how he is using Liquid.

RECORDING: How BC Partners Are Using Liquid

Timothy Blevins BC Next Liquid Markup


BC.Next Basics with Scott B Reynolds

November 4 2014 (Nov 5 in AUS)

This may be the most exciting time ever to be a Business Catalyst Partner. The most recent releases (labeled BC.Next) are giving BC Partners a new set of tools to make powerful online businesses. This meeting kicks off an entire month (November 2014) of BC.Next discussions. We'll begin with exploring each part of BC.Next (Liquid, APIs, etc), and if time allows going into a group discussion.

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise will walk through each part of BC.Next giving lots of examples.

RECORDING: BC.Next Basics with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds API BC Next Liquid Markup Release


Admin Panel How To with Dave Haggblad

October 28 2014 (Oct 29 in AUS)

Do you know how to add Powered by "INSERT YOUR AGENCY NAME" on the bottom of your clients email newsletters to get some credit for your hard work? 

Do you know how to stop receiving those weekly reports for every single one of your clients? Want to know an easy way to do AB Testing of some content for a page? 

Join the Admin Panel Sandpile where Dave Haggblad will go over as many items in the Admin panel and Partner Portal as we have time for. Dave says bring what YOU know about the Admin Panel items too so if he's stumped you can jump in and give him a hand!

RECORDING: Admin Panel How To with Dave Haggblad

Dave Haggblad Admin Redactor


Open Source BC Plugins with Matthew Knighton

October 21 2014 (Oct 22 in AUS)

Matthew Knighton will unveil MRK Development's new open source BC plugin, explain how to install it, and show how to create your own. Some of the topics to be discussed:

  • What is a BC plugin?
  • How to generate a key
  • How to install an open source plugin
  • How to use a BC plugin
  • How to open source your own BC plugin
  • AngularJS Basics for rapidly building BC plugins

RECORDING: Open Source BC Plugins with Matthew Knighton

Matthew Knighton Admin BC Apps BC Next


How to Improve your Web Design Productivity by 100x

October 14 2014 (Oct 15 in AUS)

Thomas Amos from Essex Web Creatives will share how he goes from Photoshop to Business Catalyst in a way that saves his team hours of work. He is going to attempt to break a Sandpile World Record by completing a three page Business Catalyst website in less than an hour. Don't miss this chance to be a part of Business Catalyst history!

RECORDING: How to Improve your Web Design Productivity by 100x

Thomas Amos Business Design Development


BC Unconference at MAX 2014

October 6 2014 (Oct 7 in AUS)

Schedule (Los Angeles time, PDT):
1:00pm - 1:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
1:15pm - 1:55pm – Official Adobe opening presentation
2:00pm - 2:55pm – BC.Next deep dive with Lucian Cozma
3:00pm - 3:55pm – Open Admin deep dive with Radu Cosnita
4:00pm - 4:55pm – BC Roadmap open table with Alexandru Costin
5:00pm - 5:55pm – BC Sandpile with Scott Reynolds from Thrise

RECORDINGS:

Scott B Reynolds BC Next Liquid Markup Web Apps


Open Meeting before Adobe MAX 2014

September 30 2014 (Oct 1 in AUS)

We have a huge event next week, so we're keeping this meeting light.

Bring your questions. Bring your concerns. Bring your sense of humor.

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


Teaching Clients Marketing with Urszula Richards

September 23 2014 (Sep 24 in AUS)

Teaching Clients Marketing - a split training approach

Over the past 18 months, Urszula Richards has been involved in delivering training for the Digital Enterprise Program, an initiative of the Federal Government to digitally up skill small business - primarily in the area of online marketing. It has been a great exercise in teaching business owners with varying degrees digital skills and marketing knowledge.

What she learnt as a result of this process is something she now uses with her own clients, in order to help them really ‘get’ the point of marketing rather than simply ‘do some Facebook’ or ‘send some emails’.

If you have ever thought that despite your best efforts your clients are not quite getting it, then this presentation on the ‘split training’ approach may help.

RECORDING: Teaching Clients Marketing with Urszula Richards

Urszula Richards Business Email Marketing Training


Solving Common Business Catalyst Problems

September 16 2014 (Sep 17 in AUS)

Working with almost 200 BC partners and over 550 completed BC sites has given EZ-BC insight on what features and techniques are most important to BC Partners and their clients. Alex Yagolnik and Vlad Zaytsev of EZ-BC are going to share some of their best techniques, and answer as many Business Catalyst related questions as time allows.

RECORDING: Solving Common Business Catalyst Problems

Scott B Reynolds Development


Open Meeting - September 2014

September 9 2014 (Sep 10 in AUS)

If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Bring your questions. Bring your concerns. Bring your sense of humor.

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


BC Development: The Lazy Way

September 2 2014 (Sep 3 in AUS)

Admit it, we're all lazy. We're always looking for ways to make the development process easier and more efficient.

Adam Ladrach from BC Gurus will show that even though developing sites on BC can be a complex process, given a little work, it can be much simpler. He will use his experience in managing development projects to show you some best practices in your development workflow, as well as managing the productivity of your team.

RECORDING: BC Development: The Lazy Way

Adam Ladrach Development


CSS Preprocessors with Scott B Reynolds

August 26 2014 (Aug 27 in AUS)

We found that many Business Catalyst partners are not using a CSS preprocessor, yet want to learn more about it. This sounds like a job for BC Sandpile!

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise is going to show you how to use a CSS preprocessor to speed up your next Business Catalyst project. He will explain what a preprocessor is, why it’s a good idea, and give lots of live examples.

RECORDING: CSS Preprocessors with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds CSS Preprocessors LESS


Vertical Market: Case Study with Stephanie Campanella

August 19 2014 (Aug 20 in AUS)

One of the big requests for this year has been to revisit verticals as a way of focussed marketing allowing for specialisation and speed of implementation for sites. Stephanie Campanella, from Summit Web Design has adopted this approach and targeted the niche of ‘Tradies'. She comes to us with her experiences to date about how this is working - with takeaways we can all use for a niche of our own choosing.

RECORDING: Vertical Market: Case Study with Stephanie Campanella

Stephanie Campanella Business Marketing


BC Best Practices: Smart Template Design

August 12 2014 (Aug 13 in AUS)

Adam Cook from One Creative will continue his series on BC's best practices by starting where he left off in his last demonstration. Adam will show how to build 75% of a Business Catalyst site with smart template design. No matter if you're a designer, developer, project manager, or site owner you will walk away with a better understanding of how Business Catalyst works.

RECORDING: BC Best Practices: Smart Template Design

Adam Cook Development


Social Media Best Practices

August 5 2014 (Aug 6 in AUS)

This week we have invited a guest speaker who comes to us by a recommendation from Adam Broadway.

Our clients often invest time and resources into social media but don't see a return on their investment. Laina Reginelli, from ZootRock will share some insights on how to engage customers and gain new followers using social media. She will show us -

  • Some mistakes and successes made by other companies on social media
  • Tips on how to engage with followers and keep active social media pages using curated content
  • How to gain new followers and effectively promote your brand on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin

Laina has also volunteered to do an assessment of a few Facebook, Twitter or Linked In profiles - either provided on the day, or preferably sent a day ahead so she can review them.

Come along with any social media questions you may have….

RECORDING: Social Media Best Practices

Urszula Richards Social Media


Building and Marketing Food & Restaurant Websites

July 29 2014 (Jul 30 in AUS)

In this second of our series on focused industry discussions, we will be looking at best practices for building and then marketing Food and Restaurant Websites.

This of course does cover a wide range - from Pubs with big menu and functions offerings, to small cafes and well established restaurants. There are also many food related businesses and add on services such as catering and prepared meals.

In this BC Sandpile, we will again be pooling our collective knowledge and experiences to learn from each other. We hope to see you there!

RECORDING: Building and Marketing Food & Restaurant Websites

Urszula Richards Marketing Think Tank


Open Meeting - July 2014

July 22 2014 (Jul 23 in AUS)

If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Bring your questions. Bring your concerns. Bring your sense of humor.

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


The Sandpile Spam Experiment

July 15 2014 (Jul 16 in AUS)

Spam...we all get it. Our customers get their share as well and they let us know about it. Even the Sandpile website is not immune.

In this Sandpile we're going to present some methods several Sandpile members are considering or actually using to combat spam. We're going to load those methods into some test forms on the Sandpile website and run an experiment for a couple of months to see which method seems to be most effective at managing spam. We'll report the results back to the group in a future Sandpile.

So bring your ideas, we'll add them to our test pages and see what happens. We hope some open discussion and this testing will provide a framework or spark some ideas for how Sandpilers can reduce the spam their customers are seeing.

RECORDING: The Sandpile Spam Experiment

Dave Haggblad Spam Web Forms


Case Study: A BC Audio Training Site

July 8 2014 (Jul 9 in AUS)

TheVoiceCafe.net, a site developed by Lindsey Lawson and BC Partner, Katie Zulanas, facilitates learning new accents. Actors and Business people throughout the world are able to sign up for "passports" (secure zones) to hear and practice whatever english speaking accent they wish to study. Most recently, a "record" widget was added to allow users to hear what their practice sounds like.

At this Sandpile we will investigate how local storage was used to pass a variable to the length of the passport. And, how jPlayer was used to allow the audio files to be stored and played on the site.

RECORDING: Case Study: A BC Audio Training Site

Scott B Reynolds Case Study


BC Best Practices: Starting From Scratch

July 1 2014 (Jul 2 in AUS)

Adam Cook from One Creative will continue his series on BC's best practices by demonstrating how to start a BC project. Adam will show how simple a site-build can be when applying best practices. No matter if you're a designer, developer, project manager, or site owner you will walk away with a better understanding of how Business Catalyst works.

RECORDING: BC Best Practices: Starting From Scratch

Adam Cook Development


Empower Users with the Updated In-Context Editor

June 24 2014 (Jun 25 in AUS)

Fallen out of love with the In-Context Editor? Maybe it’s time to make friends again.

Most of us, at some point, have dabbled with the old InContext Editor … and then never looked at it again. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t great.

BC has upgraded InContext Editor into a more robust tool. Tarik (Creativaholic) & Megan (Kapow Interactive) have already provided some great introductions to this.

With the latest updates to ICE we now have a even more powerful tool allows our customers to update their websites, without breaking (or destroying) our hard work with the website design by locking down components where they can make changes.

But what is ICE really capable of?

Gary Swanepoel of IT Business is going to show examples of leveraging ICE to really empower users to make major changes without web apps and get better control of using back-end modules when walking through the website by passing the internals of the Admin Console.

With all this in place, is there finally the possibility for creating beautiful websites for the web basic plans with only ICE?

RECORDING: Empower Users with the Updated In-Context Editor

Scott B Reynolds Admin In-context Editing


Building and Marketing Accommodation Websites

June 17 2014 (Jun 18 in AUS)

In this first in a series of focused industry discussions, we will be looking at best practices for building and then marketing Accommodation websites.

There are of course a wide range of accommodation website types; from the small B&B or holiday rental, through to large hotels. If you have built any accommodations, come along and share your experiences - what to do, or perhaps what NOT to do!

With accommodation it is common to have the booking system work with third party providers. Are there any you recommend? And what about best ways of marketing these businesses online. What has you found works, and what doesn't?

RECORDING: Building and Marketing Accommodation Websites

Urszula Richards Marketing


Open Meeting - June 2014

June 10 2014 (Jun 11 in AUS)

If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.

Bring your questions. Bring your concerns. Bring your sense of humor.

RECORDING: Open Meeting - June 2014

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


Best Practices in Building BC Websites

June 3 2014 (Jun 4 in AUS)

Its no secret that Adam Cook from One Creative is on a mission to help websites be built correctly from the ground up. But he also loves helping us all be smarter about the way we achieve that result.

To this end, he started a collaborative document which covers things like general pointers for BC site development, right through to some specifics about the best way to code in Business Catalyst.

Come along to this Sandpile to take a look at these best practice tips to see what you can pick up, or add to in our quest to create excellent websites, as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Whether you have been building websites in Business Catalyst for years or are just starting out, this session is bound to provide you with something to take away and implement straight away!

RECORDING: Best Practices in Building BC Websites

Adam Cook Development


Sometimes Tables are a Good Thing

May 27 2014 (May 28 in AUS)

Sure, we’ve come a long way from when we used tables for website layout, and popular opinion is that you shouldn’t use them at all. Sometimes though, a table is the best way to present your clients data. In this weeks Sandpile Dave will show you how to install and configure a plugin he uses called Data Tables. This plugin makes it easy to sort, filter, print and export your table based data. Even if you have more than the 500 items per page that BC limits you to.

RECORDING: Sometimes Tables are a Good Thing

Dave Haggblad Development Javascript


Tracking and Billing Project Time - Discussion Panel

May 13 2014 (May 14 in AUS)

There are a myriad of ways in which time can be tracked, and there is a huge choice in terms of software for project time tracking. This week we have 3 sandpipers talking about the software they use to track their time. Kristen Lindsey, from Apokrisis, will be showing Mavenlink. Debra Quartararo from Doodlefish will show us Toggl. And Megan Taylor from Kapow Interactive will show us Harvest. This session will also include a Q&A following each software presentation, and a general discussion on the topic of time tracking with Sandpilers.

By the end of this session you will have had an introduction to at least three software options for time tracking, and have an idea if there is a better way of tracking your time for projects than what you are using now.

RECORDING: Tracking and Billing Project Time - Discussion Panel

Urszula Richards Business Panel Discussion


Make Business Catalyst Dance with Underscore

May 13 2014 (May 14 in AUS)

Business Catalyst is all about lists, and Scott B Reynolds from Thrise is going to show how to use Underscore to give your visitors greater control over how to view those lists via filtering, sorting, shuffling and about 80 other handy features. Underscore.js is a popular javascript library allowing you to rearrange your Business Catalyst data. Make Business Catalyst dance with the power of Underscore.

RECORDING: Make Business Catalyst Dance with Underscore

Scott B Reynolds Javascript Underscore


How To Use Bootstrap's jQuery Plugins with BC

May 6 2014 (May 7 in AUS)

Bootstrap, a popular front-end framework makes developing BC sites easier, but you still need to configure the components to leverage the functionality. Joseph Salinas from Business Barista will share how to best use Bootstrap's built-in jQuery plugins. The first half of his presentation will show how easy it is to bring Bootstrap to life with plugins. The second half will go over more advanced tricks that integrate with Business Catalyst. Joe is known for his Bootstrap webinars and videos.

RECORDING: How To Use Bootstrap's jQuery Plugins with BC

Scott B Reynolds Bootstrap Development jQuery


Ask An Engineer: BC Apps

April 29 2014 (Apr 30 in AUS)

Have you ever wished you had access to a Business Catalyst engineer? What would you ask someone responsible for BC Apps? Well, get your questions ready...it's going to be an open discussion between you and Radu Cosnita, the main engineer for the Open Admin Project.

RECORDING: Ask An Engineer: BC Apps

Scott B Reynolds BC Apps BC Next Interview


BC App Collaboration: Benefits of Working Together

April 22 2014 (Apr 23 in AUS)

Karim Ardalan and Joe Wellborn from BackupBC will share their experiences of working together to build a popular BC App. Karim and Joe will walk us through how they came to work together, the process they took to complete the project, and what it takes to have a successful professional relationship. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a successful behind-the-scenes BC collaboration story.

Scott B Reynolds BC Apps Panel Discussion


Open Discussion: BC Apps

April 15 2014 (Apr 16 in AUS)

Have strong feelings regarding Business Catalyst Apps? Have a BC App idea you want to share with the community with the intention of having someone else build it? Do you have specific questions on how to do something? Are you a Business Catalyst junkie and need your fix? Join us for an honest and open discussion on the new Business Catalyst Open Admin.

RECORDING: Open Discussion: BC Apps

Scott B Reynolds BC Apps Open Meeting


Think Tank: BC App Collaboration

April 8 2014 (Apr 9 in AUS)

Are you overwhelmed with the idea of creating a BC App by yourself? Ask the community to build it for you, or try collaborating with other BC Partners to get it built. We are dedicating this entire meeting to the Open Admin (Business Catalyst Apps) and how BC Partners can collaborate on projects. Use BC Sandpile as a way to find others who have the same app needs.

Urszula Richards BC Apps Think Tank


Speed Dating: BC Apps (April 2014)

April 1 2014 (Apr 2 in AUS)

To kick off our April Apps Month (a full month dedicated to bc apps) we are going to hear from the BC developers who have launched their apps in the BC App Store. Each developer will get 10 minutes to show off their apps, receive feedback, and answer questions. BC Speed Daters:

  • Gary Swanepoel
  • Mike Sallander
  • Karim Ardalan
  • Brett Stockley
  • Scott B Reynolds

RECORDING: Speed Dating: BC Apps (April 2014)

Urszula Richards BC Apps Speed Dating


The UX Checklist: 10 Steps to Better Design

March 25 2014 (Mar 26 in AUS)

Do you have a system to make your websites user-friendly? For your next web project try using a User Experience (UX) checklist. Information Architecture & User Experience Consultant Mary Kennedy will review 10 simple, yet effective, tactics to ensure better user experiences.

Scott B Reynolds User Experience


Best Practices for Email Marketing

March 18 2014 (Mar 19 in AUS)

We have all been inspired by BC's new capabilities in relation to extended functions available now in email marketing. In Context Editing is a huge bonus, and things like excluding lists is very cool.

However, this Think Tank is devoted to finding out how partners manage some of the best practices for email marketing within BC, and how they work towards best practice. For example, is there a better way to handle updating subscriber options other than a basic 'unsubscribe'.

What is the consensus on best practice and what tips and tricks do you have which you think work. Come along with your experience, ideas and questions…

RECORDING: Best Practices for Email Marketing

Urszula Richards Email Marketing Think Tank


Fundamentals of Javascript with Mark Lassoff

March 11 2014 (Mar 12 in AUS)

In this presentation, author and Javascript expert Mark Lassoff will examine what Javascript's capabilities are relative to the new HTML5 paradigm and show you how to get started with basic coding. Attendees will be provided with a complementary digital copy of Lassoff's best selling book Javascript for Beginners from LearnToProgram Media.

RESOURCES: Javascript can be found in our resources section

RECORDING: Fundamentals of Javascript with Mark Lassoff

Scott B Reynolds Development Javascript


Lessons Learned from a jQuery/BC Project

March 4 2014 (Mar 5 in AUS)

jQuery can be intimidating. Dave Haggblad from Digital Ink was scared of jQuery until he needed to dive deeper into it in order to accomplish what was needed for a client. In this Sandpile Dave will talk about the lessons he learned while getting this job done. A little bit of jQuery went a long ways and he's not quite so scared any more.

RECORDING: Lessons Learned from a jQuery/BC Project

Dave Haggblad Javascript jQuery


How To Generate A Revenue Stream From Your Existing Clients

February 25 2014 (Feb 26 in AUS)

Greg Marcel from 2140 Interactive and BC Client Training, will explain how he leverages the Email Marketing Module to market new BC Modules and features to his existing client base to create consistent work and a steady revenue stream.

RECORDING: How To Generate A Revenue Stream From Your Existing Clients

Greg Marcel Business Marketing


BC Inspiration from Two Blokes with a Postie

February 18 2014 (Feb 19 in AUS)

One Year On - Eddy Chan and Mario Gudelj from Two Blokes with a Postie will be presenting some of their latest and greatest API integrations with BC.

1) Javascript Email Plugin for pages that connects to our API service so you can create fully customized email autoresponders with your own layout and render the tags how you want.

2) Vend-BC integration - for all those who need a cost-effective POS system integrated with BC online store so that business owners have centralised inventory and order reporting

3) Custom CRM/Order tracking app integrated with BC to help businesses who have a small salesforce perform better and simplify their workflows.

RECORDING: BC Inspiration from Two Blokes with a Postie

Urszula Richards Case Study


Are You Prepared For Business Catalyst Apps?

February 11 2014 (Feb 12 in AUS)

Are you prepared for BC Apps? Scott B Reynolds from Thrise will show you how to plan and design your first Business Catalyst App. You should attend this event if you are currently building an app, plan to build an app, or just want to learn more about apps. Don't miss out - join the BC App Revolution!

RECORDING: Are You Prepared For Business Catalyst Apps?

Scott B Reynolds API BC Apps Design


BC Sandpile's Product Enhancement Project and Open Meeting

February 4 2014 (Feb 5 in AUS)

This week we will let you know about Sandpile’s Product Enhancement Project and progress that has been made.
This will be followed by an Open Meeting.
Do you have a Business Catalyst question? Do you have a cool project you want to show off? Do you have a Business Catalyst addiction and need a fix? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is definitely the meeting for you.

Links mentioned during meeting:

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


Top 5 jQuery Techniques Every BC Developer Should Know

January 28 2014 (Jan 29 in AUS)

Michael Sallander from BC Academe is going to show off the top 5 jQuery techniques every BC developer should know. Mike is one of the most requested Sandpile presenters, and to see why you should watch some of his previous Sandpile presentations:

JS Fiddles from presentation:
http://jsfiddle.net/mikesallander/v599m/
http://jsfiddle.net/mikesallander/3xsHT/2/

RECORDING: Top 5 jQuery Techniques Every BC Developer Should Know

Michael Sallander Development jQuery


Business Catalyst Questions and Answers

January 21 2014 (Jan 22 in AUS)

This Sandpile we are going to ask the group questions. The answers will likely uncover solutions and techniques that will better everyone who attends. Some of the questions that will be asked are listed below:

  • When you first took up BC did you find it easy to learn?
  • Why did you choose BC as your platform of choice?
  • Who would you consider to be the nearest competitor to BC?
  • Do you contact, or meet, other BC partners regularly to share information?
  • What is your favourite source of information for all things BC (besides BC Sandpile!)?

RECORDING: Business Catalyst Questions and Answers

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


Marketing with Business Catalyst (3 of 3)

January 14 2014 (Jan 15 in AUS)

Adam Zoblotsky from Mustard Mouth Marketing is going to complete his three part series on Marketing with Business Catalyst. Be sure to watch Adam's previous Sandpiles:

Marketing with Business Catalyst (1 of 3)
Marketing with Business Catalyst (2 of 3)

RECORDING: Marketing with Business Catalyst (3 of 3)

Adam Zoblotsky Marketing


How To Use Business Catalyst In Develop Mode

January 7 2014 (Jan 8 in AUS)

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise and PrestoBC is going to show how to best use the develop mode in Business Catalyst. This is going to be a short presentation, and then the group will discuss which tools they use to build BC sites.

RECORDING: How To Use Business Catalyst In Develop Mode

Scott B Reynolds Admin Develop Mode


Happy New Year - Open Meeting

December 31 2013 (Jan 1 in AUS)

This is an open meeting where all Business Catalyst topics are on the table. Or, just drop in for a drink!

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


Drop In Drink - Open Meeting

December 24 2013 (Dec 25 in AUS)

This is an open meeting where all Business Catalyst topics are on the table. Or, just drop in for a drink!

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


2013 SEO Update Panel & Discussion

December 17 2013 (Dec 18 in AUS)

There have been a lot of changes recently in the search engine world (Hummingbird, etc), and we are going to sort through it. Katherine Anderson from Business Catalyst SEO, together with Scott Thomas from Apokrisis will guide the conversation. This is not a formal presentation but an update by experts presenting their perspective, followed by a Q & A session and group discussion. Please come prepared to participate.

RECORDING: 2013 SEO Update Panel & Discussion

Katherine Anderson Panel Discussion SEO


Creating Tags in Business Catalyst

December 10 2013 (Dec 11 in AUS)

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise is going to show how to connect different parts of a Business Catalyst site using dynamic tags. This presentation will walk through a web app submission process that both creates and assigns tags to web app items.

RECORDING: Creating Tags in Business Catalyst

Scott B Reynolds AJAX Web Apps


Integrating Social Media & Business Catalyst - Cash In On Your Passion!

December 3 2013 (Dec 4 in AUS)

In this BC Sandpile, Jonathan Hinshaw from Ebway Creative will cover the philosophy of social media and how to incorporate it into your Business Catalyst platform and/or business. This is an action based session. You will come away with a game plan! From philosophy to production you’ll learn how to grow your Business Catalyst revenue with social media…

  1. Figure Out Your Brand Story
  2. Top 3 Social Channels (and why...)
  3. Content Supply & Demand

Basically, you’ll learn how to SELL stuff... 'Nuff Said.

RECORDING: Integrating Social Media & Business Catalyst - Cash In On Your Passion!

Jonathan Hinshaw Sales Social Media


Think Tank - Planning A Website (continued)

November 26 2013 (Nov 27 in AUS)

In this session we will continue where we left off in our last Think Tank. We encourage everyone to bring questions and opinions. At the end we hope to figure out the best practices in a Business Catalyst project.

RECORDING: Think Tank - Planning A Website (continued)

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Unleash The Power Of Business Catalyst with Evernote

November 19 2013 (Nov 20 in AUS)

Evernote is one of those online tools which some people have adopted with a passion and others have tried but not really understood. In this week's Sandpile, Urszula Richards from onlineiq will show why this is the ONE tool she cannot live without - and how she uses it as her own personal 'google' for her whole business.

She will demonstrate how she has integrated it with PrestoBC's CCC, but that is just one of many possible applications. The incredible search with Optical Recognition, its integration with browsers, and its latest reminders feature are just some of the features which make this tool as popular as it is.

Its real power comes when you start using it for everything - and Ursh will give you some tips for setting it up right from the ground up so you can get the most out of it. If you have ever considered using Evernote, but not quite seen what all the fuss was about, this is one session you should not miss.

RECORDING: Unleash The Power Of Business Catalyst with Evernote

Urszula Richards Business


It's Not Goodbye BC, It's See You Later

November 12 2013 (Nov 13 in AUS)

Has Business Catalyst co-founder Adam Broadway really left Adobe? Join us for this special BC Sandpile to find out what it took to build BC, what Adam's hope for the future of BC is, and what's next for Adam.

RECORDING: It's Not Goodbye BC, It's See You Later

Scott B Reynolds Interview


Membership & Marketing Websites with Business Catalyst

November 5 2013 (Nov 6 in AUS)

Limited or Limitless? Thomas Amos of Essex Web Creative will go through some of the challenges when building a large project on Adobe Business Catalyst and how he overcome them. Showing that with the right method of thinking, anything is possible with business catalyst. He will also be going through some of the social media and email marketing strategies he used to make this website successful before the website was even launched.

RECORDING: Membership & Marketing Websites with Business Catalyst

Thomas Amos Business Email Marketing Marketing Social Media


Speed Dating with BC Partners - October

October 29 2013 (Oct 30 in AUS)

With so many Business Catalyst resources it's easy to get lost. We are dedicating this entire meeting to explore as many helpful BC resources as possible. Each presenter will have a a short amount of time to talk about their product or service.

  • Adam Cook
  • Brent Weaver
  • Greg Marcel
  • Scott B Reynolds

RECORDING: Speed Dating with BC Partners - October

Scott B Reynolds Speed Dating


Enhanced Web Forms with Scott B Reynolds

October 22 2013 (Oct 23 in AUS)

Creating a web form in Business Catalyst is easy. Customizing the way it looks and acts can be difficult. Using the popular Bootstrap 3 framework and some JavaScript Scott B Reynolds of Thrise will walk through some of the steps he took to enhance his web forms.

RECORDING: Enhanced Web Forms with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds Bootstrap CRM Javascript Secure Zones Web Forms


Think Tank - Planning A Website

October 15 2013 (Oct 16 in AUS)

In this Think Tank session we will explore how BC Partners typically plan a web project. We encourage everyone to bring questions and opinions. At the end we hope to figure out the best practices on laying out a Business Catalyst project.

RECORDING: Think Tank - Planning A Website

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Building a Blog with Business Catalyst and Muse

October 8 2013 (Oct 9 in AUS)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could combine the ease of designing a website with Muse and the power of Business Catalyst? At first glance Muse doesn’t seem like it can tap into all of Business Catalyst features, but with a few clever techniques you can have Muse and Business Catalyst work together to make full-featured powerful websites.

Karim Ardalan from AID+BC is going to show us how to create a Business Catalyst blog with Adobe Muse. Using these techniques you will be able to use Muse to integrate most of BC’s features, like ecommerce, forum, etc.

RECORDING: Building a Blog with Business Catalyst and Muse

Karim Ardalan Muse


DNS Unravelled with Wayne Lawson

October 1 2013 (Oct 2 in AUS)

Wayne Lawson from Inhale Digital Marketing will provide information on how DNS works and how you can make changes to get even more out of your customers websites.

RECORDING: DNS Unravelled with Wayne Lawson

Scott B Reynolds Development


Open Meeting: September 2013

September 24 2013 (Sep 25 in AUS)

Our last open meeting went so well, we are doing it again. Do you have a Business Catalyst question? Do you have a cool project you want to show off? Do you have a Business Catalyst addiction and need a fix? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is definitely the meeting for you.

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


Spam Free Comments with Dave Haggblad

September 17 2013 (Sep 18 in AUS)

This week Dave Haggblad from Digital Ink Multimedia will demonstrate installation of the DISQUS commenting system on the blog section of a website. 

DISQUS is an easy to install and simple to use system which has all but eliminated spam comments on the websites he has installed it on. Log into DISQUS once in the morning, and a user can easily leave comments on any site that is using DISQUS. 

Dave will also show using DISQUS with web apps, and provide an overview of the DISQUS moderation panel.

RECORDING: Spam Free Comments with Dave Haggblad

Dave Haggblad Spam


Adobe Muse with James Malloy

September 10 2013 (Sep 11 in AUS)

In some circles James Malloy is known as “Mr Muse”, and at this sandpile you will find out why. Learn how to create and publish a site using Adobe Muse that is optimized for desktop and devices, including phones and tablets. Learn quickly how to incorporate some of the most popular web design features, including: Slideshows, social media, google maps, forms, and more.

RECORDING: Adobe Muse with James Malloy

Scott B Reynolds Design Muse


Leverage Your Partnership With Adobe

September 3 2013 (Sep 4 in AUS)

Are you making the most of your partnership with Adobe? Diana Herac, the BC Sales Consultant for Adobe will be joining us to explain how you can best leverage your partnership with Adobe. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask questions directly from in an "insider". Don’t miss this one!

RECORDING: Leverage Your Partnership With Adobe

Scott B Reynolds Business


Open Meeting - August 2013

August 27 2013 (Aug 28 in AUS)

Do you have a Business Catalyst question? Do you have a cool project you want to show off? Do you have a Business Catalyst addiction and need a fix? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is definitely the meeting for you.

RECORDING: Open Meeting - August 2013

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


Combine Multiple Web Apps with Scott B Reynolds

August 20 2013 (Aug 21 in AUS)

Web Apps are one of the reasons why Business Catalyst stands out from other systems. Combining two (or more) web apps can make them even more powerful and allow BC Partners to build more more valuable business websites relying less on 3rd-party tools. Scott B Reynolds of Thrise will show off how this works and display some working examples.

RECORDING: Combine Multiple Web Apps with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds AJAX Web Apps


BC Think Tank: Starting a Web Project

August 13 2013 (Aug 14 in AUS)

In this Think Tank session we will explore how BC Partners typically start a web project. We encourage everyone to bring questions and opinions. At the end we hope to figure out the best practices on starting a Business Catalyst project.

RECORDING: BC Think Tank: Starting a Web Project

Urszula Richards Think Tank


Business Catalyst Tips and Tricks

August 6 2013 (Aug 7 in AUS)

This meeting is what the BC Sandpile is all about - BC Partners exchanging knowledge. We will spend the entire meeting sharing tips and tricks to help each other speed up and improve their Business Catalyst workflow. Bring your tips and tricks to share.

Meeting link: John Kempen's Two Funnels

RECORDING: Business Catalyst Tips and Tricks

Scott B Reynolds Open Meeting


BC Speed Dating - July 2013

July 30 2013 (Jul 31 in AUS)

The first time we had a speed dating event it went over really well, so we're trying it again. With so many Business Catalyst resources it's easy to get lost. We are dedicating this entire meeting to explore as many helpful BC resources as possible. Each presenter will have a a short amount of time to talk about their product or service.

Links:

RECORDING: BC Speed Dating - July 2013

Scott B Reynolds Speed Dating


BC Think Tank: Working With Frameworks

July 23 2013 (Jul 24 in AUS)

When building your websites do you use a specific framework? If so, please join us and share. If not, join us and let us know why not. We will compare the strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. We'll discuss best practices, and attempt to answer all questions. Bring lots of questions!

Popular Frameworks:

RECORDING: BC Think Tank: Working With Frameworks

Scott B Reynolds Think Tank


Minority Report Wireframing with Tim Gentle

July 16 2013 (Jul 17 in AUS)

Tim Gentle from Design Experts knows how to sell Business Catalyst solutions. This become evident for those that have heard his "Sales Process presentation" at AdobeMAX 2013. Part of Tim's approach is constantly reviewing and refining the sales process he uses to ensure it remains effective and innovative.

One of the techniques he's working on is experimenting with a technique he refers to as "Minority Wireframing". Tim will spend time with BC Sandpilers, demonstrating this experimentally technique and discuss his vision for it. Part of the session will be Tim seeking ideas and feedback from Sandpilers as to how it could be improved.

If you're interested learning more about where "website planning" could go, then this is a session not to be missed!

Meeting Links:

RECORDING: Minority Report Wireframing with Tim Gentle

Scott B Reynolds Design Development


Taking On Small Projects, but Still Being Profitable

July 9 2013 (Jul 10 in AUS)

BC Catalyst Partners from all over the world have different approaches to running their business and taking on website projects. But, quality standards and profit differ based on unique circumstances. This presentation will cover different workflows to building BC websites based on talent and technology. It will also uncover a variety of project cycle models while reviewing effort, schedule, and profit margins. SimpleFlame has been tweaking and adapting to grow since 2007. Cesar Keller is happy to discuss the growth pattern and diversification course that SimpleFlame has chosen and unveil the latest brand/model "SMB Fuel".

SLIDES (pdf): Taking On Small Projects, but Still Being Profitable

RECORDING: Taking On Small Projects, but Still Being Profitable

Scott B Reynolds Design Development


Using Rich Snippets in BC to Increase Traffic from Search Engines

July 2 2013 (Jul 3 in AUS)

Brian Lowry of BC Gurus

Everyone wants the number one position in Google for their relevant search terms and it can be extremely challenging to achieve, sometimes even impossible. Did you know that a search listing that uses rich snippets can get more than 250% more clicks, even in the 2nd - 5th position?

It’s likely you see rich snippets everyday, even if you don’t know what they are. When you are on Google, Yahoo, or Bing, for almost any search term, you’ll find search results that really stand out from the rest.

You’ll find results that include author photos, video thumbnails, ratings and reviews, product pricing, etc. These are all things that help the searcher make a decision before actually clicking a result. They are also all great ways to attract eyeballs to your client’s business.

In this presentation you’ll learn why this is one of the absolute best value added services you can offer your clients and how exactly to implement in your BC sites.

Links:

RECORDING: Using Rich Snippets in BC to Increase Traffic from Search Engines

Scott B Reynolds SEO


BC Utility Plugin Repository with Adam Cook

June 25 2013 (Jun 26 in AUS)

Adam Cook from One Creative will give information on his BC Utility Plugin repository. He will explain what it is and how to use it.

By way of explanation, a utility plugin is:

  • A jQuery plugin that is simple in scope. It has a narrow purpose in order to make it easy for any level of partner to use.
  • Unobtrusive. It does its job and gets out of the way. It doesn't alter large amounts of html, etc.
  • Plays well with others. You can mix and match them without running into problems.
  • Well documented. The plugins' features, effects, options, authors, and page impact are outlined.

RECORDING: BC Utility Plugin Repository with Adam Cook

Adam Cook jQuery


Backing Up BC with Wayne Lawson

June 18 2013 (Jun 19 in AUS)

One of the most frightening questions you will ever hear from one of your Business Catalyst clients is "Can you please put the images folder back up on our website; I think I have accidentally deleted it!" Wayne Lawson from Inhale Digital Marketing on the Sunshine Coast of Australia will talk us through this actual experience and what prompted Inhale to create bcbackup.com.au and allowed him to sleep better at night.

With a deep rooted background in the ancient field of operations and disaster recovery it has always been Wayne’s one recurring "What if" nightmare in relation to BC, and something that he decided to do something about.

Wayne will walk us through bcbackup.com.auand what it currently backs up and the challenges that were behind this creating the software.

Other links from session:

RECORDING: Backing Up BC with Wayne Lawson

Urszula Richards Business


InContext Editing with Tarik Essadki

June 11 2013 (Jun 12 in AUS)

Tarik from Creativaholic Studio and Author of the upcoming BcTweaks will walk you through the newly released ICE (InContext Editing) feature recently added to BC, and how and when his Studio reduced the amount of Web Apps used in their clients' sites for editing using just ICE, leaving Web Apps to be used for what is Web Apps good at. Tarik will also raise a poll, discuss and share how his Studio implements or offer to implement any new released features within BC to their Clients' sites.

Forum Post Mentioned: New Content Editor for Business Catalyst users

RECORDING: InContext Editing with Tarik Essadki

Tarik Essadki In-context Editing


Keeping it small, but making it BIG!

June 4 2013 (Jun 5 in AUS)

Greg Marcel from 2140 Interactive will discuss making the most of a one person shop. Greg will share his tips on running an efficient virtual business and not putting in 10+ hours days to do it.

Greg will also talk about the BC Client Training program he uses that turns his clients into raving BC fans while simultaneously reducing his support load and creating a monthly residual income!

RECORDING: Keeping it small, but making it BIG!

Greg Marcel Business


Speed Dating with BC Partner Resources

May 28 2013 (May 29 in AUS)

With so many Business Catalyst resources it's easy to get lost. We are dedicating this entire meeting to explore as many helpful BC resources as possible.

The BC Partners presenting their products/services are Justin Mountford, Katherine Anderson, Brent Weaver, Jason Tinnin, & Mike Sallander.

RECORDING: Speed Dating with BC Partner Resources

Scott B Reynolds Business Speed Dating


Testing Business Catalyst Sites with Jared Checkley

May 21 2013 (May 22 in AUS)

Jared Checkley from Code Six Zero is going to show us how Selenium can be used as a tool to test Business Catalyst sites. An often overlooked topic, this talk will hopefully stimulate the wider discussion of how BC Partners can deliver better quality websites to their clients. Jared’s background is in software development and he has managed large teams that developed and tested web-enabled applications for top tier Storage companies.

RECORDING: Testing Business Catalyst Sites with Jared Checkley

Urszula Richards Development


Enhance BC's Customer Service Ticketing

May 14 2013 (May 15 in AUS)

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise will explain how to set up Business Catalyst's integrated Customer Service Ticketing system, and show how to improve it. Enhancing the built-in support system saves time, empowers clients, and reduces the need for 3rd-party support software. Business Catalyst thrives on being the All-In-One solution - why not leverage it?

RECORDING: Enhance BC's Customer Service Ticketing

Scott B Reynolds CST


Sandpile Think Tank: Email Marketing

May 7 2013 (May 8 in AUS)

We’ve had some of our best meetings lately, including our first Think Tank session and Megan Taylor’s email marketing presentation. We are going to combine the two with an entire meeting as a Think Tank with the topic of email marketing. We are going to discuss best practices, and attempt to answer all questions. Bring lots of questions!

Urszula Richards Think Tank


BC Marketing Tactics

April 30 2013 (May 1 in AUS)

Fraser McCulloch from Platonik will share some of his quick fire marketing tactics that can easily be done with a BC site. He’ll also walk us through one of his most recent projects focusing on how BC was used to make the original idea come to life.

Fraser started with BC after one night he was in the pub with a good friend and his client said "build me a website". So he did. Platonik then became an Adobe Business Catalyst Partner and 50 clients later they've never looked back

Fraser McCulloch Marketing


Email Marketing with Megan Taylor

April 23 2013 (Apr 24 in AUS)

Megan Taylor from Kapow Interactive will show us how to best use BC’s E-mail Marketing tool and walk us through some of the new features, including some of the improvements in the most recent BC update.

PDF: Email Marketing Cheat Sheet

RECORDING: Email Marketing with Megan Taylor

Megan Taylor Email Marketing


A Festival Site with Urszula Richards

April 16 2013 (Apr 17 in AUS)

Urszula Richards from onlineiq will explain the steps she took to put together a Festival website. Web apps and Ad Rotators were an important part of the project, and she will discuss some of the challenges she faced making them work.

We are also going to start something new called the Sandpile Think Tank. We pick a topic of interest, and collectively solve problems through brainstorming and resource sharing. This is a group exercise where all questions and comments are collected in the attempt to solve and share solutions related to BC.

RECORDING: A Festival Site with Urszula Richards

Urszula Richards Design Think Tank


Selling Business Catalyst for All It's Worth

April 9 2013 (Apr 10 in AUS)

Jonathan S. Hinshaw from EBWAY Creative Solutions will go over the pros and cons to charging higher monthly rates, as well as, how to properly on-board a higher paying client and create a raving fan - not just another customer.

Many BC Partners offer the platform at the suggested retail rate and while there's nothing wrong with this there is a better way. But, in order to sell BC for all it's worth - you'll have to work on how you "pitch" the monthly fee. It's more than hosting, it's more than a "Platform".

Having a value-add can help you double your margins on BC monthly fees. After all, you're probably giving these services away right now, why not get paid for them.

SLIDES: Jonathan's Meeting Slides
SUPER SECRET DOCUMENT: Design Continuum

RECORDING: Selling Business Catalyst for All It's Worth

Jonathan Hinshaw Business Sales


A Case Study with Neil Eisenberg

April 2 2013 (Apr 3 in AUS)

Neil Eisenberg, from Design Intervention Studio, will present a case study on his project for Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is a large organization, and he'll be talking about how he went about getting the job that was bid on by 23 web design companies, how he made it a win-win, how he maximized what BC can do and set the stage for future projects, and how this strategy can pay off for not-for-profit organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Leveraging BC with Chambers of Commerce isn't new, but Neil will show you how it's something you need to be looking at to help grow your business. We are going to focus on marketing strategies, but can touch on any aspect of the project in Q&A that might be helpful.

Neil Eisenberg Case Study


API Showcase with Two Blokes

March 26 2013 (Mar 27 in AUS)

Mario Gudelj and Eddy Chan from Two Blokes [with a postie] will be going over some of their API projects, most notably a BC to ZenDesk integration app.

After the presentation there will be plenty of time for questions, and our normal partner discussion.

Urszula Richards API


Legal Answers For BC Partners

March 19 2013 (Mar 20 in AUS)

Al Zulanas holds a LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and is ready to answer your legal questions. Some of the possible topics:

  • Contracting for services
  • Copyright ownership in a website
  • Copyright ownership of an app
  • How to register a copyright
  • Rights of a copyright holder
  • Copyright enforcement
  • Assignment of copyright - i.e. "work for hire"

RECORDING: Legal Answers For BC Partners

Urszula Richards Business


SEO and BC with Beth Kahlich

March 12 2013 (Mar 13 in AUS)

Beth Kahlich will be reviewing the ways to help your Business Catalyst site be SEO-friendly as well as cover a couple of best-practices for overall SEO that are easier thanks to BC's great features.

After the presentation there will be plenty of time for questions, and our normal partner discussion.

Beth Kahlich SEO


Multilingual Websites

March 5 2013 (Mar 6 in AUS)

Karim Ardalan from Dashbee is going to be showing how they built a multilingual website for a client in Switzerland. The website uses Web apps and the e-commerce product and catalog modules even though their client doesn't sell anything online. They also utilized a third party google map tool that allows them to do somethings that weren't possible with the built-in proximity search options.

RECORDING: Multilingual Websites

Karim Ardalan Development


Responsive Web Design with Scott B Reynolds

February 26 2013 (Feb 27 in AUS)

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise will lead the discussion on Responsive Web Design and Business Catalyst. RWD has been one of the most requested topics, and we’re finally going to spend an entire meeting on the subject. We’ll go over the basics, the possible hurtles, and introduce some tools to help along the way.

RECORDING: Responsive Web Design with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds Design Responsive Web Design


Essential BC Tips with Mary Blight

February 19 2013 (Feb 20 in AUS)

Mary Blight of Rangs Graphics is joining us to share some of the fundamental rules BC Partners need to know about Adobe Business Catalyst. Mary will go through the important concepts she has learned during the last 6 years of implementing 100+ BC Sites. Attend this meeting and avoid getting tripped up by missing one of these fundamental points.

RECORDING: Essential BC Tips with Mary Blight

Mary Blight Business Development


Organic SEO, SEM and SMO White Label Solution

February 12 2013 (Feb 13 in AUS)

Katherine Anderson from Sirocco Web Design is launching a new white label solution for Business Catalyst Partners to provide Organic SEO, SEM and SMO services. Sirocco Web Design are Google Engage and Adwords Certified Partners and will show you how they work side-by-side with Partners or behind the scenes to achieve Online Marketing strategies.

RECORDING: Organic SEO, SEM and SMO White Label Solution

Katherine Anderson SEO


Web App Driven Blogs

February 5 2013 (Feb 6 in AUS)

Mike Sallander from BC Academe will explain why and demonstrate how a blog can be built using web apps. This demonstration will serve as a practical example as to how the new web app SEO improvements (included in January release) can be applied.

RECORDING: Web App Driven Blogs

Michael Sallander Development


Marketing with Brett Stockley

January 29 2013 (Jan 30 in AUS)

Brett Stockley, from Pretty Pollution, joins Sandpile again - this time with a topic which is close to PP's heart - online marketing. Pretty Pollution are one of the leading BC partners in this field and we look forward to hearing about the different ways they use BC to achieve great results for their clients.

Brett Stockley Marketing


E-Commerce Case Study

January 22 2013 (Jan 23 in AUS)

Paul Ridoutt recently posted an example of an ecommerce site The Bowery had developed onto LinkedIn. This resulted in lots of kudos from other partners, and some Sandpile members wondered if Paul would be able to come and talk to us. He will be joining us this month and will describe the planning and strategy behind this very creatively developed eCommerce site.

RECORDING: E-Commerce Case Study

Paul Ridoutt Case Study


API Case Study with Madonna C. Mendoza

January 8 2013 (Jan 9 in AUS)

Madonna C. Mendoza from Konsum Technologies will walk us through a cloud-based Hotel Management System integrated into Adobe Business Catalyst using API. She will discuss the scope of the integration and some of the issues they came across and how they overcame them.

Here are some additional resources provided by Madonna

Link to information about the booking system - and you can request a demo.

RECORDING: API Case Study with Madonna C. Mendoza

Madonna Mendoza API


Podio Overview with Urszula Richards

December 18 2012 (Dec 19 in AUS)

Urszula Richards from onlineiq will explain how to work more efficiently using the online work platform, Podio. She will show how to add structure to Business Catalyst projects using collaboration and discussion.

RECORDING: Podio Overview with Urszula Richards

Urszula Richards Business


December 2012 Release with Scott B Reynolds

December 11 2012 (Dec 12 in AUS)

Scott B Reynolds from Thrise will lead the discussion on the updates in the December Business Catalyst release. Some of the topics will include webform/comment spam, SEO, in-context editing, etc. Learn what you need to do to update your sites.

There will be plenty of time for our normal partner discussion. If you don't already get our email notifications, sign up to get the link for this meeting (and all future BC Sandpile meetings). And, leave any questions or topics would like covered below.

RECORDING: December 2012 Release with Scott B Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds In-context Editing Release SEO


Adobe Support with Vlad-Cristian Stanilescu

December 4 2012 (Dec 5 in AUS)

Vlad-Cristian Stanilescu from Adobe will be discussing how to get the most out of Business Catalyst’s support, including the in-product help, the new support page, tools & workflows, and the documentation revamp.

RECORDING: Adobe Support with Vlad-Cristian Stanilescu

Scott B Reynolds Business


Event Registration with Mike Sallander

November 27 2012 (Nov 28 in AUS)

Mike Sallander from Chicago Digital & BC AcadeMe will demonstrate an event registration implementation that will have you wondering why you would ever use another method. This implementation is dynamic, adjusting based on the customers input and best of all, still uses the BC built-in events module, so you can still access registrations and event follow up emails.

RECORDING: Event Registration with Mike Sallander

Michael Sallander Development


API Case Study with Beth Kahlich

November 20 2012 (Nov 21 in AUS)

Beth Kahlich will walk us through a Business Catalyst website that uses API extensively. She will show us how the API made it possible for food-related charities to share resources by allowing registered users to add products, edit those products and much more.

RECORDING: API Case Study with Beth Kahlich

Beth Kahlich API Case Study


Card Sorting with Tim Gentle

November 13 2012 (Nov 14 in AUS)

Tim Gentle from Design Experts will explain his technique of using card sorting during the sales process. The outcome of the card sorting technique assists you to prepare for a Business Catalyst solution. Tim will define card sorting, explain why it's effective, and go over the specifics on how to involve the client during the card sorting process.

RECORDING: Card Sorting with Tim Gentle

Tim Gentle Business Design


Web Apps & Bootstrap with Joseph Salinas

November 6 2012 (Nov 7 in AUS)

Joseph Salinas from Grounded Software will show off his most recent Business Catalyst project - a financial tracking tool that makes great use of web apps. He’ll show us how he used Bootstrap with web apps to create a great experience for his client.

RECORDING: Web Apps & Bootstrap with Joseph Salinas

Joe Salinas Development


BC API with Erick Stubbs

October 23 2012 (Oct 24 in AUS)

Erick Stubbs from BC Gurus will be presenting on the BC API, and talking about issues and concepts related to Membership Sites.  He will be using the membership site BcGurus.com as a case study; talking a little bit about how and why they built the applications to manage their own membership based business.

RECORDING: BC API with Erick Stubbs

Scott B Reynolds API


CRM with Brett Stockley

October 16 2012 (Oct 17 in AUS)

Brett Stockley from Pretty Pollution will be discussing Business Catalyst’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management).

RECORDING: CRM with Brett Stockley

Brett Stockley Admin Business



Part 2 on Marketing with Adam Zoblotsky

October 2 2012 (Oct 3 in AUS)

Part 1 was a very well received presentation which you can take a look at here if you missed it:

http://experts.adobeconnect.com/p38nqpwq4x5/

This week, Adam will share more about how he markets in his business. 

RECORDING: Part 2 on Marketing with Adam Zoblotsky

Adam Zoblotsky Marketing


Business Catalyst's CRM - Tips and Tricks

September 25 2012 (Sep 26 in AUS)

One of the tricky things to master in Business Catalyst is being able to pull out reports from the existing CRM in a way which produces just those reports that we want. There was some consensus that this was not intuitive and that a group 'Tips and Tricks' sharing would be useful.

Urszula Richards Business Think Tank


Guest - Brent Weaver

September 18 2012 (Sep 19 in AUS)

This week we are fortunate to have Brent Weaver from BC Gurus joining the BC Sandpile. Brent will giving us a sneak peak of the next evolution of BC Gurus. Be one of the first to learn about Everyone Guru.

RECORDING: Guest - Brent Weaver

Brent Weaver Business


Open Topic and Sneak Peak of the New Creativaholic's Partner-to-Partner Services

September 11 2012 (Sep 12 in AUS)

Tarik from Creativaholic Studio will give us a Sneak Peak of the New Creativaholic Partner to Partner Services

We also have an open topic where so come along with anything you wish to discuss. If you can put down topics in the Comments area below, some partners may be able to come better prepared to help.

RECORDING: Open Topic and Sneak Peak of the New Creativaholic's Partner-to-Partner Services

Urszula Richards Open Meeting


August 2012 Release with Scott B. Reynolds

September 4 2012 (Sep 5 in AUS)

Business Catalyst did not include the SEO improvements in their most recent release, so the presentation on SEO will be delayed until those updates have been made. Scott will instead go over the other important changes in the most recent release, such as the new Spam detection, cookie control, and tax rounding engine. Learn what you need to do to update your sites.

After the presentation there will be plenty of time for our normal Partner discussions.

If you don't already get our email notifications, sign up to get the link for this meeting (and all future BC Sandpile meetings). And, leave any BC specific questions you have or would like covered in this meeting.

RECORDING: August 2012 Release with Scott B. Reynolds

Scott B Reynolds Release SEO Spam Taxes


Guest - Jackson Palmer

August 28 2012 (Aug 29 in AUS)

Thanks to Jackson who has agreed to join the Sandpile as a guest.

Jackson is based in Sydney and is the Associate Product Marketing Manager at Adobe.

Jackson's presentation will cover who does what at Adobe BC, now that they are a large team split across 3 continents. He will also shed some light on how you can make sure you’re being heard in the community, and what work is happening with certain Partners as part of an “advisory board” to shape the future of the product.

He will then open up the session to a Q&A.

 

RECORDING: Guest - Jackson Palmer

Urszula Richards Interview


Focus on Marketing - with Adam Zoblotsky

August 14 2012 (Aug 15 in AUS)

This week Adam Zoblotsky will be presenting on marketing. If you have any questions about marketing or areas you would like him to cover, please note these down in the comments section below.

RECORDING: Focus on Marketing - with Adam Zoblotsky

Adam Zoblotsky Marketing


With guest Adam Broadway

August 7 2012 (Aug 8 in AUS)

A very warm welcome to Adam Broadway who will be joining us this week.

Feel free to use the comments section to include anything you might want to hear Adam talk about specifically.  He will be opening up the session to a Q & A also.

RECORDING: With guest Adam Broadway

Scott B Reynolds Business


YouTube and Facebook Sandpile Recordings

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Upcoming Sandpiles

Interested in being a panelist or presenter for one of these Sandpiles? Email Us at admin@bcsandpile.com, mentioning the Title and Date of the Sandpile.

(Panelists just need to show up and answer a question or two when asked. Presenters should prepare a presentation of 20-40 minutes on the subject)


October 3 2017 (Oct 4 in AUS)
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October 10 2017 (Oct 11 in AUS)
Liquid Shopping Cart

October 24 2017 (Oct 25 in AUS)
Adobe Max Wrapup

October 31 2017 (Nov 1 in AUS)
How To Best Use The WYSIWYG Editor

November 7 2017 (Nov 8 in AUS)
Member messaging within the Sandpile website

November 14 2017 (Nov 15 in AUS)
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November 21 2017 (Nov 22 in AUS)
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