If you’re a Bantam Live customer looking for an alternative cloud-based small business customer relationship management system with social networking integration, we’ve got news for you! xioup is pleased to announce the release of an import service that makes it possible to migrate almost all of your Bantam Live data into BatchBook.

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Today we’ve got a five minute screencast demonstrating a 100% cloud-based mail-merge solution using contact and communication data from BatchBook (SaaS CRM) and Drawloop’s SaaS mail-merge solution, all tied together by xioup’s WebFormGlue API-Connector Platform.

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If you’re looking for a way to spice up your contact forms without having to pay for custom web development, you’ve come to the right place! xioup’s innovative new service, WebFormGlue, integrates Formstack (Online Form Builder) web forms with the BatchBook (Your Social CRM), and support for other SaaS applications is on the way.

Screenshot of a Formstack Form Integrated with BatchBook

Formstack Form Integrated with BatchBook

Before we get in to the details, please take a couple of minutes to fill out our survey to help us understand your web form and application integration needs:

-> Take the WebFormGlue Survey <-

Note: The survey form is a WebFormGlue integrated Formstack form. As soon as you submit the form, your survey answers and contact information will be saved in our BatchBook account. [click here to continue reading...]

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Formstack (aka FormSpring) is an innovative service that enables people with little or no technical skills to create powerful web forms.

Currently, Formstack forms don’t collect referrer/referer information. The referrer is the web page on which a visitor clicked the link that took him to the form page. This piece of information can be very useful if you’ve got links to a single form from several different sites or pages, because it tells you which pages are the most important sources of visitors to the form.

A formstack employee has stated on the official Formstack feature request forum that the company plans to add this functionality to its forms in the future, but if you can’t wait until then, I’ll show you here how you can start collecting this data immediately. [click to continue…]

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More and more companies are utilizing Facebook fan pages every day. And, as Facebook expands more companies are hiring professional web designers to administer their pages. Rather than giving out your private login information, you’ll want to manually add your designer as an administrator to your page. In this blog post we will look at manually adding an administrator to your Facebook Fan Page. Before you start you should make sure you have added your designer as a friend on Facebook.
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If you’re pressed for time, here’s the short story: We recommend MerchantOS to small and medium-sized retailers without reservation. The system excels in every area that counts: price, ease of use, features, ease of deployment, technical support, integration with third party hardware and software, support for special cases. You name it, MerchantOS does it right!

MerchantOS Screenshot

MerchantOS Screenshot

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Client: NÖM AG
Team Members: Kurt Milam (working for OgilvyInteractive Worldwide)
Industry: Consumer Dairy Products
Service Areas: Content Management System (CMS) Implementation
Software: ART (in-house CMS), XML & XSLT, Macromedia Fireworks
Time Frame: 2003

NÖM AG - Home Page Screenshot

NÖM AG - Home Page Screenshot

Background:

NÖM AG is a leading producer of consumer dairy products and one of the best-known homegrown brands in Austria. They do an excellent job of associating their brand with the concept of high quality in their classic marketing efforts, and they wanted to ensure that their web presence was just as effective. The concept prepared for the company by my then co-workers at OgilvyInteractive contained quite a few advanced features and design elements that pushed the boundaries of our CMS abilities.

The company also needed a solution that enabled non technical employees to easily customize all of the site’s content.

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Client: Laufen Sanitary Ware
Team Members: Kurt Milam (working for OgilvyInteractive Worldwide)
Industry: Ceramics, Premium Bathroom Fixtures
Service Areas: Content Management System (CMS) Implementation, Online Product Database
Software: ART (in-house CMS), Oracle, XML & XSLT, Adobe Flash
Time Frame: 2003-2004

Laufen USA - Home Page Screenshot

Background:

Laufen needed a single, uniform web presence to support its European and North American sales operations. The website had  to provide country-specific and multilingual news, marketing materials and information on thousands of products. News and Marketing materials included press releases, printable handouts and an official product picture database (for use in advertising and promotional campaigns). Product information included product dimensions, colors and finishes, photographs, CAD files and printable product handouts.
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We came across this error recently in one of our mercurial hg repositories. This particular repository holds several subrepositories. The problem is pretty easy to fix, once you know what’s going on.
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Choosing a Content Management System (CMS) for your small business website can be an overwhelming task. There are hundreds if not thousands of systems to choose from. Read ahead to find out one important question that you need to ask before deciding on a CMS for your business, and to learn one reason that a hosted WordPress site is one of the best options for a small business website CMS.

Note: This is the first in a series of detailed articles on this subject. Our intention with this series is to help small business owners through the maze of choices they’re confronted with when shopping for a Website CMS. Follow us on Twitter, become a fan of our Facebook page or subscribe to our RSS feed now! We’ll inform you as soon as we publish the next installment.

How Widely-Used is the CMS? Or: How can I avoid Vendor Lock-In?

This may be the most important question you can ask when trying to determine which CMS to select for your small business website. A widely-used CMS has several important advantages over more obscure systems. One of the most important advantages is that it helps you avoid the costly trap of Vendor Lock-In.

What’s Vendor Lock-In? Let’s use a metaphor. Imagine you’re shopping for a new car instead of a Web CMS. You’ve done your research, taken your test drives, and the final contenders on your list are a Bugatti Veyron and a Honda Accord. The Honda’s OK – it’s safe, reliable, will get you where you’re going, and you can customize it to suit your needs. The Bugatti is superfast, sleek, luxurious and makes a statement.

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron, Base price: $1,700,000 (don't forget to add maintenance and repair costs!)

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