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Looking to Drive Change in Your Company? Acquia Engage May Be The Solution

We’re a little over a month out from Engage, and I couldn’t be more pumped. This year, I’ve been given the honor of running one of our tracks: The Politics of Digital. Given the chaos of the election season, this track couldn’t be more timely. While we won’t be discussing Donald Trump’s tweets or Hillary Clinton’s emails, we will take a deep look at the politics involved in any digital transformation project and how to Get S#%t Done.
Every single session in this track was designed to help anyone embarking on digital transformation within their own organization. One of the sessions is aptly... More

Sneak Peek: A Look at Our Upcoming Blog Refresh

In last week’s blog I talked about our iterative design and development approach, so this week I wanted to show this method in practice and share a recent project that I’ve been working on: refreshing the blog section of our website.
Why are we redesigning our blog?
A lot has happened in our blog strategy since the last time we updated the design. The current blog design was done about 2 years ago with a very different plan and target... More

JIRA for Marketers: How It Works and Why We Picked It

What’s your plan for managing your enterprise content creation strategy? If it’s “attempt to keep track of everything in a spreadsheet,” you’re going to have some problems — trust me, I’ve tried!
It’s a given that large enterprise organizations produce and maintain a large library of assets, but implementing and maintaining a system to keep the process of creating and managing it can be a major challenge. About a year ago, we determined we needed to better handle our content management woes. With an expanding marketing team and an even faster growing global company, we were really struggling... More

Iterative Design and Development: Update Your Site Without Doing a Redesign

Amazon’s website looks completely different than it did a few years ago, but did you ever notice it changing? I think they do the best job at making small adjustments over a long period of time. This means they avoid killing user experience and make site adjustments manageable for their business. Not only does completing a full site redesign kills your web team’s velocity, but it can also be very intimidating and costly for large enterprises.
At Acquia, we implement a similar approach but we also mold it to fit our business. We call it Iterative Design and Development. Our approach is simple... More

The Time is Now

As I near the one year anniversary of my arrival at our regional headquarters in Sydney, I had a moment last week where, despite 3.5 years at Acquia HQ, l was reminded about the journey Drupal (and Acquia) has had around the world.
It’s easy to think that a certain technology reaches a critical mass at a certain point everywhere, especially when it’s used by some of the world’s globally leading organisations, especially in your own country. However, I found myself again on a learning curve about the kind of help, questions, and objectives that organisations in Australia need and have as they... More

What a digital marketer needs to know about website performance

Website performance is one of those things that keeps me up at night. How do we improve our performance? When is our performance bad? Does it affect our user experience? These are all questions that run through my head in regards to our website, and I’m here to help you get answers for your site. Performance discussions can get very technical very fast, so my goal in this post is to maintain a balance between high level and informative so you can go to your dev team and ask the right questions.
Do you know what cache is?... More

When to consider the move to Drupal 8

Question: “When should I move to Drupal 8?”
Answer: “It all depends.”
You thought you were going to get an easy answer? I wish! Even with my own sites I’ve had to evaluate and spend time determining the best plans for migration. But when it’s time to figure out what to do with your site, here are my suggestions.
If you are building a website for a new project or idea, I would create it using Drupal 8. In my opinion, Drupal 8 has progressed enough that building a site with Drupal 7 will cost you more money, because you will need to rebuild it on Drupal 8 within the next year.
But if your... More

Announcing the Acquia Engage Awards

Acquia partners are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with digital. They’re helping their clients achieve their great ambitions, and creating digital experiences that inspire, entertain, and inform. Experiences that extend from mobile to a rapidly growing ecosystem of Internet-connected objects that are located just about everywhere we go. Experiences that through context cut away the clutter and give the user a clear path forward.
Nowhere is their innovation more evident than at ... More

Seeing Screens? Welcome to the Digital Signage Revolution

Pop quiz: If you walk into a store today, will you be greeted first by a salesperson, or big screens running video loops showing beautiful product images and happy people loving that brand? Probably the latter. Video screens are engaging, inviting, eye-catching, and inspirational - they help shake money out of your pockets.
Digital signage, screens, and billboards have become part of the customer experience journey. They exist in the moment as one part inspiration, one part explanation, but are 100% designed to drive a purchase.
About five years ago everyone said it was the Year of Mobile.... More

Getting started with website accessibility

Many people care about ensuring website accessibility, but don’t know where to start and also don’t understand the legal ramifications. Government and public sector sites, or those organizations who receive federal or state funds, are held to strict requirements when it comes to ensuring full access to visitors with disabilities such as impaired eyesight. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the US have some form of disability, which means that there’s a significant portion of the population needs... More

Increase your conversion rates with form optimization

Does your business rely on form fills (leads) to keep sales teams employed? Is your marketing team tracked on the number of MQLs (marketing qualified leads) they pass over to sales? This is the nature of the B2B beast in most cases. There is, however, some conversation happening around the idea of removing forms and not gating any content, and instead delivering a product experience that will push better qualified leads to your sales team. My friend, Tom Wentworth, has a good... More

How to Effectively Incorporate Images Into Your Web Content

Are you more likely to click into a blog post that has images or no images? The use of images -- photos, diagrams, drawings, gifs, Vines, etc, -- has really grown over the past few years with enhancements to social media such as Facebook’s timeline update to incorporate more images and Pinterest being one of the top 3 social media sites. We are very visually motivated and cliches about pictures being worth a thousand words now being out of the way, there’s research proving the right image can make a piece of content... More

Acquia Engage 2016 — What to Expect


You may have heard rumblings before now, or excited, anticipatory mentions of Acquia Engage 2016, but I’m super excited to officially introduce you to this year’s event, and invite you to join us in November for what promises to be the best Engage ever.
Now in it’s third year, Engage 2016 will bring more of what you’ve come to expect in the past two years — outstanding speakers, engaging sessions, a product roadmap, ample networking opportunities — but we’ll also be introducing two new talk tracks that we think you’ll love. Those... More

The Global Campaign Challenge for Digital Marketers

How should digital marketers approach the creation and management of an international portfolio of digital assets and campaigns? It’s a question that we’re increasingly asked here at Acquia. I have previously written about this from a multi-deployment standpoint, but I thought it would be interesting to ask Ian Truscott, Channel Director at MRM Meteorite, for some advice as to how digital agencies and their clients can ensure consistent brand control and... More

What are ad blockers, and why are they hurting your business?

Everyday I see the impact ad blockers have on our business, because they are blocking more than just ads. Ad blockers are one of the most downloaded browser utilities and smartphone applications, and the source of great debate among privacy advocates, publishers, and consumers.
For a site builder or manager like myself, the more important and less-talked about issue of ad blockers is they can block non-advertising related content. The fact this is even happening might go unnoticed, which could be why it isn’t talked about very much. While doing my research for this post, all I could find... More

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