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Social Media: 10 Tips to Engage Your Audience

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If you’re anything like us at Dynamo, then you’re really feeling the challenge of getting your audience to genuinely engage with you through social media. So after a bit of brainstorming and research, I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you boost up your engagement levels without spending a penny.

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Jun 30, 2014

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Does Your Site Harness the Power of Scrolling?

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The above photo is a print out of the Daily Mail’s homepage. Stretching a whopping 8.6 meters long, it’s a nice visual reminder of just how far web design has come since the days of “above the fold.”

A few years ago, long scrolling and infinite scrolling pages started to become accepted as the norm, and there are countless studies out there that prove that most users will now automatically scroll when they get to a web page. So if scrolling is the ONE thing we can almost guarantee our user will do when they get to our website, then in what ways can we capitalize on this action, and this action alone?

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Jun 9, 2014

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The 24 Hour C2MTL Design Challenge

On May 28 and 29th, C2MTL hosted a Design Challenge by Tata Communications. 15 local designers were selected, and then grouped into teams of 3. Our brief was to create a project that displayed our vision of how teams would collaborate in the future. We were given a couple of project requirements, but it had a fairly open scope as to how realistic or futuristic our projects could be. 

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Jun 5, 2014

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Spectacular Assets With Bower And Cloud66

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Application asset management has exploded in the last few years with a myriad of options. No longer is sprockets the only player in the game. However, actually finding time in a busy day can block us from experimenting with these new tools.

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Jun 2, 2014

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Social Media: Don’t Break the Bank

We all want more followers, likes, shares, and overall more engagement with our Facebook pages and posts. Have you ever invested your money into Facebook by using their “boost”, “advertise” or “promote” feature? I hope your answer is no. I’m going to explain to you why it’s a bad idea. 

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May 27, 2014

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The 90’s Called and They Want Their Design Aesthetic Back

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In attempting a little design trend round-up for the first half of 2014, I realized that I’m bored of most of them, and guilty of pretty much all of them. But I did come up with a few trends that I’m still happy to see (don’t let the blog title or image fool you). And for today’s post I’ll be honouring all things 90’s inspired because I don’t know about you, but I’m still not over all the vibrant colours and patterns and playfulness, and it’s really fun to see how this trend has made it’s way, not just into fashion, but into design and the web.

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May 23, 2014

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Reading This Will Not Make You Happier

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how happy are you? Stefan Sagmeister, one of the most celebrated and influential designers of our time, set out on a mission to find out how to become a happier person. The Happy Show was the chosen venue to display all of his findings and revelations that he has made during his 10 year journey. 

Sagmeister used the FITC Toronto 2014 conference platform to pass on his recommendations for becoming a happier person. I was lucky enough to hear him speak live, thanks to Montreal Meets & Dynamo. So now I am sharing these insights with you.

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May 6, 2014

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We’re a Nominee and Honoree for the 18th Annual Webby Awards!

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We’re thrilled to announce that our Deep Dish Mtl app has been nominated for Best Lifestyle App in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The judging panel is comprised of web industry experts including media mogul Arianna Huffington, Skype CEO Tony Bates, Mozilla CEO and Chair Mitchell Baker, and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, to name a few.

Needless to say, the competition is stiff— so we need your vote! Others in the running for Best Lifestyle App are Jamie Oliver’s Recipes and Glenlivet—The Cask, while Honorees went to Whole Foods Market Recipes, Food Network— In the Kitchen, Harrod’s Magazine, and My Volvo Magazine. Not bad!

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Apr 9, 2014

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Dynamo’s Good Practices for Mobile Commerce - Spree Webinar

Today André Valle and Max Kaplun delivered a webinar for Spree where they talked about good practices Dynamo has identified on our quest to optimize our clients’ sites and businesses. 

Going forward, ‘optimization for conversion’ is Dynamo’s next killer new feature! For that reason, we’ve been working hard to add that intelligence to our business practices, and in the case of commerce sites, we’re confident that it’s of extreme importance. 

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Apr 9, 2014

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Join Dynamo’s conversation on Mobile Commerce at SpreeWebinar this Wednesday.

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This Wednesday, Dynamo continues the conversation started by Bryan Mahoney at SpreeConf 2014 in NYC. 

In this version of the talk, our art director Max Kaplun and content strategist/web analytics expert André Valle will talk about Dynamo’s quest to optimize our clients’ sites and businesses. More specifically, they will talk about optimization for mobile eCommerce sites.

So if you, too, are eager to learn about how Mobile Commerce, optimization, art direction, a/b tests, web analytics, and content strategy all fit together: Join us!!

15 Best Practices for Mobile Commerce - From the Real World

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 
2:00 PM EDT

Click here to register!

See you there!

Apr 7, 2014

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Dynamo’s Shiny New Help Desk

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“You’re only as good as the company you keep.” If this common sentiment bears any fruit, then Dynamo is pretty great; we keep great company, from our top-notch clientele to our world-class team of strategists, designers, project managers, analysts, engineers, and everything in-between. But even a bevy of elite professionals won’t negate that other old truism: Artisans are only as good as their tools.

With that in mind, Dynamo recently set out to expand our toolbox with a new support platform. This article tells the story of our selection process.

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Apr 7, 2014

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What Is A Brand?

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I’ve always really enjoyed the process of creating or enhancing a brand, though if asked “What is a brand?” I’m not sure I could come up with an immediate, definitive answer. Is it a logo, a tagline, an ad campaign, an intangible feeling?

So I’m in the middle of my first-ever online course via FutureLearn entitled The Power of Brands (big thanks to Johnny Dynamo for the tip) and during the first week the president of the design division of Sterling Brands, Debbie Millman*, contributed a short list of possible answers to the question, “What is a brand?”

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Apr 3, 2014

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Stop Trying to Look Productive.

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Which employee is more productive: The one lying on the sofa staring at the ceiling, or the one sitting at their desk staring at their computer?

First, a little backstory. After 8 years of working onsite as an art director for various design agencies, I recently moved across the Atlantic to Stockholm, but have maintained a spot on the Dynamo roster as a remote art director. I now do exactly the same thing I did before, all without ever setting foot in the Dynamo studio. 

I’m now two months into this new arrangement, and it seems as though the combo of freedom and responsibility is teaching me a few things about myself and how I work best. And with remote working becoming more and more of a viable solution for businesses and employees alike, these new habits I’m forming may soon be regarded as pretty darn normal for any style of workplace in the very near future…

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Mar 25, 2014

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Our man in Toronto: Impressions from jQueryTO 2014

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It comes a time in every developer’s life when we join a hoard of programming peers in full-day events, where code and technology are the main subject of keynote presentations and nerdy social interactions. These events are also simply known as conferences. If you’ve been in the biz long enough, you know there’s one specially tailored for every single job title and programming language out there.

Things are no different with jQuery, a JavaScript framework that was born over eight years ago and has a solid place established in the toolkit of most front-end developers. The fact that Canada was only recently included in their range of summits, conferences and learning events isn’t more surprising than the actual upgrade given to their Toronto instance on its second edition.

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Mar 19, 2014

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Experiencing “The Crisis of Criticism”: My Takeaways from OFFF QC

As a designer, going to conferences is key to getting inspired and motivated to keep pushing forward. As a member of the Montreal Meets team, I was lucky enough to go to the first OFFF QC 2014 (part of the OFFF Festival) held on March 14th at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit.

The speaker lineup appealed to all types of creatives in various fields. There was James Victore, Sakchin Bessette from Moment Factory, Juan and Alejandro Mingarro from BrosmindRama Allen from The Mill/The Mill+, and Joshua Davis. Of all the speakers I was hands-down most inspired by Rama Allen and in this post I will be sharing his key points.

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Mar 18, 2014

posted by dynabeckii