Tricia Zorn, Digital Project Manager at Marden-Kane, contributed this week’s blog about responsive microsites vs. mobile apps. If you are planning on running a contest, sweepstakes or instant win game, and are wondering whether or not you need a responsive microsite or a mobile app, you are not alone. This is probably one of the most asked questions we get from clients who want to run a promotion but don’t want to exclude mobile users. First let’s start by understanding the differences between them. WHAT IS A RESPONSIVE MICROSITE? A responsive microsite is a website that has been built … Continue reading
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, what can you do to ensure your brand’s holiday promotion gets off to a great start? There is a lot at stake here — last year’s Cyber Monday sales topped $2.29 billion. Here are three simple things to do to ensure that your holiday promotion goes smoothly so your brand can capitalize on this year’s share of the Cyber Monday action. 1. Decide If You Really Need to Send Out a Black Friday Email Don’t send out an email to your list over the holiday weekend unless you have a really … Continue reading
Since responsive web design is all about affecting the appearance of a website, viewing a site that uses it well will help tremendously in understanding it. To see an example, launch Microsoft’s website in a new maximized window in any recent browser on a desktop or laptop computer. Now resize the window and slowly decrease its width, and watch how the site adjusts as the viewable area decreases. Images get smaller but continue to scale correctly. The site layout generally becomes more vertical. Various elements are reorganized, are replaced by different versions built to fit in a narrower space, or … Continue reading
We built a simple sweepstakes as a custom Facebook application a few years ago for a client. The client loved it – until she realized a day before launch that the QR code she had set up to take her mobile users to the application was not working. “Why isn’t the site working?” she asked in a panic. The site was working. The only problem was that she had forgotten to mention that she was setting up a QR code to link to the promotion to have mobile users access the Sweepstakes from various retail locations. “QR codes are … Continue reading
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