Flow Visualization for Google Analytics

Google has announced a new set of reports for Google Analytics called Flow Visualizations. The have tried to come up with an innovative way of visualising path analysis, which is looking at how visitors move around your site. This has typically been a report that is difficult to try to get any value from or draw concrete conclusions. Initially Continue reading

How long New Zealanders spend on Facebook – Experian®

It is rare to find New Zealand internet usage statistics. But recently, a study by Experian Hitwise has revealed that New Zealanders spend the second longest amount of time on Facebook - 30 mins 31 secs per session, following Singaporeans. This does mean we in New Zealand spend more time on Facebook than the typical Australian or American, whom we Continue reading

How many fields should you have in your form?

A very common question we get asked all the time is how many fields should I have in my enquiry/competition entry/registration form. The short answer is that if you have less fields, the number of conversions will be higher. However, this needs to be balanced against getting the right information. Eloqua analysed 1,500 forms over 3 months and c Continue reading

Mobile @ Google

I attended a Google Mobile presentation last night. It was just intended for the local agencies but something I wish all our clients could have attended. Some revealing stats of what is happening in the Australian & NZ mobile market were presented (unfortunately most of their stats are for AU). But, if anything, it is an indication of what is Continue reading

Evolution of the Web Interactive Infograhic

This interactive timeline infographic illustrates the progression from the first web browser to where we are today. It also serves as an example of what is possible with HTML5. Something like this would not have been possible without a plug-in like Flash, until very recently. Probably doesn't work in IE6! It also demonstrates the complexity of c Continue reading

8 Essential Rules for Social Media and Business

This article is a good high level summary. The key rule for me is number 2: Organizations must have a dedicated social media evangelist. Social media is just about talking to your customers. If you don’t have someone in your organisation with some authority and access to decision makers to fulfil this role, then you probably shouldn’t be doin Continue reading

3D Housebuilder Demo using Silverlight 5

John Papa did a demo of this impressive 3D house build Silverlight application at the MIX11 Keynote. Microsoft have released the source code for this as a free download. The quality of the rendering is certainly impressive and it seems they are making 3D support a cornerstone of the benefits of using Sliverlight 5 when it is released. Certainly s Continue reading

Blue Angels Site

This site was demo'd at the MIX11 conference showcasing the capabilities of HTML5 video, canvas and Silverlight, all working in perfect harmony in the super fast IE9 browser. Check this page out for the ability to flick between multiple camera angles in the same video footage. This is interesting, as I haven't seen this before. Wasn't this the Continue reading

HTML5 Video

Nigel Parker from Microsoft gave a fantastic talk at the MIX11 conference regarding HTML5 video (and audio). What does that mean? Well, the HTML5 specification, which is supported by newer browsers, contains a new tag which allows you to play video and audio in the browser, without requiring a plug-in such as Flash. This not only makes it much sim Continue reading

AlphaJax On Stage at MIX11

[youtube width="520" height="400"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW6xCG-d_js[/youtube] Thomas Fennel from Microsoft at MIX11 talking about AlphaJax as an example of push notifications and tile updates. Thanks for the mention Thomas, and it was great to meet you. Continue reading

Windows Phone 7 – Mango Release

As Windows Phone 7 developers, what we really wanted to know was when would we get a new version of the operating system, and what would we get. There are obviously a number of features and capabilities that are missing compared with other mobile platforms. Well, we're going to get the developer tools next month (May 2011) and the update will go Continue reading

The Google +1 Button

Google is rolling out a new search results feature called +1. It allows searchers to recommend search results to others by clicking a button alongside the search result. This is important for webmasters and site optimisers to be aware of for 2 key reasons: 1. Having your page +1'd is a visual indicator searchers will use to evaluate the releva Continue reading

Tweet Button

You have worked hard to build great quality content for your site. And now your visitors are loving it! But, not enough know about it yet. Let's be honest. You were probably writing all this content in an effort to look great in the eyes of search engines and so people will link to it to build your page rank. Now you have another target; to make c Continue reading

Facebook Places Launched

Right now, Facebook is launching Facebook places. An app for your iphone, and eventually other devices such as Android, where you can share through Facebook where you are by "checking in". Find out what and who is around you. The idea is that your Facebook friends will know where you are and, if they happen to also be nearby, then why not meet up? Continue reading

Barcamp 2010 – The non D in the room

I thought I would write a quick rundown of my first Barcamp experience from the perspective of the non Developer or Designer in the room. I tried to hop around the talks to a variety of topics some of direct interest to my role in Marker and some quite new or challenging. First talk of the day was given by Peter McLennan. He was talking about his Continue reading

No more fans, only Likes… or rants.

In Facebook’s mission to make the world more open and connected, it has recently launched “Community Pages”. It is basically a straight pull of Wikipedia information based on what Facebook users have used in their profile with the ability for users to comment. However, where Wikipedia information is not available, a blank community page is cr Continue reading

IIS7 Extensionless Urls, SEO and Kentico 5.0

My previous post on this subject only went so far. It focused solely on the usage of extensionless urls with Kentico but stopped short of full SEO compliance because of problems experienced when trying to integrate Kentico SEO settings with the IIS7 rewrite module. This post completes the by getting the SEO settings fully implemented as well. Base Continue reading