We’ve always cared about the quality of our work above everything else, but almost all of the planning would happen at the beginning of the project. This made sense when we used to do mostly smaller work — but now some of our projects are years in duration and we’ve realized we need a way to incorporate both planning and execution into all stages of the project.
2014 was a very exciting year at GRAYBOX! It was a huge thrill to be able to serve and work with so many of our amazing clients. We were able to offer many high-quality sites and modernize many companies web experiences. I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. All told, we launched over 25 websites, completed over 40 projects and worked with over 75 great companies!
Successful ecommerce businesses are always looking for ways to improve the average order value, conversion rates, and inbound traffic volume. To help get you started, here are three easy tips to provide a boost in each area.
It’s been a great few years at GRAYBOX! After just 18 months we’ve outgrown our location and moved offices today. We love SE and moved a whole four blocks to the corner of...
At GRAYBOX, we love Magento. Yes, it’s complex and often hard to implement, but it’s a unique blend of power, flexibility, and affordability that really shines in a market chock-full of either too simple and underpowered tools, or overly complex applications that are too expensive. Magento is regularly our top recommendation for established and sophisticated ecommerce clients.
As Principal at GRAYBOX, it’s my role and privilege to be our liaison to the local marketing and design community — it’s a tall order, but it’s a critical function to help us become known in the Portland market and to show off our skills.
This is why I’m proud to announce that GRAYBOX has partnered with a few other great Portland marketers to form the 18 Lessons conference. It’s an all-day event — we’ll have six sessions, each by an expert in their fields. We’ll have sessions on video production, branding, story boarding, web development, account management and...
As the owner and sole principal of GRAYBOX, I handle all of the hiring and HR for both our awesome in-house staff and our network of talented subcontractors. I read a lot via RSS to stay on top of the industry, and I love this article by Jason Fried at 37 Signals from this morning.
In it, he postures that in hiring decisions it’s rare to find the perfect person at the right time.
The best part of being an ExpressionEngine developer (well, aside from working with the best CMS on the market) is being part of the EE community, and putting face to twitter handle was the highlight of this years ExpressionEngine conference. We had a chance to meet developers behind some of our favorite and most used add-ons, like Low (creator of Low Variables which we’re using on nearly every site), Adrian (of Exp-resso Store fame, or infamy on some of our off days) and many others. We were also happy to meet the EllisLabs team.
Quick Tip : Using Xcode for Free Responsive Design Testing on a Mac
At GRAYBOX almost all projects we’re doing now are responsive designs so that our websites function great on a variety of mobile devices. This means we have a ton of testing devices now in the office including:
- iPhone 3G (iOS 4)
- iPhone 4 (iOS 5)
- iPhone 4S (iOS 6)
- iPhone 5 (iOS 6)
- iPad 1 (iOS 5 Tablet)
- iPad 3 (Retina) (iOS 6 Tablet)
- iPad Mini (iOS 6 Tablet)
- Surface RT (Windows RT)
- Surface Pro (Windows 8)
- HTC HD7 (Windows Phone 7)
- Samsung Galaxy 3 (Android 3)
- Samsung Galaxy 4 (Android 4)
- Samsung Charge (Android 2)
Great landing pages are critical for effective inbound marketing campaigns — they distill your message down to one key action, thus simplifying it and boosting engagement. But reduction in design is hard — how do we get down to the essential elements to make the sale more effectively? Our marketing team can help you boost your conversion rates and make your landing pages perform better.
To start, let’s give you a few tips.
1. Start with a theory, test and measure that theory, and repeat — A/B (also called Multi-variant) testing is the key here. Start with a baseline control and...