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MailChimp Review: Online HTML Email Marketing

Mailchimp Review

In need of an online email marketing platform, we found at least three that fitted our criteria of a good feature set, ease of use and cost effective pricing. We opted for our monkey cousins over at MailChimp!

Having searched on Twitter for an alternative to Aweber and iContact, then having read the Outlawdesign blog review of MailChimp we hooked up and swung into action.

The pricing structure was the most competitive we could find, especially if you're like us and only sending out an email every quarter. Buying credits that match the number of emails sent instead of a fixed monthly fee, suits us just fine.

Johnny Vegas and BBC3 in Risk Taking Advert Featuring Moto-Stunts International


BBC3 recently put together a short film, titled 'Fearless' starring Johnny Vegas, Ralf Little, Natalie Casey and Matt Berry, designed to promote BBC3's risk-taking approach to programming.

The short opens with Vegas describing why he is about to try an Evel Knievel-style stunt...

"A lot of people would think I'm mad, they'd say 'Johnny, no, don't do this'," he says. "What do you mean, 'Am I fearless?'. No, I'm not a fearful person."

Our client Moto-Stunts International helped with the motorcyle stunt and really enjoyed the day's filming which adds to their TV appearances going back to shows such as 'Game for a Laugh', 'Beadles About' and more recently 'Scrap Heap Challenge' on Channel 4.

You can view the BBC3 comedy film on MSI website. Don't miss MSI's Fire stunts filmed for Jeremy Clarkson's (Top Gear presenter) latest DVD 'Thriller', due in the shops now.

Coming Soon To A Blog Near You

Busy times lead to a slow flow of blog articles but do not fear, I've got some corkers lined up in the next few weeks!

Results from my Blog Survey '08 are on the way, so if you haven't given me your feedback click through now!

We've also got a complete site redesign coming your way for 2009. You should always be reviewing and monitoring your brand and marketing strategy, which is why we're about to tweak our design to leap into the new year all fresh faced and bushy tailed.

Recently we started using MailChimp for our email marketing so they'll be a round up of its' pluses and minuses, so far it's chimptastic smile

Plus there's a great little article on what you can learn from Kung Fu Panda! Oh yes, design and Kung Fu Panda, what a combination smile

Coming sooner than you think!

P.S. Don't worry Drupalers, there's cool stuff for you too!

RSS Feeds of A Web Designer and Small Business Owner

RSS icon feed

RSS is such a great way to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from some of the top people in their fields of interests.

I've updated my feeds again in the past week and thought I'd share them with you. If you have a business and no doubt a website then you'll find lots of interesting links. The primary one on each line takes you to the blog itself and then I've also supplied a direct link to their RSS feed.

If I had to pick out just a couple of blogs that I really enjoy then Seth Godin, Get Elastic, Smashing Magazine and Chris Brogan are all unmissable.

Those people wondering what that orange square is all about should check out this post on what RSS is and how it can help you gain quicker and easier access to your favorite blogs.

Enjoy the list :)


Going Underground - Things The Tube Can Teach You About Web Design

Things The Tube Can Teach You About Web Design

When it comes to your website take a leaf out of the London Underground's book of branding and design communication.

Your website design should send clear signals about what your brand stands for and in what direction you want people to take. Usability is a big issue for Transport for London as much as it is for your web design.

If you're searching for some clarity on the subject of web design/usability then I hope this post gives you some answers. Let people of the train first and then take a seat, mind that can of pop, put that free paper to one side and enjoy the ride.

Things The Tube Can Teach You About Web Design

Blog Survey '08

Having had this site design for the past year I'm about to redesign. Mainly to incorporate new features but also to make the site that little bit more easier to navigate and read.

As a designer I'm interested in getting a users point of view. This is your chance to praise or blaze my design and blog! Don't be shy, I won't hunt you down for criticising it, honest!

After I've received enough feedback I'll publish my findings for all to learn from. So what are you waiting for, complete this short survey and hit submit!

9 1/2 Weeks - Mollom Hot For Spam Bots

Mollom 9 1/2 Weeks

Spam is a huge problem for anyone running a blog but after 9 ½ weeks of using Mollom I'm hot under the collar for this great looking software!

Mollom is great for stopping unwanted content from being published on your website. I use it for my comments and contact form but you could use it for blog posts, registration forms you name it.

Mollom is really hot on spam bots and since activating it I've saved so much time, instead of moderating all my comments I let Mollom do the work for me. It's by no means perfect but it sure does stop a lot of spam getting through.

I was inspired both to try Mollom on my Drupal (plugins for Wordpress and Joomla available) site in the first place, and then to write this piece, by Wim Mostrey's Mollom: 128 Days Later article.

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