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Ninthlink Goes Virtual

More and more companies are promoting virtual work, with over 43 percent of the U.S. workforce expected to work from home by 2016, according to a 2009 Forrester report. Ninthlink jumped on the trend this year and established a “Virtual Ninthlink.” By building a tightly run Project Management team and working with the latest conference tools and technologies, we’re able to have “offices” in LA and Maui and able to successfully support our team members when they take a V9 day.

Our Project Managers are the key reason that projects are on time and on budget, and that our Designers and Developers are aware of deliverables and client expectations. Without them, working remotely wouldn’t be smooth sailing. Our team uses a handful of tools to ensure that although someone may be V9, everyone is on the same page and work is being produced.

Our Design and Development teams specifically utilize many of Google’s tools, including Google Docs, Google Chat and Google Hangouts. Google Docs allows documents to be constantly updated and added to, by multiple people, in real time without having to worry about misplacing drafts. The team utilizes Google Chats and Google Hangouts to connect with each other on the fly, get updates on project status, answer quick questions, and video chat if more explanation and visuals are needed. Craig Wheeler, our Maui based Designer, weighs in on his experience with Google Hangouts. “Google Hangouts is a great way for quick communication with other team members. I get pinged through my computer and phone, so it’s efficient even if I happen to be on the go throughout the day. But when things get a little more involved, nothing beats a good ‘ol phone call.”

Another tool we’ve found useful, especially when our Designers or Devs need to show clients project progress is InvisionApp. “When it’s time to show off some design comps, InvisionApp is by far the greatest tool I’ve come across. Complete with presentation mode, where anyone can jump on a call and follow along with the click of a link. Easy, intuitive, and pain free” – Craig Wheeler.

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The Evolution of the Hashtag: How Businesses are Using Hashtags to Build Brand Awareness

Do you remember when the pound symbol (#) was just a button on your telephone? That button that automated phone systems and customer service calls often asked you to press to “get more information”? If you forgot that “#” was even called a pound symbol, I’m not surprised. In the last seven years, the pound has been completely transformed by the social media world and now goes by a new name: the Hashtag.  Read More

Can Your Blog Make Money?

There are a lot of popular blogs out there that make their money through advertising on their site. These blogs have software that allows ads to pop up within or alongside their content. When a reader clicks on one of these ads, the blogger gets paid. So how much money is a blogger earning per click? It depends on many factors. Two important factors, Location and Industry, are discussed with infographics below.

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Look Before You Tweet!

DiGiorno Accidentally Uses Domestic Violence as a Platform to Sell Pizza

The social media world learned an important lesson last week thanks to DiGiorno pizza: always check your hashtags. When the video of NFL running back Ray Rice assaulting his wife in an elevator surfaced, many took to Twitter to express their empathy for Janay Palmer, offering their own abuse stories using the hashtag #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft

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Tablet Based Design – The Future of the Desktop

It’s no secret that every day, more and more people are using tablets and smartphones to replace their trusty (dusty?) desktops. With the technology of a desktop in the palm of their hand, why wouldn’t they?

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