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Around the Office: Peeking in on Vine; A Film on Viral Media; Sharing Secretly & More!

Around the Office is a weekly group blog of what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. A Vine Hotline The makers of Twitter have devised a new social app called Vine which applies its predecessor’s length restrictions to mobile video clips. Just as Twitter is limited to 140 character Tweets, Vines are limited to six seconds or less, which many have found to inspire creativity. Andy has been kicking back and watching…

Creating a Brand Online: Using the Right Social Media for Your Brand

Trying to understand how your small business can become online friendly? This is the second article in our series “Creating a Brand Online”, where we provide straightforward advice for your small business as you create your online brand. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have helped make the Internet a social place where people can connect, comment, and share. These “social networks” are the hubs where “social media” live, and they’re structured differently than old media like newspapers, TV and…

Around the Office: Great Collaborations, Automattic Acquisition, Native Advertising and More!

Around the Office is a weekly group blog of what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Being a Part of Great Collaborations A lot of people make the mistake of thinking they should take care of every element of a project, when they really would offer greater value to clients through collaboration with other specialists. Our friends (and collaborators) at Finesilver Design + Communications wrote a post on the power of great collaborations.…

Around the Office: I Spy at CES, Hashtag is the Word, A Toronto Symphony & More!

Around the Office is a weekly group blog of what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Future Spotting at CES We couldn’t help but pay attention to the new gadgetry unveiled at CES. Bored of his light and small phone, David was happy to hear about the new “Phablet” trend, which fuses a tablet and a phone into a device with about 5-inches of screen real estate. Andy dug some some Android…

Creating Your Brand Online: Defining Your Website Requirements

How can your small business become online friendly? This is the first post in our series “Creating a Brand Online”, where we provide straightforward advice for small businesses who are trying to understand how to translate their brand to the web. As your customers spend more and more time online each day, you can no longer afford to lack an online presence. But how to create an online presence isn’t always clear. Given the different methods and technologies available, you need to…

Around the Office: The Year’s Top Plugins, Input from out of Thin Air, the Value of Mind Share, and More!

Around the Office is a weekly group blog of what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. A Year in 100 WordPress Plugins Andy was interested in seeing where his favourite new WordPress plugins ranked in ManageWP’s top-100 list of free WordPress plugins for 2012. The top plugin was Types, which lets site administrators create and manage custom fields and post types for better site organization. Given the great volume of useful plugins,…

Social Media and Online Marketing Trends for 2012

It seems that social networks and the Internet in general have been playing an increasingly important role in our lives. While the online world hasn’t completely displaced our real-world connections, we certainly rely on it as a way to socialize, follow news and events, shop, find information, and otherwise live digitally. As we said in our year-end review of web design and development trends, we welcome new industry developments but are mindful to take them with a grain of salt.…

Creating an Online Experience for The Real Estate Experience

The Real Estate Expereince combines the knowledge and experience of RE/MAX First Realty Ltd. Brokerage Sales Representatives Elizabeth Haug and Kevin McCullough, who serve Scarborough and communities in the Durham Region (including the Ajax-Pickering area). The website and logo we created showcases the quality of service clients have come to expect from TREE. Project Details therealestateexperience.com website was created using the WordPress Content Management System. The site, which has a private area only for members, includes a dynamic News page that allows editors to create…

Web Design & Development Trends of 2012

As web designers and developers, we trust our core design sensibility to create websites around principles of taste and usability. But we also love seeing new ideas and new current website trends. In this post, we’ll run down some of the web design and development trends we found captivating in 2012. 1. Single-Page Websites Navigating through single page websites is faster than clicking through multiple pages. You can easily browse through text and media by scrolling, sliding, or flicking –…

Around the Office: YouTube Monetization, Heuristics, Small Business Design, and More!

Around the Office is a weekly group blog of what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Psi Makes Millions on YouTube Video Daveed was happy to see Korean pop star Psy make more than $8 million from YouTube for his hit song “Gangnam Style”, signaling a change in how pop artists can turn a profit from their work. One of the key ingredients of his success has been his reluctance to strictly enforce copyright over…