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Reify Media and Raleigh’s Holiday Express

Posted by on December 8, 2014 | 11:02 am in Blog | 0 comments

Reify Media and Raleigh’s Holiday Express

Reify Media is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Holiday Express event at Pullen Park. Proceeds from the 2014 Holiday Express event will be donated to the local Ronald McDonald house. We provided the in-kind donation of website and social media development. We hope you’ll check out their new site, www.raleighholidayexpress.com! The site is mobile responsive, customized to match the Holiday Express logo, and organized to highlight sponsor involvement while also providing helpful logistical content for event attendees. We’re also...

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Time Boxing Experiment

Posted by on November 19, 2014 | 10:00 am in Blog | Comments Off

Time Boxing Experiment

Four members of the Reify Media team attended the Internet Summit in Raleigh, NC this week. Using a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy, we were able to attend a wide variety of sessions and identify a number of strategies that we will start using right away for our team and for our clients. At the end of the conference, we met to share our take aways and develop action plans for implementing what we had learned during the two days. This accountability meeting is one way that we can ensure that the excitement, ideas, and plans actually come to...

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Adapt to Your Audience

Posted by on September 29, 2014 | 9:38 am in Blog | Comments Off

Adapt to Your Audience

This morning, a web client walked us through one of her more complex service models. While the service made sense to her—and would to others in her field—we were a bit flabbergasted. Still, thanks to her patient and organized explanation, we eventually not only understood the service model but also believed in its value. She put it in terms that we could understand. The experience reminded me of one of my favorite Mental Floss articles: 18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply. The article invites 18 different scientists to explain...

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WordPress versus Drupal: Race car vs. Amtrak

Posted by on August 18, 2014 | 1:07 pm in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

WordPress versus Drupal: Race car vs. Amtrak

Both Drupal and WordPress are open-source content management systems. Both have thousands of developers behind them. Both have benefits and limitations. So what’s the major difference between Drupal and WordPress? Well, depends on who you ask. This blog post is relevant if you’re considering a new website, curious about the differences between common content management systems like WordPress and Drupal, or looking to better understand why Drupal has been recommended to you. When it comes to the battle between WordPress and Drupal,...

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Reify Media team members facilitate instructional technology workshops in California

Posted by on August 13, 2014 | 9:11 am in Blog | Comments Off

Team members Sarah Glova and Sarah Egan Warren facilitated a two-day instructional technology workshop in Orange, California for the faculty at the new Chapman University School of Pharmacy. Sarah & Sarah teaching CUSP faculty how to strategically integrate #technology into their #flipclass. @ReifyMedia pic.twitter.com/UJu9PTj2gf — Barbi Honeycutt, PhD (@FlipItConsult) August 12, 2014 The workshop focused on pedagogy-first technology integration. Sarah and Sarah developed a custom framework for the Chapman faculty that used Flippable...

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The Whispers in the Room: Our Favorite Backchannel Tools

Posted by on July 30, 2014 | 2:37 pm in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

The Whispers in the Room: Our Favorite Backchannel Tools

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Next time you’re presenting, leading a meeting, running a workshop, or doing any kind of public speaking, don’t quiet the chatter at the back of the room; celebrate it. Things your participants have to say might add a lot of value. Their questions might help to shape the conversation, or their input might add new depth to the discussion. How can you celebrate these participant-led comments? With a backchannel. A backchannel is a real-time, online conversation that takes place...

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Answering the Question, “Why Do You Use WordPress?”

Posted by on June 19, 2014 | 5:47 pm in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

Answering the Question, “Why Do You Use WordPress?”

When we develop new websites, blogs, products pages, or other online resources for our clients, we almost always use WordPress. What is it, and why do we use it? Here’s a bit about our love affair with WordPress.   WordPress is just software If you’ve never heard of WordPress, don’t be concerned. It’s not another complicated piece of technology that you’ll have to fight with; it’s just some software we’re adding to your site. It makes it easy for you to use your site. That’s right: YOU....

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Our Web-Writing Hero: Jakob Nielsen

Posted by on May 10, 2014 | 1:33 pm in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

Our Web-Writing Hero: Jakob Nielsen

Some superheroes have capes, others have strength or speed… but our favorite hero has an even better power: a sharp editing eye for concise writing. Hey, it’s almost like laser vision, right? Jakob Nielsen has been a famous champion of web accessibility since the 90s. To this day, when clients ask us about online text, we reference the article, “Applying Writing Guidelines to Web Pages.”  Published in 1998, it shares timeless advice for concise web text. Here’s an excerpt: A common thread between conciseness,...

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We’re Linked In!

Posted by on May 1, 2014 | 1:15 pm in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

We’re Linked In!

Find us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/5140768.

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Talk Like Shakespeare Day: How an obscure celebration is a great blog muse

Posted by on April 23, 2014 | 7:16 am in Blog, Featured Posts | Comments Off

Talk Like Shakespeare Day: How an obscure celebration is a great blog muse

Tis April 23rd, the accepted anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death. What better way to celebrate than a day devoted to the poet and playwright’s turns of phrase and bawdy puns? Unless your an old-school English nerd, why should this day matter? Our calendar is full of strange and obscure holidays that turn ordinary Wednesdays into celebrations of Shakespearean insults (find your own at www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/). When you’re feeling a bit uninspired, consider using one of these obscure holidays to help...

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