Just a quick shout out about a cool new feature that Beacon recently implemented on the University of Hartford site at http://www.hartford.edu. Hartford has been a long time client and we do updates for them on a regular basis, but we wanted to spotlight this particular item. It’s a randomized home page banner image (jQuery) that links to a YouTube video player on an interior page. Our client was very pleased, “Most people in my office are looking at the stories, and are saying very positive things. Really great work!”
Hopefully it will be nice and sunny in Orlando for next week’s Internet Retailer Web Design & Usability Conference (Feb 13-15). I’m looking forward to meeting with our partners and clients that are attending. Let me know if you are going to be there – maybe we can grab some coffee and talk “Web”!
The Beacon Staff wrote nearly 200 blog posts in 2011! So we are highlighting our Top 10 and want your help to identify the “Beacon Blog Post of the Year”. Please check them out and leave a comment telling us which one you enjoyed most and why. Some of these were actually written in 2010, but received enough views in 2011 to make the Top 10 List.
Top 10 Posts by Views
We launched a new ecommerce site yesterday at http://www.tpgseminars.com. This site uses the newest version of AspDotNetStorefront . This site is slightly different in that its products are actually continuing education classes that required by the state of New York for tax preparers and accountants.
The site features the following:
- Multiple static content (topic) pages that can be updated by the client via Admin site
- Dynamic filtering on Live Conference landing page (by date, location, and topic)
- Opt-in mailing list that can be downloaded by client via Admin
Thanks to Tiffany May and John Wallwork who did the primary development on the site and to Wayne Van Zandt and Caleb Pruitt for assisting with launch yesterday. Also, thanks to John Scaramuzzo for client support.
It’s been a fun week here at Beacon as the entire team has stepped up to raise money for the United Way. It’s great to see everyone participating in the various activities to give back to the community.
We kicked off United Way Week on Monday with a couple of guest speakers from the United Way along with a short video that showed exactly how the money we raise goes to help people in Greensboro area. We also created 5 teams of employees that are competing against each other during the week. Of course the teams came up with interesting team names and the trash talking began pretty quickly – all in good fun. Team names were
- We’ll Kick Your ISAPI,
- Occupy Beacon,
- 404 and
- Gary and the Webonettes
The first event, which lasts all week, is Penny Wars (coins are positive, bills are negative). Each team has a jar in the lobby for anyone to put coins or bills into. Today is the last day for this event and I expect it will get crazy as the clock nears the 5pm deadline. All of the money for this event goes to United Way.
On Wednesday, we had our Team Competition and brought in lunch. It was a series of 6 events
- Bean Bag Toss
- Hall Bowling
- Beer Pong (w/o the Beer!)
- Balloon Pop (hilarious!)
- Putting (harder than it looked!)
- Tailgate Golf (outside)
Each Team accumulated points for each event. Final results after Wed showed that every team is within striking distance to win the overall competition, so it comes down to the Penny Wars.
On Thursday, we had a silent auction for home made baked goods – dinners, desserts, snacks. Great participation and personally, I wanted to have a bite of everything! Very tasty and unique items were brought in. All the proceeds go to the United Way.
Lastly, we have a 50/50 Coin Drop where individuals can drop coins into a water-filled jug into a shot glass. Coins count for face value (quarter = 25 points; penny = 1 pt). Whoever has the most points at the end of the week gets half the money in the jug; the other half goes to the United Way. Again, the race is close and I expect coins to be dropping right up until 5pm today!
Although our primary objective was to raise money for the United Way, I believe we had a lot of fun and got to spend some “non-work” time together as a company. Priceless. Congrats to everyone on the Beacon Team for making United Way Week such a success… and special thanks to Suzanne Bugg who coordinated everything!
Beacon was a sponsor of the North Carolina Technology Association State of Technology Conference: Transforming the Way We Live, Work and Play. Leading technology companies in North Carolina came together to discuss how innovation is impacting business by improving processes and increasing efficiency.
Check out the Beacon booth!