We recently got a few questions on how to create buttons, or text that looks like buttons, to be easily edited in our own templates. There are two main ways to accomplish this in the Drag and Drop editor.
Use the text editor and format a regular link into a “button”
1. Create your link
2. Highlight your link and choose a background color for your “button”
3. To help create more of a “button” feel, click on either side of your link and add a space. It should add a little bit of breathing room around your link.
4. You may want to change the color of your text as well, depending on which color your background is. To do this, click on the box that holds your “button” and see which section it is in (Pre-Header, Header, Body, Column 1, Footer, etc). If you do not want all your links in the same area to be the same color as the text in your button, then you can drag and drop the block to another section.
From there, click “Styles” at the top right. My button is in the Body, so I next clicked Body and then scrolled to “Body Links” at the bottom and specified the color as white. I also chose “None” under “Link Decoration” and bolded the link there.
5. From here, I decided to center my link, increase the font size, and customize the background color. From here, you have a fully customizable “button” without having to use image editing software or code. Here’s my final example:
Create a button in the image editor
1. This time we’re going to create an actual image but do so within the Image Editor in ClickDimensions. First, you’ll need to add an image block and select a starter image. It doesn’t matter what image because any changes we make will not effect the original image (our image editor always “Saves As”).
Add in your image to the block. I started with an unassuming cup of coffee. Then click the pencil icon to start editing.
You may need to click the lock icon to be able to specify your own dimensions since the proportions of the image are locked by default.
3. Next, scroll to the next page of icons and click “Draw”. Choose your color, and click “Set Color”. This will be the background color. Rapidly draw across your image until the area is completely covered by your chosen color.
4. Click “Text”, choose your color and font, and type in your text. You can drag it to place it in the center of your button and stretch the corner to make the text the right size.
5. From here, you can make other changes, too, with the other features in the editor. When you’re happy with your button, click “Save”. It will save your work as a copy and, in my case, spare our unimposing coffee cup.
You will notice that the editor has already updated your template to include your new image. To link it, simply click the hyperlink icon.
6. To make changes to the text or other properties on the button, you would need to open the image manager again, re-paint your background, and type in new text.
Written by Courtney Smith, ClickDimensions Marketing Success Manager
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We have added a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to the Picmonic Player to make your learning experience faster and more fluid!
LIST OF KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS:
- Up/Down Arrows – Move up and down between the facts
- Left/Right – Move between Learn, Review, and Quiz modes
- < > – Move between Picmonics
- Space Bar – Play audio
- C – Mark quiz answer as “correct”
- X – Mark quiz answer as “incorrect”
Now you can move through a Picmonic faster and easier than ever before! We’ve listened to and gathered feedback from a ton of users and have heard a suggestion of this feature so that users could move through the content and learn even more quickly and easily. After testing different versions of the keyboard shortcuts, we concluded that these would be the most effective and easiest keys to use to navigate Picmonic content within the Picmonic Player!
Did you know that we also have these 3 features to help make your studying more effective? We compiled a few awesome Picmonic features that you may not be using yet!
- Notes – Every user can take their own personal notes on each Picmonic using the Notes feature. Click the Notes icon in the bottom right corner of the Picmonic Player to take notes as you are learning and review later.
- Confidence Rating – After you learn a Picmonic, you can rate your confidence on how well you know the information covered in that Picmonic. From 1-5, you can rate how well you know the information so that you know what you will need to come back to continue to review in the future. You can also filter by Confidence Rating while within your Library, allowing you to quickly see what information you need to revisit and what content you have down pat.
- Creative Audio vs. Educational Audio – Every Picmonic has two audio tracks! You can toggle between the traditional Educational audio track and the creative Story audio track with the toggle buttons on the bottom of the Picmonic Player. Incorporate humor, wit, and sometime even music into your studying by listening to the creative audio on your Picmonics.
-The Picmonic Team
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Picmonic Audiovisual Learning System Now Available for iOS
New Picmonic Mobile App Helps Students Study More Effectively On-the-Go
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phoenix, Ariz. (February 16, 2015) – Picmonic Inc, The Visual Learning Community that empowers people to create, share and explore highly effective, audiovisual study cards featuring pictorial mnemonics called “Picmonics” — announced today the availability of its audiovisual learning system for iOS. The Picmonic mobile app demonstrates a change in the way medical and nursing students study for class and key exams like USMLE Step 1, COMLEX, and NCLEX®.
“Students are moving to audiovisual learning systems for a more effective and engaging study experience,” said Ron Robertson, Picmonic CEO. “By taking textbook information and turning it into unforgettable images and stories, Picmonic helps students master more information faster, ace their exams, and retain what they learned for future practical use in their careers. And, now they can do that on the go with their iPhone.”
The mobile app is a condensed, easy-to-use version of Picmonic’s desktop software that includes:
- Interactive learning modes
- Browse, search, and sort
- Offline studying
- Create, add, and edit playlists
- Rate Picmonics based on your confidence level
- Flag Picmonics for review later
The Picmonic mobile app is free and available now for download. To access additional premium content, Picmonic requires that you to have a subscription. The app is designed specifically for iphones. An iPad version will also be release the first half of this year.
Picmonic Inc, brings the power of social visual platforms to learning. Picmonic gives every student the power to create an engaging and personalized learning experience, while building a connected and collaborative learning community through the use of highly effective audiovisual study cards, called “pictorial mnemonics” or Picmonics.
Picmonic Media Contact:
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ClickDimensions is proud to announce that Clayton Yarborough has joined the team as a Marketing Success Manager. Clayton is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Computational Media. He is originally from Kentucky, but has been living in Georgia for the past 10 years and will be working from our Atlanta office. Before joining ClickDimensions, Clayton was a QA/customer assistance contractor with Adult Swim Games. We’re excited to have Clayton on our customer team!
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You spoke and we listened!
We are excited to announce that we have officially launched our native mobile app for iPhone! We have been developing and testing the app for months and are happy to be able to provide our users with a native mobile app so that everyone can access Picmonic directly on their phone.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE MOBILE APP!
*Will add link when available ^
Now you can log into your Picmonic account on the go! You can pull up your favorite Picmonics on your phone without worrying about trying to login through a browser. The app is optimized to display Picmonics perfectly on your phone!
You can find our app in the App Store by searching for “Picmonic”. The app is 100% free to download! You can access all of your Picmonics by logging into the app using the same username and password you use on the web app.
Please make sure that you have a good internet connection while using the app. Our content is full of rich audio and visuals and a good internet connection will give you the best possible experience with the app.
— Got questions? We’ve got answers! —
“So, if the app is free in the App Store, can I use Picmonic 100% free?!”
The app is free to download in the App Store, but you need an active Picmonic subscription to be able to access all of the available Picmonic content (our Medicine product has over 800 Picmonics and our Nursing product has over 500 Picmonics!).
“If I already have a Picmonic subscription for the web app, can I use it for the mobile app?”
Of course! If you already have a subscription that you have been using for the web app, you can use the same login information to access all of your Picmonics on the mobile app.
“Will my playlists from the web app transfer to the mobile app?”
You bet! The first time you log into the mobile app, it will take a couple of minutes to sync all of your information from your account. After this one-time sync, you’ll be able to see your playlists across platforms!
“Do I need to be connected to Wi-Fi? Will this be counted towards my cellular data?”
Connection Wi-Fi is not required to run the mobile app, but we highly recommend it. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi, app usage will be counted toward your cellular data plan.
“Do you also have a mobile app available for Android?”
Not as of now. After some extensive research, we discovered that an overwhelming majority of our user base use iPhones, so we decided to focus on developing the iPhone app first.
“Buuut I’m not quite ready to purchase yet… What should I do?”
Not ready to purchase a subscription? That’s okay! You can always sign up for a free Picmonic trial. You will receive access to a set of 25 Picmonics covering various topics. Snag a free trial here!
“I love Picmonic! How can I get more involved?”
That’s awesome! Sounds like our Campus Advocate Program is just for you! Learn more about the program and apply here.
“I still have questions!”
– The Picmonic Team
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Not too long ago, the thought of a small company moving its business systems to the cloud was novel. Cloud technology was reserved for larger organizations with IT teams, according to many business owners. But what a difference just a few years makes.
Now, small to mid-sized businesses (SMB) are actively improving operations with cloud-based CRM tools, email systems and certainly business phone systems. The mystery and apprehension toward cloud solutions has not only dissipated, these tools now represent competitive advantages for savvy SMBs.
In a recent interview, Pie Shop owner and Vonage customer Mims Bledsoe discussed why she moved to a hosted business VoIP phone system: “Technology is generally moving toward the cloud, which basically means being able to access it from anywhere,” she said. “You don’t have to be sitting at your office desk. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can connect to the things you use most … so putting your phone system on the cloud makes just as much sense as having email.”
Ms. Bledsoe’s simple description underscores how comfortable small business owners have become with cloud systems. In fact, she relishes the conveniences the Vonage system provides her business. She logs on to the online Admin Portal to adjust call settings or to change voicemail settings remotely. She uses the Vonage Business Mobile app when she’s on the go. And she likes that when she makes calls from her home office, the system reflects her business identity on caller ID.
While these are go-to features for her business, they’re also great examples of a key benefit of cloud hosting – the ability to access the phone system from anywhere, on any device. For many businesses, this is the most liberating and enabling aspect of a cloud-hosted system like Vonage’s.
Businesses are also liberated by the lower cost. The Vonage system, for example, saves businesses at least 30 percent over traditional providers,* which also has a lot to do with cloud hosting. You see, the system’s PBX – the nerve center where call routing is accomplished and call features are enabled – is hosted in the reliable Vonage Cloud instead of in the business’s server closet. Therefore, there is no expensive equipment to maintain, and no need for annual service contracts or technician visits. The system is managed virtually, allowing much more control for the business.
Learn why businesses of all sizes benefit by moving their business phone to the cloud. Speak to a Vonage representative about the easy switch to the Vonage Cloud, 1-877-862-2562.
Success Story Video: See how a thriving bakery makes the most of the Vonage business phone system, even when they’re away from the shop.
The post Why ‘Your Phone in the Cloud’ is the Right Fit for Nearly Any Business appeared first on Vonage Business Solutions.
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Many ClickDimensions customers enjoy the freedoms that the Custom HTML and Freestyle designers offer when building email templates. Here are some things to keep in mind when using your own HTML or using HTML from another source and copying this code into our editors to ensure you get the best results:
- Make sure every opening tag has a corresponding closing tag. If you have an open body tag <body> then you should also include a closing body tag </body>. If the proper opening and closing tags (or characters that make up these tags, such as the > symbol) are missing from your template code, you may see some formatting inconsistencies or render errors!
- Ensure the total width (including any spacing between sections) of your email template is no greater than 600 pixels.
Remember, pixels and points are different from each other. A pixel is a single square ‘picture element’; it’s the smallest unit of digital image data. A point is a unit of length, more commonly used when measuring typography — this is also more of a reference to printed items, rather than a digital item. When designing an email template, it’s a good idea to be consistent and stick with pixels for measurement.
- Thoroughly test your email template. Create an Email Send using your template and a test marketing list, and check how your email template looks as it arrives in your test recipients’ inboxes. Use ClickDimensions Inbox Preview tool!
- Always paste as plain text. Sometimes, when copying/pasting items from MS Word or other sources, hidden formatting attributes can be associated with your content. Always use the “Paste as Plain Text” option within the editors.
Be sure to take a look at our supplementary Help article about Secrets to Creating Great HTML for Email Marketing as well as our guides to the Freestyle Editor and Custom HTML Editor. With these tools, you’ll be off to a great start!
Written by Molly Lambeth, ClickDimensions Marketing Success Manager
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So you’re already using ClickDimensions to send your newsletters – great! Now it’s time to improve your stats and increase those opens and clicks. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started:
1. Look at the big picture. How often do you read emails? Think of all the times you received an email and immediately discarded it without opening or reading it. It probably takes you just a few seconds to scan an email and decide whether it’s worth reading all the way through or simply clicking delete. Coupled with the fact that many people check their emails on mobile devices with smaller screens, it’s easy to see why your emails should be easy. Reading your emails shouldn’t feel like a chore, and they should be easy to digest in both content and design. To do that, it’s important that your email is built on a solid foundation.
- Use one large image as your newsletter
- Write one long body of text
- Use hard to read fonts
- Use bold, harsh, or too many colors
- Include every single detail in your newsletter. You want your recipients to engage with your content by clicking on links that will lead them to your website, blog, and even forms and surveys.
- Place your logo and business name on your email’s header. Let them know it’s from you.
- Choose a color palette and stick with one or two colors. You’ll want to choose colors that compliment your logo and relate to your company identity.
- Use easy-to-read, web-safe fonts and only use one or two fonts (there are exceptions). It’s best not to overwhelm the reader with all the different font choices.
- Prioritize your content with the most important information first.
- Keep things short and break up your content into small sections. If you have more to write, consider writing a summary instead and use a call to action to lead your readers to your website.
- Use headings and subheadings to organize your newsletter.
- Use a responsive template so your newsletter looks great on all devices. (Use the Drag and Drop editor!)
2. Hook them with a good subject line. You could be the master of all newsletter content but if your subject line is blah then your readers may never see all that your newsletters have to offer. Sure, you can learn headline copywriting or use Subject Line testers and tools on the web, but I find that the best method is just learning what works best for you and your customers. You can use Split Testing to see which email subjects generate more opens and clicks – we even wrote a post about that here.
3. Actions speak louder. What do you want your readers to do? Fill out a form? Read your blog? Take a survey? Sign up for an event? Share your email on Facebook? Decide on your call to action for your email and make it easy for them to do it. Include action phrases that will get them engaged such as “Click here…” or “Share this.” Add it in a few key sections throughout your email in case they don’t make it to the end but keep in mind that you don’t want to overwhelm your readers with multiple call to actions in one email.
4. It’s not [about] you, it’s them. Clichéd break-up lines aside, your newsletters are not just a way for you to promote your business. Think about your customer and how your newsletter can be relevant and helpful to them. It’s not enough that you are talking about the next big thing or your newest offer, link it back so they can see how it benefits them. When you get this right and you start to connect with your customers, your newsletters will become an email they look forward to receiving!
Written by Louella Lugo, ClickDImensions Marketing Success Manager
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