Earlier this month, Taoti was among fourteen firms Clutch named in its new report on the top Washington DC and Baltimore web developers. Their research leverages the proprietary Leaders Matrix methodology, which maps each firm’s focus in different types of web development against their ability to deliver reliably on client expectations.
Every spring, anticipation builds in the Drupal community. DrupalCon — the official conference for the Drupal community to participate in learning sessions, talks, code sprints, and social events — is around the corner. While several “Cons” are held internationally, this marked my first experience at the event, held this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kicking-off sessions was Drupal’s founder and Acquia CTO, Dries Buytaert. The opening keynote was well-attended and furiously tweeted with the affectionate #DriesNote as excited developers, product owners, and sellers-of-open-source anxiously awaited Dries’ SOD (state of Drupal) speech.
After three very helpful, informative, conceptual and practical days of sessions at NTEN’s NTC, my final day was more refreshing and clarifying than I had expected. I chose well, in attending these two sessions.
An exploration of human-centered design
The first, My Dad and Other Real People Designed Our Online Strategy was led by Trista Kendall of the newly rebranded Stand.earth and Danielle Siembieda of Leonardo/ISAST
The session was an exercise in questions, essentially. We talked about who to ask questions of, what questions to ask, and how to make sure you’re asking the right questions. This was all based on their experience leveraging IDEO’s Field Guide to Human-Centered Design to help with their redesign.
I bailed on a Session That Shall Remain Nameless, and was happy I landed at the session “So You Wanna Build an App for That: Experts Share Tips on Taking Apps from Need to Launch” run by communications consultant Lauren Girardin.
While there was some discussion about being sure that you really need to build an app (a topic I have written about previously) the dialogue and discussions were very real-world focused and intended to get small groups thinking about challenges and considerations around planning, designing, building, testing and marketing an app.
Lauren reminded the group that there is a growing sentiment around thinking about app building as one that is done “with, not for an audience.” This set a great tone for the rest of the discussions and is great for teams to keep in mind throughout the process.
There is a lot of excitement around NTC, and with good reason. That means there are a LOT of tweets. In fact #16NTC is currently trending on Twitter as I write this. However, some tweets need to be saved for future reference. That’s what we’re attempting here. This will update throughout the conference so check back. You can also suggest tweets to add by tweeting @TaotiCreative.
I attended a wonderful session this morning, Targeting Your Digital Audiences: Multichannel Segmentation Strategies with tons of insightful, thoughtful tips from the speaking team of Jessie Lamb, Senior Web Analyst, and Mercy Corps and Anne Bell-Fysh, Digital Marketing Strategist at Mercy Corps.
I unfortunately neglected to attribute each quote to each speaker, but the wisdom and helpfulness shouldn’t be diminished.
Within audiences we weren’t looking to see what’s really going on. When we looked, we found the same people responding over and over. But a whole group, we weren’t reaching. The result was a predictable communication outcome. If we had looked over the past five years, we would have seen they were never responding. We had the data.
I am excited to be attending the NTEN Non-profit Tech Conference in San Jose this week. Ahead of the main conference (which starts Wednesday), there were three concurrent Drupal, WordPress and SalesForce days with a fair amount of ability for attendees to mingle regardless of their primary interest.
As the sessions started to blend together, I started listening at a higher level and ended up with two major take-aways. One positive, and one very much not.
The DC Water and Sewer Authority has awarded DC-based Taoti Creative, a full-service digital strategy and website design agency, a contract to overhaul the DCWater.com website from the ground up.
We’re thrilled to announce that the National Association of Counties website redesign has won three additional awards this month!
The AVA Digital Awards recognize excellence in planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. The NACo website won a Gold AVA Digital Award in the Association category.
The Omni Awards recognize outstanding achievements in film/video, web and mobile media. This year, entries were submitted from all 50 States in the U.S., and over 47 countries. The NACo.org website redesign won web award recognition in two categories: Government and Non-profit.