CATEGORY: Development + Small Business Saturday Supports Small Business Saturday! Get your small business site up in a flash with our website builder, PageZen. Now through 11/26/11 use the promo code ‘GETONLINE’ and receive 25% off.

Have you guys heard of Small Business Saturday?

All the big box retail stores cash in on Black Friday, the notoriously huge shopping day following Thanksgiving. E-commerce sites have their big day the following Monday, coined Cyber Monday. So where does that leave the small mom & pop shops? Alas, Small Business Saturday was born. American Express first created the event on November 27th, 2010 and it rapidly gained popularity. Small business owners have carried the momentum and this year promises to be even bigger than last. Just check out the 2.2 million ‘Likes’ on the Facebook page.

As a small business ourselves, we like to support small business owners in every way possible. American express has provided free tools to help businesses promote their participation in the shopping event. In reading over their promotional materials and marketing checklist, it looks like they assume all small businesses already have a website, which we know is simply not the case (that’s where we come in!). As small business owners use this event to help drive new customers in the door, a web presence is essential in connecting with those customers again. Assume your customers want to find out more about your business and services, what products you provide, if you have any special events or sales coming up – you’ll need to send them to a centralized place with all this information.

Time is ticking, Thanksgiving is this week, so if you are a small business owner and you don’t have a website, get on it!!! After registering your business name you can use PageZen to create a simple website that will include the basics such as what types of products or services you provide, how people can contact you, and where you are located. The PageZen 1 page option is always free, if you want to expand beyond 1 page you can test drive the 5 page or unlimited plans. It’s a really simple solution for establishing a web presence quickly. After you get your one page up, you can use some of the marketing materials provided by American Express to really get the ball rolling in promoting your business.

Remember to use the promotional code, ‘GETONLINE‘ at checkout to receive 25% off.

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Check out a tips & tricks video on setting up a small business site on PageZen:

If you have any questions or need some direction or guidance hit us up in the comments of this post and we’d love to help you out. Cheers to driving new business and following up on great new leads. And if you’re not a business owner, get out there and support your locals!!!

Follow the action on Twitter using the hashtag, ‘#smallbusinessaturday’

Free your videos and win cash with and 5 Minutes for Mom

In mere moments I’m going to tell you how to win some money. But first, this announcement: has created the coolest app. It sends your smart phone videos to your family and friends from anywhere and at anytime.

Here’s how it works: No more faulty phone uploaders! No more plugging in! Cut the cord and download our new app. You simply shoot a video and then use the app to send it to Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube or your own registered .TV domain! You can register your .TV as you upload your video for 99 cents per month. So if you have a great video of, say, your friend who has some trouble dancing, then you can own TroubledDancing.TV and share it with the whole family.

(And you domainers may have noticed something: YES you can own a .TV domain BY THE MONTH!)

You may have also noticed that we’ve been referring to our new app rather generically. That’sfree your videos from your smart phone with because we haven’t been able to think of a name (Yes, there is some irony here… and all.)


We’ve teamed up with the great website 5 Minutes for Mom to find the best name for our new invention. AND YOU COULD WIN! Not only bragging rights as the person who named the coolest app in the smart phone era, but these great prizes!

1st prize: $500 cash prize for the individual who names the app

2nd prize: $100 account credit at, which can be used for their website builder, easy search engine optimization, or web addresses for the entire family!

3rd prize: A random entrant will also receive a $100 account credit at

This contest will end on November 23rd. The winners will be announced on November 25th, 2011. Until then, keep your phone in a safe place. Daily Tut: Installing and Using Apple iTunes Match

It used to be difficult to pick which person at was the biggest Apple Fanboy/girl. Then along came Michael and, it’s clear, none of us can compete. He has every gadget and he knows everything about every gadget. That’s a big step, going from wannabe Fanboy/girl to the real deal Fanboy/girl, as many people use only about five percent of their Apple product’s potential. Michael uses it until he’s in sync, as if he embodies its technology. It’s weird, especially when he needs something and uses your face as a touchscreen. But we get many uses from Michael (I’ve heard his computer say his name like that car in Knight Rider) including incredible web design and these useful Apple tutorials.

As you can see it works!

Beer Friday: We got a Keg Cap Tap

The story around the office wasn’t so much our new gift, but that something had “cleared the war room”. The “war room” is where our dev team holes up in a small space withlegend of karate kid concentrates like a developer charts, graphs, computers and the concentration of Mr. Miyagi. They stay there all day troubleshooting and brainstorming. It’s a big deal, and we’re told that those of us on the outside will never understand.

But then the the inventor of the Keg Cap Tap sent us “the perfect tap handle for every keg.” It was if the war room guys had just found out about sunshine. They wandered out into the open and gathered around the kegerator. With quiet admiration they celebrated the latest innovation in beer liberation.

The keg cap tap from Colorado inventor Matt Ferris.

Some of you may know that every keg comes with a little cap. It’s an identifier of what the keg is, and provides a modicum of protection to the valve that guards the nectar below. Until now it’s been popped off and stuck to someone’s head or flicked about in an impromptu game of table football. But now it has a new home.

keg cap tap stickers
And stickers!

Your stylish new cap-tapped keg tells everyone what they’re drinking so you don’t have to break from the courtship of your pint to field questions. Pretty dang cool, and Matt, the Colorado-based inventor who conjured this little bit of magic, sent it to us out the the goodness of his heart. Thanks Matt! This kegs for you!

Quick Apple iPhone 4S Siri Demo

When I first heard of Siri I thought people were abuzz about Tom Cruise and Katie Holme’s daughter. I read one Tweet that said “Siri is wicked” and I thought, “Sweet jeeso she’s only like five.” And her name is “Suri.” Luckily the social media outburst was all about the speech-recognizing “personal assistant” that comes with the Apple iPhone 4S. As it turns out, she (in America all I’ve heard is a female voice) is pretty wicked. Check out this demo we did at

Bad girl Siri! Pretty cool though. With both a speech input and output, you can speak into it and Siri responds. It’s more than you get from most humans (unless it’s’s legendary customer support.) Nature Film: In the Developer's Den

I think this is but the raw beginning of more nature films. We have plenty of animals to pursue around the office, and this swanky Cherry Creek neighborhood just begs to be exploited. I’m seeing a Whole Foods nature film and even a Nordstrom’s safari. There are cougars all over in there.

We tagged a couple of them to track their movements, but they haven’t gone anywhere in weeks.

PageZen Top 5 Tips and Tricks

Like we’ve said before, PageZen is easy, and we don’t say that in the condescending oh-we-know-you-can-do-it way that someone says right when they give you a ton of work. We’re saying it in the old school “it’s easy” way. Back when “bad” meant “bad” instead of “awesome” and “sick” was still ill. PageZen is easy. Here’s how you take your PageZen website to the next level.

PageZen is Easy. Really easy.

The one-pager is FREE and it’s free to start the total PageZen package. So if you want to see how easy it can be to build a website for your business or your hobby or your cat, then please take our 14-day trial run.

You’ll note in your account that your domains come with a free trial run of PageZen and SEO Tutor. Give ’em a whirl and let us know what you think. We even have some even easier Tips and Tricks to help out. Oh, and nice work Otto, Quin, staff and the baristas at Ink! We couldn’t roll out top-notch production without you.

What we should learn from the Crock Pot Girls

Let me be the first to try and share the success of an Internet Sensation. This time it’s not a kid high on nitrous oxide or an interesting squirrel. This time there’s meat, real honest-to-gosh meat. It’s the Crock Pot Girls. They are three mothers, Allyson, Jenna, and Nicole who, as their Facebook page says, “decided here was a great way us moms can exchange crock pot recipes.” Sounds pretty darn simple, and that should be the main lesson. KISS: Keep It Simple…Silly (Moms loathe the word “stupid.”)

So they go about this straightforward project and in less than ten days score half a million “likes” and so many wall posts they have to beg people to behave and follow the rules. What are the rules? Well, simple: share recipes. Now that’s about as Abigail Adams as you can get. This old-fashioned way of connecting people spun up in an electronic forum. And by golly they have 300,000 more fans since I checked the site last night. Soon they’ll be on Good Morning America, and we’ll be watching from our piles of press releases and flowcharts and wondering, “How?”

crock pot girlsSince it has to do with food we at wanted to be a part of it. As the Community Evangelist I contacted the CPGs to see if we could provide them with a domain and a website that we could monetize and search engine optimize. Our customers really think we’ve got something with our PageZen web builder and SEO Tutor, and we’re very fond of them. But that really should be the litmus test: are you portraying your product even close to something that with a flip of a switch can feed your family for a week?

There’s another lesson: give people something they want. We’ve all been serenaded by the sales gurus hammering their fists and berating us about benefits: “Share the benefits of your product!” But the Crock Pot Girls have one up on that. Their product is a benefit with benefits. People want food. They want lots of it, and they want it to appear magically. The Crock Pot is all that. You put something in it, you turn it on, and then you do something else with yourself. All you need is a recipe. In come the CPGs. Throw in the fact that the economy is weak and I’m surprised our ladies of the ladle haven’t been propelled to Congress.

At we’d love to hear that we’re the Crock Pot Girls of domains and website building. We want it to be quick, easy and convenient, and as satisfying as a pound of pulled pork. We want to put you in that place where you can be any level of web IQ and still get your ideas and products on a website that ranks big with SEO. Actually, I think there should be some kind of buzzword introduced here. Something about a “Crock Pot” business plan (not to be confused with “Crackpot”) where you sit alone with the slow cooker and brainstorm how close you can get to its paragon of goodness. If you don’t get all the way there, then don’t worry. It’s hard to touch moms with vats of food.