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Drupal Tutorial: Drupal Batch, Cron, and Queue.

Drupal

outlierdavid - February 19 at 11:16 am - 332 views

Performing large operations on a PHP-based web server is no easy task, especially when a bootstrap is involved. Avoiding timeout errors while not hampering user experience is key. In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how you can easily combine...

Start 2014 Off Right With These Four Easy Methods for Getting Great Customer Feedback

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - December 30 at 11:05 am - 1 view

We all spend a ton of time wondering what our customers are thinking, don’t we? So why do so many of us stop short of taking that one step further by doing the single most important thing we can do to find out.Ask them.Customer feedback can provide u...

Ever Wondered What Snowmen Are Up to When You're Asleep? We Found Out.

Video Production

Kathleen Martin - December 18 at 08:56 am - 7 views

We've always been curious what snowmen are up to while we're asleep. This hidden camera showed us we had NO idea.Happy Holidays from all of us at Outlier! Snow Mercy from BeTheOutlier on Vimeo.

Customer Retention Begins with Context: Guest Interview with Bryan Finke of YesMail Interactive

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - December 4 at 04:13 am - 3 views

Outlier got a recent opportunity to interview Bryan Finke, Vice President Communications and Customer Experience Strategies at YesMail Interactive. An award-winning Enterprise Email and Marketing Solutions provider, YesMail is headquartered in Portland...

Wordy Press Releases Got You Down? Time to Go Visual.

Content Marketing

Kathleen Martin - November 15 at 03:04 am - 2 views

The public relations industry took a hit this past August when Google’s latest updates called for either the removal of in-line links, or tagging as ‘No Follow' for all press releases. Bad news for those who used PR distribution solely as ...

How to Market Corporate Wellness and Prepare Your Program for Success

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - September 19 at 07:31 am - 213 views

Corporate wellness programs continue to gain traction as more employers realize the long-term benefits of maintaining a healthy workforce. In fact, a recent Forbes article mentioned corporate wellness programs as some of the biggest signs that business...

Does Your Video Connect to Your Goals? Four Simple Questions to Ask Before Your Next Video

Web Design

Kathleen Martin - September 16 at 07:46 am - 2 views

Video marketing has been getting more sophisticated for a while now, but it seems like over the past year or so a major shift has happened as more companies have begun to add video as a line item in their marketing budgets.Now, don't get us wrong. We L...

The Next Best Thing for PR? A Look at Google's New Updates

Kathleen Martin - August 26 at 09:01 am - 1 view

Earlier this month Google issued an update that would affect "any links intended to manipulate PageRank or a site's ranking in Google search results" as these "may be considered part of a link scheme and a violation of Google’s Webmaster Guideline...

For the Love of the Craft: Guest Interview with Ezra Johnson-Greenough

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - August 13 at 02:00 pm - 6 views

We got the lucky opportunity this month to talk with Ezra Johnson-Greenough founder of one of the most popular blogs in the craft beer industry The New School as well as the guy behind some of the industry's most popular events including the ...

I Want it Now! Designing Fast Loading Mobile Websites.

Web Design

Kathleen Martin - August 11 at 02:00 pm - 1 view

In the U.S. alone, there are 91.4 MILLION smartphone users. In a study done in December of 2012, it was discovered that 86 million people searched for a local business on their mobile smartphone. It’s apparent that smartphones are built into our live...

Balancing Sales with Creative: An Interview With Veteran Sales Coach Rick O'Malley

Marketing Strategy

Ben Friedle - July 24 at 03:39 am - 3 views

I had the chance to speak with veteran sales person and sales coach Rick O’Malley of Innerskil. I was curious how he viewed the challenge of keeping sales people and the team they represent working in the most productive way possible.How do we resolv...

Focusing on Longterm Brand Potential

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - July 23 at 09:11 am - 3 views

This month, I got the lucky opportunity to attend the 2013 MozCon conference for the first time up in Seattle, Washington. I have to be honest with you--the ensuing buzz I came home with might just be permanent.To top that off, the Outlier team has bee...

#Facebook #Opens the #Hashtag #Floodgates

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - July 19 at 03:13 am - 2 views

On June 12, 2013 Facebook users were greeted with the ability to incorporate Twitter hashtags into their posts. Thus, the Facebook hashtag floodgates were released. But what is a hashtag? What is the purpose of them? And why is everyone and their mothe...

Risk: The Catalyst to Escaping the Status Quo

Marketing Strategy

Ben Friedle - July 16 at 05:23 am - 7 views

Do you have your teams brainstorming new ideas and putting them into quick business cases? Why not?If you said yes, when was the last time you implemented one of these ideas? If you haven’t seen an idea worth pursuing|you may be: Underestimating...

MozCon 2013: The Ties That Bind

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - July 9 at 07:10 am - 1 view

This week, 1200 SEOs, marketers, community managers and more gathered in Seattle for the annual event known as MozCon, a conference for online marketers to come together to get three full days’ worth of the freshest industry information and trends fr...

Meet Outlier's New Summer Intern, Patch Leishman

Outlier Company News

Kathleen Martin - July 1 at 08:56 am - 1 view

Summertime isn't ALL water balloon fights and drippy popsicles (dangit). Sometimes it's also about pushing up your sleeves and getting to work--which is exactly what Outlier's new summer intern has done in his first two weeks at Outlier HQ.Meet Patch L...

The Final Countdown: DrupalCon Portland or Bust!

Web Design

Kathleen Martin - May 16 at 07:16 am - 2 views

For the fourth year in a row, the Outlier Development crew is waiting (with bated breath!) for this year's DrupalCon event. Even better? This year's event is being hosted in Outlier's own fair city. The Portland Drupal community is large, and we are th...

Creative Communication Requires New Ways of Thinking About Client and Agency Collaboration

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - May 13 at 06:37 am - 3 views

Times have changed, folks, and that means the ways creative agencies and their clients collaborate are changing too. The real question: how to adjust our collaboration efforts in order to get the best results? Now, I would argue the n...

Effective Marketing and Creative Communications Are A Team Effort

Marketing Strategy

Kathleen Martin - April 24 at 02:00 pm - 2 views

Yes, Outlier is a full-service creative communications agency. And, by reading Outlier's Philosophy page you may have learned that we see our graphic design, web development, content marketing and Search Engine Optimization services simply as piec...

Get Out There and Get Inspired!

Design

dianalien - April 1 at 02:00 pm - 2 views

I was able to attend the Portland Semi-Permanent conference last week and was blown away by the talent that we have in our design industry. Design can come in so many forms - print, digital, music, the list continues.The biggest, most important thing t...

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