Our Gift to You – A Free Volusion iPhone App – Track Your Revenue

A wise man once said “it is better to give than to receive.”  Clearly that man never received an Xbox, but it’s still a nice thought, so we’re gonna go with it. In honor of this season of giving, we’ve decided to give you the greatest gift of all: we’re going to enable your obsessive need to keep a constant eye on your Volusion store’s revenue by giving you Volusion Snapshot! Volusion Snapshot (currently available in the iTunes app store) is a completely free and easy way to watch your sales add up during the holidays and throughout the year.  We created Volusion Snapshot to be secure and simple and to provide you with the one piece of data we know you’re looking for: revenue.  Volusion Snapshot provides current (refreshable) daily revenue figures as well as monthly data, annual data and year-over-year comparisons.  Now you can watch your bottom line while you’re on the go without having to constantly log in to your Volusion dashboard.  We’re giving you the gift of freedom. … AND if you happen to have multiple Volusion stores, we have even more good news.  Volusion Snapshot will allow you to stay logged in to each of them simultaneously so you can see your online empire expanding no matter where you are. Brand Labs is dedicated to ecommerce and we’re always working to make it better.  Volusion Snapshot is our gift to the entire Volusion community with the hope that it makes your lives a little easier.  It comes with our very best wishes for a joyous, peaceful and prosperous 2012! Happy...

Would You Share Your Photos Over An “Elastic” Social Network?

Well, Color is presupposing that you would. Launching Tuesday night (the week after SXSW) with $41 million in pre-launch funding and a cadre of all-star founders, this social photo sharing app is trying to change how you share photos, not to mention the very definition of social sharing. Use Color, share photos. It’s almost as simple as it sounds. You may already be familiar with Instagram, Path, and/or PicPlz, free photo sharing apps which allow you to choose your circle of friends, and allow you to control what you share and who you share it with. Color didn’t like that approach. With Color, you share to whomever is in your physical vicinity, no matter what, and it’s all public. Sounds a little less simple already, right? Read more after the break. The Color app doesn’t even use GPS to determine your location, to complicate things right away. It uses your camera, ambient noise, Bluetooth signal, WiFi signal strength, etc. to determine your location, and compares that with data from other users to find out who is around you and posting pictures at the same time. If you start sharing with someone nearby, everyone’s photos will be grouped together for all to see. The more you interact with people, the more likely you are to see whatever other photos they happen to share. This is the aforementioned “elastic” social aspect; the more you interact with someone, the more you see their photos. Then they fade away as your interaction dwindles. It’s a stark metaphor, all right. Color boils down to an app version of the disposable cameras they hand out...

Starbucks “Mayors” Receive Nationwide Discounts

For those who don’t know, there’s an app called Foursquare whose primary function is to allow its users to “check in” at specific locations.  Check in more often than all of your peers and you become “Mayor” of that location.  Up until now, the only benefit of Mayorship were bragging rights, and possibly a discount of some sort at that particular location.  Starbucks has just changed all that. Until June 28th, Mayors of any Starbucks location will receive discounts at all Starbucks locations.  It’s the first national discount utilizing the app, but almost certainly won’t be the last. (via...

Dealer Direct Parts Comes to Volusion With Something Extra

We recently had the pleasure of launching Dealer Direct Parts‘ brand new Volusion store!  This was a big one and we’ll tell you why… In addition to designing the site and the logo, we created and developed a unique search refinement tool, specific to Dealer Direct’s business model.  You see, they’re a network of dealer-authorized parts dealers and as you can well imagine (with the huge number of different makes and models) it could be pretty damn challenging to search their site in the hope of finding a specific part for your car.  That’s where we came in. Read about our solution after the jump…       What you see here is our custom-built search refinement tool.  Placed at the top of the category header, it allows the customer to narrow the search by make, model and year.  That’s handy enough on its own, but wait… once you’ve made your choices, they’re reflected site-wide!  So let’s say you choose a 2004 Honda Accord.  Now, no matter where you go on the site, you’ll be shown nothing but parts and supplies for the 2004 Honda Accord… AND the category header changes to show you that fact… AND, should you leave the site, when you come back, the site remembers your choices and retains your search options, simplifying the browsing process and adding a welcome bit of speed to the conversion process. Of course, there’s always the chance that the customer may want to switch cars, which is why there’s a prominent “Change Vehicle” button in the header.  We’re clever that way. Now, imagine the possibilities of this tool.  Let’s...

Volusion Deluxe Soft-Add-To-Cart Released by Brand Labs

… okay.  We know that Volusion just added soft-add-to-cart to their Winter ’09 release, but give us just a moment to tell you why we’re sure you’re going to want RapidCart 2.0 instead. Where to begin?  … well, how about product options?  RapidCart can handle multiple options with images.  You like alternate product pics?  You’ve got ’em.  You want to include all of your pricing info and product description copy?  Check.  But wait… there’s more!  How would you like your soft-add-to-cart pop-in window to be styled to match the look and feel of your site?  We’ve got you covered.  Custom design is included in the RapidCart 2.0 implementation. Of course, for many people, the Volusion soft-add-to-cart will be just fine, but for those who want to take their site to the next level, there’s RapidCart 2.0: custom development quality with an out-of-the-box price. Learn more and see RapidCart in action...
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