Communicating with clients: 5 tactics for success

When working with a client, there is nothing more important than communication. Everything about the work must be communicated, from you to the client, or the client to you. Effectively communicating with clients leads to great projects and great results. Poor communication leads to poor outcomes and frustration. Take a …

Lessons from the most surprising marketing moments of 2018

Marketing is nothing if not creative, and that creativity can lead to some amusing (and surprising) marketing moments. In some cases, we’re floored by how much an advertisement was able to emotionally affect us. Others impressed us with the artistic direction of a campaign, or by a brand’s deviation from …

If You Own a Mutual Fund, You Could Face an Unexpected Tax Bill This Year

Some mutual fund investors, including ones at fund giant Vanguard, could face an unexpected tax hit this year. Typically, mutual fund investors only have to worry about capital gains when the market is booming — not this time around. Despite the fact that the market is up only about 1% …

Upselling and cross-selling techniques for online stores

Upselling and cross-selling techniques are two popular methods to increase the amount a customer spends in a single transaction. Upselling encourages customers to purchase a more expensive and higher-cost item than what they were planning to buy. In contrast, cross-selling entices customers to buy related items providing complementary functionality, and gives …

Blue Prism looks to partners to expand robotic process automation with AI

Blue Prism helped coin the term robotic process automation (RPA) when the company was founded back in 2001 to help companies understand the notion of automating mundane business processes. Today, it’s releasing updates to that platform including an updated marketplace for exchanging connectors to extend the main product, and in some …

Zymergen lands $400 million more for its genetically altered microbes, led by SoftBank Vision Fund

Zymergen, a five-year-old company that manufacturers molecules for a wide array of uses and industries, has closed on $400 million in Series C funding led by one of its earlier investors, the SoftBank Vision Fund. Even in a world where triple-digit million-dollar rounds have become de rigueur, the amount stands …

The 'Potion Seller' guy is still making videos, and it's glorious

There are few millennials who can utter the words “Potion Seller” without bursting into giggles. “Potion Seller” is a 3 minute, 8 second video depicting an unnamed knight’s determined quest to obtain the eponymous Potion Seller’s strongest potion. Published in 2011, the short depicts the knight, played by Justin Kuritzkes, …

Salesforce releases myTrailhead, a customizable training platform

Salesforce has been using the notion of trailblazers as a learning metaphor for several years, since it created a platform to teach customers Salesforce skills called Trailhead. Today, the company announced the availability of myTrailhead, a similar platform that enables company to create branded, fully-customizable training materials based on the …

DevOps platform JFrog raises $165 million with valuation ‘way north’ of $1 billion

DevOps platform JFrog has raised $165 million in a series D round of funding led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Battery Ventures, Spark Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Dell Technologies Capital, Vintage Investment Partners, and Geodesic Capital. The company hasn’t revealed an exact valuation following…Read More Source: Venture Beat Republished by …

Best Practices of Web Application Hosting in Alibaba Cloud

This article was originally published on Alibaba Cloud. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible. Deploying a highly available and scalable web application on a traditional data center is a complex and expensive undertaking. One must invest a lot of effort and resources into capacity management. But …

Plastiq raises $27M at 2X+ value to let you pay for anything on credit

“I wasn’t asking to pay in Bitcoin!” Plastiq CEO and co-founder Eliot Buchanan recalls with a laugh. “I went to pay part of my tuition at Harvard and I was told that they didn’t (and never would) accept credit card. It was inconvenient and seemed odd. Credit cards had been …