New Zealand Web Design & Marketing Blog

Christchurch earthquake and avatar hq

September 6th, 2010

As most of you will know, Christchurch was hit by an intense 7.1 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Saturday morning. Luckily all the Avatar team survived the earthquake unharmed, but Avatar HQ wasn’t quite so fortunate (view Avatar office video clip). There is extensive water damage due to leaking fire sprinkler pipes and fittings,… (read more)

New youtube online video editor

June 17th, 2010

Editing your YouTube videos just got easier with a simple new online video editor that enables you to join multiple videos together, cut parts out and even add a soundtrack. Without having to install any software, the video editor enables you to: Trim the beginning and/or ending of your videos Combine multiple videos you’ve uploaded… (read more)

Improving trust with clients

May 19th, 2010

Creating and improving trust with your clients is an important part of any online presence. It encourages clients to buy your service or product and helps to create an ongoing client-business relationship. Here are four quick ideas to consider: Testimonials are a great way of showing new clients that your existing clients respect you and… (read more)

Jquery

April 29th, 2010

jQuery is a development tool that can be used to visually enhance elements of your Web site, including menus and photo galleries. It offers a faster, easier and more cost-effective way of displaying animation and interactive widgets. jQuery can be more than 3 times faster to work with than Flash and is compatible with the… (read more)

Google to add facebook updates

March 3rd, 2010

After signing a deal with Twitter last December to incorporate tweets in their real time search results, reports are emerging that Google has finally agreed to a deal with Facebook to include status updates from Pages. Facebook Pages are used by groups and businesses to promote their products and services, and according to ineedhits.com, there are currently over… (read more)

Making contact 2010

January 14th, 2010

Back in the 80’s a classic film came out called ‘2010: The Year We Make Contact‘. We suspect most of you will not be making contact with an alien intelligence this year, but you will likely want to regularly communicate with your clients and business associates. Email newsletters are a fast and cost-effective way for… (read more)

Page load speed ranking factor

December 16th, 2009

Over the last few weeks, there has been lots of talk about Google’s suggestion that page load speed may become a ranking factor in 2010. While nothing has been confirmed yet, recent comments from Google Software Engineer, Matt Cutts make it seem increasingly likely, so we thought we’d provide you with all the information you… (read more)

Twitter real time searching

October 29th, 2009

Google and Bing have announced that they will start indexing messages sent via microblogging service Twitter, instantly. While some posts from Twitter are already showing up in the search engines, deals struck with Twitter will allow all public feeds to be shown almost as soon as they have been written. We are quietly impressed with… (read more)

Cms trends joomla wordpress drupal

October 22nd, 2009

With the rising popularity of open source content management systems (CMS) in the Web industry over the last few years, we thought it might be interesting to see what’s hot in the CMS world. Take a look at this CMS comparison graph to see how five popular CMS’ stack up in Google Trends, a tool… (read more)

Yellowbird Interactive Video

October 15th, 2009

We’re suitably impressed here at Avatar with yellowBird’s 360 degree 3D video technology. It sets a very exciting precedent for online video, as it allows the viewer to peek beyond the frames and control the viewing direction. Check out the sample video here shot at a music concert, and you’ll understand why we think it’s… (read more)

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