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Teaching the next generation of coders

Here at Vision6, we hire the best of the best when it comes to coders. Which is why we were stoked to get behind the CoderDojo initiative right here in Brisbane, which is shaping the next generation of coders.

CoderDojo is a global volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people between the 7-17.

We’ve jumped onboard as the first industry sponsors which means we’re helping kids learn to code, develop websites, apps, program games and explore technology.

Yesterday we had the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk and Councillor Vicki Howard visit the office with the winners of the CoderDojo Blackbelt program.

A big congratulations to the Kate and Jess from Stuartholme who developed the winning app ‘Somewhere in Brisbane’.

Mayor with Co-Founders

L-R: Stuartholme teacher and winning students, Lord Mayor, Vision6 Co-Founders Evan and Mat, Vision6 Lead Developer and Mentor Daniel

 

Lord Mayor presenting our Co-Founders Mat and Ev with honorary tee-shirts

Here’s our Co-Founders Mat and Ev being awarded honorary CoderDojo tee-shirts by the Lord Mayor

 

CoderDojo tee-shirts

Co-Founders Mat and Ev, and Vision6 Lead Developer/CoderDojo Mentor Daniel with the Blackbelt winners

Programs like CoderDojo help prepare young people for employment as participants learn skills vital to the ever-changing digital world.

It’s not too late to get involved! Find out more about being a CoderDojo mentor.

Kelly Newbery

Posted by:
Kelly Newbery
Marketing Specialist
Posted on in Vision6 News

5 tips to feng shui your email marketing

Feng Shui your email marketing

Feng shui has a lot of concepts which can be used to improve your email marketing. “Hang on, isn’t feng shui all about furniture in your house?” you might be asking. Well, yes. But hear me out.

The concept of feng shui traditionally relates to the placement of items to create harmony and good energy within the environment.

While feng shui dates back to ancient Chinese philosophy, there are definitely some great concepts from feng shui which can be used to harmonise your email marketing activities! And who doesn’t want good energy for their emails?

1. Light

In email marketing terms this can translate into the readability of your email. Is your text too small? Is the font type too difficult to read? Do the colours make it hard on the eyes?

If you keep your email design easy to read by using lots of white space and contrasting colours, your readers (and their eyes!) will thank you. It also becomes easier for readers to scan your email and engage with your content quickly.

2. Tidy

Clutter is the enemy of good feng shui so keep your content minimal. If you find yourself regularly sending lengthy articles, try cutting down by using read more links.

Be very picky with what you include in your emails – don’t have too many calls to action. You don’t want to overwhelm your customers by asking them to do too much. Keep your emails free from clutter and only include things that are relevant and engaging for your customers.

3. Harmony

A key concept of feng shui, harmony, is very important in your email marketing. Not only is it important to have a harmonious email design which is balanced, it’s also important to have harmony in how your email marketing is run.

You can lighten the load and make things flow more smoothly by using web forms, autoresponders and notifications. This allows you to automate your processes, which will lessen the stress of doing it all manually!

4. Add a personal touch

I’ve talked before about the importance of personalising your customer’s experience. It’s a critical concept when doing business – customers expect faster service, but they also expect the personal touch.

You can really easily give your customers that personal touch with minimal effort by using conditional content in your emails. This means that your customer will see content that really applies to them.

5. Let it go

Check your email reporting – are there links that aren’t being clicked but you find yourself including them every time you do a send? With the exception of the unsubscribe link (congratulations if you aren’t getting any clicks on that!), you can remove any items that aren’t getting any love from your readers.

Do you have any great tips for a harmonious email design? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Brynnin   Posted by:
Brynnin Halliday
Senior Support Consultant

5 ways to engage your customers for Mother’s Day

If you can believe it, it’s already May. This year is speeding by, scary I know. Also it means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner.

And it’s not too late to email your customers about an event, offer or promotion you might be running.

Email marketing works best when it’s timely, so centering your campaigns around seasonal events is a really effective way to engage your customers.

Here’s 5 different ways to engage your customers for Mother’s Day.

1. Invite customers to a themed event

Mother’s Day is perfect for creating themed events for your customers. Think high teas, charity fundraising events or shopping events. One really clever way to make sure people show up to your event is to give them an incentive like Myer has below.

Example of an event invite

2. Boost sales and hold a competition

What I really love about the example below is that in order to enter, customers must first make a purchase. This encourages people to buy products and entices them with a reward, which can lead to a boost in sales.

 

Example of a competition email

3. Be useful and provide a gift guide

We’ve all probably received dozens of emails promoting products ‘perfect for Mum’. But what is different about this email is that it doesn’t take a one size fits all approach. By breaking products up into different categories Wayfair are actually helping customers who may be stuck for gift ideas.

Example of a gift buying guide

4. Make your customers smile

Everyone wants to ‘nail it’ when it comes to gift giving and incorporating humour into your emails is one way to engage your customers. This clever little email from Typo not only showcases their products but does so in a way to make readers laugh. After all no one wants to receive a half eaten box of chocolates!

Example of a humorous email

5. Give your customers an offer they can’t resist

I love a good sale and I’m not embarrassed to admit I can be a sucker for discounts. This email promoting 40% off works so well because it’s beautifully designed to showcase the products. Plus they’ve added in a handy guide down the bottom to ensure customers receive their gifts in time.

Example of a good Mother's Day sale

Feeling inspired?

It’s not too late to get an email out to your customers leveraging off this seasonal event. Plus it’s super easy in Vision6 because we’ve released some great looking Mother’s Day email templates. Login to your account to check them out. Not a customer? Start free today!

Have you seen any awesome Mother’s Day emails this year? I’d love to hear about them, share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Kelly Newbery

Posted by:
Kelly Newbery
Marketing Specialist
Posted on in Email Content, Email Marketing
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