Jan 11

Kentico EMS Quick Tip: E-commerce Conversion Names

If you are using Kentico EMS to power your E-commerce shop don't forget to set the On-line Marketing related Conversion Settings. There are three sets of Conversion names and values that come built in. 

  • Registration conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user successfully registers on the website through the checkout process.
  • Order conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user completes an order.
  • Add to shopping cart conversion - the name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user adds a product to the shopping cart.

These conversion settings and values are very valuable peices of data to have when measuring the activity and effectiveness of your e-commerce website. Once these values are configured, your Activities log should show them with their repsective values. 

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Jan 01

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2013

2013Happy Holidays everyone. Since it's the first day of the year, and the Rose Bowl game doesn't start until 5:00 pm, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past year.

2013 was a successful year for myself, BizStream, and Kentico. My blog here at Mcbeev.com saw it’s traffic increase by over 55% from 2012, that is a tremendous increase. Most of that traffic is attributed to my two most popular blog posts of the year combined with the fact that I feel Kentico is becoming more and more popular among developers.

The various social channels that I participate in didn't have quite as big of a jump, my Twitter followers increased only about 10%, but my Google +1's increased about 35%. To be honest 2013 was so busy I didnt have enough time to be overly social. But, enough about me, let’s get to the real point of this blog post.

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Dec 22

Ask the Experts 5 Coming Soon

One month from today my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Juraj Ondrus from Kentico to answer your questions about Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS. Ring in the new year with us and your Kentico questions.

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Dec 08

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 4

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I discuss how best to use Kentico CMS to power E-commerce websites. We talk in detail about how and why we like using the Kentico platform for building E-commerce solutions. Bryan and I have both been building Kentico E-commerce sites since Kentico 5.5 came out and share our inisights into how the platform has matured over the last few years. Any developer who is thinking about using Kentico CMS or Kentico EMS to create a new E-commerce based website should definitely listen up.

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Nov 23

Kentico Rocks Podcast Now on iTunes

I'm happy to announce that Kentico Rocks is now available on iTunes. The following URL should open up the iTunes store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kentico-rocks-podcast/id754786884

You can search the iTunes store for Kentico or Kentico Rocks and it should come up as well. By all means subsribe to the feed and feel free to rate each episode if you like them. As always we are very interested in any feedback you may have on the podcast. Feel free to leave a comment on my blog here to let us know what you think.

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Nov 14

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 3

I'm happy to present the third episode of Kentico Rocks by Brian McKeiver and Bryan Soltis. In this episode Bryan and I discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to upgrading Kentico CMS. One of these days I promise that it will be up as a podcast subscription service / iTunes. Maybe.

 

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Nov 03

Yammer Web Part Pack for Kentico CMS

I'm happy today to introduce 4 new Yammer web parts for Kentico CMS. If you or your company have a Kentico CMS based intranet and are wondering how to be more social than you need these web parts! With these new parts you can display your company's group feed, like a page, follow a page, and finally comment on a page. Utilizing the group of web parts is a powerful way to foster enterprise collaboration on your company's intranet.

Why Yammer? Well, did you know that 85% of Fortune 500 companies use Yammer for Enterprise Social? I was a bit surprised that number was so high myself, but it explains why there has been a recent trend of requests from our customer base at BizStream. Customers as well as potential clients are asking to include Yammer feeds in their intranets or help them integrate Yammer with their SharePoint installations and business applications.

After seeing this trend we started using Yammer recently for our own internal BizStream intranet. I am quite pleased with the results so far. And since we use Kentico to power our intranet it was time to fire up Visual Studio and write some code.

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Oct 25

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 2

This is second installment of Brian McKeiver and Bryan Soltis' Kentico CMS Podcast. Today we are discussing some of our favorite customizations of Kentico CMS and why they were successful.

Our goal of the new podcast is to talk about Kentico and focus on what is going on with the Kentico development community. In our opinion there is a boom in Kentico projects and opportunities out there recently, and anything that we can do to let more developers know about Kentico and how best to utilzie it is a good thing.

No update yet on if we should throw up the podcast files on iTunes or Windows Store or wherever. Hold tight and we will get a syndication feed up soon. For now you can subscribe to my blog via email if you want to know when new episodes come out. Just go back to the home page and enter your email address in the side bar under the Stay Up To Date section.

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Oct 12

How To Create a Facebook Page Tab App with Kentico CMS

In this post I will walk you through creating a new Page Tab App in Facebook using any existing Kentico CMS web site page. It is shockingly easy how to do this once you know one simple secret. But more about that later on in this post. The idea here is that we can leverage the fact that your Kentico CMS web site can easily be extended to host pages or apps "inside" of Facebook.

In case you do not know what a Facebook Page Tab App is, I would encourage you to read more about it on Facebook's developer documentation. Basically a Page Tab App is one of the small boxes, or tabs, that appear on any Facebook Page.

 

Facebook Page Tab in Kentico CMS

 

Most on-line marketers configure their brand's Facebook Page to have custom tabs that showcase a brand's product a service, or utilize custom tabs to create mini applications that give incentive to Facebook users to “Like” the page or brand. These tabs are really nothing more than just iframe elements to an html page that can be hosted anywhere. Specifically not hosted on Facebook itself.

I am providing a full walk-through on how to create this solution below. However, if you want to jump right to the end result and see what the heck I am talking about, you can navigate to my own Mcbeev.com Page on Facebook and click on the Subscribe Page Tab App. That is what we are building in the full example.

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Oct 05

A New Kentico CMS Podcast Is Born

About two weeks ago fellow Kentico MVP, Bryan Soltis, and I decided to start a podcast focused on Kentico CMS. The idea was formed over a beer, or three, while we were both in Boston for the Kentico Connection conference. Our goal of the new podcast is to talk about Kentico and focus on what is going on with the Kentico development community. In our opinion there is a boom in Kentico projects and opportunities out there recently, and anything that we can do to let more developers know about Kentico and how best to utilzie it is a good thing.

I am also excited about starting up this podcast because it is a new format for me. I have not previously ever attempted to host one. We are still in the process of figuring out if we should throw up the podcast files on iTunes or Windows Store or wherever. Hold tight and we will get a syndication feed up as soon as we figure it out. For now you can subscribe to my blog via email if you want to know when new episodes come out. Just go back to the home page and enter your email address in the side bar under the Stay Up To Date section.

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