Score! System Re-Build for DSR

DSR Score! Logo

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Semcore and Disability Sport & Recreation (DSR) have been working together for over a year now. It all started with a fundraising call from DSR, in which Semcore offered a free website instead of a money donation. That’s where the DSR Festival website was born (dsrf.org.au) and the beginning of the relationship.

Since then, we have worked together on closely on any of DSR’s digital needs, most recently on a project called Score!. Score is essentially a location based database of disability friendly sporting programmes. It covers programmes and events all over Victoria, and helps show people what opportunities are in their immediate area.

In DSR’s own words, the objective of Score! is:

…to ensure that Score! gives Victorians with disability a voice in sport and recreation.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”1707″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Score! 1.0 didn’t quite cover the needs of DSR so Semcore took on the task to re-build the system and give DSR what they really needed. The system includes all of the following features:

  • State of the arts analytics. All actions are traceable and DSR can get real time insights into the number of people logging in, viewing programmes, viewing events and segment these based on disability type, gender and more.
  • An more modern and updated look that’s inline with DSR’s branding moving forward.
  • Provides Admins with custom screens for editing, moderating and analytics.
  • Programmes have include multiple images and videos to help drive involvement and interest.
  • Users can review and comment on programs, with DSR being able to moderate the comments in real time.
  • The map defaults to your post code, giving you a snapshot of what’s around you at all times.
  • A notification system that alerts you when a new programme pops up in your area.
  • The system is fully responsive and resizes to work perfectly on mobiles (see image below).
  • And more..

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”1716″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7_bZWcAL2U&feature=youtu.be”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”1738″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Score! is an example of the type of systems we’re passionate about building. Our developers use best of breed technology on the Microsoft developer platforms (.NET and Azure) to make super fast and robust systems.

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Ready to Shop on Facebook?

Semcore Facebook Shopping Image

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Have you ever wished you could add more detailed information to your Facebook business page about your products and services? Facebook are now opening up two new sections for businesses: Shopping & Services, so you can do just that.

It makes sense to us at least, Facebook already have the captive audience secured but haven’t been able to nail it for businesses yet. Businesses will now be able to feature their products and services directly on their FB page. See the screenshot (Image by Facebook) below as an example.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”1659″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This will be great for our clients, providing them a new (free) space to advertise their products and services. It’ll also make Facebook advertising more targeted, with – we’re assuming – the ability to boost & advertise specific products or services instead of just a page, post or ad.

For online stores, there is still a few unknowns:

  • What kind of checkout options will be available
  • Whether FB will process orders directly on FB or whether it links straight to your existing checkout store

It is currently being tested by a select few businesses so I’m sure more information will begin filtering out as the feature grows.

We think this is a pretty big plus for businesses, as it makes it much easier to include and market your products without having to make a Facebook Shop or pay for add-ons like Shopify’s Facebook package. We’ll hold off making too many statements until the function is in mainstream circulation, as it could be quite limited and add-ons like Shopify might still be the better option.

Do you think it’s a meaningful update or just another fad addition – let us know on Facebook and maybe they’ll notice as well![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

7 Features of Bootstrap 4 – Alpha

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Twitter released the latest version of their Bootstrap monster last week – Bootstrap 4 Alpha. It’s not the full release but there is enough here to show interested parties what direction they’re going in.

  • Bye Bye Less, Hello Sass. Less has been left behind in favour of the faster and increasingly used Sass. Libsass allows Bootstrap to compile faster and is favourable for a lot of front-end developers.
  • Better Grid System. The bootstrap grid has been a major reason for it’s success and it appears to have gotten better. The added benefits centres around the basing spacing on ‘rems’ instead of fixed ‘px’s. This helps adjust and scale grids for all devices, including faster 4k screen rendering.
  • Flexbox is finally here. Because of annoying Internet Explorer 9 users, the use of Flexbox is still a manual opt-in process but at least it’s here. No longer will we have to worry about odd amounts of text ruining our formatting, flexbox allows us match column heights quickly and easily.
  • Media Queries got Smarter. Bootstrap 3 media queries were functional without being polished, but now they have taken a few steps forward in making it better. And, with Sass you can pick your own breakpoints to provide an extra level of control.
  • Bye Bye Wells & Panels, Hello Cards. Cards continue to be the new internet favourite, as they were heavily featured in Material bundles as well. Cards are essentially customisable content blocks with tons of features.
  • Bye Bye Normalize.css, Hello Reboot.css. Reboot steps in where Normalize.css stopped, giving you more reset options like box-sizing: border-box, margin tweaks, and more all in a single Sass file.
  • Bye Bye IE8 support, Hello rem and em units. Dropping support for IE8 means designers can take advantage of the best parts of CSS without being held back with CSS hacks or fallbacks. Pixels have been swapped for rems and ems where appropriate to make responsive typography and component sizing even easier.

There is much more to the whole update, but there were parts we found interesting and will surely be using in the future. If you know of any other parts we should have mentioned, we’d like to hear about them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Google Masterclass Insights

Semcore attended the Recent Google Masterclass

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]As a Google Partner, we like to stay on top of industry trends. One way to do that is attend events like the Google Masterclass held at the Docklands on Tuesday with David Booth from Cardinal Path was the main speaker.

It’s always interesting to have a speaker that doesn’t directly work for Google. It was a big display of how powerful it is to get your customers to the ‘Advocacy’ stage of the sales cycle, something he touched upon later in the day.

State of the Google Union

There was a lot covered in this section, with the idea that if you didn’t know what was being said then go away and work it out in your own time.

They went through updates to:

  • Dynamic Search Ads Updates – Great for gathering long tail keywords but shouldn’t be used instead of old fashioned user chosen keyword lists.
  • Merchant Feed – This can now be updated for individual products/prices etc. There is no longer a need to re-upload the whole feed document just to effect one change. There is also an add-on for Google Sheets which streamlines the process even further.
  • Manufacturer Centre – Something that hasn’t completely hit Australia yet, but Google are collecting product specific information straight from manufacturers in the US and there is a small opportunity to get free shop listings if you have your GTIN correctly setup.
  • Remarketing for Search Ads – There are some really interesting updates to Remarketing Search Ads. You can now create lists and segments of users within GA and send them directly to Adwords to become remarketing campaign lists. This also includes creating sequences of behaviours, e.g. someone that has been on the site more than once and abandoned something in the shopping cart. This is a powerful tool to reduce a lot of wasted remarketing expenditure.
  • SPAM Avoidance – I won’t go into detail but Dave went through methods to stop getting false statistics within GA, from Bots, Referral Spam and most importantly, Ghost Referral Spam.
  • GA Keyword (not provided) Issue – Anyone wanting to find out what keywords are working for them will be familiar with this issue. There is quite an extensive method Dave discussed.

If anyone wants to know more about any points above, feel free to give us a call on 1300 736 268.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”1520″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Data Driven Marketing

This section was started off with a great analogy about Dave’s daughter. It ended with her throwing a tantrum in a restaurant and running outside, something that was likened to most top executives behaviour when they see the amount of Data they have collected.

The fact is, companies simply don’t know what to do with the amount of data they’ve collection, or worse, don’t know how to collect it in the first place.

This is where Digital Agencies get to make their money. We are needed to decipher and summarise the huge amounts of data into bite sized and actionable insights. If an agency can do this well, the sky is the limit for their client base and bottom line.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Issues with Chrome, https:// & WordPress

Google Chrome, https and Wordpress Issue

[vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]For anyone that noticed that their WordPress sites were suddenly trying to use https when no certificate existed, you weren’t alone.

Being the only Mac user in the office, when I said that some websites weren’t loading properly I got the usual reply of blaming it on Apple. Annoyingly, in was an apple specific issue but not something of their doing.

After doing some digging, it turned out that the issue was only happening on Macs that were using the latest version of Google Chrome. Other browsers weren’t having an issue and it wasn’t happening on any PC.

With the help of some blogs like these, we worked out that the latest version of Chrome was attempting to force certain WordPress sites to load as https:// instead of http://. This obviously doesn’t work and stopped the sites being able to load any style sheets or js.

The issue was initially found in beta testing of Chrome v.44 and fixed within testing, but for some reason the fix wasn’t also included in the stable release.

The problem appears to lie in plugin conflicts rather than a WP issue but it was eventually resolved with a rushed update to Chrome.

More details can be found here:

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Semcore Go-Go-Karting

Semcore Go-Karting

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]To celebrate one of our developers heading overseas for a few months, we decided Go Karting was a good send off activity. None of us had tried the track in Somerton, Silhouette Karts, so we made the drive out.

Safe to say, the mind games and taunting were at an all time high. With the GoPro attached to the Boss’ helmet, you can see the results for yourself.

Congrats to Rob for sneaking a cheeky win.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]JTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI2NDAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzNjAlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjIlMkYlMkZ3d3cueW91dHViZS1ub2Nvb2tpZS5jb20lMkZlbWJlZCUyRlAzZXhSQ3FXNVZjJTNGcmVsJTNEMCUyMiUyMGZyYW1lYm9yZGVyJTNEJTIyMCUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRQ==[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]