Building A List With Joomla Inbound Marketing

List building is one of the most important parts of creating unlimited business opportunities, creating a relationship with your users and ensuring your online business remains profitable.

A major part of inbound marketing is building a list of email subscribers.

In fact, many of the most successful online marketers list it as the single most valuable asset that has contributed to their continued success.

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Shacklides: reborn, renewed and reimagined in 2015

Shack Slides v3: Renewed, Reborn, Reimagined

The Shack Slides you and over 10,000 others grew to love is back with great new features and responsiveness. Its traditional ease of use and lightness returns. Check our our demo here.

shack slides v3 demo

What's new in Shack Slides?

Still priced at just $18, Shack Slides will enhance your site and its images with essential cool new features:

  • Amazing CSS3 Effects
  • Flexible layout
  • Compatible with mobile devices
  • Responsive Ready
  • Touch Ready
  • Incoming text effects
  • Awesome navigation styles

You can easily customize the way it appears. The amount of effects, combined with the flexibility of color and opacity you can use, and the customization of navigation objects as well, will let you do almost anything in your slideshow. All of this features will help you create a more visual impact of your site.

It works on Joomla 2.5, 3.X and supports K2, and Joomla content (so long as these extensions work in the Joomla version).

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OSDownloads Now Has Email Validation for Downloads

osdownloadsWe have just released OSDownloads 1.3 with several great new features.

The most important new feature in OSDownloads Pro is email validation. Now you can email download links to users. This makes sure that they enter a valid email address.

If someone does enter valid email address, you can automatically add them to your MailChimp list.

On the other hand, if they enter a fake email address or don't click the link, they won't be added to MailChimp.

You can also disable this feature for logged-in users (because they have probably already confirmed their email address).

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OSYouTube Has Improved Autoplay and a Smart Autolinker

osyoutube The best YouTube video embedder just received two new features that will give you more control and flexibility. We have improved the autoplay capabilities and added a smart autolinker

YouTube already supports autoplay and it is great, but we've found a way to add further improvements so you can control how and when a video will autoplay.

We've also resolved a limitation with links to YouTube. Previous versions of OSYouTube would automatically convert all YouTube URLs into videos, but now you have the option to leave the link as it is.

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Easily Tweak Your Digital Marketing Strategy To Remain Ahead Of Your Competitors

Digital world moves at a very fast pace. When Facebook was growing at a breakneck speed, Instagram burst on to the world stage and people found a new way to share photos.

Similarly, when instagram was gobbled up by Facebook, Snapchat came on the scene and quickly gathered more than 100 million users.

Who knew, the world needs another messaging app when WhatsApp was launched in 2009.

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Do You Want Inbound Leads? Here Is What You Must Do

Inbound marketing is a revolutionary way to market a business.

The best part about inbound marketing is that it's effects can be exponential.

The more time and energy spent on marketing should be considered money spent. If you want more inbound leads (who doesn't?) - this is what you must do.

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4 Social Marketing Trends For 2015 For Your Joomla Website

Lots of Joomal website owners wish they would have had a crystal ball to help them keep up with social marketing trends at the beginning of 2014.

Nobody can go back and repeat last year, but it will be helpful to prepare for this year. Consider these social marketing trends for 2015:

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What Exactly Is Inbound Marketing?

Inbound marketing, in its simplest form is promoting a company and/or business through a variety of forms of content marketing including but not limited to; blogs, podcasts, videos, eBooks, white papers, eNewsletters, SEO, and social media.

On the other side of the spectrum there is outbound marketing. Strategies that are considered outbound marketing are various forms of marketing through buying attention. These forms include but are not limited to; flyers, billboards, TV advertisements and cold calling.

With inbound marketing, the objective is to reel in customers with constant quality content. The idea is to earn prospects as your customers instead of "buying" them.

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OSpam-a-not: Our New Joomla Spam-Fighting Extension

OSpam-a-notWe're Knights of the Round Table,
We dance when ere we're able,
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot,
We eat ham and jam and spam a lot.
--Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Last year at OSTraining.com, we started using an unobtrusive technique on some of our web forms in an attempt to stop the flood of spambots submitting junk on those forms. It worked better than we could have hoped and we've been talking about turning it into a Joomla! plugin ever since.

With apologies to Monty Python we are calling it OSpam-a-not.

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New sorting options and mail sync highlighted in jInbound 2.0.9

sorting improved in jInbound

Today we released a new version 2.0.9 of jInbound, the first of many for 2015. 

This version introduces support for syncing leads with MailChimp, the popular Email service provider. A dedicated plugin has been released for this purpose.

In addition, we've added some really useful filters to the Lead Manager.

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