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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Sync leads with Mailchimp plugin

mailchimp plugin for jInbound

We are excited today to announce that the leads you capture through jInbound can now be synced to your MailChimp account.

Once you install the MailChimp plugin for jInbound, you will see a new tab in your Campaign parameters.

As you can see in the screenshot, you can select the mailing list(s) and groups/segments to which new jInbound leads will be added.

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Joomla Marketing Tips and Core Strategies

If you are using a Joomla platform to market your services or products online, then you already know you have a very powerful system in place.

However, that is only part of the equation. You also need to know the most crucial internet marketing strategies, in order to make the most of your marketing efforts.

Here are the things you should be implementing:

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