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Not that long ago we watched movies in disbelief as our favorite action star gathered data from his wrist watch, then had a video conference call from a monitor embedded in the dash of his car. A few years later, this no longer seems that far fetched, in fact, it’s reality and we are now calling this collection of connected devices as “the internet of things”. By 2015, Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) predicts that there will be 25 billion devices connected to the internet. The internet of things is moving past your phone and into things like your coffee maker, your car starter or home thermostat.

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Poster design by Melissa Cowell

A few brave bv02 souls will be donating some valuable face real estate to the Make a Wish Foundation of Eastern Ontario this November.  That’s right, our team will be taking part in another mustache-filled month as part of Mustaches for Kids.

What’s Mustaches for Kids?

Conceptually, Mustaches for Kids is like a marathon where you raise pledges except without the exertion, dehydration or cramping.

Why do we participate?

I’ve been involved in Mustaches for Kids for over 8 now, and as part of being involved I’ve had the chance to meet some of the families who’ve had wishes granted.  The impact that the hope and joy having a wish granted has on not only the child, but the whole family, can’t be overstated.  To be able to help grant those wishes is a huge honour, and my upper lip won’t be doing much else for the month – why not use it for a good cause?

Mustaches for Kids has raised over $150,000 for Make-a-Wish over the last 8 years.

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We look for any reason to get creative around the office, so it’s no surprise that when Halloween comes around every year, we get pretty excited. With everyone dressed up, a photo shoot busted out in the studio mid-afternoon. The costumes ranged from witches to superheroes to the scariest thing in the world: a PC. One member of the team even dressed up as another member of the team which made for a really funny, but confusing afternoon.

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The customer experience isn’t just about the app or website you are developing right now. Customer experience includes all the touchpoints; whether you’re acquiring a customer, onboarding a customer, engaging with a customer, servicing a customer or trying to retain a customer, you’re affecting the experience they have with your brand. Customer experience (CX) is the sum of all experiences a customer has with your brand – it represents the holistic value that you bring forward to the market.

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It’s not every day you get to call your clients and congratulate them for being recognized on a world stage — so when we found out recently that we had won four W³ awards, we were ecstatic! We, the bv02 team, are very lucky to collaborate with amazing clients every day of the year, and it’s wonderful to have that work recognized by awarding bodies.

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How many times a week are you asked to donate to something? Whether it’s someone you know participating in a race, fundraising for a cause like Mustaches for Kids, or an alumni association asking for help with a capital campaign… I’m sure you run into this  scenarios as much as I do, where multiple groups are competing for the same marketplace of donors.

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In my last blog post, I highlighted five fundamental principles to keep in mind when making your next web video. My first point was that when making a video, you should have a clear purpose in mind. That generated more than few conversations about why companies (and people!) choose to communicate through video. Here’s a rundown of the top ways companies are finding success with web videos.

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Andrew Milne on Testing Responsive Designs from bv02 on Vimeo.

I’ve spoken about responsive development and how important it is before, but this post isn’t about that: responsive is already something you have to be doing, and if you aren’t doing it now, you’ll have a major redesign on your hands in a year or two. This post is about how, once you’ve done a responsive design for your website, whether or not you’ve really gone the last mile with it. What’s the last mile?

Testing.

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Video continues to be the most engaging content on the web and as a result, more and more people are jumping on board to produce web videos. There are many different things that will impact the success of your video. I’ve gathered a list of the top five fundamentals to keep in mind when starting your next web video project.

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We’ve been working for the past few months to build Ottawa’s (and Canada’s) first Open Device Lab. We’re ready to open the doors to the Lab and we want you to come celebrate with us!

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