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Gamification At Work – Designing Engaging Business Software

Player Centered Design

Gamification - The new buzzword Gamification is an emerging trend of adding a game-play flavor to otherwise mundane business applications. M2 Research predicts that the gamification market will reach 2.8 billion dollars by 2016. "Gamification At Work - Designing Engaging Business Software" is a new book  co-authored by two prominent design professionals, Janaki Kumar, Head of Strategic Design Services at SAP and Mario Herger, a Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, … [Read more...]

Social SEO is here. Are You Ready?


What is Social SEO? Simply put, Social SEO means making it easy for various social networks to understand the content on your site and help them display your content in a way that generates the right social activity. If SEO helps you rank better on Google, Bing and other search engines, Social SEO will help your site stand out on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media networks. I don't have to tell you the benefits of increased social media activity on your site. Do I? … [Read more...]

Social Metrics Pro Gets a Super Speed Boost with v2.5

A BIG Thank You to All of You

I officially launched Social Metrics Pro plugin in August this year. The response has been nothing less than awesome. Since the first version was out, I have received a lot of feedback from my customers, positive and at times not as positive. I have made it a point to look at all the praise and criticism I receive as an opportunity to create better things in life. This has pushed me to improve my offering further. Just working on the refinements suggested by my valued customers, I have been able … [Read more...]

How to Send Mass Personalized Emails with Gmail

mail merge with gmail

Google Docs provides Mail Merge functionality that you can use to send personalized emails via Gmail. If you are hosting a wedding or a party, you might want to send out invitations to a big list of friends. You could send one email with everyone in bcc. Instead, if you email your friends by greeting them by their first name, they are going to feel valued. And they would be more willing to accept your invite. However, sending each email individually looks cumbersome, unless you have heard about … [Read more...]