First Impressions: A Welcome Change

Here at sendwithus, we are committed to sharing information relevant to marketing teams dedicated to improving transactional emails for their companies.  We believe that first impressions matter.  We want your email campaigns to have a positive user experience from the moment they sign up.  Recently, Return Path reported the results of its five-year study on email subscriber experience.

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Check out our sweet new office!

Hey there everyone, it’s Aaron here coming to you live from our new office space, Spacebar Victoria!  “Spacebar Victoria is the city’s only dedicated coworking space and it was designed from the outset to appeal to startups like sendwithus and independent tech workers”, says Shea Phillips, one of the people involved in launching the facility.   We just moved in here in August, and now that we’re comfy and settled, we wanted to share with you guys just how awesome it has been for us as a team so far.


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As a small tech startup, the transition into Spacebar has been nothing short of amazing.  A tasteful design and modern layout has permitted us to both thrive individually as well as collectively.  We’re surrounded by fellow startups and a handful of freelancers to form an awesome community atmosphere with great potential for both networking and friendship alike. “When we conceived Spacebar, we wanted to create a great space where people would love working, but also a space that would encourage collaboration and cross-pollination among the users of the space”, confirms Shea.

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We have these awesome mini-meeting rooms called phone booths, lots of cool artwork everywhere, and tons of whiteboard space for brainstorming.  With easy 24/7 access to our new space, we can handle the many goings on of sendwithus in our office environment.  We also have awesome access to a plethora of meeting rooms, comfortable couches, and of course plenty of coffee to top it all off. Shea says, “we’ve had really positive feedback about Spacebar’s setup and amenities and we’re constantly looking for ways to make it even better for our users.”

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With a prime downtown location that we’re really proud to call home, Spacebar Victoria is definitely worth checking out! Follow Spacebar at @SpacebarVic on Twitter or connect via the Spacebar website at http://www.spacebarvictoria.com. Or, if you’re nearby, stop in and say hello!

 

Our SuperRewards case study is live on SendGrid!

Round two from sendwithus co-founder Matt in his three part series with Jillian from SendGrid.com just went live – suffice it to say that we’re pretty excited about it.

This time, we have a post talking about email logistics, user experience, and dead-end emails with a cool case study.  As always, feel free to leave comments or contact us if you have any questions.  You can check out the SendGrid blog post at:

http://blog.sendgrid.com/turn-dead-end-emails-great-experiences-case-study/

Check us out on Deliverability.com!

Co-founder Matt just wrote a guest blog post on Deliverability.com that discusses the missed opportunity of dead-end emails! If you’d like to know what a dead-end email is, or find out more, feel free to check out the link below! It’s a great little summary and overview of one of the things we strive to manage here at sendwithus.

http://blog.deliverability.com/2013/08/the-missed-opportunity-of-dead-end-emails.html

#hackwithus July — Great Success!

Aiming for a number of prizes, honour, and glory, thirty competitors entered July’s #hackwithus last weekend. They were grouped into small teams and tasked with a mysterious objective. Teams were initially aware that they were to code a victorious artificial intelligence program for a multiplayer game, but the logistics and setting were entirely unbeknownst to them prior to the mission briefing. The competitors entered the doors of Tectoria excited for what was to come: hours of friendly competition full of pizza, refreshments, and victory.

Upon their arrival into the event sponsored by Tectoriasendwithus, Kiind, crowdcontent, and Pretio Interactive, participants soon discovered that they were to #hackwithus by manipulating and playing a game of classic snake with a twist. Developed by the sendwithus team, the game was multiplayer snake all controlled by AI-based players. Though its appearance and game-play may have initially appeared quite simple, the competition was far from easy. In fact, things were quite intense as each team watched their snake battle for food and mere survival.

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Participants flocked in from many different fields of expertise in Victoria’s tech community as sponsors pitched in to help facilitate the event’s success. Providing the location and setting for the competition was Tectoria, an organization aiming to foster growth in the number of successful technology companies that start and grow in the Victoria area.

Our team at sendwithus took charge of hosting the #hackwithus day, which was also supported in part by three other sponsors: the zero-waste gift campaigners at Kiind, the producers of the web’s freshest and most relevant written content at crowdcontent, and Pretio Interactive, a turn-key rewards and loyalty service. Ultimately proving to be a great success, the event aimed to foster an environment conducive to fostering team rapport, creative imagination, and fun!

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“Our Hackday provided an opportunity to bring together talent and innovation to create something very cool and unique,” explained Matt Harris. As one of the cofounders here at sendwithus, he entered the competition along with several other members of our team. It is likely they all hoped for a little luck with home court advantage, but there could only be one winner.

Participants were finally bested by the phenomenal duo of team “DumbSnake”, which was led in part by Steven Burgoyne, a developer at crowdcontent. He explained, “Though competition was fierce and the objective was a challenge, we managed to achieve our goals without too many hiccups.” With a single victory under his belt, we certainly hope to see him again at future events along with many more challengers.

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Special thanks to everyone who participated and helped make the inaugural event a great success. We hope that everyone had an absolute blast. Special thanks to our sponsors: sendwithus, Tectoria, Kiind, crowdcontent, and Pretio Interactive for helping with the location, refreshments, and development of the event. We hope to see you out for our next #hackwithus opportunity, where only time will tell what challenges competitors will come to face.

Welcome!

Welcome to the sendwithus blog! Stay tuned for great resources about transactional email marketing and marketing automation.

– sendwithus