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WordPress Offers Hands-On Support for VIP Clients

November 15th, 2011 11:00 admin View Comments

wordpress150.gifAutomattic has announced the launch of VIP support for Web hosts of WordPress blogs. This expands VIP hosting and support services currently available to VIP WordPress clients, who include media companies, sports leagues and Fortune 500 companies.

The new services include better support for major infrastructure, annual review of clients’ entire WordPress hosting stack, an annual security audit and review of best practices, and a one-day onsite training of clients’ WordPress-focused staff. Pricing starts at $250,000 per year.

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WordPress VIP services are growing at a clip. Hosted VIP WordPress sites are currently pulling in 1 billion pageviews per month. Accordingly, Automattic reports that revenues from VIP services have more than doubled year-over-year.

As we reported in August WordPress has seen strong growth overall this year. Around 15% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress, up from 8.5% last year. It also sustains a community of thousands of self-employed WordPress developers who make a median hourly rate of $50.

And For The Non-VIPs…

The expansion of VIP services follows the announcement in October of a first-time ad partnership with Federated Media, allowing regular WordPress bloggers – those who don’t pay $250,000 or more for the privilege – to monetize their content.

But the WordPress experience is steadily changing for those users; in response to stiff competition from more social free blogging sites like Tumblr, everyday WordPress users are having social networking features thrust upon them.

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What content management system do you use? Are you happy with it? Share your experiences in the comments

Source: WordPress Offers Hands-On Support for VIP Clients

WordPress Offers Hands-On Support for VIP Clients

November 15th, 2011 11:00 admin View Comments

wordpress150.gifAutomattic has announced the launch of VIP support for Web hosts of WordPress blogs. This expands VIP hosting and support services currently available to VIP WordPress clients, who include media companies, sports leagues and Fortune 500 companies.

The new services include better support for major infrastructure, annual review of clients’ entire WordPress hosting stack, an annual security audit and review of best practices, and a one-day onsite training of clients’ WordPress-focused staff. Pricing starts at $250,000 per year.

wordpressvip.jpg

WordPress VIP services are growing at a clip. Hosted VIP WordPress sites are currently pulling in 1 billion pageviews per month. Accordingly, Automattic reports that revenues from VIP services have more than doubled year-over-year.

As we reported in August WordPress has seen strong growth overall this year. Around 15% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress, up from 8.5% last year. It also sustains a community of thousands of self-employed WordPress developers who make a median hourly rate of $50.

And For The Non-VIPs…

The expansion of VIP services follows the announcement in October of a first-time ad partnership with Federated Media, allowing regular WordPress bloggers – those who don’t pay $250,000 or more for the privilege – to monetize their content.

But the WordPress experience is steadily changing for those users; in response to stiff competition from more social free blogging sites like Tumblr, everyday WordPress users are having social networking features thrust upon them.

wordpressnotifications.jpg

What content management system do you use? Are you happy with it? Share your experiences in the comments

Source: WordPress Offers Hands-On Support for VIP Clients

Jive Launches Facebook Connector To Integrate Content Into Support Communities

May 17th, 2011 05:04 admin View Comments


Jive Software, the maker of an all-in-one social enterprise software, has launched a deeper integration with Facebook today with the release of the Jive Facebook Connector. The connector allows companies to integrate Facebook communities, fan pages and content into the Jive external customer support communities.

Modeled to offer Facebook-like features to enterprises, Jive’s software combines computing with social collaboration to offer fully-featured social networks for businesses. Its suite of applications help businesses collaborate on a variety of tasks, including holding discussions, communication, sharing documents, blogging, running polls, and social networking features and more.

Jive’s Facebook Connector allows companies to integrate customer interactions and information residing on a company or brand’s Facebook page in Jive’s customer communities. Once connected, content generated in Facebook will be replicated and available in the Jive customer community.

From within the Jive community, members can share and post content directly on the company’s Facebook wall. Users can also recommend content to their friends, view their friends’ activities in the community and have their responses automatically posted to the Facebook fan page.

Jive says that one of the advantages of using the integration is that content within Facebook becomes searchable in Google and search engines by posting to Jive’s public communities.

This isn’t the first integration with Facebook for Jive. The company also offers a social media engagement app (via its acquisition of Filtrbox) for companies to track activity on Facebook. And it’s no secret that Jive is pushing its social agenda ahead of its IPO. The company just added a Facebook exec to its board a few months ago.

Source: Jive Launches Facebook Connector To Integrate Content Into Support Communities

Jive Invests In Big Data With Acquisition Of Software Startup Proximal Labs

April 13th, 2011 04:58 admin View Comments

Jive Software, the maker of an all-in-one social enterprise software, has acquired data mining software company Proximal Labs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Proximal Labs is a software company that analyzes and mines data within a community to power applications that plug into social media networks. These “smart apps” learn about users based on what they do in the community, who they interact with, and how they behave. Based on data mined, Proximal Labs’ technology delivers contextualized recommendations that put timely, relevant conversations, people and content together; guided, personalized search that sort results based on users interests and recent activity in the community; smart streams that filters and personalizes content, and an adaptive Q & A that automatically routes questions to key community members and creates teaming around issues.

For Jive, the acquisition of Proximal is an investment in beginning to analyze and mine big data within Jive’s professional social networks to better serve its users. As Jive says, the company is using ‘big data to unlock
the value of the social graph in the enterprise.’ Modeled to offer Facebook-like features to enterprises, Jive’s software combines computing with social collaboration to offer fully-featured social networks for businesses. Its suite of applications help businesses collaborate on a variety of tasks, including holding discussions, communication, sharing documents, blogging, running polls, and social networking features and more.

Of course, Facebook has masterfully analyzed interactions and data on the social network to give users a better personalized experience (i.e. friend recommendations). Jive’s SVP of Engineering Brian Roddy, says that Jive wants to start delivering a similar experience to their enterprise users.

Roddy says that Proximal’s technology will help Jive provide better personalized and intelligent recommendations to Jive users, will enhance search results, and improve the application’s analytics capabilities. And a more personalized Experience, says Roddy, improves collaboration within an enterprise. With the acquisition, Proximal Labs’ team will lead the “big data” team at Jive. David Gutellius, Proximal Labs’ co-founder and CEO will become Jive’s Chief Social Scientist.

As Jive ramps up for an IPO this year, the company just added four new board members, including execs from Google and Facebook. And the company raised $30 million in new funding last year. As for acquisitions, Roddy says than we can expect more on the horizon.

 

Source: Jive Invests In Big Data With Acquisition Of Software Startup Proximal Labs

In The Search For New Distribution Partners, E-Book Retailer Kobo Raises More Funding

March 8th, 2011 03:54 admin View Comments

E-book retailer Kobo has announced a new Series C round of funding. The company did not disclose the amount raised but said that the investments was led by a major institutional investor and previous investor Indigo Books & Music also participated in the round. Kobo previously raised $16 million in funding.

According to the release, the new funding will be used towards product development and international expansion with new distribution partners. Of course, one of Kobo’s main distribution partners, Borders, recently filed for bankruptcy. Kobo powered and developed a Borders’ branded e-bookstore and reader. Kobo assured users that despite the bankruptcy, Borders’ Kobo readers and bookstores would be fully operational.

Kobo most recently added social networking features to its e-reading experience, with the ability to earn rewards and post and share to Facebook.

Currently, Kobo offers 2.3 million e-books, has 2.7 million users and customers from over 100 Countries buy from Kobo every week. And Kobo says that hundreds of thousands of e-Books were downloaded per day during peak holiday periods. Other distributors include Samsung, Research In Motion and HTC. Kobo claims that there will be over 20 million Kobo-ready devices in market in 2011.

Of course, with Amazon and Barnes and Noble currently leading the e-book market, competition is tough in the space. And Apple also has its sights set on providing an e-book experience for iOS users.

Source: In The Search For New Distribution Partners, E-Book Retailer Kobo Raises More Funding

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