Video Animation for Outlook Plugin and iOS app

Over the summer we worked very closely with SavvyBox, a dynamic software vendor tackling inbox clutter. The Montreal startup is set to change the way we interact with emails – on our desktop, tablet and phone.

SavvyBox’s requirement for a launch video was simple. They needed an energetic video to entice users to join and signup. With a few interactions with their Marketing and Product Team, we were able to create a convincing product story that was short yet informative. The result is below.

Originally posted 2012-07-31 14:28:31.

Jon’s Top Video Ads of 2014

Each year YouTube audiences are presented with video ads varying from blowout sales on brand new mattresses to the webs most popular brain training programs. What makes us explore these offerings that seem to be tailored to our personal preferences? Although I can’t say every single video ad that I’m exposed to sparks an interest and makes me click, I generally tend to look into an ad that has been delivered to me based on what I have searching for the previous day. Such is the beauty of Google Targeted Ads hard at work!

Which WordPress Cache Plugin is Fastest?

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Ever wonder which WordPress caching plugin is the best? Our team decided to find out while setting up the test site for Covinr.com. We tried speed tests with the following plugins:

Hyper Cache
Downloaded +260K with rating of 4
Quick Cache
Downloaded +300K with rating of 4.5
WP Super Cache
Downloaded +3.3 million with rating of 4
W3 Total Cache
Downloaded +1 million with rating of 4.5

The Covinr theme has a good mix of images, Javascript, CSS and HTML files. The theme is broken down below with request ratio and size ratio for each element group. This theme is a good representation of a typical modern WordPress site.

The test was run 3 times for each plugin and the fastest load time recorded. All the plugins had default settings with client-side caching and CDN disabled. The results are below:

Cache Plugin Loadtimes
None HyperCache Quick Cache WP Super Cache W3 Total Cache
Time Saved 0 secs 1.05 secs 1.89 secs 2.00 secs 4.74 secs
Version n/a v2.8.9 v111203 v1.1 v0.9.2.4
Load Time 7.56 secs 6.51 secs 5.67 secs 5.56 secs 2.82 secs
Requests 64 60 65 60 26
Bytes 330 KB 326 KB 331 KB 326 KB 268 KB

HyperCache, QuickCache and W3 Super Cache load up pages slightly faster. But since they didn’t minimize code, speed gains aren’t as significant. Compare that to W3 Total Cache that brought down the number of requests by more than half. The result is a site 2.5x faster than before. So in our specific test W3 Total Cache is the clear winner.

Originally posted 2012-05-29 09:19:30.

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