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Squarespace

“Award-Winning Design.  Look like an expert right from the start.  Our award-winning templates are the most beautiful way to present your ideas online. Stand out with a professional website, portfolio, or online store.”

Squarespace is a popular place to go when trying to design a new website.  They offer so many different options like formatting, blog themes, and templates.  Ultimately, Squarespace is a platform where you upload the content and the rest can work its self out from there.  It acts as a place to sell products, not just showcase work.  This is a nice feature in that you don’t need a third party necessarily.

Their website specifically focuses on their best attributes:

  • Do-it-yourself, Customizable Layouts
  • Templates by Top Designers
  • Mobile-Optimized Design
  • 3rd Party Features, Powerful Integrations
  • Professional Email
  • Unique Domains

And those are just some of their awesome features.  They offer a free trial to then go into a low monthly or yearly price, which is so worth it when a website offers so much.  Squarespace features big companies that trust their site for their particular business, which adds a great deal of credibility.  Overall, Squarespace is very successful in pleasing their customers.

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Instagram’s Success

I personally love the platform of Instagram in that I can post my photography on it to share with my friends and family, along with possibly gaining attention from other people using the site.  I really appreciate all of the constant updates and changes that Instagram’s team makes in order to better the platform in all kinds of ways.

Recently, Instagram has added a new feature that one can add multiple pictures to a single post.  This not only enables the user to show more of their pictures, but create less crowding on someone’s feed.  Instead of the user posting all of their pictures in several posts, they can combine it and followers can look at them all at once.

Instagram has also added the feature of live video where people can essentially watch what others are doing at the exact moment.  Instagram combines factors from all kinds of other social media sites into their own, which makes it so much more necessary to have the app.

I think Instagram really has a firm grasp on what people want and then they try their hardest to give them just that.  After all, the social media site has 400 million daily active users.  This just goes to show how successful the app/website is and how it has climbed up the ladder to make it in the top three biggest social media platforms.

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Venmo

Being in a sorority at Grove City College, there is always something that I’m paying for.  Normally I pay with a check because I don’t always have the cash on me but a newly trending app has taken the place of that.  Venmo is a app that links up with your bank account, allowing you to then transfer money directly to other peoples’ accounts.

“Make & share payments: pay friends and family with a Venmo account using money you have in Venmo, or link your bank account or debit card quickly.  Connect with people: remember the moments you share with friends. Split dinner, send a birthday gift, or just say hello.  Make purchases: use your Venmo account as a way to pay in mobile apps.  Quickly transfer money to your bank: move money from Venmo to your bank account in as little as one business day.  Ready, set, pay.”

It’s a great idea in that it skips the awkward interaction of “hey can you pay me back” and just sends the person a virtual request for the money.  People can furthermore chat and explain why they are requesting or giving money, which makes the interaction even more personal.  Venmo ensures security of your personal bank account and let’s you use Venmo with anyone in the United States.  The app is free and there are no fees unless using a credit card alone; even then it is only three percent.  The app connects with the virtual obsession that our generation has for everything and the ability to do it simply through a mobile device, on the go.

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Cloud Living

A young man named Tung Tran realized there was a want and need for help with website building.  People have difficulty with getting themselves out there and don’t always know how to become popular in the virtual world.  Tran as a online entrepreneur has found a way to gain attention and create successful plans to website generating.

When going onto the website of Cloud Living, Tran has his statement about his website:

“We teach ordinary people just like you how to build, rank and monetize content-driven affiliate websites. Sign up for our newsletter below and learn how to make your first $1,000 monthly with your own profitable affiliate website today!”

Some of the recent topics of his blog are stories like “Reverse Guest Posting: How to Generate Great Links Without Outreach” or “7 Productivity Hacks for Marketers: How to Get More Done in Less Time.”  He is basically teaching his skills from many years of trial and error in his personal experience.  Tran wants to help others grow their websites filled with their specific interests and talents to add more to the world.

It’s important to understand how people think, especially in terms of having a successful business.  Tung Tran may be young, but he has the experience that he is willing to share to help others through Cloud Living.

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GrubHub

I know personally it can be frustrating when you eat the same thing often, along with the takeout process in general.  Sometimes finding a new restaurant is a challenge if you live in a large enough area and don’t know all of your choices.  Matt Maloney and Mike Evans could relate.  They were tired of calling one restaurant after another trying to figure out where they could get takeout and then having to figure out that specific restaurant’s takeout process, so they developed a digital platform to make it easier for everyone.

“Grubhub is the nation’s leading online and mobile food ordering company dedicated to connecting hungry diners with local takeout restaurants. The company’s online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners to order directly from more than 50,000 takeout restaurants in over 1,100 U.S. cities and London. Every order is supported by the company’s 24/7 customer service teams. Grubhub has offices in Chicago, New York and London.”

GrubHub not only benefits the customers looking for takeout food, but local businesses to get more attention on their restaurants.  Statistics from GrubHub’s website say that restaurants have received in total about three billion of gross food sales.  The platform itself asks you to type in your location and will search restaurants around you.  Once it processes that, it gives the search results of the name and logo of the restaurant, the minimum price you would spend, ratings from other people and the takeout delivery fee.  It also can show a map of where the restaurant is in relation to your location.  Once you click the restaurant that you want, you can order off of the menu directly from GrubHub and note any special preferences in terms of how the food is prepared.  The site really offers customers a simple, fast way to order food.  The success is shown by the 8.2 million users and 290,000 orders placed everyday.

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