Setting sail with ShipBob

Doejo recently had the pleasure of working with Y Combinator backed startup ShipBob to develop a better marketing website, designed to attract and convert visitors into customers.

ShipBob offers on-demand pickup, packing & shipping to save businesses time and money. With integrations for eBay, Shopify and Etsy, ShipBob makes sense for online sellers big and small.

ShipBob screen shots

Anyways, we’re really happy with the project and they love what we were able to do for their brand: create a polished, professional-caliber look and feel, with effective messaging, prominent calls-to-action and a nice responsive UX.

Check it out: www.shipbob.com

Noah


Last year we helped our friends from Detroit, the creators of STARTUP USA TV show to film this short interview with Julie Smolyansky, the CEO of Lifeway Foods. In this video Mrs. Smolyansky offers a few words of advice on how to run a successful business.

Zhenia Koval


So, last week Chicago played host to the annual Online News Association conference.  A yearly gathering of business executives, journalists, techies and executive techno-journalists, the ONA is the place to be for media types in the new digital millennium.

We always knew that technology is fast (that’s the point), and that newsgathering is tough work (the difference between blogging and actually being a professional, ya know?).  I mean, these journalists have always been the type to burn the candle at both ends, but who knew how hard they work every day to break stories and publish content on a non-stop basis?!

Turns out, they love coffee.  I mean LOVE love it.

How do I know?  Doejo had the unique pleasure of working a booth with our favorite technology partner, WordPress.com VIP who was sponsoring the event.  WordPress.com powers many of our favorite websites, and works to make sure many of our favorite clients are stable, secure and scalable.  Businesses like WGN TV, Cox Media, Pandora and Tribune Broadcasting rely on VIP’s turnkey service and we rely on their solid infrastructure.

Doejo’s sister company BowTruss Coffee Roasters was on hand at the ONA to provide a pour over coffee booth all 3 days of the conference last week.  The response was overwhelming: people queued up—the line was super long—and enjoyed the finest hot brewed java in the Midwest courtesy of the BowTruss Baristas and WordPress engineers.  This was some high-test café that fueled the country’s finest digital newsmakers and kept them going through 72 hours of meetings, symposia, forums and exhibits in the Windy City.

Noah


Doejo is excited to share that we have an awesome new client, Whirlyball.

For the uninitiated, Whirlyball the game is a mashup of bumper-cars, lacrosse and basketball.  Whirlyball the place is a destination for fun times: combination sports bar, restaurant, arcade, and amusement park.  Chances are you’ve been there for parties or corporate events.

As they gear up to move into a shiny new location to franchise and expand the business, Whirlyball came to Doejo to revitalize the brand.  As a part of our R&D phase for this project, Team Doejo made the trek over to Lincoln Park to enjoy an evening of food, drink and games.

We were impressed by the delicious eats, awesome bar menu and friendly staff.  But it wouldn’t have been a party without some raucous Whirlyball action.  Doejo Video tagged along to document the fun that ensued and it can be seen below.

Zhenia Koval


It is with great gusto that Doejo gets to share with you the launch of our latest creation, a new and improved consequenceofsound.net.  We have been privileged to work with the fledgling online music publication for over 4 years and this new UX project has been in the works for over a year now.

For the uninitiated, Consequence of Sound is probably the best rock n roll website on the net—IMHO, better than RollingStone, cooler than Pitchfork.  CoS overflows with great content, news and opinion but spares you the snark, attitude and arrogance of their elder rivals.  Boasting millions of visitors each month, this project was deployed on WordPress.com VIP.

Consequence of Sound is now mobile responsive and will look just as great on your iPhone or Android phone as it does on the web,” CoS creator Alex Young wrote in a column announcing the re-launch. “The homepage is easier to navigate, our content is better presented, and Festival Outlook has been completely revamped.”

We’re still working with CoS to roll-out new features in the coming weeks, including the ability to personalize the homepage.  “In other words, if you no longer want to see stories about Kanye West, you no longer have to see stories about Kanye West.”

But go ahead and check it out for yourself.  This is one of Doejo’s biggest and stunning projects to date.  We’re proud of our team and the work put forth, and psyched to have gotten the chance to make waves with such a groovy music site.  Rock N Roll Never Dies.

Noah