August 2012 Blog Archive


Fri

31

Aug

2012

Escape from the Blue Room

The Blue Room Episode 5 The Great Escape

What happens when we leave the blue room?

Is The Blue Room still The Blue Room if we leave the blue room? Find out the answer to this and other exciting questions in this week's episode! Kurt and Rodrigo take you on an adventure through the Jimdo office, popping up on our patio and bay window. Check out Episode 5: The Great Escape below, and subscribe to Jimdo's YouTube channel so you don't miss any future episodes.

 

In this episode:

Spotlight

 

Webinars

User Questions

 

Jimdo Founders' Blog

 

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Ask us your questions in the comments below, so we can answer them in next week's episode!


Julia O. Test

Customer Support Geek



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Fri

31

Aug

2012

Jimdo Spotlight: The Rendezvous

At Jimdo we love food and have a soft spot for mobile food trucks. When Heather Thompson Carvalho, one of the owners of The Rendezvous: A Love Affair With Local Grown Food, came through our support help desk with a few questions, we immediately knew we had to find out more about her business. Just look at that wicked truck! Here is a small part of their story.


Tell us about The Rendezvous. Where does the name come from?
The Rendezvous is a food truck on the Big Island of Hawaii, fused with aloha, or love and respect, in all aspects of what we do. We are a love affair with local grown food. We pride ourselves in bringing a delicious, health conscious and locally sourced dining option to the people in our community who care about nurturing themselves with quality food and supporting our local farmers. We have vegan and vegetarian options, but are also very meat driven, so there’s something for everyone on our menu.

We chose The Rendezvous for our business name for several reasons… one is because it literally means ‘a place of popular resort’ or ‘a poplar gathering place.” Because we’re mobile, we thought it would be a fun way to allude to the idea that wherever we are, you’ll want to be there, that our place is the place. We also wanted to encourage the idea of planning ahead to gather with friends at our place, to let us be the rendezvous point to see the people you love. Then there’s also the romantic aspect of it, the secret love affair, that our ‘love affair with local grown food’ ties in so well with.

 

What's been the most challenging part of opening your own business?
Let me tell you, none of this has been easy! I think the most challenging part has been taking that initial first step from deciding to no longer be someone else’s employee, but to be your own employer. It’s not an easy step. The comfort of a dependable income, set hours and a job description are things we take for granted when someone else is our boss. When you do this on your own, there are no guarantees. Success is not sure.  The future is unknown, and is determined solely by your ambition, integrity and hard work. And a good business plan!

 

Are you the first mobile food truck in the region?
The Rendezvous is our island’s first attempt in the modern food truck movement. We’re a bit behind the times here on the Big Island, being that all our nations’ big cities have food trucks in every cuisine around every corner, including our neighboring Honolulu. However, part of the reason we all love living here is because of the island’s pace, so there’s no complaining there! We are hoping to make a scene, spark some interest, and quickly see other food trucks out and about with us.

 


Where does your love affair with local grown food stem from? What benefits does it bring to your customers and the community?
We believe that eating local is eating healthy. Not only in nurturing your body, by supporting it with a healthy and delicious option, or in feeding your mind by eating nourishing food, but also in creating a strong dependency on our community. Because we live on an island, our sense of community differs from other places. It’s simple… we need each other to get by. We choose to support our local farmers, who supply us with beautiful and fresh products, instead of purchasing ingredients that come from far away, and reach our tables after they’re already weeks old.

 

The Rendezvous donates it's profits once a month, which is fantastic! What's the most fulfilling part?
The Rendezvous has a big heart for our local community. On the first Friday of every month, proceeds go toward our charity of the month. We have both asked or customers for suggestions and have personally brought charities, organizations, or families that need our help to the drawing board. We enjoy being able to help in whatever little ways we can. Another beautiful thing about this is that it helps raise awareness in our community, to remind everyone that they should be doing what they can for the better of our community.

 

As a small business owner, how important do you think having a website is?
We live in an era where the phonebook is quickly becoming obsolete.  People don’t ask for your phone number anymore, they ask if you have a website. They want an idea of what you’re about at a glance to see if it’s something they’re interested in investing their time in. With our website, people know how to find us, what they’re looking for, and what we have to offer. They get to see our level of heart and professionalism without ever having experienced us in person. After all, if our website doesn’t look appealing, why would anyone want to try our food?

 

Anything else you'd like to share with Jimdo readers?
Life is all about taking risks. We as humans are too quickly creatures of comfort, and fall into a routine because it’s easy, we know what to expect. Too often people do not follow their dreams because it’s not easy. The only reason The Rendezvous is here is because six kids decided to take a risk. And it’s been challenging, but endlessly rewarding. Good luck to our fellow risk takers!

 

Thanks to Heather and The Rendezvous for giving us a glimpse into life on Paradise Island. Remember to step out your comfort zone Jimdo readers, great things happen when you do! Aloha!  

 

Photos by Charla Photography.

Ana R. Alvarado

Public Relations


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Fri

24

Aug

2012

The Blue Room Gets Green

Blue Room Episode 4

... and we're back!

We're sure you all missed us last week while we were away in SoCal, but not to worry because we're back for your viewing pleasure! In this week's The Blue Room, we bring out the big guns with Jimdo's founder Christian and JimdoUSA's country manager Powen walking you through our news and your questions. Check out Episode 4: The Green Shoe Incident below, and subscribe to Jimdo's YouTube channel so you don't miss any future episodes.

 

P.S. Keep watching after the credits for an extra treat!

 

In this episode:

Click on the links below to see more information on the topics discussed in this week's episode of The Blue Room.

 

News

 

SoCal Meetups

  • We went to SoCal and hosted two meetups: one in Los Angeles and one in San Diego!

User Questions

 

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Ask us your questions in the comments below, so we can answer them in next week's episode!


Julia O. Test

Customer Support Geek



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Wed

22

Aug

2012

JimdoTV Episode #2 - Fit for Summer!

Production for the latest episode of JimdoTV was a little sweatier than usual (at least for a few of us). It's never too late to get fit, and since there are still a few weeks left of summer to hit the beach, we decided to do some strength training and body toning. Svenja and I visited John Ellis in San Francisco — a personal trainer and fitness coach at The Science of Exercise — and put his training methods to test.

After what seemed like a hundred pushups and one interview later, we were a lot smarter. Plenty of sleep is just as important as healthy nutrition and a decent amount of exercise when it comes to fitness; pushups are really hard after a while (especially if you can only do about ten at a time); and kettlebell exercises will push your body like never before.

 

It was an exhausting workout but it felt great after! Nothing beats natural endorphins. A special thanks to John Ellis for giving us a crash course in his workout philosophy. Who knew getting in shape could be so fun? San Franciscans who want to get fit should definitely give John a call!

 

We hope you enjoy seeing G.I. Svenja in this episode of JimdoTV. Did you miss our last episode? You can watch all previous episodes on our JimdoTV page. 

Can't wait until the next episode of JimdoTV? Take a look at our cool Jimdo User Spotlights in the meantime!

 

Powen Shiah

U.S. Country Manager


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Thu

09

Aug

2012

It's Always Sunny in Jimdo's Blue Room

The Blue Room Episode 3: It's Always Sunny in San Francisco

Your guilt-free Friday-morning treat

Welcome to yet another installment of Jimdo's the Blue Room! This week, watch Kurt and Brent take over the world (or just our office) to bring you our breaking news and answers to your questions. Check out Episode 3: It's Always Sunny in San Francisco below, and subscribe to Jimdo's YouTube channel so you don't miss any future episodes!

 

In this episode:

Click on the links below to see more information on the topics discussed in this week's episode of the Blue Room!

 

News

 

SoCal Meetups in August

 

Answers to User Questions

  • Get more help logging in to your JimdoPage
  • More information on your layout's sidebar

 

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Ask us your questions in the comments below, so we can answer them in next week's episode!


Julia O. Test

Customer Support Geek



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Mon

06

Aug

2012

Updates to the Jimdo Store

We’ve made some improvements to your Jimdo store that make product information clearly visible to customers before they complete a purchase. The details of all the changes are described below. If you have any questions, ask us in the comments!

Added Convenience and Simplicity for Your Customers

The changes apply primarily to how information is presented on the order summary page – before your customers complete the order process. In the updated order process, product information, pricing, shipping costs, and tax are now highlighted by a gray background. This design change may adversely affect the appearance of your store if you are currently using a custom layout.

 

Please check if you need to make any updates to your code to accommodate the changes to the checkout page.

The Buy button is now positioned directly below the order summary, and we have added a customizable text label for the button. Whatever you choose to put there, it should clearly communicate the purchase will be finalized by clicking the button.


Links to the terms of service and return policy are now visible at the top of the checkout page. There is also a checkbox your customers must click to indicate that they have reviewed these documents. This has been a frequently requested option.

 

Located directly below that section is the billing and shipping address information as well as the selected payment method.

Basic Product Description

 

The update also adds a text field for a short product description to all Store Item elements. This is where you should include a basic description of the product or service.

 

Please note: These descriptions will be displayed to customers only in the final step of the order process and are intended to remind customers exactly what they are purchasing. This information is not displayed in the regular store item element.

 

 


Activating the New Checkout Process

You can activate the new order process immediately from your store settings. After activiating the new process, we recommend conducting a subsequent test purchase. You have been able to activate the new order process since August 1, 2012,, and on October 1, 2012, we will automatically update all stores with the new order process.


 

Powen Shiah

U.S. Country Manager


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Fri

03

Aug

2012

Mobile Takes Over This Week's Blue Room

Did you miss us?

Don't worry - we're back! This week, The Blue Room (along with our office) is all about mobile. Ana and Brent guide you through our latest news and answer your burning questions. Check out Episode 2: The Mobile Takeover below, and subscribe to Jimdo's YouTube channel so you don't miss any future webisodes!

 

In this episode:

Click on the links below to see more information on the topics discussed in this week's episode of the Blue Room!

 

News

 

SoCal Meetups in August

 

Spotlight

  • Read about this week's Spotlight: Jersey Shore Alpacas 
  • Check out our Spotlights for different JimdoPages featured several times a month (and contact us if you want to be featured!)

Answers to User Questions

 

Webinars

 

Subscribe


 

Ask us your questions in the comments below, so we can answer them in next week's webisode!

Julia O. Test

Customer Support Geek



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