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Web Content Creation Tools: Top Picks for 2013

14 Jan
"Web Content Creation Tools – Top Picks for 2013" Winner's Badge

Deerfield, IL (PRWEB) January 14, 2013

Matt About Business is proud to announce the winners of the first annual “Web Content Creation Tools – Top Picks” award. The award recognizes the best solutions available for creating different types of web content.

“The irony of content marketing is that the key element, web content creation, is the greatest obstacle to success,” explains Matt Mansfield, President of Matt About Business. “Aside from the “stage fright” many folks feel when thinking about others reading their posts, listening to their podcasts or watching their videos, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing the tools to use for creating web content.”

To combat this obstacle and make effective content marketing more accessible to all, Mansfield decided to create the annual “Web Content Creation Tools – Top Picks” award. Winners of the award are selected based on the features, functionality and ease-of-use of their content marketing creation solution.

“How do you know that these are the best content creation tools?” asks Mansfield. “Because after trying many similar solutions, these are the tools I use to create content for my own sites.”

The “Web Content Creation Tools – Top Picks” awards are given in eight categories, each one focusing on a different type of web content. The winners for each category in 2013 are:

Category: Websites and Blogs
Winner: WordPress

Category: Downloadable Documents
Winner: Adobe Acrobat

Category: Videos
Winner: Camtasia

Category: Webinars
Winner: GoToWebinar

Category: Infographics
Winner: Piktochart

Category: Social Media Updates
Winner: HootSuite

Category: E-Mail Marketing
Winner: AWeber

Category: Online Courses
Winner: Udemy

For more information on why each winner was selected, and for a list of runner-ups in each category, visit:

About Matt

Matt Mansfield is a recognized expert in designing and implementing web content and e-mail marketing strategies that consistently drive targeted website traffic and increase sales.

Matt also creates powerful content to be used in online and e-mail marketing campaigns.

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WordPress Webinar Marathon: Sept. 17-21, 2012

13 Sep

WP Academy’s “WordPress Webinar Marathon” is a series of 10 free, high-content webinars on WordPress Website Design, Online Marketing, and Web Sales and Marketing Technology.  These events happen during the week of September 17-21, 2012.  There are two webinars every day, one at 2pm EST and the other at 7pm EST (“New York time”).

These webinars are oriented to all levels from beginner to advanced WordPress designers and Web Marketers.  They represent some of the finest WordPress and Website Marketing training available today, equal or superior to many paid programs.  View the schedule below as you are certain to find something of value to you, then signup to get the links to the live events and the recordings.

The recordings will be published on September 22 and will be viewable for free for 10 days.

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner who wants to take control of your web presence and internet marketing efforts?

Then you need to register for these great free webinars! The focus is around WordPress, but the training is invaluable for all disciplines, because it covers all aspects of web sales and marketing, in addition to the very best training on using WordPress.

Do you want to gain marketable skills as a WordPress web designer, or add this service to your social media consulting profile?

No matter what your objective is, this email will be of great value to you.

For five days beginning Monday Sept. 17, our partners from WP Academy are producing “WordPress Webinar Marathon,” a series of 10 FREE training webinars on a range of topics from WordPress web design, to creating (or growing) an online business, to how to use the latest and most powerful technology tools, including Social Media. Check it out here:

Afternoon Sessions – all 2pm EST (“New York time”)

 Dates & Times
(all sessions 75 min.)
 Content / Presenter

Mon. Sept. 17, 2pm EST

Small Business WordPress Website in 1 Hour (beginner-intermediate)

Starting from an empty hosting account, we’ll create a professional WordPress website, using the Weaver theme (very professional and flexible free theme).  Here are some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Installing WordPress
  • How to choose a professional theme
  • Adding a header (and where to get them made cheaply)
  • Configuring WordPress for a static site (vs. a blog)
  • Using the Visual Editor
  • Adding navigation, pages, posts, and links
  • Styling fonts and colors
  • Adding social media links
  • Adding a newsletter subscription form
  • And more…

Tue. Sept. 18, 2pm EST

StudioPress Theme Family Advanced Customization (intermediate-advanced)

StudioPress themes are extremely popular and accessible. Come to this session to learn why this is so, and to see how easy it is to create a sensational-looking site in StudioPress. We will cover:

  • Why StudioPress?
  • StudioPress styling basics (differences from other themes)
  • The powerful Genesis Featured Page widget
  • Image sliders
  • Genesis Simple Edits, Simple Hooks, Simple Sidebar widgets
  • Loading a header through CSS
  • And more

Wed. Sept. 19, 2pm EST

WordPress eCommerce & Membership Systems (all levels)

Marc Beneteau

In this webinar we’ll explain the basics of doing eCommerce (collecting money for your products or services) in WordPress.  This includes a general review of payment systems and third-party shopping carts, plus feature walk-throughs and demonstrations of two powerful WordPress Membership plugins.

We’ll cover:

  • Suggested payment systems for WordPress websites
  • Review of affiliate management systems for WordPress (get other people to promote you)
  • Review of externally-hosted shopping cart solutions
  • Review of WordPress shopping cart plugins — the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Behind-the-scenes look at WP Academy’s membership system, powered by WishList Member
  • Feature walk-through of the free and powerful S2Member plugin
  • Demonstration of using S2Member and Paypal to sell digital downloads (ebooks or audio recordings) from your site

Thu. Sept. 20, 2pm EST

Website Marketing Funnels: OptimizePress and sales-letter themes (beginner-intermediate)

Want to create a marketing funnel, so that you can lead your prospects into your programs? Well Join Christina Hills from the “Website Creation Workshop” as she shows you what kinds of Marketing Funnels You can create with WordPress!

We’ll cover:

  • Create Professional “Eye Catching” Opt In Pages
  • Create Your Own Professional Sales Letter Pages
  • Create Membership Pages
  • Feature tour and configuration demo of the OptimizePress sales-letter theme
  • And more…

Fri. Sept. 21, 2pm EST

WordPress Community Sites: WordPress Multisite and BuddyPress (all levels)

Not everyone is aware that WordPress comes with an option to run it as a community portal, from where you can allow forums, friending, sharing, etc.  What makes this possible is a very powerful plugin called BuddyPress, that is an add-on to WordPress Multisite.  Michael Lyman, passionate WPMU/BuddyPress user, will show you exactly how it’s done and also describe the benefits of WordPress Multisite to organization such as associations, churches, even company intranets.  We’ll cover:

  • WPMU + BuddyPress Features and Benefits
  • Configuration of a WPMU site
  • BuddyPress minimal configuration demo
  • Discussion forums
  • “Friending” and other community features
  • Setting WPMU up as a paid membership site
  • And more …

This presentation is co-sponsored by WPMU DEV, the leading provider of WordPress, WPMU and BuddyPress plugins on the web.  WPMU DEV has graciously contributed 5 “Elite”  memberships ($419 value each) which we will give out on the live webinar!

Evening Sessions – all 7pm EST (“New York time”)

Dates & Times
(all sessions 75 min.)
Content / Presenter

Mon. Sept. 17, 7pm EST

Small Business WordPress Website in 1 Hour (beginner-intermediate)

Starting from an empty hosting account, we’ll create a professional WordPress website, using the Weaver theme (very professional and flexible free theme).  Here are some of the things we’ll cover:

  • Installing WordPress
  • How to choose a professional theme
  • Adding a header (and where to get them made cheaply)
  • Configuring WordPress for a static site (vs. a blog)
  • Using the Visual Editor
  • Adding navigation, pages, posts, and links
  • Styling fonts and colors
  • Adding social media links
  • Adding a newsletter subscription form
  • And more…

Tue. Sept. 18, 7pm EST

Theme Selection and Customization (beginner-intermediate)

Choosing the right theme for your WordPress business-oriented website is a daunting task.  In this action-packed 60-min webinar we will:

  • Discuss general considerations of theme selection — theme vs. theme framework, commercial vs. free, etc
  • Perform basic customization functions and theme option tours for three extremely popular commercial theme frameworks (the same ones recommended in our courses): StudioPress, WooThemes, and ElegantThemes
  • Quickly review two other hugely popular theme frameworks: Thesis and iThemes
  • Look at sample website created in each of these themes and discuss pros and cons

Expect to come out of this webinar with a much clearer idea of where you need to look for a good business-oriented theme and what you need to be looking for.

Wed. Sept. 19, 7pm EST

Making Money with Membership Sites: using the Wishlist Member plugin for WordPress (all levels)

WordPress membership site expert Sandra de Freitas will present various strategies for monetizing a WordPress website, along with case-studies and feature walk-through / configuration of the powerful WishList Member plugin.  Come to this webinar to find out:

  • What you need to know to maximize your results with a WordPress membership site. Take the complexity out of creating a blogsite so that anyone can set up a successful site online, quickly and easily
  • Gain a professional web presence that offers your products or services, without paying exorbitant fees or banging your head against the wall
  • Step-by-step demonstration and feature tour of the extremely powerful Wishlist Member plugin
  • Demonstration of the latest feature of Wishlist: “Pay per post” — sell your articles and ebooks individually
  • And more…

Thur. Sept. 20, 7pm EST

Website Branding and Usability (all levels)

In this joint presentation by branding expert Christopher Staser and website usability expert George Plumley you will learn the fundamental principles of creating websites that inspire confidence and lead to action by visitors.

Knowing a little about online design and development can save you and your business thousands of dollars. This is information that is very difficult to acquire without buying a small library of books — we will present some of the key elements, including:

  • Usability: How wide and tall should a site be? Does it use images effectively? Should you use popups? Is the content easily accessible? Etc.
  • Marketing: How to get other sites to link to ours? What free online advertising methods should be used?  How to integrate a site with social media?
  • Branding: Verbal positioning; visual positioning; brand planning; brand weaving
  • Questions to ask yourself in your own “Brand discovery session” – and why it is so important to create a potent and authentic brand
  • Marketing Collateral: Video, Web, Trade Show, Packaging…
  • And much more

Fri. Sept. 21, 7pm EST

Thesis Theme, inside and out (intermediate-advanced)

The Thesis Theme for WordPress is an immensely popular commercial theme framework. Learn the reasons why in this rich presentation, in which we build out an actual Thesis site. We’ll cover:

  • Recommended Themes, & Why Thesis
  • Installing Thesis, general layout & look-and-feel
  • Feature walk-through – minimal configuration, header image etc.
  • Sidebar configuration
  • Multimedia box, posting Youtube video
  • Thesis custom CSS overrides
  • Thesis OpenHook plugin examples
  • Installing Dynamic Content Gallery with OpenHook
  • Custom widget areas with Ultimate Thesis Theme Options Plugin

About your instructors:

Marc Beneteau is the founder of WP Academy.  He is a trainer, instructional designer, entrepreneur, WordPress developer, and internet marketer. He ran a successful web design business for 3 years prior to starting WP Academy, and was Chief Technology Officer of an internet startup before that. His full professional profile on Linkedin.

Kim Doyal runs The WordPress Chick, a WordPress training and development company.  She is a designer, author and trainer, and is such a fan of StudioPress themes that she wrote an eBook, Diving into Genesis (and no, this is not a Bible study book!)

Christina Hills is a speaker-educator-coach-mentor for building an online business. If you are you ready for a website that’s easy to create, that YOU have control over, that releases you from the grips of your webmaster and is a magnet for people as well as search engines, then look no further.  She teaches online software to people who want to learn how to use online tools to gain prospects and sell to customers. She is also very funny!  Her products include the Website Creation Workshop and Website Marketing Funnel.

Sandra De Freitas is a top tech coach, speaker, trainer, author and expert in internet technology. She is the founder of, a WordPress service provider and consulting firm. In 2008 she authored the book Does This Blogsite Make My Wallet Look Fat? – How to use a WordPress Blogsite to make money, attract clients and gain expert celebrity status, and released a second edition just last year. Sandra specializes in WordPress blogsites and extending their functionality with exceptional WordPress plugins such as WishList Member. Sandra is WishList Member Certified. Her technology expertise is second only to her wicked sense of humour and contagious enthusiasm!

George Plumley  is a well-known and respected WordPress author, trainer and coach.  He is the author ofWordPress 24-hour trainer and Website Design and Development: 100 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website, and also writes articles and shoots videos from his popular site SeeHowTwo. George has a background in philosophy and broadcasting and lives in Western Canada.

Christopher Staser is a brand strategist, visual designer, graphic artist,  WordPress developer, and social media / PR consultant.  He has worked with 40+ startups, non-profits, as well as more established companies developing marketing collateral and websites, and he has won numerous awards for his designs and videos.  You can review his work at  Christopher loves to dance and to travel and he is fluent in Chinese.

Michael Lyman runs Positively Local, a small team of passionate marketers located in Vancouver B.C. Canada, serving small and medium size businesses throughout North America.  He specializes in local marketing and social media, and is a passionate WPMU and BuddyPress user and developer.  He wears many hats as marketing consultant, developer, entrepreneur, and trainer, and has many wonderful WPMU stories to tell.

How it Works

  1.  Signup from the link below.  You will be sent all the recordings when the series is over.
  2. In addition, your welcome email will contain links to the live event registration.  It is better to attend the live events if you can, as they are more fun and allow you to interact directly with the instructors.  Live audience also gets exclusive discounts on products and automatically enters contests.
  3. You will need to register separately for the Afternoon and Evening sessions (each session has its own links).   It’s not possible to register for just one webinar, but you can register and then come only to the webinar(s) that you are interested in.
  4. The recordings will be published on September 22, and will be available for free for 10 days.  After this they require an affordable, lifetime membership to the WordPress Learning Management System.

Yes! Send me the live event registration links and all the recordings

Via WP Academy

Sony Pictures Interactive Opens a Hotel Game on Facebook

16 Aug

CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/

Sony Pictures Interactive has launched the company’s first premium social game, The Hotel Transylvania Social Game (, it was announced today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, and Emmanuelle Borde, executive vice president and general manager, Sony Pictures Interactive.  Featuring the iconic setting of the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation monster comedy Hotel Transylvania, the Hotel Transylvania Social Game capitalizes on the popularity of Facebook games to bring fans an exciting new way to play in the world of the film.  Hotel Transylvania opens in theaters nationwide onSeptember 28, 2012.

“This game was a natural brand extension for us and a great way to introduce our film and characters online,” said Bob Osher. “It’s the best possible scenario when those opportunities are created internally between divisions like Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Interactive.”

In the Hotel Transylvania Social Game, players are tasked with building, decorating, managing and maintaining their own Hotel Transylvania, where a host of fun monsters, inspired by the upcoming animated film Hotel Transylvania, come to get away from the stresses of the human-inhabited world.  Grow zombies in your hotel graveyard to create hotel staff, and keep guests happy with a host of torturous amenities.  Players can check back daily to collect rewards, share gifts with friends and entertain their hotel guests.

“Social games are a key entertainment activity for millions of people online,” said Emmanuelle Borde. “Sony Pictures Interactive has always focused on building digital experiences that drive community and conversation.  The move into social games was a logical evolution for our business.”

The Hotel Transylvania Social Game was designed and developed entirely in-house by Sony Pictures Interactive.  “Our goal was to build a game that is fun to play while taking advantage of the full range of social tie-ins that experienced gamers expect from social games,” said Scott Nourse, senior vice president of production, Sony Pictures Interactive.  “We are proud of our achievement in that regard and are excited about the framework we have built which will enable us to build more games in the future.”

The Hotel Transylvania Social Game is free to play and available to anyone with a Facebook account at  Players who wish to augment gameplay through purchase of in-game currency will have the ability to enhance and personalize their individual experience.

Sony Pictures Interactive is planning on launching one to two new social games a year.  The next game is currently set for launch in April 2013.

About Hotel Transylvania
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters — Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more — to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem — but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Columbia Pictures presents a Sony Pictures Animation film, Hotel Transylvania.  The film features the voices of Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and CeeLo Green.  Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky.  Produced by Michelle Murdocca.  Screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel.  Story by Todd Durham and Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman.  Executive producers are Adam Sandler, Robert Smigel and Allen Covert.  Music by Mark Mothersbaugh.  Music Supervision by Liza Richardson.  Imagery and Animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc.

About Sony Pictures Interactive
Sony Pictures Interactive is an award-winning digital marketing and production studio dedicated to building entertaining and impactful brand destinations in the online, mobile and social space.  Sony Pictures Interactive provides brand management, marketing strategy, creative campaign design and development for a diverse roster of clients across multiple business verticals, including entertainment, music, consumer products, sports and non-profit.  The studio also publishes games and mobile applications and is a leader in developing unique solutions for engaging consumers across social media platforms. Sony Pictures Interactive is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.


About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the 2011 hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster, The Smurfs (3D) and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (3D)—with the family comedy Hotel Transylvania (3D) in September 2012 and the Smurfs 2 (3D) in July 2013.  Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas (3D); and the stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D).  In 2007, Surf’s Up received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, is turning 10 this year.  Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital.

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SOURCE: Sony Pictures Interactive

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