Sep 30

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Enhance your Media Library File Metadata

One of the things that I love about Kentico is that the platform and the people who work on it are very smart. Sometimes eerily smart. In tonight’s blog post I am going to describe a real world scenario where I thought I would have to customize the system to pull off a feature that I needed for my own purposes at

As it turns out, I was wrong, no customization was required. The system was already built in a way that made my requirement dead simple to solve. Kentico never stops impressing me even after using it for 5+ years.

Keep reading to see how this quick tip will allow you to add and manage metadata to Kentico Media Library files without dropping into any code.

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Sep 30

I'm Speaking at Dog Food Con 2015

Dog Food Conference is a two day event focused on Microsoft tools and technologies. It is taking place in Columbus, OH on October 7th & 8th 2015. I am pretty excited to be able to speak at the event because the organizers expect to have over 800 developers and technologists attend. There isn't a better audience than that for me to address about some ideas and topics that I am pretty passionate about. Keep reading to find out about my Integrate & Automate Enterprise CMS Deployments session.

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Sep 30

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 15

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I were able to catch up on what is happening in the Kentico development community. We cover a powerful new tool that every Kentico developer should know about, and we discuss the recent Kentico Developer Competition over on DevNet. We also were able to recap some of the Kentico Developer Roadshow events, and highlight some other events that Kentico has sponsored recently. Think of this episode as your one stop shop for what's recently happened in the community.

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Sep 06

I'm Speaking at Digital Summit Detroit

Digital Summit Detroit features over 40+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators. The two day event is happening September 22nd and 23rd at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit Michigan.

Digital Summit gives digital professionals an opportunity to learn directly from the world’s digital industry experts on topics that include Marketing, UX & Design, Search, Content, Mobile, and more. Digital Summit Detroit is part of the Digital Summit series that runs in multiple locations across the country including, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Raleigh, and Washington DC.

I am happy to be representing BizStream at the event as a speaker. This time I will be talking about one of my favorite topics, Marketing Automation. I am very excited to share my ideas of a few quick automation steps that should be easy for any marketer to add to their own site, plus get feedback from such a great group of experts and colleagues. BizStream and Kentico are sponsoring the event so If you are attending don’t forget to stop by the BizStream / Kentico booth. We have some fun planned for the booth that I can’t give away yet.  If you haven’t registered and are interested in attending make sure you take advantage of the $50 off registration promo code that we have made available.

Keep reading to see my entire session abstract. Make sure you follow along at the hashtag #DSD15 as well.

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Aug 26

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 14

In this special episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I were able to take advantage of the fact that we were physically in the same room. We were able to easily record an episode on the Kentico Developer Roadshow and some of the most recent updates to the Kentico product roadmap. Listen on to hear what the roadshow is all about, as well as, what you can start to expect from Kentico 9.0.

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Aug 22

My Kentico EMS API Deep Dive Presentation

A few people asked me to provide my presentation from the Kentico User Group webinar that I presented at this past week. I have attached the presentation to this blog post.  I think it went really well considering the amount of people that attended and the feedback that I received from it.

Remember there is a great tip in there for how to use the new Kentico 8.2 MacroRuleInstanceTranslator class to optimize your contact group rebuild time and lead scoring calculation time for when you have a large volume of contacts in your Kentico instance.

The deck is embedded and can be downloaded from this post after the jump. 

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Aug 02

I'm Presenting at the Next Kentico User Group Webinar

The Kentico User Group (KUG) is intended to satisfy the hunger for knowledge among the Kentico developer / user community. The user community really falls into two audiences; Kentico license end users and Kentico Partners. The KUG offers monthly (or more) webinars that are free to attend and learn from. Like any community, the strength is based on active participation. With that goal in mind, the KUG has been reaching out to experienced Kentico develo;pers looking for content ideas and knowledge sharing opportunites. I was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in one of the webinars. On August 19th, 2015 11:00 AM EST / 10:00 AM CST I will be presenting on the Kentico Online Marketing Solution API. Keep reading to find out which topics I will be covering.

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Jul 25

9 Tips to Help You Master Kentico Lead Scoring

Sales and marketing teams love lead scoring because it helps them determine the sales-readiness of a lead. Or in another words, lead scoring allows sales team to assign points to leads in order to rank them in terms of "cold", "warm", or "hot". The more hot leads the better right?

The Kentico online marketing solution allows admins of a site to easily put a lead scoring system in place. It works by allowing a marketer or developer to create a rule that calculates a point value for each visitor's activity or behavior on the site. Defining these rules in Kentico is a pretty straightforward process, but there are a few gotchas. Whether or not you are currently using this functionality on your site, keep reading to find out some tips on how you can master Kentico lead scoring to benefit your organization.

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Jun 23

Help! My Kentico Macro Is Not Working

As a long time Kentico developer and enthusiast, I have used and written many Kentico macros over the years. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the platform. When executed correctly macros are great. However, when they don’t work, the situation can be more frustrating than just about anything I’ve encountered with Kentico. Because of my experience with macros, my colleagues at BizStream frequently come to me with the statement of: Help! My Kentico macro is not working. This common issue inspired me to create a flow chart / troubleshooting guide for what to do when a Kentico macro does not function as expected.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes - Part 3

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

This is part 3 of How to Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes. Please be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first before reading this post. The third part of this blog post series illustrates other Smart search filter options and real world examples.

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