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January 20, 2015

6 Apps To Streamline Your Workflow In 2015

Every year, or every few days it seems, the app marketplace is blossoming with new ideas to make our lives easier.  Applications are becoming increasingly organic, adapting to the habits and unique behaviour of each user.  In today's business world applciations are learning from their users, developing their own sense of technological intuition.  Here are some of the best apps available to professionals and entrepreneurs going into 2015 that you should be sure the check out:


1.  Humin

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Organize your phone contacts to better reflect the way you use them with the Humin App.  The App automatically reorganizes your contacts based on your behaviour and notes you may add, eg. 'Met at CES'. 


2.  Paper

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Paper is an App that allows you to draw out ideas and sketches on your tablet and store them in virtual notebooks.  Equipped with highly touch sensitive sketching tools, it is by far the most refined sketching application available.  It makes illustrating your ideas at meetings or on the go fast, elegant, and efficient. 


3. Nuzzel

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Nuzzel makes it easier to stay up-to-date with news and stories trending in your industry.  The app automatically finds the news trending from your twitter contacts and organizes the stories for you to read, saving you time and effort sorting through the chaos of the twittersphere.  


4. Vesper

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If you're the kind of person who finds they are always jotting ideas down on napkins, notepads, or whatever piece of paper you can find then Vesper is a great app for you.  Vesper is a notetaking application that makes it simple to organize your thoughts through tagging entries with keywords.  The app automatically groups your ideas for you, ensuring your ideas are stored safely in the cloud where they can't slip away.



5. Swype

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Swype is an App that allows iPhone users to customize their keyboards, enabling them to type at lightning speed.  You simply swype over the letters you need and the App automatically fills in the words. Swype users can spend less time tapping their screens and get the most out of their mobile communications.


6. Timeful

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This is one App that definitely isn't a waste of time. Timeful is a virtual assistant appiication that monitors how you spend your time through a calendar and todo lists.  The App uses advanced algorithms to make suggestions based on your input to help you make the most of your time.


If you're looking for an App to make your business run smoother and find it doesn't exist yet, get in touch with us at Gravit-e and our team will help you build it.


December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays From The Gravit-e Team



We celebrated the 2014 holiday season last Thursday at Preston's Restaurant in the Coal Harbour Neighbourhood of downtown Vancouver.  It's always nice to get the team together as it is a rare occasion that we are all in the office at the same time! 

2014 was a good year and we have lots of exciting changes happening in 2015.  We are expanding and renovating our office space in downtown Vancouver, launching an updated version of our website, and looking forward to working with new clients.

If your new years resolution involves making your business more efficient, get in touch with us and we can develop the right software to help you achieve those goals.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season on the behalf of the Gravit-e team!

December 15, 2014

Why You Should Consider A Custom Ecommerce Website



While there are many online website templates available to build an ecommerce store they do not always allow you to customize and scale according to your business needs.  A custom ecommerce website is ideal for those who want to control every feature and function of their retail presence.  For others a combination of a SaaS ecommerce solution integrated with custom-built features may be the perfect balance. Whether you’re building a retail environment from the ground-up or simply adding a few features to a commercial platform, here are 11 ways that customization sets you apart from the competition:


No Lock-In:  When you use a commercial ecommerce platform it has the downside of being locked into the platform.  While you can switch to another platform, the transition will be difficult. With most of the major ecommerce platforms the best you get a CSV export of your product information should you decide to leave.  With a custom-built platform everything built is your intellectual property.


Visual Impact: The images and videos used online play a central role in helping the customer decide whether or not to make a purchase. Customizing the visual components of your online store allows you to control all aspects of how your products are displayed.


Speed: Most custom solutions use content delivery networks to increase speed, allowing images and video content to load faster.


Scalability: Custom ecommerce solutions are typically stored and hosted in the cloud, allowing the business to scale without additional costs.


Reporting: You decide what unique information is captured and tracked in order to gain insights relevant to your business.



Complex Orders and Checkout Processes: Not all retail stores have a simple ‘add to cart, checkout’ process. Some require additional steps, such as explaining their problem and having the business recommend modifications to their order before proceeding to checkout, adding an additional step.


In-House Rewards: Through customization you can add a rewards program to promote customer loyalty, such as collecting points, special offers, and rewards for referring friends to the site.


Custom Tools: Some ecommerce websites offer tools to help visitors make decisions. For example, the website Clearly Contacts allows users to upload a photo of themselves and virtually try glasses on.


Product Recommendation Tools: Built-in questionnaires or live chat areas with personal shoppers can assist visitors with product selection and enhance their customer service experience.


Integration:  Custom software can be integrated with your accounting software, inventory, point-of-sales system,  suppliers, and many other applications.  


B2B Services: For businesses selling to other businesses, custom solutions are particularly relevant. Customizations may include quote estimation/generation tools, automated invoicing, and online payments without a shopping cart ever even entering the picture.


These are just some examples of how customization can enhance your ecommerce site.  Almost anything you imagine that would enhance your online retail environment can be built and added. If you find yourself limited by commercial ecommerce software get in touch and exceed your customer’s expectations.


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