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Nissan unveils 2018 next-gen Leaf with new design, more range, V2G, and more

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After months of teasing, Nissan has finally officially unveiled its next-generation Leaf today in Tokyo, Japan.

The new version of the all-electric vehicle feature a new design, “~40% range increase”, vehicle-to-grid capacity, and several more features. more…





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chrisminett
12 days ago
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New design is much better, although it seems to look like the Volvo C30! Interesting about bigger battery & motor, but no increase in charging rates.
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Color Models

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What if what *I* see as blue, *you* see as a slightly different blue because you're using Chrome instead of Firefox and despite a decade of messing with profiles we STILL can't get this right somehow.
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chrisminett
21 days ago
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For the alt text
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lograh
21 days ago
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I've been stuck at the "device colour profiles" stage ever since I took up photography.
alt_text_bot
22 days ago
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What if what *I* see as blue, *you* see as a slightly different blue because you're using Chrome instead of Firefox and despite a decade of messing with profiles we STILL can't get this right somehow.
CblackFeed42
22 days ago
So much of this Alt Text speaks to me.

We Merged Automations with Campaigns. Here’s Why.

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Every week, 10,000 businesses create their first marketing automation in MailChimp. From recapturing sales with an abandoned cart series to finding a new audience with Facebook and Instagram ads, our automation features help mind your marketing, so you can get back to minding your store.

It’s like another employee for your growing company, except marketing automation is free. And it never reheats fish in the office microwave.

Marketing automation is essential for growing your brand and generating revenue, which is why we’ve placed it at the core of the MailChimp app. We’ve merged automations with your bulk emails and ads on the Campaigns page, so you can create all your campaigns and quickly compare their performance without jumping to different sections of your account.

Like Drake starting from the bottom, automation started on MailChimp’s Automation tab, but now it’s here. It’s everywhere in MailChimp.

We’re making marketing automation synonymous with MailChimp because that’s what the entrepreneurs who use MailChimp are logging in to use. There are 2 reasons why it’s so popular:

  1. Marketing automation saves time.
  2. Marketing automation generates revenue and drives engagement.

Marketing automation saves time

Every 6 weeks, the MailChimp research team travels to different cities around the world—Boston, London, Austin, just to name a few—to talk to small business owners and entrepreneurs who use MailChimp. I sometimes tag along on these trips, and there’s one comment the team hears from our customers more than any other.

“I have no time.”

The typical MailChimp customer is a founder who’s wearing so many hats that it’s surprising they’re able to keep their head up under the weight. They’re CEO, they’re office manager, they’re HR, they’re finance, they’re shipping and receiving, and they’re the marketer.

Preparing marketing content takes time. Perhaps you’re running an event or promoting a new product launch. You’ll need newsletters. You’ll need to buy a social ad.

That’s time that can’t be spent following up with customers after they purchase an item or abandon their cart at checkout or browse your product catalog but don’t make a purchase. That’s where automation comes in.

With automation, you can take some of the more repetitive tasks off your plate—like following up with customers after a purchase or welcoming new contacts after they sign up to a list—and focus on other important parts of your business.

MailChimp has personalized automation recipes that help you guide people who express interest in your brand to make a purchase and eventually become repeat customers. You can even add AI-powered product recommendations to your automations, turning things like simple receipts into extra revenue.

Marketing automation makes money. Lots of it.

A couple months ago, we published the results of our study on marketing automation. Basically, the results told us one thing: Marketing automation makes you more money.

Abandoned cart emails earn 30 times the revenue of standard bulk campaigns per recipient. Post-purchase follow-ups earn 5-10 times the revenue. Even win-back campaigns, which are designed to re-engage lapsed customers, earn more revenue than standard newsletters.

That’s because marketing automation helps you reach your customers with the right message at exactly the right time.

Go forth and automate

Businesses that use MailChimp’s e-commerce features, primarily marketing automation, experience 10-20% higher revenue growth than those that don’t.

So we’ve doubled down on automation by making our features free for everyone and moving them front and center in the app—finding and creating a marketing automation has never been easier. And we’ve also introduced several new recipes to help you grow your business.

Now, go forth and automate! I hope you enjoy getting hours back in your day.



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chrisminett
28 days ago
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Merged
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Ross Tuck: Precision Through Imprecision: Improving Time Objects

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In a recent post to his site Ross Tuck looks at improving time objects with imprecision, basically determining the granularity you require and using that in all time operations.

When modeling important numbers, it’s considered good form to specify the precision. Whether it’s money, size or weight; you’ll typically round off to a given decimal point. Even if it’s only for user display, rounding off makes the data more predictable for manipulation and storage.

Unfortunately, we don’t often do this when handling time and it bites us in the rear.

He gives an example of a use of the DateTime handling in PHP and possible inconsistencies when working with the time portion. He offers three possible solutions: one where the time is specified correctly, making a relative modification on the object being checked and, his ultimate solution, just "throwing away" the time and not worrying about it. He then shows how to encapsulate this checking and a few other issues that can come with date/time and evaluations (like equals checks).

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chrisminett
29 days ago
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@MP, our DateTime fields in segmentation and filters!
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Coffee could become really popular…

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…if someone would just invent some sort of vessel for drinking it out of.

Pic: @EliotLandrum

The post Coffee could become really popular… appeared first on We Want Plates.

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chrisminett
36 days ago
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Crazy hipsters
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Removing Object Properties Before Var_Dumping Them

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I'm working on a project at the moment (a PHP library for CouchDB, if you must know) that is designed to make HTTP calls and therefore holds a Guzzle HTTPClient object as an object property. This is great except when I need to debug something and the output of my call to var_dump() is several screens high ...

There's a Magic Method for That

It's possible to amend the behaviour of var_dump() by declaring a __debugInfo() method in the class defining the object you're dumping. This magic method will be called automatically when PHP encounters a call to var_dump() or print_r() with an object of this class as the target.

For my example, I just wanted to remove a property called "client" from the object, so the code looks like this:

    public function __debugInfo()
    {
        // remove the $client property because the output is HUGE
        $result = get_object_vars($this);
        unset($result['client']);
        return $result;
    }

The get_object_vars() returns all the properties in an array that we can then alter before returning it, and it's the return value that is used by var_dump(). The array elements still get dumped as object properties, but without that one large property that I wanted to avoid!

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chrisminett
38 days ago
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Potentially useful. But then I'd hate to see that in committed code, which means it's got to be added when you need it. At which point you'd be better off debugging properly with break points and stepping through, surely!?
Milton Keynes, UK
letssurf
38 days ago
This is great. Especially for libraries. Who needs all of the details guzzle gives when it could provide a useful var_dump.
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