Case Studies

Other sites might call it a portfolio but we believe in giving back. Instead of bragging on ourself, we figured we could bring value by talking about a few projects and how we built the technology. We have many more but these “Projects with Purpose” are some of our favorites. Questions? Ask below

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Core Motivations

Many of our projects are done in a short amount of time. Others, like Core Motivations, are multi-year projects that continue to grow as the customer base grows.

Churches rise and fall on their volunteer base. The more volunteers, the more a church grows but in an increasingly busy world, getting people to volunteer is a difficult task.

Core Motivations uses a proprietary personality test to figure out the volunteer areas a person is most likely to enjoy. On the backend, the church has access to a database that allows them to build advanced searches based on a large number of customer demographics. If the church is looking for a 20-something single female living in a certain area with a specific personality type, the system creates a list of those people.

The platform sits on an AWS EC2 C4 and S3 instance. It uses AWS SES, SNS, RDS, and Cognito. It’s built on Laravel and uses Twilio, Stripe, emailhippo, and numerous other APIs along with WordPress for the marketing and support pages to make it easy for non-technical people to update content. We’ve even built custom integrations with Wufoo and other apps.

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Skedul.io

Did you know that there’s a version of marching band that happens in the winter months? It’s called winter guard, percussion and winds. You can find thousands of groups around the world and most exist to perform in competitive events.

Regional governing bodies organize these groups into circuits but managing their schedules, payments, organizing competitions, and managing judges from around the world are still done in archaic ways.

Skedul automates much of the management duties of circuits. As of now, it’s built as a WordPress plugin but we will soon transform this into a Laravel app. It’s build on the Pages UI and uses numerous APIs including Square, DarkSky, Google Maps, Twilio, and more. We’re using this project to try out AWS’ new Lightsail platform. You can pay as little as $10 per month to have all of the quality that comes with AWS.

One of our favorite features is automatic text notifications when severe weather is within 10 miles of a competition site. Often, groups will be outside assembling equipment or warming up. Alerting staff of lightning in the area of an impending downpour is not only a safety issues but it could damage equipment costing 1os of thousands of dollars.

To do this, we use the Darksky API along with Twilio to send the text messages.

This site is in beta so it’s not publicly assessable yet but it will be soon.

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Bayside Community Church

Bayside Community Church is a multi-campus church of about 9,000 people weekly. They know that their website is the first point of contact for potential visitors so it has to be fast, concise, and paint the picture of what they’ll experience when they walk through the doors for the very first time.

Their website is built on 3 WordPress installs. We stripped out a lot of the bloat that comes with some WordPress libraries and wrote or altered a series of custom plugins to display events, organize sermons, and more. We just added Amazon Glacier for archival storage of past messages and will soon begin upgrading to some of the lesser known AWS products like Elastic Load Balancing to solve some issues that come with weekend traffic.

The church also has a series of smaller websites for various brands and events. We built those to to work with the main site as well as use APIs from Wufoo, Mailchimp, twilio, and others.

Getting people to church is a tough sell in a busy world so we use integrations with Wufoo, Mailchimp, and a few others to create sophisticated e-mail funnels and retargeting strategies to keep the church in front of its attendees during the week.

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CRM for a Coaching Network

This project is near completion but since it’s not released, we can’t yet identify the client. This organization is a coaching network that does 1 on 1 coaching and also puts on large events a few times per year. They came to us asking for a CRM.

There are plenty of CRMS already on the market but they’re expensive and do far more than what this organization wanted. They also wanted the CRM automatically populated with their event attenders.

We’re building a CRM on an Amazon EC2, S3, and Cloudflare instance. We’re using Laravel as the framework and the Pages UI for the frontend.

They were using Eventbrite for ticking but the fees are high. Because they’re using WordPress, we needed to find an events plugin that allowed for ticketing in a customized way. We’re using EventEspresso although modifying it to fit their needs and using it with a wholesale payment processor that will save them a significant amount of money on fees.

Using APIs from EventEspresso and Wufoo (their existing forms system) we’re able to populate the CRM with next to no manual entry. We’ll be able to keep profiles updated using a combination of push notifications and e-mail while using social integration to retarget and keep the right people informed about events that are specific to their profile.

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And That $15 Build?

Yes, it’s true. We built a plugin that displays a compound interest calculator on a page. It took us about 15 minutes to build. See it here.

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Other Sites We've Built

There are plenty more big projects we could tell you about but we also have a large portfolio of smaller websites that are a little more straightforward than the examples above. Here are a few of those: