There is no doubt about it, coding is the new reading. Fortunately for those of you that code (yet) there are loads of online resources where you can learn.Read More
Find out about new and future developments to the Kong eCommerce platform.
Now that we're building our own product, we can put the hours in to make Kong the best it can be. Because we can, and because adding those little touches can make all the difference to the user experience.Read More
There are only six of us at Kong, which is incredible when you consider what we’ve built and how long it’s actually taken; but, it works. We wear multiple hats, adapt to change (with an abnormal level of enthusiasm) and work hard.Read More
It’s a well known fact in our office that we’re all a little bit in love with Mailchimp. They’re just such dudes. They’re the kind of company that Kong is aiming to be; open-minded, encouraging and creative down to their bones. We came across their blog a few weeks ago and it turned our creative crush into full-fledged infatuation.Read More
GIFs are everywhere these days, having made something of a resurgence in the last few years.Read More
We're now 7 Entrepreneurs… Said our MD just before launch.
Ok so we’re not all classic entrepreneurs, I don’t believe you can just decide you’re going to be one. Entrepreneurs often have certain personality traits, different ways of looking at situations, and a built in drive/craving to develop something new or see an opportunity and run with it.
If I have to hear, “throw another shrimp on the barbie!” one more time, I may have to have a little chat with my colleagues about what an appropriate Australian salutation is. This was their heartfelt farewell just before Christmas, which I mentally translated as, “Hopefully see you soon if you’re allowed back in the country”.Read More
As a team, Kong is both cursed and gifted with the pursuit of perfection. And I’ll stop you right there - before you start thinking this sounds like a desperate graduate job interview, I’ll clarify; I don’t dare to say that we are perfect, but it doesn’t hurt to keep reaching for that next level of detail, that next level of consideration. Until you need to launch.Read More
Planning is one of those words, which makes many people sigh when they hear it!
One reason we avoid planning is because ‘what you can’t see, can’t harm you’ so there is a tendency to hide away and not face up to what needs doing. Also, there is the perception that planning slows you down, and excuses like ‘I’m too busy’ crop up. Sounding familiar? They do to me, I’ve been there many times! But looking at the bigger picture, breaking down tasks and setting priorities, will actually help you.Read More
A lot’s been written about how using video on your site can increase conversions. And it’s right! Video is and continues to be great for marketing and connecting with customers, particularly if you need to explain the details of a product or service. We’re quite keen on it.
But what about using video to help customers?Read More
Whilst at the eCommerce Expo in London last week, I couldn’t tell you how many times I referred to us as the ‘babies’ of the industry. Not only because we’re now just shy of launching Beta but we are also creating something of our own, from the beginning.
Kong was born into a very successful family, already consisting of Parcel Monkey and Cloud Fulfilment, so we’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by supportive people from the get go.Read More
I spend a lot of time looking at ways of increasing either the efficiency and quality of our video output, and did the same when working as a designer. Workflow improvements are always welcome - saving a minute or two off a task can add up over the course of a project - but sometimes a more radical change comes along.Read More
So our beautiful, old office is having a facelift. This renders the team homeless, at least for a week or two. After deciding such things like window frame colours and whether we should do a forced perspective logo in entrance hall, we hastily packed up our desks, said our goodbyes and closed the door for a week.Read More
At what point should you look to get extra tools to help with your job?
I spend a lot of time working in After Effects, which is where we do most of the animation for our videos. This means lots of time spent surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of keyframes. I believe it’s important to understand how to do things manually, so if an automated thing breaks down I can still go in and create it by hand.Read More
At the current time almost 91% of people have smartphones, which is huge. To facilitate that many users you need an approach where your business website will be delivered to the wider audience in the best possible way, that will recognise any device screen resolution to deliver content in best possible way for an optimal viewing experience. All elements will need to be touch friendly with a consistent look and feel no matter how you interact with itRead More