When my son proposed to his girlfriend, it was the most creative proposal I had ever seen. He told me he got the idea from social media, as he had seen a video of someone from a different country propose in the same manner. He really liked it, and he decided that he was going to surprise his girlfriend in the same way. He had to first find a Singapore video production company that would be able to create the perfect video for him. He works in a cinema and got special permission from his boss to show the video on one of the screens before the main film started.
The company he hired to create the perfect video for him did just that. He was able to give them different pictures and video clips that showcased their relationship for the last year. They also did mock interviews with their closest friends and her parents as well as my husband and myself. Everyone was in on this other than his girlfriend, but my son knew that everyone would be able to keep it a secret until the main viewing at the cinema.
The video company created a four minute video that showed pictures from their first date up to a date they went on the week before the video was premiered. There was animation as well, plus the interviews where my son asked her father if he could marry his daughter. It was a beautiful video, and I cried when I watched it for the first time, which was in the cinema along with everyone else. My son had someone videotaping her, which we all watched later, and it was beautiful to see her interest go from mild to euphoria. Needless to say, she said yes when he got down on one knee when the video was over!
We have just started work on an app development project, although obviously we are not going to be able to do the job in house. Instead we are looking for someone who can collaborate with us closely. The first people we talked to about the job was an app developer in Singapore, but that just did not seem practical. Of course you can go on various video chat apps and talk to the guy face to face, but we really did not see that this was going to work. We are looking for something that works in a very specific way and has a direct link with our clients, who are contractors. You have a job to do and you need a price on the materials, we want to make it very pain free. You would just take out a mobile device and use the proper input to describe what you were doing. In fact we are not sure that it is going to work that great on a really small screen.
At any rate we are looking for something that is very functional and precisely targeted to help our clients. We want to make it a lot easier for them to do business with us, but of course they are going to want to make it as safe as they possibly can. They will have to set up an account on it, but we are going to try to make it so that any private information they share with us is not available on the web. That sort of thing is where you are really vulnerable in fact, because you are not going to want to have that stuff out there for just any hacker in the whole world to get a hold of. So you have a lot of things you need to think about.
It takes thousands of hours to develop a product. You can have technicians on your team that are the best at what they do, and you can still end up with one annoying under-performing design on one part that can ruin a product. We have a reputation in our product industry of providing top quality products. However, a single rubber seal on the window of one product was leaking. We contacted a company that does epdm sponge rubber bulb trim seals to look a the design and make improvements. Not only that, the company knew what global manufacturers to use to make the new seal.
Consumers of the products we make do not know what goes into making them. And, I suppose, they should not have to. They are just paying for a product that works. We analyzed the chemical composition of the failed seals with samples that are intact. The raw materials matched up, but some of the seals were leaking and some were not. We looked at the assembly process. We looked at products that were leaking and ones that were not. We took them apart and saw no problem with the assembly process. We even looked at where the products that were leaking were coming from. Did they have more wet weather? Was it hotter there or colder? The company that does custom rubber seals pinned it down to cold tolerance of the seal. If it was almost freezing and there was rain with wind, the seal would leak.
There was no changing the composition of the rubber to make it more cold tolerant. However, a slight modification in the shape of the product eliminated the leaking under even extreme conditions. We are now using the new design on new products and replacing old ones on products consumers already have. This was one part on one window of one product. We are happy to have had the help of the company that specializes in making custom rubber seals.
I used to be called upon by people wanting an inexpensive website. I would help them get started and show them how to continue on their own. I discovered that most people were not interested in educating themselves on what they needed to know to manage their websites. They wanted one, they wanted it cheap, and they wanted someone to take care of the whole thing for them. Well, you cannot have all that and have it be inexpensive. For those who really did want a website they could manage content on, I liked it when cPanel server management was more widely available. To just point and click your way through tasks that used to require knowledge of Linux command line codes is a whole lot easier.
I still have some people that want me to do everything from build the site to creating content. I cannot do that cheaply. However, I do now have others who are great with the content they want on their websites, but they are just not great in creating the look they want or managing the back end. This is where things such as cPanel server management makes it easier. I can quickly teach them the tasks they need to perform, and by them taking a few notes I do not get calls asking for help again. They go on to even learn more than what I taught them.
I try to encourage those who have small businesses or personal reasons for websites to get involved with their websites more. If you have an unlimited budget, then pay someone to do it all if you wish. However, I do not like that when it comes to content. The content needs to be more than just about SEO. It has to be highly personal to the site. This is what is going to attract and keep traffic. All the social media likes and followers in the world cannot replace great content. You can give away stuff to get likes and followers, but you can only keep them if you have great content on your site. You can do more yourself now due to the ease of building and managing websites and their servers.