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Voltage Wins Gold KCDMA AMBIT Award

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Voltage is excited to announce winning a Gold KCDMA AMBIT Award! The Kansas City Direct Marketing Association (KCDMA) recognizes local agencies for direct marketing strategy within the Kansas City area and nationally. Voltage submitted in the Search Engine Marketing category for our successful work with one of our clients, Bishop Spencer Place.

The AMBIT Awards had over 100 entries in 21 categories for 2015. The annual event was hosted on March 24, 2015,  at Boulevard Brewery.

Voltage Search Engine Marketing

Bishop Spencer Place Search Engine Marketing Infographic

 

Voltage KC Ambit Award

Most entrants include a crazy staff picture with their entry. Aaron is a strong developer, in more ways than one!

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Brittany and Corey with the Ambit Gold Award.

 

 

 


Voltage Creative Receives BMA Fountain Awards

The Voltage team was honored to receive two Kansas City Business Marketing Association Fountain Awards recently at the 2014 awards ceremony and dinner celebration.  The wins both came in important award categories of focus for Voltage as they accounted for two of the three total website award categories recognized by BMAKC including websites under $25,000 budget and websites between $25,000 and $50,000. Read More…


Why You Should Consider an SEO Audit

This could be phrased “why wouldn’t you consider an SEO audit?” for emphasis, but I don’t want to create any confusion over the value of the service.  While the word “audit” conjures up bad IRS memories or sounds like a snoozefest to some, it can be one of the most insightful online marketing tools available and I’m going to outline why it is hard to say “no” to doing an audit. Read More…


Hiring: Junior PHP MySQL Web App Developer

Job Description

Do you have solid experience and/or cutting-edge talents along with a great personality? We’re an online development agency looking for a contract-to-hire PHP MySQL Web Application Developer.

Skills & Requirements

What we’re looking for:

  • 1+ years PHP & MySQL experience. We are looking for someone who can complete a project start to finish with a web server, database server, a text editor, and no frameworks. Experience with frameworks is valuable, but is secondary to self-sufficient coding.
  • Experience in supporting technologies such as XHTML2, HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and Subversion important as well. Must be competent to hit the ground running.
  • Flexibility with respect to approach is a must. Our coding standards and methodologies support our team approach to coding. New ideas and innovations are encouraged so long as they are not overly disruptive.
  • Plays well with both designers and marketing people. Can talk with strangers.
  • Can show us something cool you’ve built in your own time.

Bonus Round (Not required, but will give you an edge):

  • Acumen in hacking WordPress themes and/or plugins
  • API experience with any of the following: Facebook, Googe Maps, MailChimp, Twitter, Authorize.net, UPS, AWS
  • Fascination with cloud computing/what the industry is doing/wow look at this site!!/etc. An eye for the future.
  • Proven experience in building mobile-friendly Web sites and mobile applications.
  • Linux & OS X system administration

About Voltage Creative

We’re a fast-paced online development studio in downtown Kansas City. Our roots are in design and branding and we hold close to those by practicing user-focused design and development with a marketer’s eye. We work on Mac’s, we have a pinball machine and there’s beer in the fridge. We offer health benefits and three-weeks paid vacation; two at our employee’s discretion, the third is when the shop closes between Christmas and New Year’s. We’re a small shop; we wear a lot of hats (i.e. we all answer the phone and we all work closely together) so you can’t be afraid of broadening your horizons, at times you’ll need put in extra hours when deadlines are approaching, and you’ll need to check your ego at the door. All of our employees can operate fairly independently just as well as in a team.

Apply:

To apply for this job send a resume and a link to something cool you’ve built in your own time to devjob_1 [at] voltagecreative [dot] com.

  • Candidates only please, no recruiters
  • Must be able to legally work in the US
  • This job is on-location in Kansas City, MO

A Beautiful Site for a Worthy Cause: GOthreads.org Launches

GO Threads by The Global Orphan Project

 

We love what we do here at Voltage Creative – which makes coming to work everyday a lot more fun. That of course and our fridge which includes a little Boulevard Wheat.

Working on fun projects for great clients only enhances our professional enjoyment. Add in an awesome cause, and we get pretty excited.

Recently, we had the opportunity to launch another web property for The Global Orphan Project (GO Project).

Mobilizing local churches in some of the poorest areas on earth to care for the neediest orphaned and vulnerable children …

This new website was developed for their GO Threads initiative – a new program that allows individuals and teams the ability to support local industry directly associated with the orphanages and villages GO Project supports. Check it out at GOthreads.org.


We’re Pleased to Add Paige Technologies to Our Client Roster

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In june 2011 Voltage Creative began working with Paige Technologies. And we’re already well underway in the development of a new and highly functional web property. This new website, scheduled to launch at the end of the summer 2011, will offer site visitors robust and real-time functionality pertaining to Paige Technologies core business as an IT staffing agency for the area’s top technology companies and IT talent.

Since 2002 Paige Technologies has worked with and provided IT staffing solutions to some of the region’s leading technology companies and has become a trusted resource for this demanding industry.

“Our Relationships. Your Success” is the Paige Technologies tagline and mantra. We’re excited to be working with this driven group and look forward to launching a new site that mirrors the quality of their services and mission.


We’re Excited to Announce the KC STEM Alliance As a New Client

KC STEM Alliance

Founded in 2011 and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and some of the area’s most well-respected technology companies and education organizations, this non-profit organization will focus its efforts on uniting area resources, educators, companies, and affiliate STEM organizations to drive interest in STEM education and careers:

Mission: The KC STEM Alliance is a collaborative network of educators, business partners and organizations that inspires interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers to generate a robust force of related professionals for our community.

Vision: A diverse, innovative and sustainable STEM workforce.

We live in a technically advanced world with an ever-growing demand for highly skilled professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). At the same time, there is increasing concern among education, business and government leaders that we are not cultivating a workforce prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

The vision of the KC STEM Alliance is to see that a diverse, innovative and sustainable STEM workforce becomes a reality. By developing an environment that leverages the strengths of educators, STEM organizations, and local industry we can create a collaborative network to encourage and sustain interest in STEM careers. Working together will allow us to target limited resources where they are most needed, strengthen STEM programs across the community and serve as a vital source of information and research.

In early Spring 2011 Voltage Creative began working with KC STEM Alliance to develop branded materials and core support assets including identity, Mission and Vision Statements, talking points and much more. We have recently completed the development of vital print assets and are in the midst of developing a web property scheduled to launch late summer of 2011.


Happy Holidays Whoever You Are: Crawling the Social Web for Season’s Greetings

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Voltage Creative is pleased to pull the wraps off of our holiday project this year: a social media app called The Greetomatic 2100. The Greetomatic 2100 crawls Twitter and Facebook looking for and then displaying holiday greetings. When you enter a name into it, it starts looking for holiday greetings personalized for you. It’s an experiment in crowd-sourcing holiday cheer.

Go try it out for yourself at Greetomatic.com.

This year, we wanted to show off our ability to build cool stuff using the social web. The Greetomatic 2100 was built on the LAMP stack of server technologies and utilizes CSS3 and jQuery for animations (no Flash). So it works on mobile devices. It’s also w3c web standards compliant and works in safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer 7 and 8. We had a lot of fun building it. We hope you’ll have some fun using it.

Happy Holidays, whoever you are, from all of us here at Voltage Creative!