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Web applications are better than old school applications that get installed on your hard drive because you can access them from anywhere using the web. They do however suffer from the same limited communication channel as typical software because they can only interact with users via the computer. Users provide input via the keyboard and the app provides output via the screen. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could take advantage of other communication channels like phone and text messages to communicate with our users? Well now we can with the help of Twilio. In this post I’ll walk you through building an application that can make phone calls and send text messages using the Twilio API.
I am a big fan of the e-mail marketing app Campaign Monitor (CM) as you can see in my recent post 10 Reasons Why Campaign Monitor Rocks. Shortly after writing that post I decided to try and introduce CM to my users and see if I can sell them on the program. I developed a promotional site, I rebranded CM to match my chosen color scheme and logo and have started marketing it to my users. In this post I will outline why I choose to resell CM, what I did to get everything up and running and what my plans are for the future.
E-mail marketing apps are a dime a dozen now a days. Each one claims it has better delivery rates than the other, more pre-designed HTML templates than the other and better support. However, I found an e-mail marketing app a while back that has just differentiated itself from the rest of the pack completely. The program is called Campaign Monitor (CM) and it’s not just your typical e-mail marketing app. CM has been built with designers and developers in mind. You can completely rebrand this hosted application to make it look and act like your own application and then resell it to your customers for additional revenue… totally cool!
I had one of those duh moments this morning. Every once and a while I come across a web app that solves a problem or does something interesting and I can’t help but ask myself “why didn’t I think of that?”. The app I found this morning is called Nourish and it allows you to turn any RSS feed into an e-mail newsletter. In looking through their site it looks like the app was launched back in January (of ’08) and I think the concept is brilliant.