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Weekend Quick Recap Pt1: CommerceV3 User Conference ’09

Pulling double duty can be a challenge, but sometimes you've gotta put on your big-boy pants if you want to get it all done.

It’s fairly safe to say that after this past weekend’s hectic combination of the CommerceV3 User Conference and the Savannah Urban Arts Festival, we’ve been in recovery. Pulling double duty can be a challenge, but sometimes you’ve gotta put on your big-boy pants if you want to get it all done. We did and it was worth it!

It’s a lot to recap, so I’ll tackle the User Conference today, and the Savannah Urban Arts Festival tomorrow.

First, I’ve got to say “thanks” and kudos to the CommerceV3 crew for putting together an outstanding conference for their customers…and letting us participate in all the fun.

CommerceV3 (CV3) is a web-based platform that enables online merchants to create and manage their web storefronts. We’ve had the privilege of working with many of the CV3 customers over the years, doing front-end design for their stores. It’s very rare that we get to meet the customers in person (as they’re from all over the US), so the conference was a real treat in that regard.

The goals of the event were to bring the user community together, educate them more about the software and ways they could promote, optimize and improve their online presence. Our role was to lead a session on effective page layout and also sit down for one-on-one sessions with customers.

We have a tendency to assume that no-one would be interested in all the nerdy design stuff we geek out on, but when you walk through a little sliver of it with a room full of non-designers and discover they’re interested in this stuff too, suddenly you feel like less of a dork. We had the pleasure of advising customers as they critiqued their store layouts based upon the design principles we’d presented.

The overall feedback from customers was that the event was very informative and well worth the trip to Savannah! Participants left feeling enthused and full of ideas on how they could improve their stores and increase sales.

Nicely done team!

Susan Isaacs

Susan’s a multitask-er who prides herself on the vast number of things (read: loose papers and coffee cups) on her desk at any one time, and yet she still manages to keep an eye on all the moving parts at Paragon.