We would like to thank everyone who voted for us for the Webby Awards People’s Voice Best Navigation/Structure! We're very honored to receive this great recognition and to be among the other great companies who were nominated.
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We are so thankful to be nominated for two awards at the 15th Annual Webby Awards presented by AOL! There are so many fantastic companies, apps, sites and campaigns that are being recognized as the best-of-the-best on the web. We are nominated for "Best Retail Marketplace" and "Best Navigation/Structure" this year.
Join us in supporting all of these web innovators by heading over and placing your votes HERE and be sure you tune in to the live broadcast on June 15th!
A small enhancement to our images on some landing pages was rolled out quietly a few weeks ago. On some of our larger images if you move your mouse over the image, the seemingly still image will start to play a video. Laurie Williams, the video product manager, and Daniel Lopez, a front-end developer, we're involved in this project and we hope they wow'ed you with this feature.
See it in action on this video:
Here's Daniel with the feature that can be seen on Zappos.com/rideshop
Let us know if you like it or not! :)
We've got videos! In fact we have over 50,000 product videos and continuing to shoot more. We've always had them but we've made it even more obvious that we do and made it even easier for you to access them. For products that currently have a video description on them, we've identified them by a small play icon in the top corner of the product image. If you click the icon, it'll popup to the playing video but you can still access the typical multiview still shots of the product.
We create these short videos using real Zappos employees as models to give you an up close and personal look at our shoes, clothes and bags. If you haven't checked one out, you can see a typical example here.
Michael Gagliano, User Experience Practitioner, and Dave Stevens, Front-End Developer, worked on this project and Laurie Williams, Video Product Manager, helped drive this project.
Here's a photo of Laurie, Michael and Dave (from left to right), our fearless video description icon trio!
The Scoop: Open bar, open bar, appetizers… Oh! And did we mention OPEN BAR!
Vegas Baby: Can you code at a bar? If yes, then you can code at Zappos!
We will be having 2 coding challenges – 30 minutes each – 25 people max in each challenge. You can only do one of the challenges. If you need headphones, bring ‘em. Oh, and a laptop - that’s kinda important!
1st coding challenge at 6:30pm
2nd coding challenge at 7:30pm
The coding challenge is the first screening step in our interview process for hiring software engineers at Zappos. The person who gets the correct answer first from each round will be fast-tracked to VEGAS BABY! Yep, the second step in our screening process is an in-person interview in Las Vegas at our offices. And as always when we fly folks in to spend the night in Vegas, tour our offices, and interview - expenses are on us! Sorry, any gambling is on you. ;)
You don’t have to do a coding challenge or be a software engineer to hang with us!! We love all you tech peeps indiscriminately. Come on down and have a drink already! And our CEO, Tony Hsieh, will be at the event! If you participate in the challenge and would like one, he’s happy to sign a copy of his book, “Delivering Happiness” for you.
If you are a helper and know super awesome tech folks, tweet this link!
And in closing, check out what Zappos developers do when they aren't coding:
Check out the new share widget on Zappos.com! The share widget allows you to share your favorite products on Zappos.com via Facebook, Twitter, and email. You can even post them on your blog! Jen from Zappos IP, Inc explains the new share widget. Check it out and comment below!
Rapid Order Lookie Lou is a great new feature on Zappos.com that allows you to quickly view the items from your orders on your account page. Brandon from Zappos IP, Inc. explains this awesome new feature. Take a look!
One of our biggest focuses this year is improving the findability and browseability of our site. With breadcrumb navigation links on the product page, we're re-introducing a navigation tool we had on our site for many years until we moved to the new Zeta* site a few years back. The basic idea is that when you hit a product page you'll have hierarchical navigation links to allow you to "back out" into broader related searches and categories. This is especially useful if the product page is the first page on your visit to Zappos and you would like to view the higher level category or brand that this product is part of.
Here's some screenshots and photos showing our breadcrumbs in action.
As you can see you'll now have a hierarchical view of how the product is classified with links to those departments. This also includes a link to the brand page of the product and the product name.
Stacey Eddy, Sr User Experience Architect and Dave Stevens, Front-End Developer, who both worked on this project are spotted here doting on the feature like proud parents.
Let us know what you think!
* Zappos terminology for "beta". Also, the Zeta site hasn't been in beta for a while now but internally we still call it that.