How Delta Defense Turned 200,000 Subscribers Into a Million Viewers

Delta Defense is the first and largest member-owned association that educates, trains, equips, and insures responsibly armed Americans.  President and CEO Tim Schmidt, embracing his new role as a protector after having his first child, was inspired to create the “Concealed Carry Magazine” in 2003 and later the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) in 2005.  With over 200,000 subscribers, the Concealed Carry Magazine is a prominent aspect of Delta Defense. But they’re not stopping there – in their attempt to reach an even greater audience, the organization continues to explore additional avenues for growth and expansion. This philosophy is what led Delta Defense to explore today’s modern platform: mobile applications.  

After some unsuccessful partnerships with other app developers, Delta Defense was in need of a trustworthy app development company.  They needed a developer who could take their vision and translate it into a functional mobile app.  FUSION was able to address all of their concerns by aligning specific designs and functionality for their mobile application with the necessary tools to make their vision come to life.  The app (free to download in the Apple App Store and Android Play) incorporates key features such as a news feed, articles, podcasts, issues of the Concealed Carry Magazine, upcoming events, gun legislation, a Reciprocity Map, and a detailed map of local gun ranges. Fusion also created an easy-to-use backend for managing all of the information and pushing updates to the app.

Since the release of their mobile application, Delta Defense is now reaching and educating over one million people.  FUSION’s commitment to open communication and true collaboration allowed Delta Defense to oversee all aspects of the development process from initial conception to completion.  Now, more than ever, the mobile app is helping Delta Defense reach a larger, broader audience, resulting in more informed and responsible armed Americans.

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Another Fantastic Year With Kidd’s Kidds

This November marked FUSION’s seventh year of sponsoring and working with Kidd’s Kids.  Since 2011, FUSION has donated app development and customization services to the charity, who works with families of children with life-altering or life-threatening conditions.

Kidd Kraddick founded Kidd’s Kids in 1991 with the goal of making a difference in the lives of children and families who are dealing with life altering conditions.  Initially, the program began with a bus ride to Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. Thanks to the volunteer efforts from partners, donors, and medical professionals, along with the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show listeners’ willingness to embrace their mission, Kidd’s Kids has grown at an exponential rate. Now in its 26th year, the foundation has sent over 1000 kids and their families on a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Here’s a video showcasing a little more about this foundation and our involvement with them.  For more information, please visit http://www.kiddskids.com

Creating An Unparalleled Welcoming Experience For New Homeowners

For over 30 years, Consultatio Real Estate has successfully developed innovative high category real estate projects in prime locations.

Passionate about transforming ordinary into extraordinary, Consultatio Real Estate wanted the most high-end, absolute best for their tenants. They wanted to create an unparalleled welcoming experience for new homeowners of both the Oceana Key Biscayne and Bal Harbour properties that reflected the union of art, real estate and technology.

In 2014, Consultatio needed a solution for their welcoming process with their Oceana Key Biscayne project.  They wanted a very unique gift experience for the tenants of Consultatio Real Estate that would capture the attention of future homeowners and provide a suitable resource for displaying the many amenities the property had to offer. As an unprecedented solution to enhance Consultatio’s welcoming process, FUSION created fully equipped and branded iPads, including a custom sleeve, branded Smart Cover, and preloaded with custom iOS content, providing each tenant with a little piece of art for their new home. The tenants loved the gift so much that Consultatio knew it needed to be part of their next project.

This year, when the Bal Harbour property neared completion, Consultatio Real Estate connected with FUSION again to discuss the next rollout of customized iPads. It was quickly discovered that among the many exquisite works of art on the Bal Harbour property, one in particular stood out above the rest. Created by iconic Americana artist Jeff Koons, the mirror-polished, stainless steel sculpture “Pluto and Proserpina” stands over 10 feet tall and serves as a centerpiece of the property. Using this masterpiece as an inspiration, FUSION presented a new complete iPad package with a design that surpassed expectations. Consultatio loved the new packaging and exquisite custom gift boxes built specifically for their custom project with high-end materials fit to be displayed on a coffee table. The iPads were customized with pre-loaded content about the property and its amenities. A custom printed Smart Cover paired nicely with the full-color printed iPad. A custom sleeve was also fitted around the iPad box before it was inserted into the gift box. The result was a stunning, one-of-a-kind gift for each tenant to feel welcomed and cherished.

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Press Release: Fusion of Ideas Partnership with United States Motorsports Association

Fusion of Ideas is excited to announce our partnership with United States Motorsports Association (USMA) in creating WaiverTRACK™ a mobile application created specifically for race tracks and racing relating events. We see this app completely changing the motorsport industry in collecting electronic waivers and simplifying data gathering for track and event databases.  Hope to see you at the track!

For more information, please read the following press release.

https://www.unitedstatesmotorsports.com/single-post/2017/09/04/USMA-and-FUSION-OF-IDEAS-Deliver-First-Electronic-Waiver-App-Designed-Specifically-for-the-Racing-Industry

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The New River Electrical Story: A Big Power Move to Reduce Paper Trails and Improve Efficiency with Field Data Collection

New River Electrical (NRE) is a large electrical contractor doing business at multiple job sites on the East Coast. They have 700 plus employees that spend nearly 100% of their time at the job sites. The company’s challenge has always been twofold: first, collecting payroll information and getting payroll checks cut weekly for their workers; and secondly, collecting job site data for various purposes such as safety and regulatory compliance issues.

Their manual system was time consuming for the foremen who had to physically write on paper time sheets and then fax them to the corporate accounting team, who in turn had to calculate the hours from the printed handwritten sheets and upload them into a system for payment. There were also many safety and regulatory documents that constantly needed to be signed, collected, accounted for, and then stored at corporate as well.

The application that Fusion developed for NRE addressed the client’s major concerns, plus some.  Here’s what Fusion was able to accomplish for NRE with their application.  

Fusion designed a custom iPad solution for the client that allowed the foremen the ability to capture payroll information electronically. The corporate office had secure access to all the data captured and payroll processing time was slashed by 70%.

“With the app, we see a time savings of significant magnitude, especially where we are able to review the time entries, the equipment entries, and the safety reporting that the foreman is actually keeping themselves,” said Carolena Trammell, Controller at New River Electrical.

Additional modules also allowed the company to electronically capture and store data for safety forms, incident reports, and a multitude of compliance reports. Foremen could now review and sign forms on their iPads.  A file system for job-specific information was also created. The client has accrued huge benefits from their new ability to review and analyze field data. All past reports and forms were paper based and not easily accessible.  

On the administration side, an easy-to-use portal was created for corporate accounting users to view, edit, and approve all payroll data. Project managers were able to add, edit or delete all job specific forms and reports, and the system was integrated with NRE’s ViewPoint accounting system to allow ease of use.  

NRE’s corporate strategy took the inefficiencies of their manual processes and streamlined them and improved them through the use of mobile technology.  Since the initial application development, NRE has been working with Fusion for over 3 years. Recent project enhancements have included the ability to track expenses and manage the company’s uniform inventory.

When asked about why companies like NRE choose to switch over to mobile applications, Tim Hurlbut, Business Development Manager of Applications at Fusion of Ideas says, “Where do you want to see your company in the next few years? Do you want to be a company that is still using old presentation tools,  faxing in reports, and emailing spreadsheets? Or do you want to be excelling in the tablet and mobile device world? Apps are not just trendy, they are completely functional and can change the ease of how you do business.”  

Applications are making a huge difference for small and large companies across the globe.

“Building an application helps you empower your employees with more efficiency to get the job done,” says Tyler Harmor, Chief Technology Officer at Fusion of Ideas. “Through app development, you are given the keys to create a completely new experience. The sky really is the limit on what you can accomplish with an application for your company. At Fusion of Ideas, we focus on the end user and the demand from business to create applications that simplify and change the way people do business.”  

If you are interested in discussing mobile application solutions that can help advance and modernize the way your company does business, please contact Fusion of Ideas directly at info@fusionofideas.com or 949-453-0740 ext. 250.

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The Ultimate Corporate Gifts: The Gifts That Keep On Giving, The Whole Year

“Oh great, they’re handing out another company calendar,” said no employee ever.  

Getting thoughtful gifts can go a long way with coworkers or team members.  With the season rapidly approaching, this is the year for creating excitement and the “wow” factor for your company’s team or special clients.

One of our own employees tells the tale of the value they placed on two separate gifts they received.

“On two separate holiday seasons, I received gifts from my employers. One was an elaborate chocolate and fruit gift basket that was delivered to my home with a generic happy holidays message from the company.  While the sentiment was sweet (no pun intended), the gift was quickly forgotten, and I never really told anyone what I got.

The next year I received some Beats By Dre headphones. They were printed with a small company logo and the headband was printed with my name. They also were sent to my home, but came gift wrapped in retro wrapping paper with a company image repeated in a cool pattern. That made me very excited to open it. There was a personalized card with a note from my boss and the company thanking me for some of the accomplishments during the year. Whenever I wore those headphones, I had family, friends, and even strangers ask me about them. I explained that my company had given them as a gift for my hard work during the year, and I always showed off my name printed on them.  I received many “Are they hiring?” type of comments as people were impressed by the thoughtfulness that went into the gift.

While I’m sure both presents cost my employer about the same amount of money, the one that was cool, unique, and something I could talk about made the biggest impact. As Eddy from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation says, “That’s the gift that keeps giving the whole year, Clark!”   

One of the most important components of gift-giving is taking into consideration what your employees would truly appreciate. Putting a message, logo or thought on your gifts can add a layer that reminds them of you or the company whenever they use the gift.

Now, working at Fusion of Ideas, I’ve loved seeing the impact that customization and thoughtfulness can have. Some of my favorite Fusion services are gift wrapping and custom boxes and sleeves that take gifting up to a whole new level.  And on top of that, Fusion can organize and kit multiple items together (they don’t have to be devices!) so you can really add that extra pizzaz to any thoughtful gift. They can also print and write custom cards and gift tags,  and they ship anywhere around the world.  So if you want a super easy process, all you have to do is order, and Fusion will take care of the rest.”  

Fusion handles projects of all sizes and shapes and we’d love to help you with your gifting ideas. So if you want to give the gift that keeps on giving, contact us at info@fusionofideas.com or 949-453-0740 ext. 109.

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Fusion of Ideas Core Products and Services

Okay, okay, so before we get our blog going, we have one more item of business that we would love to share, and that’s more information about our core products and services, which you can always find more information about on our website at www.fusionofideas.com.

Mobility is more than a necessity in business. It’s an art form. It requires the proper use of technology surrounded by brand experiences that are seamless and simple.

We’re masters of our craft.

We’ve partnered with hundreds of brands to transform their business processes and elevate their brand equity (check out some of our work here). From planning to deployment, we’ve revolutionized end-to-end mobility. We push the creative boundaries to streamline your operations and deliver an innovative customer journey that elevates your brand experience. Ultimately, our proprietary services and expertise contribute to one goal: advancing the Art of Mobility.

In today’s digital era, the smartest corporate leaders have mobilized their enterprise. Mobile adaption is defining the way your business will grow. Research shows that there’s an obsessive customer need for more mobile integration, but only 25 percent of companies will incorporate mobile strategies into their customer’s experiences.

FUSION can transform your brand experience through:

App Development – (IOS ⬢ Android ⬢ Windows ⬢ Web ⬢ Web Apps) With insight into the entire mobile integration process, FUSION works with clients to develop custom mobile software solutions. Streamline your user’s experience through FUSION’s custom mobile apps tailored to your needs and securely integrated into your IT system’s backend. All of FUSION’s design and development is done in-house in America, and FUSION takes the time to understand the entirety of your project and business needs upfront. FUSION wants to partner with you to enhance your business. You are poised for success partnering with FUSION by creating the mobile software solution you desire.

 Branding Experiences – ( Customization ⬢ Digital Content ⬢ Custom Packaging ⬢ Custom Accessories ⬢ StealthArmor) FUSION has spent over a decade innovating mobile device customization, and continues to evolve services for clients. This process starts with the customization and branding of devices and accessories, then extends to preloading digital content onto devices and concludes with placing mobile devices in custom packaging. All of these services are uniquely crafted around a branded experience that is delivered directly to the end user.

 Integration Logistics – (Consulting ⬢ Ordering Portals ⬢ MDM ⬢ Sourcing ⬢ Kitting ⬢ Shipping) FUSION manages mobile integration logistics from initial concept to finished execution. FUSION enables clients to accomplish flawless worldwide deployment without ever having to touch a single device. And FUSION takes away the hassle of a mobility project by handling all aspects of receiving, branding, uploading, kitting and shipping your devices. FUSION’s custom ordering portals enable you to manage all of the details and reports of your project. FUSION can place and manage client devices under proprietary Mobile Device Management (MDM) and administer all of your MDM needs. Devices are kitted, prepared and packaged from FUSION’s 26,000-square-foot warehouse in Southern California. FUSION ships devices to one or multiple locations around the world for delivery. On-site setup and training workshops can be performed by FUSION, as well as concierge services such as HelpDesk, Device Depot and Break Fix. The most significant component: you never have to touch a single device to get them deployed, since FUSION has done it for you.

If you ever have any questions about Fusion or our products and services, we’d love to hear from you. You can connect with us on our website, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, via email at info@fusionofideas.com or via phone at 949-453-0740.

What’s In Our Mission Statement?

We have a mission statement, so what?

Our mission statement is extremely important to us at FUSION. It is our guiding star and keeps us going in the right direction. It reminds us why we do what we do. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish the last 10-years, and all of the companies across the world that we have been able to impact and help grow through the use of technology. So without further ado, here is our simple, but very powerful mission statement.

Fusion of Ideas is dedicated to delivering high-impact brand experiences through mobile integration—we call it the Art of Mobility. We are committed to flawless execution with every project, large or small – not because we have to, but because no one else will. We dedicate efforts to the constant development and growth of our team to ensure we are capable of consistently exceeding the demands of our clients. We proudly develop all of our projects in America, and flawlessly deploy them worldwide. The insight we possess and our commitment to the client experience is our competitive advantage. Our motivation is challenging companies to fundamentally change the way that they do business by leveraging the constant and necessary changes of technology in order to empower them to remain relevant.

Welcome!

The Fusion of Ideas Headquarters , located in Lake Forest, CA

Welcome to our Fusion of Ideas blog! We are a bold and cutting-edge company that is excited to open our doors a little more, and let you see inside the wonder of Fusion of Ideas. While we’ve been in business since 2007, we’ll get into more details later about our story and how we came to be, we wanted to give you a quick summary of what we do.  Who are we?

Fusion of Ideas helps businesses integrate and maximize mobility in their organizations through technology and brand experiences.

In a nutshell, Fusion of Ideas helps companies put together and implement programs for any of their mobile device (tablets, laptops, phones) needs. For example, say a major car brand wanted to have iPads in all of their locations as a sales tool for sales reps on the floor. FUSION would consult with that company to help them figure out the logistics of the program. If an ordering portal specific to their program is needed, Fusion can create it.

FUSION would then help that company with branding the iPads with the company’s logo (maybe even putting a specific dealership’s name on each device). FUSION would create cases or Stealth Armor (Fusion’s exclusive protective film) branded with the company’s logo on them to help protect the iPads with style. FUSION could also customize any accessory they might need such as headphones, speakers, styluses, etc.

FUSION would upload digital content to the devices, putting the company’s logo or desired home and lock screens onto the device. FUSION would place the apps or programs that they wanted on the device in the order and look that they want. FUSION could add catalogs or sales materials into apps/programs that would be easily accessible to the companies. And on top of all that, the FUSION app development team could create a custom app for that company to use with whatever program they are implementing.

When the devices are all powered and ready to go, FUSION can kit in any marketing materials needed, provide special packaging, and shrink wrap the devices ready to go back out. Devices can be shipped to multiple destinations across the world.

Outside of actually servicing the devices, FUSION also offers Mobile Device Management, help desk, break/fix, and training programs. One of the things we pride ourselves in is the fact that we handle all of these services under one roof. There are competitors out there that may do bits and pieces of what we do, but no one else handles every aspect of the project all in one location. We help empower companies to keep doing what they are good at by letting us figure out the logistics behind each project.

So now that you have a general sense of what we do, we can’t wait to share some of our exciting projects with you. Thanks for your interest and your time with checking us out! We hope we can WOW you with some of the cool things we constantly have going on.

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