Tools and conferences.
Hotjar responses say you are most interested in tools and conferences.
Lucky for you, these are MT's two content cornerstones. Conferences, now. Tools, soon. Podcasts and videos will still play an important part, because they are too useful to miss, but only a few embeds, to help with load time. Plus, whatever else is hot each week. 🔥
Hot off the presses! New discount codes!
ConversionXL Live (Apr 5-7, San Antonio): code marketingterms, $149 off regular ticket (event + room)
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Big Digital Adelaide (May 8-9, AU): code TheBigList2017, $50 off (expires Feb 28)*.
eCommerce Innovation Summit (May 17-18, SF): code MT200, $200 off 2-day passes.
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Let's focus on one tool that is free and can make a big difference in your work today.
TinyMCE Advanced extends the default editor in WordPress by adding more TinyMCE plugins and buttons.
Notice the extra buttons in this screenshot of the WordPress editor? Some of these could save you real time. I have personally saved hours while editing the conference calendar.
But wait, there's more. I enjoyed this tool for weeks before realizing it was customizable. Doh! Take a few minutes to tweak the settings and make this work harder for your needs.
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This post was powered by the Pomodoro Technique. 🍅
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks.
There are six steps in the technique:
- Decide on the task to be done.
- Set the pomodoro timer (traditionally to 25 minutes).
- Work on the task until the timer rings. If a distraction pops into your head, write it down, but immediately get back on task.
- After the timer rings, put a checkmark on a piece of paper.
- If you have fewer than four checkmarks, take a short break (3–5 minutes), then go to step 2.
- After four pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes), reset your checkmark count to zero, then go to step 1.
The creator and his proponents encourage a low-tech approach, using a mechanical timer, paper and pencil. The physical act of winding the timer confirms the user's determination to start the task; ticking externalises desire to complete the task; ringing announces a break. Flow and focus become associated with these physical stimuli
More than productivity, this technique can lead to a huge surge in energy and creativity.
"The Death of Organic Social Media” with Michael Stelzner - Perpetual Traffic
34 minutes - "Funny enough, social traffic for us is like only 4% of our traffic, which is kind of surprising when you have a website called Social Media Examiner." Michael Stelzner and the Digital Marketer team get into many details. If you're one of the people still ignoring podcasts, put aside the listicles and start listening!
13 Ways of Looking at a Headline - Rainmaker.FM
20 minutes - Sonia Simone, helpful as always. The post lists the 13 points, too.
Is Twitter Still Worth Using? - Marketing School
6 minutes - Neil and Eric share their stats on Twitter vs. Facebook, etc.
Demystifying Web Design For Clients - CTRL+CLICK CAST
51 minutes - Avoiding the "curse of knowledge" ....sounds easy, takes vigilance.
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Social Media Marketing Talk 02-03-17 - Social Media Examiner
60 minutes - weekly hour-long show discussing the latest social news.
#Vlogging Like a Boss with Amy Schmittauer - Roberto Blake
70 minutes - laid-back discussion between two of the best vloggers.
Use the science of nonverbal communication to increase your sales - Mixergy
69 minutes - Mixergy offers audio or video, this one calls for video.
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