6 of the best bags to get you through quarantine, all under $150

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Out with your luxurious ‘it’ bag, in with hands-free, easy-to-clean bags for your new pandemic lifestyle. I recently took a peek inside the closet where I store my handbags, looking lovingly at each like it was an old friend who had accompanied me on adventures in my pre-pandemic life. Stylish purses don’t have much of a point when we’re confined to our homes, and leather work totes don’t serve much of a purpose when we no longer go to the office. Around the world, handbags will continue to gather dust through this strange moment in history. Read Full Story

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Meet the summer’s sleeper hit product: A bag you pee into

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No one wants to use a public restroom during a pandemic, so it’s BYOB: Bring your own (pee) bag. Ask someone in January 2020 where we’d be by summer, and I don’t think anyone could have predicted that masks would be the must-have summer accessory . But it gets weirder. Because one of the hottest products of the moment is a portable urinal called the Travel John. Read Full Story

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What I Found After Experimenting with Google Discover for Two Months

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Posted by Moberstein I’m completely fascinated by Google’s Discover Feed. Besides the fact that it serves highly-relevant content, it also seems beyond the reach of being gamed. In a way, it almost seems beyond the reach of pure SEO (which makes it downright tantalizing to me). It all made me want to understand what makes the feed tick. So I did what any sensible person would do. I spent the better part of two months running all sorts of queries in all sorts of different ways to see how it impacted my Discover Feed. Here are my ramblings. My approach to analyzing Google’s Discover Feed Let me explain what I did and how I did it, to both give you a better understanding of this analysis and point out its gaping limitations. For five days a week, and over the course of two months, I executed all sorts of user …

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Why and How to Bring Empathy Into Your Content

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Posted by DaisyQ Creating content can feel incredibly difficult right now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks oscillating between a can-do approach and hours of staring into space. Here’s how to tap into those very real emotions and channel them into more impactful content. What empathy is and isn’t We commonly confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy is understanding and perhaps feeling bad for the struggles that someone may be experiencing. Empathy means understanding the person’s feelings and thoughts from their point of view. Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow, or pity for what the other person is going through. Empathy is about putting yourself in their shoes. In this post, I focus on cognitive empathy, which is the ability to understand how another person may be thinking or feeling. Cognitive empathy helps communication by helping us convey information in a way that resonates with the …

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SEMrush Review: Details, Features & Pricing

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Here is my complete review of SEMrush . In this post you’ll see: What SEMrush does well What SEMrush doesn’t do well My opinion of SEMrush’s SEO and PPC features Whether SEMrush is worth the monthly fee A whole lot more Let’s get started. Domain Analytics This is a big picture overview of a site’s overall SEO and PPC marketing efforts. And if you want to dig deeper, you can get details on a site’s organic traffic, backlinks , PPC campaigns, engagement metrics (like bounce rate ), the site’s main competitors in Google search, and more. This report is helpful if you want to quickly see how much traffic a site gets from SEO or Google Ads . But the real value here comes from each of the detailed subreports. So let’s break down a few of these right now. Organic Research This feature is simple. Yet super powerful if …

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Gina McCarthy explains why office chit-chat is vital to an organization’s success

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“Those side conversations are not a waste of time,” says McCarthy, who is currently the head of the Natural Resources Defense Council. When we first got started in this [pandemic], there was almost no separation between work and home. . . . We lost those separations where you just stop, sit down, and have dinner. The one habit that I’ve always had is that I don’t talk about work when I’m at home, period. Through eight years [as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency] in the Obama administration, I just didn’t. I don’t think my husband knew what I was doing for a living until I was in the Obama administration, because then he could read some things in the news, and it’d be like, “Oh, you’re doing this?” I had three kids in three years. My job was to be home when I’m home. And when I’m working, …

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How I Drove 231,608 Visitors to My Site Using This New Channel

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Just like any marketer, we all fear what we can’t control. And sadly, for years, a lot of our future is being determined by algorithms. From social sites to search engines… they all have algorithms. Heck, you even have to deal with them with things like email. When you send marketing emails, you can bet that there is a good chance that they will end up in the “Promotions tab.” Now sometimes these algorithms do adjust in your favor, but we all know that’s rare in the long run. But what if there was a way you could drive consistent traffic, not have to deal with algorithms, and not have to spend money on ads? There actually is. And I bet you’ve never used it before. Here’s the best part, it’s generated me more than 231,608 visitors and it automated and free. 🙂 How so? Alright, check this out. Every …

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Mapping Local Essentials: Being the Business that Grows, Sells, or Markets the Beans

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: Kenneth Leung , Michael Coghlan “Dried beans saw a more than 230% increase in demand and rice sales spiked by 166% in that same time.” - ABC How should a business operate now? Where is there work to be done? Economists are making stark predictions about the future of small businesses in the US, but at the same time, I live in a town without a courier service established enough to meet the mushrooming demand for home delivery. Frankly, it’s devastating reading headlines forecasting the permanent closure of 7.5 million American SMBs , but while absorbing these, I also spent six weeks shaking the Internet for bathroom tissue before locating some 1,400 miles away. Point being: Where there’s need, fulfilment can be a public good, and where there’s upheaval, any possibility is worth considering. Necessities are emerging in bold relief on the map of each …

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You Can Have My Old Business That Makes $381,722 a Month

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I was talking with my friend who works at Keap (formally known as Infusionsoft) and he was breaking down how people still make millions of dollars selling info products and ebooks. Now, I don’t sell info products as heavily as I used to, but when I focused on it 100% of the time, my numbers were great. Just look at the screenshot above. It’s my revenue on a bad month of selling info products. So today, I thought I would do something different. Instead of just blogging about marketing tactics, I thought I would share my old business model with you and give you the exact emails, power points, and everything you need so that way you can replicate my results. Are you ready? Step #1: Figure out what you want to sell Don’t worry about traffic. Instead, I want you to figure out what you want to sell. Whatever …

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What The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Means For Marketers

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By now you have heard about the Coronavirus . The sad reality is that it is spreading quickly and will continue to spread for a while. Did you know that we are getting roughly 15,000 new cases a day and it’s growing fast ? No one really knows how many people will be infected (or will pass away sadly), but it has caused the global stock markets to crash, which means as a business (or even a marketer), you will be affected. And because my ad agency works with hundreds of companies in all the major sectors and we have 7 offices around the world, we are already starting to see how it is impacting marketing (I’ll share the data below). So what does this mean for you? Well, before I go into that, let me be clear on what marketers should NOT do. Don’t exploit the situation The first …

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