Emotionally aware technology could help us beat Zoom fatigue

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In times of crises we tend to crave connection, but we’re being asked to do the opposite through social distancing. More emotionally intelligent computers could help bridge the gap. Growing up in the Middle East, one of my most vivid childhood memories was the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Overnight, our world changed. My parents lost their jobs, their home, their savings. In the aftermath, I felt a flood of emotions unlike anything I’d ever experienced, but I suppressed my feelings and my family did the same. Even in a time of immense disruption, fear, and uncertainty, we forged ahead, accepting our change in circumstance. Read Full Story

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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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Try these 4 self-improvement strategies to become a better leader

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Leadership coach Amy Kan says when we develop this discipline, we are more likely to achieve our personal objectives but also become more inspiring, innovative leaders for the people in our lives who need us right now. Back in my corporate days, I wasn’t always good at hiding my disappointment or dissatisfaction. It’s awful to think back on it, but I just couldn’t seem to help myself. I lacked the ability to properly manage my emotions. Read Full Story

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Intro to Neuromarketing: 5 Psychological Tactics to Boost Sales

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Neuromarketing is a branch of marketing that integrates consumer phycological principles with marketing best practices. I’ve talked a lot before about consumer psychology, both on my blog and elsewhere . That’s because the brain plays such a vital role in selling (and buying). For example, the color of your CTA button or the pictures on your landing pages can impact conversions. The brain is designed to process information in specific ways, and it will react accordingly to certain triggers. If you can optimize your site to include those triggers, you can boost your sales. It’s not always as simple as using certain colors . Psychology, like people, is complicated. Despite the complexity of psychology, there are a few brain-based strategies you can use that will get results. How Psychology Impacts Sales Through Neuromarketing Based on studies of the brain, we know that beauty literally moves us to action . The …

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How Using Emotional Marketing in Content Can Help Drive Way More Sales

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Whether you care to admit it or not, the decisions you make today will be driven by your emotions. In emotional marketing, we talk a lot about using psychological triggers to get customers to click, convert, engage, etc. “By leveraging common psychological triggers all people have,” you might hear, “you can drive more sales.” While it may feel like we make decisions with our minds, using logic and reasoning, the “mental triggers” we hear about are tied more to emotion than anything else. Case in point, Antonio Damasio spent time studying individuals with damage to the area of the brain where emotions were generated and processed. While these subjects functioned just like anyone else, they couldn’t feel emotion. The other thing they had in common was they all had trouble with making decisions. Even simple decisions about what to eat proved difficult. While they could describe what they should be …

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How to Come Up With Tangential Content Ideas — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by amandamilligan Your brand has probably used content marketing to generate awareness and engagement, but have you tried tangential content? In this brand new episode of Whiteboard Friday, Amanda Milligan of Fractl is here to walk you through what tangential content is, why it's useful, and how to create it.     Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi. My name is Amanda Milligan. I'm the Marketing Director at Fractl, an agency that helps brands build their organic growth. Today I'm going to talk to you about one of the strategies we use for our clients, and it's called tangential content. If you haven't heard of it, don't worry. Odds are you might have already done it and not even known. Today we're going to talk about what it is, why you should include it …

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The Power of "Is": A Featured Snippet Case Study

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Posted by EricSerdar I’m not a literary scholar, but I believe it was Hamlet that said “to have a featured snippet or not to have a featured snippet?” Ever since featured snippets came onto the scene, sites have been trying to secure them. My team and I wanted in on this craze. Throughout our journey of research, testing, failure, and success, we found some interesting pieces of information that we wanted to share with the community. I’ll walk you through what we did and show you some of our results (though can’t share traffic numbers). It was Britney Muller’s webinar on Feature Snippet Essentials and the release of the featured snippets cheat sheet that inspired me to capture what we've learned. What are featured snippets? A featured snippet is the box that appears at the top of the search result page that provides information to succinctly and accurately answer your …

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Executing a Domain Migration: An Inside Look From OnLogic (Formerly Logic Supply)

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Posted by ErikaOnLogic In October 2019, our 16-year-old company rebranded from Logic Supply to OnLogic . The recovery from a traffic standpoint has been pretty smooth (and much faster than we expected), and our customers have embraced our new name and look. We want to share our story, the steps we took to prepare for this major change, and some things we learned along the way about what it takes to execute a successful domain transition (with minimal impact on organic results) in an effort to help those facing the same challenge. Take a deep breath, it's going to be okay. First, a little history and background. Logic Supply was founded in 2003 as an e-commerce website that sold components and parts for small form factor computers. Over the years, the company has built up engineering and manufacturing capabilities that today allow us to offer complete industrial and ruggedized computers …

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Investigating Traffic Upticks

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Posted by jocameron In this week's episode of Whiteboard Friday, Jo Cameron — Moz’s Learning Team Manager — dives into the process of addressing and capitalizing on traffic spikes, including how to determine where traffic is coming from and what to do with the increased attention. Enjoy! Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi. Welcome to Whiteboard Friday. I'm going to be talking through the journey that you embark upon when you notice a sudden change in traffic to a particular page on your site. In our case, this was a sudden and consistent increase, which may on the face of it look great. You may perceive that this is exactly what you and your clients have been striving for. But as we know, traffic funneling into your site isn't the end of the story. You're also going …

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How to Leverage Storytelling to Increase Your Conversions

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In the not so distant past, I embarked on a journey to grow NeilPatel.com to 100,000 blog readers . At the end of every month, I shared my traffic stats and the changes I’d made. That storytelling strategy went on to help my blog reach over 100,000 views a month — in only about eight months. As marketers, we use storytelling to help make our ideas stick. We create stories to help prospects understand our products, use company stories to build trust and transparency with consumers, and include stories in sales pitches to help persuade. Why does it work? Competition in native advertising and social media marketing is fierce. And, the rate at which great content is being produced and published on the web and across the media channels is expanding. Our readership is drowning. Most people scan web content, looking for something that stands out. If they don’t find …

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