How to stay engaged with your work, even when you feel like checking out

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Here’s how to fight the allure of sinking into the couch and staying in your pajamas all day. As the pandemic and a flurry of current events wears on, so does work. You’re stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed. You’re eager for this to be over. There are certainly days when you’d like to just lay on the couch, but still your company and team need you and you have to find a way to engage. Read Full Story

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Why you still need to take time off when working from home

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Taking breaks and days off can feel strange when so many of us are working from home. But here’s why you need to do it—and how. Under the best of circumstances, working from home full-time can throw a wrench into work-life balance. And, when your office is shut down, and everyone else is working remotely, too, the pressure to always be present can heat up. After all, it’s tempting when you’re sitting on the couch watching 90-Day Fiancee on a Tuesday evening to also be on your laptop, getting a jump on tomorrow’s to-do list. Read Full Story

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How to focus on work when you’re distracted by a world in crisis

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If you feel like you are losing your days to doomscrolling, the normal advice to regain focus probably isn’t working. Here’s what will. At Fast Company we’ve been writing about how to beat distractions and find more focus at work for years—we’ve even covered the topics on this podcast before. But right now, all of the normal advice feels less practical. Between the stress and worry that has accompanied the pandemic and economic crisis coupled with the tumultuous presidential election, staying focused can feel impossible. Read Full Story

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19 Strategies That’ll Help You Become an Influencer

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Interest in influencer marketing has skyrocketed 90x since 2013 . And I hesitate to pat myself on the back, but I’m recognized as an influencer in the digital marketing space. But how? Why? In this article, we’ll go over how I became one and how to become an influencer in your own field. 1. Start by Becoming an Influencer in a Niche Field The reason you need a niche is to start out as a micro influencer in your particular niche. Micro influencers create powerful word of mouth to small groups. They don’t have the followings of a Kardashian, but they’re much cheaper and can still reach enough people to make a difference in product sales. What’s more: research shows they generate double the sales of paid ads and with a 37% higher customer retention rate. It’s not enough to just pick the field you want to influence. Take my …

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How to Bring Your Best Self to the Online Conference Season

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Posted by cheryldraper Conference season is here! Of course, this year it looks a bit different. Instead of signing in at the front table and snagging seats next to some new pals, you’ll be setting up your computer as the main stage. For some, this is going to be a major learning curve. Virtual events can be tougher to follow and engage with. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of best practices to show up ready and take on any online event you choose to attend this year. Don't forget, if you haven't yet, there is still time to purchase your MozCon Virtual ticket! Join us for MozCon Virtual! Set your intention To get the most out of your online event, you need to go in with an intention. That way you’ll be more likely to gain something from the experience. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to …

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How to Bring Your Best Self to the Online Conference Season

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Posted by cheryldraper Conference season is here! Of course, this year it looks a bit different. Instead of signing in at the front table and snagging seats next to some new pals, you’ll be setting up your computer as the main stage. For some, this is going to be a major learning curve. Virtual events can be tougher to follow and engage with. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of best practices that will help you get ready to take on any online event you choose to attend this year. Don't forget, if you haven't yet, there is still time to purchase your MozCon Virtual ticket! Join us for MozCon Virtual! Set your intention To get the most out of your online event, you need to go in with an intention. That way you’ll be more likely to gain something from the experience. Ask yourself, what are you …

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How to Bring Your Best Self to the Online Conference Season

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Posted by cheryldraper Conference season is here! Of course, this year it looks a bit different. Instead of signing in at the front table and snagging seats next to some new pals, you’ll be setting up your computer as the main stage. For some, this is going to be a major learning curve. Virtual events can be tougher to follow and engage with. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of best practices to show up ready and take on any online event you choose to attend this year. Don't forget, if you haven't yet, there is still time to purchase your MozCon Virtual ticket! Join us for MozCon Virtual! Set your intention To get the most out of your online event, you need to go in with an intention. That way you’ll be more likely to gain something from the experience. Ask yourself, what are you hoping to …

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10 Powerful Instagram Marketing Tips (That Actually Work)

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Since Instagram’s creation, it has grown into the ultimate platform for sharing photos. Over 1.16 billion monthly users are active on the site. Daily users spend about 8 minutes on the app and 500 million use Stories daily. There’s also a large number of influencers on the site with a massive amount of followers. And with the right plan, you can become an influential brand, too. You need to post the right kind of content to stay relevant to current followers while also bringing in new ones. But it can be hard to know which kinds of posts work best for growing your audience. Here are ten powerful Instagram marketing tips (that actually work) that you can use to milk the popular platform for all that it’s worth. 1. Switch to a Business Profile ASAP Before you start thinking about your Instagram marketing plan , be sure that you have …

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How to Understand and Improve CTOR (Click-to-Open Rate)

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Email marketing is one of the most important strategic channels in a marketer’s toolkit. According to UK DMA , 91 percent of marketers rate email as their most important channel, followed by social media at 83 percent. Email marketing’s success rate comes from its high ROI , which DMA states comes in at around $58 for every $1 spent. All this aside, your email campaigns won’t mean anything if you don’t harness your click-to-open rate (CTOR). Tracking and optimizing this metric can help you understand how effective your email content is in engaging your customers. It can also help you build strategies to improve your content in the long run. This post explains why your click-to-open rate matters, how to improve it, and how to create effective marketing emails that your customers want to read. What Is Click-to-Open Rate and Why Is It Important? A click-to-open rate is an equation …

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4 industries that can make the most of interactive 3D configurators

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30-second summary: The internet is beyond saturated, which means challenges for marketers who want to attract and engage customers. Interactive 3D configurators can help companies can create smooth, interactive experiences that will keep customers engaged for longer periods and have them coming back for more. PureWeb’s Elly Uz details which industries are uniquely suited to having 3D configurators enhance the customer experience. For roughly two decades, the rapid growth of people new to the internet meant that unique traffic to websites grew steadily. This was generated in many ways: Digital ads were enough to bring in new users, and standard websites with images, something to read, and maybe even some videos were enough to keep viewers interested. Now, the web’s growth rate has more or less plateaued in developed countries. Today’s users are accustomed to the typical eye-catching tactics of online marketing, and that means it’s more difficult to make …

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