I run a fertility company. Here’s why there’s no such thing as the perfect time for kids

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The cofounder of Modern Fertility says data reveals why there won’t be a COVID-19 baby boom and what other obstacles stand in the way of starting families. There’s always something that’s standing in the way of the “right” time to have kids. We used to put our careers on hold for family. Now, we put families on hold to have a career and abide by societal milestones—to hit this certain salary, own that home, land the job, marry the right partner—before even thinking about children. We have a lot more opportunities and authority in our lives, but fertility is getting more complicated. About one in six couples struggle to conceive , and for the first time in history, more women are having their first kid in their thirties than in their twenties. 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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An Inside Look at My Digital Marketing Agencies Around the World

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My blog attracts millions of viewers, and accolades have stacked up for entrepreneurship, marketing, and influence. You may not know that behind the Neil Patel brand is a powerful and growing network of digital marketing agencies with offices around the world. NP Digital is a performance marketing agency built by marketers, and our global offices allow us to deliver our specialized services to clients worldwide. Below is more information about our agencies, as gathered by one of our writers. Meet our Co-Founders: Neil Patel and Mike Kamo Neil Patel, CMO and Co-Founder, is a New York Times Bestselling Author and is recognized as a top influencer by The Wall Street Journal and Forbes’s top ten marketers. Entrepreneur magazine credits him with creating one of the 100 most brilliant companies. He has been recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under 30 by President Obama and a top 100 entrepreneur under 35 …

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Matter. How SEOs Can Help... Now - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by rjonesx. As SEOs, we hold a surprising amount of influence over how the world gets its information. In times like these, when businesses of all stripes are facing uncertainty and we may be looking for ways to help, the skills you use in your day job can be your superpower. In today's Whiteboard Friday, Russ Jones outlines five ways SEOs can make a difference amid the chaos of COVID-19 — just by doing your job and doing it well. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, folks. This is Russ Jones here, Adjunct Search Scientist at Moz and Principal Search Scientist at System1. Today is my first day giving a Whiteboard Friday from my home here in Cary, North Carolina. Unfortunately, it's with a somber attitude as many of you are at home right now realizing what's …

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Supporting Small Business Saturday with 2020-Conscious Marketing

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: Elvert Barnes “Conscious spending with the community can contribute to neighborhood sustainability.” — Christine Araquel, The Park’s Finest I encountered this quote from a restauranteur on the American Express Small Business Saturday website , and just these few words called a vivid image to my mind: local business owners and customers gazing together toward the horizon, hoping to pierce the clouds of COVID-19 and see them clearing away, revealing communities that are still standing, and still capable of sustaining our hometowns, our cities, and our dreams. 72% of consumers believe they will frequent neighboring businesses more after the crisis is over, but that will take all of us doing our part now to ensure as many SMBs are still there to greet us when better days return. In Q4 of 2019, I used my column to encourage local business owners to start having meaningful conversations …

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Marketing in Times of Uncertainty - Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by randfish Our work as marketers has transformed drastically in the space of a month. Today, we're grateful to welcome our good friend Rand to talk about a topic that's been on the forefront of our minds lately: how to do our jobs empathetically and effectively through one of the most difficult trials in modern memory. We hope you've got a cozy seat in your home office, a hot mug of coffee from your own kitchen Keurig, and your cat in your lap as you join us for this week's episode of Whiteboard Friday. Video Transcription Howdy, folks. I'm Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz and co-founder of Sparktoro. And I'm here today with a very special edition of Whiteboard Friday. I think that now is the right time to talk about marketing in uncertain epochs like the one we're living through. We obviously have a global crisis. It's very …

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Why Presentation Skills Are Important in Marketing

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What does it take to be a successful marketer? Turns out we don’t have to guess because someone’s already done the research. Fractl used IBM’s Watson Personality Insights API from 2019 to pick out the key traits and characteristics of 20 of the world’s most prominent marketing leaders (I even made the list!). According to the study, the No. 1 trait shared by marketing leaders is adventurousness, followed by high energy levels, assertiveness, and intelligence. One interesting thing about this is that you’d also find a lot of those traits in people with exceptional presentation skills. To put yourself out there and present to a room full of people, you need to be at least a little adventurous. If you’re not a high-energy person, you’ll find it hard to keep people engaged. If you’re not assertive, you’ll struggle to communicate your points effectively. The list goes on. That’s not a …

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SEO Is Not an On/Off Switch — Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by Dr-Pete When business is struggling, budgets are tight, and resources limited, your company might be tempted to cut back or cut off SEO efforts to save time and money until things stabilize. But halting SEO altogether — even for a short time — is actually a bad idea, as it means more work for you and your business in the long run. Dr. Pete is here with a brand new Whiteboard Friday to tell you why SEO should not be treated like an on/off switch, and provide some suggestions on what to do instead. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, everybody, Dr. Pete from Moz here. I want to welcome you to my first recording from Whiteboard Friday Studio Chicago, aka my basement. I want to thank the content team, first of all, for getting …

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How to Start a Business

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Starting your own business is the dream, right? It’s also easier than ever, thanks to the golden age of entrepreneurship we currently live in. Almost anybody can start up a business – all you need is a great idea, the right systems, and the drive to see it through. No college degree, huge bank balance, or business experience is needed. Moreover, everything you need to do has been done a million times before. So, even if you’re starting from scratch, you won’t have to waste a single moment wondering what to do next or try to reinvent the wheel. Since you’re already searching for ways to learn about how to start a business, odds are you already have the drive. What you need is how to start building your …

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Who is Generation Alpha, and Why Are They Important to Marketers?

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Every new generation brings new customs, behaviors, and cultural phenomena that shape the world as we know it. Baby boomers brought significant economic influence. Millennials taught us new ways of viewing our socio-political world. Generation Z showed us what the intersection of technology and humanity looks like. Now, we have Generation Alpha, a demographic of tech-savvy, racially diverse, and unapologetically influential children who will start entering adulthood at the end of the 2020s. But, they’re children. They aren’t our buyers. Why should marketers care about them right now? Studies have shown children under 12 can influence parental purchases of $130 to $670 billion a year. And, it won’t be long before they are the buyers. It’s never too early to prepare. In fact, since the oldest kids in this generation are starting to hit middle school, we may even be cutting it close. Let’s take a look at the climate …

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What Readers Want During COVID-19: Content Ideas for Every Niche

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Posted by amandamilligan This is a stressful time to say the least. Everything is impacted by COVID-19 in some way, including our work. Once we’ve taken time to acknowledge how lucky we are to work in digital, it’s time to assess if our current content strategy needs any adjusting based on current events. Many marketers are finding themselves: Wanting to write about something topical Needing to add more content to their calendars At a loss for how to contribute at a time like this So, I spent hours using Ubersuggest , putting myself in the shoes of various Americans. I tested a variety of keywords to see which ones have exhibited a trend during the COVID-19 outbreak and might warrant some attention from content marketers. The results below are for the term “Coronavirus,” so for the other keywords identified, I looked for a noticeable spike in the months of January, …

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