Why you find it so difficult to be nice to yourself

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Many of us are able to extend compassion toward others, yet struggle when it comes to extending it to ourselves. Imagine that a good friend came to you and shared their struggles. They just got the news that one of their close family members is ill, and at the same time, they’re working through marital issues with their spouse. They’re also overworked in their job and can’t seem to find a moment to themselves. Today, when they met you, they were late and forgot to bring their wallet. They apologized profusely and started to beat themselves up, calling themselves useless, a terrible adult. How would you respond? Chances are, it won’t be that difficult for you to extend some compassion. After all, they are going through a lot. Read Full Story

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Facebook pledges $100 million to support news industry during COVID-19 pandemic

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“If people needed more proof that local journalism is a vital public service, they’re getting it now,” Facebook said in a blog post announcing the initiative. As lockdowns and stay-in-place orders continue to be extended in countries around the world, millions of people are spending their days frequenting online publications to find out the latest about the COVID-19 pandemic. While websites find the extra traffic boost a welcome, they also have to struggle with companies reducing their ad spend because of the economic effects of the pandemic. 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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Live events may remain digital for the long term — words of wisdom from Certain’s CEO

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30-second summary: Certain, Inc. is an event automation and management platform headquartered in San Francisco whose clients include Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Their focus is with companies that have over a billion dollars in revenue primarily within technology, financial services, and health care. We spoke with Certain’s CEO, Peter Micciche, to learn about their technology and how they’re working with customers to navigate the fundamental shifts in the event industry as a result of COVID-19. Certain’s customers have had to scramble to replace live events that they had scheduled and move them to their platform to deploy virtually. Micciche recommends that marketers stop thinking in terms of running large conferences virtually, but take larger conferences and carve them into many slices aimed at specific segments of buyers. Micciche predicts that marketers will see increased capabilities from event technology providers that make it much more conducive to being immersed in a …

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How We Ranked a Single Page for 2.6K Keywords Driving 30K Monthly Searches [Case Study]

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Posted by KristinTynski For the last decade, I’ve touted the enormous long-term value of a dualistic approach to content marketing for SEO. By leveraging data-centered campaigns, paired with personalized outreach to top publishers, we regularly garner earned media placements for our clients. In rare cases, we create content that generates results so far beyond what was anticipated that a single project can greatly move the needle. I’m going to walk through one such instance to reveal how it all works together, what can be learned from this experience, and the type of result it can achieve. While typically you need to invest in ongoing content generation and promotion, extraordinary examples like these demonstrate the impact this kind of work has over the long-term. Content marketing + digital PR case study: ADT ADT is a household name with good domain authority, providing a great base to start from. We knew that …

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The 6 Best Digital Marketing Companies of 2020

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Digital marketing covers everything from SEO and content marketing to email campaigns, social media strategy, and video marketing too. With new digital marketing companies popping up left and right offering a bit of everything (and truly speaking to no one), it’s no surprise you’re having a hard time finding the right one. The best thing to do is narrow down your options by bypassing those digital marketing companies trying to do too many things at once. Why? Because true highly-niched experts are the best way to get the results you want (and deserve) for your business. But, it’s not always easy to find those experts when you need them. So, I put together a list of the top digital marketing companies who genuinely excel at what they do to help you find the right fit for your business depending on what you need. Then, we’re going to talk about what …

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The 5 Best SEO Companies of 2020

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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. Anywhere you find a cube of sugar in the open, you’ll find ants. Today, the SEO service providers’ industry, valued over $65 billion , is like a cube of sugar. It’s why you’ll find countless SEO companies scrambling for a piece of that sugary cake. And where does that leave you, a business owner eager to reach Google’s top pages, generate qualified traffic, and drive sales? Insanity! With all this confusion, I sense you came here pondering: How do I filter vetted SEO companies? How can I find a top SEO company that doesn’t need ads to rank its website organically? You’ll find the answer to those questions here. And that’s not all. You’ll also see the SEO companies that go beyond vanity metrics and deliver real business results. …

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How to Stay Creative With an SEO-Driven Content Strategy

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Posted by Caroline-Forsey When I first joined HubSpot's blogging team in January 2018, I loved our writing process. Once a month, we all met in a conference room with a list of ideas on Google Docs which were pitched one-by-one (intricate, I know). The process was extremely creative, iterative, and collaborative. Of course, it was also often a matter of guess-and-check. Plus, brainstorming can be a bit of a selfish process. The ideas I pitched in those meetings, I pitched in part because I wanted to write them and because I was interested in them as a reader. I could only hope our audience would be interested as well. While we developed a pulse for understanding what our readers liked from reviewing top viewed posts from the past, our process didn't enable us to develop content that matched what our potential readers wanted from us. So, just a few months …

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What Shifts in Product Demand Mean for SEO

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Posted by SabrinaBomberger If you’re working in e-commerce through the COVID-19 crisis, you’ve likely noticed some wild shifts in the way your products are viewed and consumed by the public. After all, the needs of the entire world have changed in some capacity. It makes sense that purchasing habits have, too. This shift in demand might require an equal shift in your marketing strategy. As an SEO, you need to make sure that you understand the new demands on your product in the given market, and ensure any on-site changes are SEO-friendly. These strategies apply not only in the midst of our current pandemic, but also during any rapid or unexpected change in product demand. E-commerce sites are facing two very different scenarios With my own e-commerce clients, and as a consumer myself, I’ve noticed two ways that the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting product demand: 1. Your product is suddenly …

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