While having a conversation during a virtual tea party the other day, the subject of to-do lists came up. The quest to find the perfect to-do platform seems to be an ongoing thing for so many of my friends and colleagues. As many of you know I searched for the perfect to-do list app or program for quite a while. I’ve tried quite a few of them over the years, but nothing rocked my boat. I needed an up close, in my face solution that’s in front of me all the time. You know the old saying “out of sight, out of mind?” Well that’s how it’s been with all of the previous so called solutions I’ve found.
There’s a business owner I know who should get an award for most apps downloaded on a single device. She has all the latest gadgets and tech tools, belongs to multiple project management platforms, and uses a slew of productivity programs. She uses Evernote and Slack, Google Docs and Flock, and is the first to sign up for the next hot tool on the market.
The topic of online, or cloud, storage, solutions keeps popping up in my social media news feed, in groups, and when talking to clients or prospects. I keep hearing questions like “What do you use for online storage?” or “What is the best online storage platform for storing large files?”
I was speaking with a client the other day, and we were discussing blog posts and how to keep track of all of our posts and what we’ve written. I was telling her about an IFTTT recipe I use to send every new blog post to Evernote. Which started me thinking about IFTTT in general.
Last Thursday’s post was about three mobile apps for the busy road warrior. After reading the post, one of my clients sent me an email to share five of HER favorite mobile apps. Great apps, so I thought I’d share three of them in this week’s post.
On the road again … with mobile apps!
Plane travel and “windshield time” is a fact of life for many busy business professionals these days. And yes, I wrote this during the holidays, but the information is still beneficial for time-pressed road warriors at any time of the year. So, for Execs “on the go,” sometimes just remembering to do the simple things can be a trick, much less remembering to write down ideas, tasks, and whatever else hits your already overloaded brain.
There have been a lot of posts lately in my Facebook newsfeed and some of the groups I belong to, from people asking about the best scheduling tools (appointment and social media) and other online marketing tools. In light of that, today’s tip is a roundup of my three favorites. If I could only keep three of the many online marketing tools I use, these would be the three I keep. Even over Skype!
While I’m sure there are things far worse than finding out that beautiful newsletter or broadcast you worked so hard to perfect doesn’t quite meet your standards when it lands in the inbox of someone using a specific email client, it’s still very disappointing. We all want our creations to look just as good when they are opened by the recipient as they did when we hit the “publish” button to send it on its way.
You can always (and should) use the preview option, as well as send yourself a test message before sending; but just because it looks good in preview or when it lands in your Gmail account, doesn’t mean it’s going to look good for everyone else.
Several email marketing platforms have a feature that lets you take a peek to see how your newsletter or broadcast will look in a few other email clients. At least MailChimp, Constant Contact and Get Response do … and it’s typically called Inbox Preview.
In MailChimp, Inbox Preview is a paid feature and uses a token system. If you have a Forever Free account, you still have the original preview function. MailChimp Pro accounts receive 1,000 free tokens each month. Monthly Plan users receive 25 free tokens each month, but can purchase additional bundles of 25 for $3 per bundle. Your free tokens expire and then replenish at the beginning of each billing cycle. It is also a paid feature ($10 per month) in Constant Contact, but appears to be a standard feature in Get Response. [Read more…]
I really must learn not to poo-poo the value and benefit of certain things without first taking a really good look at what it does. Especially when it gives me vital information regarding what visitors are actually doing on my website.