Post Thanksgiving and time is flying! Since it’s not easy to follow, read and catch-up with everything, our weekly roundup is here to help you stay on top of all the latest in social media and other interesting facts, trends, and tips.
This week featuring:
1 – Trending hashtag: #CyberMonday
2 – Two Top Tweets of the week
3 – Three Social Media Growth Hacks
4 – Four Productivity Tips
Thanksgiving Weekend Results: How many people shopped online?
- More than 121 million (49.5%) shoppers plan to shop online on Cyber Monday
- NRF’s Thanksgiving weekend results showed that 103 million people shopped online over the weekend
Two Top Tweets of the Week
For our tech team in Portland:
1 – 109K Shares: A programmer wrote scripts to secretly automate a lot of his job — and email his wife and make a latte
There’s a hilarious project that’s popular on GitHub, the website that hosts all kinds of software that programmers want to share with each other.
The project was shared by a programmer named Nihad Abbasov, known as “Narkoz” on GitHub. It consists of a bunch of software scripts with some funny but NSFW names.
Here’s one from a programmer who automatically fired off an email excuse like “not feeling well, working from home” if he wasn’t at work and logged into the servers by 8:45 a.m. He called that script “hangover.”
The “Hangover” Script
2 – 5.7K Shares: Two Things to Do After Every Meeting
Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually get done, and he wanted to set clear, organized instructions for his team to follow.
It sounds simple enough, and yet the majority of managers and leaders completely fail to do this.
Three Social Media Growth Hacks
As an email marketer, you’re probably aware of the myriad of mistakes you can make any time you create and send your campaign. From spelling mistakes to broken links, or inaccurate segments, things can go wrong for even the savviest of marketers. This is probably why many marketers experience that all too familiar, knee knocking fear before pushing “send” on a campaign.
2 – 8.3K Shares: Use Storytelling to Explain Your Company’s Purpose
The idea of “purpose” has swept the corporate world. Encouraged by evangelists like Simon Sinek, myriad firms like Nike, Adidas, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola are devoting real time and attention to explaining why they do.
Storytelling is a skill that leaders can — and should — hone.
3 – 3.1K Shares: 2016: Manual Link Building & SEO
Can link building truly be replaced by content marketing and “link earning”? Columnist Andrew Dennis doesn’t think so. Here’s why.
Recently, hoopla around manual link building arose when a 2016-focused post predicted its demise. My fellow columnist Eric Ward shared his thoughts on why manual link building will never be obsolete. I suggest you read his post — he’s experienced, insightful and basically the godfather of link building. If you’re interested in SEO and links, you should be aware of what Ward has to say on the matter.
Four Productivity Tips
To take a great photo, you used to have to buy a fancy camera and editing software for your desktop computer. Then, you had to invest some serious time and energy into learning how to use them.
But taking a great photo on your smartphone is not as simple as pointing and shooting. There are plenty of bad smartphone photos out there — I’m sure you’ve seen one or two of them.
Tip #1: Turn ‘on’ gridlines to line up your shot.
The best writers aren’t necessarily the smartest, the smoothest, or those with the biggest vocabulary. The best writers are those that possess an unforgettable personality.
Want to let yourself shine through in your writing? Check out these 12 methods for writing with unforgettable personality.
Here’s a peak at tip #3:
Break grammar rules.
What kind of grammar rules should you break? It depends. Here are some common ones:
- Sentence fragments: “Seriously. I mean, people, really.”
- Punctuation: “I. Just. Can’t. Even.”
- Starting sentences with conjunctions: “But I’m okay with that.”
- Using “like”: “It’s not like you’ve sinned.”
- Using a preposition at the end of a sentence: “You’ve got to get your traffic up!”
3 – 29.6K Shares: Addicted to Distraction
ONE evening early this summer, I opened a book and found myself reading the same paragraph over and over, a half-dozen times before concluding that it was hopeless to continue. I simply couldn’t marshal the necessary focus.
4 – 2.8K Shares: What to Do If You’re a Chronic Procrastinator
Procrastination can be hardwired into your brain. But you can kick the ‘I’ll do it later’ habit. Here’s how.
You know the feeling. You have 20 unread emails; the reports are piling up, and you could really use a lunch break. Two hours ago you said you’d take care of it in five minutes.
If this sounds like you, you are far from alone. In fact, you’re simply suffering from one of life’s most ubiquitous woes: procrastination. We’ve all been guilty of it at some point, but some of us struggle with it daily.
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