BUSINESS TIPS

3 Easy Ways to Cut Costs and Keep Your Business Lean

Friday, 26 August, 2016

“When in doubt, simplify.” ― Eric Ries, The Lean Startup Small businesses are always pushing to drive profits and increase sales, but few fledgling firms truly know the ins and outs of cutting costs to maximize profits. Here are three ways you can effectively cut costs for your small business while keeping operations running smoothly. 1. Switch to Free Why pay when you don’t have to? Here are some normally costly practices that hav...

Use Gamification to Revolutionize Your Team Task Management
Tuesday, 23 August, 2016
Collaboration, Posts, Team Management

Use Gamification to Revolutionize Your Team Task Management

There is nothing quite as satisfying as being the first runner to cross the finish line or toting a winning gold medal. The thought of victory often pushes people to do their very best. It only makes sense, then, that this mentality leads to productivity gains in the workplace. By integrating gamification with team task management, companies can inspire a healthy level of competitiveness among employees. Game Over: Why Traditional Team Task Management Doesn't Work Work environments...
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How to Take Your Productivity from 10 to ELEVEN
Monday, 22 August, 2016
Posts, Productivity

How to Take Your Productivity from 10 to ELEVEN

  Imagine yourself having one of those days where you can't get anything done. You have an ever-growing to-do list, an infinite amount of ad hoc requests, and you can't seem to just sit down and power through them all. You keep telling yourself, "maybe I need a small snack" and find yourself doing this:   .  .  Sound familiar? Stranger Things have happened to you, I'm sure.   . But you don't have to visit the Upside Down or gain super powers to jumpstart your productivity....
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Why Creatives Should Think About Project Management
Friday, 19 August, 2016
Posts, Project Management

Why Creatives Should Think About Project Management

In a perfect world, creatives would spend 100% of their time doing what they love: write, design, film, build, and create! However, this isn't the reality for most creatives. There are client requests, feedback, edits, and meetings on top of meetings. Some creatives don't even have enough time left to actually be creative. What's the solution to this? To be honest, there must be a change in perspective before there is a change in action. If creatives and clients continue to look at a job...
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Daily Writing Habits to Boost Productivity—Even If You're Not a Writer
Thursday, 18 August, 2016
Posts, Productivity

Daily Writing Habits to Boost Productivity—Even If You're Not a Writer

Even if you don't consider yourself much of a writer, you'd be surprised at how much the act of jotting your thoughts down on paper can help you get more done every day. Getting into a daily writing habit has multiple benefits: putting your goals down in writing makes you more likely to achieve them, it improves the clarity and focus of your ideas, and it declutters your mind so you can think and solve problems more effectively. Plus, a daily writing habit can help you get into a productiv...
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Freeze! Are You Violating the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing? (Book Review)
Wednesday, 17 August, 2016
Marketing, Posts

Freeze! Are You Violating the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing? (Book Review)

Consider the difference between rules and laws. Rules are meant to create structure, and breaking them can either land you in trouble or lead you to the next great idea. Laws, on the other hand, are not so flexible. Adhering to these standards puts you on the path to success, and that's exactly what Jack Trout and Al Ries emphasize in their bestseller, 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate at Your Own Risk! Summary and Book Review of 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate at Your O...
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The 4 Pillars of Agile Marketing
Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Marketing, Posts

The 4 Pillars of Agile Marketing

In the last decade, Agile methodologies have been widely embraced by the software development and project management communities. Its iterative approach helps teams make direct progress toward an end goal, while allowing them the flexibility to adapt and refine their process as they go.  Now, marketing teams are embracing Agile in order to thrive in a new era of customer engagement and expectations. Increasing demands on marketing departments require new approaches to marketing management...
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5 Steps to a Stress-Free Design Revision Process
Monday, 15 August, 2016
Marketing, Posts

5 Steps to a Stress-Free Design Revision Process

Every designer and creative professional has had one of those projects: the ones that Just. Won't. Die. An endless cycle of nitpicky or vague revisions, ten zillion people reviewing and weighing in with conflicting feedback, and clients that have no idea what they want — just what they don't.  For the sake of your business, you need to keep clients happy, but you also can’t afford to make endless revisions. So how do you accommodate change requests without losing control of the project (o...
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