The 12 Best Free (and Private) Email Accounts and Service Providers of 2022

You need an email account — whether it’s for networking, job recruitment, downloading resources, transferring files, setting reminders, meeting with colleagues, or something else. Even with the rise of office chat platforms, you still depend on email for a surprising number of things. But unfortunately, not every email service is completely free. And even the free ones might not be the easiest to use or have all the features you need. It can be a challenge to find an email service provider at no cost that balances the right features with usability. To help make your search easier, we put…

8 Hacks to Make Your Digital Agency More Productive

The more billable tasks you complete, the more money your agency makes. The less time you spend on admin and non-billables, the more you can spend on valuable client work. Productivity equals profitability. But being productive is easier said than done, especially as you scale your agency. To help you out, here are some of our favorite productivity hacks for digital agencies to get more done in less time, whether your agency makes money from digital marketing, SEO, web design, or other skills you’ve turned into a business. How to Make Digital Agencies More Productive 1. Delegate tasks that someone…

37 Tasks Every Marketer Should Automate

As a marketer, you’re busy. And, even though you probably already know that automating tasks and workflows can free up a lot of time, it takes a lot of focus to set up, right? Well, not necessarily. With all of the marketing automation tools at your fingertips, it’s simpler and speedier than ever to streamline your workflows. To maximize your automation strategy, we’ve compiled some of the best marketing tasks that you should automate in your workflow. 35 Marketing Tasks to Automate Email Tasks 1. Delivering Content Downloads One of the most effective areas of your marketing strategy to automate…

How to Make Your Business More Flexible During Uncertainty

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley,” wrote Scottish poet Robert Burns. Even the finest, most well-thought-out plans sometimes have to be set aside for reasons outside of your control. During times of uncertainty, one of the most important traits for any business to have is flexibility. With a willingness to adjust plans, divert from the original strategy, and make small or large pivots, your business can be more resilient during stormy weather. If your business is facing uncertainty and the road ahead is unclear, here’s how to add more flexibility to your plans, projects,…

7 of the Best Tools for Freelancers in 2021

You’ve decided to become a freelancer. You’re the boss of your own time, your business, and the projects you choose to work on. There’s a lot going on, from finding new clients to managing your workload. The truth is… you kind of have to do everything, especially when you’re just starting out. To maximize your chances of success, one of your first decisions as a freelancer is how to manage your processes – especially your invoices, accounting, clients, and projects. To find, retain, and receive glowing reviews from clients, you need an efficient and scalable way to stay on top…

How One HubSpotter Created a Framework to Reduce Meeting Fatigue

This post is a part of Made @ HubSpot, an internal thought leadership series through which we extract lessons from experiments conducted by our very own HubSpotters. A few months ago, I came to a startling realization: My job is meetings. Maybe you can relate. From morning to night, I spend my time jumping from Zoom call to Zoom call. I race to grab a snack in the two minutes I’m afforded in-between calls, and I’m mentally exhausted by the end of the day. It’s a struggle to decompress before spending time with friends and family. And, equally challenging, the…

16 of the Best Meeting Scheduler Tools to Organize Your Day

We complain about spending countless hours in unproductive and mismanaged meetings. But the greater crime is all the wasted time we spend scheduling the meeting. The endless back-and-forth communication and steps — reviewing calendars, determining the best place to meet, setting up a call-in number, adding the meeting to the calendar, inviting all the necessary attendees, and so on. To put it simply, the process makes the meeting a hassle before it even starts. Best Way to Schedule Meetings That’s where meeting scheduling software comes into play — this is the more efficient way to optimize your time when scheduling…

5 Steps to Run a Project Post-Mortem Meeting [+ Key Questions to Ask]

No project is an unmitigated success or failure. Even when it seems like a project couldn’t have possibly gone better (or worse), there are always lessons to be learned. Thus, the project post-mortem. A post-mortem meeting isn’t an investigation. It’s an inquiry to uncover all the lessons for the future – not a chance to assign blame or put people on the spot. It’s the opportunity to ask: What exactly did we accomplish? And even more importantly: what could we do better next time? To help your team get the most out of your project post-mortem meetings, we’ve shared some…

The 9 Best Ways to Send Large Files

We all know the frustrating feeling — maybe you’ve finally finished the script for your next marketing video, or you’ve collected all the images you need for your next campaign. But when you go to press “Send” you’re told, “Sorry. File too large.” Unfortunately, our email accounts can’t carry as much storage as you might think. Gmail, for instance, can only hold files up to 25 MB. Additionally, large files can eat at your storage space, even if it’s just sitting in your Sent folder. If you’ve got a file you can’t send the traditional way, don’t worry — we’ve…

The 7 Best Music Playlists for Productivity, According to Science

Not long after I first started at HubSpot, I was welcomed with a fresh pair of orange, noise-canceling headphones. At the time, I had no clue that these headphones would carry me through many long work days and some of the deepest, darkest levels of writer’s block. Over three years later, they are truly the gift that keeps on giving. You see, for me, listening to music while working is the secret to my productivity. All it takes is the right Beyoncé track, and I go from idle to uber productive. (Seriously, it works like a charm.) The trouble is,…