How much time do you spend online each day? If we’re honest with ourselves, we know it’s probably too much. In fact, one recent study found that we spend 6 hours and 42 minutes online every day. Imagine if you could put that time toward accomplishing your goals. That’s why we love the digital minimalism movement. Below, let’s learn more about digital minimalism, from how to become a digital minimalist to the tools you need to improve focus and productivity. In his 2019 book, “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World”, Cal Newport theorizes that to live…

15 of the Best Facebook Ad Examples That Actually Work (And Why)

On average, Facebook is home to 3 billion daily active users — from CEOs to students to companies. And while the community is clearly there, connecting with them from a marketing standpoint isn’t always easy. For brands, posting on Facebook alone isn’t enough anymore, especially for ones just starting out. Sure, you can throw money at your efforts to drive people to your Facebook Page and send them to your website, but that only works if you’re smart about it. One way to get the most from your Facebook ad strategy is to create optimized Facebook Ads targeted at the…

How to Write an Effective Communications Plan [+ Template]

Remember the “Tide Pod Challenge?” That horrendous time at the beginning of 2018 when adolescents filmed themselves ingesting laundry detergent? While it was a funny (albeit dangerous) start to the new year, this small boost of infamy was a PR mess for the detergent brand in question, Tide, whose crisis communication team had to figure out how to respond to America’s teens swallowing their toxic product. Tide’s parent company, Procter & Gamble, was swift in their response, thanks in large part to their communication plan. Communication plans can help you clarify the purpose of a product launch or new initiative…

Have you ever found yourself working on a project in which you had to toggle between multiple software and applications? Perhaps you had to plug data from one system into another or rewrite the same content over and over again to ensure it was in multiple locations. Although few people have the time or patience for this type of tedious work, it’s highly common and often critical to your business’s success — these mundane tasks need to get done. What if there was a way to connect your software to the applications you use in a way that successfully brings…

So you’ve just finished redesigning your website. You’re excited, it looks great, and you’re patting yourself on the back. Before you start parading around this new great design like a kid showing off their new toy, you want to give it a whirl and see how it all looks from a visitor’s perspective. And there lies your first problem: For some reason you can’t comprehend, your web browser is still showing the previous version of your site. What the heck’s going on here? This is when your browser cache comes into play. We’ve all heard this term before… but do…

How to Create Infographics in Under an Hour [15 Free Infographic Templates]

Wouldn’t it be great if creating infographics was as simple as writing regular old text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let’s face it — skill — than the written word. Usually. But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can’t just afford to throw in the towel. That’s why we decided to take all the pain and suffering out of infographic creation. Seriously — don’t give up just yet. You, too, can create infographics that are professional-looking, high-quality, and completed in under an hour….

Risk-Averse Link Building – Best of Whiteboard Friday

Posted by rjonesx.Building links is an incredibly common request of agencies and consultants, and some ways to go about it are far more advisable than others. Whether you’re likely to be asked for this work or you’re looking to hire someone for it, it’s a good idea to have a few rules of thumb. In this classic Whiteboard Friday chock full of evergreen advice, Russ Jones breaks things down. Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hey, folks, welcome to another great Whiteboard Friday. I am Russ Jones, Principal Search…

Brand Logos: The Good, The Bad, and The Most Questionable Designs

When it comes to your business’ branding strategy, establishing your company’s logo is one of the most critical tasks. Your logo will be pervasive throughout all of your marketing campaigns, and it’s one of the most prominent branding elements that people will think of when someone mentions your company. Mounting research backs up how important a logo can be to your brand. In fact, a 2019 study from the Journal of Marketing Research found that an effectively designed logo can “influence brand evaluations, purchase intentions, and brand performance.” Your brand’s logo should be memorable, versatile, and consistent, all the while…