Why and How to Bring Empathy Into Your Content

Posted by DaisyQCreating content can feel incredibly difficult right now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks oscillating between a can-do approach and hours of staring into space. Here’s how to tap into those very real emotions and channel them into more impactful content. What empathy is and isn’t We commonly confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy is understanding and perhaps feeling bad for the struggles that someone may be experiencing. Empathy means understanding the person’s feelings and thoughts from their point of view. Sympathy is when you feel compassion, sorrow, or pity for what the other person…

Why do people really quit their jobs? Before you say “salary,” “benefits,” or “workload,” take a second to think about the worst boss you’ve ever had. Were they bad at giving feedback, not helpful, or just plain mean? Did they have you feeling unmotivated, too nervous to offer ideas, or fearing that you’d lose your job with the slightest miss-step? Once you let those memories sink in, you probably won’t second guess the statement: “People quit their managers, not their jobs.” Over the years, this fact hasn’t changed. Study after study has emphasized that companies need good managers to retain…

What is Banner Blindness? How Can You Avoid It?

My morning routine is generally pretty straightforward: I wake up, do yoga, shower and get ready for work, then visit my favorite music websites to get my daily fix on the latest news. Usually, when I sign onto these sites, I start scrolling as soon as the webpage loads. Not because I want to check to see if my trackpad is working, but because I know that to get to the content, I need to scroll a little. This routine has led me to mostly ignore what’s usually right underneath the navigation bar: a banner ad. Source I don’t purposely…

How to Open an Online Business

I can’t count how many times I’ve come up with an idea and immediately said to my friends, “I should start a business!” I never do, but if I did, I know it would be online. Why? Well, in 2018, online businesses generated over $2 billion in revenue. If shopping online wasn’t as popular a couple of years ago, it definitely is now. Plus, online shopping makes the experience easier for the customer since they don’t have to leave their homes to make a purchase. Another reason I would open an online store is because it would be easier for…

As a marketer, promoting and driving traffic to your blog isn’t easy. It can feel like you’re talking into a void sometimes. We’ve all been there. However, there are almost 4.5 billion active internet users. Getting blog readers is all about promoting your content to the right people at the right place and the right time. So, how can you do that? To start, you’ll need to diversify your blog promotion strategy so you can get traffic from several sources. You can get generate traffic through content aggregators, social media posts, social bookmarking, or reciprocal sharing sites. Below, let’s review…

9 of the Most Inventive Interactive Marketing Examples We’ve Ever Seen

If you really think about it, the content formats we rely on today have an uncanny resemblance to the content formats we relied on yesterday — our blog posts look like print articles, our offers look like books, and our slide decks like look presentations. Relying on the content formats we used yesterday to educate and entertain our audience today is fine: Our audience is ultimately used to these mediums. At the same time, “fine” is not exceptional, and we’ve missed a huge opportunity to engage them at record levels because we glossed over the fact that screens and computers…

Where to Find Public and Private Small Business Funding in 2020

With the recent passing of a $2 trillion U.S. stimulus package, small business owners impacted by COVID-19 have been given options for low-interest loans, financial assistance, and other aid that can help them in this uncertain economic time. Aside from this stimulus package, a number of private, state and local institutions have also stepped up to provide aid, assistance, and loans to small business owners suddenly facing unforeseen challenges. With a number of different options emerging, small business owners might be asking themselves, “Which options am I eligible for?” and “Which funding option is right for my particular business?” To…

To aid small businesses and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States government recently passed three landmark acts, including the largest economic stimulus package in history. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act), passed March 27, directs more than $2 trillion to the U.S. economy. The history-making stimulus package allocates funds to citizens, relief-oriented aid, government departments, and businesses of all sizes. Notably for small businesses the package offers low-interest loan options, tax deferrals, and other financial aid opportunities to help companies stay in business during this time. The passing of the 800-page CARES…