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How to Send Better Email - Without Second-Guessing a Single Word. Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and reverence?

How to Send Better Email - Without Second-Guessing a Single Word

When I come across these gems, I drop them into a “Snippets” folder. I study them, I swoon over them, and I borrow bits and pieces of them to send better email. Now imagine that every email you send is as great as these occasional all-stars you receive. Impossible? Not at all. Worth shooting for? At Buffer, we strive for 100 percent awesomeness in the emails we send to customers, and that pursuit of excellence carries over to the emails we send to teammates, colleagues, friends, and family. So I’m happy to share some of my sources of email inspiration. How to Save Six Hours a Week on Social Media. 210 Flares Filament.io 210 Flares × You know the feeling.

How to Save Six Hours a Week on Social Media

You’re sitting there, staring at your hands, at the keyboard, at the screen, at the ceiling. You’re supposed to post something on Twitter, but you have no idea what to post. I’ve been there before. Top Tips for a Terrific Google+ Profile. 5 Easy Apps To Create Eye-Catching Visual Content. The last time I checked, an average Internet surfer had an attention span of 8 seconds.

5 Easy Apps To Create Eye-Catching Visual Content

15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja. Admit it.

15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja

Sometimes, your Twitter life is messy. You follow hundreds of people — maybe thousands. Staring at your timeline is about as intelligible as reading a stock ticker. 2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet. It seems like every week, there’s a new example of how images can be used to improve your results on social media.

2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

One of the most recent examples is from Twitter, which released data showing that tweets with images generate 35 percent more retweets than those without. There are also examples from Facebook — which says that posts with images generate 100 percent more engagement than text-only posts — and from LinkedIn, which revealed that members who share images with their network are five times more likely to have other LinkedIn users engage with their updates. Understanding why you should use images is the easy part. It’s the mastering of how to actually do it that can be tricky. How to Make Images the Right Size for Your Facebook Cover Photo and Profile Photo. #CanvaQuest. SlideShare Tips: How to Create a 5,000-View SlideShare in 10 Minutes.

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SlideShare Tips: How to Create a 5,000-View SlideShare in 10 Minutes

Truth be told, we have yet to fully integrate it into our content creation process here at Buffer. We’ve felt lots of great nudges, though. We’ve heard tell of the amazing opportunity on SlideShare, how it’s a primed network of highly engaged influencers just itching to find and share your stuff. What might ultimately sell us, though, is the response we got from a single slide deck, created in a hurry, that garnered over 5,000 views in one weekend. It would appear that SlideShare has the potential for big returns on a small investment. Show Your Work: Austin Kleon on the Art of Getting Noticed. By Maria Popova How to balance the contagiousness of raw enthusiasm with the humility of knowing we’re all in this together.

Show Your Work: Austin Kleon on the Art of Getting Noticed

In 2012, artist Austin Kleon gave us Steal Like an Artist, a modern manifesto for combinatorial creativity that went on to become one of the best art books that year. He now returns with Show Your Work! (public library) — “a book for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion,” in which Kleon addresses with equal parts humility, honesty, and humor one of the quintessential questions of the creative life: How do you get “discovered”? In some ways, the book is the mirror-image of Kleon’s debut — rather than encouraging you to “steal” from others, meaning be influenced by them, it offers a blueprint to making your work influential enough to be theft-worthy. Kleon begins by framing the importance of sharing as social currency: Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built sharing into their routine. 5 Easy Apps To Create Eye-Catching Visual Content. Getting Started With Blogging: 16 Resources to Boost Your Blog.

Are you a business owner or professional with something to say?

Getting Started With Blogging: 16 Resources to Boost Your Blog

Do you want to be considered an expert in your field? Whether you are a marketing pro, business owner or professional, a blog could significantly boost your career or business. In this article you’ll find all of the tips and resources you’ll need for getting started with blogging. #1: Create Your Blog. 10 Free Design Tools for Creating Stunning Visual Content. Who doesn't love free stuff?

10 Free Design Tools for Creating Stunning Visual Content

If I can find a free tool to do something I'd otherwise have to pay for in my marketing, I'm going to try the free one first. As long as I can achieve the same quality result from the free tool, there's no need to waste budget. And in my quest to find alternatives to fancy computer programs, I've come across a lot of free tools that help take my marketing up a notch. In particular, I've adopted a ton of free tools for creating visual content that don't cost my team a dime. From templates to browser extensions to online photo editors, keep reading to see some great, free web design tools to use. Click here to download our free templates for designing visual content like infographics, social media graphics, SlideShare presentations, and more.

How to Create Visual Social Media Content. 29 Free Marketing Tools To Improve Your Work Today. 4.7K Flares Filament.io 4.7K Flares × Aren’t shortcuts just the best?

29 Free Marketing Tools To Improve Your Work Today

While everyone else takes the long way, you and your shortcut get to breeze right through, skipping a few steps and feeling pretty smart doing it. Finding a good marketing shortcut feels especially great, considering all that we marketers have to do in a day. That’s why I went hunting for the top free marketing tools in a variety of marketing categories. These tools – all quick hits you can get started with easily – focus on everything from research and writing to benchmarking and analyzing.

Research Tools We’ll start at the beginning: researching topics, sites and ideas. 1. I don’t know why more people don’t talk about Google Scholar, but I love this tool for researching science-heavy articles and digging into emerging studies. 2.