2017 is the year of the maker💡.
It’s the year of self-fulfillment❣️.
It’s the year of owning up to your dreams and desires ☁️️.
It’s the year of the rooster and the year of screaming your head off about what you want out of life 🐓.
Managing projects with an internal staff is hard enough, but when you’re working with several people remotely and want to keep your clients in the loop (and happy) then things start to get a bit tricky.
I remember working for an agency that spent thousands of pounds and hundreds of man hours on a tool that boasted huge bespoke features (that they thought we needed) only to have the system implemented and no one use it. Apparently the staff had trouble installing it and remembering to use it, but I suspect a bigger reason for its neglect was because it was simply too complicated. Don’t fall into that trap. There’s plenty of tools out there competing for your custom, and while some are proprietary (good luck getting rid of them once the ink has signed on the contract) there are some really great companies who started out small and now dominate the market (and for good reason). All of these services are from $2 – 20 a month and can be used in tandem.
There are countless programs (okay, maybe like 23) out there that promise to monitor your brand and help you engage with your audience, all for the low low price of £1200 a month. Yeah, no thanks. I think I’ll be fine with my budget of about £40 a month and these two great services that make companies like Salesforce redundant (I’m not going to be talking about sales funnels in this post – if you want me to write one about that leave a comment).
I was having an interesting conversation over a few beers last night about Mailbox and the resounding success its become overnight. For those of you that don’t know, Mailbox is an app with the mission to ‘put mail in its place’ – which it does very well with its light, fast, and mobile-friendly UI. You’re able to quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash, scan an entire conversation at once with chat-like organization or snooze emails until later with the tap of a button.
Okay, so I’ll preface this post by saying that this post is about a guy who dresses up like Grimlock from Transformers and gives advice on startups. Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll you about more about him (in a bullet point fashion).