If you’ve ever wanted to start an email newsletter for your business, I write about the basics of it in one of my Sprout pieces. It’s rather meta that I have it in this newsletter that’s about marketing. This has been one heck of a week already (yes, I know it’s only Wednesday) so here are just two bullet points:
- Zoom now has a field for you to add your pronouns to your profile & control when you want them to show up.
- The one rule I’ve maintained in my decades of journaling is that I will never lie to it. I might lie to myself when I’m thinking but never when I’m writing in my journal. Turns out that writing can also help you heal from trauma (see link in the interesting reads section).
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Quick text updates & links on what's new on the networks
Instagram added a badge that you can activate on your profile if you’re a Black-owned business account. The company is testing: a sticker that you can add a link to (a workaround for those who aren’t at 10k followers), an “Exclusive Stories” feature like Twitter’s super follow where you can publish exclusive, paid content for followers, and ability to post from the desktop site. The head of Instagram proclaimed that it is no longer just a photo-sharing app.
Facebook announced “Bulletin”, a new publishing & newsletter subscriptions platform, available to a select group of creators.
Helpful links on how to improve your digital marketing
Find a comprehensive process to test your Instagram ads campaigns and scale your results.
[I am personally not one to sign up for text messages from companies but I know many who are into it, which is why I put the article in here.] Consumers are becoming more comfortable interacting with businesses on their mobile devices. Better get on the SMS marketing train now.
HubSpot Academy Professor Crystal King outlines seven steps marketers can take on social to evolve loyal customers into brand evangelists.
Anything I've enjoyed reading recently
[HBR-freemium content] Three prompts to get started.
If saying no feels too difficult, try looking at the situation another way.
Examining every aspect of a question can be exhausting, but the most amazing insights can be gained that way, writes Annalisa Barbieri
An update from my container garden!
My succulent bowl just keeps on growing.
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