Some bullet point updates from me:
- I’ve done five of these free brainstorming sessions and they’ve been fun on both ends. If you need another person to bounce off of, I’m here!
- Last week was really rough for me. It’s at 6 weeks now without a human hug and I don’t know what else to say here about it.
- I was able to borrow clippers from a neighbor and trimmed part of my hair but now I need to learn how to layer so I don’t have a bowl cut.
I despise the word "reset"
Second only to the phrase “back to normal.”
I’ve been hearing “reset” be used more often lately, tied directly to the pandemic and how it’s going to cause all of us to “reset” our lives, priorities, and work. I despise the word right now because it insinuates a return to normalcy when in fact things won’t be normal. This much is clear. That normal from six weeks ago is not going to return, same with all the businesses that have shuttered and lives who have departed.
And plus, the pandemic has exposed so many issues with our infrastructure, social systems, and medical systems (which many already knew) – why would anyone want to go back to this? Instead, I’m trying to create a new normal for me, one that’s going to evolve with the times since I imagine sheltering will end and I will get to hug someone again. Thinking otherwise is not healthy for me.
All this is to say that if you’ve been feeling unproductive, down, anxious, worried, sane, nuts, unable to create or work – all are valid. I don’t want a reset. I want to take whatever I’ve learned from this and use it.
As I have mentioned a few issues ago, this newsletter might be evolving as marketing changes. I don’t know where it’s going, I almost didn’t send it today. But I do appreciate all of you who read it, those who respond, and those who have stuck by me through all my rambling thoughts.
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Quick text updates & links on what's new on the networks
Facebook added: ability to mute group members for a longer time, gift card discovery tool, and service impact listings. The network released a guide on what advertisers need to consider for their ads in relation to the pandemic.
Instagram added: live streams viewable on the web, first stage of monetization for IGTV creators, hands-free recording mode, business & creator accounts have story stickers that can direct people to ordering food delivery or gifts cards on their site, and DM access to the web.
Twitter is thinking of changing “Lists” to “Channels”.
Helpful links on how to improve your digital marketing
Need to switch up your content plan, and quickly? Discover some ways to pivot a content plan successfully, straight from the minds of HubSpot marketers.
Crisis communication is the name of the game. See how marketers can effective reach their audiences without coming across as exploitive.
Learn how to optimize your efforts to get the most out of each advertising dollar.
Anything I've enjoyed reading recently
Seven stories of solitude during coronavirus, from ages 24 to 86
There is no such thing as a “bad” job, just bad working conditions — and the coronavirus crisis should be our call to action to fix that
If your emotions feel like a rollercoaster because of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Here are 10 emotions you’re not the only one having right now.
An update from my container garden!
It's the first new leaf of this monstera since I moved into this place! 😍
I’m doing free 15-min brainstorming session consults for coffee businesses/organizations affected by COVID-19!
What'd you think?
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