d.science https://dscience.co A blog for entrepreneurs on how to build a personal brand with social media Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 http://d2yt7dximovjc2.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/cropped-dscience-icon-32x32.png d.science https://dscience.co 32 32 How to Sell Your Creative Ideas: 3 Fail-Proof Methods https://dscience.co/how-to-sell-your-creative-ideas-3-fail-proof-methods/ https://dscience.co/how-to-sell-your-creative-ideas-3-fail-proof-methods/#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:53:44 +0000 https://dscience.co/?p=9551 How to Sell Your Creative Ideas: 3 Fail-Proof Methods You can be the most creative designer on the planet… but if you don’t know how to sell yourself and your ideas you won’t make it past doodling works of art on your computer.   Ideas and creativity are only as good as your salesmanship.  ...

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How to Sell Your Creative Ideas: 3 Fail-Proof Methods

You can be the most creative designer on the planet… but if you don’t know how to sell yourself and your ideas you won’t make it past doodling works of art on your computer.

 

Ideas and creativity are only as good as your salesmanship.

 

If you have the brightest content in your noggin’ but you can’t persuade someone to join your enthusiasm for the idea or the design, then how do you expect to get it done?

 

The key to success as a designer or a creative is to sell your ideas.

 

 

Learn to “Sell” Your Ideas.

Many clients just don’t know any better. They didn’t go to school for design, and they don’t share the same love for typography and color theory.

 

That’s why they hired… you!

 

We’ve all encountered situations where we create a pack of designs (whether for a logo or perhaps a website). We have a couple ideas that are “meh” at best, and there’s always at least one design that we knocked out of the park. Quantity does not equal quality.

 

As designers and creatives, we go to the client with all our ideas (of varying quality) to show that we did the actual work. Not dissimilar from “doing-out” a mathematical algebra equation in high school. We want them to know that we didn’t just whip it together in 15 minutes. This leads us to show all our work.

 

We look for praise and approval from our clients.

 

And somewhere inside us, we think they are going to say: “Great job, I can see all the work and effort you put into the project. This is clearly the best piece (the one you think is the best), let’s go with it!” without further question.

 

That’s the disillusioned reality we sometimes create in our heads.

 

In reality, clients are usually not sure what makes a design “great” or worthy of hitting the publish button.

 

They don’t have the creative education or technical know how. And as creatives, we certainly can’t hold that against them. With this sort of approach, they will almost always choose the “safe” option. This is usually your least favorite design in the collection of creative options.

 

Why?

 

Because they are afraid of making a risky decision.

 

They don’t want to be judged, and are often afraid of making the “wrong” decision. Not that there ever is a wrong decision, because creativity and business is totally subjective.

 

Do you want your clients to back your work, and pick your BEST designs?

Then you must learn to sell yourself.

 

Sell Your Creative Ideas.

 

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#1 Show and Tell

Take all of the pain out of this process by taking the creative reigns. This is kind of a leadership role reversal. Rather than solely seeking approval, take charge.

 

It’s  your job not only to create amazing work, but to also educate your clients. Make it your responsibility to show your client why the work is invaluable.

 

Show them what the best design would be, and then back it up with an out-of-the-park explanation.

 

You must walk them through your decisions as a designer or creative and show them upfront why this particular creative idea will be the most effective in selling their product or service.

 

The first step here is to take an intake process. Create a design brief that allows your client to communicate their needs.

 

Make sure you understand their brand, the emotions that their brand needs to invoke and take care in getting to know their ideal customers. You can pick up a free brand template here. It may help your client be clearer in communicating with you.

 

Upon presenting your ideas, add a write-up to your work.

 

Explain to them why you chose the colors you did. Help them understand the psychology of color and how the colors you chose connect more with their audience.

 

Do the same with your type too. Explain the typeface you chose, and why the “serifed type communicates a sense of sophistication to their brand” (or whatever the specific trait is).

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If you’re looking for help writing up your design “justifications” (as I like to call them), I have a great little guide that goes through, type, imagery and color theory that you can download for free, here.

 

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#2 Mock-Up Your Best Designs

If you were doing a presentation to showcase your best work (which you are), would you just flip through some logos on your computer or a pdf?

 

Hopefully not!

 

It’s easier than ever now to mock-up your designs. And it does a world of difference for your presentation.

 

Treat your client meeting as a presentation, and do everything in your capacity to make your work really sing.

 

If you’ve designed a logo…

Pick your favorite logo and mock it up on a stationary set. This helps non-visual people (probably your client) see and understand the beauty and practical application behind the design.

 

If you’ve designed a tee shirt…

Mock the design up on t-shirts and models. Find photos of models in an environment that your client would dig, and get that logo on the shirt!

 

If you’ve designed a website…

Show what the website will look like on a desktop computer and a mocked-up mobile device. Let them see what the home page looks like on the computer itself.

 

If you’ve designed an advertisement…

Create a mock-up design where your client can see the billboard on the streets of L.A. or at a bus station in NYC.

 

Yes it totally takes additional time and attention to create a better presentation. You don’t have to do it. But is it worth putting in an extra couple of hours to sell yourself in the best way possible?

 

This is the difference between when I sold logos for $350 versus $3,000.

Say “goodbye” to client disagreements…

  

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#3 Make it about THEM, and THEIR CLIENTS

It’s not about how creative you are or what you think. It’s about how you can show the value of the work to their audience.

 

Take the time to understand what their key-performance-indicators look like in the beginning of your process. Understand what success looks like for your clients, and what goals they are looking to achieve.

 

Use their goals to sell your ideas after you’ve placed all your creative attention into making a beautiful logo or website.

 

Sell the end result.

You’ve created a magical formula where your design meets the client goals. Remember to tell your clients how the design accomplishes what they were looking for.

 

That’s our goal as creatives anyway right!?

We are here to create a happy medium of something beautiful with practical application. The designs must connect with the client, and even more importantlymust connect with the audience.

 

Selling these ideas with confidence and consideration will be sure to have all your creative ideas heard and chosen! Obviously, there are some trickier clients… that just means you have an opportunity to communicate even better than you ever have before.

This article was originally posted at: JustCreative.com

 

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet: How to Achieve Your Goals

 

Welcome to 2017!

Now that the s*#& show of 2016 is over (yes it was a good year, but certainly challenging!), we can focus on creating the killer year we’ve been waiting for… 2017.

 

The thing is though, that this magical year of enchantment certainly won’t make itself! You must set goals in order to get anywhere, and learn the habits of following through to achieve these goals in small chunks until they’re achieved.

 

Just remember…

“If you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to help build theirs.” – Tony Gaskin

 

People with goals lead the people who have none.

With this in mind, to get everything you’ve ever dreamed in life, the first step is to set some real goals.

 

Get out the pen and paper and create what you desire to receive over the next year. Create how you desire your life to look in 12 months. Then create a concrete plan for its achievement, creating all the tactical steps that will get you there.

 

If you’re looking for an easy goal setting workbook, I’ve got you covered. I made this one for you… download your free goal setting workbook here.

 

I watched a free short online course recently from Concordia University (you can check it out here). The goal of the course (from their one-year master’s degree in organizational leadership and administration) is to walk through the three elements that you come to when creating a version of yourself that you can be proud of. It sets the tone for organizing your life, and how to create a life that you love, that expresses who you are and leverages your strengths and talents to bring you into a place where you’re happy with where you are, and your accomplishments.

 

 

I couldn’t help but think more about the steps that it takes to be the person that you want to be… in this case, the version of yourself that you see in 12 months. Thanks Concordia U for getting my gears turning!

 

We all want to “be something” and “go somewhere” with our lives. The thing is, to get anywhere you have to take the necessary steps to create this new version of your life. Here’s a little bit of what this looks like…

 

 

#1 You Must BECOME MORE

if You Desire to Be More

Simply, if you’re not where you want to be yet—you must become a “bigger” version of yourself to get there. For example, if you could have everything that you desire RIGHT NOW, you would just do it.

 

If you don’t have the resources yet for that big home, career position, profitability in your business—it’s because you’re not there yet. You must expand what you’re doing, do more and be more to literally achieve more.

 

If you want to grow your career, life and finances—you MUST PROVIDE MORE VALUE than you are providing right now. The more value you provide for more people—the more results and net-gain you receive in exchange. This is a fundamental law of life.

 

If you want to receive MORE, you must GIVE MORE. This means maybe putting in more hours at work if you work hourly, or picking up more clients as a freelancer.

 

You’re probably thinking—how the f*#% do I do that!?

I’ll get there in a moment.

 

 

#2 Define Your Perfect “Place”

(Where You Aim to Be in 12 Months)

Create a vision of what your ideal scenario looks like. Visualize it fully and write it down in as much detail as you possibly can create. This will be the definition of what your ideal life and reality look like in 12 months.

 

Now, remember we usually overestimate what we can do in one year, and underestimate what can be done in three years. Create real 12-month goals for yourself, and then create another 2-3 year plan if you know what you desire to accomplish in that time period.

 

Answer the questions below to get really clear on your goals, and how you want your life to look.

 

What does success look like in 12 months?

How will you know that you’ve achieved success?

What benchmarks will you need to hit in order to know that you’ve been successful?

 

 

 

#3 Understand the Difference Between

Where You Are and Where You Desire to Be

First, understand where you are now, in comparison to where you want to go and who you want to be.

 

For example, if you’re looking to save $10K in 4 months, you would need to save $2.5K/month to achieve your goal. Most people would think, “aww man, I have to cut back on what I’m spending now… no more $5 lattes ><.” An alternate perspective would be to find ways to increase your income rather than limit your spending.

 

From there you would brainstorm any manageable and realistic ways that you could earn an additional $2.5K every month. Maybe it means picking up another side job, more clients, selling things you don’t need anymore on Ebay, or starting a business.

 

One of the first steps is to understand the gap between you and your goal so you can start to reel it in.

 

 

#4 Understand What You’re Willing to Give Up

This is as simple as stating and understanding your boundaries and limits. When I say “know your limits” I really mean know what you’re willing to compromise on, and what you’re not willing to compromise.

 

For example, if you were looking to save $10K in the above example—there are a few things that you could do to get there. You could either limit your spending to save the $2.5/month. In this case you’d be compromising on leisurely expenses like lattes, going out to dinner, and more. OR you could choose to make more money throughout the month, consequently giving up your free leisure time in exchange for additional income.

 

It’s easier to make decisions around your goals once you define boundaries for yourself. Decide what’s most important to you and prioritize it. Then create your plans around your priorities.

 

 

 

#5 Define a Tactical Plan for Your Goals’

Achievement  (a Personal Growth Plan)

After you’ve identified what your goals are, and your boundaries—the next step is to create a plan for your goal’s achievement.

 

First, begin with the end in mind. Write down your 12-month goals and start to break them down into achievable chunks for the year. Break the goal down into benchmarks that you can manageably hit every single month, and reverse-engineer your goal into steps that you can start to accomplish today and this month.

 

 

 

#6 Define How You Can Be of More Service to Others

Let’s say in 12 months you’re looking back at the year and you’re happy. You received everything you possibly could have asked for… what can you do to give back to the world? What legacy will you leave in your wake for the year, and continuing on?

 

How can you help others grow and develop the way that you have?

Once you help yourself, teach others to do the same. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. The more in service you are, consequently the more opportunities you receive.

 

It’s the beginning of the year—a perfect time to engineer your goals for achievement through the year. Grab your free Goal Setting Workbook to jot down your goals and get the process going!

 

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*Disclaimer: I received either free product and/or compensation to write this article and in return for my honest opinion and review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way. 

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How I Went From Failure to Fantastic Writer

Here is one indisputable fact of life, we all play by different rules in life. These rules are predicated on many factors but a major one is “the environment” in which you grow up in. If you grow up in an environment that values academic achievement over everything else, chances are you will excel in academia. If you grow up in an environment that values empathy, chances are you will be empathetic.

 

When I was in the 3rd grade my parents had a nasty custody battle. The hatred between my mother and father was akin to Hilary and Trump. The grand prize of this epic showdown between two titans was not the nuclear launch codes and global supremacy. It was much more dire to my 7-year-old brain: it was who would I love.

 

Without getting into the details let’s just say that my parents used every nasty trick in the book to influence me to choose them. If I said, I wanted to live with my mother or father, the judge would have to award custody to that parent.

 

What ended up happening though this entire process is a lot of neglect. I didn’t have a solid home life as it was constantly in turmoil. I didn’t have the structure a young Austin needed and I became emotionally distant. I just couldn’t cope with what was going on.

 

I started failing in my school duties and turning to video games to block out the world. I couldn’t read until the 6th grade and never could I write very well. I missed the fundamentals of a child education and was pushed through the school system.

 

Throughout my years, I failed at academia even falling so low that I was placed in remedial English.

 

Have you ever watched the clip of Bart Simpson being placed in remedial classes? That is exactly the thought process I had.

 

I used to spend my days crying at the kitchen counter trying to do my homework. I used to think I was a stupid failure.

 

Eventually, I made it out of school and started my business with my partner.

 

My digital marketing agency, d.science was growing and I was in charge of blogging. This was one of the tasks I hated with the passion of 1,000 dying suns. I was terrible at writing, I hated editing and could never see my mistakes.

 

I literally had every bad writing habit. Some of the biggest ones where capitalizing random words, run-on sentences, and missing transition words.

 

My business partner who minored in English is our blog editor. She used to get so angry at my terrible writing. At times if Bruce Banner were to walk by, he would have told her to chill out.

 

But I persisted, and luckily my partner didn’t let me skirt my duties.

 

Eventually, I made progress. I wrote one article that went viral! I woke up to see over 2,000 social shares and 18,000 views on my story. If you wish to read the full article here is the link.

 

I was elated, there was hope for me.

 

From there I continued to work on my writing and like anything else in life, there were successes and failures.

 

Some of my all time best articles have been:

 

What I Have Learned on How to go From Failure to Fantastic Writer

 

Write Every Day

Consistency is key. I personally couldn’t expect to be a top contributor my very first article. I knew that it was going to be a long journey if I wanted it. I never had any doubt due to my poor education and lack of basic grammar skills.

 

Through persistence and patience with myself, I slowly got better. Also, patience from my partner and editor—without whom I would never have been able to achieve success.

 

Hit Publish

So many people are afraid to hit that publish button. They compare themselves to everyone else and start to doubt themselves. Hit publish and push out more content. The only way to get better is to keep practicing and keep trying.

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Perfection is the enemy of progress – Winston Churchill

 

Don’t Hit Publish

Wait… you just said hit publish!


I know, and here is the other end of the spectrum. Make better content! Don’t hit publish because you have too, but also don’t sit and work out of fear. If you want to be a fantastic writer, you have to push yourself to be better. At times this means setting down an article and coming back to it. Maybe you set it down for an hour and take a walk, or a few days.

 

If you normally write 500-word blog articles once a week, increase your game 10 fold. Write an epic piece, 5,000 words long. Cover a subject so well taking people step by step.

 

ABL: Always Be Learning

Everything in life is merely a skill set. You can learn anything if you put your mind to it. I hate to break it to you, most writers are not willing to learn other subjects. In particular to be a more effective writer you need a bigger audience.


You can not know if your content is fantastic if your audience never reads it.

 

Learn one of the many ways to drive traffic to your website. You can become a do-it-yourself SEO expert and drive tons of organic google traffic.

 

You can become a Youtube Tycoon mastering Youtube SEO and driving blog traffic from the world’s second largest search engine. You could learn all about social media’s like Snapchat, Instagram, Periscope, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. They all can drive traffic and grow your brand.

 

Your only goal is to keep pushing yourself to learn more. I recommend religiously consuming content from the university of Youtube, Audible, and online courses. No matter what your mechanism for consuming content, keep learning new skillsets.

 

This is the story all about how…my life got twisted turned upside down. Sorry, forgot I am not the fresh prince, haha.
This is the story how I went from a failure to a fantastic writer and a few tips I learned from that experience.

 

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4 Ways Being Obsessed is Your New Game-Changing Awesome Sauce https://dscience.co/4-ways-obsessed-new-game-changing-awesome-sauce/ https://dscience.co/4-ways-obsessed-new-game-changing-awesome-sauce/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:27:46 +0000 https://dscience.co/?p=9426     4 Ways Being Obsessed is Your New Game-Changing Awesome Sauce   Obsession (noun) : an idea or thought that continually preoccupies the mind.    When you hear the word “obsession” what do you think? I feel like it’s gotten a bad rap over the years. That’s a shame because obsession is the difference between...

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4 Ways Being Obsessed is Your New Game-Changing Awesome Sauce

 

Obsession (noun) : an idea or thought that continually preoccupies the mind. 

 

When you hear the word “obsession” what do you think? I feel like it’s gotten a bad rap over the years. That’s a shame because obsession is the difference between you being successful and not.

 

Seriously. No joke.

 

I just wrapped up Grant Cardone’s new book: Be Obsessed or Be Average.”

 

I highly suggest you pick this up. Whenever I’m trying to explain to people what it takes to be a constant moving force to overachieve, I suggest this book. I’ve been doing most of what he describes in the book for years. I was just thrilled to see it on paper and hear it from my Audible membership.

 

Additionally, Grant is so passionate and you get all the energy and emotion straight from the source if you pick up the audio recording. Who doesn’t LOVE audio books!? Can I get an A-MEN!?

 

 

Obsession is the separating piece between success and failure.

I promise you, that if you aren’t obsessed, that when the challenges come (oh, and they will rain on you for sure) you’ll quit. Obsession is the “pulling factor” that keeps you driving full-force at a goal until you achieve it.

 

Obsession as a Game Changer

Find something you’re obsessed about and run after it. First, take a look at your life and what you’ve accomplished. Are you happy with the results?

 

Take out a sheet of paper and write down every worthwhile accomplishment you’ve made—anything you can think of. Afterwards, step back and look at the results. Are you happy? If so, well keep doing what you’re doing. If not, look for ways to become obsessed over things that will propel you.

 

 

If you’re wondering what you’ve always wanted to do (to ignite obsession), think about these questions:

  • What have I always wanted to do since I was a child, that I forgot?
  • What are things that I dream of doing that I haven’t accomplished?
  • What’s truly important to me?

 

 

Stop Quitting and Start Winning

Here’s the thing about success—if you don’t quit, it’s inevitable that you’ll win. Success is actually a sure-thing. It’s guaranteed if you set your mind to something and don’t stop until you achieve it. The only real way to fail, is to quit.

 

Do you know that Thomas Edison created 10,000 versions of the light bulb (all of which DID NOT WORK). After 10,000+ attempts, he created the “edison light bulb” that worked!? Imagine failing 10,000 times. Could you honestly even handle that? Most people would shy away from anything that demands that level of experimentation, creating, invention and plainly—work. It must have taken him YEARS or decades devoted to his craft. Are you willing to spend decades devoted to what you want to achieve? If not, you should re-think your goals, because success is the long-haul.

 

What if Edison quit on the 9,990th time? What if he just said one day—”f*#% it, it’s never going to work. I quit.” We’d never have the vast network of electricity, lights and other technology that we have today.

 

Your work matters. Your purpose matters. The thing is, it requires work, effort, obsession and never giving up.

 

When you stop quitting, you start winning.

 

 

Put the Work In

How many times have you passed up an opportunity because it looked like work?

 

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it’s dressed in overalls looking like hard work.”

– Thomas Edison

 

I’m willing to bet—many. And to be honest, I don’t blame you! Who wants to work hard? We’d all rather waive our magic wands and just plant our tushes on the beach to sip on margaritas and get everything we desire. It’s just not real. And to be honest, there’s a ton of magic in the working and achievement part of the process.

 

The most successful people put in the work.

Sara Blakely (self-made Billionaire and founder of Spanx) even said that accomplishing her dreams took serious hustle—for years. And she hasn’t let up.

 

 

I’m sure they’d say also that there is a certain amount of “luck.” The luck really comes in when preparation meets opportunity. Successful people pick up the opportunity and get to work.

 

 

How to Become Obsessed (in a great way!)

First, you MUST know what it is that you give a flying duck about.

 

give a flying duck

 

If you’re not obsessed about working and building a life that you love—you’re probably obsessed with something else. Maybe you’re obsessed with watching the news, going out to drinks with friends, watching tv, or playing video games.

 

I promise, that right now, you’re obsessed about something. Whether or not it’s healthy based on your goals is another question entirely.

 

The things you’re currently obsessed about may not be moving you forward towards growth and progress. Sure you can obsessively make progress on getting to season 9 of Friends, or the Walking Dead but how is that contributing to the world? It’s not.

 

Start getting obsessed over things you want to accomplish and who you want to be. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be a cartoonist, write a best selling book, or compete in a body building competition. Get obsessed over it and make it happen!

 

This obsession will make you go at your goal again and again until you accomplish it. You’ll look at obstacles as opportunities for change. You’ll change your perception of the world around accomplishing this thing your obsessed about, and it will move you forward.

 

Whatever your obsessed with will become your reality—for good or not. 

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11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Massively Increase Productivity https://dscience.co/11-top-ifttt-recipes-to-massively-increase-productivity/ https://dscience.co/11-top-ifttt-recipes-to-massively-increase-productivity/#respond Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:10:05 +0000 https://dscience.co/?p=9481   11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Massively Increase Productivity IFTTT is a dream come true for increasing productivity. IFTTT stands for”If This Then That.” It creates automatic programs to run when certain actions are taken. For instance, if you create a WordPress post (blog article), you can then automatically send it to social bookmarking sites....

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11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Massively Increase Productivity

 

11 Top IFTTT Recipes to Massively Increase Productivity

IFTTT is a dream come true for increasing productivity. IFTTT stands for”If This Then That.” It creates automatic programs to run when certain actions are taken. For instance, if you create a WordPress post (blog article), you can then automatically send it to social bookmarking sites.

 

Here are 11 Top IFTTT recipes to massively increase productivity. These are my personal favorite recipes, what are yours?

 

#1 Share WordPress Posts on Facebook

You spend hours crafting that perfect blog post and hit publish. “AHHH all done” you think. But that is only part of it, promoting your content is 800x more important. Facebook is the number 1 social media platform with over 1 billion users. Forgetting to share your latest blog post to Facebook isn’t good, you could potentially be missing out on thousands of new visitors.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/2263-automatically-share-your-latest-wordpress-posts-on-facebook

 

#2 Share WordPress Posts on Tumblr

Tumblr isn’t the top social media platform but it may be the most forgotten one to share your posts. Granted if you haven’t spent much time building an audience on this platform the value you will receive is small. That being said, there is always a chance for your latest piece of content to go viral.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/4995-wp-to-tumblr

 

#3 Share WordPress Posts on Twitter

Sharing your latest post on Twitter can be a phenomenal way to get an initial boost of traffic. Twitter is a great platform that you can push out the same content over and over again. You won’t kill your social strategy by sharing a tweet 2x or even 200x.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/151199-posting-from-wordpress-to-twitter-with-an-image

#4 Add a New a Public Bookmark in Delicious for New WordPress Posts

Delicious is a social bookmarking site very similar to StumbleUpon. Delicious has over 2 million active users and a Google pagerank of 8. If enough people share your posts, great things in the world of SEO will happen for you.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/4991-add-a-public-bookmark-in-delicious-for-new-wordpress-posts

 

#5 WordPress Post Publishes to Linkedin Post

Oh, Linkedin how I love and hate thee. I love thee when I am looking to build my professional network. I hate thee because your website is terrible in all other regards. The advertising platform grossly underperforms, the home feed is cluttered and there is so much potential that is untapped. But never the less sharing content on Linkedin is still important, just not important enough that I can’t outsource it to IFTTT.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/25468-new-post-on-wordpress-creates-a-link-post-on-linkedin-trigger-tag-broadcast

#6 WordPress to Diigo

Diiago is the newest social bookmarking site I have found. It is very similar to Delicious and as such it warrants a recipe to fire every time you make a new post.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/182247-wordpress-new-post-to-diigo-bookmark

 

#7 Youtube to WordPress

If you are creating tons of Youtube videos, posting those videos on your WordPress site is an excellent idea. This recipe can easily solve a piece of your content production and distribution.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/83544-if-new-video-uploaded-to-youtube-then-create-a-post-on-wordpress

 

#8 WordPress to Medium Drafts

Medium is an amazing place to syndicate your blog article too. It can drive a ton of traffic and a bunch of SEO backlinks. To make Medium work the most for you, you can’t straight publish to Medium. What you need to do is format the article to fit Medium’s unique culture.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/371137-create-draft-in-medium-for-all-wordpress-posts-with-tag-or-category-medium

 

#9 Instagram Photos Post as Native Twitter Photos

Whenever you post an Instagram photo and push it out to your Twitter audience as link, you lose out on tons of engagement. If you take the time to post that same photo as a photo in Twitter, BOOM! Tons more engagement, this IFTTT recipe is great to save energy and increase productivity.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/103249-share-your-instagram-photos-as-native-twitter-photos

#10 Share Periscopes on Facebook

Periscope is a live streaming platform that is like having a TV broadcast station in your pocket. Generating more viewers is always better and therefore pushing your broadcast out to Facebook makes sense.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/275968-when-you-re-periscoping-share-the-link-to-your-facebook-page

 

 

#11 Create a List of People Engaged in a Hashtag on Twitter

Knowing people who consistently engage in a particular hashtag is a great way to build an audience. Using Twitter’s advanced search you can find ways to engage in meaningful conversation and eventual sales. Let Twitter and IFTTT do all the heavy lifting for you.

 

The Recipe:
https://ifttt.com/recipes/212995-create-twitter-lists-around-a-hashtag

 

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What is your favorite IFTTT recipe that will massively increase productivity? Let us know in the comments!

 

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