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What’s Your #1 Rule to Live by for Workplace Productivity?

Posted by Stephanie Fisher

Aug 27, 2015 9:30:00 AM

August is the month the kids go back to school, and a great time for us to refocus and start being more productive too. While summer was super fun and hectic, personally, I love getting back to a regular schedule (so back to school time is Ah-mazing).

Maybe right now you're looking for new ways to be more productive and kick that lazy summertime vacation attitude to the curb?

Recently, we posted a question on social media to find out how you all stay productive and focused at work.

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We asked: “What’s your #1 rule to live by when it comes to your workplace productivity?” We’ve compiled the answers and picked our top favorites. 

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Topics: productivity

Why Live Events Still Have a Place in Modern Marketing (And Learning)

Posted by Michael Reynolds

Aug 26, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Do you attend live events?

In this age of digital this and digital that, it's easy to feel like live events are becoming obsolete. Virtual meeting technology is mature and easy to use and online learning is a booming industry.

As a result, we often feel like we can get all the education and collaboration we need without in-person interaction. To some extent, this is true. Much of the time we can utilize online learning and virtual meetings to collaborate effectively.

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However, I find that live events still have a place in professional development. It's difficult to achieve the same level of engagement online as you can in person and live events can play a significant part in your marketing program.

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Topics: events

The Importance of Checklists

Posted by Stephanie Fisher

Aug 25, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Imagine a process so complicated, so intricate that no matter how many times you did it you could never rely totally on memory. And even if you did have the process memorized, you would never rely on memory alone.

Because if you miss a step, lives are at stake.

Earlier this year, I read An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. He described the fascinating processes and practices of space exploration. 

And he talked about the humble checklist.

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Topics: sales, process

Break Down Your Sales Goals [Quick Tip]

Posted by Abby Stearns

Aug 24, 2015 9:30:00 AM

If you haven't written down your goals, how will you know if you've achieved them? Okay, I sound like your grandma, but seriously, how can you measure something that does not exist? 

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Start with the big picture:

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Topics: sales, goal

SpinRadio Episode #32 - How to Deal With Copyright Issues On the Web

Posted by Michael Reynolds

Aug 21, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Welcome to SpinRadio your inbound marketing and sales radio show. We broadcast every Friday at 10am Eastern LIVE. We take questions from listeners via and email. We also live tweet with the hashtag #SpinRadio.

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In today's episode, we're covering:

  • Common Sense and Copyright
  • How Email Marketing Continues to Evolve
  • Exciting times at SpinWeb! Mainly travel...but exciting!
  • As always, our Tactical Top 5 (actionable tweaks to improve your online presence)
  • Q&A from listeners
  • Weekly inspiration

Click play below for the live show (or a recording of it if you missed it). The next episode is LIVE at 10am Eastern today. Just refresh this page at 10am if you don't see the live stream yet (it will show last week's recording until then). Or if you missed this one, you can listen to the recording below. The latest episode always streams live at spinweb.net/radio.

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Topics: SpinRadio

5 Free Apps (and 1 Cheap App) for Creating Custom Social Media Images

Posted by Stephanie Fisher

Aug 20, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Stock photography can be expensive and boring, but it's an easy shortcut when you don't have time or access to original, high-quality images.

Custom images and original photography are more eye-catching, but it still takes time and money to create custom images.

I like to use apps like Canva to design custom images for blog posts and social media, especially when I want to breathe some life into a stock photo (more tips on how to pick the right stock photos over here).

But what about using free apps on my phone for whipping up an original image with a filter and text?

(made with mobile app Over, using a photo of my scarf as a background texture)

I recently recommended this to a client who wanted to create custom social media images, but didn't want to pay for stock photos. I wanted to test drive a few free mobile apps to see which ones I liked best.

With each app, I wanted to add a photo that I took with my phone. Add text. Add a filter. That's pretty much the secret sauce foundation to creating a good image to share on Instagram and Facebook.

Here's what I found.

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Topics: photography, social media, apps

Is Your Sales Team Ready for Inbound Marketing? [QUIZ]

Posted by Michael Reynolds

Aug 19, 2015 9:30:00 AM

A great inbound marketing program is only as strong as the sales process that goes with it. Inbound leads are not magic. It takes time and effort to earn their business and that's where strong sales people come in.

The best sales people have a strong sales process to guide them and set them up for success. How strong is your sales process? Is your sales team ready for inbound marketing?

Take the quiz to find out.

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Topics: sales, quizzes

Favorite Social Media Moments From the 2016 Presidential Race

Posted by Stephanie Fisher

Aug 18, 2015 9:30:00 AM

I don't know why I enjoy politics. Actually, I do.

It's entertaining!

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I realize that is the wrong answer, but I unapologetically say it anyway. The truth is, politics can be ugly, interesting, boring, necessary, and many other things. But for me, I stay informed because it's interesting to me and I like to discuss current events.

Oh yeah, civic responsibility too.

If you've been paying attention, you'll know that the 2016 Presidential race is already off to a bang. The media landscape has changed dramatically since our last election.

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Topics: social media

How to Send Large Files Through Email [Quick Tip]

Posted by Michael Reynolds

Aug 17, 2015 9:30:00 AM

You finally put the finishing touches on that presentation. It's gone through 97 revisions and it's full of beautiful images and charts and even a video! It's so awe-inspiring and you can't wait to send it off to your boss for review.

You draft a new email, attach the file, and hit send. Wooooosh! Off it goes and you start to sit back and bask in your awesomeness as you check off that project on your todo list. Wait, what's that new message coming into your inbox? Is it your boss already praising you for your masterpiece?

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Sadly, no. It's an "UNDELIVERABLE" notification featuring our old pal "MAILER-DAEMON" yelling at us because the attachment was too big (157MB is ok, right?).

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Topics: email, Quick Tip, technology

SpinRadio Episode #31 - Outsource Your Marketing or Bring it In-house?

Posted by Michael Reynolds

Aug 14, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Welcome to SpinRadio your inbound marketing and sales radio show. We broadcast every Friday at 10am Eastern LIVE. We take questions from listeners via and email. We also live tweet with the hashtag #SpinRadio.

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In today's episode, we're covering:

  • Social media #fails and Facebook updates
  • Should you outsource your marketing?
  • Sports News and Marketing
  • As always, our Tactical Top 5 (actionable tweaks to improve your online presence)
  • Q&A from listeners
  • Weekly inspiration

Click play below for the live show (or a recording of it if you missed it). The next episode is LIVE at 10am Eastern today. Just refresh this page at 10am if you don't see the live stream yet (it will show last week's recording until then). Or if you missed this one, you can listen to the recording below. The latest episode always streams live at spinweb.net/radio.

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Topics: SpinRadio

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