Some short and brilliant pieces of advice by a 90 year old women. Regina Brett; the author is actually 54 years old, not 90. However, these 45 lessons went viral with the claims that she is 90 years old. She wrote these beautiful lines just a night before her 45th birthday; the day she was diagnosed with Brest Cancer. You’ll find these lines not only impressive but equally motivating. Read, enjoy and share with your friends.. Continue reading
One of the best ways to understand the idea of success is to analyze the habits and traits of successful people. If you do what successful people do, the results will certainly be quite similar, if not exact. Enthusiasts take out decent amount of time and do extensive research. They read biographies, studies and analysis to learn about success principles. However, if you don’t have enough time and want to read success habits summarized at one place; this infographic designed by a social media marketing company does a very decent job for you.
This infographic analyses richest people from different backgrounds. In this report, the wealthy has been defined as the person earning at least $160,000 annually and holding at least $3.2 million in assets. Their industries very; from technology, aviation, to IT and marketing automation; you can see different background but almost similar traits. I’ve also summarized the key points at the bottom of this post. Continue reading
Owing to evolution and invention of new channels, modern Marketing has turned more complex to manage. This infographic by Formstack elaborates some hot skills that modern marketers will badly need to improve their performance and do better jobs. If you really aspire to obtain comparative advantage over the rest of industry-peers, it’ll be essential to take strong grasp over these skills.
I’m sure you had a joyful weekend with friends and family. Before you start your work-week, let me share few suggestions with you to make your coming week better than the one that passed. These are very little things that just need a resolve to do.
- Start with a Vision in Mind: When we plan, we think in the terms of months, years and decades and forget the importance of days and weeks. If you cut down your plan into days and weeks, at least o the operational side, the results can be far more measurable. So, before you start your day, list down your key goal of the week.
- List Priorities in Every Area of Your Life: Yes, we’ve different domains of our lives: personal, professional, financial, health, family and social network. List down your key priorities (not more than 3) in each area. Keep your entire energies focused on those and see the results on the coming weekend.
- Love Non-Fiction the Way Your Love Fiction: There’s a study that says; 75% of the people can’t read non-fiction books ahead of first chapter, most of the times. Make reading a key goal of the week. Take out one non-fiction book (may be related to your field) and read one chapter (or may be 5-10 pages) each night. You can also check these 10 books that can change your life in 2015.
- Sleep/Wake up 15 Minutes before Your Regular Time: One of the biggest issues our generation is facing is ‘time scarcity’. Our sleeping patterns are not ideal and cause us lots of health, psychological, and professional problems. So make it a resolution of the week; “I’ll sleep15 minutes ahead of routine time and also wake up at X o clock”. Night-owls are rarely productive but early risers are for sure.
- Control your Internet Time: This might sound weird but it’s a very powerful suggestion to save your time and use it in a more productive manner. Make a reasonable schedule for social networking, emails and web-surfing. If you spend 1 hour on social networks, reduce it by 10-15 minutes. This little and gradual decrease will not cause any stress or problem. Spend your off-screen time with friends, family, or a health-club.
- Spend 10 Additional Minutes on Exercise: You’ve saved few minutes from other ‘on-screen’ and sleeping time; try investing those in your health. Spend 10 more minutes on your health (mental and physical). Do some little exercise every day and make it your second nature.
- Drink 1 More Glass of Water This Week: Drink plenty of water to remain fresh and away from laziness. Doctors recommend 8-10 glasses of water a day. If you’re taking 6, promise to increase it by 1 glass. To read more, Google health benefits of 8-10 glasses of water a day.
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Being a marketer requires to anticipate the future trends, challenges, opportunities, and then bring up a well-calculated plan of action. Since, the beginning of New Year, I’ve come across a range of studies that indicate complexities and opportunities ahead. However, nothing impressed me more than Salesforce State of Marketing Survey 2015. Primarily because it was a collection of multidimensional insight by marketers around the globe.
The key ideas of survey can be summed up in these points.
- There is a visible shift in marketing spending; from traditional advertising to advertising on digital channels like; social media.
- A vast majority (84%) will have more budgets for marketing.
- Top channels for marketing spending (in 2015) include; social media, mobile, apps, location-based mobile tracking, content, and SEO.
- 60% believe that email is a critical enabler of their product/service. So it’s not dead yet.
- 66% of marketers agree that social media marketing is core to their business & 64% take it as key enabler of their products & services.
- Mobile penetration was all time high in 2014; 9 countries passed 50% penetration rate.
- 74 % marketers take responsive design and mobile friendliness as a key factor in their drip campaigns.
However, the most interesting and valuable thing (my personal view) in the survey was identification of key business challenges of 2015.
Key Business Challenges in 2015:
The survey report indicates the following being the top business challenges against the percentage views of marketers. Continue reading
2015 State of Marketing Survey by Salesforce.com should be an eye-opener for traditional thinkers and conservative marketers. The survey findings indicate a drastic shift in spending habits of the businesses and makes some strategic predictions for the year 2015. Having studied it on the weekend, I tried summarizing its core points for the marketers to help them make the right decisions and achieve their goals for the new year. We’ll analyze key stats and trends followed by recommendations.
38% of marketers plan to shift spend from traditional advertising to advertising on digital channels while a vast majority (84%) will increase marketing budget for the year 2015.
84% businesses will increase their marketing budgets for 2015. When it comes to marketing spending, marketers will allocate more budgets for the following key areas.
- Social media Advertising, 70% of marketers
- Social media marketing – (70%)
- Social media engagement – (67%)
- Location-based mobile tracking – (67%)
- Mobile applications – (66%)
- Web personalization – (64%)
- Marketing automation – (63%)
- Content marketing – (62%)
- SEO/SEM – (62% of marketers)
In short, mobile, social media, personalization, SEO and content marketing will gain maximum share in the marketing budgets of 2015. Continue reading
They say, “knowledge is the only lasting competitive advantage.” The world values knowledge workers who could think differently and value to their and others’ lives. The New Year is here and I am sure you’ve some goals, plans and resolutions for 2015. Yesterday, while listing down my marketing resolutions for Makesbridge, I came across an idea of listing down some “Must-read” books for the year 2015. I am sure you’ll find some great stuff in the following paragraphs.
1. “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership“: Richard Branson has an estimated net worth of $5 billion and is the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group, a conglomerate of more than 400 companies. His eccentric personality shines through in this book, a collection of lessons he’s learned from 40 years as an entrepreneur and leader.
2. “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg: Were you ever curious about how Google’s business model worked? If so, check out this informative book from Google executive chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Products Jonathan Rosenberg. It illustrates how you can make a business successfully by fostering a creative environment.