Some dates went lost because I was in the middle of promoting my latest short film. I focused on organising and promoting a workshop I’m giving in January. I’m still stuck on Google Analytics and tracking my sub-domain. I hope I’ll have it sorted in the next couple of days.
What I’ve learned from the promotion of my film is that I worked with Mailchimp. Learned how to upload lists, make segments, design newsletters, etc.
One important lesson is have clear goal when preparing your newsletter. Always have at least two links in the newsletter that lead to the same result. It is easier for the reader and to track what works and where people click.
All I have been doing these days is working on the new website as I decide to move it back to my main website not to use it as a sub-domain. SO putting the whole design back to my main website and theme is not straight forward. I need to resize the images and tweek some other bits too.
Today I spent the whole day struggling with mailchimp. I decided to import all the contact from my mail and start sending occasional newsletter. Of course this is a whole new avenue. As I wanted to upload my yahoo contacts into separate lists I had to export them once then make csv. files. In the correct order with the correct name… And at the end of the day I’m not going to use it for what I was planning to.
I’m actually going to premier a short movie I filmed in the summer tomorrow so I have been preparing for that. The premier will be online on youtube.
I have a new logo for my successful blog and I need to plan a re-branding campaign. And in the middle of that I’m planning and communicating about the workshops I will give in different countries.
It’s a busy time.
Update: I just went through my check list post in the beginning on my challenge. I haven’t realised I have ticked lots of tasks already. I’m pretty much ready with everything I need for my Facebook course. All I need to do is advertise it and do it. i was thinking first to invite some people I have met on other courses as a tester session to gather feedback and testimonials. But for that i need to hire a place, etc. I do not have the finances to do that at the moment.
My other idea is to host a webinar with Google hangouts to test the course. But for that to be of any use I need to have a website or maybe I can start with at least a newsletter just to be able to gather leads. It’s good to have a producr, service, course you can promote through your webinar.
The other thing is I’m not sure if my internet connection is good enough at the moment to do that. i need to check.
Maybe in the next couple of days I need to focus on a project I have started with a partner that is pretty sure it will make some money. But I still hope I’ll be able to follow through and my own projects.
Update: Yesterday was a day off. Today I’m working on the invitation for the social media course I’m gonna teach. I know I was a bit off target with the work I did on my workshop website but the skills I gained are very useful now. I will implement what I’ve learned in the next couple of weeks regarding my other projects. Like designing my e-book, social media presentation/course, the invitation and more.
Check the list with great design tools from the online course I watched the other day about Facebook Marketing For Small Businesses on CreativeLive.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- Word Swag
I have used Iconfinder and Canva and I’m very happy with them. What about you? Do you have anything to add or comment about these tools?
Update: Huge break through today. WIth the help of Canva and a bit Photoshop my design skills have improved immensely. I’m very happy with how the website is coming together. The whole work I put into it will be worth it.
Two days in a raw I watched an online course in Facebook marketing and managing your page. Can’t wait to design the invitation for the first course I’ll run.
There are some other interesting courses you can watch live for free here: https://www.creativelive.com/
I have something exciting to share with you. Something that just made my life a lot easier. Yesterday Nipple Kavala introduced to me an amazing online application. It allows you to create fantastic design solutions for your blog, Facebook page, Twitter and more. If you are like me and are doing pretty much everything by yourself from designing a website, running social media hubs, posters, etc this is the perfect tool for you.
This is it Canva: https://www.canva.com/
It is for free and you can use your own pictures. No logo of the company on the files you design such as “made with” or “made by”. If you decide to use Canva’s pictures you have to pay only $1 for an image. I recommend try it out I’m sure you’re gonna love it.
I already design a Facebook and Twitter cover photos. As well as the image for this post.
A quick update. I’m still designing my new website and I made some good progress yesterday. But pretty much that cost my eyes falling out of my head.
I chose a new theme again and nothing was working the way it was supposed to. The latest WordPress updates made the theme act funny. But at about 9pm I manage to have a break through with a bit more tweeking. Then I stayed until 2am in the morning making the fist draft of the website.
Advice: My eyes were very tired and they feel still tired even today. That is way yesterday I couldn’t even write this post.
Don’t forget taking breaks from the computer while working. I need to really commit to it.
Have you heard about the 20-20-20 rule. It suggests that after every 20 minutes, the computer user should take a break for at least 20 seconds and look at objects that are 20 feet away. Learn more here: http://www.labnol.org/software/computer-eye-exercise/14069/
I discovered and an article with free apps to remind you to take breaks during work hours: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-free-apps-to-help-remind-you-to-take-a-break/
Photo by a4gpa