Working from your home?

01. Wake up at the same time every day.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

It’s funny — the thing I feared would take away my “freedom” is the one thing that has allowed me to have it.

Joelle Steiniger

02. Have a routine when you wake up.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I’d start my day by checking email, Twitter, Facebook. Reading the “news”. I’d look at my to-do list and start working on something.

03. Plan your workout time — stick to it.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

Distractions aside, there was no real rhyme or reason to my workflow. The not-so-fun (but necessary) stuff kept getting neglected.

04. Call it a night.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.


3 Lazy Ways to Increase Your Brand Awareness

 

  1. Increase engagement online

The number one thing that marketers will get you to do is to increase engagement online, this is a simple way to get traffic to your site and create conversations with potential customers. This will help you out with brand awareness!

 

The engagement can be anything from liking, commenting or sharing someone’s post on social media. Starting conversations on different social media channels as well as Q&A forums. You can even join Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn groups to showcase your products online. The groups also show that your target market is interested in socialising online and what you are selling.

 

  1. Monthly Newsletters

Keep current customers up to date by sending monthly newsletters via email. From this, you can see what customers are interested in, receive feedback and improve email open rates by as much as 64% or more. You can also use email to promote new products and keep in contact with buyers regarding their experience with your product.

 

When you compose these monthly newsletters you will begin to see a pattern. You can identify what time of the day your newsletters are opened, whether the content is enticing enough through the view of open rates. This is also a nice gesture as you are keeping people updated.

 

  1. Promotion on social media

Emails are good but in order to get business going you should definitely use social media! The benefits of social media are that anyone anywhere can see your posts and contact you.

 

Social media is essential for any business to have. When it comes to promotion you should post on every social media platform out there. This allows you to increase website traffic, following and engagement across all posts.

 

Written by Jessie Prentice


I was recently quoted as saying, I don't care if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said thing.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.

Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.

Trust in your intuitions

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position.

You need to be
true to yourself

Just like every other human on the planet, I have epically awesome days and days when life just turne against me. And while I can’t stand most self-help (see: tired quotes over stock photography on Instagram), sometimes I need a little pick-me-up. And most of the time, in order to get out of a slump (because my brain leans more into math/science than anything else), I need to drop a logic bomb on my ass.

Yes, this is a long article. But here’s the thing — if you’re reading this in your inbox and are already like, “fuck this!” delete it. No hard feelings. If you’re reading this in a browser on a website, and you see how tiny the scroll-bar is because of how far you still have to scroll to get to the bottom, close this tab and go back to 140-character tidbits of advice. Still with me? Phew. Just had to weed out all the folks from points: #1, #4 and #8. Welcome friends, onward we go.

Remember to
never give up

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.


DISPLAY ADVERTISING: 5 COMMON MISTAKES & HOW TO FIX THEM

Are you currently investing in display advertising and want to understand how to improve your campaigns?

Marketing has seen a huge revolution in recent years. Significant changes have now been made by businesses of all sizes in their marketing landscapes, with most having had to completely rethink and change their previous strategies to accommodate the influx of new methods of effectively reaching their customers, such as display advertising.

These intelligent and multi-faceted approaches offer a wonderful opportunity to engage with potential and existing customers unrivalled by traditional marketing techniques, which were limited in terms of interaction, both customer to business, and vice versa.

This type of advertising is an effective and powerful way to get your brand's message across to a captive demographic. Versatile and targeted, with boundless opportunities to reach your audience and encourage them to increase spend and return to spend again.

Despite these almost unlimited capabilities, however, some businesses are still struggling to implement display advertising into their business efficiently. So where are they going wrong? And what makes truly effective adverts?

1. Is It Eye-Catching Enough?

Any good online marketing specialist knows that to stand out from the background noise of the Internet, your advert needs to be pretty hard to ignore. Effective adverts take advantage of the pages they're likely to feature on in a complimentary and covert way and they also take into account their surroundings and audience and work in a shrewd, insightful way for maximum results.

2. The Pitfall Of Ignoring Analytics

It's vital to check that what you are doing is as effective as possible in every way.

As well as having effective adverts, click through rate and reach are vital. You don't simply want people to see your advert, you want them to connect with it and ultimately make a purchase. A few factors come into play including positioning, colours used, photography, even copy; all things an online marketing expert can help with.

3. Brand Identity

Display advertising is about more than simply flogging a product or service. It's about brand recognition and return. Keeping your business at the forefront of customer's minds in your industry is absolutely vital.

Don't forget to keep your brand clear and visible at all times – and develop an advertising style that is instantly identifiable as yours. A good online marketing specialist can help you with this.

4. Seeing Past Display Advertising

An effective advert is just the beginning. The quality of the website customers are directed to really is the key to keeping them on board – if they don't like what they see when they arrive on your site, then your advertising efforts may have been in vain.

Once your display advertising has done its job, your responsibility continues to keep that customer engaged and interested enough to stay and to spend, so keep your website well-maintained, well-designed and up to date.

5. Changing It Up

Some businesses employ the same strategy for months on end, rarely updating the information and advertising they are putting in front of their customers. However, this attitude could be wasting a lot of money and preventing these businesses from making more.

Change your campaign and strategy according to analytics, move with trends and even make use of a marketing specialist to explore new, more direct avenues for display advertising other than Google and the other big players.