First of all, happy July! It’s my birthmonth, so I will be counting down the days until the 14th Also on the schedule for this month: a laid-back 4th of July, a girls beach trip, and then a big trip to NYC, Philly, and Princeton!
Moving right along, I wanted to introduce you to a guide I wrote over on my business site.
Even if you haven’t heard of Polyvore, you’ve probably seen outfit collages made with Polyvore over on Pinterest. Basically, it’s a site where you can easily create collages (called sets) with products, text, numbers, and more. You can follow other Polyvore users, create collections, and even embed your Polyvore set in blog posts.
If you’re a blogger, a community manager for an e-commerce brand, a designer, or just an inspired fashionista, head over to CMR Strategies for more information and tips on making the most of Polyvore:
As a blogger, you probably know about the benefits of guest blogging for other sites- it boosts your blog’s SEO, you build strategic partnerships, and you get your content and ideas in front of new eyes.
I recently wrote about best practices for hosting guest bloggers, but now I’m flipping it around to show you how to be a good guest blogger. Not surprisingly, a lot of my suggestions are the same on both sides. If all host bloggers and guest bloggers followed them, the process would be flawless
The following practices show that you respect the blogger you’re partnering with and value their time- it minimizes the amount of time that they have to format your post, search for your Twitter handle, find your bio online, and figure out alt tags for your photos…just to name a few.
Suggest topics: Feel free to ask the host blogger if they have topics they would love to have written (for example, I have well over 100 blog post ideas that I just haven’t gotten around to that I would LOVE to have someone write for me!) but always have a few ideas to pitch as well to save the back-and-forth of figuring out a potential topic. A good practice: keep an internal Google doc of possible topics that you can refer to when you find a blog you want to guest post on.
Set a deadline- and stick to it:
As you may know, I recently created my
I was recently chatting with a client about her email inbox (and the several thousand emails in it!). She commented that she had a system for organizing her snail mail that had worked for her for years, to which I immediately responded “Great! Now let’s use that same system for your emails!”
If you’re not accustomed to the chaos of the online world- emails from coworkers and friends, newsletters, tweets, blog comments, and more- it can definitely be overwhelming! Heck, it can be overwhelming even if you did grow up tweeting and emailing (even if it was on Earthlink or Mindspring…). But chances are, you have some “real world” systems and strategies that you can easily put into place online.
For example, let’s say that- like my client- you pick up your mail and immediately sort it: trash, file away, respond to immediately (like for bills), or respond to later (like letters from friends). Use the same system for your email: immediately delete an email, archive it, respond, or boomerang it away until later.
Or let’s say that you keep all of your tax receipts and necessary paperwork neatly sorted in a filing cabinet in your home office. Consider using Evernote
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I am in the process of developing a series of email tutorials (drip campaigns, for you digital marketers!). Read: You
Some people check email every few hours but not this girl. I like to handle emails almost as soon as they come in because I know they’ll just rot away in my inbox if I don’t. In addition, a huge part of my job is emailing and responding to emails, so I spent a ton of time in Gmail.
If you’re completely overwhelmed every time you look at your inbox, consider striving for “inbox zero”: