What would you do if you could only work for one hour a day? Next time you're feeling overwhelmed with work, ask yourself this question. It's a great way to hone your focus on what really matters.
Enjoy this week's articles. And if you're feeling inspired, pass it on.
Marketing Isn't For You via @tommyismyname
This article from Shopify's Tommy Walker is a great reminder that real marketing is about giving.
Now I realize true marketing is never about you. It’s about the market - their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Ego demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while real marketing asks, “What can I give?”
The Value of Content via @drcongo
Andy Beaumont tells the story of his viral Tumblr blog Tab Closed; Didn’t Read. He took screenshots of websites that covered their content with pop-ups and, pretty quickly, his site took off. This post caused quite a stir when he published it in November 2013. Take a look and see what you think. Many of us use pop-ups but is that really the message we want to send our readers?
What we’re witnessing here is the first wave of the second world pop-up war. Those of us who lived through the first one can only describe the horrors to our disbelieving children. This time though, the pop-ups are winning because we don’t yet have the tools to fight back. The web has seemingly evolved into something that actively antagonises people — why would anyone in their right mind hide the content that visitors are there to see?
Don't Start From Scratch via @nathanbarry
I love posts like this ... simple lessons learned from real life.
How Product Hunt Helped Me Grow A List Of 12,989,483,288+ Valuable Subscribers via @mattsydeworks
Must. Read. #satire
What can I do in the next 20 minutes that’ll bring me exponential ROI and bring those around me exponential value without having to worry about KPIs or APIs or PHPs or getting a real job.
Three Twitter accounts you should be following
On the topic of satire, here are three amusing Twitter users that marketers should be following:
Vacuum-enabled fingernail clippers that prevent discarded pieces from flying across the room. pic.twitter.com/duNGwHpc0Y— Bored Elon Musk (@BoredElonMusk) June 26, 2014
InCase by Amazon: a recommendation engine that preemptively charges you and sends you things it assumes you want— Fake Product Hunt (@fakeproducthunt) March 31, 2015
Blessed is he who, in the name of profit, shepherds the user through the funnel, for he is truly his user's keeper.— Startup L. Jackson (@StartupLJackson) August 13, 2011
Have a great week!