Sit down with Heather Moore and Laura Turok of Skinny laMinx over coffee and date balls in a buzzing Cape Town café. Heather’s textile brand (named after her Siamese cat!) is a gorgeous Cape Town success story of a small female-owned and run business that’s grown to be massively popular with fans and customers around the world. We absolutely love her patterned tea towels and her new Colour Pop Pillows, which complete her range of Palette + Print scatter cushions.
Or: The artful seduction of getting someone to sign up to your newsletter.
Newsletter popups. You know those irritating things that pop up on a website the minute you land, or obstruct your screen while you’re trying to read? The variation is endless and yet the message is essentially the same (“Sign up to our newsletter”) with the intent generally also being the same (“We want your email address to market at you”). Maybe it’s to sell things to you, maybe it’s to get you to read articles to get advertisers to sell to you… you get the drift.
We recently started a monthly dinner event in Cape Town for young women business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s called One Day By Night and the idea is to create a safe and galvanising space to share our experiences of running a business. More a “book club” than “networking event”, it’s a chance to sit around a table with likeminded women in an intimate setting and talk frankly over a glass of wine about the daily reality of our work lives.
Are you on a never-ending quest to optimise your time, get more work done and achieve some semblance of a work-life balance? Well here’s a tip: there is no work-life balance. It’s all life. Rather work towards being the most effective version of yourself and know that you have all the tools you need to be the best version of yourself.
If we combine effectiveness with efficiency we get productivity. Many of us feel we need more hours in a day to reach our true potential, and being more productive can help you attain that goal. If we can achieve more with less effort, productivity increases.
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In Part One of this post, we went over the basic SEO boxes your website needs to tick. Think of these as the very bare minimum that your website must do methodically and consistently in order for Google to rank your site. Ironically, many so-called “SEO specialists” stop here, and a basic website build often (alarmingly) may not even include all of them.
But to leapfrog from SEO circa the 2000s to SEO today, the “bare minimum” is not enough.
So once you’ve ticked your boxes there are a few more magic ingredients, and it starts with this:
Content marketing is the future of SEO.
In a nutshell SEO – or Search Engine Optimisation – is brought about by Google’s search engines indexing your site, and it recognising that your website and its content is relevant to people’s searches.
At the Loeries Seminar in Cape Town last week, themes on storytelling and human emotion in marketing were hammered home. “The intersection between linear storytelling and social engagement is the next big thing,” said opening speaker PJ Pereira, quoting Dreamworks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.