On Newsletter Signups: To pop up or not to pop up?

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.

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One Day By Night event for female entrepreneurs in Cape Town

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.

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Tips on productivity to optimise your time

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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SEO in 2015, part two (the critical bit)

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.

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