“Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important. It is a choice.” ― Brian Solis
Online businesses have made marketing and advertising more overwhelming to their consumers today. As the internet has grown to be much busier than before, only content that stands out from the crowd reaches millions of people all over the world. There are zillions of ways to get noticed online, but the best strategy is to approach every campaign in the right way so as to engage the audience and provide them with the exact information they require.Advertising
Every business thrives on their stories but the ones that grow big quickly are the ones that come up with stories people love. A great marketing strategy and search-engine friendly content that can develop a passionate group of people to support your business will get the content shared like crazy.
Check out these 5 ways to cut through B2B information overload to get your marketing strategies right on the track.Advertising
1. Start using project management tools
When you start using project management tools like Basecamp or TeamworkPM, you can prioritize your tasks and perform them according to their importance. You can also keep deadlines and reminders so that you don’t miss anything and that you do everything on time. Owen Hemsath, president of Videospot, an online and video marketing company says: “The system [should] come with a calendar, notes and a messaging system that works with any email client, so it can remind you what you need to be working on at a given time.” If you run a restaurant business, you might want to have a restaurant management platform, to get everything on track.
This way you can process information with precision and you don’t run the risk of making critical mistakes. You also get more time to focus on different aspects of your business growth rather than on its management.Advertising
2. Streamline your Timeline on Social media
It might sound simple at first because all B2B companies know the value of using Facebook and Twitter. However, streamlining social media will keep you afloat in the sea of information and you can select those sources from which you actually want to receive updates and share news with.
If your business is focused on app development, your user-base will be budding entrepreneurs that want to gather information about programming apps on mobile phones and tablets. Find credible information that is most suitable for you and your user-base and deliver it on a timely basis via social media.Advertising
3. Make use of RSS feeds
The internet is full of information and there are multiple means for getting yourself distracted. While running a business, you only want to surf and read about things that are related to you. The best way to cut through a lot of information that is available on the web is to create RSS on your browser. This way, you find information without needing to spend hours surfing the web and you get a sense of purpose when you go online.
4. Put information onto paper
When you take in a lot of information, your brain really tries to process it, to make connection, and apply it to your business. When you endeavor to keep all that thinking in your brain, you feel tangled, nervous, perplexed. Write down your ideas and make a list of them to prevent the formation of information overload before it begins.
5. Manage information
When you are running a business, you want to provide great information to your readers. But, the best thing to do is omit, filter, and employ parallel channels that work best for you. Stop checking social media several times a day and give yourself a break. That way you have time for a short vacation away from technological information delivery systems and get a relief from information overload.
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Last Updated on February 15, 2019
7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively
Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.
Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.
Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.
So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.
Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.
Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.
is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.
Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.
Excel or Numbers
If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.
What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.
I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.
Evernote is free with a premium version available.
Access or Bento
If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.
Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.
You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.
Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper
All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.
I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.
What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.