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5 Ways To Cut Through B2B Information Overload

5 Ways To Cut Through B2B Information Overload

“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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