Do you like the new Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" as much as I do? I've long loved her book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and I'm so excited to watch her in action. And her work serves as an excellent reminder to delete older, under-used apps, replace poor performing ones with better designed competitors, and use some new apps that will help you organize your life and keep it that way. Here's what has me excited this year!
GDPR compliance is 100% essential for Canadian websites.
Did I ever tell you about the time I used a mobile coupon to save on some delicious fast food restaurant ice cream and then turned around and tried to print the same coupon from my laptop... all so I could enjoy MORE discount ice cream?
Of course not. Because I'm a dignified sort of person who would never double dip my coupons for a chocolate dipped cone.
But let's say that I had - only to receive a message on my screen which said the limit was one per person. Outrageous! How did they know it was ME?
If you can relate to this kind of ninja coupon tracking fiasco, than you are already on your way to understanding GDPR, a serious piece of European Union legislation that's neither delicious nor refreshing - but 100% essential to the future of your business.
Small businesses need to communicate their holiday hours. Social media makes it quick and easy. So why do so many business owners neglect this?
Without fail, I always find myself with a restaurant conundrum every Easter long weekend. I've shown up at places which boost that they never close only to find out that they do in fact shut down. I've turned up to Happy Hours and found the place hopping (not unlike the Easter bunny itself I suppose...) only to learn that their usual menu has been replaced, or that the Happy Hour specials have been cancelled, or that the only available option is a buffet. And I've even stayed away from restaurants, convinced that I won't be able to find breakfast early on the morning of Easter Sunday, only to learn that they were indeed open the whole time.
What do all these frustrating scenarios have in common? They all could have been prevented with social media.
Looking to improve your organization? These apps will help.
Do you like organize-y things as much as I do? Yep, I'm the girl who got a label maker for Christmas this year - and I've used it so much I've already had to buy a second spool of labels! Of course, it's not just practical household items that can be employed in organization. There's a ton of great apps for your smart phone that can keep your life, business, and community commitments on track.
Here are some apps that have really impressed me lately - and I'm not the only one. They are all rated at least 4/5 in the app store. I was so happy to appear on CTV Ottawa Morning Live to tell everyone all about them - and now you can see the list here!
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Having recently overcome a huge hump of writers' block, I have the utmost sympathy for anyone who's staring in front of a blank screen, willing the impossible words to flow from their fingers. But they're not the only people who are struggling with their blog! I suspect it's just as common to struggle to end your writing as it is to begin it. How do you call 'time; on an article that just doesn't seem to have the tone and design you dreamed of? Do you vow that 'done is better than perfect'? Do you swear that you'll quit after just one more arduous edit? Did you have an incredible vision in you mind, only to see weak words tumble around your screen?
Vanessa Chiasson is the founder and senior digital strategist of Sculpt Social.