Digital Marketing, LinkedIn

3 Free LinkedIn Features That You Need to Familiarize Yourself With

Indeed, LinkedIn has come a long way. From its early days as little more than a glorified online résumé platform for professionals seeking employment to a one-stop shop for industry news, training and networking worldwide, LinkedIn continues to try and adjust to the changing professional workplace.

1. “Smart replies”

Linkedin added a “smart” new feature that helps make conversing with prospective clients or employers on the platform even easier. LinkedIn smart replies will suggest personalized, relevant responses to make it easier for you to keep the conversation going, no matter how busy you are.

The next time your teammate asks if you’d like to attend an event next week, you may see smart reply suggestions such as “Yes!” or “What time?” And yes, even emojis have made their way into your LinkedIn inbox as an option for replies.

2. Real-time conversations = Engagement on LinkedIn


When you meet someone for the first time in real life, you have a casual, back-and-forth conversation. You build some rapport, asking your prospect questions about his or her work (and non-work) life. You break the ice, building up a comfort level as the prospect gets to know, like and trust you.

In that vein, LinkedIn’s messaging experience now feels more like texting with a friend instead of exchanging formal-sounding emails. Back and forth you go, even having the ability to see the other person typing and replying in real-time.

3. Conversation + engagement = sales

As nice as added features like this one are when it comes to messaging your ideal connections or potential clients online, it’s still about the substance and camaraderie of your communication style more than anything else.

Just like in real life, you still need to provide value, build up rapport and earn the right to ask a new connection for his or her time, interest and attention. No amount of messaging features will replace these timeless truths of communication and conversation best practices, so make sure you follow those online with LinkedIn just like you do in real life.

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parenting

How To Potty Train A Toddler Fast

Potty training is among the most challenging times for any given parent. However, since the toddlers must pass through this level, we need to master how to fasten the process so that we can make it as painless as possible for all parties included.

Potty training your toddler fast is possible but it will require some level of patience and some wit. In this article, we highlight some of the tips that you can use if you are looking forward to training your toddler on how to use the potty fast.

1. Let them watch and learn

Toddlers learn better by observation. If you have another kid in the house who is already using the potty, you can let them watch and learn from the process. Let them observe you or daddy when they go to the toilet so that they can know how it’s done. Loop in the support of other family members in this case.

2. Be patient and consistent

You have to be very patient and very consistent with the toddlers when potty training them. You will be sending them to the potty in intervals and you need to keep the consistency solid. For instance, you could start off with 10 minutes apart and scale up slowly as they get used to going to the potty. Whether or not they have something to take out, always take them to the potty when the time comes. They will soon get used to the process.

Always stick to the routine. If it helps, you can set up an alarm so that you can always be on point with these sessions.

3. Bribe them

Bribes work magic when potty training. You can give the toddler candy when they go to the potty. You can give them an extra candy when they actually poop. If you are training them how to wipe themselves as well, offer them an extra candy if they do it. Be ready for a messy session though, as it will be part of the process.

4. Keep praising them

Do not go slow on the praises when your toddlers use the potty. This will keep encouraging them to go to the potty so that they can receive these praises. Ask the other family members to assist in heaping on the praises and turn this moment into a fun occasion.

5. Keep the potty in a visible location

Do not hide the potty from the toddler. By keeping it accessible and in an open location, it does something to their minds. They will be able to run to the potty as soon as they experience the first signs of pooping. If you keep the potty hidden, you might not fasten this process.

6. Let them run around naked

Toddlers love running around the house naked. Let them be but only after they have gone to the potty and pooped. This will encourage them to keep going as you will give them the freedom to stay naked after. When they get used to it, slowly work your way back into clothing.

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Blogging, Email Marketing

Which Email Software Is Better Between Mailchimp And Convertkit?

If you own a blog, you probably know that having an email list is one of the best ways to convert your subscribers to sales. People who subscribe to your email list from your blog already show some form of interest in what you are offering. You need to figure out how you will be reaching out so that you can deliver content and products that are interesting to them.

This is where email marketing software come into play. It would be very hectic sending all those emails manually. MailChimp and Convertkit are two of the best email software in the market today. The debate on which is the best between the two has been ongoing for some time and this article hopes to assist you in making the best decision on which system to use for your blog.

Tracking ROI

When it comes to tracking the returns on investment, Mailchimp takes the lead. It is possible to see how the campaigns you create on the system convert depending on what you had invested. For instance, you are able to track how people interacted with your website from the moment they came in to the moment they bought something.

If they have abandoned carts, you can also be able to see and even send email reminders to them at a later date. Convertkit does not track these conversions or how the subscriber interacts with your website.

Design element

Both systems are built with ease of use in mind. MailChimp contains many drag and drop templates that allows you to customize a lot and create the perfect email template. Convertkit is also great in this although they have gone huge in the plaintext emails. They are easy to use and you could be sending an email to thousands of subscribers at once within minutes in both platforms.

Pricing

MailChimp has a free plan for a specific number of subscribers. After that, you will be asked to pay depending on the number of subscribers you gain. Convertkit does not have a free plan and it is a little more expensive than Mailchimp. Both have recurrent pricing on a monthly basis.

A/B Testing

A/B testing is important for bloggers who want to see what converts best among their readers. When you have a piece to push out, you can always split it and send it out in a number of ways.

The email software should be able to show you analytics for both tests so that you can know which was received better. MailChimp has this feature and it allows you to test the same campaign before settling on one. Convertkit does not have the A/B testing feature.

Reporting

Both systems offer comprehensive reporting on the actions of subscribers on your website. Although many bloggers complained about the issue of duplicate emails from MailChimp, it all depends on how you set up your system.

The reports will be able to give you a complete picture of what these subscribers are doing in your platform so that you can be able to structure better campaigns in the future.

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food, Recipes

Dodol Recipe Made With Philips All-In-One Cooker HD2178

I have been postponing this post since Raya. So sorry to everyone that was waiting for me to share this, I was so caught up with things!

OK, let’s not waste time and get straight to the point. Here is the recipe that I used for my dodol preparation using Philips All-In-One Cooker HD2178.

Ingredients

  1. 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  2. 1 cup thick coconut milk
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 cup brown sugar
  5. 1 cup granulated sugar
  6. A pinch of salt
  7. Pandan leaf

Method

Mode: Steam 10 minutes

Valve: Seal

Bake: Open lid, stir until thick

Easy-peasy? It definitely is! Look at how my one year old toddler helped me!

Try it and let me know how it worked out for you!

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Motherhood, parenting

6 Ways To Build Your Toddler’s Vocab

One of the most exciting milestones, for both you and your child, is when your child learns how to talk. If you have a young toddler, chances are that they already know and use a few simple words. But more words mean more power— power to better understand the world and power to better understand themselves. Of course, most kids will learn more words naturally over time, but jump-starting your toddler’s vocab can’t hurt! Even so, there’s no need to break out the flashcards or buy fancy learning aids; the best and most effective ways of teaching your toddler are actually free. This list of 6 Ways to Build Your Toddler’s Vocab will show you easy ways to introduce new words to your young toddler, so that they’re chatting up a storm by the time they’re ready for preschool.

1. Lead by example.

To your young toddler, you’re just about the coolest person in the world. They want to dress like you, act like you, and yes, talk like you! Arguably the best way to boost your toddler’s vocab is to talk to them… a lot. Narrate what you’re doing throughout the day and talk about things that they are doing as well. The more you say any given word, the more likely that they’ll pick up on it too!

2. Introduce new experiences.

Narrating daily life for your toddler is great, but if you have the same routine day after day, the number of new words they’re exposed to will still be limited. You can expose them to even more vocab by going to new places and seeing new things with your toddler. You don’t have to completely give up your routine to do this either. Even something as simple as changing the route of your daily walk can give you tons of new things to talk about. You can also try going to a different grocery store with different products, going to a new park, or trying out a new kid-friendly restaurant.

3. Introduce new people.

Spending time around different people can be just as helpful as spending time in different places when it comes to learning new words. Make sure your toddler has plenty of opportunities to play with kids their own age as well as older kids and adults. Since everyone experiences life differently, words that you don’t typically use could be commonplace to others.

4. Read to them.

Another great way to help your toddler grow their vocab is to read to them, and not just before bedtime. Your toddler will have a better chance at picking up new words if they are awake and excited rather than tired and cranky. Try to pick books with fun, colorful pictures that you can talk to them about. Books with “sound” words (like “boom!” and “splat!”) or actions (like “stomp” and “clap”) are also great for introducing new words while having fun.

5. Limit TV time.

While watching television can be entertaining, it’s easier for toddlers to learn new words when they hear those words in real life. Because of this, you should try to choose activities that involve more interaction and cut down on screen time. When your toddler does watch TV, stick around to watch the show with them. You can turn it into an interactive activity by asking them questions, pointing out fun things in the background of a scene, and acting out their favorite parts with them. That way, your toddler can still watch the shows they love while also working on their vocab.

6. Encourage them.

When children are first learning to talk, you might naturally feel the urge to correct their mistakes. But unless they ask for help pronouncing something, you should let them stumble through their words at first. Constantly being corrected quite simply makes things less fun, and toddlers learn best when they’re having fun! Instead, try adding to what they’ve already said to show that you understand and that you’re interested too.

With so many fancy, expensive learning aids promising to help your toddler become a master wordsmith, it’s easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out because, of course, all parents want what’s best for their children. Luckily, in this case, what’s best is not what costs the most money. Keeping learning simple and fun (and free!) will not only ensure that your toddler is building their vocab, but it will also get both of you excited about the process again.

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Exercise, Motherhood, Uncategorized, yoga

5 Pose To Make Moms Happier

by Naomi Gottlieb-Miller

We’re told as moms that the days are long but the years are short.

I 100% agree with that. I’m literally writing this while my 2 ½ year old son is napping in my lap and thinking, when did he get so big that he can barely fit into my lap?

The days really can feel painfully long sometimes, especially if you’re not setting aside time to take care of you.

I’ve created a quick yoga practice that you can do every day to boost your mood and maybe even feel a little happier on those especially long days.

The practice is just about 10 minutes long, with 5 simple yoga poses for you to do.

Don’t worry: this practice is intended for busy moms of at all levels of yoga practice. If you’re newer to yoga, I promise you’ll be just fine. The poses I’ve picked aren’t super challenging and I give lots of modifications if you need them. Also, the more you do these poses, the more familiar they will become, and the easier they will feel in your body.

So give yourself 15 minutes, roll out your yoga mat, and make a date with yourself so that you can feel a little more satisfied and have a little more bounce in your step on those long days of motherhood.

About Author

Naomi is a mom, a yoga teacher, a self-care advocate, an activist, and a total star trek nerd. I’ve been practicing yoga for 19 years and teaching for 14. She is known for my creative and intentionally sequenced yoga classes, as well as my belief that laughter, sound effects, and animal noises that correspond with their yoga poses make yoga more fun.
She loves avocados, unicorns, and has been called a “crazy indoor plant lady”

Website: http://www.conscioushealthymama.com

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Instagram, Social Media

Top 5 Tips That Will Make Your Instagram Amazing

Generally, when your feed looks great, people are more likely to like your photos, follow you and come back for more. Here are top tips that will make your feed #InstagramGoals!

1. Find your visual voice.

These are the things you must know to make a visually pleasing Instagram feed – a consistent look. If you are a business, your feed is your business card. It could a be a proof of how creative your team can be. Find a personality and get that right. Stick to a consistent theme! Call it vibe or soul of your posts. It’s your visual personality – boho, tropical, bold colors, minimal, white? Get some inspirations from some famous Instagrammers. Think about what you want your Instagram feed to be known for. Talk about filters as well. What is Instagram without filters, right? Using the same filter in your photos all the time is an easy way to start a theme.

2. Follow a grid layout.

This is how you position your posts in your feed. It helps you know what to post next to another post. Take time to plan your posts. For example, you know you will have to alternate between a quote and a photo. Easy. If you are not using a specific grid layout, your goal is to balance your feed. Like you can space out your photos based on the colors in them, or even the subject or background. Generally, people avoid putting photos that are too similar next to each other. They space them out. By spacing out photos that are too similar, they create contrast between each post. This will make your overall feed look balanced. Amazing, right?

3. Color coordinate.

Here’s a one level up! Color coordinate your photos. Pick 2-3 colors you know you will always use in your photos then space out your photos in your grid to balance your theme. Check the background of your photos – keep it clean. Don’t let the background distract from your main subject – unless the background is part of your strategy to get the attention of people, like a cool feature wall or the Eiffel Tower. But remember: natural light is your best friend. If you’re not using natural light when you take photos, you’re missing out because you will have higher quality and more detailed photos. Photos taken with natural light will also look better when you apply filters. Take photos in the morning or at the end of afternoon, or near your window!

4. High quality photos always win.

It will always make a difference to the number of likes that you will get as it will look sharp and inviting. You may also add a little bit of sharpness when you edit.

5. Don’t forget to have fun!

I know these are semi-strict rules, but your Instagram voice will always be your personality. This is the secret sauce of Instagram: Having fun. Your feed will never look the way you want if you’re not having fun.

Love what you do. Take your time to create what you want to see and share. There is no right or wrong with creativity. Have fun planning your feed!

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