Once upon a time there was a digital princess… who wrote a book

Once upon a time there was a digital princess called Tanya. She had a dream of one day writing a book that would help businesses & startups understand how to use digital to grow their business. She knew it would take many, many hours and lots of resources to make her dream come true but she did it. She didn’t need a knight in shining armour – she made it happen herself!

She was so excited that after months of work, her book – Digital Marketing Insights for Small Business – was launched into the kingdom.

She knew that the loyal subjects of the kingdom would enjoy learning how leading brands and entrepreneurs had used digital to grow their businesses from $0 to lots of zero’s. She understood the insights included in the book would be enjoyed by everyone that read it for they were very powerful and filled with much value.

The princess scoured the land in search of the perfect mix of entrepreneurs & big brands from  different industries to provide a nice cross section of the kingdom in which she lived. She was thrilled to have 21 different traders, master craftsman and artists included such as Boost Juice, Di Bella Coffee, Vita Group, RSPCA, Edible Blooms, Black Milk, Airtasker to name but a few.

The princess was tired after working on this special project but knew it was really important to share this work with the kingdom so she set out on a journey to help as many people as possible to become digitally savvy too.

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She was very grateful to all the amazing CEO’s, Managing Directors, business founders and Marketing Managers who took time from their business schedule to contribute their thoughts & valuable insights.

As a way of introducing her book to the kingdom, the princess wanted to give all the people that lived in the city of LinkedIn a special promotional price of $9.95 which would last for one dozen days of time. She knew they would love her offering to the city and settled back with a contented smile on her face and a decanter of the finest wine.

And she lived happily ever after. 

Click on the magic book above to get your copy. Don’t leave it or you will forget….

What’s ahead for Facebook – this is there 10 year plan

We know Mark Z likes to keep it fresh and keep us guessing on what will be the new focuses for Facebook and the new features have been developed based on demand from us, the people that use it.

At the F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, Facebook have announced what the next 10 years is going to look like for them. Not surprising to see connectivity, AI and virtual reality predictably getting a big focus and video remains very strong as you would’ve noticed recently if you are looking at the analytics from your direct video posts on your Facebook page. The focus on VR is not surprising given that Facebook acquired Oculus last year.

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A few new features you will soon see are:

  • Video profile images
  • Extending the functionality of the Save button, making it similar to the Pocket app
  • Adding a new Rights Manager tool to combat freebooting (people re uploading video and claiming it as their own)
  • Text sharing feature that enables you to share highlighted text

Another change that sounds pretty cool that was mentioned late last year is the introduction of Facebook M. With digital assistants like Siri and Cortana already widely used, Facebook is going to introduce Facebook M which is a Messenger-based digital assistant that is a digital/human hybrid.

I am most excited about the new video profile feature that’ll make it easier to upload video direct from other video tools like Vine & Boomerang.

Love it or hate it, at least Facebook are developing their product to remain relevant to their audience and listen to what their users want (unlike LinkedIn and Twitter).

How to send a personalised LinkedIn invite from your phone

If you are like me and use LinkedIn to connect and educate your audience, one of the biggest frustrations I have is not being able to send a personalised connection from my phone. Well I have just discovered a quick hack for you on how you can send personalised LinkedIn invites from your mobile (because it is bad form to send one using the terrible template they provide).

You can do it in 4 easy steps:

  1. Find the person you want to connect with

LIconnect2. Click the dropdown in the upper right corner (where the 3 dots are)

3. Select Personalise Invite

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  1. Then select personalised invite

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4. Write your personalised invitation and send

Abracadabra! You have now sent a personalised connection request from your phone. Wont that make life easier….