So many people writing so much about the loss of Robin Williams. Being in my 40s, I literally grew up with his humor - from Mork and Mindy to the Johnny Carson show and beyond.
This is a vent, with nothing aimed at this incredible talent that I cherished every chuckle with…. I just have to get it out.
False Idolatry - this is it. We idolize these people that we don’t know. We don’t know their darkness, their problems, their happiness or sadness. We think because they’re rich and famous that they have it all. They don’t. They’re human just like us. Fame… fortune… none of it brings happiness. Happiness comes from within and must be found from within.
Holes - I dated a woman who committed suicide and it changed my life. We all like to think that everything can be fixed… the next Doctor, the next medicine, the next massage, the next house, the next job… some people have holes so deep that they’re impossible to fill. Every day, the struggle of these people to make it through is such a challenge. For many, finding peace is beyond their reach.
Suicide - has victims. Family. Friends. Memories. A future. They’re all destroyed when a person decides to take their own life. There are future laughs, future happy moments, future relatives… all dashed in a single act.
The depression and darkness that leads to suicide is in so many people. You are not alone. You don’t have to fight it alone. There are people who can help. There are people who will help. There are people who are happy to help. Get help so you don’t steal so much from so many.

So many people writing so much about the loss of Robin Williams. Being in my 40s, I literally grew up with his humor - from Mork and Mindy to the Johnny Carson show and beyond.

This is a vent, with nothing aimed at this incredible talent that I cherished every chuckle with…. I just have to get it out.

  • False Idolatry - this is it. We idolize these people that we don’t know. We don’t know their darkness, their problems, their happiness or sadness. We think because they’re rich and famous that they have it all. They don’t. They’re human just like us. Fame… fortune… none of it brings happiness. Happiness comes from within and must be found from within.
  • Holes - I dated a woman who committed suicide and it changed my life. We all like to think that everything can be fixed… the next Doctor, the next medicine, the next massage, the next house, the next job… some people have holes so deep that they’re impossible to fill. Every day, the struggle of these people to make it through is such a challenge. For many, finding peace is beyond their reach.
  • Suicide - has victims. Family. Friends. Memories. A future. They’re all destroyed when a person decides to take their own life. There are future laughs, future happy moments, future relatives… all dashed in a single act.

The depression and darkness that leads to suicide is in so many people. You are not alone. You don’t have to fight it alone. There are people who can help. There are people who will help. There are people who are happy to help. Get help so you don’t steal so much from so many.

Mail Tester: A Free Tool to Check Your Email Newsletter Against Common SPAM Issues

Mail Tester: A Free Tool to Check Your Email Newsletter Against Common SPAM Issues

We’ve been monitoring our email inbox percentages with our partners at 250ok and getting some great results. I wanted to dig in a little deeper to the actual construction of our email and found a great tool called mail tester. Mail tester provides you with a unique email address that you can send your newsletter to and then they provide you an quick analysis of your email against common SPAM…

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What is Analytics? 10 Analytics Platforms that Drive Marketing Decisions

What is Analytics? 10 Analytics Platforms that Drive Marketing Decisions

Sometimes we have to go back to basics and really think about these technologies and how they’re going to assist us. Analytics at it’s most basic level is the information resulting from the systematic analysis of data. We’ve discussed analytics terminology for years now but sometimes it’s good to get back to basics.

As it pertains to online marketing, analytics platforms are the systems that col…

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Check These 5 Tactics to Make Your Content Go Viral

Check These 5 Tactics to Make Your Content Go Viral

We’ve shared other infographics on the elements of viral content and I’m always hesitant at pushing viral as a strategy. Viral content can bring brand awareness – we see that often with videos. However, I’ve never seen anyone hit it out of the park every time. Some try to hard, some fall short… it’s truly a combination of talent and luck that skyrockets your content virally.

That said, I believe…

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Is Marketing Really Changing Radically?

Is Marketing Really Changing Radically?

This infographic pulls together some great results from a Accenture’s CMO Insights of 2014, but I’m afraid that it opens with a dramatic title that’s misrepresented. It states:

78% of Respondents Agree that marketing is expected to undergo radical changes over the next 5 years.

Respectfully, I disagree. Marketingis evolving and digital is in the forefront of most strategies. Budgets are shifting,…

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Add Featured Image Post Thumbnail to Your WordPress RSS Feed

Add Featured Image Post Thumbnail to Your WordPress RSS Feed

We’ve been promoting our sponsors and content recently with Taboola, a contextual promotion platform where our feed is read and the articles are aligned on other relevant publications throughout the web. We’re happy with the finite control over distribution and cost per lead through the program – plus their staff has been great.

We moved to Taboolaafter using another service that accidentally…

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You Spend 83 Days a Year Emailing [Infographic]

You Spend 83 Days a Year Emailing [Infographic]

The average salesperson logs over 2,000 hours per year on business communication, mostly on role-specific tasks (39%) and reading/answering emails (28%). While it would seem that social media is becoming the most popular mode of communication, as 72% of companies are now using social media in some form, email is still the top preference among businesses around the world. According to the McKinsey…

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Mailtrack: Track Your Gmail Opens using this Chrome Plugin

Mailtrack: Track Your Gmail Opens using this Chrome Plugin

Have you ever wondered whether or not someone opened the email you sent using Gmail? You can use Mailtrack to do just that. Mailtrack is a Chrome plugin that adds a tracking pixel to your outgoing message. When your recipient opens your email, the image is requested and Mailtrack registers the open, indicating that it’s been seen with a checkmark in your Gmail interface.

This is such a simple,…

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