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Slack Alternatives: Top 7 Free Tools for Team Communication

Posted by Deena Anreise   Jan 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

category: productivity, remote collaboration, time management

What is Slack?

Some refer to Slack as a group communication tool. Others call it a messaging app for teams.

Regardless of how it's described, Slack has become nearly every industry's go-to solution for managing team communication and file sharing in one place.

what is slack?

As a company, Slack has been around since 2012. But they didn't start getting global attention until they released their beta in August 2013 (just seven months later). They didn't call it a beta release, for fear of positioning their software as an unreliable newbie.

Just 3.5 years later in April 2016, it was reported that Slack's daily active users reached 2.7 million. And guess how often those users are on Slack? An average of 10 hours a day on the platform. Can you imagine?! 

Developers love Slack because it has a well-documented API that makes it super easy to integrate with other programs and services like Asana, Dropbox, and MailChimp (to name a few).

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Top 5 Social Media Best Practices for Your Business in 2017

Posted by Deena Anreise   Jan 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

category: social media, Entrepreneur Success, business growth


Rather than offering a step-by-step social media guide complete with character count best practices, optimal scheduling times, writing tips, and image guidelines for the most popular of the social media platforms, I've decided to provide a higher level overview of the etiquette required in order to gain attention and attract followers on your various platforms. 

Going forward, here are two crucial social media statistics to keep in mind:

Obviously, there are a ton of us on social media. Our various feeds can sometimes feel like online clusterbombs of information, mixed intentions, and emotions of every sort.

Such a mess of content can make it very difficult to determine what the best practices are when it comes to social media etiquette. So...what kind of content, tone, and approach will get you noticed in a good way?   

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Three Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes to Inspire Your Business

Posted by Deena Anreise   Jan 16, 2017 3:08:26 PM

category: empathy, generosity, business growth, Company Culture


ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Recently, I wrote an article ("Does Your Biz Plan Cover Leadership Development & Business Networking?") praising the practice of studying the mistakes and successes of others who have gone before us instead of struggling to find business success on our own. 

"Business growth isn’t about starting from scratch. At least, it doesn’t have to be. Not these days. Because if you want to find success without having to painfully trial-and-error your way there, look no further than your WiFi connection."

On this day of remembrance and celebration for the life and actions of Martin Luther King Jr., we offer you three of his lesser-known quotes, their glaring relationship to business (and personal) success, and how MLK Jr. has effected our lives for the better.

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