Tracy Anne Dring

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Brilliant 'Monster Boxes' Are The Perfect Gift For Any Traveller

We've all been there, it's the end of a long flight and you're stuck standing at the baggage claim area watching the conveyor belt going round and …

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Tiny Sweaters For Injured Penguins (and it looks adorable!) http://t.co/VdpWSejnex

15 Pre-launch Growth Hacking Strategies For Startups

Running a startup can be tough, it’s tough getting your concept validated but if you’ve been in the trenches it can be a long hard slog to get those …

How to hire unicorns (aka tech-savvy marketers)

Most traditional marketers don’t know how to beef up their digital skills, a recent Adobe study found. But marketing is becoming more and more digital, which means that finding the right people to manage marketing automation, multivariate campaigns, or digital attribution campaigns isn’t always …

8 Things You Should Never, Ever Include in a Pitch Deck

You have perfected your pitch and are feeling confident. But before you step into that big meeting, there are a few common stumbling blocks you should be aware of.<p>We asked eight YEC what you should never, ever include on those slides (no matter how tempting).

Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail: CB Insights

At the start of the year, CB Insights gathered a collection of over 100 “startup failure post-mortems” which explained why the companies didn’t succeed. Written predominantly by startup founders, they offered a glimpse of the harsh realities of startup life, as well as a few lessons for …

8 Steps to Launching Your Product

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale.</i><p>After Skyping with some college students, I wanted to share my process for launching a product or creative campaign. Whether it was launching IWearYourShirt, starting a non-profit, selling my last name, or various …

7 Popular Content Marketing Myths You Need to Stop Following

As content marketing gets more popular, people are coming up with their own notions of what everyone should be doing.<p>A lot of these notions are …

6 Ways An Empathy Map Can Help Craft Winning Headlines

<i>Demian Farnworth is the Chief Copywriter for Copyblogger Media. This article originally appeared on the Mention blog.</i><p>We all have our pet formulas. The go-to sources we love for great headline ideas.<p>For some it’s a swipe file full of head-turning advertising headlines. For others it’s scanning the …

We Deleted Our Facebook Page. Here’s Why.

There are lots of tactics you’re “supposed” to use. Here’s why that’s dangerous…<p><i>“Screw it. Let’s just delete the thing.”</i><p>Something felt <i>odd</i> about …

Content Marketing Agency - Digital & Branded Content | Manifest

We are audience obsessed.<p>Everything this agency creates is rooted in the data of behavior and culture. Our clients' branded content marketing cuts …

How side projects saved our startup

We had no money.<p>We changed our business model and had 3 months worth of cash left to turn things around. If we didn’t we were toast. Done.<p>We needed …

Don’t Interrupt Me! How to Engage Customers Without Annoying Them

Are you annoying your customers?<p>Probably so.<p>Inundating your audience with multiple messages at inconvenient times isn’t helpful. Therefore, it’s …

Marketing

Landing Pages for Dummies: A How-To Guide

<b>Headline:</b> What’s the biggest, specific benefit a reader will receive if they take action? Pose a question if applicable, then answer that question in the content below.<p><b>Content:</b> Explain the value clearly, simply, and honestly. Keep it focused on the reader.<p><b>Proof:</b> Offer the words of others that have …

Marketing Accountability Is the Horse, Automation Is the Cart. Put Accountability First

During a recent conversation, the VP of marketing at a well-established B2B company told me they couldn't address marketing measurement …

The One Customer Development Question You Need to Stop Asking

The One Customer Development Question You Need to Stop Asking Immediately<p>“They said they would use it, but then when I built it and showed it to …

UK Services Sector Hiring Hits Fastest Rate in 7 Years

The business and professional sector hired at its fastest rate in seven years in the three months to November, according to the Confederation of …

China Consumer Taste Guru Says Macau Menu Falls Short

Last week I was speaking with a veteran casino executive last week about who repeated the conventional wisdom that non-gaming revenue in Asia can’t approach the 65% achieved in Las Vegas. “Chinese don’t want it,” he said of non-gaming attractions.<p>Macau has proven that in spades over the past …

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute | Colossal

<p>Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. …

Britain's Main Nuclear Waste Site Almost Certain To Leak In Near Future, Agency Says

This is why you don't put radioactive dumps next to the ocean.<p>For the last 55 years, most of Britain's low-level nuclear waste--the kind of material used in nuclear power stations and the like--has ended up at a repository in northwest England, on the coast near the Irish Sea. Some areas of the …

Environment

Jeans That Won't Let You (Or The Planet) Get Dirty

The safest durable water repellent<p>Any time a drop of water rolls off a raincoat, a durable water repellent (DWR) treatment is doing its job. But with washing and wear, the treatments tend to rub off, bleeding into the ground, water, and even our bodies. (The EPA has classified common DWR chemicals, …

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Under Light, Chameleon-Like Material Changes Color And Shape

The material could create an infinite range of different colors and shapes.<p>Humans are good at making things that are one color. But if you want to really blend into your surroundings, it would be best to have a material that can change its appearance based on its surroundings--like a chameleon. …

Particles

Powdered Not Stirred

Let’s leave aside for the moment the question of whether powdered alcoholic drinks are a good idea, and think about how you might actually make them (see also here). There are lots of technologies to dry foods, but the trouble is raising the temperature or lowering the pressure to evaporate off the …

17 Diabolical Tech Pranks For April Fools' Day

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How to Make Bakery-Style Apple Danish at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: Heather Hands from Flourishing Foodie is sharing a recipe for a delicious -- and jaw-dropping -- danish braid that will give you a reason to get</i> …

9 Chili Recipes That Are Like a Warm Hug

Is there anything better than a bowl of chili?<p>Really, though -- it's spiced, warm, and hearty; it's flexible enough to endure endless variations; and, above all, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or the dreaded picky eater, no one can turn up their nose at a bowl …

Cooking

Fiji for first-timers: how to choose an island

Fiji is blessed with so much turquoise water, white sand beaches, jungle rivers and authentic culture that it almost seems unfair. Whether you're looking for a decadent resort, family getaway or backpacker adventure, these islands have it all.<p>Wherever you go, expect the warmest welcomes the world …

River Otter Mother Teaches Her Pup to Swim

Tilly the river otter teaches Ziggy, her second-born pup, to swim at the Cascade Stream and Pond habitat in this video posted by the Oregon Zoo.<p>video …