Brett Thomas

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Facebook Ads: A Facebook Advertising Guide for Marketers

[Last Updated June 27, 2018] If you’re new to Facebook ads or want to add something new to your current Facebook advertising plan, this page is for …

Social Media

Kurt Vonnegut Offers 8 Tips on How to Write Good Short Stories (and Amusingly Graphs the Shapes Those Stories Can Take)

You can't talk about American literature in the second half of the 20th century without talking about Kurt Vonnegut. And since so many well-known …

Literature

Follow Netflix’s rise from tech startup to media giant rivaling Comcast

Netflix is now bigger than Comcast and can set its sights on Disney.<p>When the web-video giant began renting movies by mail 20 years ago, its largest competitors were video chains like Blockbuster Video that sold and rented DVDs. Netflix has gone from a Silicon Valley startup disrupting the way video …

Startups

Rande Gerber's billion dollar hangover

One man’s fantasy – a supermodel wife, the A-list best friend, over-achieving children, bottomless bank account and a preternatural instinct for the …

Post Less, Boost Top Posts, and More: 14 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Page Engagement

Engagement on Facebook Pages has fallen by 20 percent since the start of 2017, according to BuzzSumo who analyzed over 880 million Facebook posts by …

Social Media

14 fabulous tutorials to improve your logo design

Whatever the level of your experience, there’s always room for improvement when it comes to logo design. And the great news is that there are some …

The 6 Habits of the World's Most Creative People

Looking for tricks to expand your creative productivity? Here are 6 strategies by history’s most creative minds.<p>I expend a huge amount of my time and …

Creativity

So, You Want To Be A Writer? There's Never Been A Better Time Than Right Now...

If there's one thing most writers agree upon, it's the fact that creating something original is hard, but choosing to unleash it into big, wide world …

Writing

Like design standards manuals? Then you’ll love this new bookstore

Like design standards manuals? Then you’ll love this new bookstore. (Courtesy Hamish Smyth, Order)<p>(Courtesy Hamish Smyth, Order)<p>(Courtesy Hamish …

Graphic Design

Black, White, and Gray All Over: Monochromatic Copenhagen Townhouse

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Capture, Then Captivate: the Science and Magic Behind Video Ads That Connect

Consumers like video. Today they have unprecedented opportunities to watch it whenever, wherever and however they want on their own terms of …

Marketing

5 Killer Facebook Sales Funnels All Companies Can Learn From

Learn from these 5 brands how to use Facebook ads to build relationships that pay off.<p>In the world of social media, Facebook is the juggernaut. It is the king of all digital social interactions, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Today, Facebook has an average of 1.23 billion daily active users …

Marketing

Our New Favorite Tool for Online Design Classes

Skillshare is an online learning community with over 15,000 classes where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a course. After tapping into this …

Graphic Design

Understanding the Instagram Algorithm: 7 Key Factors and Why the Algorithm is Great for Marketers

The Instagram algorithm, just like the Facebook News Feed algorithm, is so mysterious yet ingenious and brilliant in showing the best content to the …

10 Habits of the Most Confident People

Confidence breeds success. Are you as confident (and successful) as you can be?<p>When I look back on my 20s, I see two different versions of myself. The first five years were dominated by feelings of insecurity and anxiety. I was living a life I did not want, and I wasn't confident enough to stop it. …

Self-improvement

8 Social Media Secrets Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Here are the secret avenues I have learned over the years that can lead you to big success with your social media strategy.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When I first stepped into the world of social media marketing, I thought it was as easy as putting …

Social Media

Podcast: How Omnicom Won Pitchapalooza

<i>Welcome to episode No. 15 of AdExchanger Talks, a podcast focused on data-driven marketing. Subscribe here.</i><p>When a large amount of marketer business …

Advertising Industry

3 Strategies to Nail Before You Launch Your Social-Media Campaign

Planning and metrics are key to any successful marketing effort, yet many entrepreneurs rush into the social conversation with little idea of what they hope to accomplish.<p>When I talk to small-business owners, they often tell me they're “doing” social-media marketing. I’m always glad to hear this, …

Marketing

Attention, Screenwriters: Oscar-Winning Pixar Team is Offering Free Online Storytelling Courses

Best of all: This six-part online storytelling course is absolutely free.<p>Ever want to learn a few storytelling tricks from some Oscar-winning …

All About Pacing - 4 Important Questions To Ask

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story.<p>“Pacing is part structural choices and …

The Only Character Questionnaire You Need: 94 Questions For The Characters We Create

<b>Creating Characters – From The Cradle To The Grave</b><p>I read a Facebook post a few days ago. Jane’s mother had died unexpectedly and she wanted her …

Character Introductions: Part 5

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!<p>Over the next few weeks, I’m doing a deep dive into the subject of character …

Screenwriting

Character Introductions: Part 6

Think there’s nothing to introducing characters in a script? Think again!<p>Over the next few weeks, I’m doing a deep dive into the subject of character …

How to improve anything you write in 2 minutes

Following are the simplest tips I can give you to easily — and forever — improve the quality of your writing.<p>Delete the word "that"<p>The word "that" can be removed from your writing at least 90% of the time, and it will instantly make your sentence stronger.<p><b>Example:</b> "You believe that I'm lying, but …

Data Science for Everyone

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Write Every Day

Write every day. Don't ever stop. If you are unpublished, enjoy the act of writing—and if you are published, keep enjoying the act of writing. Don't …

This Seven-Step Guide For Dishing Out Feedback Is Totally Idiot-Proof

Keep this in your back pocket, first-time managers.<p>Giving critical feedback isn’t easy, especially if you’re new at it. But it doesn’t need to be half as hard as many managers think. The main thing is to keep it short and specific. Every good feedback conversation has to accomplish three goals:<p>Draw …

Dining Rooms

Realizing The Potential Of Big Data And Analytics

It’s not what you know. It’s what you <i>do</i> with what you know. That’s something companies worldwide will be learning—for better or worse—in the coming year when it comes to big data.<p>Gurus among us have proclaimed 2017 will be the year big data goes mainstream. If you’re anything like me, you may be …

Data Warehousing

41 Must-Read Books to Boost Your Social Media Skills

Fill your shelves with these books by experts who will take the stage at Social Media Marketing World<p>In just a few short weeks, more than 3,000 top marketers, entrepreneurs, business owners and growth hackers will descend upon San Diego for one of the largest conferences on social media: Social …

Marketing

Really Big Data At Walmart: Real-Time Insights From Their 40+ Petabyte Data Cloud

Walmart – the world’s biggest retailer with over 20,000 stores in 28 countries, is in the process of building the world’ biggest private cloud, to process 2.5 petabytes of data every hour.<p>To make sense of all of this information, and put it to work solving problems, the company has created what it …

Big Data