Making Stuff and Being Myself

Do you remember when you were a kid and someone asked you;

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Do you remember what your answer was?

I do. For the longest time, I wanted to be a famous filmmaker (big shocker, I know). As I grew older (and realized life really isn’t that simple), I altered course and it eventually led me to marketing, product management and, of course, entrepreneurship.

Even still, it hasn’t left me with any clear direction or path.

And you know what? I’m okay with that.

Over the past little while, I have been struggling to define myself, my role and my future. What am I going to do? How am I going to do it? And most importantly, who the fuck am I?

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A Guide To Building Your Website

If you want to start a side-hustle, showcase your portfolio, or sell something online; you need to learn how build a website.

For some reason, people get caught up in the misconception that building a website is hard. It’s just not true! Nowadays, it’s almost too easy. With dozens of hosting platforms and millions of how-to articles; anyone can learn how to build a website.

I love running my personal website and publishing content that I’m passionate about. This guide is for anyone who wants to learn how to build a website — on any platform.

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What Product Marketing Means To Me

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time now. Mostly because it is like going to determine the direction my life is going to take from here on out.

This post is going to be about product marketing.

Before I start, I have a confession to make: I’m not a Product Marketer — at least, I don’t think I am…

.. Not yet.

Maybe I am, but it’s more likely that I’m just a punk marketer who is really passionate about creating and sharing great products.

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A Guide To Facebook Ads

I've been wanting to write an in-depth guide on Facebook Ads for a while now. As a media buyer and product marketer (especially as someone who is new in their career), I believe that Facebook is a fantastic platform to learn. If there's anyone out there who is thinking about becoming a digital marketer, I would wholeheartedly recommend learning how to use the Facebook Ads platform.

Best of all, it's not all that hard to learn the basics! So that's what this guide is, to introduce you to the basic fundamentals and get you up and running with your first campaign!

Facebook Advertising can be extremely effective for promoting your business, driving traffic and generating leads. With over a billion daily active users, a wide variety of campaign and ad types, and advanced targeting features, knowing how to run advertising campaigns on Facebook is an essential skills for modern digital marketers. 

The folks over at Facebook are constantly improving their ad platform -- which means that advertisers are being given more and more tools to run successful ad campaigns. 

Me personally? I’m really nerdy about this shit and I think that new marketers can learn a lot from running small campaigns on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, you can buy ads. Best of all, it’s not even that hard to pick up. If you are new to digital advertising or media buying, it’s the platform to learn. 

In this guide, I’m going to introduce you to basic concepts and fundamentals behind Facebook Ads and how to launch your own campaign. 

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Branding Basics

Branding is one of the simplest, yet most complicated terms in all of marketing. Branding is defined as the overall image of a company is their customer's eyes. See what I mean? That's vague as hell. 

Before we get started, the word "brand" is going to be used a lot... For this, I am truly sorry. 

In this guide, I am going to show you how to create a digital brand and lay the foundation for growing your online presence. I won't get into the nitty gritty of coming up with a business idea or creating a product; rather, this post is a simple guide to creating an online presence for a new side-project, business, or creative endeavour. 

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Developing Personas

Marketers, designers and engineers use Personas to build great products that people will use by empathizing with who they are. 

I've found that developing personas can be an extremely valuable exercise and they can help you better communicate with and market to your ideal customers. 

What Are Personas?

A persona is a representation or profile of a user and they help give you context about your target audience and ideal customer. Personas use demographics, psychographics, motivations and intentions and they help you connect with your users as people. 

When you have clearly defined personas, you can find the people that you want to align your brand with. It will inform every decision you make -- from product to design to marketing. Everything you do should be in service of supporting your personas.

Personas give you context about who is using your product. 

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How To Index Your Site With Search Console

For every new website owner, the question will be the same: "How do I get my website to appear on Google?"

It's a fair question -- sometimes it seems like Google's search-engine-results-pages (SERPs) are updated by magic. In most cases they are, but only after the website's URL has been submitted for a process that is called "Indexing"

Indexing is the process of crawling, storing and ranking your website in search engine results. After you have submitted your URL for index, Google will continually look at (or crawl) your website and update their index to keep their search results fresh, accurate and up-to-date. 

The process of indexing a new website with Google has been made extremely simple, thanks to Google Search Console. I've created a short video that takes you through the exact steps you need to follow to get up and running with Search Console.

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I Went To #INBOUND16

Sometimes I gotta pinch myself. The amazing company I work for sent me to Boston to attend #INBOUND16, Hubspot's annual inbound marketing conference. 

You probably don't know how big of a deal this actually is. I've been watching keynotes from Inbound on YouTube for the past three years. The idea of ever actually attending the conference almost never crossed my mind. 

And I got to go this year. All of it was paid for by work. And I am so grateful to my work for giving me the opportunity to travel and learn with over 18,000 marketers. It was an experience I will never forget. 

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How To Create An Online Course

One of the biggest hurdles in creating an online course is the technical challenge of producing engaging, relevant and high-quality content for your students. I've been working on creating some new online courses to add to my library and I wanted to share my process and some of the tools and resources that I use when I create an online course.

Course Creator Essentials:

  • Microphone (webcam optional)
  • Presentation software
  • Screen recording and editing software
  • Learning Management System

This guide is going to dig into some of the different tools that you can use to create and a launch your very first online course. Let's dig in. 

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A Guide To SEO

This is an in-depth, comprehensive guide for learning about the fundamentals of SEO and search engine marketing. I wrote this guide for anyone who wants to get into search engine optimization and digital marketing. 

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process of improving the ranking position of a website for specific keywords. SEO has changed a lot since the early days of the internet; the algorithms used by search engines like Google and Bing to rank websites in search results are constantly being updated and as a result, SEO is an evolving discipline. In order to maintain consistent rankings for keywords related your website, it's important to understand the fundamentals behind of search engine optimization and how websites are ranked. 

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SEO Glossary Of Terms

It can be hard to keep track of all the technical terms and jargon used by digital marketers when they are talking about SEO. I often find myself searching for the meanings of different acronyms. I decided to put together a comprehensive glossary of SEO terms with definitions that explain what they mean. I hope you'll find this useful as you optimize your marketing efforts for search engines. 

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A Guide To Podcast Hosting

If you want to start a podcast, you are going to need somewhere to store and host your podcast files. With the vast amount of options to choose from, choosing a hosting provider can be difficult. What works for one podcast might not work for another. 

Your podcast hosting service is often decided by two things; your budget and the size of your show -- how big each file is, how often you release new episodes, etc. and while some services may have advantages over others, what's important is to choose a service that works for you and your podcast. 

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What Is Growth Hacking?

I tend to use this word a lot; "Growth Hacking". A lot of people will nod their heads when I start talking about it -- if they're marketers, they tend to roll their eyes. It's the big buzzword in the marketing world and as a digital marketer who has decided to hitch his wagon to this whole 'growth hacking' craze, I decided I should probably give a proper explanation of what growth hacking is.  

So what is growth hacking?

Put simply: Growth Hacking is a set of skills and tactics that digital marketers use to drive user growth.

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A Guide To Podcasting Gear

Who doesn't love gear? I'm one of those types of people who loves to drool over new microphones and video cameras or admire someone's recording studio or watch equipment comparison videos. I also love making lists that gather together different tools that you need to complete a project.

Before we get started, I want to tell you not to obsess over your gear when you're starting a podcast. You don't need to go out and spend thousands of dollars to get "the best possible sound quality". You are also under no obligation to listen to people like me when it comes to telling you what gear you should use for you podcast. When it comes to picking and choosing your podcasting equipment, find what works for you. If you didn't want to spend any money at all, you could use a smartphone for recording your podcast. Even NPR reporters have phone interviewees record themselves with a smartphone instead of using the crackly telephone recording in their broadcast. 

What I'm trying to say is; take this guide with a grain of salt. Your gear doesn't matter. It's what you record that does. 

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How To Create A Podcast With Squarespace

I love podcasts. And if you've listened to pretty much any mainstream podcast, you've probably heard an ad for Squarespace on your favourite show. In addition to sponsoring tons of podcasts, Squarespace has also added podcasting seamlessly into it's website builder. 

There's something cool about the fact that someone could listen to a podcast, hear a Squarespace ad, be inspired to start a podcast of their own, and then use Squarespace to host and manage their new creative endeavour. 

I also plan on using Squarespace for my own audio projects! So I thought I'd create a little tutorial video showing you how to create a podcast using Squarespace. If you've been itching to launch your own show, Squarespace is a fantastic platform to do it on. 

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My Favourite Podcasts

I think it goes without saying but I'm a pretty big podcast nerd. I'd like to think I'm the biggest podcast nerd you'll ever know but that probably isn't true. The point is; I f**king love podcasts. 

I've been wanting to create a definitive list of my favourite podcasts but I've come to learn that it's next to impossible. There are so many great shows I have yet to discover and fall in love in with. 

Even so, I'd like to present you with my (abridged) list of favourite podcasts. These are the podcasts whose feed I'll obsessively update and cry with joy when I see a new episode downloading. 

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Obligatory "New Website" Post

Well.. here it is. My brand-spanking-new Squarespace site. I've been looking forward to getting this up for a long time now and now that I've begun the process of creating the site; I'm feeling more excited than ever.

Since the creation of my first online course, I have definitely been putting off the creation of this site but for good reason. On March 10th, 2016, I married my best friend in the world and I feel more full of life than ever. I feel ready and prepared to take on the world in a way that I ever thought I could. 

Check back soon for more content.

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