1WD.tv https://1wd.tv Learn The Skills You Need To Thrive Online Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:46:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Discover the Power of Google Forms https://1wd.tv/discover-power-google-forms/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:42:46 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1695 Googles Forms is a free service that helps you create surveys, contact forms, checkout pages and more.

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Googles Forms is a free service that helps you create surveys, contact forms, checkout pages and more. It is part of the Google App suite that includes docs, sheets, and slides. All you need is a basic Google account to get started.

Google Forms was part of Google Sheets until early 2016 when it became a standalone app. Due to this many users are unaware of its powerful features and ease of use.

Many hosted providers charge on a per-form basis, but Google Forms lets you create as many polls, forms or quizzes until you fill up your Google Drive. A free account comes with 15GB of storage, so that’s a lot of forms.

You can send the responses from each form to Google Sheets to store, sort, and organize in a variety of ways. If you use Zapier, you can connect your forms to a variety of other services such as MailChimp, Slack or Twilio. Alternatively, you can set up email notifications for each response or in a daily batch.

When you create a Google Form, you can share it with an internal link, publish it to the web or embed the form on your website.

To get started with Google Forms login with your Google Account and go to https://docs.google.com/forms.

The Field Types

There are twelve field types, nine question types and text, photo and video fields.

Title, Description & Text – Each form requires a title, but you can choose to hide or show the description. You can add additional text blocks throughout your form.

Short Answer & Paragraph – These fields are useful for names and email addresses or long-form answers. It is possible to validate each of the fields by number, text length or regular expression.

Multiple Choice, Checkboxes, and Dropdowns – You can use these fields to give various options for each of your form questions. The app makes it very easy to add images to each of the answers in multiple choice or checkbox mode.

File Upload – This is useful when you need your form respondents to send additional details, such as images, pdfs or other files. Each file is stored directly in your Google Drive.

Linear Scale – This field is perfect for customer feedback surveys. Your respondents will be able to select a number from a range such as 1 for poor and 5 for excellent.

Time and Date – Perfect for scheduling events or booking forms.

Sections

Sections can be used to help break up a long form. Their power comes with the ability to use conditional logic so that respondents jump to different sections based on their answer.

Quiz Mode

With Quiz Mode enabled an additional ‘Answer Key’ button will appear at the bottom left of each question. You can then set the correct answer for the questions with the multiple choice, checkbox or drop-down fields.

Design

You can set a header color or image along with an accent color for the background.

Responses

You don’t need to configure anything to store the responses. They can be accessed from the Responses tab or sent to Google Sheets by clicking on the green sheets icons.

Sharing

When your form is ready to be published, you can add a confirmation page. It is possible to choose whether the form is only accessible inside your GSuite organization or publicly via a link.

Alternatively, you can share the form via email or to your preferred social network. Google Forms can also be embedded on your website complete with width and height options.

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4 Apps That Help You Manage Tasks Like a Pro https://1wd.tv/4-apps-help-manage-tasks-like-pro/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:15:02 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1660 In this article, we look at four of the most popular to-do list apps so you can manage your tasks like a pro.

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Keeping your tasks organized and ready-to-hand is not as easy as it used to be. Some people prefer post-it notes, others use a legal pad, but more and more people are going paperless online.

It’s easy to forget the tasks you need to get done if they are not kept together in a convenient place, especially when the online world overwhelms with distractions.

A quick Google search reveals hundreds of task management apps. Some of them are too simple to be useful while others offer so many sophisticated options the barrier to entry is high.

Whether you are trying to manage your freelance workload or want to make sure you don’t forget the milk there are some great apps to help.

In this article, we look at four of the most popular to-do list apps so you can manage your tasks like a pro.

1. Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk is a smart to-do app for busy people. It helps you get to-dos out of your head so you can focus on what’s important.

You can quickly add tasks to Remember The Milk using their ‘Smart Add’ system. This allows you to enter your task in one line, including the due date, priority, repeating settings and tags.

Smart reminders can be set up that help you remember your tasks wherever you are. This could be by email, SMS, push notification or even via Twitter.

It has a ‘Magical Search Wizard’ that helps you find your tasks quickly. Once you’ve come up with a search, you like you can save it as a ‘Smart List.’

Remember the Milk is available on Mac, Windows, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android Phones & Tablets, Blackberry 10 and even Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

The basic plan is free and has a good mix of features. You can upgrade to the Pro version, with the full feature set for $39.99/year.

2. Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. It helps you tick off all of your personal and professional to-dos.

You can share lists with colleagues, friends, and family and set due dates and reminders.

Wunderlist has a commenting feature so you can host of all of your task-related communications in one place, accessible for all.

Email overload can be a daily grind, but with Wunderlist you can turn emails into actions just by forwarding them to a unique address.

The app has a folder and tagging system to help give you tasks context and stay organized.

Wunderlist is available for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, Kindle Fire and on the web.

It is free to use but offers a Pro Plan with additional features for $4.99/mo.

3. ToDoist

ToDoist helps you accomplish more, every day. Millions of people rely on it to get things done.

It has a beautiful design with apps and extensions for over ten platforms. Your tasks are always accessible, on mobile, web, inbox and more.

You can share an unlimited number of tasks with anyone and collaborate in real-time on shared projects and goals.

ToDoist Karma tracks your productivity, helping you visualize your achievement trends over time.

One of the unique features of this app is that it allows for multi-level sub-tasks and projects which make repetitive workflows and complex projects a breeze.

ToDoist has a full commenting system so you can add as many details as you want or even attach PDFs, spreadsheets or photos.

The basic plan is completely free to use or you an upgrade to the premium plan for $22/year.

4. Any.do

Any.do is the ultimate app for getting things done. It keeps your tasks, lists, and reminders in one place, always in sync across all of your devices and is used by over fifteen million people.

The app also has a calendar feature so you can plan by the day, week or month.

It sells itself as a ‘life manager’ that adapts to your needs and helps you get your day under control in any setting.

Any.do integrates seamlessly with Google Calendar, Exchange, iCloud and more.

You can even capture tasks by voice using the ‘Smart Suggest’ feature.

Any.do is available for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, The Web, Chrome, and Mac.

Any.do has a free account with basic features and a premium option starting at $2.99/mo.

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5 Pomodoro Apps for Ultimate Productivity https://1wd.tv/5-pomodoro-apps-for-ultimate-productivity/ Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:10:42 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1600 In this article, we look at five of the best Pomodoro apps for ultimate productivity.

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It’s easy to suffer from burnout if you work too long. Attempting to complete a mammoth task in one session can have adverse effects on your health. However, studies have shown that short bursts of focus are much more efficient than multi-hour sessions.

When studying for his University Exams, Francesco Cirillo  became quickly distracted and didn’t use his time effectively. In an attempt to solve this problem he decided to get a tomato-shaped kitchen timer, set it for ten minutes, and hyper focus without any distractions.

Forcing himself to work solidly before a well-deserved break meant he got more done, in much less time.

After lots of testing, he settled on the now famous ‘Pomodoro Technique’ which breaks focused time blocks into twenty-five-minute sessions with a five-minute break.

The technique is named after the Italian word for ‘tomato,’ coined from Francesco’s first experiment.

There are many benefits associated with this method:

1. Hyper-focusing for a specified amount of time helps you stick to fixed limits, encouraging you to complete tasks quicker.

2. Larger tasks can be broken down into individual ‘Pomodoros’ rather than trying to tackle a big task in one go.

3. Remaining hyper-focused and distraction free can significantly improve the quality of your work.

4. The Pomodoro system eliminates burnout by organizing your work into manageable ‘blocks.’

5. Exercising your will power intensely can have positive side effects in other areas of your life.

Pomodoro timers help structure your work day into twenty-five minute working slots. In this article, we look at five of the best Pomodoro apps for ultimate productivity.

1. FocusBooster

FocusBooster is a straightforward and lightweight digital implementation of the Pomodoro technique. It has an unobtrusive mini-timer so you can monitor your session progress without taking up desktop space. The app also records your Pomodoro sessions and automatically creates timesheets.

FocusBooster also provides full reports to give you an in-depth understanding of where you spend your time. You can even use these reports to create invoices.

The app is available online or through the desktop app on Mac or Windows.

It’s free to try for thirty days and the monthly subscription plans start at $2.99/mo.

2. PomoDoneApp

PomoDoneApp is the easiest way to track your workflow using the Pomodoro technique. It works on top of your current task management service.

To use this app, you do not need to create any tasks. It connects with your favorite task management tools such as ToDoist or Trello so you can get started fast.

It also has a nifty Chrome extension so you can quickly create sessions directly from the browser.

PomoDoneApp’s pricing is based on the number of integrations you wish to use. For two integrations the price is just $12/year.

3. Marinara Timer

The Marinara Timer is a more flexible version of the standard Pomodoro timers. Some people find that twenty-five-minute work segments a little too rigid. Marinara aims to solve this by allowing you to choose a ‘flavor.’

It has a traditional Pomodoro timer with standard time periods.

A custom timer that can be adjusted as you want.

And a kitchen timer so you can just ‘set it and forget it.’

The Marinara timer is a browser-based timer that is completely free to use.

4. Tomighty

Tomighty is a desktop timer for the Pomodoro technique. It is available for Mac or Windows and is completely free to use.

You can choose between a short break or a long break and interrupt the sessions with a pause.

5. Tomato Timer

Tomato Timer is another free to use browser based timer that comes with some nifty keyboard shortcuts and optional desktop alerts.

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5 Of The Best WordPress Form Plugins for 2017 https://1wd.tv/5-of-the-best-wordpress-form-plugins-for-2017/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:58:28 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1544 In this article, we look at five of the best WordPress form plugins available in 2017.

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WordPress has some amazing features, but it does not provide form functionality out of the box. To do this, you need a form plugin.

You can use form plugins to create questionnaires, surveys, accept bookings, create quotes, orders forms and much more.

One of the most common uses is a contact form. These helps structure the information that is sent to you and protects your email address from spambots.

Most plugins also offer the ability to notify you of submissions via email. You can then send the data to other services such as an email marketing software or a spreadsheet.

There are dozens of form plugins available, ranging from simple contact forms to feature rich plugins with hundreds of options.

In this article, we look at five of the best WordPress form plugins available in 2017.

1. Gravity Forms

GravityForms is one of the easiest tools to create advanced forms for your WordPress websites. It has been downloaded millions of times and has dozens of integrations and extensions.

The plugin has a drag and drop form builder for code-free design. You can break up long forms into multiple pages and even show a progress bar.

GravityForms has a broad range of input fields ranging from the simple to the complex.

You can easily configure notification emails that are sent when the form is submitted and style the look and feel of your form with simple settings.

GravityForms has several pricing options which start at $39/year. More advanced features and a wide variety of add-ons are available with the Business or Developer licenses which start at $99/year.

2. WP Forms

WP Forms is a beginner friendly WordPress contact form plugin. It is super easy to use but also very powerful.

To make things simple WP Forms ships with a variety of pre-built form templates that speed up the workflow.

The forms are 100% responsive, so they display perfectly on mobiles, tablets, and desktops without any further configuration.

WPForms also has some advanced features such as ‘smart conditional logic,’ order form payments, and integrations with popular email marketing services.

You can easily embed your forms into posts, pages, sidebar widgets and more.

WPForms pricing starts at $39/year for the basics, $199/year for the Pro (including all the add-ons) and $449 for a lifetime VIP plan.

3. FormCraft

FormCraft helps you create amazing WordPress forms in an intuitive interface. It is a premium WordPress Form Builder available from CodeCanyon.

FormCraft’s forms are particularly well designed, providing a well polished and professional look to any theme.

They offer basic templates to help you get started, and additional, ‘special’ templates with the premium add-ons.

The add-ons themselves range from email marketing service integrations to multi-page forms and payment options.

With the Stripe add-on, FormCraft can be used to create beautiful and intuitive one-page checkout forms.

You can also create beautiful surveys with thumb or star ratings and choice matrix fields.

FormCraft is $39 for a regular license, and the add-ons range from free to $29.

4. Ninja Forms

Ninja Forms is one of the most popular form builders for WordPress. It has been downloaded over four million times.

The plugin makes it easy to add forms to your website using a widget, shortcode or template function.

You can control every element of your forms with a multitude of settings. These range from general form options down to individual field settings and submit actions.

There are dozens of add-ons available including conditional logic, front-end posting, email marketing service integration and more.

If you are working in a language other than English NinjaForms comes translation ready for easy conversion to any language. They also have special incentives for translators interested in joining the team.

NinjaForms is completely free for to use. The add-ons, which range from $29 to $129 each come with a fourteen-day money back guarantee.

5. Contact Form 7

Most of the plugins on this list offer a wide variety of advanced features. If you just need a basic contact form, this might be overkill.

ContactForm 7 is a simple form builder plugin with an extremely positive rating in the WordPress plugin repository.

Although it is not as feature-rich as the other plugins, it has just enough options for most users and set up is extremely fast.

ContactForm is completely free to use.

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Increase Your Facebook Influence with PostPlanner https://1wd.tv/increase-facebook-influence-postplanner/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:45:12 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1490 PostPlanner helps you find, plan and share content that scientifically boosts engagement.

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Maintaining multiple Facebook pages is time-consuming work. It takes hours to organize, create and share content, and even more time to learn what to share.

However, social referrals drive a huge percentage of traffic. In 2016 the amount of traffic generated from social media was almost identical with search engine referrals. This means that now more than ever, maintaining a social media presence is crucial for online success.

Every time a visitor ‘Likes’ your Facebook page your posts are entered into a competition to ‘reach’ that users news feed. On average over 1,500 posts compete for attention. This has resulted in a drastic decline in organic reach for Facebook pages. In 2012, organic reach was around 16% but dropped to as little as 2.27% in 2015.

But all is not lost, with a basic understand of Facebook’s algorithm everyone can take advantage of social media referrals.

The top factors include:

  • How recently the post was published
  • The number of likes, comments and shares the post receives
  • How often the user has interacted with your page
  • Past interaction with the same post type (video, image, post link, etc.)

To be effective on social media, it’s essential to publish a range of different content types. Luckily, there are some great tools to manage the process.However, many of these tools simple automate scheduling which doesn’t help with engagement.

PostPlanner is different. Not only does it help you schedule your posting it also helps you FIND great content to share. It takes the guesswork out of post performance by ranking content that is 100% scientifically guaranteed to perform.

Here’s how it works:

Find

Inside PostPlanner, you can browse recommended feeds based on your industry and interests. These feeds can be combined into powerful streams, creating a personal library of curated content.

It also has a great section for ‘statuses’ with questions, fill-in-the-gaps, trivia and much more. Scattering these into your schedule make a huge difference with engagement.

Plan

Planning and scheduling posts can be a daunting task. With PostPlanner you can create a ‘Plan’ for your pages and accounts, then plug in your content streams. There is no need to worry about finding the right posting time as PostPlanner’s algorithm creates the perfect posting schedule and adds it to your plan to help you get started.

Predict

PostPlanner has custom algorithms that measure the data for every content source in your stream. It reviews past performance and predicts future engagement specific to your audience. So every piece of content in your stream is star-ranked, and 100% scientifically guaranteed to perform.

Learn

If you want to know more about social media PostPlanner has you covered. They send their customers dozens of e-books and resources packed full of fun, creative ideas to use in your campaigns. The onboarding process is truly unique, and I have never experienced anything quite like it.

Pricing

PostPlanner is only $9/mo for ten social media profiles, up to one hundred posts per day and up to a thousand posts planned. When compared to other social media management tools (that have only half the features) the price is incredible. Take PostPlanner for a spin today and skyrocket your engagement on Facebook, Twitter and more.

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5 Reasons The Divi Builder Will Surpass Your Expectations https://1wd.tv/5-reasons-the-divi-builder-will-surpass-your-expectations/ Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:50:08 +0000 https://1wd.tv/?p=1465 In this article, we look at five reasons the Divi Builder will surpass your expectations.

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Divi is one of the most powerful WordPress themes on the market and is the superstar of the 87 that come with an Elegant Themes membership.

With the release of version three, the Divi Builder knocked it out of the park. The page builder plugin which powers the theme is incredibly fast, easy-to-use and beautiful.

If you have ever dismissed page builders as being clunky, unintuitive or slow, then Divi 3.0 is worth another look.

In this article, we look at five reasons the Divi Builder will surpass your expectations.

1. On-Page Editing

One of the most frustrating aspects of building a website is the constant back and forth between code and design. Building on the front-end with complete flexibility and control is the holy grail many designers and developers have been expecting for a long time.

Divi has made this the core of their new release, Not only can you edit text on-the-fly but also create sections, modules, images and much more without the need to switch back to the WordPress admin.

It’s easy to spend A LOT of time playing with this, not because it’s hard to use, but because it’s incredibly fun and enjoyable.

2. Intuitive Layout Blocks

Creating sections, rows, and columns is as easy as clicking a few mouse buttons. You can move them around the page by just dragging and dropping. What’s super nice is the complete control you have over the margins and paddings. There are three types of sections and twenty-row types.

3. Modules

Divi comes with over 45 different modules. These include accordions, buttons, search, tabs, text, images and much more. They each come with General, Design, and CSS settings. The first two have more than enough options for general tweaking. The CSS options are neatly organized into ID, Class, Before, Main Element and After.

4. Pre-Made Layouts

One of the great things about Divi is that it’s super easy to import and export layouts. Once you’ve created or imported one, you can store them for future use.

You can also create global elements for use across your site so that everything remains consistent. This is ideal for elements which are repeated on multiple pages. Just update them once, and the changes take effect everywhere.

5. Undo, Redo, Copy & Paste

Divi has undo and redo features built into to the page builder. So, if you ever make a mistake, you’re in luck. It’s such an essential feature and makes all the difference when designing your site.

There is also a nice copy and paste system that works with rows, columns, and modules. This can save a lot of time especially when you are building a long page.

What’s your favorite WordPress theme? Let us know by submitting your discoveries here.

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5 Awesome Social Sharing Plugins for 2017 https://1wd.tv/5-awesome-social-sharing-plugins-for-2017/ Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:59:27 +0000 http://1wd.tv/?p=1408 In this article, we look at five awesome social sharing plugins for 2017.

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For some years now Google has included ‘social signals’ as a ranking factor in their algorithm. It counts the number of times your content has been tweeted, liked, shared and reposted. If the engagement is high, this will factor into the rank position for any relevant keywords.

Beyond the SEO factor of ‘social signals,’ the virality of social media often accounts for more traffic than the search engines themselves. In fact, many businesses thrive with visitors from Facebook alone and consider Google a nice addition but not the main goal.

One of the easiest ways to start generating traffic from social media is to install social sharing buttons on your website. These can be placed around your content to encourage your visitors to share on their own social networks.

Fortunately, this is easy to do if you are using WordPress but the choice of which plugin to install can be overwhelming. Currently, at the Plugin repository a search for ‘social sharing buttons’ returned over 900+ results!

In this article, we look at five awesome social sharing plugins for 2017.

1. Monarch

Monarch Social Sharing Plugin by Elegant Themes lets you choose from over twenty social sharing networks to display on your website. You can add the icons in five different locations: a floating sidebar, above or below content, on images and videos, as an automatic popup or an automatic fly-in.

The pop-ups and fly-ins can be triggered by various actions such as leaving a comment or after purchasing

You can also add social follow buttons and change the appearance of all your buttons using a variety of customization options.

Monarch Social Sharing Plugin comes with the Elegant Themes collection (87 themes + 6 plugins) starting at $69/year.

2. Social Warfare

With Social Warfare you can change the color of your buttons to your websites branding with over five thousand possible style combinations. You can display social share counts prominently which is a great psychological trigger to increase sharing. Rather conveniently you can set ‘minimum’ counts before the numbers show, so this doesn’t have a negative impact.

One of the unique benefits of Social Warfare is the ability to add custom images, titles and description that accompanying your content when it is shared. By adding a correctly sized image to each of your posts, the content will display professional on Facebook, Pinterest, Google + and more.

You can create in post tweetable quotes that make it super easy for people to share. Custom tweets can also be configured for each post for added personalization.

Social Warfare is a premium plugin that starts at $29/mo for a single site installation.

3. Ultimate Social by WPSmarter

Ultimate Social by WPSmarter has over twenty-five social buttons and twenty-two fan counters. It has an incredible twenty different sharing locations including a mobile bar, floating top and standard top & bottom placements.

The plugin also integrates with lots of other services such as WooCommerce, bbPress, Easy Digital Downloads and VisualComposer.

The regular license is just $15.

4. Fixed WordPress Social Share Buttons

One of the standout features of Fixed WordPress Social Share Buttons is that it doesn’t use the original JavaScript files of the social media platforms. Without the need to load these additional files the speed is considerably faster.

The regular license is just $18.

5. WP Social Sharing

WP Social Sharing is a free plugin available from the WordPress repository which adds Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google + and Pinterest social sharing buttons to posts, pages and custom post types.

The plugin uses CSS3 to generate the icons, loading faster than traditional images and comes with a provided shortcode for added flexibility.

What are your favorite Social Sharing plugins? Let us know by submitting your discoveries here.

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7 Landing Page Builders That Skyrocket Conversions https://1wd.tv/7-landing-page-builders-skyrocket-conversions/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:23:54 +0000 http://1wd.tv/?p=1371 In this article, we look at seven landing page builders that not only improve conversions but make the process fast and easy.

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A landing page is an entry point to a website that visitors ‘land on’ from elsewhere. They usually have no global navigation and are separate from the main site with one, focused objective.

Landing Pages help increase conversion rates as they work to funnel visitors toward an intended conversion goal such as signing up to a mailing list, joining a webinar or purchasing a product.

They are an essential part of any promotional funnel and are can make or break the first impression of your brand. A/B or split testing works hand in hand with landing pages to ensure the highest possible opt-in rates.

You can code Landing Pages from scratch, use a WordPress plugin or purchase a standalone service which handles everything for you.

In this article, we look at seven landing page builders that not only improve conversions but make the process fast and easy.

1. LeadPages

LeadPages is a standalone service that has over 350+ templates for every industry. It has a drag and drop builder, so there is no need for coding. LeadPages has a lead magnet delivery service which streamlines the list-building process. It also integrates with lots of email marketing services and has built-in A/B testing and analytics.

LeadPages starts at $25/mo for a standard account.

2. UnBounce

UnBounce is similar in scope to LeadPages but has some useful additional features. It natively integrates with WordPress, so there is no need for complicated DNS record or CNAME changes. UnBounce also has a ‘Dynamic Text Replacement’ feature which is extremely useful if you are running AdWord campaigns. It swaps out select keywords from the copy of the page and matches them with the search phrase the visitor entered into Google. This creates a strong consistency and can help significantly with the campaigns overall ROI.

UnBounce starts at $49/mo for a starter account.

3. InstaPage

One of the unique features of InstaPage is its ability to import any landing page and create a perfectly mirrored template. It copies the design and content then instantly rebuilds it as an InstaPage template. If you have landing pages elsewhere and want to stay on brand, this might be a useful timesaver. It is also the only Landing Page builder on this list that integrates with a royalty-free stock image library. This gives you direct, easy access to over 31 million photos, videos, and vectors for one flat price.

InstaPage starts at $29/mo for a basic account.

4. Lander

Lander has a limited but beautiful collection of landing page templates in six different categories. It has A/B testing, dynamic text replacement, Facebook integrations and basic email marketing capabilities and much more.

One of the neat things about Lander is that the pricing starts at only $16/mo when you purchase an annual plan, making it one of the cheapest standalone options.

5. Landingi

Landingi prides itself on its easy-to-use, intuitive page builder. You can start from scratch or use one of their templates. Landingi tailors its templates toward’s e-commerce businesses and offers, for example, a wide range of ‘patterns’ for the electronic equipment and household appliances industry.

Landingi base their pricing model on the number of leads rather than features. Starting with 1000 leads on your account the full feature-set is only $29/mo.

6. WordPress Landing Pages

WordPress Landing Pages works as a standalone plugin or hand in hand with WordPress Calls to Action & WordPress Leads to create a powerful lead generation system. It has a visual editor, and you can run A/B or multivariate tests to improve conversions. Landing Pages also has a full templating framework built with Developers and Designers in mind.

Landing Pages is completely free to use and is the perfect option for marketers on a budget.

7. OptimizePress

OptimizePress comes in Theme & Plugin formats and fully integrates with WordPress. It helps you create sales pages, landing pages, membership portals, webinar registration pages and more. It has a live editor for code-free design and ships with 30 pre-made templates. If you just need to create a landing page this plugin may be overkill but for dedicated marketers, it’s an attractive option.

OptimizePress starts at $97 one-time for basic features and activation on up to three websites.

What are your favorite Landing Page builders? Let us know by submitting your discoveries here.

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Grow Your Business With Better Grammar https://1wd.tv/grow-your-business-with-better-grammar/ Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:46:55 +0000 http://1wd.tv/?p=1331 Grammarly is a useful app that makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.

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It’s easy to make writing errors in emails, social media posts and elsewhere online. What we don’t often realize is that a lot of people make personal judgments if they notice our mistakes. Whether you are ‘all fingers and thumbs’ on your phone or just make a typo, writing mistakes can be very embarrassing.

It’s essential to make a good impression when writing content for your business. In 2015 a study found that executives rate content less desirable if it included just one typo or grammar mistake.

Luckily there is a great solution that goes beyond the basic ‘’spell checker, ’ and it does a great job at catching many of our most common mistakes.

Grammarly is a useful app that makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.

What is Grammarly?

Grammarly is a grammar checker for proofreading articles, blog posts, emails and pretty much anywhere else you type on the web. It has a handy chrome extension which allows it to check for mistakes and lots of different websites and a web-app for checking longer form content.

The Chrome Extension

The Chrome extension can be enabled on many different websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail. It can be turned on or off directly from the browser.

It’s very useful inside of Facebook and highlights mistakes as you type a new post or respond to a comment:

It also works very well inside of Gmail for mistake-free emailing:

Unfortunately there is no support yet for Google Docs, but hopefully, this will be rectified in the future.

The Web App

In addition to the Chrome app you can log into the Grammarly interface and check longer form content:

This gives you a much more detailed view of your grammar, punctuation and spelling issues. Each mistake has a useful little card that explains, in detail, what the mistake is and how to correct it.

Standard spell checkers, like those you would find inside of Microsoft Word or Pages merely highlight you errors for simple correction. While this is useful, it’s easy to become reliant on them and never really see personal improvement.

With Grammarly, however, it’s easy to uncover bad habits and improve your writing. For example:

Unnecessarily using the passive voice
Ending sentences with prepositions
Using a squinting modifier
Overusing the same adjective

You can specify the document type you are working on for contextual analysis and control what type of errors it searches for:

There is also a ‘Plagiarism Checker’ that finds unoriginal text by checking against a database of over 8 billion web pages.

Additional Apps

Grammarly has a Windows version of its web app. This does not provide any other features it’s nice to have a desktop version available.

If you work a lot with Microsoft Office, you’ll be pleased to know there is a dedicated extension that improves Microsoft’s native proof-reading capabilities.

How Much is Grammarly?

Grammarly has a free version that checks 150 of the most critical grammar and spelling checks. The full feature set, however, is only available with the Premium version which is just $11.66/mo paid annually.

While no app can replace human proof-reading (yet!) Grammarly is a fantastic way to not only alert you to mistakes but also help improve your writing on the fly.

If you spend a lot of time writing emails, blog posts or any content, then give Grammarly a try. You’ll feel like a stronger writer and find the process more enjoyable.

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In 2015, the average US worker spent over six hours every single day checking and writing emails. We write emails for prospecting, scheduling, following up, networking and find ourselves endlessly clicking ‘unsubscribe’ to all of those lists we find joined.

If you find yourself writing the same type of email over and over again, you should consider setting up Gmail Templates (aka ‘Canned Responses’). They take only a few seconds to create and can boost your productivity tenfold.Furthermore, if you are prospecting or asking for referrals using email templates that work can have an enormous impact on your success.

In this article, we look at how to get started with ‘Canned Responses’ and use them for lucrative email templates.

Step 1: Enable Canned Responses

Click on the gear icon in Gmail and navigate to ‘Settings.’

Choose the menu item that says ‘Labs.’

In the search box type ‘canned responses’ and choose ‘enable.’

Step 2: Create a Save a Canned Response

Create a new email by clicking on ‘Compose.’ Then, type the email you would like to save as a template. Save it as a canned response by clicking on the down-pointing arrow and choosing ‘New Canned Response.’ Finally, give you email template a name for future reference.

 

Step 3: Insert Your Template Into a New Email

Click on the down-pointing arrow and choose ‘Canned Responses.’ and select the name of the template you just created. Done and done!

Creating canned responses in Gmail can be done in a few clicks but writing templates that convert requires experimentation. Always consider who you are writing to and how you can help them before you ask for anything. The more you try, the better you will get, and the ‘golden nuggets’ can quickly be saved and re-used with a single click.

Cold Email can be extremely effective in building business opportunities if its done in the right way. With the proper training, you’ll be amazed at how many people respond to personal yet unsolicited email.

When I started freelancing several years ago, I built my entire business on cold email with strangers from thousands of miles away. If you would like to learn more about this surprisingly beneficial strategy reach out today: luke@1wd.tv

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