How to Leverage a Credit Card and Rack Up Massive Points | Ep. 45

Hey, Digital Family! My name is John D. Saunders and in today’s Digital Block I want to talk about how you can use your credit card to pay for items on your business to rack up points and travel for free. Let’s do this!

Hope all is well. I’m going to get right to it. Today I want to talk about how to leverage credit cards. I think they have a bad rap. A lot of people think you can rack up this credit card debt, end up paying interest forever, and can never pull yourself out of debt.

In reality, as a business owner, you can leverage credit cards to pay for items you’re already paying for, like your monthly fees for services and difference things related to your business to cover those expenses and be able to rack up points so you can travel and use those points for eating, restaurants, and other things.

Let’s go ahead and dive in. I’m going to do a presentation for you, show you my card, my system, and what I do to rack up points and travel the world for free.

Let’s talk about the misconceptions of credit cards first. One is high interest. Yes, a lot of credit cards have high interest. Some over them can be up to 24% APR, however, using the method of only spending what you have and paying that off immediately every month means you never really have to worry about that interest.

Next up, a lot of credit cards do not have bonuses. Yes, that’s true. However, in most cases a lot of these credit cards have great incentives like rewards, flights, and tons of other things. It really depends on your preference and we’ll go through that a little later as well.

Another one is forever in debt. If you have school loans, you probably are wary of using a credit card. You think you’re forever going to be in debt. You’ll never be able to pay it off.

But if you follow a strict method of only spending what you have and paying that off immediately, you’ll never have to think about it. Also, there is such a thing as good debt. Keep that in mind.

Lastly, burden on credit. This isn’t true. This is only true if you open a ton of cards. One factor in your credit is the lifetime longevity of a credit card. If you have a credit card for ten years and open another, that’s going to shorten that lifespan.

However, if you have five cards and are opening on every few years and stager that out properly you won’t have to worry about it effecting your credit much.

Next one is cancelling your credit card will help your credit. That’s not true. A lot of times if you have a credit card and don’t necessarily use it, get it down to zero and leave it open. It’s not going to hurt you in any way. As long as you keep up with your credit, you’ll be fine and good to go. Keep that in mind as we move through this.

Why should you use a credit card for your business expenses? I want you to think about a business credit card. You don’t want to use a personal credit card for your business expenses. You want to have a card strictly for your business.

The main reason being you can centralize all your spending. For us, we have a lot of services and different things we offer. We have hardware, software that we pay for every month. It makes it so much easier when we can use our credit card to centralize all that spending because now all of that is in one place.

Also, you can redeem massive points. I learned this from my mentor and boss. I was at a marketing agency in Ft. Lauderdale. I have an amazing boss. His name is Chris, and he was a proponent of using the card for a lot of business expenses, racking up points, and spending them on furnishing the office.

We have flat screens, new furniture. It was amazing. He used his points to pay for all of that because he was using the credit card to cover the cost and paying it off immediately every month to rack up those points a massive amount.

Also, you’re able to monitor employee card use. We have one employee with a card as well and he’s able to use that and we can see all the expenses that he’s tracking within one central account.

It makes it really easy to organize your expenses without having to think about it. Then, you have to think about welcome bonuses. With my card, I have the AmEx Gold Business card, you get 50,000 points just for spending $5,000 in the first three months. Boom! 50,000 points.

That can allocate to about $500 or $600 in cash. The card is free for the first year and then $195, I think, per year. Within that three months the card has already paid for itself.

Here is how I use my credit card. This is actually a look at mine. If you look here, here are some of the options that you can use your card to cover. Here is my points balance as of yesterday.

I did book a flight for my dad to come down for Thanksgiving, so I’m super stoked about that. We book about three or four flights a year using this account and we don’t have to pay for any. We’ve flown to California, New York, and abroad as well just using points.

It’s an amazing feeling when you can just login here, book a trip, and not have to pay anything for it.

I have the AmEx Gold and then the Platinum for my personal. I actually have those combined so I’m able to maximize my points even more. Both my personal and business spending all go into one point allocation.

That’s a little advanced tactic, but again, just to reiterate, this is how I rack up points and travel for free. Some of the bonuses with my card car I get 3x points. This is huge as a business owner.

There are a lot of cards that offer this as well like the Chase Ink and other options. Any U.S. purchases for advertising and select media like Facebook ads, Google AdWords, gas stations, shipping, computer hardware, software, cloud computing, all of that is wrapped up and you get 3x points. If you spend $1, you get three points.

That’s huge, especially as a business owner. You also get a $200 airline credit. That is actually for the Platinum card, but you can always move from the Gold to the Platinum and use that for checked bags, in-flight refreshments, and food.

As you can see, I still have a pretty big balance here, $165 for the rest of the year, and we’ll probably use that on our flights more so around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

You also get Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check. That’s also set in there, but also a $15 Uber credit. You get a ton of different bonuses with this card alone. Again, the Uber credit and the Global Entry are for Platinum, however, the 3x points are on the Business Gold card. That’s crucial for anyone trying to build up their points and organize their spending.

Here is a look at my process to rack up points. First, you want to calculate your monthly spending. Look at what you’re spending money on. Are you taking clients out? Using it for transportation? Merchandise? Business services? Organize that! Here is an example for a few weeks ago of some of our expenses.

Then use your credit card to pay everything. If you use your credit card for all that, you’re able to organize everything into one spot. You can login to AmEx and see all of your expenses in your account. Also, and I’m going to backtrack to one, remember to pay off the complete balance monthly.

The worst thing you can do is spend money that you don’t have. Only use your credit card for things you’re already going to pay for and pay that off every month, so you can get it back to zero and continue that cycle.

Number three, integrate with an accounting software. Whether QuickBooks, FreshBooks, Wave Accounting, you can combine your card or merge your card with that account. So anytime you make an expense or swipe that card, it’ll automatically push to your accounting software.

This is huge because it puts everything on autopilot. Again, you will have to go and adjust some of the categories, but otherwise all of your spending will drop in here and you don’t have to think about it. It’s all automatic.

Then review your spending and adjust accordingly. Make sure you’re always reviewing your accounting. I usually do mine at the end of the month. Only charge what you can afford.

Meaning if you have it in your debt account or business checking account to cover the cost of what you’re spending on the card, make sure you’re always under that. The worst thing you can do is be spending and spending, rack up credit card debt, and not be able to pay for it.

That’s when the interest and everything can eat you up and spit you out. Make sure you’re only charging what you can afford.

Lastly, here are some of my favorite business credit card options. One is the Chase Ink Business Preferred, an amazing card, awesome benefits. Also, the Business Platinum Card from American Express and the Business Gold Card from American Express are also.

I have the Gold for my business and the Platinum for personal. Again, you can merge those accounts and just get the points racking up. Last is the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business credit card.

Again, a lot of these cards are affordable. They might be $99 to $200 per year, which is absolutely worth it if you use it right to leverage this and do a great job.

Thank you, thank you, thank you guys for checking out our content. As always, hit the like button, comment that you loved it, and hit that subscribe button. I will see you in the next video. Peace!

How to Build a Facebook Messenger Bot for $50

 

Hey Digital Fam, my name is John D. Saunders and in today’s Digital Block I’m going to show you how to get a Facebook bot done for less than $50. Let’s do this.

Hey, everybody! Hope all is well. In today’s Digital Block I’m going to show you how to get a Facebook bot done for less than $50. The process is super simple and I’m going to walk you through it on my computer.

Also, side note, I’m going to provide a link to the Google Doc that we use to create ours as well as the process because you know I am the value-based marketer. If you have any questions, comment below. Let me dive into my computer now and show you guys the process.

To break it down in a literal sense, a Facebook Messenger bot imitates human conversations by solving various tasks. These can include customer service questions, FAQs, and more. In essence, it’s an automation tool to help pull you out of the day-to-day answering questions that can easily be answered by a bot with automated responses.

One example: This is my personal site. You see we have a bot installed here. If you hit “Chat Now” the chat will come up. I’ve got a cool little picture here of me, and as you can see the chat bubble makes it look like an organic conversation.

I ask, “Thanks for taking the time to chat. I’m uploading my brain to our chat box to answer your questions.” When things come up, you answer, and the chat bot automatically answers in response to you.

It’ll use emojis and very comfortable conversation to make it feel like an organic conversation with the person, and this bot can really take care of a lot of questions that you might not necessarily have to do in real time. The reason to use it is it’ll save you time in the future, right. A company called Gardner forecasts that by 2020 over 85 percent of customer interactions will be handled without a human.

That’s huge! You want to be ahead of the curve by starting with the Facebook Messenger bot that can do tons of different things on your website. One other example could be if you have an ecommerce store and people ask, “How long is my shipment going to take? Is this product back in stock?” You can have responses already setup that can answer a lot of these questions.

We use a platform called ChatFuel. The great thing about this process I’m going to show you is you don’t have to write any code or do the actual questions.

You just have to provide all the information to the person that’s going to do it. I’m going to walk you through that now. You can create a messenger bot for your marketing sales and support.

ChatFuel is awesome to use and free as well. That’s the great part about that. In the process of what we’re going to do today, we’re going to get your bot made for about $50.

Step 1 will be to create your bot funnel. Be descriptive and detailed. We’ll go into that as well. You’re going to hire a bot builder on Fiverr. The only time we use Fiverr is really for smaller projects and we’ll talk a little bit more about that later.

You’ll then download the ChatFuel customer chat plugin for WordPress and make your bot live.

If you’ve seen some of my content, you know I’m about automation. We’re going to create your bot funnel. We’ve created a customized Google Doc to help you develop your bot sequence.

The bot sequence is the conversational element of your bot that will help the conversation flow organically. A few tips for doing that: Be as descriptive as possible. Use emojis.

They help breakup the content and make it feel like an organic conversation. And have fun with it!

Let’s go to the doc and check it out. This is a doc we created. You can get the link in the description for this. In red, you can change it. This is the conversation.

We put “pause” because that will cause a pause on the conversation where you have the “…” as if someone is typing. It gives it that nice, realistic feel. We then just added a few questions.

One interesting question is, “Is this your first time chatting with a bot?” They can answer “yes” or “no.” We have all these responses here that you can replaced.

Anything in red can be replaced pretty easily and efficiently. You can download this doc by visiting the link, hitting “file,” and making a copy and copying it over to your Google Drive.

This is great because you don’t have to touch any of the code on ChatFuel or any of the bot platforms that you need to use. You don’t have to touch it! You just have to create this, send it to the bot builder, and they’ll do everything for you and your bot is done.

Once you get that done, that document, you’re not going to hire a bot builder. We’re going to use Fiverr in this example. Just a side note, Fiverr can be a good platform. We only use it for very small jobs. Jobs like video transcriptions or logo animations.

I wouldn’t use it for a bigger job. If your sequence is more than $15, I would either hire us or another marketing agency to help you do that because we have to make it custom and more descriptive. That’s a side note. I’m going to jump into Fiverr really quick and walk through that process.

Just do a search for “Facebook bot.” Once you’re there, Fiverr is automatically going to filter the best at the top. This is the guy that we actually use. He’s really talented.

He uses ManyChats as the platform. As you can see, a medium bot is $50. This includes six to fifteen conversation steps and multi-language. He does everything for you! He sets it up, does the admin, and everything else. It’s amazing.

Once you go and purchase this, you’re going to send him a direct message. Once I order the job, this is actually from mine when I ordered it, he’s going to ask for some requirements.

All you need to do is provide the industry, access to the page as an admin (you can give them admin access and still be the primary admin to remove them once the job is completed), the bot name, and layout example. All you need to do for the layout example is just share the link from your bot template.

It’s super simple. You don’t have to touch and lineup code. You don’t have to do any specific labor for this project. Just another side note, the first bot that I created was a quiz one that I do for one of my ecommerce stores. I did it myself and it took me hours of work. This negates all of that. All you need to do is create the sequence, send it to them, and they get it done for you.

When you’re searching for someone on Fiverr, make sure they have good reviews. Make sure you read through their reviews to see if they seem authentic.

Look for examples of their work and then contact them directly and ask for recent examples of bots they’ve created. Once you find that perfect person, order, go through the process, and your bot is ready to go.

Your bot will be live on Facebook, so anytime someone visits your Facebook page they’ll be able to see the bot and interact with it by asking questions. If you want to have it on your website like I do, I’m going to show you how to add it on WordPress.

It’s a super simple process. All you need to do is download a plugin. It is called “ChatFuel Customer Chat.” You download the plugin, add in your Facebook account, and you’re done! Super simple.

If you’re familiar with WordPress, you’ll know exactly what to do. Once it’s done you have no code or dev. Download the plugin, activate it, and you’re all set! And that’s it. That’s the process.

I don’t know how to simplify it more than that. This is a great way to introduce your company and business to chatbots. Get familiar with it, start a sequence, send it out to your clients, and see how they like it. Keep in mind that we only use Fiverr for these smaller bots.

If you’re looking for a more custom, detailed messenger bot, you can contact us at 5FourDigital.com/contact.

That’s it guys! Thank you for checking out the content. If you haven’t yet, make sure you subscribe because we do this on a consistent basis. If you have any questions, sound off in the comments and I’ll talk to you soon. Peace!

 

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[FREE TOOL] How I Hacked My Calendar and Took Back Massive Time

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What is going on everybody? It’s your boy, John D. Saunders. I’m here with a new remix. The Digital Block is back, baby!

I’m super excited to provide you guys with some really high-quality content. As you can see, I’m in the new digs. The new home office is definitely coming along.

Today, I want to talk about taking back your time and using this free tool to actually automate your calendar so you don’t have to worry about anything. To start, if you’re like me you probably go back and forth with clients or prospects when locking in the time to email or correspond with them.

You’re like, “Does 1 o’clock work on Tuesday? Does 3 o’clock work on Wednesday?” They’re like, “No, I have to pick up my kid,” or “No, I have to do this.” It’s a constant back and forth.

About a year and a half ago I found a tool called Calendly. This tool automates your entire calendar. You can block off times that you’re not available so people can’t book that time and then it automates the process where all you do is send the link and it gets taken care of.

I’m going to jump on my computer, show you guys how this works, and we’ll go through the process together. Let’s do this.

Okay, guys. First thing you want to do is actually go to Calendly.com. This is the platform where you can schedule meetings without the back and forth email. To add, it’s free for one type of event. In most cases, especially for us, we usually do meetings in 30-minute increments.

We only need the free option and we use it on a daily basis. You can scroll through all the options to learn more about it. You’re then going to hit “Sign Up.”

Once you get in, and I’ll login to my account so you can get an idea, you can have different types of events. Once you’re in here you’re going to go to “Event Types.” You can then create different types of events. You want to “Add a New Event Type.”

Is it going to be a one-on-one or a group setting? Let’s do one-on-one. The event name, let’s say we’re going to do “1 Hour Consultation.” We then add a location. You can either put a link to your go-to meeting, a link to Uber Conference, or whatever platform you use.

Then go to “Description/Instructions.” You want to keep this pretty consistent across the board. For “1 Hour Consultation,” we’ll just say, “Hey! Glad you signed up. You can join the meeting here.”

For us, since we use Uber Conference, another free tool – I’m all about free by the way – you can go in, copy the information, exit, and put the link here. Now anytime someone signs up for an event it’s logged into their calendar this automatically goes into the description/instructions.

You then have your Calendly link and just hit “Next.” This is the super dope part. You can create the event duration here. You can pick the general amount of how long it’s going to take. Data range, I usually have it infinitely.

You can then choose a time zone. You now need to setup your availability. This is probably the best part of it. For me, I usually work from about 8:00 AM to about 3:00 PM. I take a break and then might work that night from 10:00 PM to 12:00 AM. I usually only take calls between around 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM on specific days because I like to block out time to really grind.

Let’s do Monday. My availability will be 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Let’s just do this for one day so you can see. I’m then going to hit “Apply to all Mondays.” Now on Mondays you can only book me for that time.

If I were you, I’d go through each day and kind of set yourself up so you’re not always available, but you’re available in certain increments so you can allocate time towards other things.

Once you set that up, you’re going to hit next once more. All my information is in here. You can actually do additional options. You can have invitee questions asking specific questions before they get on the call. You can do notifications where they get text notifications or email reminders.

Some of these features are in the paid version. You can then also add custom links and collect payments. For right now we’re going to keep it super simple. I’m now going to view the live event page, but let me make it live first. Click “Save & Close.”

Let’s go back to my “Event Types.” I’m going to turn this off momentarily and turn-on “1 Hour Consultation.” Now what you do is keep this link right here and share it with anyone that you want to correspond with. For example, if I send this link to a prospect they’ll go, see this calendar, and say, “I want to talk to him on Monday.” As you can see, it’s 9:30 AM.

That’s the only time I’m available. The reason why is because you can sync this with your Google Calendar. Because I blocked out 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays, there is a conflict on my Google Calendar that makes it so I’m only available at 9:30 AM. To do that, you actually go to the Calendly app.

You go to “Calendar Connection” and then you can actually add in the specific calendars that you want to tie into Calendly. That’s what makes this platform so amazing. Again, I’m not getting paid for this. This is just a tool I use on a daily basis that I love. You actually sync it with your calendar. It’s synced with my Google Calendar.

I have different calendars on my list. I only have “5Four” and “Personal” highlighted. I can then actually choose which calendar the Calendly events go into. Again, this tool is just phenomenal and super easy to use, extremely user-friendly.

That’s it! Thank you, guys, for watching The Digital Block. I’m super excited to be back. I took an eight-month hiatus, but I’m back to provide you guys with quality content. I’m going to be doing this on a biweekly basis so make sure you subscribe and let’s do this thing. Peace!

10 Things to Do Before ANY Website Launch [WordPress Edition]

1. Install Google Analytics + Setup Dashboards

Track everything.

You need to make sure you’re tracking ALL of your website efforts.  Google Analytics is extremely easy to install (especially on WordPress).  The setup can be done by viewing this link:

Google Analytics Setup for WordPress

Basic HTML Analytics Setup

Once Google Analytics is installed, you’re not going to want to spend HOURS navigating it.

With Dashboards you can get a bird’s eye view of EVERYTHING.  Within minutes you can view all of the data points you need.

Oh, and our favorites are below.  Just log into Google Analytics and click the links below:

General Analytics Dashboard

SEO Dashboard

Social Media Dashboard

Geo Dashboard

Mobile Dashboard

Entrance / Exit

Tech. Dashboard

This will add the dashboards to Google Analytics where you can access them at any time.

2. View Your Site on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet

Before you go live, it’s imperative you view your site on all platforms.

I can’t tell you how many times clients have had beautiful desktop sites, but their mobile counterparts were, well…counterintuitive.

“51.3% of all web visits last month came from mobile devices compared to 48.7% of visits from traditional computing platforms.” – BGR.com

Keep it simple by viewing your website on a desktop computer.  For mobile, use Google’s Mobile-Testing Tool to check out your rating and have your developer make minor tweaks to make sure your site is up to par.

3. Install Facebook Pixel and Event Tracking

This MUST be done before going live.  The Facebook Pixel is extremely important to future marketing efforts.

What is the Facebook Pixel?

“It’s used to drop a cookie that will track visitors on your website so you can advertise to them later. This is called retargeting.

Once you advertise to past website visitors, pixels can also be used to track their behaviour when they’re back on your website. This helps you measure the effectiveness of your ads.” – Shopify

The pixel is crucial to any Facebook ad strategy.  You can use the pixel to retarget customers, target visitors who visited your site, but didn’t purchase and SO MUCH more.

For directions on getting it installed, check out the link below:

Facebook Pixel Implementation Guide

4. Setup Google Search Console + Submit Sitemap

Search console is a tool that helps you monitor and maintain your site presence in search results.  In other words, it’s a cheat sheet for knowing what Google wants from your specific site and making changes to increase rankings and uncover things that need work on your site.

If you have Google Analytics installed, it literally takes SECONDS to install Search Console.  Once installed, follow these steps to add your sitemap:

Adding your sitemap to Google Search Console

XML sitemaps serve as a way to communicate directly with the search engines, alerting them to new or changed content very quickly and helping to ensure that the content is indexed faster.

5. Test Website Speed

Testing the load time of your website speaks volumes to your user.  If your website is bogged down and takes too long to load, the average user will be out of there in a jiffy and onto your competitors website in seconds.

You need to be sure that your content loads quickly so users can breeze through with minimal downtime.  We check load time two ways:

1. Via Google PageSpeed Insights

With PageSpeed Insights you can identify ways to make your site faster and more mobile-friendly.

Google will also provide issues on your site which can be fixed by a few WordPress plugins or by your web developer.

2. Via Pingdom Website Speed Test

This tool rocks!  I like it a bit better than Google’s tool because you can test your website load time from servers around the world.

This is especially important for web owners who perform outside of the US.  Testing your site is easy.  Just pop your URL HERE and watch it work its magic!

6. Download a Backup of Your Website

Every website owner needs to backup their website prior to launch.  There are several ways to do it.  For WordPress, the most popular platform, it can be done in just a few steps using BackUpWordpress.

This plugin is simple to use.  Essentially, you:

  1. Install BackUpWordPress either via the WordPress.org plugin directory, or by uploading the files to your server.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Sit back and relax safe in the knowledge that your whole site will be backed up every day.

You can download the plugin for FREE right HERE

7.Optimize Title Tags + Meta Descriptions

So, you’re site is ready to go live, right?

Well, you think so.

If a web developer is working on your website, you want to make sure the page architecture is prepared for launch.  You should have great Titles and Meta descriptions to entice users on search and provide a quick snippet of what your website provides.  Here’s an example:

As you can see the title includes our site keyword and the description has a one sentence recap of the services we provide.

According to Moz: Google typically displays the first 50-60 characters of a title tag. If you keep your titles under 60 characters, our research suggests that you can expect about 90% of your titles to display properly.

Also, Meta descriptions can be any length, but search engines generally truncate snippets longer than 160 characters. It is best to keep meta descriptions long enough that they’re sufficiently descriptive, but shorter than that 160-character limit.

Make sure these are tailored for every page on your website.  With WordPress, download the free plugin Yoast.  It has a section on each page which can be used to fill in your keyword, Title and Meta Description.  Yoast will even grade your efforts!

Download Yoast, right HERE

8. Check Page Content for Calls-to-Action

You’re developing a website for a reason, right?

To create conversions.  It’s a good idea to make sure there’s some type of call to action on each page.

A call to action’s purpose is to cause your user to perform an action.  Whether it’s download an ebook, call you or complete a form.  You want to be sure each page has some type of action.  These can include:

Chat Messenger

Call to Action Banner

Subscribe Pop Up

Downloadable Content

These don’t need to be blatant.  The more subtle, the better.  Users want an organic experience.  They don’t want to be bombarded with mediocre content.

If you’re promoting a blog, make it simple for users to download a doc or PDF by filling in their email.

9. Check Page Images Include Relevant Alt Tags

Image tags are severely overlooked!

For any image on your site, the alt tag should describe what’s on it. Screen readers for the blind and visually impaired will read out this text and thus make your image accessible.

When Google bots crawl your web page, they don’t see images.  All they see is HTML text.  By optimizing image content with Alt Tags you’re helping Google rank and prioritize your content.

Alt tags provide better image context/descriptions to search engine crawlers, helping them to index an image properly.

Be descriptive as possible!

Bad: “Ironman”

Better: “Ironman Locked in Battle with Ultron on Manhattan Skyscraper”

To add alt text, it’s simple!  When uploading image content on WordPress, place your text here:

10. Test Form Completions On-Site

The last item to complete before your launch is testing form completions on your website. If you can’t receive email inquiries then what’s the point?  This can be done by simply completing all forms on your site and seeing if they are received.

If not, work with your developer to get your forms activated.  Here our favorite plugin:

Best Contact Form Plugins

Well, that’s all folks!  If we missed anything, let me know!

Keep in mind our client lists are more robust.  We just wanted to provide a basic walkthrough of what you can do to have a smooth launch!

Cheers!

6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

View the video above to see me break down these apps IN REAL-TIME on screen

What is a Digital Nomad? Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely (telecommute), which is now economically possible due to cheap internet access, smartphones and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to keep in contact with clients and employers.

I wanted to provide a list of my favorite apps while managing your business on the go.  Enjoy!

Googl eAnalytics App | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

1. Google Analytics App

The official Google Analytics mobile app helps you monitor your business on the go. With this app, you can:

1) Check key metrics in built-in reports
2) Compare date ranges and apply segments
3) Monitor real-time data
4) Explore to build your own reports with any combination of metrics, dimensions, and segments that you care about
5) Save any reports to your dashboard so you can come back to them easily

This app is for existing users of Google Analytics.

Download: iOS / Android

2. Facebook Ads App

As business owners and marketers spend less time on desktop computers and more on mobile devices, advertisers have a growing need to manage Facebook campaigns on the go.

To meet that demand, last summer we introduced the Ads Manager mobile site, which is now used by more than 800,000 advertisers each month. Today, in an effort to make mobile ad campaign management even easier for the two million businesses using Facebook advertising, we’re launching Ads Manager app.

Download: iOS / Android

YouTube Studio App | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

3. YouTube Creator Studio App

The official YouTube Creator Studio app makes it faster and easier to manage your YouTube channels on the go. Check out your latest stats, respond to comments, create, update and store your video thumbnail images, and get notifications so you can stay connected from anywhere.

Download: iOS / Android

4. Slack

Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

Download: iOS / Android

Bit.ly | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

5. Bit.ly

Bitly is fully integrated with Bitly’s desktop experience. Copy, customize, and share your links straight from your phone and view top performing links on-the-go!

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Mile IQ | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

6. Mile IQ

MileIQ keeps track of miles for taxes, business purposes, or any reason that requires a mile log. This free app is the best to track your miles because it automatically logs each trip and calculates the mileage value. See the benefits of tracking with MileIQ and improve your budget now!

Download: iOS | Android

Sworkit | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

Bonus! Sworkit

Simply select the part of your body you want to work out by choosing from over 20 pre-built workouts, or create your own workout.

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Asana | 6 Essential Apps for Nomad Entrepreneurs

Bonus! Asana

Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work and get results. From tasks and projects to conversations and notifications, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish. It’s simple to get started, but powerful enough to run your entire business. And it’s free.

Download: iOS | Android

 

Automate Workflow & Task and Time Management with 3 FREE Tools

Tools

Asana // https://app.asana.com/

Google Drive // https://www.google.com/drive

Slack // http://www.Slack.com

Check out the video above for our detailed strategy for task and time management using free tools that work seamlessly to organize your endeavors.  Enjoy!

How to Convert Facebook Engagement into Active Fans

Transcription: Hey, Digital Fam! My name is John D. Saunders. In today’s Digital Block, I’ll show you how to take your Facebook engagement on top posts and convert those people into Facebook fans. Let’s do this.

Hey, everyone. I hope all is well. I wanted to get one more video into 2016 before we jumped into 2017 and started running. So, basically, I’m going to show you how to take comments, engagements, all that good stuff on your existing Facebook content and convert those people into fans who see your content on a more consistent basis. Super quick video, very easy to initiate. I actually learned this from our social media manager. She’s doing an awesome job so let’s go ahead and dive in and do that now.

Okay, guys, so really quick tip, this is basically how you take people who are engaging on your Facebook content who aren’t necessarily friends or fans of your content. This is how you convert them into fans of your Facebook page so that you can either re-target them or hit them with content later, right?

So first thing you want to do is make sure you’re on the admin side of your Facebook page. You have these options up here so that will let you know that you’re in the admin side. Next, you’re going to want to go to Insights. Once you go to insights, you’re going to go to posts here and then you’re going to scroll down. And when you scroll down, you want to organize all those content by your content that gets the most reach. So go ahead and hit reach or you can organize it by engagement.

So this is our top post, right? So all you do is click that post and this is a video so it was going to show you the video content, the engagement time, and then you’re going to hit post.

Now, here’s the important part. Here, we have 32 people who liked it, 2 comments and 11 shares. Now, the great thing about this cool little trick is if you hit the like button, anyone that isn’t invited on your page will show up here and you can invite them to like your page. So these are people that you’re not friends with, people that you basically be targeted through Facebook ads.

Many of them here, since I already invited them all, it already says invited, but for you, a lot of these would be blank. Some of them would be liked already because they’re existing fans. But all you do is click all of the individuals who aren’t invited to your page. This is a great way to get warm leads or people who are already interested in your content to convert to fans. It’s that simple, it’s that easy, just go through the process with all of your recent posts and make sure that anything that had a high engagement, all of those people have been asked to like the page. And, that’s it.

Hey, guys, thanks again for watching our video content. Every view is appreciated. If you like the content, hit thumbs up down below. If you have any questions, leave a comment. And also, lastly, don’t forget to subscribe in the bottom right corner. Love you guys, appreciate all your views. Happy New Year!

How to Control Email Inbox Overload with 3 Simple and Free Tools

 

// Tools

http://www.unroll.me

http://inbox.google.com

http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

Transcription:

Hey, Digital Fam, my name is John D. Saunders and in today’s Digital Block, I’ll show you how to take your email inbox from thousands of emails to just a few a day to really take control of your email. Let’s do this.

Hey, everyone, I hope all is well. I hope you’re going to bring in 2017 with a bang. I wanted to make another quick video blog to go over your email inbox. Now, I see people that have thousands of emails in their inbox, I don’t know how they can manage all that daily with going through that many emails.

I read an article at Huffington post that said that we spend an average of 6 hours a day in email and that’s cut evenly between business and personal. So I’m going to show you how to take back control of your email inbox, really condense and compress all those emails everyday so that they’re easy to manage and you don’t have to spend hours going through emails. So let’s go ahead and dive in right now.

Okay, guys, so I’m going to try and make this as quick as possible. So these are the 5 steps that we’re going to go through to get to Mission Inbox Zero. This is how you’re going to take control of your Gmail and really be able to save a lot of time in your daily routine.

So number one, I highly suggest consolidating to one email client. We like to use Gmail and house all of our emails within that structure and I’ll show you guys that. Next stop, you’re going to sign up for Unroll.me. I’ll talk a little bit about that later.

Number three, you’re going to want to use an app called Inbox on mobile that’s really effective at consolidating your emails. Number four, use Boomerang for all of our email scheduling and then five, euphoria, it’s time to enjoy life. So let’s go ahead and dive in, right.

So let me show you guys my inbox first of all. This is what my inbox looks like. As you could see, I’ve got 5 emails in my inbox, they’re organized, the structure is really clean. I get about 50-100 emails per day so this really helps me consolidate them.

So first, visit the main hub of all of my emails. All of my email addresses are housed here and I’m able to send and receive from this one Gmail, right. So the way I do that is you’re going to settings and you’re going to accounts and import. So you’re able to have 5 additional emails in addition to your main Gmail account.

So right here, I have 1, 2, 3, 4 accounts and I have– I got a check mail from other accounts. So what does that mean? That means that if I go to my inbox and I compose an email, I’m able to send to anyone, of course, but then I can also choose which account I’m sending from. So my main Gmail is this one. If I hit this dropdown, it will give me all the other emails that I have access to.

Now, if I click another email, it will automatically bring up that signature that corresponds to that email. So for example, the 5fourdigital, I might get a client that emails me directly to 5fourdigital. It will automatically send and receive messages based on what that client sent me. So I will have to switch my email address. It will correspond to that email in which that person sent me. That makes sense.

So in essence, you’re able to house all your emails on your browser. It makes it really easy so you don’t have to have an extra app, you’re not using an extra app for your emails. So to sign up for that, you must go to settings. You go to account import and then add another email address.

Now, the way to add those, you just have to go into your email and find out if your email is IMAP or POP. So once you pop those in, then you just go to General, scroll down, and then you can organize your signature based on whatever email you’re using. So this makes it really easy to have all your emails in one place.

Now, next on the agenda is you want to sign up for Unroll.me. So if you’re like any other individuals where you probably have a ton of subscriptions in your inbox and that can really cloud a lot of your email structure.

So let’s say you have notifications from Facebook, you got it from your favorite clothing store, your favorite boutique, that’s three emails right there that are going into your inbox on a consistent basis. What Unroll.me does is it consolidates all those emails into one email subscription, all right. So let me show you guys how it works.

So if I log in, Unroll.me will show me all of my current subscriptions, right. What it does is it consolidates all subscription into one email. So let me go back to my inbox and show you guys. So this is my daily roll from Unroll.me. If I click it, it shows me all my subscriptions in one organized email.

So you could see I have a subscription with Digital Marketer, Shopify, and a few others, right, gaming void, really cool artist. You should check him out. But this is everything consolidated into one email. So six emails into one email from all these subscriptions that I have. The great thing about Unroll.me is it’s totally free.

I assume they make money from these paid ads at the header and the footer. They probably get a ton of use on those. So, it’s a really cool tool. I highly suggest it. So now, instead of having six emails in my inbox, I have one. It really, really works super well. So if I go back to Unroll.me, it will show me my roll up for that day, the roll up is all those emails consolidated.

Now, I can look at my subscriptions and I can edit those. So these are two subscriptions that just came into my email. I’m going to add this to my roll up and I’m going to add this to my roll up as well. So now, all those are in my roll up. So currently, look at these numbers. This is crazy. So I have 2,000 unsubscribed– that I have unsubscribed for for probably the last two years and I have 90 in my roll up.

So I get about, I’d say about 5 or 6 emails a week from Unroll.me with all of my stuff consolidated, super clean. I mean, this tool has pretty much revolutionized my entire email. The tool is free. All you got to do is go to Unroll.me to download it.

So the next tool I’ll talk about in consolidating your emails, especially on the go, is by using Inbox by Gmail. So all you have to do to use Inbox is download the mobile app, install it on your phone and then sign in to your Gmail account that you use that’s consolidating all your emails.

What will happen is it’ll organize everything for you really, really effectively. So for example, if you look right here, sorry I keep scrolling, on Amazon, these are all my purchases. Purchases are organized and this is actually two emails here and this is one email with images so it’s really easy to go through your emails via mobile if they’re consolidated like this.

Also, promotions, purchases, trips, they’re all consolidated into one email. So purchases, for example, just click that. It will have all those in one email. Trips is the same thing. And then, you can also create consolidated lists to really bundle your emails. I mean, it works really, really well.

So the last thing we do is we use Boomerang for email scheduling. So let me actually go to my Gmail. All the links for these stuff is going to be below. You’re going to be able to click on the link, sign up for them, really easy. They’re all free to use, no further links whatsoever. I want you guys to be able to use this stuff and really leverage its content.

Let me go back and show you guys Boomerang. So for example, if I want to compose an email, a lot of times I work late at night until maybe 1 AM. I might not want a client to see that I’m sending an email 1 o’clock in the morning.

So what I’ll do is, and I’ll just do this as a test, email test, I’ll hit the send later button and now I can schedule when that email will go out. So I might send it tomorrow morning, tomorrow afternoon, in 2 days, in 4 days. This makes it really easy especially for proposals.

A lot of times, we get a few proposals and we’ll stagger them out so that we can be able to correspond and respond to the client’s query. So this just makes it really, really easy to send our emails accordingly.

Now, Boomerang is free. I think it’s free up to about 15 messages and there’s a low cost per month. If you click the link below, you’ll be able to check out all these tools and be able to leverage them to really get your inbox down to a controllable number. I’ve seen people with emails that are 4,000, 5,000. It’s pretty crazy. So, I’m going to go back to this email agenda and just go over it in a summary.

So first things first, consolidate into one email client. I highly recommend Gmail. Sign up for Unroll.me to bundle all of your emails up. Use inbox on mobile to really just fly through your emails while you’re on the go and then use Boomerang to schedule all your emails so that when you stack them out, you make sure everybody is getting responded to.

And of course, the last step, enjoy your life. You don’t want to spend your whole day in your inbox. I hope this helps you guys.

Feel free to hit that subscribe button bottom right and make sure you check our content. We really appreciate every single view or question that we get. Stay tuned. Thank you, guys.