Weekly digital bites, episode 13: news, trends & wisdom

August 31, 2016

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best out of everything. This week, let’s remember how stay positive, happy and sane even when things don’t work out the way we wanted them to.  

TRENDS AND EVENTS

Being happy at work is not an idea derived from fantasy literature. It is very much achievable, if you create the proper context for it. This article points out some simple things you can do to create a happier office culture and turn that Friday evening “happy hour” in a year-round work experience.

What if i told you there’s more important stuff than customer satisfaction? According to this article by HBR, one of the best way to maximize customer value is to go beyond the perceived satisfaction and connect with people at an emotional level. Yes, you heard right. You need to know their hopes and dreams, desires and fears.

Crowdsource is the latest app by Google and it is asking people to help build a better Internet. This app gives daily micro-tasks to translate, recognize handwriting or help refine Google Maps in your hometown. What do you get in return? The satisfaction of making the internet a better place for your community. Yes, that’s it.

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DESIGN AND DEV

With so many designers creating beautiful animations, it is only natural that developers need to understand how to integrate them as smooth as possible. Find out from this article how to upgrade CSS animations using motion curves. They’re not that tricky, and can make your designs go from UI to wow.

UX design is something that you might want to look into if you are a prospecting a long term job in design. Here’s a guide to landing your first UX design job, while maintaining your sanity and positivity in the proces. Disclaimer: it might take a lot of patience, but it’s worthwhile!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Even though we haven’t emphasized this enough, Youtube is one of the platforms that are here to stay for a very long time from now on. It has the second greatest reach in terms of general usage, right next to Facebook. Care to learn some tricks and hacks you probably never used? Check them out, there are more than you think.

What else is new in social media? Well, Facebook just rolled out new features for Slideshow ads on Facebook and Instagram, Twitter released a direct message button for websites and LinkedIn added new content search features for mobile apps. Find out more here.  

CONTENT MARKETING

For every writer out there, there are days when they have to face the Blank-Page dragon. And that happens even to the best of us. Some days, that empty Word document looks like nothing but dark clouds and despair. A good idea is to use that time to research or do something completely unrelated that will help you ease your mind. You’ll get your writing lust back in no time.

And speaking of the writer’s block, there are no more excuses. Here’s a list of 101 tools & resources to help you deal with anything from the lack of inspiration, to grammar, research, organizing, style, procrastination, so on and so forth. Enjoy! And happy writing.

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Have a great week.  And remember to turn that frown upside down!

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