UK tech retailer CeX loses details of 2M customers after security breach


Another day, another massive data breach. This time it’s the turn of CeX, which says two million customers may have had their personal information stolen by hackers. This information includes names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. The data dump also contains passwords. These are apparently hashed, although it points out that weak passwords can be cracked. As The Register pointed out, if you’ve reused your CeX password elsewhere, it’s a good idea to change it. It also contained some debit and credit card information. Fortunately, these date back to 2009 at the earliest, so the cards have most likely…

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40 Logo Design Failures That Somehow Made It To Production

All marketers and graphic designers know that when it comes to corporate communication, a good logo design is one of the most important tools. It doesn’t just provide an easy way to recognize the identity of your business, but also allows your audience to know who you are and what your business is related to. These are the main reasons for which every company should consider investing in creating at least a good logo, if not a memorable one.

However, before doing this, it’s important to know the most important criteria that make a logo effective. The first features consist in recognition and memorizing. This means that a good logo design can immediately “grab” the viewers’ attention and when they see it, they will associate it with your company.

Anyway, if you managed to catch the viewers’ eyes, it doesn’t necessarily mean you did it in a good way. There might always be a hidden something or some sexual-related design you cannot see at first glance.

Below is a list of Top 40 logo design failures that probably didn’t look so bad at first sight and somehow, made into production. 

A style

Wow, I wonder what you could imagine while watching the letter A form of this logo. Definitely a bad logo example.

Comprehensive Health Care

I think we just saw this home while it was taking its chlotes of. Shame on us.

London Olympics 2012

Well, when you see this logo, it’s hard to ignore the little girl behind the computer. Maybe she could try a better version?

Aldershot & Farnborough Twins & Triplets Club

I don’t  know what’s happening with the logos for this kind of organizations, but…Once again we have a child being placed in a position that just screams inappropriate.

Office of Government Commerce

I don’t know exactly how people feel that government organizations could take more care of people, but I hope this logo doesn’t illustrate this. Sometimes you need to shift your view to realize the error.

Take a look at the vertical version….

Dough Boys

With a logo like that, would you really want to get food from there?

SatAn

Man, what is it with satellite TV and awful logos? SatAn is a devilish German brand of satellite dishes. Maybe they would know something?

Locum

Believe it or not, Locum is a Swedish property management company. Would you trust to deal with them for your real estate?

Kostelecké Uzeniny

This is the logo for the Czech sausage company Kostelecké Uzeniny. I’m sure their products are tasty, but..maybe. just maybe, it could find other ways to advertise sausages?

Sherwin Williams

Apparently, Sherwin Williams wanted to cover the world in blood-red paint. The sinister “cover the earth” logo was adopted in 1906 and it’s unbelievable they have kept this unfortunate logo for more than a century.

The Computer Doctors

Maybe they are doctors… Maybe they are good in what they are doing, but seeing this logo, I know one thing: I don’t want them anywhere near my computer.

Institute of Oriental Studies

Maybe if it’s seen from the other angle, this logo looks better. Or not. I just hope no child is allowed in there.

Taylor Pork Roll

Definetly not the best way to illustrate pork rolls.

Highlight

Except for the majormigrane this logo gave me, I actually kind of like it. It’s diffrent I guess.

National Reconnaissance Office Nrol- 39

I don’t know what you think, but the spy agency’s logo looks pretty phenomenally horrible with an octopus sucking the face of North America off. And the best thing? Someone paid for it and it’s being used to spy on you.

Chinese Iconography

I don’t care what the Chinese letters are saying, but there are no words for describing this disgusting image

Wikileaks

Even if the hourglass is an interesting idea, the Wikileaks’s logo is even more awkward than the Sherman Wiliam’s logo that covers the world with red paint. Needs improvement I would say.

Braum’s

I hope they don’t make the ice cream hot and fresh at the same time!

Bureau of Health Promotions

I wonder what kind of health services they are trying to promote here. Maybe a healthy increasing birth rate? Do they need a “bureau” for this???

Pepsi

I like these guys! At least they are sincere! By seeing Pepsi’s logo, no one can accuse the company of false advertising! The company shows what the effects can be if the people drink their soda. 🙂

Kudawara Pharmacy

I wonder what kind of pharmaceutical products are selling in there

Fully Erect Dome Tents

It seems someone is really excited about going camping.

Pepsi Max

I’m not sure what drinking Pepsi Max is supposed to do for you, but based on what the “X” letter looks like, maybe some people should stay away from it :).

MSN

This is a classic example of when redesigning a logo, taking things away without paying too much attention to detail, can and will lead to bad results. Always.

Clinica Dental

In my humble opinion, you might get more than just simple cleaning services for your teeth, according to their logo design.

Click Lovers

Click… Definitely, click. This is another great example of the importance of letter spacing, especially in logo design.

Wonky

If someone is wondering what’s the name of the company… Well.. it’s WONKY. Just to be clear and not to understand something else.

Islamic Understanding Institute

I don’t know exactly what was in the designer’s mind, but I’m sure this logo doesn’t have anything with the Institute it has been created for. Or with the understanding of their religion…

TGV Logo: Snail

Flip it upside down and you’ll get a snail. By the way, TGV is France’s high-speed rail service, and “TGV” is an abbreviation for “Train à Grande Vitesse”, meaning high-speed train in French.

Catwear

Speachless.

Tesco

I am very curious to find out if this accidentally NSFW giant waggling ..buttermilk logo from Tesco… is really selling Buttermilk to anyone.

Ilkadim Sünnet

Frowning face or a spider watched from the front. Or o schematic position… I just let your imagination work. Period.

K9 Compassion Foundation

K9 Compassion Foundation is a non-profit organization having as the main goal to get every dog home. Unfortunately, their logo is far, far away from conveying their message. I hope they do a better work with pet adoption.

Hip Hop for HIV

A hip hop concert for educating the young about HIV realities was an awesome idea. The logo that advertises the event is bloody awful.

Labyrinth Coffee House

This logo was probably designed in a coffee house. One of those from Amsterdam if you know what I’m talking about.

Alternate Escapes

This logo is for a recreation center, where people should feel good and enjoy…. Maybe in the twilight zone.

Trashy Roots Salon and Spa

This is the logo for a full-service studio specialized in precision and curly women’s haircuts. Does anyone see the irony here?

Marple Syrup

Congrats to the state of Vermont for celebrating one of their greatest exports with a logo of a man peeing in a trash basket.

Junior Jazz Dance Classes

Should be a logo or an optical illusion? If you see a pair of breasts here, you might have a dirty mind…

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10 Simple Copywriting Techniques That Can Boost Your Business

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If you’re running an online business or work in the online marketing field, you are most probably aware of the growing need for quality content that can attract new visitors and convert them into leads and returning customers. Continuously producing top-notch copy and using useful copywriting tips and techniques requires tremendous effort, dedication, and resources, but the investment is certainly worthwhile.

The struggle to produce good copy will pay off in the long run, as more often than not, a well-crafted message delivered to the right audience can make the difference between a flourishing business and a futureless attempt. If you were wondering how professional writers deal with the daily challenges of content creation, here are some digital copywriting  tips that could help boost your online business:

1. Do more research

To produce quality copy that sells, first you need to make sure you understand your target customer and that you use the words he wants to hear in your copy. Study your target market’s language by visiting Facebook groups, relevant forums, read reviews and blog comments. Note the words and phrases often used by your audience and use these magic phrases to produce attractive content that has higher chances to convert simple readers into buyers.

2. Set your readers free

Nobody likes being aggressively persuaded to buy a certain product. Making repeated requests for your readers to stay on the page and continue to read and/or make a purchase may cause the exact opposite reaction that you are after: your readers might quickly quit the page and give up buying your product/service. People love to have the power to choose. Therefore, make sure you include in your copy words like: “you are free to cancel your subscription at any time” or “It’s always free to cancel your booking”…

3. Ask your readers to use their imagination

Most copy is incredibly boring unless it involves the readers and makes them use their imagination. So, instead of just listing the characteristics and main benefits of your products/services, why not ask the reader to imagine how they could change their lives for the better:  they could do great things with that extra time, and they would be so much happier and healthier if they made that particular purchase.

4. Focus on a specific set of advantages

Most entrepreneurs think they are better than their competitors but often fail to present their products in a convincing way. When talking about what sets you apart from your competition, focus on specific benefits that could help customers solve their problems, particularly those that your competition does not address.

5. Don’t be afraid to show your funny side

People will be naturally attracted by funny ideas and humorous stories. So, make sure your tone of voice is cheerful and your stories entertaining. Charm your targeted public and you’ll soon see results. Of course, humor should be strategically integrated into your copy (in titles, illustrations, sidebars),  to underline certain key points. But make sure you don’t overdo it. There’s a fine line between comical and obnoxious.

6. Always repeat the most important messages

A good copywriter is a good psychologist. Based on the fact that the concepts that are heard over and over again are perceived by the human brain as being true, it is good to repeat within your copy the ideas you most want your audience to believe and remember.

7. Be spontaneous and original

To create fresh, original copy that helps you achieve your marketing goals, free yourself from copywriting formulas. That doesn’t mean you can’t have your personal style, easily recognizable by your audience, but you should always make an effort to find new ways of addressing the reader. A good way to do this is to talk to your prospects as if you were standing next to them. This way, you will focus on the audience, not on yourself and you’ll shape more engaging messages addressed directly to the reader.  

8. Use testimonials

Is there anything better than letting your happy customers do the selling? High-quality testimonials can support and even replace content sometimes. Use them wisely to convey a powerful message about your brand. Summarize long testimonials by using explanatory mini-headlines.  After all, who could convince customers better than another extremely content customer?

9. Don’t be afraid to use rhyming

Researchers noticed that ideas expressed in rhymes are more fluently processed in the human brain which may mean that sometimes we view them as more valid than other simple words and phrases. So, use rhymes and puns where possible to inform, entertain and surprise your reader in a good way.

10. Always do A/B testing

Testing headlines, call to action button copy, form copy or length of copy is a must if you want to boost your business. Every aspect that could make a big difference in your conversions is worth studying closely. Therefore, take your time to measure the effects of such changes on important metrics like time on page, bounce rate and clicks. Split tests are a great way to see which landing page converts better.  

 

Writing good copy has never been an easy task. Whether you choose to handle the copywriting task yourself or you hire a professional/an editorial team to do it, make sure the message is tailored to your audience.  Use the right tone of voice to grab people’s attention, convey their interest and nurture their desire to act.

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from Web Design Ledger https://webdesignledger.com/creative-copywriting-techniques-can-boost-business/

AI Designers, Making Digital Branding Accessible to Everyone

Just as technology has over-simplified common man’s life, it has equally had a far reaching impact on modern industries across the sector. This impact has been so powerful that we don’t have to try too hard to search for examples. For instance, a cursory glance into the sporadic growth of telecommunication sector during last few decades and how it positively impacted several industries is good enough to suggest the true impact of technology.

Now most technology experts are expecting almost similar kind of impact from Artificial Intelligence – better known as ‘AI.’ Currently, the hype around AI is so huge that every day millions of startups are founded with the promise to build effective AI tools and software applications. These AI enabled applications that are being painstakingly designed are expected to change the way we humans live our lives.

Now the question is if AI is expected to have such a profound impact on human life, then why would something as important as ‘branding’ would remain immune from its impact. The answer is it ‘cannot.’ In fact, AI has already started making waves in the branding world and this impact can be felt most in the area of logo designing – the most critical area of branding. Now, this is certainly likely to raise many eyebrows as many people still believe that AI cannot automate creative work. But the truth is AI has the potential to churn out good and flawless creative work just as we humans can.

AI Designers and Logos

Today many AI designers and AI-enabled designing tools are revolutionizing the way several creative agencies are making their logos. Simply put, today advertising agencies have been spared from straining their brains as all the tough creative tasks are easily handled by AI designing software. Most designing software effortlessly pulls precise information from the available complex data and then combines them with industry specific characteristics. While designing software carries out this complex process with a lot of precision, the end result (i.e. logo) is just as accurate.

This is to say that AI designed logos are found to be more impressive and hence have a high chance of resonating with the target audience. This efficiency is due to the fact that most designing software is fully capable of understanding the latest trends in logo designing and can also flawlessly implement them in the designing process. And this is just some of the benefits of logo designing software when compared with usual alternatives.

While the efficiency of AI designer software is praiseworthy, their user-friendly interface deserves an equal amount of praise. Today many logo designing softwares offer options that enable users to easily choose the font style, logo type, writing styles, color etc. This obviously has over-simplified the logo designing process.

AI Designers Are Set to Improve Further.

One may very well argue that AI designers with all its abilities to create perfect logo are still in its nascent stage. But there is no doubt that this gap will be closed earlier than expected.

For instance, we will soon have AI designers that can precisely gauge complicated human emotions – as precisely as advertising professionals can. This revolutionary development will certainly enable logo designing software to create logos that can easily connect with their target audience. Furthermore, lot of effort is being made to develop more intelligent AI chatbot to facilitate discussions with clients. If successful, this will greatly reduce creative agencies’ dependence on client servicing professionals.  This certainly appears to be in the realm of possibility, given that Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant have already set an impressive benchmark on this front.

AI Designers Will Truly Democratize Branding

AI designers will equally have a phenomenal impact on economics of branding. This is to say that it will drastically bring down the cost of logo designing. A situation that will augur well for small agencies and freelancers. For decades small agencies and freelancers were forced to stretch their shoestring budgets in a bid to hire a good log designer. Something that left them quite financially vulnerable, while big agencies had no problem in hiring one.

But AI designers with its affordable costing are all set to change this unfair game for once and all. The end of this unfair game will bring much needed level playing field and customers/clients are also bound to benefit from this fair game.

Conclusion

Most industry experts have already given a foregone conclusion that AI designers will have an unprecedented impact on online branding. More than anything else, it will make branding more accessible. Accessible not only in economic terms alone, but also in over-simplification of branding process. Simply put, AI designers will help in saving lot of time, money, human efforts and add lot of efficiency in logo designing. We most certainly will have to brace for a new chapter in the world of branding – all thanks to AI designers.

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Creating Truly Remarkable Marketing and Social Media Content That Lasts – Ryan Holiday [SSM058]

How do you create something that lasts in marketing and social media?

Not just for 15 minutes, or even for a year. But for a lifetime.

Today, we as marketers are so focused on what’s next. We create content, ship it, and move onto the next project without even blinking an eye. Is there another way? A way to create perennial sellers?

Best-selling author, Ryan Holiday, has dedicated his life’s work to answering that exact question. He’s studied hundreds of perennial sellers from movies and television to books and marketing campaigns.

What Ryan has found is that creators of great works don’t distinguish between the making and the marketing. The purpose, goals, frameworks, and target audience are in the creator’s mind from the moment that she or he begins the project.

In episode #58 of The Science of Social Media, we sit down with Ryan to explore the current state of marketing and social media content and how short-term thinking only creates short-term results. Ryan dives into how we as marketers and businesses can begin to think strategically about our content and create something that lasts a lifetime or more.

Let’s dive in!

How to listen: iTunes | Google Play | SoundCloud | Stitcher | RSS

In this episode, here’s what you’ll learn:

Ryan Holiday takes us through the proven process that many of the greatest creators in history have used to generate remarkable content that truly lasts. You’ll also learn tons of other insightful things like:

  • How marketers and businesses typically approach content creation
  • Why measuring success based on instant results leads to challenges and discouragement
  • Finding your own “blue oceans” where this is no competition
  • How taking calculated risks is the only true way to stand out in a sea of content
  • Taking risks, standing out, and doing something that is truly remarkable

Creating Remarkable Marketing and Social Media Content That Lasts

 

3 strategies for marketers looking to create remarkable content

1. Focus on word of mouth

At the end of the day all successful products are not successful because advertisements or celebrities, they are successful because they are good products and are recommended by other people.

I get emails from people who read my books all of the time saying that they got my book from someone who had sent them a copy. By sending out one free copy to one person, I reached all of their followers. And, if I did my job right, then it will be recommended repeatedly over time.

It’s worth thinking about how this thing that you made is going to be discovered and then working on marketing that drives that discoverability. It’s very hard to get people to pay for something that they know nothing about. I urge people in their products to ask: How are we bringing our first customers through door?”

2. Do something unexpected or surprising

If you stopped your advertising, would anyone notice? They probably wouldn’t.

Most ads are so boring that companies have to pay extra just for people to see them!

The hack or the secret is to not be boring. Do something risky and cool. Say something unique and special. For example, Buffer’s decision to run itself in a transparent way – talking transparently about salaries and revenue – probably got the company much further than an advertising campaign ever would have.

Do things and take risks. That’s a better way to stand out and get attention online and off. Then the attention will go on for a very long time. Salary transparency is a timeless problem, it will always exist.”

3.  Find and make room for controversy

“I have an expansive definition of controversy.

What you’re doing has to be consistent with who you are and what you believe in.

For example, I wrote a piece a couple of weeks ago on why I don’t think that entrepreneurs should write books. It made some people very mad and other people agreed. But I didn’t become a writer to not say what I think out of fear of hurting people’s feelings.

It’s worth knowing who your audience is and who you’re really speaking to and as long as you’re good with them, that’s what really matters.”

A Great Moment

Ryan Holiday on Challenges in Marketing

“On the one hand, marketing is very simple. it’s finding where your customers are and giving them things that they want. On the other hand, it’s much harder in practice. a lot of people do what everyone else is doing and they don’t break through the noise.”

– Ryan Holiday

Awesome Mentions in the Show

Favorite Quotes from Ryan Holiday

  • “This idea of ‘if you build it they will come’ ends up meaning that a lot of great content goes undiscovered and to me that’s a shame.”
  • “I’m always gravitating towards what they call ‘blue oceans’ where there is no competition. Doing things that others have never done before that are going to break through the noise and provide big ROI.”
  • “There’s no hack to building 1000 true fans, developing relationship of trust and reciprocity and you need to provide value over and over again.”
  • “At the end of the day all successful products are not successful because advertisements or celebrities because they’re good and recommended by other people. What your marketing is designed to do is to acquire those first customers so those customers can tell other customers.”
  • “If you stopped your advertising, would anyone notice? No they wouldn’t. Most ads are so boring you have to pay extra. Do things and take risks, that’s a better way to stand out and get attention.”
  • “I have an expansive definition of controversy. What you’re doing has to be consistent with who you are and what you believe in. Example entrepreneurs shouldn’t write books. I didn’t become a writer to not say what I think. It’s worth knowing who your audience is and who you’re speaking to and as long as you’re good with them, that’s what really matters.”
  • “I’ve written many blog posts and several have turned into books. I don’t remember how many tweets those blog posts got or comments they got.”
  • “There’s this immediacy bias in what we do in the internet because we have… we put something out there and if it doesn’t immediately get a response people might write it off.”

How to Say Hello to Ryan Holiday (and Us!)

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About the Show

The Science of Social Media is your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and inspiration. Every Monday (and sometimes more) we share the most cutting-edge social media marketing strategies from brands and influencers in every industry. If you’re a social media team of one, business owner, marketer, or someone simply interested in social media marketing, you’re sure to find something useful in each and every episode.  It’s our hope that you’ll join our 10,000+ weekly iTunes listeners and rock your social media channels as a result!

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Top 15+ Free Website Under Construction, Coming Soon Templates

Online communication is an important part of any corporate marketing strategy. Therefore, redesigning your actual website or developing an absolutely new one is always something you have to do regularly, but it’s also a time-consuming job.

If you redesign or add new features to your website, for sure you don’t want to lose your loyal visitors or lose adding a new one. If you want to launch a new website or online store or blog, it’s also obvious you’ll want to have a large number of visitors from the very beginning.

In order to accomplish any of these goals, you should definitely keep your audience informed. The best way to do so is to publish the so called “coming soon” or “under construction” website pages. I’m not talking about that horrible pages where you find just a logo and the text “under construction”.

I’m talking about those temporary pages that will tell your visitors how long they have to wait till the website launch or where they can leave their email address and get a letter from you once the website is alive.

A temporary placeholder web page can provide many useful benefits including:

  • Create marketing buzz and help in promoting your products, services, app, company or personal brand
  • Drive people to your mailing list and acquire subscribers
  • It might house a visual countdown clock, informing the users when to expect your full site to be available
  • Help in establishing a SEO foothold for your brands, if you associate some keywords
  • Promote your social media feeds which leads to increasing the number of your followers
  • Provide a contact form to make it easier for receiving feedback, or network badges to make connections with your audience

In this post, we have gathered for you 15 of the most creative and cool website under construction or coming soon website templates. All these under construction templates, created by different web developers, are absolutely different in style and are available free of cost. You can check them below and I hope it will not be too hard to choose a proper one and upload it to your website:

Imminent

By using this serene 3D Parallax template, you can make your visitors wait patiently your website launch. Instead of being overwhelming, the sparing use of the subtle elements of depth provides the Imminent template with a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. With the impressive hover-over graphics techniques, it inevitably attracts everyone’s eyes along every move of the cursor and subtly catches their attention towards your forthcoming projects.

Zoon Coming Soon Free Template

Zoon is fully responsive, simple, clean and mobile friendly coming soon site template. Included in the template is a countdown timer, a google map section and an about section where you can add information about your team, company, group, etc. Zoon is easy to customize and is compatible with most modern browsers.

Template Features:  HTML5 and CSS3; fully responsive; attractive and modern design; gMaps; Fontawesome icon fonts; @font-face custom web fonts; Flexslider; jQuery countdown timer; smooth scrolling effect; cross browser compatible.

AfterWork

AfterWork is a single page coming soon Bootstrap HTML Template with an easy navigation.  Having 100% responsive design, it is perfect for Software/App launching. Completed with countdown timer, you just need to set the launch date.

Template Features: two header styles (parallax and slideshow); Google Maps included; Twitter integration; unlimited fonts; nice icons by FontAwesome; email subscription working contact form.

Creativo Free Responsive Website Template

The Retro Creativo Free Responsive Website Template will let your customers know you are getting ready to launch something new and exciting. The style is creative, with a retro-looking layout and simple design. This template can be used in multiple industries and is completely customizable.

Discover

Discover is a well crafted modern and responsive template or landing page build on top of latest bootstrap HTML5 and CSS3. This theme has a jquery countdown plugin in build. The template is designed at high-quality standards to meet the latest requirements and has a responsive design that fits in all devices with multi browser support.

Template Features: Twitter Bootstrap 3.3.1 based; jQuery counter; Google fonts support; FontAwesome icons; background slider; Google web fonts; valid HTML; clean, flat & crisp design.

Kite Coming Soon Responsive Bootstrap Template

Kite is a beautifully designed website template built using HTML5, CSS3, and Bootstrap v3.1.1. The minimalist style will draw visitors in while your perfectly detailed and highlighted information will keep them on your site. This template would work perfectly for any website that is undergoing a transformation and can work well in any industry.

Awesome

Let your customers know about your upcoming website or project with Awesome. It is a fully responsive and coming soon bootstrap template with an impressive background and animated countdown timer preview.

Template Features: one-page template; 100% cross-browser compatible; fully customizable; Awesome fonts and icons; responsive layout; bootstrap powered; jQuery countdown timer; email subscription bar; social media profiles support.

Layla

Layla is a free, responsive coming soon bootstrap template and is perfect for your future site. Its creamy and its smooth animations with impressive video background will for sure attract the attention of your visitors. Bright colors also help to stand out.

Template Features: video background header; fully customizable; ionicons fonts; device responsive; one-page template; cross-browser compatible; bootstrap based; jQuery countdown timer; active contact form; social media profile support; email subscription bar.

We+ Coming

WE+ Coming is a fully responsive and free to use HTML5/CSS3 based Coming Soon bootstrap template. The responsive layout and elegant animated countdown timer will surely attract your customers.

Template Features: working subscribe form; device responsive; bootstrap powered; multi-browser support; jQuery countdown timer; Android menu sidebar; content area; social media profiles support; one-page complete layout.

Khronos

Khronos is a creative pack of coming soon template pages. Its elegant and clean design makes it perfect for every creative person, company, agency or anyone who is currently building its site and want to show a coming soon page in a creative way. Khronos is available in three style variations: static, slideshow, and particle background. It is fully responsive and retina ready, looks great on any screen and devices. It is also Mailchimp ready and has a working Ajax contact form.

Template Features: easy customization; 100 font icons; working Ajax contact form; Mailchimp ready; retina Ready; 100% cross-browser compatible.

Black

Black is a simple and clean web template, with a background HTML canvas animation. It has a responsive design that is compatible with multi devices and it comes with unlimited background images. The countdown is powered by a custom jQuery plugin, you just need to set your launching date in the script.

Template Features: 100% responsive layout design; working PHP subscription button; Google fonts support; fully customizable.

Sssoon

This is a Bootstrap based coming soon one-page website template, which offers 4 different designs suitable for a standard website, application, video background website and a restaurant custom page. There is a WordPress version also available in case you want to integrate with your WordPress website. This coming soon template is licensed under MIT license and is completely free to download and use in personal as well as commercial websites.

Adventure

This is a modern and free coming soon template for use on websites which are under construction. Based on Bootstrap 4, this template is easy to edit for adding your own company or website information.

The coming soon template features a full width image background and overlays the landing page text and a call to action button at the center of the page, along with social media icons. The template displays perfectly on every screen size and responds well to window size changes.

Template Features: modern design; full width image background;  Bootstrap 4 and FontAwesome; subscription form; easy to understand code.

Maundy

Spread the smell of the things you are baking and drag them towards your new creations with this elegant and clean looking template. The Maundy template with its minimal outlook is perfect for every creative person, e-commerce, corporate, agency, small and mid-size business, portfolio and for those who want to display product information until their website is complete. This template is user-friendly, functional and fresh-faced.

Template Features: working subscribe form; Bootstrap framework; HTML5 based; CSS3 animations; multi-browser support; device responsive; FontaAwesome icons; social media profiles support; content area; jQuery countdown timer; scrollable full-page background image.

Magnetic

Magnetic – a responsive widget coming soon bootstrap template. It’s an amazing template which will surely attract your customer’s attention. The customers of your site will love its cosmic landscape background, and animated LED countdown timer.

Template Features: flat responsive widget template; cosmic landscape background; scenically designed; HTML5 and CSS3; animated LED countdown timer; email subscription form.

UX

UX responsive coming soon countdown page is a clean, elegant, responsive, animated countdown coming soon page template. UX is prudently designed and coded for an under construction or coming soon website.

Template Features: Mailchimp integration; contact form PHP script added; animated countdown timer; Twitter bootstrap based; fully responsive design; Cross Browser compatibility; easily customizable; HTML5/CSS3 based; social media icons; Google web fonts; FontAwesome icons; no coding knowledge required.

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Fly Me to the Moon Landing Page in Adobe Muse

Fly Me to the Moon Landing Page - Adobe Muse CC - Muse For You

Fly Me to the Moon Landing Page in Adobe Muse. No Coding Skills Required.

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Hey, what’s up Muser! Today we are going to create a unique landing page using a few different animation widgets from http://museforyoushop.com. The landing page we’ll be creating can be found here:

http://bit.ly/2imMqtd

In this video tutorial we’ll be doing the following:

  • Morphing icons with the Muse Morph Widget powered by Greensock’s SVGMorphPlugin.
  • Fading in text with the Muse Motion 2 Widget powered By Greensock’s Animation Platform (GSAP).
  • Adding audio to the site with the Mute-Unmute Audio Widget.
  • Adding particles to the background to create a star effect with the Particles.js Widget.
  • Adding a background image from http://unsplash.com.

 

Fly Me to the Moon Landing Page - Adobe Muse CC - Muse For You

 

I thought this video came out a good time seeing how there was just a recent solar eclipse.

 

For more video tutorials and widgets for Adobe Muse visit http://museforyoushop.com.

Happy Musing!

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My Journey Of Learning Programming Through Flatiron School #37

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My name is Mason Ellwood, and I’m currently working on Flatiron School’s Online Full Stack Web Development Program. Each week, I’ll be writing about my experience, what I’m learning, and tips on learning to code.

So… today for the first time ever! I would like to introduce the new member of the Fyresite team, Mason Ellwood haha. So recently I began working full time as Fyresite’s new front-end developer. I can’t tell you how timely it is for myself to begin working again and begin writing commercial quality code.

As many of you who are keeping up with the posts I write week by week, these past few months have been kinda rough. Beginning The Flatiron School program, mom having cancer, and working through everything that life does not see coming. I would like to talk a little about how I landed this job and how I was able to fulfill the role that they had designed for me, so you can get a better understanding of the current job market and roles a developer plays in a company.

So like all things, always be on the lookout for opportunities that you may not know will open up to you while speaking to just people you may meet. As I was hanging out with one of my close friends, her roommate came home. We got to talking about what he was up to and he had mentioned that he worked at Fyresite located in the Phoenix area. We began to talk about the position that I was in, and just like it was destiny, he asked if I was looking for a job. I said yes, and we exchanged emails.

I began to speak with Jason the CEO of Fyresite about the opportunity of an interview and he asked for my resume and what languages I was proficient in. Below I have included the sent email, so you can get a sense of how I structured this.

With this, they could get a better understanding of who I was and what projects I have been involved in. Once the interview was set for the next day at 12 o’clock PM I had asked if there was a code challenge for me to present when I came into the interview. Then they sent me mock ups of a site they were currently involved in and I was off. I was granted file permissions to the Sketch file at 9 o’clock PM the night before so this did not give me a lot of time.

So for the next 13 hours, I began to work. I did not sleep that night and worked at basically retraining myself on how to use HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap. With this time I was able to complete two full mock-ups of the given site and I was off to the interview. With my computer in hand, and sleep deprived to the point of a drunken stupor I walked into what could be my next employment opportunity.

In the interview we sat; me, Jason the CEO, and two of the developers working currently at Fyresite. We reviewed the sites I had mocked up for them and they mentioned how much work I was able to get done before the interview because they did not give me much time. They asked what I had expected in terms of payment, and then renegotiations began. They mentioned that for the first three months I would be on contract with the company which would give enough time to see if I had learned to fit the roll appropriately. I was in!

The next interactions were a blur, my first day would be on Monday where I would begin mocking out sites full time for them as their new front-end dev. So far it has been a wonderful experience learning a ton and working with the beast that is WordPress haha.

With this is going to come to a lot of discipline on my part. To finish school, begin a 65-hour course through Treehouse brushing up on HTML, CSS, and Javascript, and writing my weekly post of Web Design Ledger.

But with this, I have found myself realizing, that I do have time. I do have time to get everything done that I need to. I just have to prioritize what is important. I wanted to be successful in my field and hone my craft, and this is the opportunity to gain those skills.

Never settle, and always be on the lookout for opportunities that may arise. You never know what you are capable of once you set your mind to it.

So enough about that! Next time we meet, let’s get into Rack and how to use it with Ruby!

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Instagram or Snapchat: Which is the Best Fit For Your Business?

Should our business be on Instagram or Snapchat? Or both?

With Instagram and Snapchat becoming increasingly similar, many social media managers find themselves asking these questions.

To help you figure out which platform — Instagram or Snapchat — is more suitable for your business, we decided to analyze the differences between the two platforms. We compared six key aspects of the two platforms:

  1. Users
  2. Content types
  3. Discoverability
  4. Engagement rates
  5. Analytics
  6. Ad

What we found is this (and you might know it already) is that it greatly depends on your business. Snapchat is great for some business and Instagram for others…and for some, both is the best solution.

But which is the best fit for your business?

Read on to find out…


Instagram vs Snapchat: Which Should You Use for Your Business?

6 questions to consider

Here’s a list of criteria you could consider when comparing Instagram and Snapchat:

  1. Are your target audience and customers on the platform?
  2. Which content type (e.g. stories, images, or videos) suits your business best?
  3. Do you prefer having a public profile that is easily discoverable and to interact with your followers in public? Or do you prefer a private profile and build close one-to-one relationships with your followers?
  4. Is your target audience more engaged on Instagram or Snapchat?
  5. Do you want analytics to measure your performance?
  6. Do you want to boost existing posts or run ads on the platform?

Instagram vs Snapchat infographic

At Buffer, we choose Instagram over Snapchat (but that’s not necessarily the best more for you).

Here’s how we came to the decision, according to Brian Peters, our Digital Marketing Strategist:

For a long time we were on posting unique content to both Snapchat and Instagram at Buffer.

What we found over time is that the quality of conversations we were having on Instagram with our target audience (marketers and social media managers) was much higher than on Snapchat.

Since we are a small team with limited resources, we decided to post exclusively to Instagram so that we could continue to focus on developing meaningful relationships and creating quality content. Since the decision, we’ve grown our Instagram account by more than 20,000 followers and increased engagement by nearly 300%.

Furthermore, the ability to get in-depth analytics on how our content is performing across our feed, Stories, and Live is a major value-add.

Not to mention the platform is approaching a billion monthly active users!

If you would like to learn more about our comparison of Instagram and Snapchat for businesses, we’ve unpacked our analysis below.

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1. Users

The Instagram user base is larger and slightly older.

Size

Let’s first look at the size of the user base of the two platforms¹.

In terms of active users, more than 400 million people use Instagram daily (and more than 700 million use it monthly). In comparison, 173 million people use Snapchat every day.

In terms of Stories, over 250 million people use Instagram Stories daily. That far exceeds the 173 million people who use Snapchat every day.

This chart by Recode shows the rise of Instagram Stories and the slow growth of Snapchat:

Instagram stories vs Snapchat chart

In terms of user growth rate, Instagram has been growing steadily while Snapchat’s growth seems to have slowed down. Here’s how the user growth of the two platforms look like (with the data from Statista):

Instagram vs Snapchat growth charts

Note: The graph for Instagram shows monthly active users while the graph for Snapchat shows daily active users. Even though they are different metrics, I believe the number of monthly active users and the number of daily active users correlate with each other.

Demographics

In 2016, Pew Research Center did a study of the demographics of American users on the most popular social media platforms.

Here are some highlights of their study for Instagram:

  • A bigger percentage of women (38 percent) than men (26 percent) in the U.S. use Instagram.
  • Instagram is most popular among online Americans between the age of 18 and 29.
  • A third of online Americans between the age of 30 and 49 use Instagram.

Instagram demographics

It seems that Instagram is more popular among women than men and among online Americans below the age of 49 than those above.

On the other hand, Snapchat has a much younger user base.

  • Almost 60 percent of the users are under the age of 25.
  • People between the age of 18 and 24 forms the bulk of Snapchat’s user base (36 percent).
  • Only 15 percent of the users are above the age of 35.

Snapchat demographics

Note: For Instagram, the percentages show the percentage of people in each category that uses Instagram. For example, 59 percent of online American between the age of 18 and 29 use Instagram. For Snapchat, the percentages show the percentage of Snapchat users in each category. For example, 22 percent of Snapchat users are between the age of 13 and 17.

Others

Here are some other interesting insights about Instagram’s and Snapchat’s user bases.

Instagram

  • The most popular topics among young adults on Instagram are fashion/beauty, food, TV/films, hobbies, and music, according to a Facebook survey.
  • Instagram users like to follow celebrities, get DIY inspiration, and look at travel photos, according to a Facebook study.

Snapchat

  • The majority of Snapchat users (71 percent) use Snapchat only or mostly for peer-to-peer messaging, according to a survey by Defy Media for Variety.
  • Nearly 60 percent of interactions on Snapchat are made between close friends, according to a study commissioned by Snap, as reported by Mashable.
  • 46 percent of Snapchat users in the U.S. don’t use Instagram, according to App Annie. The percentage is 37 in the U.K.

Snapchat audience exclusivity (US)

When deciding between Instagram and Snapchat, I personally think that the user base is the most important. If your target audience is not on one of the platforms, it may not be worth investing in that platform.

Consideration: Is your target audience on the platform?

If your target audience is on both platforms (yay!), here are a few other things to consider:

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2. Content types

Instagram posts are high-res and polished; snaps are often raw and unedited.

Next, let’s take a look at the types of content you can create on the two platforms.

Content types

Stories

Stories are available on both Instagram and Snapchat.

Stories can be either videos or images. Because stories are displayed in full-screen, the ideal orientation and dimensions for the stories are horizontal (i.e. portrait) and a 9:16 aspect ratio respectively.

Images and videos

Besides stories, images and videos are the other main types of content on Instagram and Snapchat.

But they are displayed differently on the two platforms.

  • Images and videos are published as posts on Instagram and snaps on Snapchat.
  • Instagram posts are public (unless your account is private). Snaps are mostly private between two accounts.
  • Instagram posts can be horizontal, square, or vertical. Snaps are usually vertical (since they are displayed in full-screen).
  • Instagram posts will stay on your feed and profile, whereas Snaps dissappear after 24hrs.

Content quality

In general, people like to post high-resolution, (usually) edited content on Instagram and raw, unfiltered content on Snapchat.

That said, with the introduction of Instagram Stories, people are also posting more unedited content on Instagram through Stories.

Consideration: Which content type (i.e. stories, images, or videos) suits your business better?

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3. Discoverability

Your brand will be more discoverable on Instagram.

In terms of discoverability, there are three areas to look at:

Profile

On Instagram, you can have a public profile which shows your follower count and all your Instagram posts. Instagram suggests profiles to follow and curates relevant posts in Discover, which helps people to find your Instagram profile.

On Snapchat, your profile can only be viewed by your friends and people who have added you. There’s little information on your Snapchat profile as the snaps and stories you post on Snapchat disappears after 24 hours.

Engagement

On Instagram, likes and comments on your posts can be seen by everyone while direct messages can only be seen by you.

On Snapchat, only you can see who has replied to your snaps or stories.

User-generated content

On Instagram, people (including yourself) can find posts that mention you. Through hashtags and @-mention tags, people can discover and check out your Instagram profile.

Hence, user-generated content is a common Instagram marketing strategy as it can help you grow your Instagram account and increase your brand reach.

On Snapchat, snaps or stories that mention your brand can only be seen by the friends of the person who posted them.

Instagram discoverability

Your brand will be more discoverable on Instagram than on Snapchat. This is great if you want to raise the awareness of your brand on social media and use social proof to build your brand.

That said, many brands like the privacy with Snapchat as that allows them to build meaningful one-to-one relationships with their followers.

Consideration: Do you prefer having a public profile that is easily discoverable and to interact with your followers in public? Or do you prefer a private profile and build close one-to-one relationships with your followers?

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4. Engagement level

Engagement seems to be higher on Instagram than Snapchat.

Comparing engagement levels on the two platforms can be tricky since the forms of engagement on the two are different. On Instagram, people like, comment, and watch a video. On Snapchat, people view a snap and reply privately.

While I can’t compare engagement levels as a whole between the two platforms, I thought it might be worthwhile to look at engagement level of stories since stories are available on both platforms and are very similar.

As reported by TechCrunch, businesses are seeing better engagement with Instagram Stories than Snapchat Stories.

  • An analysis of 21,500 Snapchat Stories by Delmondo found that the average unique viewers per Snapchat Stories fell by about 40 percent in 2016 after Instagram Stories was launched.
  • On the other hand, the influencer community of TheAmplify was seeing 28 percent higher view rate for Instagram Stories than Snapchat Stories.

Delmondo Snapchat study, reported by TechCrunch

For us at Buffer, we were seeing higher-quality conversations with our target audience (marketers and social media managers) on Instagram than on Snapchat before we stop posting on Snapchat.

Consideration: Is your target audience more engaged on Instagram or Snapchat? (You’ll have to try both platforms to get a good sense of this.)

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5. Analytics

You can get Instagram data more easily than Snapchat data.

Being able to measure and analyze your social media performance can help you improve your social media marketing.

Natively, Instagram provides business profiles with Instagram Insights, an in-app analytics for posts, stories, ads, and followers.

Instagram Insights

Snapchat does not provide any analytics (except for ads), and most marketers have been tracking their Snapchat marketing manually.

In terms of third-party tools, there are many free Instagram analytics tools available, such as WebstaUnion Metrics’s free Instagram account checkup, and Keyhole.

There seem to be much fewer Snapchat analytics tools and they are not free. For example, Snaplytics, a popular Snapchat analytics tool, costs $19 per Snapchat account per month for very basic metrics — views, screenshots, and completion rate.

Considerations: Do you want analytics to measure your performance? Or are you all right with manually tracking your performance?

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6. Ads

Both offer powerful targeting and several ad formats.

Since Instagram launched ads on its platform in late 2015, the number of businesses who advertise on the platform has grown to over a million. With Instagram being part of Facebook, these businesses have been able to easily create Instagram ads using the robust Facebook Ads Manager.

Snapchat advertising used to be quite inaccessible to most businesses. Other than Snapchat geofilters, businesses that want to advertise on Snapchat had to purchase ads from Snapchat’s ad partners (and they often cost a lot). Fortunately, Snapchat launched its self-serve Snapchat Ad Manager this year, making it easier for businesses to run ads on Snapchat themselves.

Facebook and Snapchat Ads Managers

Let’s take a look at three key aspects of advertising on these two platforms, namely audience targeting, ad formats, and costs.

Targeting

The two ads managers are quite similar in terms of their powerful targeting ability.

Using either of the ads managers, you can create a target audience for your ads with factors such as demographics, interests, and behaviors.

On top of that, you can also reach people using your own data (e.g. people who have interacted with your business) and the platform’s data (e.g. users who look like your customers).

Ad formats

Both Instagram and Snapchat offer a variety of ad formats. Here’s an overview of the ad formats each of them offers:

Instagram ad formats

  • Feed ads
  • Stories ads
  • Boost existing posts

Snapchat ad formats

  • Snap ads
  • Geofilters
  • Lenses

Apart from Instagram Stories ads and Snap ads (which are quite similar), Instagram and Snapchat offers quite different ad options.

I believe Instagram ads are easier to create than Snapchat ads at the moment. While Snap ads can be easily created using the Snapchat Ad Manager, creating Snapchat geofilters requires some design know-how and creating sponsored lenses requires you to work with a Snapchat partner (and it seems to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars now).

Cost

It’s a little tricky to compare the advertising costs of the two platforms as it can be quite dependent on the quality of the ads and the target audience created.

In general, it seems to be cheaper to advertise on Instagram than Snapchat at the moment.

Here are some numbers I’ve found from Digiday and AdAge:

  • Buyers say Instagram Stories ads are about $3 to $4 CPMs (and completion rates are between two and three times higher on Instagram than Snapchat).
  • Instagram Feed ads cost a little more than Stories ads, between $5 and $7 CPMs.
  • Instagram Stories ads can cost half the price of Snapchat ads, at $4 CPMs (price per 1,000 impressions) versus $8.50 for Snapchat.
  • Snap Lenses’ minimum price has also dropped since they can now be targeted — but they’re still pricey, costing upward of $300,000 for one day.
  • Snap Geofilters can be bought for as little as $5 via self-serve, and CPMs can be as low as 27 cents (for geofilters in crowded areas) to as high as $48.

With the launch of Snapchat Ad Manager, perhaps the cost of Snapchat advertising will gradually be lowered.

If you are interested to learn more about advertising on Instagram and Snapchat, here are two guides you might like:

Consideration: Do you want to boost existing posts or run ads on the platform?

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Which platform are you using?

While Instagram seems to be better than Snapchat in most aspects of the comparison, it’s important to consider which platform your target audience prefers.

For example, if your target audience is students, teenagers, and young adults, you might be able to reach them more effectively on Snapchat than Instagram.

Also, a huge percentage of Snapchat users aren’t on Instagram as App Annie has found. So being on Snapchat might be the only way to reach them.

I hope you have found the analysis of the two platforms useful for your decision-making. Once you have made your decision, I would love to hear from you.

Which platform did you choose? What were your main considerations?

Image credit:

  • The feature image is via Unsplash.
  • The graphic on Snapchat user base is via Snapchat.
  • The graphic on Snapchat audience exclusivity is via App Annie.
  • The chart on the change in average unique viewers per snap is via TechCrunch.

Footnote:

¹ The statistics for user base were taken from Instagram, TechCrunch (Instagram monthly active users, Instagram Stories daily active users), and Statista.

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35 Examples Of Awesome App Designs With Intuitive Interfaces

Having a smartphone or a tablet is something common these days. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine our day-to-day life without apps that make it much easier and simpler. Whether it’s social media, entertainment, dating, sports, time management,  or even the weather, there is something for everyone.

But an app that’s difficult to figure out how it works, unintuitive, or ineffective will not win many hearts. The best apps provide great user experience and have powerful, useful features that are paired with beautiful and intuitive interfaces.

So, instead of just describing a few nice app designs, we’ve decided to take it to the next level and share with you what we consider to be the best of the best. Below you’ll find a list of 35 of awesome mobile apps when it comes to UI design. These apps really stood out because they went above and beyond to be visually appealing and useful.

 

Movie/Video

 

YouTube

YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the whole content of the video sharing site to your fingertips. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features.

HBO Go / HBO Now

Both HBO Now (HBO’s standalone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.

Spotify

Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.

Google Play Music

Google’s official streaming service is a strong competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.

 

Fitness, Athletic, Workouts

 

Nike+ Run Club

The Nike+ Run Club App tracks your runs and helps you reach your goals – whether it’s running your first race, or setting a new personal record. You can also measure your progress every mile, get a training program and compete with your friends.

Loox Fitness Planner

With Loox Fitness Planner app you get training goals like losing weight, building muscles or body shaping by choosing your perfect workout plan. There are about 300 training plans that motivate you to stay on track.

Calorie Counter – MyFitnessPal

If you really want to lose weight and get in shape, then you need to start counting those calories. We recommend this app from MyFitnessPal because it is easy, accessible, and completely free.

RunKeeper

Turn your phone into a personal trainer and track your runs via GPS. You can get detailed stats on your workouts, listen to music, get audio cues to spur you on, and share your progress.

Daily Yoga

Yoga is unbelievably powerful. It strengthens your core, increases flexibility and focus, and decreases stress. Plus, it can help you lose weight and stay healthy. This app will guide you through daily yoga routines of varying difficulty and length, and step-by-step, HD videos showing exactly how to do each pose.

 

Social Media

 

Instagram

Instagram is a simple way of capturing and sharing the world’s moments. This app is ubiquitous in photography now, so you might as well have it on your phone. Owned by Facebook, the social network centered on photos offers great filters and connectivity with others.

Facebook

The biggest social network on the planet right now has a decent official app. Keep up with your friends and family, jump into instant chats, and stay informed with push notifications. It’s also your personal organizer for storing, saving and sharing photos.

Pinterest

Pinterest is the go-to social network for finding and sharing inspiration on creative projects, hobbies, fashion, and more. The app features the same functionality as the website, allowing you to “pin” and “repin” posts from other users to various boards, so you can share and save new ideas.

Twitter

Twitter’s microblogging platform brought about the now-ubiquitous internet facet, hashtags. Connect with your friends, share new favorite content, follow celebrities, and get breaking news as it happens. You can customize your profile with a photo, description, location, and background photo.

 

Messaging

 

Skype

The Skype you know and love has an all-new design, with new features and new ways to stay connected with the people. Besides text, you can send photos, videos, voice messages, Mojis and more. You can also respond to any message with reactions. Also, you may swipe quickly to capture photos and videos.

Whatsapp

WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging app available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.

Tinder

Tinder is the ultimate dating app for mobile users, thanks to its location-centric features, and regardless of what its reputation may be, it’s still a great way to meet people. Your next match could be a swipe right away.

Bumble

Similar to Tinder in terms of presentation, Bumble is designed to flip the usual gender dynamics of dating from women to men. The app only allows women to message first, reducing the chances of setting awkward pickup lines or situations. In the same sex matches, either person can message first.

 

Blogging

 

Tumblr

The app allows you to discover and post about stuff you love, and join communities of people who love the same stuff like you. You can repost other people’s posts to your own blog and can add comments if you like. Also, other people can do the same with your posts.

Blogger

This is the official app for one of the most popular blogging platforms on the Internet. You can compose, edit, and post directly to your blog, and much more. If you have more than one account or blog, you can switch easily between them.

 

Cooking

 

Zomato

Zomato lets you search for and discover restaurants to eat out at or order in from. You can search by location, cuisine, budget, user reviews and ratings, and use the map feature to guide you there. There’s also a handy shake feature to get a random suggestion if you just can’t decide.

Food Network

Get instant access to your favorite Food Network chefs and personalities, including thousands of their most popular recipes featured on their TV shows and specials. How-to videos and shopping list features will equip you with everything you need to make a great meal.

Yummly

Featured on the Today Show, Yummly matches over 1 million recipes to your cooking lifestyle’s nutrition, diet, food allergies, and favorite cuisines. The app allows you to collect, save and organize your favorite recipes in your digital recipe box and discover customized recipe recommendations.

 

Money and Shopping

 

Paypal

By downloading the app, you’ll be able to manage your PayPal account at a glance. It is the easiest online method to manage all the ways you send, receive and spend money. The app can also notify you of transactions, offering handy reminders and alerts when you use PayPal as a payment method or have an upcoming bill due.

Mint

Mint is the free money manager and financial tracker app from the makers of TurboTax® that does it all. Mint can keep track of multiple bank accounts or credit cards to help you stay on budget and out of the red.

Amazon Shopping

The Amazon Shopping app lets you shop millions of products and manage your Amazon orders from anywhere. Browse the vast collection of products quickly and easily. Plus, you can enable notifications for daily Amazon Gold Box deals so you never miss out on a discount.

 

Travel & Events

 

Uber

Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes — day or night. Uber allows you to call upon a private driver in your city who will help you get to where you need to go, and it’s easy to pay by credit or cash in select cities.

Airbnb

By using the Airbnb app, you may find adventures in faraway places or your hometown, and access unique homes, experiences, and places around the world. You can search for accommodation, communicate directly with hosts, book everything your trip needs, or start earning money as a host.

 

Going Out

 

Foursquare City Guide

Foursquare City Guide will lead you to the perfect spot — anywhere in the world. Get helpful, positive tips from our trusted global community and keep track of where you’ve been and where you want to go, all in one place.

Yelp

Yelp puts great local businesses at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for a pizzeria near you or the best handyman in town, the app is your guide to finding the perfect places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. Find reviews, locations, and other important information for any business you’re looking for.

 

Documents & Management

 

Dropbox

Dropbox’s mobile app keeps your files and your team in sync. You can access any file saved in Dropbox from all of your devices and send large files even to people who don’t have a Dropbox account. And with features like the doc scanner, shared folders, offline access, and more, collaborating with others is simple.

Trello

Trello gives you the perspective over all your projects, at work and at home. The project management app allows you to create boards to organize anything you’re working on, customize workflows for different projects and much more. You may use it solo or invite other people to collaborate. If you work offline, the boards will sync automatically when reconnected.

Teamweek

Perfect for multinational and remote teams, Teamweek app is a simple-to-use project and resource planner that gives a great overview on a shared team calendar. You may spot who’s available and schedule upcoming projects for both the short- and long term.

Toggl

Toggl is the leading timesheet app for tracking worked hours. By using the timer, you may log task times and get reports based on the time usage. All the time logs are synced to the cloud and you can track time also in the web version, desktop app, Chrome extension and with an Android watch – all your data is safely stored under one account.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. The app lets you store up to 15GB of files and access them wherever and whenever you need to. Once you save the files there, you can easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.

Evernote

Evernote is an elegant solution when it comes to taking all sorts of notes and getting work done. The app gives you the tools you need to keep your work effortlessly organized — from taking notes with supporting photos, to writing to-do-list and much more. Tag, sync, and organize for a real productivity boost.

 

 

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