Wednesday, August 31, 2016

These copycats should stop

Today, GMA Network released the trailer for their upcoming show "Alyas Robin Hood."

At first, it may just sound like another local adaptation of the famous Robin Hood story.

But, upon closer inspection it looks like a copycat of the famous series The Arrow, which I am a huge fan of.
Look at that blatant ripoff.

Can't they think of a more original concept? Look at the trailer. If you are watching The Arrow, it has the same feel to it.


Stephen Amell himself, the lead actor of The Arrow series shared this on his Facebook account. That emoji says it all. He doesn't seem to be pleased.



I really don't like it when someone copies ideas. You can take inspiration from other people's ideas. Copying those ideas is another story and is just pure laziness.

This is probably the reason why I still can't get myself to move over to Instagram stories.

I still can't get over the fact that Instagram blatantly copied Snapchat a few months ago too. It's ridiculous.

This is why even though I could get a lot more engagement from Instagram, I still decided to stick with Snapchat.

Seriously, people should stop doing this.

I don't know if "Team Alyas Robin Hood" is enjoying their publicity right now. Bad publicity is still publicity after all.

I just don't think this series will last long. And, I hope they come up with an original idea next time. These type of shows are ruining our local industry.

Image source: pep.ph

Monday, August 29, 2016

When someone suddenly demands for your time

When I opened my social media accounts earlier tonight, there was one news that shocked me.

I read that BPI, my bank of choice requires its account holders to update their information by submitting certain documents to their branches.

This should be done before August 31, 2016! That is less than 48 hours from now.

Failure to do so will deactivate all of your online and electronic transactions.

This frustrated and shocked me for these reasons:

1. Why the short notice?

Today is August 29th and a holiday. Why do they expect everyone to be available in the next 48 hours?

2. I don't have the luxury of time.

I'm struggling to find time for everything. Now, BPI is demanding that I go to my branch in less than 48 hours. Going to that branch is an hour-long trip. I ain't got no time for that.

3. All my transactions are online. 

The last time I went over the counter to do a transaction was when I lost my ATM card. That was ages ago. This news would definitely alarm me.

4. I just don't like going inside bank branches.

Why can't they have me email those information that they would need?


Bottom line, I just don't like it when anyone (or BPI for this matter) suddenly demands for my time.

Time is not something I easily give to anyone. You have to be really special to mess up my schedule.

I know this is important and it is still something I need to do. It's just frustrating.

And by the way, as I was writing this BPI clarified that the deadline is actually September 30 and not August 31.

So yeah. At least I still got a few days to find time for that.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Why I switched from Ninja Outreach to Buzzstream

As an online marketer, tools are an essential part of my daily workflow.

That is why I am always in the pursuit of the tool that best fits my needs at the moment.

This means switching tools if necessary.

This week, I decided to switch from Ninja Outreach to Buzzstream for all my email and outreach marketing stuff.

I did so for these reasons:

1. Price

At $99/month, Ninja Outreach gives you 5,000 contacts and 2 users. Buzzstream on the other hand gives you 25,000 contacts for 3 users.

2. More CRM features

I like the more comprehensive feature set of Buzzstream. I can organize and tag my contacts better. Ninja Outreach stands out more on prospecting though. But, I prefer the CRM feature over that.

3. Faster overall

I feel like Buzzstream is significantly faster and more efficient than Ninja Outreach. It loads the database fast and I can get to one window to the other much faster.

I also had an issue with wrong links being imported with Ninja Outreach. I didn't experience it with Buzzstream.


So, that's it.

This week will be spent exporting all my contacts from Ninja Outreach to Buzzstream.

As with every change, it takes a lot of patience to go through the transition period. But once you have everything all set up, it gets easier and things become significantly better.

I will certainly miss Ninja Outreach. I loved the tool and have used it well for the last 8 months.

But, it's time for me to move on.

What tool are you using for outreach?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The habit of continuous learning

This morning, I came to a realization of a thing that I should have been doing ever since.

For the past few years, I have been working really hard and working different tasks and positions.

And, from all of those I learned things by accident.

Don't get me wrong. That is still a good thing. After all, we learn by doing right?

However, I think it should not be enough.

I should be proactive and have the habit of continuous learning.

I need to fill myself in with books, podcasts, articles and whatever stuff necessary to learn more about the stuff that I do every day.

It should be the only way I can move forward and be a better version of who I already am right now.

I can't believe I missed out on a lot of opportunities for learning by not making this a habit.

Well, time to move on and gain a lot of new knowledge!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Prioritization

The past few days were crazy.

Not only was I sick and not feeling well, my priorities in life were overlapping.

It made me think to myself, "Have I been committing to way too much stuff?"

This could even be the reason why I am sick in the first place.

Anyway, what really happened was I had to keep everything in place. From work, to ministry (which had a big event last Sunday), personal relationships and other appointments with friends.

Of course, that's a lot to juggle. And, a number of them were overlapping. Different things were happening at same times.

Now, that should have made me crazy.

But, this actually opened my mind to something more important. I realized that during these times, my instinct on prioritization comes in.

All of the stuff I do right now are important to me. But, I can't do all of them in one instant. I have to learn how to prioritize.

That doesn't come easy though. I had to determine clearly what (or who) is important right at that moment. Secondarily, I had to say no to some really important people -- which kind of sucks but it had to be done.

Well, this is life.

Everything matters. But, you have to determine what matters right now and then just go do it.
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