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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Appreciation post

Appreciation and recognition goes a long way.

A little "good job" actually makes the job better.

A sincere "this is amazing" makes a task brilliant.

An honest "I'm proud of you" builds up a whole lot of confidence.

I just got an affirmation today. It wasn't expected. But, it was the only motivation I needed to hear to re-energize me after a long and tiring day.

If only more people know how to appreciate, I could imagine how much better our workplaces would be.

Or on a more personal level --- how much better children would be.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Health is wealth

The past few days were quite a struggle.

I was sick.

I really thought that sickness would only last a day. But, it stayed for like 4 days.

It was crazy and annoying.

My productivity went down like an Olympic diver.

1. I wasn't able to fully wrap my head around the work I had to do.
2. I was on bed most of the time.
3. I wasn't able to attend to an important birthday dinner.
4. I had to cancel an appointment.
5. I haven't had any good workout for almost a week now.
6. I feel sluggish until now.

It's terrible how a sickness could affect every single thing in your life.

That's probably why they say "health is wealth."

I definitely need to take better care of my health. I don't want these things happening again.

For now, I'll just enjoy my recovery period.
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