Contently Review: Why I Don't Think Contently is a Smart Content Marketing Platform for Businesses

Contently Review: Why I Don't Think Contently is a Smart Content Marketing Platform for Businesses

I love Contently as a brand. They’ve been on the content marketing scene early doing really smart stuff. Not only do they have great content themselves with an industry-leading blog, but they also host cool events for content marketers. I had the privilege of attending one in San Francisco where Facebook talked about their content marketing strategy and we all went home with content marketing swag. I even hired Contently as a platform years ago for two different brands I’ve worked for as the Head of Content.

But, I do have a little secret. I’ve always thought it was a bit ridiculous that brands actually pay Contently’s high prices. And now, it’s not a platform I’d recommend to my First Page clients. Hear me out.

How to Build a Creative Agency from Scratch

How to Build a Creative Agency from Scratch

Are you currently working at an agency with clients that don’t understand creative or “out-of-the-box” thinking? Maybe they have a very limited brand that hinders creativity? Maybe you just don’t agree with traditional agencies’ way of business. You might have your own unique opinion and skills in design, illustration, brand, photography, etc. And you just want to do things your way. Starting your own agency is achievable now more than ever.

So, how can you start building yours?

I’ve gathered four simple things you can start working on today to launch the creative agency of your dreams: this year.

Inbound Marketing Toolbox: Kick-Ass Tools for Remote Teams & Digital Nomads

Inbound Marketing Toolbox: Kick-Ass Tools for Remote Teams & Digital Nomads

Let’s not fool ourselves. As online marketers, our job is not always a walk in the park — even if we do sometimes get to do it from home or far-off, remote places. Between answering many client and internal emails, keeping up on every-changing technology and strategies, working on that next one-of-a-kind campaign that hits it out of the park, or simply communicating internally across the coasts, we are always looking for a way to just...make life easier (and make us smarter)! Between the remote working team at First Page, we compiled our extensive industry experience and busted out a useful list of top-notch tools that we use daily or monthly and won’t break the bank. Check ‘em out!

Photo Series Part 3: How to Crop your Photos into Eye-catching Images

Photo Series Part 3: How to Crop your Photos into Eye-catching Images

Editing your iPhone photography can turn boring, dull photos into awesome, eye-catching visuals for your small business. However, if you don’t have expert photo composition to begin with, photo editing will only get you so far. Even if your original snapped photo isn’t exceptional, you can often crop the photo to create a composition that is interesting to your viewer. In the third and final installment of our photo series, I’ll teach you some basic cropping skills to create compelling images for your brand.

Photo Series Part 2: Photo Editing Tools & Tips for Non-Creatives

Photo Series Part 2: Photo Editing Tools & Tips for Non-Creatives

If you’ve attempted to take professional photos for your small business but they’re just not cutting it, you’re probably missing out on the world of iPhone editing. The iPhone is known for its ability to capture high-quality photography because of the technology behind the phone and its apps.

Some of the best photographers in the world shoot using only an iPhone and editing apps. But the great news for you is that it doesn’t take a professional photographer to master the world of iPhone editing. All you need is a great photo editing app and the right tools, and you too can create professional photos.

Photo Series Part 1: How to Take Professional Quality Photos with your iPhone

Photo Series Part 1: How to Take Professional Quality Photos with your iPhone

Professional, high-quality images are critical to your small business marketing and branding strategy. When people hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. If a relevant image is paired with that same information, however, people retained 65% of the information three days later.

From content marketing to social media and website graphics, killer photography should be a pillar of your brand strategy. But don’t assume you have to hire an expensive photographer to get product shots. With the technology built into iPhone cameras and editing apps, you can achieve professional looking photos by just using your phone.

16 Skills that Make you a Proficient Digital Marketer

16 Skills that Make you a Proficient Digital Marketer

For many people, digital marketing is a dream job.

With the onset of many technology company perks and telecommuting jobs, digital marketers can make a six figure salary, have unlimited vacation and enjoy a flexible schedule that allows them to work from home — or even across the world as a digital nomad.

If you’re looking to get a new job as a digital marketer this year, make a career change, leave a desk job to travel as a remote digital worker, or improve your skills at your current digital marketing job — I’m here to help. I was able to grow my digital marketing career and take the plunge in 2016 to start my own business and travel and work in another country as a remote digital marketer.

Conquer Small Business Automation With These 12 Tools & Apps

Conquer Small Business Automation With These 12 Tools & Apps

Because it’s becoming increasingly easier to automate previously time-consuming and clunky business tasks, there’s never been a better time to be a small business owner than in 2016. Technology platforms provide hundreds of ways to run your business from the cloud, creating more efficient processes that save small business owners time and money. And really, what’s better than making more money and having more time? But, with so many options for tools, it can be hard to know what exactly to use for your business. I’ve gathered a list of the best small business tools  — at the best price point for scrappy budgets: