7 Gifts for My Marketing Homies

It’s that wonderful time of year, the holidays! And while I couldn’t send all of you a tin of my chocolate chip cookies, I did rustle up seven marketing gifts to help you be productive, organized, inspired and even kick writer’s block in the butt. Better yet, they’re all free (or have some version of “free”) and are Web-based.

It’s that wonderful time of year, the holidays! And while I couldn’t send all of you a tin of my chocolate chip cookies, I did rustle up seven marketing gifts to help you be productive, organized, inspired and even kick writer’s block in the butt. Better yet, they’re all free (or have some version of “free”) and are Web-based.

Noisli
1. Noisli
Sometimes having music on with lyrics messes you up when you’re trying to write. How many times have you found yourself typing the lyrics, or going back over your post only to find the most horrific typos? But if you work in a busy office, it can be really hard to block out all of the outside noise. Try Noisli. It’s available for free online, or you can pick it up in the app store for a small (and totally worth it!) fee. You’re able to listen to a variety of environment sounds, as well as blend them together. Above is my special blend of waves lapping on a lake shore, nighttime bug sounds and the final, most important sound: a crackling fire. This transports me back to sitting around a campfire in the Adirondacks, and I can tackle just about anything.

Sass Marketing Trello Board
2. Trello
Trello does many fantastic things, but for blogging, I like to use it to organize my ideas into simple boards. As you can see above, I have a board for ideas, a board for Creative Cage Match potential opponents, and then a board of completed posts. Better yet, there is a free app you can download so if inspiration strikes you in line for a cup of coffee, you can jot it down and keep it organized. And just to be clear, I am glossing over many of the other features, such as collaboration boards, tasks, images, etc. One thing I won’t forget to mention: Trello has a “spokes-husky,” his name is Taco, sometimes they use his name in the from line in emails, and it’s the best.

Stupid Desk by Deep Dark Hole3. Stupid Desk
Created by Philly game developer and design maven Will Stallwood, Stupid Desk allows you to zen out and practice knolling. Not up on knolling? It’s the process of arranging related objects in parallel or 90-degree angles as a method of organization. I found it to be surprisingly therapeutic and mind-quieting, so this might be a great activity to do before digging deep into your next post. (Above is my first attempt at knolling).

The 9 Stages of Writing a Blog Post, Demonstrated by Minions

It’s a Friday afternoon in summer, the office feels like a winter night on Pluto, and we technically got out of work an hour early today but I’m still here, determined to provide you all with top-quality blog content. … And so, I present: “A Copywriter’s Journey, As Told By Minions.”

Honestly? I’ve always wanted to do a Buzzfeed-esque “name stuff and include a gif” type of post. Because I’m a (say it with me everybody …) Millennial! It’s what we do.

It’s a Friday afternoon in summer, the office feels like a winter night on Pluto, and we technically got out of work an hour early today but I’m still here, determined to provide you all with top-quality blog content, so that day is clearly today.

And what better to use as my visual than the yellow-and-blue plague (admittedly adorable plague) that seems to have swept every visible surface of the earth? The Minions. Can’t look anywhere these days without seeing them in all their overalled glory, so why not my blog, too?

They don’t speak any discernible language, but somehow they speak to our hearts. And so, I present: “A Copywriter’s Journey, As Told By Minions.”

1. The Blank Page

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This guy is like, 97 percent of the full process for me.

2. The Lightbulb Moment

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“Yes … a blog post with MINIONS … it’s genius!”

3. The Part Where Words Start to Happen (AKA The False Sense of Security)

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Oh, you’ve totally got this. Nothing to worry about at all.

4. The Self Doubt

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“On second thought, this is literally the worst idea I’ve ever had in my entire life.”

5. The Dreaded Writer’s Block

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I’ve actually never seen a better representation.

6. The Approaching Deadline

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EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7. This Stage

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Needs no explanation.

8. The Second Wave

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It might be 10 minutes to press time (do we still have those on the Internet?), but you’ve got this for real this time.

9. PARTY TIME

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WEEEEEEE ARE THE CHAAAAAMPIOOONS MY FRIIIEEEEENDS …

And all that’s left is to wake up tomorrow and do it all over again! Thanks for the help, Minions. I’ll see you on every billboard, fast food advertisements, and I’ll see you at the movies! (And virtually everywhere else.)

Minions © 2015 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS.