11 Blockchain Companies You Should Be Paying Attention To

Even though blockchain is arguably one of the most revolutionary emerging technologies right now, do you think you could name a blockchain company off the top of your head? It’s hard to name more than a handful of blockchain companies today — the cryptocurrency and blockchain space are still relatively new, so most blockchain companies don’t get a lot of exposure. But let’s say blockchain explodes in popularity soon. Knowing which companies already make headlines and which ones are due for some press would be useful — if you know which blockchain companies are poised for success and which ones aren’t, you’ll be more likely to pick the right blockchain company for your business and the right crypto assets for your investment portfolio. With that in mind, read on to learn about the 11 blockchain companies you should be paying attention to today. 11 Blockchain Companies You Should Be Paying Attention To 1. Steem Steem is like YouTube on blockchain, but instead of paying content creators in fiat currency, publishers use Steem to pay content creators in STEEM, the platform’s cryptocurrency, which is easily convertible to Bitcoin and Ether. Similar to how YouTube pays top content producers to create the platform’s best videos, publishers who use Steem can reward their top content creators and curators for publishing popular content. To prove that Steem can be the future of content monetization, they built a social media network called Steemit on their platform. Steemit is still in Beta, but it has attracted over 920,000 users who publish more than 1.5 million posts each month. Steem has also paid content creators over...

25 Case Study Examples Every Marketer Should See

The saying “lead by example” is important in politics and leadership roles — and it’s also critical in marketing. Sure, you can tell potential customers your marketing team is the best at running YouTube campaigns or effectively increasing a website’s cost-per-acquisition (CPA), but until you offer examples, they’re going to have a hard time believing you. Putting together a compelling case study is one of the most powerful strategies for showcasing your marketing skills and attracting future customers. But it’s easier said than done — you’ve executed the campaign, you’ve collected the results, now what? To help you create an attractive and high-converting case study, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites. Take a look, and let these examples inspire your next brilliant case study design. 1. “Shopify Uses HubSpot CRM to Transform High Volume Sales Organization,” by HubSpot What’s interesting about this case study is the way it leads with the customer. That reflects a major HubSpot credo, which is to always solve for the customer first. The copy leads with a brief description of why Shopify uses HubSpot, and is accompanied by a short video and some basic statistics on the company. Notice that this case study uses mixed-media. Yes, there is a short video, but it’s elaborated upon in the additional text on the page. So while your case studies can use one or the other, don’t be afraid to combine written copy with visuals to emphasize the project’s success. 2. “Designing the Future of Urban Farming,” by IDEO Here’s a design company that knows how to lead with simplicity in its case...

Your Bookmarkable Guide to Social Media Image Sizes

When you’re selecting cover photos, shared images, and other social media assets, knowing the basic image dimensions might not cut it. What if you want to make sure a certain part of your cover photo isn’t obstructed by your profile photo? And what’s the difference between shared link thumbnails, or in-stream photos — are the dimensions different for those? As it turns out, sizing images correctly for social media is no simple task. Even just for Facebook marketing, photo dimensions vary according to where and how it’s shared — from cover photos, to timeline images, to profile pictures. But if you’re looking for a detailed guide on social media image sizes, you’re in luck. See a written list of essential social media image dimensions below, sorted by social network and the type of image you’re posting.   Social Media Image Sizes All image dimensions below are in pixels, width x height. Facebook Image Dimensions | File Sizes Cover image: 820 x 312 (minimum 400 x 150) Profile image: ≥180 x 180 Shared post image: 1200 x 630 Shared link preview image: 1200 x 628 Event image: 1920 x 1080 With 1.5 billion daily active users, Facebook continues to outpace other social media channels. The images you use here are crucial — choosing a lower-quality one can make or break your engagement. Pro tip: The way images display on your own timeline might look different. Your profile image will appear 170 x 170 on desktop, and 32 x 32 as a thumbnail associated with your Facebook posts. Twitter Image Dimensions | File Sizes Header image: 1500 x 500 | maximum...

I Looked at Everything Google Is Tracking on Me. Here’s What I Found.

When data privacy began making headlines this year, many people had a closer look at their app settings. Questions like, “Is Facebook listening to my phone calls?” and “How much ownership do I have over my data?” began to arise, with users scrambling to switch off location tracking, download their social data files, and considering deleting certain apps altogether. When I downloaded my own Facebook data, for example, and saw the extent of information it has about me — I also turned off certain settings, and not just on that social network. On Google, too, I paused what it calls Location History: its ability to save your mobile device location history to better personalize your maps (if you use Google Maps, it’s safe to assume) and “recommendations based on places you’ve visited.” But here’s the thing: According to a new report from the Associated Press (AP), some mobile Google services — like maps and browsers — could be automatically storing your location data, even if you’ve paused Location History. So how (and why) is Google still storing this information — even with these settings turned off? And what, exactly, does Google know about me? I decided to take a closer look. I Looked at Everything Google Is Tracking on Me. Here’s What I Found. A Bit of Background When users first opt to pause Google’s Location History, they’ll receive a message that reads, “some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other Google services, like Search and Maps.” That’s where this information is being stored — in a setting, it turns out, under Web & App Activity. While the...

The Ultimate Guide to Confidence

“To establish true self-confidence, we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.” — Denis Waitley I know what you’re thinking … easier said than done, right? Nobody is born with high or low self-confidence. Confidence is a feeling that people develop and work on over time. For most people, confidence is something that comes and goes. Think about it in terms of a cycle: When someone is at the top of the cycle, they are focused on their successes and accomplishments, meaning they might feel confident and strong. But when they are at the bottom of their cycle, they are focused on their failures and may feel low self-confidence or even defeat. If you can identify with the feeling I’m referring to at the bottom of the confidence cycle, know you’re not alone. Everyone struggles with self-confidence every now and then. The key is realizing that confidence is like a muscle — the more you work on it, the easier it will become for you to use and maintain. This article will teach you why everyone should work on their self-confidence, and it’ll provide you with ways to build your self-confidence. But first — what is self-confidence? What is Self-Confidence? Self-confidence is the feeling you have when you strut into a job interview knowing you’re going to impress the hiring manager. A person feels confident when they believe they can successfully do something by applying their judgement, knowledge, and prior experiences. How Does Self Confidence Impact Your Life? Think about a time when you felt extremely confident in your ability...

45 Quotes That Celebrate Teamwork, Hard Work, and Collaboration

We’ve all been a part of that group project. You know, the project where one person takes the lead, leading some members to conclude their ideas are unwelcome, while a select few ride the others’ coattails. Thanks to experiences like this, it’s no surprise why so many people have been scarred by the nightmares of past group projects. And yet, something incredible happens when teamwork happens the way it’s supposed to happen. Things change when everyone on the team is equally invested in the overall purpose and goal. You find yourself working faster, finding mistakes more easily, and innovating better. Ultimately, you reach a point where you’re certain each person on your team has your back — and both your job satisfaction and performance skyrocket. (Getting inbound certified doesn’t hurt, either.) Quotes About Collaboration “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napolean Hill “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.” – Mother Teresa To inspire your team to band together and celebrate collaboration, we’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes on the power of teamwork. Flip...