In my last post, I shared a few tips to help you set yourself up for success as a remote-worker. But, getting setup is just the beginning. It takes organization, simplification and the help of several tools to stay efficient.

Here are the seven tools I rely on to be efficient, effective and to exceed expectations during any given workday:

Basecamp There is nothing more stressful than not having what you need, when you need it. Basecamp is a project management tool that helps you keep everything and everyone in one place. At SME Digital, the agency arm of Social Media Explorer, we use Basecamp for all client and internal projects. Having all communication, meeting notes, deliverables and files in one place, accessible to all internal team members and clients makes projects run smoothly. We also use the task feature that allows us to assign “to-dos” to specific people with a due date to serve as a reminder.

Danielle Terreri

About the author

Danielle Terreri specializes in helping brands deliver powerful, creative, and most importantly, effective, messages in the best way. Her passion for strategic communication and branding from ideation through execution aligns with her role as Content Marketing Manager at SME Digital, the digital consultancy behind Social Media Explorer. Danielle has results-driven experience in the social, digital and traditional marketing fields. She’s also the proud mother of Lola, a 12 pound Maltese-Shih Tzu, and is a world traveler always ready for the next adventure.

LinkedIn Misconnects Show that Automated Matching is Hard

by · July 9, 2014

I’ll report here on a LinkedIn error — it’s not a bug, it’s a flawed algorithm, significant although far from earth-shattering — that shows how difficult automated matching can be. I’ll then offer practical steps LinkedIn could take toward accurate matching.

Why should you read on? Not only because (I’m guessing) you have a LinkedIn profile, but also because in an “omni-channel” world, data matching — also known as data integration, data fusion, record linkage, and synthesis — is central to meeting everyday social and enterprise business challenges.

Two Mismatches

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LinkedIn reminders for marketers

by · July 8, 2014

Of late, I have been bombarded with a number of unsolicited sales messages from people I do not know on LinkedIn. And I am not even talking about the hundreds of generic “Connect with me on LinkedIn” connection requests from people I do not know that I get in a given month. This is straight up sales pitches via LinkedIn’s platform. I am talking “Buy now” stuff and “Hire our firm to do xyz”. And it is annoying to say the least. It makes me use LinkedIn less. I am growing tired of getting mail that I don’t want in exchange for being visible to people I used to work with. It is a dangerous place for LinkedIn. It is possible that this is happening because people see an opportunity to use the LinkedIn platform to go deeper within their marketing efforts and launch direct marketing via the channel. Sounds awesome in theory, but like the email channel, people do not like unexpected solicitation in their inboxes. No one signed up for your sales pitch and just because we share a group does not give blanket permission to directly solicit people. LinkedIn is supposed to be about relationships and networking. And too many of us are skipping that part and trying to go directly to the sale. We should not skip that step…it’s the whole idea of LinkedIn! With that, here are a few reminders for marketers to be better marketers on LinkedIn. There are five things you can do that will increase your chances of getting my attention and not getting marked as spam and ending up in LinkedIn Jail

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Need Help Finding Work? See A Bank. Yes, A Bank.

by · July 7, 2014

The cornerstone of strong content marketing or even more specifically social media marketing is providing value to your audience. Talking about you almost never accomplishes that. Finding ways to talk about them is where you need to focus. However, you’ll need to be ready to face the fact that often times the value you provide may have little connection to the product or service you sell.

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Four innovation traps to avoid

by · July 3, 2014

We work with a number of very large organizations that strive to innovate in their category. Innovation is an awesome buzzword. One that gets shareholders excited. There are in fact whole departments at some companies dedicated to innovation. In addition to large organizations, I’ve also been involved with start ups of late who have laid out their sole purpose to change the way things are done in various industries…you, know disruptors. And these two entities, large companies and small startups do things so completely differently, but the ones that really come through and innovate and disrupt, they have either avoided these traps, or were nimble enough to escape the trap quickly and adjust.

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Why we abolished our vacation policy

by · July 2, 2014

We recently made a big change for all of our employees of Social Media Explorer | SME Digital. We completely abolished our vacation policy. That’s right, we just blew it up completely. There were a lot of reasons for this decision that really go to the heart of how we treat our employees that I thought were worth discussing with our readers.

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The Three Approaches To Making Money

by · July 1, 2014

There are really only three approaches to making money online or offline. The trick is figuring out which approach you are cut out for. No, I’m not talking specific actions to produce revenue. I’m talking big picture approaches. But it does boil down to three.

1. Create Original Content

These are artists and artisans, musicians, moviemakers and writers. Your content is so unique, so valuable, that you can simply publish or produce it and the masses will buy. This group of people are gifted, unique and rare.

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The Future of Social Media Apps

by · June 30, 2014

According to a study by Flurry Analytics, usage of messaging and social media apps grew by 203%, the largest year-to-year increase among the categories of apps analyzed in the study. With more people staying connected, social media apps are influencing our relationships and daily routines.

Here’s a look at how social media apps are changing people’s lives.

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Seven Tips For Leading A Team That Works Remotely

by · June 27, 2014

Last week, our team member Danielle Terreri wrote a fantastic post full of tips for working remotely. Today I’d like to continue this topic with some tips on managing remotely. As the Director of Client Services for SME Digital, I head up our account management team. A team that is currently spread out across three states and two countries. The very definition of a remote team (I’m in Sayulita, Mexico for the month in case anyone’s curious). Here are some of the tips I abide by for leading this group of outstanding individuals.

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