A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

A Brief History of Productivity: How Getting Stuff Done Became an Industry

Anyone who’s ever been a teenager is likely familiar with the question, “Why aren’t you doing something productive?” If only I knew, as an angsty 15-year-old, what I know after conducting the research for this article. If only I could respond to my parents with the brilliant retort, “You know, the idea of productivity actually dates back to before the 1800s.” If only I could ask, “Do you mean ‘productive’ in an economic or modern context?” Back then, I would have been sent to my room for “acting smart.” But today, I’m a nerdy adult who is curious to know where today’s widespread fascination with productivity comes from. There are endless […]

From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 13 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

From Coffee Shops to Cat Videos: 13 Unexpected Productivity Hacks That Actually Work

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how my day was. “Busy, but productive,” I replied. But what did that even mean? I suppose what I’d really meant was that all I did was work: I got to work early, worked through lunch, broke for dinner, and then proceeded to sign back online to wrap a few things up after that. And now that I think about it, I barely even moved. Many of us have this distorted idea of productivity where the more hours you put in, the more work you put out. The less you socialize during the day, the more work you put out. The less you move during the day, the […]

What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

What Do Dolphins Eat? Lessons from How Kids Search — Best of Whiteboard Friday

We’re bringing back this slightly different-from-the-norm Whiteboard Friday, in which the fantastic Will Critchlow shares lessons from how kids search. Kids may search differently than adults, but there are some interesting insights from how they use Google that can help deepen our understanding of searchers in general. Comfort levels with particular search strategies, reading only the bold words, taking search suggestions and related searches as answers — there’s a lot to dig into.   Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Hi, everyone. I’m Will Critchlow, founder and CEO of Distilled, and this week’s Whiteboard Friday is a little bit different. I […]

Google Maps Goes Social Giving Each User Their Own Profile via @MattGSouthern

Google Maps Goes Social Giving Each User Their Own Profile via @MattGSouthern

Google Maps is giving users their own profiles that other users can follow which compiles all their submitted photos, videos, and reviews.  / 1 second ago Google is turning Maps into a social network of sorts by giving each user their own profile filled with photos and reviews they’ve submitted. This is an extension of a pilot feature rolled out last year that allowed users to follow select Local Guides and get their latest updates. Following the success of the pilot launch, Google is expanding this functionality worldwide to all users. “Today we’re expanding this feature and beginning to roll it out globally. If a Google Maps user has shared photos, […]

LinkedIn’s Sharing API is Broken, Not Fetching Images via @MattGSouthern

LinkedIn’s Sharing API is Broken, Not Fetching Images via @MattGSouthern

There are currently issues with sharing links on LinkedIn, as its sharing API is not fetching display images. The issue was discovered just today by Search Engine Journal’s lead developer Vahan Petrosyan. This issue appears to be affecting recently published content only. The issue does not occur when older content is shared. Here’s an example of the error in action where you can see the difference between an older link and a new link shared in the main feed. To confirm this is a widespread error we ran a number of links across a variety of sites through LinkedIn’s Post Inspector tool. The tool allows users to submit a link […]

16 Important Ways to Use Case Studies in Your Marketing

16 Important Ways to Use Case Studies in Your Marketing

When you’re thinking about investing in a product or service, what’s the first thing you do? Usually, it’s one or both of the following: You’ll likely ask your friends whether they’ve tried the product or service, and if they have, whether they would recommend it. You’ll also probably do some online research to see what others are saying about said product or service. Nowadays, 90% of consumers used the internet to find a local business in the last year, and 82% of consumers read online reviews. This shows that the majority of people are looking to peers to make a purchasing decision.Most customers know that a little online research could spare them from a bad experience […]

Google Highlights Black-Owned Businesses in Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google Highlights Black-Owned Businesses in Search Results via @MattGSouthern

Google is extending its support for Black-owned businesses an update to Google My Business and an announcements of two new initiatives. Businesses in the US with a verified Google My Business profile will be able to add a “Black-owned” attribute for everyone to see. In addition, as part of a $300 million commitment to support underrepresented entrepreneurs, the attribute will be added to Google’s digital skills training programs offered to Black business owners. Through the Google for Startups Accelerator for Black Founders, Google is starting work with its first group of 12 startups. Here’s more information about each of these announcements. Black-owned Attribute in Google My Business With this update […]