Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

Down the Foxhole - ActiveDen

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This Week’s Featured Author

Posted: 10 Jan 2012 04:03 PM PST

Congratulations to this week’s marketplace authors.

mim86Featured ActiveDen Author: mim86

This week’s featured author is mim86, who has 16 items, including the newest from the Cartoons category.
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ClassRecordsFeatured AudioJungle Author: ClassRecords

This week’s featured author is ClassRecords, who has 25 items, including the newest from the Individual category.
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MonkifyFeatured ThemeForest Author: Monkify

This week’s featured author is Monkify, who has 4 items, including the newest from the Business category.
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arlekseyFeatured VideoHive Author: arleksey

This week’s featured author is arleksey, who has 67 items, including the newest from the Grunge category.
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pacovitiello1Featured GraphicRiver Author: pacovitiello1

This week’s featured author is pacovitiello1, who has 11 items, including the newest from the Powerpoint Templates category.
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KonradRakowskiFeatured 3DOcean Author: KonradRakowski

This week’s featured author is KonradRakowski, who has 60 items, including the newest from the Toys and Games category.
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SiddharthFeatured CodeCanyon Author: Siddharth

This week’s featured author is Siddharth, who has 3 items, including the newest from the Media category.
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placdarmsFeatured Tutorials Author: placdarms

This week’s featured author is placdarms, who has 42 items, including the newest from the Motion Graphics category.
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ZigfFeatured PhotoDune Author: Zigf

This week’s featured author is Zigf, who has 4927 items.
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Are You Socially Engaging? The Life of the Party? Need Help?

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 11:00 PM PST

Do you identify with the word “geek”? Do you resemble any of the characters in that classic movie, “Revenge of the Nerds”? Has anyone ever labeled you as “socially awkward”?

Hopefully not! But since many of us work from home, it may be that our social skills aren’t getting the practice that they need. Given that social media is a major marketing strategy for most of us, I thought you might appreciate some pointers!

FreelanceSwitch have done just that. In an article called Are You a Natural at Social Media Marketing? author Melanie Brooks summarizes some lessons from a person who definitely does have social skills – Dave Kerpen, head of Likeable Media.

Dave identifies the sort of person who is great at social media:

The most successful person in social media is the same person who is the most successful person at a cocktail party.

Ouch! If that doesn’t sound like you, fret not! Dave has a bunch of tips for you. Take the time to learn from an expert. It may result in lots of extra sales!

Firstly, watch this video Dave did for Inc.com. It’s called “Tips on Social Media in 2012″.

Then read, memorize and practice the summary of his tips on FreelanceSwitch. The main points there are:

  • Be a good listener.
  • Tell good stories and jokes.
  • Be the life of the party.

Check out the whole article for the details. Here’s to being more effective with social media in 2012!

Show Your Appreciation: Envato.com

Posted: 09 Jan 2012 08:46 PM PST

Envato.com is the ideal place to discover everything and everyone in Envato. It is a complete directory of of Envato’s sites and team members. The site also has a useful press kit, with a PDF information pack, press releases, and contact button.

If you love exploring Envato.com, give it a shout-out in the comments!

Site Summary

The site starts with Envato’s mission, which I really love. It’s great to work for a company that’s committed to help people.

Our mission is to help people to earn and to learn, online. We operate marketplaces where hundreds of thousands of people buy and sell digital goods every day, and a network of educational blogs where millions learn creative skills.

Next comes a summary list of all our sites, including the Envato Marketplaces, the Tuts+ Network, FreelanceSwitch, AppStorm, Creattica, and Rockable Press, along with brief summaries of each site or site category. We’ll meet each of these in future posts.

Then comes my favorite section – the team. Working remotely in a large team of talented people who are scattered around the world is a lot of fun, but it’s easy to become disoriented. New people regularly join the team, positions change, and some people have names that are really hard to spell. I find myself visiting here regularly to check my facts.

After that comes our press section, which has a list of publications we’ve been featured in, useful information for journalists who want to write about us, and a contact form.

Being Social

If you’d like to keep up to date with what’s happening in the Envato world, you’ll find Envato on most social networks.

There’s always a lot going on, so follow us in multiple places so you don’t miss out!

So how do you make use of Envato.com? Let us know in the comments.

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