How I Took My Photos From Okay to Amazing!

Beautiful pictures, we all see them all the time and wish our photos were just as nice. In the age of amazing Instagram pages plastered with beautiful destinations, food and more it can be hard to not feel like your own photos just don’t stand out as well or pop. There are many photo editing programs out there to help in making beautiful photos, but they all come with their own complications. When you need to have courses to learn a program you know it’s going to be more complicated than just uploading a photo and making a few tweaks. These programs can also put a serious dent in your wallet.

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Using Insightly to Take My Blog To The Next Level!

Not long ago I wrote about Insightly being the best CRM tool for bloggers and small businesses. I wrote about how as a professional blogger I need to stay organized, especially as my blog grows. In my post Insightly: a Blogger's Best Friend! I highlighted just of few of the tools they offer that are essential to a successful and organized business. Yet I keep getting asked what else do they offer? It would be easier to ask what do they NOT offer.

I’ll be honest; when I first started using Insightly I probably used it in its most basic basic level. I used their tools to set up and track events, and projects, and I loved their detailed contact and organization lists. These tools were immensely helpful to me. 

Now however, I am finding that as useful and essential as these tools are, there are other features that I am finding just as important in my business needs. 

Notes on everything- 

I Love this feature for I am a note junkie. I like to write down EVERYTHING for you never know what will come in useful later on. Through Insighly I don’t have to worry about any of my notes getting misplaced. I can easily pull up all related notes for a project, contact, business, event etc at the click of a button to review whenever I need to. What I love even more is that in addition to Insightly’s note system my Evernote account perfectly syncs with Insightly as well! This is a big plus for me because I LOVE Evernote. 

Mobile access-

As a blogger I find that I use my mobile devices almost as much as mu computer for work. I can't tell you how crippling it can be to not be able to access key information like emails, contacts, notes etc... when I am away from home.  That’s why I LOVE that Insightly not only fully integrates with outlook and google, but it also has an easy to use Mobile access! Now I can have all the information I need whenever and wherever I need it. This has been such a help to me when I have to work away from home.

 

Tags and Linking-

Entering information is important, but even more so is having the information organized for easy access. This is especially true when I am negotiating with businesses, setting up events or working on special projects or posts. Insightly does this with their easy to use tags and linking tools. Tags are just a simple way to organize information around key words. Like if I am setting up a Giveaway, I can then tag the company sponsoring the giveaway item, other bloggers I am teaming up with, notes, emails and other information so I can pull it up all together. As for how linking works I think they sum it up best on their site when they say, “Unlike other CRMs, Insightly doesn't limit you to just creating hierarchical relationships. Insightly's unique (and extremely popular!) linking system lets you create multiple direct relationships between any of your items (i.e. emails, contacts, organizations, opportunities, projects) so that you get real-world, 360 degree view of your customers.” 

The best part is that Insightly is customizable for your needs. In addition to their FREE Service which is amazing they have various other service plans to meet your needs as you grow. You can check out their various plans HERE. Hopefully this has answered everyone’s questions on what MORE insightly has to offer to help us bloggers (and other small abusiveness become more successful! 

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Insightly: a Blogger's Best Friend!

As a blogger I am often trying to balance a lot of different tasks at once. Usually on a series of to do lists and personal spreadsheets. Quite frankly at times it can be a bit overwhelming. I know that if I don’t stay organized every moment, than too many things start to slip through my fingers. This is even truer when I am working with other people which is necessary for the growth of my blog. That’s why I am always trying to find ways to be more organized. This however is often easier said than done.

That is why I was so excited when I found out about insightly. What is insightly? It is a CRM (Customer relationship management). I had never heard of such a thing before, but am quickly realizing that it is my best friend when it comes to my blog. Why? insightly offers a ton of easy to use tools that help you to organize EVERYTHING from your tasks, projects and events to contacts, organizations, and emails all in an easy to use interface. Here are 3 of the tools that they offer that I now believe to be essential for a successful blog:

*Organization List: As a Blogger I often work with a lot of companies and organizations. With insightly you are able to view all the companies and organization you work with at a glance. This is really useful when you are trying to organize events, giveaways, reviews and more. I love how insightly even shows the logos of the companies/organizations you are working with for easier identification.
 

*Contact List: insightly has an awesome contact list that can be easily imported and exported when needed. What I love however is the details you can input when creating a contacts. In addition to the name, role, organization, contact info you can also add important dates to remember in association with this contact, personal notes and choose if only you can see it or others linked to your insightly Account. This is priceless information that can help you when you are reaching out to past contacts for that special deal you are trying to set up. 

*Events calendar: This calendar is great. At a glance you can see all your scheduled tasks and project milestones.  This is a big one for when you only have your tasks recorded in the list form it becomes easy to over book yourself or even miss an important deadline coming up. I often have tasks that have deadlines like when I do a giveaway or a review. With this awesome tool I am able to make sure I don’t overbook myself or miss deadlines.  

Like I said, these are just 3 of the many tools that insightly offers. If you are worried that the easy interface isn't easy enough for you (in the case that you have never used this kind of program before) hey have some great tutorials to walk you through step by step. They also offer product overview webinars every 2 weeks where people can see a live product demo! The BEST part is that you can set up an insightly account for FREE! Honestly, now that I have found out how awesome insightly is, I don't know how I worked without it. Try it out today to see for yourself!

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