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[INFOGRAPHIC] Becoming Legit: How to Get Verified on Twitter

[INFOGRAPHIC] Becoming Legit: How to Get Verified on Twitter

The Twitter badge is one of the most coveted achievements on the internet. That little blue checkmark serves as an virtual indicator that you are legitimate and verified. A Twitter Badge establishes a sense of trust between the account and the people that follow it. You may associate it with major celebrities or big brands and use it as a way to verify the account you’re following or looking at is ‘legit’. Twitter finally enabled the ability to request and verify accounts for all of us non-celebrity people. This has been a long time coming, as Facebook introduced verified badges in late 2015 to anyone who applied. It’s a smart idea to verify your business, and even yourself, on social media. Verifying is a quick and easy way to earn some internet cred, and it’s proof for potential clients that you truly are who you say you are– think of it like a little ID check for the internet— and now you can do it on Twitter. Surprisingly, it’s not too hard to apply, but it takes a few days to process and I’ll show you the same steps we took to verify our official Contactually Twitter page. Read on for how to get verified on Twitter: Step #1   Visit Twitter’s verification page. You will be prompted with a registration page which will allow you to begin the process to verify your account. Step #2 Choose the type of Twitter account you are trying to verify. This can be a personal account or business. If it is a business account, be sure to check the “company/brand/organization” box before...
7 Crucial Metrics to Measure for Follow-Ups

7 Crucial Metrics to Measure for Follow-Ups

When you send an email you are probably expecting a response. Sometimes that response comes, and sometimes all you hear are the sounds of crickets. The next proper step that you think of is to follow up. You want the answers to the questions you have. Or maybe you need the answers because they are vital to a business transaction. Maybe it’s not a questioning thing, but maybe the follow-up is vital to your networking skills. You need to stay top of mind with your contacts to grow your business. Don’t worry, you are not alone in this. We know these challenges all too well. You’ve sent dozens of follow-ups for one or both of the reasons above; how do you know if they are working? You’ve gotten a few replies, but some of your follow-ups are still hanging out in the ether of the dark email universe. Are you sending out follow-ups blindly? Or are you measuring the performance of your follow-ups? What are the metrics you need to keep tabs on so that your follow-ups get answered? Over the past year our users have sent millions of follow-ups out of Contactually and here are the top 7 metrics to measure for your follow-up performance. What you start measuring for your follow-ups… 1. # of Follow-Ups Sent How many follow-ups have you sent in the day or week? How many did you send before you got a response? Knowing the just how many follow-ups you have sent is important to your overall communication strategy. You’ll be able to see how many emails you are sending out in response to previous correspondence....
Top Tools & Apps That Get Our Users Through the Day

Top Tools & Apps That Get Our Users Through the Day

Sometimes all those apps and tools we have taking up space on our phones and tablets can be a bit distracting. How often are you grateful for an app or a crucial tool for keeping you on task or for making you more productive during your day? We’ve all had one of those days, where it seems the simple app we have keeping us on task is the only reason we were productive. Since we tend to get stuck using the same tools over and over again, we may be unaware of the other tools out there, or unwilling to try something different for fear of switching up our routine. There is a lot of time wasted at work, and you’d be surprised to know that some of the biggest culprits are some of the unnecessary things we end up having to do while at work…and not just checking on our Facebook’s. According to a study by Atlassian, at least 60% of our time at work is actually spent productively. If you’re working a 40 hour work week, that’s at least 24 hours spent not being productive. One of the biggest culprits? Answering and keeping your emails organized. That same study found that on average, it takes about 16 whole minutes to get back on track after being derailed by an incoming email. Okay, ready for the good news? We’ve got the master list of professionals from all different industries of the tools and apps they use to get through their day productively. We went out and asked a few of our customers what they thought about it and what...
Psychology Sunday: Forming Habits

Psychology Sunday: Forming Habits

A habit is a “settled regular tendency or practice” that happens routinely. There are good habits and bad habits. Probably the ones that stick out in our minds go to the negative, whether it’s biting out nails, smoking, logging on to social media sites all hours of the day, or obsessively checking our phones. As mentioned, there are good habits — flossing every night, exercising every morning, reading, and/or eating a healthy breakfast. Good habits do not only have to do with your physical wellbeing, they can be things you do habitually to help your mentality, your career, or even your overall network. How does a habit even work? How do habits forms? And more importantly, how can you form good habits? A couple of months ago we hosted a webinar on habit formation. In this webinar we focused on the science behind how habits are formed, how. Below, we’ve broken down one of the theories and how it can relate to your network. We’ve also included a helpful worksheet that you can download to practice this yourself. How to start forming habits… The model There are several different models on how habits are formed and different practices you can put into place. For example, their is BJ Fogg’s tiny habits, approaches in Carrots and Sticks, and methods in Nir Eyal’s book Hooked. The one we’re focusing on that we believe encompasses those and more is from Charles Duhigg’s book The Power of Habit. Duhigg in his book talks about the Habit loop, which you can see below. Each habit has different components in the loop and Duhigg breaks down...
How to Export Linkedin Contacts Out of Linkedin

How to Export Linkedin Contacts Out of Linkedin

With LinkedIn and Facebook shutting down their API, many software solutions haven’t been able to fully sync data from LinkedIn and Facebook. In relation to your network, we understand your contact base goes beyond your email, which is why the API shutdown affected the update of your contact database. Although, we’ve felt the effects of the API shutdown and gone through some alternative solutions to get our users the data they need, in this blog post we found a very easy way to get your contacts out of LinkedIn. There are some workarounds to get your contact information from your friends on Facebook, but your professional network — LinkedIn — how do you get the contact information out that network? This process is a little easier than Facebook, but it’s more controlled by LinkedIn. Check out below how to export LinkedIn contacts out of LinkedIn… Login to your LinkedIn account. Scroll over your profile picture and under that drop down click the second to last option “Privacy & Settings” Scroll down “Basics” and click the last option “Getting an archive of your data.” After clicking on “Getting an archive of your data,” you’ll be able to download the info you need. Click the blue download button. Once you’ve clicked the download button, you’ll see a response that says your data is being prepared for download and your request is pending. You’ll receive an email with your “first installment” with a file that contains messages, connections, and imported contacts. Look out in your inbox (the email that you used to sign up with your LinkedIn account) for this file. You should...
Sparking Joy: Spring Cleaning in Your Contact Database

Sparking Joy: Spring Cleaning in Your Contact Database

It’s not much of a secret that there’s a select few of us here at Contactually that love the KonMari Method of ‘tidying up’ and do our best to implement it into our lives and homes. For those of you not in the know, the KonMari Method was coined by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizer who’s debut book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, took the world by storm with her simple yet effective decluttering methodology. The key to it all? Whether or not the item ‘sparks joy.’ Kondo recently released Spark Joy, a companion to her first book, that guides you through the decluttering, tidying, and organizing process as you move throughout your home and to different items in your home….down to how to fold particular items of clothing and where to place them in your drawers. So where does that leave us? Sure, the KonMari Method is pretty easy to apply to your closet and that box full of paperwork you haven’t touched in three years. But can you make it work for you and the items in your life that can’t quite so easily be folded up and placed in a drawer? Perhaps like your contact list or your network? This year, don’t limit your spring cleaning just to your home, try it out on your address book as well…it may make a huge difference in your networking and segmenting in the coming year! Read on to organize contacts in your list… No two relationships can be treated the same, we’ve all learned that lesson. But this can be especially crucial when it comes to your business relationships, where one...