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Ever since I started the business I have had the mission “to clean up the internet”

Now that remains and added to it is to prove that magic existed in every business. Because it does. Business is there to serve a purpose and people are there to bring that product or service to customers or clients. And we are there to make sure that message is clear, memorable and shows the best of the truth.

Cleaning up the internet

This meant replacing all those badly designed websites which people either were embarrassed about or should be with new effective websites which were well designed, easy to use, clear, effective, and quick to load and navigate.

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and beyond

Here is a trick I play a lot when I need to get things done. I choose a number – I like 8 because to me it’s lucky.

Always start with a list

In my Moleskine diary, I make a list of a few tasks and use these goals to batch my activities. Then I power through them like a demon and only take a break when I have done that batch. It feels great and then I can brag to friends and Twitter folk about how I just completed 8 whatever-it-was.

Why cross out when you can highlight?

I then use a highlighter pen to highlight the tasks I have done. Using the higlighter just feels more positive than crossing it out. It’s a little celebration!

Now you can try it!

To help you lovely readers out I made a list of examples of some of the things I do – all using the number 8 (except for the big time consuming which use the number 3).

Within each aspect of your business – your marketing, sales, operations, team, IT and accounting – paying attention to numbers brings ultimate rewards.

We are focused on marketing here at Top Left Design, and through the design work we create, and social media and content marketing advice we give, we see the magic in the numbers.

Here are 6 ways to use numbers to help your business sales and marketing success:

Ever wanted to spend 1 hour at Top Left Design, but really only had 2.5 minutes?

Today, Michael put up his iPhone 4S with Olloclip fisheye lens up on our office door using a Gorrillapod and Glif+ mount to hold it in place.

Then he took a timelapse movie of us working away like the busy bees that we are. We also wanted to send a special mention to Amy who works in our Cape Town Office and hasn’t physically been in our new London office yet.

We did have time to wave at all you lovely folk. It’s good to be famous! Check out the video. it’s truly awesome!

 

“At one point, 50% of the CD’s produced worldwide had an AOL logo on it.”

Ahhh those were the days… Remember when an AOL CD came free with everything from a newspaper to a loaf of bread? You wouldn’t be able to get out of your house in the morning due to the pile of pointless shiny discs underneath your letterbox. On occasion, you had to take days off school or work whilst digging your way out. Our postman would feed us Mars bars through the letterbox. Digital snow days were such a nuisance in the 90s.

I think everyone knows what I’m talking about. It cost over $300 million to produce these CDs, and to what end? There were the obvious “green” issues, which are hard to ignore when you’re wasting that amount of plastic (and card packaging). I can honestly say that I never once actually used an AOL CD for it’s intended purpose – and I wasn’t alone – gaze upon the AOL Throne, or these alternate 61 uses for the spam CDs.

Which browser do you use? (Poll)

Here at Top Left Design, we need to keep on top of many different browsers – websites can look different depending on which one you use!

While the less tech-savvy Windows users amongst you may still be using Internet Explorer (*ahem*), most of you will have no doubt experimented with different browsers.

With so many available, which one do you prefer to use?

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