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Marketing / June 20, 2017 How to Keep Your Computer's Desktop Clean & Organized: 7 Helpful Tips
How to Keep Your Computer's Desktop Clean & Organized: 7 Helpful Tips

By Carly Stec

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If you fell behind on your spring cleaning this year, it's okay -- so did I. I haven't put away my winter coats, I haven't unpacked all of my moving boxes, and I haven't cleaned my computer's desktop lately.

You know what I'm talking about -- all those forgotten documents and miscellaneous screenshots that have been slowly taking over our screens for weeks -- and sometimes, even months.

Hoarding files on your desktop not only makes it challenging to locate what you need when you need it, but it can also compromise the speed of your ... Read More

Marketing / June 14, 2017 How to Avoid Burnout at Work: 7 Strategies from HubSpot’s Manager of Culture
How to Avoid Burnout at Work: 7 Strategies from HubSpot’s Manager of Culture

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

Doesn't it seem like we don't go a day without hearing about employee burnout -- mostly what a problem it is?

In a survey conducted last year by Morar Consulting, 95% of human resources professionals blamed the loss of good employees on job burnout. Headlines call it a “crisis.” Type the words “employee burnout” into the Google search bar, and one of the autocomplete phrases likely ends with, “is becoming a huge problem.”

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Marketing / June 7, 2017 12 Brainstorming Techniques for Unearthing Better Ideas From Your Team
12 Brainstorming Techniques for Unearthing Better Ideas From Your Team

By Corey Wainwright

If you want to hold brainstorms that unearth better, more creative ideas, it all starts with the people in the room. Like, the actual number of people in the room.

That's my first tip for you: Follow the "pizza rule" for brainstorming. If you're unfamiliar with the "pizza rule," it's the idea that if you have more people in a room than you could feed with a pizza, there are too many people in that room to hold a productive meeting.

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Marketing / May 22, 2017 10 Job Interview Questions to Stop Asking Candidates
10 Job Interview Questions to Stop Asking Candidates

By Sophia Bernazzani

When I get a job interview, there's a lot to prepare. I diligently research the company and my interviewers, pore over Glassdoor interview questions, and print out copies of my resume and portfolio.

When I interview someone else, it’s easier to prepare. I don’t have to put together the perfect outfit, I don’t have to worry about how to find the restroom, and at the end of the day, I don’t have to worry about if I got the job or not.

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Marketing / April 3, 2017 22 Writing GIFs All Content Marketers Will Understand
22 Writing GIFs All Content Marketers Will Understand

By Ellie Burke

Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury once said, “I’ve never worked a day in my life. The joy of writing has propelled me from day to day and year to year.”

While content creation can be a true source of joy for marketers, there are unique challenges that crop up along the way that few others would understand. Whether it’s a creative block, a harsh critique, or an impending deadline, some days can feel like an uphill battle.

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Marketing / March 3, 2017 Dagnabbit: Why We Love Marketers Who Curse
Dagnabbit: Why We Love Marketers Who Curse

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

We’ve been together for a while now, Marketing Blog readers. I’ve shared stories with you about business school, my surprise revelation that I’m an introvert, and other personal tidbits here and there. Here's one that I hope won't lower your opinion of me: I have a bit of a potty mouth.

My first instinct is to apologize for it. But then, I came across new research that shows a strong correlation between cursing and authenticity in character.

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Marketing / February 21, 2017 How to Be Productive After a Long Weekend
How to Be Productive After a Long Weekend

By Sophia Bernazzani

What could be better than a three-day holiday weekend? Whether you decide to staycation at home or take advantage of the time off by visiting a new place, most people would agree that getting an extra vacation day is a good thing.

The trouble is, once you get back into the office to a deluge of emails and only four days left to get your job done, it can feel overwhelming.

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Marketing / December 20, 2016 10 of the Best Out-of-Office Messages We Could Find
10 of the Best Out-of-Office Messages We Could Find

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

When it comes to the final days before vacation, people tend to fall into one of two camps: 1) those who watch the clock incessantly, and 2) those who are so busy before they leave, they might even forget to put up an out-of-office email message.

If you're anything like I am, you probably fall into team two. That doesn't leave a lot of time to get creative. But if you plan ahead, you might be able to craft some hilarity.

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Marketing / December 16, 2016 How Slack Became The Fastest Growing Business App of All Time [Infographic]
How Slack Became The Fastest Growing Business App of All Time [Infographic]

By Sophia Bernazzani

The Ministry of Magic in "Harry Potter" used enchanted paper airplanes. The offices of Sterling Cooper in "Mad Men" used secretaries. Today's modern (and nonfiction) offices rely increasingly on messaging apps for inter-office communcation.

One such app is Slack, a real-time messaging app that's currently used by more than 90,000 different companies. Slack skyrocketed in popularity, making it the fastest-growing workplace software application ever.

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Marketing / December 9, 2016 What Not To Do at Your Company Holiday Party
What Not To Do at Your Company Holiday Party

By Sophia Bernazzani

Ah, December: a month filled with festive decorations, hot chocolate, and the long-awaited company holiday party. 

Company holiday parties are a fun occasion to celebrate the season with your friends, family, and colleagues. However, even if the party has all of the trappings of an event you would throw at your home, such as food, alcohol, and party games, it’s still a work function.

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Marketing / November 24, 2016 5 Ways to Explain Inbound Marketing to Your Family This Thanksgiving
5 Ways to Explain Inbound Marketing to Your Family This Thanksgiving

By Amanda Zantal-Wiener

When Thanksgiving rolls around, there are a few questions that we don't exactly look forward to hearing. "When are you getting married?" "When am I getting grandchildren?" "Have you been moisturizing?"

And yet, none of those oh-so-polite questions even come close to the complexity of explaining what, as an inbound marketer, you actually do for a living.

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Marketing / October 26, 2016 26 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Tech Geeks & Marketers
26 Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costume Ideas for Tech Geeks & Marketers

By Sophia Bernazzani

Halloween is a fun holiday, and it doesn't get the attention it deserves. Halloween doesn't have recognizable songs or vacation days associated with it, and it falls on a busy time of year for most people in the workforce. (For example, here at HubSpot, we're currently gearing up for INBOUND 2016.)

But that doesn't mean you should skip the festivities at your office Halloween celebration.

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Marketing / September 22, 2016 15 of the Best Slack Apps, Integrations & Bots to Try
15 of the Best Slack Apps, Integrations & Bots to Try

By Lindsay Kolowich

These days, teams of all shapes and sizes -- from NASA to charity: water -- are using the real-time messaging app Slack as a tool for communication and collaboration.

Over the past few years, it's become a robust platform thanks to all of the fun and useful integrations folks have built on top of it. Nowadays, there's a whole lot of really cool stuff you can do in Slack, from polling your teammates, to tracking bugs, to adding GIFs to your conversations.

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Marketing / September 7, 2016 Are You Addicted to Work? [Flowchart]
Are You Addicted to Work? [Flowchart]

By Lindsay Kolowich

How many of you out there wrestle with the urge to work outside of normal working hours?

If you have a hard time taking a break from work to the point where your physical and mental health are on the decline, it's very possible you're actually addicted to work. And you wouldn't be alone: 27% of workers claim to be workaholics, and an estimated 10% might be clinically considered work addicts.

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Marketing / September 6, 2016 The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]
The Best Time of Day to Do Everything, According to Science [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

We often talk about optimizing your website and optimizing your marketing ... but what about optimizing your day?

Think about all the things you do in a given day, from eating meals and cleaning your apartment to brainstorming ideas and holding meetings. Believe it or not, there's an optimum time of day to complete every single one of these activities.

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Marketing / August 30, 2016 How to Get Caught Up on Email After Vacation: 9 Helpful Tips
How to Get Caught Up on Email After Vacation: 9 Helpful Tips

By Lindsay Kolowich

There's nothing that squashes vacation bliss quite like coming home to a crazy inbox.

One minute, you're reminiscing about the stunning sunset you caught on your last night. The next, you're scrolling through an overwhelming number of unread emails, desperately trying to discern which ones you actually need to read and wondering why on earth you thought it was okay to take vacation in the first place.

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Marketing / July 25, 2016 10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]
10 Handy Gmail Tips That'll Help You Stay Organized & Productive [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Gmail is one of the most popular email clients for webmail right now -- and with good reason. It's one of the most powerful and reliable email clients available, and makes checking and organizing email easy. (And dare I say fun?)

But there are a whole lot of cool things you can do in Gmail that not a lot of people know about.

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Marketing / July 15, 2016 How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]
How & When People Use Their Favorite Devices [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

I know, I know. It's little depressing to think about how much time we spend staring at screens on a daily basis. Turns out the average person spends just under seven hours looking at a device screen every day -- whether it's their smartphone, tablet, laptop, or TV.

As discouraging as that is, it's important for marketers to understand how people are using all of their favorite devices to read, watch, and interact with content on the web.

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Marketing / July 1, 2016 How to Determine the Best Office Layout for Your Team [Flowchart]
How to Determine the Best Office Layout for Your Team [Flowchart]

By Lindsay Kolowich

As businesses grow and add new people to their team, they often face the challenge of having to move to a new office space.

But there's a lot that goes into that decision. What kind of office space suits your team and team culture best? How can you set up a space that encourages productivity and invites growth?

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Marketing / May 26, 2016 How to Stay Focused in the Age of Distractions [Infographic]
How to Stay Focused in the Age of Distractions [Infographic]

By Erik Devaney

While most of those "survivalist" reality TV shows -- like Survivor and Naked and Afraid -- send contestants to exotic, tropical locations, the producers of those shows are really missing out on an exceptionally chaotic destination: the office.

True, in the office you don't have to worry about building a shelter (that's usually provided) or getting swallowed whole by an anaconda, but there are other dangers office workers have to face.

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Marketing / May 24, 2016 Why Emotional Well-Being Matters at Work [Infographic]
Why Emotional Well-Being Matters at Work [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

There's a common misconception about happiness in the workplace. It goes like this: Great work leads to big success, which leads to happiness.

Sounds like it should work out that way, right?

Turns out that model for happiness is totally backwards. Happiness isn't a destination; it's a starting point -- one that enables positive outcomes at work.

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Marketing / May 19, 2016 From Cubicles to Coworking Spaces: What's Your Company's Ideal Workspace? [Infographic]
From Cubicles to Coworking Spaces: What's Your Company's Ideal Workspace? [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Workplace design is a hot topic today. People argue passionately for and against open offices, cubicles, coworking spaces, and even remote arrangements. But what office setup is the best? The truth is, that depends on who’s working there.

Research shows that three out of four American workers are not in optimal workplace environments, and it impacts their performance.

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Marketing / April 29, 2016 14 Stress Management Apps to Relax Your Mind & Body
14 Stress Management Apps to Relax Your Mind & Body

By Lindsay Kolowich

Stress and anxiety -- to some degree -- are natural parts of everyday life. Think about it: You get that feeling when a driver cuts you off on your way to work, or when you have a looming deadline, or when you spill coffee on your shirt.

These stressful moments can range from uncomfortable and annoying (even motivational) to completely debilitating. 

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Marketing / April 28, 2016 The Hazards of Working a Desk Job & How to Overcome Them [Infographic]
The Hazards of Working a Desk Job & How to Overcome Them [Infographic]

By Erik Devaney

Sore neck. Blurred vision. Difficulty focusing. The feeling that your eyes are being burned into oblivion by your computer screen. If you've been experiencing any (or all) of these symptoms, there's a good chance that you're suffering from a terrible affliction known as "working a desk job."

Even if you love what you're doing, sitting and staring at a screen all day can take a toll on your well-being.

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Marketing / April 22, 2016 How to Turn Your Workspace Into a Den of Productivity
How to Turn Your Workspace Into a Den of Productivity

By Erik Devaney

When it comes to improving productivity in the workplace, much of the advice we hear centers around the mindset or motivation of the individual in question -- advice like "You need to set goals for yourself," or "You need to focus on your passion," or "You need to meticulously plan every portion of your day down to the millisecond."

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And while such advice can potentially be helpful, there's one aspect of improving productivity that we often overlook: our environments.

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Marketing / April 20, 2016 How to Find Your Flow: A Simple Guide to Better Concentration & Higher Productivity [Infographic]
How to Find Your Flow: A Simple Guide to Better Concentration & Higher Productivity [Infographic]

By Lindsay Kolowich

Ever gotten so "in the zone" at work that you completely lost track of time?

This intense state of concentration is sometimes also called "flow." Your whole world becomes you and the project you're working on -- and it feels great to emerge from that state after getting a whole lot done in not a lot of time.

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Marketing / April 13, 2016 9 Interesting TED Talks on Breaking Bad Habits & Forming Better Ones
9 Interesting TED Talks on Breaking Bad Habits & Forming Better Ones

By Lindsay Kolowich

Some habits, like brushing your teeth, you've done so many times that they feel automatic. In fact, it's probably true that every time you brush your teeth, you do so in pretty much the exact same way every time.

Other habits, like exercising for even twenty minutes a day, can feel nearly impossible to pick up.

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Marketing / April 12, 2016 Why Tuesday Feels Like the Longest Day of the Week: A Science-Backed Explanation
Why Tuesday Feels Like the Longest Day of the Week: A Science-Backed Explanation

By Erik Devaney

People often joke about coming down with "a case of the Mondays," but for science writer Bahar Gholipour, Tuesday is the real worst day of the week.

As Gholipour noted in a story for New York Magazine, "Why Does Time Seem to Slow Down on Tuesdays?", Tuesday is the day when "last weekend feels like it was ages ago," while next weekend still feels "ages away."

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Marketing / March 30, 2016 How to Photoshop Your Coworkers Into Any Situation: A Step-by-Step Guide
How to Photoshop Your Coworkers Into Any Situation: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Erik Devaney

As someone who dabbles in Photoshop, I often get odd requests from coworkers asking if I can take person A and insert them into situation B. Usually, it's for an internal slide deck, or a Wiki post, or for a Slack-related practical joke.

And while there are usually a bajillion more important things I could be doing when these requests come in, I nearly always say yes -- with the caveat that I'll spend a maximum of 15–20 minutes working on it.

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