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Tool of the week
This free tool looks very useful if you’re using influencers for advertising and branding. Lets you search on multiple parameters, shows detailed analysis of an influencer’s channel, and in many cases lets you contact the influencer (registration required).
Tools discovered recently
Looks like a simple and well-designed solution for folks using Stripe to add an affiliate and/or referral program. Pricing starts at $39/mo or you can start with a pure performance-based revenue share of 9%.
Bringing back a concept similar to Klout, a SparkScore is something similar to your Twitter influence score. There’s also an Engagement Score that compares engagement on your account with that of similarly-sized accounts.
If you need a professional solution to bridge meeting rooms in different offices, as well as for video conferencing and dial-out from those meeting rooms (as well as conferencing from your desktop), Highfive looks awesome. Access starts at $10/month per user and meeting room equipment (screen/CPU/camera/microphone) starts at $99/month per room.
Royalty free, for personal and commercial use, unique and beautiful video footage for your website or any project. No attribution required.
Need charts for your product? This chart library has got you covered, all for free. Just point your developers at it!
Podcast of the week
Interesting interview with the author of “The Million-Dollar, One-person Business: Make Great Money, Work the way you like, have the life you want”.
Articles for this week
Dealing with email is one key thing you need to be really good at these days. Great advice in this article.
Building a two-sided business? This concise list of tactics is for you!
An overview of what still works, from the experts at Moz.
If you want a deep understanding of transactional email, the gotchas, best practices and more, this is the article for you. Really detailed stuff.
Got an app, and have users in the EU? This guide looks very comprehensive.
That’s it for this issue
Have you ever been stuck doing lots of work and making good progress, but wishing you could free up a bit of time to work on some bigger things that have been waiting for a while? That’s me for the last couple of weeks, watching some good growth in CrankWheel but looking forward to having time to get some bigger initiatives started.
Until next time!
P.S. Be sure to check out this week’s sponsor Pilot, if you need assistance with your bookkeeping. They take care of it from start to finish, with great reporting, and you can try one month risk free.