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*"strong opinions loosely held"

The unedited and the quick thought.
Maximized for done, not for polish. Because I have a tough time finding words.
To me, it’s about thinking – structuring mine and that of others.
With writing you climb those ridges where you start to "get it".
To stir discussion with you, the bright minds. This is my log book.

Commerce
Coffee and Commerce
GaryVee’s “Coffee and Commerce”, new format on E-Commerce where he invites operators and software creators alike and “really want[s] to provides value to all the people out there”.

Wondering what happened to Coffee and Commerce Episodes 5 and 6 of GaryVee newly launched ecommerce podcast?

"never give up" photo by Ben Yang

Well, I was too… Turns out there is a separate VaynerCommerce YT channel.

Since Covid there seems to be a wave of new podcasts and YouTube channels and Instagram engagement. But the craze seems to be more on the creation side of things. At least for podcasts because while new podcast spring up like fresh mowed lawn in May podcast the listening times for podcasts and music streaming in general are down.

Quite understandably. Who doesn’t want to rip off their headphones after people chewing on your ear over Zoom all day long?

Well, there’s one new podcast that is worthwhile getting your ear chewed off. It’s GaryVee’s new format on E-Commerce called “Coffee and Commerce”. I enjoy the guests he has on much more than the Q&A sections of his keynote talks. He invites operators and software creators alike and “really want[s] to provides value to all the people out there”.

Come Saturday, and what better to do than put your earphones in and listen to a podcast while working…🤣 Brewing some freshly ground coffee, putting my headphones on, heading over to GaryVee, and... excuse me, where are Episodes 5 and 6 of Coffee and Commerce? Had seen on Twitter that Zubin Mowlavi, the CEO of VaynerCommerce, wanted to be live yesterday. Episode 7 with him and Gary was a week ago... and the only thing I can see are exactly this and Episodes 1 - 4 on Gary's YouTube.
Same on the GaryVee Audio Experience; it’s a podcast after all, or is it?

Even on Google it took me a couple of searches before finally figuring out that they are hosted on VaynerCommerce:

Coffee & Commerce Episode 1: The Launch with GaryVee, Ben Fried, Robbie Deeks and Zubin Mowlavi.

But even there the video description is void of any links to a podcast… Have you ever tried listening to a YouTube Video on your phone? It’s a horrible experience and not even possible without the YouTube app.

Turns out that Gary only posts the episodes that he’s in. In Coffee and Commerce he actually is a guest and a moderator at the same time and for those episodes that he’s not a part of  VaynerCommerce CEO Zubin is hosting.

Guess this means it gets even better since both an operator (Gary Vaynerchuk) and a software creator (Zubin Mowlavi ) alike are co-hosting this show! Don’t miss it if you want to understand the importance of what is happening in Commerce right now: I could not explain it any better.

Productivity
Login "Hack" for Web Applications
Pipedrive Login Hack and for every other web application for that matter, especially if you safe browse every session with deleting cookies.

Pipedrive Login Hack and for every other web application for that matter.

I’ve been made aware of the fact that of the many little shortcuts and hacks I use on a daily basis when it comes to using software, many that are obvious to me, are not so obvious to less versatile and frequent users. So, I'll go ahead and share them as they might could be very helpful to others.

One thing I observe a lot, is something as simple as the login into any cloud software and web application, becomes a multi-step hurdled process. Especially if you have pretty safe Web-browser settings with regular deleting cookies.

Since I’m use a Pipedrive CRM on a daily basis and I’m a Pipedrive Partner to help others use Pipedrive on a daily basis and become successful with their Contact Relationship Management, I am going to use Pipedrive CRM as an example for the purpose of this post.

If you have other hacks that enhance your daily productivity with Pipedrive, please go ahead and share in the comments of this corresponding YouTube video.

The Many-click Hurdles

You’ve probably seen it yourself many times: One of the most common ways is that people search for the software they want to use on Google. Sometimes even just as generic as its name "pipedrive", or because typing something into the address bar triggers a Google search. And then, usually what you will see first is a bunch of CRM adds, mostly from competitors. You sift through search results that have nothing to do with that login for Pipedrive that you were actually looking for. Finally, you land on the homepage. But, you still have to look very consciously for that Login button click deliberately “login”. Otherwise you’ll most likely not avoid that dreadful "Try free button" which is always bigger, more colorful and more appealing to click than the button that the already loyal customer actually needs.

Or, you were that smart, and from the get-go instead searched for the login of the software itself with a term like “Pipedrive login” Even then, sifting through adds from competitors or Pipedrive itself, getting multiple answers and confusing choices of different Login options in different languages is inevitable.

The Shortcut to the App

Many web applications follow the naming convention "app.name.TLD" which leads you to the login of the web app. I.e. with “app.pipedrive.com” you’ll either get to the Pipedrive Login page itself so you can directly sign in to Pipedrive, or if you’re already logged in get redirected to your dashboard in Pipedrive.

The Bookmark Organized

What I generally do and advice everyone to do is, to save the login page itself as a bookmark in a separate folder. I save the login page, not the homepage, as a bookmark and put that bookmark in a folder called “Accounts”. And most of the times creating different “Accounts” folders like “Social Media”, “Content Creation”, “Webpage and Blog”, etc. makes your life a lot easier to differentiate between different software according to the tasks you need the software applications for. I.e. my Twitter and Youtube accounts get added under “Social Media Accounts” while my video editing and banner creation tools get filed under “Content Creation Accounts”.

VIP Bookmarks Bar

Obviously your Pipedrive CRM is likely one of the, if not the most important software you use and should use on a daily basis. This is why you want to create a “VIP placement” for your Pipedrive login right in your Bookmarks bar. I save the Pipedrive sign in page, again, not the homepage, as a bookmark and put that bookmark right in the "Bookmarks bar" folder. Now, you always have direct and a one-step access to your Pipedrive login and Pipedrive dashboard and are just one step away from making meaningful connections with the help of Pipedrive CRM every day. Because you know my strong stance and opinion about Contact Relationship Management: If you don't use a CRM on a daily basis you’re not in a relationship with those who matter to you and your business.

You'll find the step-by-step instructions in the YouTube video

You'll find the step-by-step instructions in the YouTube video

If you have other hacks that enhance your daily productivity with Pipedrive, please go ahead and share in the comments of this corresponding YouTube video.

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