Introducing Project Timelines in Slope

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/7/18 2:36 PM / by Brian Bosché posted in Product

We are excited to announce Project Timelines in Slope! Now it's easier than ever to map out plans, keep an eye on key deadlines, and track work through multiple stages.

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How Teams Structure Their Work in Slope

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/18 10:37 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Slope's organizational structure is so flexible to match whatever way your business organizes its creative work. That being said, any software tool can be daunting when it’s new and empty. So we talked to some of our most successful customers (making sure to represent a variety of different industry verticals) to find out how they structure their organization. From our findings, we saw 7 different ways companies were organizing their work in Slope.

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How to Handle Low-Quality Leads

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/18 9:42 AM / by Anthony Greer

Let’s say you’re a real estate agent with an open house from 1-3. You’ve spent money on advertising to generate interest from prospective buyers. You have thought long and hard about how you’re going to decorate the space to make it look like a home and arrived two hours early to do so.

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What Your Creative Project Plan is Missing

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/31/18 12:37 PM / by Hassaan Bey

Businesses are increasingly turning to internal creative teams for their content needs. As this happens, these internal creatives are finding themselves making less one-off projects like they would at an agency and more consistent work meant to boost broader goals.

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6 Ways to Boost Your Productivity While Working Remotely

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/26/18 10:59 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Technology is making it easier for more people to work remotely; last time we touched on this subject, we talked about strategies for managing a remote creative team. In this sequel, we wanted to offer tactics for those actually doing the remote work.

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5 More Skills Every Creative Manager Needs Under Their Belt

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/24/18 8:34 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Last time we talked about the 5 skills every creative manager needs, we covered Communication, Empathy, Diplomacy, Reading the Team, and Organization. If you’re going to manage a team of creative people, these are 5 skills that you certainly should have. However, they are not the only skills that you’ll want. Creative managers need a wide range of skills and attributes to get the most out of their team, and ensure their employees are happy. If you already have the first 5 down, here are 5 more that you can add to your toolbox.

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Why Your Creative Team Needs to Be a Community

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/19/18 2:00 PM / by Hassaan Bey

Creatives who work together need to be close, but not like friends and family close. I’m talking creative team close. Creatives use skills that they’re deeply passionate about, typically so much so they couldn’t imagine working in a non creative position. When the stakes are that high, it's that much more important to think of the team you work with as a creative community, and not just people in your department.

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How to Onboard New Creative Hires

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/17/18 10:04 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Starting any new job is a nerve-racking experience. You’re in a new place, meeting new people, learning new tasks and how to use new systems. This process is tough no matter what kind of job you’re starting, but it can be especially difficult for creative hires.

Creative teams are expected to work together, openly sharing ideas and criticisms. This is hard to do when you’re in a room full of people you just met and you aren’t sure how the office operates yet. For some hires, you may be able to get by with a quick tour, and then set them to work at their desk. This isn’t the case when on-boarding creative hires, however, and you need to adjust your approach accordingly.

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7 Ways to Motivate Your Creative Team

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/9/18 3:23 PM / by Hassaan Bey posted in Featured Post

As a creative manager, you carry a responsibility to continually motivate your team. An employee’s level of engagement is directly tied to their motivation to be productive and generate their best work. Your job is to empower each person to take responsibility for doing a great job and offer challenging opportunities that help them grow.

Treating employees well, advocating for their work-life balance and giving them space to think creatively contributes to a deeper sense of enthusiasm for coming to work each day. When you encourage these seven activities in your workplace, you will notice that your creative team is continually motivated to achieve amazing things!

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The Roundup: Social's Changing Role in B2B Marketing

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/6/18 11:06 AM / by Brian Bosché

Welcome to The Roundup, a weekly series in which Hassaan, Slope's Creative Manager, and myself, CEO & Co-Founder, discuss news from across the marketing and creative industry. This week we are talking about how social networks are changing both the way we shop and the way B2B marketers engage with their audience.

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How to Manage a Remote Creative Team

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/2/18 3:49 PM / by Hassaan Bey

In the rapidly evolving landscape of virtual work environments, it is becoming common for creative teams to live across town or even thousands of miles apart. Nearly 70 percent of managers at Fortune 100 companies report leading hybrid teams that work in-house, off-site, in the field or at satellite offices.

Despite rarely (if ever) interacting face-to-face, it is possible for disparate teams to thrive when they have the right collaboration tools and project management skills in place. Follow these five tips to effectively lead high-performance creative teams, help them understand how to work together remotely and know what to expect from each other.

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The Best Project Templates for Marketing and Creative Teams

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/28/18 9:34 AM / by Hassaan Bey

At Slope, you hear “every company is a media company” a lot. I mean, a lot. Even though at this point it’s beyond cliché, and elicits groans and eyerolls all over the office, it’s a mantra we believe in and one that is reflected in our product. That’s why Slope’s organizational structure is so flexible: to match whatever way your business organizes its creative work.

That being said, any software tool can be daunting when it’s new and empty, especially if it the tool you’re using wasn’t originally intended for creative work. So we talked to some of our most successful customers to find out how they structure their creative work. From our findings, we saw 7 different ways companies were organizing their work.

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How To Use Video In Unexpected Ways To Grow Your Business

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/18 7:01 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Personalization is the future of how businesses communicate. Don’t get me wrong, it’s here in the present—industries are getting more personalized every day, but this trend is only going to get bigger.

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These Are the Metrics Creative Teams Really Need to Measure

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/21/18 9:25 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Creative teams are often measured two ways: whether or not they hit deadlines and if goals are reached. That includes internal project goals in addition to campaign and performance goals. Both equate to project completion – but is project completion the only metric that matters?

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Why You Need to Integrate Proofing and Project Management

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/19/18 8:07 AM / by Hassaan Bey

It’s not uncommon for organizations to spend a lot of time choosing the right scalable software for the team to tackle upcoming projects.

Unfortunately, it’s only until after a team has gotten into the weeds that they find the tool they’re using doesn’t cover all their needs like collaboration, knowledge sharing, communication, etc. This is particularly common among marketing and creative teams.

Projects are complex structures, and a generic project management app isn’t enough on its own. In a recent post Zapier polled 13 brands and found they used an average of 5 apps in a “project management stack."  In most cases, the apps were used to cover project management and proofing/collaboration.

When you’re in the thick of a project, adding more tools isn’t ideal. There’s a smarter way to consolidate these activities and tools.

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Every Creative Manager Needs These 5 Skills

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/14/18 8:38 AM / by Hassaan Bey

A good creative manager is more than just a project manager. They’re a leader. Managing any team is hard enough, but the moment you become a creative manager you’re in charge of people tasked with being highly creative on a consistent basis in order to deemed successful.

That adds some next-level complexity (read: stress), because creativity is not a tangible thing. It can’t be turned on and off. It can’t be tapped in the same way a developer can churn out code for a specific task.

Managing a creative team requires skills beyond what is necessary in managing and leading any given team. Need a crash course in creative management or faced with managing a creative team? Here’s 5 skills that you should start honing.

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How to Introduce a New Software Tool to Your Team

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/12/18 8:25 AM / by Hassaan Bey

After spending weeks (if not months) of due diligence, you finally spring for a new software tool you believe will have the desired impact on your business. The operational efficiency on the horizon is a huge relief. But when you share the news with your team, you’re met with a bag of mixed emotions that translate to murmurs and sideways glances. It’s obvious some team members aren’t on board with the decision.

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7 Ways to Accelerate a Project's Timeline

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/7/18 8:55 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Regardless of the size of the task, organizations set milestones and deadlines on projects for a reason. It’s as much to create an expected end-of-project as it is to have a roadmap that keeps the entire team working in the right direction.

While 97% of organizations believe project management is critical to the success of an organization, fewer than a third of all projects successfully complete on time and on budget.

You can minimize risk of delivery failure through scheduling and monitoring activities but odds are you’ll need to identify ways to speed up the delivery of your project and accelerate the timeline at some point. Here are seven choices that don’t require any sacrifice in quality or cutting corners.

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How to Deal with Creative Failure

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/5/18 6:58 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Creativity inherently involves risk because it uses the imagination to generate something from nothing. The common denominator in successful creative people is their ability to drive output despite the results. Disappointments become portals of discovery for new opportunities or approaches. From this point of view, failure is a necessary element in fostering innovation.

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The Roundup: The World of Podcast Advertising

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/31/18 11:08 AM / by Brian Bosché posted in Featured Post

Welcome to The Roundup, a weekly series in which Hassaan, Slope's Creative Manager, and myself, CEO & Co-Founder, discuss news from across the marketing and creative industry. This week we are talking about podcast advertising and the unique access it offers brands.

You can watch the full video below, and read through this blog post for quick links to the topics we discuss.

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How to Design Landing Pages that Convert

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/31/18 9:38 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Every page and piece of content you create should be designed with a purpose. That purpose will vary, from encouraging a visitor to take action immediately to imprinting a message that will encourage them to take action later on.

Some content, like your homepage, are designed to provide a snapshot of what you offer to funnel visitors to the right information. Other pages serve only to grow the relationship with your audience and establish trust.

Landing pages have one vital purpose – to convert visitors into customers.

No matter how the completed landing page is presented it’s still made up of core elements meant to interact with the emotions and psychology of your audience, effectively driving them to click. While there’s no single correct way to design a landing page to maximize conversions, there are key elements you can include to improve the success of your campaigns.

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How to Incentivize Your Creative Team to Do Their Best Work

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/29/18 9:54 AM / by Hassaan Bey

Since the primary role of a creative team is to generate insights and programs that drive business growth, being fully present and motivated is critical to the success of every project. It also has a significant impact on company profitability. Rapt Media estimates that companies lose $500 billion annually due to disengaged employees. You can see why keeping your team members engaged is a must have project management skill.

Employee incentive programs that recognize effort and success have a proven history of inspiring employees to work harder and participate at a deeper level. After all, an engaged mind is an inspired mind. As a project manager, you must be proactive in offering opportunities that push your team members to excel and rewarding them when they succeed.

You do not need an elaborate plan or a big budget to recognize employees' contributions. Instead, focus on praising actions, approaches and willingness to take on new challenges. Additionally, by building these three programs into your team’s culture, you will have the necessary tools to produce an environment that promotes continual growth in creativity.

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How to Facilitate Better Feedback in the Creative Review Process

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/24/18 6:40 PM / by Hassaan Bey

Managing feedback is a crucial project management skill. While feedback is vital to virtually every aspect of a business from a marketing campaign to operational adjustments, creative feedback is particularly difficult to nail down. This mostly stems from the fact that while stakeholders have the power to approve or reject a creative endeavor, they rarely are creative professionals.

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5 Ways to Arm Your Sales Team with Content

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/24/18 10:44 AM / by Hassaan Bey

The average marketing team spends countless hours strategizing, planning, and executing the production of content for the purposes of inbound marketing. The goal, above all else, is to use top-of-funnel content to attract prospects into the funnel.

That’s where, once in the funnel, the focus shifts as 70% of brands concentrate on converting leads to customers. But sales teams continue to struggle through that final conversion process for a variety of reasons.

If your sales team isn’t ready to roll over and give up, then consider how they could start using content strategically at key points in the buyer’s journey. Here are some proven-effective types of content that will help your sales team build relationships and dramatically lift conversions.

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The Roundup: How Traditional Media is Reinventing Itself with Branded Content

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/23/18 1:01 PM / by Brian Bosché posted in Featured Post

Welcome to The Roundup, a weekly series in which Hassaan, Slope's Creative Manager, and myself, CEO & Co-Founder, discuss news from across the marketing and creative industry. This week we are talking about brand marketing and the trend of publishers building studios to take branded content in-house.

You can watch the full video below, and read through this blog post for quick links to the topics we discuss.

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