+ Portrait Photography Project

Portrait Photography Project

Preparing yourself for a professional portrait photography session it takes more than just standing in front of the camera and wait for the personal photographer to use the camera. If you need a pro photo album but you can not afford to hire a PR Specialist then follow this guide for organizing the best photoshoot experience.

60 Days before the Photoshoot

Buy a calendar and start writing down the general idea of the concept you wish to follow in your photography session. Make a list of the reasons you need these photographs: 

  • Where are you going to use them? Will you update your LinkedIn profile and most of your social media accounts?
  • Will you use them in your CV? or
  • Is it only for personal use?

Everyone has some favorite spots in the city they live in. Add a list of your beloved locations in your town. Now take into consideration the date of the photoshoot. You see, in several cases, it is common that all locations can be a bit weather sensitive, regarding the season of the year. My photography was booked for the last weekend of June.

Fortunately, in Athens (Greece) the weather is mild until the end of November. Still, maybe strong winds could delete 10 locations from my 14 choices. After visiting the last 4 locations for one more time, I picked up the location with the following criteria:

  • open space various options
  • indoor options
  • ability to change clothes
  • approachable with different types of public transportation (because cars aren’t always available)
  • friendly to the light corners
  • with fewer cars
  • with an acceptable amount of people in the background
  • near nature backdrop
  • near urban  environment
  • close to coffee and WC
How to have the best social media profile photos

How to find a personal photographer

Make a list of all the Top Personal Photographers you admire their portfolio. And send them a query for a first call. Make clear what you want, how many hours, and the reasons you want to have a Professional Photographer.

Skype video calls can help you recognize which photographer is closer to your mentality. Trust me, look for the chemistry and effortless communication in the skype call. You will know it if you can work with this one or the other photographer or the next!

Book your photographer in advance. Let him/her know the dates you will need them. Make sure to set a specific day for booking the photographer. I found mine 90 days before the photo day.

Monika Kritikou - Fiorello Photography

How I found my Personal Photographer

I was looking at her work in the Instagram and on her website. We had our first Skype call 59 days before the photoshoot. But I booked my photographer 9 days later. Only 50 days before the big day. It was my first photography project having myself as the theme and I was feeling nervous. After talking with Monika Kritikou all my anxiety disappeared. That is the first clue that you found the best match!

55 Days before the Photoshoot

Decide which outfits you will wear. Start with 8-10 combinations and use only the top 1-3 outfits. Hiring a Fashion Stylist could be difficult or too pricey. I suggest you trust your better judgment and your friends. If most of them have pointed out that some clothes make you look great, then add them in your options.

Remember that some colors agree better with us and some others are not so flattering! The same can happen with a certain quality of fabrics. It won’t be a good idea to choose fabrics that make you feel uncomfortable.

Wear the outfits and visit the location. Take a walk, see how you look by taking selfies and repeat it with the next outfit. Discover the best corners for each outfit, and take notes either in your calendar or on your phone.

Summer outfits

50 Days before the Photoshoot

Wire the money and book the photographer. Set the first appointment at your chosen location and walk next to your Personal Photographer. Have your notes and draft photos with you. Share your ideas but let the professional photographer guide you on how to reach the best result.

Together you will create the project plan and probably you will add some new details or corners. A photographer’s eye sees things differently. See why you should Hire a personal photographer in this article.

Hire a Personal Photographer in Greece

40 Days before the Photoshoot

By now, you know for sure what you will wear. Try your makeup – as natural as possible – and pay a visit to the hairdresser to get your hair done. Book an appointment for one last big hairdo 20 days before the photo shoot and one more the morning of the photography session.

Organize your second or third makeup look by starting with the light shades and gradually add the darkest shades. That means for each outfit you should keep a clear note (with photos) of the makeup details. If you can afford to hire a MUA, then just do it. Please, try to avoid strong colors in your makeup. Social media and LinkedIn headshots need to be in softer versions…

Don’t forget the accessories like shoes, jewelry, belts… write down what you will take with you. It is a good idea to have everything you need in a trolley bag, like the ones we use for the 2 days trips.

Take care of your sleep routine and get into bed as early as possible. Don’t wait for the night before to have a good night sleep.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Canal spot 18

30 Days before the Photoshoot

I like to organize and plan ahead when it is possible. Keep notes of how many hours you will have natural sunlight. In my area, at the end of June, there are 10 friendly to the camera light conditions. Discover what time is the sunrise and the sunset.

I suggest you create a map of the best light conditions near the top corners and with that, you will have the final workflow in your hands. In my case, I had 3 perfect backdrops with natural light and 3 complete outfits to wear. The indoor locations had no time limitations.

If you find it difficult to pose in front the camera then don’t pose. Stay natural. But read some guides how to look at your best in a photography session. You won’t believe how valuable these Pinterest guides can be!

These particular Pinterest guides helped me to define my final outfits and the idea of the photography concept. Social media can be extremely helpful when you are looking for inspiration. And it is easier to communicate your idea to the photographer!

Of course, the location could define – in a way – what style you will choose. For example, indoor corporate environment won’t let you pick your blue jeans outfit, right? My spot was Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center. It has it all in one location! Office look, casual look, natural light, outdoor look and with an edgy design as a backdrop.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Map
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Canal spot 18

10 Days before the Photoshoot

Confirm all the details with your Personal Photographer and have a last check list for your outfit. Avoid too much sunbathing if you don’t want to look darker than usual.

Have a walk in your preselected spots while listening to music. This will help you to feel comfortable and connected with the location. For sure it helped me to feel like home!

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Mediterranean Garden spot 12

5 Days before the Photoshoot

Check the local weather forecast. You don’t want rain or winds messing your photo session, right? Also, a face last minute soft cleaning is a must do. Keep a regular night sleep schedule because a tired face won’t look at its best.

Prepare your trolley bag and make sure that everyone involved will be available for your appointment. Sometimes unexpected changes happen at the last minute. So, have a backup plan, ready to go.

The Day before the Photoshoot

The day before forget everything and have a meeting with your friends for a girls evening out, but remember to go to bed quite early!

The Day before the Photoshoot

Day of the Photoshoot

Wake up early, have a shower and a full nutritious breakfast. Don’t punish yourself with just one coffee. Prepare a snack or two for the day, grab your cold bottle of water and visit your hairdresser to do your hair. Fresh and beautiful.

I try to eliminate all stress factors, so I prefer to use TaxiBeat for my transportation needs. The taxi usually arrives within 10 minutes and later I don’t have to worry for parking slots.

Being on the appointment earlier will give you the time to have a smooth preparation. Let your photographer do his/her job without interrupting the flow of work. Surrender yourself and let go all of your worries!

After the Photoshoot

After the Photoshoot

Thank everyone for their work and collaboration. Of course, when you post your new photos, it’s up to you if you will give credits to the photographer. But I will strongly advise you to do so. Showing respect and gratitude for other professional’s work won’t harm your brand. On the contrary, it shows professional courtesy and good manners.

In case you are wondering how you can hire a professional photographer for your blog, then read this article.

How  to hire a photographer for your blog
+ Digital Wellbeing by Google

Digital Wellbeing by Google

Yes, it’s true! You can support your digital wellbeing with Google’s help. As technology becomes more and more integral to everything we do, it can sometimes distract us from the things that matter most to us. Google has designed some new set of tools to make it easier for all of us to stay healthy.

Google has put a lot of effort to create technology that improves life, not distract from it. They are committed to giving everyone the tools they need to develop their own sense of digital wellbeing. So that life, not the technology in it, stays front and center.

Your daily digital habits

The first step toward digital wellbeing is often understanding more about how you interact with technology in the first place. The dashboard gives you a daily view of how often you check your phone and how frequently you use different apps. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

Understand and manage your tech use

Explore tools and features that can help you better understand your tech use, disconnect when you want, and create healthy habits for the whole family.

Set a daily limit with app timers

If you want to limit the time you spend using certain apps, you can set daily app timers. When the timer runs out, the app is paused for the rest of the day. Learn more

Customize notifications

Change notification settings for your Android device or just for specific apps. Android proactively offers you the ability to snooze alerts that you frequently ignore and temporarily hide specific notifications for as long as you like. Learn more

Snooze notifications

Temporarily hide individual or groups of notifications by hitting snooze. You decide which alerts you see, what they look like, and how often you see them. Learn more

Do Not Disturb

With one tap in your Quick Settings on Android, Do Not Disturb can hide all notifications so you won’t see them on screen. Learn more

Unplug while your Pixel 3 charges

With the Pixel Stand wireless charger, you can choose to have Do Not Disturb turned on automatically while your Pixel 3 charges. Visit site

Wind Down

Wind Down reminds you to switch off at night by setting a bedtime schedule for your phone. Grayscale changes the screen to black and white, and Do Not Disturb silences notifications to help you get a good night’s sleep. Learn more

Flip to Shhh

Easily turn on Do Not Disturb by flipping your phone face down. Available on Pixel 2 and 3. Learn more

Grayscale

Grayscale turns your screen black and white, reducing the attention-grabbing nature of many app icons. Learn more

Switch off work

Turn off your work profile with one tap to pause work apps and their notifications. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

YOUTUBE FEATURES

Understand your viewing habits and control how you watch through customizable settings and tools, like Autoplay Controls and your Time Watched Profile. Learn more

Time Watched profile

Your time watched profile gives you a closer look at how much time you spend on YouTube, as well as comparisons to previous time periods. Learn more

Remind yourself to take a break

Schedule custom breathers as often as you want, pausing what you’re currently watching and encouraging you to step away. Learn more

Notifications: Scheduled digest

Now you can get all of your YouTube push notifications bundled into a single notification each day – and choose when you get it. Learn more

Autoplay control

Autoplay lets you decide whether or not you want the next video to start playing automatically. Learn more

Notification quiet hours

By default, all sounds and vibrations from the YouTube app are disabled between 10 pm and 8 am. You can customize the start and end times to ensure that notifications from the YouTube app are sent silently to your phone during a specified time each day. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

GOOGLE ASSISTANT FEATURES

In addition to helping you find answers quicker, tools like Bedtime Routine and Downtime help you avoid daily distractions and reduce screen time. Learn more

Improve your bedtime routine

To make falling asleep easier, your voice can activate the customizable Bedtime Routine – set an alarm, dim the lights, lower your music, get tomorrow’s weather, and zzzz. Learn more

Voice-Powered Do Not Disturb

With voice-powered Do Not Disturb, Google Assistant lets you tell your phone to silence all notifications and communications. Learn more

Google Home Downtime

When your Google Home devices are in Downtime, they won’t respond to most commands or questions. During Downtime, you also won’t receive notifications from your Google Home devices. Learn more

Digital Wellbeing by Google

GMAIL FEATURES

With tools like Auto Reply and Priority Inbox, you can spend less time in your inbox. Learn more

High-priority notifications

Turn on high-priority notifications to limit the number of email alerts you receive and get notified only when it’s essential. Learn more

Auto Reply

Gmail’s out-of-office auto reply is good for more than just your next vacation. Customize your message to let people know you won’t be able to get back to them right away. Learn more

Custom tabs

See new emails at a glance, and decide what you want to read and respond to. Learn more

Draft now, send later

Draft an email message as you normally would and schedule it to be sent at the perfect time. Learn more


Source of information: Google Digital Wellbeing

+ Call for Guest Bloggers

Call for Guest Bloggers

Do you have a fresh, interesting perspective on digital marketing or SEO or content marketing and business blogging? If so reply to our call for guest bloggers and get published. We would love to have your ideas onboard. Do you have something to share with our audience? Here is your opportunity to send us your article.

Have in mind a few things about the stuff we publish. We aim to be casual, yet helpful and avoid buzzwords or anything that our grandmother won’t understand. Posts must have:

  • Original concepts
  • Compelling arguments or case studies
  • high-quality writing
  • Articles/posts must reflect the writing style/tone of Ideadeco Blog.
  • Always proper attribution of data, quotations, and outside content referenced in the articles/posts is essential.
  • Only one link to your website in the body of the post is permitted.
  • We will not re-publish anything that’s been published elsewhere.

What We Accept

Here are the types of blog posts we accept:

  • Topics: Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, SEO, SEM, Content Creation, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Video Marketing, Apps Marketing, Blogging, Web Design, Graphic Design, Interviews, Events and Seminars.
  • Research/Experiments/ Analysis/ Guides: If you have tried something new in the aforementioned topics and want to share your experience or a How-To guide, then be our guest. Remember to include solid evidence and deep data about your research. Visit this guide as an example: E-Shop SEO Guidelines
  • Your posts should have a minimum of 1500 words and up to 6000.  When a reader finishes a post, should be able to execute immediately the introduced skill or tool or idea. See this example: How To Craft The Perfect Travel Blog Post
  • The Typography Basics and Graphic Design Basics are a must-have. Keep your writing clean, smooth and easy to the eye. Respect appropriate heading rules (H1, H2, H2, H3), use light paragraphs, add bulletin when is helpful and great quality graphics and visuals. Read this guide: Graphic Design Basics
  • Watch your language and your grammar.
  • Language: English

A note:
Sometimes we publish posts that don’t fall into any of those topics, only if they are breathtaking and inspiring. But in all cases, we never forget the main rules about quality content, language, grammar and authenticity.

Call for Guest Bloggers

What We Won’t Accept

  • Any topic that’s been covered on our blog before.
  • Please do a search of our site before submitting your articles.
  • Spam or clickbait or link-building content.
  • Content which is over promotional directly or indirectly.
  • Violent or offensive or inaccurate or science fiction content.

Last Minute Details

  • Your submissions must meet Ideadeco content strategy and must align with our blogging team’s quality standards in order to get published.
  • The Ideadeco blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy.
  • The Ideadeco blogging team reserves the right to delete your content with no prior notice.
  • Ideadeco does not pay any kind of fee for guest blogging.
  • You can republish your guest post to your own blog, LinkedIn, Medium, or wherever you want afterward, only if you add a referral line that: “ This post was first published on Ideadeco ” with an active link to the landing page of your blog post into Ideadeco.
  • Ideadeco reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Ideadeco content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.

Send Your Article

Send us your article and be part of our guest list. We would love to publish your thoughts and ideas.


How to Submit Your Article

You can submit your article in the form above or you can can send it over through an email at: info@ideadeco.co

  1. Your complete post as a Word Doc file.
  2. Define Topic and Title.
  3. Image files (with attribution) in a separate folder.
  4. Short author bio including a maximum of one link to your own website.

Ideadeco Provides

Ideadeco is an awarded Digital Marketing Agency famous for its Content Marketing, SEO, Web Design, Digital and Social Media Marketing achievements. This is the company’s blog and with your submission, you get traffic and publicity.

  • High-quality backlink from us
  • One dedicated mention for each article to our newsletter (+15000 recipients)
  • Exposure to our LinkedIn network (+7100 connections)
  • One dedicated post for each article to our Instagram community (+26200 people)
  • One dedicated post for each article to our Social Media Community: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ (+12000 people)
  • Our Blog hearts from +20500 people
  • High-status networking
  • Mentoring for SEO and Blogging

Our Response

If your article meets our editorial standards and our content strategy, we will let you know when your article will be published. That process may take up to 4 weeks.

Due to the huge volume of submissions we receive daily, we cannot respond to all on time. Please, be patient with us. We do read everything! 

+

Reconnect with yourself at #WCEU

Events can sometimes feel busy and fast-paced. With more than 3,000 people expected for WordCamp Europe 2019, WCEU team knows how important it will be for attendees to have safe spaces to relax, unwind and focus on themselves.

In addition to the Quiet Room, where attendees can go to sit and rest or work in a calm and silent environment, WCEU has introduced some additional content to the schedule: Wellness at WCEU.

Covering a series of relaxing sessions including yoga, mindfulness and meditation, Wellness at WCEU is delivered by qualified practitioners who are volunteering their time to make WCEU an even better experience for our attendees. It’s your chance to participate in some relaxing activities outside of the realm of WordPress and tech.

When

Sessions will run on the main conference days, Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June 2019. Each session lasts between 45 minutes to one hour.

Reconnect with yourself at #WCEU

WELLNESS AT WCEU SCHEDULE

FRIDAY 21 JUNE

11:00 An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori 
12:00 Yoga with Helen Odia

SATURDAY 22 JUNE

10:00 Yoga with Helen Odia 
12:00 Guided meditation with Jenny Beaumont 
14:00 An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori

Where

At the Estrel, the conference venue. You will find Wellness at WCEU at location 17 on our venue map. During registration, you will be given a handout of the venue map. Large print versions will be available too.

To get to the room, take the elevator (lift) to the second floor.

What to bring

Some instructors recommend comfortable clothes, but you don’t need to bring anything else.

How to register

There’s no need to register, just turn up. Places are given on a first come, first served basis.


Sessions

An introduction to mindfulness practice with Raffaella Isidori

FRIDAY 21 JUNE AT 11:00 
SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 14:00

Mindfulness is a state of being, an approach to life (and to our work, regardless of its genre) that calls for presence and awareness, care and purpose.

Living mindfully, designing mindfully, coding mindfully can be extremely rewarding, for us and for the beneficiaries of our work. Mindfulness is defined as the basic human ability to be fully present (aware of where we are and what we’re doing) and not overly reactive (or overwhelmed) by what’s going on around us.

Mindfulness practice refers to the cultivation of this basic human ability through various methods which may include, but are not limited to, colouring, movement, meditation, breathing, etc.

In the 50-minute workshop, Raffaella will illustrate the principles and the applications of Mindfulness and Mindfulness Practice and share her experience and examples of practice.


Guided meditation with Jenny Beaumont

SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 12:00

Join Jenny for an inner journey that will take you to places both familiar and new!

Beginners are welcome, no prior knowledge of meditation is needed to enjoy and reap the benefits of this unique experience. Come as you are, ready to be guided through diverse landscapes that will transport you in space and time.

Please be punctual. The session starts at 12:00 and after a brief introduction, the guided meditation will begin promptly at 12:15.

If you have any questions, you can contact Jenny on the Make WordPress Slack@jennybeaumont.


Yoga with Helen Odia

FRIDAY 21 JUNE AT 12:00 
SATURDAY 22 JUNE AT 10:00

Set aside any doubts you might have about not being ‘flexible enough’ or ‘good enough’ for yoga and join Helen for a relaxed class between talks at WCEU.

As many of us know, spending long hours sitting in front of a screen can often lead to bad backs, uncomfortably tight hips and poor postures.

Moving in time with the breath, we will gently stretch and twist our way through a flowing sequence of common yoga poses to counteract these niggles.

Don’t be put off if you’ve never tried yoga before – everyone is welcome, regardless of experience.

Mats will be provided, so all you will need to bring is some comfy clothes. Hope to see you on the mat!


Come along

WordCamp Europe is an excellent opportunity to make connections and soak up WordPress knowledge, but it’s important to take some time for you. Come along and enjoy some peace and relaxation with Wellness at WCEU.

Wellness at WCEU sessions are listed in the schedule.

+ When It's Time to Quit Your Job

When It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Lack of trust is the number one signal that it’s time to quit your current job. Any company in the world is based in human relationships and healthy management. Both employers & employees, need trust and mutual respect to grow stronger.

Keeping the best employees isn’t an easy task when a company cannot fulfill the basic requirements of a positive environment. Long delays of payments, insecurity vibes and a sense of “walking on eggshells” from 9-5 are pushing people to the exit door.

Directors or managers that fail to see the early signs of discomfort end up all alone dealing with the ugly truth of social isolation. And one day, the company itself could reach the finish line, sooner than expected.

High performing employees

High performing employees tend to wave goodbye long before it’s clear that something is wrong in a company. When employees feel stressed, anxious, unable to function and are not being appreciated or recognized, then they fly away. Strong and productive employees don’t want to work in a job where they’re not paid on time.

People with a strong sense of responsibility and integrity, don’t want to stay into an unhealthy environment full of agony for the next day. They choose to invest their energy in their next step. They seek opportunities to be creative, shine, feel motivated, enthusiastic and in love with their job.

If in your current job you don’t get this kind of satisfaction and you are underpaid, then it’s time to quit your job.

No company has the right to make a person believe that it deserves to be treated like a soulless object. Our working life is part of our path and should make us proud and strong.

Lack of growth and development

One of the top things most employees are looking for is opportunity for future growth and development in a company. Even a small size business can have a scale up indicator.

That being said, any company can create a plan for development that may include training opportunities, certification opportunities, managerial opportunities, travels for conferences etc.

Creative employees always want to continue moving up, forward, earning more, learning more, grow their skills, grow personally and learn new things that interest them, grow their salary, or earn enough to make them feel comfortable.

Showing that the company is investing in their growth will allow them to see a future in their job. Without all the above, companies will continue to lose good employees.

+ How has social media influenced the way you do business?

How has social media influenced the way you do business?

We asked top professionals from different industries how has social media influenced the way they do business. And their answers may surprise you! At the end you will read my input, too.

We believe that social media has changed our lives in so many unexpected ways, that is beyond our comprehension. Every day we see tiny differences in the way people communicate and express, due to the use of social media.

Monika Kritikou

It has influenced it in a major way. I enjoy how measurable every result of the actions taken on social media is, so that educated decisions can be made. Social media platforms have given to smaller businesses to acquire knowledge for their target group and act upon it. Of course, all companies have to be flexible to adjust to the new perceptions that social media networks have set. Continue reading…

Monika Kritikou Fiorello Photography

Arsenis Paschopoulos

Social media IS my business: though social media I help businesses that are small or very small find customers all over Greece and around the world. Continue reading...

Arsenis Paschopoulos

Paraskevi Kourtidou

Although I don’t see myself as a warm social media user, it amazes me how easily you can find everyone and connect with people on the other side of the planet. This immediate and available way of communication has changed our perception of reality.

As said before, this immediate and available way of communication has changed our perception of reality and how we do business. Nowadays we only one click away from a business meeting and clients can reach us through social media & our website. Continue reading…

Helena Chaviara

In social media, News hit you in a second. If you curate your profile and source of info properly you have access to all beauty of this world. And then you can close it, go see for yourself and then perhaps share again your opinion with friends and family by posting photos / stories, a review.

Our business www.rpsevents.gr was built based on social media. We managed to target the group of clients we were aiming for and to be known for our impeccable taste and unique style. Continue reading…


Viktorija Ignataviciute

Social media gives you real time access to market, possibility to communicate remotely, ability speak directly to the audience and share the information to masses (quite) freely. Traditional media, as much as I love, unfortunately, lacks of such criteria which has become pretty critical for modern society and business.

It brought up a need to stay super dynamic and up to date to most recent trends and news. It challenges the competition and creativity skills because potential audience has immediate access to local and international alternatives to the service or product you work with. Continue reading…

Viktorija Ignataviciute

Damianos Vavanos

As a former marketer, I like to see other marketer’s campaigns including their visuals, copy and engagement. I always seek for best practices.

Personally, I like to see events and follow my friends who I haven’t seen in a while!

I used to run a digital marketing business so…a lot. I think social media gave us the opportunity to market against the big multinational companies. It has democratized marketing. Continue reading…

Damianos Vavanos

Areti Vassou

Social media is an essential part of my business growth. As a Digital Marketing & SEO expert you will find me working at least 4 hours per day, in all major social media channels. But I have to admit that Instagram is one of my favorite ones! It makes business feel so much joyful.

Instagram is my favorite social media network by far. I like the fact that people are willing to share their now-moments from their corner of the world. It is so inspiring that millions of people notice the beauty of life and want to share it with other people.

It feels like we are all gathered around a campfire while sharing stories, emotions, dreams, deep thoughts… It takes a lot of courage to stay human and act upon the need to communicate with other people. That I find uplifting and optimistic!!! Instagram permits users to be more social, more interactive, more direct and creative. Let’s hope that it won’t end up as a Facebook copycat with all this incoming advertising noise.

When I was a teenager we used to throw spontaneous Saturday night parties to-know-us-better. We were listening to music, dancing, playing games, taking photographs, telling stories, flirting, talking about fashion or books or films or art and discussing our problems with school or family. We were stepping into adulthood through endless talks and music… Sounds familiar enough with today’s Social Media activity, doesn’t it?

Above and beyond everything else, the impulse of the human race to reach out has altered the predefined course of things in the most unexpected ways.  It is my hope that the current and next generations of thinkers and doers will bring the house down and turn the tables… My generation had the need to eliminate the gap of distance between people; Social Media does play a huge role in that. But still… we overuse and abuse the “media” part and forget the essential element of “social” part. Which is to come closer, right?

Well, I trust the youngest among us to finetune the Social Media Concept. It is only fair to let the river’s flow shape the coast… Eventually, it will happen with or without our consent! Just wait and see. Continue reading…

Areti Vassou

Now it’s your turn

Tell us how has social media influenced the way you do business. We would love to have your input.

How has social media influenced the way you do business
+ How to stay connected at #WCEU WordCamp Europe 2019

How to stay connected at #WCEU

Attending a WordCamp means that you are into digital technology and internet, right? So you will need to stay connected when & as long you wanted. No worries, WordCamp Europe 2019 team has your back!

Germany is an EU member and part of the “Roam Like at Home” initiative that took effect on 15 June 2017. Info in several languages can be found at: Roaming Q&A from the European Commission.

Should you already have a SIM card from an EU country, including the UK, you can use minutes, text and data in Germany as you would at home. On entering the country, this is confirmed with a message from your provider along the lines of: “Welcome to Germany! You’re probably expecting a message about roaming…”  

For everyone else who wants to stay connected while in Berlin for WordCamp Europe, this post will help you decide whether a German SIM card is needed, plus how and where to buy one if the answer is yes.

How to stay connected at #WCEU

Do you need a German SIM card?

Consider first if you need one, taking into account what’s freely available, length of stay and how you use your smartphone (also called ‘Handy’) and other devices.

Free Wi-Fi

Where will you be? And could the majority of your needs be met using free Wi-Fi?

Free Wi-Fi, typically with no registration, is available at:

  • Schönefeld (SXF) and Tegel (TXL) airports
  • Train stations Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), Ostbahnhof, Gesundbrunnen, Südkreuz, Spandau
  • All U-Bahn (underground) stations on the ‘BVG network’ except Bismarckstraße, Schloßstraße, and Rathaus Steglitz
  • Central Bus Stations ZOB and Ostbahnhof
  • Regional train stations
  • Estrel Congress Center, the WCEU venue
  • Hotels and Airbnbs
  • Cafes and fast food locations, either free or with a small purchase

It’s possible to download maps and use them offline to navigate to places not included above, such as tourist sites or restaurants.

If your time in Berlin is primarily spent in the locations above, you may not need a German SIM card. Leave Wi-Fi open on your phone to detect available networks, and be sure to turn off data access and national/international roaming to prevent unexpected charges.

Duration

How long are you staying in Berlin or Germany? If only staying a few days for the conference and traveling to/from Berlin, and you have minimal mobile needs not met by free Wi-Fi, look into the possibility of extending your current plan.

For example:

  • T-Mobile USA has an International Pass, plus Simple Choice, Magenta and ONE programs for those traveling.
  • Vodafone UK has Global Roaming Plus for those going outside the normal coverage area.

You might find something similar. Weigh your options and costs, and don’t be afraid to contact your mobile provider’s customer service with questions. It’s better to be clear and informed than surprised and sorry.

Scenario

Let’s say you land at Tegel airport, need to get a taxi to the Airbnb or hotel and then spend the majority of your time socialising and working at the WCEU venue or your accommodation, want to see the Berlin Wall and go to a biergarten, and back to the airport.

You can use the airport Wi-Fi to communicate with your Airbnb host and get an Uber, or catch a taxi cab outside the terminal and go to the hotel, use the venue Wi-Fi, download maps to navigate to the Berlin Wall and biergarten, use the restaurant Wi-Fi if needed, and then use the hotel/Airbnb Wi-Fi to hail an Uber or taxi and go back to the airport. None of this requires a German SIM card.

Getting a German SIM card

Many who debate getting a local SIM card (also called ‘Handykarte’) are staying in Berlin or Germany for more than a few days, plus one or more of the following reasons:

  • Need mobile access everywhere, not just where it’s free – for navigation, for apps, for use as a portable hotspot, for work, for family, for emergencies, for freedom;
  • Want to keep the SIM for future use in Germany/EU and know what’s involved in maintaining it;
  • Understand the German language, are willing to use Google translate or similar, or know someone who could help. Top-up, online management and network messages are in German. There is no option for English.

Factors to consider when choosing a SIM card:

  • Convenience: Where to purchase and how to activate
  • Speed
  • Cost
  • Coverage

Read on to get the details.

German mobile service providers

There are three main providers:

All other mobile offerings are resellers (listed in parentheses) who are using main providers on a sometimes slower 3G network and offer little or no customer service if you need assistance.

What you need

  • A compatible device that is unlocked and has the correct band of 800/900/1800 mHz. Not sure? Check your device at: Frequency Check
  • 20 euros in cash, in case some stores do not accept cards
  • Passport
  • German address: Address of your hotel, hostel, Airbnb or friend

The last two are needed for identity verification, after which your SIM card is unlocked and activation is complete. This is required due to a counter-terrorism initiative in effect since July 2017.

Activation

There are three ways to verify your identity, but availability depends on which SIM you select and where you buy it.

  • In person: Verification completed at time of SIM card purchase. Fastest activation, usually within 15-30 minutes.
  • WebID/VideoID/OnlineID: Verification done by completing an online form, submitting a copy of your passport or presenting your passport via video. Activation varies – some report a few hours; others say up to 48 hours.
  • Post Ident: Fill in a form and present your passport at the post office, which is then forwarded. Slowest activation, depends on mail delivery.

Where to buy a SIM card

There are lots of places to buy a SIM card, and we’ve listed them along with pros and cons of each.

  • Tegel (TXL) AirportCapi Electronics in Terminal A is open from 6:00-21:00 daily. Staff speak English and other languages, fast activation, has options from different providers but perhaps not the best prices. There are no shops in Schoenfield (SXF) Airport.
  • Direct from Telekom, Vodafone and O2: Many locations around Berlin, open during normal business hours, staff likely speak English or another language, fast activation, but only has options from their own brand.
  • Saturn and Media Markt: Many locations, longer hours than Telekom/Vodafone/O2, staff speak English or another language, fast activation, have options from all providers for a range of price points.
  • ALDIKaufland and Lidl supermarkets: Younger people speak English, you need to activate yourself online in German via WebID/VideoID/OnlineID, and time to activation is variable (some report a few hours, some up to 24-48 hours), only have options from their brand. REWE supermarkets have top-up cards for several brands.
  • Rossmann drugstore chain, kiosks, gas stations: Many locations, you need to speak German, activation unspecified, options are varied.
  • Tchibo coffee store chain: A few locations, staff may only speak German, activation time depends on knowledge of person helping you, only has Tchibo Mobil ‘Prepaid SIM’ option (do not get Smartphone SIM).
  • Online: Cheaper and convenient if you plan ahead and have an address in Germany because you complete activation online so the SIM is unlocked and sent. However, offers posted online are usually only in German and not the most current.

What to buy

What we recommend: Go to a Saturn or Media Markt location, tell them that you need a prepaid SIM card starter pack with X GB of data (how much is typical) for X days (how long you’re staying), and have them show you some options.

Between 1-2 GB of data in combination with free Wi-Fi is sufficient for most people staying a week or less, unless planning to watch or work with a lot of videos and/or images. Heavy users may want to check out Pro 7 Surf Stick, which measures by time and not by volume.

Going to a large chain store ensures you find staff speaking different languages, lots of choice, good prices, acceptance of cards and cash, fast activation and customer support if you need assistance.

UK SIM card: There’s also a non-German option if you or a friend are stopping in or living in the UK. A Vodafone prepaid SIM card can be bought at the airport, activation is immediate, everything is in English and can be managed online.

Big Value Bundle costs 10 GBP and gives you 3GB of data, unlimited text and 250 minutes. Service is discontinued at the end of a month if you don’t have credit on your account and can also be reactivated when you need it.

Whether you decide to roam like at home, roam free or roam everywhere, there are options to stay connected during your time at WCEU, around Berlin and beyond.


My personal congratulations to the author of this article. As a Media Supporter of WordCamp Europe 2019, I use the published material from the official #WCEU website, in order to notify my audience about press releases & updates.

+ Explore Berlin Before and After WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Explore Berlin Before and After WordCamp Europe #WCEU

Berlin is full of exciting things to do and see, whether it be grabbing a bite to eat, sightseeing or heading out to a nightclub.

Check out Getting Around Berlin for information on travelling around Berlin and WCEU Accessibility page to find your way around Berlin with disabilities. You can also read Payment methods in Berlin for tips and advice on how to buy things during your visit.

Berlin Sightseeing

Berlin is a popular tourist hotspot in Europe, and deservedly so. If you are interested in history and art or simply want to enjoy the local cuisine, Berlin will not disappoint.

Reichstag

The Reichstag has a rich and storied history and is the traditional home of the German government. Take a tour of the glass dome atop the building, added after reunification of East and West Germany, for a 360-degree view of the city. Admission is free, but you must register online to skip the queue and secure a date and time slot in advance. Bring a passport or European ID, and follow instructions sent to you on security and entry. 

Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011

Register to visit the Reichst

Reichstag

Simon-Dach-Straße

This trendy strip can be found in the neighbourhood of Friedrichshain, a popular place for food in Berlin, known for its wide selection of yummy vegan food. A guided walking for vegans is on offer from Vegan Tours (website powered by WordPress).

Address: Simon-Dach-Straße, 10245

Simon-Dach-Straße

Museum Island

Berlin has a huge number of museums, many of the best of which are concentrated in the epicentre of Berlin’s thriving art scene on “Museum Island.” Here you will find the Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum), Bode-Museum, Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) and the Altes Museum (Old Museum). After a full day of museum hopping and admiring the Bust of Nefertiti and Gates of Babylon, you can cap off the evening at one of many cocktail bars, cafes and restaurants in the area.

Address: Museuminsel, 10178

Purchase Museum Island entrance tickets

Museum Island

Free walking tour

Join WCEU Communications team member Ryan Hellyer for a free walking tour of Berlin on the Wednesday before WCEU or choose another of many free walking tours on offer. Most tours include stories of Berlin’s history and a pass by the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, historic memorials and buildings, Alexanderplatz, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.

WCEU free walking tour signup

Free walking tour

Kreuzberg

Known as a hip and vibrant neighbourhood in Berlin, Kreuzberg has trendy bars, clubs, eats, urban gardens and street art all around. Aside from being a popular place to buy a famous Berlin Döner Kebab, it is home to the East Side Gallery, where the most Instagrammable street art is found and the longest remaining piece of the Berlin wall has been turned into a 1.3 km-long piece of artwork.

Kreuzberg

Food tour

WCEU Speaker, David Needham, signed up for a food and biking tour of Berlin. Cycling off the beaten path from East to West, you can explore how Berlin’s post-war history has shaped its food, people, places and street art, making it the vibrant city it is today. 

Book into the Berlin bike and food tour

Food tour

Tempelhof

Once the busiest airport in the world and the primary source of air traffic in and out of West Berlin during the Berlin Airlift, Tempelhof was permanently closed after reunification and is now used for tourism and recreation. Its public park has sprawling green areas for people and dogs, plus areas for cycling, walking and skateboarding. Tours are also available for the historic airport terminal building.

Address: Tempelhofer Damm, 12101

Book a Tempelhof airport terminal tour

Tempelhof
Berlin, Germany

See more amazing ideas at WordCamp Europe 2019 official website: www.2019.europe.wordcamp.org

+ Proud Media Sponsor of Styled Shoot at Imaret Hotel Kavala

Proud Media Sponsor of Styled Shoot at Imaret Hotel Kavala

The luxury elopement concept is perfect for pre-wedding photo shoots, wedding photography and next day sessions. Pick your best day, bring your best smile and let the magic to lead you in a far away mythical place like Imaret Hotel in Kavala.

For the first time, since it was transformed into a Historical Hotel, Imaret opened its doors and gave Fiorello Photography 100% permission to use all available areas for this wedding styled shoot.

Never before, has been a record of styled shoots in this venue. Even real weddings that have rented their wedding reception areas had to dance around strict restrictions. We are really honored that we are the first that took pictures and captured the beauty from spaces of this architectural monument.

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Luxury Elopement Photography

Declare your eternal love in the most romantic location in the world. There are few places like this, where history, art, style, and elegance meet in such a poetic and dreamy venue. Once you pass the front door you will feel the mythical vibes transforming you into a magnificent princess of the East.

For couples in love, nowhere is too much or too far, when it comes to having the wedding of their dreams. And in this styled wedding photo shoot, wedding inspiration is pouring from the sky! And Fiorello Photography knows how to capture the perfect moments.

This glamorous and luxury elopement wouldn’t be that breathtaking without the wedding planner’s magical hand. The concept was carefully organized & planned by www.imevents.org

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Inspired Moments

They know how to create Inspired Moments and take our breath away. Read the wedding planner’s words:

The moment we stepped into Imaret we knew we had to create a balanced atmosphere to embrace the glorious past and incorporate the contemporary present. Inspired by the colors of Imaret, this magnificent historical venue, we designed an earthy smooth tonality of colors and textures combined to declare luxurious romance.

The styling and floral design had to point out the meeting of two eras. Earthy neutral shades developed in floral design by mixing preserved and fresh flowers, such as pampas grass, dried amaranthus and asparagus fern with orchids, anthurium, peonies, roses and carnations.

A harmonious styling set derived from synthesizing aged furniture with minimalist modern elements and delicate textures. The essence of silk laying on a distressed table combined with neutral art de la table and clear acrylic chairs was the perfect ground for a contemporary floral centerpiece, modern calligraphy place cards and vellum menus.

The vow floral installation and the bridal bouquet was a statement of freedom and elegance to enfold the couple’s love. This earthy neutral luxury elopement styled shoot unfolds the chronicle symphony of ethereal beauty.

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Wedding Planners are Magicians

The magician behind a perfect wedding day is the wedding planner. If you want to have a relaxed wedding experience then you should trust a pro wedding planner. Why bother your mind with all the details of organizing a smooth wedding when you can leave all the fuss on the hands of a professional?

Let yourself free from tackling your wedding-planning checklist, diving headfirst into budgets and guest lists. Wedding planners are a blissful tribe of people. They know how to make everything work just perfect. Let all the stress go away and enjoy the most amazing day of your life.

Inspired Moments Events know how to handle all the behind the scenes challenges for designing an unforgettable wedding day for you and your love. Pick your favorite destination and let them do their magic!

In this wedding styled photo shoot, they have proved how gracefully they can stage a luxurious setting for a couple. The wedding suite and reception area had a spectacular display of flower arrangements and design. There is no bride & groom that wouldn’t fall in love with this elegant wedding theme at Imaret Hotel.

It was a celebration of timeless style within the walls of a historical Hotel in Kavala. The venue was the ultimate backdrop for this concept. Inspired Moments team planned everything carefully and made all of us feel safe for having them leading the styled shoot. That is the essential benefit of having a wedding planner for your wedding! You feel safe!

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Tips by Monika Kritikou

Monika: Throughout the day I was thinking of how important it is to trust your wedding planner for the big day. The advice I would give to future brides and grooms is that you can never plan enough especially when it comes to all the details for a destination wedding in Greece. When the day is over you want to have the best wedding memories. And the wedding planner will make sure that you will have everything you wished for!

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Wedding Vendors Behind the Scenes

This dreamy looking elopement was possibly to happen thanks to the expertise of these top wedding vendors. The concept was planned and organized by www.imevents.org and the photos were captured by www.fiorellophotography.com at the magnificent Imaret Hotel in Kavala, Greece. 

The breathtaking video was made by www.camshot.gr  and the floral design that has stolen your heart was made by www.redboxdays.gr, and all Stationery items were designed by www.brightwhite.gr … amazingly beautiful, right? The wedding cake that made all of us hold our breath was created by the hands of www.cakesandcookies.gr, a true sugar artist.

The models were very patient and followed our instructions with grace. The lady model @elina_sinopoulou looks like a fairytale Princess with the www.crochelle.gr bridal gown and next to her, the gentleman model @dimitris_giannoulis is dressed with a great looking www.giannetos.gr groom’s attire. 

The bridal hairpiece by http://www.thallo.com is giving an extra glam look on top of the work that hairstyling artist  @jean_pierre_haute_coiffure have done in collaboration with the makeup artist @eleutheriasamaropoulou, they are masters of the elegant bridal look. The luxury watch and diamonds were from  www.constantinos-jewellery.gr

And none of the above would be possible without the photographer’s amazing car Fiat 500 and her gear by Canon. Feel free to contact Monika Kritikou for your wedding in Italy, France, Greece or the rest of Europe.

Special thanks are in order for our media sponsor & digital strategist Areti Vassou, Ideadeco.co and for the great models that were excellent.

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography

Discover the Vendors

Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
Luxury Elopement at Imaret Hotel Kavala by Fiorello Photography
+ Instagram Branded Content Ads

Instagram Branded Content Ads

Instagram announced on 4th June 2019, that they are rolling out the ability for advertisers to promote creators’ organic branded content posts as feed ads. Branded content is an evolving ecosystem.

Instagram has worked to build the right tools for both business and creators involved in branded content deals, one of the biggest requests from brands to date is the ability to incorporate branded content posts into their advertising strategies.

Instagram Branded Content Ads

Instagram Creators

68% of people say they come to Instagram to interact with creators. With branded content ads, businesses have an opportunity to tell their brand stories through creators’ voices, reach new audiences and measure impact.

Using the tools available on the Facebook ads platform, businesses can reach targeted audiences beyond the people who follow the brand and creator accounts. And by running ads, they’ll have access to measurement and can optimize and test their campaigns against their set goals for more effective marketing campaigns.

When these ads appear in feed and stories, people will see “Paid partnership with” along with the brand name on each post—which is very important for ads transparency.

Instagram Branded Content Ads

Getting Started with Branded Content

There are 2 main steps for creating branded content ads. First, branded content creators need to enable their business partners to promote their post as an ad, which they can do in Advanced Settings. Once they do this, the business partner will see the post on Ads Manager under Existing Posts and can choose to run it as an ad in feed or stories format.

Step-by-step instructions for both businesses and creators are available here.

Branded content ads for feed will be available to all advertisers in the coming weeks and for stories over the coming months. This is just the beginning and Instagram will continue to invest in branded content to provide even more value for people, creators and businesses. Source: Instagram Business Blog

Instagram Branded Content Ads

Instagram is Making Explore Even Better

for Your Interests

On 16th May 2019, Instagram announced that they added new designs in Explore, bringing more ways to discover photos, videos, products and Stories relevant to user’s interests. Continue reading…

Instagram Branded Content Ads

List of Instagram Banned Hashtags [Updated 2019]

Yes, there is a list with banned Instagram hashtags that you should avoid if you don’t want to get penalized by Instagram. The bad news is that this list is changing every week. The good news is that we can check our hashtags before we add them into our IG feed. Continue reading…

Instagram Branded Content Ads

Instagram Announced a New Account for Shops

Are you a shop owner that uses Instagram to spread your products reach? Instagram opened a new account @shop dedicated to all creative shop owners of the Instagram world. This is huge! Not only you can sell through a business account but now you can also be featured among the top Instagram shop owners. Instagram redefines what digital marketing game. Again! Continue reading…

Instagram Branded Content Ads

7 Ideas for Outstanding Instagram Content

A friend called me and asked for some fresh ideas for his Instagram copywriting. Digital Marketing & SEO Experts tend to support each other when they hit a dry period. So here are some ideas to use when you are out of the inspiration zone. Continue reading…

+ Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

I read in so many posts people complaining that marketing is getting harder and harder. They find advertising costs rising, month by month. In my humble opinion, when digital experts are looking for easy fame & money, they tend to invest a huge amount of money to get spectacular traffic results & leads, instantly.

But nowadays the competition is hard. Really hard. Next to that, audiences are digitally mature and are not hooked with bad practices and cold selling. People want to be respected. People seek brands that value their attention and time.

Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

Position Your Brand

Concentrate more to position your brand in front of the right audience, for the right reasons, with the right intentions and the right content. Low quality won’t stand the competition.

As usually, within the first 10 years of every new industry, the market tends to self-correct. No wonder why now, after 20 years of active digital marketing growth, the market has distinguished which factors separates the weak from the strong players.

Some may say that there are numerous technical criteria that define who is leading the game and who follows. Don’t fool yourselves… people can use their intuitive intelligence still through digital media. Sleazy content & marketing smells from miles away and people loathe it.

Make an effort to not insult people’s intelligence with what you post and what you propose via your digital behavior. Especially, digital marketing professionals should set the best example.

Define your code of ethics for your brand from the beginning.

Businesses are competing not only for the same customers but also for their good reputation. They can’t afford to be the King’s jester of the digital village.

Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

We all live in the same digital village

So, more and more companies are silently headhunting top digital marketing experts (in different areas such as: SEO, SEM, Content Creators etc) with outstanding business ethics and a specific set of skills.

As a digital expert, every single decision you make impacts on the real world. The tactics you apply to your client’s digital assets, can bring results but also are tiny stones in the making process of the industry’s legacy.

As individuals and professionals, we create history and the code of ethics for the next generations. We all are responsible for what circulates in the internet. We all feed the monster 24/7.

Make way for the best practices, choose to do the right thing. Not because there is a fear of punishment but for building a better world. All digital actions can cause huge reactions in the real world.

The only way we have to protect our integrity is to publish accurate information and focus on the truth. And no, there isn’t such a thing like micro-management of truth depending on the ears. Truth is the truth. Facts are facts.

The days were some could blame “ignorance” for posting inappropriate or fake content just to gain more clicks, are forever gone.

Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

The Influencers Bubble

I was talking with a dear friend from New York and we were discussing how so many digital experts have countless of skills but they lack code of ethics. Having so much power to influence society should come with guidelines. Without guidelines, the game can become really confusing and dangerous.

The problem with that is, we are asking young mid-twenties individuals to share their creative eye but we never consider explain to them the whole picture. They come up with awesome ideas for videos, texts or games but they can not comprehend how much they actually affect society.

We, are to blame for that! The generation before them. Like me, you likely have lots of examples around you from young men & women gasping for more attention from their social media fans. They push their limits far away from any logical boundaries, just to get more likes and followers.

And what do we do? We call them influencers and then we hire them to boost some of our client’s brands. We rewarding the weird and unhealthy behavior. Marketing has built a huge industry on the back of the influencers.

As social media users, we consume the influencers struggle to look and live an unreal life and afterward we criticize everything they do. First, we ask them to be unreal (and reward them for that) and then we punish them for being unrealistic by calling them the worst names.

Choose to do the right thing in the digital world

Back to basics

It is time to post and write about real people, about real life situations and without any filters that beautify reality. Understanding the need to bring back humanity into the digital world, is the first step to find a balance between the two worlds.

Why? Because life has no filters or edit mode. Wouldn’t it be great to publish with the same attitude? To be real?

It’s only a matter of choice.

It’s time to take control of your marketing and your digital behavior. We have passed into a new digital adulthood era where teenage tantrum has no place to be. Let’s step to the next level.

+ 90 Days of Real Blogging Topics

90 Days of Real Blog Topics

After 90 days of daily blogging, here are the topics that boosted our blog’s global ranking from 1.515.000 to 560.000. No matter how difficult it may looks, it’s doable! Pick the general topics and start writing day after day.

As you can imagine the topics define which keywords and keyphrases we used throughout our content marketing strategy. Therefore it’s only natural to share with you which keywords we used.

The keywords we used focused on:

  • Day 01 – 30: Content Creation, Content Marketing, WordPress, WordCamp, Blogging, SEO, Social Media, SEO for Blogs, Workshops, Digital Copywriting and Content Calendar.
  • Day 31 – 60: Content Creation, Content Marketing, Digital Strategy, Communication, Newsletters & Email Marketing, Micro-Blogging, Quora, Medium, LinkedIn, Advanced Blogging, SEO for Blogs, Workshops, Digital Copywriting and Content Calendar.
  • Day 61 – 90: Content Creation, Content Marketing, Email Marketing, SEO for Blogs, Workshops, Digital Copywriting, WordPress & WordCamps.
  • Extra topics, 91 – 105: All the above.
90 Days of Real Blogging Topics

90 Blogging Topics

  1. Welcome Spring, Welcome March
  2. 30-Day Blogging Challenge
  3. How Blogging Made me a Better Listener
  4. What is blogging?
  5. WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day
  6. Women’s Day Giveaway
  7. 12 SEO Speed Check Up Points
  8. Women Who Changed the World
  9. Why You Should Use WordPress
  10. Social Media Marketing World Conference 2019
  11. Giveaway Winner Announcement
  12. Benefits of Guest Blogging
  13. 30th Anniversary of the World Wide Web
  14. Blogging Tips for Beginners
  15. Facebook Down for Almost 24 Hours
  16. Google Update Florida 2
  17. Why You Shouldn’t Blog
  18. Promote your Blog on Social Media
  19. Why I Love Twitter
  20. The Next Big Player in Video Games is Google
  21. How to Plan a Stress Free Wedding
  22. How to Write the Perfect Blog Post
  23. The Art of Catchy Headlines is Made by Robots
  24. Create a Professional Media Kit in 5 Steps
  25. WordCamp Europe 2019 Speakers Business I
  26. Philips Wireless Dictation For Bloggers Who Love Coffee Breaks
  27. 12 Truths to Reach your Blogging Nirvana
  28. Generosity is the Secret Key to Everything
  29. Learn to say NO like a Princess
  30. Vogue is coming back to Greece
  31. Public Speaking Workshop
  32. The Results of our 30 Day Blogging Challenge
  33. New Month, New Goals
  34. Do you want to tell us your story?
  35. Gain More Website Traffic by Publishing on Medium
  36. WordCamp Europe 2019 Speakers Business II
  37. Arsenis Paschopoulos Interview
  38. Influencers: Who they are and how can they help my business?
  39. The Future of Facebook Advertising Effectiveness
  40. WordCamp Europe 2019 Speakers, Open Source and Communities
  41. The Sweet Taste of Success
  42. Define your blog’s identity
  43. Viktorija Ignataviciute Interview
  44. The Role of Enchantment in Content Creation
  45. Digital Nomads in Real Life
  46. WordCamp Europe 2019 Speakers, Content and Branding
  47. WordPress Europe 2019 Topics
  48. In Blogging What Makes The Art of Closure Powerful?
  49. WordPress Europe 2019 Speakers, Development I
  50. WordCamp Athens 2019 Speakers
  51. Bauhaus Movement: Five Lessons for Today’s Content Creators
  52. Learn to love SEO like Google
  53. WordCamp Europe 2019 Workshops
  54. Ask the Right Questions
  55. Helena Chaviara Interview
  56. IDEADECO APRIL BLOGGING TOPICS
  57. WordPress Europe 2019 Speakers, Development II
  58. Paraskevi Kourtidou Interview
  59. SEO is an Advanced Chess Game
  60. Leading to the Top
  61. The Pink Moon Inspiration
  62. WordPress Europe 2019 Speakers, Gutenberg
  63. Earth Day
  64. The Big Business of Blogging
  65. Optimize Your Landing Pages
  66. WordPress Europe 2019 Speakers, Design
  67. Content Marketing Tips to Add Easter Celebrations
  68. Host Successful Corporate Events in Greece
  69. Dive into Quora Unique World of Questions
  70. Matt Mullenweg as Keynote Speaker at #WCEU
  71. Digital Nomad Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling
  72. 8 Clever Ways to Recycle Your Content
  73. My WordPress Success Story
  74. What’s New From Pinterest
  75. FAQ About WordPress
  76. Facebook F8 Conference Highlights
  77. Instagram News
  78. WordPress Changed My Life
  79. What Makes a Good Presentation
  80. Monika Kritikou Interview
  81. How to Hire a Photographer for your Blog
  82. How do you recharge your energy?
  83. Characteristics of Professionalism
  84. 7 Ideas for Outstanding Instagram Content
  85. Ask Me Anything Session #AMA
  86. Instagram announced a new account for shops
  87. WordPress for Kids at #WCEU
  88. List of Instagram Banned Hashtags [Updated 2019]
  89. Ideadeco May Blogging Topics
  90. How to Boost your Newsletter and Attract More Subscribers
  91. Be the Expert in your Field
  92. The Art of Unselfish Storytelling
  93. Things to do before WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU
  94. Use Twitter as Part of Your Content Strategy
  95. Google Doodle celebrates the birth of Willem Einthoven
  96. Wedding Photography Tips
  97. WordCamp Europe Call for Teaching Assistants (TAs) #WCEU
  98. Interesting News Found Into My Mailbox
  99. WordCamp Europe After Party #WCEU
  100. Improving Sustainability at #WCEU
  101. The Art of Closure
  102. Find Content Gems in Interviews
  103. Donate your Old WordCamp T-shirts #WCEU
  104. Google AI Impact Challenge
  105. WordPress experts will debate two hot topics at #WCEU
90 Days of Real Blogging Topics

What we learned from our 90 Day Blogging

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that the blogging struggle is real. But with some discipline and a healthy plan, blogging can become joyful.

Let’s take things from the beginning. As you remember this challenge started after a lecture in Paris.

In the first week of February I was giving a lecture about SEO, blogging & content marketing, when the topic of blogging struggle raised. In the auditorium there were 90 young bloggers who were patient enough to attend the 4 hours lecture. Among the many questions, one made quite an impact on the gathering. How to keep a blogger motivated to write one new piece of content every single day.

Creativity and discipline are the 2 major must-haves skills. Then comes reality! So the big question is, how can a blogger actually keep up with the demands of everyday blogging?

My suggestion was based on my personal experience as a professional blogger. By setting up a detailed content calendar for a 30 day circle it’s easier to prepare your content creation process. If you break the big circle into smaller circles, and adopt one general theme for each separate week, then it’s 100% doable. For example:

  • First day of the month: welcome the new month and gently give a hint of the new topic of the month: Blogging
  • Week A: Explain Blogging, types of blogging, history of blogging, platforms of blogging, tools of blogging, famous bloggers, your personal story in blogging
  • Week B: How to, Guides, Calendar, Titles, What to avoid, SEO guidance, Social Media & Blogging
  • Week D: Presentation of top blogging events, Workshops, Promote your blog, Content Marketing & Blogging, Ethics of Blogging, Growth hacking tips for blogging,
  • Last 1 or 2 days of the month: Closure of the month with a personal story with the month’s achievement, or even a presentation of your monthly growth.

As you can see, it feels safe to walk on solid tracks when you are writing with a well formed strategy. Even if circumstances force you to change your topics, still you have a crystal clear area to stretch your creativity.

We used this discipline for 90 days and today we can declare that has became a sweet daily habit – OK, some days not so sweet – but we have found our pace and we are happy!