What a week! And it’s only Wednesday…
Mailchimp pretty much flipped the bird to entrepreneurs and small businesses everywhere by downgrading their functionality on the free plan and no longer giving users the capability to build campaigns with multiple emails in them.
Goodbye nurture sequences
The good news is that if you already had those campaigns set up, you can keep them! just don’t go making edits that you’re going to regret.
It made me realise how much I rely on free platforms to help support my business and thought what a better time to write about my #rideordie tools! In no particular order:
1. Shannon Mattern’s #5DayWebsiteChallenge – https://www.wp-bff.com/
This challenge was how I built my website from scratch! Let me tell you, WordPress aint an easy beast to tame!
The challenge is free and you get emailed a link to a video each day to complete.
It took me waaay longer than 5 days though
2. Planoly – https://www.planoly.com/ and in the Appstore
The selling point for this platform was the desktop version that allows you to drag and drop and plan out your feed. It also stores all your hashtags in little sets that you can edit, copy or insert directly into the caption of a scheduled post.
Sign up for a free account and you get pretty much all the fancy features, they just cap your monthly uploads at 30.
3. Mailchimp – https://mailchimp.com/
This might be a relationship that is coming to an end after the recent backstabbing. There aren’t many other free email marketing tools around that provide the features and reporting that Mailchimp does.
So for now, we remain amicable.
4. Zapier – https://zapier.com/
My introduction to Zapier genuinely changed my life. Zapier is the relationship councillor between to two apps/tools/websites that normally wouldn’t speak to each other. For a simple example: You select WordPress and Mailchimp, you tell Zapier ‘When this happens in WP’ ‘Then this happens in MC’. That easy!
5. Canva – https://www.canva.com/
The final piece of the puzzle. What would I do without Canva?
It is by far the easiest way to make graphics for your socials. They have HUNDREDS of cute templates if you’re lacking creativity and their stock photos are a bit better than:
I hope this guide introduces you to some new tools or inspires you to go and make something great with the ones you’re already using.
I would love to hear if there are any platforms that changed the game for you!