Cash is an old person’s way of paying

Cash is an old person’s way of paying

This is a short article - because the premise is easy. Old people pay with cash, young people pay with credit card or debit card. Even direct debit is in the "annoying" box. The Reserve Bank of Australia has published new research showing that cash is on the steady...

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The world doesn’t need another Facebook Group

The world doesn’t need another Facebook Group

I'm guessing that if you've come to the place in life where this blog post is something you're reading, then you're my kind of person: the kind of person that would love to leave a mark on the world. The kind of person who'd like to make it better. I've been wondering...

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My greatest temptation, and why it should be yours

My greatest temptation, and why it should be yours

My greatest temptation today is to fill the few remaining hours of my week with a podcast. This is a short but empowering call to arms as to why it should be yours as well. Podcasting There is absolutely no reason why I am not creating other podcasts today. Other than...

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Podcast Episode 6: The Unpopular creative, Tess McCabe

Tess is a creative through and through, a designer, publisher, author, podcaster and she writes a great newsletter called Syllouge. We talk at great lengths about her creative endeavours and also try to solve her newsletter sending tech and make her shipping...

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1-click creation of voicemails with Workflow

1-click creation of voicemails with Workflow

Sometimes an email (or other message) requires more than a quick text reply but maybe you're on your phone and everything would be easier if you could just send them a voicemail. You don't want to call but you don't want to type and you don't want to send a video....

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Why I’m glad EFTM started emailing me

Why I’m glad EFTM started emailing me

For coming up to two years at least, probably even longer, Trevor Long and the team at EFTM have had my email address. I gladly gave it – probably for a competition at first – knowing that I could trust Trevor to not abuse my personal email address and also because I...

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What if they don’t reply to my email?

What if they don’t reply to my email?

Emails are hard. They get lost, forgotten, and inside of them lays millions of dollars of potential revenue if we could just get that reply! Worry no more - that is if you use Gmail or GSuite for your email and you use Google Chrome to manage them. ifnoreply.com is a...

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Join the Unpopular Slack community

Join the Unpopular Slack community

Being in community is pure humanity, it's what we do. It's also one of the the core foundations of Unpopular - after all, if it's all just me typing then in the end it becomes an echo chamber. Your role in the community isn't just to learn and get better at being an...

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An introduction to Zapier

An introduction to Zapier

Zapier is the glue that keeps so much of my life together. Zapier is a web service that connects other web services, apps, social media channels, RSS feeds, and in some cases, it even connects out to the real world. Explained most simply: Zapier creates zaps. A zap is...

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What is Facebook even for?

What is Facebook even for?

In today's Unpopular Podcast with Tea Smith she makes the not-so-daming-claim-now-that-I-think-about-it that organic reach on Facebook is dead. To put it in blunt terms, her claim (which has been backed up by Gary Vaynerchuck recently - more here) is that if you open...

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Podcast Episode 4: An Unpopular cup of Tea (Smith)

Tea and I challenge each other constantly in the spheres of advertising, marketing and DIY business technology. Ultimately, she always wins, but the fight is the main reason I'm here. Enjoy!. Listen, subscribe, and share on unpopular.show [audio...

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Lifting your social game

Lifting your social game

A friend is working on a social media presentation today for youth leaders and workers, and asked for input on four questions from a group of likeminded nerds. As much as these apply to people in the youth work field today, they equally apply to the small business...

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Zero cost, quick, and easy way to accept credit card payments

Zero cost, quick, and easy way to accept credit card payments

So many small businesses are scared of credit card transactions - if you're one of those scaredy cats I hope this article can bring you over the line. Credit card fees are easily managed today and recent changes to the law have legitimised the charging of credit card...

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Podcast Episode 3: An Unpopular Day, James Day

James Day is a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of the leading wedding photographers in the world. I've helped him with lots of business automation and customer journey before today, so before I left his house this morning I had to record a podcast with...

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Email templates (often) suck

Email templates (often) suck

If you hate template email replies In the Unpopular podcast episode one with Cut A Rug DJ, Aaron Duncan, we covered saved replies and what to do if you are swamped by email but hate impersonal emails. Aaron’s got the same email problem as everyone: too many emails,...

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See your website through someone else’s eyes

See your website through someone else’s eyes

It's more than likely you designed, or hired someone to design, your website for you. The inherent problem is that you're not your customer.  To see how your website visitors view and use your website try out fullstory.com/free Fullstory, and other products like it,...

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How to break through the noise? Stop fibbing

How to break through the noise? Stop fibbing

A second title for this article could be, 'The world doesn't need another directory'. An entrepreneur lucky enough to secure a fancy domain name, a cheap web host, and a Wordpress template for a business directory has just emailed me with the best idea he or she could...

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Using Calendly to make appointment scheduling simple

Using Calendly to make appointment scheduling simple

If you’re a wedding client of mine, at some point I’ve sent you to marriedbyjosh.com/cal to make an appointment with me. Setting appointments can be painful and drawn out. They say, Monday night, you say Tuesday afternoon, they say 3pm, you say 3:30, they’re not available at 3:30, how about next Thursday, you’re out of town then. There are a number of tools to fix this job, I’ve tested many of them and I keep on coming back to this one simple solution.

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Podcast Episode 2: Unpopular photographer, Morgan Roberts

Morgan's a professional wedding guest and we go deep on making your pricing available publicly on your website plus the ever annoying reconciling Stripe payments and Fees into Xero is covered. Listen, subscribe, and share on unpopular.show [audio...

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Why we don’t do giveaways, or freebies anymore

Why we don’t do giveaways, or freebies anymore

Walk through any wedding expo and you'll walk out feeling like you don't have to spend any money considering how much free stuff everyone just gave you. Between the percentage-offs, the discounts available this week only, and the lucky giveaway for one lucky winner,...

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What apps are on my phone? Todoist

What apps are on my phone? Todoist

This is a series covering the apps on my iPhone, and why I use them. Enjoy! Today's app is my daily driver to-do app, Todoist. Todoist is the first to-do app I've found myself using. I haven't by any stretch searched the universe for the biggest and best to-do apps,...

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Coaching and mentoring

Coaching and mentoring

I personally really like talking issues out. Reading is awesome, I'll read til the cows come home, but if I can get you in a room we'll have a better time. That's why I prefer attending and leading in-person workshops, there's something about talking it through and...

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Resize images with a quick right click on macOS

Resize images with a quick right click on macOS

This video will show you how to setup a little automation on your Mac to prepare images for sharing in Edgar and then onto social media - without using any extra software, and it doesn't cost you a cent. https://youtu.be/3wwmAONyHzA

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Get a landline phone number for your mobile business

Get a landline phone number for your mobile business

In the early days of my business I prided myself on sharing my personal mobile phone number on every website, directory, and social media account – and you probably know how this tale ends: insanity. So I went looking for a solution.

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Create a calendar event from a booking form

Create a calendar event from a booking form

This tutorial will be helpful to people that book sessions of their time as their main product or as part of their customer journey, and that process is initiated by a form. Unpopular member Bel asks "I'm trying to add the date location and time from just my deposit...

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Welcome to Unpopular

Welcome to Unpopular

What is Unpopular and who is Josh Withers? When I was fresh out of high school I walked past a freshly designed store with a logo that caught my eye. 'Business Solutions' read the front window, and a shopping list of things they were planning on creating, fixing, and...

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