» Top Apps to Help You Work Smarter

In this day and age, smartphones have become a lifeline for business operations. We use mobile devices to schedule, analyze, remember, and complete all sorts of tasks both for our business’ and our daily lives.

Luckily, there are a ton of great apps available to help you be more effective and help you get more work done. We’ve compiled a list of great apps for Wedding Pros that will help maximize your productivity and keep you organized!

top-apps-to-help-you-work-smarterNeed an app to manage to-do lists? Wunderlist is the app for you!

With Wunderlist you can…

  • Create to-do lists that you can access on your smartphone, computer, or tablet
  • Share to-do lists with other people
  • Attach photos and PDFs
  • Delegate to-dos
  • Set reminders for to-dos

Need an app to help with your time management? Toggl Time Tracker is the app for you!

With Toggl Time Tracker you can…

  • Track how much time you are spending on certain apps or websites
  • Track employees time management
  • Export time sheets
  • See what you spend the most time on and use the info to plan accordingly

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» Four Tips to Ensure Networking Success

One of the greatest aspects of being a Pro on WeddingWire is the opportunity to network with other Pros! Networking is an extremely important part of your business that allows you to build connections within the industry as well as gain industry knowledge. We know that networking isn’t always easy though!

Here are four tips to help you achieve networking success at your next event:

Four Tips to Ensure Networking Success1. Don’t just intrude into someone else’s conversation

Politely adding yourself into a conversation can be hard but there is a way to do it professionally without being intrusive. Make sure that when you enter a conversation you have a good conversation starter and always introduce yourself when there is a break in conversation. If you want to talk to a member of the conversation privately, make sure you mention that you would love to talk to them about a topic later.

2. Watch your body language

Make sure that you have open body language! Don’t close yourself off to anyone during a conversation. Smiling and having open body language will also make you seem more approachable.

3. Involve everyone in the conversation

Rather than constantly talking about yourself, try finding things to relate to with everyone in the conversation. Remember, you are all at the same networking event so you must have some things in common!

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» Best Practices for Real Wedding Submissions

One of the most crucial aspects of developing strong wedding PR for your business is getting published. Whether you’re a DJ, florist, venue, caterer, wedding planner or any other wedding Pro, getting published will expose your business to an even wider audience. WeddingWire’s real wedding features are a great place to display your work and share your amazing weddings with our network of engaged couples.

Check out our latest infographic for five best practices to get your business published through real wedding submissions from WeddingWire Education Expert Meghan Ely.

Best Practices for Real Wedding Submissions

» How to Boost Your Social Media with Images

Social media is an extremely important part of your wedding business. While you may be posting statuses about your business to build brand awareness, a recent study shows that posting images may be the best way to take advantage of social media.

This summer, amp up your social media game by using more images! Below are a few things to take into consideration as you begin to leverage more images:

How to Boost Your Social Media with ImagesUse images to convey positive emotions. Did you know that posts with images are four times more likely to convey positive emotions than posts with just text? This means that when one of your customers sees that you posted an image, they are more likely to think positively about you. Images also allow more positive engagement with your customers – it’s much harder to complain about a photo than it is to complain about text.

Know where and how best to post an image. When posting an image to one of your social networks, think about your audience on that network.. A recent study revealed that Instagram posts have 58 times more engagement than a Facebook post and 120 times more engagement than a tweet, so Instagram could be your best bet. Remember, though, that since most updates on Facebook and Twitter are text, an image may help your brand stand out a bit more. Consider where you’re posting and how your audience usually interacts with your updates.

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» 3 Tips to Help Improve Productivity

Many view the summer as a time to relax and unwind but for people in the wedding industry, it’s the opposite. Summertime is wedding season, which means it’s the busy season for wedding professionals. How can a Pro make the most out of the 24 hours in a day?

Here are 3 management tips that will not only help you manage your time efficiently but also help improve productivity:

1. Stay focused on the task at hand

3 Tips for Improving Productivity

We live in a world of constant communication and distraction. With so much always going on, multi -tasking often happens. However, multi-tasking can interfere with effective time management and productivity. By splitting your time between several things, like reading an email while you are on the phone with a client, you are not putting all your mind power towards your tasks. It may seem easier to split your time up between things, but that can lead to lack-luster work. Focus on one task for a given amount of time. Doing one task at a time will improve the quality of your work and allow you to be more organized and efficient.

2. Prioritize

As the day goes on it tends to always get more hectic. Whether you realize you have a last minute deadline or you discover you have more work than expected, it is easy to feel crazed as the day comes to an end. Focus on doing your most important tasks at the beginning of the day to make sure they get done and get done well before the chaos of the day ensues. Set out daily with a list of items to do and prioritize your tasks: the beginning of the work day is always the best time to do the biggest and most important things to make sure they get done.

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