99designs review

I’ve always been envious about people who can come up with great designs. Whether it be a logo, a website design or anything else.

An awesome design just hits you when you first see it. It establishes that critical positive first impression.

While I can work my way around Photoshop, I just don’t have those special design skills that will allow me to create anything close to what a professional designer can do.

That’s why over the years, I’ve been a big fan of using 99designs for a variety of projects. If you haven’t heard of them already, they are a crowdsourcing platform where you can start design contests and tap into their huge community of designers.

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Hybrid Connect Box Shot

Update: As of January, 2015 Hybrid Connect has been discontinued and you can no longer purchase the plugin.

In it’s place, a new plugin called Thrive Leads has been developed by Shane and his team. It takes some of the best parts of Hybrid Connect (form templates, real-time editing, split testing) and combines it with the excellent Thrive Content Builder live editor to make an even better list building plugin.

While I have not personally tried out Thrive Leads yet, my friend Josh Kotsay has posted a full detailed review of Thrive Leads over at SlickWP. I would recommend that you take a look.

In the meantime, I’ve left my original Hybrid Connect review below in its entirety.

Every marketer will tell you that building a mailing list is essential. There is really no way around it. Over time it will grow to become your most targeted traffic source which makes it an important asset for you to build up as soon as possible.

I’ve used many different popular wordpress plugins over the years to build my own mailing list. Popup Domination and Optin Skin being two of my favorites. While they are both decent products, I’ve just recently started playing with Hybrid Connect and I’ve been really blown with what you can do with it.

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Every day, maybe several times a day, I would log into my iGoogle account and read the latest marketing posts in my Google Reader widget. It is one of my daily habits that I always enjoy and it makes me feel like I’m learning something new each day.

That was, until Google pulled the plug on Google Reader.

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