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Mentioned in today’s newsletter: Mailchimp, Meta, and YouTube. Plus a simple trick to filter out low-quality clients, making friends at work vs working with friends, and what keeps media buyers up at night.

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Making the Rounds

  • Mailchimp drops the ban hammer on crypto companies. Victims included crypto wallet company Edge and newsletter publisher Decrypt. Let this serve as a not-so-friendly reminder to email marketers that while email itself is a decentralized protocol, using a centralized ESP (like Mailchimp) is not.
  • Meta launches new Advantage+ automation tools. The update goes live today and promises to eliminate manual steps of ad creation and automate up 150 creative combos at once. Like all new automation features, we advise you proceed with caution.
  • YouTube working to launch “channel store” through its main app as early as this fall. Right now, only YouTube TV subscribers (paying $64.99/mo) can add streaming services like HBO Max through the app. But the upcoming “channel store” will open it up to all YouTube users, in the hopes of making it a one-stop shop.

Working With Clients

When the Deposit For a New Project Hits Your Bank Account

Avoiding bad clients is just as important as finding good ones. 

So here’s a simple trick to filter them out:

Ask for a deposit up front.

It can be 25%, 50%, or even 100%. 

Use your judgment, of course. 

But the more established you are (and the bigger the project is), the more you should be asking for up front. 

Because most people worth their salt don’t work for free. 

And if a prospective client scoffs at the idea of putting down a deposit, that’s a sign you should move on to the next one.

Working For Yourself

Making Friends at Work vs Working With Friends

If you’ve ever thought about scaling up your freelance business from a one-person operation to a full-fledged agency…

Or are thinking about starting a new side hustle…

Then an important question to consider is:

Should you partner with (or hire) your friends?

On one hand, the people you work with represent a huge chunk of your day-to-day interactions, especially as you get older…

So wouldn’t it be nice if one (or more) of those people were your friends?

But on the other hand, adding a business layer to an existing friendship requires a strong foundation and stellar communication — and even then, things can still go wrong.

Ultimately, there’s no “perfect” answer…

Because regardless of whether you choose to hire your friends or not…

The two key things you should be screening for are:

1) Competence (can they do the job?)

2) Culture (will they fit in + influence others in the way YOU want?)

Friends may get top marks in the Culture category, but lack the skills and experience you’re looking for…

While outside hires may have the competence you need without being a culture fit.

Bottom line:

Great hires should score high in both categories.

From The Paid Ads Gig

What Keeps Media Buyers Up at Night

Mobile devices make up about 50% of all internet traffic.

And when it comes to running ads on paid social, that number is closer to 80%+.

That’s why it’s so important to preview ads and landers on mobile before you launch.

Because what looks great on desktop can become a nightmare on mobile.

Always review:

  • Font sizes & spacing
  • Image/video sizes
  • Button sizes
  • Load time

There’s nothing worse than seeing a key part of your image or video is cut off in certain ad placements.

And most page builders give you the ability to set up different displays for desktop and mobile.

So take advantage of it.

In fact, you should probably build your page for mobile first, then adjust it for desktop.

Gig Alert

Looking for clients? These freelance jobs were posted on Upwork in the last 24 hours:

Quote of the Day

“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.”

— Arianna Huffington