The new trend of Instagram Puzzles

An Instagram Puzzle is a series of images, text, textures and ideas compiled together to form a series of posts creating one big picture. More often than not an Instagram puzzle will tell a story.

Much like a series of instalments in art or a TV drama, the information being revealed step-by-step builds intrigue, keeping your fans checking back for more.

Around 80% of users follow a business on Instagram and Instagram users are 70% more likely to buy something online than people who are not on Instagram (Sprout Social; Global Web Index). …


Alex Morris of Lambda Films at a Fiverr Event in London

“Emotions rule us” Alex Morris of Lambda Films tells a keen #UpLevelling Fiverr audience. Despite our predisposition to facts and figures, emotions and feelings are how you cut through the noise in videos and films to make your target audience care.

Commercial Director Alex founded his company in 2009. He is drawn to companies who have a similar mission and values which fit in with their own. As a Fiverr Pro seller, the inspiration behind this presentation to entrepreneurs was to share five agency tips on how to get to the heart of creating the most compelling content.

Citing Simon…


“How many golf balls can fit in a school bus?” and “How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle?” were amongst the questions Google interviewers were banned from asking potential employees. Brain teasers may stretch and challenge your neural pathways but you could argue they offer limited value in the actual answer. You’re either right or wrong. Asking the right questions, in the right way can, on the other hand, prime your idea for success.

Author of the 4-Hour Work Week Tim Ferriss says “The way you become world-class is by asking good questions.” Harvard know…


Brainstorming. A corporate favourite. Celebrated by consultants and revered by management.

A lot of organisations like brainstorming because a collective activity can get people working together and in theory it makes participants “buy in” to a process or change. It can take serious effort to look demotivated, disengaged or not “on board” in front of your colleagues and bosses.

What happens behind the scenes can be a different story.

If your skills don’t match the demands of the activity you’ll feel anxious. If they exceed them, you’ll feel bored.

This is precisely why in corporate brainstorming or “blue sky thinking”…


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American poet and essayist Criss Jami says, “An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.” When you become enslaved to a habit, an addiction forms. The world of tech isn’t immune.

Many entrepreneurs the world over scramble when they hear of a new SaaS (Service as a Software) launch. Innovators and early adopters jump at the chance to be on beta lists and claim review rights as affiliates. We lurch haphazardly like drunken magpies desperate to possess the new shiny tools ahead of our competitors.


Facebook “pauses” bots; Typeform launches an interactive article. It’s been a busy week and it’s only Wednesday.

How do we keep up with the speed of technology and SaaS (Software as a Service) launches? When it comes down to it, no matter how interconnected and brilliant our tech is, the fundamental genius is our underlying idea. Everything else is the glitz of delivery — but it certainly helps.

Do we need CUI (Conversational User Interface)? It’s cool, but not essential. Look at how infamous “Dave’s” poster became, ironically old school printed, based on a smartphone text exchange. …


Paolo Vendramini at a Fiverr talk on graphic design in London

“No one will go home and talk badly of me this evening, because I have come here to share ideas and talk sincerely.” Paolo Vendramini said at a recent Fiverr talk on graphic design in London.

Paolo has something. Apart from making branding sound more exciting in an Italian accent. There is something about someone standing to speak humbly before an audience they haven’t met, sharing their thoughts on life, their approach to their career, their passion. The culture of “can do”, a genuine approach and sincerity on a topic you love, goes a long way in a crowded marketplace.


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What sets winning entrepreneurs apart is their ability to do things differently. To take a step back now and then to work out what works for them, to have the confidence to adopt strategies which deliver results for them rather than follow a paint by numbers system which someone might recommend but which doesn’t actually yield results.

It’s too easy to fall into the trap of being busy in marketing without getting results.

Ever been to endless business networking events, delivered and collected a multitude of business cards but not really had anything to show for it?

Or invested your…


A tale of conspiracy theories, a race to superior learning and creativity and copycats who love the idea of sprinkling their promotions with the word “idea” but who haven’t done their homework. This is ultimately a tale of ideas creation.

Ever had such a gnawing feeling in your gut that you had no choice but to take action?

That’s when I knew I had to create The Ideas Code.

The process has been on the tip of my tongue, circling round the back of my head, hoping I’d notice and making my feet itch and my fingertips tingle. This idea — a science based course on how we arrive at our best ideas has been bothering me for some time. And I’d been resisting it.

I’m not a neuro scientist, a brain surgeon, a member of MENSA — who was…


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Do you ever feel like you have webinars coming out of your ears? You trade your email address to download yet another free report. And your emails stack up. You have hundreds of MP3s, PDFs, factsheets, checklists, reports, podcasts and challenges to take part in — all untouched. All going stagnant in your downloads folder or email pile. You want to do right by your idea. But the fear of getting it wrong freezes you in a terrifying panic. What if you make a start and it doesn’t work? What if you try and your idea fails?

Pssst. I have…

Sarah Cousins

#IdeasGirl sent to deliver #ideas you can use right away. Course creator + #marketing strategist. #BBC + #CIM trained. One powerful idea can change your world!

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