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COO at UNA Inc. Passionate about digital connections since the beginning. Talk to me about your projects and inspiration. 

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Hello Mark,


I typed a long message with a screenshot and links but I never could send it : "your current membership (standard) does not allow you to 'Post links' 😥 

What must I do to upgrade my membership ?

see you soon ...


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I was just sent this great resource on working from home from the team at Groove. I guess lots of you folk are working from home at the moment, more so than usual.  They sent me 47 tips, I've added 7 more, please add your tips in the comments below!

Our UNA team are fully remote, and we all work from home (or elsewhere) for ages - we love it, and are super productive as well.

I've added a few of my tips based on my experience of working from home here:

Mark Purser - COO - UNA.io

1. Know your best times. 
I am super productive in the morning, between 8am - 12pm my mind is focussed and sharp and I can power out lots of detailed admin and creative work. I try and keep my meetings out of this time and I refuse to socialise in this time because it is too valuable. The great thing about working from home is that you can work out a schedule that suits your life, so take advantage of that, find your flow and adapt a working life to suit that.

2. Know your teams times
We have times at UNA when we are all online, it's usually in my evening but I reserve that time for work as I know how effective it is when we are all online working through issues together.

3. Get into your community, get some exercise.
Maybe not an option for some of you at the moment, but working from home comes with the risk of us becoming isolated - take time each day, get outdoors, I often like to go out for lunch and eat dinner at home. I ride my bike around, go surfing, I also teach yoga which is very social. I also love talking to clients via Zoom and you guys on UNA.IO!

4.Change your Location, but have a Location
I often pick up my laptop and work from a cafe for an hour or two - usually just to focus on a specific task - buI also have a workstation at home, with a decent chair and elevated screen, which is my sanctuary.

If we are working from home, why not make that home in a beautiful place? I love to travel and have worked on the road. Working whilst travelling can be really challenging, I will always buy a local SIM so I have internet on demand, and usually like to go somewhere and set up for a few weeks, relax into the vibe of the place and establish an effective workflow as well. Too much movement from place to place can be stressful, I've found travelling every day whilst trying to work is a total shit-show.

Our CTO Alex T⚜️ is the King or AirBnB - (also travelling with a baby!)  so he might have some good tips here as well...

5. Eat well!
I love cooking and eating great food, I will often slow cook food whilst working at home, taking a break to prepare ingredients and give things a stir. I also have a veggie garden at home, another great practice to balance my mind - cheaper than therapy, and I get tomatoes! Long hours in front of a computer screen can be heavy on the system, we need to counter this with some super healthy practices as well.

6. Meditation and Yoga
These practices are invaluable to my routine, I will stretch everyday, often practice pranayama as a short break to settle my mind, and swear by the practice of yoga nidra as a technique to reset and refresh during a busy day.

7.  Keep Lists
One thing that working from home will enforce is getting disciplined and organised. There are lots of great tools for mapping and managing productivity - we use and love Teamwork for our Project Management - but I am a big fan of a handwritten task list. I write up a task list every Monday morning and joyfully tick things off when they are completed. It is retro and rudimentary, but it works for me!

The good folk from Groove share some of their tips via the blog below. Do any of you have more tips that might help? Please share in the comments, I would love to hear them.


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We love to hate them, but we also love to watch them :) The 'New' Facebook GUI (graphical user interface)  is beginning to rollout now - lots of white space - and also a dark mode (which UNA has has for ages...;)  they have obviously been copying Andrew Boon's designs...

A timely reminder that as web developers exist in a paradigm of endless evolution, the experience that we offered our users last year, is not going to cut the mustard this year.

Continuous imagination, continuous creation...




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As many digital innovators and entrepreneurs are congregating here, I thought you might appreciate this post. A overview of the predictions within the evolution of social media.

Personally, within the UNA-verse I’m predicting that e-learning and email will be front and centre - driven by the continued development of our LMS & Mass Mailer solutions.

The prediction for the segregation of social media from the juggernaut social platforms into more nuanced and geographically defined networks Is also interesting - also in keeping with the aspirations of many developers in this community. 

I‘d love to hear your predictions? What do you reckon the future looks like in 2020? 


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Steve Russo
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Hi Mark, I noticed some of your comments regarding an LMS in development for release with UNA 11. Could you give me any info on the current state? Thanks

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There are lots of new users here on UNA.IO - which is AWESOME.There are no such things as stupid questions, but there are certainly optimum techniques for getting the best results from this site, and valuing the time for all users.  I thought it timely to re-share this post from Baloo as a field guide for new users of this site.


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One of the (many) wonderful things of my job, is that I am constantly communicating with Social Media Entrepreneurs (you guys!) -  discussing strategy and vision for creating the Next Big Social Start-Up. 🚀

It is often interesting in my conversation with fellow UNA-Preneurs - many of whom are intrepid business builders ⚒ - developing communities upon the UNA Community Management System, how quickly the conversation and focus turns from Community Development to Monetisation.🤑

Don't get me wrong, I love money, monetization of any business is a paramount function that should not be ignored. However, I often find myself steering the conversation back towards community development and expansion, which in my opinion should take precedent over the monetization efforts, to begin with.

My recommendation for most Social Community Developers is to have monetization efforts in your strategy from day dot - but don't obsess over it.

As a Community Manager - it is your job to inspire growth, interaction and engagement. Build value in your website, and cultivate a passionate community seeking to connect with that value and the money will surely follow.

I've spent a lot of time in the Blog-O-Sphere, the world of building enticing cookie content, sales funnels and metric conversions. Leveraging big Unique Visitor Traffic with Google Ads and the slippery slope of trying to convert your Blog readers to email subscribers.

With a Social Community, you have the potential for something different - a passionate community who are coming together on your site, to share resources, ideas, information, inspiration. 

Here are 6 Ways that you can Monetise your Social Community Site.

1. Premium Memberships. 
Using the UNA Paid Levels App and the Permissions App - it is a simple business to create Premium Memberships that have expanded permissions and capabilities within your site. Pages and Groups for Premium Members, or the ability to create more posts, likes or comments - essentially the ability to do more and see more - are easy to setup and manage using these modules. Creating Premium Content and abilities for a small & recurring fee is a great way to monetise your UNA Website.

2. Sell Something! 
The UNA Market App, Snipcart and Shopify Integration give you the power to turn your UNA Community into a 24/7 digital store. Selling digital content, services or hard goods to your community members is a great way to provide value and make profit. Find out what products and/or services that your site members are interested - and sell them, it really is that simple.

Perhaps if your products are unique enough - you will be able to build a community around those products (think UNA.IO) or perhaps it is the other way, you build the community around the interest, and seek something that those people want to buy. You are the boss - the choice is yours.

2. Google Adsense
Not the best ROI - but an easy quick start solution, especially if you have a site with high visitation. Easy to setup just by pasting code into a custom block anywhere on your UNA site.

3. Banner Ads Module
Be your own Google! Selling our own Ads means we don't pay the middle man... You can take at the Banner Ads Module look on the UNA Market here.


4. Promoted Posts
UNA has a Promote Posts feature connected to the Timeline Module - enabling you to push selected posts across all feeds. It is possible to connect this action to a Premium Membership, with a restricted number of actions available to each user. This is more of a workaround, but if would get the results - I'd love to see a more sophisticated advertising module - enable admins to sell this ability through a console. I'm confident that we will see this feature developed soon.

5. Classifieds / Ads Module
Setting up classifieds pages is a great way to turn your UNA site into a trading hub. UNA has recently released a powerful Ads Module, which could be potentially customised into Classifieds Pages, Jobs board or similar. Check out & Download the Ads Module here.

6. Make UNA an Extension of your Existing Business.
The essence of any money making venture is providing value. Building a Social Community Space that is an extension of your existing business model, brings value to your business and is an indirect way of monetising your UNA powered website. By providing your customer a place to connect and interact, engage with your messages and with each other, you are creating a customer community and stimulating repeat business.

Maybe you are an education provider who gives a place for students 👩🏽‍🎓 to learn and interact, or a retailer create a social hub to discuss your products connected to your online store, a hardware business with a social community for DIY enthusiasts... the ideas are limitless.

Cultivate Community, Create Engagement, Reap the Rewards

If you build the community 🏗, the money will come 💸. Before focussing upon getting rich, put your efforts toward building a core membership who are passionate about your Community. Remember that when Facebook started, they waited years, until they had a membership of mega-millions before they began to actively monetise their platform.  

Many monetisation efforts, such as intrusive advertising and paywalls, serve as a blockage to growth.  My advice is usually to focus first upon making your product vital, indispensable, engaging and easy to use.

Don't ignore monetisation efforts, have them clearly in your long term strategy but don't let them distract you from your core focus - which should be about building community.

Any Other Ideas❓
Do you have any further suggestions on how to turn your UNA Social Community into a Money Tree? Please share them in the comments, we would love to know more!

So what are you waiting for? The best way to build an empire is to start with a single click - if you haven't already - launch your UNA Site NOW.
launch your UNA Site NOW


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With the release of UNA 10 Acrux - and the added functionality to the UNA ecosystem of  native mobile apps, I thought it timely to repost this tutorial on how to configure your UNA pages for various viewports. The main difference with UNA 10 is the addition of the 'mobile apps' option as a viewport when configuring your UNA site.

This option enable us to make visible or hide every block, page and menu item based upon what device is being used. It is theoretically possible to create 4 completely different version of each page on your site, even a different page when viewed between mobile phone and mobile apps.

It's worth watching the tutorial video if this is new to you, adding in the option for 'mobile app'. I'll update the video at some time soon.

So far as compiling the code and submitting you app to the apps stores - there is some documentation here - https://github.com/unaio/una-mobile-app - and we we will be producing a more detailed instruction guide very soon.

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I found this on my feeds this morning, global fitness powerhouse CrossFit ditches Facebook due the the belligerent deletion of one of their Facebook groups with 1.6 million users (ouch..)

Imagine building a community of 1.6 million users and then having it deleted without reason or warning...?

As my friends at CopyBlogger.com are fond of saying - you should never build your  castle on someone else's soil. 

A bold move from the fierce folks at CrossFit (also deleting Insta) -  a big statement to to Social Media monopolies that their monopolies are due to crumble.

Anyways I just sent a letter to the CEO at CrossFit - will keep you posted with their reponse ;)


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