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Is your website ready for the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation? [Quick overview and WordPress checklist]

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable from 25 May 2018 onward. It’s important to note that the GDPR doesn’t just apply to organizations located within the EU but also those collecting data of EU citizens.
 
 
Is your website in compliance?
 
Quick checklist for WordPress websites (this is not intended to be a comprehensive list):
– Jetpack has confirmed that they are preparing for the GDPR, and further updates would appear in their new privacy related features.
 
– Do you have a contact form like Contact Form 7? Can visitors comment on your website? Forum? Chat? You may need an additional plugin to be in compliance. The following plugin may help: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-gdpr-compliance/
 
– E-commerce? Woocommerce for wordpress is a top pick and they’ve compiled a resource: https://woocommerce.com/2017/12/gdpr-compliance-woocommerce/
 
– Email newsletter? Are you up to date there? Mailchimp is my favorite and here is their info on what they are doing to prepare. If you use a 3rd party plugin you may need to take additional steps: https://blog.mailchimp.com/getting-ready-for-the-gdpr/

My current top 10 digital marketing tools March 2018

10 digital marketing tools I’m using right now (I’m not going to include Adobe Creative Cloud for the computer in this list because it’s pretty much a given that any graphic designer keeps this in their tool belt.)

  1. Mailchimp (for enewsletters)
  2. Pic Frame (collaging images or images & video)
  3. Spark Post (Motion text on pic – not video they have a way to go on video)
  4. Snapseed (quick pic editing)
  5. Splice (photos or videos into slideshows)
  6. Slow Fast (speed up or slow down video or portions of a video)
  7. Gif Toaster & Gif Cracker (converting to and from gif format)
  8. Fastory (for IG Stories)
  9. Wrike (for project management)
  10. and Sprout Social (for social media scheduling that does IG properly)

Bonus: Things I’m about to try out:

  1. Botletter (send newsletters via FB)
  2. Anchor (text animation / podcasting … I tried this back when it was just an audio recorder and haven’t come back to it recently)

 

Southland Association resignation – December 21, 2017

I am writing to inform you all of my decision to resign from my position as President of the Southland Association effective immediately.

I have proudly served on the board since 2005 and served as President since 2011. During that time, I have maintained my business and overseen, with the Board’s help, the development of bike lanes (with some sidewalks), “Welcome to Southland” sign, Southland Street Fair’s first 3 years, the annual meeting planning, 10 years of Tree Lightings, neighborhood relations for various construction projects and so much more.

I’m glad to have served this community with all of you. I am proud of our collective achievements and the significant progress and initiative made toward improving the Southland area.

Melissa Gayheart is interim VP and becomes interim president until someone else is elected. I have hopes that the board will come together with a plan to elect someone quickly but thoughtfully who is willing, eager and able to continue to carry out the mission statement of the Southland Association:

“Making the Southland Area a safe, attractive and welcoming place to shop, eat, do business and live.”

I will assist in transitioning the board with any existing paperwork and account information needed. A more detailed email will be going to the current board members as well.

Hilary Baumann
FascinationDesign.com

EDIT: Apparently it’s been so long even I got the dates slightly wrong on something with the Southland Association. I went back over my notes and I joined as a member in 2005 and became a board member in 2006 and president 2011 it looks like … oops…


Kind words regarding my resignation: