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How Marketers Stay Productive: James Bailey of GetIdeas

April 27, 2017

This week we feature James Bailey, CEO and Founder of GetIdeas. is a collaborative user driven platform for anyone to find or request ideas. Easily see the best ideas at the top of lists as users give their opinions.

In this interview, you can read more about his work at GetIdeas, favorite marketing tools, productivity tips as well as his advice for budding marketers.

Your location: Surrey, UK.

Your favorite gadget: My phone.

You start your day with: Checking

Your favorite time-saving trick: Having an organised to-do list.

Your top 3 blogs you read daily: TechCrunch, BBC and TheNextWeb.

"Never give up, because the only time you ever really fail is if you stop trying."

Describe an average day at

My average day at starts once I’m awake, dressed and at my computer. My routine is mostly taken up from developing new features and fixing bugs. When I’m not busy coding you’d find me giving my best efforts to market the site online, emailing clients or having fun during my breaks.

As a marketer, what are some of your favorite productivity hacks?

I would say I have two effective tips for making everyday as productive as the last. My first is setting timers, when I have a long task I need to get done, I set a timer where I will near enough constantly work until it ends and I then take a short break and restart the timer. I also believe staying healthy and getting a good night’s sleep makes you more productive the following day.

As a person who is well-versed with online marketing/ inbound, I’m sure you rely on a few marketing tools to automate your efforts. What are the top 3–5 tools you use?

We find Fiverr really usefull to get great value services. We also use a google chrome extension named Hunter, which helps us find email addresses to contact businesses. Apart from that, everything else automation wise is created in house by myself.

Your company has a growing community of users. How do you use this treasure trove of customer insight to power your marketing efforts?

Well to maximize our returning users we have optimized the site to discretely suggest users bookmark the site or use our Facebook Messenger bot so that it’s more convenient for everyone to get ideas while also coming back more often. Users that sign up on the site are also added to our email newsletter, we can then suggest new idea lists they may like.

What is your strategy for getting people to your site and then converting them to a customer?

Of course we have strategies such as getting published on large websites / magazines, etc. Optimizing our SEO to rank on Google’s search results is also one strong way that will help get new users. However our main strategy is to get users to enjoy using the site so much they come back again and again.

Is there any advice you’d like to give to budding marketers to help them work smart and stay productive?

Make sure you know your dream and remember it. Never give up, because the only time you ever really fail is if you stop trying and forget your dream.

A big thanks to James for taking the time out to answer these questions! If you haven’t already, we highly recommend that you check out

The ‘How Marketers Stay Productive’ series asks marketers their tips & strategies for staying productive. Every week we’ll feature a new guest and the tricks that keep them working smart. Know someone you’d love to see featured? Email Us.


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