What You Need To Know About Digital Nomads

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You’ve probably heard the term ‘digital nomad’ before. But what exactly does it mean? Well, there’s no definition of a digital nomad in Oxford, Longman, or any other dictionary. If there was one, I’d imagine it would be something like this:

digital nomad (n): a person who needs only his/her skills and internet access to work. 

Or… digital nomad (n): a person working remotely without having to abide by a specific timezone.

Or… digital nomad (n): a person who’s actually productive at work who saves a lot of time, energy, and money because he/she doesn’t commute to work every day which generally significantly enhances his/her chances of having a life.

Okay, so there are many ways to define a digital nomad. That in itself is a nod to the lifestyles digital nomads get to mold and live. Regardless of definitions though, 2019 is a great time to be a digital nomad. It certainly was a bumpy journey reaching that point. Back in the day, companies embracing remote work struggled with maintaining strong brand cultures among other issues.

New technology has thankfully eradicated these issues and digital nomads are now here in full force. Statistics showing the rise of these 21st-century craftspeople are insane. According to a study by IWG,  two out of three people work away from offices at least once weekly. Moreover, a 2018 study by MBO Partners reveals that 4.8 million Americans already see themselves as digital nomads.

Another study by Buffer says 90% of digital nomads plan on working remotely for the rest of their careers. All these stats aren’t surprising when you consider studies proving that remote work enhances productivity, efficiency, and morale. But enough with the statistics. It’s time for a plot twist!


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I myself am a digital nomad (please don’t tell me you saw it coming).

Yes, I create content for an awesome Silicon Valley tech startup, but I live much further away from there. 12,011 kilometers away to be exact. I come from the land of pharaohs.

Living here has provided me with perks, challenges, and lots of space for innovation. For a long time, I didn’t think I’d ever want to work elsewhere. However, when the opportunity to blog for Augmania arose, the tech enthusiast inside of me jumped right at it. So did the one looking forward to getting his hands on Vampire Penguin desserts one day.

I must admit when I first started as an Augmaniac I was semi-nervous. I didn’t know if the digital nomad lifestyle was for me. Questions like “what if they schedule meetings during my sleeping hours?” got me worried about my days being disrupted.

It turns out time slots, during which people from other sides of the globe are active, do exist! Aplenty, in fact. The lovely people at Augmania assured me of that and allayed all my semi-nervousness. They made my transition a seamless one.

In doing so, they oriented me with all the tools I would use at work. They fully elaborated on how they expected me to use them. Today, I can’t imagine my job without these tools. Thus, I’d like to briefly introduce the heroic tools to all fellow digital nomads and to-be digital nomads. They’re most popular tools, but if you’ve never used them, do so ASAP. They’ll make your day a whole lot easier. Here goes:

Slack

As one of the most effective communication tools, Slack sure hits all the right notes. Slack puts all of Augmania’s communication in one place. If I’d like to ask someone in particular for feedback, I could reach him/her privately. At the same time, for total team alignment, I could quickly send a message on a Channel. It’s a great alternative to having my email inbox overblown and the endless CC’s.

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Besides, I’d never had to worry about mistakenly sending dark memes to my higher-ups rather than my buddies. That’s because Slack is adamantly exclusive for work communication. Yet Slack is far from a dull place. It leaves space for personal connection. Slack’s actually allowed me to know lots about co-workers whose job responsibilities don’t intersect with mine. Some of them are digital nomads themselves. Hence, Slack is an excellent platform for developing brand cultures.

Google Suite

Whereas Slack is perfect for communication, Google Suite is my go-to for execution. Google Docs is my online writing haven (where I am right now). It allows easy sharing of content with my heads. They can leave me comments just as easily. So the feedback process becomes savvier. Google Sheets is good for organizing blog topics, but I don’t use it (more on that in a few).

Google Calendar is my scheduling assistant, arranging all the important events of the day and reminding me of them. Best of all, it gives me event timings according to my timezone even if I wasn’t the event creator.  Finally, Google Drive stores all that in the clouds safe and sound.

Trello

Trello is just the best. It’s the only tool I hadn’t used before joining Augmania. I got lots of recommendations to use it before, and I shrugged them off idiotically. I deeply regret that because Trello is epic at presenting all my tasks literally in one field of vision. Just one look at the Trello board tells me which blogs I’ve yet to research, produce, edit, etc. I prefer using it over Google Sheets due to its user-friendly drag-and-drop nature.

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Zoom

Zoom is Augmania’s loyal online meetings platform. It allows video conferencing, messaging, recording, and screen sharing. All these features work as smoothly as advertised with scarce delays and lags. Zoom can also be integrated into Slack. There’s not much more a digital nomad can ask of such a tool.

Except there probably is. Or so believe Zoom personnel who are working on impressive new features to make their baby even more efficient. One of these features is Artifical Intelligence that does all the note-taking for meeting participants. The things digital nomads would do for this feature.

Another stunning feature Zoom is working on is Augmented Reality (AR)  integration. Zoom is targeting the feature for the online education sector as well. A teacher would have to be wearing a Meta 2 headset in that case. The teacher can then interact with realistic holograms of structures from various sciences. Students will observe all that live without wearing headsets themselves.

Perhaps more impressive than Zoom’s AR capabilities, though, is Spatial. Spatial is truly the workplace of the future. It can convert me to a 3D version of myself and transport me wherever my coworkers are. It does the same to my coworkers to bring them to my working environment. It’s the closest humanity is going to get to teleportation probably. See for yourself:

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Spatial is simply a game changer for digital nomads. In hindsight, you can imagine Spatial will snatch a sizable chunk of users from Zoom and Co. Yet if you look deeper, you’ll see that Spatial can one day affect moguls like Lufthansa and Airbnb. That’s because Spatial may very well shake up the entire business travel industry. Unfortunately for this digital nomad, this probably means I’m not heading to Vampire Penguin anytime soon. So thank you, Spatial. Thank you very much.

It’s no surprise to us that augmented reality, 3D and similar disruptive technologies are taking over the online conferencing industry. AR taking over industries is the norm now. It’s high time you join the movement. Sign up to Augmania’s AR platform now and let your brand take over using AR content:
https://creator.augmania.com/sign_up


Visual Content as A Key to Convert Customers

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Hello folks! Nice of you to drop in. This post is about visual content. Ergo, I won’t talk much here; especially since I have a special guest I’d like you all to meet.

This guest is a dear friend of mine. I’d say he’s a pretty relatable lad. He goes to law school, following in his father’s footsteps. He shares an apartment with three roommates and he commutes via public transportation. He’s got ambition, a lovely dog, and 213 followers on Instagram.

So without further ado, please, allow me to introduce to you the wonderful Neil!

Oh, please, don’t mind him. Meeting new people stresses him out. Neil’s generally a sweet chap. Stress, though, has been sorely bugging him for a while now. The stress attacks began as a minor issue when he joined college, but now Neil’s life looks like this:

All these formidable units of Stress Force are giving him nightmares. He says stress never allows him to be productive. He can’t even do things he used to enjoy. In addition, as you may have already noticed, stress is making him a bit hostile.

However, Neil, like a lot of us, has made a list of new year’s resolutions. On top of this list is learning how to reduce stress. He decided to start Google searching for ways to leverage stress to implement them next year. He made the first search as he waited for the bus one day. It yielded headlines such as “The Secret to Crushing Stress” and “97 Ways to Defeat Stress”. These all sounded appealing. He opened almost all the results from the first page in new tabs.

The first article Neil opened started with stats on how 7 out of 10 adults are stressed out. It then mentioned the diseases associated with stress before moving on to how our bodies synthesize cortisol from cholesterol. Needless to say, it was TMI for Neil. And scary TMI at that. The second article suggested using schedules and lists to deal with stress.This gave Neil even more stress so he zoned out and opted for a nap instead.

He checked the rest of the articles in the following couple of days. The result was the same. He was overwhelmed by all the info present and zoned out yet again. One day, Neil found an article with the headline “Stress Sucks But You Don’t”. He opened it and the first thing he saw was this:

And that was Neil’s reaction:

Neil was amazed at how simply this flowchart presented info. He dug into the article and found out that its creator is someone called the “Ruler of Worlds”. This Ruler of Worlds comes from a parallel dimension where stress is extinct. He offers a program to help others eliminate stress which Neil joined immediately. He didn’t even wait until the new year.

Now, this guy, he’s a Ruler alright, but he’s also a master persuader. He certainly knows the importance of using visual content. Now think of what would have happened had he used written content only. For a piece of content in paragraph form to have that much info, it would take no less than 500 words.

The Neils of this world will definitely have trouble digesting 500 words of such heavy content. Their attention spans wouldn’t bare it. They’re already soaked in too many complexities. Thus, any content targeted at them must be the smoothest it can be. That’s why the use of visual content is brilliant.

So hats off, Mr. Ruler of Worlds (you should probably hire a designer though).

The story doesn’t end here. As part of the program, Ruler sends participants day-to-day checklists that they print as a token of commitment. When Neil printed the first checklist, he found the words “Scan Me” on top. When he scanned the checklist, Ruler popped out in his phone. It turns out Ruler has enabled Augmented Reality in all his checklists. Every day, in AR, he wishes the participants luck as they progress throughout the program.

So not only does Ruler realize the value of visual content, he also uses new tech. I’m telling you if this man had a marketing agency, he’d put Ogilvy out of business. Oh, and he used AR of all tech. Ruler knows what he’s doing. He knows all about the persuasive powers of AR. We’ve covered this before on the Augmania blog, but let’s do a quick recap. Because it merges real and virtual, AR affects both conscious and unconscious cognition. Unconscious cognition is the major determinant of 95% of human decisions.

These AR videos will hopefully keep Neil and fellow participants motivated to beat stress. Amen to that.

Want to rule the world of persuasion yourself? AR is your best shot! Sign up now to Augmania’s AR platform witness the magic in action!