“The internet will change. It will become a more 3D experience.”
What is the metaverse? It’s not just something Mark Zuckerberg is investing in as he escapes Facebook. It’s also not the scary sci-fi monster we see in films like The Matrix. The metaverse is and will be the future of our entire online experience.
Tetavi is the company bringing it to us, digital brick by digital brick.
“If I wanted to summarize Tetavi in one sentence – it is to enable anyone to get into metaverse environments as themselves.”
Gilad Talmon, CEO of Tetavi, spoke with us about how their groundbreaking, innovative technology works. Tetavi has quietly emerged as a significant influence in the developing metaverse.
You may have heard or seen the name Tetavi sprinkled around tech news hubs. They recently partnered with the NHL and Anamoly to produce some original and unique content with this sexy and exciting technology.
Just a few days ago they announced a partnership with emerging music artists Riell and Besomorph as the sole provider of volumetric technology.
Essentially, Tetavi will be the exclusive builder and developer of a virtual stage for these artists to produce immersive music videos and artist-specific NFTs.
A lot to take in? Don’t worry, we’ll explain.
How Does Tetavi’s Tech Work?
Tetavi is an advanced tech company that brings real humans into the digital world with cutting-edge volumetric technology with the mission to enable the creation of new immersive content and experiences for the Metaverse and Web3.
It sits at the nexus of technology, entertainment, and content creation, pushing the boundaries of creativity, content, and digital experiences.
Basically, Tetavi is taking the cool, imagined parts of the metaverse and combining it with practical technology.
“Imagine video as a sequence of pictures, right? If you think about video, we all used to, when we were actually five, do the stick figures on the notebooks and then flip the pages and you’d have something that looks like video or motion.”
“A video is a sequence of 2D pictures. Volumetric video is a sequence of 3D models.”
“A 3D model that then gets painted. When I lay these models, it becomes a volumetric video.
“I can put him in a game, I can put him in an augmented reality environment.
“I can put him in the games engine, replace the hockey stick with, I don’t know, a bouquet of flowers, give him Viking horns to the helmet.
“That in essence is volumetric video. This is what our tech does.”
You can take the 3D model and you can place it anywhere and make it do anything you want to wherever you want it to be. Imagine the character customization in video games except in addition to dressing them and altering their appearance you can make them move any way you’d like them to and place them in any environment you can digitally imagine.
This is the technology that will be needed when it comes to creating individual avatars and the environments we will be placing them. For most of us, the metaverse is an idea – a digital direction to evolve towards. For Tetavi, the metaverse is already here.
Wait, The Metaverse Is Already Here?
We like to think of the metaverse as a new exciting thing – and in many ways it is. But it has actually been around for some time.
“You have World of Warcraft and Guild Wars and EVE Online. You have a lot of these mass multiplayer [games] that people join to socialize.”
Fortnite, Minecraft, and Roblox are some of the more recent online digital spaces where people from all over the world have come together to play and socialize. Think of the Ariana Grande Fortnite concert. Where else could that happen but the metaverse?
“At the moment you see that the audiences like Gen Z and Millennials spend a lot of time in gaming – and specifically in social gaming – they hang out.”
The metaverse infrastructure is already here. It’s scattered between companies and brands but it’s there and trendy.
There are two directions in which the metaverse will likely branch off: Zuckerberg’s Meta and Microsoft’s immersive gaming. One will be focused on work and social events (littered with ads, no doubt); the other will be immersive gaming.
“We are already seeing metaverse in gaming environments and it’s becoming more and more and more frequent and more and more content is being consumed in metaverse-type environments.”
Which horse will you bet on?
Tetavi Building the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of the Future
Because of the marketing and investment behind Meta and Microsoft (not to mention the talent and resources they have) into the metaverse, it’s easy to assume that these are the companies that are actively developing that technology.
But it’s actually Tetavi that’s in the weeds building the foundation upon which these companies will invest. How has this company been able to assert itself as an essential company in an industry that’s barely in its infancy?
“We were at the right time in the right place with the right technology and had the right people supporting us.
“For me, as a CEO, when you have people in the world and investors that share your vision and give you support, it’s easy.”
Sometimes it just takes great talent, hard work, and superb timing. Tetavi has found itself in an ideal sweet spot to become the most important company in the development of the metaverse. The technology that they’re developing is going to be the brick and mortar of what we will come to view as the metaverse.
Nobody ever really thought of Zuckerberg as much of a thought leader anyway.
An Evolution of Community
Online communities have been an internet staple since their inception. Chat rooms, MySpace, World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, GTA Online, etc. have all been popular spaces in which we digitally commune.
The investment of the metaverse isn’t an investment that’s being forced by Big Tech – it’s where the trends are moving.
“Content is becoming better. Communication is becoming better.
“I think that it’s going significantly because content companies and IT companies realized that’s the trend and they started putting music and culture into these metaverse or social gaming environments.”
It’s exciting to hear Talmon talk about the future of the internet – his passion for all things gaming and technology make you want to leap into a VR headset and explore. He explains that Tetavi is building the foundation for the ideal metaverse.
Where Talmon’s passion really comes out is not the technology or the exciting partnerships – it’s community.
“There are huge benefits in the connection that we can create – when you are in fantastic environments, a lot of the barriers just fall off and you get this human connection that you can’t get otherwise.”
Thanks to social media, we can keep in touch with friends on the other side of our world. We can make a genuine connection with someone we may never physically meet. Social media, however, limits our experience.
The metaverse doesn’t.
You can spend time with your friends in imagined digital environments that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. It’s easy to say this is will be a slippery slope into Ready Player One or The Matrix, but that would be a narrow view. The potential to grow and learn from one another spikes invaluably with the metaverse.
“The fact that they have friends all over the world that they can communicate with on a regular basis and their exposure to different cultures, I think that’s priceless.
“That’s something that the metaverse really has the potential to give that’s very, very hard to do otherwise.”
Expect to hear more about Tetavi in the future as the metaverse develops.
Hypage Review: Is It Better than Linktree?
“Link in bio.”
The phrase is so ubiquitous, it’s almost lost its meaning. If you have a public-facing social media presence, you’ve had to think about what link you’ll put in your bio.
Hypage offers a new solution. Like Linktree, it lets you put your socials, your work, and all your other important links in one place. But it also lets you sell merch, subscriptions, and other digital products.
Is this the next big thing for content creators and entrepreneurs? Here’s our Hypage review.
Hypage is a product by Hyax, a broader platform for selling digital products. Hyax itself is part of Rgrowth, a product incubator that also created the giveaway tool Vyper.
But chances are, you don’t care about all that. What can Hypage do for you?
First of all, chill. Second of all, Hypage claims it can cover your bases from all of the following services in one:
- Linktree—Compile all your links in one place
- Gumroad—Sell digital content to your fans
- Patreon—Create your own membership
- Ko-fi—Accept instant donations
- Substack—Curate an email list
On top of everything else, Hypage takes zero transaction fees. They’re a subscription-based service, so you pay a simple monthly fee and get to keep whatever you earn from your content.
Anyone can sign up for Hypage for free, but like I said, they make their money off of subscriptions. That means, as the old saying goes, you gotta spend money to make money.
Hypage offers three payment plans:
- Free – An unlimited free tier that lets you create a fully custom bio link with a hy.page URL.
- Pro – $19/mo. Allows you to sell products, accept donations, take fan requests, removes Hypage branding.
- Enterprise – $39/mo. Allows you to sell subscriptions and memberships.
How to sign up for Hypage
You can either sign up for Hypage with a free account, or try a free trial of a Pro plan. Either way, your first step is creating a username, email and password.
Once you sign up, you’ll be asked what industry you’re in. The options include ecommerce, SaaS, music, digital marketing, and a few others. For the purpose of this review, I chose blogging.
On the next screen, you’re asked to create a project; on the Pro plan, you can have up to three. Think of each project as a different brand, each with its own URL. Each project also has its own dashboard.
The Hypage dashboard
The homepage of your dashboard includes a summary of your page’s activity: new people, orders, and revenue. Beyond that, there are sections dedicated to Hypage’s main functions:
- Your link page
As well as sections to keep track of orders, users, and settings.
Setting up your link page
Before you get into page design, you’re invited to add as many links as you’d like. With custom icons and unique link settings, you can really add and customize any link you can imagine. You even have the option to embed code, including video.
Next, you’re taken to the design tab, where you can fully customize your text, colors, and backgrounds. The layout is stagnant, but in my opinion, it looks more stylish and functional than the default layout for Linktree.
Keep in mind, on a free plan, your page will include Hypage branding. Pro users can eliminate that branding, but you’ll still have to use either a hy.page or links.page URL.
Selling products and memberships
Hypage offers a great deal of free rein for selling products and services. It’s a bit of a cheat, but you could really use this as an ecommerce tool. At the very least, ecommerce companies can easily use this platform to showcase their latest and most popular products.
You can create a description, add images, set an inventory, add digital files and links for deliverables, and choose from a range of pricing options. They seem to emphasize Stripe integration, but you can also set up through PayPal.
Memberships are where the industry you picked when you signed up comes into play. Since I signed up as a blogger, it orients my membership page as a blog.
The customization options are similar to those of your link page. It’s not nearly as in-depth as a web design tool like WordPress, but it’s fairly in line with other subscription blogging platforms like Medium, Substack, and Patreon.
The layout is slightly different for users in other industries. Still, you basically create separate outlines for the homepage and for each individual post. You can also choose whether each post is paywalled or free.
Final Hypage review: Is it the future?
Let’s return to the question of Hypage vs. Linktree.
Linktree’s Pro plan costs $9/mo, less than half of Hypage’s. For that price, they offer extensive analytics, design options, martech, and yes, monetization tools. You can accept payments and sell ecommerce products directly through Linktree.
Still, Hypage certainly offers a few things that Linktree doesn’t. Most notably, it allows you to create a Patreon-style subscription page embedded in your bio link. The analytics aren’t all that impressive, but this feature certainly sets them apart.
You also have to consider the basic product. As a free, bare-bones bio link service, is Hypage better than Linktree? Honestly, yeah. It’s just well designed, with a great array of custom options.
No, Hypage is not the only place to create a bio link and sell digital products on one site. With its high prices, it’s not likely to shake the table, even though it lets you keep your revenue. Unless you have a huge audience, the cut you take from Substack or Patreon is probably a better deal.
For marketing, however, it’s always great to cut out excess and try to keep everything in one place. In that regard, and as a more stylish option for simple, free bio links, Hypage does have something to offer.
Final grade: 6/10 🤷
The 10 Best Task Management Tools for 2023
Managing a business can take a toll on you if you try to do everything yourself. Good thing there are numerous software available that can make your work easier and faster. Below are the ten best task management tools you can choose from.
What is a task management tool?
Before we get to the list, let’s understand what task management tools are. As its name suggests, a task management software is a digital platform that helps business owners and their teams manage their tasks. They help plan, organize, and prioritize tasks to complete them efficiently and within the specified time frame—just the help you’ll need in handling your business.
The 10 Best Task Management Software
The following is our list of the best task management tools that will have you ready for 2023.
From your simple to-do lists to more complex tasks, ClickUp has got you covered. It allows you and your team to manage everything in one place—chat, tasks, documents, and goals. It provides access to a suite of practical and cost-effective productivity tools. It gives high customization capabilities and suitability for small and large businesses in various industries.
ClickUp has a forever free plan but to enjoy many of its amazing features, you may want to subscribe to their premium plans. Pricing starts at $5 per member per month and can go up to $19.
If your business requires you to have designs and other visual materials, ProofHub is the best task management tool for you. It can help you collaborate with your team members, especially when discussing visual assets. It is easy to use, thanks to its intuitive interface.
ProofHub has two plans you can choose from, the Essential and the Ultimate Control. Pricing starts at $45 and offers a free trial, so you can check out the app without making a considerable commitment.
A team communication and collaboration software, Chanty enables businesses to communicate through instant messaging and voice or video calls. It is a cloud-based collaboration platform that uses AI to help with team communication, project management, and the automation of many tasks. Its unlimited group messaging feature lets you connect and collaborate with other teams.
Chanty has a forever-free plan suitable for businesses with up to 10 members. Alternatively, the business plan lets you do more for only $3 per user per month.
A reasonably priced task management tool, Basecamp has unique features you won’t find in many similar applications. Real-time communication, client access, and automatic check-ins are some of these. You can easily find projects as it has a designated place for file storage and sharing, making it ideal for team collaborations.
Basecamp is affordable. At only $11 per month per user, you can get unlimited use of most of its tools and features. It has two plans you can choose from, the Business and Personal.
Create, store, organize, and collaborate anywhere you are in the world with Bit.ai. This task management software lets you create project documents, technical documentation, client deliverables, and training guides, among many others. Its simple and intuitive user interface makes it ideal for first-time business owners.
To get started with Bit.ai, you can use their free plan, but you need to subscribe to their Pro or Business plans for additional features. Pricing starts at $9 and goes up to $15 per user per month.
Whether you’re managing small or big teams, nTask is an excellent task management tool. Its streamlining features will help you with project planning, financial summary, resource management, and many other tasks. In just a few clicks, you’ll be able to share files and comments, assign tasks, and track time.
This task management tool lets you try it for seven days without the need for a credit card. nTask offers three subscription plans with prices that start at $3 per month for the premium plan.
Task management is easy with Trello cards, boards, and lists. At a glance, you can easily see your tasks and who’s handling them. It has a very low learning curve which lets your team get into action quickly. It offers many customization options and integrates with various third-party apps.
Like Chanty and ClickUp, Trello has a forever-free plan that you can use. But if you want to upgrade for more features, the three paid plans will suit your needs and budget quite well. Price starts at $5 per month if billed annually.
Get more done with a user-friendly task management tool such as Wrike. It has a fully-customizable dashboard, interactive Gantt charts, and real-time project reports, among many other vital features. It will give you complete project transparency, real-time updates, and insightful information that bring value to your business.
You can use Wrike for free, but for more features, its premium plans will let you do more. From $9.80 to $24.80 per month, you can manage tasks and many other processes easily and quickly.
One of the most intuitive task management software, Monday.com is excellent for whatever size of business you have. Its straightforward and easily navigable interface lets you see the work ahead with just a glance. Collaborating is made easy as it enables you to upload and share files, tag members, and manage deadlines efficiently.
Monday.com is free to use forever, but a subscription plan is highly recommended to avail of its key features.
Track your business’ progress in one place with Proggio. Its Kanban board view lets you effectively manage your team’s tasks. It has customizable templates that help organize and manage everyone’s work anywhere they are in the world.
Proggio has four paid plans that will provide you with more task-managing features. Pricing starts at $250 per month and can go up to $1,500.
In today’s competitive markets, businesses must manage project tasks as efficiently as possible. The responsibility to ensure that the team completes all assignments on time becomes effortless when you use a task management tool.
Top 10 Free and Paid eCommerce Tools for 2023
Starting an eCommerce business is no easy feat. You have to think about sales, marketing, customer service, invoicing, and inventory all at once. Some platforms may offer those, but you need other eCommerce tools to make life easier and automate your processes. But which are the best ones? I’ve compiled a list of the best ones here.
Type: eCommerce platform
Any eCommerce tools list would simply be incomplete without the mention of Shopify. After all, Shopify is one of the leading eCommerce platforms of all time. The eCommerce platform makes it easy for new eCommerce businesses to set up shop in no time. They have a bunch of tools to keep any eCommerce business around, such as branding, point of sales, email marketing, and payment tools.
With Shopify, you don’t have to create a website immediately if you don’t need it yet. If you want to start small, Shopify has a Starter plan where you can reach customers via social media or messaging apps.
Starter (social and messaging apps only) – $5/mo
Basic – $29/mo
Shopify – $79/mo
Advanced – $299/mo
Type: Inventory and logistics
Even though Shopify has everything you need to get your business ready from launch to your first sale, you can integrate tools into the platform, such as Veeqo. Veeqo is a logistics company helping eCommerce businesses with inventory and shipping.
You don’t have to worry about keeping track of all your products manually. With Veeqo, you can rest easy knowing they automate your stock every time there’s a sale. Plus, with shipping, you’ll have lowered rates on known logistics businesses, such as DHL and UPS. In addition, you can automate shipping processes.
One eCommerce tool that you should use is a survey. This helps you get a pulse of what’s going on with your customers, and one of the survey tools you should use for your eCommerce business is SurveyMonkey.
With SurveyMonkey, you’ll also know what your customers think of your products, aside from the reviews they give. Surveys will provide you with more input, and you’ll learn how to improve your products and how you can interact with your customers better. But it’s not just a tool for your customers. You can also ask your employees how they can improve your eCommerce business.
Team Advantage – $25/user/month
Team Premier – $75/user/month
Enterprise – Contact sales
Type: Accounting and Invoicing
Most eCommerce platforms will have their own payment portal. But if you want an all-around easy-to-use small business financial service software, Wave is one of the best eCommerce tools to use. They have these nifty features:
With Wave, you don’t need an accountant. Wave helps you with your taxes, bookkeeping, and billing. And if you still need financial help, advisors are ready to help you learn more about finance terms or concepts. Plus, Wave is free to use for their Invoicing, Accounting, and Bookkeeping features. Or, you can even hire a bookkeeper to do all the work for you.
Here’s the pricing for their Payments, Payroll, and Advisors features:
Payments: 2.9% + $0.60/ transaction (AMEX: $3.4% + $0.60/transaction)
Bank payments: 1%/transaction
Payroll: Tax service states – $40/mo; Self service – $20/mo
Advisors: Bookkeeping support – $149/mo; Coaching – $379/mo
Type: Data protection
Any business with a website should know that they need to back up their data. After all, you can put it right back up anytime if outages or something unexpected happens to your website. And if you don’t want to lose your data, Rewind is one of the best eCommerce tools out there.
Rewind can help eCommerce businesses protect their business from any downtime with their daily backup. If you have integrated a 3rd party app into your website, but it’s not doing you any good, you can just rewind and get back to the last time you didn’t install it. Plus, they ensure your data is secure from any attacks.
Starts at $39/mo
Type: Customer service
Zendesk is one of the best customer service tools of all time, with more than 100,000 brands and users helping customers with their concerns. The customer service tool will help eCommerce businesses connect with customers through email, phone, or live chat.
- Suite Team – $49/mo
- Suite Growth – $79/mo
- Suite Professional – $99/mo
7. Jungle Scout
If you need a marketing and keyword research tool made for online sellers, Jungle Scout is one of the best eCommerce tools to use. This tool is for Amazon sellers, but you can still use this for your online store anywhere. You can grow your traffic with their keyword research feature, optimize listings, and get more reviews for your site.
They also have an inventory management feature. Plus, Amazon sellers can get more out of the tool with their finances and ads features.
Basic – $49/mo
Suite – $69/mo
Professional – $129/mo
Are you having trouble creating product descriptions for all of your items? Don’t fret, Copysmith is an AI writing tool to help you create a copy in minutes. It can be difficult trying to come up with persuasive copy that will get people to click add to cart.
With Copysmith, you’ll have an AI assistant giving suggestions from the keywords you provided. From there, you can choose from the best copy and add it to your website. Plus, they ensure that the copy is search engine optimized, so customers can visit your online store and get more traffic. In addition, you can also create bulk product descriptions for SKUs.
Starter – $19/mo
Professional – $59/mo
Enterprise – Contact Sales
MailChimp is best known for email marketing. But it has grown into an all-around marketing platform for any business. They have a comprehensive email marketing platform, allowing businesses to segment their audience, reach more, and analyze open and conversion rates.
Aside from email marketing, MailChimp allows businesses to create optimized landing pages and social media ads and send printed postcards.
Pricing (Marketing platform – Starts at 500 contacts):
Essentials – $11/mo
Standard – $17/mo
Premium – $299/mo
10. Google Analytics
Any entrepreneur or seller needs to keep track of their online business. And if you want to know how your online store ranks on one of the widely used search engines, you can use Google Analytics.
Most eCommerce platforms will have analytics, but Google Analytics can help you with your marketing, and you’ll know how to reach more customers. Plus, you can run ads with their Google Ads and Search Ads 360 features and get access to the Google Search Console.
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These eCommerce tools have proven their worth and helped other eCommerce businesses thrive in their own niche. Plus, they have also provided immense value and eased the minds of new and existing eCommerce businesses.