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Somebody at work was asking yesterday why all these big events and college campuses are closing due to Coronavirus?

While all of us want to prevent spread of the disease, there's also a huge motivation not to be the next big Coronavirus headline:
"Within days, though, the Biogen conference would be infamous, identified as an epicenter of the Massachusetts outbreak of Covid-19, with 70 of 92 coronavirus infections in the state linked to the conference as of Tuesday night, including employees and those who came into contact with them." - Boston Globe
It's still hard to tell what will happen in every industry due to the mounting pandemic, but it's safe to say the travel and events industries are going to suffer greatly this year. I've already noticed a huge dropoff in open rates on my CFP Land Newsletter.
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Still, you have to look at the ROI of these services and decide whether they add more productivity to your team or not.
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"Easy, code-free, user flows to drill down and slice and dice the data underlying exposed dashboards. The dashboards and charts acts as a starting point for deeper analysis."
Personal Updates
Despite Coronavirus fears, I'm still on the schedule to speak at 7 events between April and June. I have a feeling some of these might become screencasts instead of in-person events, but we'll just have to see. 🤞
Karl Hughes
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