So much to do, so little time.

I imagine many marketers might feel this way, what with all the wonderful hats we all get to wear. One of my favorite fixes for helping stay organized is Evernote.

There are so many ways to use the app and since we talk a lot about productivity here on the Buffer blog, I wanted to share 20 ways you can use Evernote for your productivity and marketing.

(A sneak peek at one of the ways: I researched and wrote this article all from within Evernote!)

Are you an Evernote fan? It’d be great to hear your favorite tips and workflows in the comments.

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How to use Evernote: 19 Little-Known Evernote Uses to Power Your Marketing and Productivity

Evernote—a notes and to-do app—can be used in many different ways and for many different purposes. I had a blast researching all the neat ways you can tap Evernote to help with marketing, productivity, organization, and more. Here is a handful of the best tips I found.

1. Create a Social Media Updates Library

Updates are probably one of the most valuable items in a social media marketers’ toolbox.

Having a library of update ideas could not only increase your productivity but also help you create a more effective social media marketing campaign.

Here’s how to do this in Evernote:

  1. Create a notebook dedicated to Twitter updates, Facebook updates, etc.
  2. Add in any type of update that you might want to post (now or later)
  3. Using tags and stacks you could even organize them as much (or little) as you want for easy finding when you need them.

Evernote Social Media Updates

Then when the time comes to fill your social media queue, you can pull out the ready-to-go updates from Evernote and add them to Buffer or directly to the social media network

2. Create a Stock Image Library

A really great tip from CIO is to use Evernote to create a stock image library. Images are so important in social media that having a library of them to use can be quite useful.

Evernote stock image library

You can organize them however is best for your workflow. One way to do it could be to create a Stock Photos Notebook with different notes including multiple related images. You could have one note with Quotes Images, another with Landscape images, yet another with your Favorite Images, etc.

A few of our favorite places to grab images to use on the Buffer blog include:

3. Create a Social Media Calendar

Evernote weekly social calendar

Evernote could help you create your weekly (or even monthly) social media plan.

To do so:

  1. Create a weekly Notebook with daily notes
  2. Plan out updates and articles to share

Then all you have to do once you’re ready to share is jump into Evernote, grab everything you’ve already planned out for that day and share it onto your social networks.

Using an app like Buffer could also help streamline the process by grabbing your text from Evernote and pasting it directly in Buffer and adding it to your queue to be shared.

4. Set a Default Notebook to Make Saving Simple

One of the things I’ve found most useful in my Evernote workflow is setting a default notebook where I can save all my notes by default and then review them at a specific time to organize them in the appropriate place.

That way, all I need to do when I find something to save is add straight to Evernote—no need to spend the extra time thinking of the best place where it belongs.

In order to set a default notebook, right click on any notebook in your Evernote list and select “Notebook Settings,” then check the option “Make this my default notebook.”

Evernote notebook settings

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Now you are free to gather anything that comes across your mind, computer or desk and import it to Evernote and take time later to look through it.

5. How to Research Using the Evernote Web Clipper

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Evernote has a Web Clipper/extension that you can install on your browser which will help you save anything you find online (text, links, and images) into your Evernote account with a single click.

This is also where having a default notebook can come in helpful. You can clip all the articles you find automatically there and organize them at a later date so as to keep your workflow fast when researching.

6. Save Articles to Read Later

In addition to research, Evernote can also be used as a library of your “to read later” articles, which allows you to set aside articles you are interested in reading without breaking your current workflow.

7. Forward an Email to Evernote

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Don’t want to deal with an email right away? Or would you like to keep track of an email without leaving it in your inbox? You can just forward those emails to your Evernote and deal with them later or keep them for reference in the future.

In order to set up email to Evernote:

  • First, locate your Evernote email. Here is how according to Evernote:
    • Evernote for Windows: Click on Tools followed by Account Info. Your email address will appear next to Email notes to.
    • Evernote for Mac: Click on your username, then select Account Info. Your email address will appear below Email notes to.
    • Evernote for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch: Tap your username to access your account Settings. Scroll down and select General and then Evernote Email Address.
    • Evernote for Android: Tap the Evernote menu, select Settings and scroll down until you see your Evernote email address.
  • Forward the email you want into Evernote. Enter your Evernote email address into the recipient field. Your subject line will become the title of your new note. The email will be added to your default notebook.
  • If you would like to include the note into a different notebook, you can type “@” followed by the name of an existing notebook in your subject line next to your title. If you want to add a tag include “#” followed by an existing tag.

8. Subscribe to Newsletters Using Your Evernote Email

A really cool tip from Michael Hyatt is to subscribe to newsletters using your Evernote email address, that way newsletters won’t clutter your inbox and they’ll go directly into Evernote for you to look at during a designated time.

Evernote Newsletter Subscription

9. Collect Customer Questions/Articles for Topic Inspiration

Coming up with ideas for articles is not always an easy task. Using Evernote you can keep a library of ideas to help you when inspiration runs out.

You can use the Evernote Web Clipper to gather various articles throughout the web and place them into an ideas Notebook. Same for tweets that catch your eye or emails that spark a creative idea or customer questions you’d love to answer.

Evernote ideas questions

In fact, combining some of the tricks mentioned here already (Twitter messaging, email forwarding) could help the idea curation process come together quite smoothly!

10. Stay Organized With To-Do Lists

Evernote to do list

Who doesn’t love to do lists? I certainly have more than I probably should. 🙂 The good news is, Evernote can help you create those. They can be within a note by themselves or split out among your notes.

One way that I’ve found this handy for myself is making sure to I promote my latest article across multiple social networks. With an Evernote list, you can keep track of all the social networks you have like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. and check them off once you have shared the article there.

11. Write An Article

As I mentioned in the introduction of this article, I am writing this article in Evernote!

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I don’t really have a specific template to write articles in Evernote, mostly I just start by including all the links from my research at the top of the note.

Evernote write articles

I then start writing up an outline (see above, I might already write down a few thoughts while doing my research, too) and once I have my outline done, I start writing my draft just below the outline.

I separate each section with a line (you can include one by clicking on the line icon at the top of the note) to make it a bit more organized.

Once I’m done with my draft, I format it on the Buffer Social Blog and I’m done.

Michael Hyatt also shared his blogging workflow in Evernote; he uses a really neat template that you might find helpful.

12. Share Notes/Notebooks With Your Team

Evernore share

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If you have a marketing team working with you, Evernote offers a way to share notes and collaborate on them. To share a note, you can click on the “Share” button at the top right of the note. You can click on the little arrow pointing down for even more options like share a public link (URL) to the note or email the note. Evernote has even more information on how to share notes here.

You can even share Notebooks! Let’s say we wanted to create a library of Twitter updates for Buffer and have people contribute, we could have a shared Notebook within the Buffer marketing team allowing everyone to contribute to notes.

13. Track Your Performance

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Once you have a social media marketing plan in place, you can begin to measure its success, using Evernote.

Evernote can help by keeping track of your data directly in a note. Evernote allows you to create tables if you would like to keep your data in order, too, and you could also attach a document (like an excel file with exported social media data) to a note to keep all the information about a specific account in one place.

14. Talk To Yourself

Evernote microphone

Eureka! You suddenly have an idea for a great post or a new sharing strategy but it would take too long to type out and/or you’re out and about. Simply record a voice message to yourself that you can type up later if you want to.

Create a new note and click on the little microphone icon to record your thoughts and that’s it, they are safe and sound and out of your head so you can focus on the task at hand for the moment.

165. IFTTT + Evernote = <3

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There are lots of things you can do with Evernote by using IFTTT to trigger actions.

IFTTT is a service that allows you to create conditional actions, called “recipes,” which are triggered based on specific changes happening on specific web services. For example, if you wanted to save your Instagram photos in Evernote, you can create a recipe that is triggered every time you post a new photo in a selected Instagram account. The photo will then be saved into Evernote automatically through IFTTT.

You could even create a recipe for all your favorite posts from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to be saved in Evernote.

Here are examples of Evernote recipes you could try. You can also create your own based on your needs.

176. Using Post-it Notes To Create Notes

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Do you like using Post-its? So does Evernote. 🙂 In fact, they have partnered with Post-It to create a really practical integration. The way it works is that Evernote can recognize a Post-It Note color (currently these four colors work best: Electric Yellow, Limeade, Electric Blue and Neon Pink) and will allow you to assign default Notebooks for each color.

For example, if all your yellow Post-It notes are work related, Evernote will know to add them to your work notebook when you snap a picture of it.

Evernote has a full guide on how to use Post-It in your workflow. Here are the enhancements that will be performed automatically when you add them into Evernote:

  • Automatic organization with Evernote notebooks, tags, and reminders
  • Drawing and text contrast is improved
  • Note tilt and rotation will be corrected
  • Note edges will be perfectly cropped

And if you need some inspiration on how to use them for your workflow, Daniel Hedrick has written a short post about his own workflow.

187. Share Note Links / Make a Table of Content

Evernote table of contents

Here is something your physical notebook can’t do! If you have lots of notes in your Evernote Notebooks, you can create a Table of Content to be able to find any note really quickly.

All you have to do is select the notes you would like to include in the table of content by Command + click on a Mac or Control + click on Windows.

Evernote Table of Content create

Evernote will give you a few options to chose from, pick “Create Table of Contents Note” and Evernote will create a new note with the table of content automatically populated. You can then change the name of the note, if you want, to something more specific like “Table of Content: Articles In Progress.”

The table of content is created by using what Evernote calls “Note Links”. Click on them will open the note associated with that link, and there is so much you can do with them. You can use note links in your other apps as well. Let’s say for example that you have an appointment in your calendar, you can add a “Note Link” to that appointment linking to the note with information relevant to the call, so that you don’t have to dig into your Evernote to find it.

Evernote suggests even additional uses such as:

  • Associate notes with a big presentation
  • Access your frequently-used notes, fast
  • Create a calendar reminder
  • Add Note Links to Shared Notebooks

198. Tag Your Notes (Plus a Pro Tagging Tip)

Evernote tags

Evernote tags example

You can use tags on your notes to help organize them. There are different ways to use tag. One way is to connect notes in different notebooks by topics, another could be to use tags instead of notebooks even. In fact, Evernote found this great Medium article by Thomas Honeyman who shares his workflow in Evernote using mostly tags to organize his notes. He uses the tags hierarchy, which is similar to stacks to create different levels of tags.

A fun trick found on Minterest if you do not want to create too many tags is using an underscore () right after a keyword. That way you can search the keyword to find the notes related to it. For example, I would the keyword “Buffer” somewhere in all my Buffer related notes. I can then search for the term “Buffer_” to find all those related notes.

1. Evernote Keyboard Shortcuts

In order to work even faster, you can use the Evernote keyboard shortcuts. Evernote has provided a full list of them here. Here are a few useful ones:

⌘ N
Create a new note

^⌘ ⇧ N
Open a new note window

⌘ ⇧ N
Create a new notebook

⇧ ⌘ V
Paste as plain text

⌃ ⌘ T
Create a new tag

BONUS: Evernote Apps

In addition to its main application, Evernote also has a few other useful apps to try out.

Skitch

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Skitch is one of my favorite apps. It allows you to create annotation, shapes and sketches on images. I’ve used it for all my Buffer articles (and for this one too!).

Clearly

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This browser extension “makes blog posts, articles and webpages clean and easy to read.” You can then also save them into your Evernote to read later on.

Penultimate

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Penultimate is a handwriting app for iPad that allows you to write on your iPad like you would with a pen and paper and sync it into your Evernote.

Even More Apps

evernote app center

Evernote also has an App Center page where you can find even more apps that work with Evernote.

Over To You!

Do you use Evernote to help with your marketing efforts? Are there additional tips or tricks you can share? I would love to hear them in the comments. 🙂

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Written by Sandrine Sahakians

Multimedia Producer at Buffer. TV Lover! I could talk about my favorite shows all day (and I do!). Love spending time with my dog Tardis, he’s bigger on the inside ;)… sorry that was a TV reference… did I mention I like TV a lot? I also love creating videos on YouTube and am so happy to be part of that amazing community.

  • LOVE Evernote. I use it for marketing all of the time. Here are examples how I use it:

    1. Press releases. I have a TextExpander/PhraseExpress snippet for my press release template (with the preferred formatting the local papers request, contact info, etc.) I use, and then I type all press releases in Evernote. I have press releases going back years, and it’s great to pull them up and see what we did for events in years past.

    2. Archiving tweets. We use Evernote to not only archive our own Tweets/Facebook posts, but hashtags from events, too. It’s great to hold a local conference and encourage a hashtag, then go back through them afterwards for feedback.

    3. Documentation. I work in a public library, so we still manage A LOT of paper. I scan them into Evernote and the OCR capabilities let me search the document content whenever needed.

    4. Storing marketing ideas. When I’m out and about, I’ll see print and digital media other businesses use to advertise their services or products. If I like something they did, I’ll snap a quick photo. Later I’ll Skitch some notes on it and store it with my “inspiration” tag.

    I warn against stockpiling stock photos in Evernote, however – the desktop apps still create a local cache for the apps, meaning those images will take up hard-drive space. Plus, Evernote’s not so hot at syncing many images at once (I once added 50 stock photos at once, before I knew better, and tried to sync – that failed miserably).

    • Re: your warning at the end, they need to fix this (especially for paid users). 100% agree it’s a bad idea right now and it needs to work much better than it does.

    • Hi chirmer!

      Thank you so much for sharing the ways you use Evernote 🙂

      Interesting note about stock photos. I’ve tried saving a few myself and haven’t gotten any issues so far, although I haven’t tried 50 yet. 🙂

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  • #9 is a clever little trick! I’ll be using that now, thanks 😊

    One of my favorite things about Evernote is the Web Clipper Chrome Extension—specifically, the “save full page” function. This is really handy in the event that the link breaks or the page gets removed for some reason.

    Thanks for this post, Sandrine!

  • Kim Fox

    Nice list. And yes #9 is a good one.

    I teach and students have 5 minute presentations. I audio record them and also critique them with a rubric template via Evernote. Once I add the tags and put the note in a folder, all of the presentations are in one place for me to calculate the assignment grades.

    I also have Evernote Premium so I can use offline notebooks, which is useful for traveling – if you can organize everything and sync it in advance. I often have maps and a variety of attractions to check out in various countries.

    Finally, the IFTTT options are very useful. One recipe I use is archiving my Instagram images. Also, I use one for my social media Delicious bookmarks so that now I have that list in my Evernote database for easy reference.

    Thanks for all of the tips and info.

    • Thanks Kim! I love the way you use Evernote yourself 🙂 Some great tips there too 🙂

  • Hainner Azevedo

    I can’t use IFTTT with facebook no more. And the app call “DO” now. At least in Brazil… Congrats by tips… Nice..

  • Sandrine, this is a great list!

    I’d like to add to tip #8: that is now a premium feature. However, there is a way around it, providing you use Gmail and combine it with tip #6. In Gmail, open the email you would like to save into Evernote and use the webclipper. It works perfectly, plus you get extra an option to select certain email senders in a threaded conversation.

    One aspect I’d like you to expand on if possible is how you draft your posts in Evernote and then transfer them into the blog. Is it a simple copy and paste and then do any necessary formatting?

    I use Blogger as my blogging platform and one way I have experimented with creating blog posts in Evernote is to do all research in Evernote, create my blog post with all formatting as a separate note within Evernote and then email the finished note using the share menu in Evernote to my secret Blogger email address. In Blogger it is set up so new emails in are saved as drafts, so I can then check formatting before posting. Additional to this, you may want to set up your email settings in Evernote to not “Include “Get Evernote” information when I email notes.” You can do this in Evernote web in personal settings.

    • Hey Dean,

      I’ve drafted in Evernote for my self-hosted WordPress (*NOT* WordPress.com) sites: I just write the article (post), even including some formatting (since they’re both “web documents” the formatting seems to translate across platforms… better than I expected). I just copy and paste the note contents into the WP editing window for a “New Post,” add a headline, any additional formatting, and check the preview (or draft). In WordPress it has worked great! 🙂

      I don’t use this process exclusively, as I also do much of my writing directly in WordPress, but the times I’ve used Evernote it has worked extremely well!

      I would think that Blogger would work just as well…

    • Hi Dean, Nice workaround for #8! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      I’d love to share my workflow for articles. This can change a bit, but usually I write the article fully in Evernote and before putting it into WordPress I use an application called MarsEdit (I think it works with Blogger too) and format the links in there (I use HTML code to do that, which might be a bit different than other people’s workflow, I’m just used to doing it that way).

      Once that’s done, I hop over to WordPress and click on the “Text” tab and paste the text from MarsEdit there. Then I go back to the “Visual” tab and format everything (title, images) there.

      I haven’t tried formatting things directly in Evernote and pasting in WordPress yet, but that might be something interesting to try out. It might save me some time 🙂

  • Jeff Brown

    Be careful with #9. Subscribing to a newsletter with your Evernote email address sounds good in theory but it probably isn’t the best idea. You don’t necessarily know who will sell their lists. And if your Evernote email address is on that list, you’ll have a tough time unsubscribing. Additionally, you have no way to verify that as your email address. One bad company could jam your Evernote inbox full of spam that you don’t want and can’t get rid of!

    • You can always reset your Evernote email, at least. In that sense, it’s better to use your Evernote email versus your personal one, which you can’t reset 🙂

      • Tonē S.

        perhaps take the ones you subscribe to with your real email that you like and set up forwarding of that mailing to your Evernote. Unsubscribe all the others. It might work.

      • Jeff Brown

        See above. Why complicate things? Sign up and forward. Done.

        • How is your suggestion easier or safer? Simply sign up with your Evernote email. If it gets spammed, you can reset it. You can’t do that with your personal email. It’s also fewer steps to just use your Evernote email.

    • PJL

      You could always create an email alias with your own domain that fwds to the EN address – eg initialsEN@mydomain.com>ENemail – that way you can control/manage the fwding.

      • Jeff Brown

        Too complicated. Why not just sign up with your email and create a rule that marks it and forwards it? Much easier and safer.

    • Hi Jeff,

      Thanks for sharing your concern about subscribing to a newsletter.

      I think the email to verify your email address should also end up in your Evernote, so that should work to verify your email if I’m not mistaken.

      I do understand the concern and a workaround as you mentioned might be to simply forward those subscriptions to your Evernote automatically from your email. 🙂

  • This was great! I’m still looking for a way in Evernote so that when I create a “to do” or a checkbox within ANY note, that it will get added to a master to-do list somewhere… any thoughts?

    • Apps like Swipes will do this for you! Unfortunately, there’s no way to accomplish this inside of Evernote, except to use the “todo:false” search, which only gives you a list of notes with unchecked todo boxes in them.

      http://swipesapp.com/

      • Thanks for sharing all this info chirmer! Swipes sounds like a good app, I’ll have to try it out 🙂

      • Thanks for recommending Swipes @chirmer:disqus! 🙂 We have indeed built the integration to EN tasks to make them more visible and integrated into one’s workflow.

    • Thanks! That definitely sounds like a great feature to have!

  • Excellent Article!

  • I’m a new Evernote user myself. I had been using Pocket but wanted something that could do a little more. It was a Michael Hyatt podcast that actually got me to jump into Evernote.

    Per his podcast I’ve already been switching many of my newsletter accounts into Evernote. A great way to capture them and save them for future ideas and analysis.

    I love the stock photo idea and have already started moving my photos over. You should see some of the names I used so I could search them. I’m certain having the ability to tag them will make it easier to find what I’m looking for.

    Thanks for the great idea!

    • Happy to share Jeremy! So glad you found some of it helpful. There are so many fun ways to use Evernote 🙂

  • Tonē S.

    I enjoy Evernote as well. This is probably the best article i have read in detailing additional uses for it. I still wait for Evernote to create a “free form” update that allows us to write wherever we want to on the page like One Note!

    • Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it! And I had never thought of a feature like that but it sounds awesome! More than once I’ve myself wished to be able to write in different places on a note 🙂

  • My life is on Evernote. GREAT post.

  • I was using an Evernote notebook (offline) on my iPhone for field notes related to more advanced photography stuff, like nodal slide calculations. I then had the idea to turn it into a publically available notebook, add more “guides” to it and make it one of the freebies on my site to get leads. It’s been doing really well! https://scottwyden.com/photography-guides/

  • Invictus Foundation

    I think linking your Evernote account to your Twitter account is a great idea; however when i look for Twitter it is not there to select and connect. I am on the Free plan. LinkedIn and Google Plus you can link but not Twitter. Can somebody please help me out with linking Twitter to Evernote? Thanks

  • We should work according to Brand category and then it will be on rise.

  • This is a GREAT article. Terrific job. I actually swore out loud when I read the stock photos tip because I’m mad I didn’t think of that myself. I want to keep a notebook of various sizes/formats of our logos, because I need them all the time and it’s somewhat annoying to organize in Google Photos. Thank you!

  • I use Evernote for everything. The two things that I use that you didn’t mention were the reminders and the business card scanner.

    I have a widget on my phone that I can customize with buttons I use frequently. The first one is a reminder. It’s quick and easy to set up a quick reminder, like “Do Laundry” and set a date and time, as well as the notebook in which you want to set it.

    The third one over is a business card scanner which comes with the premium edition. It not only adds a note, but it will add to my contacts AND connect to LinkedIn if it recognizes a profile. Three in one? That’s worth the premium edition to me.

    I learned about this from James Burchill at http://evernoteexposed.com/. He has a book, a shared notebook and a Udemy course. He convinced me!

  • Very nice and useful article. I use Evernote to manage all my content marketing activities of a micro-business, including a directly integrated publish process to websites (don’t have to leave Evernote my One Workplace).

    I designed two workflows which helps me to prepare the content without tedious admin steps:
    (a) for self written / curated content
    (b) for news like content, initially collected in Feedly and passed it to Evernote

    I’m about to release the solution – which I use on a day to day base – as a managed service on top of Evernote.

    You can find a product description here: https://curationplatform.cloudburo.net/.

    Would love to get your feedback, what you think about.

    • I did look at “Curation Platform” but I heartily & respectfully disagree!

      It’s far better — from all aspects of business and hobby — to “own the real estate” where your website lives! That means you have total control and are not at the whims of policy changes, change in ownership, change in that company’s goals, policies, etc. Look at how Facebook has “changed the rules” over this past year! If you’re on someone else’s “real estate” you either put up with it or leave…

      As far as Evernote use, it’s very simple to draft in Evernote and then copy & paste the draft into WordPress, on your own domain, at your own hosting company. You, the website owner, remain in total control at all times.

      For those cconsidering FREE hosting someplace, or using a subdomain of another owner’s web real estate, remember that it looks very unproffessional to have your site residing on their platform… You need your own domain and it should be a “.com” not one of the other top-level domain designations.

      Hope this is useful information! 🙂

      • Hi Karen,

        thanks for your lively and engaged feedback I appreciate it really, but think that you are on the wrong path here (as you would say heartily & respectful disagree :).

        Let me go to each of your point one after the other, let’s start with a general comment:

        A) Maturity level of Content Curator and Target Customer Segment of Solution

        I think you should take into consideration that people who want to start writing or curating content for their business are on different maturity levels when it comes down to write, publish and manage content for their online community.

        I have several discussions with micro business owners, local small enterprise owners who are completely not affine to technology or any kind of online content management (which must be setup maintained, configured, potentially monitored etc.). And they are not really willing to spend time to learn the usage pure blogging platforms.

        They just want to sit down, write or curate content in context of their business, publish it without hassle and go back to their core activities of their own business. I also realized that there were already using Evernote or where willing to try such a cool app running on any of their devices out. They could see the additional benefit of having such an app which helps them also to organize their other daily tasks easier.

        Introducing a full blogging platform was definitely not option.

        It’s like with Microsoft Word, the tools are feature-, plugin overloaded which frightens them and increases the acceptance layer significantly. As said I talk about the small business, tiny shops who want to start curating for their community, such tools have definitive a place if you go for another maturity level.

        So reduce it to the max then, allow the person to do all its activities just out of Evernote One Workplace no distracting, context switching activity necessary. Publishing can be done anywhere, anytime on any device (not having to return to their office, sync back, login to their blogging software, copy, paste, adjust, publish ….)

        As an example check out, how a local business (a very nice boutique hotel chain in Zurich) is using the approach (one of our beta users). Their Hotel-Website is obviously managed by some professional provider, but their content site consisting of „personalized hotel owner tips“ is hassle-free managed by the owner out of Evernote. Strolling through the city, finding new ideas, sitting down in a cafe, write and publish done, that’s what really strikes her. It’s serves the purpose for this use case and in case the hotel owner get really engaged with content curation, it would time to move on to some more complexer 😉 approaches.

        https://curation.cloudburo.net/2015/08/15/showcase-visitor-tips-for-hotel-guest.html

        As a side remark all the content on the site above is managed out of Evernote, I’m running 4 different blogs with this approach, currently.

        B) curation.space subdomain is unprofessional

        Again comes down to the maturity level of the curator, in the early days he will be happy to run it on a nicely name mycoolcontent.curation.space but as soon as he wants to bring in his own domain no problem at all, it is a standard feature of the platform.

        https://curation.cloudburo.net/2015/06/13/feature-custom-domain-support-and-cloudflare-cdn-integration.html

        C) Owning the content

        That’s a very good and valuable comment, which I didn’t address in my documentation yet and which I have to clarify in all detail before launching the product. But that problem is nicely solved by the platform and a no-issue, I will just tell you why.

        The Curation Platform site generation engine is completely based on a static source site generator. For example we are using MiddleMan which is one of the most popular one, i.e. Vox Media built a whole publishing system around it. But also Mailchimp and Nest changed from dynamic content system to static site generators for their primary site. So the produced site has NO dependency to any platform just pure HTML, CSS and Javascript (no Dupral, no WordPress, no XY, ….)

        The problem of dynamic blogging content systems (and it’s security patching nightmare) is described by thenewstack.io as follows

        As jumpy system administrators know all too well, blogs can be time bombs. When something goes wrong, is it the shaky blogging platform? Or, the shaky framework perched on top? Or, could the culprit be any one of however-many barely-documented plug-ins that may festoon on the site? Perhaps the Diablo hides within the creaky foundations of the PHP underneath…

        http://thenewstack.io/get-back-basics-static-website-generators/

        Is this a trend, I think so (at least according to Smashing Magazine):

        http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/11/modern-static-website-generators-next-big-thing/

        Don’t ge me wrong I don’t want to get in a war if dynamic blogs are good or bad but at least for us the decision allows us to use microservices in the cloud with a lightweight architecture, almost no dependencies which are producing fast static pure HTML5 content. The approach can scale nicely, as there is just a Webserver required, not any strange hard to load balance infrastructure.

        AND the full static generated HTML is published in a GIT version control system, which is accessible to the user. He can at any time check the produced html, look at the history of changes, download it and publish it to its own site, leaving my platform behind. No customer buy in at all.

        For a small extra charge, he can have the MiddleMan based markdown content of its blog (again this is GIT version controlled) and could choose to leave the platform and hop over to a grown up MidlleMan publishing system.

        By the way static site caching is easy and response time normally brilliant (no technology/DB stack involved). Furthermore we have put the famous Cloudflare CDN in front of the sites, which speeds up and secures our customers (https:// with SEO-friendly URL’s and mobile bootstrap themes which googles likes).

        Coming back to your argument, “the user doesn’t stay in full control of the content”, is not given at all. I rather would say by using a static site generator the user is in better control that when putting it into some dynamic blogging system.

        Thanks for taking the time to check out the site and express your findings. Happy to discuss other points

        By the way all features of the platform can be found here, all content directly managed out of Evernote 😉

        https://curation.cloudburo.net/

  • Carl Forrest

    really useful article. Sadly, I’ve lapsed in my Evernote usage. This will help get back on board

  • Pascal Held

    Thank you for this great article. You preasent a really good collection of productivity tips for evernote. Additionally, I would like to recommend filterize – https://filterize.net/q/1m – It Allows users to create rules (like common used mail rules or filters in your mail application) to automatically organize and process your evernote notes.

  • John H

    Since this was written, Evernote has ended the @MyEN Twitter account, ended support for Clearly (the functions were added to the Web Clipper) and made mail-to-Evernote a premium feature. IFTTT has made some of these functions possible again; it’s a must-have when working with Evernote (just my opinion).

  • shhsecretary

    Wow! Going to grab a cuppa and go through this comprehensive list properly, thank you Sandrine! I do many of these already but want to make sure I’m making the most of Evernote for me and my clients.

  • +1: use Scannable to capture whiteboards from meetings and whatnot (basically anything that’s not digital).