Posted on October 27th, 2014 No comments
A goal of ours this Fall has been to complete some home projects. We are planning on updating our home office and adding new floors through-out our home. We were ticked to find Thumbtack. It’s sort of like Angie’s List. You can search for professionals to help you complete your personal projects. But that wasn’t the only cool thing about Thumbtack. I’m always on the look out for new ways to place my business in front of potential clients and customers and Thumbtack has quickly become a new resource for my business. The referrals are coming in so fast I can barely keep up!
Thumbtack is a place where you can list your services for people looking for your type of business and it’s also a great place to search for certain professionals to do a job for you.
For example. Let’s say you are looking for someone to redesign your living room or landscape your yard. You could place your ad and take bids from several professionals. Then you can compare the bids, prices and details and pick the one that’s best suited for your needs.
From a business point of view, it’s a great place to list your business for people looking for your services. Be sure to add a full description, link to your social media profiles and start asking for reviews.
A look at my biz up close.
Social Media Help 4 U provides social media tips, author tips and business inspiration. We provide Social Media Management for Authors and Busy Business Owners.
We maximize your online exposure. Reach Your Desired audience and increase your conversions! Multiple services provided such as social media management, social media assessments, Facebook ads, social media consulting/training and blog scheduling.
Next time you are looking for a professional to complete a project for you or you are in need of adding new clients to your business be sure to take a look at Thumbtack!
Here are a few of my reviews that have been posted within the last week on Thumbtack.
“I needed someone to help me resolve a Facebook issue and am delighted to have found Carol at Social Media Help 4 U. She resolved my issue and in addition gave me excellent advice via her Social Media Assessment tool. There are lots of folks trying to sell internet-marketing, SEO tools, or large company social media support; none of them fit my small business needs like Carol. In addition to being technically knowledgeable and easily accessible she is reliable and trustworthy. I highly recommend Carol’s services to those needing help with their social media efforts.” – Laura N.
“Carol is super smart, helpful and patient. Social media can be very overwhelming for many small business owners, and She’s truly there for too. Reliable and caring too. Two huge orange likeable thumbs up! ” – Dave Kerpen – Author of Likeable Social Media
“Carol Lawrence has served as our social media director for 3 1/2 years and has grown our company’s on line presence beyond our expectations. She has managed campaigns and book launches advised on and set up ad campaigns and taught our team innovative approaches to online marketing and list building. I highly recommend Carols fine work and knowledge to any company who wants to “get out there”.
Founder and Creative Director
The Essential Feminine Company”
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Posted on October 18th, 2014 No comments
Did you know that you can start taking orders on Kindle BEFORE you publish your ebook?
In fact, your customers can order your ebook up to 90 days in advance of it’s release.
But, in order to get approved for pre-orders, it must be a new Kindle book- later editions and Public Domain books are not eligible- and you’ll have to upload a draft of your ebook for review by Amazon. That gives you time for some copywriting and proofing changes. BTW: You can list up to 10 titles at a time-and as they are released it will make room for more.
One advantage of taking advanced orders is it allows you to start promoting your ebook before it’s released so you can start creating some buzz, which could include promoting it in Author Central, Goodreads, your own site, Facebook-anyplace where you potential customers might be ! Plus, pre-orders count toward sales rank. Pretty cool, huh? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 15th, 2014 No comments
Using hashtags in your social media marketing campaigns is a great way to generate interest, engagement and exposure for your business.
Here is a look back at two campaigns that rocked it with #hashtags this past summer.
1. Take a look at how Red Box got their fans to share their favorite ways to watch Red Box movies using the hashtag #HowDoYouRedbox.
They had some really cute entries. Take a look! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on October 4th, 2014 No comments
I got a real kick out of this info-graphic from Post Planner. You will find all kinds of great ideas for attracting attention to your Facebook page. Let me know if you use any of these great ideas. Do you have other ways to increase your Facebook engagement and get more customers? Share your tips in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.
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Carol Lawrence is the owner of Social Media Help 4 U, a virtual based business that supports authors and businesses based on integrity. Social Media Help 4 U offers conscious based business services, providing intuitive and skill based social media management, product reviews & consulting. Carol and her team manage social media accounts for busy business owners, authors and entrepreneurs. They assist their clients in building their online presence, engagement and connections with like minded people, customers and clients. They are fully aware that their clients online reputation is at stake. With the values of integrity, honesty and dependability being their top priority. Carol enjoys writing, the outdoors, having fun with her family & friends and interviewing movers & shakers in the writing/entrepreneurworld.
Posted on September 28th, 2014 No comments
I have a special treat for you today. Leonie Dawson is a very successful work-at-home-mompreneur. She runs an uber successful business. Her Amazing Biz & Life Academy is super popular and changing lives of women around the globe. In this article she shares how she manages her work from home business and relishes in her family life. Enjoy!
3.5 years ago, I shared my daily rituals of being a work-at-home mumpreneur. One of my gorgeous readers asked for an update on how things have shifted since then.
So, I thought I’d share with you the behind-the-scenes of what a day usually looks like for me as I tango between motherhood, owning a business, creating, and living a life well loved.
7am: Beth wakes up beside me. She cooes, plays with her hands for a while. I keep napping. When she gets restless, I sleepwalk her out to Chris, pass her off and go back to bed for a 20 minute nap to catch up on missed zzzzz’s as Beth still wakes up a few times during the night.. I don’t like napping during the day, so a little sleep-in on my own does wonders.
8am: Eat breakfast – usually it’s a Bounce protein ball and a Nudie juice. Do the usual tango of getting kids out of pyjamas and into clothes.
9am: Either go out for the morning (go grocery shopping, visiting friends or have a mini roadtrip) or have a “Happy Home Day” (do crafts, gardening, cooking, little house renovations).
Midday: I take a quick drive into the village and buy lunch (usually Japanese, Vietnamese or Indonesian. Most typical: tempura vegetables & teriyaki chicken on rice with a “full fat” Coke. Yep. I know that’s wildly un-PC, but it’s my thing currently, and I’m cool with it). Check the mail. Talk shit with Cindy the Post Office Lady.
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Posted on September 27th, 2014 No comments
Guest Post By Suzanne Evans.
The elusive million dollars is a hot topic in my industry and for good reason. The million dollar mark IS an amazing goal and it makes sense that people want to aim for it and shoot for it. It has come to mean something in society and stand for success. With only a tiny percentage of people ever earning this brass ring- it’s nobel. It’s worthy. It’s inspiring.
And for others it’s just a number. It’s important to know what you want, what you need, and how to prepare to hit seven figures (if you even want it). Here’s some rules and ideas to live by on your way to success – whatever that number is.
1) YOU decide. Decide what success looks like for you and what you want to accomplish financially. No coach or colleague should tell you what you will, will not, or should make. You get clear on what you want. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 21st, 2014 No comments
One of the biggest problems business owners, particularly solopreneurs and authors, have, is the tendency to try to do it all. Rebecca Livermore is known for her ability to help authors free up their time by taking care of the tedious stuff, podcast support, Kindle formatting and uploading, blog writing, proofreading and editing. She’s a wealth of information. I’m so thrilled she has agreed to answer my curious questions on writing and publishing Kindle eBooks. If you foresee a book in your near future you don’t want to miss this interview!
Carol: Rebecca, Can you begin by telling my readers and I a little bit about yourself, your services and how you got started as a freelance writer?
Rebecca: I’ve been a freelance writer since 1993, where I got my start in writing for print magazines. When I was about to graduate from high school, I told my parents that I wanted to be a freelance writer, but my dad encouraged me to do something “more practical.” Because of that, I put off writing for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 13th, 2014 No comments
Hello everyone, I wanted to invite you to join me on Facebook and share your business.
I’m hosting a Facebook party all weekend long. How do you participate? It’s simple. Go to my Facebook page. You will see my “Share Your Business” graphic.
Underneath it in the comments tag your business Facebook page or share the url to your business webpage. Be sure to tell us what your business is all about. Please like the graphic and share it so others can join in the party. You only have to follow the businesses you are interested in.
Here’s a tip. Like new pages from your Facebook page. This is done easily on your desktop. Then when you share or comment on a page it’s promoting and bringing attention to your page not you. If your page is your brand that’s where the focus needs to be, not your personal profile. But before you go check out my 3 tips on growing your business page with Facebook be sure to take a peek at my special bonus. Don’t worry i’m not selling you anything.
Three Ways To Grow Your Business With Facebook Plus A Special Bonus. (Be sure to read entire article.)
1. Engage – get talking, sharing and liking. When someone responds to something your business page shares on Facebook acknowledge them. Answer their questions, thank them, like their comments. This let’s them know you are paying attention and their feedback matters. Every time there is engagement on your page through a comment, like share, etc it bumps your post back into the newsfeed.
2. Post often. There are many opinions on when to post but simply just getting consistent will help. Even having a posting calender with regular updates starting at 7 am can help. I like to post once an hour when possible. If i’m busy and i’m not able to post that often then I make sure I have content in the morning, at lunch time to catch the lunch crowd, another in the afternoon and one in the evening. This particularly helps if you have a very small ad budget.
3. Facebook ads. Yes Facebook is a pay to play place now. But who cares, you won’t find this kind of market anywhere. The ability to target your audience makes it second to none. Obviously an ad budget of $1,000 a day would become an overnight game changer for your business but if you are small business and your not sure, $300 a month is ideal. Seriously lacking in funds? Try $50 a month. I have pages that convert even on a small budget. Running ads helps your page get seen. Build up your customer/fan base then begin using a sales funnel to convert your ads into sales. Be sure to see my bonus below to learn how powerful Facebook can be for your business.
Posted on September 7th, 2014 No comments
From time to time I like to share with you inspiring interviews from authors. I’ve been looking forward to this interview with Ellen Violette. I believe you will walk away from reading this interview with inspiration to get busy writing your own best seller. Read carefully. Ellen provides you some very useful tips! Ellen Violette is well known as the eBook Coach. She has helped many authors realize their dream of becoming a published author.
Carol: Ellen, how did you become known as the eBook Coach?
Ellen: I was a Grammy-nominated songwriter and a producer, winning a lot of awards, but not making much money. My parents were supporting my husband and me. We built a world-class recording studio in the house I grew up in and we had a blast.
But, then the Northridge earthquake hit and our house was severely damaged. We lived close to where the Santa Monica Freeway collapsed. Then, my parents both passed away within 11 months of each other and we were left with the damaged house. And that was the only potential equity in their estate-if we fixed it up.
So we spent a year doing that. We sold it, made good money, and came down to San Diego just as the real- estate market was taking off her. Since we did so well on my parent’s house and we enjoyed the process, we started buying, fixing, and selling houses. But, then the market got too hot and there was nothing to buy; all the investment money dried up too.
So, we took a property management job back in Los Angeles and I got online. I’d always wanted to write books but I hated the idea of having to write a book proposal and wait for someone to give me permission to publish. I had done that for 20 years in music and I was so over it.
Then, I found eBooks, and loved the idea that I could get directly to my audience and nobody could stop me! It was totally liberating and I just knew it was the right path for me. So, I wrote my first ebook from an ebook and it was extremely frustrating, so I went looking for an eBook Coach, but there weren’t any so I decided to become one. In fact, I was the very first eBook Coach, and several of the coaches out there have created their programs from mine.
But, since I was the first, I often refer to myself as the Original eBook Coach. And I’ve been blessed.
I decided I could create a better program than anything out there so I created my 3 Days to eBook Cash Authoring Program. I then created my eBook Profit Marketing Secrets Program and my business took off immediately.
I made over $13,000 in the first 6 weeks and a 6-figure income on 2 ½ years. I now have clients who are making a high-6 or 7-figure income and doing it in less time than it took me because they don’t have to make all the mistakes I made. And, I’ve streamlined my processes even more over the years. Also, many of my clients have become Amazon best-selling authors which is very rewarding for me! Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 5th, 2014 No commentsLast week my wonderful sister in-law shared this recipe on her Facebook page. I shared it to my Facebook page so I could go back to it later when I had a chance to print it out. As Fall approaches i’m feeling the urge to bake, do crafts and move into winter mode. The cool thing is the last four years I lost my love for doing most things. I was so drained due to becoming anemic that I actually slept A lot! I wrote about it last June. If you want to see my whole story you can get the complete scoop here! This year I’ve felt fantastic. My old loves are returning to me. (By that I mean scrapbooking, baking, writing, ect. I only have one true love. Mr. Lawrence.)Last weekend I baked these bad boys up. Oh my gosh they are so delicious! I’ve made banana bread for years. It’s a favorite around our house but these bars got rave reviews over and over again. Randy is requesting I make them already again soon. For variety and some added nutrition I added some freshly grated zucchini from my garden. I also added in a little cinnamon. Next time I’ll toss in a small handful of chocolate chips. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did.I wish I could give the original author credit but the name of who put this delicious concoction together is unknown to me.This recipe was shared on Facebook over 455,000 times.Banana Bread Bars
1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
1-3/4 (3 or 4) ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease and flour
15×10-inch jelly roll pan.1. For the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour
cream, butter, and eggs until creamy.
Blend in bananas and vanilla extract.Add flour, baking soda, salt, and blend for 1
minute. Stir in walnuts.2. Spread batter evenly into pan. Bake 20
to 25 minutes or until golden brown.3. Meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in
a large saucepan over medium heat until
boiling. Let the butter turn a delicate
brown and remove from heat4. Add powdered sugar, vanilla extract
and milk. Whisk together until smooth (it
should be thicker than a glaze but thinner
than frosting). Using a spatula, spread
the brown butter frosting over the warm
bars (the frosting will be easier to spread
while the bars are still warm).The frosting is easier to make then it sounds and it is sooooo good!If you love to cook you might want to follow my Yummy Food board on Pinterest!Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.What’s your favorite fall recipe?
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