Posted on March 19th, 2013 No comments
Posted on March 18th, 2013 No comments
Are you looking for a way to generate some extra cash? Do you have a newsletter list? Friends who have their own business that could possible use some help with their social media?
I’m looking for ways to build my business and collaborate with others.
Here’s my offer, anyone who brings me new clients that sign up for one of my packages of $1800.00 or more i will pay a $100.00 referral fee per new client.
If you are interested please ad the following paragraph to your newsletter or website.
Growing Your Business With Social Media
Integrating social media into your online business is a great way to build relationships with your fans, amplify your brand, increase your leads, drive traffic to your website and turn followers into customers. Begin by figuring out what are the best social sites to amplify your business. Assess where your customers are and what they want. Put together your social media team and begin implementation.
Carol Lawrence is a social media manager at Social Media Help 4 U. She offers monthly social media management for authors, holistic practitioners and small business owners. For an affordable social media assessment or to sign up for monthly services visit her website to learn more. http://www.socialmediahelp4u.com Please let Carol know _________ referred you.
Posted on March 12th, 2013 No comments
Social Media Assessment: Full assessment of all your social sites, blog & website. Up to 7 sites for $100.00.
- Understanding the social environment
- B2B or B2C
- Posting times best suited for your audience
- Age group and target area of your audience
- Ideas for growth and tools you can use to help manage your social activity more smoothly
- Ideas for alternate revenue streams
- Content update ideas
- How to let your passion show through to your clients
- Best social sites for your company
- Identifying Influencers
- An over view of what you are missing on your sites.
Order you assessment today! Provide your email and web address and upon payment I will contact you for all your website url’s and begin your assessment. Assessment can take 1-3 days depending on how many orders are in Que.
You will receive a full assessment of each site and valuable information on growing your fan base and increasing engagement curtailed specifically for you. Bonuses included: How you can monitor your own online reputation and 25 Twitter Tips For Growing Your Business.
Posted on March 2nd, 2013 No comments
You’ve reached the point in your business where you begin to realize time is valuable and time is money. Very valuable! Being able to run your business with more of a balanced approach will not only free up more of your time but will increase productivity. Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know the importance of social media. You also know the importance of building a team of support.
Using social media the right way can “amplify” your business by increasing your visibility online, increase your website traffic, generate sales leads by putting your company in front of the right audience, increase sales leads and sales.
If you are an entrepreneur, author or a small business owner who works from a mobile office hiring virtual assistants is the perfect solution to adding much-needed help to your team. If you are a small business who has run out of office space, has an increasing workload but you do not want to hire an additional employee, VA’s are a viable solution to your problem.
By building a “virtual” team you can save money. When hiring a virtual assistant who is registered as an independent contractor or business owner they are responsible for their own taxes. They work from their own home office so you do not need to provide them office space, equipment, pay health insurance, or find fill in work to fill an 8 hour work day. From my personal experience virtual workers are more happy, balanced and have deep reasons for choosing the work from home life style. Maybe they are a stay at home mom who needs to work around their child’s schedule for extra money, a person who who tired of the long commute or a person who turned a passion into a business.
You can hire your new assistant by the hour, the project or contracted work. For example, as a social media manager i work under an agreed upon contract between myself and my client. After our first initial consultation i draw up a proposal/contract and after all the details are agreed upon work begins.
When looking for a social media manager and a virtual assistant to help make your business run more smoothly there are a few things to consider.
Do you want someone who represents your core values? Are you branding yourself or your company? Can you handle working by email and phone?
You need to hire someone you can trust. They will be representing your company. Your social media manager has your reputation in his/her hands and will have access to all your social media accounts, sign in information and passwords. Look for recommendations and check references. When you find a reliable assistant hang onto them. Having a person you can trust with your reputation and rely on to get the job done is priceless. Acknowledge your appreciation for their work and pay them well.
Some things to avoid:
I cringe when I see these ads where a company is looking for an assistant to work for $3.00 an hour. Would you work for $3.00 an hour? No you would not. Would you put your heart and soul into a project for $3.00 an hour? You want productivity, reliability, integrity and honesty. Treat your assistants like you do your customers.
Avoid running an ad asking someone to get you 200,000 followers for $20.00. Be realistic. Set your goals, write your mission statement and hire a team that represents what matters to you. You want real followers not computer generated followers or followers who signed up to win a prize but never plan on returning to your website again.
If your ready to hire a social media manager send me an email and let’s talk.
Any company who wants to get anywhere needs and online presence. Being a social media manager is not about sitting around the computer having useless conversations and watching endless funny animal videos. Serious social media mangers know the importance of helping you grow your company, expanding your reach and helping you provide top-notch customer service.
Here are some examples of what a social media manager can do for your company.
1. Increase your visibility by managing and updating several social media sites.
2. They can help you choose the best sites for your business.
3. Creating and scheduling tweets For Twitter. Responding to @mentions, direct messages and retweeting relative content to your audience.
4. Grow your audience by pinning relative content on Pinterest. Filling in your Pinterest boards with complete descriptions with keywords and hashtags in mind.
5. Engage and dialogue directly with customers, provide the prompt attention they desire and inform you when you have activity you need to tend to.
6. They can monitor your reputation for anything coming through the blogosphere related to your company so you can respond appropriately. They know the importance of having you be connected with your online presence.
7. When looking for a social media manager, check out their online presence. Are they on Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? Do they have a blog? Do they have experience? Some projects can be left of to interns but your social media presence should be directed by a pro, who possibly directs the interns on the smaller projects.
8. Create a social media strategy.
9. Run Facebook ads and sponsored posts.
10. Search for news, articles and appropriate content to post.
These are just a few of the projects a social media manager does.
Here are some examples of what a virtual assistant can do for your company.
1. Schedule phone calls
2. Check your emails, filter them and flag the really important ones.
3. Create logos, photo memes, banners and other content that can be used online to expand your expertise.
4. Return calls, texts, emails.
5. Editing and proofreading
6. Project management and reporting
7. Calendar and schedule management
8. Meeting preparation and notes
9. Expense reports
10. Online file management
Some social media managers and virtual assistants cross over into both realms. Some are more generalized and pick exactly what they want to excel in.
If you are interested into becoming a virtual assistant sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear about my newest ebook coming soon, Working From Home As A Virtual Assistant. I map out the steps you need to get started and where to go for VA training.
Carol Lawrence is a mom, social media manager, author, blogger and assistant editor of the All Things Healing family and parenting community.
Posted on February 26th, 2013 2 comments
This winter has been really busy. My hubby Randy is home working with me part-time and we’ve been having a lot of fun.
He handles majority of my clients Tweets while I handle the rest. My client list is growing and i’m enjoying working with each and every one of them. The one thing that has been the hardest is the sedentary life style. Sitting around working on a computer all day has began to take it’s toll. I have numbness in my back and I’ve gained unwanted weight. I’ve bumped up my exercising somewhat but not enough. I’ll be honest I don’t really like playing outside in the cold. Right now even though it’s February and it’s been mild I still don’t like playing in the cold.
Do you sit at a desk a big chunk of your day? What do you do for exercise?
Here’s a few things I’ve been incorporating into my day.
- Up dog down dog stretches
- Standing up and doing squats between projects
- Stretching while sitting at my desk. Arms over head side – to – side stretches
- Joining my hubby walking the dogs
- Swimming when possible at a local women’s club
- Using our rowing machine
- Dancing around the house
As far as social media management and my business goes here’s what i’ve been up to.
- My normal activities of posting to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, Instagram, Blogging and much, much more.
- Do to several requests i’m writing an ebook on how to become a virtual assistant. This will not only show a beginner how to get started but will also help the small business owner when ready to hire virtual assistants. Sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear when it’s available. It will be affordable priced to fit everyone’s pocket book.
- I’m always working on client projects. I recently heard about Sort Price. I’m adding a complete store to a clients Facebook page.
- My writing partner and best friend Stacy and I were thrilled to hear our article “The Power Of Color” was being published in the winter edition of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine.
What’s new with you? Who are you? I would love to know more about who is reading my blog posts!
Posted on February 21st, 2013 No comments
Businesses all over the world have understood the importance of social media as part and parcel of a marketing strategy. But they are still not sure how to be sure that a social media strategy is actually working for them. Now experts believe that that there are 4 factors to be considered if you want to determine whether a social media campaign was successful or not.
Growth of visitors
A web analytics tool can easily track the source of the website visitors. The social media should be used to promote a new blog post or a new promotion page or just a new page of content. If the tool shows that there is a steady stream of visitors from the social media sites then there is no doubt that you are using the social media in a correct way.
If there is a social media campaign then it would result in an increase in sales. There will be related appreciation in the number of leads and phone calls too. You may follow the customers and the clients whether they are following you in social media. If they are following you on social media then there is a high chance that the social media efforts have resulted in the conversion. When a client or customer ‘converts’ then the social media gets involved in the ‘retention’ process.
You need to inquire whether people are actually interacting with your brand page on the social media. Just check whether they are leaving comments, liking them and sharing your content. An interaction is absolutely necessary on social media if you plan to increase the fans and followers. But to ensure that you may have to resort to prompting. You can ask a question or share a link to some good content that will promptly respond to any inquiries. If the brand page is not interactive then it is pretty useless.
New fans and followers
The goal of any business should not be to indiscriminately increase the fans and followers. The concept is to gain in fans and followers who are actually interested in the products and services that you offer and those will eventually become a prospect. If with the passage of time your fan and follower base keeps on increasing then it is a very good sign that you are increasing your brand presence in the social media in the correct way to get noticed. If you just keep on adding fans and followers then your products and services will never get advertised in the proper way and there will less leads and conversions.
What needs to be remembered all time is that social media marketing is not concerned about the immediate sales. The focus should be on building a brand and then establishing relationships over a passage of time. However, in some industries the sales cycle should be kept in mind too. In matters of B2B it can take a long time, months and even years, to convince a client or a customer. The social media works tirelessly to keep the brand on top of mind throughout the decision making process.
About the author: Brianne Walter is a writer. She loves writing, traveling and playing games. She contributes for seomprpheus.com
Posted on February 14th, 2013 No comments
It doesn’t matter if you just love to read books or if you are an aspiring author, I think you will enjoy Goodreads. Goodreads is a major resource. It is all about books. It has over 14,000,000 members and more than 460,000,000 books listed on its shelves.
New books, old books, all different kinds of genres. You can create your own profile and share your favorite books, your reviews, you can even share the progress of a book you are reading. Sign up to win free books, offer to write a review and meet other book enthusiasts. Goodreads also has an app so you can join the fun from a mobile device on the go as well.
If you are an author this is the place to be. Join groups that fit your needs or create a group of your own. Look for people to review your books, interview you, share your blogposts and help you expand your exposure.
Use Goodreads as another tool in building your author platform.
1. List your books
2. Share your author events – giveaways, book tours, book signings, etc
3. Host a giveaway
4. Join groups – there are all kinds. There is an abundance of people sharing their marketing tips, offering reviews and a ton of other resources.
5. Create your own group surrounding your niche
6. Look around at what the other authors are doing.
7. Connect your Goodreads profile to your Facebook page so all your activity is automatically posted so your Facebook friends can follow along or join in.
8. Make sure your profile is complete, including a bio picture
9. List videos
10. Write a blog
11. Share book excerpts
12. Consider advertising on Goodreads. With more than 140 million pageviews and 19 million unique visitors a month it’s a viable place to put money into.
Author: Carol Lawrence
Posted on January 29th, 2013 No comments
There’s an excellent interview on Entreprenuer.com with Richard Branson. I always enjoy reading what he has to say. Even though I never strive to have the kind of wealth he has I do strive to create a comfortable life style. To be able to create my own foundation and give freely is a goal of mine! The more we make the more we can share.
I purposely surround myself with intuitive and savvy business owners. I’m always consuming their updates and latest information through the web via Facebook, G+, Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts and more. I make note of important tips or advice they provide that resonates with me.
Do you have a favorite business owner or CEO you follow?
Here’s my favorite part from this interview with Richard Branson.
“Above all, you should work on building a business you’re proud of. This has always been a motivator for me, from my Student magazine days, through to our latest startups today. I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If money is your only motive, then I believe you shouldn’t launch the business at all.” ~ Richard Branson
Posted on January 17th, 2013 No comments
Did you know that VIDEO is the fastest-growing digital content category? It’s true! I’ve used video to promote my Social Media Business and my Intentional Conscious Parenting blog but i still have so much to learn.
My friend, social media expert, Mari Smith, has declared 2013 the YEAR OF THE VIDEO. And, the good news is you can create excellent video content anywhere. Come find out how on Mari’s mega FREE webinar all about video marketing:
2013: THE YEAR OF THE VIDEO – free live webinar
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Time: 11:00am Pacific | 1:00pm Central | 2:00pm Eastern | 7:00pm UK
Duration: 75 minutes
Go here to register
During this webinar, you’ll learn about a whole range of equipment from cameras to lighting, from simple and effective to more complex, and from super inexpensive to higher end. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on January 13th, 2013 1 comment
Introducing Sherry Burton Ways. Sherry is the author of a brand new book: “Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit.
From February 1st – February 12th Sherry will visit 12 blogs on her virtual book tour. You are invited to follow the tour, visit a new blog each day, meet some wonderful new friends and experience something new.
On the tour, you will find 12 blogs featuring written Q&A interviews, videos, book reviews, radio show interviews, excerpts from the book, and articles like these:
- Candle Color Power: A Healing Tool For Your Interior
- Organic Bedding For a Healthier You
- Your Favorite Color Is Your Healing Color
“Your Home Is the Key to Overcoming Stress and Increasing Wellness”
This is the premise of her first book, Feel Good Spaces: A Guide to Decorating Your Home for Body, Mind, & Spirit, by Washington, DC Interior Décor expert, Sherry Burton-Ways.
In her book, Ms. Burton-Ways provides questions, suggestions, and exercises designed to help you create an environment that brings you peace, joy, balance and comfort, while also providing a refuge from the stresses of the outside world. Burton-Ways says, “Everybody’s Feel Good Space will be different, but they will all have that ‘home’ feeling, and a feeling of warmth and acceptance for the person who inhabits it. It will provide a relaxing moment in time that takes the person back to themselves, elevates their mood, and empowers them for the rest of their life.”
Burton-Ways presents concepts from which you can choose: color, furniture style, shape, texture and function, art, cultural and symbolic items, personal items and a clean and clutter-free environment. She provides separate chapters on these designs elements, which you can spin like a color wheel and make your selections.
You are invited you to meet Sherry at Kreative Ways http://kreativeways.com/. Send Sherry a message on Twitter http://twitter.com/kreativeways or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kreativeways and introduce yourself. Sherry is thrilled to have you follow along her virtual book tour. You may also connect with Sherry on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kreativeways/.
Here Is The Tour Schedule For Feel Good Spaces A Guide To Decorating Your Home For Body, Mind, & Spirit.
Day 1 – On Friday Feb. 1st Ms. Elle Smith (@ https://twitter.com/prbyelle77 on Twitter) will jump start the tour stop on her blog Elle Trendy with an article: “Your Favorite Color Is For Your Healing Color.” Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PRbyELLE77 Read the rest of this entry »