How to blog and not just throw content out there.

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How to blog and not just throw content out there.

How to blog – do you know how? So i i recently came across a post in a group i belong to on Facebook for people in business and someone was asking for help with blogging. So i reached out of course. But then i started reading all the comments on this post and all the ‘just do it yourself’ and ‘just sit and write’ replies. Seriously, it got me a little upset. Blogging is not just journaling, there are structures that need to be followed, looking at templates that are readable and so much more. Not to mention SEO, tags and headings etc. Learning how to blog is not an overnight thing. Blogging is certainly not typing out an email and just sending it out.

How to blog – the basics.

So i have been blogging for years and i love it. I have blogged from anything in the fashion industry to plastic bags. I currently blog for this company and yes i now know a lot about plastic bags now! But blogging is not just about writing and i had to learn how to blog effectively.

Firstly, i have always used WordPress, it is google friendly and almost every blog i see ranked on Google is a wordpress blog. WordPress provides great plug ins and has some great templates too. Secondly, do a little SEO training, spend time reading up on it or with someone who really knows their stuff. I have had Skype calls with Kristen Wilson, she has been invaluable in helping me in the unknown world of SEO. Oh and learn about heading tags too, they make a difference.

Then you’ll need to learn about tagging your graphics that go into the blog post and how to weave your key words into the post without keyword stacking.

These are truly just the basics on how to blog, there is more to learn. This is why people hire me to blog for them. I enjoy it, i know how to write and most importantly, i know how to blog the Right Way!

Contact me here if you are interested in taking up my blogging services.

 

Story Telling in Business

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Story Telling in Business

Story telling in business is one of the biggest marketing tips you need to take notice of. Why? Because people like to see real people, like to know who you are and how did you get to where you are. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to talk about yourself all day long. Below i am going to give you some tips on how story telling can impact your business and how you can start story telling. Story telling is personal and people like it.

Tips on how to start story telling in your business.

You could start with telling people how your business was born. How did you start doing what you’re doing and Why did you decide to go down the path you’re on. You can do this through a blog post or through a few little posts on social media. BUT a great one is to jump online and do a Facebook Live and get talking to people. People can see your manner, hear your voice and see your face. This goes a long way in building relationships with your audience. 

You could even incorporate a couple of stories of people you’ve worked with and how you came to meet. This is a great way to show examples of how you work too. Plus it’s ok to talk about your family every now and then and what you are up to over the weekend.

How can story telling impact my business?

If your competitors aren’t sharing stories, then this can easily set you apart from them and you will be remembered over them in a heart beat. Because you are building those all important relationships and people are starting to like you. Now we all know, people buy from those that they Know, Like and Trust. Yes i know you’ve heard that before, BUT i need it to sink in. It’s a vital part of business. Let people get to know you through story telling and you’ll start seeing a difference in your business.

Story telling earns peoples trust. It’s said that 92% of consumers say they trust earned media, aka personal recommendations, above all other forms of media. Earned media can include word of mouth, customer recommendations/referrals, media mentions, etc. That’s a huge number and if that hasn’t convinced you that story telling in your business is a no brainer, then maybe nothing will.

 

 

Plan To Succeed or Plan To Fail

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Plan To Succeed or Plan To Fail

Plan to succeed or plan to fail – ever heard of that saying? Probably a 1000 times right? If you don’t plan to succeed in your business and sit down and actually start planning how you’re going to succeed, how will you succeed? This saying applies to all of the New Year’s resolutions people made a couple of months ago – getting in shape, becoming financially stable, and yes, your social media strategy, too. Have you succeeded in sticking with the plan?

Tips on how you can plan to succeed.

Throughout December, i got planning, i wanted and of course still do, for 2017 to be my best year yet, especially after a hard 2016. So i sat down and started to plan to succeed. I bought a couple of fabulous journals and planners and got started. It really helped me clear my head and get focused. Here are some tips to get started (it’s not to late to succeed and plan, we’re only in February)

  • Prioritise your goals and decide how you plan on achieving them. Write down step by step how you are going to achieve those goals.
  • Know your business objectives. What are you actually trying to achieve on social media? Building your email list? Building relationships? (which you should be doing anyway) Making sales? For example, if you’re wanting to drive sales but push image-heavy content with no easy click-through option, users will drop off and you will fall short of accomplishing your website traffic & sales quota.
  • Huge tip before you write your strategy: Tell your story, don’t just try to sell to people all day long.
  • Now start writing that strategy. Decide which social media platforms you are going to concentrate on. How often will you post and what times of day? (Then you have to actually stick to this)

What does your audience want to see?

Most of all, your audience wants an experience. They want to feel special, feel like they matter and of course want to see great customer service. Another thing, find out what your audience is passionate about and get focused on that. Lastly, show your audience your passion. This is such a simple marketing tactic, yet so many companies are missing the boat.

Then maybe do the odd competition or giveaway. It doesn’t have to be a full make up set or item of clothing, it can be a discount code. People just love entering competitions, i’ve been doing it on This Facebook Page for years on and off and it works.

I hope after reading this you found a nugget or 2 and can put some fire into your strategy, or at least start one of you haven’t got one.

Free Blog Traffic Ideas In An Instant

Free Blog Traffic Ideas In An Instant

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Free blog traffic right? Yes Please!  Most businesses want to get out of paying for advertising where they can, especially new businesses that are fresh off the ground. So i wanted to give you a few ideas to get free traffic to your blog without paying a penny.

Now firstly, you do need to have some blog posts to share and i will recommend you blog weekly. Why? It keeps your website active and has keywords sewn in throughout the blog that are relevant to your market. Not to mention,  a well written blog will get people reading. If you’re unsure how to blog effectively, then please do reach out and let me teach you. Otherwise you will waste hours of your life blogging ineffectively.

What Should I Blog About?

Blog about your business and what’s going on in your niche. I help businesses with their social media marketing and blogging, so i write about what’s current, how great content can change your online marketing etc. So for example if you’re in the fashion industry, write about current trends, current colours etc. Make it interesting, ensure your graphics are good and your headlines stand out. Need help with this? Book a One Hour Consultation with me.

5 Free Blog Traffic Ideas

Here are my 5 free blog traffic ideas that you start implementing right away:

  1. Here is one people don’t do often but is still a great way to get eyes on your business: Join forums that are in your niche and help answer peoples queries. You put set yourself as an authority amongst groups this way. Then when the timing is right, they’ll ask for more info and you give them your link.
  2. Post your blogs on social media platforms. Twitter drives a ton of traffic my way. So ensure you’re posting your blog out there on popular social media sites.
  3. Blog commenting: Huh? It’s easy. Find other blogs to comment on and on almost every blog there is an option to add your URL, this creates free traffic.
  4. Write GREAT Blogs! Yes, it’s simple, ensure you have weekly blogs and make them great. Don’t forget to share the old ones too – Repurpose Your Content.
  5. Guest blogging. This isn’t something i do, but would love to start getting into. Find someone who is relevant to your niche and swap blog posts.

Those aren’t so difficult right? You can start implementing these right away and don’t forget, post daily (several times) on your social media platforms. This will drive free traffic to your blog and also show people you know what you’re talking about.

Visual Content Your Audience Will Devour

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Visual Content Your Audience Will Devour

Visual content, the piece of the pie that so many businesses are missing. You want visual content that your audience will devour right? Of course you do! It’s an essential part of marketing and by essential, i really mean essential, as in imperative. Don’t go slacking on your visuals.

So what’s the secret sauce to great visual content?

Here are some of my best tips on how to get your visuals up to scratch. You want your visual content to be better than your competitors right? I thought so. There is no magic formula as such, but here is what people are doing and it’s working! So here goes:

  1. Be Original! Dang it, everyone is out there posting the same things, we’ve all done it and sometimes on a rushed day when i haven’t managed my time properly, i do it. BUT in general, my content is original, it’s my own and i create it. So i know nobody has that exact same graphic kicking around with the exact same text. I buy my graphics, then put my own words on it in my own style. How often can you say you do that?
  2. Plan Your Content: Yes, as i said, when time hasn’t been on my side or when i have managed my time poorly, i post what i have to hand. But when i am managing my time properly, i schedule and plan my content, which thankfully is most of the time.
  3. Keep It Relevant: You want to keep your posts relevant to your target audience. If you’re a florist, you’re hardly going to post about football, it’s just common sense. So keep it relevant folks and study your audience. Easy to do via Facebook Insights.
  4. Be Consistent: Don’t just post when you remember, sit down and write a plan of when you intend to post. Then set up a hootesuite account and schedule your posts. I schedule up to 2-3 days in advance. Not only do i know that people will be regularly seeing my posts, it takes the stress away.

Visual Content Ideas:

Not sure what to post? Here are some ideas that will help you keep it relevant and consistent:

Motivational Quotes
Hints, Tips and Tricks
Checklists
Funny Photos/Images/Videos
Visuals that evoke emotion

Now go and create some amazing content and if it’s all too much, Contact Me Here and let’s discuss how i can help your business grow through visual content.

 

Social Media and The Best Times to Post

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Social Media and The Best Times to Post

Social media can be a bit of a jungle when using it for business, many businesses daily are fudging it, posting randomly and without any strategy in place. I came across a post by Social Media Marketing Group and found some interesting social media posting facts.

Social Media – When should i post?

Wondering when you should be posting on social media? Check out these super interesting statistics:

Post On Facebook, the data shows as follows:

Sunday: 32% higher engagement
Thursday: 18% higher engagement
Friday: 18% higher engagement
Saturday: 32% higher engagement
9 am
1 pm: Get the most shares
3 pm: Get the most clicks
On Twitter, however, it looks a bit different:

Wednesday is the best day to tweet.

The best times are 12 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm, and 6 pm.
Posting on Wednesday and noon and between 5 and 6 pm is optimal, though to increase retweets and clickthroughs, you can also tweet right at noon and 3pm. You can safely experiment with 2-3 am, 6-7am, and 9-10 pm.

Use Pinterest? Take a look at this figures and facts:

Sunday: Best for Food
Monday: Best for Fitness
Tuesday: Best for Gadgets
Wednesday: Best for Quotes
Thursday: Best for Outfits
Friday: Best for GIFs
Saturday: Best for Travel
The best times to pin are 2 pm, 9 pm, and 2 am. Avoid Pinterest during work hours, and for best results, include a call to action, and try to match the best topics of the day.

LinkedIn then changes it up and the best days to post on there are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. The best time to post are either between 7-8am, then noon and then 5-6pm. The times when professionals aren’t sat at their desk.

The data for Instagram shows people are engaged throughout the week, however Mondays and Thursday tend to get a bit more attention.

I hope these facts and figures have given you something yo think about and maybe a new strategy is on the horizon for your business? This Blog Post on what content to post may help you too.  Let me know if these work for you.

Social Selling doesn’t have to be hard, just follow this rule.

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Social selling doesn’t have to be a chore.

Social selling, it’s hard right? I get that, truly i do. In busy market places like Facebook and Twitter, we need to be on the ball and on it daily to be winning. Here’s the thing though, these things take time to master and grow, you will not have overnight success on social media. Social media is a place where you interact, build relationships and here’s the secret sauce: People buy from those who they know, like and trust. It’s that simple.

So how do you get better at social selling?

Firstly, you’ll need to be on there daily, several times a day in fact. Then you’ll need to be posting content that people can connect with. Not just selling your stuff, but being a real person. People like to get to know others. This can take quite some time, so get on it Now! One more thing… You need to be yourself! Don’t try and be anyone else. Be authentic at all times, let people get to know the real you. People like to connect with someone, so just be you. You won’t win everyone over and that’s ok. We want to concentrate on the people that we’ll have things in common with.

Social Selling Tips

Here some awesome social selling tips that you can start using Today:

  • Be present daily on social media and connect with people who comment, share/retweet your content.
  • Use relative hashtags in your bio and your posts.
  • Twitter is great for building your list, share your offer on there daily.
  • Participate in communities that hold your ideal clients. Want to target brides? Easy, go join some bridal groups on Facebook. You get the picture right?
  • Us the 80/20 rule. 80% interactive content this is absolutely nothing to do with your product and 20% about your product/service.

These simple social selling tips with help you with your social media marketing and change how you look at it. Don’t be that boring marketer that only speaks about themselves or their product/service. Now go take these tips on board and start using social media wisely.

Scheduling Tools and Why They Are Essential

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Scheduling Tools and Why They Are Essential In Business

Scheduling tools are my life line in business and they are in most entrepreneurs lives too. I for one cannot imagine posting live daily for every single post on each social platform i use. I’m currently use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram daily. I am adding Pinterest into my daily use as of 2017. Could i post on all these social media platforms live daily? Absolutely not! It’s all i would spend my time doing and i would never be able to switch off. I’d never find time to blog or create graphics, i’d basically be a walking mess.

So What Scheduling Tools Do I Use?

Easy, i use Hootesuite. I used to use it a few years back, but they became a little unreliable, so i moved over to sprout social, which is a paid scheduling tool, but i loved it. Then earlier this year i started hearing Hootesuite was all the rage again, so after a little research, i decided to start using it again and they haven’t let me down this year yet. So I left sprout social (saving $40 a month) and moved back over to Hootesuite (free). There are a ton of scheduling tools out there and it’s always a good idea to do a little research and test some out before deciding which one you want to stick to.

Why Are Scheduling Tools So Important?

Naturally, the obvious answer is that these scheduling tools are keeping your audience entertained whilst you are otherwise engaged. You can go about your day without thinking about posting. I schedule everything except Instagram, i post live on there 1-2 times a day. Then as well as all my scheduled posts on twitter, i post live a further 3-6 times a day too and of course interact.

What scheduling also allows for is consistent posting. It’s no good posting 3 days straight and then forget about posting for 2 days. People easily forget and believe me when i tell you, you want to stay in front of your audience daily and Not be forgotten. Plus you can spread out your posts. In one hour, you can schedule several days worth of posts (depending on how often you choose to post.) So it’s a massive time saver and gives you peace of mind that it’s working for you whilst you go to the gym, cook dinner, do the kids homework etc.

I’m interested to know which scheduling tool you use and why?

Christmas 2016 and wrapping it up on a high

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Christmas 2016 and wrapping it up on a high

Christmas is a special time of year for many, for me it is. It marks almost the end of the year and time spent with family. What does Christmas mean to you and your business?

How are you wrapping up your business for Christmas?

As with anyone who works for themselves, it is almost manic right before you take some time off and then busy when you go back to work. I am taking off 2-3 days, which means all those days worth of social media for myself and clients needs to be taken care of, so that i am not busy doing any of that on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. So the work has to start right here and now. To be honest, it should have started last week, but life got in the way and things got hectic. So i woke up today knowing full well it would be manic. Also knowing full well tomorrow would be too.

How do i prepare?

Scheduling tools of course. I’ll ensure everything is scheduled for those days across my social media platforms and my clients social media. I couldn’t live without these amazing tools. I use Hootesuite and the free Facebook scheduling option for clients Facebook pages that i manage.

Christmas is one of the only times i switch off properly, but i also understand the importance of staying in front of your audience during the holidays. Why? Not everyone celebrates Christmas and some people are alone over this season. It is those people that will still be online over those 3 days. So let them know you are still around and still care. I will pop on and interact when i can across my social media platforms, but i don’t sweat it. I do it when i have a couple of minutes. It’s far more important for me to be with my kids and family and NOT have my phone glued to me during Christmas.

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Wishing you and your business the very best of Christmas and 2017

Wishing you a very happy Christmas

I’d like to take this moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas and may your business prosper in 2017.  I have big dreams and goals for 2017 and i have every intention of fulfilling them. You can do it too, take the time out to write your goals. Not just write them though, also have an action plan of how you plan on achieving these goals.

My last parting words are these, if you are considering outsourcing during 2017 to grow your business, then please read This Checklist to ensure you are outsourcing the right things.

Have a truly fantastic 2017 and be amazing! You’ve got the power to make great changes and one big tip, don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s what people like us are here to do… Serve you and your business. Because we have been trained to know things you might not know.

Generate Sales By Blogging

Generate Sales By Blogging

Generate sales, it’s basically why we’re predominantly in business right? To generate sales. Naturally you’ll want to be in business to help people too, otherwise you’re just going to sound greedy. For me, i am in business to help other businesses grow. I help businesses grow through social media, marketing and blogging. I also help businesses generate more sales by creating awesome content for their social media platforms and blog posts.

But how do i generate sales through blogging?

generate sales from blogging

Generate sales by writing about what you love.

Your first objective when blogging, is to help people. It should be at the forefront of your mind, not the fact that you want people to buy from you. My blog posts are written to help people, not predominantly make sales. That comes second. Yes i got into this business to generate sales and an income, but i want to help people too. Here are some basic steps to ensure you are blogging the most effectively:

  • You should be using WordPress as your platform. WordPress and Google work well together and WordPress has some great plug ins for SEO.
  • Ensure your tag lines are set up and your keywords are in the correct place. Need help? Contact Me.
  • Blog regularly (once a week) and use your keywords in the right places.
  • Use the Yoast plug in and leant how to use it.
  • Share all these great new blog posts on your social media platforms. Twitter is great for this and it is all free traffic to your site.
  • Don’t forget to share old blog posts too, don’t just write a blog, share it once and then forget about it.

Blogging is by far one of my most favourite things to do for clients. I can get totally lost in it and spend 2-3 hours happily blogging. If you’re not blogging effectively and using SEO, then you are wasting your valuable time.

How Can i Help?

You may want to outsource blogging or you may want a one hour consultation with me, i can show how to do it and then you can blog regularly. Contact me to find out more.