Blogging

Hurdles to Blogging #15 – “I want to blog but never get round to it!”

I agonised for ages about the title of this hurdle...it is primarily about purpose. I speak to so many people who say that they would like to blog but it just never reaches the top of their 'To do list'...it is never a priority. You might find this a surprise, given what I do, but… Continue reading Hurdles to Blogging #15 – “I want to blog but never get round to it!”

Social Media

#Hashtags – where are you hanging out?

Who uses hashtags on a regular basis? I am going to focus on their use very generally across social media and give you a brief overview of how they work and how they can work harder for your business and social media copy. Don't forget about tags for your blog too...but I'll discuss that another… Continue reading #Hashtags – where are you hanging out?

Blogging

Some blog topic inspiration…

Hands up...who is struggling with their blog content? Who is struggling to come up with ideas? Who isn't sure what to write about next? Oh, it is one of the joys of the 'content treadmill'! However, the favourite bit of my job is coming up with ideas. I love inspiring people to get excited about… Continue reading Some blog topic inspiration…

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Tips and advice, Writing for Business

3 Steps to Great Content

It couldn’t be easier, right? Three simple steps! I am not demeaning the effort it takes to create get content and I am not saying making content is quick or easy. However, if you keep the following three things in mind with whatever you do, then I know that your content will feel more focussed,… Continue reading 3 Steps to Great Content

Blogging

Hurdles to Blogging #14 – I don’t get why I need categories!

I am back with another addition to my Hurdles to Blogging series - find them, amongst others, in the Blogging Category section of my website. I am amazed at the amount of bloggers who don't take advantage of the function of categories. Firstly, let me assure you that categories are your best friend when it… Continue reading Hurdles to Blogging #14 – I don’t get why I need categories!

Social Media

Top tips for supporting small businesses on social media

I am really passionate about supporting local independent businesses. With the collapse of Thomas Cook here in the UK this week, and two businesses announcing they are to close in my own small village, it just reminds me how much local and high street shops need our support. It is up to businesses to adapt… Continue reading Top tips for supporting small businesses on social media

Newsletters

8 Email subject lines that work

I don't often blow my own trumpet but I have been focussing on some new approaches to the newsletters and emails I send out for my clients via Mailchimp and I've become a little obsessed with seeing an improvement in the open rate! I have spent quite a bit of time simply looking at the… Continue reading 8 Email subject lines that work

Tips and advice

September stress and 5 quick wins to keep you sane

I’m not sure if any of you lovely readers caught my Facebook Live this week, but I have been complaining about the ‘September stress’, I have been feeling. Everything I see on social media seems to suggest that EVERYONE is so ‘on it’ and ‘raring to go’ with the start of the academic year. Personally,… Continue reading September stress and 5 quick wins to keep you sane

Writing for Business

Too busy to do marketing

A lovely client asked me why I bother advertising when I am so busy. She is also a sole trader and is really busy with plenty of clients. She keeps telling me that she doesn't have the time and, importantly, the inclination to create social media posts when she is: a) busy, b) doesn't need… Continue reading Too busy to do marketing

Social Media

Summer Sort Out of your LinkedIn Profile

I have been dealing a lot with LinkedIn recently, helping people with their introductions/summary paragraphs and also creating a new company page for The Business Skills Consultancy. I also need to update my own LinkedIn page. It seems like LinkedIn is really evolving this summer. They are finally rolling out 'LinkedIn Live' for everyone and,… Continue reading Summer Sort Out of your LinkedIn Profile