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How A Social Media Virtual Assistant Can Help Your Business

Social Media is Mightier Than the Sword

A Social Media Virtual Assistant takes pride in helping others become successful in their business. Actually, an experience I had with helping a friend set up some things for her business opened the door to me thinking about what being a Virtual Assistant is all about. Being able to say that I can help with some of their administrative work and media presence while they spend time with a client or growing their business in some way makes me feel good.

So the other day I was helping a client set up a new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account, the Holy Grail in the social media world. And I realized how much this was going to help their business.

Setting up these accounts and creating content for them was going to bring them before a worldwide audience. And if I did my job right and used the correct keywords and a little SEO it would bring them before a target market that needed what they had to offer which would help the people and grow the business.

Mistakes To Avoid When Working With A Social Media Virtual Assistant

When you work with a social media virtual assistant you want to get the most out of your experience with them. You are paying good money for the services of your virtual assistant and they want to serve you to the best of their abilities. Just take a look at his interesting video that explains why hiring a Virtual Assistant may very well help your business grow:

But there are loopholes. Here are 3 crucial mistakes to avoid when dealing with your virtual assistant.

Mistake #1. Not Communicating With Your Virtual Assistant. The worse thing that can happen between you and your virtual assistant is the lack of communication. Your virtual assistant should keep in contact with you. If you are working on a project with a virtual assistant they should be watching their email or whatever form of communication is set up between the two of you.

Virtual Assistant Job Description

Virtual assistance is not just secretary work (though that is a big part of it)! It is a way to subcontract out those little projects that never seem to get done while you are focusing on the big things. Do you have a research project that has been sitting at the back of your mind? Data entry and organization that needs to be done, but you don’t have the time? A virtual assistant is great for all those things and more so let’s take a closer look here at the Virtual Assistant Job Description.

Hiring a virtual assistant is the solution to your everyday business needs. If you are still not sure if a virtual assistant is right for you, why not try a VA for a project or two? You may not need a virtual assistant full-time but I can help take those pesky items off your plate so you can focus on growing your business and taking that much deserved time off.

Most VAs have several years of experience with frontline customer service and office administration. If you are looking for someone to take on those tedious little tasks, think about hiring a virtual assistant.

As a Social Media Virtual Assistant, I’m a Jack-of-all-trades

Let Me Speak Your Mind. I’m a Jack-of-all-trades. I’m not supposed to tell you that. I’m supposed to tell you about my in-depth knowledge of one specific niche and hope that that’s what you need to be written. The fact of the matter is that as a Social Media Virtual Assistant, I do whatever you’ll ask me to do (to a certain limit) when it comes to writing social media content or administrative assignments.

WHAT TYPES OF WORK DO I DO?

  • Developing Job Tests
  • Web Content and Administrative Work
  • Ghostwriting Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Developmental and Copy Editing

I can’t do that, though, because it’s not true. I’m a generalist — a woman — and, trust me, that’s exactly what you’re looking for if you want, for example, a new logo design   The Internet lets you reach a larger audience for less money than has ever been possible. That audience consists of people of all different shapes and sizes, each one of them a consumer of information. I develop online tests for less fortunate youth who want to earn a GED diploma, and that reminds me… I’m supposed to help one of my cousins with that as well…

A specialist may connect with a small number of those people — the ones already invested in your niche. But that’s no way to expand your reach. Staying in your comfort zone will never allow your business to grow.

You want to DRIVE, right?

Understand Internet Search Marketing for driving traffic to your Website. 

As more and more businesses shift their focus to the Internet for increasing their business, you should also incorporate Internet search marketing into your overall business development plan to increase your online visibility and sales. Many people feel that this is true just for the Internet-based businesses, but this kind of strategy is also necessary for the traditional offline businesses.

Today, more than 870 billion dollars worth of business is done using the Internet and it is increasing day-by-day. The biggest benefit of the Internet is that any business can get across its message to millions of people in the desired areas at a cost, which is substantially less than the traditional offline marketing. The online marketing today is just like the hype over the wheel invention. But for different purposes!

While there are numerous components of Internet search marketing, they can all fit into two broad classes of Internet marketing. However, before discussing them, it is necessary that we have a general understanding of what actually makes search engines happy.

How Valuable Is Word of Mouth Advertising?

It should come as no surprise that the most successful marketing campaigns include multiple media forms and channels. Typically those media forms and channels include social media, search engine optimization, print and possibly more. Unfortunately, many small businesses forget one of the most powerful and economical marketing tools: Word of Mouth.

So how do you increase your word of mouth advertising? It really isn’t difficult if you are creative. I learned that when I set up a high school club some years ago. Here are a few ideas. . .

Ask friends, family, and customers to recommend your services. It may be as simple as just mentioning you would really appreciate them talking you up or you may have to be a little more creative.

Offer a discount for referrals. Something as simple as 15% off or a free upgrade of services or products for the referrer and/or referral may be enough to really get things rolling. The logistics of the discount can be as simple as handing out business cards with the referrers name on the back or as high-tech as a custom web form. Itá all about the anonymous customer where every one counts!

Give away small promotional items, such as pens, notepads, magnets, etc. When a customer uses the promotional item in front of someone else it may have the potential to strike up a conversation about your business, products, and services.

Feeling guilty for being happy?

Do you ever feel guilty for being happy when there is so much sadness around you? I watch the news and am horrified and saddened by what’s happening abroad and in America.  I listen to the stories of suffering right here in our community with people losing their jobs and trying to figure out how they will take care of their family. Some had to kick off a new project, others were lucky enough to find employment that fit them well.

I watch the news and heart sinks but then I turn off the TV and start making dinner for my family.  By the time we’re sitting around the table and having dinner, I’ve pretty much forgotten the misery that a mere hour ago had infested my heart.

Now I’m playing with my little boys and making them laugh by making silly faces.  After dinner, we run around and play tag and all fall on the floor in a pile of giggles.

But after the kids are asleep and my head hits the pillow, my mind goes back briefly to the sad news I heard earlier in the day and I feel both sad and grateful.  Sad that there is so much suffering and hardship in the world but grateful that I can protect my children from it, for now.

Tracking sales per employee as a metric for measuring productivity

It pays to be lean in mean times. It pays to be lean in good times, for that matter. But how lean? Companies are slashing head counts – about 572,000 job cuts were announced since January 2012, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, And now they’re hiring again like crazy…So let’s look at some practices that were common just a few years ago so that, when needed, we’ll know what to do.

Before companies cut the ranks, some executives say that implementing less draconian measures could bring better long-term results. Instead of dropping employees from the payroll, companies can boost the bottom line by focusing on efficiency and productivity. In short, by getting more out of employees.

One way to do this is by tracking sales per employee, a valuable metric for measuring productivity. Salesforce.com, for example, uses sales-per-employee numbers to compare the relative performance of internal divisions. Employees are also encouraged to take career aptitude tests to determine if this line of work is what they’re really good at, or that they may consider changing to another professional field.

More About The Anonymous Me

When my friend Kate tagged me for another meme, I hesitated going through with it (sorry Kate, still love you!) for two reasons. The first is my tendency to share too much and go to dark places when asked to reveal things about myself (also famous last words in my last meme didn’t turn out so well) and second, well, I’m supposed to stay semi-anonymous in this blog and the more I write about the details of my life, the less anonymous I am.

BUT, I love Kate and she tagged me and let’s face it, I like talking about myself, so I decided to do it.

Here is it is:

All About Me

10 years ago: I was 27 and desperately alone. I’m talking ALONE. I had just moved to a new city and didn’t know anyone. I was starting to become friends with a few people from work. I was also starting to date some wrong guys (and I mean WRONG) and the possibility of finding and marrying my dream husband wasn’t even in my wildest imagination. Oh yeah, and my job was kicking my ass.

Exhibitions Provide Great Benefits For Your Start-Up Business

Often new and start-up businesses shy away from the opportunity to be a part of an exhibition or trade show, as the fear of the costs is so great. But exhibitions are cheaper than you think and can provide you with a huge boost in revenue, as you can earn back everything you invested in the exhibition, gain more revenue and acquire new customers.

Gaining a list of customers to retain is the crucial part for a start-up business, as you won’t be able to last long unless you’re actually selling your product or service. A large stumbling block in this is letting the right people know that you exist. Exhibitions are more often than not industry specific, so people who attend them are interested in that area. This is where you will find your target audience all in one place. Now you simply need to gain their attention over everyone else’s.