Archive for March, 2010

A Virtual Assistant 4 You Can Help Manage and Grow Your Business

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , |


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Don’t Let The “Dragons” Drag You Down

Posted on March 29, 2010. Filed under: Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


[tweetmeme]I took my 5-year old son, Spencer, this past weekend to see the film “How to Train Your Dragon”.  I found in the film some valuable lessons, which I am certain will benefit my fellow entrepreneurs in promoting not only the service your company provides, but the “Unique Brand” that is you. (more…)

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7 Ideas to Demonstrate Customer Appreciation

Posted on March 22, 2010. Filed under: How To ..., Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , |


 

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I receive a lot of positive feedback from my clients – almost daily.  I say this not to pat myself on the back, but to recognize that a simple “You’re terrific!” can truly make my day.  Honestly, 2 simple words at the top of an email in response to an idea I sent to them or to follow up on something that they may have all but forgotten is confirmation that they feel properly served.
I hope that my clients realize that their appreciation of me not only brings a smile to my face, but mirrors their reward by continuing to bring results right back to them.   Gratitude  from my clients only encourages my increased commitment and motivation.
I am thinking about ways to learn more about my clients, their business and their plans for growth, but it also brings to mind ways that I can demonstrate my appreciation of their loyalty to me and to my business.  I hope you will be motivated to show your gratitude to your customers with some of these ideas: (more…)
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Promote Your Business in 6 Words or Less

Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: How To ..., Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , |


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It can often be challenging to craft just the right “elevator speech”. The term elevator speech defines that your marketing or sales “pitch” should take no longer than the time it takes to explain what you do while riding with someone in an elevator. The objective is to be clear and concise and address these 3 key points: (more…)

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How to add a ReTweet Button to Your Blog Post

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: How To ..., Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies |


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I had to do some research to find this out, but I was amazed how simple it was. In your blog post, and at the top before your text, type this exactly, but with no spaces (I have to add spaces to show it to you, or the text won’t show up here in my post). [ tweetmeme ].  Believe it or not, this “secret code” won’t be seen by your readers). Then add a paragraph break and start adding your blog text.   *Make sure you use the square brackets, not the “squiggly” ones, and not parentheses.

When you publish your post, click on the title of your post to see it as a “stand alone” and you should see the Retweet option as it show up for people, with the cute icon and all.   Enjoy!

Please let me know how it works for you (and if you liked this tip!).  Thanks.

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And the Winner Is … Collaboration

Posted on March 9, 2010. Filed under: Marketing Ideas, Smart Business Strategies, Virtual Assistant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


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As I do faithfully each year, this past Sunday night I popped my bowl of popcorn and cozied up on the sofa to watch the Academy Awards.  I was most excited to see Kathryn Bigelow win the Oscar for Best Director on the movie “The Hurt Locker”. In her acceptance speech, she acknowledged the “collaborators” on her team who were vital to the success of the film. Each professional collaborator incorporated their expertise and added greater dimension to the project.  They shared a common goal as each person on the team was invested in producing a successful outcome.

Having collaboration within your business can be just as vital to your success.  If you are a small business owner and are not in a position to hire a full-time assistant, then collaborating with a “Virtual” Assistant (as needed)  who specializes in project management can help you achieve your business vision and objectives much faster.  By collaborating with a Virtual Assistant you will:

  • have someone to manage the day-to-day details of your business and help keep you on track;
  • have someone to assist you in crafting your message and creating strategies to promote it;
  • have someone to “bounce” ideas off and provide valuable insight;
  • be seen in the best light by your clients and your peers; and
  • have the extra hours you need in your day to grow your business.

Think of your business as a movie set and you as the Director who calls all the shots. Collaboration with an experienced Production Assistant is an essential element  for managing and overseeing the project from start to finish.  A Virtual Assistant is akin to a Production Assistant, using their knowledge, tools and resources to achieve your vision, so that your business will thrive and continue to flourish.

For more information on how collaborating with a Virtual Assistant can help you can achieve your business objectives much faster and make more money, please visit A Virtual Assistant 4 You or call 877-798-7701.

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