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What is Social Media?

Posted by Erin on June 26, 2009

I have been ‘hearing’ this question all over the Internet. It’s important for businesses to be a part of this explosive new era, Social Media Marketing. But before I get ahead of myself lets get to ‘what is social media?’You have probably heard about LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs, Twitter, Squidoo and others. All of these and many more encompass social media. Social media is a unique form of Internet marketing which strives to build your branding. You participate in social media by writing quality content and comments that match your communication goals with newsworthy and interesting material. Social media utilizes networking and user-generated content platforms to communicate, while gently promoting a product or service.

How does a business participate in social media? There are many online platforms where you can connect with your target audience. Your business blog being one of the most important. Using your blog to incorporate many media types such as audio and video will bring in a wider audience. Then you use the social bookmarking sites to spread your content. Also finding niche forums, wikis and online communities will bring great opportunities. The most popular online communities at this time are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Digg, StumbleUpon, Squidoo, and LinkedIn.

Where does one start you ask? Have you heard the saying ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket?’ This is true with social media. Start with three networks. The top three currently are Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. You can also use your blog to supplement these networks with valuable content. Be sure you take your time when creating your profiles. Provide your website links, use your keywords and provide a good bio. You can also have a social media expert help you with setting up your profiles for optimum results.

Social media will bring your brand to your target audience, you will interact with them and learn from them. Ask questions and you will see exactly what your customers are looking for. By being create and unique you will be off to a successful campaign.

The last part, and be sure not to skip it, is the analytics piece. You can use tools to measure your social media campaign. You need to see what is working and what needs adjustment. Analytics can take a lot out of your schedule but it is necessary. You can have your social media specialist create your analytic reports. A specialist can then offer suggestions on how to improve your current campaign.

Social media can change the way people see your business, it can get your name out there and improve or start your reputation management.

The only limit is your imagination.

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Virtual Assistant Summer Fun

Posted by Erin on June 22, 2009

Are you a Virtual Assistant who is ready to stop stressing about the economy, have some fun while getting smarter and getting ahead?

What about a series of informative and engaging webinars given by the best and the brightest in virtual assistance? All for one low price PLUS a truckload of free downloads and special offers?

Tawnya Suthernland has rounded up the brightest and the best of the VA industry. And they’ve committed to sharing real world tools and examples of how they themselves are maintaining-even growing-a successful VA practice. This is an exciting summer workshop series of 28 educational eSeminars to benefit virtual assistants worldwide.

These seminars will be presented, over the course of the summer, by fellow Virtual Assistants who have been there, done that, and want to share all that (and more) with you! You will gain access to cutting edge information about getting ahead in an increasingly competitive virtual business environment.

The cost? ONLY $27 to attend all 28 seminars!

Order now! http://www.VAvirtuosos.com

(NOTE: There are only 100 seats available and they will go quickly at this fantastic low price!)

Now, can you afford NOT to Pay 96 cents Per 1-hour seminar, each presented by some Of the most talented virtual pros in your industry?

You can’t beat this anywhere online. She has scheduled these eSeminars for a variety of times throughout the summer to hopefully catch each and everyone’s time schedule.

Plus each of our speakers will give you an added FREE resource to download after the seminar. There will be tip sheets, eBooks, audios, special reports and more.

So…pop over to view who’s walking down the red carpet to speak to you …

http://www.VAvirtuosos.com

I hope to see you there. From one VA to another…ENJOY!


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7 Ways Virtual Professionals Can Profit from the Social Media Boom in 2009

Posted by Erin on June 17, 2009

One of the hottest and most requested services by small businesses in 2009 is Social Media Marketing services. Businesses see this powerful new channel as a cost-effective and targeted way to reach their audience and grow their customer base.

But here’s the problem…

Most businesses simply do not have the time nor the expertise to effectively use Social Media to build their business. Hence, this is why Social Media has become one of the top outsourced services in 2009.

I thought you might be interested in this 60 minute webinar that was recently put on by VAClassroom titled,

“Seven Ways Virtual Professionals Can Profit from the Social Media Boom in 2009”.

This webinar will give you a clear sense of the types of Social Media Marketing Services you might consider offering in 2009.

http://www.vaclassroom.com/social-media-boom

Also, VAClassroom is still running their “Pre-summer Discount Special” on their popular Social Media Marketing Specialist Program, in which you can save yourself $100 by enrolling in June!

Click the below link for more details on the course:

Social Media Marketing Specialist Program

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Savvy Web Women are Launching Their Site in Grand Style

Posted by Erin on June 17, 2009

They are a new business helping women succedd online. Teaching them technology and more. What’s in this ‘grand style’ all about you ask? Well they have the biggest giveaway I have seen! Check it out at: Savvy Web Women

The prizes range from ebooks, to learning cds and audios to full blow training courses and discounts. Check it out the instant give aways are valued at over $4,000 while you also have a chance at winning your part of over $6,000 in prizes too.

Take one minute and visit this page to see the details. Enjoy everyone and be sure to check out their new business information while you’re there too.

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Saving Summer Giveaway…Sign Up NOW!

Posted by Erin on June 10, 2009

Summer is coming and to kick it off right there is a summer giving going on at WHAM Articles Blog. Don’t let summer slow down get to you. You can sign up now and the contests start on June 15th. These prizes will help you have the most successful summer. Visit http://wahm-articles.com/blog/2009/06/the-saving-summer-giveaway-is-starting-soon/ for your chance to win.What are these prizes?

1 hour of press release or article submissions from WAHM-Articles.com. If you want to be successful over the summer, you’ll need to be visible to your target market. Articles and press releases are a valuable tool to keep your business in front of those who need your product or service.

Shape Up Your Website report from The Muses Guide. Is your website working effectively for you? This report makes it easy to conduct your own site review and make the changes that can help you make more sales.

Spring Jumpstart Teleseminar Course from EBook Writing and Marketing Secrets with Connie Ragen Green.  These teleseminar series and accompanying action guides will walk you through all the steps of selling your product or service online.

Advertising space from Work at Home Jobs . Button and banner  advertising is an important component of staying visible to your audience.

A book (TBA) by Diana Ennen of from Virtual Word Publishing.

Tupperware e-gift certificate from Shelly Hill When you’re a work at home mom, looking after your family and your home is as important as growing your business. Products from Tupperware make it so easy!

One hour of business coaching from my own business coach, Diana Ennen. Diana is a marketing specialist and publicity expert who has helped countless work at home moms (including me!) achieve their own work at home dreams.

Do wait a minute all you need to do is give your Name and Email, two seconds for your chance at all these great prizes. Good Luck!


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Summer Special for Social Media Marketing Specialist Certification from VAclassroom

Posted by Erin on June 9, 2009

One of the most popular training certification course right now is VAClassroom’s Social Marketing Specialist Program. Craig Cannings, the co-founder of VAClassroom and developer of this program, has seen so many amazing testimonies on how this niche training program has helped to increase many of their graduates’ client and income opportunities!

VAClassroom is running a very attractive summer special on this course where you can access a $100 discount off the regular price of $397 (ONLY $297). The course includes over 30 interactive videos, supplementary resources guides, action-plan templates as well as an exclusive Social Network designed for our Social Marketing Students to connect with instructors and each other – a great learning atmosphere!

“If you are looking to further your Virtual Assistant skills in the area of Social Media Marketing then don’t overlook the Social Marketing Specialist Training Program offered at VAClassroom. The course material is extensive, current and very relevant to any business looking to leverage social media into their marketing plans.

In fact, within 1 month of completing the program, I secured a Social Media project that more than paid for the tuition of the course. Now that’s a good return on investment!”

Theresa Scholes (ClickVA)

Here is the link and Coupon Code for the Social Media Marketing Training Program:

http://www.vaclassroom.com

$100 Discount Coupon: SUMMER09

This early summer special is only available for a limited time, so take advantage of this now and save yourself $100!

As some of you may know I recently finished my social media marketing training through VAclassroom and I enjoyed every minute of it. They layout and course material is unparrell to any other I have seen out there. You will walk away with the best tools, resources and the knowledge you need to help your clients succeed. It is a must for all VAs that want to include social media services in thier business. Enjoy!

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The Benefits of the VAnetworking toolbar

Posted by Erin on June 4, 2009

I have been using this toolbar for a long time now and it is just great. I can’t even tell you how many times I use it in a day.
You can type in the Google search bar and ‘wala’ there you go, there’s your search. There are VA goodies and tools that you have one click access too. These are very helpful too. You also have gadgets that can come in handy from time to time. You can also add more easy items, such as POP3 email notifications, forum updates, VA global groups,  up-to-date weather and more.
If you would like more information or to download the VAnetworking toolbar visit their site here (http://www.vanetworking.com/toolbar.htm). Enjoy your new toolbar.

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Do you need or want to measure your bandwidth usage?

Posted by Erin on May 24, 2009

Some of you may need to do this to verify their Internet providers are measuring your usage accurately and others are just curious about it. Maybe you want to know how fast your connection really is. So many reasons that this information could be of use to you.

There is a free software that can show you all this in pretty graphs and you can track your usage. This software is called Networx. There are some great screen shots for you to look at here. This free software also provides some other very useful information.


Go have some fun with this neat download.


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10 Steps to Better Client Follow-Up

Posted by Erin on May 13, 2009

One of the most important parts of being a virtual assistant is communicating with your clients. If you do not communicate with them there will be trouble ahead. You need to have a system in place for prospective clients, current clients and past clients. You want to stay on the top of their resource list while at the same time you do not want to spam them with useless junk. How do you find the balance?  You want to stay on their minds but not overwhelm them. This can be tricky for a new VA. Here are a few quick guidelines to help you stay on track.

1.) When you are contacted by someone you want to  be sure your response is professional. Do some research on them or their company before you reply, to educate yourself on this potential client. You can include some of what you learn about them in your response. The first paragraph should be about them and their needs. Address their questions directly and in detail. The next paragraph you can introduce yourself and your business. Describe how you can handle there needs and your experience. Be sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors.

2.) Follow up in a week with some information you think would benefit them and to see if you can provide them with any additional information.

3.) Are they ready to be a client? Send them a contract with the details of the project.

4.) Once the contract is signed you can send them your welcome packet. Throughout the project make sure you keep in touch via email and phone conversations if needed.

5.) Now that you have provided them excellent service you want to send them a handwritten Thank You card via “snail” mail.

6.) After two weeks have passed you can send them a letter requesting a testimonial.

7.) One month after the project you can send them a referral request letter. Remind them of your great referral program and what benefits they will receive. If they send a referral that purchases your service you can send them a handwritten thank you card, maybe even include a gift card.

8.) Then you can include them in your monthly newsletter (be sure you have their premission first). This will keep you on their radar, let them know what you are doing, and provide them with tips.

9.) Keep their birthdays and other important dates on your calendar so you can send them a handwritten card.

10.) Every 6 months send them an email asking if everything is ok, do they have questions, do they need help with anything right now? If you are running any specials or packages that maybe of interests to them you should mention them and be sure to include the dates of the offer so they know when your special will expire.

These are some ideas to get you started. Now make a Keep In Touch schedule for yourself. It is good to create one for potential clients and clients, that way you are covering all of your contacts. Find a way to implement this into your routine that is easiest for you. Weather it be a web based system, a spreadsheet or Outlook, make it work for you. You will see results and your clients will be very happy with your follow up.


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Why should you network with other virtual assistants?

Posted by Erin on April 29, 2009

Most virtual assistants start their own business with an extensive background in administrative or secretarial work. But not all of us have a networking or PR background. So this means you will have to take the step to learn this new area and develop your skills. A great place to start is with forums and groups that are specifically for VAs. Join and look around, read all the introduction announcements and rules so you know how to interact with the group appropriately. If you know any of the VAs in the group connect with them. Introduce yourself and your business. This is a great learning ground for how to network yourself.

Once you are comfortable and feel you are getting the hang of it you should branch out to social networking sites. These are great places to present your brand, and your unique business. Show your expertise! Take time on your profile, input all you can. This is the first thing people will see about your business. Link your site and your blog if you can. Add your articles where you can. Give advice if someone needs it. Join groups within these social networking sites. Keep your profiles up to date and fresh.

One of my favorite networking sites is VAnetworking.com. This site has so much information. You can become a VAinsider and have access to new learning materials, examples and much more. I am a VAinsider and love it. I get to attend learning seminars, access discounts, learning archieves, templates, and the list goes on.

So go out and get started on your networking. You will learn more, get to know other virtual assistants, and potentially get more work. It is well worth your time. Once you start it will become a habit and will no longer be difficult for you. You may even enjoy it!

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