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What Is Social Media and Why Is It Important to My Business? 0

Posted on January 28, 2022 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We’ve all heard the phrase social media, but what actually is social media and how can you use it to help your business?

In short, social media is a term that encapsulates a number of online communication platforms which make it easy for people to not only publish their own news and views but also comment on that posted by others.

Why Is Social Media Important?
Social Media has provided everyone with a platform to air their opinions, views and grievances with anyone around the world. People who use Social Media often become highly influential and are seen as experts in their own sphere and can develop large audiences around their area of interest.

Communities of like-minded people are forming around common interests over the Web regardless of where they are based in the world because the regular restrictions of geographical locations do not apply.

How Can Social Media Help My Business?
There are various social media platforms you can use to deliver messages to your readers and followers which we’ll look at through the remainder of this series. But before embarking on any marketing activity, it’s important to know why it’s useful.

Social media is instant so your messages can be delivered as they happen, and most importantly, it’s interactive, you are actually inviting comment and suggestion. Of course the most important point to remember is that the search engines love social media is its content is current and fresh. Your comments will be picked up by the search engines – how exciting is that?

How To Get Involved With Social Media – Blogging
With a blog you can post content in the form of text and pictures and it is possible to have a two way dialogue by way of people commenting on your posts. You can have control over what comments actually appear on your pages if you manage your comments using your preferred blogging software so you can approve, delete or mark them as spam.

Blogs can be written in many styles from the very informal personal right through to a professional corporate blog. It’s important as a small business to inject some personality into your blog as your followers are trying to get to know you as well as read your material.

How To Get Involved With Social Media – Twitter
Twitter has become increasing popular over the past year or so with everyone who’s anyone Tweeting their little hearts out. Twitter is a micro-blogging site which limits the length of the comments you can post to 140 characters. It’s no go for posting large chunks of content but ideal for posting links to interesting information.

Twitter is highly interactive and users re-post other peoples comments (Tweets) if they are useful and also respond. You choose who you “follow”, i.e.: whose Tweets you read, so it is a great platform for making contacts and establishing relationships.

How to Get Involved With Social Media – Facebook
Many of us have used Facebook for personal networking for many years. But did you know you can also use if for business? Again it’s a great way to connect with people with similar interests and it’s easy to build relationships by interacting with other people in your network.

You can also create fan pages for your business and post events to advertise particular product launches.

How to Get Involved With Social Media – Linked In
LinkedIn is more of a business networking tool than strictly a social one. It is structured in such a way that your occupation and education are featured more than hobbies and interests for example. However, it works in much the same way as Facebook in that you can invite people to connect with you and join common interest groups. It also has a feature where you can recommend people so it’s great for asking for testimonials.

Press Releases – What’s Your News? 1

Posted on January 21, 2022 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We all love free publicity and nothing will get you more exposure in the media than a well written and syndicated press release. A well targeted release can showcase your business to your chosen target market and present you as the credible expert in their field.

But what should be in the perfect press release? Who should you send it to and how can you make it interesting enough to get it published?

Press releases need to be relevant and interesting. They need to capture not only the attention of the reader but, if you are looking for inclusion in a printed publication or for your release to be picked up by bloggers and Tweeters, they need to appeal to editors, webmasters and social networking fans.

How is what you have to say relevant to what’s going on in the news today? What angle or spin can you put on your story to make it current and ‘of the moment’?

If you’re at a loss as to where to start, relax, we can do it all for you.

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Press Release Creation and Submission service that includes a press release created to promote your business and submitted to online press release web sites.

For detailed information about the latest pricing, services and packages available, please visit My Virtual Assistant to download our latest information pack.

Events and Travel Planning – Event Planning and Organising 0

Posted on January 14, 2022 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Whether it’s a meeting, conference or personal party, many find that planning a large event can be a daunting task. Sourcing vendors, screening proposals, and checking references and credentials can be  incredibly time-consuming.

Don’t let the planning process outweigh the excitement of your event. Give us some general guidelines like cost, number of guests, and your basic preferences, and we’ll create a short-list of venues and vendors or even make the arrangements for you.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, My Virtual Assistant today.

Social Networking for Your Business 0

Posted on January 07, 2022 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Most of us are aware of social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the rest, but did you know that in addition to those that have been traditionally used for social purposes, there are sites for online networking for businesses too? Are you active on sites such as LinkedIn?

When a potential client ‘Googles’ your name, often the results at the top of the page will return profiles from business and social networking web sites as the search engines love their continually updated ‘fresh’ content. So how are your online profiles looking?

If you haven’t got around to setting up your profiles, or have done that but have not used the sites for business networking or really showcasing your area of expertise, help is at hand.

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Business Social Networking service that includes the full set up of your profiles showcasing you and your area of expertise on all the major business networking platforms*. We will also research which ‘groups’ on these platforms you should belong to and join them on your behalf. Once set up we can manage the accounts for you, set up your own groups, respond to links requests – and make them for you, answer email, etc.

For detailed information about the latest pricing, services and packages available, please visit My Virtual Assistant to download our latest information pack.

Events and Travel Planning – Presentation Preparation 0

Posted on December 17, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Creating a compelling and interesting PowerPoint presentation can be a challenge. At My Virtual Assistant, we have the right tools and techniques to make your slides attractive and keep your audience engaged while making the maximum impact possible.

Whether you’re presenting to a networking group or an important client, make sure your presentation looks great and functions perfectly.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, My Virtual Assistant today.

Blogging for Your Business 1

Posted on December 10, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Recently we looked at keeping in touch with your existing customers and prospects by producing a regular emailed newsletter or Ezine. But how else can you position yourself as an expert in your field and regularly keep in touch with your readers, whilst building an interactive relationship with them?

Have you considered blogging?

Blogs are less formal than web sites allowing you to inject your own personality into the content. The snippets of information that you post are generally shorter than articles allowing you to post regular short pieces and links to other information your readers may find useful.

And the best news? As the content is regularly updated and ‘fresh’, search engines LOVE blogs. If you want to be found in the top of the search engines, it’s the quickest, easiest and most cost effective way to get there.

In addition to that there are numerous tools available that will automatically post your blog content to your social media accounts. So if you are active in LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others, snippets of your blog posts, along with a link to read the remainder of your live article from your main blog, can appear each time you post. Now isn’t that easier than posting to multiple websites?

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Blog Set Up and Management service that includes the full technical set up of your blog. We also design and brand the layout of your blog so that it is in line with your current company logo, colours and image. Once set up you can add your own content or pass that task over to us along with the management of reader comments and subscribers.

For detailed information about the latest pricing, services and packages available, please visit www.my-va.com to download our latest information pack.

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Events and Travel Planning – Research 0

Posted on December 03, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Are you planning a holiday or business trip, but aren’t sure how much to budget or where would be the best place to stay?

Do you want details about the best meeting venues and restaurants close to where you will be staying?

At My Virtual Assistant we can provide detailed research and a breakdown of potential costs including flights, accommodations, local transportation, and daily expenses (such as food and entertainment, etc). When you are happy with the itinerary, we can also make all the reservations for you.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, Contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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How Are You Keeping In Touch With Your Customers and Prospects? 0

Posted on November 26, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Do you keep in contact with your existing customers as much as you’d like to? How do you keep in the forefront of your prospects minds without constantly bombarding them with phone calls? Have you ever considered an email newsletter?

Email newsletters are an ideal solution for effectively staying in front of your customers or prospects while at the same time being relatively unobtrusive.

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide an E-Newsletter Service that includes the set up of your email newsletter template, designed using your logo and corporate colours to match your web site and business branding. It also includes the set up of your email delivery system* which takes care of the subscribe and unsubscribe requests, makes sure your emails comply with spam policies and gives detailed reports on who opened the email and which links were clicked on. We will also supply you with the code to add a sign up box to your web site thus turning your web site visitors into prospects so you can follow up and stay in touch with them.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, Contact My Virtual Assistant today.

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Data Entry – Article Submission 0

Posted on October 22, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Posting articles in article directories, press release directories, and other websites, can be a great way to build an audience and generate inbound links to your website or blog.

Hundreds of directories exist, some ideal for all types of content and others highly specialised. Simply provide your articles and we can submit your articles so that your work can be seen by readers worldwide.

For more information about our services and how we can help you, don’t waste any more time, Contact Us today.

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How Up-To-Date Is Your Web Site? 0

Posted on October 15, 2021 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

You know how it is, you spend a small fortune and a large amount of effort getting your web site up and running only for the information to become obsolete faster than you can say ‘the web site needs updating’. So you go back to the original designer who wants another small fortune for updating a few lines of text and the odd graphic, or as often happens, the designer is far too busy working on larger and more profitable projects to be concerned with making yours a priority, or worst of all, the designer has disappeared never to be seen again…

Updating your web site is actually quite straight forward, with a piece of software and your login details, your web site can be updated in minutes without any input from designers which mean that you can have up-to-date information available at all times. Now doesn’t that sound easier?

At My Virtual Assistant, we provide a Web Site Updating and Maintenance service that means you can give your web site a one-off overhaul to bring it up to date and then if appropriate let us update it regularly with new content so that your latest information is always available to your clients and prospects.

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