Failure to Launch? The Secret Product Launch Formula

By Jennie Lyon / February 18, 2020
Failure to Launch? The Secret Product Launch Formula

There are few things more nerve-wracking for a small business than launching a new product. Believe me, I know how it feels! Since the early days of my digital marketing and virtual assistant business, I’ve expanded my offerings dozens of times. And every single time, I was filled with anxieties. I was worried that no one would be interested in that service, or that I spent all of that time and money for nothing.  Over time, I’ve come to realize that there is an art to launching a brand-new product or service. If you know the formula, you can significantly…

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How to Revive a Struggling Brand

By Jennie Lyon / October 22, 2019

What happens when a brand gets a “bad name?” I consider a brand to be a container that holds everything about a business, both tangible and intangible. From logo to customer service to reputation, your brand encompasses all of the qualities that your customers think when they see the name of your company.  The problem happens when some of those qualities are less than desirable. Maybe in the early days of your business, your customer service needed a little more work. Or that your prices were just a little too high. After enough time, many of those negative qualities got…

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How Have Things Changed Over the Course of Your Year?

By Jennie Lyon / December 18, 2018

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and that means a brand-new year will be starting soon. Around this time, I tend to start looking back on everything that I’ve accomplished over the last 12 months and everything that has changed.

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What Does Your Branding Collateral Communicate to Your Customers

By Jennie Lyon / October 30, 2018

Think of all of the big brand logos out there. Those big friendly arches of McDonald’s, the swoosh of Nike, the softness of the Pillsbury Doughboy… Something that all of the world’s most valuable brands have in common is how well they communicate their brand’s message and values without one single word. Now, take a look at your logo. If this was the very first time you saw it, would you know what your company is about? Hiring a virtual assistant to revamp your entire brand, from your business cards to website, to branding collateral, to your social media graphics,…

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4 Tips to Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant For Your Business

By Jennie Lyon / August 15, 2017
4 Tips to Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant For Your Business

Does this situation sound familiar? You’re a small business entrepreneur, doing it all yourself. You have a big project due by the end of the day that only you can work on. Unfortunately, you also have to post your company’s social media, finish up writing a blog post, sort through your emails, and build a sales page. And that isn’t even counting the hundreds of distractions that can occur throughout the average business day. How on earth are you going to get your big project finished with all of those little, non-specialized tasks in your way? The answer is that you…

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Can You Try Virtual Assistant Services on a Trial Basis?

By Jennie Lyon / August 8, 2017
Can You Try Virtual Assistant Services on a Trial Basis?

As a small business owner, do you ever worry about getting locked into a contract when you need to outsource work? It’s a reasonable concern! There are many companies out there who look at small businesses like cows to be milked dry. To be frank, that isn’t good for your small business OR for the Virtual Assistant industry as a whole. Thankfully, with most reputable Virtual Assistant firms, you don’t have to worry about signing long-term contracts with them, locking you into their business and services. You can simply contract them for the period of time that you specify, and…

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How to Choose the Best Virtual Assistant Company for Your Business Needs

By Jennie Lyon / August 1, 2017
How to Choose the Best Virtual Assisant for Your Business Needs

If you do a search online, you will find that there are countless Virtual Assistant companies out there, each with their own specialties and strengths. There are Virtual Assistant firms that cater to huge, multi-national corporations and ones that specialize in specific industries like finance. When you are looking for a Virtual Assistant company as a small business entrepreneur, you need to make sure that you are getting one that can handle all of your business’ needs, has a solid amount of experience, and charges a reasonable price. You also want to make sure that they are flexible enough to…

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Are you Staying in Front of Your Clients during Vacation Season?

By Jennie Lyon / June 20, 2017

For a small business owner, taking a vacation often depends on staying ahead of clients’ needs. You can’t afford to let things slip or have radio silence reign in your absence. I’ve always found that clients appreciate an entrepreneur who makes every effort to maintain continuous service no matter what time of year it is. However, that doesn’t have to mean skipping your vacation(s)! Some clients are wonderful, and understand that everyone needs a break now and then. Others may have (unrealistically) high expectations and not want to see any break in the service they receive from your business. You…

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6 Steps to Creating a Media Kit that Will Impress Your Potential Clients!

By Jennie Lyon / May 16, 2017
6 Steps to Creating a Media Kit that Will Impress Your Potential Clients

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Boy, how about that old cliché, huh? It’s just one of those phrases that gets thrown around, without any real through as to what it means. Well, I am going to reclaim that phrase because it is a truly fantastic piece of advice for small business owners. When you are talking with a client, even if you are engaging, interesting, and are offering them something really special, there is a chance that they might not be fully listening. That’s the problem with words, it can be easy to get lost in them. If…

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5 Steps to Creating a Focused, Inspiring, Energizing Work Space

By Jennie Lyon / April 11, 2017
5 Steps to Creating a Focused, Inspiring, Energizing Work Space

Whether you work from a small office, co-working space, or home, having an inspiring work space is important for entrepreneurs. I mean, part of why we start our own small businesses is to follow our passions and escape the gray, dreary cubicle life, right? Your work space should get you energized and excited to get down to business each day! I know that for me, coming into my home office and seeing everything from favorite photos to slick branding collateral sitting neatly in its place makes me want to do my best work and get my business out there! Spring…

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