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Are You Connecting with Your Audience via Video?

By Jennie Lyon / June 4, 2019

Remember the old adage for those with gigantic cable packages? “300 channels and nothing’s on?” That certainly isn’t a problem anymore. Ignoring the phenomenon of cord cutting (I mean, how many people really want to pay for cable today?), you can find just about all of the entertainment that you want from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube and other video services. Streaming video has mostly replaced traditional cable, offering people the ability to watch whatever they want, whenever they want. You no longer have to scroll through guides to see what’s on. Instead, you just type (or speak!) what you…

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The Framework of a Great Social Media Campaign

By Jennie Lyon / April 30, 2019

When you were a kid back in elementary school, did you ever trace? Tracing was like a gateway into drawing. You just put a piece of paper over top of the original and draw a copy. No, it wasn’t your work, but it was a great way to learn the basics. I’ve always found that frameworks act in much the same way for learning a new skill, like creating a social media campaign. When you first start out, you might not have a clue how all of the moving parts work together, but if you have a framework to base…

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Take a Break from Social Media with the Help of a Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / April 23, 2019

Have you ever thought about deleting your Facebook account? Trust me; you’re not alone. There comes a time when everyone feels fed up with all of the social media drama: Terrifying news stories about privacy issues, “vaguebooking” when your friends post vague and worrying statuses, or just the general feeling that everyone else is living their best life but you (spoiler alert: they aren’t). When this kind of thing happens to my friends, I almost always suggest taking a break. You can deactivate your accounts for a while and take a breather, no problem. That is, you can for your…

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Instagram is On the Rise! Marketing Trends to Watch Out For!

By Jennie Lyon / April 16, 2019

The funny thing about our social media networks is that we still don’t have any idea of their potential. Do you remember back when Facebook first made the scene? It was thought to be a digital Rolodex. Today, it’s a multimedia sharing hub and one of the premier marketing platforms in the world. Social media networks and other digital services often grow in ways that you can’t expect. Just look at Instagram. From its humble beginnings as a mobile-only Facebook knock-off, it’s emerged as the biggest competitor to Facebook (Well, sort of competitor, seeing as Facebook bought them). And we…

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Revamp your Website by Giving It a Face Lift with a Virtual Assistant!

By Jennie Lyon / April 12, 2019

Have you ever heard the phrase, “aging gracefully?” While I personally think that aging gracefully is a virtue, I can tell you one place where age really does matter: your website. After just a few years, even the most cutting-edge, beautiful, and well-designed website starts to look a little dated. And there are many websites out there that look like they haven’t been updated since 2005! Whenever I see one of those websites, I know that there is only one solution: a “facelift!” And believe me, when it comes to websites, I’m the cosmetic surgeon of your dreams! Look at…

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Opening Up: How Much Should You Share with your Customers?

By Jennie Lyon / April 2, 2019

As a marketer, I love Instagram. It is arguably one of the best platforms for getting your brand out there. Instagram is also the best-known place where you can meet “influencers.” These are folks who have built a massive following on Instagram and other social media platforms and use them to share their lives (and the products in them). It’s big money! Many of the biggest, like the Kardashians, make millions upon millions of dollars a year from being influencers. But the influencer phenomena has got me wondering, how much is too much? At what point does it stop being…

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Print is NOT Dead: You Need Print Media in Your Marketing

By Jennie Lyon / March 26, 2019

Back in the early 80s, there was a saying that gained tremendous popularity in computing circles. Today, we would call it a meme. “Print is dead.” It was so popular that it was even used as a joke in Ghostbusters. Back then, the concepts of the paperless office and electronic mail was just starting to pick up steam. Of course, we know now that it wouldn’t be until the mid-90s that email would really take off, and decades until the paperless office became a reality. So, here is the question: now that digital technology has reached the point where we…

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Is There a Secret to Writing the Perfect Blog Post?

By Jennie Lyon / March 11, 2019

Do you hate writing? With content marketing on the rise as one of the most effective ways to reach out to customers, having strong writing skills is more important than ever. Being able to come up with a compelling and well-written blog post is often the cornerstone of any content marketing strategy. Not everyone enjoys writing. You might have had a bad experience back in school, where writing every single word could be an exercise in frustration. Because of this, many people have no idea how to write a great blog post. Well, good news because I’m here to help.…

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DIY Your Social Media with the Help of a Virtual Assistant!

By Jennie Lyon / March 6, 2019

When you’re a small business owner, your whole life is DIY! I remember as a kid, DIY usually meant fun “arts and crafts!” Boy, those days are long gone. As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I’ve learned that DIY means precisely that: do it yourself. Since you are often the only employee at your business, everything falls to you. For a lot of small business owners, that’s more than okay! People like us can be kind of “control freaks.” I know that I love having control over all aspects of my business! Not only does it save on the…

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The Best Free Tools to Monitor Your Blog’s Performance

By Jennie Lyon / February 19, 2019

How much engagement is your blog getting on your website? If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you might be in trouble. Many small business owners spend hours and hours every week writing the perfect blog that will get them clicks. If you’ve followed me in the past, then you know I am hugely in favor of this! Having a blog on your website is one of the best ways to keep it active and updated regularly. It also gives you lots of material to work with on social media and through email marketing. But here’s the…

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