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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 Assistant Company 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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The 6 Best Practices for Email Marketing Without Annoying Your Clients

By Jennie Lyon / July 25, 2017
Best Practices for Email Marketing Without Annoying Your Clients

Get contacted by any Nigerian princes lately? How about being sent an exclusive offer for cheap Canadian drugs? Or a free trip to Jamaica if you just fill out a survey? Spam email is an epidemic that has existed since the earliest days of the internet and, despite promises every few years, it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. There are few things more annoying than spam email filling your inbox with unsolicited offers or attempts to scam you. As an entrepreneur, there is a good chance you know the frustration of your carefully crafted, targeted emails being…

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Content to Include in Your Email Marketing Campaign to Hook Your Clients

By Jennie Lyon / July 18, 2017
Content to Include in your email marketing campaign to hook your clients

  Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between a great email marketing campaign and an unsuccessful one? A successful email marketing campaign depends on many factors, from the size of your email list, to the products or services you are promoting, to the service you use to send them out (I use Mad Mimi, for the record). Designing a great email marketing campaign isn’t easy! But one of the most important parts is the content that you include in it. We aren’t just talking about advertisements here, we are talking about genuine and interesting content that will get…

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Write Better Email Blasts with Marketing Help from Your Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / July 11, 2017

Email marketing is an exciting and complicated arena in the field of business. For the affordable amount of money that you put into it, it can deliver remarkable results, with high levels of conversion. It can also be time-consuming and confusing to create a pitch-perfect email blast campaign. After you’ve worked so hard to develop a fantastic email list, you want to make sure that you will only be delivering them the best marketing blasts you can. An experienced virtual assistant can be the key to writing better email marketing blasts to send to your email list. With their copywriting…

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Beat Writer’s Block with a Copywriting Virtual Assistant

By Jennie Lyon / May 30, 2017

Writing can be daunting for many small business owners; you’re an expert in your field, but that doesn’t mean you’re also an incredible wordsmith! Even savvy entrepreneurs don’t always stop to consider just how much writing work is involved in running their own business. Aside from emails (and any other documents you send to clients), you also have to worry about website copy, advertisements, and branding collateral like brochures. That doesn’t even begin to cover all the regular blogging and social media posts a small business needs to appear active in this digital age! The quality of your copy demonstrates…

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4 SEO Tips for Shooting to the Top of Google Search Results

By Jennie Lyon / May 23, 2017

Getting your website in front of potential clients is essential for small business owners, and updating your web copy is the first step. Using search engine optimization (SEO) strategies is, in my experience, the quickest way to start getting more page views. SEO works on the algorithms that determine how to place a website in search result rankings. This means that the written content of your website, when properly optimized, brings in more potential clients! When a potential client searches for key terms related to the products and services your business offers, they are more likely to find your website…

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

By Jennie Lyon / May 16, 2017

“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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10 Ways to Avoid Social Media Burnout + Free Social Media Graphics

By Jennie Lyon / May 10, 2017

Social media is an essential component of marketing for small businesses, but it can also put a huge strain on busy entrepreneurs. The “always on” nature of our modern, interconnected world may mean your clients expect to be able to reach you via any communication channel at any time. This is a recipe for overworking yourself and living under constant stress. As entrepreneurs, we need to be especially careful to take care of ourselves. Small business owners are more likely to try and do it all when it comes to running our companies! The current expectation to maintain active social…

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