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Effective Email Marketing – Part 3 0

Posted on July 28, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Use A Proper Email Delivery System

When you first start sending out email newsletters, it is very tempting to send them using your normal email delivery service, such as Outlook. After all, it is free and already there on your desktop. However, internet service providers frown upon mass mailing, and you will find very quickly that your email address will be blacklisted and you may be banned from sending any email. There are many legitimate ezine delivery services available whose costs are minimal; use one to manage your mailing list.

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Effective Email Marketing – Part 1 0

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

We all know the benefits of sending out an email newsletter to our prospects and clients. In the following article we will look at some housekeeping rules which will ensure that you follow the strict etiquette of internet marketing, while presenting yourself and your business in a professional and ethical way.

Make sure your subscribers actually subscribed.

There is nothing more annoying than being inundated with unsolicited sales emails. We all hate it. If you are boosting your subscriber list by adding email addresses from business cards you have picked up, trawling the yellow pages or your local Chamber of Commerce’s mailing list, your messages risk not only going straight to the junk mail folder, but also alienating people with whom you might have established good working relationships. Make sure the owner of the email address has requested that you send them information, or, at the very least, has agreed to receive it.

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Keeping An Eye On Cash Flow 0

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Business advisors will tell you that one of the main reasons small businesses fail is cash flow. That is either they are not financed correctly in the first place, with sufficient funds to see them through the startup phase, or that slow paying, or worse non-paying customers are destroying the financial health of the business.

When running a solo or small business there are two main reasons given as to why collecting payments from your clients can become an issue. Firstly it may be that you are so busy doing whatever it is that you do in order to make money, that you simply lose track of who has paid and which payments are late. Secondly, particularly if you are a solo business, there can be a level of embarrassment when the only person that can call the customer asking for the invoice to be paid, is the same person who provided the service.

Whatever the reason, it is imperative that you manage your cash flow effectively or you will soon be out of business. You should have a cash flow forecast that is made up of expected receipts and disbursements for the following 3 months (as a minimum) with some room for the unexpected factored in. With this information to hand you can easily see any potential difficult spots.

Once you have put together your cash flow forecast, it’s a good idea to take a close look at the expenses part of the forecast. Look for where you can cut some costs or find alternative suppliers, and think about what items are nice to have, but not essential to your business.

With the expenses under control you must make sure that the receipt part of the equation is taken care of with an effective collection system. Whichever system you use for issuing your customer invoices, set up a system for following up late payments. Get into the habit of issuing statements and following up by email, telephone or letter depending what is appropriate for you and your business. If you are uncomfortable with this, or feel it is not an appropriate task for you, as the business owner, to perform, the team at My Virtual Assistant can do this for you.

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How to Get Involved With Social Media – Facebook 0

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

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.

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How To Get Involved With Social Media – Twitter 0

Posted on July 02, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

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

How To Get Involved With Social Media – Blogging 0

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

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.

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How Can Social Media Help My Business? 0

Posted on June 25, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

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?

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Why Social Media is Important to Your Business 0

Posted on June 23, 2017 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?

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.

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How To Get Involved With Social Media – Twitter 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant
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.
For detailed information about the latest pricing, services and packages available, please visit My Virtual Assistant to download our latest information pack.

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

Small Business Social Networking 0

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Justine Curtis - My Virtual Assistant

Most of us are aware of social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace 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 and Ecademy?

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 download our virtual assistant information pack.

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