- Created: 01-06-16
- Last Login: 03-31-16
Description: Linkedin is a different ball game. The trouble is people are using the same strategies that they use on other social media platforms and it does NOT work here on Linkedin. This is a grown up platform of businesses who want to do business with you if only they like and trust you. Below I give a few tips and describe how I can get quality leads not only for my own business but for those of our clients. Like any strategy it takes time and effort but the results are worthwhile. As a virtual assistant outsourcing company we have different strategies that we use for the various social media platforms but the one strategy that Need A VA use is the one that brings quality leads to our company and that of our clients when you use Linkedin correctly. Many people go about it totally the wrong way and just go in and do what I call is a hit and miss approach this is when you go in start liking posts like a mad person hoping to grab someone’s eye by being there. I liken it to going to a party where you know no one and enter while there are quiet conversations going on around you but instead of catching the persons eye you start yelling out waving your hands saying “I am here!” In other words you get noted for the wrong reasons and rarely if ever will you get the chance to meet others and engage in a meaningful way. A FEW TIPS Have your profile written giving the keywords in the first line that describes your services. This is essential as people use the search function to find people and businesses that they want to connect with. The keywords should be in your heading and mentioned in the first line of your bio to attract people that use the search feature to find you. Its surprising the number of people who do not do this important step. List all of your achievements and awards for credibility Join groups that have already a lot of members and that there have regular conversations and posts with engagement. The aim is to not be the person who waves their hands around but to earn the respect of group leader and the members by liking adding value to the group. You will need to belong to around 40 groups. It all comes down to keywords, connecting and engaging with those in your industry. Do not spam or start a conversation with giving your link that is not conversation or engagement that is going up to someone and spewing over them and then walking away – this is not a good first impression. If you are thinking this will take time – well yes it will on your own if you are running your own business that is one of the things you hire a virtual assistant to do these things for you. If we can help promote you and have you noticed within your industry and drive traffic to your product or service contact us at http://needava.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org let’s start getting leads to GROW your business. http://www.needava.com/not-seen-on-linkedin-tips-on-getting-quality-leads/
Publish Date: 03-31-16
Description: With a virtual assistant as part of your team they can do many things that you have not got either time for or have no desire to do. Set out below is a number of tasks that can help grow your business. Your outsourcing team can help with all of these things! 1. Facebook remarketing There is no doubt that Facebook has developed to become a great promotion tool both in the B2B and B2C industry. A cool feature that Facebook has is the ability to set up remarketing audiences. This can be done by installing a Facebook tracking pixel on your site, which allows you to continue marketing to the customers who visit your site. This is a very great way of creating return traffic to site or blog, and you can start remarketing to audiences as small as 100 visitors. 2. Facebook email custom audiences Facebook can also give that email list of yours a second life. You can be able to upload the email list into Facebook and capture the social accounts of anyone that has their email address attached to it. 3. Twitter remarketing This works similar to Facebook remarketing. You simply need to install the pixel after which you can target your sites visitors on Twitter. The biggest difference is that Twitter will require a higher minimum audience of 500 people before you can start advertising towards them. 4. Twitter custom audiences Just like Facebook, you can target Twitter users on their mobile devices by uploading their emails into Twitter. However, if you cannot get at least 500 users into your custom audience through an email upload, then you won’t have the required minimum to advertise towards them. 5. Twitter Cards This is a great tool to drive traffic to your site. These are basically larger tweets which incorporate images and also allows you to allow you to build buttons into the tweet. These make it easy to make engaging calls to action, attractive images right in the stream, and you can even give them special functionality like having downloads attached directly to the tweet. Research has shown that tweets with images get 18 percent more clicks than its text counterparts. 6. Build an email list This is a great tool for driving traffic through a newsletter. You need to make sure you have set a newsletter opt-in on your website, and a tool that can help you do that is Drip, which is free and very easy to set up. 7. Blog, blog, blog Posting blogs really does help in driving traffic to your sites. An experiment that was carried out by a company known as Convirza revealed that blogs attract traffic to your website. Also remember to use Facebook to promote your blogs. 8. Optimize your site for SEO Instead of trying to manipulate the search-engine rankings like a lot of people do, what you need to get concerned with is ensuring your website looks as good as possible for the search engine robots that will be crawling your website. You can use software like SEMrush which can give you a complete SEO audit and show you what you should fix. 9. Find partners in your industry In any business, there are numerous opportunies to partner with people who do the same thing, but the challenge is normally finding the right partners and creating a good working relationship.
Publish Date: 03-29-16
Publish Date: 03-25-16
Description: In case you have an online business, a virtual assistant can easily be the most important member of your business. This is because VAs will help you with almost every aspect of your business, and they also have the potential to one day access your passwords, your bank account, and a plethora of private information. For this reason, picking a good VA and training them can be one of the most crucial tasks that you will have to perform as an online entrepreneur. Outline Your Expectations It is said that damage prevention is much more valuable than damage control any day. It is very important for you to try and prevent any problems from coming up in the first place by simply carrying out an orientation whereby you clearly outline the responsibilities of the job they will be doing. Skype can come in very handy in doing this. You need to go over all the policies and procedures for your business, including response times, how you’d like your assistant to handle inquiries, and the types of things they should come to you first about. This can also be a great time for you to let the VA know your expectations their employment in general – such as whether they will be able to work part time, for how many hours they are required to work, etc. In addition, it is very important for you to walk the VA through your website letting them know all the tools that they will be using, and answer questions as needed. Al so get to know the skills that your VA has. Does he/she know how to use Microsoft Word? Excel? Screen flow? Google Docs? Go over each of the tools you need for your business, and let him know exactly what you expect. Manage Your Expectations As soon as your VA is orientated to his job and to your expectations, he/she might still need a refresher on how to use certain applications from time to time. One off the strategies that I find very effective is to create individual videos for how to perform each task for your VA. You then need to keep these videos in a centralized location such as YouTube or google docs. This will help your VA watch them when they need a refresher for certain aspects of the job. Even though your VA is helping you with your business, do not forget that it’s still your business. You therefore need to come up with good templates that will help your VA perform exactly to your standards. You should as well create some for phone responses so your VA can properly and professionally handle the clients. A good idea would be to write a template for e-mails or other professional correspondence so that the VA can copy, paste, and move on. You need to create time for a conference call once a week, preferably in the beginning of the week, so as to check in with your VA let them know their task. You can summarize what has happened in that week and what you expect for the week to come. Lower your Expectations You will need to be patient with your new VA. Taking care of a business from a distance is not very easy, and just like any other employee, it will likely take him/her a while to get acclimated to all the responsibility. Avoid giving your VA too many tasks at first so as not to overwhelm him/her. Try to ease into your business relationship with your VA by testing out the relationship first before handing over more responsibility. Also try to be patient and don’t overreact to little mistakes. By lowering your expectations and bracing yourself for small failures, you and your VA will be well prepared for big progress in the future.
Publish Date: 03-09-16
Description: When you decided to put up your own thing and started to realize your own goals for your very own business, I can really relate to your excitement and pressure that are now putted in your hands. But I want to congratulate you for your courage and determination. But starting a business I know is not that easy because I have gone through that. Here are the 3 myths of starting a business that I gathered for you to ponder: Doing everything yourself. This is very usual especially when you are still on the starting phase of your business. But later on if you are still doing everything inside your business it is no longer healthy for you to continue as you may not have enough time for yourself and your family too. Hiring the best people who can help you to do some small tasks that can consume so much of your time like writing an article or doing some data entry I suggest that you need to hire a Virtual Assistant (VA). Good thing there are extra hands that are willing to help here in Need a VA even if your business is still starting today. Having a team that will serve as your back-up so that you can focus on the inner core of your business success will surely lighten your load and worries. Your valuable time Vs. VA hourly rate. How much is the worth of your time? Did you know that you can hire somebody to use it and maximize the potential of your business? If you really value your business you must value your time and think of the best way where you can use it to generate more profits instead of doing everything all by yourself. Basically as a business owner aside from your clients, you are the most valuable person in your company too as the resources will be coming from you. On the other hand hiring a VA will not make you spend so much I assure you that because here in Need a VA we are offering the best packages that will suit your business needs. Just let us know what are the things you need of help and we can always adjust according to your necessity. Having a VA will only let you spend $7-$10 per hour depending on task you want to be done. Now compare that to the time you are trying to learn and do everything, it will not just stress you but it will also take so much money from you as we all know the most common saying: “Time is Gold”. Never let it ruin your goals time frame. Working time Vs. Family Time. Getting the balance between work and family is never an easy thing to do. When you become the owner you know that not just the success is entrusted to you but also the failure that might happen if the operation will not work according to your plan. This may lead you to work more than 8 hours a day and this is very tempting to do because you are the one who is handling your time now. Reality speaking having this kind of poor mindset of a business owner will eventually lead you to regret in the last few years of your life because you deprived yourself to enjoy the quality time that must be spent with your family. If you want to save your family time hire a VA now! This is the best way that your business can still run the way you wanted it to be while you can spend so much time with your family. Our family is our best inspiration I know you will agree with me, therefore do not let your business ruin your quality time with them. Hire a VA and I assure you that you will love the result of your choice. If you are in need of help in finding the best VA that will fit your business needs just visit www.needava.com and talk to me directly. Achieve your business goals just like how you want to make it happen having us as your business back-up team! http://www.needava.com/top-3-myths-of-a-start-up-business/
Publish Date: 03-08-16
Description: ENGAGING ON LINKEDIN: FIVE STRATEGIES FOR SALES AND MARKETING LEADERS There is no doubt that most of the people in the marketing and social media business have not started using LinkedIn for their marketing and social-selling strategies in line with their business. It is obvious nowadays that the biggest difference between a B2B sales or marketing business which performs well in driving demand and enjoys consistent revenue opportunities and another business which simply is present with a lot of connections that it does not engage even with. What is even worse is the fact that a lot of marketing leaders as well as social media professionals who have LinkedIn accounts do not even have a good LinkedIn strategy. in most cases they normally have a lot of tactics which they need to put in place but the problem is there’s little or no thought behind the connections they’re making; they do not consider what they will need to do once a connection has been made, i.e how they may turn the connection to a prospective client. SO WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES YOU NEED TO USE? Strategy 1: Your Social Media Presence The first thing you need to do is to look at your LinkedIn profile and see whether you really had any strategic approach when you were creating it. For most people, their Linkedin profile is normally just a cover letter as well as their resume that describes their marketing or sales achievements. The problem with this is that it shows others that you only care about making the sale but does not show how you will provide value and build a real relationship with them. You will need to take a strategic approach in building your profile. A good way of showing your worth is getting to know the kind of value which your prospects look for and optimizing your LinkedIn profile accordingly. Strategy 2: think about your Leadership There are a lot of sales and marketing professionals who use the LinkedIn groups as a news feed, in this way using the LinkedIn publishing platform as another place to share their blog posts. The problem with this strategy is that they are just releasing content without having a clear strategy of how to use the content tailored to pull prospects in. It is important that you plan out the exact type of content you would like to provide which will make the decision-makers consider the types of approaches they’re taking. Strategy 3: Intelligent Prospecting It is important and also helpful for you to have a good look at the connections you have so as to see the number of your connections who are “long-shot hopefuls” who may be able to introduce you to other prospective clients. In case you are like many other people, most of your Linkedin connections may be irrelevant to your line of business mostly because when connecting with them you were focused on quantity rather than quality, in the hope that some of your connections may help you. The best prospecting strategy is one that defines who your main and secondary prospects and influencers are. This should also include a clear plan that will get them to open their closed doors and help you gain some revenue through your LinkedIn marketing and social-selling efforts. It is obvious that a lot of the prospects that you connect with on LinkedIn as well as other social media platforms will not immediately realize why they need you. This is why you will always need to nurture all those connections and offer them the best content so that that can see your worth and become your prospective clients. These are just a few of the strategies that you can use for your sales and marketing leads. You can start with these few ideas and keep on improving on them. You will really need to get strategic on how you use LinkedIn and other social media platforms as this will greatly help your business. http://www.needava.com/why-businesses-need-to-be-on-linkedin-today/
Publish Date: 03-04-16
Description: There is no doubt that a business card can be one of your most important marketing tools. A good business card can make a very good first impression to a new client, and it can be offered as a friendly reminder of your previous services to the clients.Since business cards are viewed as a reflection of who you are, a unique and well-designed business card is capable of helping you seal a deal in your business. Even though smartphones are the new way of saving contacts, putting a person’s name, email, and phone number into a phone contact can take some time and this is my business cards are the best way to give out your contact details to prospective clients. Giving out a business card will only take like 2 seconds but you will have given them a copy of all your contact information. So what are the best interests of a good business card? Clean and professional. A good business caption be simple but have attention to detail both the front and the back should look clean and professional but you also stand out in its design. Use unconventional methods. You should consider using some unconventional techniques in creating the visual elements of your business card. This is because your business card should have its own uniqueness but also give out the information in clear manner. Have beautiful shapes. Having a simple but unique shape for your business card can really set you apart from a lot of other business people. You can for example consider using a square shape for your business card that is simple and elegant. Make your card feel upscale. You can consider having some extra elements such as sleeves in your business cards so as to make them feel a little bit more upscale. This can make the process of taking out your business cards feel like opening a gift or a letter, and this can make it even more exciting for the person who is receiving it. Add a personal touch to your business card. A simple way of doing this can be using a rubber stamp to stamp each of your cards. This can make your cards feel much more personal since the people receiving them will know that you took your time to stamp each individual business card. This will make them feel that you are passionate about your business. A lot of us are guilty of receiving a business card out of politeness and later throwing them away. Making your business card stand out will make people curious and want to go through it.A good business card will always leave the right kind of impact. In additional to creating a great first impression, it will also create a lasting business extension that you may want your clients to hold on to. Even though a good business card will not guarantee your business to grow, it can surely help. It can be the biggest difference in the impression and trust that your prospective clients will make of your business.
Publish Date: 02-29-16
Description: When it comes to getting information in and out of your brain, mind mapping can be a very effective technique. The good thing about mind mapping in the fact that you can map out all your creative and logical ideas simply by note-taking. The methodology used in creating mind map is similar in a lot of ways. The most common thing in mind maps is the natural organizational structure with uses symbols, lines, words, and even images. All these components help in creating brain-friendly concepts. Using a mind map, you can convert a huge list of monotonous information into a simple, colourful, and easy to remember diagram which will be easy for your brain and thpse of others to understand and remember. Characteristics of Mind Maps The main concept or idea is compressed in a central image or graphic The main themes come out of the central image like the branches of a tree They main branches include a key symbol on keyboard that is associated with the main idea The ideas of lesser importance are illustrated as twigs of the related brunch the branches make up a connected structure In the recent years, mind mapping has become a very important communication tool for businesses. This is because it makes it easy when it comes to brainstorming and collaborating ideas. Since concepts and ideas are visualized in an easy-to-understand manner, it is very easy for other people to follow along conversations and even contribute their ideas during meetings. This is the reason why mind maps are starting to be seen as an alternative method of presentation as compared to the traditional methods such as PowerPoint and flip charts. A survey carried out by mind mapping expert Chuck Frey even showed that business users of the mind mapping technique felt that their productivity had increased by an average of 25%. In addition to project management and presentations, mind maps are also used in organizations to: Increase productivity Enhance meetings Simplify request for proposals (RFP) Overview knowledge management Optimize project management Improve collaboration and communication There are a number of professional mind mapping softwares such as MindView, MindGenius and MindManager. These softwares allow integration with Microsoft Office which can enable a user to export mind maps into a number of other documents such as Word outlines and PowerPoint presentations. When it comes to planning for a project, a mind map can be used to come up with a simple to-do list or even a more complex breakdown of the tasks that will be involved in the project. How mind maps can be used in online collaborations As an online business person, the need to collaborate with other people online is very important in making your business grow. Therefore, coming up with a mind map that can be used in online platforms can be very useful when it comes to collaborating and enhancing team work. This can be particularly important when you are working with other people who are in different locations of the world. Mind maps are also a very useful tool when it comes to presenting ideas and concepts to your potential clients. There are a number of online mind mapping softwares which can allow you to share a work space with other people. This provides all the users with a cloud-based platform as well as a variety of tools that can be used for multi-user editing in real time, and this can make multi-regional teams very effective for your business. CLICK HERE! https://jennyjordan.leadpages.co/flash-sale/
Publish Date: 02-25-16
Description: Starting with your own virtual assistant can make your home business a thriving and a very rewarding choice. But it can also be a very time consuming way of life if you decide to go it on your own. I remember back when I started my Home Business years ago, it was very challenging yet fulfilling decision at the same time. There are so many things that I need to consider like my family, time management, work ethics and so on. But if you have the guts to start you must DO IT TODAY not tomorrow, not next week, not next month but only today. Here are some tips that I can say it really works for me as I manage my very own home business now and this will work for you too: Create your Business Plan.Your home business should be a legitimate idea that sells a product or service. Devise a solid business plan of your own and attain the resources to make it come to life. Having plan will keep your eyes to your goals. Start from here so that you can easily analyze the strategies you are going to use. Search Engine Optimization. In order to make a home business successful, your business must be found in the Google search results. Search engine optimization is one of the keys in succeeding in today’s business world. You can visit Needava.com to seek help in establishing your name on the top search engine sites like Google, Yahoo, Bing and so on. Join forums about home business-related topics. You can network and get helpful advices all in the one spot, all while promoting your own business. You could score the contract of a lifetime simply through doing this. I have done this and it really works. It’s important that we also know how to listen instead of speaking all the time. Be Professional.Just because your home-based business affords you the opportunity to work in your pajamas, it doesn’t mean that you should. While it may be tempting to go from bed to desk, you will be more productive if you shower, dress and act as if you need to be ready to meet with an important client at any time, while you are working. Make yourself presentable it will help you boost your confidence in talking to your clients even if you are not talking to them in person. Separate business Checking Account.A successful home-based business takes time and perseverance to develop. To keep better track of your business’ finances open a separate checking account that is just for your business. Ensure that all of your business’ income and expenses go through this account. By having separate account for my business it helps me to monitor if my business is still gaining or I am already losing my finances. There and then you’ll know if your strategies are still effective or not. Hire a Virtual Assistant (VA). Years ago I was so depressed that there are so many opportunities that crossed my way but I had no choice but to reject them because I only got a limited time in a day to work besides from that I have a family who needs my attention too. Luckily I met and hired my VA from the Philippines through online postings. As I was struggling from so many tasks online and I only got limited knowledge in using computer stuff too. My VA makes my life easier as I can now freely move and do more things more than I can imagine. I encourage you to have your own VA so that you can enjoy your life too, just like mine. As my company Need a Virtual Assistant started years ago I was like overwhelmed and challenged at the same time. Many situations pushed my patience to my limit but it made me a better and strong Home Business Owner. You must be open-minded so that you can easily adapt changes that may come along your way. But no matter what, you must keep moving let yourself enjoy the ups and downs of your business it’s part of any success path. Nobody made it on the top without knowing how to start. CLICK HERE! https://jennyjordan.leadpages.co/flash-sale/
Publish Date: 02-22-16
Description: Last night a top marketer stated using Virtual Assistants was the main reason that he was able to escalate his business to the next level. And although the monetary results are not typical he does point out 2 things: 1) He outsourced NON making money activities to virtual assistants 2) He ONLY then worked on money making activities. The gold nuggets that he dropped within the interview are what separates businesses from stagnating to getting to the next level. Here is the interview here: http://mobe.tv/top-affiliate-in-mobe-... Please contact me at www.NeedaVA.com so I can help you GROW your business.
Publish Date: 02-11-16