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Breaking it Down: Managing Your Web Presence and Beyond

thJust having a website is no longer enough. Today’s savvy business owner must keep up with Web trends, use social media, write newsletters or blog posts, plus be in the know about the latest advances in your current field. With so many jobs to do, it can be easy to let things slide or to get overwhelmed. How can you manage everything? By breaking it down into bite size jobs, and delegating jobs you don’t have time for or interest in.

When it comes to time and job management, perhaps one of the most necessary, but still overlooked, aspects of promoting your business is through an online presence. But, like other elements in business, the challenges of building a Web presence can be handled by breaking the job into smaller steps. To help you begin building a Web presence, ask yourself these questions:

What do you want your website to look life?

  • Does it explain who you are or what you do?
  • What is it that makes your product/service stand out?
  • Are there pics of your product or services posted on your website?
  • Do you know what your site’s keywords are (or should be)?
  • Do you have employee bios, company history or other elements that lead to personality and credibility?

What are you doing about social media?

  • What platforms are you using? The top four are Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Pinterest, but LinkedIn, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Yelp should not be overlooked. However, not every one of these platforms is a perfect fit for every business, though it is safe to say that Facebook and Twitter should not be overlooked by any business.
  • If you do have social media pages, how often are you posting? Social media pages must be used –at the very least, 1-day a week to be of use. Your posts need to not just promote special events and services offered but also encourage engagement, build rapport with your customers and add personality.
  • Social media pages can be a big asset but only if managed. There will often be people who leave high praise on your page, but there can also be negative comments. Be sure to watch for the negatives so you can deal with the problem sooner, not later.

How are you getting the word out about your company? Do you…

  • Send out a newsletter?
  • Write link articles?
  • Write at least one blog post a month?
  • Have you ever held a lunch and learn event for local businesses?
  • Are you involved with local events where you can share what you do?
  • Take advantage social media advertising campaigns?

These are but a smattering of bite-size actions to consider as you build your Web presence. If you need help with social media, blog posts, articles or other writing elements, contact Write Away Copywriting, to learn how Jan can help.

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It’s in the Cookies!

 

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I love Chinese food! From Moo Goo Gai Pan to Wonton Soup and Egg Foo Young to Spicy Orange Chicken, the spices and textures there comprise a well-planned Chinese meal. But, perhaps as much as the food brings pleasure, I love to open the fortune cookies and read their words of “wisdom”. (By the way, did you know that fortune cookies are not actually Chinese? Rather, they are based on a Japanese recipe and then made popular by Americans.)

Shown here are some fortunes I have received in recent months. No, I don’t base my work – or life- on the little slips of paper, but I must say these four have definitely given me something to think about.

What about you? Do these statements inspire you? What actions do you need to take? If your answer includes developing SEO web content, publishing blog posts, writing newsletters or making the most of social media, then talk to Jan at Write Away Copywriting to learn how to get started. I will be happy to help.

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work

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How are those New Year’s Resolutions Coming? Did you make a long list of resolutions for 2013? Maybe they included getting into shape, starting a business blog or newsletter , getting involved with a community outreach group or perhaps saving more money. After all, those, and many other similar goals, are viable resolutions with great benefits. Unfortunately, they are also resolutions that can be hard to implement into an already busy schedule. Earlier this year, my pastor shared some reasons why New Year’s resolutions don’t always work and I thought I would pass them along.

We try to accomplish them in our own power.
Most are incremental and not immediately transforming.
Most of them are outcome based, rather than action based.

So, if you have begun working on those resolutions and are wondering if it they are really worth it, don’t despair.  Keep on working at it. In fact, whenever you start something new, researchers have found that it must be done 21 times to become a habit. Of course, if you are finding that the resolution to “Start a blog post or newsletter” really isn’t your thing then perhaps you will find that it is beneficial to hire a writer to do it for you.  If that is the case, contact Write Away, and before you know it, those writing resolutions will be taken care of.

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Bacon and Business

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Bacon is currently one of the most popular meat products in America. This is because it offers that extra flavor to nearly anything it is paired with.  I mean, what would filet mignon be without bacon or a BLT sandwich be like without the savory, salty addition of bacon? Bacon adds that little bit of extra flavor to so many foods.

But, “What” you may ask, “does bacon have to do with business?”  If you are not in the culinary business, then you may have never thought of bacon and business in the same sentence, but just as bacon complements many foods, the bacon below can spice up your business:

Blog posts– If you have a blog page on your website, then use it. Remember, Google notes websites that have new content on a regular basis. Either write the posts yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

Apps and advertisement-If you have a business where an app would be beneficial, then take the time to design one and make available to others. Or, if you would rather, set up a Google AdWords Campaign. Remember, you want to keep your business in the public, so take advantage of the tools available to you.

Connect with others through emails, phone calls, newsletters,social media and more. You never know when that 5-minute phone call or the time spent on Facebook or Pinterest will pay off in a big way.

Offline connections– Attend seminars, get involved with community events and organizations or go to conferences whenever possible.

Network– Don’t just attend the seminars, conferences, etc. get involved! This doesn’t have to be just within your field of business, but may be a group for a passion or hobby you have. Many times, you will get a new client based purely on the fact that “they know/knew you from….”

Yes, adding some bacon to your business is a great way to get the word out about what you have to offer. However, if jobs like social media, blog posts and other writing aspects are things that “burn your bacon” talk to Write Away Copywriting about taking care of those jobs for you. After all, just because bacon taste great doesn’t mean you have to cook it for yourself!

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The Use of Social Media

 Everywhere you look these days you are either hearing or seeing references to Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Google Buzz or an assortment of social media sites. After all, with life as busy as it is, getting together with a group of your friends is often a difficult thing to accomplish. However, with the popularity of social media sites-especially those like Facebook, you can not only catch with who live locally, but with friends and family you have not seen for many years.

In addition to playing a large role in how we connect with each other, Facebook, Twitter and other social sites have become a favorite advertising spot for companies of every size. Whether it is Coca-Cola or the mom and pop computer store downtown, people everywhere are making use of the far reaching power of social media site, and when you add in the potential websites like YouTube, the numbers are even greater.

When promoting your website and business, experts agree that along with well-used and maintained SEO practices, one of the best ways to promote your business is with social media sites. If you have not already learned to use these tools, then take a few moments to do so. It will take time to build a following, but the potential for profit and an increase in customers is worth the time it takes to learn. You can make your pages as basic or elaborate as you want, offer special “web-only” coupons, get customer feedback and get to know your fans. But no mater your approach, simple or over the top, time spent using social media sites is worth it.

If you are interested in using social media to build your business but do not have time to do it yourself, don’t despair. Using social media sites can take up a significant amount of time. If you don’t have time, or perhaps the personnel, to devote to social media, consider hiring someone to make Twitter posts, do Facebook comments and interact with site followers for you.  Having someone whose primary responsibility is to interact with clients and potential clientele is a great way to make those you serve feel welcomed and wanted and can result in building a larger customer base as well.

Using social media is rapidly becoming a prime way to build your business. Have you made your mark on the social media scene? If not, it’s not too late! Do it yourself or contact Write Away Copywriting to do it for you.