Posted on 1:38pm Wednesday 17th Apr 2013
Hi I'm Jan Dowthwaite-Clark, I have my own business as an independent distributor selling Nature's Sunshine health and nutritional supplements and I am mum to a 16 year old.
After the introductions our business Mum of the Month, Sarah Brent of Jewellery by M.E, showed us some of her beautiful handmade jewellery. This was followed by an open discussion where members were able to chat and seek advice from each other. It's great working for yourself but there are times when you really appreciate feedback or support and with so much diverse experience between us there is bound to be somebody who can help if you are struggling or say well done when you've achieved something.
As always I came away from the meeting feeling really positive and glad to be part of such a great networking group. If you haven't yet been to a meeting of your local branch then I recommend that you get along to the next one. Meetings are fun, friendly and informal and little ones are always welcome.
Posted on 7:55am Wednesday 27th Mar 2013
Listed under: Tips and Resources
Sandra Peachey – Business Coach and Author blogs about why Blogging is good for business! She shares her tips on how to get started and how to improve your blogging for business.
In February 2012 I started a personal blog called Peachey Letters… A year later my blog has had 1000s of hits from 26 countries and has been turned into a book, giving me publicity and recognition that I could never even of dreamt of when I started!
Why Blog in the first place?
Blogging tells the world that you are an ‘Expert’ in what you do - the services and products you provide. Used well you can gain the interest of potential customers and encourage them to buy more of your products. With blogging people can get to know and trust you – spending ‘time’ with you before they buy. And it also gives you have the perfect opportunity to keep reminding people about what you do and being in their consciousness, so that when the time comes to buy, they think of you…
The great thing about blogging is that it requires no financial outlay to get started. It beefs up your business credentials and if used cleverly, can be re-used and recycled – posted on social media, on other people’s blogs and in your newsletters – maximizing your time and effort.
How do I get started?
Check to see if your website has blogging functionality – most do. Even without a website you can get started quickly – Blogger and Wordpress both offer free platforms and then you are also part of a blogging community which can give you global exposure. If getting stuck on the technology is what is preventing you from getting started, then get some help – Laura Morris – Co-Owner of Networking Mummies can help you, or find a friend or colleague who has already set up their own blog.
How and what do I write?
Be wary of selling! Always be of a mindset that you are sharing useful tips, strategies and information. Never be afraid of sharing some of your ‘trade secrets’ – this means that you stay on your toes and will consistently provide better services for your clients.
For subject matter - think of the time of the year, issues that are in the news, new products and services that you are offering. Maybe there is something that doesn’t seem related to your business that you are passionate about – all good! Blog about it – this will make you different from the people that share your marketplace. If you are happy to share things going on in your life – people love the ‘soap opera’ saga of someone else’s life and course – always make the connection back to your products and services.
The simplest and most useful tip I can give you to structure and give subject matter to any blog is to answer 1-3 questions. Sometimes you can make it as obvious as how I have structured this blog, or simply use this thought process as a way to write your piece.
Finally, make the offer!
Never be afraid to be bold or controversial – again it makes you stand out. Then, when you have shared your tips and strategies, then you can lead people to what you currently have to offer your reader. As my example, I am currently giving one to one blog checks for beginners and improvers to Networking Mummies subscribers for just £10! We will get your started, motivated and inspired to get your message out into your market place. If you already have a blog then I will audit it and show you how get it even more effective, get more hits and more selling exposure. Just click here to find out more and book your blogging session:
Sandra Peachey works with businesses to ensure they turn passion into profits and achieve their market goals. Her first book Peachey Letters – Love Letters to Life was published in February 2013, has been featured in local and national press, including Psychologies and The Lady magazine; and is available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Peachey-Letters-Love-Life/dp/1908746718/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364294476&sr=8-1
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