Top 10 Popular Social Media Sites

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As a virtual assistant, we always live to learn how popular social media sites work to our advantage. Not only virtual assistants benefit from these sites also small and large businesses.

Before you start your marketing plan, check my top 10 popular social media sites:

  1. Facebook – You can open a page for business, store by Shopify and use Facebook marketing tools and analytics.
  2. Pinterest – With such growth of users and the demand of buyable pins (since holidays are near). This social media site captured my attention with its amazing image based pins.
  3. LinkedIn – This site offers professional network connections where you can find a job that is related to your field.
  4. Twitter – Marketing using Twitter is diverse. You can post text and image based ads right away.
  5. Google Plus – I like Google plus because Google have a lot of applications and programs you can use. Like Blogger, Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Keyword Tool, Google Drive, Google documents and more. It is suitable for webtrepreneurs who wants to have one programs with lots of added benefits.
  6. Instagram – You can post an image or a video. Some business owners manage to use Instagram to their own advantage by selling their products using the marketing tools.
  7. Tumblr – You can use this site to blog and post your own articles, images and videos.
  8. Youtube – I place this 8th because I have not tried to make my own videos (soon). Create and use videos for personal or business use.
  9. Flickr – You want a place to upload and share you photos this site is for you.
  10. Reddit – You can submit content, connect with people, market your business or you are looking for answers to specific topics. This site if for you.

The basis for my ranking is not according to online statistics. I rank it according to my use. I hope you find this useful. Remember, use the social media site that will work to your advantage.

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10 Ethical Virtual Assistant Goals To Live By

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What are your virtual assistant goals? Have you constantly remind yourself and ask these questions when you feel out of focus? Sometimes when you feel that life goals pull you in different directions that you are not supposed to venture. Like the lack of experience or financial support. Use these questions to keep your virtual assistant goals to consistently keep on track. 

You can also use these questions for personal reasons. Do not assume that everything here will work for you. Every one of us has to find our strengths and weaknesses. You have to find what separates you from the rest.

  1. What have you done lately to manage your business?
  2. What actions have you taken to improve yourself in terms of making your business successful?
  3. Has this business been generating the amount of money you expected for the past month or years?
  4. Did you assess your business today, in terms of profit, marketing, long-term plans, and adaptability?
  5. How can you do better with consistent actions?
  6. What aspects of your business do you still need to learn?
  7. Do you have the right balance between work and family?
  8. What is important to you now, money, family, self, travel or more money?
  9. What is your weakest skill in managing your business?
  10. What sacrifices can you make for your business for it to become successful?

I hope you will find the answers by reflecting on the questions I made. The road to success is easy when you have people who can support you. I am not talking about just asking help from anyone. They could be business mentors, coaches, friends in the business, your boss or anyone with experience that can help you climb the ladder.

Make it an effort to learn every day and educate yourself.

To your success.

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How To Run The Most Profitable Business

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Every most profitable business you know has to sell things to earn money. Salesmanship, or the art of closing sales, therefore, is of greatest importance for any online business venture. After all, we can’t expect any earnings if we don’t make any sales. It is how businesses grow and make a profit.

Winning customers are essential for the success of your enterprise. This is absolutely true for online business too. In fact, winning customers online has its pros and cons. The good news is that the entire world is your market, and you could potentially reach more people through the World Wide Web. The disadvantage? The Internet offers a more impersonal channel in our dealings with people, making it more difficult to gain their trust and favor. It is not the end of the road for some who really wants to have an internet business.

What can you do then? Fear not. Everything else in life, you should try to stress the positives to compensate for the negatives. Thinking on the bright side always keeps that momentum and drive to keep you going. Here are 5 methods by which you could gain a good number of customers, and keep them for a long and profitable business for you and your family.

1. Always deliver quality goods or services.

There is no better vehicle for our business message than our products themselves. Consistently offering things that are more than worth our customers’ time and money will brand us as enterprises that are committed to quality products and services. This would only serve us well in future dealings with the same clients. Additionally, this would make our clients as advertising vehicles for our business as well, as they would spread the word about the excellence of our service to people belonging to their network.

2. Always try to over-deliver.

People love receiving more than what they paid for. If you consistently give them some extras, their minds would be conditioned to trust your online business for future transactions. It means going beyond customer expectations and making them happy for the product they purchase. Add freebies or a “buy one take one” offer. Maybe a discount for the bulk purchases. Make a point to bring value on what they paid for the product they bought.  

3. Provide bonuses.

In addition to the product you’re selling, add some more goods that would perk up the package. Do this in a way that you will make your customers aware of the value of the bonuses if they were otherwise purchased. This would definitely increase the worth of your product, and such would make it more favorable for a successful sale. Additionally, your bonuses would foster good will with your clients, and this could go a long, long way for future orders. An example of a good bonus, like 50% more. The consumer will know that the product they are about to purchase has 50% more inside. 

4. Build relationships.

The importance of building good relationships with your customers cannot be undermined. As we’ve discussed earlier, the Internet is a rather informal venue for personal dealings. So try to humanize your approach so that your customers can relate to you as someone who is more than just a business provider, but also as a friend. Be authentic on your online presence. Not all internet businesses are legitimate. Some might have profit motivation just to get your money. Be careful in signing up for offers that are too good to be true. Always do your research before you spend your money. 

Forums are a good way to build relationships with people who have the same interests as you. Sites like Reddit, Quora and even more are a good way to start building rapport, authenticity, trust, and respect from people you want to target for your business. Engage with them and be proactive communicating to them. Having a business online does not mean making money. It is also reaching to people who need your products and services.

Think about making a difference and how can your product or service improve their overall health and lifestyle. Developing a relationship with your brand is the path to long term success. People relate their experiences to the product they are using and how it improves their life. It is a win-win situation. The success of the online business not only relies upon how the company builds association on the product. It includes how the company gives attention to the needs of their customers.

5. Make use of a mailing list.

A mailing list is an Internet marketer number one weapon. By capturing the contact details of people who may not have been interested with their current offer, they will be able to condition the same people for future sales. And this could serve their businesses well for a long time, as one successful sale can beget another and another after that. So invest on an excellent autoresponder service and prepare those follow-up messages well. Take good care of your subscriber base, and they will take good care of your business in return.

Winning customers is more than just luck. It entails a lot of strategizing and good planning. Retaining customers involve the same level of commitment as well. In the highly competitive world of online marketing, trust plays an integral role in achieving our goals. Try your best to win your customers’ trust. Take care of it. And for sure, this trust would fuel the most profitable business for you for many years to come.

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Genuine Tips: 20 Rules to Business Success

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SFI President Gery Carson’s 20 Rules to Business Success and I want to share with you. Since it provides me the best insight that I need to focus and the ideas to help me succeed. Business Success is not just by reading and saying it. You have to take action. Get it done and start planning.

Here are his tips to success that you can follow:

1. Treat your business…like a business! 

2. DO something to grow your business every day. Do small goals everyday and keep the momentum going. 

3. Lead by example. 

4. Work with the workers. Listen to your workers and get to know about them.

5. YOU succeed only if THEY succeed. This is an employee and employer business relationship that if you help them succeed. They will help you succeed in your business. 

6. YOU make it happen, no one else. Just do it. 

7. Leaders are readers. Do not assume you know everything. An example is to read a book about marketing. If you do not how to market your business. Learn all you can about the applicable marketing strategies on your business. 

8. Open your eyes to your potential. A business opportunity, idea or strategy are good foundations for a successful business.

9. Set goals…and publish them!

10. Have a plan (a realistic plan).

11. Winning starts with beginning.

12. Focus.

13. Send praise down (and criticism up).

14. Don’t quit.

15. Think BIG.

16.  Don’t major in minors.

17. Don’t be a negative thinker.

18. Some will, some won’t. So what?! Someone’s waiting! Next!

19. Persist until you win.

20. Treat your business like taking care of yourself. Take care of your health and love yourself. It is not good to only think about working to make money and do business.  (From me)

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21 Types of Business Bosses

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How to identify the 21 types of business bosses in the real world. We defines them as leaders. When we talk about leadership, there is no topic that says leadership is a one-way street. Leaders and employees have different attitude and characteristics. Read on below to know more about the types of business bosses you should know.

1. The Martyr Boss

The martyr boss has done, does, and always will do anything for the good of the company. He has worked Christmas Day, with pneumonia, in a snowstorm. He walked to and from work for 5 weeks after his car accident, with both legs broken. He stays every night until 8 pm without extra pay. How do you compete? You don’t. You listen. He’ll probably be their way past retirement, so it’s best to learn how to deal with him early on.

2. The Screamer Boss

The screamer boss seems to think that he will get his way if he raises his voice to an unconscionable level: the higher the volume, the higher the commitment. How does a screamer end up a boss? Some clueless hiring managers equate screaming with managerial skill. All in all, screamers just want to know that they’re being heard, and they want recognition. If you can get along with your screamer boss, and gain his respect and trust, perhaps you can help guide him to lower tones.

3. The Fearmonger Boss

People do what a “fearsome” boss says because they’re afraid of him, which actually encourages further intimidation. He always has a threat, and he constantly follows through with that threat to keep his employees acquiescent. This boss has a high turnover rate as he fires employees to keep up the fear factor, and good employees leave him, refusing to work for such an ogre. A fearsome boss cannot last. Eventually, he will burn out every employee he has, and an organization’s bottom line cannot sustain the costs involved. Karma will get this one.

4. The Manipulator Boss

Also known as the Machiavellian boss, this type is extremely intelligent and one of the most dangerous. The manipulator boss is highly focused, very motivated, and always has a secret plan. He looks at people to an end. The world is a giant pyramid and the apex is his. People he touches or runs over on the way to the top are casualties he writes off. If you work for a manipulator, watch your back. Your best bet is to be open and honest with him. Volunteer information. Your boss, who has long forgotten what truth is, will be left impressed by it.

5. The Bumbler Boss

The bumbler boss is the dunce of the business bosses. The best way to deal with your bumbler boss is to help get him promoted. When bumblers are promoted, they are notorious for promoting the people underneath them. Besides, sooner than later, executives will see your boss for the dunce that he is, and he’ll be shipped off somewhere. Of course, following this advice makes you somewhat of a manipulator, but if you can’t get out from under him, why not help you both climb up? You’re not responsible for what happens at the top.

Read more from Melanie Joy Douglas article.

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Small Business Hacks: Learn How To Manage

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by Guest Blogger, Frank J. Aguirre

Small business tips on how to manage it the right way:

1) Lead with a purpose. Communicate the mission and the vision of your small business.  This is not only important for employees and partners, but it is important for you, as the small business owner. You need a clear mission and understanding of what you do. You need a clear vision describing where you want to go.
 
2) Have an exit plan. Where do you want to go with the small businesses? It could be retirement, pass to a family member or sibling. The answer could be to build the sales and sell it to an investor. Whatever the exit plan is, you have to know where you are going.
 
3) Don’t be afraid of the numbers. Use your financials as a way of understanding the health of your business and use the numbers to make decisions when running your business. You don’t have to be a financial expert or accountant but you can’t be afraid to use the numbers to manage.
 
4) Create systems to run your business. You need to create a way of doing things in a consistent and repeatable fashion. Your customers need to know what to expect every time and your and your employees need to know how to deliver every time. Treat your business like it is a franchise system.
 
5) Have a clear brand value. Create a pitch for your product or service. Learn to explain your product or service in 30 seconds or less. What makes your business unique. It’s a classic elevator pitch.
 
About the contributor: Frank J. Aguirre, is currently a business marketing professor at East Lost Angeles College.  To learn more about Frank J. Aguirre, check out his website: http://www.smallbizfrank.com/
 
 




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