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Is your LinkedIn feed full of ‘rubbish’?

Do you avoid LinkedIn as you think ‘it’s just not for me’? Recently I’ve met a lot of people who tell me that their LinkedIn feed is just full of rubbish content. When they scroll through their feed all they see is sales messages or, at best, content which just doesn’t resonate with them at […]

Don’t forget your audience in a pandemic

How to ensure your social media is good enough after Covid19

“I think we are going to emerge out of this crisis with social media as a more mature medium, and something that is absolutely integral to a global brand’s communications strategy. The tools and the audience are all there – it’s now up to us to make the most of it”.  Have you been ‘hammering’ […]

How To Use Your Wardrobe To Enhance Your Personal Brand. [A guest blog by personal stylist Tracy Jayne Hooper.]

Personal Brand is a hot topic at the moment in the entrepreneurial and small business space, and is incredibly important for anybody running their own business, or looking to progress in their career. In order to understand how to use your wardrobe and the clothes you wear to enhance your Personal Brand, we first need […]

How I increased my engagement on Instagram by 154.7% in 30 minutes

This week I gave an ‘Instagram stories masterclass’ at the Excel Centre as part of the Hotel Restaurant Catering Show. Have you ever attended a talk at an industry event? You listen, you think it’s great, then you wander off to get some free merch or a coffee and suddenly it’s all gone, you can’t […]

Why a social media strategy will get you more followers

If you’re having problems working out what and when to post on social media, maybe you should think about implementing a social media strategy.  Why is this so important? It’ll help you get more followers Yes, it’s true! Posting consistently will help you grow your following. If you schedule your posts in advance and get […]

In which Sarah compares the algorithm to a washing machine

Does the word ‘algorithm’ fill you with dread? Does it make you go all hot and cold and bring you out in a spin?  To be honest, when I started in this social media game, I hated the word. I avoided it as much as possible thinking it was something only really techy folk worried […]

How to optimise your LinkedIn profile to get more exposure on other people’s posts.

In my article on ‘how mentioning other people can help your brand’, I talk about how appearing in other people’s posts on LinkedIn can be beneficial to you. However, someone can only mention you in their posts if you allow it.  If you want to maximize your exposure on LinkedIn, it’s essential that you allow […]

Why you shouldn’t be on Linked In

With over 500 million people using Linked In in 2019 and around 100 million of those active every day (yes every day!), surely Linked In is a great place to hang out?  One fifth of regular Linked In users are senior executives and/or decision makers within companies. That makes for a fairly captive audience if […]

How to write scroll stopping Instagram captions

A good caption on an instagram post can increase your engagement and get that post seen by a LOT more people. There are different ways to encourage people to stop scrolling when your image comes up in their feed. Whilst a strong image is important, having an engaging caption is also key. A good caption […]

R is for Replies

When someone comments on your posts, don’t just ignore them, don’t even just ❤️ them. Reply! If someone at a party said to you ‘I like your top’, what would you do? Would you ignore them? Hmm, I doubt it. Would you make that funny sign with your hands in the shape of a heart? […]

Sex, trust and mind reading – my highlights of MarketEd Live 2019

To open your own conference talking about getting off with people at conferences is an interesting move for sure. However, Paul Ince wasn’t just using cheap jokes for the sake of titillation. Biz Paul’s opener at his conference: ‘MarketEd Live 2019’, was an intelligent analogy for the way social media can sometimes affect us: likes, […]

Hashtags on Instagram – The where, why and how

Why do we need them?             Where do we use them? How do we know which hashtags to use – and how many? But first of all: WHAT ARE HASHTAGS? Hashtags are, quite simply, a filing system; a way of categorizing content so it can be easily found. Hashtags allow social media users to search […]

Handling customer complaints on social media

TOP TIPS FOR HANDLING CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES Do you ever get that sinking feeling when you open your facebook page and your notifications say “John Smith does not like your pub” or “Mary Jones gave your restaurant one star”.  Oh no! What to do? Customer complaints and negative comments can be […]

What Colour Are You?

How obvious are your brand colours? When I say ‘obvious’ I don’t necessarily mean ‘loud’ (like mine are!), but can people look at your brand colours and automatically think of you? When people scroll through their social media feeds and they see those teeny tiny icons – is yours recognisable? When people see your banners […]

How to build relationships to get repeat business

If you don’t want customers to complain, build up relationships with them first. I show you how to do that in this blog.

Why You Should Hug Your Customers

Really? Is that a thing? I hear you ask. If you think that hugging your customers sounds a bit over friendly, read on dear reader, read on. When I say ‘hug your customers’, do I mean just that or do I mean something more along the lines of: ‘Give your customers something out of the […]

Volunteering at a Social Media Conference: The True Story

I travelled from London to California in March 2019 to be a volunteer at one of (if not the) largest social media conference in the world. If you’ve never been to, or volunteered at, a conference, this article may help you make the decision whether or not it is something you want to do. I […]

What Is Influencer Marketing & How Can It Help My Brand (especially if I don’t have a budget)?

In this article, I try to de-bunk the myths that surround Influencer Marketing. I aim to show you that Influencers aren’t all bad (really!), and that Influencer Marketing may be a great tool to implement into your Social Media strategy.

How to Network at a conference (and other awesome tips for excelling as a delegate)

Going to a conference can (and should) be a big deal. As well as the learning, there are the connections you will make.

How to create a stand out profile picture for your social media

Follow these 9 tips to create profile photos which will make you stand out from the crowd.

My Take Aways from MarketEd.Live 2018

There was so much learning from so many amazing speakers that I felt compelled to share my learning with you all. There are some real gems here so take a look.

How You Can Use Instagram Collections For Your Brand

Do you waste time trawling through other feeds on Instagram looking for an image you’ve previously liked, or have problems remembering someone’s handle and can’t find them? Using Instagram collections as a filing system will save you tons of time – read on and find out how you can use them.