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  • A time of change … and more of a ‘Healthy Perspective’

    Healthy Perspective, Jan Minihane, Paleo

    For those of you that know me personally, you know the last 18 months have been a time of very BIG change – divorce, moving house, new partner, getting pregnant, arrival of gorgeous boy no.3 were the highlights – it’s tested my juggling skills I can tell you! However, over a longer period, behind the scenes, my health hasn’t been all that great. Out of bad though comes good and a whole new understanding of health,…

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  • A new home (well, office) …

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    Well, it’s been a while eh …. I’ve been away from my blog for most of this year for a number of reasons, none of which I’ll bore you with (phew!). Suffice to say it’s been an ‘interesting’ year personally; professionally it’s been tip-top and I’m looking forward to lots more evolution next year! More recently, moving office has kept me away from the blog and is now the reason that I return to…

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  • Facebook: No longer a free social media tool for business?

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    This post explores how Facebook for business has evolved from a free model to a paid-for tool for the majority of businesses. Ok hands up, Facebook was never entirely free, it’s always taken time to generate content and maintain your presence on Facebook. And time = money. One of the most appealing things about Facebook is that most of the Internet using population is on it and if you could folks to click that ‘like’ button, well, you…

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  • The 7 C’s of Social Media

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    It’s a new year which makes it time for a re-focus of energies on Social Media if you want it to pay this year. The list below won’t give you all the secrets to social media success, but they’re a good start…. 1. Consistency Are you guilty of not planning what you’re going to post and when? The result: adhoc, irregular updates/blog posts that doesn’t build trust with your followers, the likelihood is it will start to annoy them (if…

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  • A plea: No more ‘Like if you’ Facebook posts…please

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    *Rant warning* I’ll be discussing my current growing disdain for Facebook page posts that start with ‘Like this if’ – it’s lazy, it’s getting very repetitive and social media managers need to mix things up a little bit. Don’t get me wrong, I always advise clients on the need for calls to action (examples include: like if, comment if you agree, what do you think, has this happened to you…. the list…

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  • LinkedIn Endorsements: have you checked your skills?

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    A few weeks ago, LinkedIn announced it’s new ‘Endorsements’ feature for the ‘Skills & Expertise’ section of your profile – but is it any good & what should you do? Up until recently, if you wanted to recommend someone, you had to provide a written recommendation which carries credibility but also made LinkedIn profiles the longest webpages on record where you’d collected quite a few…

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  • 20 things you might not know about me…

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    I just added this list to my ‘about‘ page and as I haven’t blogged on here for ages I thought I’d share it here too. Remember, people connect and buy from people, so here’s a few things about me that may raise a smile! I was on the box of the MB board game ‘Twister’ (let’s just say it was a long time ago *coughs 1989*) I love numbers & words – I can take a car licence plate and change it all into…

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  • Hello? Is anybody there? ‘Social’ Customer Service

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    In this post I’ll be exploring the need for businesses who identify one of their social media objectives as offering an enhanced customer service to actually deliver an enhanced customer service, not leave an online black hole. In the firing line this week … Supermarkets. Last week I sent the following perfectly pleasant inquiring tweet to Morrisons twitter account: Hi @morrisonsnews can you let me know if you give excess perishable…

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  • Why you should spend LESS time on social media…

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    What!? Did I really just say that as a social media advisor? Well, yes. I’ll explain here why ‘do less, better’ is my mantra for Social Media. I ran a poll on LinkedIn recently, about whether Shropshire-based businesses would be spending more or less time on Social Media over the next 12 months. The results were fairly decisive:   More time: 60% Same time: 33% Less time: 7% What the results tell me is that there is still…

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  • 5 habits of highly annoying social media users

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    I get asked a lot, so herein lies my (and many other folks) main social media ‘no-no’s’: a lot are down to people not having enough time/not dedicating enough time to Social Media – are you guilty of any?     1. All sell, no engagement You know, the ones who put up endless links to their website/latest offer/picture but as far as engagement goes there isn’t any? Worth noting that on Twitter, even if you…

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