Social Curator

As small business owners, we have our hands full with responsibilities, projects, and tasks that need to get done by yesterday, so keeping active on social networks usually gets pushed down to the bottom of the to-do list. Last year, I made a commitment to start showing up on Instagram and Facebook more consistently, and today’s tip is about sharing with you how I was able to do it with Social Curator!

Social Curator is a monthly subscription service created by the incredible Jasmine Star! As a member, every month, I receive professional photos and customizable captions that give me a substantial headstart on knowing what to talk about online. I also get actions plans with step-by-step instructions and exercises that help me learn how to get more out of social media. And, last but not least, I have access to an exclusive Facebook group, and monthly master classes lead by Jasmine herself and in some cases, expert guests.

I’m recommending this service because I genuinely believe it has helped my social media presence, and I feel it could help yours too. However, I want to be clear on something: while I am not getting paid to advertise Social Curator, this month Jasmine is holding a contest for members who refer people to join, and that’s also a reason why I’m promoting it today.

So if you’ve ever considered signing up for an online course or service to help with social media, I whole heartily encourage you to give Social Curator a try! You will not be disappointed!!! And I’d appreciate if you use my referral code so that Jasmine knows I sent you: https://socialcurator.com/join/ref/642/

If you have any questions about my experience with Social Curator, just reach out, and I’ll be happy to answer to the best of my abilities!

Canned Responses

Do you sometimes find yourself writing the same exact emails over and over again? In business, you usually get asked the same questions repeatedly. It’s not uncommon to find yourself explaining a process or service in almost the exact same way, word for word, to many different people. So today’s tip is on saving precious time by using canned responses. Canned responses are an advanced Gmail tool that allows you to save pre-written content as an email template. They are a real time saver!!!

To enable them, go to your Gmail settings and click on the Advanced tab.
Once enabled, the first step is to create a template.

Open the Compose window and write up your email message. Once you are finished, click on the three dots located at bottom right corner (next to the trash icon.) This opens the More Options menu. Hover over the Canned Responses tab, and you’ll get the option to save your New Canned Response. You will also be prompted to give it a name so you can recognize it later. After saving your new canned response, you can just trash the email you used to write it.

To use a canned response, just start a new email and click on the three dots again. Hover over the Canned Responses tab, and now you’ll be able to see a list of all your canned responses. Click on the name of the one you want to use, and it will insert the content into your new email window. Tah-Dah!!!

Dramatic Necessities

Dramatic Necessities

Is it dramatic to say that I couldn’t live without my iPad? I spend most days with it right next to my computer. I use it to stream TV shows or play my favorite music station while I work. Often, I use it as a sketch pad to draw out ideas of projects I’m working on. And it never fails to be the easiest device to take to meetings with clients. For me, having an iPad is a must! What can’t you live without?

Video Conferencing

I love technology! Video conferencing is not new by any means, but I’ve never used it this much before. I’m really enjoying how easy, practical and convenient it is. In the past four months, I’ve held one-on-one tutorials, colleague conferences, and client meetings—sometimes all three in the same day—from the comfort of my home office. And while I like getting together with clients in real life, sometimes due to the geographical location that isn’t possible. My current go-to video conference software is Zoom. What tech software or gadget is your favorite lately?

Getting Reviews

Getting Reviews

One of the most powerful tools for convincing potential clients to work with us are reviews. Think about it—how many times have you searched for reviews on a company before calling them? What impact did they have on your decision to hire them?

Today’s tip is about encouraging your clients to leave reviews. Most people won’t even think to leave one unless they had a bad experience. So, here are three things you can do to get more happy customers raving about your services:

1 Remind them!

People often need a prompt. At the end of the project, kindly ask them if they would consider leaving a review about their experience. Don’t forget to send them a follow-up email about it too.

2 Give them options!

Always provide several platforms they can use, such as Google, Facebook, Yelp or even a form on your own site.

3 Make it easy!

Send them links directly to the places where they can leave the reviews. Have the links handy on your website or even on your email signature too.

Facebook Debugger

Have you ever shared a link on Facebook and battled with it displaying the right image? Sometimes, you don’t get a thumbnail at all… frustrating, right? That’s when the Facebook Debugger can save the day. This tool lets you preview how the link will look when shared, detect if there are any issues, and force it to scrape the latest data from the site. It’s a very handy and FREE tool! 

To try it, visit: https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug/

Enter the link you want to test into the field and click DEBUG. After that, I usually like to click on “Scrape Again” which forces it to pull the latest data instead of any cached images. 

The preview lets you see if there any things you need to fix. Run a test after making changes to make sure it updates the data again. Once you are happy with how it looks, you can share it on Facebook!

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