Free Resources for Your Virtual Assistant Business

March 3rd, 2014 by Sue Canfield

free resourcesI'm always looking for new free resources for my business and clients to make work a bit easier and more efficient. I've also found that sharing free resources with others on all my social media networks encourages more interaction and engagement.

Here are just a few resources I wanted to share with you. Some do have paid options as well.

  • Evernote: Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters.
  • HootSuite: The leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.
  • Free Conference Call: Free conference calls are simple and easy to use, requiring only an e-mail address to receive an instant account.
  • Dropbox:  Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.
  • MailChimp:  More than 5 million people use MailChimp to design and send email marketing campaigns.
  • PDF995: Its easy-to-use interface helps you to create PDF files by simply selecting the "print" command from any application, creating documents which can be viewed on any computer with a PDF viewer.

Please share any helpful resources you know of in the comments section.

Add a Pinterest Page App to Your Facebook Business Page

February 28th, 2014 by Sue Canfield

Pinterest tab for FacebookHere's how to add a Pinterest page app to your Facebook business page:

  1. Install the app from this link.
  2. Choose the Facebook page you want to install the app on from the drop down menu that will appear.
  3. Click Add Page Tab.
  4. Type in your Pinterest username.
  5. Select which page mode you want to use, whether to see all your pin board or just a selected board.
  6. Click the share option to show Facebook Like and Send button on pins.
  7. Leave FanGate turned off. This allows visitors to see your Pinterest tab even if they haven't liked your page.
  8. Save Settings.

Now you will have a Pinterest tab on your Facebook business page. When someone clicks on that tab, they will be taken to your Facebook Pinterest page. This page will show the pins on your board and have the buttons to share, like, and Pin.

Have fun pinning!

More Interaction on Social Media Using Questions

February 26th, 2014 by Sue Canfield
  • What is your favorite song?Are you feeling like your Facebook business page or other social media networks are stagnant?
  • Are you getting few likes, retweets, +1s, shares on your social media sites?
  • Would you like to get more interaction and engagement with readers, followers, fan?

You want to ask questions. Asking questions on social media  that are fun and easy to answer will compel people to leave a comment, share, and like your posts. So what kinds of questions can your ask? Here are some ideas:

  • If you could visit anywhere where would you go?
  • What book are you currently reading?
  • What's the best/worst gift you've ever received?
  • When have you been the most proud of yourself/someone else?
  • What is something you wish you were better at?
  • What is something you learned this week?
  • What is your favorite song?
  • If you could be any fictional character who would it be?
  • What is the craziest thing you've done?

You might even learn something about them that could help you tailor your services toward their needs.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Let me ask you, what is your favorite song? Ask me a question and I'll post my reply.


Quote of the Day

February 25th, 2014 by Sue Canfield

motivational quote by Zig ZiglarA great way to engage readers and get interaction on your Facebook business page is to share quotable quotes. People love quotes. They love to like them and to share them. This is especially true if they are funny, motivational or thought provoking.

Here are some places to find some great quotes:

You can even sign up to get daily quotes by email.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

Reaching More People with Your Facebook Business Page

February 24th, 2014 by Sue Canfield

Facebook postUsing your Facebook business page to share your message is just one piece of the marketing puzzle. Of course you want to reach as many people as possible with your Facebook business page so your potential client pool is increased. A word of caution though - don't pay to get more people to like your business page.

A business person I've worked with is Phil Wrzesinski. He's a retailer in Michigan and always has great business advice - not just for the retail industry. He recently wrote a great article on growing your Facebook reach I want to share. It's not often that someone in the retail industry 'gets it' so well that I'd share with my virtual assistant community. But Phil gets it!

Enjoy Phil's post and please leave a comment at his blog!