After a minor car bump just after Christmas, we were without a car for almost 3 weeks. In that time, there was a lot of adjustment of routines as suddenly, we had to walk everywhere and that of course takes much longer than hopping in a car. It was a nightmare logistically but we had no choice and had to get on with the daily tasks as best we could with a new plan. Our hands were forced as the car couldn’t move off the drive and life continues on regardless, it was new plan or sink!
As I walked the mile to collect my son from his nursery, complete with headphones in my ears and my favourite playlist on, my mind started to wander. I watched all of the cars driving past me, thinking about how lucky they were to be carrying on their daily lives with a car to drive. I looked at all of the new cars going past with their built in Sat Navs and fancy technology and how easy it has become for us to get from A to B. With that ease of use comes laziness and printing Google Map directions off before you start your journey has now become a thing of the past (remember when we all did that?!) Now you just get in the car, tell it where you want to go and you follow their lead. It even tells you what the speed limit is, what congestion lays ahead and notifies you to cameras.Read More
The easy and quick answer for you; yes! It is vital for business pages to be using the Facebook album function and far too many are not. Whether this is because they’re not aware of it, you can’t do it from a mobile and lots of people are using their mobile devices to update their pages or they’re thinking it’s not necessary, I don’t know but I can tell you it really is a great bit of kit! Here I’ll explain to you why………..Read More
This blog starts a little gloomy………..bear with me, it brightens massively!
It’s hard times at the moment for a lot of businesses………..it’s no joke. The rise in cost of everything, the scary thought that it is about to get a lot worse and with no changes to our wages, it’s no wonder the majority of us are having to sit on every penny we have. However, this creates a knock on effect up the chain and results in businesses not making the sales or having the volume of customers they usually would have. That means they can’t invest in their business and they too begin to spiral downwards, unable to make ends meet. It’s a vicious cycle that is just going round and round and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change soon.
It’s natural for us to feel doomed and like there is no way forward in our businesses right now, myself included, however, I had a ‘light bulb’ moment today and thought about how I can turn my marketing on its head.Read More
I sat down one night recently and started reminiscing about my life 18 years ago. I hadn’t had the best teenage years having been badly bullied and very poorly with glandular fever (not once, but twice). I never really experienced the highs of being a teenager, the shopping trips, the parties or the sleepovers so when I met my first boyfriend (my now husband), I was very shy and timid with no real life experience to help me to adjust. Sitting back and thinking about the change in me in just a couple of months has made me realise that actually even the impossible is possible, as long as you have the right person or team by your side.Read More
No you’re not! I’m 34 with a 12 year old daughter, I thought that I would be a “cool and hip young mum” – how wrong was I? Whilst I sit there watching her learn the new “Fortnite” emotes, I realise that I in fact, know nothing about this world they’re growing up in. For a moment, it made me feel old, like I was too old to now learn about their lives and how different it will be to my teenage years. It got me thinking about how actually, that’s an excuse and it’s very easy for us to all use that excuse in our work and home life.Read More
Missing information – there, I said it without even an introduction! Missing information on a Facebook page is as frustrating as going to a restaurant and there being no menu, or going to a car dealership but they have no keys to the cars. People want accurate, quick and easy information, if you don’t give it to them, they get frustrated.Read More
I was in a supermarket the other day queuing with my shopping to pay and the gentleman in front of me said to the staff member “wow, what’s going on, it‘s so busy in here today!” She looked up, smiled and said “is it, or is it a case of there are less staff working today?” Both of us looked at each other, looked around the shop and shrugged thinking “actually, that‘s probably more the case”. It got me thinking, sometimes it isn‘t what we think, it‘s actually all about our perspective of the situation…… different perspectives bring different thoughts.Read More
When you go out for a meal, do you or do you not sit and stare at the menu for a while before choosing? What makes that final decision for you on what to order? We usually look at the price of it, we tend to have our meal budget in our mind. No one wants to pay £30 for a salad! We look at what might be filling and stave off hunger for a bit longer, particularly if we know it has to last us a while. We look at nutritional value (if we‘re being good!) – what vitamins is it going to give us, how is it going to help our body? Ultimately we‘re looking for taste; something yummy, delicious and meets our own personal taste buds, we‘re all different after all.Read More
We have touched upon this before about how people expect a good service as soon as they enter into a contract with you. This is as simple as ordering from the local takeaway and expecting your order to be correct, fresh and hot, through to ordering next day delivery on a parcel or signing a 12 month contract on a phone line. Each time we hand over money, we have a preset expectation of that business or person.Read More
In our last blog, we discussed it was so relevant to have your website on the first page of Google along with some top tips of how to help your website rank better for free. Following on from that popular topic, today we’re looking at how social media also suffers from the “2nd page of Google effect”.Read More