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6 useful productivity and blogging tools for small business

When your budget is tight or you are managing your marketing yourself, any tools that can help improve your productivity or increase engagement with your blog posts can be beneficial. Below are the top 6 free tools that I work with on a daily basis for different client needs. Productivity Toggl – Take your timesheets … Continue reading 6 useful productivity and blogging tools for small business

Do you relish the prospect of a digital detox?

I broke my smartphone screen recently.  Sadly, it was the second time in about 3 months.  Both times my 3-year-old was involved and this time for a variety of reasons, I haven’t got around to fixing it or replacing it yet. Digital Detox In the meantime, I have been using a simple phone which “just” … Continue reading Do you relish the prospect of a digital detox?

How to improve engagement on your LinkedIn pages – for SoHo Businesses

This week I have been helping a client work on improving and building on their personal and Company LinkedIn pages.  LinkedIn was previously perceived as primarily a platform to look for your next job.  Now its a huge business network that professionals look to in order to increase their business knowledge and engage with others … Continue reading How to improve engagement on your LinkedIn pages – for SoHo Businesses

4 interesting blog images I captured last summer

Yesterday, whilst browsing my Twitter feed, I clicked on yet another list of how to write the best content for clients.  I was reminded that aside from a headline "hook", another key goal is to get great images and capture the reader's attention. On our family holiday to the Isle of Wight this year we took the "proper" camera with us so that I could get … Continue reading 4 interesting blog images I captured last summer

Delighted to achieve my inbound marketing certification from Hubspot

As Dory would say "just keep...learning" I can admit this now but until January I had never even heard of Hubspot or the term "inbound marketing". Shall I load up the excuses now?   For starters, I am UK based and my Marketing degree was almost 20 years ago!  Let's face it though, after a while its easy to … Continue reading Delighted to achieve my inbound marketing certification from Hubspot

Does part-time equal smarter working?

I'm all for supporting anything that promotes how flexible work can beneficial for  businesses as well as employees.  So I loved hearing about Powowow now launching another initiative promoting flexible working. I have been working "flexi" or "part" or "compressed" time for the best part of seven years.  I have constantly been called "lucky", even as … Continue reading Does part-time equal smarter working?

Award winning, sounds good doesn’t it?

Buckinghamshire Business Awards 2016 Thinking back to January, one month into the job and it was time to complete an award application for my  new client.  What a quick way to "on-board"!  It meant spending time with the team understanding more about the business and poring over strategy presentations. At my last job, I was with the company over ten years … Continue reading Award winning, sounds good doesn’t it?

Hurrah, football is on the telly 24/7…

...I really really really don't like football. No really, it's not (just) because I'm Scottish and my national team doesn't feature.  It's not because I lived in Glasgow for years and witness plenty of sectarian clashes.  I just don't really get it.. Anyway, I digress, the real reason I am delighted, is that I have … Continue reading Hurrah, football is on the telly 24/7…

Keeping it fresh and learning about digital

Recently as part of my work with a current client, I was able to attend several short training sessions hosted by Bucks Business First and delivered by the wonderfully dry Nigel Temple. Its 9 pm on a bank holiday, the shopping has just been delivered and its time to write another blog.  Nigel suggested starting to … Continue reading Keeping it fresh and learning about digital