Monthly Archives: September 2016

Get Ahead VAArchives

Expert Showcase: How to use awareness days on social media

Here at Get Ahead VA our team includes experts in a wide variety of fields.  From Accounting to Admin, Hootsuite to Holiday cover, Email Marketing to Excel, our virtual assistants can add value to many aspects of your business.  Every month we deliver some of this expertise to you, with a series of ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide one of our social media management experts Jenny talks about how awareness days can form an effective part of your social media strategy.

Did you know today is IT Professionals Day, celebrating the contribution IT professionals make to modern business?  If you run an IT business, today could be a great day to spread the word about how your company can benefit and support others.

Awareness days can be an excellent reason to talk about your business online and an important part of your social media strategy.
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Meet the VA: Jenny

Meet the VA: Jenny

 

Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything. Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of the VAs who has over a decade of direct marketing experience:

Name: Jenny Serra

Area of expertise: Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design & Marketing

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I joined Get Ahead VA in October 2015 as I decided to take the plunge and leave my safe office job for a role that would challenge me and allow me to use all the skills I have gained over the years. Being able to work from home and be there for my young son when he comes home from school is also a huge benefit – and no more rush hour traffic jams to fight through either!

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA: I have worked for a direct marketing company for 11 years – starting as a Marketing Assistant before progressing up to Assistant Marketing Manager within a short period. I completed various roles within the company and covered everything from catalogue production, marketing reports, campaign management, new product development, proof reading and copy writing to photography – phew! I also gained my CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing and am currently completing a Graphic Design Diploma (which I love!).

Career highlight to date: Managing my first ever exhibition all on my own – everything from deciding on the venue, having a stand custom built and arranging the staffing. It was a fantastic challenge and, I’m pleased to say, a huge success!
Plans for the future: To continue working at Get Ahead, keep building my skills and have a better work/life balance. I am looking forward to using the time that used to be spent in the car travelling to the office to get some exercise and get out for a run instead.


If your business could benefit from help from Jenny or any of our other virtual assistants please get in touch on 01483 332220 or [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

The Secret To Effective LinkedIn Text Ads

LinkedIn can be an excellent marketing tool for your business.  From simply posting updates to sophisticated advertising campaigns, there are a number of ways in which you can harness its’ potential.

One way you can use LinkedIn in your social media marketing strategy is through Text Ads.  Text ads are a simple and easy way to get started with Linkedin advertising.  You can choose the audience you want to reach, easily create your own ads, set your own budget – without contracts or long-term commitments.  You only pay for the adverts that work – per click or per impression.

Text ads appear on the right hand side of a LinkedIn page and you can create them yourself using the step by step LinkedIn guide.
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Keep your business safe this ‘Business Safety’ week

This week is UK Business Safety Week.  Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association, this event is designed to highlight the help and support that is available to businesses from their local fire and rescue service.

The aim is to reduce the number of enforcement notices delivered to businesses and encourage them to make fire safety an everyday part of working life.

As a business owner you are constantly juggling.  With so many tasks fighting for your attention, fire safety can seem like a lesser priority.  But nothing should be more important than protecting your staff, buildings and resources.  The good thing is that there are lots of organisations ready to help.
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We are celebrating! Finalist in National Business Award

Get Ahead VA selected as a finalist for mumandworking National Business Awards.

We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2016 mumandworking awards in the Flexible Business of the Year category.

The national mumandworking awards celebrate and showcase the exemplary businesses, individuals and associates demonstrating that family-friendly, flexible working ‘works’ – benefiting parents and children as well as businesses and the UK economy.  We have been selected as a finalist in the Flexible Business of the Year category, in recognition of our active promotion of exceptionally family-friendly and flexible working for our team.

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We are celebrating! Finalist in National Business Award

Get Ahead VA selected as a finalist for mumandworking National Business Awards.

We are delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2016 mumandworking awards in the Flexible Business of the Year category.

The national mumandworking awards celebrate and showcase the exemplary businesses, individuals and associates demonstrating that family-friendly, flexible working ‘works’ – benefiting parents and children as well as businesses and the UK economy.  We have been selected as a finalist in the Flexible Business of the Year category, in recognition of our active promotion of exceptionally family-friendly and flexible working for our team.

Our Founder  Rebecca Newenham said: “We are thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for these awards for the third year running.  We were very lucky to win the award back in 2014 and are hoping that 2016 will be able to match that success.  The fact that we have consistently impressed the judges year after year is a testament to our flexible working model.  Over the years our team has grown, with more and more virtual assistants able to complete interesting work for amazing clients from the comfort of their own home and around the demands of their families.”

The awards ceremony takes place next month on October 11th in London with a VIP celebratory reception.  Judges and speakers include Sarah Willingham (as seen on BBC’s Dragon’s Den), Caprice Bourret, Susannah Schofield OBE, Julie Baker, Head of Enterprise, Business Banking, NatWest and Debbie Bird from media partner Now Baby.  Nearly two hundred finalists, judges, press representatives and VIP guests are expected to attend.  We are looking forward to the event and keeping our fingers crossed it will be a successful night.


At Get Ahead VA we provide a nationwide virtual assistant service with the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses need in the 21st century, digital economy.  We love to take on the tasks our clients don’t have time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do.

To find out more about how we can help please get in touch on 01483 332220 or visit www.getaheadva.com.  We pride ourselves on being the staff our clients don’t see, but the difference they do.