Monthly Archives: March 2017

Get Ahead VAArchives

How to use icons in your business

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 VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.  In our Expert Showcase series our team 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 marketing and social media management specialists Jenny talks about how you can use icons to boost the visual impact of your marketing – both on and offline:

As consumers, we are bombarded with marketing messages every day.  Our phones receive marketing emails, texts and even calls wherever we are.  As soon as we log into our social media accounts we are bombarded with sponsored posts and ‘suggested’ updates.  Our brains are firmly on overload.

So as a business, how do you cut through all that clutter and ensure that your marketing messages do get through?

Graphic design can be a really effective tool, providing visual impact.  Icons are an important part of the designer’s toolkit which can add an identity to your marketing messages and bring them together to reinforce their impact.

An icon is a small picture that represents a topic, information category or programme.

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Meet our VA: Kathy

Kathy | PA & Admin

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 our VAs who has worked for a variety of major blue chip companies as well as setting up her own business from scratch:

Name: Kathy Horne

Area of expertise: PA/Admin – a Microsoft Office Guru!

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I joined Get Ahead VA in March 2012. I had recently started my own business and was looking for some extra income from a flexible role that could tie in with this.  I met Rebecca Newenham, founder of Get Ahead VA at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We used to work together about 15-20 years ago so there was a lot of catching up to do. Rebecca told me about Get Ahead VA and it seemed to be the flexible working solution that I was looking for so I joined the following week. (more…)

Meet the VA: Charlotte

Charlotte | Blogging and Copywriting

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 our VAs Charlotte who loves creative writing and blogging about a huge variety of subjects:

Name: Charlotte Buchanan

Area of expertise: Blogging and copywriting

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I joined Get Ahead VA in 2013. It seemed like a great opportunity to increase the variety in my writing and I find it’s really encouraging and supportive to be part of a team too. (more…)

Expert Showcase: How to run your first MailChimp email marketing campaign

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 VAs can add value to many aspects of your business.  In this Expert Showcase series our team deliver some of this expertise to you, with ‘How to’ guides to help you get the best bang for your buck in your business.

In this guide one of our digital marketing specialists Carrie talks about how you can get started with your first email marketing campaign to grow your business:

As a small business money for investing in marketing is always tight.  Every penny is scrutinised and potentially one straight out of your back pocket.  But the good news is that there are lots of free tools that can help you market your business effectively.  Mail Chimp is one example of a free tool which is simple and easy to use and can get your started with communicating with your customers by email.

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Client Focus: Driven Woman & Miisa Mink

Here at Get Ahead VA we are privileged to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers.  All of our clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business growth.  They recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time.

Following on from International Women’s Day earlier this week, our client interview this month is with highly successful business woman Miisa Mink.  Miisa supports other women in business through her international networking business Driven Woman.

Here is 60 seconds with Miisa who was ready to hand over some of the day-to-day tasks in her business, so she could focus on new development opportunities:

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Celebrating successful women on International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.   This year’s theme is all about change, calling on everyone to #BeBoldForChange and help forge a better working world which is more inclusive and gender equal.

Here at Get Ahead VA we are passionate about the achievements of women in the workplace.  Our business was founded by a woman and the vast majority of our team of highly experienced virtual assistants are women.  We are also lucky to count a number of highly successful women amongst our clients.

Stories of Success:

To mark #IWD2017 we share 3 stories of successful woman who have been bold and changed their lives for good:

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Client Focus: SNS Building Products

Here at Get Ahead VA we are privileged to work with a wide variety of clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers.  All of our clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business growth.  They recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our clients SNS Building Products Ltd who came to Get Ahead VA in need of a speedy sales solution:

What situation was your business in when you came to Get Ahead VA? Unfortunately a member of staff had just left due to ill heath, leaving us in a situation where we needed to fill a business development role very quickly.  The role involved getting appointments with key decision makers to maintain growth and strengthen relations with existing clients.

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