Get Ahead VA Blog

How to keep learning for free!

We all know that in small businesses every penny counts.  Sufficient cash flow is vital to make your business run effectively.  Adequate funds to pay your bills and invest in your business are critical.  But when it comes to investing in your business there are so many demands.  From money for marketing, PR and social media, to new technology, premises or stock, the ‘wish’ list can seem endless.

In this ‘How to’ guide one of our virtual assistants Kimba talks about how something like training doesn’t have to demand cash from your business, due to the wide range of free online training courses available.

Training for yourself or for your staff can easily be put to the bottom of the ‘to-do’ list.  But continuous professional development (CPD) is vital to ensure that you continue to stay at the top of your profession and deliver real value for money for your customers and clients.

In some industries such as accountancy, this CPD is non-negotiable.  It has to be completed in order to maintain your accredited status.  For other industries it can seem a nice to do.  But in this digital age, training doesn’t have to take up a lot of your hard earned cash.  There are lots of online resources that will only need an investment of your time.
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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

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:  Graphic Design & Marketing (more…)

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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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.

Meet the VA: Isil

Isil Simsek has a degree in Economics and has spent many years in the retail sector as a buyer. She trained as a social media marketer in 2015. She has been working with small and medium sized businesses helping them grow their online communities, increase brand awareness and social conversions.


If your business could benefit from help from Isil or any of our other VAs please get in touch on 01483 332220 or [email protected].

 

Expert Showcase: What is Tweet Jukebox?

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 marketing and social media experts Kimba talks about a lesser known Twitter tool – Tweet Jukebox and how it could be a real asset for your business.

Many people have regular content that they want to send out to their Twitter audience, but we all know that not every Tweet gets read by every one of your followers.  By tweeting links to your website content or blog posts on a regular basis you are giving them the best chance to be read by the widest number of people.  But scheduling tweets on a regular basis can be time consuming.  You need to remember when the last time you scheduled it was, so that you don’t become too repetitive.  The free app Tweet Jukebox can do all of that for you, maximising the penetration of the content you have spent time (and/or money) developing.

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Meet the VA Jayne

Jayne | Business Development & Account Management

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 loves the flexibility of working with Get Ahead VA, using the skills she gained through a career in Business Development:

Name:  Jayne Hooper

Area of expertise: Business Development & Account Management (more…)

Our top 3 Social Media websites

Social media is an ever changing world.  Just like content marketing and SEO, regular algorithm changes and app developments mean that what you found highly effective one day can suddenly find you at the bottom of the pile the next.

Keeping up to date with all the changes is difficult if you are not a social media expert.  Most of us are busy doing our day jobs, constantly juggling to get as much done as possible.  We simply don’t have time to read up on everything.  However, there are a few websites and newsletters which can help you keep up to date with the constantly evolving social media industry. 

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LinkedIn: What is a showcase page?

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 Showcase pages.  Showcase pages are an extension of your Company page and are usually used to represent a brand, business unit or company initiative.  They are designed to build up a long term relationship with followers of the page, so are not suitable for short term marketing campaigns or events.

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