7 Social Media Time Saving Tips

It’s so easy to get caught up with your social media, when you sit down to do some posting, you get carried away checking out what everyone else is up to on Facebook and Twitter, and then you wonder what you achieved in the last 3 hours!

I’d love to share my favorite time saving tips with you for your social media.

1)      Pick your platforms:

How many Social media platforms are you using currently? Which ones serve your business best?

2)      Plan your social media calendar:

Use checklists or planners to think ahead about monthly themes you can use for posts and conversation topics, thing about the following:

Seasons: How could your business tie in with seasons of the year?

Celebrations: Which celebrations are relevant to your business, eg Christmas, Easter….

National awareness days: Research relevant days and add them to your calendar

Routines: What routines can you create that your target audience will remember you for?

(e.g on Twitter – Follow Friday, Silent Sunday)

Could you create a special day for your followers each week?

National Press: What are the hot topics in the news this week, share them & get people debating them on YOUR page.

We’re going to be creating our own social media calendars at our next Empower session or join our Empower group to receive printable’s and further support

3)      Scheduling Posts:

Depending on how many social media methods you prefer to use for your business, there are various different options for scheduling.

Why Schedule? – How often you get caught up in conversations on Facebook that don’t benefit your business?

Scheduling posts will make sure that your time is focused, and effective in sharing your business messages without getting lost in the noise of other feeds. Scheduling software includes: Hootsuite, Tweet Deck, Buffer, Social Oomph, Tweepi, Social Flow, Sprout Social…

NB: When scheduling to your Facebook ‘fan page’. It is recommended that you do this within Facebook itself for the best reach, as some schedulers interfere with this. This is a topic in itself, please do connect with me for more info/training on scheduling specifically.

4)      Sharing & Engaging:

Make sure that your content is engaging. (Further information and workshops available on this)

If you are purely pumping out content that people aren’t engaging with, then this isn’t the best use of your time. Instead, build up to creating great posts that create a reaction from your followers.

Think about when it may be relevant for you to share other people’s posts on facebook, or to Retweet useful content from others? This shows you are reading others posts, and supporting them, think about the law of reciprocity. You may also find articles useful for your own audience that are worth sharing. – Think about affiliate opportunities here too.

5)      Results,

Notice what’s working and what’s not – Google Analytics, Facebook insights, Clout scoring, Hootsuite analytics are all different types of useful tools to do use.

6)      Role modelling

Who is achieving the results you want to see on social media, what are they doing well? What posts are creating lots of conversation and interest?

7)      Repeat – File with subject dividers, file on the computer with content to use again next year

If you would like to know more, or looking for specific help with your social media, contact me directly, or check out our Empower group for regular modules to help push your business forward, interviews and a members only forum to share knowledge and ideas.

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If Thoughts Become Things, Can You Think Your Way to Wealth?

41TMmQoxMbLYou might say “There is no simple way to wealth” could there be truth in the statement above?  I would like on encourage you to watch the movie called “The Secret”. It is really an eye opening experience and what I am about to tell you in this blog is just a small part of it. The movie covers a lot of different aspects but the plot can be said in very simple terms.

Whatever you focus on will come true for you. The key is for you to see the future in advance. Feel it like it has already happened. I am not saying that this is easy to do but if you can manage to, the outcome could be absolutely phenomenal. If you want abundance and you see abundance it clearly come your way then the concept is that your thoughts become things!

To see and feel the future in advance in not something that people normally do and that is why people often live the lives that they live – without abundance. If you spend some time listening to personal development coaches or you are attending seminars or reading books, you will know that everything happens in you mind. All the outer things are formed by how you picture them in your mind.

This might sound a bit strange to you at first but, have you ever misinterpreted another person’s intentions? Have you ever reacted in a certain way in response to the intentions that you though the person had? Maybe you got angry or you got sad, but in reality that was not the person’s true meaning and the feeling that you had was caused by your own interpretation and not by the actual person’s actions.

You can control your own mind and you can decide what you feel about anything that happens. You can decide to focus on all the bad and negative things and in return feel bad and negative about it all. Or you can decide to look for all the positive things that are in everything that happens and by focusing on positive and nice things you shift your mood to being positive and nice.

This is only a small part of the “thoughts become things” philosophy and there is much more to learn. The law of attraction can be an extremely powerful force if you know how to use it and apply it. Get the book The Secret or watch the movie. It is worth it.

I can help you with changing your mindset to choose what you focus on, and to form specific plans and goals to make the right steps towards your aspirations, just check out the coaching information or contact me if you would like to discuss different options, nothing is set in stone.

Have a fantastic week, and keep feeding your mind

5 Top Networking Tips

941585_10152331821800656_1167553044_nNetworking can mean different things to each of us, to some, the thought of networking is ‘New & Scary’. To others, its ‘Necessary & Formal’, to Me, Networking is Fun, welcoming, and supportive. I look forward to the network meetings I run, and it doesn’t even feel like networking, at times it feels like meeting with friends. Here are my top 5 tips to networking, to enhance your business:

1)      Be prepared. Know why you are there. Think about who you specifically want to connect with, why you are there. What is your outcome? Some people like to prepare an introduction that tells others about their business, some like to ‘wing it’. I’d say, speak from the heart. Engage people when you speak about your business, tune in to their problem that you have the solution to. Let me know if you would like some help with your introduction, it’s very easy to prepare.

2)      Enjoy yourself. Smile, and chat informally with people. Many people can become very ‘turned off’ by someone who simply talks about themselves and what they have to offer, I often like to ask lots of questions about the other person first, learn all about them, they will be sure to ask you too, and by this time, you know enough about them, to know if your business is relevant, or think of different things you may have to help them.

3)      Be you. I am sure you have heard the term ‘People buy from those they know, like and trust’. What better way to do business with people than to a build a lasting business relationship by getting to know each other first before we go jumping in with a formal sales pitch! Go regularly to your local networking group, so that people always know who you are, and they will come to you when they need your products or services, as they see you regularly.

4)      Take a note pad & Business Cards. Jot down names of the others at the networking meeting, as you may be able to refer them to another friend or colleague. This in itself is often a great way of networking, as the law of reciprocity means that the business you referred will be grateful of this, and keep you in mind for their friends and colleagues. Keep note of anyone you would specifically like to contact, make sure people get your business cards, but they know the person behind the card, as they could end up in another box or drawer or bin.

5)      Follow up. Make sure you book in some diary time after the meeting to follow up with the people you meet. Drop them a friendly message thanking them for the chat, remember to make it personal too, perhaps mention something about them from the conversation you had, to show how much you listened to them, and their needs. How can you make sure that they remember you for all the right reasons? If you do have a call to action, make sure you pop your link or website in your email, but remember this is the relationship building part also.

If you are nervous about networking, would like help with confidence, or getting the most out of your message and your time, drop me a line, info@tarrynhunt.com, I’d be happy to help you. Or join us at our Mums That Care online Success Club, where we share tips, tools, tutorials and interviews, about how to be the best you can within yourself and your business.

I also run a very friendly networking group called Networking Mummies Hampshire, we always welcome new members, so just let me know if you would like to join us, or take a look at our website with more info. We offer affordable workshops to boost your business too.

For Coaching and Mentoring, check out the options available, or ask me about building your own.

Have a great week!

To your success!

Tarryn x

 

Twitter Tips

Being as I am running a workshop tomorrow for Networking Mummies Hampshire, on using Twitter for business, I thought I’d dig out a few favorite tips for you ….

Are you using your profile & bio wisely? In addition to your own bio, Include links back to your website and facebook page. Key words about who you support and how and make sure your own name is in there too, so people relate to the human behind the business. Is your profile and brand consistent across all your social media accounts (facebook, twitter, you tube).

When sharing a blog, or interesting article, instead of just introducing it in a tweet, or repeating the title, why not use your tweet to ask a question about the blog, or share an opinion to invite people to engage with you, use your characters wisely !

Leave some extra space, aim for 120 or even 100 characters in your tweet to leave room for people to Retweet the message with their own comment also.

Let us know your top twitter tips to share with other Business Mums, and if you would like further support with social media, and boosting your business, check out our help for Business Mums ! CLICK HERE to find out more.

Have a great week

Love Tarryn x

 


 

 

 

5 Top Tips for Mothers Day

365 Quotes for Mums That CareMothers Day doesn’t have to be just about gifts, there are lovely gift ideas out there, and I would always recommend supporting local small businesses to find something unique, especially if they are mums in business ! How appropriate ! ;) When running Networking Mummies Hampshire, we always look to support each other when buying gifts, and even run a discount card scheme open to all to help you find that special something.

Mothers day gifts can come in other forms too, and here’s my top tips to make a special day for Mum ! ….

 

1) Sure, you can buy a lovely card, or you can make one, to give the extra special personal touch, Netmums is a great site with some card ideas and prints to colour.

2) Breakfast in bed… some little ones may need a little help, you’ll find so many different ideas if you google Breakfast in Bed for Mothers Day, pancake ideas, scrambled egg, continental, whatever you choose, Mum will love it, because you created it.

3) So… when Mum finally gets up after her lovely lie in ;) Have a think about what you want to do, meals out can be lovely, or just sometimes, can be very busy ! How about something different, a special walk out, a nature trail if the weathers nice, or if its still a little chilly, how about listening to Mums favourite Music, or film.

4) Treat mum to a foot spa at home, while popping on her favorite CD, you can create your own spa with a few simple products, click here for some product ideas.

5) Read together, spend some quiet time, there’s a good chance mum rushes around quite a bit, so how about spending some time together to read or generally relax.

Whatever you do, Mum will know how much you care !

Thanks for taking a few moments to read, have you seen our own Mothers Day gift idea ?

365 Quotes for Mums That Care  A special, and unique gift book that Mums will love, take a peek.

Please do share this post with your friends, or maybe even let your partner or children take a read if it sounds like the kind of treats you fancy this year ! ;)

Have a great week

With Love and Care

Tarryn xx

 

 

 

 

Guilt Free Networking for Mums

As some of you may know, I’m also the Branch Leader for Hampshire Networking Mummies, part of the Networking Mummies UK Ltd. We are an award winning networking group in Hampshire where Mums in business can come together, and support each other, share referrals  and grow their confidence in running a successful small business. Our Networking Coffee Mornings are Free, and Children are welcome into our informal settings. Today we ran a new style of Networking in Hampshire, called Guilt Free Networking. We ran the coffee morning at The Three Bears Play Cafe in Woolston. We welcomed many different businesses, run by fantastic Mums, who balance their business with their home life. This gave the opportunity to let the children play safely next to Mum, while she made new contacts, and created a support network to further her own business venture.

It was great to see regular members, Pauline Grant & Jane Corfe Utility Warehouse, Jane Rudd – Bizzy Bodyz, and to welcome new members – Julie McNaught The Prezzie Cake, and Anita Curran – Curran Bookkeeping just to name a few of our 20+ ladies who attended today.

Networking Tip: Follow up after the meeting, email your new contacts to say hi, to share your links, or to ask to hear more about their business, or in our case, we follow up within our Facebook support group. Click here to join us. (no membership or joining fees!)

Feb Guilt FreeBusiness Mum of the Month, Jane Corfe of Forever Living showcased her products, and we took the opportunity to network informally for the rest of the morning. Some Mums may lack confidence at the thought of a formal Networking meeting, and so the Play Cafe was the perfect venue to welcome those who are perhaps new to networking or returning after having children.

 

We also run affordable business workshops to help our Mums to increase their confidence and skill set to take their business to the next level. Our next workshop will be focusing on using Twitter effectively for Business. We have a few spaces remaining on Thursday 14th March 10:00-12:00 at The Eastpoint Centre, Southampton. Click here for more information.

Click here for a list of all our events between now and May.

Thank you for taking a moment to hear about us, and please feel free to share, we always welcome new members !

Have a great week,

With Love & Care

Tarryn x

P.S. Do you have a copy of my book ? Lovely Mothers Day Present, available from Amazon.

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Happy Valentines

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February is a strange month for me this year, as in a couple of weeks it marks the anniversary of an extremely difficult week personally, when I stayed at the hospital with my mum in her final week of life. An experience that I will continue to deal with for the rest of my life I’m sure, would I term it as a trauma, a loss, or a journey?

 

So for this month, I change the meaning of this difficult week ahead, and while valentines day marks one day to show how much we care about our loved ones, for the remainder of February, I promise to show all those people I love and appreciate, how important they are to me. As I change the meaning of the week in question, to one where I ponder on how grateful I am for my amazing friends and family, who mean the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each of you. You know who you are ! :)

I also make it a time of celebration for all we have, and the things my Mum and Step-Dad (Soulmates who are now reunited so I like to believe) would have been proud of, along all the memories we shared. We had our share of challenges too, of which I’ll be grateful for the learning, and with the amazing support of my wonderful Nan , all shaped me into who I am today.

Not everyone will celebrate Valentines, so I thought I’d set a little challenge for those who are, and those who aren’t.  Whoever you love.. (Partner, Mum, Dad, Sister, Friends, CHILDREN ! ) … Find a special way to tell them at least one thing that you value about them. Be really specific, what is it about this person or people that you value ? If you want to make it really special, Get creative with this, it could involve baking heart cookies with the kids and writing messages, anything fun you can think of,  why not continue this for the rest of the month. Just imagine how the person (or little person) feels on the receiving end.

What are you celebrating this month ? I’d love to hear from you ……..

 

 

5 Reasons To Blog

I’m so pleased to be returning to the blogging world after a long break due to challenges I’m sure I’ll write about someday soon, some personal, and some technological, but each one an important learning journey. So, it seemed right to raise the question, ‘Why blog?’ What a great place to begin my blogging journey again, why bother ? Is it worth investing time into blogging? In networking, and coaching others in small business, I am often asked these questions by Mums in business and Mumpreneurs. In my opinion, the answer is yes, most definatley invest time in blogging. You don’t even have to invest that much time if you get smart about it (see future blogs on this !) Here are my top 5 reasons why blogging is so important for small businesses.

  1. B.L.O.G – Better Listings On Google.

I have heard a blog termed as ‘Better Listings On Google’ A blog is a great source for your SEO. Search engines love blogs, so make sure you are using keywords and links effectively within your blog to drive more traffic and potential customers to your blog.

  1. Blogging helps you to position yourself as an expert in your field.

Writing about your niche, highlights your expertise in your area of business. You can provide top tips and tools for your target audience, or write about your own experience to support your ideal clients or customers journey. You can become the ‘go-to person’ for your audience, and they are likely to recommend you to others.

  1. Build Trust

People buy from those they know, like and trust. Through your blog, you can show the human side of the business. Make some of your blog posts personal and honest, people like to relate to the person behind the business.

  1. Expand your network.

Blogging will open up a new experience of networking online. Take the time to ‘like’ , share and comment on other peoples blogs, be social, you will find other bloggers around you are very supportive and there are so many methods for you to share your blogs and increase your online networking presence.

  1. Engage with your audience

Engaging your audience with your blog is key. Blogging is a two way platform. You need to invite your readers to engage with you, ask open questions within your blog to invite people to comment so that you can build new relationships with potential clients and customers.

These are just some of the reasons why blogging is so effective for small businesses. If you have any more reasons to blog, please leave us a comment, and better still, let us know your blog, so we may support you and come and read your blog posts too.

For support with your business blogging email: info@tarrynhunt.com

Thank you for stopping by.

To Your Successs

Tarryn x

 

A woman Should have….

Just going through my old blog and found this….

I love this poem by Pamela Redmond Satran:

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own even if she never wants
to or needs to…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her
dreams wants to see her in an hour…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a youth she’s content to leave behind….
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to
retelling it in her old age….
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …..
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black
lace bra…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who
lets her cry…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone
else in her family…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a
recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored…
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ….
a feeling of control over her destiny…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself..
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
HOW TO QUIT A JOB,
BREAK UP WITH A LOVER,
AND CONFRONT A FRIEND WITHOUT RUINING THE FRIENDSHIP…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
whom she can trust,
whom she can’t,
and why she shouldn’t
take it personally…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go…
be it to her best friend’s kitchen table…
or a charming inn in the woods…
when her soul needs soothing…
EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she can and can’t accomplish in a day…
a month…and a year…”

Here is a link back to my original blog when I first began blogging if you fancy a read !

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We’re Back !

After nearly a year, our blog returns ! Those of you who know me will know that the last two years have been interesting to say the least, with a host of personal and family challenges to overcome and adventures too. Last year, my site went down with a virus of sorts, and for many reasons, it stayed hidden for the best part of a year ! So, now I am delighted to return into the blogging world, and will begin by unearthing a couple of old blogs from way back in the beginning of my journey, before bringing you up to date, and the plan is, to give you a host of tips, tools and strategies in the future to design your best life in the way I can honestly say that I am now. What a great start to the year. ‘The Mums That Care comeback !’

To your Success

Tarryn xx