How to Hire a Virtual Assistant Quickly and Efficiently


Somewhere in cyberspace (or maybe through a friend’s recommendation) you stumbled upon the term Virtual Assistant.  It sounded intriguing so you did a little research.  The more you read, the more you realized that this could be a fabulous solution for you.  You decide it’s time for you to hire a Virtual Assistant.  Then you get stuck.

How do you find one?  What kind of VA do you need?  How much is this gonna cost?  How do we communicate?  How does this all work?

Well let’s start at the beginning. Before you even begin the process of hiring a Virtual Assistant there are a few things that need to be worked out first. Read more of this post

3 Ways to Avoid Social Media Burnout


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Well, if your a big fan of Twitter, Facebook and MySpace then you already know in order to use them effectively as a social media marketing tool, you have to stay on TOP of your game and keep a routine going to get you the best exposure and reach, to build your credibility and relationships.

3 Ways To Avoid Social Media Burnout… What Is It?

Have you ever spent a TON of time organizing your social media profiles, adding new website URL‘s, and making sure that your able to reply to just about everyone that either reply to you or send you a email? Then, you already know how TIRING it can be trying to keep up to the point you just want to turn off the computer and get back to it later… That’s social media burnout 😉 Read more of this post

Why Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Social Media Marketing?


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What makes social media networks such an unavoidable part of your online business? When YouTube first came out with the idea of sharing videos, experts wrote it off by saying, “who would spend his time to upload videos and share it with others”. This happened with most of the now popular social media sites.

Businesses like yours, who understand and appreciate the importance of social media networks and its benefits often fail to make the best use of it, thanks to the other complex and more important activities of your business. Most businesses start-off with planning promotional activities on social media networks but seldom stick to those plans and leave the job undone and finally either end-up underplaying the importance of it or ignore its huge marketing potential for the time being.

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Outsourcing For Maintaining a Quality Presence on Facebook, Twitter and Social Media


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There are many ways social networking can help your online marketing strategy for your business website. The only way that social networking works for marketing, however, is if it is kept up constantly, including up to date Tweets, fan pages and social and business page updates, within the social media you are using. This takes quite a bit of work and time, especially if you want your fingers in as many social network pies as possible. This is where the expertise of an independent contractor or virtual assistant can really help you.

A virtual assistant for your social networking has several advantages to consider when you are using social networking for your online marketing. First of all, your virtual assistant can keep up with all of the social networking. You can have your assistant post updates on Facebook, do tweets, tweak pages, and spread the word around about the social networking aspect of your business. Although individually these things don’t take a lot of time, when they have to be done several times over many sites, it can eat up quite a bit of your day you could have been spent on something else for your business. The correspondence with fans and interested people takes up a lot of time, especially once you get popular which is of course the goal of business pages within social networks. Read more of this post

Social Media Best Practices – 11 Tips


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1- Be cordial and courteous. Remember, the aim is to be social. Treat your virtual pals as you would treat those you have face-to-face contact with. Don’t be sarcastic or a smart aleck in your tweets and posts.It does come through to the reader. Also, don’t type in all caps. Not only is it hard to read it comes across as shouting and no one likes being yelled at.

2- Do submit original content. It’s all well and good to share interesting content from others that’s worth sharing but ever so often make it a point of duty to put together and share something original. Not only is it a great way to promote yourself its helps your credibility and if your content is really good, others could potentially see you as a thought leaders or expert.

3- Participate actively.Don’t be shy! Get out there and participate. Share insightful thoughts and give well-spirited, constructive criticisms. You see a great post or article, let the submitter know how much you appreciated it. Comment on blogs, post to forums, submit articles to ezines, produce compelling videos and have fun while doing it all.

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Your Social Media Checklist for 2011


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If you haven’t already, now is a critical time to get your social media (SM) checklist going, reviewed and implemented to make your 2011 a successful networking year.

So many things change in such a short amount of time, so it’s hard to keep up with everything. However, if you want your business to be successful, there are certain areas within SM that you should take note of. Sometimes, not everyone will have time or understand all these areas, therefore, many people will need a social media virtual assistant to help.

Here is a detailed SM check-list of things you or your virtual assistant should cover:

Marketing Overview:

? Create and carry out a plan to syndicate your articles
? Create and implement a plan for all marketing strategies and campaigns
? Run split tests on all of your marketing campaigns and view results Read more of this post

How to Avoid Hiring a Bad Virtual Assistant for Social Media Marketing


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If you are like most people, you’ve encountered a nightmarish virtual assistance that was “dedicated” to helping you with your task. While you will find that you do end up with some quality individuals, others will offer you low quality work, abuse the accounts you give them access to and could ultimately have your own social media accounts banned.

Before you know it, all the hard work you put into your items is undone by this single individual that abuses your trust. So how do you avoid hiring this bad virtual assistant for your social media marketing?

The first and most important thing you can do is to know exactly what you are looking for. Many people don’t put too much thought into the process and assume that every virtual assistant is the same. While some might excel at handling simple tasks, they might not be able to handle tougher assignments. Be sure you review all that this individual can do for you, before you settle into a decision. Read more of this post

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