So, what exactly IS social media anyway?

January 14, 2011

Are you at a loss when someone asks if you have a social media marketing plan in place?

What exactly IS social networking anyway?

I can answer those questions for you. Social Media is any type of communication that takes place on a “social” networking website. There are many social networking sites but some are definitely more popular than others such as Facebook and Twitter. A marketing plan is one in which you decide the what, where, and when you will “communicate” about your business online.

Creating such a plan will help you stay on track; and will help make sure you are set up on the best possible path to success.

The first step to take it so review your company or what it is you are trying to “sell” and figure out what the best websites are for networking in.

The second step is to create your accounts and have them set up appropriately. Include as much information as possible when creating your accounts and profile or page information. The more information a potential client has the less time it will take for them to decide if you or your product is best to fit their needs.

The third step is to begin adding as many contacts as possible and you should start with your own friends and family and expand from there. People who know you personally can vouch for you and will often times refer you along to others.

The fourth step is to begin “communicating” on these sites. This can include anything from telling others about you or your product to just posting something about how your day is going. People want to see they are dealing with real people and they can see this just by reading about you or your day. They will remember someone they relate to more than they will rememer some company they have no connection to.

Make sure you know how often to communicate and stick to it. Some people post once a week and others once a day. Just do it often enough that your clients remember you exist!

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Interesting WebSites

January 14, 2011

Virtual Assistants need lots of resources to access during their assignments. Sometimes the resources are online and othertimes they are in the way of people or books.
Here are some websites I have found useful and maybe you might as well:

  • Project Management Tips go HERE
  • Website building help go HERE 
  • Blog building tips go HERE
  • Virtual Assistant Chamber of Commerce go HERE
  • Virtual Assistant HUB go HERE

If you are thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant yourself you can check out books, take classes, and do research online. Currently you can obtain a certificate or other types of designations to help you make yourself trustworthy and show you are serious about the business. Try looking in places like the library or your local college to get more information or visit one of the VA sites listed above.

Best of luck to you in the future if this is what you pursue and perhaps we can work together from time to time.


Just getting started…

January 14, 2011

So this site is about up. I will continue updating as time goes forward. I initially created Real Girl Virtual Assistance as a school project but have decided to continue with it in real life.

 
Who am I? Try checking out my page that is about me and you will find out.
I have many other interests though besides just doing Virtual Assisting. I have recently created a blog / site that is a weekly scrapbooking contest. I had the idea many years ago but really just never knew where to go with it. I follow quite a few blogs that are mainly for couponing so I had the idea for this one. Many years ago I had watched an Oprah episode that showed a lady who always won contests. I began entering all sorts of contests, mostly online. I won small items here and there, never any real big one. So I am just combining a few ideas I put together and hope to make it work. The idea is to eventually be asked to do scrapbook product reviews and to be able to offer the products for giveaway. A lot of bloggers I follow do that but with everyday item products. I think this could take off if I get enough interest.