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  • Giving Thanks to Your Virtual Assistant

    Virtual Assistant Networking Resources » The VA Blog
    Tawnya M. Sutherland
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    When was the last time you gave a BIG THANK YOU to your Virtual Assistant? Being it is the holiday season to give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives, I thought I would give thanks to my VA too! THANK YOU Danielle Beauchemin of Proactive VA!  Without you in my life my business would not be as successful as it is today. Want to show your VA how thankful you are for their services? Bring a smile to your Virtual Assistant’s face and share the special infographic below with them to thank them! (I created this cool infographic using a template from this new INFOGRAPHICS PRODUCT I…
  • There’s No Need To Be Perfect

    Virtual Regeneration
    Kristi Pavlik
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Saw this on someone’s Facebook page this morning.  I think I may print this and have it so I see it every day as a reminder.  
  • Question How do you set standards for new demanding client?

    Virtual Assistant Forums
    VaVaVirtual
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    We have a potential client looking to start with us in January. It is going to be a lot of work 30-40/month. He comes recommended from our client that we love, which is why we are moving forward with him, however; we do have some reservations. We had a call with his most recent VA and it seems as though he hovers a lot, micromanages and is a bit brusque which is not ideal at all since we don't really have any clients like that. How do we kindly set the standards of how we work with him up front to hopefully eliminate these particular items mentioned above. We would rather set the tone up…
  • How to easily find customers on social media

    Alicia Cowan
    Alicia
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve narrowed down your ideal client or group of people you would love to work with. You’ve figured out where they are online. The next step is showing them how you can work with them and why they should choose you! Yes, regularly sharing updates on your social media profiles or in your chosen online forums is one way to get seen. It’s vital to get your key messages out there reaching as many people as you can. But, the Dine N’ Dash isn’t going to work Dine N’ Dash def. In which a patron orders and consumes food from a restaurant or similar establishment, then leaves without…
  • VA Chronicles: Do You Have What it Takes to be a VA?

    Pepper Virtual Assistants
    Pepper
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Today we’re wrapping up our series on VA Chronicles and we’d like to send a special shoutout to our Pepper virtual assistants for sharing their time and experience with us! Over the past weeks we’ve looked at the lessons our VAs learned from their clients and how they handled work-related challenges. Our pool of VAs is a mix of seasoned ones and newbies. They each have specific tasks and work with different clients. We know that being a VA takes a lot of talent and skill. So we’re concluding this series asking our VAs, “What Does it Take to Become an Effective VA?” Ability to work…
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    Virtual Assistant Networking Resources » The VA Blog

  • Giving Thanks to Your Virtual Assistant

    Tawnya M. Sutherland
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    When was the last time you gave a BIG THANK YOU to your Virtual Assistant? Being it is the holiday season to give thanks for the wonderful things in our lives, I thought I would give thanks to my VA too! THANK YOU Danielle Beauchemin of Proactive VA!  Without you in my life my business would not be as successful as it is today. Want to show your VA how thankful you are for their services? Bring a smile to your Virtual Assistant’s face and share the special infographic below with them to thank them! (I created this cool infographic using a template from this new INFOGRAPHICS PRODUCT I…
  • Feeling Lonely and Isolated Working From Your Home Office?

    Tawnya Sutherland
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Working from home as a Virtual Assistant can sometimes make you feel lonely or isolated. No doubt about it! It’s quite different from working in a corporate office environment (that’s for sure) and can be quite a shock to your system when you first start working from home. It’s hard NOT TO MISS how socially engaging it was working around people where you could actually: Roll your chair around to talk to the co-worker in the cubicle behind you to ask them how to freeze panes in an Excel file. Meet up in the lunch room to chat about the holiday party at the end of the…
  • Does Your Email Inbox Make You Swear #%$&! Too???

    Tawnya Sutherland
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have you ever thought that managing your email feels like more of a burden than what it’s worth? I know I have thought that and many days just felt overwhelmed even considering looking at it! But here’s the truth: Email is a valuable tool that has actually revolutionized the way that we all work.  As a Virtual Assistant it is an important part of daily communication with our clients. Imagine trying to run your business without it?  When used correctly, email can be a terrific time saver and also a productivity tool. By following these tips you’ll learn how to manage your…
  • VA Templates, Checklists & Tools to Make You Shine!

    Tawnya Sutherland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    The Fall season is creeping upon us and we all know what that means… SCHOOL STARTS! AND educational training isn’t just for our children … We should be continually educating ourselves on a consistent basis as well so that we can stay on top of everything going on in the Virtual Assistant industry. Education can bring us new revenue streams by teaching us new ways of making money in our service based business. SO to get things rolling for you in that area… I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to one lucky person to apply to some cool NEW Virtual Assistant…
  • 10 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can REVOLUTIONIZE Your Business

    Tawnya M. Sutherland
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    For those of you who are still in the dark, a Virtual Assistant, or VA, is an executive level, administrative professional who works from his/her own office to support clients using some of the latest available technology. The Internet has brought many skilled professionals out of the corporate environment and back into their homes, enabling them to create a better work-life balance, while still performing in the roles they love. The VA is one such professional. Working from their home-based offices and making use of the Internet, telephone, fax and email, VAs are able to offer small and…
 
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    Virtual Regeneration

  • There’s No Need To Be Perfect

    Kristi Pavlik
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Saw this on someone’s Facebook page this morning.  I think I may print this and have it so I see it every day as a reminder.  
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Kristi Pavlik
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
  • Honoring All Who Served!

    Kristi Pavlik
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    To all those who have served, and all of you who are still serving, we here at Adonai Business Solutions say THANK YOU!
  • Reminder to Set Your Clocks Back 1-hr

    Kristi Pavlik
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is probably my favorite day of the year – I get an extra hour of sleep! Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1-hr tonight before you go to bed.  
  • Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

    Kristi Pavlik
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    To all my Canadian friends, whom I am so thankful are in my life…..
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  • Question How do you set standards for new demanding client?

    VaVaVirtual
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    We have a potential client looking to start with us in January. It is going to be a lot of work 30-40/month. He comes recommended from our client that we love, which is why we are moving forward with him, however; we do have some reservations. We had a call with his most recent VA and it seems as though he hovers a lot, micromanages and is a bit brusque which is not ideal at all since we don't really have any clients like that. How do we kindly set the standards of how we work with him up front to hopefully eliminate these particular items mentioned above. We would rather set the tone up…
  • Question What would be a suitable discount to new clients + referral bonus for source?

    VaVaVirtual
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    We are in the process of landing a major deal with a client and would really love some insight. A client of ours who is somewhat of a 'celebrity' in her field of work has recommended our services to a organization that has 800+ members. The organization wants to market our services as a member benefit because they feel that not a lot of them know about VA work and could really utilize it. We anticipate about 15-25% of the members moving forward with this (huge!) but need to develop an attractive introductory offer + referral bonus for the organization bringing us the client. The organization…
  • Rosetta Stone

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    18 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Hello ladies and gents I just bought two different languages from Rosetta Stone for $189 & $164 both are levels 1-5. I've attach two links for those interested and I am not an affiliate just thought that this would be beneficial since the 5 level languages are usually $500 before tax. * disclaimer *** the sale price is suppose to be $199 but their seemed to be a bit buggy that's how I got both two different price. https://secure.rosettastone.com/us_en_store_view/checkout/cart/…
  • What Should I Write in My Proposal?

    VAF Newsbot
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Every proposal submitted in response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) should be customized to the potential client’s (PC) needs.... Click to read the rest of this post and comment at the VAF Community Blogs. VAF Community Blogs: yet another great feature to help you to make the most of your membership. Start your own blog now!
  • Question 1ShoppingCart training

    latuel
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    I want to learn 1ShoppingCart to add to my skills/services list. I know there is a free trial of the software but I was hoping some of you will have some suggestions on other places I can go for learning 1ShoppingCart. Thanks.
 
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  • How to easily find customers on social media

    Alicia
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    You’ve narrowed down your ideal client or group of people you would love to work with. You’ve figured out where they are online. The next step is showing them how you can work with them and why they should choose you! Yes, regularly sharing updates on your social media profiles or in your chosen online forums is one way to get seen. It’s vital to get your key messages out there reaching as many people as you can. But, the Dine N’ Dash isn’t going to work Dine N’ Dash def. In which a patron orders and consumes food from a restaurant or similar establishment, then leaves without…
  • Insider secret! The system I wish I’d had when I started business blogging

    Alicia
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    There’s one system I wish I’d set up when I started blogging over 5 years ago. In that time I’ve written more than 200 articles about using social media, modern marketing techniques and email marketing to produce healthy growth and profits for small businesses and solo workers. Plus, I’ve written about systems, processes and mindset that help make the day-to-day of running a small business easier. Because it’s hard work creating a business you love that doesn’t take over your life! My greatest passion in work is putting solo workers in control and empowering them with the…
  • Help! How do I grow my email list?

    Alicia
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    You’ve done the work. Created a juicy free something of value to grow your email list of willing subscribers. Maybe a downloadable how-to guide series of educational audios free mini session discount code Your call to action is proudly displayed on your website encouraging sign ups. You’ve written the welcome email and tested the customer journey. You’ve done all the background techy stuff in your email marketing software. Everything is ready to start collecting names and email addresses. But HOW do you actually grow your list? After all the effort you’ve put in you don’t…
  • No more excuses! Apply these accountability butt-kickers…

    Alicia
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Some things in business are easy. The things we’re really good at. They’re the reason we walked the path of self employment in the first place. Our creative genius. The spark. Our flow. We can do it with our eyes shut. It’s magical. Then there’s the other stuff… That which overwhelms us. Makes our eyes glaze over at the slightest thought. We’ll tackle any other task but THAT one. We’d rather Dust every inch of the house Wash the car – inside and out until it sparkles Sort emails into folders to reach coveted inbox zero And do it willingly. Bursting with pride at our…
  • 7 Creepy Business Mistakes You Could Be Making (& How To Avoid Them)

    Alicia
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    Woah! Running your own business can be like a wild journey on the ghost train: exhilarating, fun and sometimes freakin’ scary! There are trap doors and spooky surprises around every bend. As you take each step with nervous trepidation, who knows where they will lead? No fear! I’ve picked a lucky number 7 of the creepiest business mistakes and explain how to avoid them. Read on and take action so that your journey to success will be thrilling (in a good way). 1. The Hall of Mirrors – Comparing Yourself To Competitors Worrying about what your competitors are doing and how you…
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    Pepper Virtual Assistants

  • VA Chronicles: Do You Have What it Takes to be a VA?

    Pepper
    28 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    Today we’re wrapping up our series on VA Chronicles and we’d like to send a special shoutout to our Pepper virtual assistants for sharing their time and experience with us! Over the past weeks we’ve looked at the lessons our VAs learned from their clients and how they handled work-related challenges. Our pool of VAs is a mix of seasoned ones and newbies. They each have specific tasks and work with different clients. We know that being a VA takes a lot of talent and skill. So we’re concluding this series asking our VAs, “What Does it Take to Become an Effective VA?” Ability to work…
  • How to Effectively Measure Facebook Engagement

    Pepper
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    Today we’re continuing our series on measuring social media where we’ll look at the biggest and still leading social network—Facebook. With 1.35 billion monthly active users to date, Facebook is instinctively the first social media channel that marketers latch on to. Facebook has practically covered everything when it comes to reaching your target audience. From the launch of that cover photo to recommended ads or related posts, they have made social media marketing relatively easy at first glance. Except that it’s not. Reaching your audience is not the same as engaging your audience.
  • Measuring Social Media

    Pepper
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Social Media still remains as the top tactic used by B2B marketers in their content marketing. In the 2015 B2B Content Marketing Benchmarks and Trends report released by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), it showed that 92% of B2B marketers use social media followed by e-newsletters, articles on their website, blog, and in-person events as the platforms landing on the top 5 slots. However, measuring ROI is the main struggle of B2B marketers with only 21% of them saying that they are successful in measuring the outcome of their efforts. You won’t experience the wide reach, increased…
  • VA Chronicles: Managing Mistakes and Handling Conflicts

    Pepper
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    We all have committed work mishaps at some point in our career. It’s one of those things that makes us learn the most memorable lessons in the workplace. Mistakes and conflicts force us to eat huge portions of humble pie to rectify the mess we made. On a positive note, it makes us better team players as we learn to pay more attention to our superiors and teammates. It also molds our character in more ways than one. Let’s face it, it’s not easy to admit that we’re wrong and it’s not enjoyable to redo the work we thought we did right. Then again, that’s all part of the job. No one…
  • Yes, we’re still hiring!

    Pepper
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    The year is almost over and unlike most companies that are holding out on recruitment, here at Pepper WE’RE STILL HIRING! That’s great news for smart individuals like you and a growing business like us. We’re excited to add more talented individuals to our dynamic team in Davao and we hope you’re one of them! We’re looking for team players who are driven, willing to learn, have good communication skills, and hardworking. We need a VA extraordinaire, a VA who handles numbers with ease, and a VA who speaks IT lingo. Check out our job openings below and see if you’re the one we’re…
 
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    Riolan Virtual Business Solutions

  • Marketing en Linkedin: 4 Respuestas a posibles preguntas que te habías hecho

    Edna Campos
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Edna Campos ¿Alguna vez te sentiste invadida por preguntas sobre tu Marketing en Linkedin? En LinkedIn, tienes en tus manos, una vasta red de profesionales con quienes puedes relacionarte por muchas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 10 artículos más populares de marketing digital en el blog

    Edna Campos
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Edna Campos   Qué rápido se me pasó el año… Llegamos al último mes de un gran año de cambios para mi como emprendedora online. Algunos de los expertos que sigo muy de cerca y cuyos blogs... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • La simple guía para ahorrar en Cyber Monday

    Edna Campos
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Edna Campos Ya casi estamos encima del día Cyber Monday otra vez, ¡qué rápido! Qué es Cyber Monday Cyber Monday es un término de marketing internacional que define al Lunes siguiente al Jueves de... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cómo hacen marketing las mujeres emprendedoras modernas

    Edna Campos
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Edna Campos En años recientes, el internet ha cambiado el mundo del marketing. Las mujeres emprendedoras de hoy no pueden continuar utilizando las mismas técnicas que les dieron resultados en el... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Qué es un coach y porqué contratar uno si quieres hacer crecer tu negocio

    Edna Campos
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Edna Campos Es bastante sencillo comenzar un negocio online. Creas tu página web, promueves tus productos o servicios, realizas marketing básico, y con esto, puedes traer clientes en un período... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Your Virtual Assistant: Providing Virtual Services to Small Business Owners

  • Virtual Assistants Apply Now: Bookkeeper Needed

    Michelle Mangen
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    My business is growing and I’ve reached the point where I can no longer grow unless I add team members. I’m looking to hire a subcontractor to help with my clients bookkeeping work. I need someone who is fully versed with Quickbooks Online and has a solid background in bookkeeping as I don’t want to [...] Related Posts: 10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Freshbooks Duct Tape Marketing Bookkeeping Packages Harness Technology to Simplify Your Business Bookkeeping Only $37 to Hear 20 Speakers at Virtual Assistant Conference Powered by Contextual Related Posts The post Virtual…
  • Modeling The Behavior You Want To See #FordDriveSafe

    Michelle Mangen
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    In my last post I mentioned how I wonder how many “life lessons” my 17 year old son has picked up from me, especially when it comes to safe driving. I’ve been watching the videos (and taking the quizzes) over on the Ford Driving Skills For Life website. I don’t know how many pre-test questions [...] Related Posts: The Things I Think About: Parenting and Safe Driving… Text Smarter with Verizon Messages #VZWbuzz How Do I Become a Virtual Assistant? You Can Upgrade Your Smartphone More Frequently With Verizon Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Review #VZWbuzz Powered by…
  • Are you an expert in the Virtual Assistant field? Here’s how to tell (Part 2 of 2)

    Michelle Mangen
    13 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Last time, we talked about how to tell if you’re an expert in the Virtual Assistant field. Today, I’m sharing a few more reminders that you may already be an expert VA: You regularly receive comments from those reading your VA business website, your blog, your e-newsletter and your other marketing vehicles that they felt [...] Related Posts: Are you an expert in the Virtual Assistant field? Here’s… What comes first: Your blog or your website? Do Virtual Assistants Need Press Kits? Struggling With Copywriting? Helpful Hints for Virtual… Blog Copywriting Don’ts for Virtual…
  • Are you an expert in the Virtual Assistant field? Here’s how to tell (Part 1 of 2)

    Michelle Mangen
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    Positioning yourself as an expert in the Virtual Assistant field can be very good for business. Can you call yourself an expert? Here’s a checklist to help you answer that question. You know you’re an expert when: You are informed and up-to-date when it comes to what’s going on in the Virtual Assistant field and [...] Related Posts: Are you an expert in the Virtual Assistant field? Here’s… What comes first: Your blog or your website? Do Virtual Assistants Need Press Kits? Blog Copywriting Dos for Virtual Assistants And Their… Struggling With Copywriting? Helpful Hints…
  • The Things I Think About: Parenting and Safe Driving #FordDriveSafe

    Michelle Mangen
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    My regular readers know that I typically don’t talk about regular “life” stuff on my blog. Most of my life is kept in boxes – a box for business, a box for home, a box for parenting, etc. and I try to keep them as separate as possible. For the past three months the boxes [...] Related Posts: Modeling The Behavior You Want To See #FordDriveSafe How Do I Become a Virtual Assistant? Featured Virtual Assistant | Deb Lamb @urevrythngsvcs of… Text Smarter with Verizon Messages #VZWbuzz How a Cyberstalker Made Me a Better Person Powered by Contextual Related Posts The…
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  • See Why Virtual Assistants are Indispensable

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    Owning and operating a scalable business takes a team to fortify the back end, the daily routines, the foundational systems and processes, let alone the everyday task of social media. After you’ve done it all yourself day after day and you’re ready for a business lifeline, take heed of my client’s advice to other business owners and start-ups. Cultivate the business mindset for growth and profit. You don’t have to go it alone, nor should you. Humbled and honored by a client’s written word, I’d like to share his opinion about our long-time valued partnership. Besides transcribing…
  • Winning Service Wins Clients

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    Earning a new client takes hard work, effort and a real understanding of their needs and desires. A couple of posts or knowing your own value isn’t enough. You need to actually demonstrate your expertise, gain trust and validate your ability to solve their most pressing problems. SERVICE versus SERVICES Your service, not services is one of the key factors that can be your unique selling proposition. Your competitor may sell the same widgets, but it’s YOU who has the opportunity to capture your audience and offer something exceptional and distinctive. Be compelling. Putting an end to their…
  • Tips to Successful Communications

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    Successful relationships are launched with open and honest communications generating not only trust but a comfortable safety zone for conversation. You can’t build a foundation with silence or filtered information. It doesn’t work. Of course you don’t want to harm feelings or be politically incorrect but if you choose to zip the lips, then you are doing a tremendous disservice to both yourself and the other party. Misinformation, resentment or incorrect assumptions may end up taking a leading role because you did not voice your opinion. In valued relationships, whether professional or…
  • Do Less Achieve More

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Do more –achieve more is a recipe for exhaustion and collapse. And you are probably tired of being tired right? Doing more does not make you more productive or efficient. In fact, the more that you heap onto your plate, the less you are able to effectively manage. Your proficiency decreases. Identify the essential and eliminate the unnecessary. Learn to think creatively to find more effective ways of getting things done is nothing new- work smarter, not harder. Putting in laborious hours into your day doesn’t necessarily equate to powerful payoffs of valued activities. Just think of…
  • The Power of Social Proof

    Ace Concierge | Virtual Assistant
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Online success isn’t just about generating rich, relevant content and being on social platforms. While all that creates the basic foundation for success, you need to build your relationships and nurture your network. [Tweet “Your community is your greatest asset; your megaphone of social proof.”] Social proof, also known as informational social influence, is a psychological phenomenon where people assume the actions of others in an attempt to reflect correct behavior for a given situation. This effect is prominent in ambiguous social situations where people are unable to…
 
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  • Consumers to Businesses: “Nothing Personal, It’s Just Business”

    Dwayne
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Consumers today mean business, especially when it comes to customer self service. In fact, the modern digital consumer wields enormous power and has very clear expectations about how businesses should deliver customer service. Some consumers are quite vocal if they endure a poor customer experience, but perhaps the most concerning for businesses are the vast majority of consumers who say nothing at all. The effect of the latter will ultimately be felt in declining loyalty, and an erosion of repeat business and new sales – If customer service is lacking, consumers will simply take their…
  • IntelliResponse Joins [24]7 for Smarter Virtual Agents

    Dwayne
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Virtual Agent Chat | Dec 16, 2014 The post IntelliResponse Joins [24]7 for Smarter Virtual Agents appeared first on .
  • Webinar: Empowering Self-Service Channels with Virtual Agents and IVRs

    Dwayne
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    LIVE WEBINAR: Empowering Self-Service Channels with Virtual Agents and IVRs Wed, Dec 17 @2PM ET REGISTER NOW! It’s no secret that organizations are still struggling to consistently provide customers with the right information at the right time, regardless of the interaction channel. Complicating matters, the level of sophistication required to serve customers continues to grow. For example, customers expect organizations to be able to pick up where they left off on another interaction channel. Fortunately, today’s self-service solutions can help. Join IntelliResponse and NICE…
  • Behind the [24]7/ IntelliResponse Cross Border Acquisition

    Dwayne
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Customer Experience Report | Dec 10, 2014 The post Behind the [24]7/ IntelliResponse Cross Border Acquisition appeared first on .
  • The Online Customer Service Manifesto

    Dwayne
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
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    Practically Perfect PA

  • Menzies Hotel, Glasgow

    Practically Perfect PA
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    Along a short stretch of Argyle Street, one of the bustling river facing streets in Glasgow, you find several large well known hotels and one maybe not so well known one: The Menzies Hotel Glasgow. Menzies Hotels are a privately owned company with a portfolio of twelve quite different UK hotels. Within the group there are country and coast hotels and the odd golf hotel for good measure. However it was the prime city centre Glasgow hotel which we visited in August 2014. Glasgow in general and this hotel in particular is a jump off point for travelling and visiting the rest of the West of…
  • What is happening with Practically Perfect PA in 2015

    Practically Perfect PA
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Well firstly I just wanted to say what a year 2014 has been! Thank you to everyone that has read Practically Perfect PA over the last twelve months. I hope you have all enjoyed the posts and will stick around next year! We have some very exciting plans in the  diary for 2015 and I want to share them with you today. Practically Perfect PA The website has gone from strength to strength this year. We have increased the number of blog posts and will continue to publish around four per week, each themed around the following areas: Career development Key skills Events Office politics Working…
  • Networking with ACE Connects

    Practically Perfect PA
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Back in November I had the pleasure of speaking to 50 assistants who were attending a networking event organised by ACE (Assistant Community EMEA), an internal networking group set up by assistants at BlackRock. I must say I was completely bowled over by the event, which is not something I have often said about networking events for assistants! The event, entitled ACE Connects, was organised by assistants for assistants which meant that a lot of thought had gone into the structure of the session. Each assistant from BlackRock had been asked to invite an assistant from one of their…
  • Technology of the week: Expensify

    Practically Perfect PA
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    What is Expensify? Expensify’s moto is “Expense reports that don’t suck!” Founded back in 2008 Expensify have a number of features that make processing expenses easier. What does it do? There are a few different elements that make up the Expensify website, here are just a few features Expensify enables users to import expenses directly from personal and corporate card transactions Users can take pictures of their receipts via a mobile phone using SmartScanning. SmartScan inputs the receipt information, then matches the receipt to the expense, eliminating any manual…
  • Hutong, The Shard, London

    Practically Perfect PA
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Prior to moving out of London I was living in a house in Wapping. From my bedroom window I had direct views out to the Shard and over the years I watched Europe’s tallest building grow and grow until it was finally opened to the public in summer 2013. By that point I was living in Barcelona, eating a lot of tapas and enjoying the Gaudi architecture. Nevertheless, I had been hearing from ex-colleagues and friends that the new restaurants in the upper levels of the Shard with their interesting cuisine and spectacular views were worth a visit. So when I was asked this summer whether…
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  • Best Virtual Assistant for Your Business

    Janet
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Too many hours at the office? Ready to let go and hire someone to lighten your load? Many successful business owners use the services of a virtual assistant to bring them relief from spending too much time on repetitive, mundane tasks. Read the following tips for finding the best virtual assistant for your business. With […] The post Best Virtual Assistant for Your Business appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Online Tool of the Week- FreshBooks

    Janet
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve always been a fan of desktop timing applications – and I’ve tried many. I had a favorite, though, until two weeks ago. It was a Friday, and I noticed that there was an update available. So I decided to update the application. That was the right thing to do, right? It was a big […] The post Online Tool of the Week- FreshBooks appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Creating Evergreen Content

    Janet
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    As the name suggests, evergreen content is timeless and lives on long past current event posts. Its goal is to outlive current trends that will eventually dwindle down with time, and timeless content requires little or no updating. How do you go about creating evergreen content? If you have a few blog posts that bring a […] The post Creating Evergreen Content appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • Online Tool of the Week – Evernote

    Janet
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week’s online tool of the week is Evernote. This is a great tool many business owners use for organizing, storing data, collecting information, and collaborating. Your notes can be kept private or shared with others. Tags can be added to make searching easier. It’s easy to work online or offline knowing that what you […] The post Online Tool of the Week – Evernote appeared first on JG Assistance.
  • The Anatomy of a Great Blog Post

    Janet
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ahh the perfect blog post. Content is king, right? Yes and no. We hear it over and over, but content alone is not enough. You need to dig deeper if you’re looking to write blog copy that gets your reader’s attention. It’s  important to create content that will catch and keep your reader’s attention. Anything […] The post The Anatomy of a Great Blog Post appeared first on JG Assistance.
 
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  • How To Price Your Virtual Assistant Services

    Reese
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    **You can highlight any sentence in this post to automatically tweet it. Go ahead and give it a try. I dare you.** One thing that I talk about over and over with my tribe of virtual assistants and my private coaching clients is the issue of rates or pricing. Pricing your VA services takes a lot of […] The post How To Price Your Virtual Assistant Services appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • How To Not Suck As A Virtual Assistant – Dos & Don’ts

    Reese
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:19 am
    **You can highlight any sentence in this post to automatically tweet it. Go ahead and give it a try. I dare you.** I wanted to name this post “why most virtual assistants suck” but I didn’t, because well…THAT would be insulting but it would have been appropriate considering the conversation I had a few weeks ago. […] The post How To Not Suck As A Virtual Assistant – Dos & Don’ts appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • It’s Time You Start Dressing The Part

    Reese
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:06 am
    **You can highlight any sentence in this post to automatically tweet it. Go ahead and give it a try. I dare you.** You  know the cliché. Dress for success. My mom has been pounding that in my brain for as long as I can remember. She’s THAT lady who no matter what put’s her face on, does her […] The post It’s Time You Start Dressing The Part appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • You’ve Got To Cut Your Teeth Before You Make It

    Reese
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
      There is a saying about cutting your teeth in business. You’ve got to go through the struggle and put in your time in order to get what you want in your career. Have you ever wondered how I built my virtual assistant business and became successful in the first year? I cut my teeth […] The post You’ve Got To Cut Your Teeth Before You Make It appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
  • The Key To Running A Successful Virtual Assistant Business

    Reese
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have you ever said that “every business owner is my target market”? As virtual assistant coach I’ve heard it a lot and when I do, I cringe. It may seem that if you cast a wide net you’re likely to catch more fish but the opposite is true.  When you market your services to everyone something very unfortunate […] The post The Key To Running A Successful Virtual Assistant Business appeared first on Reese Ben-Yaacov.
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  • Christmas Gift Ideas For Entrepreneurs

    Emma
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Christmas is only a few short days away and if you still have presents to buy, the panic might have started to set in. There are always a few people who are difficult to buy for, and in between meetings and phone calls you’re racking your brain on what you can buy – sound familiar?...  
  • 5 Apps That Help You Manage Your Money Over the Christmas Season

    Emma
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but it’s also an expensive one for your business and personal life. Purchases here, packages there; your bank account will take quite a few hits over the weeks leading up to Christmas, leaving many people feeling a little overwhelmed as they try to keep track of where their...  
  • 5 Apps That Are Your Social Media’s Best Friend Over Christmas

    Emma
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sleigh bells will soon be ringing and in the lanes snow will be glistening (we hope, anyway!), which means Christmas is nearly upon us. When you’re a business owner, this time of year is one of your busiest and can raise the stress levels ever so slightly as you try to get everything done in...  
  • 7 Apps to Turn Your Phone Into The Ultimate Business Toolkit

    Emma
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    When you travel frequently for business, there are many things it’d be great to do ‘on the go’. Sending emails and creating documents aside – which phones and tablets are great for – the powerful technology we carry around with us is no longer just a communication device. Even five years ago, phones weren’t capable...  
  • 6 Ways to Ensure Your Website is Ready for the Festive Season

    Emma
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    With Christmas shopping in full swing, hopefully you’ve been working on a holiday strategy for a few months and much of your planning is now being implemented or is already in place. Christmas isn’t a good time to leave anything to the last minute or presume something will work as normal; the added holiday traffic...  
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  • 3 Clever Steps To Use Multiple Graphic or Pattern Sheets in Canva [VIDEO]

    Lillian De Jesus
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    When you’re using Canva, there are a variety of images you can start off with to complete your own creative personalized image. You can use photos, which happens to be my favorite especially for quotes on social media. However there are times where a graphic catches my eye and I NEED to use it. Then I realize the one graphic I want is stuck with a bunch of other graphics on a sheet. Some stock websites like GraphicStock call them patterns. Basically it’s one sheet that has multiple graphics on it. This is what a graphic or pattern sheet looks like: Now if you’re just learning about…
  • 5 Tips to Finding Your Ideal Business Coach

    Lillian De Jesus
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Now that the year-end is here you’ll start seeing a number of articles of goals for next year and how they fit in your overall business plan. I’ve really thought about my goals and I found in order for me to look forward to my goals, I have to look at what worked for my business this past year. What was the HIT or MISS of my business? One item that sticks out more than anything that was a huge HIT was my business coach. Surprisingly I have found that if I didn’t have a business coach, I’d still be floundering and wondering what I was doing wrong. It’s funny because when I started as…
  • 5 Easy Tips To Becoming A Better Typographer With Canva

    Lillian De Jesus
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:53 am
    Canva has been doing wonders with their new Design School and providing teaching materials people can use hands-on. Typography is quite effective with business materials such as your website, newsletters, and social media graphics. It all makes a difference in providing that good emotional feel. Think about it… when you see Apple products do you think they pair fonts willy-nilly without any type of strategic plan? Believe it or not, typography makes you feel a certain way. You can like, love, hate, or BUY with just the look of a typeface. I did receive a lot of questions about…
  • Why Is Typography Important For Business

    Lillian De Jesus
    8 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Have you ever come across a graphic, website, or even an email that was hard to read? Having an ideal typeface for your designs is quite important. Matter of fact it may contribute to your conversion rate on your website and an overall emotional feel to your readers. First of all we have to talk about something that’s a bit controversial. Quick Vocabulary Lesson & History Let’s talk history and what typography is. Do you know the difference between a font and a typeface? After really looking into this matter, the differences have really been mixed up due to old school typography…
  • How to Create Social Media Graphics with Canva

    Lillian De Jesus
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    You ever make a graphic for your Twitter posts and see that your image is chopped off in the stream? A head is chopped off and you may see a couple of words that make no sense. Yes, people who see your post can click Expand and they can be enlightened with your amazing graphic then. However would they even bother to hit Expand? Canva makes it so easy to create a Twitter post, Facebook post, or Pinterest post. They have their ready-made templates custom sized so you won’t have to worry about heads getting chopped off. Although they don’t have a template design for Google+, the…
 
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  • Christmas Gift Ideas For Entrepreneurs

    Emma
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:34 am
    Christmas is only a few short days away and if you still have presents to buy, the panic might have started to set in. There are always a few people who are difficult to buy for, and in between meetings and phone calls you’re racking your brain on what you can buy – sound familiar?...  
  • 5 Apps That Help You Manage Your Money Over the Christmas Season

    Emma
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:28 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but it’s also an expensive one for your business and personal life. Purchases here, packages there; your bank account will take quite a few hits over the weeks leading up to Christmas, leaving many people feeling a little overwhelmed as they try to keep track of where their...  
  • 5 Apps That Are Your Social Media’s Best Friend Over Christmas

    Emma
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sleigh bells will soon be ringing and in the lanes snow will be glistening (we hope, anyway!), which means Christmas is nearly upon us. When you’re a business owner, this time of year is one of your busiest and can raise the stress levels ever so slightly as you try to get everything done in...  
  • 7 Apps to Turn Your Phone Into The Ultimate Business Toolkit

    Emma
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    When you travel frequently for business, there are many things it’d be great to do ‘on the go’. Sending emails and creating documents aside – which phones and tablets are great for – the powerful technology we carry around with us is no longer just a communication device. Even five years ago, phones weren’t capable...  
  • 6 Ways to Ensure Your Website is Ready for the Festive Season

    Emma
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:18 am
    With Christmas shopping in full swing, hopefully you’ve been working on a holiday strategy for a few months and much of your planning is now being implemented or is already in place. Christmas isn’t a good time to leave anything to the last minute or presume something will work as normal; the added holiday traffic...  
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