About Me

So, where to start…

Creative  minded. Spiritually inclined. 30 Something…

I was born and brought up in the city of London but I relocated to Leicester (for love) back in 2016. 

A Psychology graduate who in my early career worked predominantly in schools and in the community to empower and offer support to people with disabilities, Digital Marketing found me back in 2009, when I least expected it, and I have been creating content (See my Blog Post ‘5 Things you didn’t know about me) and marketing it online ever since.

In London, my Digital Marketing role involved working for large retail brands with extensive funds, so when I moved to Leicester, my attention moved to those with smaller budgets.

Spending time with a variety of businesses and hearing about the challenges that they face and then encouraging and motivating them to find creative solutions to their Marketing blocks is what drives me. My passion for Digital Marketing is based on the theory that ‘You don’t need to be a big brand to succeed in business, you just need to be a little creative and think outside the box’ and thats where I come in! 

Since leaving my full time job, I have conducted a number of 1:1 Coaching sessions with small businesses (See my Blog Post ‘1:1 Coaching, Aura by Sidhi’) and small group workshops, which was actually more like fun (See my Blog Post: Social Media Work(Fun)shop’)

Ok enough about me…

But if you are itching to learn more, you can find out about my professional background (It’s pretty interesting) via LinkedIn here. And if you want to step into my personal life,  follow me on Instagram @thoughtsmarketinglifestyle

For questions or enquiries, email me on info@renuravalia.com for more information.

 

Social Media Consultancy for a Law Firm

Poonam approached me with an exciting project. Working for a well established law firm in Leicester called Thankey Mahet Legal, she was keen to learn more about how her and the team could utilise Social Media to grow the business. She came to me wanting a new strategy but had limited knowledge, she wanted to understand more about Social Media Marketing specifically for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the channels the business were currently using.

What is most interesting about going into businesses and working with a whole team, is it gives me the opportunity to stress that in order for a business to succeed on Social Media, it needs to be a team effort, this also makes it more successful because each person then feels more involved and responsible for the growth.

As each session is bespoke, this one lasted 2.5 hours and covered everything from Content Inspiration to Best Practice. My advice included a list of ways they can raise awareness and help to promote their expertise online and also offline. I absolutely love going in and consulting with businesses who realise the importance and potential of Social Media.

This was the feedback from Poonam about the session:

‘We are currently assessing our digital marketing strategy and realised that we don’t have one. I was a little bit reluctant in booking someone to come in and help us with this as I didn’t know whether we would learn anything new or useful. I found out about Renu Sabnani Ravalia through social media and felt that she might by the type of person to help us out. Renu came to our office with an outline of things to discuss in line with a questionnaire that I filled in beforehand.’

‘Renu was very personable and gave us so many ideas to enable us to move forward with our digital marketing. She helped us understand how to use social media for our business and how easy it can be. I am so glad that we booked Renu to come to our business; the ideas and strategies she gave to us will enable us to move forward with raising our profile to develop the company. She taught us ultimately, it is really is a team effort!’

‘Thank you so much Renu and I look forward to working with you again in the future.’

About 1:1 Business Consultancy

Each session and content is tailored around the business needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning and overall Digital Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

 

1:1 Coaching, House to Home by Leena

Leena first came to me back in November wanting help marketing her Interior Design Blog, her second session was focussed more on getting the hang of WordPress, a platform I have been managing for 9 years.

Every 1:1 session is written based on the goals and Leena’s were very specific:

1) Advice & suggestions for website layout
2) Linking Social Media Channels
3) How to market blogs and advice on WordPress features such as tags, categories and SEO
4) Other advice and guidance on how to manage her blog

The session included ways she could improve the blog including suggestions of how to make it more user friendly. We looked at inspiration for topics of blog posts including advice on her writing style and best practice. We finished with a clearer idea of what she needs to do to grow the blog and how to do it.

Leena said the following about the session:

‘Renu has offered a wealth of information and experience when we’ve had our social media sessions. As I am new to maximising the potential of social media, Renu has provided useful tips and tricks on how I can make the most of what I am doing to make it count for me and also my followers. Being a mum and still working full time, I need to be able to do things that are efficient as well as work for me rather than against me and my business. By having Renu’s expertise I’ve made small changes which have been so useful in moving my business forward in the social media space. I hope to implement more of Renu’s tips in the year to come so that I can take my business to where I’d like it to be.’

About 1:1 Coaching

Each session and content is tailored around the individuals needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning, SEO and Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

 

 

3 Questions you should be asking yourself when creating content

The days have gone on Instagram when you can post a photo, put a short description, a few hashtags and see your engagement flurry, well unless you are a big brand with thousands of followers.

Apart from things like timing which is of course an important thing to think about and using certain # to help target your audience.  You need to be thinking about what you are posting and ways in which you can be adding value to your audience if you want to see positive growth.

There are 3 questions I believe you should be asking yourself when you are about to post an image but firstly, I think the process of sharing an image should start by putting yourself in your customers position, would you like this post?

– Are your posts adding value 

– Are your posts sharing your personal opinion 

– Are you solving problems for your customer 

Still need some help with content creation? Need some inspiration and yo understand how to create a clear strategy with some good exmaples? Get in touch on info@renuravalia.com and let’s have a chat!

 

 

 

1:1 Coaching, Aura By Sidhi

Sidhi from ethnic jewellery brand Aura by Sidhi came to me with a desire to improve her Social Media Marketing knowledge. Launching her business in mid 2018, she knew there was more she could be doing to market herself better but was confused about creating a good strategy and also ensuring she was targeting the right client profiles.

Her main goals for the session were based around growing following on Facebook & Instagram and grow her brand awareness. After an audit of her channels, we did some brainstorming and looked at ways techniques for growing following, content inspiration and did some extensive work on Hashtags. She left with a clear strategy and a plan for immediate action.

Sidhi expressed how much she enjoyed the session and you can find her feedback below:

‘Thank you so much for the wonderful session yesterday. Before have a 1:1 session with you, I was really confused about my jewellery brand and the effort I have been putting into building my brand name, if it was right for the business or not. Before our session, you had done some good research about my brand and what I needed to improve to build brand awareness and reach my ideal clients, you guided me in the best way. The words like strategy and ideal clients always confused me and you me me understand them really well. Whatever confusion I had related to social media you made all my queries easy to understand. I am very happy I took this session with you and am really excited to work with you on my brand. Thanks for you help. You are really good at your job. PS. I should have come for a 1:1 session before starting my brand.’

About 1:1 Coaching

Each session and content is tailored around the individuals needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning, SEO and Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

Free Social Media Apps I love!

There are a few apps I absolutely love to use on a regular basis, these really help me to create my Social Media posts and also help me to organise my feed, below are three of them that I believe are 100% worth downloading and playing around with.

  1. Planoly Absolutely love Planoly, this app allows you to plan, manage and schedule your Instagram posts. I use the free version which allows you a limited amount of uploads each month and 1 user but as I grow, I would 100% pay for this app. It is brilliant! Alternative app: Later
  2. Adobe Spark – My second favourite app and great if you are in the service industry like me. I use this to create my own image content which allows me to keep my content unique and fun. Alternative app: Canva
  3. Moldiv – Moldiv is another firm fav! For my business, I choose not to do collages but if you are a brand that sells multi products, moldiv is really handy photo editor app and something I used when I worked for my last employer.

4 Business Tips every entrepreneur should learn

A few weeks ago, I took to the road to attend an event in Loughborough hosted by the Leicestershire & Rutland Property & Lifestyle magazine The Whistle. The talk was centred around ‘Building a brand in a Social World’ and featured three entrepreneurs talking about their brands: Made in Chelsea celebrity Jamie Laing & his business partner Ed Williams discussing their confectionary brand Candy Kittens. Owner of local Leicester based clothing brand Just Hype Liam Green & Peter Watson, public speaker & owner of Digital Marketing Agency Distract.

When I lived in London, I rarely attended events like this but since working for myself, they drive me and inspire me, so I am always excited to see what advice I can get from other entrepreneurs. The event was brilliant and very insightful (it also included free Pizza & drinks) and left me with quite a bit of food for thought (Literally). Although I can’t recreate every aspect of the fantastic event, I did want to share a few business tips from the evening with you all. So here goes…

‘Keep lots of lists’ – Liam Green

When Just Hype owner was asked how he manages his time, his advice was to keep lots of lists. It sounds pretty simple but when you are running your own business, everything becomes a priority so its important to keep lists to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Follow Just Hype on Instagram here
Follow entrepreneur Liam Green here

‘Talk about what you are going to do because people will slowly understand your brand’ – Jamie Laing

Before Candy Kittens launched, Jamie had already visualised where the brand would go and was talking about it like it already existed. The more you talk about your brand, the more people will be able to connect to it and understand it. I have realised this through personal experience too, it’s ultimately about believing in the brand.

Follow Candy Kittens on Instagram here 
Follow entrepreneur Jamie Laing here

 

‘If you help someone, they will buy from you. If you sell to them, they will ignore you’ – Peter Watson

It was Peter Watson from Distract that said this and what this really comes down to is adding value. If you can include helping in your business strategy, the likelihood is, you will remembered, appreciated and are more likely to be recommended which in the long run will lead to sales and of course positive business growth.

Follow Distract on Instagram here
Follow Entrepreneur Peter Watson on Instagram here

 

‘Attention to detail. Make the brand stand out’ – Ed Williams

‘Think big. Persistency is key’ – Edward Williams

Candy Kittens was created to challenge the big brands in the confectionary world. Gourmet sweets made with quality ingredients in beautiful packaging. Neither Jamie nor Edward were put off by the competition.

The above two business tips were mentioned by Edward Williams and having my own business, I think they are essential to remember. If you can do something better than the others and you are confident in your abilities, then there is no competition and success is inevitable, just make sure you pay attention to detail and think big!

Follow Candy Kittens on Instagram here 
Follow entrepreneur Edward Williams  here

3 ways with Hashtags on Instagram

Social Media Marketing

One of the best ways to increase your following on Instagram is to be savvy with your Hashtags but what’s the most effective way to use them? Here are 3 ways to help you create a successful hashtag strategy for Instagram and see a positive increase in your following:

1. In your post description

A 2014 Instagram study by Simply Measured reported: Posts with at least one hashtag average 12.6% more engagement.

Instagram allows you to use 30 hashtags, although I wouldn’t advise using all 30, making sure you utilise hashtags is massively important if you want to grow your following on Instagram, just remember to strategic about the hashtags you use to ensure you are attracting the right audience!

2. In your stories

I love stories, a place where I can post everything about myself as a brand. Unless you make them an Instagram Highlight, stories only last 24 hours so to make sure these are seen, don’t forget to add hashtags. You will be surprised how many more views you can get if you remember to always hashtag your stories.

3. To find like minded people

Part of your strategy should always be to connect with like minded brands but where to start? If you search for hashtags relevant to your industry and the follow them (another new addition for 2018), you’ll be surprised what you might find, not only inspiration but also an easy way to see what others within your space are doing.

 

 

 

SEO: The Basics

I have spent a lot of my time working on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). With a small budget, it can really be the driving force for bringing traffic to your website, so it is 100% worth spending a little time working on SEO. If this is something you are not familiar with, here is a very brief explanation of SEO.

SEO is the process of optimizing your website to ‘rank’ higher in search engine results pages, therefore increasing the amount of organic (or free) traffic that your website receives. 

There are two types of SEO: On page/Onsite SEO and Off Page/Offsite SEO.

ON PAGE SEO

On page refers to your page copy i.e. Meta Description. Page Title. Alt Text. Heading Texts. Before looking at working on this type of SEO think about what key words you want to be optimised for. This should always be the first step to creating your SEO Strategy.

To win on page, make sure your pages are well structured (Making sure you use Headings H1 and subheadings H2) and use specific keywords (to avoid google getting confused about where to send traffic to). Also ensure every single page has:

  • Alt text
  • H1 & H2 (heading texts)
  • Page title
  • Meta description
  • Keyword within the content

OFF PAGE SEO

Off page refers to creating an online and offline footprint away from your website. This is done through creating back links to your website from Social Media, Articles, Blog Posts, Discussion Boards etc. If you have valuable back links, google will know that you have great content that will add value to your audience, so you’ll rank higher.

To win off page you want  to link internal pages using the keyword that best defines that page and remember, the more relevant or legitimate the website your back links come from, the better you are likely to be ranked. If your ready to take the next step and build a strategy around your SEO, then Moz have a great article with lots more detail. You can read it here.

To Summarise

SEO is an ongoing process and requires time, so remember to be patient. And a few final words…

1. The first part of your SEO strategy is to decide which keywords to rank for, be specific, start with a broad list, and then whittle it down using Google Keyword Planner.

2. Once you have your list, keep a record of the keywords you are optimising for and where you rank and keep visiting these keywords so you have visibility of your position.

2. To remain at the top of the page, make sure your also use these keywords within the content on your website including in your blog.

3. Also work on getting quality inbound links. For example: By Guest Blogging for a website or working with trusted digital influencers.

4. Analyse and monitor. Monthly analysing will help you to change your strategy if things aren’t working, so stay open to change.

Digital Marketing Consultancy – FU Media

Once in a while, I am approached by businesses to help them with their Social Media Strategy. At the end of last year it was a local media company.

FU Media got in touch as they were looking at how they could improve their strategy. FU Media run 2 magazines in Birmingham and Leicestershire: DLuxe Magazine & Sixty9 Magazine, both of which are purely print magazines. Founder Kevin was keen to understand more about how the magazines could be taken online and how Social Media could help support its commercial growth.

I sat down with the Digital Marketing team and we started with brainstorming questions to help differentiate the 2 magazines, their audience and their goals, we then explored the following:

–  Ways of improving the content on their Social Media channels
–  How to improve engagement on Social Media
–  Examples of how they can make website and website content more appealing & user friendly
–  How better to use emails post events

A session like this really opens up businesses eyes on how they can move the brand into the online space and acts as a great foundation for building a digital marketing strategy.

This is what Founder, Kevin Urquhart had to say about the session:

We had the pleasure of working with Renu recently when she hosted us for a morning session that looked at our social media strategy and how we can further improve it.

Throughout the entire process, Renu was approachable, interested, engaged and keen to help us create real, impactful changes to our social content and engagement. Her training session was informal, yet packed full of observations (she’d done her homework) and suggestions which we’ve since put into action.

Would I recommend her? Absolutely. I think too many of us are ‘busy’ doing social media, yet few are analysing and planning to maximise each post. I’d suggest you do this now before your competitor has the same ‘lightbulb’ moment.

About 1:1 Business Coaching

Each session and content is tailored around the business needs giving a really bespoke service. I cover a number of Digital Marketing services including Social Media, Blog Inspiration, Content Planning, SEO and Digital Marketing Strategy. All content is received by the business so they can refer back to it at anytime and they are sent a clear action plan to help them prioritise. The sessions have been created to be affordable with maximum value. Whether its a skype call you need or face to face interaction, why not get in touch. Contact me on info@renuravalia.com to find out more.

Distract share 3 Business Growth Trends for 2019

2019 is literally around the corner, so it’s a great time to think about what to expect from the Digital Marketing world.

I asked Peter Watson, MD of Ditsract – Award-winning advertising agency to share his 3 top ways to grow your business in 2019 and here is what he had to say.

Summary: 3 Ways to grow your business

  1. Google Advertising – Still the the easiest way to get leads
  2. Personal Branding – People buy people, remember this when you are marketing yourself.
  3. Instagram Stories – The power of scrolling across as opposed to down