Things to remember when writing you Instagram bio

A common problem businesses have is not having a bio that represents themselves well enough, in fact some don’t write one at all and I believe this is because either they don’t know what to write OR they don’t realise how important it is

Your instagram bio is the first thing a customer will see when they go to your profile. It is a chance for you to sell yourself and describe more about your business! To help do this, common questions I ask clients to think about are:

  • What is your product/service
  • What makes it special
  • What makes your different

If you can summarise these – you can create a bio that will help attract your ideal audience. 

Blogging tips for the non creative

I have been writing blogs for the last 10 years, for myself personally and also for businesses, it’s one of my specialities alongside Social Media. I recently had a session with a law firm (Learn more here) who really made me value the importance of sharing the difference between blog posts and traditional articles. It is not something I had thought of but there is definitely a notable difference. Bearing this in mind and realising that others may face the same problem as the firm I worked with, here are a few tips to help you improve your blog post writing.

  • Keep sentences and paragraphs short
    Short Sentences will make the post easier to read. Paragraphs should also be short and sweet. The shorter the paragraph, the more likely you are to keep your readers attention. 
  • Use Imagery
    Using images to break up your content will keep your reader engaged and interested. Another tip is to number or add bullet points and subheadings – a bit like I have done here
  • Watch your word count
    A blog post is supposed to be shorter than a traditional article, try to limit your word count to 700-1000 words but make sure you include an introduction paragraph and a conclusion, so even if your audience don’t read the main body, they will get the gist of what you are trying to say.

Blog writing is supposed to be fun which means you can add a little personality to your writing. You don’t have to be an expert blogger to write blog posts, you just need to learn the basics and go for it!

3 stats that explain why every business needs to be on Instagram

I can’t lie, I am pretty much always on Instagram but if I wasn’t you would worry right? I have been coaching businesses for 9 months now and as I research brands, I still see so many businesses not using the channel to its top potential, if this sounds like you, here are 3 statistics that explain why you need to improve your relationship with Instagram.

  1. Instagram keeps growing and growing…

    In June 2018, Instagram reported to have over 1 billion monthly active users. This grew from 800 million in September, 2017 – Business.instagram.com

  2. Consumers are buying…

    72% of Instagram users say they have purchased a product they saw on the app – Jan 2019 – Website hosting rating

  3. It’s influencers preferred channel..

    78% of  Influencers prefer Instagram for Brand Collaboration – Emarketer

Got some questions about your business and how you can use Instagram to grow it? Get in touch on info@renuravalia.com

Leicester Fempreneur Community

Leicester Femprepenur Community Facebook Group 

If you are a Leicester based business owned by a woman and are keen to meet other like minded women to network with online, I have set up a Facebook group especially for you. The group is free to join and gives you a great opportunity to mingle with other women in the  area. To join the group, simply visit the linkhereJoin us on Instagram here.

 


Leicester Fempreneur Community Networking

 

As part of this community and understanding the importance of building relationships offline, each month, I will be a organising networking events. Each event will be at a different location around Leicester helping you to learn more about the local businesses of the city.

Tickets will always be limited and the amount of tickets available will change month on month.

To learn more about the March Networking Event taking place on Wednesday 20th March at The Pantry in Leicester City Centre and to purchase your ticket, visit here.

 


Get in touch 

If you are interested in either hosting an event at your premises, please get in touch by emailing me on renuravalia@gmail.com

 

Social Media Consultancy for a Law Firm

Session One – Digital Marketing Strategy 

Poonam approached me with an exciting project. Working for a well established law firm in Leicester called TML Solicitors, 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.

Bespoke Marketing Consultancy

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.

This was the feedback from session one with:

‘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.’

Session Two – Blog Writing 

As Poonam began to adopt all the techniques we went through during our first session which included adding regular content to the companies blog, she realised her knowledge was very limited when it came to Blog writing. I was called in for a second session to focus on the best practice around writing & marketing Blog Posts.

Once again, this time the session was 1.5 hours. The main aim was to help her understand how blog posts differ from traditional writing as well as how to be creative with her content and also clever ways of marketing the Blog Posts.

Feedback to follow…

I absolutely love going in and consulting with businesses who realise the importance and potential of Social Media.

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.

 

Marketing Coaching for businesses

Sometimes a business comes to me because they are in a transitional phase, they need some help with their strategy but they also need someone to come in and help them brainstorm ideas, offer suggestions and give them alternative ways of doing their marketing.

The session with Big Fish Tutors was really interesting, limited by time, the established tutor business came to me with lots of goals. Having goals for the session make it much easier for me to tailor it. The session was focussed solely around Facebook, a channel that they know works well for their target audience. These goals included:

  • Improving content on their Facebook – ways of making it more engaging and attractive  
  • Facebook Groups – how to create and grow these
  • Using Facebook as a marketing tool – ways of constantly adding value

The team knew exactly what would work and wouldn’t but they hadn’t thought about the ways in which they could present this, so my role was very much to help them see the strategy from a different perspective. It was to give inspiration and create a plan of action that was manageable, it was also to help them reflect on their current facebook strategy and suggest ways this could be changed.

One of the most interesting things about this session was the realisation that businesses often don’t think about how simple changes to their strategy can make an big impact on their business and it was my job to point these out. Having someone come in and lead the session allowed the team to think outside the box and what was evident was that they knew exactly what kind of content they wanted to create, they just needed a chance to discuss this out loud. Leading such session and showing businesses the vast possibilities is on of the reasons I love my job!

A truly eye opening session for me and the team at Big Fish, here is the feedback I got after the session:

‘I would like to recommend Renu Ravalia. We used her as our stepping stone into Social Media Marketing for our tuition company; to get to grips with what social media is all about and the steps we need to take before outsourcing it to another firm. Very affordable and such a babe.

Renu was really helpful in providing us with an insight into our business from a third person perspective – with a fresh and unbiased vision. She had done thorough research on our company beforehand and made us more self-aware of where our online presence is at the moment and how to develop this in the coming future. Thank you!!!’

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.

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.