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 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!

 

 

 

3 Social Media Content Ideas

When I conduct a session one of the things I always focus on is content ideas, I constantly  find people getting stuck with what to post and my job is to be the fly on the wall and give them some inspiration, I often use themes to base content plans around as I feel this helps give some clear direction.

Here are 3 examples of things you could be posting from my own Instagram account. Follow me here for lots more content inspiration and social media tips –  https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsmarketinglifestyle/ 

  1. ABOUT YOURSELF – whether your a brand or an individual, this is something that helps people to learn more about you!
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  2. MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES – who doesn’t love a bit of motivation
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  3. EVENTS – If you are attending relevant events then what better place to show case them then on your Social Media 

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Social Media Masterclass November

This masterclass is aimed at businesses and entrepreneurs who are responsible for marketing and are looking to take advantage of online marketing to drive  their business forward. The sessions are small and intimate aimed at adding maximum value to each attendee.

MASTERCLASS CONTENT

This masterclass is aimed at going back to the basics, the 2.5 hour session will focus on the following:

  • Tips on how to grow your business on Facebook & Instagram
  • Content Inspiration
  • Social Media Best Practice (Facebook & Instagram)
  • Content Planning – Time saving tips
  • Any other challenges you have with your individual businesses – to be identified in advance.
  • Q & A session


BUSINESS NETWORKING

These sessions aren’t just an opportunity to learn but also a chance to interact with other businesses and make new relationships, so bring your business cards.


YOUR ACTION PLAN

The masterclass gives you the chance to understand the social media channels better and the foundations to craft your own action plan for your business that is focused on your objectives.


TO SUMMARISE

In this masterclass we will be looking at your brand, the tools that you could be taking advantage of and how best to present your brand online in order for you to raise your profile and attract new clients.


TESTIMONIALS

Still not sure if this is for you? Check out testimonials from previous workshops here.


NEXT WORKSHOP

Date: Wednesday 21st November
Time: 6-8:30pm
Cost: £55 pp (If you book by 16th November) £65 after
Location: Clarendon Park, Leicester


RESERVE YOUR PLACE 

To enquire about cost or if you have any further questions, please feel free to email me on info@renuravalia.com or contact me via the contact page here

 

 

3 ways to gain following on Instagram

Instagram is THE channel at the moment, it was recently reported it had 300 million monthly active users. To put that figure into context, this was compared to Facebook’s 228 million and Twitter’s 9 million. So basically what I am trying to say is,  it’s the channel you need to be on. Many people I work with come to me with the burning question ‘How do I grow following’ and I spend a lot of time working with them to build a strategy and develop original content ideas.

If this is a question that has been on your lips for a while, there are a few things you can do to help grow the channel which I would like to share with you:

  1. Post Consistently – The best results come from those who post often. Personally, if you can create a strategy that includes unique content, you’ll also be able to stand out of the crowd.
  2. Use quality hashtags – I did a post about hashtags a little while back. It is definitely worth spending some time researching the best hashtags to use. Need to know how and where to use them? Check out my recent article here.
  3. Engage – Engaging with your audience is so important. Engagement is one of the top determinators of whether a post will be showed or not. However, don’t worry, you don’t need to spend hours messaging every follower, simply engage your followers by liking or replying to their comments to your posts.

Need more tips to help grow your Instagram? Get in touch by email at info@renuravalia.com and let’s work together!

1:1 Coaching: Coffee Ethic, Leicester

Tasneem from ethical coffee house Coffee Ethic approached me because she was looking for content inspiration, although she had a good knowledge of Facebook, she wanted more guidance on how to target the relevant audience and raise the business’s profile on both Facebook and Instagram, a channel that she was still very much getting the grips of. Her main reason for having this session was to promote the vegan teas she hosts on a monthly basis.

My role was very much to show her how she could be projecting her brand better. We looked at targeted advertising, content inspiration and strategy. We spoke about how to use instagram stories to grow the business and how she could use Facebook Groups to increase awareness. We also discussed creative ways she could grow the brand offline. Finally, I  gave her a tutorial on how to use IGTV, Instagrams take on You Tube. Growing a brand takes dedication but I understand how time consuming it can also be and isn’t always a priority, so I also showed her a content plan template which she could use to help organise her posts and save time. You can see Tasneem’s testimonial here.

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.

 

1:1 Coaching, Baby Clothes Direct

Baby Clothes Direct approached me for some expert advice on their brand. The business who specialise in garment manufacturing have existed since 1994 but have only recently started growing their business with the UK. This company is a new venture, so they were keen to get some insights before focussing on growing their Social Media Channels.

The session took place with two members of the Baby Clothes Direct Team. They wanted advice on the below:

  • What content should be posted for a businesses like ours?
  • What do people respond to most – discounts, new products etc?
  • How to broaden our reach?
  • To understand who to follow and what statistics we should be focusing on.

During the 2 hours, we focussed on a variety of areas including website content, discussing ways this could be improved to help SEO. We also looked at ways to grow Instagram following, USPs and content ideas & inspiration. We also looked at ways to grow the business using various offline channels.

Sessions always end up offering much more information then clients expect and I understand how overwhelming it can be, so my email follow ups include a clear action plan that help give direction and priorities. Want to see what Baby Clothes Direct had to say about the session. Read the testimonial here.

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.