Saturday, December 20, 2014

title pic Banish Meeting Boredom

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on December 17, 2014

As I work from home mostly by myself around the children, if I am attending a meeting I normally have a set goal and list of things to cover before I turn up. My time is still so limited with Olive’s sessions at pre-school that I have to be quite regimented. But for those where meetings can form part of their daily routine how many do you go to where you leave feeling “goalless”. GoToMeeting has produced this infographic with the top outcomes of a bad meeting and 13 tips on how to improve them.


I like the idea of circulating the agenda beforehand and ensuring that participants are focused on this agenda, not wondering off topic. Do you have any top tips for banishing meeting boredom?

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title pic 6 simple solutions to increase your Instagram followers.

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on December 16, 2014

With a reported 300M users, Instagram is now bigger than Twitter and yet many small business owners aren’t actively using it to engage with their following or potential customers. Her are my 6 simple solutions to increase your following.

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A photo posted by Joanne Dewberry (@charliemoos) on

  • Follow people – yes really! If you want to make a mark in your niche area follow others in it! Use the search facility to find people you like/admire/engage with already.
  • #Hashtags – use hashtags relevant to your the image and your business genre. I search hashtags all the time. Recently I posted a photo of my daughter alongside #ChristmasJumperDay and decided to see what others were wearing to which I found a jumper my son would LOVE so I messaged the instagrammer and located and bought one. Just think this could have been your product!
  • Be consistent – post images regularly. Doesn’t have to be daily but every 6 months is not very appealing to your followers and you won’t get noticed or make a lasting impression.
  • Drive traffic to instagram – Don’t upload the same images to your website and blog straight from your camera or phone if you have shared them already on instagram. Instead use the embed facility to add a html code to your site, this way you encourage readers to look and interact with your instagram feed.
  • Share, share and share – I post images onto instagram and then share them on to Twitter and my Facebook Business Page. However don’t always do this in one hit! Spread the sharing throughout the day or later in the week so you are continually hitting a different audience.
  • Interact with others – the clue is in the description “social media platform” be social. Like, comment and share others images as well as just your own. Make yourself engaging and likeable.

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