Claire Saxton’s Social Media Basics – Instagram

A lot of people are confused when it comes to using Instagram to promote their business.

Visual-based social media can be tricky for marketing purposes, but it’s not impossible, and Instagram is particularly useful for building a rapport with your target audience.

So, let’s delve into the basics of Instagram and how you can start using it today for your small business. Read more

What’s Guest Blogging and Why Does it Matter?

Blogging is one of the most effective forms of content marketing available to business owners. The fact that it helps with SEO and provides content for social media marketing is a bonus, but what blogging actually boils down to is providing your target audience with authoritative and expert information that increases their trust in you.

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A day in the life of Claire Saxton – Marketing Consultant and Mum to Two

I’m a proud Mum of two alongside being a marketing consultant and business owner, so today I wanted to do something a little bit different with my blog and share with you what my typical workday looks like balancing work with the demands of family life. Read more

Claire Saxton’s Social Media Basics – Pinterest

If you’ve always thought that Pinterest was for Mommy bloggers and Etsy sellers, you might be surprised to hear that it’s rapidly becoming one of the best channels for effective social media marketing.

In the latest blog of my Social Media Basics series, I’m taking a closer look at Pinterest and why you should consider using it as part of your marketing strategy today. Read more

Claire Saxton’s Social Media Basics – LinkedIn

For this blog in my series on how to use social media as a business owner, I want to cover LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is one of those social media channels that’s commonly misunderstood and seldom used for how it was designed. Many people treat it as a resume site where you list every job you’ve ever had and hope that’s enough to attract new clients to your business.

It’s not.

So, let me explain the right way to use LinkedIn and how to use it as a foundation for your social media marketing.

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7 Top Tips for Building Your Business Brand

Branding your business.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

The thing is, branding is simply a name for giving your business a character – a style and voice of it’s own if you will. And when you think of it like that, it becomes so much easier to create a brand identity for your business that you, and your target audience, will fall in love with.

Here are my seven top tips for building your business brand the fun way.

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Claire Saxton’s Social Media Basics – Facebook

Today I want to explore using Facebook effectively for your business marketing. I think it’s fair to say that most of us have a Facebook account that we use to connect with friends and family. So, we naturally think that we must have a Facebook business page when we want to use social media for marketing, but this isn’t always the case.

In this blog, I’m going to guide you through using Facebook correctly, so you can get things off to a flying start.

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A guide to getting started with marketing for your small business

Are you a new business and unsure what marketing you should be doing?

Don’t worry, and most of all, don’t start dishing out the pennies to anyone else to do it for you just yet. You need a basic understanding of what you need to be doing for your business before you outsource to anywhere else.

You can either do the research yourself and try a few things to get an idea first, or you can hire someone like me, a marketing consultant who will take the time to get to know your business, what you want to achieve and the steps you can take to get there.

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Claire Saxton’s Social Media Basics – Twitter

 Twitter is one of those social media channels that most people will say that you need a strong presence on for your small business to be successful. So, you sit down, and you create a profile and follow a few people… and nothing happens. You follow a few more, write a few tweets about what you do and wait some more… still no results.

Many of my clients have turned to me in frustration at not being able to make Twitter ‘work’ for them. Read more

A Basic Overview of Marketing and General Data Protection Regulation

We’re getting closer to the 25th May, and I think there are few small business owners out there that haven’t heard of GDPR. Something that hasn’t been discussed too widely regarding the update to Data Protection is the impact that GDPR will have on our marketing efforts.

I will say that I’m not a GDPR expert, and I’m certainly not a lawyer, so this is only my interpretation based on current ICO guidance and that of data protection lawyers sharing their expertise. I would recommend that you do your own research, ask the ICO questions and get as much knowledge as you can before making any decisions for your own business. Read more