Virtual Assistant Tools

Miscellaneous programs and tools for the virtual professional

Communication Then and Now: Is it Really That Different?

Some of us may remember the term “pen pals”. In fact, the days of corresponding via telephone and letter writing were not that long ago, although in this virtual age such means appear all but antiquated. So, have the “good… Continue reading

Working with Virtual Teams: Part II

codingWe started our Working with Virtual Teams series last week and this post is going to dive into the importance of clear communication among virtual team members.  When selecting or interviewing virtual teams to work with, be sure you have your list of questions ready to ask.  Some of the important questions or considerations that we have found are:

  1. Who are the team members and who does what?
  2. Who is responsible or who will be the primary contact?
  3. What central on-line area will we use to communicate?
  4. Will we have team calls and if so how often?

Some of these questions will depend on the work being done and on the team being hired.  With our particular team, we tend to have initial meeting calls with our clients by including a few key members of the team to be on the call.  We have found this helpful because many times, a growing company is just not aware of what exactly they need.  Some need help with marketing, others need help with calendaring and scheduling and others simply don’t know what they need or how to figure out what they can off-load.  When multiple team members are included, we can come up with the most efficient use of people-power. Continue reading

Working With Virtual Teams Series: Part I

working with virtual teamsCompanies have been using outside consultants for a long time but the concept of working with virtual teams is relatively new to the business world. I can remember working in the communications department for a large international corporation who hired an outside communications vendor to handle their reputation building strategy. I also remember thinking it was funny that they were not employed by the company, did not attend our company meetings and didn’t eat lunch with us in the company cafeteria. How did they know enough about our company to do this job? Well, that was a long, long time ago and that was only my first introduction to working with an outside team of consultants. Continue reading

7 Marketing Ideas for Small Business

How are you marketing?  What types of marketing are you using?  Marketing AvenuesMarketing comes in all shapes and sizes and the world of marketing is evolving at such a rapid speed, it is very hard to keep up and know all the things that are available for you to incorporate into your strategy.  Technological changes have forced the way of the “info-mercial” to come in small bit-sized pieces of information.  People don’t pay as much attention to TV so you have to consider alternative methods of reaching your target audience.  Print ads are still around, but dwindling, so incorporating internet marketing has to be in your strategy. Continue reading

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