Organic Reach through Hashtags

You can increase Your Reach, Traffic and Ultimately Sales, by using Hashtags to your Advantage!

Hashtags are meta tags, which categorize posts on the internet, including on Social Media to make it easier for someone searching a specific topic to find content posts about them.
Using Hashtags strategically and consistently will help you to grow the number of people who can find your brand and buy your products and services.

Hashtags work wonders, especially on Instagram, however, as many accounts use them nowadays it is no longer enough to add a few random Hastags, once in a while, as that will not get you on top of the list.
If you think you need a massive following, you may be surprised to learn that this is not the case.

I consistently apply a Hastag Strategy  (same as I advice all my clients to do) and it has helped me (and them) to increase my reach, following and sales.

Take a look at a few examples of my most recent posts and how they have been positioned;
When you look at them closely, you will see how many posts are in the category, and yet mine are top posts!!! Yours can too!!!

Screenshot_Naomi Mc Laughlan Instagram Top Post Hashtag resourcesScreenshot_Naomi Mc Laughlan Instagram Top Post Hashtag strategy.png  Screenshot_Naomi Mc Laughlan Instagram Top Post Hashtag muenster

Using the Hashtag ‘#Resources,’ for example, has positioned my post #1, in a total of 122,295 total posts!’#Strategy’ has 762,155 public posts and my posts is the #1 Top Post! I have scored Top Post #1 & #2, as you can see with the ‘#muenster’ Hashtag, which is a medium sized city in West Germany where I grew up!

I share all about positioning and how to apply a Hashtag Strategy in my latest book ‘Social Media Marketing: #2 in the Start-Ups on a Shoestring Budget Series’, which you can get via Amazon.
By the way, you do not need to have a Kindle to read the book, you can read it on your phone, online or by using the Amazon app too!

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All the Best,

Naomi

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…especially for Start-ups on a Shoestring Budget!

Why?

Because consumers, so your ideal customers and clients included, are going to Google (or use any other search engine) FIRST, prior to making a purchase. AND if they can’t find you, they are neither going to know that YOU, e.g. your business and brand, exist, nor that YOU can HELP them solve their problem.

YOU MUST USE ANY AND EVERY CHANCE TO BE SEEN AND HEARD, by creating as many digital marketing touchpoints as possible, to get KNOWN, LIKED AND TRUSTED! And to ALWAYS stay top of mind, otherwise you will be forgotten in no time.
The general goal in Digital Marketing is to leverage your efforts, hence it is important to carefully make choices about the most ideal platforms and creating the most appropriate campaigns, to successfully reach as many people, within your target market, as possible.

There is no better way to reach many consumers at once in a fairly low-cost way.
Digital media and Social Media is changing on an ongoing basis, as technologies are being developed consistently, along with new online and mobile applications, tools and best practices, therefore I think that learning about the topics covered never stops, as long as it keeps changing.

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Chapter Overview;

Chapter 1 Digital Marketing aka Electronic Marketing defined

Chapter 2 Best practices of PPC (Pay Per Click) campaigns

Chapter 3 How to create successful SEM and Banner campaigns

Chapter 4 How to Improve your Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Chapter 5 How does Social Media fit in?

Chapter 6 E-Mail campaigns as a Marketing Tool

Chapter 7 How to evaluate Digital Marketing Campaigns

Chapter 8 The Hosting of Corporate Presentations and E-Shops

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Chapter 10 Securing Your Digital Infrastructure

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Naomi xxx

 

What does applying Global Goals actually mean for Businesses?

What does applying Global Goals actually mean for businesses?

A few days ago, someone in my business network commented under a post of mine, which was a link to my latest Amazon International Bestseller ‘How to apply Global goals to Your Business; ‘ The #1 Guide to becoming Greener, Leaner, and more Profitable by applying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals’.

What I quickly realized was that he misunderstood the meaning of ‘Global Goals’, based on his comment, which was “I don’t apply global goals. They’re totally irrelevant to my very local business of photography. I need people to be with me. Not on the other side of the world. Otherwise how do I take their photos?” (see below).

What he meant was internationalization, which in short refers to trading abroad.

 

GlobalGoalsConversation Sensored Naomi Mc Laughlan

That’s, of cause, not meant when looking at Global Goals, but instead it is the common term most people use to refer to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka Global Goals or SDGs).

My main thought was, ‘Wow! There are still business owners who don’t know anything about Global Goals and how to apply them to their business, hence take neither ownership, leadership nor value the opportunity that presents itself.

By the way, this post is not meant to name and shame anyone, hence why I covered the persons name. It is rather a realization what still needs to be done; which is to spread the word about the necessity and opportunity of applying Global Goals.

Learning about the Global Goals, yet still considering that only multinational enterprises should concern themselves with the topic at hand, is in my opinion a failure.

We are ALL in this together!!! We all have the responsibility, especially as business owners, big and small, as well as as citizens in our communities alike. And, NO, we don’t have to try to apply ALL 17 SDGs, but rather make an informed choice based on what applies to our business or living environment, business aims and practical considerations. It is a matter of Pick & Choose – Then consistently APPLY.

There are many great examples, of businesses who apply Global Goals, which show leadership roles in their industries, hence this reflects positively back how consumers perceive their efforts. Meanwhile it raises standards and improves our lives on a society level, as well as has a considerable positive impact on the environment .  Even small scale projects can make a huge difference for the people involved, from the free meal for a homeless person, beach clean-ups or providing free education or medicine to war torn countries and everything in between. Applying Global Goals starts at home, hence why any business can get involved and make a difference. 

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I invite you to read or listen to my book, not because I NEED or WANT to sell more copies, but rather because it appears that more people need to learn about how to get involved, which is dear to my heart!

I am giving away a FREE 1to1 1h Business Strategy session for every purchase, so that I can further assist you in planning your approach to applying Global Goals. In case you have purchased my book or audio in the past, I extend this offer to you as well! All you need to do is send me a copy of your receipt to info@naomimclaughlan.com / Subject Line GLOBAL GOALS, so that we can book you in for your FREE Session.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx 

P.S.: Here are a few direct links, to make it easier for you. however the list is obviously limited, but my book is available from any Amazon branch, an the audio book version is available at Amazon, Audible and ITunes.

Amazon UK 

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Amazon Germany

Amazon France

Amazon Spain

Amazon Japan

3 Fun & Easy Autumn Activities for You and Your Kids

Autumn and Halloween Naomi Mc Laughlan1. Autumn Treasure Hunt

Autumn Treasure Hunt Naomi Mc Laughlan

Why not explore your neighborhood, local park, the woodlands or the beach (depending on where you live) and get your kids to notice the little changes autumn has to offer?

We currently live close to the beach, but also have woods nearby, hence we went on a daily explorer walk over the past week and collected all sorts of items, and then decided to decorated the house with our treasures.


2. Autumn Window Decor

PHEA Autumn Leaves Project 2017

1. Collect leaves – This was most fun for my youngest, almost like an Easter Egg Hunt 

2. Measure your window(s)

3. Roll out clingfilm based on your measurements (do not cut it off the roll yet) and spread out the leaves. Then cover once more with clingfilm and cut. Decorate your windows and secure it with sellotape.

 


3. Crayon Candles ( Up-cycled Nutella Glass Cups & Old Crayons)

 

Candle Making with Naomi Mc Laughlan

My kids looove Nutella, hence we have several dozens of glass cups, which we usually clean and use as kids drinking cups. However, after a big drawer clean up I collected a huge pile of crayons and thought I try out something I have seen on the web before. You also need candle wicks, which you can order online for only a few bucks or get from your local art store.

  1. Take of all paper of the crayons
  2. Choose your colors
  3. Melt one crayon and secure the wick on the bottom, middle of your glass
  4. Melt the rest of your crayons, color by color and slowly add to the glass (careful, as the wax is extremely hot! Children should be supervised at all times during this activity)

There are two ways of melting the wax; 1. You can use a microwave safe container and melt it in the microwave, 10 seconds at a time until, stir and repeat until everything is fully melted or 2. You can use a water bath on the stove.

Let me know what you think!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

Why you procrastinate with your business idea(s)

Procrastinating Naomi Mc Laughlan

Several times this week I had entrepreneur client calls which revealed a significant factor that may cause procrastinating behavior. Funny enough each entrepreneur I spoke to this past week operates a different type of business, offering a variety of products and services. And yet, all shared a similar approach to getting started or to finish projects which can potentially aid their businesses.

So what is the problem here?

I can tell you what I consider to be THE major factor; A STRONG WHY is missing!!! Yes, in all cases!

If you do not have a strong WHY, you feel less likely to start or complete something where the outcome is unknown, or where the undertaking may have some form of opportunity costs attached.

It is often easier to not take any action, instead of taking a leap of faith.

Been there, done that too in the past… For example with ‘BillaMedia.com’ my latest brand addition. It took me to finish my MBA Media Leadership degree first, to being able to fully concentrate on the project (or at least that’s what I told myself LOL)…

So how to overcome procrastination?

Well, the easiest way to overcome procrastination is to evaluate the idea / project from all aspects, for instance time to completion, resources necessary and anticipated advantages if successfully complete, as well as possible drawbacks and ‘worst case scenario’ mapping.

That’s it? Yes, that’s it!

If you clarify why you want to or rather should work on the idea / project, you will have listed all aspects that either speak for or against it.

Lastly, every time you ponder about starting or completion, just remind yourself ‘WHY’ you undertook your new venture in the first place.

 

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

P.S.: I have 5 spots left for my new Business Coaching & Multimedia Marketing and PR Consulting and Coaching client intake for August. Head over to naomimclaghlan.com and secure your spot! I am here for you ❤

P.P.S: Want to learn from me live? Awesome!!! I will be hosting 4 Live Business & Multimedia Seminars in Muenster / Germany in August. Book you tickets via BillaMedia.com Looking forward to meeting you!

Child Centered Parenting versus Parent Centered Parenting

Proud Mommy Moment Naomi Mc Laughlan 14 June 2017

To be or not to be….or the chicken and the egg question comes to mind, doesn’t it?

Since my son Jason has turned 20 yesterday, I have reflected upon the past 20 years of parenthood and the experiences I have accumulated over the years…

His first smile, first word, first step, first birthday, first day at kindergarten, first day at school etc. So many pressures memories, almost unbelievable how fast the time has passed!

I also noticed how many other parents I have encountered; during pre-birth classes, at nursery, kindergarten, school and hobby groups, as well as my son’s friendship cycle. Many different approaches to parenting, many little lives influenced on how their parents conducted the ‘parenting game of life’.

I have learned that some focus their approach around the child, value the little person as a unique individual who cannot conform to ‘norms’, but rather allow them to flourish and explore the world, while the parent (s) organise their lives based on their child’s needs and wants.

Meanwhile, I have also met many parents who ‘add their child on’ to their life, life style and general way of approaching their day-to-day. By for example, continuing their life’s pretty much as prior to having had the child; they continue their work schedule and leisure time and manage their child’s day by delegating childcare either between each other and also towards family members or childcare providers, friends and other children entertaining activities. They continue to meet up with friends and when they go out as a family they base their choice on what they (the parent(s)) would like to do, not their child. Interestingly, those parents often wonder why their child ‘misbehaves’ e.g. can’t sit still in an adult centred restaurant and even doesn’t like the food served or during a show that they are not interested in.

In my opinion, there is no ‘right or wrong’ type of parenting, as each child is so different, even within the same family. My three children are entirely different and truly need and want very different approaches, not just based on their age, but also based on their individual interests and personal preferences.

However, I do think that parents need to pause and reflect on a regular basis, to spot issues asap, to avoid taking a route that is damaging for the child or even for themselves.

I have met mums who constantly hover over their kids, completely lose their sense of self and practically live solely to please their children. Or mums and dads who feel burdened when they ‘should or have to’ spend extended times with their kids, buy as many toys as they can and yet still find little to no connection, while those children have no interest in their countless toys and are constantly bored. Both are unhealthy in my opinion, as both will lead to heart ache in the long run, for all involved.

In my parenting, I have always tried to balance between the two and learned that this approach is best, not just for my eldest, but also for my younger two girls. For example, when we want to eat somewhere together, we choose a buffet (most often Chinese) or simply McD’s (although their veggie menu is limited), as the first offers the option to choose food everyone likes and the second that the children (almost) cannot ‘misbehave’ (be a child, move around and not noise restricted), as it clearly is a child centred food outlet (balloons, crayons and paper and toys included). Another example is that while I drive and drop my kids to their hobby sessions (ballet, judo etc.), I either take a book with me and read while they enjoy their sessions, chat with another mum while drinking a nice cup of coffee or listen to an audiobook. I use these pockets of time to also enjoy the time, so that I don’t feel that I am ‘just the Taxi’.

I do have to admit though, that if I had to honestly evaluate which side I am on, I would consider my parenting approach to be child centered, and I guess that has come from learning experiences of the past 20 years; If you try to enjoy an adult type activity, don’t force a child to enjoy it and vice versa. Although, I do actually enjoy many child centered activities, e.g Disney and Co.

I had my son very early in my life, so I guess that is another reason why I enjoy the child centered approach, as I was so young I had not yet established a ‘me first’ e.g. ‘selfish way of life style’ that may have led me to feel ‘disturbed’ by my child’s needs and wants. Instead, as I wanted to traveled the world, for example, I chose places and hotels etc. which would entertain both of us. In addition, as I had my second child 5 years later and then my third another 6 years later, the child centered approach made even more sense, the bigger the family became. Which led to many decisions, including to homeschool, to start my business six years ago, working from home serving customers around the world and writing business and children books.

I would love to read your thoughts on this! Have you found a parenting approach that works well? If so, please share it in the comment section below. Thanks 😉

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

P.S.: Enjoy every second of being a parent!

Want to join My MLM / Network Marketing Business??? Yikes (Warning Rant included!)

Your Opportunity Naomi Mc Laughlan

I was inspired to consider this topic by an invitation I received to join a Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) aka Network Marketing firm, by a new friend. (My long-term friends already KNOW not to ask…)
My initial reaction, after watching a video presentation, was NOOOOOO thank you!!! Been there, done that! Not for me!!! LESSON LEARNED…sharing it here just for you!

Yes, I speak of FIRST HAND experience, as I have been part of several MLM company’s myself, incl. Tupperware, Amway, Jamie at Home, Avon and the likes….

Every time I thought ‘ooooh maybe it is the product’, NOOOOOPE IT IS THE BUSINESS MODEL!!!

I KNOW that 99% of MLM sign-ups do not make even enough money to claim that they ‘pay themselves’ / earn a minimum wage from profits and bonuses received.

The upside of MLM’s:
• You can claim that that the product has helped X number of people, based on the entire business / brand NOT JUST YOU, who might have signed up an hour ago.

• You can put your name in one sentence with celebrities / famous peeps who have endorsed the business / brand / product.

• You can claim that the products you sell are sold in X number of countries, even though YOU MIGHT SELL TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ONLY.

• You get a discount on all the products you may want to buy (Hint: This is one of the biggest income stream these companies actually make money with!!! New sign-ups who spend their hard-earned cash, which they earned elsewhere)

• Potentially you can earn from any $/£ of your own downline, given that you consistently motivate people to sign up and DO THE WORK…

• You get (most often) free training and access to nice events at (most often) awesome venues – This to be honest is the ONLY reason why I would join if I were you!

The downside of MLM’s:
• You have no business, unless you constantly sell; first to your inner network e.g. family and friends, then to work colleagues, neighbours etc. and lastly to anyone who you come across.

• You are depended on building your own network of ‘Busy Bees’ aka new sign-ups, otherwise you run out of names on your contact list.

• You must ASK ANYBODY, to ‘Join the Club’ and Buy, with the motto “After X number of NO’s THERE MUST BE a yes…”
• You cannot ‘Brand’ YOUR BUSINESS, as anyone in your network sells the same products.

• You cannot make a living! Yes, I said it!!! How many hours have you worked in the last three months, or since you have started and how much money did you make? And please don’t tell me that you are still growing…show me YOUR numbers, not how much you CAN POTENTIALLY make or how much the ‘company’ makes each year etc.

On the other site, IF YOU START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, either solely online based or a location aka ‘brick and mortar’ business, YOU CAN BRAND YOU AND THE WAY YOU DO BUSINESS, for example price, location, service quality, product range, BECAUSE from having started, operated and sold two out of three businesses in the past 16+ years, in both the B2B and B2C sector across several industries, I know that this is the key to differentiation and ultimately it works…And YES, you can work around your kids schedule doing so.

I would love to hear your take on this!
Naomi xxx

P.S.: Need help starting, building or growing your business? Great! Head over to my website to book your 1st Strategy Session with me! https://www.naomimclaughlan.com/more/business-coaching/

P.P.S: If you feel offended because you have started your MLM business, sorry to hear that! You might be the 1% who can pull it off. And if so, I am happy to write about your outstanding business! Yes, I really mean that, for the bottom of my heart