Better Business Better Life - Part 18

Post Conference Blues – Get Your Buzz Back

Have you attended a conference recently for business or pleasure?

Don’t you love how exciting they are?

Meeting new people, making great connections, strong discussions, innovative ideas and the differing perspectives…

What a buzz they create in the mind!

Your brain overflowing with concepts to test and processes to implement. New visions and goals for the future. You return home. Exhausted but thrilled.

Then you fall flat. Continue reading

How To Add Linked Images To Your Sidebar

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The Sidebar Of A Beautiful Mess

Do you admire the sidebars of your favourite blogs?

Some are absolutely gorgeous like the example above from A Beautiful Mess but don’t be fooled. They offer a number of opportunities as well. Continue reading

Quit Automated Direct Messages On Twitter Immediately – A Public Service Announcement

Angry Twitter Bird - Automatic Direct Messaging

Ok, this is actually a rant but stay with me.

In the world of 140 characters you can convey very effective messages.

From asking questions to build connections, supporting others by retweeting their content, even growing your own profile, Twitter has many benefits.

The direct message portion of Twitter however tends to be a wasteland. A rubbish dump.

And what is top of the heap? Continue reading

Fabulous Blog Ribbon

How lucky am I? Two blogger awards in as many weeks.

Thanks to Helen from Helz Designs for passing me this wonderful ribbon.
Helen is my go to blogger whenever I want to know something about fonts, graphic design and visual-related WordPress plugins. In fact here is a list of her most commented on posts. Continue reading

Show Your Clients You Care – Send Them A Gift

corporate gift giving

Today’s post was written by Renee Wallace of Its Alicious. Enjoy her great suggestions then pop over to Renee’s site and say g’day!

It has always been seen as a nice thing to thank your clients, after all, if they weren’t your clients, you might not be in business.  Thanking customers with a tangible item can make a great marketing statement, thus distinguishing your business or service from others.

Receiving a gift, especially one with an elegant presentation, will make anyone feel happy and appreciated.  When you send a thank you gift to a client it not only makes them feel special and valued, but more importantly keeps them coming back.  It also makes your client more likely to refer your products and services to their friends and family.  So a gift that might cost you $20 to start with could bring in quite a bit of extra business, thus making it a worthwhile business investment.

Saying thank you is an essential element of building referral business.  At a minimum, it is almost essential for a small business that is service orientated to at least send a card to a client, to thank the client for their business.  Receiving cards is often unmemorable, so going the extra distance to send a small gift with the card as well will show you are thoughtful and prepared to go the extra mile.  It is better to be forgotten after sending a thank you card than be remembered as the business who didn’t even bother to send anything.

Here are six great, inexpensive gift ideas for the small business, as a way to thank your clients: Continue reading