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   Christine Pritchard, owner of Office Services of Orange County, added cutting-edge Social Media services, website design, and tools to her current clients by successfully completing the 2010 Edition of the VAClassroom Social Marketing Training Program.

   The Social Media landscape is constantly changing requiring Virtual Assistants to update their skills to stay current. Social Media has continued to grow and evolve at a rapid rate; for example--Facebook's exponential growth from 200 million members in 2008 to over 1 billion today. New Social Media tools and applications are constantly emerging, and even local businesses are beginning to seek ways to leverage them and promote their brand.  

   Social Media skills can be applied immediately to maximize clients’ potential in popular Social Networks like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Social Media Marketing changes so rapidly, you MUST keep up!  

Don't have time to do the latest & greatest? I have the solution - contact me, and we can design a program to fit your needs and your budget!

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If you think your business is too small to have an impact by having a website - think again! Read this article regarding websites and their value!

  • Creating websites, set up and maintenance of your website and social networking  sites to help promote YOUR brand
  • Do the background SEO to get your company known to search engines
  • Ad layouts for real estate, self-promotion of special event
  • Create invitations for any promotional event, including realtor open house
  • Flyers in full color individually created and by theme
  • Newsletter creation
  • Resume writing & proofing 
  • Document & Website Proofreading 
  • Database development
  • Mailing, Faxing, Bill Pay
  • Vacation email coverage or review & organizing your daily emails 
  • Expense tracking, Overall general office tasks
  • Photo scanning old photos to digital format; create photo tributes for special birthdays or life events

If you do not see your need listed here, just ask! Package pricing is available for all levels of social network marketing! Whether you need a website or yours needs updating, whether you monitor what the public is saying about your business on Facebook or just don't have the time, interest or savvy to do it all!

Contact me today and we'll discuss your project
and how I can assist you! 
Call me at 845.534.8388 or email

View some of the websites that I have created--see what you think!  Each one is unique to their business and their brand!  (Collaberated with 2010-2012) formerly (Collaberated
with 2012 and 2013)

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Small-business owners, ask yourself this question: "What does the Internet do — or not do — for me?"

Your answer might be, "It brings me closer to my customers and enhances my credibility."

Or, it might be, "It puts my competition in front of my customers' eyeballs."

These answers are direct opposites. The difference could be whether or not you have a website. I am constantly amazed by how many small businesses do not have a domain name with a simple one-, two- or three-page brochure-type website.

No website found

A few years ago, a caller indicated his decades-old business was facing bankruptcy. Did I have any suggestions to save it? I tried to collect some background and found no website. Results came up, but on sites owned by other entities. They showed this company, address, phone number and, "If you are the owner of this company, claim this page."

These websites carried outdated, damaging comments, plus the screen showed local competitors' ads for the same products and services. The owner was astonished at the examples I printed, but shrugged off the fact that his business didn't own a website. It soon closed.

Website is a must

Other small businesses have stunning websites providing sections of their business plan's
narrative and providing customer support. A current customer's Web pages are
so effective that they make you hungry, plus they are optimized for smartphones and tablets. This business is expanding.

Maybe half of the businesses I would expect to have a website do not. And this is a mistake. When a potential customer searches your company name exactly as it comes from your business card or ad without the ".com," you want your website to come up first. You do not want other sites that make a living off your competitors' advertising to be the only paths to your business.

I recently fought my way through two web-listed obsolete phone numbers and addresses to find a professional I needed. When a third phone number rang into a voicemail with a factory-recorded voice, I thought the business closed. When we finally met, the owner said one location was 15 years out of date, the other a few years.

Keep listings fresh

The longer the Internet exists, the more ancient and prolific our information becomes. These free listings are picked up from various sources, and it is up to us to keep them fresh. A website will usually supersede these advertising sites in search results. A domain name and hosting are relatively inexpensive and worth the price. Some sites have free templates, but for less stress and better SEO (search engine optimization) results, consider a professional Web designer.

Search your business and personal name. See if there are any surprises.

Charlene Maurer Finerty, owner of Plans and Profits, LLC, edits, teaches and writes custom business plans. See She also offers a Write-Your-Own-Business Plan class on DVD at Email anytime or call 343-1515 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Her column appears alternating Mondays.

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