Go Mobile or Go HomeDo you know how your customers are finding you? Can they access your website and contact information on a smartphone or iPad?

I live in a small city of approx. 150,000. Our city is the “gateway” you might say to cottage country and ski country in Muskoka, Georgian Bay and Haliburton in Central Ontario – lots of tourists pass through here and weekends are crazy with traffic.

Yesterday, I was visiting someone north of Barrie and had to come back down the highway. It was a particularly busy time in the late afternoon and, with most weekends, people were returning from vacations and weekend getaways to get back to the big city. As I sat in a very slow line-up on the highway I noticed frustrated passengers around me were scrolling through their smartphones and tablets to relieve the boredom.

Many drivers just got fed up and got off the highway – presumably to travel through our City to avoid the overcrowded highway or even to waste a few hours visiting Barrie or grabbing dinner while waiting for the traffic to thin out and be able to continue their journey.

Undoubtedly, people everywhere check their mobile phones and tablets when away from home to find products and services in unfamiliar places.

Here is a checklist you may want to reference to make sure they can find your business too:

  • A “mobile friendly” website. How does your website appear on multiple devices?
    Is it easy to navigate through?   Does it automatically resize to the devicesIt is being displayed on?
  • A Google Places listing. They are free. They are akin to the “Yellow Pages” of the internet.
  • A Yellow Pages listing. Yellow Pages has updated their offerings well beyond Yellow Pages books. They offer listings that are specifically for smartphones and tablets. They offer contact information, maps to the locations and even a rating system for customers to use.
  • A Yelp Account. Not only can you list your business but you can display multiple images of your products, descriptions of services offered, a map to your location, contact information, a link to your website and a rating system for customers.
  • You can list your business, contact information, a map, and add specials and discounts. Anyone with a smartphone or tablet can access Foursquare to “check-in” at a location and offer feedback. When someone is searching for a specific business, their built in GPS system locates ALL the businesses who are listed on Foursquare in that region. A customer may be looking for a particular store or restaurant and up comes the listings for businesses all within the same area

How accessible are you to visitors trying to find you on their mobile devices?

This article was authored by Diane Coville and was  originally published on Alternative Office Assistance Blog.

Author: Diane Coville has been a Virtual Assistant since 2005 and found that her Sales and Marketing background in the Corporate World became a good fit for niching her services.   She became certified in Social Media Marketing and Internet Marketing in 2009 and now provides Inbound Marketing services to her clients.
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Help wanted messageVirtual Assistant Needed: PowerPoint and Excel

NOTE: You can sign up to get notified by email every time I have a lead/referral to pass along.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 23, 2015

We are a new consulting company and executive search firm specializing in the healthcare industry — our clients are hospital systems and larger consulting firms that work in the healthcare sector.

We need to prepare really good-looking presentation PowerPoint decks for potential clients (which is often modifying our existing templates). We have some internal Excel spreadsheet work too. The Excel spreadsheets are mostly sales prospects tracking and candidate tracking for our executive recruiters.

I foresee at present 5 hours a week and hopefully increasing as our client base increases.

Mac or PC is fine. If Mac, must have the Microsoft package installed on your machine so there are no conversion issues.

Budget: Open, based on experience

Time zone preference: Eastern

Must be available during regular working hours.

Interested? Submit your information here.

Have you checked out these virtual assistant resources? There are a lot of free or low-cost tools, ideas, etc. you can use in your business.

The Fine Print: 

I provide this service on a referral fee-based system. If a client I’ve referred contracts with you, my referral agreement requires just 10% of your gross revenue, and only for the first 90 days you work with that client. This small referral fee is simply a courtesy to cover the significant amount of time and resources required to maintain this list and filter potential leads and VAs – not to mention the reputation I’ve worked hard to build; which is the very reason I receive so many leads each month. (Before you reply to this lead, please take a look at the portion of the contract that spells out my referral terms and fees.)

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appointment bookVirtual Assistant Needed: Appointment Setting 

NOTE: You can sign up to get notified by email every time I have a lead/referral to pass along.

Deadline to apply: Friday, January 23, 2015

This is for a Sarasota, FL based business. She’d love to have someone who is familiar with the area since it would be helpful when setting up appointments (so they aren’t too far apart). However, I think that with having access to Google Maps this isn’t entirely necessary.

More Information:

What time zone preference? Eastern

How many hours per day/week? Currently I do the same calls each Monday. Approx 6 hours. However, as long as 12-15 appointments are set each week it does not matter when calls are made. Can be split up over week (as long as it’s during EST business hours).

Are these cold calls? Yes, asking for an appointment. No sales. Desired outcome is to set an appointment for me to show them the magazine. I am looking for sponsors/advertisers. I have a complete script and answers to most questions (rebuttals). This script should be followed word for word. It is a national company and they have made it super simple and effective. It really is about reaching the actual decision maker.

What hourly rate range are you looking to try to stay within? Have not priced this kind of service before so unsure. It is a new business so of course I am on a very tight budget. Willing to do hourly or by appointment set.

Any specific skills needed? Pleasant clear voice. I can work with any calendar.

Knowledge of local area would be very helpful so the appointments are not set too far (distance) apart.

Any software experience needed? Not at all. I have the list in Excel.

Ideal for students, retired, at home parent, etc. I do request that the background is quiet though.

I’ll be gathering all responses and passing them along to the business owner and he/she will contact people directly.

Interested? Submit your information here.

Have you checked out these virtual assistant resources? There are a lot of free or low-cost tools, ideas, etc. you can use in your business.

The Fine Print: 

I provide this service on a referral fee-based system. If a client I’ve referred contracts with you, my referral agreement requires just 10% of your gross revenue, and only for the first 90 days you work with that client. This small referral fee is simply a courtesy to cover the significant amount of time and resources required to maintain this list and filter potential leads and VAs – not to mention the reputation I’ve worked hard to build; which is the very reason I receive so many leads each month. (Before you reply to this lead, please take a look at the portion of the contract that spells out my referral terms and fees.)

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