All posts tagged: feature

How to encourage readers to comment on your blogs: seven ideas

So you’ve written that new blog. Now you want to encourage more and different eyes to read it: new and existing clients, prospects and referrers. Inviting and responding to comments is a great way to keep your website content fresh while engaging with your readers. Here are seven ideas to encourage comments: 1. Keep asking! Regular and consistent requests that people a) read and b) comment on your blogs may sound obvious – but it works. Of course the blogs needs to be engaging, informative and helpful… (All three? even better). Ask by email when you’re in touch with your contacts and clients, especially if the subject relates to what you’re chatting about… Ask in person too at networking and other events. 2. Return the favour… Offer to read others’ blogs and to comment on them. In the process you’ll hit on new ideas for your own business and get to know that person better too. It will be an extra talking point when you next bump into each other. What’s not to like? 3. …

Why a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work

The old adage, one size does not fit all has never been truer. We now know that there are so many things that affect our body composition and it wouldn’t be wise to follow the same advice for example, at work, for my mum or my friend or the person off the road – you’ve really got to throw out that one size fits all and focus on personalization. What’s going to work for you? For your particular body type, your personal situation, your injury status, your food, and your lifestyle. We also know the oversimplification of eat less and move more doesn’t work for us. Yes, it’s very good, broad strokes advice – move less, eat more, and there is a certain element of truth in terms of the calorie balance, but what we know now about calories is that a calorie is not a calorie. For example, a calorie of fat differs from protein, differs from carbohydrate and the effect on our bodies of those macro nutrients can vary wildly from one of …

Anniversary blog: beyond the bunting, cake and bubbles

Your business has plenty of milestones: when you started out, moving to bigger premises, or maybe entering a new market… Just the opportunity to create a blog – keeping in mind your ideal clients and how you help them. In this monthly article about digital skills, here are five ideas to help you create that celebratory blog. 1: Images Think laterally. You may find just the celebratory image of cake you need… but searching for bunting may allow you to hit on something better. Compelling images will add to your blog’s appeal. When you promote it, those photos will make your social-media posts alluring too. There are plenty websites with free imagery if your budget is limited. I often use the sites Pixabay and Unsplash. (Please credit the photographer.) If it’s a significant anniversary, consider working with a professional photographer. 2: Promotion Think ahead to the attention you want the blog to garner. Croydon Chamber of Commerce appears in some of my blogs, as well as the East Dulwich network Cooking with Scissors. When I promote the blog on Twitter, guess who …

Black and White Style on our High Street

Style is one of those things that is indeed a black and white issue, with a monotone palette you cannot go wrong, as Lawrence Roullier-White discovers on our local high streets. Oh Dear All Gone Bowl, £10, from Bunka, Dartmouth Road, SE23 White Wax, £4.95 and £8.95, by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint from The Dulwich Trader, Croxted Road, SE21 Chevron Vase, £26.95, from Ed, North Cross Road, SE22 Bloom by Edward Chell, £15.00, from Horniman Museum & Gardens, London Road, SE23 Willow Cushion, £ 47.50, by Lorna Syson, from Horniman Museum & Gardens Labour of Love X Walala Black White Reversible Tote Bag, £70, by Dulwich based designer Francesca Forcolini from labour-of-love.co.uk Labour of Love X Walala Shell Parka, £150, by Dulwich based designer Francesca Forcolini from labour-of-love.co.uk Lycanthrope Framed Print, £165, from Mrs Robinson, Lordship Lane, SE22 Loeffler Randall Greer Boots, £465, from Question Air, Lordship Lane, SE22 Pour Homme by Carven, £70, from Roullier White, Lordship Lane, SE22 Dressing Room Candle by Birch & Brook, £30, Lordship Lane, SE22 Large Geo Case, £30, …

SE22 Councillors – August edition

Good Luck – Exam Results For all those families with exam results pending – good luck for A level results on18 August and GCSE’s results 25 August. We have really good secondary schools locally so I’m sure we’ll see more brilliant results. Good Luck to everyone. Before going on holiday… Many of us will be fortunate enough to be going on summer holidays. So this is a good time to think about holiday security to minimize the risk of us being burgled while we’re away – I hope this checklist is helpful: Check your home insurance cover – ensure new purchases are covered. Install timers – evening light, invest in a TV simulator e.g. “Fake TV”, leave a radio on a timer during the day. Appear to be at home (but don’t drive your neighbours mad with timer loud controlled devices). Leave curtains and blinds open – closed or half closed curtains throughout the daytime apparently can make it obvious you’re away. Mow lawns before going away, cut hedges and plants down to below chest height so …