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How to Create a List in MailChimp

For those into email marketing, Mailchimp is one popular web-based application being used by many online marketers to send their business’ campaigns and newsletters to their subscribers and for list building. Here is the first of my series of MailChimp Tutorials, How to Create a List.

What is a list, by the way? It is a group of individuals who gave their email address when they opted-in to receive your campaigns. Before creating a list, one has to be organized and has to consider the following to get the most in the future:

  • Your goals in email marketing
  • Who are your audience/subscribers
  • The information relevant to each audience/subscribers

Below is my tutorial on How to Create a List in MailChimp. If you have any suggestions and questions, please feel free leave your comments in the comment box.

 

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Business Opportunities in Mobile Marketing: The You Tube Version

Hi! It’s been a while since I last posted here. Been very busy with my video training with my awesome, “soon to be client”, taking care of my baby plus there’s the problem of internet connection being very slow. Anyway, I had the chance to attend the webinar (free!) of Sir Jomar Hilario on How to Earn Money using YouTube and Facebook. Since it’s a learning webinar (that’s how great my mentor is!), we have the chance to try it ourselves and thus I decided to make a video of the Business Opportunities in Mobile Marketing, which of those of you who follow me here, I already posted as a Presentation using Slideshare. Until now, have not explored yet how to put together the slides in pixlr as a form of Infographics.

Anyway, I’ll do that soon and share it here. For now, I would like to share with you the output of the YouTube  Video I created through the webinar of Sir Jomar Hilario. Tutorial on this will also be posted soon.

How to Create QR Codes using Kaywa

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Are you familiar with the image? Have you seen one of these in magazines? This is what you call a Quick Response (QR)  Code which is similar to barcode used by retailers to keep track of inventory. It originally came from Japan for their automotive industry. Presently, it has become more popular because of its fast readability and more storage capacity than the UPC barcodes.

In mobile marketing, it can be used for many purposes such as contact information and directions to your business, promotions, coupons and special offers, survey and feedback forms,  and provide details of products and services.

The image above is my very first QR Code for this blog site. I was so amazed of what I have done and made a tutorial on this. Check it below and start creating your own QR Codes.

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Reposting here a post I posted at my awesome group, the Jomar Hilario Mastery Group. This was with regards to my subscription with the Virtual Assistant League of Experts (VLE), the newest mentoring program of Sir Jomar Hilario.

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Sayang di ko ma-avail ang EDSA discount ng Marvellous Deal this month dahil after 24 hours (bukas) pa ma-activate eon card ko. 😦 Last August pa ako nag-transact nito online pero dahil nag-aadjust pa ako kay baby na bago lang nakalabas sa NICU nun, di ko na-asikaso. Another lesson learned. Dapat kumuha na kaagad bago ka pa mag-VA para ready all the time to invest in yourself.

Di ako magastos na tao especially sa financial status namin after sa hospitalization namin ni baby last year, I only spend sa needs ng mga anak ko, sacrificing my own. Pero dahil naniniwala ako sa program ni Sir Jomar Hilario at alam ko ang kakayanan ko, nung magkapera konti yung hubby ko, pinagbigyan ko sarili ko, I downloaded the VA Seminar late last year, then the FBME, tapos ngayon itong bagong Marvellous Deal. Naka-dalawang gig na ako as a VA but I really love learning new things and skills that will benefit me, my family and other people. Para di ako mag-regret sa huli. 🙂

Mobile Marketing

Late last year, I got hold of the December 2012 – January 2013 issue of the magazine, Entrepreneur Philippines, from my sister. It’s quite a while that I haven’t purchased its back issues. I love Entrepreneur magazine just as I love Kerygma. I collect both for the former gives me guides and tips on how to be my own boss while the latter is my source of inspiration in the spiritual aspect.

Anyway, the latest issue of Entrepreneur Philippines features the trending business opportunities in 2013. One of these is Mobile Communication. Just take a look at your Facebook wall, local newspapers, and television ads. A lot of different types of smartphones and tablets are now available in the market with very affordable prices compared to the previous years where only a few can avail.

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According to Mashable, a new study shows that Mobile Web will rule by 2015. People are now spending more time then ever on their mobile phones and this is a great opportunity for businesses to reach consumers using Mobile Marketing. This is what keeps me restless nowadays. Why? Because I believe that this recent trend will greatly benefit FilipinoVirtual Assistants. That this is the right time to evolve as a Virtual Assistant.

Sir Jomar Hilario’s latest post on his website is in line with this. The uprising demands for Virtual Assistants worldwide just pushes me to be more up to date with the latest trends in technology and what necessary skills are needed to compete with this new 409170_10150589011303382_659798381_9122771_460388664_nwave of opportunity, which some say is unlimited.

This is where my new journey starts and I want you to journey with me and let us evolve together as Filipino Virtual Assistants. In the coming weeks, I will be posting topics on tools, programs and websites which are useful in Mobile Marketing. Don’t forget to subscribe here to keep you updated with the latest trends that can benefit us, Filipino Virtual Assistants. Mabuhay tayong lahat! 🙂

photo credit: William Hook via photopin cc

Valentines Day 2013: First Milestone of my VA Career

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I never thought that this year’s Valentines Day (Philippine Time and Date) is now marked as the First milestone of my VA career. I just experienced the feeling which is best describe in a quote, “When you least expect it.” It was on the day of hearts (<3<3<3) that I got my first OFFICIAL GIG as a Filipino Virtual Assistant. Were the emoticons thread started by my super galing mentor, Sir Jomar Hilario and my ever supportive group, Jomar Hilario Mastery Group attracted this? Hmmmm, I even remember I was the first to comment on that thread! (now, I’m having goosebumps!). But one thing I’m sure, it’s God’s gift for me…To show that He loves me and assuring me that everything is under His care if I just trust in Him. Well, that will be another post about my life story on the reasons why I want to be a VA.

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Back to my first ever VA gig which is in Odesk. I applied for this while carrying my baby with special needs at around 3 in the morning of Valentines Day but still night of February 13 in Canada. The job was newly posted and I grabbed the chance to apply. I was already feeling discouraged since I had many applications but never had the chance to be interviewed or hired however I never gave up. One thing so funny about this first gig was that in my profile, I lowered my rate from $5/hr to $2/hr for the reason that after viewing other contractor profiles having the same skills (which I am confident of having), they have an average of $2-$3 rate and this might be the caused why I’m not easily hired. I do have skills more than data entry (thanks to Sir Jomar’s VA assignments!) but does not have enough confidence yet of these newly acquired skills, thus my blog is entitled, The Evolving Virtual Assistant.

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I thought that this first gig of mine was an hourly type where your are paid per hour only to find out while already doing the task that it’s a fixed-type, meaning there’s a fix rate (the budget was $15) and there’s no assurance when you’re going to be paid or that you’ll be surely paid (that’s how desperate I was, you may say). And would you believe that my bid for that gig was ONLY $2 for the whole task?! Anyway, together with my clarifications I was having with the task I opened up to the client that I really thought it was an hourly job type and admitted that it’s my fault not carefully reading the job details and it’s a big lesson learned and that I would still finish the task. I finished it a day before the deadline. What happened next was I got a message this morning from my very 1st client telling me this:

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Wow!! It’s amazing how being honest pays off. From $2, he’s willing to pay me $10 for the task I did. God is always good. For others, this may be a kind of gig not worthy of pursuing, but for me, I take this as a stepping stone to succeed in my VA career. It takes hard work to find an online gig.

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I’m forever grateful to my ever supportive mentor, Sir Jomar and his VAs especially those whom I keep in touch online like Nikki, Trina, Mia, Rachel and Jasmine. I’m not even a member of his exclusive groups like OMC and MMC, what more if I am. Mas grabe pang gig ang makukuha ko!

To those aspiring to be an effective Filipino VA, I’m highly recommending Sir Jomar’s Seminar on How to become an Effective Virtual Assistant. There’s an upcoming event for this. Check it here at http://bit.ly/filipinovatraining .

To those who are already VAs who believe that they can earn more from this career or those who wants to know more about online marketing, you can check Sir Jomar’s website at filipinova.

Evolve as a Filipino Virtual Assistant

Hi! I would like to welcome you to my blog. This will be an interesting blog since this is part of a requirement I need to submit to my mentor, Sir Jomar Hilario which I myself don’t know what lies ahead on my journey of becoming a Filipino Virtual Assistant (FVA). As I learn new skills, tools and programs needed to be an effective Virtual Assistant (VA), I will share it here and you will witness how I will evolve on becoming one.

Why do I specifically mentioned Filipino Virtual Assistant (FVA)? Because I’m proud to be a Filipino and many client foreigners look for Filipino VAs because  of our creativity,  honesty and our ability to manage projects. This is according to existing Filipino VAs as mentioned by Sir Jomar in his seminar I downloaded.

A Virtual Assistant is

In a recent webinar I attended with Sir Jomar, I believed many were enlightened when he mentioned that being a Virtual Assistant is NOT limited to those who write articles. It gives hope to those who are not so good in article writing but have other computer and internet skills which only needs to be developed to qualify as a Virtual Assistant. That is why, to be called a versatile Virtual Assistant, one should not stop from learning new skills, especially skills that are highly paid to be able to evolve as a Virtual Assistant.

Are you interested to become a Filipino VA? Why don’t you attend the upcoming events of Sir Jomar Hilario on:

March 9-10, 2013, Saturday-Sunday, 9am – 6pm for those in Davao and nearby areas.

March 16, 2013, Saturday, 9am – 6pm for those in Manila and nearby areas.

Visit http://bit.ly/filipinovatraining for the details.