What a small business can learn from selling a house

Lucy with a For Sale sign (SOLD).

I’m moving house. Can you tell by my frazzled face? I am also moving in with my parents temporarily, but that is a fresh hell I’ll save for wine therapy sessions. Yes, I’m the grown-up child moving back to the nest – my old childhood bedroom to be specific. Please send help and strong coffee. […]

I really liked you. And you spoilt it.

Lucy Beddall looking bored at a table.

The email marketing trap Have you ever signed up for a newsletter from an ethical clothing brand you really like? Or an online supplement company? Or a brand that sells fake tan? All real examples of things I’ve signed up to. And then, they bombard you with emails. Does anyone actually like receiving twice-daily emails […]

The toxic world of bro marketing

Lucy Beddall sipping margarita with a macbook pro being a bro.

I’ve noticed a lot of bro marketing on my social media feeds recently. Especially on my much-loved LinkedIn. It’s brazen, often misleading, and can be quite aggressive. For those unfamiliar with bro marketing, it tempts you with promises of a brand new life with an eight-figure salary, all starting with an e-book that hooks you […]

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for!

Lucy peeping from a wall. Text: It's the quiet ones you have to watch out for!

‘It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for’ – advice from my Mum that stuck with me. She was probably alluding to the shadowy corners of Cinderella’s Nightclub in 1989 – although it was usually me in the shadowy corners drinking Special VAT cider (with a straw). Applying her theory to LinkedIn, it […]

The rise of the cheap logo

Lucy Beddall standing outside with the words The Rise of the Cheap Logo

I seem to be meeting quite a few business owners who have self-made logos, created using Canva or similar platforms aimed at those with basic (zero) graphic design skills. Or I hear ‘someone made it on Fiverr for £20’ or ‘there’s this fantastic free website that generates a business name and logo for you.’ Have […]

Conference freebies: time for a rethink?

Lucy holding an array of tote bags collected from conferences

I love a freebie! Branded corporate gifts and conference giveaways are staples at events from Freshers’ Fairs to professional conferences. But as the focus on environmental sustainability grows, what is the real cost of these conference giveaways? A close look at the conference goodie bag In a recent conference bag, I sweated with excitement as […]

Last orders at the bar! Work experience for the mature crowd

Last orders at the bar! Work experience for the mature crowd.

Does anyone else think work experience should be available to older people? Let me provide some context. How can we be sure we are in the right careers? Decisions made during teenage years shaped your path Most of us decided on futures when we were 17 or 18 (whether that be via university or straight […]

From PJs to shoulder pads – networking in post-COVID times

From PJs to shoulder pads - networking in post-COVID times

Breaking barriers and building trust… over a pint of coffee or beer In a world where our digital interactions can feel robotic, there’s something special about connecting with others in a casual setting. Networking fell out of favour for a while but now it is back. And it’s even more valuable. Hello authenticity We all […]

Unleash your personality: 5 tips for authentic social media marketing

Lucy Beddall - unleash your personality

Let’s face it, marketers often sound like robots. We try to sound professional, polished, and news-anchor posh, all in the hopes of being perceived as credible. But in reality, this approach can come across as bland and boring, and leave your audience feeling uninspired. Tired of sounding like every other marketer out there? It’s time […]

Here’s to 2023!

Swansea Bay

Social media festive break I took a festive social media break over Christmas. It’s about the only time I can get away with it. It’s hard to take a break when you look after social media accounts for clients, but most of my clients stuck ‘See you in the New Year’ posts up, so I […]