An interview with Paul Green from NN Connect

January 23, 2017

A big thank you to Paul Green of NN Connect for sharing his story with us.  


Taking a break from the podcast

August 5, 2015

Just a quick note to announce that we have a new show planned for release, so in the meantime we will be taking a break. 

See you in January!

Keep The Machine Running

June 30, 2015

I think that there is little doubt that running a business can be in many respects a more challenging way of earning a living than working for someone else, but as those of us that take this path know it has the potential to produce many rewards not available to us in corporate life.

It’s not just the potential financial rewards that we see in our mind when we take the leap of faith to go out on our own, it’s the ability to go to the school assembly and sports day, to take the day for a family event, take our holidays to suit our needs, drive the car of our choice, and to design our life as we wish it to be by being in charge of our own time and destiny.

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How to be the best leader to work for

June 22, 2015

This month, I have the pleasure of attending an event called ‘How To Be The Number 1 Recruiter To Work For.’ It’s an annual conference and always a popular event – and why wouldn’t it be when the title promises so much! Who could resist?

It started my brain whirring though, particularly with this Green Umbrella blog in mind. Maybe you’re not a recruiter but I wondered if the ingredients for being the best leader or business to work for are still the same? In my opinion as Managing Director of ISV Software and a performance coach, yes they are, at least there are certainly aspects which are transferable.

So here are some of my top tips on how to be the best in your field to work with and to work for. Plus these are actually really useful marketing tips for your business too!

To read the full article, please visit


How To Hone Your Customer Service Skills

June 8, 2015

Vicky Boulton, Marketing Consultant for Fuel, talks about the importance of having good customer service skills in your business.

Many organisations assume that their main marketing goal is to woo new customers to their business. But keeping your existing customers is just as important as acquiring new customers, as well as being cheaper and easier of course.


I’ve Been Lazy!

June 5, 2015

Yes, I admit it! I’ve been extremely lazy in 2015.

Do you know that I now have 40+ guest bloggers who contribute to the Green Umbrella blog? It’s like a well-oiled machine. They produce the content along with the audio. We then “top and tail” that content and upload it to our website twice a week. That’s great news for me as I have other people doing the hard work of producing the much-needed content for my website. It’s also good news for the guest bloggers as they have exposure to a large network.

Downloads have decreased in the last two months.

76,000+ downloads on the Online Marketing Audio Blog podcast is nothing to be sniffed at. However, I have noticed a significant decreased in the number of downloads per episode in the last two months. Enough for me to sit back and look at my blogging strategy. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve just rested on my laurels and let other people do the hard work.

My audience is mainly interested in online marketing and social media. We are the experts in social media, however, I have only written a handful of social media related blog articles since January – why is that?

Struggling for time!

Like many business owners, I have struggled to find the time to sit down and write my articles. I have even struggled to produce the top and tail audios for the guest bloggers and on occasion I have missed my deadlines. I can make all the excuses in the world, but the bottom line is that the blog is important if I want our business to be successful. I can not turn a blind eye to the stats. I need to address this issue, sooner rather than later!

The solution for producing more relevant content.

I sat down with a pen and paper (yes, no geeky gadgets!) and started to brainstorm how I was going to achieve the results that I needed. These are some of the suggestions:-

  1. Source guest bloggers who could provide social media related content.
  2. I provide a video each week for the social media coaching club as an education slot, which could be uploaded as a blog (but no audio). (But that is fairly lazy and my audience can always find this content over on YouTube anyway)
  3. I could block time in my diary each week to create this week’s blog. (But as it is only one blog then I will always find more important things to do!).
  4. I could block one day a month to produce good quality social media related blogs for the forthcoming month.

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

In the end, I have opted for number 4. I have experimented with the number of actual blogs that I need to produce each week for optimum results, and two seems to be the sweet spot for Green Umbrella (It’s different for each business).

So I decided that I will produce a guest blog (off topic) once a week and a social media / online marketing related blog once a week. The “Tool of the Day” is very popular, so I will keep this going.

I have allocated a full day in my diary for the next three months where I will batch:-

a) Four x Social Media / Online Marketing blogs – with podcasts / Tool of the day
b) Four x guest blogs – and I will record the blogs and tools of the day on the same day.
c) I have also scheduled time in my diary to upload this content to the LinkedIn Publisher feature, which I am terrible at keeping updated!

d) This will also give me time for my colleague to proofread the articles before I click publish.

Moral of the story

The definition of insanity is to do the same thing, over and over again and expect different results.

One of the main keys to success is to keep an eye on your numbers!

If you see a decreased in any aspect of your business, whether that is traffic to your site, number of likes on your Facebook page or a decreased in your cashflow, then you need to change your process.

Please do not keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results! Don’t be afraid of change, or admit to yourself that something is not working!



Instagram - How to make your company stand out from the crowd

June 2, 2015

Some top Instagram tips here from guest blogger Emma Simkiss. She talks about hashtags, promos and advertising techniques and lots more.


Five Google Chrome Extensions That You May Not Have Tried

May 27, 2015

If being efficient and productive is important for the success of your business, then these 5 Google Chrome extensions are a must.

I also have a bonus extension if you are into office pranks!

For full details and links: click here
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Redundancy and Why It Is Great!

May 26, 2015
Communication is the key to a smooth redundancy process explains Richard Hughes of Click HR. Julia also shares a tool for project management and staff appraisals.

For the full article, and a link to the tool of the day, please visit

How To Avoid Common Computer Problems

May 19, 2015

A large proportion of our work is setting up new computers, repairing hardware failures, upgrading hardware and software, making computers, phones, tablets all talk to each other and extending wireless networks. This is interesting work that also brings great benefits to our clients. However, some of our work is picking up the pieces after a problem has occurred that could so easily have been avoided if the customer had been given a little more information of the issues. The aim of this article is to raise your awareness of some of the more common pitfalls and how they can be avoided.

For the full article and links to the tool of the day, please click here: