Lincolnshire Lockdown V2.0 With #LincsConnect

Lincolnshire Lockdown V2.0 With #LincsConnect

Lincolnshire Lockdown

Lincolnshire Lockdown V2.0 isn’t what we want but we can work together to turn it to our advantage. If you work with #LincsConnect we can get results together. As the country enters its second Covid-19 lockdown on Thursday 5 November we need a plan. Lincolnshire has been in this situation before and as a result we’re better prepared now. Do you have a plan for Lincolnshire lockdown V2.0?  Your first round of plans may have worked well and as a result you’re just needing to make some minor adjustments to keep trading. Perhaps the first lockdown was a disaster for you? As a result you’ve tweaked and manipulated your plan to make it work this time. Good for you, that’s exactly what is needed to keep going.

Free Advertising

We all like something that’s ‘free’ but we probably also know that nothing is truly free! Twitter – that’s free! Facebook and Instagram are also free too so where’s the catch? Simple! If you want ‘free’ advertising you’re going to have to invest your time. By investing your time your posts are more likely to be seen and acted upon. Would you like to know how to do it?

Social Media Interaction

I’ve said it many times before; the clue is in the name. ‘Social’ media should be exactly what it says in the title. Actually ‘talk’ to your followers.

There’s a TV advert for a room freshener implying that the character has gone ‘nose blind’.  In social media terms, if you post, post, post with no interaction your followers will see your posts but they won’t register in their mind.  However, if you ‘talk’ to your followers they’ll remember you as that nice person/business who takes an interest.  Obviously talking to your followers doesn’t mean telling them how good you are and what you have to sell them.  Instead, you need to show an interest in other people to let them know you care about them. Given time they will ask you what you do and what you have to offer.  As a result, you don’t need to do the ‘hard sell’.

 

Lincolnshire Discount Scheme

Would you be interested in joining a local discount/special offer scheme?  A scheme where ‘you’ set your discount level or special offers.  As a result it could lead to more people visiting your social media pages and/or shop and buying your products. Shopping in your physical store, website or virtual store could suddenly be more appealing.  What if the logo is readily downloadable from social media platforms to be stored on a mobile device ready for use when shopping? Matching the downloaded logo from a smart phone with the logo displayed in your window, on your social media page or website to claim a special offer sounds appealing.

What if the download is free? Surely that would make it even more appealing to the shopper. As a result they try your shop over others because they know there is something in it for them. Store cards sound great but often don’t live up to expectations! What if you offered a 5% discount to customers who present the logo? Perhaps you might prefer to have a special offer on selected items rather than all of your stock. It’ll work for service providers too of course.

Feedback Please

Does this discount/offer idea sound good to you?  I really need your feedback (positive or negative) before I decide to take the idea forward so please do let me know your thoughts.  You can leave a comment at the bottom of this blog or email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

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Help Me, Help You

To help me help you please add a link to this blog in your social media advertising.  If you’re talking about Christmas, Christmas gifts, Christmas offers and postage you can add a link to this blog to help explain that you’re trying to compete against ‘the big boys’ but at the same time you’ll be increasing readership of this blog.  With that achieved I’ll be able to reach out to more people to help advertise your business.  We really can help each other.

Incase You Missed It

Local Shopping

Below is a list of some local traders taking part in the #LincsArtCraftHour on Monday lunch times. Please take a look to see what they have to offer. After all, Christmas ‘is’ coming and I’m sure that you’ll agree that it’s good to support our local traders:

Twitter, Facebook & Etsy/Folksy          

Twitter:      @MelLangtonArt Facebook:                       Mel Langton Art

Twitter: @BurtonWardCraft Facebook: BurtonAndWard      Etsy/Folksy          BurtonWardStudio

Twitter:      @origartprints Facebook:        fiduncart

Twitter: @elliestreasures Facebook:     elliestreasures     Etsy/Folksy:    elliestreasuresuk

Twitter    @chrisdobbinart Facebook:     watercolourportraits    Etsy/Folksy:   ChristineDobbinArt

Twitter: @Amanda_Schonhut Facebook:          aschonhutphotography

Twitter:  @jpbphotography Facebook:                 Light And Dreams Photography

Twitter: @Scarletimpress1 Facebook:                    Scarlet Impressions Art                      Etsy/Folksy Scarletimpressions

Twitter:    @EnglandCreate Etsy/Folksy:            Create-England

Twitter:         @ShaliniAustin   Facebook:      Shalini.Austin

Twitter:       @Blackbird1976 Etsy/Folksy:   HDArtandIllustration

Twitter:      @KcbraidsBeads Facebook:                       KC Braids And Beads   Etsy/Folksy:     KCBraidsandBeads.

Twitter: @Anitas_Cards_4U Etsy/Folksy:  HeCraftsAndSheCrafts

Twitter:         @TuluDraws    Facebook:                                Tulu Draws 

Twitter:    @JaneHaighArt Facebook:                         Jane Haigh Country Art

Twitter:     @2021VisualArts Facebook:                            20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Twitter:    @MadeWithMud Facebook:                           Made With Mud Etsy/Folksy:               Made With Mud

Stay Safe

Look after yourselves and you neighbours.  I’ll be back with another blog very soon.

 

Saving The Planet Online

Saving The Planet Online

Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect

Are You Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire? – On The Plus Side…

Try saving the planet online in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect:  Covid-19 has wreaked devastation across the world since the beginning of 2020.  As a result many lives are being lost while others have become (and remain) seriously ill.  ‘Normal’ has changed with travel, work and personal restrictions causing much disruption and heartache.  Finances have been seriously challenged for many but we’ve shown a remarkable resilience and a desire to keep going.  Some industries carry on as normal while others have significantly increased working practices to cope with demand.  Others have suffered greatly with many paying the ultimate price of permanent closure.

On A Positive Note

On a positive note, many of us have adapted to work online.  As a result we’ve seen a significant reduction in pollution, fossil fuel emissions and litter.  From a personal perspective I’ve reduced my travel by taking my work online.

My clients have been able to manage injuries and carry on with their rehabilitation programme under personal instruction while reducing their travel to classes. I Monitor strength and fitness levels regularly with FaceTimes training sessions.  As a result my clients have also had reduced car usage so the reduction in the burning of fossil fuels has been felt even further. We can help to save the planet by going online!

Mandarin Fitness Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Click on the picture to find Mandarin Fitnesses on Facebook and follow me on Twitter @MandarinFitness 

I’m Not Alone

Many people have now turned to working through Zoom and other video sessions while others have been doing it for some time.  I’ve looked around at what others were doing and wondered why it’s taken me so long to catch up? As a result, most of my work is now via FaceTime. I’m certain others will feel the same way I do and will continue to work online.

Authors have been selling online for some time; We’ve become accustomed to buying books for our e-readers and other devices over the years.  Many courses and tutorials have been online for a long time as has shopping.

Local Libraries Are Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire

Local Library Saving The Planet Online in Lincolnshire

Local Libraries – Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Libraries (@lincslibraries on twitter and Lincolnshire Libraries on Facebook) are set to reopen on 13 July 2020.  Phased reopening of larger premises initially and hubs/mobile libraries opening later. Our libraries have really stepped up their online services to keep us all happy.  You can enjoy audio books, e-books or music from their ‘Freegal Music’ selection too.  Visit your library online and free today with your Library card.  If you haven’t already experienced it, now is the time!  Accessing your library from home or mobile device will have the advantage of helping to save the planet, reducing travel.

Are You Looking For A Good Read?

If it’s a good read that you’re looking for and are a regular browser of the amazon or Apple libraries you may have a favourite local author who has been keeping your reading habits and imagination alive.  Some of them have been mentioned in previous blogs of course.  The very imaginative books by local Grimsby author Lynette Creswell who sells her books on Amazon can also be found on Facebook ‘Lynette Creswell Author’ or via her website www.lynettecreswell.wordpress.com  She has a new book of short stories ‘The Cat Thief’ ought to be on your list of ‘must read’ books:

Lynette Creswell Cat Thief e book saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Lynette Creswell – A local author based in Grimsby with quite a collection of published books now has a new book ‘The Cat Thief’ – click on the picture for more information.

Lisa Gabriel in her own words “Successful composer, poet & author of multidimensional fiction…” also has work on Amazon. I happen to know that she is a sculptor too so give her a follow on Twitter @persimew to find out more.

Lisa Marie Gabriel book The Wings To Fly

Another local author that you’ll need to look up is Lisa Marie Garbiel with her book ‘The Wings To Fly’. A great read with lots of local Lincolnshire references and landmarks throughout. Clicking on the picture here will take you straight to her Amazon page and you can follow her on twitter at @persimew

 

How about factual eBooks about growing vegetables in straw bales?  Simon Gibbins has produced both an e-Book and a DVD which can both be purchased through his website www.strawbaleveg.co.uk

Strawbale veg saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Simon Gibbins is based in Waddington, Lincoln but his e-Book and DVD are both available from his website. Click on the picture for more information

Home fruit and vegetable growing has certainly seen an upsurge during the lockdown. Are shopping habits set to change?  Simon will provide the knowledge and tools to start your new journey to local growing.  Are you interested in home grown produce?  Contact Simon through his website or on twitter @strawbaleukman  Simon also has information on twitter about his seed sales as @SeedsSimon

Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire – Lockdown Hobbies

While many of us have utilised the lockdown to learn new skills it’s worth remembering that many businesses have been providing their services online for quite some time.  Rosemary from Inavanti Learning provides language courses on an individual basis with online learning to compliment her sessions. During the lockdown she has moved her classes to exclusively online.

Learning Exclusively Online

Lincolnshire is a large County so it’s important to be able to reach customers wherever they are.  ‘Online’ is the way forward, not just for reach and accessibility but for reducing traffic and helping to look after our planet.  Schools have embraced the technology to keep in touch with students of course.  As the schools return to building based lessons it’s important to know that personalised online learning is still available.  ‘Thank you’ to the dedication and hard work of private tutors like Rosemary and all of the teachers who do such a marvellous job.

Inavanti learn Italian online. Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

Inavanti Learning – click on the picture to go straight to the website. This could be the start of your next journey…

 

Inavanti Video saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

To view the Inavanti Learning video – Click on the picture above. Get a feel for your next learning experience, education while saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

 

Download it – Saving The Planet Online In Lincolnshire

Music is part of the online and download revolution with lots of platforms available to artists of any genre. I often search YouTube to listen to local artists so, as I’m writing about ‘online’ I thought it would be a good time to share some local bands here:

Trak3 is a Grimsby based band singing rap. I’ve chosen ‘Caught Up’ as a featured track here but please keep in mind that other tracks of theirs do contain swearing. Don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @TRAK3_Official

Fancy something different? This very young band from Cleethorpes definitely deserves a listen.  A group of youngsters who have really been doing some great things. They’ve been getting their name around the music scene at home and abroad very successfully too.  Have a listen to ‘Bullet’ and don’t forget to see what else they have on their Youtube channel.  You can also follow Revivalry on Twitter @revivalryband

 

Another great Lincolnshire band destined for big things is Shout Inferno.  They’ve appeared on my tweets and blogs before as one of my featured local bands of the week so it’s no surprise to see them here again.  Have a listen to ‘Holloway’ and give them a follow on Twitter @ShoutInfoerno.

Shout Inferno – Holloway (Live at The Sweet Factory). Click on the picture to go to their youTube channel and hear another great song from their library. You can also follow them on Twitter @ShoutInferno

Yet another great local band, this time from Sleaford.  The Saboteurs have featured several times as one of my ‘Local Bands of the week’ on Twitter and I’m sure you won’t mind if I feature them here too.  This track is called ‘Coraline’ and it’s really worth a listen. Give them a follow on Twitter @sabsbanduk – they pop up there quite regularly.

Follow The Leader

For local, national and international music you need to follow Dave @laamb4 on twitter or visit the website for lots more music and arts information.  As usual, you can click on the picture to go straight to the website:

Link to Laamb website Saving the planet online in Lincolnshire

LaambClick on the picture to go to the website. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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