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Getting Started with Social Media Analytics

Janet Hill | Oct 15th, 18 | Business

Good morning and welcome to another week in The Hills! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend? What have you been up to? We celebrated my mum’s 80th birthday on Saturday and during the dinner I sat back and watched how vibrant and so full of life she still is. ...


Mythbusting SEO: What it is and why you need it

Janet Hill | Oct 8th, 18 | Business

Good morning - and welcome to a brand new week! Whilst we have been talking a lot about social media and print marketing lately, we have been skirting around the issue of webdesign and SEO. Ah yes, SEO! Those three little letters that can throw your business brain into a frenzy of ...


Tales of Inspiration - Motivating the Creative Movement with your story

Recently, when the nights have been drawing in and after I have spent the day researching and talking to our brilliant Club members, I have been taking some time out to listen to the wonderful Holly Tucker’s podcast - Conversations of Inspiration. As a small business owner, I am drawn to ...


When to post on Social Media

Janet Hill | Oct 1st, 18 | Business

Good morning and welcome to October! It’s been a whirlwind summer for many of us, and work routines are already settling in. Now is the ideal time to dig out that content planner and start to look at your Q4 marketing campaigns and targets.


The Hills Meets - Mary Hill

Janet Hill | Sep 26th, 18 | WellbeingBusiness

We are passionate here at The Hills about supporting small businesses, growing a connected community of wonderful people, championing rural enterprise and promoting sustainable living. But sustainable living doesn’t need to only mean ‘eco-friendly’ as it does to many. For many of us, the choices we make in how we live ...


5 steps to creating the perfect Facebook Page for your business

Janet Hill | Sep 24th, 18 | Business

Can you believe that we are in the last week of September? That means for business owners Q4 is just around the corner, and with that comes festive campaigns, end of year targets and setting goals for the next year. This week we’re here to chat about how you can make ...


The Juggle is Real - Managing a Chronic Illness

Janet Hill | Sep 19th, 18 | WellbeingBusiness

We all know the virtues and benefits of shopping small. In fact, I’ve written a whole blog post about it. Rewarding the passion and knowledge of a small business owner; developing a relationship that goes far beyond money changing hands; a more sustainable and ethical brand of consumerism; supporting the local ...


10 Key Items to Send in Your Newsletters

Janet Hill | Sep 17th, 18 | Business

Good morning and welcome to the week! How are your campaign plans shaping up for the next few weeks? The internet is about to get INCREDIBLY noisy with all the sales, promotions (Black Friday / Cyber Monday I'm looking at you) and general advertising that's about to kick off. Now is ...


6 proven ways to kickstart your sales this September

As we edge towards Q4 (can you believe it?!), lots of us are thinking about Christmas campaigns and even opening the order books for next year. After the relaxation and slowing down of summer, and frantic new school year beginnings, it's completely normal to feel the draw to focus back on ...


Why Comparison is a Fool’s Errand

Janet Hill | Sep 5th, 18 | Business

“Comparison is the thief of joy,” or so said Teddy Roosevelt. Coco Chanel was a little more bristly when she declared: “I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”


How to boost your rural business with Influencer Marketing

Janet Hill | Sep 3rd, 18 | Business

Welcome to September! Autumn is here in our editorial calendar and I am excited to start featuring more cosy content over on The Hills. This means that we will be featuring some new guest writers, experts and influencers. For those of you that are new to creating content for your business, ...


The Hills Meets - Puffin Prints

I’m delighted to bring you another edition of our ‘The Hills Meets’ series and today we are chatting to the lovely - and wonderfully talented - Rachel Bennett of Puffin Prints. As you know, here at The Hills we have long felt that having a connection with the natural world is ...


Our Summer Round Up

Good morning! Can you believe it is almost the end of August and the start of autumn? In The Hills diary, the 1st of September marks a seasonal shift for us when we will begin to look at our autumn/winter content and are very excited to start documenting the change of ...


How to develop your rural business brand in 5 easy steps

Janet Hill | Aug 27th, 18 | Business

Country Living has it. So does Barbour, Adnams, Ivor Williams! And many other less well-known but very successful country businesses...What are we talking about? Your brand.The idea of branding your business may be scary… confusing, even a little overwhelming. After all, creating something that represents the meaning, value and ethos of ...


Building Our Members through Personalised Support

Janet Hill | Aug 22nd, 18 | Business

Here at The Hills, we are committed to working closely with our Club Members to help them feel confident in their business. That may be through our close-knit networking and support opportunities, expert articles and web workshops, and through The Hills support in promotion and marketing training. We are working with ...


Five simple steps to achieving all your business goals

Janet Hill | Aug 20th, 18 | Business

Today, we're going to be talking about goals and target setting. We have talked a lot over the past couple of months about social media campaigns, marketing and engaging with your audience, but how do you know if what you are doing is working?


Shopping Small In Your Community

One of the pleasures I take in visiting smaller towns and villages in North Wales derives from the variety I see on the high street. Unlike cities and towns where small businesses have been beaten by the lowest common denominators of ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’, local businesses create colour and diversity. They’re ...


The Hills Meets - Lady and the Tramp

As you well know, here at The Hills we are crazy about our pets and all wildlife, and we take great pride in giving our furry friends the best lives possible. We have our resident vet expert Dugie here to give advice on their health and wellbeing, and we’re now lucky ...


5 steps to creating a powerful direct mail campaign

Janet Hill | Aug 6th, 18 | Business

Good morning! Today we are mixing thing up a little bit and whilst last week we looked at growing your email list, digital content isn't the be all and end all to your marketing efforts. For some of us, direct mail, leaflets and print materials are just as important, and so ...


The Hills Meets - Jo Smith

It’s been a jam-packed summer, and I am thrilled to be getting out and about and spending time with our newest members of The Hills Members Club. Most recently, I met up with Jo Smith to find out more about her incredible talents and her passion for small businesses and rural ...


Developing Trust and Relationships in Your Beautiful Business

Janet Hill | Aug 1st, 18 | Business

As you know, The Hills promotes small rural businesses, the all too-often unsung heroes and beauties of our British countryside. It has been my long-held belief that these hidden gems needed a quality platform from which they could really display their worth, and four months in, we are in no doubt ...


How to use your blog to grow your email list

Janet Hill | Jul 30th, 18 | Business

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend and I am going to jump straight in this week by exploring your content further, specifically blogging and building a list. Over the last few weeks we have discussed your social media calendar and content creation, being consistent with your newsletter efforts ...


The Hills Meets - Stoneworkz

We’re taking some time today here at The Hills to look more closely at one of our growing number of fabulous directory businesses: Stoneworkz, based in Denbigh and online. This thriving business has taken an ancient craft - stonemasonry - and turned it into something thrillingly contemporary, helping their clients create ...


Business-Boosting reasons to sign up to Niche Business Directories

Janet Hill | Jul 23rd, 18 | Business

Good morning Hills members! Did you have a wonderful weekend? Following on from our conversations surrounding marketing and the options you have available to you outside of social media, today I want to chat about Business Directories. Now, you are all of course members of The Hills Members Club, but aware ...


Social media is important, but its not everything...

Janet Hill | Jul 16th, 18 | Business

Good afternoon Hills members! Well, it would seem that my promise you get you an action email every Monday ‘morning' has been scuppered in the first instance! Maybe I need to do those consistency action points myself this week?! Today I thought it important to chat about what we can do ...


Importance of Consistency in Effective Marketing

Janet Hill | Jul 9th, 18 | Business

Good morning and welcome to a new week and the first of our business blogs especially for you!! As a Club Member of The Hills, you are dedicated and committed to growing your business, just as I am passionate about helping you! Together, we are here to take action and I am ...


The Hills Meets - Mark Fetherstone “Fetherstone Photography”

I’ve spoken lots about the arts and creative businesses here on The Hills recently - just last week we had the opportunity to chat with Murdering The Text playwrites on their booming murder mystery business, and we are going to continue today to delve further into the creative hive of The ...


Take The Leap

Janet Hill | Jul 4th, 18 | Business

What’s that saying, ‘find a job that you love to do and you’ll never work another day’s work in your life? I’m sure we’ve all had those days when we are daydreaming about our passions, wishing we were anywhere but at the desk/car/office.


Why Less Equals More

Janet Hill | Jun 27th, 18 | Business

I listened to Seth Godin speaking about what he termed ‘The Culture of More’ recently. I always find his work - whether it’s one of his insightful microblogs at Seth’s Blog or one of his fascinating, pacy Akimbo podcasts - quick to engage with, thought-provoking and the perfect length when you’re ...


The Hills Meets - Welshot Photographic Academy

Janet Hill | Jun 22nd, 18 | LeisureBusiness

As you know, we have a diverse range of members in The Hills directory, from gardeners and artists to cheese makers and photographers! Today I introduce you to Lee Iggulden, owner of both Welshot Photographic Academy and The Kiwi Social. At Welshot they believe that you don’t need to have the latest, ...


United We Stand: Collaboration is The Way Forward

Janet Hill | Jun 20th, 18 | Business

If you are like me, the Hills members and so many of us entrepreneurial types - business owners, freelancers, sole traders, side hustlers; whichever label you prefer - its common to choose a more ‘pioneering’ work/life style because we simply love doing our own thing.


Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe - How to work with people who make your heart sing!

Laura Cutress | Jun 13th, 18 | Business

The internet is a busy place. Did you know that every second, 6000 tweets are published on Twitter?! Add to that 660,000 business in the UK started up in 2016… that’s a lot of perceived competition for a small startup, creative or entrepreneur! In this digital age, a business in the ...

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