Sam Burgess | Marketing Expert

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• A week to remember •
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I’m back from Mallorca and from @thebrand_stylist retreat. I’ll be honest, I expected to come back full of business advice to put into practice. I totally got that, but what I really learnt was that I need to slow down and I need to apply the vigour I put into my business, into my home life. I need to start taking my own advice and I need to look after myself as I hate to say it or even to admit it, but I’m teetering on the edge of burnout. It’s been an emotional week, especially when you realise you’ve been running on empty for so long. It’s been cathartic to let it all out and talk about how I’m feeling and feel safe to do so.
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With this is mind, I may well be a bit quiet around these parts as I address what I need to do and how to take my business forward in a way that makes me happy but most of all, keeps me calm and sane. I need this for me, and so I can best serve you guys! The biggest change is that I’m going to have to start saying, thank you, but no thank you. Which is an enormous step for me as I never like to let people down.
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A huge thank you to @andthrive and @thebrand_stylist for giving me clarity in a way I didn’t even realise I needed and a huge hug and thank you to all the other retreat attendees - you’re all amazing.
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#smallandmightybusiness #thebrandstylistretreat #mallorcagram  #calafiguera #worklifebalance #adrenalfatigue  #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #empoweryourself #womeninspiringwomen #livewithpurpose #ownit
Wisteria Hysteria. I just can’t get enough!
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Spring is almost over, the trees are turning bright and green, the days are longer and lighter and it makes me so happy. I struggle with SAD in the winter and take vitaminD supplements to help me chirp up a bit, I usually always have a winter holiday to help break it up, but this year it wasn’t an option.
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We’re ever closer to the end of our building work and I can’t wait to sit in the garden with a pimms!
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Hope you’ve had a lovely Monday! Keep an eye on my stories as i’m heading to Mallorca tomorrow for the @thebrand_stylist retreat and I can’t wait!
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💫 Don’t forget: #smallandmightystories June challenge starts June 1st; sign up to my mailing list to get access to my free resource library including the challenge link in bio 👉🏻 @socialmouthsam
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#wisteriahysteria #britaininbloom #ukpotd #cherishandrelish_may #southdowns #smallandmightybusiness #guardiantravelsnaps #bbcbritain #bbctravel #visitbritain #icu_britain #capturingbritain_rural #chasingfacades
Well! My previous post seemed have resonated with so many of you. I am delighted. Let’s all bask in the sun together. 🙌🏻
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✈️ ☀️ 📝 This time next week I’ll actually be in the sun as I will be in Mallorca (or is it Majorca? 🤔) on @thebrand_stylist’s awesome business retreat! I booked it eleven months ago and have been waiting eagerly for it, I can’t believe it’s almost here!
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💰 Have you invested in your business? Whether it be a course, spending time with an expert or going on a four day retreat?
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I’ve said it before and although I believe you should keep every pound prisoner in your business, you should still invest in it. What have you invested in this year, for your business? Be it a course, workshop or hiring a specialist?
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #communityovercompetition #createthelifeyouwant #mycreativebiz #creativelifehappylife #smallbusinesslove #abmlifeisbeautiful #weeklyfluff #miniaturedachshund
Competition? I don’t believe in it. Sounds daft doesn’t it?
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I believe there’s enough space for us all, to coexist side-by-side, not jostling for space. Sadly others don’t always have the same view and occasionally competition manifests itself in the green eyed monster (I’ve had first hand experience of this), where it can get quite ugly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
How can you not believe in competition?? I hear you ask. Well, we may be similar and have similar businesses and products and services, but you are you, and you will always have your own spin, your own brand and personality and your own uniqueness, so really there is no competition.
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BUT and this is a big BUT, if you do feel someone is snapping at your creative heels, put on your running shoes and pick up speed, let it spur you on, light a fire in your belly and ignite your passion, because often when there’s a threat your creativity goes off the charts.
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But in the meantime, let’s all cheer for each other and bask in the sun 💛 ☀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#smallandmightybusiness
#smallandmightystories
#communityovercompetition
#creativeeconomy #thecreativeclass
#createcultivate #womenwhocreate #womensupportingwomen #liftupothers
🎤 Today I’ll be speaking at @pulselondonshow on my favourite topic! Building an Instagram Community  that BUYS!! No-fluff, no secret “hacks” as to how to get lots of followers or be “insta-famous”.🙄 I’m just sharing my knowledge from 15 years in retail, working for independents and for Global bands and what I know gets results!
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💫 I’ll be sharing a marketing methodology that WORKS, that hundreds of small businesses are using and seeing a return on their time investment. Yep, profit my friends, we’re talking about making money from your marketing! 📈
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🎤 💬Catch my talk, 3pm today at the Shoptalk Theatre and prepare any social media marketing questions you have as I’ll be answering your questions on and off the stage.
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#pulse18 #pulselondon #instagramtips #instagramforbusiness #smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #socialmediamarketingtips #mycreativebiz #creativeliving #sundaystories
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📸 @katiespicerphotography
🌸What season are you?🌸
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Spring is probably my favourite time of the year and according to the @thebrand_stylist I’m a Spring brand (you can work out your own brand over on her website, the link is in Fiona’s bio).
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Spring is said to be “Creative, inspirational, bursting with energy and full of life, the Spring personality is warm, approachable and fun to be around. Excellent communicators and lovers of clarity and simplicity the Spring personality is often described as spontaneous, proactive and forward thinking.” I’ve self-assessed my brand, and I think Spring sums me up pretty well, what do you think?
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Before a 1:1 day (of which I am booking for August onwards) I ask all my clients, if they haven’t already been through a branding process, to work out and share their season with me. It’s not just about colour and fonts, it’s about words and emotions, and that is fundamental to marketing! I need to help you find your voice. The voice that connects with your customer and cuts through the noise.
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Have you completed Fiona’s season exercise?  I’d love to know what season you are!
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #springwatch #cotswolds #britaininbloom #worldinbloom #coloursofbritain #springinbloom #springissprung #soenglishithurts #thisisbritain #bbcbritian #guardiantravelsnaps #instabritain #prettylittleengland #prettylittletrips #colourpsychology
Back in Feb I delivered a workshop at @onegirlband_ in Brighton to a group of amazing creative women.
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One Girl Band is the brainchild of @lolahoad_ and this motivational print on the wall spoke to me! I love it! I need one in my office, Lola I couldn’t have said it better!!
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If you can’t read it, it says:
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Good things come to those who work fucking hard 💪🏻
dream all you want, but do the fucking work 💭
Keep that head up and don’t let the fuckers break you 👊🏻
You are capable of amazing things, remember that 💫 
Use these capabilities and get what you want out of life
It’s there for you to use it. Use it with your hands, your heart, your pen
Close those blogs and read a book 📚 
Make up your own motivational quotes
Obsess over something until you are beautifully in over your head
Get up early. Drink the coffee.
Do the work. ☕️ ✏️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #onegirlband
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#mycreativebiz #tuesdaystogether #creativebiz #motivateyourself #dothework #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition #abmlifeisbeautiful #glitterguide #calledtobecreative #livecreatively
Home Sweet Home. 🏠 💕
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These past three days I’ve had an unplugged break with Mr SM and @socialmouthmonty, enjoying the beautiful Cotswolds. Living apart has been really hard and this weekend was a reward for us living through the chaos! We’re more than half way through the big build with just two weeks left before I move back home and around six weeks before the build is finished. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our long weekend was much needed and I feel refreshed and revived after enjoying good food, fresh air and family time and I couldn’t resist scooping up lots of new kitchen goodies in the homewares section @daylesfordfarm!
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What have you been up to this weekend?
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#smallandmightybusiness #cotswolds #chasingfacades #thisisbritain #visitbritain #lovegreatbritain #instabritain #bbctravel #thisismykingdom #cornersofmyworld #prettylittletrips #cntraveler #ukpotd #airbnb #escapebag
Out of office. 🚗 ☀️
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I am packing my bags and heading for a long weekend in the Cotswolds with Mr SM and @socialmouthmonty.
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This trip has been in the diary for a while as we planned it as a reward for living through the chaos of the build, living apart and for having such a busy year work wise. I know my consistency hasn’t gone unnoticed by you lot so this weekend I’m having a much needed break. The cottage we’re staying at doesn’t have WiFi, admittedly I didn’t check that before we booked and the thought of no WiFi is quite 😱 But I’ve packed some playing cards, there are three pubs within walking distance and I’m planning on drinking lots of cider and thrashing the husband at Rummy. 🍻 ♦️ Oh as well as doing @bleakhouse.london’s latest Million Miles walk, which is a timely coincidence!
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Today’s #fridayfeeling post is a little reminder for me, to enjoy every moment and to be grateful to you lot, without you all I wouldn’t have a business and I wouldn’t be able to go on lovely mini (or big) breaks.
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Take two today to reflect on all that you have, all that you aspire to have, and everything in between. 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you’re feeling up to it, share in the comments what you’re grateful for, big or small as I’d love to know.
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Bon bank holiday weekend friends! 💋
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #communityovercompetition #createthelifeyouwant #mycreativebiz #creativelifehappylife #smallbusinesslove #abmlifeisbeautiful
💥 NEW WORKSHOP DATES ARE NOW LIVE 💥
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Due to popular demand I’ve booked two dates in for my sell-out “How to Build Your Brand on Instagram” workshop, one in Twickenham (23rd June) and one in Oxford (7th July). I only released the tickets a few hours ago and they’re all ready selling out! 😱With 12 spaces for Twickenham and 10 for Oxford you’ll need to be quick!
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💬Any questions, just shout!
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #instagramforbusiness #prettylittlelondon #libertyoflondon #instagramtips #mycreativebiz #creativelifehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #creativityeveryday #progressoverperfection #communityovercompetition #creativeliving #femalebusinessowner #designyourlife #createthelifeyouwant #dontquityourdaydream #createyourlife #youareincontrol #nationalsmallbusinessweek
🌟 This weeks to do list courtesy of @emma_giacalone_textiles. 🌟 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💖Have you checked out Emma’s profile? She is unbelievably talented and everything she makes, I want! So so so clever.
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📝What’s on your to-do list this week? I cannot believe #smallandmightystories is over! Just because you missed it for April doesn’t mean you can’t do it this month, the link is in my bio, download the prompts and start tomorrow! Lots of people are starting in May so head over to the Facebook group and drum up some support for May! Who’s in?
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#smallandmightybusiness
#creativelifehappylife #creativitywithmeaning #creativityeveryday #progressoverperfection #communityovercompetition #creativeliving #femalebusinessowner #designyourlife #createthelifeyouwant #dontquityourdaydream #createyourlife #youareincontrol
Happy Sunday! 😊 💤
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This weekend I’ve been enjoying spending time with my husband who I have hardly seen these last few weeks. I’ve been to see my house / building site and cried 😢 a little bit over what a mess everything is. I know it will be worth it in the end but the dust, the boxes, the freezing cold draft, the inability to move for stuff was a little overwhelming, I’m very glad I’m living at my mum and dads!
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Enough of  that though, as I sound very spoiled and ungrateful. You will have noticed on my insta that I adore these signs, and they can be found all over London (and other cities) by @notestostrangers - I find myself hunting them out. My husband has been snapping them for me during my time away from London and he snapped this one for me and I thought I’d share with you all.
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That’s the thing as creatives, we’re all unique. 💓
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories
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#abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeisbeautiful #mycreativelife #mylondon #london_enthusiast #sundaythings