Sam Burgess | Marketing Mentor

Sam Burgess | Marketing Mentor Follow

🌱 Helping your creative #smallandmightybusiness to thrive through commercial content marketing advice.
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I’m back from a months break and it’s time to get back down to business.
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I’ve spent four weeks reading (fiction - not business books 😮), sunbathing, relaxing and contemplating. I’ve had a month of reflection and life assessing and I’ve had some personal matters that needed my attention. But what I have learnt about myself if that what doesn’t break you, makes you stronger.
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I hope you’ve all been having a lovely summer, if you’ve emailed me I’ll get back to you soon, same for DM’s and if you’re thinking about kicking your business up the butt then drop me a line as I still have a few spaces for my six month mentoring or 1:1 days for 2018, oh and my ecourse will be back on sale on the 4th September!
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#summervibes #smallandmightybusiness #smallbusiness #selfmadewoman #smallandmightystories #creativecommunity #wearethecreativeeconomy #lakegarda #mycreativesummer_inthewater
Today I’m in beautiful sunny Oxford to teach my once again, sold out, “How to Build Your Brand on Instagram” workshop.
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I’ve never been here early in the morning when it’s quiet and there are no tourists. It’s been lovely to have an hour to walk around and snap some pics and take in the breathtaking architecture. Had I ever been “book smart”, I’d have love to attended university here, what a wonderful place to study.
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Off to get ready to greet my students, wishing you a wonderful sunny Saturday where ever you are (and even though I don’t care much for football, come on England, make us proud!)
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#oxford #instagramforbusiness #ukpotd #guardiantravelsnaps #bbcbritain #prettylittlecities #thisisbritain #creativelifehappylife #visitbritain #lovegreatbritain #thisismykingdom #instabritain #architecture_hunter #smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories
I don’t know about you, but this weekend I felt more like I was in Mallorca (where this snap was taken) rather than good ol’ Blighty!
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So much talk of the 🔥 “heatwave of 1976” I’m wondering if one day I’ll be talking about the “summer of 2018” - I have to say, as a summer baby, I am loving it. I’m getting all charged up in vitamin D and stockpiling for winter months. I suffer so much in the winter, the paler I get the further down my mood goes.
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How have you been enjoying the glorious weather? ☀️ I have eaten so many Crunchie blasts I may become part dairy! 🍦
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories
#ukheatwave #sundaystories #momentsofmine #greatbritishsummer #cornersofmyworld #thisismykingdom #cactuslover #escapetheordinary #guardiantravelsnaps #mallorca
One of my absolute favourite places to spend time, is in my “Small and Mighty Business Community ” Facebook group. It’s such a lovely supportive community of over 500 small business owners, mainly in the U.K. but we’ve got members from all over. Every single person is cheering every other business on and it just makes my heart sing. I have big plans for the group (and not enough time!) and I can’t wait to see it continue to bloom and flourish. 🌱🌸
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Facebook has such a bad reputation and I know many businesses are no longer using it, and that’s cool, you don’t need a business page, you just need a personal profile (and anyone who knows any of the things I teach, knows that you need to be showing up in Facebook groups to add value, share your knowledge and expertise and build connections 😉).
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👥If you’re not yet part of the community; click the link in my bio @socialmouthsam and come and join us. We’ll be there to welcome you with open arms. 🥂 🤗

#smallandmightybusiness #communityovercompetition #creativeeconomy #thecreativeclass #createcultivate #womenwhocreate #womensupportingwomen #liftupothers #smallandmightystories #facebookgroup #creativelifehappylife
Summer vibes! ☀️
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I am just loving this gorgeous weather and even better than that, is that my house is now BUILDER FREE!! 🎉
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Thank you so much for all your lovely DMs on my before and after photos on Stories this weekend of my house and for all of your support during what, quite frankly, has been the most stressful three months. Building work is hard going at the best of times but when you work for yourself, and at home, it’s incredibly hard work. Thank goodness for noise cancelling headphones! I’ve gone through no less than eight sets of batteries and have lived in my own little world. Monty has been so incredible during it all, you hear horror stories of pets acting out due to stress but he’s been an absolute trooper and has been unfazed by it all, which for such a nervy dog I am so surprised at. I’ve been truly lucky that he didn’t add to all the worry. 💓
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📺 On another note, if you haven’t caught up yet, my first IGTV episode went live on Friday talking about where to channel your Instagram content with the addition of yet another platform, within the app. Thanks for all your lovely feedback on it, I’m so glad it’s helped and even more proud to see so many of you leap straight in and film a video. Just remember though, IGTV has its own app as well, so remember to introduce yourself in your first video so new viewers know who you are and what you do. Keep up the good work, I’m loving watching your videos! 😘
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #miniaturedachshundsofinstagram #creativelifehappylife #creativeentrepreneur #igtvcommunity #igtv #momentsofmine #feelthefearanddoitanyway
✨Did you see my announcement on Stories last night?💜
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In short, I announced my super exciting collab with @anthropologieeu! I’ll be hosting an exclusive Instagram Stories workshop at their Spitalfields, London store on July 12th 6pm-8pm!
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🎟 ***edit*** Tickets now on sale via the “Get Tickets” button underneath the link in my bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #wisteriahysteria #myanthropologie #londoninbloom #smallbusinesslove #smallbusinessmarketing #creativeworkshop #creativelifehappylife #bethereorbesquare #londonworkshop #londonevents #spitalfields #britaininbloom #theprettycities
One of the best things about my job, is all the places I get to go!
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Admittedly I don’t travel internationally for work (not yet anyway), with the exception of Mallorca last month,, but I do get to visit all different parts of the UK.
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In April, I delivered a workshop  at @whitespacealresford on behalf of @herostockbridge which meant I got to spend two night in a gorgeous converted barn @airbnb, it’s little perks of the job like this that nobody tells you about when you’re first setting up.
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What perks of the job did you not expect when you started working for yourself?
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#smallandmightystories #smallandmightybusiness #airbnbhomes #winchester #alresford #creativelifehappylife #selfmadewoman #creativeeconomy #smallbusinesslove #tuesdaystogether #dreamersanddoers #lessworkmorelife
Earlier this week, I had to do a runner.
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I woke up to find the builders had decided today was the day to knock through into our current very limited living space.
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I grabbed Monty, some knickers and my laptop (all the important things), threw them in a bag and headed to the train station.
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The building work we’re doing right now, is somewhere between essential and extravagant and I can’t wait for it to be done. I don’t cope well with change, even good change. I am driven by routine and am happiest when things are organised and surfaces clear. Mess, missed deadlines and less than 50% phone battery, upset me greatly.
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I don’t think I realised how stressful I would find the building work, how my anxiety would come out the closest and plague me every day. And how hard I would find it to remain positive. My energy levels have been zapped.
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We’re nearer the end than the beginning now and yesterday our bifolds went in (see Stories). As I went to bed last night, I couldn’t help grinning at the new space and thinking that the stress has actually been worth it.
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Happy Sunday everyone. I’m going for a walk in Richmond Park and escape the smell of drying plaster - which smells a lot like wet dog.
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What are your Sunday plans?
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #greatbritishsummer #escapetheordinary #ukpotd #cornersofmyworld #prettylittletrips #guardiantravelsnaps #cotswoldstone #thisismykingdom #escapebag #lovegreatbritain
A very good friend said this to me recently and I don’t think anyone has ever called me a gem 💎 before. As someone rather partial to the sparkly stuff I was quite chuffed.
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But you know what I want to throw this to all of you because you’re a gem, yep you! As small business owners were all under pressure every day but when life gets rocky just remember, pressure makes diamonds. 😉 💎
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallandmightystories #tuesdaystogether #womenempoweringwomen #liftupothers #creativeecosystem #creativeentrepreneur #smallbusinesslove
Sun-laze. That’s what I’ve been doing today.
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The June #smallandmightystories challenge is off to flying start, if you’d like to join in sign up to my newsletter (the 🔗 is in my bio 👉🏻 @socialmouthsam) and the prompts are available in the free resource library. There’s 21 prompts for June (to give you breathing space) and there’s a set for service businesses and one for products. Spread the word as April’s challenge had 717 businesses in 13 counties taking part and I’d LOVE to beat that this time. I’m not participating myself because I wrote  these prompts to help you grow your audience, increase your sales and create confidence on camera. I am however always watching and shaking my Pom-poms for you!
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So grab your business buddy, download the prompts and sign up to my Facebook group (the small and mighty business community) and start seeing some serious results!
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#smallandmightybusiness #smallbusinessisbigbusiness #shopindependent #justacard #campaignshopsmall #doitfortheproccess #creativelifehappylife #cherishandrelish_june #creatorsgonnacreate #makelight
• 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