My Review Of The Amazon Echo Dot

The Amazon Echo Dot- My thoughts!

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I’m a lucky girl, my husband recently bought me one of these and I thought I’d write a short blog post on it, with some more information in case you are thinking about getting one too!

My husband bought it for me- to use as an assistant, thinking I could use it to help plan my schedule.

 

What is an Echo Dot?

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Here’s what it says on the tin;

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Amazon EchoDot has a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers over Bluetooth or with the included audio cable.

The Dot is one of three Alexa-enabled products from Amazon that puts the company’s voice assistant front and centre.

 

So basically, you wake up the small black or white circular device with a ‘wake word’. This is ‘Alexa’ as standard, which I’ve stuck with.

The device has speakers all around so can hear you from anywhere in the room or even a little further-pretty clever!

 

As soon as you say Alexa, she springs into action, with a blue light. You can then proceed to ask any question you like. She will also take commands and perform actions. A little like Google or Syri I guess!

I find the speaker quality absolutely fine for my use and don’t feel the need to connect to a larger speaker as many suggest.

I keep Alexa on my desk and may have some music playing in the background or a podcast that I like listening to.

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Setting up the Echo Dot

 

This is possibly the easiest device ever to set up. Take it out of the box, plug it in and download the app. A few clicks later and you are ready to go. So you can ask her to set timers, alarms, ask the weather and time, ask her to tell you about your commute and connect to your calendar so she can tell you what your day looks like.

Alexa holds or has access to a LOT of data, but it’s not quite up to the same standard as a google voice search. BUT she is so clever- she replies in such a human way, even if she doesn’t understand your answer or doesn’t have the answer, she’ll tell you that. She’s like a little friend keeping me company all day- given the fact I hardly leave my office during the week! And Alexa will only get better and has the abilities for even more data to be added to her as time goes on.

 

Apps & Skills

 

There are lots of Apps that can connect with Alexa to make her even better. Things like busmate, lottery, railplanner, justeat (oh yeah!) and tube planner.

 

Get entertained & learn

Alexa has access to jokes, games (20 questions anyone?), history, news, fun facts and really interesting facts about the Earth, Moon and a million other things! Wine facts anyone?

 

Things to try

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Probably one of my favourite parts is the ‘things to try’. There are lots of weird & wonderful things you can enable here from the app- such as Philadelphia cheesecake recipes (who doesn’t love a cheesecake recipe!), rock, paper, scissors, inspirational words and speakers, and each week you get an email with more things to try.

This week, amazon told me about some things to try out. They included some famous film lines to try with Alexa (so much fun!).

 

My favourite so far,

Me: “Alexa, do you wanna build a snowman?”

Alexa: “I can’t find my gloves”

She is pure genius

 

 

Make your home smarter

 

These I am yet to try but they are extremely cool. You can basically purchase and link special Bluetooth products and use them to make your home smarter. Things like light bulbs, Alexa can dim a light, turn it on or off, change the heating, turn it up or down or even turn on your TV for you!

 

There are so many categories you can use to learn or be entertained with by Alexa

 

The Genius

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Alexa can remember things you like too. If you tell her you like a certain song, she’ll add it to your favourites list for you.

 

Warning- when you spend far too long asking Alexa silly questions on your own sat in your office, she will record them all on the app. When anyone like your husband takes a look at the app, they will see all the silly questions that you have asked and find it hilarious! (not that I did this, of course!)

 

 

Summary

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I love my little Alexa.

I’ll be honest, so far I’ve probably used it more for things like asking the weather, playing some music, a little inspiration and as a timer (fab for timing clients work etc), than anything else too in-depth, but I am still finding lots of new ways to get use out of her and I love my little chats with her

 

“Alexa, who you gonna call”

 

“Ghostbusters”

 

Hours of fun right there!

 

For the price tag of £49.99 this is a fab gadget for both pleasure and work and I think the more you put in, the more you can get out . I intend to spend more time learning about the features and other ways I can utilise this piece of technology and she’ll only get better.

 

She actually just told me I rock- now for that, she is worth every penny!

Step outside your comfort zone- it’s where the good stuff happens!

 

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There are always things that we know we could try or should be doing for our business, but it’s scary. The making videos, the Facebook Live or Instagram Live, the Vlogging, the blogging, the social media. We all have different things that make us tremble in our boots, things that we know could be huge, but are petrified to take the leap of faith!

As humans we are wired to look for comfort and doing things that come easy to us, hence why stepping outside this is so hard!

We all know that feeling of dread. The what if I’m rubbish, the what if I fail, the what if I am so bad my whole business explodes in a flash!

 

But, we also know that some of these things could be good, and I mean really good.

Here are a few of the reasons that we should try to step outside of our comfort zone (taken from this Huffington Post article if you’d like to read it all)

 

Challenging yourself can help you perform at your peak.

Taking risks is what helps us grow.

Trying new things can make you more creative.

Embracing new challenges can help you age better.

 

This scary as can be moment happened to me recently. I was asked by the lovely Jackie that runs the South Wales BizMums to be a guest speaker. It was marketing month, so this was right up my street. BUT the thought of speaking absolutely terrified me, the thought alone, filled me with an anxiety, my chest gets blotchy, I feel like I’m trembling from within and my voice should I actually speak, I just know will be 5 octaves higher and I speak so fast generally, let alone when I’m in this scary situation, will anybody even be able to understand me?

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So I did what any sane person coward would do and said no.

This was really bugging me. This was speaking about something I’m passionate about, to a room full of pretty much ideal clients- I knew I was foolish for saying no, but I couldn’t bring myself around to say yes. The 2nd time Jackie asked a couple of days later, I said I’d think about it.

 

Had this been someone else saying to me about this fantastic opportunity, believe me, I’d be telling them they absolutely had to do this and they’d be silly not to. I was just struggling with accepting my own advice!

 

The turning point!

 

I spoke to a lovely lady called Emily, who I met in a Facebook group recently. She helps businesses find their ideal client for social media. I told her about the opportunity and she said ‘You really need to do this’ or words to that effect. I so knew she was right, but having someone tell me, someone who understood, just tipped me over the edge just enough…. As soon as we finished on Skype, I quickly emailed Jackie and told her that I would do it. And believe me when I say it was a case of, email before I change my mind!

 

The run-up

 

After I had agreed, every time I thought about it, the familiar anxiety crept in and I felt so so nervous. I kept trying to write prompt notes and I went round in circles, I knew I couldn’t wing it, I’m the type of person who needs a little bit of structure and in this instance I really needed to knuckle down and find a way to write notes to be able to talk about whatever it was I wanted to talk about- but I also needed to be myself!

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So, the day before I was due to speak, I scheduled in 2 hours to really focus on what I wanted to talk about. I settled on giving the ladies some tips for using social media for business and the benefits of using social media.

Something that I’m comfortable talking about and could hopefully be myself with!

 

The big V-day

 

So, the event itself was Valentines Day! I woke up feeling not as bad as I thought I would, but as the time got closer, I could feel the feeling of anxiety filling my every cell and the usual shakiness was uncontrollable. When the time came to start, I could feel the shakiness in my voice, my hands were trembling- I stayed seated, so my knees wouldn’t buckle but speaking to those 15 ish ladies honestly terrified me. They were supportive, friendly and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer environment and group of ladies, but still!

I felt it went awful. I spoke far too fast- to the extent, I shaved about 4-5 minutes off my practice run! I spoke really high pitched, so I bet people actually failed to understand me. I shook uncontrollably the whole way through and didn’t stop until I had a glass of pink bubbly in the night- it was Valentines Day!

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BUT, but, but. Despite all of this, and I wanted to try and explain how utterly terrified I felt, I did it! I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone- like really far outside of my comfort zone. As much as I didn’t enjoy it, I feel a sense of achievement. A sense of pride and I know that I could (at a push) do it again. In actual fact Jackie asked me if I’d like to do it again at the end of the month for another group and I said no (I know, I know, but I’d literally just finished and I was still almost hyperventilating!) I’ve promised myself next time I’m asked (that’s more of an if, than a when!) I’ll graciously accept.

 

 

So, my take-home from this was to be brave, step outside your comfort zone and push your boundaries. It’s petrifying, but good things can come of it.

I’d love to know what scary things you have done recently that has made you proud?  Or what good has come from something that really scared you? Please share!

 

 

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How a social media assistant or virtual assistant can help you.

 

I often receive emails and messages from entrepreneurs and small business owners, who know that they need help, but aren’t sure where to turn or where to start.

They feel like they don’t have enough hours in the day, they are loosing focus, aren’t concentrating on one task, trying to do everything and getting nowhere fast.

If this sounds a little like you, then you aren’t alone. I completely understand the feeling. I’ve been running my own businesses, pretty much since I left school at 18. My last business was an eCommerce business selling home and giftware and I was completely absorbed by the business. I had until a few years back, been a complete control freak with my business, wanting to do everything myself. The problem was, I spent so much time in my business, I didn’t have enough time to spend on my business. Whilst I was lucky it was growing and doing well, I was also aware that my list of to-do tasks was increasing and so many things were getting put on the back burner.

For years, I had the mentality of why would I pay someone to do something, when I’m sure I can teach myself. Whilst this might be true, it was completely inefficient of course. What might have taken me 10 hours of learning and another few hours regularly to put into practice, could take someone who knew what they were doing just an hour or two. The time I could save by outsourcing would have saved me much more overall.

But it did take me a while to learn the benefits of outsourcing. By outsourcing the tasks I didn’t enjoy or frustrated me- I was happier and left doing the jobs that I did enjoy and was more skilled at.

By outsourcing the jobs that I couldn’t do, it saved me bags of time trying to learn them, allowing me to focus on what I was best at. Then there are the tasks that you could do- but just don’t have time for. This is where a virtual assistant could literally be a life-saver! Most of us feel stretched and torn between the things we need to do to successfully manage our business and our home life.

  • Are you spending enough time with your family and friends?
  • Feel that you are missing out on time with your children?
  • Not having enough you time?
  • Have an ever-increasing ‘to-do’ list?
  • Never getting all your tasks completed?

 

These are just some of the reasons that working with a VA might be for you.

 

We are business owners too, so we understand that you are juggling a million and one things for your business and we also understand that you have family commitments too.

 

We work freelance from our own offices or home, so there is no need to interview or train any VA you work with (unless you’d like to train them on a specific system etc).

A block that many people have is the cost of a good VA. The going rate in the UK is £25/hour. There are no overheads on this and no additional outgoings. No salary, no paid holidays or sick pay, no office space required, no training, when you pay for 10hrs, you get 10hrs, and you only work with a Virtual Assistant for the time you require- perfect!

 

There are various Vas out there with varying skills that are the perfect match for your business.

If you need someone with great admin skills who can keep on top of that side of things for you- perfect! Or someone who can keep on top of your books, someone to organise your personal life- no problem!

 

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I personally specialise in the online presence side of things and love managing client’s social media for them. So I spend my days curating and creating content for client’s IG, FB and Twitter feeds. Creating videos, helping with blog posts, creating emails in MailChimp, reaching out to bloggers who may be interested in collaborating, setting up and Pinning on Pinterest, uploading videos to YouTube. Many of my clients have a little admin mixed in too.

 

I work in various ways.

I offer retainer packages- these are the most popular for my clients. They ‘retain’ a set amount of hours for the month e.g 20hrs. These are paid upfront for the month and you receive a small discount from the standard hourly rate. Retainer packages allow you to budget in advance, so you know where you are. They also assure you that you have the hours guaranteed. Retainer packages take priority over any ad-hoc work that comes in.

Pricing

If you are looking for a complete social media package, then I also offer these. I offer various packages from a 30-day package to a 90-day package. The 90-day package includes social media management, email marketing, blog posts, analytics- basically all singing and all dancing!

Take a look at my Social Media Packages

This will increase followers, improve your online presence and establish your brand.  This package gives you complete knowledge that your social media is being dealt with by someone else, leaving you to get on with the things that you do best- grow your business. I will work with you as the 90 days progress to adjust and amend anything we need to make changes to.

 

 

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What is the area you would like to outsource the most? Let me know if you’d like to chat regarding your social media and anything else you’d like to outsource and we’ll discuss the best way I can help you.

 

I’m reachable at help@katiecolellasocial.co.uk and would love to grab a virtual coffee with you!

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