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Did you ever want to have a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title – for something?

September 25th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

17 October 2014 Your chance to go for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the most  people attending a  speed-networking event

Busy on 17th of October?

There is an event coming up on the 17th October – the next Entrepreneur Brand Accelerator in London.

Some of you may already know that I recently completed the Key Person of Influence programme, a programme which helps entrepreneurs improve on several aspects of how they are seen so that new business and opportunities flow towards them. I met great people, revved up my business, wrote the first draft of my book, and am continuing to reap the benefits. This event is an intro to that and if you visit you learn a LOT – a whole new way of looking at business.

What makes this event special is that the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title of “most people attending a business speed-networking event” is up for grabs

The event is educational – with business experts who will deliver the latest strategies to grow a business.

An eye opening educational networking event

In my experience of events run by Entrevo, they are a cut above – educational, entertaining, the time speeds by, and you meet great people. Entrevo know how to run quality, professional, life enhancing entrepreneurial events.

If you are planning on doing any business networking this next month – this is going to be amazing. My good friend Darshana, who runs the UK part of Entrevo, is a wise one – and says:

“if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”

Are you afraid of speed networking?

I know – I have been there and done it. I actually sort of met Darshana at a speed networking event. Ask one of us to tell you the story some time. Once you get over the awkwardness, it’s really fun (and kind of efficient). The real magic comes with the follow up.

Some simple tips on making the most out of speed networking:

  1. Smile – it’s ok to stumble over your words, and mess up – people wont judge you as much as you think
  2. Get their details – ask for people’s business cards – and bring yours in case people ask for thiers
  3. Connect with people on LnkedIn afterwards – and include a personalise mssage with the connection request
  4. Look people up after, and tailor your follow up based on not only what you remember them saying, but what you can discover from their online profiles
  5. Enjoy it and have fun – the people you meet at this event could be your future friend, client or strategic partner, but in the beginning, they are just another warm human to connect with.

Your perk for reading this

Since you are reading this, you can attend for £19 instead of the usual price of £49. Just follow this link for tickets

Check out the video here:

Simantov Newsletters – a showcase of 4

September 22nd, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Every time we do one of our own newsletters, it’s a huge team effort and requires a combination of our planning, concept, illustration, writing, coding, formatting, and attention to detail skills. One of our clients is Simantov, and having seen how we do ours, decided they would like us to take care of theirs too! So far, we have done four, and we love them. Below are the headers and the footers and links to the full versions. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

What’s new and useful in digital marketing social media and technology – September 2014

September 21st, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Changes are afoot - September 2014 - What's new and useful in digital marketing and technology - by Keren Lerner - Top Left Design

Changes happen so quickly in our industry – the industry of marketing, social media and technology. New tools and apps keep being launched, add ons and upgrades, social media networks changing their minds all the time, new stats and insights, and social media success and failure stories for brands big and small.

Today, in light of our latest newsletter theme which is “changes are afoot”  - we will start with three (always a good number) which I believe are immensely relevant, helpful and useful.

I have a social media tip, a tool we use for task management at TLD, and a new way to think about your website. I hope you find these things as useful as I do! Read the rest of this entry »

Lessons Learned: An Intern’s Reflections on Working at Top Left Design

September 14th, 2014

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Kate Hampshire - who interned at TLD in August/September 2014

Hello, I’m Kate, and for the last three weeks I’ve been working as an intern at Top Left Design. From researching themes for websites, to organising an office surprise party, I’ve done and learned a lot during my time here. So without further ado, here are my top 9 lessons learned while working at Top Left Design.

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Keren speaks – where you will find me speaking in the final few months of 2014

September 5th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Keren Speaks - social media, digital marketing, blogging, improving your presence online

We’re on the home stretch of 2014 – and after a summer of getting super efficient here at TLD, I am finding myself being asked to speak at a number of events. Here is a run down of what I have said “yes” to!  Read the rest of this entry »

6 digital marketing truths you should be aware of, even if you ignore the rest.

August 10th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Digtial Marketing Truths that you need to be aware of

If you feel like things in digital marketing move too fast, you’re right. Things change all the time. I might spend ages creating a video on how to shorten URLs for Twitter and then a better way might come along, meaning I have to do that video all over. But there are certain things – thought processes, concepts, and cold hard truths – that are just always true – when it comes to marketing yourself, your business or organisation online. Here are 6 of them.

It’s not about making a sale, it’s about making an impression Read the rest of this entry »

The true importance of subheadings in your blog posts

July 5th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Never underestimate the importance of well written subheadings in your blog posts

Your headlines may be catchy. Your writing may be amazing. Well crafted words, punchy sentences, and amazing insight into the minds of your reader.  But if your blog is longer than 150 words,  you need to add subheadings – or build them in as you go!

Big blocks of text can feel like a chore to read

People have so much media coming their way that they have to process quickly – they tend to put aside for later anything that will take them more than 30 seconds to process.

The solution: Break up your text with subheadings and bullets

Copy in a blog shouldn’t go more than 2 paragraphs without something to break it up. This can be an image, a bulleted list, an outtake, or a subheading.

One ultra important further tip: Use subheadings that have meaning Read the rest of this entry »

Come work with us at TLD! But in your own office! (Soho office space for rent)

June 25th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

TLD - Soho office to rent

This just in! We rent out the smaller office (big enough for 4 people) in our big office – and from mid July it will be available

Up till now, we have been renting that room out and our tenant is moving on. So, it’s available to rent!

A strategic fit?

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5 reasons why an infographic resume is a brilliant way to present yourself

June 23rd, 2014

Posted by Camille Tapia

Recently, we designed this infographic resume for one of our clients. She does a lot of public speaking at events and she didn’t wanted to give a standard, boring and corporate biography. Now, she has a whole new resume with a bespoke design which shows her personality and all the things she has accomplished in her career so far.

See below (design by Tamlyn):

Beth Scott - Infographic Resume

We wanted to share with you some reasons why an infographic CV is a worthwhile way to showcase yourself and your achievements. 5 reasons in fact!

Five reasons to have an infographic CV

It’s attractive – just a glance and you want to know more

An infographic is eye-catching. You can read it quickly because all the information is clearly illustrated. With this kind of resume, you have more chances of standing out from the crowd – too may people are still doing their CVs in Microsoft Word – it’s boring, isn’t it? You and what you’ve achieved deserve a design which shows off your personality, your experience and your value!

It’s way more interesting to read

Well, I mean, the content of your boring Word CV might be interesting too, but it’s easier to highlight important things on your achievements timeline when you can use illustrations, shapes, and colours. An infographic resume also shows your ability to synthesise and bring out the essential – thanks to the use of key concepts. Tell a story – that’s the main thing – and people will get a positive impression of who you are, and will appreciate the presentation of information in a way that reads naturally.

It’s a bespoke design of yourself

It’s you! And it’s time to think about your personal branding. Having something that represents you means you gain confidence, build your credibility and you showcase your specialty. You can really be yourself in an infographic resume, it’s fully personalized. You can show yourself off and inspire from the design you choose to illustrate you career.

It’s “professionally trendy”

Be up to date! Ok – we agree that not all trends are good to follow. But, an infographic resume is effective: you’re distinguishing yourself from the competition and also prove that you know how to adapt yourself and no matter your industry. Being adaptive is a highly sought after quality.

It’s memorable – and there are scientific arguments to support this!

“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember. Involve me, I’ll understand”

That’s a Chinese proverb, but it’s also a scientific fact: people remember visual storytelling – it’s engaging, they’ll try to understand who you are before the end of the page.

How Snowbizz transformed their marketing – after only a few sessions of digital marketing and social media training!

June 4th, 2014

Posted by Keren Lerner

Wendy and Elodie -from Snowbizz

I love a success story – don’t you?

One such is the lovely Snowbizz – a family ski resort. Mum and daughter Wendy and Elodie came for 5 sessions with me – and as a result, completely transformed their marketing. Yay! I asked Wendy to write me a little bit about how the experience was for her, after our initial sessions. So most of this was written by Wendy – except for the questions! Below is Wendy’s wonderful Q+A interview:


For Keren – Thank you for inspiring us and showing us how to share the magic!

What made you decide to work with me?

We needed a Blog, but were clueless where to start. A trusted friend was having her website reinvented by you, and she invited me along to one of your presentations to meet, as she put it, the ‘Guru of Blogging’.

The moment I met you I knew you would click with Elodie. She’d come into the family business three years before, and had taken over recruitment and training from me. Naturally she also took on all the social media things too. She’s got the perfect dry sense of humour, but needed help to take this to a different level. I saw you as the big sister mentor figure.

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