“Spent a really productive three hour session with Alyson, going through my Twitter and Facebook activity. There are so many useful things on both platforms that I had no idea were there, and I can now use to boost interaction. I always knew there where analytics on both platforms, but never really knew what to do with them, or how I get the best out of them until now!
So many tips, tricks and lightbulb moments. Now I have a clear focus for my social media. In the past I have often thought long and hard of what to post, and then ended up posting nothing at all! Alyson showed me that I have LOADS of content that can be easily tweaked and quoted for social media so I won’t stuggle again.”
Jack Sturgess, Bake with Jack
Alyson provided excellent social media support on our Fantastic British Food Festival brand, fulfilling her brief of engaging with local and foodie communities and sharing appropriate engaging content. We have been pleased with the increase in relevant likes and follows on Facebook and Twitter, also catching Theo Paphitis’ eye for a Twitter #SBS Award.
Most importantly I’ve found working with Alyson to achieve brand objectives a wonderfully smooth and pleasant process and would happily recommend her as a valuable resource.
Grainne Ashton, Group Marketing Manager, TCE Group
Alyson is a real asset to have as part of any team. With her wisdom, knowledge and creative thinking, she is able to very quickly apply her very experienced social media skills to your particular brand. Alyson is able to push the boundaries, ‘think out of the box’ and develop new avenues of potential. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough.
Claire Thorogood, Claire Thorogood Dog Portraits
“Through her Sassy Social Audit, Alyson has provided an honest critique of my Facebook and Twitter with a high level of professionalism. As a small business owner, it’s vital to get the right feedback. With the information obtained, I was able to optimise my profiles so that I can present the correct business social media presence. I cannot recommend the service highly enough as I am already seeing the results.”
Stuart McLean, Coral Web Design
“I am so excited and honoured to have been chosen as 1 of 9 women acting as #breakfree ambassadors for Marie Claire magazine’s #breakfree campaign. and it’s all thanks to Alyson’s impressive social media reach, keen eye for an opportunity and very quick thinking. I loved the whole experience of the interview and photo shoot and it has been brilliant PR for my business at a time when I had just published my book Baby Proof Your Career. Thank you so much to Alyson for being so quick off the mark in putting me forward for such a prestigious campaign.
Caroline Flanagan, Author, Baby Proof Your Career
“Calmly and efficiently Alyson has optimised my social media and given me a very practical tutorial in messaging for professionals who wish to raise their profile. Unless you are a guru at managing your profile you would be very well advised to spend time learning from her expertise.”
Charles Bellringer, Senior Interim Executive and FTSE-100 CFO
“I used Alyson to raise the Twitter profile of my business Knot Only, she has more than doubled the follower numbers and through her inspired and witty tweets has managed to increase web traffic and therefore online orders. I would highly recommend Alyson, she is charming, extremely professional, efficient and a pleasure to work with.”
Anne Twist, Owner at Boxberry.co.uk and Knot Only.com
“I have known Alyson for a number of years and have always admired her way with words. She is an excellent wordsmith so she was the obvious choice to help me with the copy for my new website. I am delighted with the improvements Alyson has made and I will definitely continue to use Alyson’s services again and again. I see Alyson as a vital member of my team. For anyone thinking of using Alyson Reay for editing and optimising their webcopy, I would highly recommend her for the job. Alyson is extremely personable and takes the time to get to know you and your business to ensure you get your messages across in your style, but with that magic extra sparkle that Alyson adds to it.”
Amanda Caley, Director, The Property Reviver Ltd
“Alyson has taken the time and interest to become sympathetic to the style and detail of my work. This has meant that she has done an efficient, effective and empathic re-working of my LinkedIn profile, bringing to it all her experience of social media. I am delighted.”
Sarah Wiesendanger, Counsellor and Psychotherapist
“I have seen a significant uplift in orders and enquiries since Alyson started managing the Custom Cookie Company social media sites. She is pro-active and easy to deal with, always looking for the next opportunity and constantly networking on our behalf. I was so pleased with the way she has represented the Custom Cookie Company on Twitter that I asked her to do the same on Facebook, and there is now much more activity and interaction with our customers. I can literally ‘Just leave it with Alyson’ confident that she will be working hard to raise the positive profile of my business and generate new orders.”
Alli Cardona, Custom Cookie Company
“Alyson certainly knows her stuff, be that about business in general or specifically about communications and social media. She can help you to engage with your customers, both existing and potential. Highly recommended.”
Ian Crocker, Absolute Learning
“Alyson has acted as my EA since January 2012, juggling my Board commitments with BG Group, Kingfisher and G4S, not to mention other roles and responsibilities. I value her highly for her professionalism, competence, integrity and efficiency. Alyson works flexibly and supportively, whilst always giving common sense advice with speed and courtesy.”
Mark Seligman, Non-Executive Director BG Group plc, Senior Non-Executive Director Kingfisher plc and Deputy Chairman G4S plc
“Alyson helped with one-to-one Start-up Business Mentoring for my Admin based business in Melbourne, Australia. We had regular scheduled Skype sessions and exchanged information by email. It was fantastic! It helped me understand what was important for me to do in setting up my business and saved me a lot of time. It was hard knowing where to start, but with Alyson’s help I could see my way forward and it became manageable where previously it was overwhelming.”
Jennifer Brosnan, Leave it with me Seniors Admin & Support Services
“I first hired Alyson to provide employee contracts for my team at the Hothouse Café, but she did so much more, including implementing a clear process for recruitment, developing and managing employee documentation, and refining our resourcing strategy. The timing was perfect as the Hothouse Café business was expanding rapidly and I was in need of business support in so many areas. Alyson has helped me enormously since 2012, and continues to bring business knowledge, experience and practical solutions, as well as an external perspective which enhances our internal management processes.”
Paul Power, Managing Director, The Hothouse Café at The Medicine Garden
“Alyson provided some invaluable help with getting a new business initiative off of the ground. She took the time to understand the issues involved, added some real value through our business planning and then proved invaluable in the executional phase of the project. Alyson’s support allowed me to focus on the things that I do well which is a real plus.”
Matthew Moth, Founding Partner, Madano Partnership
“I’ve used Alyson a couple of times to support our consultancy. She is extremely efficient and great to work with, and has a very wide skill set. I’d recommend her very highly.”
Andrew Smith, Research Consultant and Chairman of the Independent Consultants Group
“Alyson clearly appreciates that effective executive support goes well beyond basic administration and office duties. This includes a comprehensive understanding of cost models, provision of clear communication to business colleagues, the importance of building a cohesive team and a macro view of admin processes across the business. With the objectivity and insight these responsibilities provide, her support can deliver proactive and real efficiency benefits.”
Mark Foulsham, Head of IT and Operations at esure and Sheilas’ Wheels
“I cannot recommend Alyson too highly. Her technical skills cannot be faulted, and she thinks for herself and finds a solution to whatever problem she is landed with. I cannot speak too highly of her efficiency, reliability and integrity. She is totally trustworthy.”
Sir Bruce MacPhail Kt, Former Group Managing Director, The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
“For 10 years Alyson was so reliable, kept me on time and organised my work without fuss and with such certain efficiency. All who met her, and there were many, learned that Alyson was special. Confidential matters were always kept that way and, not just for me, but for all the Wessex Water directors and staff and for the many interests I had to address… Alyson was the essential part of the team”.
Nicholas Hood CVO CBE, former Chairman of Wessex Water plc, Deputy Chairman of Business in the Community, Member of the Prince’s Council of the Duchy of Cornwall and Chairman of @Bristol
“Alyson covered my role while I was on an extended leave of absence, and worked with me on my subsequent phased return. Alyson is incredibly professional, you can leave anything with her and she will action it and go over and above what is asked of her. She has amazing organisational skills and due to her Masters degree, has great knowledge of the business.”
Lisa-Marie Simmons, Former Executive Assistant to the President, Barclays Capital
“I have known Alyson for many years since she first started work in the Executive Office at Wessex Water, through privatisation of the water industry and the subsequent business transformation. I have always found her to be a thorough and committed individual, with high personal integrity and, through her studies and experience, she brings a strong understanding of the business context to her work.”
Colin Skellett, Executive Chairman of Wessex Water