Our Business Life, Our French Life

Our Normandy Life SMS – Social Media Solutions


Our Normandy Life was set up to detail the journey of a family of five’s move to Normandy France. To give people considering a move, especially with older children, a positive and practical guide on all that this entails. This has led to more writing opportunities – all of which would not have been possible without the effective use of social media.

Who am I?

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I am a freelance writer with experience of running another successful blog prior to starting afresh with Our Normandy Life.  My previous website had over 1.7 milion views. Giving up those types of viewing figures and all that comes with it, wasn’t an easy decision. However, I was confident I could recreate the same level of success, with the effective use of social media.

You can read all about my achievements with this blog below. In short, because people read the content of the blog and based on my viewing numbers, I was able to work with many brands which were relevant to the parenting content. Companies like Zaggora, Bamboo Clothing, Helly Henson, Breville, Micro Scooters, London Sea Life, Book Reviews, Hotel Chocolat  and many more. I also featured regularly on round ups with the UK’s biggest parenting blog network Britmums who are Britain’s “biggest collective of lifestyle bloggers and social influncers”. I am pleased to say that I have continued to be featured by Britmums in a very short space of time.

This all started with me simply opening my laptop and writing. What I love about social media is that you can really run with an idea, create something from nothing and earn money from it.  The blogging community (writing about their chosen subject) and now the vlogging community (using youtube to talk about their subject) are excellent examples of this. These people are earning a living by merely using social media effectively and you can adopt the same approach for your business in Normandy.

I am passionate about helping people maximise their social media potential whether you’re a complete novice or consider yourself a dab hand. I want Our Normandy Life to help Your Normandy Life no matter what sort of business you run here. Be it a gite, shop, gardening services, B&B, mobile hairdressing or salon. I am confident I can help.

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How can you help me?

Your Normandy Life (or elsewhere) will more than likely consist of running a self-employed, small business. You may be using social media already and feel that there isn’t much you can learn from it. However, you may not be seeing the results you would like. In particular, if you have paid for ‘sponsored’ posts by facebook and haven’t had any more sales or bookings. Are you using instagram, twitter, pinterest, youtube and other platforms properly?  You may not have a clue how any of it works and need help understanding basic functions.

You may not know what to put in posts or how to engage with your customer base.  Are you having a dialogue with the right potential customers? There’s little point of someone liking your page who lives in a different country and will never buy anything from your shop. Whatever your level of experience, I am confident that I can help you get the best from your social media interaction.

Here’s what people are saying about the help they have received from Our Normandy Life

“We are now in our 2nd year of running our rural retreat Gites here in Normandy and after having an enjoyable and thankfully successful first year we are looking forward to welcoming our guests for 2018 however, I wanted to focus the business on a specific target market and felt I needed some advice on the best way of going about this. Whilst I was using social media – at times I wasn’t sure if what I was doing was relevant and sometimes I didn’t quite understand the jargon. Natasha explained everything clearly and in a logical manner. I have no hesitation in recommending her services and have total confidence in her abilities when I hand over for a social media holiday!”

Cheryl at Gites Le Bisson, Heusse, Lower Normandy , Facebook Gites Le Bisson

“Natasha is brilliant. Always responsive and a safe pair of hands. Thank you Natasha” Sophia Green Tree Glamping, Normandy 

“Natasha was recommended to me by another local business in Normandy and I am so glad they did! She explained clearly what we needed to do to keep our existing customer’s up-to-date. I don’t have time to post a lot of content and to be honest it’s all above my head. Once I met her I was more than happy to hand it over. I trust her 100%. Prior to that she sent me a questionnaire that really made me think about my priorities for the business this year – sometimes it helps to have a fresh pair of eyes. An unbiased opinion. Natasha comes up with original content, ideas and has taken time to understand the whole operation of the business. Not only that we have had new customers and increased sales. I can always contact her and she’s always happy to help. I would recommend her to anyone to manage your social media. John Marsden, Bacon By The Box

We moved to Normandy last year and had to quickly set up our two gites before the season started, whilst also settling our two girls into French school.  I needed to focus on this so asked Natasha to take over our social media accounts for a month. I know how important this is – it’s a job in itself. I knew I could trust her completely and was delighted with her posts. I love that she is just as passionate about our business as we are!” Deborah Powell, Gites de Jonquille, Percy, Normandy

 “Right from the start the offering was professional, Natasha sent us a questionnaire so that she could prepare the training & tailor it directly to our needs. By the time she came (which was very rapid) she’d clearly researched our market place along with our web site & current social media presence & arrived with pertinent suggestions & links to relevant other sites to demonstrate best practice. The training was perfectly adapted to our level of competence & the follow-up support through messenger has been excellent. You can’t necessarily take our FB page as being a perfect example of Natasha’s work yet, we’re still improving, but thanks to Natasha I don’t doubt we’ll get there !” Helen, Sales Manager at Raison Bois, Perrou, Normandy

And not just in Normandy – the Dordogne too!

“A great help with my social media marketing, an alien world for oldies like me! I am sure many people feel the same, and I would say it is well worth getting in touch with Natasha to guide you!” Mark Davis, Mark Davis Enseignes Etc, Dordogne

What’s Involved?

I can arrange a meeting at your business or home address for either a morning or afternoon appointment. I will go through all the different social media platforms and discuss how you can use them effectively. I will answer any questions you may have or things you don’t quite understand. I will also give you a personal appraisal of your unique business and what specifically you can do to engage people.  What you are doing that works well. What you can improve upon. Prior to my visit, I will ask you to complete a questionnaire to establish what you would like to gain most from my visit so I can tailor it to your specific needs.  I will also be able to have a look at your presence on line and give you an unbiased view of what I, a potential customer, thinks. After my visit you will receive individual PDF documents on what has been discussed, as I appreciate it can be a lot to take in. It doesn’t end there as I can offer a follow up service or take over your social media for a short time or a longer period.

How much does this cost? 

My fees are listed below:-

Social Media Presentation – 300 Euro

You can expect this to last approximately 3 hours with a break.

You can expect a hands on demonstration of the core social media platforms i.e facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube and how you can engage your customers more effectively.  This is taylor made to your business and it’s aims. Prior to my visit, I would have asked you fill in a detailed questionnaire in order that I can fully assess your business and the direction in which your social media needs to take. You can expect a PDF of everything that has been covered.

Social Media Management

Monthly Management Fee

75 euros for 4 weeks on the following accounts:-


Including the creation of content for posts, stories, videos, pictures, joining groups as your page relevant hashtags, inviting likes, engagement with target audience, responding to enquires and more. Minimum of 15 posts a month.


Including following target audience accounts, hashtags, utilising daily trending topics, tweets, content and more. Minimum of 30 tweets a month.


Including subscribing to relevant accounts, uploading video content, hashtags, creation of video content. Minimum of 4 videos for the month.


Including following target audience, creation of highlights/stories, relevant hashtags, images and more. Minimum of 20 image posts and stories.


Including following target audience, relevant hashtags, uploading of content with links. Minimum of 20 images/content posts.

Social Media Packages 

If you require more than one account to be managed, I can offer a discount on the subsequent accounts. The more accounts you wish to be managed the greater the discount!

2 social media accounts = 135 euros  (saving of 15 euros)

3 social media accounts = 200 euros  (saving of 25 euros)

4 social media accounts = 265 euros  (saving of 35 euros)

5 social media accounts = 330 euros (saving of 45 euros)

Depending on the nature of the account(s) – we can also discuss a more complex role which will be subject to individual pricing. For instance, if you require a more customer service role and depending on the amount of time involved to manage bigger companies accounts.

There are need for passwords – simply add me as an ‘admin’ on your page and I’ll do the rest on Facebook. For other accounts a unique social media gmail account will be created with a unique password.

Complete Set Up Of Social Media Accounts

If you do not have a social media account eg Facebook, Twitter etc , I will set this up for you write your story, content, post updates and make sure it is the best it can be. This will include two weeks of content to get your account up and running.

One Off Fee – 100 euros 

Follow-up Visit after presentation

one hour –  50 euros

two hours – 95 euros

Facebook Messenger HelpLine to discuss any account

30 minutes – 15 euros 

Written articles for your website

100 euros per post 

Review Post on Our Normandy Life website

100 euros per post 

Travel Fees

Up to 25 Kilometres one way – Free

Over 25 Kilometres one way – 0,42€/ km return trip 

For more than 1 hour travel, a 12€ hour will be charged on top of above.

Payment Methods

Cheques (made payable to Natasha Alexander), Cash (receipt provided), Bank Transfer (RIB details available upon request) and paypal (3% additional fee added to cover charges). All payable before the SMS service has been provided upon receipt of your Facture (invoice).

Natasha Alexander

Our Normandy Life – Social Media Solutions

Passionate about helping Your Normandy Life!

Contact email: ournormandylife@gmail.com

Website http://www.ournormandylife.com




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