Marketing and Me

Hello. 🙂 By day, I am a freelance marketing consultant and provide a variety of marketing services to small businesses and individuals, predominantly based in Essex, UK. I also enjoy the occasional dabble of writing a lifestyle and parenting blog here at flamingomonroe.com and I often “ghost” write/blog for others.

Thank you for finding this marketing section, designed to support the smaller businesses, individuals and brands amongst us, where I try to simplify things as much as I can…

WHAT MY MARKETING BLOG IS:
The intention is for me to have a designated space to share ideas, tips, insight, advice, case studies, suggestions and more, in a lighthearted, friendly, supportive and safe environment.

SERVICES AND KNOWLEDGE I OFFER:
Social media management, copywriting/blogging, brand creative, PR, events, planning, content strategy, attacking creative blocks (i.e. on Instagram), website management (not design or SEO), partnerships and collaborations as well as consultancy appointments and general marketing support.

MY CREDENTIALS:
Marketing is often (unfortunately) self taught and presumed as “common sense” (OUCH towards to those of us with relevant experience, qualifications etc.) Therefore, I feel it’s only fair for me to inform you of my background…

As of 2017 I have been self employed in the freelance marketing world,  working for many brands, individuals and businesses on a retainer, project and consultancy basis.

Before then, my full time employed roles were:
* Head of Marketing – HELLO! magazine – 8.5 years
* Brand and Promotions – News of the World newspaper and being a part of the launch team for their Fabulous magazine supplement (News UK)
* Events and Marketing roles at Hearst magazines
* Marketing roles for a number of beauty brands

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN FOLLOW:
www.instagram.com/flamingomonroe
www.facebook.com/flamingomonroe
www.flamingomonroe.com

REMEMBER:
Every business and brand is different, and what might work for one person may not be right for someone else. All comments and opinions are my own and therefore I ask you to take my words and comments with a light hearted approach. This is a competitive-free zone.

CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP:
Like what you see here? Why not join my closed Facebook group where I offer regular tips, advice and ideas, case studies, recommendations and more…

WORK WITH ME:
Drop me an email at flamingomonroe@gmail.com if you’d like to speak to me about some consultancy work, providing social media and/or other marketing support for your business or for yourself, or to book me to speak at an event or to run a marketing workshop for your team. 

Thank you for being a part of this community and please do engage, share, comment with your feedback and tips along the way – we’re all in this world of biz together. Fill in the contact form below if you’d like to get in touch!

Camilla X

Hello, it’s me. 

I started writing this post after having a much needed summer off from a difficult first few months of 2018. But as I wrote the word ‘summer’ I realised it’s mid November, and then when I came back to edit I realised the Christmas lights are up in my town, the heating is on and I’ve taken my almost 2 year old to visit Father Christmas for the first time. It’s now December.

Where has the time gone, so many of us ask ourselves and on a regular basis? 

It’s no secret, as I wish for an open forum in life, to enable transparency, trust, positivity and more, but late 2017-spring 2018 came with it’s challenges and after juggling too many balls I wanted and needed to focus my energy on myself and my purposes. As we all do from time to time, right?

However, I can see rainbow for 2019…

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A working mum life. What I have learned so far…

I’ve been a little quiet on flamingomonroe.com recently. Not because of any brain block or lack of interest. I’ve been busy!!

Who am I? I’m Camilla, a mother to a 17-month old TODDLER (yes I said toddler in capital letters because #toddlerlife been a shock to the system). I’m self employed – a freelance marketing pro (mainly for local businesses/individuals) and sometimes for big brands.  I also try and call myself a “blogger” – although I haven’t blogged in over a month but I still try and stay active with content on my Instagram/social media pages. I also consult for Neal’s Yard Remedies. I’ve been project managing house renovations – recently living in a building site for 8 weeks and without a kitchen (not even a fridge). I’m involved in all sorts of charity and community projects – all things thyroid, women’s cancers and baby loss. I’ve also tackled another round of medical blips, in and out of hospital again in recent weeks (with more appointments imminently coming up). Oh and before all of this, 7 months ago I moved house and in to a new area where I’ve been settling in to a new postcode, new baby groups, new work etc.

And breathe. Have I forgotten anything? It sounds a lot when you put your last 7 months in to one paragraph!

So this blog post is not necessarily an update, it’s more of an overview on what I have learned. If nothing else, it’s been a dose of self care and therapy, because whilst writing this post I have realised that occasionally in life some things have to give and that it is okay to not be a multi tasking super woman excelling at everything (not that I ever was a super woman!).

Some fellow working mamas may read this and think I’m very late to the (understanding) party on a few matters – but I hope this also gives some of you some reassurance that we’re all in this together…

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It’s time for you to bloom and to flourish

Mental Health. A taboo that is finally being spoken of more. Words such as depression and anxiety either get used either far too cautiously due to the feeling of being unnecessarily embarrassed or as to not offend, or far too flippantly which can take away from the meaning and genuine insecurities surrounding the circumstances involved. As someone who understands and appreciates such descriptive words (through my own experiences as well learning from other people’s journeys) it’s important to ensure you’re following the right bloggers/influencers and using appropriate tools when it comes to all things mental health. Here on Flamingo Monroe I don’t try to be any kind of know it all or hardcore “influencer”, I justly try to be myself.

Via Instagram, I recently became friendly with Anna of Mama’s Scrapbook. Her frequent and highly amusing Instastories keep me rather entertained when I’m forcing myself to have 5 minutes of downtime to drink my morning coffee. I hope I don’t sound stalker-ish – I follow lots of bloggers and personalities and enjoy watching all their instastories! Anna is an accredited and experienced BACP Psychotherapist, a mother to two young boys, has a great eye for interior design, uploads Instagram posts providing confidence, guidance and reassurance to all and she also writes her blog – which has a strong focus on mental health and lifestyle.

She’s recently started a business venture with a close friend – bringing together her psychotherapy knowledge and her friend’s graphic design credentials, they’ve created Blöm Cards. Blöm [Bl – Om] is derived from the Scandinavian Word ‘Blomstre’, meaning to bloom, to flourish….

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A holiday abroad with a baby – what to pack

Following from my “flying for the first time with a baby” (historically one of my all time most commented, clicked and shared posts – THANK YOU!), it taught me that perhaps more of those kind of informative posts could be of help and interest to fellow newish mothers like me, especially when it come to travel.

For that reason I want to share with you my baby packing check list when going on a (summer) overseas holiday with a baby. I’ve shared this list already with a few friends (who know I have a spreadsheet for everything in life!) and I also received DMs on Instagram from those replying to my Instastories with questions during our recent (and first family summer) holiday to Menorca.

I hope you or a friend/relative find this useful and please let me know if you have any suggestions to add. I’ve linked to some of the products (not sponsored!) for ease for you to click/browse/purchase.

So here goes, my checklist for going on a summer holiday with a baby…

Me and Henry on our first summer holiday recently to Menorca

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A mommy’s morning in the West Village

When I took Henry to NYC, I HAD to take him to one of my favourite parts of the city – the West Village. Not that he was going to remember it, being just 5 months old at the time, but as I was an avid fan of the TV series Sex and the City and F.R.I.E.N.D.S during my teenage years, I simply had to document our morning in the West Village and beyond…

The infamous exterior of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (exclude the political poster top right!)

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