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Henley Decorators Ltd

Another sunny day, another lovely client!

We’re super happy at Hello Henley. We were already big fans of Henley Decorators Ltd, and had always eyeballed their excellent paint jobs as we meandered around town. And now, we’ve been asked to get creative for them on Facebook and Instagram. We’re happy, they’re happy – and did we mention that the sun is still shining?!

Henley Decorators Ltd Website

New Client: Black Swan Bridal Studio

I’m on a bit of a dizzy high. My senses are totally gazebo’d by the absolute exquisite wonderfulness of the Black Swan Bridal Studio. Located by the river in Wallingford, in a beautiful boathouse – here you’ll find owner, Chloe Jeffs, surrounded by a plethora of gob-smackingly stunning bridal gowns. We’re talking Alice Temperley, Karen Willis Holmes and Gemy Maalouf.

I’m totally hankering a try on before disappearing through a magic door, in some kind of Mr Benn fashion. I can confirm Chloe does not wear a fez or live in a 70s cartoon.



I was at The Black Swan Bridal Studio today not because I am getting married (sorry, mum). It was with my Hello Henley hat firmly on. Chloe has asked me to do a Social Media Audit on two of her Social Media Platforms. I’m incredibily excited to be working with such a brilliant business.


Feel free to get in touch if you wish to book your initial consultation for a Social Media Audit. I look forward to hearing from you.  You can contact me via FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, email – a good old fashioned telephone call will also do the trick: 07930 441820


Valesca Borlase Reflexology

Exciting times here at Hello Henley HQ. We are currently helping a new client ‘get her social on’. For some of us Social Media is second nature, for others it really is just bothersome and they’d rather spend their time and energy on their business. Which is where we can step in. Valesca came to us with a simple request ‘help me’. Ta-dah.

First up we needed to get the Facebook page looking as professional as the brand it represents. It needed to be easy to navigate, with more ‘call to action areas’, whilst being true to Valesca’s brand. We then moved on to kickstarting a stylish business instagram page. We’re really happy with the work that has been achieved over the last few days, and so too is our client. Next up we’ll be giving Valesca training in how to strategise, schedule and social post all on her own (and our client needn’t be scared… Hello Henley will always be there to hand hold, that’s what we’re here for).


Insta-Love Filtering

Which Instagram Filter should you use? 
One of the most important parts of strategising your Instagram posts is being clear on your theme. This is always one of the key conversations I have with ALL my clients.

The importance of having a theme is the key to any great marketing strategy. Think branding. People scroll through thousands and thousands of photos every day on many social media platforms, so it is important that you stand out in the crowd and that you are recognisable to your audience. One way of doing this is by using specific chosen filters – on all your posts.


The screenshot above is from one of Hello Henley’s client Instagram Feeds: Reids of Henley​. We use a filter that intensifies red and yellow hues in the pictures, making them stand out more than the blues. It’s the perfect filter for creating a feeling of depth and gives photos a rich, deep tone – thus creating an aesthetically pleasing patchwork of Insta-style.

A fantastic example of a beautifully themed Insta-feed can be seen below. The charcoal hues and beautiful symmetry make it abundantly easy on the eye.


So the question is, which filter to use? Here is a cheat sheet taken from an American Blogger http://lucillezimmerman.com/2017/01/07/instagramfilter/

Clarendon – This filter adds light to lighter areas and dark to darker areas. Colors stand out, which makes it the perfect filter for sunset posts. Clarendon tops the list of most used Instagram filter. Why? Probably because it’s an all-purpose filter that brightens, highlights, and intensifies shadows for color that pops. Another potential reason for the No. 1 spot: Clarendon is typically the default filter after the Normal option in the editing. This filter will brighten the highlights found in your photos, while also making the shadows a bit bolder.

Valencia – This filter will add a yellow hue to your image, making it feel like a bright, yellow lamp is shining on your photo. If you’re a child of the eighties, this filter, with its yellow tint, will look like your childhood photographs. Colors are just slightly brightened, kind of like you flipped a switch on the scene. Valencia rounds out our top five because of its impressive knack for making even the most delicate colors more prominent, and for how it warms up the whole photograph. It is the most popular filter for nature pics. It’s best for photos with dull, fine colors, like light pinks and other pastels. Use it with an image you want to look old-school.

Rise – Rise, as in the rise of the morning sun, gives our photos a soft, warm glow. It’s best for making skin look soft and smooth, or for adding that refreshing “morning” look to your coffee art or portraits.

Amaro – This filter brightens the middle section of the image, creating an aged effect. It can make bold photos look vintage and horizon shots appear almost dreamy. Amaro hits the top three because it’s easily accessible and it gives our photos a light, airy glow. It’s best for blue-eyed selfies or any dark photo that needs to be lightened up. Amaro can give your photos an aged appearance. It works particularly well with fall photos, and street photography.

Mayfair – This filter is always there for us, ready to be just flattering enough without making it look like we’re trying too hard. Mayfair warms up the colors of your photos, placing something of a spotlight in the center of the image, with very subtle vignetting around the corners. Use with brightly lit or underexposed images.

Juno – This filter intensifies red and yellow hues in your pictures, making them stand out more than the blues. It’s the perfect filter for creating a feeling of depth. This filter is great if you’re looking to brighten shots with lots of oranges, yellows, and reds.This popular filter lends color intensity and brightens warm hues; many favor its effects for adding richness and authenticity to urban photos. The filter makes the grungy look grungier, and gives photos a rich, deep tone.

Lark – Lark is a good filter for nature shots. It brightens and intensifies colors but not red hues, keeping a cool feel but not washed out. The filter adds warmth and punches up color, which makes it ideal for a variety of applications. Use lark with your outdoor nature landscapes and outdoor portraits. It can also be good with food.

Ludwig – This filter is good for architecture as it brings light and dark to all the right places, whilst intensifying the warmest colors. Ludwig enhances light while taking away most of the colours. Use Ludwig with portraits, architecture, and geometric shapes.

Slumber – This filter de-saturates photos and makes them hazy. Slumber has a very fitting name as it really adds a retro or dream-like quality to your photos. Use this filter if you want a combination of a vintage and romantic feel. This works particularly well with street photography and nature shots.

Gingham – This filter gives a vintage effect to your images, as it works by taking some color out of the photo. It’s good for serene selfie shots. It’s a nostalgic choice with its ability to desaturate colors to add a vintage look and lets Instagram users evoke the past. Gingham will wash out your photos, giving darker shots a yellowish tinge and brighter snapshots even more exposure.

Willow – Black and white can be a little pretentious, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Willow. This monotone filter is the closest thing Instagram has to a sepia filter. It’s somewhere between black-and-white and sepia without appearing kitschy. Willow is as soft and pretty as a photo can be when it doesn’t have any colors in it. It’s best when you want to take a selfie but aren’t really camera-ready, black and white hides all flaws, and Willow in particular is very forgiving. It also works great with beach scenes and macro nature shots.

Inkwell – This is Instagram’s basic black-and-white filter. This versatile filter works well with portraits, and has an interesting effect on outdoor nature shots.

Perpetua – This filter is characterized by “a bluish, green, earthy look like of nature.” There are no guidelines on where to use Perpetua, but after fiddling around with it, we’d say it works with anything shot in daylight. Perpetua works well with outdoor shots, especially on the beach. You probably won’t want to use it with portrait shots as it gives skin a very unnatural tone.

Moon – According to one website, this filter was named after one of the Instagram team member’s dog. This black and white filter will give a more intense feel to your shadows. Think of it as a black and white version of Gingham. Moon works best with portraits.

Sierra –  Sierra is really beautiful when it comes to landscape and still life, but it really washes people out. It has a darker feel than Rise, thanks to some vignetting, and a well-lit center. It’s best for making still-life photos look soft and sophisticated with a lovely glow. This is a filter that works well with outdoor nature photos and photos of objects. This is probably another hipster favorite.

X-Pro II –  This is by no means a subtle filter. It bumps up the contrast, adds a strong vignette, and makes all of the colors warmer. It adds a lot of shadow and dark elements, not to mention a hefty vignette. It’s best to use this on a bright, daytime photo. The most consistent of the “bright” filters, X Pro II punches up our colors without making them too garish. Instead they look sleek and professional. It’s best for photos with pops of bright colors. (Think selfies with red hair or lips, green grass against a gray sky.) You’ll want to avoid using X-Pro II with closeup portraits because of the effect it can have on the skin, but it works really well with wider shots — city, nature, and fashion shots all look good. You’ll just want to start with an already bright image.

Lo-Fi – This filter adds shadows and increases saturation on photos. Lo-Fi is a bit of an all-rounder, but is especially good for all your food shots. Proceed with caution when it comes to Lo-Fi selfies. Works with photos with lots of trees and grass.

Hefe – This filter is similar to X Pro II and Lo-Fi it’s another bright filter. Hefe is another filter that increases color saturation, adds a bit of vignetting, and warms up your image. It’s best for fun photos with lots of color, like flowers, nature, or poolside pics.

Toaster – One website said, “Toaster is kind of odd until you pair it with the impossibly perfect #toasted tag. Suddenly, you’re looking at it in a whole new light. It’s best for anything, as long as you add the #toasted caption. This is another filter that will look familiar to a child of the eighties. The filter adds a dodged center to your photo with a strong red tint and a burnt edge. The filter, essentially, toasts your image, making images look like they were taken with instant film. Toaster works well with outdoor images, preferably during the day. Night shots taken with your phone don’t look good with Toaster.

Nashville – Nashville is the one-hit-wonder of the Instagram filter world. One website said, “That Creamsicle coloris going to be perfect for one very specific photo, we just haven’t figure out what that photo is yet.” It also brightens a photo. Nashville is similar to Valencia in terms of the old-school look in your photos, but is slightly more pronounced. This is another good filter to use with any image you want to look vintage.

Brannan – Brannan is a high contrast, high exposure filter which brightens your photos and gives them a yellowish tint. One website said,Brannan is kind of like that guy you dated in college. It’s beautiful, and you really want to like it, but man is it moody. Save only for your most emo #tbt pics.” It’s best for artsy photos of chairs or ferris wheels, or any selfie that involves you staring into the distance. If you want your portraits to look like they were taken a century ago — this is a great filter for you. Otherwise, its an image that works really well with waterscapes or nature images, giving them a wintry look.

Earlybird – This filter is of the most flattering ones in the palette (oh, what’s up instant bronzer?), it’s also one of the most popular. Use this one when your summer glow isn’t quite there yet, and your selfies need a boost. Early bird desaturates your image quite a bit, with the bright colors still coming through. It also adds a sepia tint and vignetting to your photo. This is Instagram’s original hipster, vintage filter. Just about any photo instantly feels like it was taken decades ago with the help of Earlybird.

Hudson: Hudson has the unfortunate talent of making pictures look icy, frigid, cold. This filter is best for keeping things modern. Think architecture, nature, and sleek, shiny cars.

Kelvin – This is the most popular fashion filter.

Aden – Aden is a low-contrast filter which softens your images, desaturating them slightly, and giving them a pastel effect. It also warms the cooler colors. This filter works well with portraits as it also has a skin-smoothing effect. Aden also works beautifully with fall images and photos with lens flare.

Crema – Crema makes photos look creamy and smooth. Use Crema outdoors for warming and cooling effects. Crema appears to be popular with Instagram users for food shots, but in particular for their coffee shop shots. It also works really well with outdoor nature-scapes, whether green or blue, and city shots.

Reyes – This filter desaturates your image, brightens it up, and gives it an old-time feel. Reyes is another great filter for portraits, particularly if you’re trying to hide any blemishes on your skin. If you usually use another app retouching your photos, you won’t need to do that with Reyes.

Sutro – This one adds a very noticeable vignette, darkens your image, and gives images a smoked look, with particular emphasis on purple and brown colors to achieve this effect. Use Sutro for just about anything except for portraits. (Unless you want your subjects to look like zombies. If that’s what you’re going for, then Sutro is your best bet.) Naturscapes with Sutro look more mysterious, sunsets more sinister, and cloudy skies more intense.

1977 – The aptly named 1977 gives your images a faded look, adding a red tint. hotos are instantly old-school with this filter, and if you’re a child of the seventies — this is one you will recognize and love. It looks best with outdoor beach and lake scenes, and looks particularly good with lens flare.

Kelvin – If there’s a little bit of sunlight in your image, Kelvin makes it look golden, like the photo was taken during that perfect moment in the late afternoon, when the sun is shining just right. Kelvin works with photos with a lot of natural light, or a concentrated amount of artificial light.

Walden – Walden brightens the center of your image, adding an icy blue tint to your colors. Walden is at its best when used on portraits, but also works well with any well lit images, giving them an even more vintage look.

Stinson – Stinson is a subtle filter that brightens your image, washing out the colors ever so slightly. Stinson works well with portraits and beach shots, or any image you want to brighten up a little, and give a subtle nostalgic and vintage look.

Vesper – Vesper smooths out skin tones, and also adds a yellow tint that, like with many of Instagram’s filters, it gives it a vintage feel. Use for portraits.

Maven – Maven darkens images, increases shadows, and adds a slightly yellow tint overall.  Maven works well with architecture, and has an interesting effect on blue skies and green lawns. You’ll want to avoid it with portraits, in large part because of the shadows it adds to your images.

Ginza –  This is another brightening filter, Ginza adds a warm glow to your photos. Outdoor photos, weather landscapes, seascapes, portraits, or city shots, look good with a bit of Ginza on them, as do fashion shots.

Skyline – Skyline is like the autocorrect of filters. It brightens colors in your image, giving them a nice pop. Use on any image you want to brighten a little.

Dogpatch –  Dogpatch increases the contrast in your image, while also washing out the lighter colors. Instagram recommends using this filter if you’re going for a dramatic look. Like many Instagram filters, its better used with a brightly lit image. The filter doesn’t work well with a dark night sky.

Helena – Instagram points out that Helena adds an orange and teal vibe to your images. Helena offers Instagram users a great way to add a bit of warmth to your image. It works well with portraits and with outdoor shots.

Ashby – This filter gives images a great golden glow and a subtle vintage feel. What’s nice about this filter, compared to filters like Rise and Sierra, is that it does so without increasing shadows in the image. Portraits, or any image you want to give a very slightly vintage feel without it being very overpowering.

Charmes – Charmes is a high contrast filter, warming up colors in your image with a red tint. Busy street and city shots work well with Charmes. The filter works particularly well with dimly lit images.

Below are filters in order of popularity according to subject:

Nature filters: Valencia, Normal, Brooklyn, Amaro, Ludwig, Lark, Earlybird, Rise, Mayfair, Aden

Fashion Filter: Kelvin, Valencia, Nashville, Skyline, Normal, Slumber, Aden, Ashby, Reyes, Inkwell

Food Filter: Skyline, normal, Helena, Slumber, Aden, Brooklyn, Vesper, Sutro, Willow, Inkwell

Selfie Filter: Normal, Slumber, Skyline, Dogpatch, Aden, Valencia, Ludwig, Gingham, Hudsen, Ashby

Now all you have to do is choose one… get in touch if you’d like some help!

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Marlow FM is my new favourite place to hang out!

I loved it so much last time that the lovely Mary Flavelle invited me back on to her show Mid Morning Matters! Just like before, I had a blast. In fact, I would wholeheartedly say that Marlow FM is now my favourite place to hang out (apart from my bed – where I like spending as much time as possible – sleeping, eating, snoring, reading – you know how it is).

If you fancy a listen to me gassing, you can – click this link and go to / Mid Morning Matters / Wednesday 14 June/ 90 minutes onwards https://www.marlowfm.co.uk/listenagain/

If you can’t be bothered, here’s the lowdown:

I discussed my dyslexia, and how it has never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. It made it bloody tricky, that’s for sure. But don’t ever let anything stop you from following your dreams. I also spoke about Hello Henley and a few of our clients, Reids of Henley and Poppy Wilson MUA. We chatted about the Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards – for which both Mary and I were nominated. And Mary won, deservedly! I then went on to discuss life before Hello Henley, and also life before Naughty Mutt Nice (the dog boutique and brand I created seven years ago and recently sold to a wonderful dog groomer called Karole Robertson). I told a few home truths about life in the eighties – and last but not least I discussed with Mary how I felt about recently turning 40. It is a total positive! I love it, and I haven’t hit the botox (yet).

If you would like to promote your business on the radio I can help you pitch and prepare, drop me a line hello@hellohenley.co.uk


We’ve been busy bees. Indeed.

Hey there Hello Henley fans.

We’re so sorry. We have been slightly neglectful of late *slaps back of own hand*.

Thing is, we’ve been super busy.

Our lovely client Reids decided to have a complete overhaul of their website, so we have spent the last 10 days working tirelessly on it – making it look super sexy and turning it into more of a blogging platform – from where Reids themselves (as well as Hello Henley) can keep all their lovely customers up to date with news, offers and general ‘behind the scenes fun stuff’.

Take a look at it here: http://www.reidsofhenley.co.uk – we’d love to hear your feedback.

We have also been having lots of meetings around town and talking to businesses who are interested in Hello Henley managing their Social Media for them. Feel free to book a free consultation with us if you’d like to know more.

And then, of course, we are gearing up for the Creative Duck Talk on Monday 12th June 2017 at The Hotel du Vin in Henley on Thames. Here, Aspen Weatherburn, will be giving a talk on Social Media aimed at those starting small businesses and wanting to know how to reach their audience. She will also be sharing some tips and tricks that Social Publishing Agencies use to increase reach and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We also hope to go ‘Live’ on Facebook for the event – so tune in to the Hello Henley page at about 8pm on the night.


With wags and a woof.

We are super proud to announce that we will be looking after this year’s Henley’s Top Dog Competition in conjunction with The Henley Standard. This competition woofed its way onto Henley’s canine scene back in 2010.

This barkingly brilliant event sees Henley’s dog owners going to paw-to-paw to win the coveted title of Henley’s Top Dog.

Every year this competition launches a new theme – and invites guest judges on to the panel for the all important judging process. In the past we have seen Olympic themed entries (judged by Olympic Rower Debbie Flood) as well as blooming wonderful entries in conjunction with Henley in Bloom. We’ve met rescue hounds, pampered pooches, characterful cairns, performing pups and much much more. We even had local artist Clive Hemsley donate five amazing portraits to our winning dogs in 2015.

2017 will see a partnership with the Sue Ryder Care Hospice and their fantastic dog -friendly Forget Me Not walk on Saturday 16th September 2017.

Henley’s Top Dog is given a huge amount of support by The Henley Standard and Editor Simon Bradshaw. It also has an amazing partnership with Erik D’Arcy Donnelly who works as a vet at The Henley Veterinary Practice, and steps up every year as a judge. Guest Judges have included – Town Mayor Jenny Wood, Olympic Rower Debbie Flood, Radio DJ Mike Read, Henley in Bloom Chairwoman Kellie Hinton, Artist Clive Hemsley and MBE Alex Gregory.

Hello Henley has been working on building Henley’s Top Dog a wordpress site and we will be publishing on Facebook & Twitter throughout the Summer as the entries roll in! We are very excited to be working alongside The Henley Standard to help promote this wonderful event – which is now in it’s eighth year!

Visit the website http://www.henleytopdog.wordpress.com or follow all the goings on via Facebook and Twitter.

Build your brand in Instagram land.

As part of Hello Henley’s ‘Feeling Sociable’ package we post to Instagram. Instagram, as you probably know, is all about aesthetics. A successful Instagram account needs to be stylish and cohesive – while giving a strong sense of recognisable brand identity.

One of the first things I ask businesses when I meet to discuss working with them is ‘what is the visual style you want for your brand?’ A good place to start is  by choosing a filter (or three at most) and using them for the majority… if not all of your posts. By using the same set filter you establish a style that will become synonymous with your brand – as well as being recognisable to your followers. The reason we suggest you do this is to get Instagram users to stop scrolling once they see your image – therefore they will engage with it by liking or commenting.

If you’d like to know more about how Social Publishing could work for your business then please do get in touch (visit the contact page to send us an email) or call us on 07930441820.

Understanding Facebook Analytics

Facebook analytics can be a bit like Marmite, some people love them and some people hate them – and some people just don’t get them. In order to truly use Social Media to its full potential, you need to understand the analytics.

It is all well and good posting great photos and snazzy editorial… if you don’t look at what your audience are doing you may as well be giving a speech to an empty room. Last week the reach Hello Henley achieved for my newest client was 2,357 people. That was up 100% from last week. This is excellent – but how did we get there?

You start with the metrics – the people who are fans of your page or people who have the potential to become fans through the direct interaction with your page content. Last week, my client gained 17 new likes (up 100% from the week before) – it may not seem like that many, but this is where the multiplying starts! The Metrics lead directly to Post Impressions – these are how many times a post is seen in the newsfeed of a fan, or a friend of a friend. Then come the Engaged Users (the people who click your posts) and the Talking About This crowd (they are the ones who create a newsfeed story from your content by liking, commenting and sharing) – we like that lot, a lot! This then brings us nicely to Reach = the total number of people who receive and see impressions (your posts) in their Newsfeed. It is important to remember your content is seen by people more than once, so the Reach number is always smaller than total Impressions.

And while we’re on the subject, the key to all of this is `friends of friends’ (and this is the absolute reason you limit private posts to ‘just friends’). Friends of Friends is everyone you have the potential to influence. The extended network is often hundreds of thousands or even millions of people. All other metrics are a fraction of this number… less than 1%.

Happy posting!


Reids of Henley est. 1945

We love a good business. Especially one that does what it does so brilliantly. Reids of Henley is one of these businesses. Their attention to detail is second to none, and the quality of their service is mind-blowing! Which is why Hello Henley was chuffed to bits to be asked to take on their Social Media. You see, in this day and age you can have THE most brilliant business, but you still need a voice. It is a noisy world, and to attract new customers you sometimes need to make yourself heard. Using tools such as social media – and press & publicity – you can make your brand more ‘visible’ (credit to media guru Natasha Courtenay-Smith for this hardworking word ‘visible’). Ian Reid, the owner of Reids of Henley, had already given twitter a good go, but felt ‘he was giving a speech to an empty room’. It can be disheartening, this is true. But the key is to keep posting and engaging, everyday. To help give Reids the attention they deserve Hello Henley has put together a ‘Daily Social Media Package’. Regular daily posts to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with appropriate # usage will, without doubt, make a big difference to their  analytics. We will also be using Facebook Live; Instagram Promotion and a giveaway  to draw in multiple Facebook page ‘likes’ and ‘shares’.

Stay tuned!

Visit reidsofhenley on Instagram. reidsltd on Twitter. Reids of Henley Ltd on Facebook.