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Amy Forster, Mamie and Florrie

I found Katya’s Instagram course to be brilliantly informative and fun.  Katya has great knowledge and style in delivering content, fab tips for growing your Instagram presence, learning about Instagram and it’s a fantastic networking opportunity.  I learnt so much and left feeling inspired and refreshed. So often we work in our own little silos, this is a perfect opportunity to look at your own account objectively with others and improve your style.  I would most definitely recommend going to Katya’s workshop to increase you confidence too. Do it!

Tina Kypriadis, Interior Designer

Thank you for such a great workshop today.  It was full of great knowledge, information and inspiration….lots of food for thought and great motivation to just get on and have go.

Debbie Jones, Nutritionist and Food Photographer

Katya’s course gave me a completely different perspective on the workings of Instagram and how I should be interacting with it as a business. I found it particularly useful to think about the personality of my account and what I really want to be conveying to my audience. It was fantastic to meet other like minded people and bounce ideas around for future content and potential collaborations. Getting to grips with how I could categorise and organise my content; how I could use hashtags effectively; and how to negotiate the algorithm has given me a new confidence with Instagram and plenty of great ideas and inspiration going forward with my account. Learning about new features and how to use these on stories was also a real eye opener. Katya was warm and welcoming and the venue was a beautiful boutique shop with a lovely atmosphere – I hope to be able to attend more courses just like this in the future.

Catherine Berwick

Just wanted to say thank you for the Introduction to Instagram course, you helped clear up loads of my Insta queries and the relaxed environment made it really easy to ask those daft questions!A really enjoyable few hours – can’t wait to put some of the things we learnt into practice! 

Vanessa Evans, Orme Properties

Thanks for the confidence boost and tips’n tricks at your workshop, what a lovely teaching style you have, very collaborative with so much scaffolding.
I’ll certainly be implementing your suggestions in the coming weeks and months.

In House Workshops

Kate Squire, Editor at BBC Radio Manchester

Katya has worked with BBC Radio Manchester on a few occasions to help us with our Instagram strategy.  We’ve found her training very interactive, inspiring and useful and as a result of implementing Katya’s advice our account has grown with a really good professional look and feel.

Vicky Matthews, Franchise Director, Pink Spaghetti VA Franchise

Katya delivered an interactive and informative Instagram training session to 35 virtual assistants at our yearly conference. It was lovely to see everyone eagerly participating and getting so much from the session.  Our franchise owners came away energised and with lots of clear direction on how to improve their Instagram accounts.

Charlie Booth, Red Eye, The Photography Network

Katya Willems was a joy to work with and I would thoroughly recommend her instagram workshops to any early career photographer. During our workshop on how to pitch and present yourself as a photographer online she gave clear, insightful tips on building a community on Instagram. Her delivery style was both engaging and refreshingly honest. 

Joanna Booth, Director and Head Trainer, Social Media Makes Sense

Thank you Katya for your brilliant workshop. Although we work in the field, it’s hard to remember to practice what you preach with your own business. You gave us focus, inspiration, tools and tips to help us nail our Instagram. Thanks for helping us create a manageable strategy and hit the ground running.

Sarah Calderbank, PR and Communications Manager, Lake District National Park

People are passionate about the Lake District; whether they live, work in or visit this special place, they want to feel inspired, informed and engaged when landing on our social media channels. As the Authority for such as spectacular place, our Communications team has no shortage of content and stories and Instagram is a vital tool in our visual storytelling mix. We asked Katya to help us invigorate our Instagram stories and create a more consistent tone for our posts. She quickly understood our challenges and identified where the opportunities and ‘quick wins’ were for the team to set into action straight away. The session was informative and flexible enough to suit the various levels of use and needs within the team, but also delivered in a fun and engaging way that made it one of the more enjoyable social media training sessions I’ve experienced. Now to put it all into practice!

Alison Gray, Executive Assistant, Food Sync

Katya’s enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for Instagram shone through on the day.  Our Newbie Foodies session attendees were really engaged – with lots of questions that Katya was more than happy to answer.  She knows her subject well and was great at communicating the knowledge to a mixed group of people with varying levels of ability and experience on Instagram.

Sarah Leech, Digital Content Manager at HOME

Our audience really enjoyed Katya’s Instagram workshop as part of our digital skills series. It was chock full of top tips and advice to help develop and build a vibrant account. A fun, informal and inspiring way to learn.

1:1 Coaching

Brian Painter, Kamouflage

Thank you for our invaluable session last week. You explained it all in such a way that made it easy to understand and adopt. I have already witnessed a distinct upturn in followers (nearly 10%) and people interacting with my page already. I now have the tools and knowledge to push things forward and open up my brand and company to a much wider audience, which I wouldn’t have known how to do without your excellent coaching. I’m telling as many people as possible about it.

Jess Carter, Head of Comms, Design Business Association

Katya’s training was informative and inspiring.  We worked together to come up with a strategy for the DBA Instagram account that I’m really pleased with.  Since our session I’m much more excited about what Instagram can do for us and I’m looking forward to engaging with the Instagram community!

Karen Webber, Goodness Marketing

Quick shout out to recommend Katya for her Skype coaching on Instagram. I spent a delightful and very informative hour with her this morning. I wanted to highly recommend this as Katya is so knowledgeable, warm and friendly and I left with 3 pages of notes and new ideas. Thank you Katya!

Chris Fisher aka The Blind Woodturner

It was extremely helpful to have the benefit of Katya’s expert opinion and gain her input. Katya’s insights were invaluable and generated lots of new ideas for using Instagram Stories more effectively and for adding different content to our Instagram feed. The session gave us lots to think about! What was really impressive was the amount of research that Katya had done prior to our call and the findings that she shared with us. Having that objective view and a completely different take on our feed has extended the scope of what we plan to share on Instagram. It really did open our eyes(!) to alternative ways to use Instagram.

Rosie Bonner Kendrick, Marketing and Events Assistant JK Marketing

I had a great one to one session with Katya, her insight and knowledge really helped me to develop ideas and a well thought out plan for my B2b social media campaign. Katya is very professional, friendly and easy to talk to and bounce ideas off.

Bryony Rust, Speech and Language Therapist

Thanks to our Skype session I’m full of renewed enthusiasm for Instagram and feeling free to play around and experiment a little more!

More Testimonials

Paul Browning

Katya is an Instagram expert whom I heartily recommend if you’re looking to to take your first or indeed your next, steps in this social media platform. I have come away from both her daytime course and online one-2-one with pages of notes and more importantly, excitement, motivation and energy to dive in deeper. She is friendly, warm, full of ideas and exudes bucket loads of passion and enthusiasm. It’s contagious!!!!!

What’s more, I’ve recently attended one of Katya’s InstaCake meetings. A bunch of creative instagrammers, meet up for cake, tea and chat about their accounts and to help each other with even more ideas, motivation and next steps. OMG, the feels after one of these events!!!! Such a boost! Incredible support!

To Katya. To the Insta Cakers. Thank You!!!!!! xx

Jane Rasbash

My Skype session with Katya was awesome – we brainstormed great ideas for insta content creation for an organisation I work for. Katya also  inspired me to reframe my own insta account as “Unexpected Snapper – My Journey in Photography”.  I’d been struggling for ages to think of a theme for what is essentially a page with my fave photos on it.  Now I’m much clearer about what I’m doing with my account – I will aim to tell a story with each photo also mentioning the occasional photo tip or technique. Having that clarity of purpose about my account is really motivating and helpful.

Sian Wild, The Flower Lounge, Didsbury

Thank you for a fabulous day full of tips, information and laughter. It was great to meet such an inspiring group of women.

Lucy Burt, Partner/Founder Nest Interior Design

Attended a really useful – and fun – Instagram workshop run by Katya.  Admittedly I am a little late to the Instagram party but there just always seems to be so much else to do. Armed with new knowledge, I’m determined to get this up and running so that we can share images with past, current & future clients. For anyone wanting to take the leap or just learn how to get more out of Instagram for their business, I would definitely recommend the course and the setting of Beaumont Organic was just lovely.

Sarah Peak, The Cheese Yard and Graze By Sarah

I signed up to Katya’s 5 hour coaching package.  It’s been a big learning curve for me. From  technical tips about hashtagging and creating stories to the more juicy aspects of content planning, Katya had ideas and guidance for every aspect of Instagram. She wasn’t afraid to challenge me (in the most postive way!) and made me really think about tone of voice, keeping the captions relevant and kept me focussed on showcasing the unique aspects of my business. Katya also had a wealth of examples of great local Instagram accounts to show me that that really helped me understand what a good, engaged account looks like and how I might emulate their methods.

Lindsey Beveridge, Nutrition Adviser

I really enjoyed the workshop – I thought it was excellent and Katya is a natural trainer (having run a training and conference company before going into nutrition, I feel qualified to say this!!). I could’ve listened to Katya and chatted with everyone else in the class for much longer – I think there’s the potential full-day workshop there!  I learned tons!  

Julie Manning, Rose and Fern Clothing

It was a great day and I came away from it feeling much more confident about using Instagram. I’ve already started putting it into practice by using stories and the photo editing apps! 

Leanne Scaletta, We Are Adam Recruitment

A great gathering of like-minded people, Katya’s course helped focus my strategy and I came away with some fab ideas. I’m now armed with some new apps to make the most of insta stories and a small but perfectly formed network of other SMEs using insta. I’m determined to make the platform work for us despite being a less visually-focused brand.  Thanks Katya!

Dianne Boardman, Freelance Journalist

Thank you for the workshop.  It was really informative and you crammed so much in.  I think we could have gone on all day. And it was interesting to hear what everyone else had to say too and great to be able to bounce ideas off each other.  I hadn’t realised there was so much to Instagram and it certainly opened my eyes! It was a fabulous introduction and your marketing tips and ideas were brilliant.  I came away thoroughly inspired and intend to get going with it all and also to get my blog back up and running as soon as possible. You made me see that social media is an important part of any business and marketing these days and to succeed you HAVE to get to grips with it.  

Sarah Gaffey, The Upper Story Club

I’d slightly lost my Instagram mojo following a rebrand, and felt stuck about how to reflect this change of direction. Katya helped me get clearer about what my new direction might be and how to showcase it in an interesting and creative way.  She gave me lots of tips on photography, Instagram stories and was great at signposting me to helpful resources I was unaware of. Now, I’m raring to go with loads of new ideas. Sarah –

Caroline Firth, Cheshire Interior Design

I was completely new to Instagram before I was persuaded by a friend to accompany her to one of Katya’s workshops. Katya explained how to use Insta posting and “stories” in very simple terms, and more importantly how to interact with other users so you can build likes and followers. I had no idea that there were so many people out there interested in interior design! Instagram has been great for my business; I have had lots more work plus it has really helped to raise my business profile locally, nationally and internationally too.

Katy Carlisle, Squarespace Trainer

I went to Katya’s workshop feeling quite frustrated and confused by Instagram – I came away  inspired and full of clear ideas on how I’m going to develop my account. She was an engaging and thorough trainer.

Claire McDonald, Tickitty Boo Gift Shop

It was lovely to spend time with other ladies who although from different business backgrounds and stages of the journey, were all keen to improve their Instagram presence and connect with their customers.I gained a lot from the ‘critical friend’ element of the course, and have implemented some of the observations from the other participants in my Instagram Feed and am already noticing the difference in terms of engagement! 

Jo Johnston, French Knots Craft Studio

Katya ran an enjoyable and practical workshop and I learnt a lot about making the most of Instagram. I’ve already made a list of useful hashtags and am looking forward to doing more stories.Katya is a great tutor and inspired us all.

Jill Jennings, Photographer

As a photographer I should have been on Instagram a lot sooner, but to be honest I was too busy to really engage so I’d not given it any real thought or effort, which I regret.  Then along came Katya who persuaded me there was a whole new world out there (and a very fast growing one), showing  me inspiring & creative accounts, better hashtagging, and techniques to help me along.  She gave me lots to think about, and always amazes me with her energy and enthusiasm as well as solid practical advice that has made me feel more confident that its not just a numbers game.  I have still a long way to go but am enjoying experimenting with colour at the moment and love that buzz when you have an image that is just that bit special and the likes just come pinging in from all parts of the globe.  I feel confident my Instagram account is now more of a showcase for my work and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.  Katya has made it feel a lot more like fun too, she is a wealth of knowledge and she doesn’t stop learning herself which really means she’s keeping up with the latest developments and stats.  So if you really think like I did there’s nothing to Instagram it’s just photos and a few hashtags, you will be very surprised and happy to meet Katya who can take it to new levels, thanks I highly recommend her!

Sarah Bell, Founder SB Inspired

I have done Katya’s Instagram and Twitter workshops and I have learnt so much from her. The information is delivered in a concise and fun way, aided by a helpful Power point presentation. Katya uses lots of practical examples to show you how to get the most out of your business social media accounts and helps you make an achievable action plan to kick start them. She gives you helpful hints and tips which are tried and tested on her accounts. Katya is so positive and vibrant, making it an excellent training experience

Suzanne Leech, Business Franchise Owner

Katya delivered a presentation to a WIBN group in Wilmslow on creating great social media content in August 2017. I was very impressed by the way Katya worked on tailoring the presentation to the information I’d given her about the groups’ businesses and marketing needs.

In her presentation Katya gave us a wide variety of examples of good photographic and written content and her style was clear and entertaining. She included lots of useful hints and tips on posting with an emphasis on what is practical and achievable for small business owners.

I received excellent feedback from the group on Katya’s presentation and I’d have no hesitation in recommending her to any business group looking for new insights into this vital area of marketing.

Michelle Pratt, Learning & Development Consultant & Coach

Katya does more than provide engaging social media. Her real talent is working with you to truly understand your business. She takes time to get a sense of you and your customers to provide social media that is congruent with your individual business. She helped me to not only change the content of my social media but to find a way of sharing that felt comfortable and authentic to me.

Kirstie Henderson, Founder/Video Producer at Brave Day Films

Since you have given me social media training Katya, my followers doubled in week one, and continue to steadily grow – they are nearly all people in my target audience. I have totally fallen for Twitter and Instagram after leaving my accounts fairly dormant in the past few years. You’re coaching was easy to absorb, fun and very effective. Thank you.

Make your Instagram account shine!