VA Staffer is a Digital Marketing and Virtual Assistant Company with the majority of it’s team in their Makati City (Metro Manila) office, Philippines. The marketing, project success and consulting is operated in the USA, and VA Staffer has also expanded recently into South America, India and the Caribbean for specific skillsets.
They have a very diverse team that offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and CEOs. They’ve built a talent pool backed up with built-in Project Management Tools to deliver results.
They opened their doors to the general public in November 2013 immediately after Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the country, and local job opportunities were scarce, even for qualified candidates. At that time, founder Jeff “J” Hunter and his team decided that bringing on more clients would help empower college grads with amazing technology skills in the Philippines.
In return for a reliable, rewarding career opportunity, the new virtual assistants promised to provide superior services to their clients.
About VA Staffer
The team uses ActiveCollab software for communication and project management, and aims to build a long-term win-win relationship with clients. This set-up provides for work tracking (screenshot monitoring) and accountability.
With VA Staffer, you’re assigned a dedicated VA based on your job requirements, but have access to rest of the team for specialized skills as the need arises. This set-up is somewhat rare among VA companies in the Philippines, where most just aim for a dedicated relationship and ask you to hire out other skills and jobs separately.
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VA Staffer Services
VA Staffer provides 100% manual and personalized SEO, Marketing, Website Design, Social Media Management and a variety of other virtual assistant services for start-ups, entrepreneurs, authors, and real estate agents.
Your virtual staff can also help with data entry, lead generation, online research, link-building, book promotion, reputation management, ecommerce solutions, and more.
The real pride of the company comes from the founding principal that entrepreneurship is the best method to solve global poverty.
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Plans and Pricing
VA Staffer offers a range of services with their new pricing system.
A one-time membership setup fee of $299 gives you access to the entire team and an invitation to their project management software. You’ll also be assigned a dedicated project coordinator.
The minimum monthly retainer is just $160, and work is billed out against that retainer at competitive rates:
- Data entry and lower skilled work = $7/hr
- Administrative work like email templating or CRM help = $8/hr
- Web development, graphic design, and voice Support = $10/hr
Native English Content / Blog Creation
VA Staffer copywriters are native American and UK English speakers. They’ll craft content for you at a rate of $45 per 300-500 word blog post–or you can write your own content and they’ll optimize it for you.
Social Media Management Plans
VA Staffer has customized social media content creation packages they offer with their native English-speaking team. (This is not at the typical $7-$10 dollars an hour because it’s created by American and UK social media experts on their team.)
They offer support for Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, on an à la carte menu:
- You pick any one of the platforms for: $250 / mo
- You pick any two of the platforms for: $325 / mo
- All three platforms: $399 / mo
For Twitter, the package includes 3-4 daily tweets and 3 image tweets per week. On Facebook, they’ll make two posts daily on your behalf, with 3 of them every week being custom images. For LinkedIn, they’ll post two daily updates.
Posting would be on any 5 days you choose; it doesn’t have to be Monday-Friday.
SEO Keyword Research & Competitive Analysis
VA Staffer’s SEO Keyword Research & Competitive Analysis is a one-time $399 investment. It takes 4-5 business days and the research package comes with a 1 hour strategy session afterwards to determine the best keywords for you and next steps.
The research will give you great keywords for blog topics, titles, and phrases which will help optimize your social media campaign. Basically, when you know what people are searching for, all you have to do is be the answer to what they want. You will use the keywords as topics and subtitles, and this will increase your ranking in Google.
It’s a very flexible and scalable system that can adapt with your business and growth.
Why VA Staffer?
One thing that sets VA Staffer apart is their on-site recruiting and hiring process. When I spoke with Jeff, he explained that he personally flies to Manila 3-4x per year to screen the brightest talent in the Philippines and conduct face-to-face interviews.
Out of an applicant pool of 30 people, he might hire 1 or 2. The candidates must have a college education, and great communication skills.
Jeff explains, “The key to our success is the longevity of our staff. We offer great benefits to our employees and wages much higher than the average outsourcing company. That builds pride and creates a great connection between the staff and our clients.”
Interview with the VA Staffer Founder
VA Staffer Alternatives
Before you make your decision, you might want to check out the rest of the field of Filipino VA companies. Task Bullet and Carve operate similar models, though perhaps without the full project management tracking capabilities and access a team.
Have you worked with VA Staffer? If so, please leave a quick review of your experience below.