Jo Ridout owner of A Passion for Homes blogs for us on how her passion for all things home and property began...
As owner of A Passion for Homes I am extremely enthusiastic, some may say obsessed, with everything to do with homes, properties, design and buildings!
Mad about marketing, property bookworm, interior design magazine hoarder, house programme TV addict, building buff, show home visitor, trade show junky, prolific internet and blog surfer, and content generator - that's me!
But I often dreamt of how I could bring all these elements together into a business that would indulge all of my passions (I like football and tennis too, but to incorporate them as well was completely impossible!).
So, 14 months ago, whilst eating pizza with my sister in Rome (not relevant, but sets the scene!), I came up with the idea of the website A Passion for Homes (the pizza was totally yummy, by the way!).
So, take your coat off and come on in…!
Welcome to www.apassionforhomes.com - a unique and creative website that brings all aspects of property, homes, design, buildings and related information together under one roof!
It is a comprehensive ‘housey hub’ – a property portal where everyone as passionate as me can visit and stay as long as they like, browsing all the rooms in the house, finding stories, interviews, inspiration and information.
Interior design, home products, retail trends, ‘housey’ celebrity interviews, dream homes, beautiful buildings, stories of the people behind properties, estate agent and show home search facilities – phew, it’s a big site with lots of things to inspire and admire.
I love to share, so the site has a sharing section – share pictures, share videos, and share your views via a monthly vote on a homes based topic.
“A Passion for Homes looks like an ideal place for the British home-moving public to supplement their property fix.” Rightmove
The kettle’s on, so relax and find out more about the business itself…
A Passion for Homes offers businesses some unique opportunities to showcase their products and services to a targeted and attentive consumer, via advertising and articles on the website.
We’ve featured UK based, hand-made amazing products such as beds from The Wrought Iron Bed Company, building and renovation advice from qualified professionals, and new season ranges, products and trends from retailers such as Habitat, M&S, John Lewis, Heal’s and Nest.co.uk, to name but a few.
And, because the business has been built solely out of the comprehensive use of social media, we offer businesses training and services in social media, and in fact, all aspects of marketing.
"…interesting and engaging, some excellent information on social networks like Pinterest, that was handy for both the beginners and the social-media-savvy. Funny, concise and informative." Dwell
"Lovely to learn in a fun environment - really helped open the doors to understanding how social media can boost business and raise company awareness." Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Company
An expanding area of work for companies, including estate agents, retailers, interior designers and tourist attractions, is producing high quality short videos for website content – which is becoming an increasingly important aspect of every companies’ website and social media. Google loves video, as will your customers! At the moment we are working on a private executive home for sale and an amazing castle!
Got time for one more biscuit before you leave?
I also write about every aspect of homes and properties – writing articles, writing text for companies’ websites and print, and proofing text for clients.
"Jo was fantastic to work with recently, writing a superb article for the company blog. She not only wrote a great article, she implemented a good social campaign to promote the article, working with other companies effortlessly. I would highly recommend Jo and look forward to working with her again soon." Louie Watts, Anglian Home Improvement
So, I hope you will call round to A Passion for Homes soon and check out all the gorgeous homes, products, interior design and celebrity features, and share your thoughts. Who knows, maybe you will find our site and services useful too when you come to plan your next move.
Thanks for sharing my story,
All the best,