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March 2019

Why You Should be Using Instagram Stories and How to Do So

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Why You Should be Using Instagram Stories and How to Do So

Why is it important to be using Instagram Stories today? Do people actually click on them? What are they and what do they do for you?

Well, Instagram Stories are an easy engagement and marketing tool if you have an Instagram account. It brings a community together through different features and ways to reach your audience.

About 300 million people use Instagram Stories on a daily basis according to Instagram Press. It is important to engage with these stories and your audience in a unique way.

The key to adding these stories is to not do too much. These can be overwhelming to your viewers and followers, and they may not click on them if there are too many every day. Try to strive for a number of three.

So how do you add Instagram stories? Follow this tutorial to add stories to your account.

First, click on Your Story. This will take you the screen to add stories.

Different Types of Stories

 

Normal

This is one of the most common used stories. To create this one, you just have to play around with it. Once you click on the white circle it will take a photo. You can use that photo or you can use a photo from your camera roll. Once you take the shot, there are different add ons.

One of the add ons is a filter. This is the face with the stars. The next is stickers, which is the square face. These can include Location, Mentions, Hashtags, GIF, Time, Polls, Questions, Countdown, and much more. The next add on is handwriting where you write on the photos. The last one is text where you add on the text.  When you are done, then you can send it to Your Story or direct message it to others.

Type

Type is a story type that lets you add text with a colorful background.

 

Live

This story type will make it so that you can record a live video.

Boomerang

This story type lets you add some flair. Check it out how it looks.

Superzoom

Superzoom lets you zoom in on an object or a person. You can also add different features to this. But again this is something you have to mess around with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus

Focus lets you actually focus on someone’s face while blurring out the background.

Rewind

Rewind makes it so that you can rewind something that just happened.

Hands-Free

This makes it so that you can set up your camera to record you doing something.

Recap

Overall, Instagram stories are important to pay attention to and take in consideration when you are talking about engagement and social media in your company. It builds community and engages your audience with your company. So what are you waiting for? Try implementing Instagram stories into your social media strategy, and see how much your engagement gross!

So, you’ve got a personal brand, now what?

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So, you’ve got a personal brand, now what?

You’ve seen the articles and blogs, “7 Things You Can Do To Build An Awesome Personal Brand” or “The Complete Guide To Building Your Personal Brand.” You might be feeling decently content now that you’ve expended countless hours building your social media network and possibly spending some spare change for your personal website, but the party is just getting started. Let me first clarify that you are never fully finished when it comes to building your personal brand. It’s a living, breathing creature that is continuously evolving and changing with you as you develop and progress. That being said, there is a point when it’s fully matured, if you will, and ready to be put to use. There’re more methods to use your personal brand, but we’re going to try to discuss a few of the obvious ones here.

Take it from Jeff Bezos, “Your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” That’s assuming, of course, that people are talking about you. Hopefully they are and hopefully it’s something you can be proud of, but don’t let people just talk about your brand when you’re not around. Initiate the conversation yourself. You’ve worked hard to develop your own personal brand, now it’s time to put it on display.

Using your brand to get what you want

Let’s address the obvious: getting that job. Use your personal brand and particularly your online portfolio when applying for a new job. “Of all executive recruiters, 90 percent say they conduct online research of candidates.” Make their job easy, give them your brand, give them your personal website and with it, give them a lasting impression.

You should look at that raise you’ve been waiting for or that promotion that is long overdue similarly to applying for a job. If you’re pitching for a raise to your supervisor, incorporate your personal brand and portfolio as convincing evidence and to add weight to your proposal.

Using your brand to build your network

Your brand should be something worth sharing. If it’s not, then maybe you need to reevaluate it. All of the components of your personal marque; social media profiles, personal website, and even business cards should all be interconnected and operate together to perform a specific function. That can be generating leads, getting a job, or building your professional network. But be careful, “Blogs, social media and other web-based content are effective networking channels, but entrepreneurs often use these instruments solely for marketing their services and products. Coming across as self-promotional is  not helpful to your personal brand—and can turn potential connections off.

Using your brand to make you money

Let’s talk business, specifically small business owners or entrepreneurs. Let’s clear something up, your personal brand is stronger than your business’ brand.  Your employee’s individual brands are several times more powerful than your personal brand or your business’ brand. So, put it to use. Brand messages are re-shared 24 times more frequently when posted by an individual as opposed to a cooperate brand. Employ your personal brand to promote your business. Share the same content you are trying to share via digital marketing or advertising on your personal social media or in your personal blog/newsletter. On that note, use your employees’ brands where possible, “content shared by  employees receives eight times more engagement than content shared by brand channels.”

Sales representatives who employ social media as part of their sales techniques outsell 78 percent of their peers. As a freelancer, your brand is everything, it’s essentially what you’re selling. If you’re a photographer, you aren’t selling photos, you’re selling the specific skill set that you have to make amazing photos. Use your personal brand as an exhibit of what it’s like to work with you and to experience what you do.

Put your personal brand to work because it’s more impactful and valuable than you think. The more you actively use your personal brand, the more you will grow, refine, and polish it. Your personal brand can be whatever you want it to be, but don’t forget that more than anything, your reputation is your brand. “A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is – it is what consumers tell each other it is.” – Scott Cook.

How Netflix Has Made the World Smaller

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How Netflix Has Made the World Smaller

Long gone are the days of rewinding VCR tapes to get back to the beginning of the movie. Long gone are the days of driving to your local Blockbuster and picking a movie or two out of the stiflingly small selection, and there may be faint memories bouncing around in your head of what video quality was like before HD and Blu-ray. Oh, how entertainment has changed!

Netflix, and other similar streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Video, have revolutionized the way we watch television and movies. You can watch hundreds of movies without leaving your house, and you can access it all with just one click of a button and a fee of $10 a month. Besides having remarkable ease, Netflix’s variety has made it more possible to “travel the world”.

In the past, you were strictly limited to the movies that were available at the Blockbuster down the street, but Netflix offers movies and shows from around the world. Some of the currently popular shows are The Great British Baking Show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and Élite. With these shows, you can learn British baking techniques that have yet to cross the pond, find Japanese-inspired ways to “spark joy” in your life, and learn what high school life could be like in Spain.

Twenty years ago, it was quite difficult to find easy access to entertainment from a wide variety of countries. Through Netflix and other streaming services, we are able to learn far more about the culture in other countries than we could have previously. Netflix has shrunk our world and has given us international travel that is just one click away.

What is the Best Social Media Platform for Your Business?

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What is the Best Social Media Platform for Your Business?

Social media can be daunting and trying to run multiple accounts at one time can be chaotic. The key to controlling this chaos is to narrow down to the social media platforms that are best for your business. Check out our overview of the different platforms and which would apply to you.

Facebook

This platform is mainly sharing articles, but there are other features as well. It serves as a great lead for ads and video marketing. Facebook is all about community, so building groups is a great way to get started. For the most part, Facebook is used by people to connect with friends and family, so make sure you keep this in mind.

 

Twitter

Twitter has a large audience, is developed, easy to start, and one of the first platforms most businesses start with. With it being all these things, Twitter has a lot of traffic and can get noisy. The key to this platform is making sure you are targeting your audience and really grasping their attention. This is a great platform for communication and updates.

 

LinkedIn

This is the business social media platform. Most posts are professional and business related. How you use this platform, however, will depend on what goals you have. Businesses use it for sales, recruiting, branding or content curation as well as lead generation. The key is to know your goals and what you are trying to portray to this particular audience.

 

Instagram

This platform is key for building your brand on social media. Instagram has all the content within the app, so users aren’t sent to blogs or websites. This means that you need to brand your posts to help make it recognizable by your followers. The key to Instagram is making it all relevant and easy for your follows to know it was posted by your business.

 

Snapchat

Being the youngest social media, marketers are still playing and figuring out the tricks of the platform. One thing with this platform is content is erased after 24 hours, so this makes you be a little more creative with your content. It also gives you a clean slate to play around with. This platform is completely mobile and relies on visual elements. The key to this platform is to connect with your audience.

 

Pinterest

This platform drove the trend of visual social media. If you are in the industries of fashion, DIY, retail, photography, or other visual industries this is the platform for you. The demographics of this platform is 18-29-year-old women and that can really help you target the right audience. You can directly drive sales and show off your products. The key to this platform is to be eye-catching.

 

Now that you have an idea of what platform, you can start developing content for your business and even use a manager to plan out posts. Look out for our upcoming blog posts about content and using social media.