Mastering Social Media

Grow Your Audience with Instagram Reels

Are you looking to grow your Instagram account? Creating Reels on Instagram is an excellent way to work with the current algorithm to grow your account. Why? Reels is a new feature that Instagram is trying to grow, so they are rewarding Reels with increased reach.

Utilizing Video for Social Media

It is 2021 and video content is still an important tool for social media. Most, if not all, algorithms favor videos, and most people will stop scrolling to watch them. Right now, make a plan to incorporate video into your social media strategy as often as possible. If you only have a smart phone, you have everything you need to get started. Now, how can you incorporate video into your social media?

Making Instagram Work for Your Business

It is important that your Instagram account is set up as a business profile. With that, you will have access to Insights, a tool to help you understand your audience and the effectiveness of your posts, Stories, and IGTV. That information will help you grow.

Check out your Insights to see how your account is preforming. Here are some things you can see there:

Activity

  • Impressions
  • Profile Visits
  • Email Button Taps
  • Call Button Taps

Content Interactions

Preparing for the New Year

To make a plan for the future, you need to understand where you are right now. Before you put together your strategy for the New Year, here are some quick audit tips. Then, you will have a better understanding of where you need to focus your efforts.        

Some things that you need to look at across all accounts.

List your social media platforms:

Strategic Social Media Bios

Bios on your social media accounts are one way to help potential customers find you. They are also an introduction to your brand. Read on for some tips to make a good impression.

Start Building Your Audience for Holiday Success

I know that most of you aren’t ready to think about the holidays. Guess what? Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the holidays. We have no idea what this holiday season will look like, but it is a safe bet that people will be making a lot of online purchases.

Here are the things you should be doing now to set up for your success later.

Create a Consistent Presence on Social Media

We live in uncertain times. Now more than ever it is it is important to have a consistent presence on social media. Most social media algorithms reward regular postings and engagements. That is especially important if you want people to find and get updates about your business.

Free Tools for Social Media Creation

Now more than ever it’s important to have a presence on social media. You can DIY your social media with free tools. There is so much information out there, so here is a quick guide to get you started.

Graphics and stock photography

• Canva — There are thousands of templates that you can customize to your branding. They also have stock photography. There is a paid version with more capabilities. You can post directly to Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter as well.

• Unsplash  — Free stock photography

• Pexels — Free stock photography

Connecting with Your Audience

So, you’ve spent all this time setting up Facebook, Instagram, or whatever platform you’re on. You have all the relevant information about your business on your page. Now what?

A Video Strategy for Social Media

It’s 2020 and the importance of video content is not going away. It's favored by all the algorithms and people will stop their scroll to watch it. Now is the time to make a plan to regularly incorporate video into your social media strategy. It’s pretty easy and you can do it right from your phone.

Making the Most Out of Your Bio

Social Media Bios help potential customers find you. They can also be the first impression a customer will have about your brand. It’s important to make a good impression.

Two factors to keep in mind are the platform and your audience. If you are writing your bio for LinkedIn, it will be more formal and professional than if you are writing it for Facebook or Instagram. For all platforms, think about keywords that your ideal customer will be searching for when you write the bio. Someone should read your bio and have a clear understanding of what you will do for them.

Social Media for the 2019 Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. Are you ready? You might be thinking it’s too early, but it’s not. This is the time to be building your audience and making plans for the upcoming season. It’s important to grow your audience as much as you can before Thanksgiving. Or before; the entire week of Thanksgiving has become a sales week.

Scheduling Your Social Media

The best way to create engagement on social medial is to be consistent. As a business owner, that can be a tall order. You can make it easier on yourself if you have a process. If you sit down and plan for the next few weeks or months, then you can batch schedule your social media.

Marketing Your Local Business on Social Media

Even local businesses can reap the benefits of maintaining a social media presence. If you haven’t, now’s the time. Here are a few facts: 78% of the US population has a social media profile and 97% percent of consumers aged 18 to 34 read online reviews. Just to bring this local, there is a Facebook group, called 422 Families, where people regularly ask for recommendations about local businesses. That group has over 7,700 members.

Video Content for Social Media

Video is becoming an essential part of social media content. It's favored by all the algorithms and people will stop their scroll to watch it. That’s why businesses should try to use video when they can. The great thing about video is that you can do it right from your phone.

Here are some helpful ideas for using video as social media content.

• Highlighting important features.

• Instructions about how to use your product.

Change Isn’t Always Bad

Facebook has signaled that their algorithm is changing again. If you’ve been thinking about starting a Facebook group, now might be the time to do it. Facebook is favoring more personal engagement, so your page might not reach as many people as it has in the past. Here are some things to consider about creating a group.

Give people an incentive for joining your group. You could offer early bird discounts to the members or previews for new products. Then once they are in, give them more information about your products and services.

Create and Automate your Email Funnels

Recently, I watched a video on YouTube on a subject of interest to me and after watching the video, decided to click on the “infamous link” below the video. Part of the reason for clicking on it was to experience the engagement funnel with this individual, as well as see how long she would send emails to me about it. Well, it is two weeks later, and I am still getting emails from her daily. They have taken different directions along the way.

Lead Generation Hacks on Instagram

Have you thought about Instagram for lead generation? If you haven’t, I have some hacks to generate leads from your existing followers. As you grow your business account you can use these strategies going forward.       

Your profile should have the following:

• A picture that reflects your brand.

• Your bio should be concise and clear about what you offer people. 

• A link in the bio — your website or a link to a newsletter signup.

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