How to Create Your IGTV Channel

Long form video has hit Instagram! Become an early adopter and create your IGTV today. Not sure how? Follow my step by step guide below.

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If you haven’t heard, long form video has come to Instagram! Why? Well, any person truly invested in digital marketing & SEO could tell you that Google and Facebook have been in competition for YEARS! Facebook wants to be a search engine, Google wants to have a social network. It’s a never ending war, but, those of us who rely on both of these platforms will continue to benefit from all their new innovations.

What is IGTV?

IGTV, or Instagram TV, is just like a having a YouTube channel attached to your Instagram page. You can upload longer videos than the typcial 60 seconds Instagram allows for on a normal post.

Why should I make an IGTV channel?

For starters, I have no doubt in my mind that this will blow up. There are already celebrities like Will Smith taking advantage of IGTV and we know how much he loves YouTube (YT is owned by Google, Instagram is owned by Facebook – see why this is a never ending war?).

In addition, this gives you even more opportunity to bring your followers quality content and to increase engagement.

How do I create my channel?

It’s actually VERY simple!

Step 1. Open your Instagram app and click the orange-ish icon in the top right corner, next to the DM button. When you get there, you’ll see a screen like the one below displaying videos from people you follow.

Step 2. Next you’ll click on the settings button and you’ll get a pop up like the one below that says “Create Channel”.

Step 3. Once you select “Create Channel” you’ll see the following screens. Read through them and select “Create Channel”.

     

Step 4. Once your channel is created, you’ll see a screen like this. Go to your channel and from there you can begin uploading videos. As of now, the video cap is 15 minutes.

Keep in mind the videos have to be vertical. Similar to how an IG Live or Facebook Live video is laid out. I suggest if you have some great lives you want to savor, download them on your computer and send them to yourself to upload.

Don’t forget that titles, tags, and thumbnails matter! It may seem tedious but you want your channel to look good and feel professional.

I’m personally excited for new Instagram feature and will fully take advantage of the war going on between Google and Facebook.

If you’re already on IGTV I would love to know your thoughts on it so far! Reply to this email and let me know.

XOXO

3 Steps to Build Your Social Media Strategy

Just because you’re a one-woman shop, doesn’t mean you cannot achieve a social media presence that makes you look like you have an entire social team behind you.

Just because you’re a one-woman shop, doesn’t mean you cannot achieve a social media presence that makes you look like you have an entire social team behind you. At the recent Respect the Hustle event, Kelsea Wiggins taught us the ins and out of the top social media platforms out there. I would recommend downloading her presentation so that you can decide on the right platform for you and your business.

Once you decide which platform works for you, it’s time to create a real social media strategy. Here are 3 steps to get started:

  1. Plan Content – You can use an excel sheet, word document, or even hand-written notes if you prefer. In your plan, decide how often you want to post (I would recommend 1-3 times per week), what days you want to post, and the purpose of each post. For example: If you’re a motivation speaker, maybe you will decide Monday is Motivational Monday, Wednesday is Wellness Wednesday, etc. By creating a formula for yourself, your audience will know what to expect and will begin to look forward to those posts. Note: This strategy can also be used for email marketing. Join me for an interactive webinar on December 28th.
  2. Measure Your Success – Before you can measure success, you must know what you want your return on investment to be. Honestly, social media is not going to significantly increase revenue for your business – unless you plan to spend money on advertising. However, it will increase brand awareness, connect you to prospects, and then you can turn those prospects into customers.
  3. Analyze and Tweak – So, what are you measuring? Impressions? Reach? Engagement? Followers? If you’re not hitting your benchmarks, it’s time for you to reevaluate your strategy and make changes. You should do this at the end of quarter.

Ready to build your strategy? You can use Kelsea’s presentation as a baseline to get started. Not sure you can do this on your own? You can always connect with me and I can either handle all your social media, or I can help you build your strategy.

Do you already have your social media strategy in place? Comment below and share what you’re doing in 2018!

Easy Ways to Grow Your Email List

One by one, you’ve probably built up a sizable email list. You probably started organically—capturing emails from orders, for example, or even through registrations on your website.

But now that you’ve got that list, what do you do with it and how do you make it richer and more productive? Growing it through thoughtful strategies is one way.

One method may not have occurred to you: social ads. What makes these so fruitful is that they’re a great way to capture people who probably already have an affinity for your company, product, or service. Plus, Facebook has services built into its structure to make this easy to do.

And when building an email subscription base, more turns out to be more. You need more ways for people to enter their email address—landing page, newsletters, downloads, whatever it takes.

Speaking of downloads, turns out offering free incentives—say, a coupon or an e-book—are also great ways to get people to share an email with you. You can also ask their opinion of your company, product, or service, and use that strategy to capture yet even more emails.

Want more ideas for a better email subscription base? Use this graphic to get started.

Easy Ways to Quickly Grow Your Email Subscriber Base

Fake New Balance Advertisement Causes Social Media Fire Storm

In the midst of the Baltimore Riots, New Balance is putting out its own fire storm.

Recently what appeared to be screen shots from New Balance’s company website surfaced the internet using protesters to “promote” the company. Twitter users have retweeted the fake screen shots over 1,500 times and favorited the tweet more than 700 times.

New Balance took to social media to tell users that the advertisement was not generated by New Balance and asked that users do not retweet the post:

“This is clearly not a New Balance generated post – we ask that you please do not re-tweet.”

  
“We did not regenerate the ad.”

  
Check out the fake screen shots below and tell us what you think:

   

   

When Crisis Strikes: Awkward Moments In PR

1. That awkward moment when Clorox tweeted “where’s the bleach” after the launch of multicultural emoji’s. 

   

2.  That awkward moment when the United States Postal Services launches their “Maya Forever” stamps with a quote that Maya Angelou didn’t write.

 

Yikes! Have you seen any other awkward PR moments this week? Comment below or tweet us and let us know. 

How Not To Get Retweeted

As an entrepreneur, when I write a blog post, my objective is to get other people to read it and take something away from it. Sometimes this happens simultaneously and sometimes I don’t get many views at all. But that is the nature of the game.

Of course we all want 100+ retweets and thousands of views on our post but for most of us, that will never happen. There’s a lot you can do to get retweeted but lets start with what not to do.

Here is a list of of 5 things not to do if you want to get retweeted:

1. Asking for retweets is a huge no. If you want to be retweeted, create meaningful content for your viewers.

2. Sending the “I made a new blog post” tweet with a link to your site to everyone on your timeline is a quick way to get unfollowed and blocked. If you want people to see your post, add relevant #hashtags to your tweet.

3. Speaking of hashtags, using trending topics in your post to solicit viewers when they have no relevance to your blog topic shows that you have no idea how to use social media. This makes no sense and screams desparation. You will also not get retweeted. Always remember to use hashtags that are relevant to your blog topic.

4. If your link looks like this: https://tjecommunications.com/2014/11/16/why-kim-kardashian-is-still-winning/ it is too long and will probably not be retweeted. Lucky for you, most of the time Twitter shortens the link for you. There are many tools out there to shrink links; such as Hootsuite.

5. Posting link after link and tweeting like robot. If you post only links to your blog, you will not get retweets and probably not even followers. Try engaging in Twitter chats and interacting with followers to build rapport.

Am I missing something? Comment below.

4 Things We Can Learn from Reese’s Maggot Crisis

Being on social media, for a brand, means more than scheduling posts of the office cat and random company updates. When a brand decides to join the world wide web on a social media platform, they are opening themselves up to the harsh unfiltered thoughts of consumers around the world.

Recently, a disturbing video of maggots coming out of a Reese’s Peanut Buttercup has surfaced all over YouTube and even got a hit on popular gossip site World Star Hip Hop. The video consisted of a consumer breaking open her Reese’s only to find live maggots inside of the candy. After searching through YouTube, it appears that multiple consumers have had the same incident occur over the last year.

The video has since gone viral and caused a frenzy amongst peanut buttercup lovers who are second guessing their favorite candy. Some have even vowed not to eat the candy ever again!

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Reese’s have since done damage control on social media by responding to inquiries from consumers in a timely fashion and exemplified a great example of how to respond in a crisis situation.

As a small or women owned business, it is inevitable that you will run into mishaps here and there. Even the large companies like Reese’s have their hiccups. The worst thing you can do in a situation is ignore your consumers when they are experiencing issues with your product or service.

The best practice for crisis communication:

1. Listen to the comments and concerns of your consumers

2. Empathize with the consumer by putting yourself in their shoes. How would you feel if you found maggots embedded in your chocolate?

3. Acknowledge that you are aware of the issues

4. Take preventative action so that an issue like this never occurs again

Sure, I will probably not have a Reese’s Cup for quite some time, but I admire their timely responses to consumers and their willingness to make themselves vulnerable by providing the information and working on the next preventative steps.

If you were Reese’s, how would you have handled this situation?