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How to find more Customers on Twitter

By | November 26th, 2016|Categories: Social Media, Tips and Tricks|Tags: , |

If you are using social media for your business, you need to have a targeted following, which is easier than you think on Twitter.  How to find more customers on Twitter, is a question that everyone asks. Twitter is a powerhouse of information which businesses sometimes overlook.  Twitter makes it easier than any other network to find and target new customers. We all want new customers, followers, clients to get more visits to our websites and to essentially get more sales.  There is really no point in having 100k followers on Twitter who aren't interested in what we do.  What we want are people who are interested in us and what we do.  We can search for these people or business in Twitter without even using adverts. Twitter Bio First of all, you need to make sure that your bio is set up correctly so that people who look at your profile know exactly what you do, and where you are. Add keywords and include a link, the link is very important, this can be your website, your LinkedIn, or [...]

Instagram Launches Live Video and Disappearing Photos

By | November 21st, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Instagram announced a while back now that they are going to be adding live video to Instagram stories. Well, today Instagram Launches Live Video and Disappearing Photos too. It's been said that live streaming is going to take over social media in 2017 and right now it is very hot for those who are using it right.  Which surprisingly isn't that many yet, imagine what an overload we will have when everyone decides to jump on the bandwagon and starts using live streaming to promote their business.  I'm not just talking about the videos people stream walking around the park with their children but live video with useful entertaining content. Instagram want you to share in the moment So, what improvements have Instagram made?  We already have Stories which was launched in August but this version of video - is live video - which will be shown to your friends and followers while you are filming but will be gone as soon as you have finished.  This sharing in the moment is what they believe will encourage more people to share. On [...]

How to get Verified on Twitter – Get your blue tick now!

By | November 19th, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

For a while now, Twitter has expanded who can get verified on Twitter, and a number of people have been asking me How to get verified on Twitter.  They want a blue verified badge on their Twitter account so that people know they can be trusted and are authentic.  Twitter doesn't make this very well known or easy to find, so I thought I'd help you out. Twitter used to only allow verification for high profile people, public figures, tv stars, film stars, most media actually,  brands and sports stars and other similar areas.  However now they say they allow creators and influencers or if it is determined to be of public interest. Needless to say - I have tried to get the little blue badge on my own Twitter @michelledh but have been rejected *sad face* However, I do know a lot of people in my industry who are much more influential than me who have been rejected too so that doesn't make me feel so bad.   If you are thinking, "Oh, they won't verify me" you may as [...]

How to get Facebook Group Analytics

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Reviews, Social Media, Social Networks|Tags: |

You have been able to get analytics for pages for ages because facebook have their very own analytics built in and it's quite useful. If you want to find out how to get Facebook Group Analytics its a bit more difficult. Facebook Groups vs Pages Many business owners choose a Facebook Group over a page now. Why? Because not only are Facebook groups are a proven way to form connections and discussions because they feel more like a community than a page. Pages are still valuable even though some businesses seem to think a page is a way to shout about their products and services, without using them to provide value for their community. Which unless you are Pepsi, is a big mistake. Although even Pepsi don't just post boring "buy my stuff now" posts, they have great content which includes video and interactive posts, it is still all about them but still. With Facebook Pages you can use ads,  you can add a variety of apps so that people can easily find you elsewhere, or you can collect email addresses and [...]

How to use Facebook Live to promote your business

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

You might have seen people using Facebook live and you are wondering how they do it, or you are wondering How to use Facebook Live to promote your business. Using Facebook Live to promote your business is one of the best things to do on Facebook right now. Most of your friends are visiting Facebook daily looking at their feed to see what is going on.  It's a well-known fact, that Facebook's algorithm gives preference to Live Video. Well, they would do wouldn't they, it's theirs and they want people to use it.  They see Facebook live as content that is different from normal videos. And unless people turn off Facebook live notifications (sorry) people will see your Facebook live videos in their feed, there is no doubt about that.  Facebook Live is a great way to connect to your audience, to market your business and basically get yourself known. People seem to love video, and they love live streaming,  so they want to watch it, they want to see you, to see who you are, and if they watch, like or [...]

5 Best Apps for Creating Social Media Designs

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , |

I thought it would be helpful to let you know my best apps for creating social media designs. We used to have to struggle through with photoshop or illustrator or hire our own graphics designer but all that is very expensive for most people.   And there are actually a few ways which are cheap or even free for you to create images for social media without any design skills, whatsoever. Everyone is always asking me how to create great images for social media accounts or their content strategy. It might be that you need a Twitter header Facebook header Graphics for quotes Images for Instagram Images for posts on Pinterest Blog post title images Images for within the blog post There are a number of reasons to create your own images for social media or websites. And the apps make it easy to keep your branding by using your businesses colours, designs, fonts, and logos. They make creating social media designs simple as pie. Best Apps for Creating Social Media Designs The first one is one of my all time [...]

Longer Tweets and other updates on Twitter

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , |

Today Twitter announced that they are finally allowing us longer tweets.  Twitter told us in a blog post in May that they were going to be allowing longer tweets and other updates that were coming that will make changes in the way we tweet.  Today we got some more of those updates. Longer Tweets and other updates on Twitter So, its not really more than 140 characters (which is Twitters trade mark amount of characters that you can use) but now only text matters.   When we started adding Videos, Gifs and Images to our tweets it meant that we lost space in the amount of characters that we can type.  Now that all changes. You now don't lose any characters,  which is great, as you really didn't have much room left once you'd added your media attachments and hashtags to type a meaningful message, it always had to be very short. Twitter announced the update via a tweet and a video.  Say more about what's happening! Rolling out now: photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and Quote Tweets no longer count toward your 140 [...]

Not ads on WhatsApp, but sharing data to Facebook – How to opt out.

By | August 25th, 2016|Categories: Mobile apps, Social Media|Tags: , , |

It was announced today from WhatsApp, that Whatsapp will be sharing your personal information with Facebook including your phone number to allow businesses to communicate with users. There are lots of headlines floating around saying that we are going to get ads on Whatsapp. This does not appear to be the case. In today's Whatsapp blog, they stated that they haven't made any changes to their privacy policy in four years.  But now they want to "test ways for people to communicate with businesses" Does this mean adverts - that doesn't sound like it, not on WhatsApp anyway. They say there will be no spam and no banner ads but stuff that we get via text message all the time, like about deliveries being late or flight being delays. So no WhatsApp ads We still do not allow third-party banner ads on WhatsApp. In the future, we will explore ways for you and businesses to communicate with each other using WhatsApp, such as through order, transaction, and appointment information, delivery and shipping notifications, product and service updates, and marketing. For example, you may [...]

Permissions, Privacy and Safety – Pokemon Go

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: , , , |

Anyone concerned about what privacy they have or what permissions they allow on their mobile phones seem not to care anymore since downloading Pokemon Go which is a free app on Android and iOS. If you've not heard about it ..... haha - Pokemon Go is an Augmented Reality Game from Nintendo, The Pokémon Co., and developer Niantic Labs.  The aim of the game is to discover and train Pokemon that will appear around you on your phone, in the real world.  To complete this game you will have to travel far and wide during the day and night, and if you can't do that, there are in-game purchases to help you complete the game, which is where Nintendo will make their money. So now to privacy... I'm not just talking about the fact that is a location tracking game - for a kids game, this should ring alarm bells on its own. No, I'm talking about the permissions you have to allow to play the game and the Pokemon Go - Niantic - Privacy Policy, which in one part informs [...]

How to Sort out your Awful Facebook News Feed

By | February 24th, 2016|Categories: Social Media|Tags: |

Is your Facebook Feed full of selfies and baby pictures, when really you'd like to see more of a different subject or topic - maybe you like to see news reports or items about what's new in the social media world.  I often hear people saying I have a load of rubbish in my facebook feed, so I wanted to share with you - How to Sort out your Facebook News Feed Facebooks algorithms are the most confusing algorithms on social media. We think that we want our Facebook timelines just to be everything that is posted but we probably don't actually so Facebook sorts it all out for us (thanks) and shows us what they think we want to see the most.  And yet because we are kind and maybe liking things that we don't really like our timelines or news feeds suffer and end up full of selfies and baby pictures or cat videos.  (Unless that's what you want to see, we don't judge you .. much) How to Sort out your Facebook News Feed You are what [...]