I get asked via Instagram & through messaging a lot of questions about my process with project life, planning, design teams & social media. Firstly I'm not suggesting for one minute that I'm an expert on any of these fields, but I'd like to think that I'm pretty savvy at the least. I love getting asked questions, it's probably the 'almost fully fledged teacher' coming out in me, I love inquisitive minds and love that people want to learn. So with this in mind, I thought that I'd share with you some tips at least once a month.
Today I'm going to give you some tips on Social Media; mainly Instagram and Pinterest. I love the above quote, "Guard your Time Fiercely", because this is so important when it comes to social media, you can easily find yourself on it a lot, especially Instagram, I know because it's one of my favourite apps on my iPhone. Guard your time, schedule times for posting and checking accounts. Below are a few more of my tips: -
1. Be intentional on Instagram. If you have an open business account, this is really important. What is your account saying about you? If you have a scrapbooking account, post YOUR scrapbooking layouts not someone else's creative work.
2. Find out what photos are getting the most likes and post similar photos, followers love consistency; apps such as 'Iconosquare' give you statistics, it's well worth looking at.
3. Post daily if you can and sometimes twice.
4. Pinterest is a social media account that requires consistency also, daily pinning & following others. Pin what you are most interested in, so that potential followers understand what you are about as an account. This is the same advice with Instagram, to keep the followers you have and to gain more followers they have to see what you are 'about'. A relevant Bio is really important.
5. Post photos that are pleasurable to look at but keep them real. Your followers are not silly. Use relevant hashtags to your account, if you look desperate for followers you will most likely lose them. Be TRUTHFUL in your posts, otherwise you come across as a scam.
Most importantly it is not about how many followers you have; quite the opposite, at times I go through my Instagram account and block accounts that are just looking for followers or what Instagram call ghost accounts, I don't want my images everywhere, I'd like to think that my followers are following me because they are interested in what I post. I also do not post many photos of my children; this is for privacy reasons only and I completely understand that everyone has different views on this topic, it's just something that I don't do a lot of.
Hope this helps someone, and please leave a comment below for any other questions or what else you would like to me answer as part of this blog series.