Add a Link to Your Instagram Story!

You can now add a link to your Instagram Stories if you have a business account with 10,000 or more followers. Here’s how you do it:

🔸capture your video or still picture.
🔸once that’s complete, at the top, you’ll see the link 🔗 icon
🔸tap it and include the link of your choice but make it count. Don’t over use it.

**Instagram is rolling out the capability in batches so if you haven’t seen it yet, you will see it soon as long as you have a business account of 10,000 or more followers.

Bonus tip: when you’re typing words on to your story, you can tag someone like you would in a post.

Suzzette Turnbull is the CEO of Uncommon Marketing and a social media speaker and trainer. Connect with her on Facebook at Suzzette Turnbull and on Instagram,Twitter, and Periscope at @suzyturn. Be sure to subscribe to the website for more social media tips and get your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Getting Started with Social Media at http://amzn.to/2nWDGML.

Instagram LIVE Update!

Instagram now has a LIVE streaming feature. Since its owned by Facebook, you can continue to expect these cool features. When initially launched, Instagram LIVE videos disappeared as soon as the LIVE stream ended. Well, there’s good news!

Instagram is now giving you the option to post it to Instagram Stories (the top bar of circle pics) for 24 hours. You’ll see that option after you hit the end live button. When looking at your Instagram Stories, you’ll know it’s a live video posted when you see the play button/arrow.

There are over 200 million daily users of Instagram stories, so if you have not been using that feature, you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to connect with your followers.

Source: techcrunch.com

Suzzette Turnbull is the CEO of Uncommon Marketing and a social media speaker and trainer. Connect with her on Facebook at Suzzette Turnbull and on Instagram,Twitter, and Periscope at @suzyturn. Be sure to subscribe to the website for more social media tips and get your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Getting Started with Social Media at http://amzn.to/2nWDGML.

Social Media Tip: Create a Facebook Event

Facebook events are a goldmine…but you have to use them the right way. Create an event, ask as many people as possible to invite their friends, then work that timeline. Every post sends a notification to every person invited even if they have not clicked ‘join’.

Treat the timeline on the Facebook event page as you would the timeline on your Facebook page and let that be one mode of communication leading up to the event.

Used effectively, you will easily reach beyond your current network of friends and connections to spread the word about your event farther.

 

 

 

 

Suzzette Turnbull is the CEO of Uncommon Marketing and a social media speaker and trainer. Connect with her on Facebook at Suzzette Turnbull and on Instagram,Twitter, and Periscope at @suzyturn. Be sure to subscribe to the website for more social media tips and get your copy of The Ultimate Guide to Understanding and Getting Started with Social Media at http://amzn.to/2nWDGML.

A Facebook Page or a Facebook Group?

Deciding between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group really depends on your goals. Both have its advantages, but serve different purposes.

Facebook Group
A Facebook group is designed to create a community of people bonded by a common interest. Interests can be anything. Some examples are networking, children, single moms, stay at home moms, fitness, fashion, and religion. Note that this list is not exhaustive; there are many more interests used to create groups.

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What sets groups apart is the community element of it. Unless the settings are changed by group admins, everyone can post in the group. Unlike Facebook pages, everyone’s posts show up on the timeline, so that it is easy to see and comment on. This encourages group members to post and share information as well as interact with each other. Again, this is where the community element comes into play. This takes pressure off the group admins, because members voluntarily share in the posting.

There are three types of groups: Continue reading A Facebook Page or a Facebook Group?

How to DM and Send a Disappearing Photo on Instagram

Recently I was asked how to DM on Instagram. DM means direct message which is the same as sending a private message. Instagram is perfecting this feature and has made it much easier to use.

There are a couple of ways to send a private message which I will explain below in steps.

Sending a DM:

  1. Open your Instagram app
  2. Go to the house icon on the bottom of your screen farthest to the left
  3. Now look to the top right and you will see an arrow that looks like a paper airplane (see #1 on image for example). If you have received messages, you will see a red number instead. Tap whichever icon is there.
  4. On this screen, you can tap + New Message, select the names of the recipients, type your message, and then hit send. You can send to multiple people just the same as you would with email.

Continue reading How to DM and Send a Disappearing Photo on Instagram

A Simplified Way to Get Your Social Media Up and Running

 

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Things are constantly changing on social media. It’s almost like a moving target at times. New platforms and apps pop up constantly. It can be overwhelming and confusing. Marry that with my passion to see business owners, entrepreneurs, and public figures succeed, and presto, I have written a comprehensive eGuide to help take the guess work out of it all – The Ultimate Guide to Understanding & Getting Started with Social Media.  With 185 million people on social media in the United States, being equipped with the how to’s is more important than ever.  Continue reading A Simplified Way to Get Your Social Media Up and Running

Content is EVERYTHING! Webinar on May 21, 10amET

Content is EVERYTHING! WebinarThe most frequent questions and complaints I get from business owners, entrepreneurs, and public figures involve content and lack of engagement. Social media is often misunderstood and because of that, there are common mistakes made. The good news is that it’s easy to fix. The better news is that I’m offering a webinar on May 21, 2016 at 10amET to bring you the answers you need to get on the right track.  Continue reading Content is EVERYTHING! Webinar on May 21, 10amET

Your Head Weighs Up to 60 Pounds When Texting

Dr. Koi Ibrahim, DC, MS of Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center takes a moment to talk about the dangers and effects on your posture and spine when using mobile devices. As I have been experiencing some of these effects myself, I wanted to make sure you heard the best advice from a credible professional.

“Studies have shown that people will spend about 7.4 hours per day looking at screens like a PDA or cell phone. The way you hold your PDA or look at your screen on a day-to-day basis can highly affect the way you function. It can also affect how you feel pain and discomfort in the back area. Different postures can put a lot of pressure on those nerves that communicate different things,” says Dr. Ibrahim.  Continue reading Your Head Weighs Up to 60 Pounds When Texting

Why Your Followers Feel Ignored

Images are the number one viewed media on social media platforms. As a child, you read pictures before reading the words. Adults mirror the same behavior online.  So, how do you tap into that behavior?

Add an image to your posts. It will draw the eye of the reader much faster. One of the most popular types of images is image quotes (sometimes called memes depending on the type); they have words on a blank canvas or a photo. You can design your own image quote using apps such as Word Swag, Typorama, Phonto, or Textgram (there are lots more) or you can re-post someone else’s image quote.  Continue reading Why Your Followers Feel Ignored

Facebook Live vs. Periscope

Facebook continues to roll out its live video streaming platform, Facebook Live, which competes directly with Periscope. That makes things interesting. So which one should you use? Or should you use both? Just for clarification…when you go live, people are seeing and hearing everything that is taking place in that moment; it’s real time. Continue reading Facebook Live vs. Periscope