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Should You Be On Periscope?

Surely you’ve heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it’s the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons.

Are you running a marathon? In the middle of a protest? On a roller coaster at your favorite theme park? Why not share those moments with the world at large (and by world, I mean whoever downloads the app – and that is currently 10 million registered users).

In this post, I share some links to great tutorials should you want to dive in, or just get your pinky toe wet. I’ll also share some Periscope tips for bloggers and my thoughts on whether you should jump on this new social media bandwagon.

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel. by @faithfulsocial

Like Instagram, you can only use this app from a smartphone, capturing the on-the-go, real life moments you experience. What I personally love about Periscope, is the interaction your audience has in real time as you record. In the left hand corner of the screen, as you live stream, people watching can chime in with comments, questions, where they’re from, you name it. For those people that are more introverted (ahem, me) you have the <3 option. Literally.

If you tap on the lower right hand side of your screen as you’re watching a ‘scope – you’re sending “love” to the person streaming that shows on everyone’s screen. Granted, they won’t know who’s sending the “love” but I find I’m more inclined to give “love” by tapping the right hand side of my screen, when watching a ‘scope if I see others doing it (or until I get to a purple heart. Ahhh).  Why is “love” important to you? The more hearts receives pushes you up on the “Featured” Periscope list, which means you get seen by more peeps!

 

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel.by @faithfulsocial

 

I won’t go into full on tutorial mode, there are TONS of those already out there. Want my favorites? Of course you do. The Beginner’s Guide to Periscope for Bloggers by Julie at Fabulous Blogging is freshly published yesterday – perfect timing. The other site I refer clients to is Periscope Tutorial: How to [and Why] Use Twitter’s Periscope on iOS by Ana at Traffic Generation Cafe.

Having only ‘scoped three times, I’ve watched more than I’ve streamed. I don’t just watch ‘scopes for fun though, I watch how bloggers have been using Periscope and here are some tips:

1. Announce that you’re going to live stream on Periscope prior to and after streaming. This way you build some buzz and generate more views because you’re preparing your audience as opposed to just jumping on. *Caveat if you’ve never scoped, just jump in and do it! You’ll never know if you like it and/or perfect your scoping skillz (yes, with a z) if you don’t try it.

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel. by @faithfulsocial

2. Title your Periscope with a catchy headline. Use emojis to stand out when creating your headlines (see, just like Instagram)

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel.by @faithfulsocial

3, Be sure to add one hashtag in your title.  Persicope adds #periscope to each headline by default. Check this out, as an example (and try not to be average while doing it):

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel.by @faithfulsocial

3. Don’t wait for someone to show up on Periscope, just start talking. This app is recording, remember? It lasts for 24 hours (unless you save to your camera roll for sharing later).

4. You can run contests and giveaways on Periscope! Say you’re a book blogger, you can do a ‘scope and give away a book to the 10th person that chimes in or the 3rd person that answers a question you ask, correctly or the 11th person who’s handle starts with the letter m, you name it.

5. Periscope lets you do behind the scenes, on steroids! You can show anything from how you DIY’ed your nightstand, to how you create content, places of inspiration, baking your killer Guinness Chocolate Cake, the skies the limit.

6. Scopin’ on the daily. If you can commit to this, you can set a scope every day at the same time. This is great for progress updates (I’m looking at you fitness bloggers, or even gardening bloggers!) or if you’re attending a conference or special event.

7. Scope before and/or after Twitter chat, Google Hangout, or Facebook threaded chat.  This is a great way keep pushing your audience right where you want them. You can tease on one platform and then deliver on  Periscope.

8. Give content exclusively to your subscribers. If you have an email list (I know you do), you can ask that they follow you on Periscope.  You can inform them of when your exclusive for them Periscope (because you’ve set the ‘scope to private and invite them)  is about to go down! They’ll love it!

Now for the nitty gritty.

 

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel. by @faithfulsocial

 

Should you be on Periscope?

As with any social media channel, you need to evaluate what kind of channel it is for you. In this case, do you like video? Do you like real time interaction, or (if you’re a visual person) do you prefer Instagram or Pinterest instead?

Try recording a quick video, just for yourself, to see if you enjoy it. Maybe sharing that on Instagram (make it 15 seconds!) and see if you like sharing in this way.

At the very least, grab your username so you have it should you want to tap into this new channel. There’s nothing wrong with being a wallflower and watching other ‘scopes for a while. I do it, and still do.

I’m still not sure if I’ll be a regular ‘scoper. While the point is to capture real-time-so-it’s-not-perfect video, I see the other extreme where there are people using tripods, lighting, rehearsing, outlining topics, getting their makeup and hair just right, and for me, that’s -not- the point. That’s also not to say that those ‘scopes aren’t inspiring, informative and watched. They are.

 

Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. In this post, I share some links to great Periscope tutorials, provide Periscope tips for bloggers along with my thoughts on whether you or not you should jump on this new social media channel.by @faithfulsocial

 

As with all social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Snapchat, or now, Periscope, try it and see if you like it. If you don’t enjoy it, toss it.

There’s nothing that says you have to be on anything. Spend time on the social channels you enjoy. Your audience will pick up on your sincerity and interact where you are most comfortable.

What’s your take on the Periscope craze? I’d love to hear your take in the comments!

Can We Talk Changes for a Minute?

Can we talk? In the next 24 hours you’ll see a lot of change around these parts. I know what you’re thinking, “here she goes again” and you’re right. Here I go again. When you follow passions and dreams they can take you to places that are different from where you started. 

I have begun the process to change the name of my site to Faithfully Social.

Niche changes mean blog changes, name changes, all the changes. Please bear with me and follow @faithfulsocial!

Why the name change? I am no longer Filling My Prayer Closet. I’m just not. I shared in my vlog last week about blogging niches and how embracing them is important if it’s something you’re really passionate about.

I feel, for a while now, I’ve been Faithfully Social. By that I mean, I have been a faithful advocate of social media. I’ve also been and will continue to be a faithful advocate for people who need help using social media, without losing themselves in the process. I am faithful to the journey of my clients in seeing them grow and being their cheerleader all the while. 

This weekend, I spoke at a conference. I shared tips + tricks on how to use social media, blogging best practices and social media strategy overall. I connected with all of them, but there was one person that I had a special connection with. Mary at Passionate Perseverance. I have been thinking about this transition for some time, months even, and for some reason, while in a corner exchanging phone numbers I shared my new site name with her. Until then, I had only just recently shared it with my mastermind group and husband.  Mary loved it and got it immediately. No flinching, no questions, just wholehearted acceptance of the idea. A few minutes later, when she shared images on Instagram, or Facebook, she tagged me and used #faithfullysocial.

She totally hashtagged it! And that was the last little push I needed. So, thanks Mary for being the kind of push I needed at just the right time.

I am asking for your patience as I work tirelessly to change this site over and all social media platforms. I am a one woman shop, with a full time corporate job and a blog + social media coaching business, not to mention mom + wife to the best guys on the planet.

I am also thanking you for cheering me on throughout this transition. Filling My Prayer Closet won’t be going anywhere, if you enter that in your URL, you’ll still find me here. While most professionals would say I should start a completely new site, I don’t want to erase the journey. You know? I want to remember every step that brought me right here. And I am kind of a rule breaker, so there’s that.

So there will be more changes you know, solidifying my presence, logos, branding, all that jazz-tasticness that I love to talk to you about. Rest assured, I will blog about all of it. The mistakes, the plans and the process so you don’t freak should the time come when you make changes. And you will. Part of life, friend.

How can you help? Please follow me, if you don’t already on the following platforms and update your RSS feeds. I don’t want to lose you. Honestly, I’ve been working my tail off to get you here. Have you noticed?

Find me on Twitter @faithfulsocial
Find me on Instagram @faithfulsocial
Find me on Pinterest @faithfulsocial
Find me on Facebook Apparently, I need 25 followers on my Facebook fan page before I can make it my own.

All these rules! And, thanks you from the bottom of my 4’11” sized heart.

Niche changes mean blog changes, name changes, all the changes. Please bear with me and follow @faithfulsocial!

My Social Media Report for April

April has been a great month for opportunities. I was included as one of the interviewed bloggers in an epic blog post over at TwelveSkip, How To Make Friends with Other Bloggers In Your Niche, written a few guest posts, and have had a lot of undercover talks for exciting things to come. Last month, I shared a social media report for the month of March, and want to continue to track the growth, along with the social wins and milestones that I’ve set for myself.

This month, I’ve written 10 posts (not including this one or yesterday’s vlog post). According to my SumoMe analytics, my most shared post this month was The Secret to Changing your Blogging Niche at 221 shares, and my least shared post this month was just posted this week, Practical Blogging Tips to Make Your Blog Better at 16 shares.

Squarespace has it a little different with How to Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like the Pros as the page with the most views, and like SumoMe, has Practical Blogging Tips to Make Your Blog Better with the least views.

I guess no one wants blogging tips, so I should stick with social media tips, secrets and niche talk?! On with the social media report!

My monthly social media report. It includes social media tips and changes I made to my social media strategy to seriously increase my social media following across all platforms! by @fillpraycloset

Twitter

March: 1,750 followers

April: 1,988 followers, +238 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • I’m still rockin’ my weekly Tweepi strategy.
  • Pauline Cabrera of TwelveSkip started sharing my posts. She’s got a massively faithful following on Twitter of 20,534 followers that are all huge fans of blogging + social media.
  • I moderated two twitter chats for The SITS Girls and think the difference here is that on my personal Twitter profile, I tagged a visually appealing image letting specific followers know that I was moderating. Of course, I already had a previous relationship with them. If you don’t and tag someone that’s just spam! During the Twitter chat, I kept note of those people that I was making a connection with, sent another tagged image and ask that we stay connected.

Instagram

March: 535

April: 648, +113 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • I shared my blog posts to Instagram. I can show you how to do that too!
  • I started using TakeOff. A sweet little app that gives you popular hashtags and the best times to post for your specific audience.
  • I also added morning posts and / or evening posts with motivational and inspirational quotes on them using InstaQuote. It’s so easy and who doesn’t want to wake up to some pep and a cuppa?
  • I also had a blog post promotion image reposted on, well I would love to tell ya, but apparently, Instagram doesn’t let you see beyond 80 notifications and now that Iconosquare is a paid web tool as of 10 minutes ago, I can’t thank the person that reposted my blog post on this blog post *hangs head in shame*.
  • This brings me to my most favorite highlight of social sharing this month, no it’s not that Buffer allows you to schedule pins, although that’s super exciting. It’s that one of my all-time fave social media personalities liked, commented, followed AND reposted one of my Instagram posts. I won’t say anything else and just leave this right here.

Wake up and be awesome. Make your day great! #instagood #inspiration #dftba #love #lovewhatyoudo #Hustle Repost from the delightful @fillpraycloset

A photo posted by Peg 📝 Social Media Author 📱 (@pegfitzpatrick) on

Why is that a huge deal? It confirms for me, that I’m on the right track, hustling the right way and playing in the right sandbox! It’s all about being sure to celebrate your wins, whatever they are to you, and this is definitely a win for me! Then, Peg Fitzpatrick’s bestie (see the big league players have them too!), Rebekah Radice, liked one of my Instagram posts! Sweet!

Another tip? For inspirational quotes, why not go to the experts and see how they hashtag? Of course, I’m talking about Simple Reminders. If you can’t think of a hashtag, scroll through their feed and pick ones that work for your quote. Now that’s stealing like an artist baby!

Pinterest

March: 1,465

April: 1,767, +302 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • I continue to pin live 10 times a day, and schedule via Tailwind 10 times a day.
  • I am also using a Beta program where I can input the RSS feeds of those blogs that I know rock solid pins and schedule directly within Tailwind as well.
  • Another great feature of Tailwind, while we’re on it? I can pin from my Instagram feed as well, directly through the application. I just clean up all the hashtags, tweak the description and I’m off and scheduling.
  • I still follow, like and comment on other pins and profiles, because Pinterest is a social platform too, remember? It’s not just all about what we want for our boards.

Facebook

March: 166

April: 226, +60 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • I continue to share links on the SITS Girls Facebook group where they have Facebook Fan page love days. Generally, I try to like between 3-5 Facebook posts for every link I drop.
  • I’ve also been pushing Instagram posts directly to my Facebook Fan page to mix things up.
  • I went into my Fan Page Settings and removed the “send a message” option. This leaves your fan page with a “share” button instead. Wouldn’t you rather have your page shared then receive another “Follow me” message?! I think so.

Google+

March: 3,346

April: 4,120, +774 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • As I committed to in the last post, I began +1, sharing and commenting more on Google+ both within the communities that I am a part of and moderate as well as just on the public feed.
  • I started sharing my inspirational quotes from Instagram in the morning and evening. It was a little more than just getting +1s on this approach. I just kinda wanted to spread the good will and wishes around, ya know?
  • I participated in two “circle shares” by Derek Dillon. What this means is a group of people are added to a circle, then shared. When you’re in the desktop version of Google+ you click “Add these people”. I have them in a “New Followers” Circle that I clean up frequently. How does that look? If they look spammy, or haven’t posted in a while, I remove them from my circles. Think of it like pruning a rosebush. You gotta keep rosebushes pruned for beautiful blooms, right?

E-mail subscribers

March: 120

April: 142, +22 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • It’s a little more of an increase from the month prior, so I’ll take it.
  • I’ve lost quite a few followers now that my niche has changed from more faith based to blogging + social media based. While most people would freak, I’m not.

Bloglovin’

March: 91

April: 104, +13 from the previous month

What did I do?

  • Not a whole lot, can’t you tell? I find Bloglovin’ to be a tricky thing. It’s a blog aggregator that some people use, much like I use Feedly. According to my Squarespace stats, there are 640 people that subscribe in some way via RSS aggregators. So let’s take that number! Actually, in all transparency here, that number fluctuates quite a bit. Yesterday it was at 795. Squarespace notes that “Subscribers” are: A breakdown of subscribers to every RSS feed on your site.

And the biggest reason for all of these social media boosts is my role as a Community Lead in the Spring into Social event that took place on The SITS Girls last week. I shared tips for Pinterest and Instagram while other bloggers covered YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. It was a frenzy of following and getting to know other really committed bloggers. I highly suggest participating in a network. In fact, the linky still looks open for these challenges if you want to work on a platform or two. Just because it’s over, doesn’t mean you can’t still reach out, introduce yourself and make a connection.

Another tip! In writing those featured guest posts for The SITS Girls I also created a sister or teaser post on my blog to publish on the same day. Anyone who stopped by The SITS Girls, knew there were even more tips over at my place! Why not pick up on some of that 70,000+ subscriber web traffic, eh?

For example, at The SITS Girls, I wrote a post titled, What Is a Personal Brand? 



The “sister” post was shared on my blog the same day: How to Brand Yourself on Social Media Immediately.



My post on The SITS Girls: How to Get Results from the Time You Spend on Social Media



Sister Post: 4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media 



When you guest post, consider creating an epic blog post on your blog and asking that the blog you’re guest posting for add a link to your sister post to double your writing efforts! If you followed that, high five!

How did your social media go this month? What worked? What didn’t? What are you doing this weekend? Me? I’m presenting at a conference on, you guessed it, social media! Boom Daddy!

My monthly social media report. It includes social media tips and changes I made to my social media strategy to seriously increase my social media following across all platforms! by @fillpraycloset

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How To Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like The Pros

Are you a baller on a budget? What I mean is, do you have limited time + money to put into blogging and social media? Me too. You’ve seen all of the available automation and scheduling applications and maybe our head spins at all the options, or maybe you just don’t know where to put your money for fear of not looking like a pro out there. In this post, I’ll share with you how I run my blog and social media using a strategic combination of free and paid apps totaling just $50 per month.

How to Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like the Pros. Sharing how I spend my money on a monthly basis using a strategic combination of paid and free apps by @fillpraycloset

Thinking strategically, it’s best to go with what works, tweaking as needed. Why re-create the wheel, right? 

I thought about where I like to spend most of my social media time + how my content can be displayed and shared in a way that would bring traffic back to my blog. This is the foundation on which I make most of my purchasing decisions.

Then I looked at my bank account. By that, I mean how much am I making from my blog. At the the time, (February 2015) zilch, to be exact. I don’t mind investing in my blog, I have plans, you see *insert evil laugh here*. Let’s rock social media like pro’s shall we?

Squarespace Price $20/month. Moving over to Squarespace costs me a lot of the $50 pie, but for me, it’s worth it. I just don’t have the time to deal with “under the hood stuff”. I could have saved $4 and get billed annually, but I’m a month-to-month gal. I love the ease of use, ability to add scripts for certain social sharing apps and the customer service is excellent. Just because they treat me like I am an expert “under the hood stuff” blogger.

SumoMe Price $0/month. Notice when you hover over images you are prompted to share it to Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter? Or maybe you’ve noticed that if you highlight any text, you can also share to Twitter or Facebook? Hello scroll box for new subscribers and how are you social sharing buttons scrolling with you as you read? Yep, SumoMe does all of that for me with no money spent. That’s wassup.

Feedly Price $5/month. I curate and share content for myself and others and wanted all the bells and whistles that came with. My husband reads up on current events and politics in the morning, and I’m reading the latest in social media, marketing, advertising, blogging + design at night. Feeds with the upgraded plan refresh faster than unpaid, and I can easily share from my Feedly to other social media apps like Hootsuite, Buffer, IFTTT, Pinterest and Pocket.

Canva Price $0/month. I use my own images, or those you can find on Unsplash, MorgueFile, Wikipedia Public Domain Art, and even directly in Canva. I use this to create all of my branded images, with my style guide of fonts, colors, elements + image filters so I am literally making images for this blog in under 3 minutes. You can purchase premium elements at $1/element and I’ll do that very rarely. A dollar is a dollar.

Tailwind Price $15/month. Pinterest has always been a high referrer for me. Maybe it’s because I started this blog after being a secret Pinterest junkie for almost a year. A story for another time. Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduling tool with the most crazy analytics that when used with my social spreadsheet gets me to really dig deep and repin what works, and cut what isn’t working. I still use Pinterest without Tailwind because it will always be my favorite social platform, and there’s nothing like finding a gem in real time to pin!

Tailwind even spent a half hour on the phone with me (on the phone!) to ask me how I was liking their app, what I was struggling with and how I was using it <— see, right there, I knew that was the basis of their call. They get information from bloggers and tweak their product based on an aggregate compilation of data from users! But because I share everything, I told them about my crazy spreadsheet and Pinterest strategy from the Pinning Perfect class I just took that increased my referral traffic 10-15%! They actually said I was the most organized pinner they’d spoken to (little do they know.)

But because I shared, they enrolled me in a Beta test for a new feature + I got a tip that I’ll share with you. If you’re using Tailwind, you may have a hard time wrapping your head around how to ensure your current posts are shared to your boards and group boards upon publish. Manually schedule your blog posts pins on the day you need them, and then use the Tailwind extension to schedule anything else that you want to pin. This way when you use the “shuffle queue” feature, your scheduled content stays as you’ve scheduled it (kinda like Buffer and Hootsuite). Another sweet tip: You can make your pins inside the app because it’s integrated with Canva! Like a cherry on a sundae!

Hootsuite Price $0/month. We know that Hootsuite is my strong, burly, no funny business social media husband. He does all the heavy lifting as far as others content is concerned. Since I only get 100 posts for Buffer, my money is better spent sharing my own content there. I use Feedly as I am reading through pieces of content I think my Twitter audience would love and don’t have a limit as to how much I get to share. Combine that with the auto scheduling feature where it knows just the right time to share posts for maximum impact, and I’m golden.

Buffer Price $10/month. With the new scheduling feature I found, I am literally sharing my blog content within milliseconds according to my schedule (upon publish, 2 hours after, the next day, the next week and the next month). Not to mention, their suggested content is great. I know I can always scroll through there and find a good read. I also have a recipe set up with IFFFT to push all of my tweets into a Google spreadsheet. This means, I can extract those tweets that worked and push them back through (inspirational quotes, evergreen content, you get the drill). 

Pocket Price $0/month. When I find a piece of content that I know I will use later for a guest post, or to send to a client, I save it to Pocket and tag it. It’s so easy to forget that last bit, but it’s very important. I have links in there that I refer to all the time to include relevant data, quotes and methods. 

Co-Schedule Title Analyzer Price $0/month. Did you think that just because I wasn’t on WordPress, I wasn’t going to take advantage of all the freebies around their massively easy and integrated social sharing/blogging app?! Everyone is all cuckoo for cocoa puffs over the Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer, even Co-Scheduler mentions it on this app (page? I can’t tell). What I love about this is I can plug in a title and get instant feedback on why it works, how to make it better and what it looks like in a Google Search. Hook your readers with your title, the rest will follow.

True, I can spend loads of time coming up with the perfect A+ title and I do, but there’s just something about getting a good grade that piques the eternal student in me. Go ahead, test my title. A+, baby.

Iconosquare Price $0/month I am able to comment, like and follow new people on Instagram from this desktop application. The statistics tab is shares charts and graphs of my most liked images, top tags, and even compares them to the ones I use, best times to post based on engagement, and best image filters for my audience. Now that I share my blog posts to Instagram, this is a super win-win. My audience likes the Amaro filter, are crazy for me when I post on Thursdays between 5PM – 9PM and should work more on getting comments so that means better call to action captions on my part. Who knew?

Want more analytics? Simply Measured gives you serious scoop on your Google+ profile page, Facebook Fan Page, Instagram, Twitter, Vine and even social sharing back to your blog. Totally free, you just have to share a little blurb on your social media about them. Which is worth it (and I think that’s how they know it’s really you asking for all of this top secret information). These reports are not for the faint hearted or weak eyed, so don’t do what I did and try to glean information from your smart phone. Get up off the couch and check out your reports from your laptop.  If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

Could I have added more to this list? Sure, we all know about IFTTT, TwitterFeed + JustUnfollow but I wanted to share new stuff. Will I consider adding more to my blog + social media budget? Of course and that’s always in the works, but for now, this works for me, your favorite baller on a budget. If you’re a baller on a budget, let me know!

How do you spend your money on social and blogging? I would love to hear how you make it happen on a shoestring in the comments.

How to Inexpensively Rock Social Media Like the Pros. Sharing how I spend my money on a monthly basis using a strategic combination of paid and free apps by @fillpraycloset

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4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media

Today, I am sharing tons of social media tips. Not just here, but over at SITS as well because if we’re going to use social media, we should get the most bang for our buck!

We all know I love social media + I love sharing what I learn with others, so let’s not waste anymore time!

4 More Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media with tips for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest by @faithfulsocial

1. Cross post your Pinterest pins all over Facebook

I am sure you knew that you could share your Pinterest pins to your Facebook wall, but did you also know you could share your pins on your Facebook fan page, a group you manage or a group that you’re a part of? What a great way to cross-promote your pins, posts + multiple platforms.

4 Ways to Maximize Your Time on Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest tips by @fillpraycloset

2. Cross post from Instagram to Facebook, and Twitter – the right way

Sticking with Facebook, why not post your Instagram images to Facebook when you’re capturing the perfect lighting on a sweet daffodil? There is an option to share to Twitter as well, but I wouldn’t do it. When you post to Twitter from Instagram, your followers only see a link.

Who cares about that, right? You probably won’t get much engagement because as we all know, visuals rule (move over, will ya content?). Set up a recipe in IFTTT to share all Instagram images to Twitter as a native image and you’ll increase engagement.

If This Then That is a wonderful tool to make it seem like you are everywhere at once (especially when you’re sleeping). My favorites are:

Sharing Instagram posts to Twitter as native images.

IFTTT Recipe: Post your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos connects instagram to twitter

Pushing posts that I “save for later” on Feedly to Buffer

IFTTT Recipe: Feedly to Buffer connects feedly to buffer

My favorite bloggers posts shared to my Twitter timeline when they publish a post! When I share posts, I like to let the author know that I am mentioning them, think of it as a virtual high five. Automated “@” mentions are discouraged by Twitter’s terms, but there’s a work around. I only recommend this for bloggers you trust – like your mastermind group, or trusted influencers you follow.

IFTTT Recipe: RSS to Buffer (Twitter) connects feed to buffer

Saving all of my tweets to a spreadsheet on Google spreadsheet

IFTTT Recipe: All your tweets in a Google Spreadsheet connects twitter to google-drive

Don’t sleep on that last one! Think of all the time you spend looking for content to tweet. Some of that is evergreen content that you could reshare (inspirational quotes, anyone?). Keeping that spreadsheet can be used to bulk upload in Hootsuite (or BulkBuffer a free, third party bulk upload feature for Buffer) . Talk about leveraging social media to work for you!? IFFT is a great free tool and it’s so fun to use, I was sad when I ran out of recipes. So maybe I’ll try these.

Before we move on to the next tip, I’ll ask that you really consider the Instagram to Twitter recipe. This will keep you on point and accountable to yourself for staying on brand with what you share on Instagram. You’ll pause just a millisecond before sharing because you know it’s going on Twitter, too. I don’t know about you, but for me, Twitter is my serious business platform because of the easy access to profiles, content and influencers. I feel like Instagram is going in that direction as well (if it isn’t there already) so I want to stay consistent on all of my platforms and be sure to post on brand all the time.

3. Create an Instagram landing page

I’ve been waiting to share this with you since I shared how to start sharing your blog posts on Instagram. I figured out an easier way to share your posts on Instagram cutting out a step. Instead of grabbing a unique bit.ly link for each post, why not create a landing page as I’ve done with my Archives page? For now, it’s doing double duty acting as a landing page for my Instagram posts + an archive page for those people who wander over to my blog organically. Not to mention, Instagrammers who stop by, may want to read something else *wink*,

Be sure to leave a warm welcome for your Instagrammers and let them know that you were totally expecting them. Your blog is like a second home, always make your readers feel welcome. Tea anyone?

4. Instagram push notifications

The latest update of Instagram brought push notifications. I love this! There are people that I love to follow on Instagram (potential post coming on that? Hmmm…) and sometimes, I don’t catch them in my feed in real time. I end up having to scroll for their profile. I imagine they see serial <3’s from me because I want to support them and like their images sorry, Katie. I show an example of how you can find it with Pauline Cabrera of TwelveSkip below.

 

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When you’re in the profile of the person you want to receive notifications for, click on the three vertically aligned dots in the upper right hand corner. That window with the option for “Turn on Post Notifications” will show up, click and done. 

Now, I receive a notification whenever Pauline posts. How does this help? Think of the influencers you follow. If you are interested in getting noticed, in a non-creepy way of course, receiving notifications means you can be the first to like their image.  At some point maybe even build up the courage to leave a super witty comment (#introvertsunite). The only way you’re going to grow beyond yourself is to reach out, so I say, why not!?

What about your tips to get the most out of social media? Are you curious as to what I shared over at SITS? Here are 5 more ways you can get results from the time you spend on social media.

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