In case you have been living under a rock, I am here to remind you about Google Plus in this little post.
I am going to give you my 5 main reasons you should be on Google Plus for business, as a blogger, or a brand. Then, after I have walked you through these, I will debunk some popular reasons of not being on Google Plus, so then you have no excuse for not missing out on the action.
I asked my Twitter and Facebook followers last week whether they used it, and I was shocked by the number of people who don’t. The reasons are all pretty much the same – it feels confusing, I don’t have the time, no-one is on it – so let’s see what the story is.
Well helloooo people! Happy Friday to you, and I hope you are all set for a lovely, frosty, snuggly with soup type weekend. I am currently still battling the longest cold in the world, so echinacea, vitamin C and spirulina are the order of the day.
Anyway, snot aside, here is my lovely Friday round up of things to watch and read this week in my links of love. I hope you have been staying tuned for the #instanov focus here on the blog too, as we investigate the instagram app all month and look at tips, tricks, do’s, don’ts and much more!
As you know by now, this month here on Dexterous Diva amongst the usual tips, tricks and hacks I am focussing on your lomo friend and mine, instagram.
Please welcome here to my online space a lovely friend and fellow geek Emma Cossey; Emma’s site is Freelance Lifestyle, and she is here today with her top 10 apps to boost your instagram photos.
I have a different list that I will be sharing later in the series, and I am blaming Emma for my recent barrage of scrapbook-style pics you will see on my instagram feed. Let us know if you try any of these brilliant apps out.
So, Emma, over to you…
You know you’re an Instagram addict when people you meet in real life don’t recognise you without all the filters/carefully selected selfie angle/pets. But the Instagram app has revolutionised how we take photos, how we see the world and how we share our lives. I’d go as far as to argue it’s made us more mindful – but that’s a whole other post.
Not satisfied with all the bells and whistles that Instagram offers? There are plenty of apps that can enhance your photos, ready to be shared across to the photo sharing app. Here are a few of my favourites:
❤ An average of 40 million pictures are posted each day. 40 MILLION. That’s a lot of lunches and instagram cats.
❤ instagram is now available on Windows phones, as well as the iPhone and Android.
❤ The first ad platform was launched this month.
As brands, bloggers and businesses, we take from this that the visual lifecasting trend is very much here and now. According to Simply Measured, instagram gives brand marketers “the ability to share their advertising collateral in an organic way, doubling down on the assets they’ve already invested in.”
No small thing, then.
The platform will continue to gain traction with users, and as brands compete with organic traffic to gain instagram followers, a clearer understanding of the impact and use of the social hot potato will be needed.
So, in answer to the Tots 100 secret blogger post last week, the way we use instagram has now changed forever. Yes, we have more apps and capabilites to make instagram pics more like visual scrapbooking entries (more on that in the series later), and yes, it’s not as “instant” as it once was. Platforms evolve and change, and once a community becomes big enough to be noticeable and valuable to brands, of course the marketers will take notice and enter stage right.
If you want the community but not the big brands, go to Path, or stick with Hipstamatic for your instant lomo pics and upload to Flickr.
The game has changed, people.
How do you feel about the adoption of instagram by big brands? Does the advertising bother you? Will you stay with the platform as user? As a business will you look further into possibilities?
Remember to stay tuned this month for the rest of the #instanov series right here on the blog, either by a weekly round up (with the free e course too!) or via feedburner as the posts arrive.
Back this week with more instagram news, features and tips,
For more information, read the Simple Measured report for Marketers here.
Focus on: instagram app – introducing instagram November
This month here on the blog I will be focussing on the visual marketing wonder of the instagram app.
Instagram is in the news this week for featuring it’s first ever advert, and instagram filters have transformed the way in which we view and consumer images on the go (I am rarely seen without a filter, you may not recognise me in real world!).
Visual marketing is huge, and brands, businesses and bloggers alike need to get on board with what’s happening, how to work with instagram, design for instagram, and how to interact and work with instagram online.
This month, the usual Links of Love, resources, tips, tricks and hacks will of course be here, but there will be a series of posts from me and some eminently social guests to share tips and trends with the instagram phenomenon.
So, if you want to know about:
❤ The top instagram apps
❤ How to design for instagram
❤ How to market with instagram
❤ How brands are using instagram
❤ How to use instagram with your blog
❤ How to combine instagram with other photo sharing sites and Pinterest
…plus much, much more, stay tuned, right here on Dexterous Diva for Instagram November (hashtagged, appropriately, #instanov).
For now, if there is anything you would like to ask or find out about this month in #instanov, please leave your comments. If you are using Instagram already, leave your user name in the comments below too, so I can make sure I am following you!
Find me on Instagram and say hi, and let’s explore visual social media together this month
Welcome to a brand new month, lovely readers! This week the Minis and I have had a lot of fun begging total strangers for sweets in the name of Halloween, making, baking and having fun in half term, and pinning lots of lovely snuggly things for my forthcoming trip to Paris on Pinterest. Did I say trip to Paris?! Yes I did, roll on end of November!
Anyway, I would like to kick off this Friday in the customary way, by sharing with you some links of love in my round up of things of note and interest from the interweb.
Back in April of last year I shared a post on 4 ways I make money blogging. Fast forward to 18 months later and things continue to evolve; social media moves on more, my experience and work changes, as does my family and the circumstances around working from home.
Blogging can be a hobby, a personal side project, creative outlet or just “your thing”, but to make money from it and potentially “go pro”, for many, is a dream.
The prospect of being your own boss, flexibly working from home and self publishing is very tempting. Many online content writers and bloggers are looking for the ultimate “how to make money blogging” scenario, and I am happy to share here how my income streams around working from home with a family and running a blog work, with an updated version of my post from last year.
I am not a big blogger by any stretch of the imagination – the super pro’s are making a lot of money doing their thing, which is amazing. I think it can be really helpful to hear how others are doing, and especially useful to remember the quote “don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle” – everyone starts from somewhere with just one blog post and one reader! Read More >
Hello my name is Nicolette and I normally blog over at Archie and the Rug, but today to celebrate my 3 year blogging birthday I have teamed up with a bunch of talented ladies to swap articles and meet one another’s readers .
Here is my blogging story….in brief. When I first started my blog it was a hobby , in fact it was a distraction from my breast cancer. I created an online space to share all of the positive things in my life and celebrate creativity. I soon became excited by monitoring the reader stats and soon began to view my blog as a business, and that is what it became. It led me to working on various magazines and presenting on Channel 4. Read More >
Now Autumn is here and hibernation has set in, the natural blogger habitat of The-Sofa-With-Tea lures me for the next few months. Come and extract me if I don’t emerge by March.
I thought I would share in this post my top 10 sources of blog traffic and the relative engagement of each referring platform, as it really helps to see how each platform is different when planning how to promote your blog.
I have taken from my Google Analytics dashboard the top referral sites, and juxtaposed them against the relative average visit duration to give an idea of how long visitors from each platform stick around. Read More >
Hi everyone! As you all know, I am a advocate of mindful practice and mindfulness based stress reduction, and you may recall Bob’s recent guest post on working mindfully. I would like you to welcome my friend Rachel Hawes here on Dexterous Diva, as she shares some mindful lessons with us. Rachel, over to you!
How do you feel today? Do you feel overwhelmed? Stressed and anxious? Too busy? Is your to-do list growing longer with each passing hour? Have you lost sight of the light at the end of the tunnel? Read More >