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Instagram Tips

NEW! Instagram now requires you to sell your first born child and document your entire life with your eyeball with their new update!

Kidding, of course. But have you seen all the posts announcing that Instagram is no longer a photo sharing profile, but a video sharing profile now? With crazy expectations for posting that includes:
😬 4-7 reels a week
πŸ™ƒ 4 feed posts a week
😢 1 hour live a week
😡 3 IGTVs a week
😟 10 story posts a day

If you saw any of these posts and thought “I can no longer be successful on Instagram” or “I don’t have time for this” or “I hate doing videos”… You are NOT alone.

And I’m here to tell you to breathe. It’s okay. This platform is your platform.

This platform is whatever you want it to be.
This platform is whatever you need it to be.
This platform is just another platform.
This platform is meant to help you, not stress you out.
This platform is a place you fit in. I promise.

Yes, engagement and the algorithm is important. But if you are so stressed out that showing up on Instagram becomes a chore, it’s not helping anybody.

As always, I encourage you to just stay authentic, stay open and stay consistent online. And never, ever be afraid to ask for help if you need it. We all do, and especially with this new update, a helping hand is never a bad idea.

Stay true and honest and keep having fun. This is your account, your platform, your voice.

You’ve got this ✨

Take Your Dreams Seriously

Someone compliments you on your hobby/passion/work and say you should start your own business and you say “oh no, I just do this for fun.”

You’re talking about your passion for your hobby/work and immediately bookend your love rant with “but I could never make a business out of it.”

Raise your hand if you’ve been here πŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹β€β™€οΈ

I absolutely have and truth be told? I still do it sometimes! I’ll be talking about having kids one day and someone will say “well then you could just do your business full-time” and I rhyme off 18 reasons why it wouldn’t work. How about the reasons why it would work?

Let’s stop kicking ourselves for loving what we do and start taking our dreams seriously ✨

If we can’t take our own dreams and passions seriously, what can we get serious about? Let’s start believing in ourselves and seeing if that pipe dream is maybe closer than we ever thought possible.

Let yourself dream today and see where it takes you β˜€οΈ

Is a Blog Right for my Business?

If you’re wondering if your business should start a blog, start by asking yourself a few questions:

❓Do you like to write?
❓Do you have the time?
❓Do you have tips to offer?

Blogs are a great way to gain respect, position yourself as an expert in your field and increase website views. Google ranks websites with blogs higher than those without because of the engagement with readers. Blogs give you extra content to share on social media and across your website.

But as beneficial as they are, they also require work. The most successful blogs have a strategy, planned content and consistent posting.

If you have the time to add an extra element to your online strategy, I absolutely encourage a blog and can help you start one!

But if you’re already feeling overwhelmed with the platforms you’re on, don’t add more to your plate! Focus on excelling on a few key platforms rather than just meeting the minimum on all platforms possible.

Google My Business Tips

As the most popular and most used search engine, Google is a great asset for businesses to use to reach customers. By utilizing the FREE Google My Business platform, you are able to have your listing come up on the side of search results with all the information you can upload like hours, website, photos and more.

Just having a Google My Business is a great step – but here are some tips to get the most out of your profile.

πŸ•Always update your hours. Especially if you have a brick and mortar storefront that you want people to visit, make sure you are updating your hours regularly to reflect any holiday closures, hour extensions, etc.

πŸ“±Encourage customers to review you on Google. Especially for food establishments, Google reviews are key for potential customers deciding if they want to buy your product. Encouraging customers to review you on Google with an incentive like a contest or discount is a great way to gain trust.

πŸ“·Update your photos. Your customers can upload their own photos to your listing which helps with community trust, but also make sure the photos you upload are up to date. If you have a short term rental or cabin and you do renovations, upload those new photos! It will give a better sense of the experience for your customers.

πŸ“ˆLook at your analytics. You can sign up to receive analytics from your Google My Business profile every month. They will tell you how many people saw your profile, where they clicked and what search items they used to find your business. These are all key pieces of information that can inform your SEO and strategy moving forward!