Social Media

Challenge 7: Handle your Handles

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brand challenge #7

A handle is the name you’ve chosen to represent you or yourself on Social Media. Your Instagram, Facebook (Business Pages AND Personal Pages), Youtube, and even Pinterest all “handles.” So why is this concept of a handle important to your brand?

Handles are the way that people find you and are often their FIRST IMPRESSION of your brand. There are a lot of strategies to naming your brand – keeping it simple, getting clever, a play on words, etc. Whatever you choose, remember it should be easy to remember and easy to blast everywhere! (If someone wants to give you a beautiful review online and they have to tag either @playbunny69 or try to remember your 12 syllable last name… things aren’t going to go over well.)

Here are some tips on choosing your handle according to Brittany Hennessy, author of “Influencer.”

·      You can make your name as simple or as complicated as you like, as long as it’s easy to promote.

·      Don’t make intentional spelling errors (forever = foreveerrrr, no one wants to remember how many e’s and r’s you chose to use…)

·      Don’t use numbers

·      No underscores

·      BE CONSISTENT

Consistency is a beautiful aspect in a brand when used effectively. Using consistent handles sets you up for success as it’s one of the first things you’ll do for your brand, and it’s one of the first things people see and search. Don’t make it hard for your audience to find you – invite them in with ease! Here are a few channels that require handle consistency:

·      Website

·      E-Mail

·      Twitter

·      Instagram

·      Facebook

·      Pinterest

·      LinkedIn

The Challenge:

Part 1: Secure your chosen handle on all social platforms, e-mail and domain. Take the list from above and put your name into action. EVEN IF you plan on not using a certain social platform, it’s always good to secure your name so no one else steals it.

Part 2: If you already have an account on all platforms, let’s do a quick review of your current handle(s):

-       Are they consistent?

-       Are they easy to remember?

-       Are they easy to type?

-       Do they fit your brand?

Challenge 6: More than just Google

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brand challenge #6

The great part of having a personal brand is that we’re more than just robots who spew off information. We get to have identities, likes, dislikes… the whole 9 yards. Our identities are what make connection possible between us and our ideal clients.

Your favorite people online are those who are informative AND personable. Let’s say you wanted to learn more about online marketing via Social Media. There are TONS of articles about this on the internet, just typing social media into Google would be a start. But – you don’t start there. And even if you do, you don’t stay there. 

You are more drawn to Elizabeth, who teaches about social media concepts on her facebook – but she also has two kids, is hilarious, and loves chatting it up about her recent travels as well. 

Elizabeth isn’t intimidating. She breaks down this unknown world of social media into terms that you can understand and relate to. You get to ask her questions about your specific situation. Plus, you get to have a relationship with her outside of social media training, and that’s fun for both parties. 

The Challenge:

If you’ve noticed yourself spewing out basic information about your topic of choice – don’t panic! This week, I want you to think about how you can either break down your passion into terms that are more relatable or devise a content strategy that allows you to be YOU in your business. Trainings are great, but make sure there is a relationship there to build off of. WE ARE MORE THAN JUST GOOGLE!

Extra Credit:

Trainings or masterclasses are great ways to connect with new people. If you think this is a *must* in your business - see how you can customize a regular ol' training. 

IE) How can you make what you're offering different than what's being found when you search on Google? Live Q&A, Featured Speakers, what can you think of?

Challenge 5: Tag Yourself

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brand challenge #5

One of my favorite social media platforms to use these days is Instagram. Besides the fact that it’s basically all visual and you can immediately resonate with others - there’s plenty of ways to connect with new audiences and grow your brand without too much heavy lifting!

The growth strategy we’re going to be talking about today is #hashtags. More specifically - how YOU can create the best list of hashtags for your account and utilize a hashtag that’s all yours!

According to Later.com “A post with at least one Instagram hashtag averages 12.6% more engagement than posts without a hashtag.” In other words, if you’re on Instagram - you best be using these little suckers!

Let’s start off with, what in the actual hell is a #hashtag? We hear about them all the time on several platforms - but what do they do?

Hashtags are used to organize posts with similar content. You can use hashtags on videos or photos, but the overall goal is that you’re organizing content with other like content. If you’re anal about being completely organized - you probably just got really excited. But for those of you who are like “yeah, ok - great…” here’s why that’s important…

Once you post your image, you want it to get into your target audiences feed. If they’re not already following you, that’s generally never going to happen. (Womp, Womp.) HOWEVER, by tagging your image with a hashtag that your ideal clients would be interested in (For example, you tag your stamp business with #stamps) - it has a wayyyy better chance of getting seen by them. You’re basically placing your Instagram post in the laps of those who want to see it - all they have to do is look for the things they like!

A great engagement strategy, right? Right.

So here’s the details - you can have up to 30 hashtags on each post. Try to think of keywords that your ideal client is searching for. One of the biggest mistakes I make is that people are too busy tagging what they “are” or the technicalities of what they are, instead of what they help with. For example, if you’re a wedding photographer and only tagging things like “Camera, Nikon, Sony, Flash, Photographer” you may not get the engagement or the clients that you’d hoped for.

Get inside your ideal client’s mind! You’re a wedding photographer, so most likely they’re on Instagram searching for all things WEDDING. #BridetoBe #SweatingfortheWedding #WeddingPhotographer #Wedding #Engaged #JustEngaged … catch my drift? Tag yourself in any and all things wedding preparation because that’s what they’re interested in seeing!

The Challenge:

It’s time to revisit those hashtags (if you’ve been using some already) or to create your own list! Remember, you have up to 30 tags you can use and you should be thinking in terms of what the client is searching for. I’ll be doing this challenge with you guys this week so if you have any questions, let me know! :D When you go to post, you can post these in your actual caption or in a comment below. There’s been some discussion on which “works better” but for the most part it doesn’t seem to matter!

Extra Credit:

Create your own personal hashtag to use on all your original content. It’s awesome to click on your own hashtag and see the library of information you’ve built! #buildthatbrandgirl

Challenge 3: Give & Take

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brand challenge #3:

Building a brand seems pretty easy, right? You show up everyday to post some valuable content, post some photos of yourself for trust, and wam-bam you’re made for success, right?

Wrong. Very Wrong.

Building a brand is a two-way street. You have the first part down of showing up and providing something that potential clients find valuable, but are you prepared to nurture and grow that relationship?

After people start to gain interest in your content, you’ll have to push that relationship further. You can’t just post content, and then leave it hanging. If people comment, respond. If people like, go like something of theirs! Overall, people just want to be liked and felt heard - so if you can give them that blissful feeling, you’re building a really great relationship that has the potential to turn into something great!

the challenge: interact with your potential clients

  • Now, just don’t go like twenty million photos and call it a day. Find people who you’d love to work with, read their content, and post something that will mean something to them. The more care and effort you put into reaching out, the more success you’ll have in building a relationship.

  • Don’t sell to them the first chance you get. Everyone HATES this. Let your efforts do the talking and have links readily available on your profiles that will take them to a place where they can find more about your services. PEOPLE ARE NOSY! If you’re commenting and relating to them, they will most definitely try to find more out about you and what you do.

  • Try to engage for at least 15-20 minutes a day. Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest - this strategy works on ALL social platforms!

Be sure to post in the group about your success! XoX!

Challenge 2: Selfie Sensation

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brand challenge #2

You post quotes every week, think your graphics are pretty dope, and still you’re not getting the engagement that you’d like. Maybe it’s the algorithm, but maybe it’s not…

Did you know that posts that include a “human face” are more likely to do well in terms of engagement? For starters, Buffer.com suggests that even just posts that have “photos” are more likely to get more engagement.

“Not only do photo posts get more engagement than links, videos or text-based updates, they actually account for 93% of the most engaging posts on Facebook. According to Kissmetrics, photos get 53% more likes, 104% more comments and 84% more click-throughs on links than text-based posts. And as we’ve mentioned before, self-explanatory photos seem to perform best.”

So, it looks like if you want some action - you better be posting some kind of visual to go along with your story. But let’s further the thought - what makes human figures over anything else so likely to get noticed?

With personal brands, one of the largest factors you have to build from day one is the trust of your potential clients. That means showing up online, being consistent, being educational - and dun, dun, dun; allowing your potential clients to put a face to the name.

The Challenge: Selfie Sensation

Does your audience know what you look like? If not, it’s time they find out! It’s much easier to connect and vibe with someone knowing that they’re real. The challenge for this week is to post THREE VISUAL SOCIAL POSTS that include YOU!

  • Keep them fun! If you’re someone who dreads photos or videos, ease into this slowly. For example, if you’re a nutritionist - take an “action” shot. Usually when the camera isn’t fully on you, it relieves some of the pressure.

  • You don’t have to be perfect. Perfect = Boring and Unrelatable.

  • Get a support group around you for a photoshoot! Have a BFF amp you up and yell YAS QUEEN as you snap some shots. This will immediately boost your confidence and make you feel better in general.

Be sure to post in the group with some of your selfie sensations! The group is a WONDERFUL place to begin if you’re not used to being so transparent on social media! We’ll always give you a HELL YEAH GF!

Challenge 1: Introductions

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brand challenge #1

Welcome to your very first Brand Plan Challenge! Since we're all new here and just getting to know each other, I figured this challenge better cater to that - introductions!

One of the most common errors I see online is that we forget to properly introduce exactly what we do and who we are to our audience. It's one of those things that seems like a very "no-brainer" type thing to do - but tell me, when's the last time you posted on Facebook exactly what you do... Exactly how you can help, and furthermore, exactly who you want to help?

If we're not clear and concise with our audience, a guessing game starts to happen. Even if there's a 10% chance of confusion or mystery, it's a risk we don't want to take. If you were the slightest confused about what someone offered, would you want to work with them? (Hint...the answer is noooooo!)

We want to attract our people and have them know exactly what we do - so we have to tell them, and keep reminding them! It takes a few times for someone to see something and remember it - so keep that in mind as you post this weeks challenge!

The Challenge: An Introduction Post or Video via Social Media

Get creative with your introduction post. Be very clear and concise on the following points:
- What you do
- Who you work with
- What problems you can help solve
- Why you do this

Feel free to do one post containing all the information, or several posts throughout the week that hits each point individually! :D Once you complete the challenge, let me know how it went!