Building Your Social Media Profiles For Beginners

How To Build Your Social Media Profiles

Your social media profiles are where people are watching you. They may land on your website first, but most commonly these days, people will go and check out your social media profiles. They’ll want to see what people are saying about you and what you are posting. So here’s a question for you: How do your social media profiles look? build your social media profiles

What You Can Do To Improve My Social Media Profiles

If you’re looking to improve or make changes to your social media profiles, here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Ensure you have the same colours for your branding across all your social media profiles.
  • Also ensure all your bios across your platforms have the same description.
  • Post DAILY!
  • Post not just daily, but post RELATIVE content daily.
  • Research your competitors and see what they’re doing. Don’t steal their work, but re-work it to make it fit in with your business and message.
  • Reply to peoples comments, make them feel valued.
  • Remember the 80/20 rule. 80% of your content should be NON salesy. It could be a survey/poll, a motivational/inspirational quote, a coffee/good morning message. Anything that Relates to your ideal client. The 20% should be product/service based content and links to blog posts. You can also include posts like ‘Do you prefer the black one or the red one’ type posts. This is a non direct way of selling. Try it, it really works. Oh… and try forget to have fun with it.

These tips are for those that don’t really know social media or those that simply want to try and be more consistent on their social media profiles and want to make more of an effort in growing and nurturing their social media.

Give your social media some TLC and eventually it will start paying you back. It takes time though, lots of love and care and I can’t stress enough – lots of CONSISTENCY. You’ve got this, keep at it.

Reading books relevant to your field will help your brain create new content too. Give that a try. I have endless books on my shelves that still need reading. I probably need to make me time for that if anything!!

Instagram Challenge

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Instagram Challenge – FREE

I just started running a Free Instagram Challenge over in my Facebook Group.

I wanted to help more businesses get more consistent with posting on their social media and get more comfortable with it. Instagram can be a fabulous place to build new relationships and get more eyes on your products or services.

Instagram is a very visual platform, so your images on there will need to stand out.

When is the best time to post on Instagram?

There isn’t a best time really, it depends on your audience and what times you think they’re most likely to be hanging out on Instagram. For me, it’s during school hours when mums are busy working on their business and then again in the evenings when the children are in bed. But I also post at other times, to catch other audiences.

As long as you are posting on Instagram consistently, then you’ll start attracting new people.

Do hashtags really make a difference?

Errrrrm YEAH! If you’re not using hashtags in every single post, then you’re missing out on your posts showing up in peoples feeds.

You will want to vary your hashtags and use them daily. I generally spend a bit of time every couple of weeks (or so) doing a little hashtag research. I will show people how to do this in my Facebook Group where the Free Instagram Challenge is taking place. It’s really pretty simple. You can join the group HERE.

How do I help businesses with their social media?

I probably don’t advertise enough, i am generally posting tips for other businesses to make use of. So here is a little information on how i help businesses grow on social media.

I provide various services, anything from a social media review at just £49, to content packages for your chosen social media platforms right through to running your social media. I also provide a blogging service.

Every business has a different budget and I try and accommodate their budget. As with anything, you get what you pay for. If you pay me a review, that’s what you get – a review. You won’t get a marketing calendar for that.

If you pay me hundreds of pounds, i will make sure your social media is consistent, spot on, marketed to your target audience and answer all comments and queries.

If you’d like to work with me, add me on Linkedin Here and then message me once I accept our request.

JOIN MY FACEBOOK GROUP HERE

Instagram Tips That Are Easy to Follow

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Instagram Tips That Are Easy to Follow

Instagram tips that will help you grow your Instagram by making a few tweaks to your profile. This social media platform is a very visual platform, the picture needs to say it all and Then the text.

Instagram Tips 101

  • Ensure your bio says what you do – bullet point format works well. It makes it easy to read. At the bottom you have the option to add a link, pop a link to your website there.
  • Post often, not when you remember. Instagram is such a busy place (as are all social networking platforms now) that it’s imperative that you’re super consistent. I post on Instagram at least 3 times a day, 4 if i’m on a roll. The minimum is 2 a day if i’m swamped. But i don’t miss a day.
  • Size is everything they say! In the case of social media, you’re damn right it is! Your images must be the right size for Instagram, otherwise the text will run off the page etc. You want your profile to look professional.
  • Use catchy images that will stop people scrolling to read what you’ve got to say. The best way to do this is either design your own or get someone like myself to design them for you. Do the best for your social media as soon form the start. Don’t dabble, get straight in there. Contact Me Here if you’d like to work together on this.

Hashtag Instagram Tips

My final BIG Instagram tip is hashtags. Instagram is ALL about the hashtags. That’s how we get seen, that’s how we show up in peoples time lines. You can link your Twitter and Facebook profiles to your Instagram account too. I generally don’t post to twitter from there, simply because the image is far too big for twitter. I do post to Facebook though. Instagram hashtag tips

If you’re going to post to Facebook through Instagram, then leave out the hashtags in your post and post them in the comments section of your Instagram post. There is nothing worse than seeing 10+ hashtags on a Facebook post!

Here’s how to research #hashtags!

That little icon at the bottom that looks like a magnifing glass, click on that. Type in hashtags that are relevant to your niche and then click Tags. You’ll get a drop down of hashtags used with those words in. Click the first few. You’ll arrive at the top images for those hashtags.

Next: Click on the images and look at the hashtags used on that post. This bit of research will provide a bunch of new hashtags for you to use. You’ll want to use a few high rolling hashtags, but also smaller ones in order to get seen. When you mix up popular hashtags and less popular hashtags, magic starts to happen.

Consistency Tip

As with anything social media, consistency is always going to be key and secondly what you put out there. Because i do social media in my sleep, i have no trouble getting all these things done regularly. For some it may feel a bit daunting.

Here’s what you do: You pick 2 platforms where you think your audience is hanging out and you get really good at those. You absolutely do not have to be on every social media platform!

Make 2018 the year you do better on Instagram with these few essential Instagram Tips. Good luck.

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Increase Sales with these 4 Magic Words

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Increase Sales with these 4 Magic Words

Increase sales with a little writing help and you’re good to go. You’ll want to weave these words into not only your website, but social media posts too to increase sales. This isn’t a blog about SEO, it’s to help you sell online and these are words that your customers look out for.

Four words have been defined by recent studies in behavioral economics, psychology and neuroeconomics to appeal to consumers primal instinct. These words powerfully engage consumers at a subconscious level and increase retailers chances of making a sale. Use them as your secret weapon on social media and your website.

Inject these 4 words into your marketing copy and ecommerce product descriptions to increase sales:

YOU: Apparently this is the most powerful word in the English dictionary. For most marketers, It’s more influential than words like ‘money’ and ‘sex.’ (Nuts right)  Your customers want to feel like you’re talking to them directly and the word ‘you’ does that better than any other word. So don’t use ‘hey everyone, how was your weekend’ try, ‘Hello you, how was your weekend’ Using words like ‘everyone’ is too general and far from personal.
The world is full of egocentric people and we liked to be made special. You might feel that you’re not, but there’s a little bit of it in all of us.

NEW:When you see the word ‘new’ you subconsciously think improved, exciting, and I want. According to several behavioral psychology studies, new products, novel solutions, and a sense of adventure draw shoppers to products with the ‘new’ label.

Take a look at how Apple describes the iPhone 8’s design. It’s a new design, with new technology, for their new iPhone. Seems excessive when pointed out but it works.

Your last 2 trigger words to increase sales:

FREE: 

The word ‘free’ isn’t just a price – it’s a powerful emotional trigger and a source of irrational excitement. You know that feeling you get at a buffet, where you’re full but you keep eating because it’s free? Or perhaps all those free pens you took at the trade show that you won’t use but you took them anyways? Powerful stuff that word ‘free’ is.
Nobody knows the power of using the word ‘free’ like Amazon.In 1999, Amazon began offering free shipping on orders of $99 or more. Since then they have been experimenting with and perfecting their marketing strategy (and copywriting) to best take advantage of our desire for ‘free.’ I know I’m guilty of buying another book (cost $10+) just to save $3.95 on shipping.
Guarantee: It’s simple, people want the guarantee. They want to know that if they’re spending £100 on something, they want a guarantee. If that if it doesn’t fit or work like they hoped it would, that they can send it back.
The word ‘guarantee’ is a key component of most good ecommerce marketing copy.
‘Guaranteed’ appeals to consumers emotional triggers like security and trust. It’s a safety net – a promise made by a retailer to a consumer that they will be satisfied with their purchase.
Studies in behavioral economics show that humans are intrinsically afraid of loss. When you purchase something there is the chance of disliking the item for one reason or another. Guaranteeing their purchase diminishes the possibility of loss. If they don’t like the item, they can return it.
Ecommerce merchants should inject their copy with ‘guarantee,’ ‘money-back guarantee,’ and variations like ‘or your money back’ on their product page.
How can you and your company work these words into your copy? This is definitely something every business should consider.

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2 Marketing Trends You Should Be Following

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2 Marketing Trends You Should Be Following

Marketing trends, they come and go right? However, these 2 marketing trends have been HUGE throughout 2017 and i see them being even bigger in 2018. With so much change all the time, it can be hard for entrepreneurs to keep up. So let me give you the 2 best marketing trends i have seen (and they work) and let’s see how you as a business can start using them more.

Live Streaming

It’s no surprise that live streaming has become a number one marketing trend and tool that have made people rich. From Instagram lives to Facebook Lives, they WORK! Live streaming makes people extremely relatable and let’s face it, it’s no secret that people buy from those that they Know, Like and Trust.

Today, live video is a feature that’s rolling out across most of the major platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. There are also gaming-focused options like Twitch and Beam (now Mixer) to cater to a fast-growing vertical that includes over 2.2 billion gamers around the world. My son (8 years old) is desperate to live stream whilst gaming, but that’s another story.

Live video offers the ability to share an experience moment-by-moment with a large audience from all over and invite them to comment and participate in real time. How can your business stream live more often and how will you work it into your marketing calendar?

Private Chat on your Website

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Example of the Messenger Button

A marketing trend that us social media addicts are Loving. I know only one person who isn’t on FB (on of my brothers and he’s not a shopper, so it doesn’t count) but everyone else is on Facebook. Yes, we all use messenger too and now you can message businesses directly from their website from Your own messenger! This is a game changer and it’s increasing sales too. It’s just a little button on the bottom of your website that makes it so easy for customers to contact you through your business page. Who wouldn’t want to use this marketing tool to increase sales. It’s got that personal touch again, that people love.

How will you use these marketing trends?

How will you use these 2 top marketing trends within your business? I’m interested to know. Leave a comment below to let me know.

Using Social Media For Business

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Using Social Media For Business

It seems strange that there was ever a time that we weren’t using social media for business. Social media is no longer an option and every business should be using social media for their business.

Using Social Media For Business Successfully

Here are some sure fire ways on how you can use social media for your business in an effective way.

Regular Content for social media

Whichever social media platforms you decide to use for your business, be sure you’re posting great content and Regularly. You may be absolutely fed up with the word ‘consistency’ but i’m afraid it’s a word you’ll see a lot of in the business world. Using social media the right way is a bit of a skill, so let’s get it right.

Which platform are you going to hang out on?

Have you decided where you’re going to be hanging out online? Will it be Facebook? Twitter? Pinterest? etc etc… The list can go on. My suggestion – choose two platforms and get really good at those, then start exploring other platforms. I never recommend being on all platforms and spreading yourself too thinly and then not having the time to put great content out there consistently on every platform. How are you using social media now? Something to think about.

Time block for success

Pretty much my biggest success is time blocking. I time block an hour for content creation, half an hour for posting and interacting on social media, half an hour for email lists etc. This works brilliantly and helps me stay productive and i work less hours from time blocking.

To Do lists

Get used to To Do lists, they are a life saver. It’s a good idea to do a list the day before of what you want to achieve the day before. This way, when you wake up, you know exactly what you are doing and can crack on. On the days i haven’t woken up to a ready and waiting list, i spend at least an hour writing a list, then don’t feel so productive. Make using social media for your business easy and efficient.

I’m a pen to paper girl and I have my list sat in front of me on my desk and tick off when i have completed a task. Find what works for you.

I do hope these social media tips will help you get better at working using social media and start making you more money.

Want to connect further? Book a one hour consultation with me here where we can really delve into your social media together.

 

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30 Day Social Media Challenge

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Social Media Challenge

A 30 day social media challenge that is going to change your perspective on how you do social media and show just how many more people you can reach using social media.

Social media is about consistency, perservernce and a little elbow grease to make it work. I know it’s not easy and i know for some it’s a bit time consuming. BUT i am going to change the way you look at social media with this social media challenge starting in September.

How will the social media challenge work?

The social media challenge will take part within a Facebook Group. If you’re not on Facebook… well… i can’t see how you’re in business online. So, you’ll be put in a Facebook group just before the challenge begins and once payment has been made. The cost? A mere £47! Now some have told me that’s too cheap. Maybe it is. However, i wanted to make this affordable for new businesses and those that haven’t quite got to grip with how social media works. So i wanted it to cost no more than say ‘dinner and drinks out’

If you think £47 is too expensive, i’d like you to take a step back and ask yourself Why are you in business? If you can’t invest this small amount, my fear is you simply won’t be successful. I have businesses that invest £100’s in me monthly to help their businesses grow and to keep their social media running and current. Those are the serious businesses.

Now i’m not saying you’re not serious, but you are being a tight arse if you won’t invest this. Drop 2 take aways and invest in this instead. Your business needs this.

What will you achieve through this challenge?

This social media challenge is not only going to grow your numbers on social media, but you’ll get more eyes on your business and social media platforms. You’re going to engage with these new people and build relationships. New relationships on social media take anything from 2-6 months to form properly and only then do you stand a chance of earning any money from these relationships.

Social media is a constant ongoing thing that you CANNOT pick up and drop when you feel like this. This right here is why people pay me what they pay me.

Who’s game???? Find me on Facebook Here and let’s connect. Send me a message on messenger and let’s you get you set up. Know anyone else that might be interested in this or needs it? Give them my details.

We’re going to end this year on a high!

Sonya Kolodziejska

Social Media Tasks – 5 Ways to make it Simpler.

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Social Media Tasks

Social media tasks can be time consuming, but here are 5 ways to make it simpler for you. There are only so many hours in a day and making the most of our time is crucial to growing our businesses, right? Social media platforms can make a huge positive impact on your business, yet many out there struggle with overwhelm from it.

This blog post shares 5 golden nuggets on how to best spend your time using social media for your business.

  1. Which social platforms are you going to use?

    You can’t be on them all, so figure out which social media platforms you want to be on (and find out where your audience is) Some questions to ask yourself are: Which platforms are people engaging with you the most? Where do you get the most visits to your website from?

 

2. Stick to a schedule or time block

Time management is my thing, i am amazing at it and I help clients manage their time better too. Time management is super important to any entrepreneur or freelancer. When you set time aside to manage your social media tasks, a lot gets done! So i regularly time block now and i work less hours because of it. Pick a days and times that you want to set aside for your social media tasks and stick to it.

 

Create a daily to-do list of social media tasks

Lists, lists and more lists. As if you haven’t got enough social media tasks and blogging to be getting on with right? I like lists and i like ticking them off. This week i have set aside Monday, Wednesday and Friday for my social media tasks, for scheduling mine and my clients posts. Then every day i set aside time to do the following:

  • Respond to comments
  • Comment on other peoples posts
  • Network online and engage in communities
  • Like all comments on my social media platforms

Make your time count and ENGAGE a ton!

Allocating time for building relationships SHOULD be part of your time allocated for your social media tasks. Notice above i put Network online and engage in communities? That’s what i’m talking about!

Yes it’s true, it means you actually have to talk to people 🙂 But it’s all online, so it’s super easy and can be done in your own time that suits you. See the word social? That’s why we have to engage.

I pretty much respond to every message, retweet and comment because those people are helping grow my business and getting it exposure. Yes i miss the odd one, we’re only human after all. BUT i do make time to do this, it’s so important.

Use tools to help with your social media tasks!

Ahhhhh tools, aren’t they great? So i keep it simple and use hootsuite to schedule posts. There isn’t enough time in my day (or yours) to be posting live every hour. Not to mention posting when you are sleeping to reach a bigger world wide. Let a scheduling tool do the work for you whilst you’re asleep.

Using tools will help grow your business and save you a ton of time. If you need any more recommendations, find me on Facebook Here. 

Hopefully these 5 tips will help you better manage and your daily social media tasks better in order to get the most out of your time.

Which tip/tips spoke to you the most? Let me know in the comments. Or add your own tips related to social media tasks.

For more blog posts that could help your business, Read More Here.

Identifying Your Target Audience on Social Media

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Identifying Your Audience

Identifying your target audience for both social media and your website can feel a little daunting when you’re new to this, but it doesn’t need to be. I get that building websites and opening up social media platforms can boggle the mind, but let me lay it out for you simply.

It is important to take a step back and remember that a website is a new channel of communication for you. As are your social media platforms. There is a message and a receiver—that is, your content and its intended audience.

There are 5 main points to think about when thinking about who your audience is and how you want to target that audience. By following these 5 rules, you will be identifying your target audience piece by piece. Amazing things start to happen when it all comes together.

What are the 5 rules when thinking about identifying your audience?

Who:

Who is the site for? Existing customers, potential customers, or both? Who do you want to visit your site? Members of the press? Members of your community?

What:

What are they looking for when they come to your site? Do you know what their technological skill level and what do they do online? What are their budgets and spending habits? Age is a factor too! What colours, styles, fonts, and phrasing will appeal to them?

When:

When would a potential visitor seek out your site? Would they come to your site before becoming a client or is it a group filled with existing customers looking for support?

Where:

Where are your visitors going to be located? Are they in your geographic region? Are they all across the United States or from all over the world?

And Finally Why:

Why are these people coming to your site? Why should they come to your site instead of your competitor’s website?

Tips on Identifying your target audience

Here is an example, let’s say you have a store that sells dresses. You want to make a website to show off your latest designs and sell them online. Are these prom dresses or fashion for senior citizens? Are they affordable or expensive? And are they professional attire or evening wear? Your message needs to be clear.

Identifying your target audience can be a very difficult exercise. Many people fall into the trap of thinking too broadly. If you find yourself getting stuck or worrying that you might be missing out on potential customers.

I hope this has helped identify your target audience. Don’t be afraid to scale it down.

 

Social Media – Should i give up on it?

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Social Media – Should i give up on it?

Social media, are you thinking of giving up on it? Maybe you have a love/hate relationship with it? I feel many businesses have this same problem, so thought i would write this blog post to help you out.

So you’ve tried everything on Facebook and nothing is happening? Tweeted a bunch but don’t really know what Twitter is all about? Posted a few Instagram pictures and no interaction and don’t understand the importance of great hashtags? So what do you do…. give up… or you could just take another look at your relationship with social media and how you are using it.

Here’s the thing with social media…

The first thing to remember is that it is there to build relationships with audiences, with people you would never have been able to connect with before. RELATIONSHIPS – that is the key word right there. So, the first thing you need to look at is how you are using social media for your business. This could be the game changer right here.

If you’re desperately trying to sell, the chances are all you’re doing is trying to ‘sell, sell, sell’ and people just don’t like that. This has never been my approach and i find it works a dream to not be salesy.

Here is another way to use social media – to network, get to know your audience and treat them like they are real people and not a statistic. There’s a thought right? This is for the long haul, not a short term fix. I am on my platforms daily, in my Facebook group daily and talking to people about many things that are not related to my business. Why? Because i am building relationships and even making friends with these people. People will always buy from those they know, like and trust.

The above are two very different approaches and could have a big impact on how they work for you and your business. Which way do you use it?

Is social media harming your business?

If all you’re doing on your social media platforms in trying to sell to people, you could very well be harming your social media platforms and putting people off.

Are you showing the heart and soul of your business? Using well lit (not dark and dim) images on Instagram? Actually… on all your social media platforms. Are your bios set up full of info with a link to a well put together website?

We all set up our business social media platforms because we thought they were a good idea right? And they still are a great idea. Sometimes we set up all the platforms available and try to spread ourselves too thin. So how about you just choose 2 platforms to put your heart and soul into? Once you’ve cracked those fully (that could take months) then think about adding another platform, but only when the other 2 are doing well and are more established.

Remember, social media is about building relationships before you try and sell. Secondly, it is about consistency. If you’re not consistent, your audience will move on.

I hope this has helped you see that social media is still a big part of your business and you should definitely be nurturing your platforms. If you need any help with social media, i am always happy to help. Contact Me Here.