9 OF THE MOST CREATIVE WAYS TO USE POLLS IN INSTAGRAM STORIES

9 OF THE MOST CREATIVE WAYS TO USE POLLS IN INSTAGRAM STORIES

Have you tried out the latest feature to come to Instagram Stories?

Get ready, because you’re definitely going to like it! 

At the beginning of October, Instagram announced they were adding a new sticker method to collect polls. You can ask a question within your Instagram Story and see the results from your followers as they participate.

It’s SO simple. Seriously. Create something to add to your story. Tap the smiley sticky note in the top right and add the poll sticker. You can customise your question and the answers too.

There you go! You just created a poll.

But there’s something that makes this new feature super valuable - you can see the results.

When you watch your story back, you’ll be able to see which answer got the most votes. And when you swipe up to see your analytics on Instagram Stories, you’ll be able to see which of your followers respond to the poll as well as which answer they chose.

One thing’s for sure - you can totally use polls to your advantage. If you’re strategic and careful about how you use them, you can get some really valuable insights into your audience to help you grow your online presence.

WHAT IS A CONTENT CREATOR AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

WHAT IS A CONTENT CREATOR AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?

If you’ve known me online for any length of time, you’ll know that content is one of my favourite things to talk about.

Which is why I was SO excited to write today’s post!

As a little girl reading book after book and writing in journal after journal, content has always been part of my path.

When I introduce myself as a content creator, people can sometimes do one of the following: (a) look at me with a puzzled look on their face, (b) ask “what does that mean?” or (c) ask me every question under the sun to find out what it entails as a job.

After I explain what I do and how I help bloggers and business owners grow their online presence through content marketing, an answer can usually be “Hey, I need someone like that!”

And that’s why I’m here. So first, I wanted to run through exactly what content creators do - the same explanation I try to give everyone.

So what exactly is a content creator?

A content creator is someone who is responsible for the contribution of information to any media and most especially to digital media. They usually target a specific end-user/audience in specific contexts. A content creator can contribute any of the following:

  • Blog posts
  • Email newsletters
  • Social media copy (one of my favourites!)
  • Video marketing/editing
  • eBooks
  • Graphic design
  • ...and more!

They can also create offline content such as brochures, client packets and so on, but today, we’ll be focusing specifically on digital content creation.

WHAT I LEARNT FROM REDEFINING THE PURPOSE OF MY BRAND

WHAT I LEARNT FROM REDEFINING THE PURPOSE OF MY BRAND

Sometimes, I find it hard to believe that it’s been two years since I redefined my brand’s purpose.

It’s easy to forget when you’re creating nearly 200 blog posts every year!

And let me tell you something - redefining the purpose of my brand two years ago is one of the best things I’ve ever done.

I’ve been wanting to talk to you about this topic for a while, so I’m SUPER excited to tell you what I’ve learnt, along with some successes and a few hiccups along the way too.

So here some of the most valuable lessons I’ve learnt from redefining my brand’s purpose, including changing the way I think about social media and creating a brand new content strategy.

#1 | GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT IT

I’ll be honest with you here and say that redefining the purpose of my brand didn’t happen overnight. It took a long time to get to this point.

Part of this was because at one time, I was consuming way more content than I was creating. This definitely had a knock-on effect in terms of how confused I became about my brand’s direction.

So instead of becoming obsessed with what other people were doing, I decided to take a step back and start from square one. When you’re not happy with your blog, you have to go back to the start and remember three things: why you started this in the first place, who you really want to help and what you want to achieve.

6 OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTIVITY HABITS FOR PASSIONATE BLOGGERS

6 OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTIVITY HABITS FOR PASSIONATE BLOGGERS

Wanna’ take a guess at how many blogs there are in the world right now?

100 million? 200 million? 

Try 440 million.

Yep, from craft blogs to parenting blogs, and fashion blogs to travel blogs, each generation is carving their own path when it comes to blogging.

There’s a blog about almost any topic these days and there are new up and coming bloggers appearing all the time, all with amazing talents. More and more people are realising how wonderful the blogging world is and they want to be a part of it.

It’s crazy to think how big the world of online marketing is right now. Web designers, social media managers, virtual assistants - there are so many job opportunities now which didn’t even exist ten years ago. I didn’t even know what blogging was until I was around 18 and even then, I didn’t actually start my own blog until I was 22.

It was only when I was 24 that I realised I could actually use blogging to my advantage and to turn my whole career around. Now here I am, running my own content marketing, social media management and coaching business. Pretty cool, right?

Yeah, it is cool. It’s more than cool. But it’s also hard work and really really tough.

People have a lot of misconceptions about bloggers in general. Some of them being that it’s not a real job, we’re all just in it for the freebies and, you know, social media and writing online content isn’t *challenging* work.

I call BS.

When you’re a blogger, no matter if you’re running it alongside a full-time job or not - it never stops. YOU are your blog. You have to show up every day. You have to put in the work every day. Even though I run my business full-time, I still never have a full weekend off. And during the week? Well my weeknights are usually spent catching up on blog work.

But don’t get me wrong - I love blogging. I love the content I write about and I love the people who read it. That’s what makes it worthwhile.

When you’re the only one in charge of your blog, it’s up to you to make things happen. So what do you do when you don’t want to show up? What do you do when you’ve lost all motivation?

Well, I’ve tried a lot of productivity hacks over the past few years and I’ve finally found the ones that work the best. So here are some of the most effective productivity habits for passionate bloggers...aka YOU.

HOW TO SAVE LOADS OF TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH A CONTENT LIBRARY

HOW TO SAVE LOADS OF TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH A CONTENT LIBRARY

With every piece of content I create, there is an aim.

I want to make things easier for you. I want to make things more manageable for you. I want to help you reach your goals faster.

Which is why I’m sharing this special secret tip with you today.

A lot of you don’t like managing your social media, mainly because you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. Facebook is the biggest platform but it’s got the lowest reach, Instagram doesn’t know what it’s doing, and did Twitter really increase the character limit?

It’s no wonder you feel like social media takes up most of your time.

Well I’m here to help you streamline your social media process so you can manage it in the shortest amount of time possible. There are many different options, including outsourcing. But today, I want to talk to you about creating a social media content library.

I’m going to cover two things: first, what a social media content library actually is and second, how it can save you LOADS of time.

The only tool you’re going to need? A good old-fashioned spreadsheet.

So before we dive into how this is going to save you loads of time, let’s just run through what a social media content library actually is.

A social media content library is essentially a content library that focuses on reusing content from your social media pages.

Sounds simple, right?

So now you know what it is, I’m going to walk you through the steps of how you can effectively create one. This is something I use for myself and my clients and believe me - it works like a charm.