They help create implied trust and help build your brand when you put in the time and effort to build your audience consistently over time.
Check some of the Facebook business page tips and tricks below and give your Facebook business page a bit of a makeover at the same time.
We are all busy small business owners and entrepreneurs today with a lot of “extras” to manage on top of the day to day running of your business.
Those social media profiles you set up a little while ago can quickly go stale and out of date if you don’t check them on a monthly or quarterly basis.
To help you remember to manage these essential platforms for your business today and to offer some inspiration at the same time, feel free to check out my YouTube Channel for free digital, social media and content marketing tips every week.
Update Your Facebook Business Page Cover
When was the last time you checked your Facebook Business page cover was up to date?
A couple of months can go by in a flash and Facebook business page covers can quickly become out of date (especially promotional ones)
Work Intelligently Tip! Use a smart app like WUNDERLISTto create a monthly reminder to drop by & refresh your Facebook business page cover. It’s a great habit to forge.
Even though I sound like a broken record by now, CANVA.COM is your best online friend for creating images.
(It’s completely revolutionized every image on my website and social media (I frequently receive great comments on Instagram about them ❤ I literally cannot recommend it highly enough!) 🎉🎉🎉
Creating A New Facebook Business Page Cover Image
Head over to CANVA.COM and open a free account if you haven’t already got one and select the Facebook Cover template.
It’s already the right size at 820px x 312px so you can’t go wrong!
And it will show you some pretty good templates you can tweak and use for yourself too!
Some tips for your design:-
Keep it simple and eye catching.
Have your website url and name on there somewhere.
If you use a hashtag, think about adding that too.
Set the tone for what new visitors can expect from your content.
Add an intriguing or unique quote to enhance what you do.
Say Welcome To My Page!
Get Creative With Your Facebook Business Page Cover
Facebook business page covers do not have to be staticimages!
Click on the CAMERA icon on the top left hand corner of your Facebook business page to see the drop down menu of all the OPTIONS Facebook offers you to get creative with.
Facebook allow you to create a SLIDESHOW or VIDEO too!
How cool is that!
To create a Facebook business page SLIDESHOW simply select the EDIT SLIDESHOW option and you can then add other images to your Facebook Business page cover to showcase your business or tell a story.
To Create A Facebook Business Page Video Cover …
Check out this video tutorial and follow along the steps on the blog post I created that goes with the video.
Next Add A Description To Your Facebook Business Page Cover
MARKET BRILLIANTLY TIP! Don’t miss the opportunity to add a description to your Facebook Cover so that people who click on the image can find out more about you! AND KEEP A COPY on Evernote or on your computer to copy & paste it when you change the cover again.
This little screen capture video will show you where to add your description.
Some tips for your description might include:-
Introduce yourself, your business and say “Hello!”
Tell visitors a little bit about you, and how your business can potentially help them.
Add in links to any LEAD MAGNETS or PROMOTIONS you are running.
Make sure there is a link back to your website.
Write it as if you were talking to someone.
Give some great reasons why someone should follow your page!
Don’t Forget The Big Blue Button!
Immediately below your Facebook business cover is a BLUE BUTTON that when viewed on a smart phone covers the entire screen.
It’s designed to help people find out more about you, including options such as:-
Make a booking with you.
Learn more about your business.
Shop with you or make a donation.
Download your app.
Join your community.
This little screen capture video shows you where the button is located and how to edit & make your selection.
With one of Facebook’s 2019 prime takeaways from it’s vision for Facebook for the future being about the importance of privacy and Facebook Groups, if you have a Facebook Group it’s probably a good idea to use that option for your BLUE BUTTON.
If You’re Enjoying These Bite-Sized Tips And How-To’s You’ll Love This!
We are all in an online business today and the more we can help support one another and share our tips and tricks the better for all.
So feel free to check out my YouTube Channel for digital, social media and content marketing tips every week.
Sharpening The Saw – One Of The 7 Habits Of Highly Successful People
If you’ve never come across the phrase “Sharpening The Saw” before it’s a famous story with a simple but powerful message behind it that goes something like this:-
A woodcutter was trying and failing to saw down a tree. A young man who was watching asked “What are you doing?”
“Are you blind?” the woodcutter replied. “I’m cutting down this tree.”
The young man was unabashed. “You look exhausted! Take a break. Sharpen your saw.”
The woodcutter explained to the young man that he had been sawing for hours and did not have time to take a break.
The young man pushed back… “If you sharpen the saw, you would cut down the tree much faster.”
The woodcutter said “I don’t have time to sharpen the saw. Don’t you see I’m too busy?”
And there lies the problem that is years old that is still applicable to our every day today.
We arebusy busy busy ALL the time. It’s relentless.
But as we being productive with that time?
You’ll get to where you are going 10x faster.
Freshening and changing up your Facebook Business Page Cover every month or whenever you have a promotion is good practice.
Get creative with some of the other options Facebook allow such as a SLIDESHOW or a VIDEO.
Add a description to your Facebook cover.
Make sure you have a good call to action set up with the blue button immediately below your cover image.
Sharpen the Saw every month in one area of your business with my free digital, social media and content marketing tips every week. Subscribe here to my YouTube Channel and I look forward to helping you grow your business online!
To your digital marketing & social media success!
P.S. Don’t forget to connect with me on Facebook every day for business building tips & inspiration to help make your day go just that little bit better!
3 Instagram Marketing Tips For Improving Organic Growth In 2019
In this blog post I’m going to cover:-
Why Instagram? & where it fits in your overall business or brand building strategy.
How to make the best use of your BIO and your BIO link.
Why creating THEMES for your Instagram page will keep things interesting for people visiting your page & encourage connections, comments & followers.
1. First up – why Instagram?
As a small business owner I could see (and enjoy) using Instagram! It’s fair to say I’ve bought more apps from Instagram than any other social media platform it seems to instinctively know what is in my head.
Penny drop moment right there – let’s not skip that important point.
Intuitively Instagram is showing me posts related to what I’ve been interested in.
Hmmmmm – interesting!
Instagram was always such a problem for me as a busy small business owner when posting everything via my iPhone was the opposite of how I wanted to spend my time.
But with a little research, Instagram and it’s real magic got me hooked.
95 million photos and videos are shared on Instagram per day. Facebook owns Instagram so you can expect ongoing changes, features and benefits for businesses going forward.
You’ll find Instagram engagement is significantly higher than any other social media platform and the users are also considered to be buyers. (especially of APPS!)
It’s a tricky platform for small business owners to use as uploads to the platform are typically via your smart phone.
60% of users say that they have learned about a product or service on the platform.” Instagram in essence, a social media channel, that plays a part in your overall social media & traffic generation strategy.
It’s quite fickle (and tricky) to grow a following initially as people LOVE to build a following for themselves, AND you have to post via your phone AND you only get one link in your bio to work with.
As some of the best Facebook features start to appear on Instagram and vice versa going forwards and Instagram’s natural affinity with YouTube in particular it’s time to shine on “The Gram.”
Instagram For Business & Why It’s So Powerful
It allows you to be candid & share behind the scenes updates.
Creating Instagram stories keeps you at the top of the screen.
It helps develop a deeper connection with your brand.
Hashtags allow you to amplify everything you do. Use them!
Not many small business owners use Instagram and even less local businesses or traditional businesses
It’s the perfect platform for short videos and apps & works well with YouTube.
It’s VERY visual so you will need to spend time create IMAGES & CONTENT (but that’s part of business today & shouldn’t put you off!)
Where Instagram Sits In Your Sales & Marketing Funnel
Don’t get caught up in all the hype about which platform is better than the others, ALL Social Media platforms are great for driving traffic to your website and they ALL have their own unique pros & cons.
INSTAGRAM is a potential traffic source for your business and just like ALL social media platforms it’s a place where people can get to know you, like you, trust you & follow you.
Your website is on the very busy new High Street called the internet 😉
Visitors to your website are like people coming into your store.
The more visitors you get into your store, & the better your sales & marketing funnel is, the more customers you are likely to get.
Instagram visitors are considered buyers & that makes them extremely valuable visitors to your website!
2. How To Make The Best Use of Your BIO and Your BIO link
Something that I know I didn’t think about when I first started digging into Instagram was that the “Your Name” field shows up in search.
So make sure you add what you do in the NAME FIELD. (EG:- DIANE – Digital Marketing Coach
If you have your own HASHTAG – put it in your bio (where it’s clickable) that way people can stream for the type of content you produce and gauge whether they want to Follow you or not as the case may be.
Use icons to enhance the bullet point look & add in a Signature Course or program you have to offer.
EG: ❤☀👀☕ etc
There should BE A CALL TO ACTION in your bio link that leads someone to taking the FIRST STEP to getting to know you, like you & trust you (eg a LEAD MAGNET or Free Training / and if you can make it a Unique Promotion for Instagram Users then that would be a super good strategy to test & measure.
Add any Social Proof / Awards / Media you have …
And remember you have 150 characters available in your INSTAGRAM BIO so make them count.
For more than one link in your bio check out the wonderful LINKTREE and grab yourself a free account to experiment with more than one option in your bio.
3. Create 5-6 Themes & Rotate Them
We areALL in publishing today!
Making images in your branded colours is just one of the joys of an online business and you won’t get very far without them.
CANVA,com is simply awesome. My images and my branding were in the dark ages before it come along, I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Creating images isn’t hard work (a night shift at the hospital in comparison IS) so no matter how you feel about your design skills, Canva is a free tool that will help you. And yes they have free tutorials too.
Instagram is 100% VISUAL. It’s a must-do.
So now that you have embraced that concept fully, to add variety and interest to your Instagram page and content think about your MAIN area of EXPERTISE (this should be linked to “what you are selling”).
Now write down 5 related themes you can create (or find & use) that would be tips, videos, articles, memes, quotes, images etc that would be interesting to your Instagram audience.
Eg: For Contemporary Log Living we use:- Self-Building / Home Designs, Annexes, Studios, B&B, Guest Lodges, Interior Design, Home Organisation.
Thinking & planning these out in advance saves you time & makes your INSTAGRAM page more appealing & interesting to gain more followers organically.
Ninja Tip! Follow influencers in your niche & spy on what type of content they share & what is most popular with their followers.
Instagram is Facebook’s new Facebook according to Mari Smith at last year’s Social Media Summit and that is good news for small business owners.
Once you discover all the tools and best practices for Instagram you quickly realise that there is no need to be glued to your smart phone all day to use it effectively.
Make the most of your BIO for improved organic reach my adding in keywords to your name field.
Create THEMES to keep your content mix varied and easier to manage.
Use the link in your bio strategically to build your email list as well as deliver Instagram specific value.
Most small business owners are NOT using Instagram and that is an opportunity right there my friend to eat up with a spoon.
How To Create A Facebook Content Plan For Any Small Business
Facebook is the #1 social media platform in the world for very good reason, it’s a hybrid of everything you need as a small business owner looking to leverage the vast advertising options and business tools that Facebook provides.
In return it just wants one simple thing.
GREAT ORIGINAL CONTENT THAT IT’S USERS LOVE!
The more of that you create, and the better it gets viewed, received, liked, shared or commented on, the better.
Now Here Comes The Tricky Bit
Building your business & your brand on Facebook is NOT about you.
It’s not about your business.
It’s not about your services, products or latest offers.
It’s about YOUR target audience (that just happens to BE on Facebook every day) and what THEY LIKE.
And Here’s The Even Trickier Bit
The way in which most small business owners view Facebook is usually either:-
a. It’s a complete waste of time.
b. There is no measurable ROI (return on investment)
Here’s The Ultimate Challenge Bit
How you build a Facebook page that actually IS about your target market AND is geared up to driving high quality leads and sales for your business is a balance that is very rarely achieved by small business owners without a LOT of testing and measuring, winning and failing until you find a unique blend of:-
a. A balance of content that resonates with your target audience that you know will DELIGHT them in some way day after day, week after week.
b. Plus a balance of being able to deliver strong Direct Response Marketing Calls To Action that actively engage people in either directly with your offers or by recommending you to friends and family from the bond you have successfully built with them over time.
So How Exactly Do You Do That?
#1. Be Original
When it comes to Facebook post ideasoriginality will always make you stand out and when you develop your own brandand stylenothing can be more effective in attracting more eyeballs to your Facebook page, more readers to your content and be actively growing your Facebook business page all at the same time.
If you haven’t grasped Facebook pages for your business just yet, don’t worry there is a lot to learn but when you start thinking about it as part of your overall business strategy you’ll soon find it becomes fun and easy to do.
Running out of ideas or things to say on Facebook is a common fear that can really hold you back from starting your Facebook business page and then staying consistent with it.
The ones that stay consistent with it are usually the ones that grow their business via social media.
Here are some easy ways to make Facebook post ideas simple, easy and fun to do.
#2 Decide On Which Type Of Facebook Posts You Are Going To Focus On Creating
**Remember these will be posts your target market will LIKE.
There are over 28 types of Facebook Post Ideas listed inside my free 30 Day Kick-Start Marketing Planner ranging from motivational quotes and text status updates to case studies and webinars and pretty much everything in between.
If you are a solopreneur or small business owner one thing’s for certain you can’t do them all.
The best way to start getting more likes, shares and comments on your Facebook page updates is to narrow your focus and do some really well.
(If you also have an INSTRAGRAM account you’ll quickly notice the difference that a higher organic reach than Facebook gives you when it comes to feedback on your beautiful creations).
It’s better to do 2 brilliant focused updates per daythan 10 random updates that will inevitably be of less quality or relevance and will potentially do you more harm than good.
Start by deciding on a mix of Facebook post ideas that you are going to create for example:-
Motivational quotes (shareable valuable content)
Engaging posts (asking questions, fill in the blanks, did you know facts etc)
Expert tips (custom made expert tips with your brand, image or logo)
Promotional offers (special offers, discounts and bundles for your products and services)
Blog content (your latest articles, plus old blog posts with recent Opt In Offers included)
Video content (Facebook Live videos, webinars or workshops)
Then commit to creating them in your brand and your style.
#3 Make Them Original And On Brand
You do not have to make all your Facebook post ideas “on brand” to be effective but you will want to create everything with your styling, your branding, your face or your logo on somewhere.
Whether you use certain colours on your website or you use the same image you use on your Facebook profile you really want to put a little time and effort into creating Facebook post ideas that are totally unique.
The people who are standing out online right now are the ones using their own words as tips, quotes and though leadership style sayings.
Use CANVA.com to create Social Media updates like this for your business. Brand yourself as “the go-to expert in your niche” as the saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything and to stand out online you need to take that extra step that others aren’t willing to do.
#4. Divide Them Into Three Category Types,
Is It Useful?
Is It Engaging?
And Is There A Call To Action?
The smarter you get about using your own blogs, quotes and videos as your main content on Facebook and across all your social media platforms the easier it will be to create content that has multiple functions.
A video that becomes a podcast that becomes a blog is just one piece of original content re-purposed.
In the main there are only 3 types of content you need to focus on when you are creating your Facebook post ideas.
Useful content like Podcasts, Blogs, Video Tips, Training, Tutorials, Webinars etc
Engaging content such as Facebook Lives, asking questions and answering FAQ’s.
Promotional / Calls to action such as special discounts, offers and Holiday specials.
How many Facebook page updates you do every day will depend on your time commitment and your niche but best practice for most Facebook business pages is typically 1-3 posts per day every day.
Consistency is king!
This is an overview of the types of Facebook post ideas to focus on with the “is it useful” content bucket being the most important.
Think about mixing up your Facebook post ideas to create a variety of updates like this:-
Monday – motivational quote + text status update + video tip
Tuesday – Blog post + expert tip + question
Wednesday – Personal update + call to action + free webinar / training
#4| Let A Top Brand Or Facebook Page Show You The Way
Find and follow some of the top Facebook pages in your niche as your page and study everything they do.
Facebook business pages allow you to do this in a simple way inside your page INSIGHTS and it can give you a great overview on how you are doing in terms of page likes, posts and engagement.
Engagement is what you after on your page and Facebook wants that for it’s end users too so it pays to pay attention to people who are extremely good at it!
(Hence my mentor for learning all about social media for business was indeed Sandi Krakowski – her engagement is insane!)
If you are still sitting on the fence with Facebook business pages for your business and how many updates you should or should not be doing, what type of content gets the most engagement, whether or not you should grow your page likes one thing is for 100% certain, if Facebook business pages “didn’t work” not one of the these entrepreneurs or brands would be using them!
Not only does following other Facebook business pages give you an incredible insight into what others are doing by regularly visiting their pages and leaving comments can really boost your own brand awareness too.
To do this effectively post everything as your page not as an individual.
#5| Look At Your Page Insights Every Week To Check What’s Working
Every week look at your own page insights and make adjustments to your strategy.
If things are in the red focus on why that might be and work on that area of your business. One simple switch can make all the difference for example one switch I recently made was to ask more questions to increase engagement.
As you can see I am still working on growing my reach and increasing engagement (just like Sandi taught me).
Look at the content that gets the most engagement on the FB pages you watch and figure out why.
Is it original content?
Is it inspiring?
Is it a video?
Is it a certain design or colour?
Then ask yourself how you can do something like that for YOUR business?
* Word to the wise never just COPY what they do, it doesn’t work that way, what they are doing is being themselves and inspiring people in their own way.
For example Sandi uses religion a lot, if that isn’t you don’t bring it in to your business.
Or another example would be The Female Entrepreneur Association, which focuses on branding in Carrie’s inimitable style and delivering inspiring updates aimed at female entrepreneurs. If that isn’t your target market it’s not really going to help you build your audience or your business.
#6 | Bonus Tip!
When you set up FB pages to follow like this you can click on the page name from your insights and find out which were the to posts this week on any of the pages!.
This one was the top one this week for the Female Entrepreneur Association proving once again that positive messages are one of the reasons we ALL love Facebook whether you are an entrepreneur or not.
Compared to the doom and gloom of the Newspapers, TV News and everyday life Facebook is a breath of fresh air when you follow pages like this!
The key thing here is to“be on brand” as much as possible, stay on the positive and inspiring side of life and above all BE ORIGINAL which is easy when you just be yourself.
Plan your social media content for the week (or month) ahead. Be strategic with it.
Make your updates original, on brandand focus on engagement.
Divide everything you do into 3 content buckets, Useful, Engaging or a Call To Action.
Watch other Facebook pages as your page and study the insights. Learn from top influencers in your niche, invest in them, their programs and watch what they do.
*Also follow Facebook pages managed by top companies, such as Starbucks, Dove, Nike & Red Bull. See what’s popular & integrate it into your page content mix.
Every week make it a habit to tap into your Facebook page insights to see if you are making progress.
5 Pinterest Marketing Tips For Driving More Traffic To Your Website
Pinterest marketing should be something you “do” for your business as part of your marketing mix because it’s potential to drive traffic to your website is HUGE!
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When I first discovered Pinterest I couldn’t believe it’s brilliance in terms of an end user (I mean who doesn’t love collecting outfits & décor ideas or creating virtual Vision Boards right?)
Since discovering Pinterest I have found it incredibly useful as inspiration for content ideas and to find ideas for social media updates.
But I was still oblivious to it’s amazing potential to drive perpetual traffic to my websites until one of the blog posts I created for Contemporary Log Living started showing Pinterest shares in the thousands.
This article has over 29,000 Pinterest Shares and counting!
Suddenly I wanted to know everything I could to develop a Pinterest Marketing strategy for my business ventures and for my clients.
Pinterest takes time to work (like a search engine) and there is a TON of preparation work to create a solid foundation but when you start to build momentum with Pinterest it will reward you with perpetual traffic over and over again.
If you are looking for a new traffic source for your business in 2019 and beyond here’s 5 quick-start Pinterest marketing tips to help you get started.
Tip #1 : Get Good At Giving People What They Are Looking For
Pinterest recently posted from their Newsroom that it is now helping 250 million people find inspiration. Pinterest describes itself as a VISUAL DISCOVERY ENGINE and that’s a lovely way to introduce it’s unique combination of search engine capabilities (like Google) with ideas & inspiration in visual content.
Imagine you have a Facebook or Instagram page aimed at female entrepreneurs and you are looking to inspire them with an empowering quote. You might start searching on Google images where you will find a lot of popular empowering quotes for women.
You can also see sub-categories of the search term above the images such as “empowerment” and “self-motivation.”
Now wouldn’t it be a great idea if you could save the images you want to use to a digital Pinboard ….
Well, that’s EXACTLY what Pinterest lets you do!
You can create a free account, create a board called Empowering Quotes for Women and start saving all your searches to that board.
How handy-dandy is that!
But it gets better …
If you enter the same keyword phrase into Pinterest you will see all the empowering quotes other people have already pinned and you can start saving them to your new board too!
**Tip! Make a note of the sub-categories on Pinterest for all your keywords (and blog posts) for popular searches in the future.
With 2 million people posting to Pinterest every day (source Hootsuite) and an incredible total of 100 BILLION pins in total now hosted on Pinterest it makes complete sense to think about how you as a small business owner can make use of it for your business doesn’t it?
So let’s dive in a little deeper shall we?
Tip #2 : Convert Or Set Your Pinterest Account As A Business Account
Fill in your business name and website, then select a business type
Click Create account
If you get stuck Pinterest have some great help available which you can access by clicking here.
Tip #3 : Make Use Of Keywords In Your Profile And Verify Your Website
With Pinterest being a visual search engine, it’s all about the keywords.
So think very much like you would with your LinkedIN profile when it comes to your Pinterest profile.
Scatter keyword terms and phrases that people are searching for in your bio and verify your website.
If you have a WordPress website this process is made super-easy with a great little WordPress plug-in called Verify Ownership
Check your Pinterest statistics every month to make sure you are making progress and bring a smile to your face when you check your Google Analytics and see that Pinterest traffic source grow and grow over time.
Don’t expect overnight miracles here, just like with Google search engine traffic takes time.
Tip #4 : Create Compelling Board Descriptions
I hope you are now feeling really suited & booted about your new Pinterest business account ownership because treating Pinterest with the respect it deserves will repay you from now on time after time after time IF you do a few smart things to help you grow your following and create boards pins that attract plenty of attention.
Pinterest is an online space for people who love to PLAN things.
It might be a new diet or exercise plan, a new outfit or make-up tip, or a product or service they want to try in the future.
It’s a place where people dream big and feel inspired and it’s also one of the best places online to see what people are intending to spend money on.
So use Pinterest to SHARE ideas & inspiration about your products and services by creating a BOARD all about you and your business and PIN regularly to it.
With Contemporary Log Living we are planning on using Pinterest a LOT in 2019 so we’ve created a board for the website and made sure the description is a friendly one.
**Note that hashtags are GREAT for Pinterest too!
If you have been on Pinterest for a while as a user, spend some time writing descriptions for your boards and include some hashtags to help your boards get found on Pinterest.
Tip #5 : Post Your Own Content And Write Good Pin Descriptions
I know I did but I was perplexed by things like how to make a video the size of the Facebook page cover, what to put in it and what to make it with so when I finally accomplished the task I thought it might be useful to others.
I conquered the task with the brilliant video editing softwareANIMOTO.
I have been using Animoto for quite some time but when I found out how easy it to use their new ANIMOTO for short marketing videos I quickly found a way to make a great little video for both my You Tube Trailer and with a few edits my Facebook business pagethat I absolutely love up and running in less than half an hour.
Step 1. Start With A Storyboard In Mind & Select Your Content
In an ideal world you want your Facebook Business page video to tell the story of your page visually in less than 90 seconds.
Just like every great editing task like that you’ll probably start with too much and then edit it done for sharpness and clarity.
If you are anything like me, you’ve already got a TON of images lurking in your downloads and documents that will be perfect for your Facebook Video Cover or you can simply create new ones with our favourite graphic designing tool CANVA.COM
ANIMOTO will tell you how long your video will be overall as you add text, images and video on the storyboard.
As you can see I have 11 x images, 2 short live videos and a logo at the end which total a Storyboard of 1 minute 17 seconds (less than the 90 seconds allowed).
So your first task is to find 10 images that you want to include in your storyboard plus your logo for the end of the video if that is applicable for you and your brand.
*BONUS tip!* Find a royalty free image that has the Facebook “LIKE” button on or something to prompt the page like (which you are going to include in your Facebook Video Cover text overlays)
*SUPER BONUS tip!” Use 2 -3 video clips of yourself doing your “thing.” Animoto allows you to crop the video length to suit the overall length of your video.
Don’t be overly promotional with your video, it’s a “scene setter” for the type of content your page will be generating on a regular basis going forward.
Step 2. Upload Your Content Then Drag & Drop Into Blocks To Create Your Facebook Video Cover
Animoto currently allows you to add certain types of content in “blocks” they provide. These are the blocks of content that will feature your images, video and logo.
Select the best block for your choice of content and upload.
If you hover over your image block you will see a “SEE MORE” option under each block of content. This allows you to add TEXT and resize the image as required.
Select the “T” option to add your text.
The top line of the text will automatically be bigger than the second line (like a headline and sub headline) but you can easily resize either to fit the frame as required.
*Super important tips!
Use the MARKETING VIDEO creation option within ANIMOTO not the standard create video as only the marketing video will allow you to centre the text. This will be very important when your video goes to Facebook as your Facebook video cover because Facebook will resize it and you will not see any text if it is too high or too low.
*Use the enhance legibility option for text that will be easily read.
This will automatically add a transparent black background to white writing. This is very important to tell your story visually in words as most people will watch the video without sound. Statistics show that 85% of all videos on Facebook are watched without the sound on.
Step 3. Crop Your Video To Act As A Mini Trailer For Your Content
Creating mini trailers for your products and services, eclasses and content is a great habit to get into and allows you to put more visual content on social media in short snippets that people tend to like right now. Upload 2-3 of your mini videos to ANIMOTO and then hit the SEE MORE feature to start editing the video clip.
Then select the SCISSORS icon to cut the video to the right length.
For best effect think of a “cliff hanger effect” of saying just enough but in a slightly intriguing way.
Making sure people can see and hear you is a great way of connecting with people and demonstrate that your Facebook page is going to be delivering valuable content to your FB page followers.
Step 4. Content You May Want To Include In Your Facebook Video Cover
Your Facebook Video Cover is an ideal way to introduce what your Facebook page is all about.
Add to your video:-
Who you are (I’m _____)
What your brand is (I’m _____ and I’m the founder / author / creator of __________)
What you are going to be sharing with your audience (I’m going to teach you _________)
How often they can expect fresh new content from you.
Reiterate what your FB page and brand is all about. (benefit driven)
A Facebook “LIKE” image to ask for the page LIKE.
Add in a unique piece of content that is totally yours and yours only. (eg a method / formula)
Reiterate your uniqueness with benefit driven images & text.
Big up yourself a little bit (this is your chance to shine).
Ask for the page LIKE & add your website URL.
Remember this is something you need to be dedicated to fulfilling as part of building your brand and your business online. It takes commitment to keep a Facebook page flowing each and every day.
How To Create A Facebook Page Video Cover (How To Tutorial) Step 5. Bonus Tip! Adding Music
ANIMOTO has quite a library of music to add to your video and by pure chance the one that was pre-selected to my Facebook Video Cover was exactly as I would have wanted. But you can easily select a different tune by selecting the MUSIC ICON on the left hand side of the video editing area.
If you want a great resource for royalty free music to select from head over to AUDIO JUNGLE
It’s where you will find a massive choice of jingles, sound effects, intros and outros for all your video making.
When your video is ready, simply use the PREVIEW VIDEO option followed by the PRODUCE OPTION when you have completed your project. You will then be able to download it to desktop and then upload it as your new Facebook Video Cover.
Plan out your storyboard to tell “the story of your page”, who you are, what you will be sharing and what value your page will be bringing to your followers every week.
Use 2-3 short live video snippets to make your video “real” and about you and your brand. It will bring the whole thing to life.
Upload a mixture of images, videos and your logo to the editing area and put them in order to “tell your story.”
Make your video short, concise and engaging.
Ask for the page LIKE in a subtle way and use the MARKETING VIDEO option from ANIMOTO to centre your text. Your video must tell your story in words as most people will watch it without audio.
How To Get Followers On Twitter (Best Way Guaranteed)
Free Social Media Training Tip For Small Business Owners
How to get followers on Twitter? How to use Twitter for small business and how to get more followers on Twitter are the two most frequently asked questions I get from local small business owners to me and entrepreneurs who book my popular free consultations in the Shropshire area of the UK.
It seems Twitter still holds a fascination for most small business owners today when it comes to increasing their reach, making great connections, building their network and building their brand using social media.
Twitter is still the best platform in the social media space for PR, News and the ability to use the @mention feature that can literally put you in front of anyone on a daily basis.
It’s also a conversation tool preferred by celebrities who can simply share an update directly from their smart phone making it immensely personal and cutting edge.
Twitter is still the #1 tool on the web for the latest News from around the world and it’s still a brilliant social media platform for small business owners and entrepreneurs who use it effectively to get more targeted followers on Twitter.
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1. Start By Finding The Top Influencers In Your Niche
If you have been in your niche for a few years, the chances are you will know quite a few of the top influencers but I guarantee you will not know them all.
The easiest way to find out who the top influencers are in your niche is to use:-
This brilliant site will help you in many ways but for now let’s focus on how to get followers on Twitter with the emphasis on QUALITY over quantity. You ideally need to attract like minded followers and especially active followers to help establish good connections and build your network.
Enter a keyword or search term in the top right hand side of the page.
*NB make a note of all the related topics that show up in the RELATED TOPICS area directly beneath the search box for future use and to use to cross reference other influencers
2. Next Select The Influencers Tab
To find the top influencers in your niche select the INFLUENCERS tab from the menu and start following any of the influencers you are not already following.
Start by following 10 per day until you have followed all of the ones you resonate with.
This is the easiest way to start following the right connections and learning from people who are at the top of their game in your niche.
One of the benefits of social media is that you can literally see and follow everything top people in your niche “do” so that you can start to piece together your own social media strategy for your business by following a great example and then making it your own.
The focus is on connections and growing your network.
3. Daily Activities On A Consistent Basis Is The #1 Best Way Get More Followers On Twitter
The best way to grow your Twitter following and get more Twitter followers is to do something every day.
Twitter is going to restrict you on how many people you can follow each day but by following 20 -30 like-minded people every day you can build your following by 1,000 new followers a month.
I personally follow the original Twitter etiquette of if someone follows you, then follow back (with the obvious exceptions of weird, odd, naked or psycho looking Twitter profiles) but I certainly would recommend that Twitter is all about connectivity so connect!
Other daily activities you should be focused on making part of your daily networking routine include:-
Follow 10 influencer Twitter accounts.
Like 10 Tweets on Twitter every day.
Review and respond to all messages, comments and direct messages (where appropriate)
Actively seek out great content to share.
Recommend people using the #FF or #FollowFriday Twitter trend.
Thank people for RT’s, mentions or shares.
Study and make note of which hashtags are used most often by people in your niche.
If you are growing a network locally search by location to connect with people in your local network too.
Post great original content.
Use the @mention function to attract influencers attention to something you shared that may mention them in a positive way or quote them. An RT from one of them can be very influential to you too.
4. The Best Tip I’ve Ever Seen About How To Get More Followers On Twitter
Obviously people are not going to follow you back if you never post anything or if what you post is not attractive to your ideal clients, customers or potential connections but in general one of the best tips I’ve ever used for building a Twitter following is to:-
Follow at least 20-30 people today who are already following one of the top influencers in your niche.
For example one of the stand out heroine’s in my niche is the beautiful and very talented Ali Brown.
I’ve been following her for years but the principle is the same in any niche.
Go to your top influencers Twitter profile.
Select the “Followers” tab.
Carefully start adding 20-30 people from the Followers of your top influencers Twitter profile.
For best results go to each profile and make sure they are active on Twitter.
Chances are they will follow you back (which is where your social media strategy comes into play.)
5. Bonus Tip!
If you use Hootsuite to manage Twitter (and if you don’t use it yet, you should, it’s brilliant!).
You can create a Twitter List for all your top influencers within your Twitter account.
Then simply add a new stream to your Hootsuite dashboard for all the updates from your top influencers list and voila you have a handy way to follow what they are all doing on a day to day basis to grow their Twitter fan base and their brand.
Summary On How To Get More Followers On Twitter
Growing your Twitter following the right way is a daily essential task as you grow your social media presence.
Twitter will restrict how many people you can add every day as an anti-spam measure. (Good on you Twitter!)