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Reels round-up: What I learned from 31 days of posting video clips to Instagram

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed that, for the month of July, my Reels output was OFF THE SCALE.

Earlier in the summer, I decided to set myself a little challenge. I wanted to find out if posting more Reels to my account would result in more engagement and more followers.

In June, I committed to posting between two to three Reels every week (backed up by several static posts, of course). I saw a noticeable uplift in my stats; it was one of the best months ever in terms of ho…

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Instagram Reels vs. TikTok

When it comes to getting better engagement from social media, video is the format that’s going to get you the best results, both now and in the future.

The people behind the world’s biggest social platforms know this, which is why many of them have started incorporating more video-driven features into their sites in recent years.

Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter – they’ve all started featuring video more prominently. Even Pinterest has launched a Promoted Videos option to help marketers a…

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Clubhouse and the craze for audio-only social content

Have you heard of Clubhouse?

If you follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me mention this innovative audio-only social platform a few times already.

For years, we’ve all been thinking of social media content as something we can see – not necessarily something we can hear. But Clubhouse has turned that idea on its head by basing its entire proposition on audio chat between its users.

Clubhouse lets you listen in to conversation and interviews between different people on pretty much a…

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Our top 5 LinkedIn tips for new business owners

You’ve done it!

Whether by choice or by circumstance, you’re now the proud owner of a business – and you’re ready to start getting your exciting new venture out there.

But where do you start?

LinkedIn.

Every. Time.

Because when it’s managed correctly, LinkedIn can be such a powerful platform for start-ups in virtually all sectors.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a management consultant, an online retailer, a plumber or a cake maker – there will be an audience for you on this hugely popular soc…

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Is it time to streamline your social media presence?

We’re constantly being told that promoting ourselves via social media is one of the most effective ways to get our name out there and snag some lovely new customers. And it absolutely is – as long as we’re targeting the right audience, and we’re active on the platforms where our ideal clients actually hang out!

As a full-time social media manager, I come across a lot of business owners who think they need to be constantly posting across every platform going. But the fact is, not every network i…

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Are you making the most of Facebook?

You might already be active on Facebook, and you may get the odd enquiry from your profile now and then – but I bet you’re not using this platform fullest potential.

Showing up isn’t enough. To really get the most from your Facebook marketing campaign, you need to be making the most of the network’s many incredible features.

Here, I’m going to talk you through five tips and tactics I often share with clients who are keen to grow their Facebook following.

How to use Facebook for marketing your…

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5 top tips to help you create a head-turning LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn has been a hot topic in my networking circles lately. It’s the social media site that’s often the most useful for business owners – but in my experience, it’s also the one that confuses them the most!

I was recently asked to present at a Pop Connect event, and because I always want my talks to deliver as much value as possible, I ran a poll that asked my networking colleagues which social media platform they needed the most help with. Instagram, Facebook and Twitter were definite conte…

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What is TikTok, and why should your business be using it?

It started life as a ‘lip-synching’ app in 2017, but TikTok has grown rapidly to become the most popular short form video sharing app on the web. It allows users to create and edit snappy clips on virtually any topic, then overlay their quick film with music and other special effects to come up with something totally unique.

The great thing about TikTok is it promotes fun, authentic snapshots into users’ lives. Unlike Instagram – which is scattered with #ads and ultimately much more tuned in wi…

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How to find the right hashtags for your posts

What are hashtags, and why are they important?

Hashtags were first introduced by Twitter, but are now used across pretty much all social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and TikTok.

They are digital labels that provide you with a way of categorising your social media posts according to particular themes and topics.

By hashtagging words and phrases correctly, you can:

  • Make sure your content is discoverable
  • Increase exposure for yourself or your business
  • Publicly con…

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Which social media channels will bring you the best results for your business?

It’s a question that’s on the tip of every business owner’s tongue during my Power Hours!

Sadly, it’s not one I can answer straightaway. (Sorry!). But by discussing the pros and cons of the main social media platforms, and introducing you to the typical audience profile of each network, I can help you decide which platforms are worth your time and energy and which ones probably won’t be a great fit for your marketing strategy right now.

How do you work out which social media platform is best f…

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