Three tips to take your Instagram account to the next level

If you’ve joined me over on Instagram you would have seen my three tips for taking your Instagram account to the next level. 

Here’s a wrap-up of what I covered.

  1. ROCK your biography. This is your chance to highlight what it is you do. Use strong words and make sure the link drives traffic to your product or service AND you’ve referred to it in your most recent post.
  2. Style your posts. Check out our feed as an example.  Keep it consistent, don’t make it too hard to replicate (remember you’re going to be using this style day-in and day-out!) and make sure it’s easy on the eye. No harsh colours or hard to read fonts. 
  3. Use other apps to UP your game. There are so many apps out there to make the most of your images. My current favourite app? Adobe Spark. It takes your images to the next level! 

 

If you like these tips and you’re trying to decide which channel best suits you sign up to the “Which Social Media Channel is for Me” service. Alternatively, if you’re looking for more direction on Instagram or Facebook why not sign up to our Social Media Audit. 

 

Wrap-up of my FriYAY Instagram LIVE session

If you didn’t see yesterday afternoon’s FriYAY chat over on Instagram never fear, I’ll be hosting another FRIYAY chat on the 28th at 5.00 PM!

Here’s a summary of what you missed from yesterday.

PURSUIT LAUNCHES ONLINE OFFERINGS!
That’s right, here on this very website I’ve now listed 11, yes 11, different services for you to choose online and book.

If you’ve been asked to improve the awareness of your company’s brand, build a social channel or you’re looking for an engaging speaker, there’s something there for you!

Click here to see the offerings, book a session and see how your business can benefit.

Blogs / podcasts:

Next up I covered just some of the podcasts and blogs I listened to or read this week.
*I’m purchasing Mark Schaefer’s book KNOWN after listening to his talk from #SMMW17. It had that much of an impact on me. I shared my key takeaway points about his presentation.

* Guy Kawasaki is an evangelist who also spoke at SMMW17, if you can listen to any of his previous talks I highly recommend it.

*The podcast regarding Instagram advertising is from Social Media Examiner – featuring Jenn’s Trends.

General news:

Finally, I covered three hot topics
*See my post on the Pursuit Facebook page about Mindy Kaling’s non-brand advertisement. I think it’s a winner.
*475 Visas and PR and marketing space, I shared my thoughts on this topic.
*LOGIES Weekend! Watch out #Melbourne I talked about who might nab the TV WEEK Gold Logie.

That’s a wrap – have a great weekend!
See you all next week at 5 PM FRIDAY on INSTAGRAM

Launch of my FREE Consultation

On the PURSUIT COMMUNICATIONS Instagram account this morning I announced the LAUNCH of my FREE 10-minute consultation offering.

I’ve created this for those of you out there who aren’t quite sure if PR is right for your business, but you’re hesitant to speak to someone because you think you may be corralled into a campaign.

Perhaps you’ve tried PR before but it didn’t quite achieve what it was your were after and you know you have to do something to get your business out there, but how? Social media? PR? A combination?

Ask Pursuit.

So what are you waiting for?

It’s obligation free and you’ll get some great tips to take with you to drive your business to the next level.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK 

La La Land & Public Relations

n the 2016 film La La Land, one of the first songs is “Someone in the Crowd”. If you haven’t seen the film or heard the song, do yourself a favour, and have a quick listen. (Note: link opens Spotify)

While listening to the song on my way to a meeting, I found some very clear comparisons between the song and public relations and it’s not hard to see some of the connections.
You got the invitation You got the right address
If you’re on the guest list, you’re well on your way to connecting with those who will help you get to where you want. You may think at that particular point “what am I doing here?”, you never know, in the future, you may just thank your “past self”!

A little chance encounter
Could be the one you’ve waited for

We’ve all been at events where we meet that one person, who is exactly who we needed to meet. Whether it’s someone who can connect you with someone else or indeed the person you’ve tried to track down, that “Someone in the crowd” could be at that party, business event or even at your local coffee shop!

Tonight we’re on a mission
Tonight’s the casting call
If this is the real audition
Oh, God, help us all

Everyone has a goal at every event they attend. It might be as simple as having a good time, however in the business world, attending an event usually has a purpose. If you’re there to network, catch-up with some business associates or to introduce a new contact to some of your contacts, there’s a goal to meet and it’s always “the real audition” so it’s vital you present your best self!

You make the right impression
Then everybody knows your name
We’re in the fast lane

This is relatively easy to “translate”. If you present your best self, the word of mouth recommendations will “speak for themselves”. (sorry bad pun!) Once you’ve made that great first impression, you’ll be on your way to success.

Someone in the crowd could be the one you need to know
The one to finally lift you off the ground
Someone in the crowd could take you where you wanna go

Finally, that someone in the crowd could be the person you’ve been looking to meet. If you see someone standing on their own at an event, go and talk to them, you never know how they might be able to help you in taking you to where you want to go!

Key takeaway points:

*GO to that event, you may not feel like, but you never know who you’ll meet and how they might be able to help.

*Always present your BEST self. Just because you may be seeing some of the same faces, it’s no excuse to slack off in your appearance.

*Don’t forget the incredible value of word-of-mouth referrals. You make the right impression one, that one person has the potential to increase your business ten-fold. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals or indeed a recommendation on LinkedIn.

If you’re thinking about GROWING your profile look at my “Grow with PR” session  it could be the next best step you make for your business. 

 

Issues Management 101

Issues management, it’s enough to make any manager feel ill. Below, we’ve shared some of our top tips for managing an issue when it arises.

Rule 1 – Always have a plan. Get your team together and block out an entire day (yes, you’ll need this long) to consider all possible scenarios that could go wrong at your business. Then come up with a plan for these scenarios. You’ll find that at its core, you’ll have the same basic methodology, it’s simply the messaging or communication that will change. (We can help with that!)

Rule 2- Ensure everyone – yes EVERYONE knows what these plans are, when a new employee starts, induct them with some training which includes issues management. Sure they may never be directly involved, but, preparation is the key.

Rule 3- Update, Update, Update – Every 6-12 months, refresh these plans. Staff may move on, systems may change. Keep it current.

Rule 4 – If it’s related to social media employ the KISS technique. There’s no need to go over the top on social media, be authentic, short and to the point. (for more on social media no-no’s read this)

Rule 5 – Remember we can assist with your issues management planning and management. Contact us today.

Obama’s social success

As The President’s reign comes to an end, it seems apt to look at some of the social media tricks that Obama does well.

Presenting a focused and clear message – Remember Hope?

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It’s a one word slogan that created buzz and worked to build Obama’s profile.

Authenticity – Obama signs off social media posts, authored by him with -BO anything else is tagged appropriately. That way the audience knows who has written what and takes the post to the next level of engagement.

Empower those that support you  – celebrities including Oprah, Bradley Cooper and Tiger Woods have all met Obama and through their own ways their support has further promoted Obama’s profile.

Three very simple ways your business can succeed online.

If you’d like assistance with your social media presence, contact us TODAY. 

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How to catch up after a break

So recently I was on leave for a dear friend’s wedding.

While I was keeping an eye on things during my “leave” the inbox I returned to wasn’t the one that I left.

With numerous subscription emails, emails from clients and then a few from friends to deal with I thought I’d share a few of my tips that helped me get through the jungle that was my inbox.

  1. Prioritise – Quickly scan through your emails and see what has to be dealt with as a priority. Create folders if that helps and put emails in folders accordingly
  2. Delete – Any subscription emails that really aren’t relevant, just delete.
  3. Email your clients – As soon as you’re back on deck, send your clients / customers / colleagues an email notifying them that you’re back on deck and making your way through emails and you’ll be in touch regarding their initial email shortly.
  4. Friends last – Sorry, I know this really isn’t ideal, BUT it will give you something to look forward to at the end of the day or as soon as you’ve completed all your other tasks.

So there you have it.

A few quick and dirty tips to help you manage your inbox.

“Use page as…”

If you manage more than one page on Facebook, you’ll have noticed that the “use page as…” feature has gone.

At the time of writing this, Facebook hadn’t addressed this. Which is very disappointing. To be able to comment on posts as the page, without having to like those pages on a personal account made life so much easier.

It seems that Facebook is trying to drive engagement through “Pages Feed”.

If you look on the left hand side of a page that you manage you’ll see this… (image below!)

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If you click on this, you’ll then go to a new screen and see this

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Despite the fact that the page may have already “liked” pages, this new step is encouraging a different type of engagement.

Only time will tell if Facebook will bring back the “use page as…” feature.

What are your thoughts?