Networking on the Gram 101

Instagram is one of the best social media platforms for networking when done properly.

For networking to work properly both parties should mutually benefit.

Below are my tips for reaching out to others to collaborate and do the popular shout out for shoutout (sfs).

1) Do your homework.

Make sure any page that you want to collaborate with is in the same market.

For example, if your page is based on selling weight loss products, you may not want to reach out to a popular shoe page. Their followers would not benefit from your information if they have targeted their audience properly.

Think of pages that would complement your current market so it's mutually beneficial.

2) Don't cold contact.

Engage with the page before you attempt to do any networking.

One of my personal pet peeves is for someone to ask for a sfs out of the blue.

If I've never seen you on my page whether it be with likes or comments, I'm not interested. Many pages have loyalty shoutouts for people who are often active, or with simple engagement, they may find your content interesting enough to share without you needing to ask to be shared.

3) Check contact methods.

DM, KIK and Email are popular forms of contact for IG, but some pages don't like to receive DM messages or perhaps track all of their information through email contact.

The preferred contact method will often be listed in their bio, take the time to check it out.

Oftentimes, when you reach out and no response is received you may not have used the proper contact method.

4) Make sure your page is ready for the prospective followers/clients.

If you only post every 2-3 days, you don't have a very active page.

From a collab standpoint, if your page won't equally contribute to the process, you should wait until your page is up to it.

It's not always about how many followers you have to be beneficial.

Many new pages that are actively putting the effort into their brand and following have more active followers than say a larger page that doesn't interact well.

Hope these were helpful, happy branding, let me know if you have any questions!!! Check out The Ultimate Guide to Instagram 2.0 for more strategies on how to grow your Instagram page.

Cici

Why Do You Need A Business Coach?

do you need a business coach

So, you see them all around the internet. Marketing, Business and Brand Coaches. What exactly is their purpose and do you need one?

First of all coaches are great, if you have the right fit. Coaches are a great sounding board but overall I feel their purpose is to help guide you.

For Business coaching, if this is your first business and you're lost on where to begin in regards to making profits, displaying your information, turning interested parties into sales, you may want to consider a coach. A coach will help you form a plan and be able to give you an unbiased set of eyes to look at your business. Oftentimes using family as a sounding board or for constructive criticism can be counterproductive. You need truthful answers in how to develop your business. Most family members may feel hard pressed to tell you an idea won't work. On the other hand maybe your family doesn't support you.

Having a great coach will help you sort through what ideas are feasible and which are better left on the drawing room floor. Coaches can provide accountability for actions as well as give you deadlines that left unchecked you may give yourself slack on. They can create a plan for you to follow but also make changes along the way that will help you step out of your comfort zone, but also adapt to your needs.

Be mindful. Not all coaches have the same teaching style and you need someone you can work with over an extended period of time. If you personalities don't mesh well, don't feel as if you have to make it work. Find someone else. Do your research, and know there is nothing wrong with getting help.

On your road to success,a coach is just one of the many tools you can use to make your business profitable. My 90 Day Coaching program is now open, you need a coach to take you to the next level click here! Don't end 2016 the way you began it, invest in your business today. Click here for more information.

 

How I Started Making Money Online...

Before I became the six figure chick, or even had dreams of six figure anything I was just like many of you. In a job that didn't care about me, no chances of growing with the company because I could barely stand coming in each day, making just enough money to live paycheck to paycheck, and overall just not very happy. Making ends meet seemed to mean after giving a place I didn't like more time than I spent with my family every two weeks there was still barely enough in my bank account to treat someone to the 2 for $20 at Applebee's. Bills got paid, but I wasn't living, I was simply getting by. Sound familiar?

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