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

7 Things I've Learned This Year to Reach Over $375,000 In Sales

7 Things I've Learned This Year to Reach Over $375,000 In Sales

#1- Walk away when you need to, everything isn't meant to last forever. 

I love my first brand It Starts With Juice but it's past time to let it go and focus my efforts on The Six Figure Chick and the Business Elite.

The harder I try to make it fit into what I do now, the more it becomes work, it feels forced, and it takes the joy out of why I started it. Even though I could make myself devote some time to it, it's best for me to let go. Everything is not meant to last forever so know when to shift.

Read More

Top Instagram Mistakes, How to Correct, How to Avoid Them

top instagram mistakes and how to avoid them

Top IG Mistakes

How to Correct, How to Avoid

1.  Making Your Instagram Account Private

The ideal situation is for followers to find your Instagram page, like, comment, and eventually become a customer/client. A private page is a turn off for one main reason. Why should I be forced to follow just to see a product you want to sell?

Instagram can be viewed as one big window shopping experience when it comes to businesses, there are many potential followers that may find you through tags or referrals. They may like or comment on your content, there are still more who may never follow but will still utilize your services. A private page halts all activity that can be beneficial. Unless someone is just adamant to know what you offer, most will leave a private page quickly.

Private requests also have to be approved, which depending on when it was sent can take up to a day to receive an approval. When was the last time you waited a day to view something and still remembered or wanted it?

2. Posting images too close together.

Posts should be allowed to “breathe” so to speak. Most comments or likes will occur in the first hour. Keep in mind that you are not the only account being followed. Posting images too close together limits the exposure a certain pic may receive as well as you push your own content down. No one likes to feel spammed either, it a page posts 5-10 images back to back most are likely to feel overwhelmed and often unfollow. Schedule at least an hour to two in between posts.

3. Ignoring comments.

No one likes to feel ignored.  That’s the long and short if it. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 or 50,000 followers, you should carve out time to answer their comments as much as you can. Of course some can’t be avoided, i.e. a customer posts on an image 56 weeks old and you never see it. For the majority make it a point at least once a week, to review your last week of images for new comments that may have been missed. Even if its a few days, a potential client will appreciate the effort over never getting a response.

4. Inconsistent or Repetitive.

A double-edged sword here, you can under post as well as overpost. Presenting a clear, stable view of your business is ideal. It builds trust and consistency. People buy from brands that they feel comfortable and secure with. There should not be days, much less weeks without new content being posted. Present a varied view,pushing your services is ok, but focus on the overall customer experience. A page that is Buy, Buy, Buy won’t achieve the desired effect and seems quite disingenuous.

5.Hashtags.

Hashtags and business go hand in hand. Instagram is made for hashtags. It opens your posts to the widest audience. People search hashtags more than they search people. Relevant tags will draw the right people to your page.

Looking over this list what are some things you see can be improved your page? Leave any questions below! To learn more, head over to The Ultimate Guide to Instagram!



 

30+ Content Ideas For Instagram and Periscope

Hey, hey, hey!!

We're talking about content today which I've heard can be the bane of an online business if you are stumped for ideas! If you missed the Periscope class you can grab the 45-minute class and full 36 idea list here:

30+ Content Ideas For Your Online Brand.

From the feedback on the class here are the top four content prompts you can use to grow your audience and influence in the coming weeks.

#1- Top Accounts In Your Niche Market.

Sharing top accounts works well by acknowledging people you admire and want to share with your audience. In some cases pages, you highlight may return the favor, and it's a win-win situation for everyone. 

#2-Behind the Scenes as A Full-Time and Part-Time Entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is different for everyone. Many people are interested in the day to day happenings. They use these as inspiration and tips for managing their own time. Show how you set your day up, what are daily tasks, how do you manage your time, projects you're working on, etc.

#3-  Why do you use Periscope/Instagram for your brand and what others can learn.

People watch success from afar and wonder how they can implement certain habits others have used to increase their success. Sharing why you use certain platforms and how you utilize them provides your audience with an opportunity to share what works for you in some cases it allows you to receive motivation from your audience. 

#4- The Last Book I Read...

Readers are leaders, share with your audience what's gracing your bookshelves or books you want to read. Great books are another conversation starter that can increase engagement on your page.

Need more ideas? Click here:

https://sixfigchick.samcart.com/products/30-content-ideas-periscope-and-list/ for 32 more ideas and video! 

Happy Content Planning! 

30 plus content ideas for periscope and instagram

4 Plans Every Business Should Have

4 plans every business should have

Beginning a business can come with what seems to be an overwhelming to do list. Some may want to skip corners and just complete the bare minimum, which in my opinion just makes more work in the long run. I have narrowed down what I consider to be 4 essential plans to have in place when your goal is for your small business to succeed.

Listed below is an overview:

The Business Plan

What are the what, whens, hows, and whys of your business? Having this plan detailed and in place gives your brand/business direction, as well as focus. Need a business plan template?

The Branding Plan

What is your brand identity?What is your brand voice? What need does your brand fill? How do you want to be viewed  by potential clients or other businesses?

The Marketing Plan

You have great products, but how do you get them to your ideal client, better even who is your ideal client? What is your market niche? What ways do you advertise to be the most effective? This plan will help you ensure that your product is being seen by the ones who need and will buy it.

The Profit Plan

Putting it altogether, how will you be profitable? What are your profit goals and how will you achieve them?

Do you need help creating one of the above plans for your business? Contact Me.

6 Facts You Should Know About Hashtags

There are many different opinions on how to use hashtags for effective growth and I wanted to throw my hat in the ring.


I've been growing on Instagram for the last 3 years with my primary business @itstartswithjuice. It has reached over 205K followers and hashtags have played a major role in consistent growth. When I began The Six Figure Chick just over a year ago, having my tags together were part of my launch strategy. The page has reached over 117,000 followers. I used the same hashtag strategy for @richchicksociety and it has reached over 17,000 followers in the last 6 months. 


So why do hashtags play such an important part in growth?

Here are two reasons hashtags are great:


1) Free advertising.
Hashtags are a great way to get your content in front of people seeking exactly what you offer. Many people follow hashtags all day long to find new inspiration, products, to check reviews and so many other things. With the right hashtags you are placed in front of those people whether it's hair styles, branding products, new shoes, or restaurant reviews you can be seen for free.


2) Consistency and User Generated Content
Posting on Instagram on a daily basis can be a daunting task, even more so if you post 2-3 times per day. We know being visible on a regular basis is important but what about those days you just can't come up with anything?

Hashtags to the rescue again! Creating your own custom tags that your audience can use to post their own related content will grow your influence and provide credibility to your brand. Customer endorsements build your business faster than most advertising strategies will due to them being genuine and organic. The bonus is you get content that you can also share on your page and your community will grow.

Win-win.

4 Facts You Should Know About Hashtags.

1. You can only use 30 hashtags on a post. The tags you use in the caption and in the comments count towards the 30 max.

2. Hashtags on private pages will not show up, of course your business page should not be on private anyways so in case you needed another reason why, here you go.

3. You should review/update your hashtags every 60-90 days. Instagram grows quickly so you want to stay on top of which tags work for your page and use them consistently.

4. Hashtags that you add in other pages comments don't work, you can only tag your own posts.

Get the Ultimate Guide to Hashtags!

Get the Ultimate Guide to Hashtags!


Are you rethinking hashtags? Grab the Ultimate Guide for more tips and defined hashtags for top businesses on Instagram. Need help deciding on any or with growing your Instagram page, I have spaces open for Fix My IG, Cici audits. Click here to get started with one.

We are over halfway to the 500 business goal for the Beginners Build Your Brand Bundle, the price will increase to $97 once it's reached so save $50 and invest in the 7 class bundle today.Click here to get your bundle.

Until next time!

Cici