A few year's ago when businesses all got on board the Facebook Page Frenzy, many were unsure how to go about introducing their page or product to others and went about it the wrong way by liking other pages, and then proceeding to "crap" all over the other businesses' pages with posts about their own business. Needless to say this was most annoying and unwanted by professional business owners who had pride in the appearance of their business pages on Facebook.
Well today I discovered that this practice of "seagulling" (Term created by the fabulous Karen Gunton from Build A Little Biz) sadly still exists. After a weekend off over Easter I discovered two posts from another business on my page, marketing their own page with no purpose other than to somehow get me to "pop over and like their page"?? No Thanks!
"Spam is meant for a can... so keep that shit off my page" John O'Callaghan
Other Options other than Seagulling:
There are many ways in which you can use Social Media to gain a larger audience, but "crapping" on pages is unacceptable and will turn businesses away or most likely inspire them to block or report you to Facebook which could result in a temporary ban or closure of your Facebook Page - not the result you were after!
So what can you do to encourage others that you may know to visit your page if you are getting started or just trying to reach 25 likes so you can gain a Facebook Page Username? 5 Easy Ideas on how to get the first 25 Likes to your Page:
- An oldy but an easy.... Invite your personal Facebook friends to like your page.
- If you know other business owners and think your business can compliment each other, visit their page, but send them a personal message through the message button, not on their wall. Explain a little bit about your business and how you think you could work together. Do not just promote your own business unnecessarily.
- Include your Facebook address on all outgoing information, email signatures, marketing work, letters etc.
- Ensure you have social plugins to Facebook added to your Website or Blog so social media users can easily just click on the "Like Button"
- Email your client list or send a new email to potential customers whom you know and introduce yourself and your business. (Do not add names to an email database if they have not given you approval.)
Example of Facebook Page Spamming "Seagulling" and where to find the drop down box to delete, or Report/Mark as Spam.
Instagram For Business by Judi Gray
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Instagram is a mobile phone based app for iphone products & android systems. Instagram allows users to create a profile and share images that predominately taken on their phones, uploaded to Instagram, then cropped to a square shape with the options of editing the images. Users view a home page of images provided by those they have followed or friends of theirs. The Instagram App is free to download from the Appstore or GooglePlay. Instagram was purchased by Facebook in April 2012 and has since made some improvements, for example, the photo feed is now available to view on your PC. Creating An Instagram Profile:
You will require a username (similar also to Twitter). I recommend if you are using Instagram for Business Purposes, you use your Company Name if you are representing the company, alternatively for personal use, use your personal name or a varient of. Instagram Privacy:
Users create their profiles I recommend private for personal usage, which only allows your Instagram friends to view your profile and images & open for business usage so everyone can view your pictures. Image Hash Tags:
To create interest, users use #Hashtags attached to all of their posts (similar to Twitter) (See More on Hash Tags Here)
. For Example a business would always tag themselves e.g. #mybusiness and to tag someone else in the post, eg someone you want to link to your image you use the @symbol - much the same as Facebook.
“ I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good" – Anonymous
Photography is fun! If you don't like taking images or generally don't notice the beautiful things in the world around you - hand this job to someone who does, someone with a creative eye.
Business's may wonder what type of images they should post to Instagram. Consumers always love to see your products, but don't overload them with them.
A few ideas to get you started:
1. Behind the Scenes - show your work office, the set-up of a photo shoot, the creative process in making a product, not always just the finished result. Users will feel like they get an "inside look to how your business works"
2. Introduce your employees - images of your employees do not need to be boring - showcase their favourite desk items, pair of shoes, or projects they are working on.
3. Preperation - are you preparing for a project? Show the finished product of your work along with the work involved.
4. What are you doing? - Are you attending a conference, meeting someone new from another business - why not showcase their businesses as well? Take a photo of your favorite funky coffee shop and share. Food Images are always popular also. Always remember to add the information of where the image was taken so credit can be given to the photographed business.
5. Sneak-Peek's - offer consumers a sneak-peek into your upcoming product launches or projects. Let them feel like an insider!
Let Us know how you go! List your links in the Comment's Below.
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World_Magazine Instagram Post.
I first started using Instagram regularly for personal use last year after taking a family trip to Western Australia. I wanted a way of sharing photos of the places we had visited, without sharing them with everyone on my Personal Facebook Page. For me, Instagram was the perfect option. It was easy to take images directly on my phone, upload them with a short description or tag the location the image was taken at. My Instagram account was only available for view by my closest friends and family and it was so easy to use.
Since this, I have enjoyed Instagram as a "stress free" viewing option in the evenings. Instagram is easy to flick through on my phone and view beautiful images & interesting stories all within a photograph. Pictures really do tell a thousand words and the more creative you can be, the more Interesting Instagram can be.
This is the first installment on Instagram from Blue Bird Internet Marketing & Social Meida. It will be followed by further articles on how to use Instagram for Business as well as other tips hints and a new Monthly Blog Post which will be titled "Inspire Two" which will feature two images and users that I have been following on Instagram and one of their recent images/stories that has caught my eye.
Who Are You Loving on Instagram? Let us know in the Comments Section Below - or share the #hashtags you search the most
So click click click away!
Have any recommendations of Users you love on Instagram or favorite #hashtags? Let us know in the comments below.
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So it happens to the best of us... every now and then some pathetic individual or spammer decides to make inappropriate or unwanted comments on your precious Facebook Business Page - which quite honestly is a pain in the you know what!
Instead of just deleting their unwanted comment, why not block the user alltogether? Its a very easy process and this is how it is done:
1. Find the unwanted comment on your Facebook Business Page.
2. Hover over the comment and in the top right corner of the comment you will see a small cross appear. Click on this cross. (shown in photo below) it will say mark as spam once you have clicked on the cross.
3. You will then get another small message from facebook saying that "You've hidden this comment so that the person who wrote it and their friends can see it still" It offers a choice to undo the action of hiding the comment or to ban the user... Click on Ban User (see Below)
4. The final screen message will say that you have "Deleted the comment so that no one can see it" It then offers an option to report the comment as abusive - this is totally up to you. It also gives confirmation that the particular user has been banned from your page - YEY! (See Image below)
If you are would just like to remove a certain person from your business page that has not commented on anything, but is a liker, just send me an email at email@example.com
and I can talk you through it.