5 months later here is part 2. HA! Thanks for being patient. If you missed part one…..stop and go read! Then come back to this one. In this post I want to talk alittle more behind the scenes and in-depth. Remember these are all MY thoughts and opinions and what has either worked and not worked for me.
Media Kits. Last year at this time I remember messaging a friend and asking what the heck was a media kit?! Let start by saying I am AWFUL at computers. Horrible. Im just old enough we really didnt work with them much in school…..and I did hair. So didnt use them at my job. So here we are. HA! I work on social media not having a clue what I am doing. Anyway…..a media kit is something you will need if you want to work with companies. Its basically your resume for social media. Some companies ask for them but most dont. It would have your stats. Pictures you have taken. Companies that you have worked with in the past. Rates. And a short bio. I found Zine online (free) and you plug in your info and it makes one for you. So when a company asks for one you copy and paste a link. Done.
Loop Giveaways. Here is where we get alittle iffy. Lets start by saying yes I have done them. Early on I did them to help grow my account a few times. Make sure if you are doing them with a good organizer/account. Maybe message some friends and ask for them to recommend a trustworthy account. Giveaways….you spend $30-50 and people entering follow you along with 50 other accounts for a chance to win a prize. Do you gain followers. Yes. Will you loose a lot once the giveaway is over? Yes. Here are my thoughts…..Once I hit 25k I stopped totally doing them. I wasnt growing. At all. My engagement sucked. I would do a giveaway and then that next week it was crickets on my account. Also it doesnt help you have to repost the giveaway post 2-3 times….and each time they will get very few likes/engagement. Thats only hurting your account more. Instagram sees you posting and nothing happening on that post. So next time you post a good picture they probably wont show it to many people. Here is the thing…..you want REAL followers that WANT to follow YOU. You want them there for you and not for a chance to win a Ikea couch. I really do think they are great in your 10-thousands. 10-20k. Get your account noticed. But you also want engagement. If your goal is to work with companies that is what they are looking for. You might have 15k and have amazing engagement…..you might get a “job” over someone with 120k and crappy engagement. DO NOT do the “secret” giveaways that you spend $500 and gain 10k. WHY??!! So now you have all of these “followers” that arent even real. You will get emails for this! Moral of the story. The number doesnt matter. It doesnt. Focus on your true following. The people that are there for YOU. Focus more on your engagement (how many times can I say that word) you can find that % either on your ZIne media kit or Social Blade. Social blade is a online tool that gives you your stats. Im sure that there will be people that do not agree with this. But I know for a fact and when I stopped doing them I grew. It has taken me almost 4 years to get 100k. My account didnt blow up over night like some do. But I know that my followers are here for me.
Be Social! Make friends! This platform is truly amazing and the friends I have made here is priceless. Get out there. Whats nice about this is even if you are shy no one might know! Get out of your comfort zone. But something else…..you will have jerks. Luckily I have ran into very few. But be prepared. People are jealous. People are bored. People are just plan weird. HA! Try to have thick skin. I blocked someone just today bc they were trying to make me feel bad. Just a bad person. Your block button just might be your new BFF. Just get rid of them before they get to you.
Hope you enjoyed part 2!! Part 3 will be coming soon!