Keep Your Emails Fresh and Exciting With These 3 Tips

A lot of times, we as business owners get into a tired routine of sending out the same emails to our email lists. These emails oftentimes lack innovation or a real and engaging voice, and they are usually ignored by customers.

When putting together a great promotional email, you have to take into consideration what your customers are thinking when they open their inbox every day. Even more important, think about what makes you open an email in your own inbox. Is it a catchy subject line? Great deals? Interesting content?

As it turns out, it’s a combination of all of these things. Find out how you can revamp your email strategy, with these three tips.

Craft Engaging Subject Lines

Your subject line is where you have the first opportunity to either reel in customers and convince them to open your email, or turn them away off of what you’re trying to sell to them. So how do you create a subject line that’s enticing to people?

There are lots of different ways to approach your subject line, but one of the most effective ways is to craft a subject line that leads customers directly into your email. Usually, this involves a question, like “Want to know a secret?” or “Have you seen these deals?” It can also be a tantalizing line, like “You’ll never believe these prices” or even broadcasting the promotion directly in the subject line, such as “Get 40% off these great products.” Create a great subject line, and you can lead your customers into opening your email.

Give It A Voice

How do you write the content that fills your promotional emails each time they’re sent out? Do you write in a way that’s strictly sales-minded, or do you try to make them more casual?

Most people, especially those from the millennial generation and younger, are gravitating toward businesses who have found a voice that sounds like how they communicate with each other. What does that mean? Well, it’s all about authenticity. While many people might think the younger generation is obsessed with fake online personas, they actually care more about real, authentic experiences than you might think.

One of the most important things for people to feel when you’re trying to sell a product to them is a sense of authenticity. Write your emails like your trying to form a relationship with your customer, not in a way that makes it seem like you only care about selling to them.

Lead Them To What They Care About

As anyone who does email marketing knows, the email is only the beginning of selling to a customer; you also have need to convince them to click through to a landing page on your website.

One of the obvious ways to lead a customer to your website is through a CTA, or call to action, button at the bottom of your email. A CTA typically says something like “Learn More” or “Get Started.” Those CTA’s are fine, but they are often overused and uninteresting.

To write more engaging CTA’s, you need to figure out a way to spin the CTA in a way that hasn’t been presented to a customer before. Sometimes, it’s as simple as a one-word phrase, like “Start” or “Subscribe.” Other times, you can put what they’re getting on the button, like “Get A Free Trial,” or “Save 50% Today.”

You could also try the whimsical approach, like “Begin Your Adventure” or “Let’s Be Friends.”

CTA’s can be used in a number of effective ways, so don’t neglect the power of this simple tool.

Emails are effective tools for marketing to your customers, but sometimes they are neglected when it comes it new ideas. Try implementing these tips into your next promotional email campaign, and see what it can do for your business!

3 Ways Millennials Use Social Media To Research Products Before Buying

Millennials can seem like a tricky age group to target. Lots of companies have found a way to target this niche group with their marketing strategies, but others have tried and failed, which ends up making them seem inauthentic in the process.

If you’re trying to target millennials, inauthenticity is the absolute worst first impression that you could make on them.

You could make arguments on either side whether you think social media is an authentic or inauthentic place for people to gather, but there’s no denying that it’s where most millennials go to find their information. And now, it’s also the place where most of them go to check out your products before committing to making a purchase from you.

Social media is the new way that people are researching your products. Here are three popular social media platforms, and the ways that millennials are using them to search for your products.

Facebook

Most businesses have a Facebook Page. If they don’t, well, a lot of millennials won’t even consider buying from them. That might seem like a harsh reality, but it’s the truth.

A Facebook Page is more than just a place to give updates on your business. It’s also a hub for reviews, photos, videos, customer complaints and more; all things that millennials consider when deciding whether to buy your products.

These buyers will come to your Facebook page to see what other customers are saying about you, how your products and customer service have been reviewed, and whether they can find videos and pictures of your products being used. In some cases, if you have the options enabled, people can also buy directly from your Facebook Page through a custom Facebook Store.

Instagram

Facebook might be the most popular social media service among millennials (41% of millennials say they use it every day), but Instagram is quickly becoming a powerhouse in the social media world. This is partly due to its simplicity, and fun new features, such as Stories, that have been added in the past few years.

Instagram is like a stripped down, bare bones version of a Facebook Page. It’s where millennials will look to find helpful short videos and, of course, pictures of your products in action. Millennials can also smell a company that’s trying too hard on their Instagram post from miles away. Remember to keep your posts authentic and grounded, so your customers know they can trust you when buying from your business. Like Facebook, Instagram also has a Buy Now shopping option so customers can buy directly from your account. Lead them into buying from you through a great post showing off your amazing products.

YouTube

YouTube is often seen as a video sharing service, but it’s so much more than that. Did you know that YouTube is also considered one of the most popular search engines, in the same vein as Google and Yahoo?

That means that, like most search engines, people are using YouTube as a way to search for answers to their questions. YouTube is full of tutorial videos ranging from the popular makeup tutorials to more obscure interests like how to make your own McDonald’s Big Mac sauce.

Companies use their personal YouTube accounts to show off how some of their products work, troubleshoot problems through help videos, and promote something new that they’re selling. Millennials are more likely to watch a video tutorial than reading a lengthy written tutorial. Videos save time, they’re more interactive, and they’re more fun. Consider creating some interactive and informative videos to attract millennial consumers to your page.

Millennials are the age group of instant access and quick info. Cater to their needs, just as you would any other generation of consumer, by properly utilizing all the helpful features of your social media accounts.

Why Online Trade Shows Are More Effective Than Live Trade Shows

Trade shows are the bread and butter of wholesale businesses. It’s where vendors go to show off their amazing products, and retailers browse for those amazing products and services.

People in the wholesale industry will plan out trips to these trade shows, often months or years in advance, and make it a big part of their annual business plan. They aren’t always close by, either. Many of the trade shows are spread throughout the U.S. and Canada and require expenses to travel to them, as well as lodging and food. But what if there was a way to get all the variety and experience out of a wholesale trade show without the time and expenses required to attend them?

The good news is, this kind of thing already exists, and you’re currently on a website where we just so happen to provide such a service for both buyers and sellers of wholesale products.

FGmarket is an online wholesale directory that’s always open and available to you. Here are a few reasons why we’re better than other trade shows.

Always Open

Unlike other trade shows where you have to show up to a venue at a designated time and date, online trade shows are always open. It’s really a no-brainer: the internet never closes, so why would an online trade show? You have 24/7 access to thousands of vendors, all in one spot. And you can shop on your time. No more time constraints and scheduling your work time around a trade show’s time. If you’re a vendor looking to get listed in an online directory, online trade shows also allow you to be available to your customers at any time of the day, no matter where they are.

Greater Variety

Sure, you can go to a trade show with a specific industry focus and find many things you need at that trade show. You can also go to trade shows that cover a wide variety of industries and interests. The problem, however, with both of these options is that they can’t cover everything. Physical trade shows are limited by available space, time constraints, money, and more.

If you’re a buyer looking to get amazing products into your stores that will drive more sales to your business, then an online trade show is the place to peruse. With hundreds of categories to browse through, including categories for natural, organic, vegan, eco-friendly, and Made in the USA products, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for!

Saves You Money

We’ve already talked about the ways that an online trade show can save you money if you’re a buyer or a seller. Travel expenses, booth reservations, tickets to the event, and more add up in the long run and will cost you more than you need to spend to find great products and services. Keep in mind how much money you’re forking out just to go to an exclusive trade show when you could be easily finding the same high-quality products on the internet through an online trade show like FGmarket provides.

Great Customer Service

Online trade shows also offer something that physical trade shows could only dream of having: great customer service. FGmarket’s sales representatives are happy, friendly, and helpful people who want to make sure you get the services you deserve to help your business succeed in the B2B marketplace. When you sign up for an FGmarket listing, you will be shown all the amazing tools available to you through your vendor profile. There’s no question about it: online trade shows are more friendly toward vendors and buyers.

Added Bonuses

Let’s not forget all the added bonuses that come with an online trade show that live trade shows simply can’t provide. Specifically, the reach that online trade shows provide far exceeds what a live trade show can give you.

The internet is vast and far-reaching. Whereas live trade shows are limited to a specific city, state, region, or even country, the internet is a global entity. It can reach from one side of the globe to the other, and connect people on the other side of the world in a matter of seconds.

Plus, FGmarket also gives vendors the option of getting their own personal wholesale website set up through us. A website gives your customers an even more personal connection to your company and allows you to stay connected with them in a more efficient way.

Not to mention, we give you plenty of extra tools, like page analytics, forms for customers to leave reviews, and vendor spotlights highlighting your awesome company to sweeten the deal!

No question about it, online trade shows are simply better for your business than traditional live trade shows. Get connected with an online trade show today, like FGmarket, and see what it can do for your business.

3 Great Email Newsletter Ideas For Your Business

Your newsletter is your direct line to reaching customers, no matter where they are. While social media and advertising can reach customers efficiently in most cases, you have to rely on chance with these mediums. Emails are sent directly to your customers, whereas social media and advertising rely on placing your content somewhere that your customers might see it, but there’s no guarantee that they will see it.

Because of this, emailed newsletters are the best way to give your customers information that they’re interested in. But how do you make sure that your newsletters are doing their job, and leading customers to a purchase, or something else on your website? It’s easier to spruce up your newsletter than you might think.

Reuse Your Old Content

Do you have an old blog post that was popular at one time, but doesn’t get as much page traffic as it used to? Why not reuse that old blog post in a newsletter? There’s no rule that says you can reuse your popular content and introduce it to new customers. You might need to revamp the post and update it with new, more relevant content, but it can still be the same post.

Throw in one of your old blog posts into your next newsletter, and direct customers toward that page on your website to give it a boost once again!

Feature Your Customers

Do you have a loyal customer that you’d like to show off or someone that has an interesting story to share? People love hearing stories from real customers, and a newsletter is a perfect place to show off those awesome people!

If you’re looking to feature one of your customers in a newsletter, one of the best ways to do it is to include a picture of the customer and a short teaser paragraph of what they do. Then, link to a full blog post about that customer. That way, you’re bringing more traffic to your website, which gives you a better chance of attracting more people to buy from your website.

Write Interesting Subject Lines

Your subject line is equally, if not more important than your actual newsletter content. Why? Because it’s the first thing people will see when they get your newsletter in their inbox. Without a compelling and attention-grabbing subject line, customers have no reason to open your email. They’ll see it, and either delete your email immediately or mark it as spam.

To write an interesting subject line, think about what’s going to make your customers want to open your email. It could be an interesting blog post subject, or it could be something that uses words like “Exclusive.” Conveying to your customers that they’re getting something that no one else is getting is a great way to get them to open your newsletter.

Your newsletter is a fantastic tool for reaching new and existing customers and funneling them toward your website. Make your newsletters interesting, and see what kind of change it makes for your business.

6 Growth Hacks That Will Change Your Business

Everyone loves a helpful hack, especially businesses. If there’s an easy way to do something, that results in more customers and more growth, what’s not to love?

Growth hacks, as they’re called by marketers, are simple ways to get great results that grow your business. Today, we’ve got a few tips that can help you “hack” your own business and grow it exponentially.

Recycle Old Blog Posts

When you publish a blog post, it’s fresh, interesting, and new content for your website. But, over time, that blog post that once was bright and new, can become old and outdated. It’ll eventually stop ranking as high as it once did, and will become lost among the hundreds of other blog posts you publish in a week, a month or a year.

Try recycling your old blog posts by updating the content on it, adding different keywords, and reposting it on your social media accounts.

Create Video Content

Video content is the way of the future, as far as content marketing goes. Think about when you scroll through your Facebook or Twitter feed these days. Do you see more video content or links to a website?

If your feed looks anything like mine, video content takes up more than half of all the content I see posted each and every day. And studies have shown that people are more likely to pay attention to video content rather than a link or picture post. You can also embed videos into pages on your website, or attach them to blog posts. Try integrating video content into your marketing strategy and see how it can boost your social interactions and your website traffic.

Focus On Keywords

Have you researched how important certain keywords are for your websites search engine ranking? Specific keywords help search engines to pull up your website whenever people search on Google or another search engine for specific things.

For example, if you spread keywords like “wholesale,” “organic,” and “Made in the USA” throughout your website and in blog posts, you’re more likely to be found by people searching for those specific keywords when they’re on a search engine. Try boosting some of your old blog content with new, fresh keyword and see if it increases traffic to your website.

Invest In Social Advertising

Advertising is a marketing tool that’s as old as shopping itself. If you want people to buy from you, you have to make yourself known to them and show them why they need your product.

Advertising in the modern age has moved away from traditional mediums, such as billboards and magazine ads, and focused more on digital advertising on places like websites, search engines, and social media. Invest a few extra bucks into social media sponsored posts on places like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to target those customers who you might not be able to reach through old-school advertising methods.

Talk To Sales/Customer Service About FAQs

When’s the last time you asked your sales or customer service teams what kinds of questions they get the most from customers? They probably get a lot of the same questions over and over again. You can take this information, and craft your next blog post or email around it.

Find out what the FAQs (frequently asked questions) are for your business, and craft an amazing blog post around those questions. Your customers will appreciate seeing that you’re listening to their questions, comments, and complaints.

Make Email Interesting Again

How’s your email marketing going? Do you find yourself thrown into your customer’s spam folder more often than you’d like to be? Are people responding positively to your sales emails? You might need to rethink your email content.

Try changing up the way you speak to customers through your emails. Maybe take a more lighthearted approach to marketing, and craft the tone of your emails in a more conversational way.

It’s also important to check your emails for its spam risk. There are lots of free services out there that can help assess your email for its spam risk, but a general rule is to make sure you have a higher text to picture ratio in your email to avoid being accidentally tossed into the spam folder.

These six growth hacks aren’t the only ways to boost your sales, but they’re a great first step. Explore more growth hacks in your business, and see what works for you.

Stories: Facebook vs. Instagram vs. Snapchat

Finite content, a.k.a. content that only appears for a short amount of time to certain followers before disappearing forever, seems to be the hot new trend in social media. Snapchat popularized the format, beginning with its instant disappearing messages sent between two or more people, and evolving into 24-hour pictures and videos that all followers can see, called Snapchat Stories.

Instagram was the next social media platform to jump on the Stories bandwagon, releasing Instagram Stories in late 2016. Instagram Stories follows the same basic format that Snapchat popularized, with a few variations in what you could do with it. So it’s no surprise that Facebook, the most popular social media platform and the one that more than 1 billion people across the globe choose to use, recently decided to jump on the Stories train. Sidenote: Facebook bought Instagram in 2012, so it makes sense that Facebook Stories appear almost identical to Instagram Stories.

With all these new versions of Stories appearing on various social media accounts, it seems like this is the new way that people will be interacting with social media in the future. Whereas sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter paved the way for the idea of connecting millions of people online in an instant, that idea is no longer unique. There are now thousands of different ways to instantly connect with anyone you want to in the world, and consumers are looking for something different. Stories are more interactive than traditional social media posts are, incorporating photos, videos, and live streams to create a new form of social media.

There are now thousands of different ways to instantly connect with anyone you want to in the world, and consumers are looking for something different. Stories are more interactive than traditional social media posts. They incorporate photos, videos, and live streams to create a new form of social media.

But which one is best for you and your business? Should you go with the one that started it all and use Snapchat Stories, or target more people using a more established form of social media like Facebook?

Don’t worry, we’re here to answer your questions about the exciting new ways you can connect with consumers using Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram Stories.

Snapchat Stories

Snapchat was the pioneering company for 24-hour Stories that anyone who followed your profile could see. Snapchat came out with Stories in 2013 as an addition to their already popular disappearing messaging feature.

Adding a Story to your Snapchat accounts works in the same way that sending a Snap to your friends works. When you capture a photo or video, you can choose whether to send that Snap to your friends list, save it to your phone, or add it to your Story. To add a Snap to your story, simply press the button that looks like a square with a + symbol in the corner.

Snapchat Stories
Snapchat Stories

Once you’ve selected the button to upload a Snap to your Story, you can choose to either add it to My Story, which is your personal Snapchat Story, or Our Story, which is a global Snapchat Story where millions of people all over the world can upload their Snaps together. Our Story Snaps are usually grouped together based on certain topics.

If you’re a business looking to connect with your customers through Snapchat, My Story is your safest bet for reaching your customers directly, but Our Story is a great resource for increasing your company’s reach across the globe, and maybe bring in new customers. However, you can choose to upload your Snap to both My Story and Our Story. So why not use both to maximize your visibility?

Instagram Stories

Next, is Instagram Stories. Although Instagram has been around a lot longer than Snapchat (it launched in 2010) and popularized photo sharing, it has only recently joined in on the Stories phenomenon.

To add a picture or video to your Instagram Story, you’ll have to first navigate to your newsfeed in your Instagram account. Then, swipe right to access the Stories section of Instagram. This screen will look a lot like how you upload Snaps to your Snapchat Stories, but with a few small changes.

Whereas Snapchat allows you to either take a picture or video to upload to your Story, Instagram gives you a few more options. In addition to pictures and videos, Instagram lets you upload a looping gif to your story, called a Boomerang. You can also easily start a Live video from the Story section by clicking on Live Video. Your followers will get an instant notification whenever you start a video, so it’s great for letting people know as soon as you start your content.

You can add filters, stickers, and text to your picture or video upload, just like on Snapchat, but Instagram’s button for uploading content to your Story look slightly different. When you snap a picture or capture a video, you can either send the content to someone you follow, save the content, or upload it to your Story.

You’ll notice that the Your Story button is clearly labeled on the screen, and is a circular symbol instead of a square. After uploading the content to Your Story, followers of your account can view your story by clicking on the circle with your profile photo at top of their newsfeed, or by clicking on your profile photo on your profile page. Just like Snapchat Stories, the content upload to your Instagram Story disappears after 24 hours.

Facebook and Messenger Stories

Finally, we come to Facebook Stories and Messenger Stories. Although Facebook could be considered “late to the game” when it comes to Stories, they’ve made great strides in bringing this new feature to their userbase. Facebook launched their version of Stories on their separate Messenger app first, but have now brought it over to the main Facebook app as well.

Again, Facebook and Messenger Stories work in the same way that both Snapchat and Instagram Stories function. Pictures or videos are uploaded to a hub area where your followers are able to view your content for up to 24 hours. After that, the content disappears forever.

In Messenger, you can access your Story functions by clicking on the circle in the bottom center of the app, or by clicking on the “Add To Your Day” button under the Shared Days header. After snapping a pic or video, and adding fun doodles and filters, you can add the content to your story by clicking on the arrow in the bottom left corner of the app screen.

Facebook Stories works in the same way, except you add content to your Stories in the same way that you add it on Instagram. You can either click your profile picture at the top of your newsfeed, or you can swipe right to access the Facebook Camera.

Your Story will disappear after 24 hours but will be viewable for as many times as your followers want during that time period.

Marketing to your customers is all about fostering unique relationships, and Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Messenger want to make it easier for you to do this through Stories. Try each of these services out to see which one will work best for your business and your customers.

Reach New Customers Through Updated and Recycled Blog Posts

It’s difficult to come up with new topics for your company’s blog without revisiting topics that you’ve previously covered over the years. You may begin to feel like you’ve exhausted all of the interesting things to talk about, and you’ve hit a creativity wall that you can’t seem to climb over. But did you know that updating or recycling old blog posts is actually a top-notch marketing strategy that can help you get more customers to your website?

Here’s a secret from a marketing insider: marketers recycle and update old posts all the time. Why? Because it’s easy content marketing, and it puts your blog posts back into the spotlight for customers who may not have seen the post when it first published.

Here are a few tips for recycling your old content for a new audience.

Update Old Posts With New Info

The first step to recycling and reusing an older blog post is to find one that has info that might be outdated. When you first wrote the post, it probably had great info and was up-to-date with the latest trends in your industry. But as with most things these days, as the years go on the information in the blog becomes outdated. You don’t want to leave your outdated blog post on your website with irrelevant information. If someone happens upon your old blog post through a search engine or just by browsing your website, they’ll perceive your company as out-of-touch with the modern world.

Take these old blog posts, and update them with relevant, current information. You can even place a disclaimer at the top or bottom of the post indicating that the post has been updated. Newspapers and online publications do this all the time when they learn new info that they didn’t have at the time of the publication of the article. You can implement this tactic as well to update your old blog posts.

Bring Back An Old Post That’s Still Relevant

On the other side of the spectrum, you might have an old post that’s still relevant to your customers. In this case, instead of updating your blog post, you can just recycle the post.

Some topics are ageless and are still as relevant to consumers today as they were when you first published the post. For example, although floral trends change over time, the popularity of beautiful arrangements never changes. If you’re a florist looking to capture the eyes of future customers, and you have a blog post from a few years ago that shows off some of your amazing arrangements, you can take advantage of the relevancy of the post and recycle it. You might want to update the headline, but the content can stay relatively untouched if it’s still relevant.

You can even look to other sites to recycle your old content. Medium is a great place to republish older blog posts or even relatively new ones. Medium also has tools in place on the website to prevent posts from being marked as duplicate content, as this post on Medium’s website explains.

Repost Your Recycled Blog On Social Media

After you’ve recycled or updated your old blog posts, the next step is to get that content in front of the eyes of your customers. Just like any new blog post or piece of content published on your website, your updated posts need to be shared on your various social media accounts.

Your posts won’t reach your customers naturally if they’re an old post, mainly because they will still show the original publishing date, and might get lost in your blog archives. This is especially true if you have a blog platform, such as WordPress, that only shows your latest blog posts on the front page of your website.

Repost the updated blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, and others to ensure that the posts are seen by your customers online.

Recycling and updating old blog posts isn’t a lazy way to create content; it’s actually a proven strategy for boosting traffic to your website and reigning in new customers. Try reworking some of your older posts and see what kind of new traffic you can bring to your website!

Marketing To Generation Z: How To Reach The Youngest Demographic

Have you heard of Generation Z? They’re the generation that follows the Millennial generation, and they’re the next big marketing demographic that businesses are beginning to focus on.

Experts estimate that there will be 2.51 billion social media users in 2017. With a world population at just over 7 billion, that means that approximately 35% of the world’s population has a social media account of some sort.

It’s obvious that social media isn’t going away anytime soon. And why should it? Social media is where most people get their information these days, and it’s a prime place for marketers to target key demographics for buying their products and services.

So, now we come to Generation Z, the generation directly following Millennials. Gen Z are those born between 1996 – 2010. They are consumers who are just now reaching the age where they can start making their own financial decisions.

If you’re looking to market to this up-and-coming generation (especially on social media) check out a few key facts about Generation Z.

Gen Z quick facts:

  • Born between 1996 – 2010.
  • 67% regularly use Facebook.
  • 23% say they use Snapchat constantly.
  • You only have 8 seconds to engage with them and get their attention.
  • 63% prefer real people over celebrities in marketing and advertising.
  • The optimal time to engage with them is on Thursdays and Fridays, either when they first wake up or right after school.

Be Authentic

Much like Millennials, Gen Z cares about authenticity, and how connected they feel with the brand they’re spending their money on. Gone are the days when advertisers and marketers tell you about their product and expect you to buy it.

These days, people need to feel like they are interacting with a real person. Customers, especially those from Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z, don’t want to buy from a company they see as robotic, secretive, and unapproachable. Your social media is the best way to appear authentic to your customers.

Keep It Quick and Simple

If you can’t grab a Gen Z customer’s attention within 8 seconds, then they’re going to scroll right on past your post. If that seems like it’s super quick, well, it is.

We live in a very fast-paced world, where information is abundant and can travel across the world in an instant. You have to craft your content to be attention-grabbing to draw customers into your business and make them click into your website.

You have to make your content simple and easy to digest, as well. On some platforms, such as Twitter, you have a limited number of characters that you can use to get across your message. Gen Z’ers are wanting to be able to get everything they need to know about your business at a glance. Make your social media posts easy to understand, and end it with a strong call to action that funnels them directly to your website, online store, or storefront!

Generation Z is the next generation of shoppers. If you’re not prepared to market to them, you’ll be left behind by your competition. Get to know this great generation of future buyers, and keep your business thriving for generations to come!

Source: http://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-business/how-market-different-generations-social-media-infographic?ref=zest.is

LinkedIn Pulse: What It Is and How To Use It

LinkedIn is known as the professionally-minded Facebook. It’s a social network for users who want to keep their business and personal lives separate. It’s a great way to find jobs, connect with our professionals, and share interesting articles that other professionals would be interested in.

Recently, LinkedIn has been working to improve the quality of their social media platform and make it more accessible for new users. Along with a complete redesign of the website that not only makes it faster but also easier to use, LinkedIn has added new features that make it simpler for you, the user, to share new content with your followers.

One of these features is the Pulse. Although Pulse has been available for a few years to certain users, it was only recently made available to every user. Pulse is a blog publishing platform that’s exclusive to LinkedIn users. It makes it easy for anyone with a LinkedIn account to publish their own blogs, with some really robust features and tools.

Publishing your own blogs on Pulse is not only a great way to bring in new users to your website, but it’s also a great way to give customers insight into your business. After all, transparency is a hot trend in the business world these days, and social media is a key part of promoting healthy customers and business relationships.

Here are a few tips for publishing on LinkedIn Pulse.

Login To Your Account

In order to start publishing on LinkedIn Pulse, you first need to login to your LinkedIn account. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn account, now is a good time to sign up. You can’t publish on Pulse without first creating a LinkedIn account. But don’t worry, signing up is free and easy. For more on how to create and use your own LinkedIn account for business, check out our previous blog post on the subject.

Write An Article

After logging in to your account, you’ll need to start creating your article. To create a Pulse article, simply click on the button that says “Write An Article,” which is located at the top of your news feed where you usually post status updates.

You’ll be brought to the article editing page, where you can begin writing your Pulse post. You’ll see multiple options for creating your post, including giving it a headline, adding a cover photo for your post, and adding the body of the blog post.

Use Tools To Optimize Your Article

If you want to add media element to your blog post, just click the box with the + sign to bring up multiple media options, like images, video, slides, links, and snippets.

You can also change the font style and size of your body text, as well as options to make your text bold, italicized, and underlined. You will see many of the same options that you are used to in most text editing programs, such as Microsoft Word or Google Documents.

Publish

After you’ve finished writing your article and adding some interesting media elements, just click the Publish button in the top right corner of your post. Before it’s published, you will see a preview of how your article will appear to your followers. You can write a status update to go along with your article, but this isn’t required. Click Publish again once your status is exactly how you want it to be, and your article will publish as a status update to all of your followers.

LinkedIn Pulse is a great new way to connect to all of your followers on the social network. Transparency is a big trend in today’s business world, and connecting to your customers through blog posts on Pulse is a great way to be more transparent.

Instagram and the New Multi-Upload Feature

For the past few years, multimedia social sharing company Instagram has been working hard to introduce tons of new features to bring in customers to their excellent platform. From Instagram Stories, a variation of the Snapchat Story feature, to Boomerang, and minute-long video clips, Instagram has been constantly evolving in an effort to entice new customers and keep their current customers from jumping to a different social media app.

Now, Instagram has introduced a much-requested feature that is once again changing the game for what users can do with the app. With the release of its latest update, Instagram has added the ability for users to upload a combination of up to 10 photos or videos to one post, cutting out the task of uploading individual pictures and videos, which can bog up your followers’ feeds.

With this new feature, Instagram is essentially adding a slideshow album feature. It appears as a single photo or video in a user’s feed, but when you swipe to the left, more photos and videos are revealed. This is a great feature for business owners who want to show off their products and beautiful photography to their followers, without annoying them with too much “spam posting.”

If you don’t yet know how to upload multiple photos to your company’s Instagram page, we can help you out!

Update Your App

Before you can begin adding multiple photos to a single post, you’ll first need to make sure that your Instagram app is currently updated with the latest version of the app. The version that added the Multi-Upload function was version 10.9 on both iOS and Android, so any version after 10.9 will have the new feature.

Upload

After you’ve updated your app, it’s time to start uploading your pictures and video. You can upload multiple items to Instagram in the same way you used to upload your pictures and videos. All you have to do is click the “+” icon in the bottom center of the app screen. This will bring up a page where you would normally select one photo from your phone’s photo gallery to upload, but this time, you have the option to select more than one item.

Select Multiple Photos/Videos

To select multiple photos, you need to click the button on the right side of the screen that looks like two squares stacked on top of each other. Once you click this button, you’ll notice a circle appear in the right corner of each of the photos in your gallery. When you click on these photos, a number appears in the circle indicating how many photos have been selected so far. Select up to 10 photos and videos, and then click Next to continue to the app’s Editing tools.

Make Edits

Instagram gives you the option of editing all of your uploaded photos and videos at once with the normal filters located at the bottom of the editing window. But you can also edit each photo individually by clicking on the specific photo or video you want to edit. After you’ve made all the edits to your pictures, it’s time to give your post a caption, add your hashtags, add a location, etc. Note: you can only add a caption for the album you’re uploading. Unfortunately, you aren’t able to add individual captions for each photo or video you’re uploading, but hopefully, Instagram will add this feature in the future.

Post!

Now you’re ready to post your awesome multimedia slideshow! When followers see your post in their feed, they’ll know it’s a multi-photo post if they see dots underneath the post. Each dot represents how many photos are in each post, and they can swipe left to see each photo/video.

There are lots of great ways to use this new Instagram feature to show off your awesome products. Check back with the FGmarket in the future to see how you can be utilizing this feature for your business!

Check out Instagram’s official blog for more info on this great new feature.