Meaghan

  • How to Find Powerful Hashtags for Social Media

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve had two yoga teachers ask me about how to use hashtags on social media. Technology is often not high on the priority list for many yogis, and I’m gathering that very few in our industry know how to attract new students or customers by properly utilizing hashtags.

    If you grew up with social media this may not apply to you, but you still may learn a new way to find powerful hashtags that can help to get your brand noticed. Skip down to the section on Finding Hashtags if you already know how to use them.

    Finding Powerful Hashtags

    Hashtag Basics (or #basics)

    Hashtags help you to get noticed. If you click on a hashtag on Twitter, it jumps you to a stream of every tweet with that hashtag. Same goes for Instagram and Facebook. Someone that is interested in yoga is likely to scroll through photos/posts with #yoga. If you’re using #yoga too, they’ll see your image.

    Try to use only two per tweet, maybe three max. You should be using them in EVERY tweet you post.

    On Instagram put your hashtags in a comment below your caption. You can use up to 30 on Instagram.

    For Facebook, a lot of people don’t use them. I’ve even had some people ask me why I was using them there and almost get defensive like I wasn’t following the “Facebook rules.” But, these were individuals who don’t work on digital so, poo on them! If you do use some in your Facebook posts, three is a good number. Test it out and see how your audience takes to it.

    LinkedIn is another place where many users aren’t used to seeing hashtags, but you should still be adding them to your posts. The hashtags on LinkedIn help to categorize posts and allow new readers to find your content.

    Finding Hashtags

    You’ll need to find hashtags that are relevant to what you’re sharing. So if your post is about writing a book use tags like #amwriting #fridayreads #amreading, etc. You can find new ones to use by looking through the streams of others using these hashtags. Click a photo in the hashtag stream you’re viewing and see what other tags that user listed.

    If you are targeting a geographical area, use relevant hashtags to your region, i.e. #StAugustine #JaxBeach #Jax. Again, if you look at other people’s posts, you can find new hashtags to use on yours.

    Here’s a trick to finding new hashtags on Instagram:
    Go to the search section on Instagram and click the Tags tab.
    Type in the hashtag you want to find more about (using yoga in my example). You can see from this screenshot a list of other relevant hashtags.
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    Click one of the tags and then read the Related hashtags at the top of the page, you can scroll to the right for more. This can be a rabbit hole and lead you to find tons of new relevant tags.
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    Hashtag research will lead you to new accounts you may want to take notes from and follow. Reviewing what works for others in your industry is smart. Check out what are other yogis are using that appears to be gaining traction for them.

    Another way is to start writing a word and see what tags auto-populate.

    When looking for hashtags to use on Twitter, I often consult Hashtagify. It provides you with a popularity rating of a particular hashtag and gives a web of relevant hashtags. Again, this can be a rabbit hole and can lead to an overwhelming amount of results. I use Hashtagify weekly to find new hashtags to use on social media.

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    Finding hashtags is something you want to revisit regularly. New ones are popping up constantly, and you’ll want to test and reevaluate the ones you are using every so often.

    Do you have any other ideas about how to find new hashtags?
    Let me know in the comments below! 

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  • 3 Ideas to Borrow From Yoga & Apply to Your Social Media Marketing

    Looking at the parallels between yoga and social media might sound unnatural to many. But as a yoga instructor and social media professional, it seems normal. Here are three parts of yogic thought that can be rolled into how you approach social media in your business.

    -Centering
    -Drishti (focus)
    -Pranayama (breathing)

    Now let’s take a closer look at each one.

    Centering

    Centering or meditation often starts out yoga classes. It’s meant to bring you into your space, allow the mind to calm, and create a sense of body awareness. Centering is also the time when the teacher lets you know what you’ll be doing in the class, a plan so to speak. In social media listening and planning should be the first steps.

    While practicing yoga the practitioner aims to quiet the mind. Social listening requires silencing your initial ideas of what to share and rather listening and analyzing what others in your industry are saying and talking about first.

    You should pay attention to:

    -What questions is your target audience asking?
    -What problems need solutions?
    -What real-time events are happening that can allow you to enter a conversation?

    Drishti (focus)

    The dancer pose is one of many asanas that requires a focused gaze, or a Drishti, to maintain balance. Without focus, you will wobble from side to side and fall out of the posture.

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    In social media, you must have a focus too. Otherwise, you can get pulled in various directions. Keep a business goal in mind as you utilize social media.

    Some companies use social media mainly for customer service reasons; others use it to increase brand awareness and for lead generation, etc. Be sure to establish your primary objective when starting to use social media in your business.

    Pranayama (breathing)

    Each inhale has an exhale, just as each interaction deserves a reaction from the brand. Maybe the reaction is a quick tweet to thank someone for sharing your content, simply a like, or perhaps you respond with a question asking what the person’s biggest takeaway is. Just as there are different types of responses to an interaction, there are many different pranayama techniques.

    Approach social media marketing as you would a headstand. Prepare a plan, stay focused, and keep breathing.

    If you need assistance with your social media plan, shoot me an email or give me a call. Let’s work together to get your yoga business discovered by more students!

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  • How to Create Graphics with Canva to Up Your Social Media Game

    Are you ready to up your social media game with visuals, but don’t know where to start? Maybe you have ideas, but no experience with Photoshop or other design programs. I have a free and easy solution to your problems. Small business owners, meet Canva – a free, web-based design tool.

    {Side note: I have no affiliation to Canva. This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share this awesome tool and what it can do.}

    In Canva you can create social media visuals, presentations, brochures, letterheads, eBooks and more. Their drag and drop feature combined with the free (and paid) layout designs make creating your next attention grabbing image a breeze.

    Here’s a SlideShare I created for Bernie Borges at Social Business Engine using Canva. The mass number of available features is impressive and allows for customization in every degree.

    Other projects I’ve created using Canva include Instagram images, infographics, Facebook images, Twitter images, and more. I designed these images for Social Business Engine‘s Instagram.
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    Here are 4 ideas to kickstart your social media image creations and increase brand awareness:

    1) Quotes
    2) Blog titles
    3) Events (virtual or in-person)
    4) Holiday greetings

    Once you’re registered with Canva and logged in, consult the below infographic (also created on Canva) for the next steps to quickly creating your new design.

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    For those of you that simply don’t have the time to create your images, contact me. Let’s discuss getting your brand noticed with some new graphic images for social media.

    How do you plan to use Canva?
    If you’re already using it, what are some of your favorite features?

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  • Why You Need a Blog for Your Business

    If you have a website, you should have a blog. If you don’t have a website — get one already! In today’s world, everything is online. People Google everything from the time of the sunset, to what Angelina Jolie wore to the Emmys this year.

    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and humanizing your brand are two of the main reasons why you should be doing content marketing at your organization. Let’s explore these two topics in a little more detail…

    Search

    Having just a website isn’t enough anymore. The website acts more like a placeholder if you don’t post often to your site. For some businesses that might be fine, your information is on the site and people can call you if they need you, understood. But with a blog, Google and other search engines will come back often to “crawl” your site and increase your ranking in their search results. For example, if someone searches “Cupcake shop in St. Augustine” and there is more than one cupcake bakery in town, the one with regular blog posts is more likely to come up first in the list of results.

    Humanize Your Brand

    In addition to having a blog to increase your searchability, it will also give you more of a chance to connect with your customers. People are more conscious of who they are buying from now than ever, they want to know who is the owner of the cupcake shop and how they got into the business. So tell them in a blog! There are many things you can blog about to keep in contact with your clients and prospects that will help build a relationship with them.

    Do you have a business blog? How often do you post to it?

    If you are interested in getting a new blog started for your site, or would like to outsource your blog posts, email me and let’s talk about it.

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