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10 Twitter Hacks you need to know!

Many of us struggle with the Twitter to get the optimum results from it and miss out on simple things which can be very useful to achieve the best results. Hence I am delighted to present my simple Twitter hacks which can help you to get the best out of your Twitter profile!

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1.Optimise the BIO

Many of us leave the BIO space blank and unutilized, BIO is the first thing a someone looks at when they hover on your profile, so you need to say the most with the least. Use links, @profiles and Hashtags to get the maximum focus with minimum words.

2.Networking in the right crowd

There is a pool of people out there who have similar interest & tastes, etc. Keep a track of such type of people with tools like Simply Measured, Twtrland, Commun.it, Followerwonk, etc. which can help you to reach out to the right kind of people from your industry.

3.Create twitter lists

Lists helps you to organise yourself on Twitter more. Group profiles with similar tastes, interests, etc together for your future reference so you are eased up from searching some profiles again and again.

4.Tweet the right content daily

The type of content you publish, attracts the type of people you want as your followers, so keep your content relevant to your area of expertise and that too daily. daily tweeting is essential in this Twitter world.

5.Visualize your content

Visuals always add value to the content, they help in getting the attention. Twitter plays .gifs and videos while scrolling down, such type of visuals helps to generate potential engagement with ease. No wonder why vine & dubsmash has gained so much popularity via Twitter.

6.Embed the tweets

Embedding helps to link two different sources, so why not convert blog readers into followers? You can embed tweets easily to your blogs with the embed code available on each tweet.

7.Pin top tweets to profile

It’s good to show off the good stuff you do, so flaunt your top tweets by pinning to the top, that not only showcases your content but also highlights the engagement you generally get with your tweets. Keep changing the pin to top tweet regularly as change is the spice of life!

8.Use Hashtags

What can I say about this now? Hashtags are very important! Add those which are relevant and trending in your industry. Get to know about the source about who uses these hashtags most often with tools like Tubs or mentions. Create your own brand hashtag to connect with your audience easily.

9.Make the most of twitter chats

Get connected to similar kind of profiles easily with Twitter chats and expand your engagement even more.

10. Use Geotags

Geotags helps in connecting people of the same location. If you are a local brand Geo-tagging with help you be connected to your local audience every time the search for you.

Hope these hacks will help you like they helped me! DO let me know what more to add on to this list and connect with each other better.

3 Free Image websites

Visuals pay an important role in social media & so having good images for your social media profile can be heavy on the pocket! So here are 3 free stock images websites which you can look into (besides Flickr) :-

#1 Freeimages

It’s easy & simple. You just need to search, click & download. How simple an it be then this?

#2 RGB Stock

It has an amazing high quality picture database to choose from!

#3 Openphoto

Not that amazing of photo collections but it is simple & easy to find images.

Do you have more in mind?? Do share them below!

Best Free Tools for creating Social Media images

Social media is all about visuals. Even if you have good content without good visuals, it might just get lost in the pool of content. So you need to bring out the content with help of awesome visuals. But all of us are not design experts and hence cannot optimize their content. Hence, here is my easy to use cheat code of tools which can help you optimize your post content with good images!

#1 Canva

Probably the best free image creation tool out there. It has layouts, fonts, images, etc. ready in a ready template. So you don’t have to do more work, just select, edit & share!

#2 PicMonkey

it’s just like canva, so you can edit, add text, create a collage, etc. The only thing I feel needs an improvement is buffer time for slow network like mine!

#3 Over

I have recently started using it & must say i am in love with it! It’s an app on my android mobile, so I can edit my images on the go and when I need it. As canva & picmonkey are not on mobile yet, for those who need to edit images on the go probably this is the best option out there! It’s not free yet, but the over fonts app is free for now, which is pretty cool too.

#4 PiktoChart

If you are creating infographics, this tools is just right for you. I have used ease.ly earlier which also is useful in creating rich infographics.

#5 QuotesCover

Finally my last pick is quotescover, it’s easy & quick way to create creative content based post. After a few hiccups and struggle, you will finally get the hang of it!

Hope you liked my pick for creating content for social media posts with help of imaging tools. Do let me know if you are using other cool imaging tools which are better then these!

Tips for branding on social media images

I often come across a good quality image on social media, with good content on it but then stop myself from sharing it because there is too much of branding done on the image. Does that happen with you as well? It’s just some brands are doing it right with their content on social media but they kill it while executing with their creatives. Here are my tips on how a brand can optimize their social media images while putting the right amount of branding in it.

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#1 Blend in

Some brands just over power the image with their logos all over. Hence the shareablity of the image decreases, so logos should blend in with the image, not shout out.

Try to be as minimal with branding as possible

#2 Avoid too much of branding

Too much of branding can just kill the content. I’ve seen a single post with 3 different logos, a logo of the company, another one of parent company and the third of the client. I was confused as hell with what they’re trying to put across & whose  product was it actually of!

Avoid too much of logo placing

#3 Share Friendly

Think of this like, what makes you share an image on your profile? When you are doing so you not only think of points which needs to be included on the image but also of the points you don’t like on an image. As for people’s opinions & feedback as this with provide you with a holistic viewpoint.

Should be share friendly but should also keep branding in mind

#4 Watermark

Watermark are best way to do branding without being too much on the face with logos. But I’ve also seen brands with too much of watermarks on their pictures! That too should be avoided only one watermark will do.

Too much of watermark on an image

#5 Different ways to get credit for you image

You do branding on your image so that you get credit for the image & it’s content. Try different ways to brand your image with playing across your logo a bit, or putting credit text on the post followed by the image, etc. Just play around with the content & image in order to minimize the branding effect & see what works.

Can use URL post images

Can use URL post images

#6 Be Graceful

Branding is an art, and it should be done graceful! The more subtle you are with branding on social media the more people like your content. As social media is not about branding but it’s about connecting the brands with people.

Try utilizing from these points on your next post & see if it works or not! DO share your feedback too, I would love to hear!

Instagram Tips for Business

Instagram is a great meduim to humanize your brand presence which defiantly connects with people around you. Here are few tips which can help you experiment your brand on Instagram. Try out these tips on you brand profiles as social is all about experimenting!

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Be active

Being active not only connects with your community but also helps you to be put into the category of actively showing up in the instagram search result. Work around schedule & start using scheduling apps for instagram if you don’t have time!

Share

Social is all about distributing everything the right way. So if you have an instagram account put it across all the mediums & let the world know.

Company behind the scenes

Instagram is an awesome avenue to show the human side of your brand. So explore on that front with pictures of your staff, products, services, charity work, etc.

Humanize

People are looking for the human aspect of the brand on instagram, show them that and connect on an intimate level.

Be local

Geo tagging not only helps to build an authentic appeal but also help to connect with those who are close by and hence helping t build a community within the area.

Utilize videos

Instagram Videos are shot & to the point and are easy to attract people as people generally spend more time on watching them than the normal images.

You need to add your imagination to Instagram marketing as it has it’s own limitations right now but has a loyal and real community potential. Explore these tips & let me know if they were useful! Share your Instagram ideas too!

2015 Design Trends for Blogs

Design is the main focus in 2015, so everyone needs to keep themselves well acquainted with the design trends going on in the digital world. Here are few design trends which can guide all the bloggers in 2015 with their visual aesthetic appeal of their blogs!

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#1 Typography

Playing with words is what you should focus on these days. Typography is defiantly something you need to invest in 2015.

#2 Minimalistic

Clean is definitely in .The more clear and clean your blog is the more user friendly and inviting it becomes. Flat designs and icons are major key focus this year.

#3 Expandable Menus

Expandable menus is what I am looking at as they are easier and user friendly and coincide with the entire minimalistic look

#4 Mobilendly

Or mobile friendly was the focus last year and so is has a major growth elements this year too. Content should be in adaptable terms with mobile devices. As major audience is on mobile these days you might skip on them if you pass on mobilendly.

#5 Background

Big background are visually and can fill the minimalistic look of the blog, leading to an elegant look.

All these tips and trends I personally feel should be taken into consideration this year to achieve the most out of this year. Simply put I feel CLEAN IS IN.

DO share your thoughts too & what you think I am missing out on from

5 Steps for Designing with Effective Visual Communication

Designing plays an important role in visual communications and with the basics of design in place one can easily achieve this objective. Even though there are many rules in designing, here are 5 of the most important ones according to me in order to create an effective communication with visuals :-

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#1 TYPOGRAPHY 

The fonts should be legit and appropriate and in tune with the communication.

#2 COLOURS

Not more than 5 colours should be used. If there is requirement of more colours, add more colours while playing along with the shades of the colours used.

#3 ICONS 

Use simple and easy to understand icons. Icons which are universally accepted are the best option. As they are used to enhance the appearance not distract from the topic.

#4 ILLUSTRATIONS

They should be in tune with the content and tone. They should be added only to enhance the content.

#5 SIMPLE

Keep it minimal. Don’t get over-boarded with the illustrations, charts, content, etc. Just keep it simple and to the point. The simpler the better to understand and connect.

Various other dimensions also play an important part w.r.t. effective communication like spacing, call to action, etc. Do share what you think also adds to the above list too!

How to create a homemade infographic

When it comes to social media, we all know visuals works wonders! It’s never too bad to keep on experimenting with your content once in a while with visuals and infographic is also one of the option to represent your data visually. With infographics you can not only simplify your data in more visual way but also attract readers. But all of us are not designers who can create those kind of designs! So here is my option to create homemade simple infographics to add variety and depth to your content!

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#1 Organize your content

Whatever data you have, sort it out, compress it, make it more cleaner and simpler. Divide it into specified sections in rough.

#2 Creates a story

The best thing about Infographics is that they can be understood easily. Like stories are easier way to make people understand something in real life, infographics telling a story or connecting data with help of story will defiantly help the readers to understand and connect with it easily.

#3 Content placement

Infographics are way of communicating numeric data in a visual manner. Hence the topic of what you are going to represent in infographic is very essential. It is the summery and needs to be attractive and interesting. Header should be self explanatory, if not then you can add a sub header to explain the header story. Do add your company logo for branding. In footer you can add references links, your company address, links

#4 Creation tools

There are plenty of creation tools like canva, Picmonkey, ease.ly, photoshop elements ,etc. Try them out to know which one works for you better. I do recommend canva as it is easy to use and has variety of vectors to work with. The end result is also very professional and visually appealing.

#5 Distribution

Distribution is very essential for content to work on social media. Publish the infographic on blog by writing a blog about it, set up an embed code of it and promote it on all social media channels.

Start with small data infographics, and as you keep on creating, you will sure get a hang of it and be an expert!

3 step Pinterest Marketing made easy

There are many tricks in order to increase the traffic via Pinterest but in case you are are looking for more repins of your content, you need to make it easy for visitors to take action. Here are my 3 step Pinterest marketing guide which can help you optimize your goals!

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Providing relevant pin description

Users like me are lazy to write the description, hence it just happens that potential for others who are keen to know about the product is left out because of the bad or incomplete description.  By providing a proper description you can increase the chances of repins and there by your engagement.  Use hashtags which are relevant to the pin too.

Customized boards for products

A customized board will allow you to showcase your product, it’s features and the story behind it via the pin description, further making people interested in the product or services more. You can also showcase your videos with specialty pinterest boards which can further help the users to get organized sorted results. If you are location specific company, you can create and promote a location based board to promote on going events and activities.

Keep an eye on the pinners

Many pinners add their personality to the pins and thus when you keep an eye on how they are using the content like the keywords, the product, etc will sure help you in your market research. These keywords can further be used in product description, on website, etc.

Were these tips useful? Did I miss out on something really important? Do share your thought