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Good evening…….Monday’s seem to be coming round much quicker! I hope you all had a great week and that this week brings you lots of love and sparkle.

So today I want to talk a little about my Instagram account. I know some of you already follow me on there, but for those of you who don’t here’s the direct link so you can head over and follow me https://www.instagram.com/littleideaswithlove/

Over the last few weeks I’ve spent more time over on Instagram and been posting direct from there over to my Facebook business page. I use Instagram lots for my stories, I love stories and I love how I’m able to tell my followers a story of what’s happening at LIWL HQ.

Now my questions tonight are……..do you have Instagram? If so are you following me? Instagrams a great way to advertise your business, now I know I’ve got many customers who also run their own business. If you comment regular on my Instagram account using your business account, it means my followers will start to see you and if they love what you do they’ll head over and follow you. It works totally different to Facebook, Instagram is more for connecting with similar businesses and finding your ideal follower. I also have a personal Instagram account, but I rarely log into it as I want many to find my business account and to connect with me through that one.

‘’Now I have many customers who often tell me they don’t know how to use Instagram, it’s simple…….follow the type of accounts you love. I follow people who have, home accounts, cleaning, meditation, crystals, I also follow a lot of my customers too. I then make sure I connect with those I follow, well I am following for a reason and that’s so my feed is filled with what they are sharing. For years I rarely did much with my Instagram, but last year I started to use it correctly and watched my followers grow. Don’t get me wrong I do lose followers, these tend to be accounts that only follow you if you follow them……big no, no I never do follow for follow, I follow the accounts I actually love and because I want to see what they are posting. I often buy from people who are on Instagram too, I’ve bought off some lovely businesses recently……I’ve actually an order arriving soon, I’ll share on my Instagram stories when it arrives.

I’ve decided to share with you my top tips for Instagram, just in case some of you aren’t sure how it all works……

Use hashtags when sharing a post, these need to be relevant to what you’re sharing, so for example say you’re sharing a post of what you’re melting from me and it’s a wax brittle then you’d use hashtags like these

#liwl

#waxbrittle

#waxaddict

#littleideaswithlove

#smellsamazing

#whatsinyourwarmer

#sherbetlemon (if that’s what you’re melting or whichever scent you’re melting)

#sweetieshop (again if this is the scent range you’re melting)

You can see what hashtags I use and you can select to follow them just like you can follow your favourite accounts, I add hashtags to each post, I now always place them in my comments, as I always share my post direct to my Facebook business page and I don’t want hashtags going on my Facebook post, so adding them after I’ve posted is perfect.
‘Now you’ve gone to share your photo and used some hashtags don’t forget to tag me in your post too, this means I’ll see you’ve done a post that you want me to see, so just use @ sign and then my business name littleideaswithlove it’ll come up as you type it on Instagram.

When commenting on a business post, always use 5 or more words, emojis don’t count and any less than 5 words Instagram don’t count it as a real comment, saying a small sentence shows other followers you’re actually interested in what that accounts just shared. Yes sometimes I may just use a couple of words on someone’s post as it may not need a sentence, but I try and always do over 5 words if I can.

‘Now if you’re accounts set to private, then it means I can’t share any posts you may tag me in, some people prefer a private account and that’s totally fine, but if you’re wanting others to see then you’ll have to have it so everyone can see your profile. Many people open a second account just to share things they want others to see and then keep their personal one private.

When looking at one of my posts, there’s a little arrow, this means you can share it to your stories, sharing to your stories means everyone who follows you will be able to see what you’ve shared of mine, tagging me in your share also means it’ll appear in my inbox and then I can reshare it to my stories too.

You might think it sounds complicated, but trust me it’s not, it’s so much fun once you get to know how to use it properly.

‘’I’m going to start having giveaways on Instagram and these won’t be shared to Facebook, I’m currently planning one as we speak and it’s going to be pretty big, I just need to make sure I word it all correctly so that it works what I’m going to ask my followers to do. I’m hoping over the next 2 weeks I’ll be ready to share what it is, it’s going to be bigger than I’ve done in a long time, but there’ll be things you’ll need to do to be in for a chance of winning and it’ll mean if your accounts set private then I won’t see the steps I’ve asked you to do.

‘I’ll be sharing more about this in my stories over the next week, so be sure to watch out for them. I will also tell people on Facebook about this giveaway, but if they want to enter they’ll need to be on Instagram.

I’ll probably chat again about Instagram on my next blog, as I’ll tell you more about my giveaway too. So be sure to watch out for it all so you don’t miss out.

‘Right I’m off, if you’ve got a question about what I’ve chatted about this evening, please leave a comment and I’ll hopefully be able to answer you.

Stay safe, you’re all doing amazing during this Covid-19 lockdown and hopefully we’ll start to get back to normality very soon.

‘’Love

Rachel…….x

A Week Of Taking Photos

Happy Monday, are we on week 5 of lockdown now? I don’t know about you, but it feels normal to me being at home and not really leaving, well to be honest it’s 6 weeks since I left the house!

Anyway, let’s brighten your evening with what’s happening here at LIWL HQ this week…….it’s all about photos for the website. I’ve just had an order from MD Laser Works, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram. I can get on with taking new photos as they’ve cut me lots of words out, in red sparkle of course. So every night this week I’ll edit my photos and resize them and add them to the website, I enjoy taking photos of my wax and I hope you’ll love the new look too. It’ll take me most of the week as I’ve a lot to do, then once I’ve added the new photos to each scent category, I’ll then make a start on taking photos of each scent I do to then add it to all the correct listings. I’ve been wanting to do this since before Christmas, but then changed my mind on how I wanted my photos to look and tweaked a few things and then today the rest of my order arrived, so this afternoon I made a start taking photos. I’ve already uploaded one did you spot it?

Over the years of my website going live I’ve learnt a lot about photos and how to add them. Would you believe me if I told you when my web designer first built my website I couldn’t even put a product on, never mind add or edit a photo! I’ve always wanted to be able to add to my website, so he showed me a few basic steps and the rest I learnt with trying things out. Sometimes things just didn’t work and even now I sometimes do something and it goes wrong, but I never give up and I learn something new everyday.

 

Im also going to start teaching myself on how to use my photoshop and phone camera to my best advantage. I’ve started watching a few YouTube videos to give me some tips, but to be honest what I’ve managed to do so far has been through just having a go at things and clicking buttons and seeing what they do. I’ve been able to turn this photo on this blog from full colour to black and white with just showing the colour from my red lettering and the red decoration on my wax, I removed the main colour which was pink from my brittle piece. A month ago I wouldn’t have been able to do this. I’ve a lot to learn, but I love learning new things and I can’t wait to share over the coming weeks some of my new skills.

Being in lockdown gives you more time to think and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and writing notes down of the changes I want to make too.  I’m excited what’s going to be happening over the next coming months and I can’t wait to share with you all too. If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll find out what’s happening before anyone else, as I’ll use this blog to keep you all informed.

I’d just like to thank everyone of you who actually takes time to read my Monday blog and also to those of you who leave a comment too. Honestly if someone had said to me over 5 years ago that I’d start writing blogs on my website I’d have laughed at them. I’ve never been one for writing and my grammar and spelling isn’t 100% but it’s wrote from the heart and I believe that’s better than anything.

I hope you all have an amazing sparkly night and week and please keep safe and stay at home.

Happy melting everyone!

love

 

Rachel……..x