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3 Mistakes You Should Never Make on Social Media

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Sharing responsibly on social media is not an option, it’s a MUST. And unless you want someone to eventually take legal action against you, you better know the rules!

You are setting an example for your team, your friends, and everyone around you.

So what are the 3 biggest mistakes people are making on Social Media?

Pinterest:

You cannot take someone else’s graphic and change the link to direct people to YOUR website instead of THEIRS. If someone took the time out of their day (and the money out of their pocket) to create a graphic of their product, YOU have no right to that picture.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are you allowed to take that really awesome graphic and change the link. Let me repeat that…YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE LINK on someone else’s graphic!

Pinterest is a place for ORIGINAL content. Not a place to claim someone else’s original content for your own. Did you know it’s actually illegal?! If I post a picture of my product on Pinterest, it is legally my “intellectual property”. And you are bound by Pinterest to adhere to that rule.

Now, I will say, if you are a direct sales consultant, many companies allow you to take HOME OFFICE graphics and change the links to yours. But this does NOT apply to other people’s graphics you happen to like.

You have 2 options:

OPTION#1:

REPIN IT: Sure, you can repin it. But why would you want to? Why would you want to have a really cool graphic that leads your customers to someone else’s site? My opinion…don’t do it.

OPTION#2:

Create your own: Save the graphic to a secret board and then recreate the same idea with your own product. And BAM! Now YOU have a great graphic to share on Pinterest!

SIDE BAR:

We all have product in our closet. Take that product out once a week and work on one room in your house, or one “theme”. 20 minutes is all it takes to stage some product and take some pictures with your phone. It’s really that easy. And then make sure you watermark so no one WANTS to take your picture to begin with! A watermark is as simple as putting your name and business information as “text” onto the graphic. This can easily be done on Canva or even apps on your phone like Word Swag.

Are you THAT girl?

The one that has a million posts from other people and maybe even changed their links?

Want to know where to start?

Honestly, you need to go delete those boards if you have no original posts in there. Just START OVER!

If you have a bunch of pins from other people and didn’t change the link: you’re leading your customers to other people’s pages and that is NOT what you want to do. You don’t want to lead people away from your website to someone else’s website to order.

If you have a bunch of pins and illegally changed the link to direct them to your site: delete every single one of them. And then recreate your own. And brand your images before you upload them.


Instagram:

Now let’s talk about Instagram. You are not permitted to take someone else’s graphic and: take a snapshot, crop it, and share it. UNLESS you tag them and give them credit for the photo.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

People take time on their social media posts. It is NOT okay to take their post and claim it as your own.

You have 2 options:

OPTION #1:

Crop and tag: Snap a picture of the post, crop it, repost, and add “Photo Credit @TheirNameGoesHere”.

You actually have to tag their Instagram account so people are linked back to the original creator of the photo.

OPTION#2:

Use a reposting app: Use an app like “Repost” where you copy the link to their post, paste it into the app, and then it tags them in the photo for you.


Twitter:

And last but not least, let’s talk Twitter. Again, you cannot take someone’s post and make it your own. Twitter makes it very easy to share someone else’s content. And it’s actually a “high five” and pat on the back when you do.

You have 3 options:

OPTION #1:

Retweet: You can retweet their original post and it will show up on your timeline, giving credit to the original author or creator.

OPTION#2:

You can share something and TAG that person’s Twitter handle (@theirtwitteraccount)

OPTION#3:

You can copy a URL directly from the post you want to share and link them back to the original creator’s content. This is mostly for websites and blogs, things of that nature.


Really, the moral of the story is to create your own content. Taking someone else’s content does nothing for your business in the long run. You have to learn how to be creative and get your own posts out there!

UPDATE TO A QUESTION: If the original creator of the photo gives you PERMISSION to share that photo, then yes, you can share it. But you also need to make sure THEY are the original creator of that photo-and not just sharing it from someone else in the first place!

You have to research.

Find someone who inspires you and learn how to do it yourself!

Happy Sharing,

Melissa Fietsam

Instagram Save Feature

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I love the new Instagram save feature!

Instagram tips for direct sales

If you’re scrolling through your Instagram and find something AWESOME…you just tap this save “ribbon” and you cna go back and see it in a “folder” of saved posts.

So what the heck would you use it for?

I’ve saved ideas for products from other consultants

I can duplicate for my own use. So let’s say someone had a cute bag set up in a way I hadn’t seen it used for. I can save it, then go back and take my product and make the same picture for my customers.

I’ve seen business ideas that I love

I’ve seen quotes, or cool ideas for giveaways , or cool ways people were promoting themselves. I can hit that save button on Instagram so I don’t lose it and forget about it! When I have time, I can always go back to it.

I’ve also see ads of crap I don’t need to buy

Right? More and more ads are popping up on Instagram and I personally love them cause they’re QUICK! So whether it’s a video or static ad, I can save it for that one week after payday when I actually have money. Yeah, you know what I mean. I got paid, I’m rich for a week…and then BAM! I’m broke for 3 weeks. But IMA GO BUY IT WHEN I’M RICH FOR A WEEK

And here is where you find your saved photos on your main profile

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So there it is. New save feature on Instagram! LOVE IT!

Melissa Fietsam

 

Instagram Hashtags for each Day of the Week for your Direct Sales Business

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Instagram is all about hashtags!

If you’re not using hashtags, people really don’t have a way to FIND what you’re posting.

And it’s great to have a theme each day. Why? Because that’s what everyone else is doing! And the idea of Instagram and Hashtags is to find people who have similar interests.

So I did a little research and found the best hashtags for each DAY. Put them in your “notes” in your phone so you can easily copy/paste and follow some of these daily themes!

The name of the game is to be FOUND. For you and your business. So here you go! Happy hashtagging!

hashtags for each day of the week

Sunday:

#sundayfunday #weekend #familytime #funday #morning #love #sunday #friends #winter #happy #family #ceolife #ceoofme #laptoplife #cozysunday #enjoy #chill #instagood #chillout #cinchlove

Monday:

#monday #mondayfunday #mondaymotivation #mondays #mondymorning #goodmorning #mondaymood #mondayfun #mondayface  #MotivationMonday #instagood #mondaymemories #motivationalmonday #business #success #leadership #ceolife #laptoplife #cincshare #cinchlove

Tuesday:

#traveltuesday #tuesday #transformationtuesday #tuesdaymorning #goodmorning #tuesdaynight #tuesdayvibes #tuesdaytip #tuesdaymood   #TipTuesday #tuesdaytreat #instagood #trendytuesday #topictuesday #business #success #leadership #cincshare #cinchlove #tuesdayfeeling

Wednesday:

#wednesday #WineWednesday #waybackwednesday #humpday #wbw #wednesdaywisdom #wisdomwednesday #directsales #CEO #CEOLife #laptoplife #instagood #wednesdaythoughts #beyourownboss #business #success #leadership

Thursday:

#Thursday #throwbackthursday #tbt #throwback #goodmorning #ceolife #almosttheweekend #throwbackthursdays #CEOLife #laptoplife #cinchlove #cinchshare #funday #fun #bosslady #directsales #letsdothis #beyourownboss #thursdate #thirtsythursday #thankfulthursday #instagood #thursdaythoughts

Friday:

#TGIF #fridayfun #party #fridaymood #hangout #goodmorning #weekendvibes #friday #happyfriday #fridaynight #fridaynightlights #weekendtrip #weekender #ceo #ceolife #cinchlove #cinchshare #fridaymotivation #directsales #fun #followfriday #FF #FBF #flashbackfriday #instagood

Saturday:

#Saturday #weekendwarrior #weekend #familytime #funday #morning #love #friends #winter #happy #family #ceolife #ceoofme #laptoplife #cozysaturday #enjoy #chill #instagood #chillout #cinchlove #funsaturday

Happy Hashtagging!

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts
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Direct Sales and Social Media Tips on Instagram

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I’ve started a new Instagram page for Direct Sales Social Media tips!

Each week, I’ll be hosting 60 second tips and tricks to boost your social media skills and knowledge! It’s what I LOVE and what I enjoy sharing! So come over and have some fun with me!

Click the link or graphic below and CLICK ON FOLLOW:

https://www.instagram.com/directsalesbymelissa/?hl=en

instagram tips, direct sales

Melissa Fietsam, Ind. Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

www.buymybags.com

#Instagram #Tips #DirectSales