Instagram and Facebook are Amazing Together!

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I love all the new integrations happening on Instagram and Facebook!

And one thing that is AMAZING, and everyone needs to know about it, is that you can reply to a comment, post a comment, or trash a comment on your Instagram account, right from your Facebook BUSINESS PAGE!

Check this out!

  1. Click on your INBOX on your Facebook Business Page
  2. Then Click on the Instagram icon
  3. Now you can reply, comment, or trash comments all from your Facebook “back office”.

This is kind of amazing on so many levels. If you’re not utilizing your inbox for your Facebook business page, I’m going to guess you’re missing notifications!

Let me show you WHY I love using the inbox tab on my Business Facebook Page!

Answering people on posts!

For instance, I’m running 6 Facebook parties right now. Instead of clicking on every single party and checking every single post, I go to my inbox and I can see EVERY post and EVERY comment. But the cool thing, I can ANSWER them all right from my inbox. So I’m not chasing posts and scrolling and trying to go through a million pages.

This helps me:

  1. Save time
  2. Not MISS notifications
  3. Work my business like a #GirlBoss


Check it out and work your business SMARTER not HARDER!

This is just one more reason you should be hosting your Facebook parties on your Facebook business page. I firmly believe this is where they need to be in order to run your business efficiently.

  1. You can check all party posts and comments in one place
  2. Your events are public, so your hostess AND guests can share the posts
  3. YOU can share the posts via Twitter
  4. It is ALL searchable content on the web, which gives you more exposure for your business and brand
  5. You can easily find all your past events and post in them occasionally

I challenge you today to RETHINK how you’re hosting your Facebook parties!

Melissa Fietsam

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?


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:


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.


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!


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.


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:


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.


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.


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:


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


#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 #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
#hashtag #directsales #business #success #leadership #thirtyonegifts #instagood #instagram

Find Your Thirty-One Consultant on Instagram

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Come find me Instagram!

I love to show off my my Thirty-One and all the ways it’s blessed me, organized me, and made me smile!

So let’s connect on Instagram!

Find me at:

instagram, Thirty-one gifts, thirty one, 31, 31 bag, 31 bags, find a consultant, find a thirty-one consultant, find a 31 consultant

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

#31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #Instagram #socialmedia #DirectSales #findaconsultant #jointhirtyone

What Happened to Instagram?

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Did you see the updates to your Instagram account?!

Check out their blog post to see what happened. It’s psychedelic now. LOL!

Melissa fietsam, Ind. Senior Executive Director at Thirty-One Gifts

#31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #thirtyonegifts #socialmedia #Instagram #whathappenedtoinstagram #updates

Free Training TOMORROW on How to Use Instagram for Your Direct Sales Business

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Check this out! There is a FREE training on how to use your Instagram to promote your Direct Sales business! You can click on the link below to register. I’ve never seen or heard of this lady, but I’m always up for learning something new:)


This is an excerpt from the training page and link below:

“Instagram is growing rapidly, with 26 percent of adults now using the social media network. Yet, only a few brands include Instagram in their social media strategy…and even fewer use it properly.

Discover the best strategies for using Instagram to build your brand from renowned social media consultant Jenn Herman. Join her free Cision webinar on Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

Jenn will illustrate how Instagram can help you:

  • Promote your business with quality content, including photos, captions and videos
  • Connect to your audience by showing your unique personality
  • Increase your exposure with a targeted hashtag strategy
  • Drive traffic using Instagram’s new ad platform

Register now to develop your Instagram strategy!”


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

#instagram #directsales #thirtyone #31 #31bag #31bags #instagram101 #training #thirtyonegifts

Instagram. My New Happy Place

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I have been on Instagram for a couple years. However, I haven’t USED it in a couple years either. I posted like once every 4 months.  So join me on my new adventure over on Instagram and watch this newbie navigate her way! Link is below…grab the popcorn and Goobers!


My friend Melanie Moore kept barking at me about Instagram. Melanie says, “You’ve gotta get on there”. Then my friend Linda Lollo just kept raving about it. So, I caved. I caved to peer pressure. And now, thank you very much to both of you, I am officially obsessed…like I REALLY needed something new to be obsessed about!! 😉

See, whenever I find something new, I have to research it. I have to KNOW what I’m doing. I have to watch videos, google studies, find all the ins and outs.  But the good thing about that, is I jump FIRST, then figure out a way to land. And it serves me well.

So… #Instagram is my new happy place! Oh my goodness, so many cool things to do on there. FUN!



So, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me. I have also fallen in love with the app FLIPAGRAM.

O.M.G.>>>the places you can go!


So find me on Instagram, and if you have some tips for me, send them my way!


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

#instagram #directsales #31 #31bag #31bags #thirtyone #socialmedia