I LOVE this feature...and I happened upon this by chance, as I think it's been around for a while but not used that much, and had to share it with you all.
You can now create Facebook posts with "send message", "call now" and "sign up" buttons at the bottom for FREE on Facebook.
This used to be available only in paid for ads so this is BIG news my crafty one.
They look like this one below....neat, huh?
Today I’d like to tell you about Kim.
Kim was a normal 30 something mum who had a creative side, who was busy with life throwing her odd socks and a bad hangover after just 2 glasses of wine.
She started to make microwavable pillows as gifts for her kids’ teachers in 2001, assembling them at her kitchen table, using a corn kernel filling. Around the same time, her husband lost his job, prompting her to consider turning her pastime into a source of income.
I like things that make me look better than I actually am. Or that hide the bad and only show the good.
Like spanx and a push up bra.
And red lippy to divert attention from my grey roots.
And instagram filters.
But there are a few things I love even MORE and they are apps which make managing my online business easy.
Here I've listed my favourite FREE online resources which I simply cannot live without - and confession - you're now realising I'm not a natural graphic designer or photographer.
If you ever met my Mother you would know where I get my sass from.
She is a true maternal mother, you know the big busomed old fashioned type who wears an apron to cook and who's sole ambition in life was to be a great Mum.
She takes no prisoners but is soft and empathetic, she can cook a mean roast dinner, iron a shirt in 14 seconds flat and she gave me one of the best gifts she could ever give me.
The confidence to stand out.
To be unique and embrace it.
To not be afraid to look different, sound different, be different.
Let me tell you a quick story.
Giveaways or competitions on social media are a great way to get infront of new potential customers.
However, sometimes even though you try your best, they can still fall flat?
Why is that? How can you ensure that for your next giveaway or competition you have outstanding results?
Here are 3 tips to consider.
This week, in my Facebook group, I asked if there were any crafters or artists who would like a helpful and honest review of their Facebook biz page.
This post proved very popular and I quickly ran out of time to review everyone's pages.
So, me being the overachiever I am, I thought "how can I provide more help? Is there a way for me to show my thought process when reviewing a FB biz page which could help more?"
Hence this video was born!
Overnight successes.....do they really exist?
I used to think so. In my early online business days I totally bought into these "six figure" coaches and gurus. Spouting their pearls of wisdom about running an online business from the beach with professional lighting and make up making their skin look iridescent (or is that just the natural glow of being so filthy rich?)
I looked up to them. Used to say to myself that they weren't smarter than me, they'd just gotten on this gravy train earlier than me. I wanted what they had. Or what they appeared to have. It seemed so easy. So glamorous. So far away from the corporate grey and blue desk I was sat at (yes, that colour combination is as horrid as it sounds).
Steve Chou was a microprosser designer and now, together with his wife who also quit her job they make 6 figures selling handkerchiefs online......I know......like how does that happen....?!??
Steve talks on the latest podcast from Social Media Examiner about how to market your products online and I simply had to share this with you all as it is so JAM PACKED full of ideas and inspiration.
Steve is hot on systems and using automation, so some of what he talks about may be slightly advanced, but I urge everyone to read or listen to this article as you can implement his winning strategies in your own way.
Hot off the press - new Facebook tips straight from the algorithm's mouth (if it had one, maybe it does?!)
This morning I listened to a podcast with Michael Stelzner, the man behind who has his fingers on the pulse to what is working on social media and owner of "Social Media Examiner" and I have 3 updates for you all.
I think we're all in agreement that having your own website is a good idea. But I think the more important question is knowing when it's important to have one, and when it's a distraction.
Let's remind ourselves of some key reasons why it's a great idea to have your own website.
- You own it, there is zero risk of fees increasing or algorithms changing which affect your business negatively
- Increased branding opportunities, you're not restricted by the proprietary platform's rules
Video is as hot as a steaming Cornish pasty straight out of the oven right now. All small biz owners need to get on this gravy train, but yet some of us are still guilty of not creating enough video content.
Here are 6 Facebook video stats which will impress you enough to be grabbing your camera and screaming "lights camera action" before you know it.
You’ve got your huge pageant practiced smile on.
You’re feeling enthused and proud of your table presentation and glad you bought those extra battery lit candles and helium balloons.
You are wearing your jewellery range with pride and anticipation and hope that you’ll make at least 5 sales today.
You are excited and ready to rock this craft show!
What is the difference between running a business or a hobby online?
Surely if you're making money from selling crafts online it's not a hobby?
A hobby is where you simply do it for fun, right?
These people have a successful hobby, but it's not a business.
A business requires strategic thinking, learning, growing, marketing, sales, branding, copy-writing, photography skills, self development.....it's so so much more than owning a Facebook page and posting in craft groups for sales.
Following on from my previous post here, where I dissected several Facebook myths, I explained that to be seen on Facebook you need to be providing content that is valuable and relevant.
How do you write posts about your hand knitted kid’s cardigans that provides value? How can your hand dyed scarfs be deemed relevant enough for Facebook? How do you take your creative craft and talents and talk about them in a way that ticks Facebook’s “show this in the newsfeed” box?