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Social Media Algorithms

Oh man, it seems as though social media is in an uproar today!  All over Facebook and Instagram I’m seeing posts about social media algorithms, turning notifications on, turning notifications off, basically just general mayhem!  While I can not claim to be a social media expert (a lawyer recently explained what it actually requires to be called an expert and let me just say that all of you so-called experts…aren’t), I have done more than my share of research on the topic and am constantly learning new social media strategies…so I wanted to share a couple of thoughts…

  1. Just because you see someone post a dire warning on social media, DOES NOT mean that you should also post this warning.  Copying and pasting statuses or reposting pictures without fully understanding what they mean will often leave  you backpedaling later.  Instead, take a minute (or five!) to do a little research and get the whole story before you decide to go ahead and post it yourself.  It’s like your mother used to tell you, “If all of your friends jump off the cliff, will you?”
  2. Want to help your Facebook customers and friends make sure they see your posts on Facebook?  Encourage them to select “See First” for your page or profile…and this will allow them to better stalk connect with you.
    Understanding social media algorithms
  3. Should you ask your Instagram followers to turn on notifications?  No!  You don’t want to be the reason someone wants to throw their phone in the nearest body of water because it keeps dinging with notifications!  Because then they might unfollow you!
    Understanding social media algorithms
    4. Back in the day when Mark Z created Facebook it was designed to foster person-to-person connections.  Even though Facebook is now a publicly traded company, at it’s core it is still meant to connect people.  Same goes for Instagram.  And Twitter.  And any other social media platform.  Sure, businesses use these platforms to connect with their customers but, and I’ve said this before, social media is meant to be SOCIAL!  Interact, engage, and connect with people…don’t simply use these platforms as a place to throw your content in the hopes that someone will see it, your content will go viral and your blog/business/brand will explode over night.  Use these platforms as a place to build relationships.  Because, “It’s more difficult to unsubscribe from a relationship” – David Armano.  So before we all send ourselves into a frenzy figuring out exactly how these algorithm changes will impact us (because honestly, we don’t fully know!), instead take that time and focus on relationship building!
    What are your thoughts on the changes to the social media algorithms?  What will you do today to help build relationships on social media?

Build a relationship to beat the social media algorithms

December Scopers Challenge

I’m pretty sure Periscope just gets better and better with every passing month.  It could be because I’ve finally figured out who I need to unfollow (you’ll definitely want to check out this list so you can avoid these scoping sins!) and it could be because this scoping challenge group just continues to be more amazing…but whatever the reason, I am becoming more and more addicted to Periscope!  Back when Lauren, from Working Mom Magic, and I started September Scopers, and then continued the challenge with October Scopers and then November Scopers, we had no idea how awesome it would be…but we’d love to have you join us for #DecemberScopers!

This month I wanted to share a few accounts I HIGHLY recommend following…

Tara Newman – Absolutely outstanding business advice…I learn something from every single one of her scopes!

Melyssa Griffin (The Nectar Collective) – If you want tips and inspiration to turn your blog into full-time income, Melyssa is your girl!

Amanda (Run to the Finish) – I love Amanda’s running tips and inspiration..and you can’t help but smile as you’re giving fist bumps!

Taylor Bradford (Boss Girl Creative) – I look forward to her weekly Q & A scopes all week long because I learn soooo much!

December Scopers challenge...a daily periscope challenge

To join us for #DecemberScopers all you need to do is jump on Periscope and add the December Scopers hashtag to your title…there are no rules about following the prompts exactly, do what works for you!

There are a few ways you can connect with other #DecemberScopers…

  • The Facebook group!  Join us over on Facebook to share your handle, replays and ask all of your scoping questions!
  • Explore the #DecemberScopers hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to connect with other people participating…it truly is a fabulous group!
  • Find me on Periscope so we can watch each other’s broadcasts!

I’d love to hear…Have you tried Periscope?  If you have, what do you think of it?  If you haven’t, what’s been holding you back?  Also, I’d love more recommendations of which accounts I should be following so leave all of your suggestions below!

Unfollowing You On Periscope

Unless you’ve been living under a rock these last few months or on some remote island (in which case I wish I had your life!) you’ve probably heard something about this Periscope craze! It’s taking the social media world by storm and I for one, am LOVING Periscope! I’ve watched scopes on cooking recipes, life hacks, just making connections, fun games, and so much more. But sometimes the dreaded moment comes when I just have to unfollow someone…and even though I feel bad, sometimes it just has to be done!

Inspired by a conversation in the Facebook group for the #NovemberScopers (and #SeptemberScopers and #OctoberScopers) I decided it might be time to share with you four reasons I’m probably going to unfollow you on Periscope so you can hopefully avoid committing these Periscope sins!

*Sidenote…I will also unfollow you if you scope and drive!  This is not on the list below because there is not a funny perspective on this one…it is incredibly dangerous and if you are driving, put the phone down and wait to scope until later!

Top Four Reasons I'll Unfollow You on Periscope for anyone who uses Periscope

  1. If you spend half of your scope asking people to invite followers and give hearts…I am watching your scope to connect with YOU or learn something from YOU, not listen to you ask your viewers for more viewers. If I wanted to listen to someone begging for my attention I’d go back to teaching middle school 😉
  2. If you scope 17 times a day…but for real, people, there is no need to scope 7, 8, or more times a day and just like I’ll unfollow you on Instagram if you post 10 pictures from the same event in a 60-minute period, if you scope incessantly, consider yourself unfollowed!
  3. If you share 73 scopes a day…again this one’s for real, people…when you share 10, 20 or 30 scopes a day I have no idea if these are actually quality scopes you’re inviting me to or if you’re just a person who takes what they learned in preschool very seriously and shares EVERYTHING. It’s kind of like the boy who cried wolf and after you start sharing a lot I’ll stop jumping on the scopes you share.
    And then I’ll unfollow you.
  4. If you consistently ignore all of the comments…I get it, some people have way more than my 15 viewers on a scope and so it’s not easy to keep up with all of those comments. But, one of the things I love about Periscope is the real-time interaction, so if you consistently don’t respond to a single comment I can just as well watch you on YouTube. And I probably will since I’ll have unfollowed you on Periscope.

Tweet: Here are the top four reasons I'll unfollow you on #Periscope http://ctt.ec/m3dv4+ commit these
If you are someone that doesn’t do those things, let’s connect!!! You can find me at @jmdenouden and I’d love to have you comment below with your Periscope handle! And I’d love to hear, what makes you unfollow someone?

More on Periscope: Periscope for Bloggers

Live on Periscope
 

November Scopers Challenge

It’s official.  I’m obsessed with Periscope! This summer I knew Periscope was something I should get on board with but I was sooo scared!  So Lauren, from Working Mom Magic, and I started September Scopers, and then continued the challenge with October Scopers and now it’s time for November Scopers…because we just can’t get enough Periscope!  And this month, we’re sharing our Worst Date Ever stories…so it’s pretty much going to be an epic month!!!

Periscope is a great way to connect with others on a deeper level then any other social media platform.  I’ve also learned some fabulous cooking tips, DIY projects, fitness tips, and so much more!  I’m working on a post on ways you can use Periscope for your brand/blog/business/self…so stay tuned for those tips coming soon!

Periscope Challenge ... November Scopers

To join us for #NovemberScopers all you need to do is jump on Periscope and add the November Scopers hashtag to your title…there are no rules about following the prompts exactly, do what works for you!

There are a few ways you can connect with other #NovemberScopers…

  • The Facebook group!  Join us over on Facebook to share your handle, replays and ask all of your scoping questions!
  • Explore the #NovemberScopers hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to connect with other people participating…it truly is a fabulous group!
  • Find me on Periscope so we can watch each other’s broadcasts!

Tweet: Join @jmdenouden & @workingmommagic for #NovemberScopers …a daily #Periscope challenge http://bit.ly/1Xvc8pm

I’d love to hear…Have you tried Periscope?  If you have, what do you think of it?  If you haven’t, what’s been holding you back?

October Scopers Challenge

Confession time…I am officially obsessed with Periscope!  Remember a month ago when I was so scared to try broadcasting live that I decided to do a month-long challenge to make myself get over the fear?  Well now I’m over my fear…and I’m obsessed with scoping!  The opportunity to connect with so many fabulous #SeptemberScopers has been amazing and it’s in a way you just can’t do via written word.  There is something about being able to engage in real time that makes the connections seem deeper and more genuine.  During the last month I have learned a LOT about scoping so I wanted to share a few of the tips I’ve learned…

Periscope tips for brands, blogs, businesses and anyone else who wants to try out Periscope

-Have a purpose for your scope…even if the purpose is just to tell a funny story, have a reason for hitting the “Start Broadcast” button

-Engage, engage, engage…I think if you’re going to use social media then you need to be social and Periscope is no exception!  Comment, give hearts, connect off Periscope, just engage with each other!

-Introduce yourself in the beginning and at the end in case viewers missed your introduction

-Ask for what you want during your broadcast…it’s okay to ask people to comment about particular topics, or give hearts if they like your tips or share with their followers…if someone is new they might not know what to do, so it’s okay to ask!

-Have fun…the more enjoying doing the broadcasts, the more others will enjoy watching them!

Since Lauren, of Working Mom Magic, and I had so much fun doing SeptemberScopers we are doing #OctoberScopers next…yay!!!

October Scopers group on Periscope

Tweet: Join @jmdenouden and @workingmommagic for #OctoberScopers …a daily #periscope challenge! http://ctt.ec/91d5p+

There are a few ways you can connect with other #OctoberScopers…

  • The Facebook group!  Join us over on Facebook to share your handle, replays and ask all of your scoping questions!
  • Explore the #OctoberScopers hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to connect with other people participating…it truly is a fabulous group!
  • Find me on Periscope so we can watch each other’s broadcasts!

Will you be joining us?  What do you think about Periscope?

#SeptemberScopers Challenge

Earlier this week a friend of mine wrote about Periscope on her blog and while I loved her post, it made me so nervous because as much as I’ve wanted to jump on the Periscope bandwagon, I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED!  What if nobody watches my scopes?  What if three people watch and they all think I’m ridiculous?  What if I look like a complete and utter fool?  And so I did what I often do when I need to work on something…I jump in like 150%!  I thought, “What if I would commit to scoping every day in September to make myself get over the fear?”  Lauren and I got to talking…

…And #SeptemberScopers was born!

In a nutshell….we’re going to scope every day in September and we want you to join us!  To make things easy for you, we even came up with suggested topics for every day of the month…although you can feel free to use your own!

Join us on Periscope for #SeptemberScopers

Here’s what you can do…

*Invite others to join you for this challenge…the more people who participate the more fun we’ll have!  You can tweet about it, post it on Instagram, make a scope, share it on your blog…just feel free to invite others!

Tweet: Join @jmdenouden & @WorkingMomMagic for #SeptemberScopers …a daily #periscope challenge! http://bit.ly/1LxIz0Q

*Scope every day (or as often as you can) and make sure you include the hashtag #SeptemberScopers somewhere in the title of your Periscope post (and be sure to share it to Twitter!)

*Watch other #SeptemberScopers posts…comment if they are live, share them on Twitter, give them hearts and just support, support, support each other!

*If you want to learn more about Periscope you can check out one of my earlier posts and this great roundup from The Fit Cookie

Let’s connect on Periscope…

 

Y’all, I am sooo excited for this challenge!  I can’t wait to interact with all of you, meet new people, and not only get over my fear of scoping but become a confident scoper!  And because I think it’s going to be so awesome I teamed up with a few bloggers who are helping promote this challenge…so you’ll definitely want to connect with them on Periscope!

Lauren at Working Mom Magic, Periscope: @workingmommagic
Lisa at Goofball Mommy, Periscope:@goofballmommy
Laci at Sequins in the South, Periscope:@sequinsinthesouth
Phyllis at Verified Mom, Periscope: @verifiedmom
Jeannine at At Home with the O’Neils, Periscope:@jeannine_oneil
Bev at Linkouture, Periscope: @linkouture
Denise at STL Motherhood, Periscope: @StlMotherhood

So, who’s joining me for #SeptemberScopers?!? 

SeptemberScopers challenge