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Blogging Tips From Blog Camp Vibe

Blog Camp Vibe focused on business; aimed at bloggers who want to grow their blogs and their blog’s earning power.  Sponsored by Vibe Israel, most of the speakers were successful business owners from Israel.

Blog Camp Vibe

Instagram success

We heard from @Roco_Runs who have grown their following from 4 in 2013 to over 63k today.  A group of friends (ladies) who run together and stop to take pictures along the way, which are share on their feed.  They have inspired others to start running and now Roco Runs is a huge community of runners.  All started from one single decision to make the effort to start running every day without fail.

One small decision can make a massive difference
Tips
  • Tell your story as it happens – so followers can experience it with you.
  • Make sure the caption depicts the atmosphere.
  • Make sure your pictures include something that captures peoples attention.
  • Whatever interests you will make the best story.
  • Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end, so tell the whole story.

Work Life balance

Liat, founder of the app 24 Me, spoke about the constant struggle to find a balance, while sharing the apps/processes that help her.  She also gave an overview of the app that is now hers and her husband’s business.

The focus was on the fact that it is not easy.  You have to accept this and choose every day what is the right thing to do for you and your family.  On days when you are a good mum, you probably suck at your job and vice versa.

What works for her
  • Having her partner involved in the business.
  • Sharing the business with close circle.
  • Make her own rules and define own boundaries.
  • Be confident!
Life Hacks: Technology
  • Put everything in a shared family calendar.
  • Use tools for better management of grocery list, shared household tasks – for example 24Me.
  • Use Cloud services to back up data.
  • Outsource tasks to free up time.
  • Always be looking for your next tool.
Life Hacks: Productivity
  • Sleep – aim for 7 hours.
  • Stress – reduce as much as possible.
  • Have a hobby that you enjoy and make time for.
  • Starting the day with an organised desk/desktop.
  • Don’t multitask. Focus on one task at a time.
  • Outsourcing.
There is always a price, but what matters is whether you are o.k with that price?

Things to remember

  • Be determined – Believe in what you do.
  • Develop a network of support.
  • Be organised – have tools and use services to help you organise your life.
  • Don’t delay things to the very last moment.
Do what you do best and outsource the rest.

Find your Insta Style – Lucy from Capture By Lucy

I was so excited to hear from Lucy.  She is such a wonderful person and so enthusiastic about what she does; it’s infectious. I had some internal struggles with Instagram that I hoped she would be able to iron out (she did!).

Lucy started by explaining how important Instagram has become in her life and that 90% of the enquiries that she receives now come through her IG feed.

If you didn’t know Instagram is big news with over 400 million active monthly users, with 80 million photos share every day and 3.6 billion favourites.  It is the platform with the most engaged users and the sense of community is strong.

Your IG Bio

  • Textizer app can change the font on your bio to make it stand out.  Think about how to stand out from the crowd, you only have a few seconds to hook people when they look at your profile.
  • Make sure your name/profile image is consistent across all platforms.
  • Try using your face, rather than a logo as the profile image.
  • Hone your bio to your target audience.
  • Analyse your grid to make sure people keep scrolling.
  • Make sure people can contact you through IG – clickable web link.
  • Check how the bio looks on web and on mobile.
ONLY THE BEST

If the image wouldn’t make it on to your blog, then don’t put it on Instagram.

Lucy’s recipe for success

  • Become a photo snob.
  • Post images that aren’t on other platforms – exclusive images.
  • If the picture isn’t good enough, or in keeping with your style, post it to Facebook or Twitter instead.
  • Take the time to style your photos.
  • Use natural light
  • Be consistent with your editing.  Use a couple of filters.
  • Use the caption box to tell a story and try to hook the reader into wanting to click through to your blog.
  • Don’t compromise your feed!
  • Find out the best time for you to post – Iconosquare can help you with this.
  • Post regularly and keep theming consistent
  • Space out content, so not to flood peoples feed.
  • Use Latergramme to schedule.
  • Analyse engagement with Iconosquare or Social Sprout.
  • Lucy uses Faded –  iphone app for photo editing.
  • Making your images 600px wide means they are good enough quality for IG but won’t print well (preventing people from taking them).
  • If you are promoting something with an IG image, change the link in your profile to the post you are promoting.
  • A good liking ratio is 1.5% of total followers per picture.

Hashtags are important

  • Avoid generic hashtags, as your picture won’t be noticed.
  • Instead use specific and relevant ones.
  • Find interesting community hashtags.
  • Pop your hashtags in the first comment, so they disappear when people start commenting.
  • 11 hashtags are optimum for engagement.
  • Copy & paste your favourites.

Community is important

  • Find and follow people.
  • Make time to reply and comment.
  • Read the Instagram blog.
  • Communicate with brands.
  • Tag, credit & mention those you admire.
  • Start a #/collaboration.

 

I hope these tips helped?  Have you ever been to a blogging conference?

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Showing 41 comments
  • mackenzie glanville
    Reply

    I love the quote about that there is always a price. Great post, really helpful. In case you didn’t know already I think you are brilliant

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Ah Mac you are too kind xx

  • Katy
    Reply

    This is a fab roundup and even being there I totally forgot half of it already! x

  • Kat
    Reply

    Brilliant tips. Some familiar ones for me but so many new ones. I’m bookmarking so I can refer back to. Thank you for sharing your experience lovely. Xxxx

  • Capture by Lucy
    Reply

    So wonderful to see you and so glad you found the session helpful! I’ve shared the first part of the full presentation and will blog it all over the next 2 days. Hooray for falling in love with IG and ps LOVE the pony pics!!! xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      And you to lovely. Your talk was fab! I really mean it, I deleted some images and now only put the best, exclusive images up there. I write a little story and use better hashtags and I have doubled or quadrupled my likes and have loads of photographers following me, which is lovely. I love the pony pics too 😉 xx

  • Ana De- Jesus
    Reply

    Some great tips here I joined Instagram in July (so three months) and didn’t use it properly until September and am now on nearly 1k followers it is pretty incredible. I always make sure to leave other bloggers comments and like photos. I always check what my followers are doing and who they are liking and then do the same .

  • Angela at Daysinbed
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing these tips. I always find this type of post useful and appreciate the efforts you go to to write and share with us all!

    angela x

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks so much huni. It is my pleasure x

  • Cathy (MummyTravels)
    Reply

    Great to see all the top tips from Blogcamp Vibe together – I was there too, and particularly loved Lucy’s Instagram talk. I’ve downloaded 24Me as well in the hope of getting organised, but in inevitable fashion haven’t had chance to even play around with it yet!

  • Mudpie Fridays
    Reply

    Sounds like a great conference, its really good that it focused purely on business. I have pinned this for future reference as my Instagram account could need some work! Thank you for sharing, loved your Klout post too. x

  • Amy
    Reply

    Absolutely love this! I really want to ‘get good’ at IG because it is my favourite platform. I will def be using these tips. Interesting thought about making pics exclusive and only sharing ones that would make your blog. That really is food for thought. Thanks for an amazing round-up darling xxxx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni. I have started making them exclusive, changing the way I do captions and adding diff #s and likes have at least doubled maybe x3 xxxx

  • tanita
    Reply

    I absolutely loved this post Aby. So informative about Instagram. That’s really helped me a lot. Hopefully I can put some of these great tips into action! X

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks huni, I am so glad it was useful x

  • Catriona
    Reply

    Thanks for sharing the tips, sounds like a very useful camp. I love Instagram, it’s definitely my most used social media, I’ll have to try some of the tips x

  • Janine
    Reply

    Sounds like I still have to learn a lot. I just don’t get the time sometimes to blog or what to blog about lately.

  • LadyNicci
    Reply

    I have so much to learn about instragram. I used to think it didn’t help bloggers but now I’m realising it can. I guess it’s difficult to juggle all the social media platforms. Great tips though – I love reading blogging tips!

  • Micchelle
    Reply

    some great tips here. I do struggle trying to find the balance between life and work. its so hard

  • Alex
    Reply

    Another fab post Aby! I’ll be coming back to this regularly to remind myself of the useful tips. It’s interesting to know that 1.5% of your total followers is a good amount for likes, I always think my like ratio is low but I definitely hit 1.5%, so that’s reassuring! Xx

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Yes I was so surprised but I also saw that figure quoted on Iconosquare, so we are doing better than we thought! 🙂 x

  • Joanna Landau
    Reply

    Hi Aby, what a great roundup of the day for your readers to enjoy! So glad you felt the content was enriching and relevant. Keep on blogging!

    • You Baby Me Mummy
      Reply

      Thanks Joanna

  • Haidee
    Reply

    Oh wow Aby! Off topic but the new blog design looks amazing! Love it 🙂 #TheList

  • Fatima
    Reply

    This is a great re-cap of the Blog Camp, and it was lovely to meet you there! I really enjoyed the passion and productivity of all of the speakers. They had all taken massive action, and gotten great results and I found that so inspiring!

  • Baby Isabella
    Reply

    A really helpful post, thanks for sharing your notes Aby! #TheList

  • Rebecca U
    Reply

    Really useful tips – I really need to work on my Instagram feed #thelist

  • Joanna
    Reply

    Great tips Aby! I am really starting to like Instagram, but I’m still finding my way around it.
    #TheList

  • Chloe
    Reply

    These are brilliant, brilliant tips. I especially need to work on my Instagram so this is a perfect read for today. I would have loved to have attended the Capture By Lucy presentation too so I’m really glad someone has rounded it up. xx #thelist

  • Random Musings
    Reply

    I really feel like my Instagram needs a good shake up, these tips were really helpful. I especially like the one if it’s not good enough for your blog, it’s not good enough for your Insta! Thanks for hosting #TheList
    Debbie

  • catherine
    Reply

    I keep looking at my instagram feed and know that it is nowhere near as good as it could be, so thank you for sharing Lucy’s tips. Xxx

  • Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    Reply

    It was lovely to see you at Blogcamp, and this is an excellent summation of what happened there – some good reminders in there for me too! #thelist

  • Cheryl
    Reply

    Great advice! I have been with Instagram for a while now but have not really utilized its purpose, should really find time to grow my followers in there too. Thanks for sharing! #TheList

  • Ness
    Reply

    My husband commented the other day that I don’t seem to have a work/life balance just a work one. I guess that’s why I’m still on my phone at 10.30 on a Friday night!

  • Lisa (mummascribbles)
    Reply

    Oooo thanks from sharing all the tips you discovered. I was supposed to be at blog camp but I couldn’t get the day off work! Thanks for hosting #TheList

  • Bex
    Reply

    This is a really great round up of the day, including things I had already forgotten!

  • beth
    Reply

    These are great tips and glad I came across this post x

  • Helena
    Reply

    Definitely things to mull over here. Thanks for sharing with #TheList

  • Becky
    Reply

    Wish I could have gone! brilliant notes thank you !

  • Anna Brophy
    Reply

    OK; so today I will be confident, I will work on my photos and I will engage more with the blogging community…that’s my takeaway grab for now…thanks (as always) for such clear and concise tips! #TheList

  • Robyn
    Reply

    Great list, especially useful for me as I’m getting the hang of various social media platforms in order to support my young blog – there’s a lot to learn! My favourite tips were the ones from Lucy. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. #TheList

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