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Cinchshare Social Media Post Scheduler| A to Z Challenege

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If you want to keep a social media presence consistency is key.  There are over 1 billion users on Facebook. Let’s let that sink in for a moment… one BILLION, with a B! There are more that one hundred million users Instagram every month. Pinterest has reached 150 million users a month. That is a lot of people! Chances are there are going to be a few who could benefit from your business.  How do you keep yourself in front of them? Cinchshare is my go-to for scheduling posts for when I won’t be online. I do still have a 9-5 job and being on the internet all day is frowned upon. 😉

Please note this post contains affiliate links. That means if you choose to use the services, I get a small percentage back, which helps me continue this website. But don’t worry, I only choose products and services I have used, and I stand behind! 

When Cinchshare started, it was simply a Facebook post scheduler. It would let you schedule posts to your personal timeline, business page and events. It also let you save frequently used wording as a textclip. Over time they have added many features. Batch posting is my favorite, especially for Facebook parties. If you are in sales I highly recommend you read How to Keep your Business Rockin’ in the Winter.  It goes into why Facebook parties are a great addition to your business at any time of the year.

Cinchshare is also integrated with Pinterest and Twitter now. We just need Instagram to get on board!

Apart from the services, I really love the community they have created on Facebook. Their SocialCinch Club is a great free community. They offer all kinds of tips and challenges. Tonight they are hosting an event titled, “Tips to Make More Money With Your Biz” and it is completely free.  I love it when a company offers free resources. It makes me feel like they really care about my success and they’re not just about making money.

Speaking of money, there is a monthly cost for Cinchshare, but if you are on social media regularly it is worth it. You can check them out for yourself here, Cinchshare. They offer a 7 day free trial, but if you use the code “CINCHFREE” you get an additional 30 days free.

I hope this helps you keep your business online. For more tips be sure to join my FREE Facebook group. It’s primarily for busy bees who would like a little support managing their busy life.

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Hello Spring !

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Happy first day of spring! Here in southeast PA we are still dealing with the melting snow from the ONE snowstorm we had this year. Now that it is officially spring, I am hoping that the snow is behind us.

If you are in a sales or service business, you should be using this to your advantage. Spring is a universal subject and many people will be searching for ideas and inspiration for the season. #Spring has over 55 million posts on Instagram!

How can you incorporate this into your marketing? Make sure to tie your products into the season, such as:

  1. Cleaning Products – #springcleaning
  2. Fashion – #springdress, #springfashion
  3. Makeup – #springstyle
  4. Toys – #springbreak
  5.  Purses/Bags – #springstyle, #springfashion

Another option is to offer something of value to your community. Search for local first day of spring freebies. Rita’s Water Ice and Dairy Queen both have offers today!

How will you use #spring to help further your business? Come join my Facebook group to come learn or share ideas for your busy life/business.


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How to Keep your Business Rockin’ in the Winter

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Whether you like to hibernate in the winter with the bears or you need a backup for when Old Man Winter strikes, Facebook parties are the way to go!  Facebook parties were all the rage a few years ago and people found great success with them. However, now days Facebook parties are a dime a dozen. Chances are you get invite to at least one a week.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from the link below. I only recommend products & services that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.

In order to stand out from the crowd you’re going to have to be a little different.  If you need help updating your party, I highly recommend taking Sassy Suite’s Epic Facebook party course. You can check out the details here. This is a self-paced course which includes a workbook and videos. It takes you from the planning stage all the though to the post party.

It helped me see that creating a Facebook party along the lines of a real party was more fun for our guests. It kept people more engaged and interested in the party. It all starts off with an epic party playlist. Because what’s a party without a little music.  🙂

My first Epic Facebook party using this course had more engagement and sales. Now obviously, there is no guarantee, but many people have found success with this program.

Keep in mind, Facebook parties aren’t just for the winter time. You can use this format all through the year. Here are just a couple of situations where you might need a Facebook party:

  1. Long distance host or guests – No longer is distance an issue, everyone can come together for a good time on their phone or computer.
  2. Summer vacations – Holding in-home parties in the summer can be challenging due to everyone’s vacation schedules. This makes it possible for people to join no matter where they are.
  3. The busy host – Seems like most people now days are so busy they barely have time for themselves. This gives them a chance to socialize with their friends without interrupting their schedule.

The best part about this party format is that you can adapt it to any theme so no 2 parties are alike. Here are some parties I’ve done in the past:

  1. Beach Bash
  2. Fall Festival
  3. Spooktacular Halloween
  4. Modern Day Fairytale

To keep your party running smoothly, I highly recommend using Cinchshare to schedule your posts so you can focus on responding to questions and comments come party time. It was a lifesaver when my 2 year old decided she wanted to stay up late one night. 😉 See the sidebar for a link to their website.

I hope this helps you keep your business going all year long. There is nothing harder then having to restart your business time after time.

Stay Happy!

 

 


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Believe in 2017

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Let’s face it 2016 kinda sucked for a lot of people. One of the oldest New Year’s traditions is to make resolutions. Resolutions are a firm decision to do or not to do something. It’s so definite. Many people see it as an all or nothing approach so if they slip on their resolution they give it up completely.

You may have noticed a shift away from this trend. Many people, especially business owners, choose a word to help guide them and motivate them throughout the year. There’s no strict adherence to some behavior. Just a thought to help you be your best self through the year.

In the beginning of 2016 I vowed to make it the year of me. Now that might sound a little narcissistic, but after two kids and working full-time I really lost myself. I vowed to start taking better care of myself and making time for things that I enjoyed doing, including my home business.

Well….that didn’t go as planned. It started off great with a trip to Las Vegas for a leadership conference. Then I had a procedure on my knee which lead to full-blown knee surgery in March. Before I even finished my PT from the knee surgery I hurt my back in May. Laying in bed in pain was not how I planned Memorial Day weekend. Then, just for fun, I broke my toe in June. My brother was diagnosed with brain cancer and then my daughter developed a weird inflammation of her blood vessels right before my trip to convention. Lastly, my son’s ADHD and Autism diagnosis. I tried to keep up with things the best I could, but my business just didn’t get the attention it needed.

It wasn’t all bad. I was still able to keep up some pretty good sales and welcomed 6 new team members.  Overall though, I just felt like everything I did didn’t work out right. I had many events and parties that flopped. That lead to a lot of disagreements with my husband who thought it would be better that I be home instead of “wasting” my time. He doesn’t get the whole planting seeds analogy, lol.

All of this left me with such self-doubt. I still haven’t completely got it out of my head. So for 2017 I chose the word Believe to remind myself to believe in myself as a mother, wife and business owner.

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I think it’s fitting that we had 2 “Believe” products this holiday. Maybe it was a sign pointing me in the right direction. 🙂

 

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What’s Old is New Again

I took a trip to Forever 21 the other day because a friend recommended their plus size department. I’ve been plus size even before I was 21, haha. As I’m browsing the racks looking for the tell-tale “Plus Size” here sign I notice a lot of plaid shirts. I figure it’s just a trend for the fall/winter selling season. Then I’m looking around and I see cropped shirts, short skirts, flowing floral shirts and it hit me! 90’s Fashions are back in style!

We all know fashion trends tend to recycle through the decades. I really should just save everything because it will be in style again someday. I remember reading somewhere that chokers were back in style too so that just confirms the 90’s fashion trends are back. I thought I would do my own version of a choker using our Origami Owl wrap brackets. I had a little fun once the kids went to bed.

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I was surprised how comfortable it was to wear! Now as you can see I’m not a petite person and the wraps worked great. We have two different size wraps and I do need the larger one to wear this as a choker comfortably, but someone with a smaller neck could definitely use our smaller wraps. The top 2 photos are the wrap bracelets with a Living Locket attached. Our Living Lockets hold different charms to represent your  story. We have a wide variety to choose from: sentimental or just for fun. For the bottom left photo I used one of our expression frames. Mine says “Let it Go.” You can view our full collection of wraps here on my website.

If you would like help building your own Living Locket necklace or bracelet feel free to contact me via email.

If you love jewelry and being the first to see what’s new, drop on by my VIP community, The Twilight Lounge.

Now excuse me while I go listen to some Nirvana…

Stay Happy!


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First Step to Success – Get Organized

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you know I work full time while trying to take care of 2 little ones. I also have a home based business called Origami Owl. So yeah, I’m a little busy. ☺

Whenever I go to meetings or conferences I see people who are so successful and sometimes it gets me down because I’m not as successful as them. I know they say, “Don’t compare yourself to another person’s success.” You can only expect back what you put into it. So yeah, there are others out there who have more time to run their business. The problem is I WANT to be successful like them.

So how do I do that when I have so little time to work my business?  My uplines are awesome and always willing to offer advice or suggestions to help. I feel like part of my problem is I have so many ideas in my head, but not enough time to implement them.

The first thing I need to do is GET ORGANIZED!  There is no room for a real office space in our house so that’s problem number one,  but there’s nothing I can do about that until we move.

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Here’s what I’m working with. When my daughter came along we had to sacrifice office space for her huge crib. I do most work when they are asleep so that doesn’t work. I put a cabinet in the living room to house some stuff too.

When I started I didn’t have systems in place to stay organized. (I’ll post more about that later) The paperwork piled up and it took me forever to find stuff. I’m still working on finalizing my tax info from last year (yes I know it’s May!).

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This is my newest planner. I’ve gone through several trying to find the right fit. This is a Happy Planner and so far I like it. It’s not huge, but gives me plenty of room to write. Those stickers are to help me stay consistent on social media.

This is the first step to getting everything together. I know a lot of people like digital apps or websites, but I still like having something physical to write stuff down. I do use some apps so I have everything on the go too. This is more so when I’m planning things out.

Be sure to follow me to see how I do. I’ll be posting an update in a few weeks and YES it’s on my calendar!

Let’s stay in touch!