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September 20, 2019 at 02:35AM

I'm working on creating some new content for you to get the most out of Instagram and grow your following (without ads!) but I want to know your biggest struggles first. . 🤔What's the biggest challenge you're facing with Instagram right now?

By |2019-09-20T08:51:40-04:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

September 16, 2019 at 08:13AM

Save this post!! This is the DEFINITIVE post to explain the confusing terms in the Instagram Analytics. Save this post because you'll be coming back to it often to figure out what these terms mean. Background info: If you're not using an Instagram Business or Creator account, you're missing out of tons of valuable info

By |2019-09-16T14:52:23-04:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

September 11, 2019 at 02:28AM

5 Things You Didn't Know about Hashtags . 1.What is a hashtag? Hashtags (# sign) are for grouping posts together so people can find your post. Searching a hashtag lets you see all the posts with that tag. You can even follow hashtags you want to keep close tabs on, and the best posts from that

By |2019-09-11T08:41:18-04:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

New Features for Story Camera Uncovered

There's SO much Instagram news right now it's literally C R A Z Y. Boomerangs are getting revamped. Layouts are being brought to Stories. The Story Camera is changing. So much more! Instagram's Product Team probably doesn't sleep. 1. Instagram is revamping Boomerangs, including different modes like Classic (the one we know and

By |2019-08-22T09:02:31-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

August 21, 2019 at 05:36AM

Guys. I've gotten so many messages about this. It's not real. Just using Instagram at all gives them permission to use your pictures (not that they would). I covered this in-depth on my show today, with this quote from @charlesporch, Head of Global Partnerships at Instagram. Instagram's Brand Communication Manager, Stephanie Otway, confirmed it's not

By |2019-08-21T11:55:31-04:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram’s “Close Friends” with Robby Stein – Part 2

I have whiskey and I'm sitting on a throne, which means I keep breaking down Instagram into small, understandable pieces for you. Over the past few days on my #alexa show, I've been going super deep into Instagram's "Close Friends" feature based on a @verge interview of @Robby. Robby Stein is Product Manager at Instagram

By |2019-08-22T08:52:45-04:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram’s “Close Friends” Feature with Robby Stein – Part 1

Today I'm going to do a deep dive into Instagram's "Close Friends" feature based on a @verge interview of @Robby. Robby Stein is Product Manager at Instagram in charge of the consumer product team across Stories, Feed, Messaging, Camera, and Profile (OMG that's so much!!) This is really important if: 👨‍💼 You want to keep

By |2019-08-22T08:26:46-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Free Information To Get As Many Likes As Possible

Today's topic: FREE information to get as many likes as possible. It's called Instagram Insights. Here's the background info - the Instagram algorithm rewards posts that get a lot of likes and comments very quickly after being posted. If your post gets rewarded by the algorithm, it will show your post to more and more

By |2019-08-22T08:20:48-04:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram Creator Accounts Add Scheduling of Posts!

HUGE  INSTAGRAM  NEWS! If you have a Creator Account, @instagram has added the ability to schedule Feed posts and IGTV posts using Facebook Creator Studio! If you're the kind of person who plans out their content in advance, or if you're scheduling posts using an app like @latermedia or @planoly, this gives a free alternative

By |2019-08-02T15:27:07-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram Creator Accounts – Should You Switch?

Yesterday @tailwindapp had a great blog post - "Instagram Creator Accounts - Should I Switch?", which I featured on my show today. I've had the Creator account for nearly 2 weeks now (and I finally got the Music sticker! Are these things related?!?) Let's get deep on the different kinds of Instagram accounts so you

By |2019-08-22T08:09:28-04:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Voice Summit Panel – Microcasting vs. Podcasting – Today!

Today's the day I'm at the Voice Summit in Newark, NJ talking about the difference between Podcasting and Micro-Casting. My Micro-cast is available every day on Amazon Alexa (with an Echo or via the Alexa app) when you say "Alexa, tell me the news”. Based on the what I've created (12,000 subscribers!) I'll be answering

By |2019-07-25T20:56:39-04:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Insights into Instagram’s Direct Messaging – Part 3

Today's the 3rd part of the series I've been doing based off an interview from @verge about Instagram's Direct Messaging, featuring Connor Hayes, Instgram's head of Product for Messaging. If you missed the last 2 parts, check out my previous posts. Last October Mark Zuckerberg said a growing number of users are shifting from posting

By |2019-07-24T22:18:37-04:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Insights into Instagram’s Direct Messaging – Part 2

Today I go deeper into the highlights of @verge's interview with Instagram's head of Product for Messaging, Connor Hayes, all about Direct Messages.  He explained that "when we do go talk to people in research, we know that younger people, especially, tend to use a lot of different messaging apps and spread out their conversations

By |2019-07-24T22:12:36-04:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Insights into Instagram’s Direct Messaging – Part 1

It's easy to underestimate the power of Instagram Direct Messaging. @verge did an interview with Instagram's head of Product for Instagram Messaging, Connor Hayes, specifically about Direct Messaging and how it's used. It's a long interview with a ton of very valuable insights, so I'm going to break it up into a few posts with

By |2019-07-21T09:05:36-04:00July 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram Content Quick Tip

From now on, I'm going to try and post more quick content tips. Ready? If you want a bigger audience, post images and videos that are so great, your followers feel compelled to share them by tagging other people. How do you do that? Post content that's either: 1. funny. 2. entertaining. 3. extremely interesting,

By |2019-07-15T21:51:21-04:00July 14th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram is Generation Z’s Go-To Source of Political News

Last night Business Insider had a great article - "Instagram is Gen Z's go-to source of political news — and it's already having an impact on the 2020 election”. I covered this in-depth on my Alexa show but there are 2 points I wanted to highlight. 1. Where Generation Z gets its news - 59%

By |2019-07-03T14:54:53-04:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram’s 3rd most followed person doesn’t have the app on her phone

Back story that you need to know first: the top 3 biggest people on Instagram are @cristiano (Cristiano Ronaldo), @arianagrande and @selenagomez. This week, Selena Gomez said in an interview that she doesn't have the Instagram app on her phone, and only uses a friend's phone periodically to check in on her account. I talked

By |2019-07-04T17:41:32-04:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram and the word “Creator”

  Instagram has so many new features they've announced that all feature the word "Creator". The newest option Instagram is now offering are Creator Accounts. This is confusing because Instagram uses the word "Creator" to describe the new scroll wheel of options in the Stories camera (called "Create Mode") AND the Creator Studio within Facebook

By |2019-06-11T15:21:22-04:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

I took on Instagram’s Legal Team and…..

A few weeks ago, I joined a Facebook group to help me find guests for my Instagram themed podcast, called “The Instagram Stories”. I posted my request for guests who were versed on building a following, then checked back later to see this response from a random person: “Daniel, I’ve had a few friends recently

By |2018-12-02T18:14:02-04:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

The One Tool Your Calendar Needs – And It’s Free

To have guests on my podcast, I'd email them asking if they'd be interested in coming on, they'd respond saying they'd love to, then I'd send over some times/dates that would work, then they would respond with some other times/dates that would work for them, then we'd agree on one, but then something would change,

By |2018-10-08T19:49:41-04:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram Q&A – Part 2

Q&A continues to be one of my favorite things. Here's more Instagram Q&A!   Q: What are Stories? A: Stories are short, disposable posts that last for 24 hours. You can add photos or videos to your story, and people watch and tap through them like television. Viewers can reply to stories, and you’ll get

By |2019-07-04T19:23:10-04:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Instagram Q&A – Part One

When I attend a conference or a talk, the Q&A section is always my favorite part. It’s one thing to prepare a talk, but it’s another to field questions from those who are trying to grasp this new information. Here's some Q&A geared toward to a small business owner or entrepreneur who is completely new

By |2019-07-04T19:23:01-04:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

What’s The Best Way To Use Instagram at a Conference or Event To Get More Followers?

Headed to a conference, convention, or other event? Here’s how to use this opportunity to get more followers. (Caveat: the point is not just to get followers for the sake of followers, but actually find people who you can have meaningful relationships with. These relationships could be coaching, being mentored, sharing business opportunities, or working

By |2018-06-29T20:00:21-04:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

I Figured Out How To Build a Mailing List So You Don’t Have To

So many people are obsessed with email lists. "How many people are on your email list?" they ask. "How engaged is your email list?" Email lists are not new. I had an email list back in 1998. I made a fake advice column, and people would email me questions, and I would make up silly

By |2017-12-21T17:32:10-04:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

I Went to College for Technology So You Don’t Have To

People constantly tell me "I don't know anything about computers or phones. I didn't grow up with this stuff." I feel the same way about cars or anything home repair related.  I didn't grow up fixing cars or houses. I'm constantly trying to figure out how people know how to fix cars and houses. I

By |2017-11-16T11:10:50-04:00November 16th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

The Easiest Way to Prevent Your Instagram or Facebook (or Email) from Being Hacked

My screen popped up with a message from a friend. “Help!” it said. “I’m on vacation and I lost my wallet and I’m stuck! Can you wire me $2,000?” I sent a text to my friend to verify this, and it turned out he wasn’t on vacation at all. “People have been asking me about

By |2017-04-10T21:15:49-04:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

How to Solve the Biggest Problems With hashtags

Hashtags are typically described as discovery tools. "The best discovery method", you might hear. "The best way to be found," someone might say.  But ask yourself - when was the last time you personally clicked on a hashtag? If you're like me, you don't click on hashtags very often. You may occasionally, to see where

By |2017-04-03T12:48:29-04:00April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

The Instagram 101

I remember hearing about Instagram in 2012, signing up, and being confused at the concept. "Why do we need Instagram if Facebook already exists? Who wants to see pictures of other people's food?" And this was before the selfie craze was born. Here's the way to think about it, using a brief foray into recent

By |2017-01-14T14:47:42-04:00January 14th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

What Are Your Questions About Instagram? Here Are 10 More Answers (Part 2)

In case you missed it, I recently answered 10 questions about Instagram here. But the questions kept coming in, so I made a second blog post. Here's round 2! 11. What type of posts encourage interaction, versus which ones get passed over? It depends on your audience, there are so many variables. I recommend posts

By |2019-07-04T19:22:53-04:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

What Are Your Questions About Instagram? Here’s 20 Answers (Part 1)

Last week, I started writing a book about social media, to give away for free to you. It's getting long, but I felt like it might not be addressing the questions that you might be wondering. I asked on a couple of Facebook groups filled with smart people "do you mind giving me your top

By |2019-07-04T19:21:58-04:00November 29th, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

How Instagram & Snapchat Stories Can Help You Build Relationships In Ways Blogging & Vlogging Cannot

How Instagram and Snapchat Stories Can Help You Build Relationships In Ways Blogging and Vlogging Cannot Are you too busy to blog? Even if you had the time, you have to write in an engaging way, and you need to write regularly. You need to buy appropriate pictures for the post, or take your own

By |2017-01-14T03:14:09-04:00November 13th, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

How Snapchat Helps You Build Relationships In Ways an Email List, Blogging and Facebook Cannot

Do you have an email list? Do you have a Facebook page? Do you want to reach a younger, wider audience? If so, keep reading. If you don't like to read, here's a 45 second video with the highlights. Once upon a time, way back in 2010, I went on a job interview with

By |2016-10-03T21:24:54-04:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

How To Hack An Email Account

A few years ago, my wife Lauren, along with some friends of hers, planned a surprise baby shower for her best friend. My wife sent out an email to her pregnant friend with their "pretend" plans to get lunch and BCC'd (blind carbon copied) the other friends she was planning the shower with. The email came

By |2016-05-12T17:45:14-04:00May 9th, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

Why Am I Seeing Less “Likes” on my Instagram posts?

I was in a meeting with the CEO and the marketing person. The marketing person doubled as the CEO's personal assistant. The CEO had just returned from a conference and was upset because he missed a session he wanted to be part of. He blamed the marketing person for this. "I don't understand why I

By |2019-07-04T19:21:40-04:00April 27th, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

How to Use Snapchat

How to Use Snapchat. 1. Download the app. Go to the Google Play Store or iTunes Store, search for "Snapchat". Install. (Note: there's no "computer" version - this is phone/tablet only.) 2. Open up the app. It looks like this: 3. Once you've installed the app, open it up, and click "Sign Up" 4. Enter

By |2016-02-29T03:07:45-04:00February 29th, 2016|Categories: Articles|0 Comments