Build It and They Will Read

Having just hosted my first guest on the Haute Hub Happy Hour as part two of my email marketing arc, my thoughts went back to the previous HHHH when I talked about list building. After all, the strategies for creating great emails won’t do much without a great list to send them to! If you haven’t seen it yet, you can still check out the video on the hub. I talked about some ideas you can use in your emails, but, without doing a full transcript here, I wanted to emphasize two of the biggest points I made. First being […]

Hashtags 101 – Part 2

Hopefully you’re more comfortable with hashtags after reading Part 1 of this blog entry. Now let’s get into more advanced work and talk about branded hashtags.  Did you know that you can create your own hashtag and use it to start a conversation with your followers or to curate certain content? A simple example of this is a hashtag I created for my dog. If you search #junebugperez you will see photos of her. She doesn’t have an Instagram account so whenever I post a photo of her, I use this hashtag. Now you, the retailer, can create a custom […]

Hashtags 101 – part 1

If your brick and mortar business  is on social media, using hashtags is a must in order to reach your target audience, grow your following, and engage with people out there in the cyberspace. They are great tools for creating brand awareness, community, and a conversation about your brand or company. But let’s start at the very beginning and talk about what the heck a hashtag actually is. A hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by the hash or pound sign (#) and is used to associate, attach, or categorize messages or posts to a topic. When used strategically, […]

Do This One Thing to Get 79% More Engagement on Your Posts

Ever wonder why more people aren’t seeing your gorgeous posts? Or how to get new people to see them? You’re not alone! In fact, 95% of social media users are keeping you company. If you want to join the 5% who statistically get 79% more engagement with their posts, there’s one simple thing you can do: attach a geographical tag (also known as a geo tag) to your post. A geo tag is such a simple thing to do. It will elevate your post in searches  and increase the visibility of your posts to people in your geographical area. When […]

Top 4 Must-Do Steps of Instagram Setup

If you’ve skipped any of these steps while setting up your Instagram account, not to worry – you’re not alone. Many of us skip the profile setup in their eagerness to go live.  We come up with a username and gloss over the rest. It’s understandable. I know the feeling!  But your profile is the first thing people see when they pop onto your account. It’s what tells them who you are and what you do, so it’s more important than it seems. The good news is that your profile can and should change and evolve. So even if you’ve […]

18% Growth: How One Store Did It

I speak to a lot of retailers in the course of my business, but when I hear about a store that grows by 18% in one year, I’m on the phone to that store in a flash! This particular 18% growth store is Belleza Ropa in Olympia, WA. It’s business savvy owner, Jeannine, also owns a Port Townsend store, About Time, which has also seen year-to-year growth in the past few years. I had a recent chat with Jeannine (pictured in the middle) and can’t wait to share her story with you! A little backstory: Jeannine opened her Olympia store, […]

10 Apps I Use Every Day

Do you ever feel app overload? There are so many that it’s hard to know which will actually help you with your business. I work with a lot of people in the social media space and we talk about the apps that we find useful. Below is a list of 10 apps I use daily. Of course, there are more, but again, app overload! Some of them are free and others cost a few bucks. Let me know (tag me in a post!) if you decide to use any. If you have some you love, feel free to recommend them […]