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SNAP Conference, Instagram Tips and Dare to Share Saturday

Hello friends!

I am doing things a little different this week by not sharing the 5 features.  I'm thinking I will create a special post of my favorite Dare to Share features on Tuesday, so don't freak out that your wonderful posts won't be shared or admired.  Plus, my co-host and friend, Pam from Pams Party and Practical Tips is still sharing fun features throughout the week, so be sure to check out her blog to see if you were featured.

I am currently at SNAP blog conference out in Salt Lake City.  I admit, I was super nervous about coming to this and I'm still super nervous about being here, but it's been an absolutely wonderful experience.  I am so glad that I got to do this before all the craziness of moving starts next month.

I wanted to share a few things that I learned this week for all you wonderful bloggers that stop by and share your projects.  It's only fair right?  Maybe I'll make this a regular feature on Dare to Share Saturdays.  Would you guys be interested in some blogging tips and things that I learned?  Let me know in the comments what you think.

I'm definitely not the biggest or best blogger, but every now and then I learn some awesome tips and by sharing them, maybe I'll find a little karma and be able to help others at the same time.

I just got out of an amazing class on Instagram by three amazing bloggers, Violet Tinder, Lines Across, and Canary Jane.  (I'm not sure I can use the word amazing enough after this weekend.  These new friends are totally inspiring and awesome.)

I think I wrote 5 pages of notes and can't wait to check out the class write up to look over all the things that I could have/should have noted.    The five things that I learned the most from this class are:

  1. Branding is the key to success  -- Be consistant in your feed, your point of view, your posting times.
  2. Find your voice -- tell your story, your why.  Let people know who you are and why you blog
  3. Ideas to share on Instagram -- exclusive content only to IG, share teaser photos, don't use text in pictures, include links in bio to track clicks
  4. Don't use hashtags in the caption, add to first comment  -- @violettinder uses * * * to separate first comment  and hashtags from her caption.
  5. Track your analytics -- what time, hashtags, and types of post do best? Track for a few weeks to a month to find out.  Can use apps like Followers, Crowdfire, Planogram, and Iconosquare.

And a bonus tip that I received at the end and feel is so very important, not just with Instagram, but with everything you do --


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I am just starting out with Instagram and haven't quite found my groove there yet, so these tips were super helpful.  This weekend, I've been sharing a lot of pictures of the SNAP conference, the parties and some awesomeness from the sponsors.

Definitely go check out my Instagram feed and follow it to see all the #SNAPconference fun.

Starting next week, I'm going to do my best to start implementing these tips and tricks, although I admit it might be kind of funky as I prepare to move and figure out that groove, but I'm going to try and give you some super party fun and great projects to make your every day more of a celebrations.

I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

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