Thursday, September 3, 2015

title pic Increase Bloglovin followers in one month

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on September 3, 2015

On the 4th August I decided to join the Bloglovin Challenge the aim to increase your Bloglovin followers and the prize some awesome promo via Bloglovin.  Charlie Moo’s blog had 33 followers so I thought I’d sign that blog up.

Here are my top tips for increasing your followers.

  • Description : Until recently my description just said Charlie Moo’s Blog! Not exactly inspiring to possible new readers! I’ve added some information now about what I write.
  • Category : Select a category for your blog to appear in. Charlie Moo’s is currently in Family.
  • Follow blogs : You’d be surprised how many people literally followed Charlie Moo’s on the back of me following them.  However this becomes time consuming and then your feed enormous!
  • Similar blogs : There is a tab on your blog page “similar blogs”. It gives you a list of other blogs similar to yours. I followed a few of these and noted what their numbers were and had a look at their sites too see if I could determine anything that would help increase my followers.
  • Images : We all know how important they are for marketing your blog but what I didn’t realise was that Bloglovin inserts the first image on your post. In my case it was showing this

BloglovinThe widget for my social share buttons! Not exactly going to grabbing anyone attention! So my first job was to start adding the title image first.

  • Widget : Adding the Bloglovin widget to your website/blog
  • Use your connections : I put a thread up on a couple of blogger groups asking people to follow my blog. I also asked lots of questions to anyone who had more than 500 followers as to how they gained that many.
  • Twitter : I tweeted a few times using the #bloglovin hashtag and also followed a few people and let them know my link.
  • Competition Option : Many bloggers suggested adding “follow me on bloglovin” as an entry requirement worked well.
  • Call to Action : Ending a blog post, Facebook status or using the call to action facility there.
  • Time : My target was 250 followers by the end of August. Which would have been 8 per day which sounds achievable but that doesn’t take into consideration people who unfollow and if you don’t hit your daily target your soon looking at 20+ a day which is getting less easy. There is also the time factor involved in actively seeking followers.  It’s not a five minute job! You are constantly thinking of new ways and it becomes a bit of an obsession! Which isn’t helpful for your to do list!

Don’t forget you can follow your own blog too! I ended the challenge with 120 not a huge increase but new followers are still trickling in daily.

Do you use Bloglovin? Do you have any top tips to increasing your following or using the platform to grow your audience? I’d love to hear from you. And while your here don’t forget to follow Charlie Moo’s on Bloglovin! Follow

title pic 5 ways to maximise your Business Card

Posted by Joanne Dewberry on August 28, 2015

A few years ago I had my business cards redesigned to have Charlie Moo’s on the front and on the back. This way I only needed one set of cards (frugal) and no space was wasted, so many people don’t utilise the back of their cards!  Earlier in the year Daddy Moo and I were invited to try out the facilities in a castle! At Walton Castle we met Roy Sheppard and as a business card he gave us both a little book. Meet Greet & Prosper: Turn more strangers into real friends and valuable business contacts is a really useful book, not only is it a handy size but it’s jam packed full of networking nuggets. The booklet looks at everything from what to take to networking events, how to remember peoples name to the importance of business cards.

Top Tips for Business Card design and usage :-

  1. Be concise : Think about the key points you want to put on your business card. Name, website, email address  and phone number. Do you really want a written link to every social media platform or will one main one do? If so why not put these on the back instead of overloading the front.
  2. Think quality : Get them printed by professional printers.  Remember this is the first time someone is likely to meet you and your business make sure your business card sparkles and shouts quality.  Nice glossy, thick, laminated business cards will shout quality and people will think that of you too.
  3. Be unique : Don’t automatically assume business cards should be landscape – why not stand out from the crowd and have a portrait one? (Michelle from Colourwheel Creative)
  4. Eye contact : When passing out business cards always make eye contact with the person you are handing them to. Be confident, say something memorable about your business too for a long time I’d hang my head hand one over and mumble “I make party bags“. Hardly a glowing reference for my small business!
  5. Be prepared : I’m always telling people to carry them everywhere and rarely do myself! Prime example Kara and I were out at Avon Country Park somewhere we go regularly and I’ve blogged about a lot! on this occasion we met the manager and chatted about the park, facilities and our blogs! How cross with myself am I that I was unable to hand him a card so he could have looked me up later!

Do you have any top tips for using business cards as a form of marketing?

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