Everything you need to know about IGTV

Everything you need to know about IGTV

Remember when we all used Snapchat to share our stories before Instagram swooped in and launched Stories?

Well, Instagram has now set its sights on long-form video.

RIP YouTube?

With one billion active users on Instagram, IGTV is set to disrupt the mobile video world.

And with many creators complaining about YouTube's "Adpocalypse" and their dwindling revenues, IGTV is poised to be the competition YouTube needs to take away its monopoly of the market.

But first things first:

What is IGTV?

9 tips for taking beautiful Instagram photos of people

9 tips for taking beautiful Instagram photos of people

Before we get into this article, I know what you're thinking, and yes - this is 100% an article you should send to your boyfriend, mother, best friend or anyone else who normally takes your Instagram photos for you. 

If you've suffered through:

  • photos where you're out of focus

  • photos where you're not even completely in the shot

  • photos where you absolutely just weren't ready

I've been there.

And it's time. 

Time that we all get better at taking photos of each other. 

How to take drool-worthy Instagram food photos

How to take drool-worthy Instagram food photos

From finding the perfect background to making the meal look appetizing, there's a lot more that goes into those drool-worthy photos than we see on our screens.

So how do you up your Instagram food photography game?

I've partnered up with Abigail Hopkins from That Clean Life and Dani Meyer from The Adventure Bite to give you five of their best professional tips for crafting the perfect food photo.

How to take travel photos for Instagram

How to take travel photos for Instagram

Travel, photography and Instagram go hand in hand.

When you're visiting places you thought you'd only ever see through your computer screen, capturing the moment and memory is a natural reaction.

But it's not as easy as it looks to get that #Instaworthy shot.

If you're new to Instagram or you've just bought a camera, here are 4 tips from some of the top Instagram travel photographers out there.

What my favourite business podcasts have taught me

What my favourite business podcasts have taught me

Who you spend your time with will influence your success.

Corny, I know, but it's true.

Your mentors, friends, family and even who you follow on social media all help shape you into the person you are.

It's why I always carve out time to listen to my favourite business podcasts. All you need is one hour a day to learn something new that can help change the course of your business.

The best part? Podcasts are free.

You don't need to have a ton of money to tap into the expertise of some of the biggest names out there.

You just need to make the time.

Here are some of my favourite business podcasts that have helped shape my business into what it is today.

May 2018 income report: simma down now...

May 2018 income report: simma down now...

Last month's report included a whopping headline, record-breaking numbers and a whole lotta money paid to Facebook Ads. 💸

This month can be summarized as more of a... transitional reality check.

Transitional = I added two new people to my team (service providers).

Reality check = $50K months are not the norm around here... YET.

We still have a few more bumps to overcome.

So what happened in May?

6 places to find motivation when you're feeling lost or down

6 places to find motivation when you're feeling lost or down

Are you struggling to turn off Netflix?

Is your couch more inviting than that pile of working sitting on your desk? 

Or maybe you hit the snooze button repeatedly today because work just made you feel meh?

Well, you're not alone. 

Even the most successful business owners have these moments of low self-motivation.

What sets them apart from everyone else, is their ability to shake it off while others struggle to press on.

If your motivation fuel is at an all-time low, here are some of my favourite ways to recharge your batteries and start looking forward to crushing your business goals.

How to write engaging Instagram captions

How to write engaging Instagram captions

Coming up with a "OMG-I-must-comment" Instagram caption is not easy. #TruthBomb

If you want to grow your Instagram account with quality followers who turn into raving fans and customers to your business, captions cannot be an afterthought.

With the new algorithm changes, the level of engagement your post receives within a short timeframe determines if your followers will see it in their newsfeeds.

A good caption will prompt your followers to like, comment, tag a friend or even send a DM your way.

The more engaged your following is, the better your posts will do and the more reach you'll have on the 'gram.

If you want to write an Instagram caption that stops a follower in their tracks and makes them engage with your post, follow my tips and download my cheat sheet below of my top converting captions from last year.