Looks like another great idea will be put into second place real soon. When it comes to all these online, apps, and social media sites its like the new hot thing changes every 6 seconds, which is about the interest in watching a YouTube video anymore.
Last year it was Meerkat and Periscope that everyone was jumping on board, and then when blab came along is when I found a platform for live video that seamed to fit my way of doing things. With many leaving and moving on from blab in the past few months this year has given me a great view into the area I have been out of for the longest time. Chasing the latest and coolest thing in the moment.
For me I left that lifestyle of having to get the newest latest fad almost 10 years ago. When starting my blog I took the advice of great social media people like Chris Brogan who tells people find the sites that work for you and use them. You don’t need to be on everything. With that I found a blog, Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to work on occasion.
When the Snapchat thing started, It was all to confusing for this simple guy to figure out. So asking those whom I knew in the space if they were going to release a tutorial, or short course on how to use it, I found no help that was helpful.
So this week Instagram releases its new stories. (Which I said no matter what happens in any platform, if a Facebook gets into the business they have a big advantage already) So I jumped to creating a story on Instagram, and in less than a day found some advantages to it that I made my own top 5 reasons Instagram stories are better than snapchat. And here they are.
1.Easier to navigate my friends stories.
I found the idea of going from story to story on Snapchat confusing. I was always looking into how to navigate the system. To many times I would end up hitting the reply button and I’m sure Joel Comm got sick of my questionable snaps back. I just looked at the camera confused.
Instagram added the stories to a line above what I was doing on the home page so it became real easy to see where the stories were. It feeds through any story I click on or plays each one in way that even a tech slow guy like me can understand. One new line makes an entire new app that replaced the need to ever go back to snapchat.2
2. Already know how to find people.
No more of the hold your code picture up to the screen so we call can take a picture to find you. Then not everyone was ready and it would be 6 or 7 people doing this. Soon it was 5 to 7 minutes of broadcast time when you are doing a video show getting people connected to snapchat.
On Instagram they are already connected to me if we are connected on Facebook. No more spending time on another platform working to get people connected on another platform. The idea of getting people to follow and connect with me on multiply platforms has never shown to be profitable. One of my coaches said to me a long time ago. “Send everyone you meet on the web to one place – Your website”. So this fits in my way of thinking if I meet you somewhere online I no longer have to market snapchat for them. I now am back to marketing myself ( I encourage you to do the same and watch your business grow)
3.Already they are connected to Facebook, and Twitter.
Most of my social media following is already on these two platforms and If I am going to do something on another site, app, or platform, I want to share it on Facebook and Twitter. And I want to make that share easy.
Sharing snapchat, periscope, meerkat, was not always that easy. It was not easy on blab for a while as well. The biggest thing I want is to be able to share it where my audience is.
The fact that Facebook owns Instagram makes this a better deal. As I said above if Facebook can get into the game you will see them take over people in it. Just like when Facebook Live started, I watched how I could get more people to show up for my live videos than using periscope. Again if a tool fits your systems use it.
4.Instagram has more than one use.
I have been using it for years now, and this just adds the advantage of what snapchat does as well. The idea that I can create stories, and random pictures I now can do more than one thing. Snapchat again I could not figure out, and most I heard was one thing that it could do.
Too many people I met in the past year are jumping to whatever is hot at the moment. They get no ground or foundation to let me count on finding them. One person I noticed that kept a ground where he was is Jonathan Tripp. When blab did not work out Jonathan was able to take the foundation he built and move to a new platform to continue where he was going.
Finding a platform that serves more than just one will eventually drive you crazy working to keep up with all the things you are doing on social media. The best way to make any business grow online, is make a simple system and keep doing it. Those that are the most successful are the people who keep it simple.
5.Did I mention I already have an audience here?
I do not have to go build a new audience; I do not have to go find people to follow my stories. We are already connected. This has been my biggest issue with all the new things that come along. Are you had to build an audience on another site? Getting people to follow you around to the next thing you are trying all the time gets to be more work. When it comes to getting people to follow me from any social media site, I want to lead them to one site only my website, and my email list. So having an audience already is the biggest bonus of all. I now have another way to grow the audience I already have been building a relationship with .
While we wait to see what all the top social media influencers have to say about this over the next week. I hope you enjoy my opinion on how I was able to jump right in and make this a business-building tool in less than 48 hours. When it comes to using social media that is a huge advantage in my book, when regular people can take something and run with it. Without all the gurus having to explain it. Good luck in your online content creation. Please let me know what you think about this new feature. Are you using snapchat still? Please let me know in the comments below.
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Overwhelmed by the news stories? If you have watched any news channel, read a newspaper, Facebook, Twitter, or any social media site, well you have heard everyone’s opinion that thinks they have a say in what is going on.
The truth is free speech has won again. We as Americans have an opinion and we are free to voice it at any time we wish. But in all this we forget the fact that we are entitled to our opinions. Instead we will trade it for our feelings and make judgments based on what we feel, not the facts of the case.
I could tell yesterday from the response to my blog post that people are just about reading the news and picking a side. Christians believe that free speech is losing. They want to be heard and feel that A&E is trying to quiet Christians. Meanwhile, my gay and lesbian friends are admitting Phil Robertson has a right to speak but are making the statement that he is a jerk and an idiot because he voiced such an opinion.
The news media is having a heyday with all this because it will get you glued to the set for about 36 hours to see if any breaking news comes out, if another statement has been made. So who are the winners in this fight? The news media wins because they got you to watch longer.
Yesterday I mentioned A&E wins because all this will get you to buy products with the name, “Duck Dynasty” on them. Phil Robertson wins because you will go to his personal website and buy his products that are not part of the licensing of the show.
The people who are losing? Too many Americans are all about taking a side. Sure, they may have a reason to do that but they will spend all their time and energy standing up for either what A&E stands for or what the Duck Commander stands for. They will not take the time to actually create a belief for themselves. They are too busy getting their ideas from their Christian leaders or the gay activist leaders.
Again, this blog is about business so I want to ask you entrepreneurs this question: What is the business lesson in this story??? You have freedom of speech; you are allowed to exercise that freedom and believe what you want no matter what camp you follow in this matter.
Since this started with a Biblical ideal, let’s talk about another idea from the Bible.
What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
Both A&E network and Phil Robertson took a stand for what they believed. They did it because their beliefs were more important than the outcome.
A&E will lose a few viewers; Phil Robertson will have a stronger fan base of Christians. The truth is they will both profit from this because they took a stand, and they did it knowing some people will not be happy with their choices. They both knew they were going to offend someone.
The business point is you must take a stand for what you believe. Like the old country song said, “You’ve got to stand for something or you will fall for anything.” Well, take a stand for what you believe in and build a business or follow that purpose as part of your business plan. When you do this, you will not become sidetracked by every call with a “great” money-making idea. You will profit more by taking a stand, as we will see both of the parties in this fight will do. In some cases they will profit from those that oppose their point of view.
So what is your stand going to be? What is the purpose that will make you get up and start working? It’s time to stop following what the world believes and start with what you believe.
Tim Gillette is the Creator of The Rock’N’Roll Keys to Business Success, using music, motorcycles and mentorship to create Entrepreneurs who lead. To find out more about upcoming webinars sign up here . Free Online Training that Rocks
In the past few years so many people have asked, “How can we change the world for the better?” With our new tools of social media like Facebook posts, Twitter feeds (preaching, as I call it), change is happening. You see it in changed topics at dinner tables and parties.
Our world has become focused on the politics of change. We have all starting thinking globally. But there is one point we have forgotten; it’s the one thing that a successful entrepreneur must never forget.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~Leo Tolstoy
The world will never change if we do not first look in the mirror and find that change we need to make first. The Michael Jackson song was such an eye opener. Change starts with the man in the mirror.
If you are working hard but making no progress as an entrepreneur the first place you must start is that man in the mirror. What changes are needed to make your world better? If you could make that change and then find a way to help the world do the same, you will become a successful entrepreneur.
What will you do with this information? Do not walk away and say, “Wow, that sounds good” without making the commitment to start applying the words you read in this blog. Then I will have done my job to help change the man in my mirror, and help the world change.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, find what you love to do and become highly profitable doing it. Are you ready to make changes to rock your 2013?
When it comes to TV in our house, Gwynne says the TV is mine to watch, except while I’m on the road and she happens to be home. She then watches sports and those shows she enjoys. She rarely watches movies, which is what I watch mostly.
So Sunday I strayed from the movie channels to watch the end of the Patriots and Ravens game. After the game was over I started going through channels one by one to see what is even on TV anymore.
I have to admit one of my other favorite things to watch was always the music video channel. I remember Pop-up Video and Classic Rock on the VH1 channels. I recall back to my high school days when MTV was just starting. That first video they played changed the way we listened to music back then. Remember it? “Video Killed the Radio Star.”
Well times have changed again, now those channels have reality shows and political shows. The truth is, over the past 20 years the information we are able to view on the TV has changed and changed drastically – from the way we get news to the way we view a sports game.
But we are talking about changes this week, changes that are going to take place and how we need to learn to use the. A few weeks ago I was on the Life Coach Media Radio Show with Jeff Wasserman. We discussed what changes were coming to the internet and other social media.
Changes are right here. You are reading one of those changes; blogs are the way people are reading to get information. Updates to life are coming from Facebook and Twitter. I recall the day I heard that Steve Jobs had died; it was on a Facebook post I read on my iPhone.
The world is changing and the ways we are going to communicate are all new. The old-fashioned media where news anchors give you their opinion of the news is passing. And it will not be reported in small 140 characters on twitter. It will be “tell me the facts and leave out the opinions.” Then we will take our opinions to places like a blog, Facebook, YouTube videos, a video blog.
In 2012 I expanded the ways I do things, with close to 70 videos on my YouTube channel and close to 20 radio shows I have recorded. I had to accept change to get my message out. Now I must place a challenge in your hands: what are you going to do to change the world for the better with these same places to put your voice out?
When I start working with them, many people say they do not want to get involved with these new media outlets. I tell them this is the change that we now use to build your business, take your message out and get heard. Are you ready to accept the changes?
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share this world with. Are you ready to change and make 2013 rock?