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  • Amen!
  • BeautyCon Recap presented by Google + YouTube
  • Tribe City, Trick!
  • Subscribe Me Maybe?

3 Free (+ 1 Paid) Resources to Create Visuals People Like & Share (Amen!)

Unless you’re on Kim K. celebrity status or an alien from another planet, you’ve probably wondered: How do I get more likes and shares on my Facebook posts?

We all want people to acknowledge our content, and the ultimate win is having them click “Share” and post our content to their news feeds. This grows the reach of people who see our message (and potentially convert into leads or customers on our website).

In our Amen! video, we share three tips to get more people to like and share your Facebook posts. In the second tip, we advise that you “Mix it Up!” and experiment with different types of posts to see what your peeps respond to. Get creative and share quotes (they could be inspirational, snarky…whichever is your steeze), relevant stats, photos, infographics, etc.

Below, we share a few free resources to help you create visuals to boost your likes and shares on your posts.

1.  Visual.ly

“Visually is the largest data visualization showcase in the world, providing endless inspiration for designers, publishers and enthusiasts. Visually’s free tools make it easy for anyone to create beautiful, personalized infographics in minutes. What stories will you tell?”

 

2.  PiktoChart

“With a lite set of professional design tools, Piktochart helps you create wow presentations to engage your web audience. Combine themes, shapes, icons, vectors, text, uploaded images, chart exporter (8 types of visualizations) to create the story you want.”

3.  Infogr.am

Infogr.am has predesigned themes/templates that you can select, dump in your data, and create engaging infographics for your peeps.

If you want to hire someone to design an infographic for you, then check out:

Lemon.ly

“Turn your information into a visual story. Make a compelling argument, an interesting observation, or a convincing sales pitch with a visual infographic. These visuals are great for sharing online and garner 30 to 40 times for views than plain ole text.”

We’re giving away shoes from Sole Society! Get yours.

We attended BeautyCon at the Los Angeles Google/YouTube offices, and of course we had to bring our Brand New Natives back a lil’ somethin’ somethin’.

We want you to Treat Yo Self to a new pair of shoes (that match your brand personality, of course)! So, we’re giving away a $50 gift card to Sole Society.

To enter to win the shoes:

…and that’s it! We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the lucky person Tuesday, October 2nd!

Note: We only have 8 YT Subscribers right now, so your chance of winning is REALLY high! ;) Good luck!
Below is the recap video from our experience at BeautyCon. Watch to find out the top two tips we gleaned from major YouTube personalities and our favorite swag bag items.

 

Take the Tribe Test: Are you fighting for followers or cultivating a community around your brand?

Are you fighting for followers or cultivating a community around your brand?

We’ve been following celebrities for as long as we can remember—whether it was flipping through trashy gossip magazines in the checkout line, perusing gossip blogs during down time at our 9 to 5, or indulging in Joel McHale’s antics on episodes of The Soup.

These days, however, there’s a new celebrity in town: YOU.

  • You have a hit YouTube show (well, it will predictably become a hit when more people learn about it).
  • You have a blog where you put those CNN correspondent-worthy journalism skills to use to share the latest on The Hill with your twenty readers (okay, eighteen, not counting your mom and sister).
  • You’re the next big thing in the world of Downtown Los Angeles landscape photography, and you attracted other aspiring artists to your work.

Whoever you are, wherever you are (Twitter, YouTube, WordPress), and whatever you specialize in, you have a call to make. You owe it to your brand, your business, and your peeps. Answer me this: Are you fighting for followers or cultivating a community?

Followers v. Community

A follower is a devotee—often, someone who wants what you have.

A community or tribe member is a fellow instigator—often, someone who is inspired by your brand and starts their own initiatives.

At Brand New Nation, we favor building a tribe around your brand rather than becoming a carrier of the “Follow me!” virus. Don’t get me wrong—if you want your peeps to join you on Twitter, Instagram, etc., then by all means invite them to join you on those platforms. We want to argue, however, that “Follow me!” should not be your prevailing request. We believe in cultivating community to bring like-minded people together to exchange ideas, support each other, and move mountains.

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  -Margaret Mead

How do you know if you have a tribe?

(Hint: Take our Tribe Test.)

Although some of the most prolific tribes formed organically with almost no prodding from the tribe leader, a lot of tribes sprout roots because the tribe leader takes the initiative to bring their peeps together. Here are four ways (five, including the bonus) to give your peeps what they need to form a community.

LET’S #GETBRANDNEW!

  1. Provide a place for your peeps to gather. This could be online or offline, public or private. Nomadness Travel Tribe has a private Facebook group and meetups all over the world for members.
  2. Empower your peeps to talk amongst themselves. You’re not the only one engaging with your peeps, but they’re engaging with each other. They seek and provide specialized advice they can’t get readily from anywhere else. In the Nomadness Travel Tribe private Facebook group, members exchange travel saving tips, organize group trips, and provide moral support. For instance, a member expressed frustration regarding single friends’ unwillingness to travel by themselves, and this garnered 66 comments in just two days! (We’re new here are Brand New Nation and are building up to this!)
  3. Rally your peeps around a common purpose. Every tribe has something that binds them together—a common passion, set of beliefs, goal they want to accomplish, specific way they want to change the world, etc. At Brand New Nation, we rally our peeps around the desire to #getbrandnew—that is, constantly learning new skills and knowledge to drive our brands and businesses forward.
  4. Inspire your peeps to start their own initiatives. Followers watch and admire you from afar. They admire your accomplishments but take no actions themselves. You know you have a tribe when your brand has legs. You find that your peeps are starting initiatives of their own, inspired by your brand. For example, at the 2012 World Domination SummitChris Guillebeau gifted all attendees a $100 bill to invest somewhere (in themselves or others). Because of this, WDSers are off starting their own revolutions with the $100, including Natalie Sisson who created the $100 Change program.

BONUS: Address your peeps by a special name. One way to create a sense of community amongst your peeps is to address them by a name. Lady Gaga created an online community for her peeps and refers to them as her Monsters. We call our peeps—you guessed it—Brand New Nation. This isn’t an essential step in establishing a tribe; it’s merely another way to cultivate a sense of belonging to a larger body.

Three Steps to Build Your Tribe Handout

Who has grown a tribe around its brand? Let us know in the comments below!

Get the Digits!

If you’re planning to make any money from your blog or online business, the last thing you should be doing is telling people to follow you on Twitter or Like you on Facebook. (Okay, maybe not the last thing, but it should not be your priority!)

Your #1 call to action for anyone visiting your website, reading your content, or watching your videos should be to subscribe to your email list. If you have 500 Facebook Likes and 12 email subscribers…then you’re doing it wrong. If you have 2,000 YouTube subscribers and 0 email addresses, then #youredoingitwrong. Allow me to explain…

 
What is an email opt-in, and why do I need one on my site?
An email opt-in is where visitors add their email address to subscribe and receive email updates from you. See an example below from MarieForleo.com.

When I co-founded GenJuice in 2010, a few people I sought advice from told me “the money is in the list.” I distinctly remember Tim Sykes insisting on us “building our list” before anything else.

At the time, I didn’t understand why building an email list was so important. I thought growing our following on Twitter and accumulating Facebook Likes was far more important. Boy, was I wrong.

This is precisely why it concerns me when bloggers and online business owners’ go-to call to action is “Follow me on Twitter and Tumblr! Subscribe to me on YouTube! Like me on Facebook!”

I know from experience that, although having a couple thousand Facebook Likes and Twitter followers is a great ego boost, it often does little for your pocket book if those Likes and followers aren’t also email subscribers.

The reality is: 1) most people don’t know how to convert followers to paying customers and 2) it’s much easier to get an email subscriber to purchase from you than a Twitter follower. Why? When you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, you’re just another fish in the sea. When people visit these social networks, they have so many other profiles vying for their attention.

On the other hand, when I’m in your email inbox, it’s just you and me, babe. It’s one-to-one (not one-to-many) communication, so you’re more likely to focus on what I have to share with you. If I’m a musician, I may have a new track or new merchandise available for purchase. If I’m a coach or consultant, I may have a new service or offer available for sale. If I’m an artist or make jewelry, I may have new prints and products for sale.
What better place to build a relationship with a potential customer than their inbox? What better place to invite them to buy your goods (music, merch, services, jewelry) than in the intimate space an email inbox affords us?
Remember, people tend to check their email several times a day and notice new items in their inbox. However, it’s easy to miss posts on Facebook and Twitter because others are also constantly posting updates.

I’ll close this portion with wise words from Drake in “Amen.”

Worrying about your followers; you need to get your dollars up.

I’m sure Drake didn’t have email opt-ins in mind when he said this, but I snagged the line for this discussion. Stop worrying about your Twitter followers and build that email list so you can get us buying your goods!

 
How do I add an email opt-in to my site?
So, now that I’ve convinced you about the importance of building a list versus accumulating followers on Twitter, Tumblr, etc., let’s talk about how to add an email opt-in to your blog or site. You have several options when it comes to managing your email list and email marketing. I recommend Mailchimp or Aweber. I use the free version of Mailchimp, but I plan to switch to Aweber (currently $19/month) as my email marketing needs grow.

Mailchimp is user-friendly and has tons of instructional videos to get you set up with little difficulty or head-scratching. Aweber is more robust than Mailchimp, but I believe it’s pretty straightforward to set up, as well. Both services have excellent customer service, so you’ll be in good hands.

I won’t walk you through the setup process, but from a high level, you will design your email opt-in form (colors, fonts, message, etc.) within your email marketing service, and they will give you an embed code to copy and paste into your blog editor to add the email form onto your blog or website.

 
If you already have an email opt-in but want to step your game up:
For you advanced users out there who are serious about stepping your email marketing and list building game up, check out Optin Skin (h/t to Sean Davis for this awesome resource). Optin Skin is a WordPress plugin that enables you to place an oh-you-fancy-huh email opt-in at key points throughout your site. If you’re serious about capturing email addresses, give people ample opportunities to give you their digits!

Here are some locations to place the email opt-in throughout your site:

  • above the fold
  • on the sidebar
  • at the end of each blog post
  • in the footer
  • on your About page.

See Think Traffic for an excellent example of email opt-in design and placement.

There’s your guide to adding an email opt-in box to your blog or website (and more importantly why this should be a bigger priority than getting people to follow you on Twitter, for goodness sake)!

 
LET’S #GETBRANDNEW!

  1. Create an account with Mailchimp, Aweber, or an email marketing service of your choice today.
  2. Design your email opt-in form, and add it to your site.
  3. Get them digits!! Start collecting email addresses and building your list. (Don’t be annoying or spam people. :) )
  4. Stop telling people to follow you on Twitter before you tell them to subscribe to your email list!


 

What’s your biggest takeaway from this post?
Do you know of any sweet email opt-in examples?
Let us know below!

 

Subscribe Me Maybe?

In this episode, Dani and Kriss explain why adding an email opt-in to your website and asking visitors to subscribe to your list is the first step to gaining loyal customers.

Do you have an example of an awesome e-mail opt-in? Paste the link in the comments.

Do you need help adding an email opt-in to your site? Let us know in the comments!