Instagram-Link in Bio for Cake Business

Hi, my sweet friends,

Here I go again with the importance of using social media platforms for your cake business. This can make the whole difference in the way clients see your work and it is a great tool to find new costumers and target your niche.

Social media platforms continue to be a big help for me and have been a game-changer for my business. I try to cover as much ground as I can using Facebook, Pinterest, groups, pages, web site, and online school. However, one of the platforms that actually works for my audience is Instagram, and using ” Link in Bio” has been a game-changer for me.

So let me share with you a few tips that work and actually makes your life easier so you can dedicate your time to be creative and make beautiful cakes while you keep your community informed and updated.

Your Instagram profile has to be one of the most complete business cards you can find. Just by opening your profile, your audience has access to:

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  • You
  • ( picture)
  • Contacts
  • Bio
  • Purpose
  • Brand
  • shop
  • stories
  • IGTV
  • Location

When you use “link in bio” funnels it gives a whole new dimension to your brand, because with just one click, your client can have access to all your social media platforms, and much more. Specially when you are a baker or a cake decorator, that as we know, we don´t have much time to be in Social Media at all hours of the day. So giving a window to your clients and followers that is always open, is a great tool!

In my case, I use the @Tailwind service to link my bio to all of my social media platforms only by using the free plan I have the opportunity to have my ” Link in Bio” and to schedule Instagram posts and Pinterest pins. This  gives my community the opportunity to go directly to my Blog, my Online School, YoutTube channel, Facebook, Facebook Groups, and to contact me to place an order of cakes and gelatins.

Check out my Instagram: @cristina_theartcakeexperience and click on link in bio to see it for yourself.

There are many other platforms that offer you the link in Bio possibility, some are free other not but it is a great tool to use.

For now, leave me a comment below with your Instagram link and I´ll be more than happy to follow you!

Don´t forget to like this post, comment, share, and subscribe.

Hope you liked it!

Love,

Cristina

So, do I really need to have a Blog?

The answer is no!

Then, why have one?

Some may say it is a trend, and a trend that even I sometimes question.

I am not a writer and don´t have any studies to be one. I speak a few languages, however, English being my second language doesn´t make things easier.

So, going back to my original question, the answer still “no”, it is not needed and here is why:

There are thousands of people writing blogs nowadays about everything and I don´t believe there are that many people willing to read everything we write, so is it just bloggers following bloggers?

This is a lot of work, and I really mean A LOT! I am a Cake Designer, Gelatin Artist, teacher, and a full-time mom; and on top of that I must think about writing a weekly article , fin ideas , recipes, take pictures of my products, edit and share on social media for just a hand full of people to read.

Who has time for all of that? Maybe a few good followers, my family and some good friends that still have some patience to read my articles.

But, funny thing, I still have the blog!

Why?

First because I find this screen my confessionary, as well as so many people, this is my place to say what I believe, what I think, to try to help others and share what I believe is too good not to share.

Second because even if one person can take something good out of what I write, then my work is done.

Third, once you start, no matter the amount of work you might have, you can´t stop. It is like playing in the casino, at the beginning you win nothing, then as you start having some good hands and wining, it is hard to stop, you kind of get addicted and believe that the next article , the next post is going to be the one to get to more people and help others, to finally have the wanted outcome and make something out of your work.

That is why I still have my blog, and I´ll keep writing and sharing with you everything I do, recipes, party ideas, classes, tutorials and my personal intake on how to use social media to help our cake business.

So, do I really need to have a Blog? No. Do I want to have a Blog, Yes!

It is a great tool to keep your community informed, and updated with everything you do and specially for them to get to know you, this is social media, we mean to be social and to be there for our students, clients and community.

Which leads me to my next question, what are we really selling? A product or ourselves?

That will be for my next post, leave me a comment about it and don’t forget to like this article, comment, share and subscribe!

Stay Creative!

Love,

Cristina.

 

What to do (or not) using #hashtags for a cake business

What is right and what is wrong when using #hashtags for a cake business?

A good group of #hashtags at the end of an image can make a big difference, to both bring more traffic into your account and adding more followers to your profiles and brand

As I said before, the order should be something like this, however, it is not a science, it can be flexible to your audience and your intentions.

We can play with the content of the #hashtags just like this:

Niche: #food #desserts #cakes

Theme: #cakedesign

Brand: #theartcakeexperience

Place: #cristina_theartcakeexperience /here I prefer to use my profile account than my location in order for people to follow me more easily, however, the profile of your account should include your location but that can be a topic for another post on how to use your profile Bio to grow your business.

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Ideas and “Trends”:

There are many #hashtags that we can use and follow easily that will help us get in the game of social media marketing. I would like to share with you some simple ideas that can help you organize your social media posts.

However, another thing I learn about it is that there are platforms and apps that can help you do that, schedule your posts, tell you what works better in terms of #hashtags, recommends which ones to use and also what time is better to post according to your target audience.

These apps run statistics and really make your life easier. I use Tailwind and Planoly which are very good and easy to use, also Later is a great one. But there are many in the market that can really help you organize your posts.

We can use simple trend #hashtags to get our publications out there, for example:

Days of the week: #mondayfunday #transformationtuesday #wisdomwednesday #throwbackthursday #foodfriday #socialsaturday #selfiesunday

There are many ideas, don´t stop exploring and using your favorite social media platforms and don´t forget to use this to your advantage and to grow your business. But if you want a small piece of advice, don´t get too caught up in this game, it can take a lot of your time and can be very competitive and demanding, so I don´t want to add more things to your cake design business to-do list, I just want to help you get out there and show your wonderful work!

I loved writing these posts for you and I really hope you liked them too.

If you did, don´t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe!

Lots of love,

Cristina

 

 

 

 

How to write a good #hashtag for a cake business

So, let´s keep talking about #hashatgs

How to write a good (#) hashtag.

It must be memorable, unique and relevant to the post or the image. It should be easy to memorize and not too long so followers will not lose time trying to figure out what we are saying.

Good Hashtags!    #caketopper  #cakedesign  #cakesforher

however, over this last year, I have realized that more specific hashtags even if they are too specific can have a better impact. Let me explain why…

A very trendy hashtag can have millions of followers, so if your business is new and not too famous, it will take a longer time for new followers to find, that is because your post will be lost amongst millions of other posts.

Usually, good hashtags, trendy enough, with an average of followers can be a better option for new audiences to find your product.

For example: 

#caketoppers can have 424,070 publications

but

#harrypottercaketopper 589 publications

That means that if you use the second option for your publication, your post will be placed between 589 posts and will be easily found instead of being among a sea of almost half a million posts.

Now, not so good ones:

#caketoppersforlittlekidswholikebatman #cakedesignnewtrendsofthisyear #cakesthatshewouldliketoeat

Why?… too long, too difficult to read and not enough followers for you to lose time using them.

Before using a #hashatgs, make sure to know what the words mean and if together the words won’t have a different connotation, that way we prevent ourselves from sending the wrong message.

Just imagine this:

#mywormcake followed by an image of a good looking woman in the kitchen taking a cake out of the oven… that can be miss understood and could lead to unwanted comments.

However, imagine a steamy cake fresh out of the oven, a close-up picture followed by the #freshbakedcake better right?. We avoided the word “my” and give it a less personal connotation also all the words are easy to follow and without any different meaning.

To give you an example of my own experience, let me share with you this post from my Instagram account that had a big impact due to the use of #hashtags.
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#beautyandthebeast  / First the theme of the cake  without talking about cakes to attract an audience interested in Beauty and the Beast and not just cake design

 #cakedesign/ #bolosdecorados( Usually I make my hashtags in two different languages because I live in Portugal but want a more international audience)/ Now is the niche, the specific group of people your post is intended for. In this case are cake designers or people interested in it.

#beautyandthebeastcake / #beautyandthebeastcaketoppers / even more specific to the post and the theme

#theartcakeexperience #cristina_theartcakeexperience #theartcakeschool/ finally my brand and my Instagram account so people will easily follow me.

Next time I´ll talk about what to do and what not to do when using a #hasgtag

If you liked this post, don´t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe!

See you later…

Love,

Cristina

 

Social Media Calendar (EN)

It is the beginning of a new year and I really like to take a look at my last´s year resolutions, and one of them happened to be ” More Social Media Exposure!”

Trying to be updated with all the social media posts, running an online school, recording and editing videos, teaching and baking can be a daunting task. I so much understand the work of Social Media Marketing companies and why they charge what they charge because it is a LOT OF WORK!!!!

However, this Blogging thing is kind of new to me and I can´t afford right now to pay anyone else to do the job for me so I came up with a very nice and simple to follow a calendar for social media posting.

I always have someone young to give me a ” Crash Course” on how to manage my social media accounts, this time was my gorgeous goddaughter, that gave me all the insight on how to use social media to my advantage, the best time to post and how frequently to do it.

But if you don´t have a talented Goddaughter like me, there is a lot of information on the social media platforms analytics to get you going. Pay attention to the time your followers interact with you and which of your posts are more popular, that will help you too.

There is a lot of terms and vocabulary that can make us lose our mind and patience, and since the idea is to make things easy for you I´ll try to make it simple and show you what really worked for me.

After wandering around the net, trying to find out what SEO and CCS and Plugins are, I decided to work with what I know and already have; a Facebook page ( not a profile) which is very simple to open, to use and to maintain, also the Blog ( of course) and my Instagram account. With this, I can make a lot and the idea is to get publicity, followers and promote my work.

I am no Blogger, I bake cakes and teach sugar paste modeling and gelatin art, so this social media marketing should be very simple and easy to use for me and any other cake designer.

What really works for me!

The first ( and very important) step is to post periodically, yes PERIODICALLY! This will make all the difference, and even more important is when to post. As more you post, more exposure you´ll get, and posting at the right hours will make you reach more of your target audience.

The great news is that you can schedule your posts in advance in almost all these social media platforms, some of them directly in the platform like Facebook or with the use os specialized apps like Planoly, Later and Tailwind for Instagram and Pinterest.

Let´s build our Social Media Calendar based on a few things: seasonal posts, your weekly work, quotes, and sharing. Also, it is important to know when to post, so I´ll give you an idea of what works for me.

Take in the count all the different social media platforms, groups, profiles, and pages.

So, let´s play with seasons and holidays in order to organize your yearly posts, like this:

January: News, New year´s resolutions

February: Valentine´s day

March: Spring

April: Easter

May: Mother´s day

June: Summer Break

August: Tropical themes

September: Back to School

October: Halloween

November: Fall/Thanksgiving

December: Christmas

 

Now, you should post weekly and periodically as I mentioned before, so here is my own personal calendar so you can have an idea, copy this if you want, but remember, you´ll only know what works for you and your target audience.

Use the analytics of the social media platforms and find out this: best hours for posting and the posts that had better interactions, this way you´ll know when and what to post.

Let me explain: If you have more people entering your page on Mondays and Fridays at 3:00pm, that means that is the best time for you to publish your posts. If on Instagram you had more reactions to the pictures of your decorated cakes, than the picture of you in the kitchen, it means people are more interested in seeing your finished work instead of the process, so post your finished cakes more often and in the best hours and days. This will mean more interaction en, even more, followers. 

Combine this effort together with the use of #Hashtags and it will work even better.

Check out my previous post on ” The use of #hashtags for cake business” and get some insight on how to use them in your favor.

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My weekly Social Media Calendar:

Let´s go back to our Social Media Calendar, now for the weekly posts:

Monday/ Instagram at 18:00h e Blog between  21:00h and 22:00h.

Tuesday/ Interact with Facebook Groups, share posts and news from my work and colleagues

Wednesday / Facebook between 18:00h and 21:00h

Thursday/ Instagram Stories, Facebook posts at 19:00h and a new video every two weeks on my YouTube channel.

Friday / Instagram at 21:00h

Saturday/ Facebook between 21:00 and 22:00h

I also share on my Facebook profile, pages and groups everything I publish in other social media platforms, that is because it is the platform in which I have more followers.

There are many types of pots you can share like: your own works, announcements, stories, follow-ups, share information, share someone else´s work, quotes, inspiration, behind the scenes of your work, Blog posts sharing, promotions and add and many more. One thing to always keep in mind is to BE YOU!, be original, be yourself, don´t copycat, be authentic and true and people will react to you and your work.

I don´t know it all, but I know what works for me and what could work for a Cake Business, and most importantly what doesn´t take much of your time. If you want further information an how to post and how to schedule your posts, feel free to contact me here or through any of my Social Media profiles:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bolosdecoradosdecristina

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/theartcakeexperience and https://www.facebook.com/CristinaArevaloBolosDecorados

Instagram: @cristina_theartcakeexperience

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.pt/theartcakeexperience/

YouTube: The Art Cake Experience Channel

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I´ve loved to share this with you and truly hope it helps you, so if you´d enjoyed it too, please don´t forget to like, comment, share and subscribe.

 

Love,

Cristina

 

Using #Hashtags for a cake business.

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Did you see that? It looks more like a tongue-twister than a #hashtag

But it got your attention, right?

Apparently, we are nothing in social media without a #hashtag, but do they really work? are they good for all social media platforms? is it worth the trouble?

I have to say that since last year I´ve been quite active on social media in order to promote my online teaching business and cake decorating business, even my personal brand. And I also have to say that I´ve learned a lot since last I wrote a post about hashtags and social media. Not because I became a master in everything that there is to know, more of a try and fail kind of situation, and be aware that by the time I finish this post, the algorithm in social platforms have changed and #hashtags too!

I found out two good things: what really work for me and what gives me less work to do.

I have a lot of information to give you, so I will divide this post into several parts.

Now, going back to the # hashtags, believe me when I say they are a big help, and I can recognize the advantages of their use, but like many or some of you, I didn´t even know what they were until last year.

So, If you are any like me, here I have for you a little crash course, a simple 101 on how to use #hashtags to your advantage for your cake business.

What is a #hashtag?transferir

It is a tool that allows us to identify and easily follow a product, place, event or personality as well as promotions and trends. Consists of using the hashtag symbol of our keyboard (#) followed by a word or words that refer to what we want to identify and they are always in lower case and without space between the words.

For business it is a great and useful tool, it helps to showcase our product, be followed or even discovered by users around the world.

What social media platforms use #hashtags?

At least the main ones, Twiter, Facebook, and Instagram are the most common ones. But also Pinterest and more Social Media platforms use them. I confess that I´m not a big Twitter user, I prefer Facebook and Instagram because they work for my business and my target audience, but that can be a different case for you. Pinterest can be a great platform for cake decorators and cake designers, but to really take advantage of it,  it should be used in a very specific way and that is for another post.
For Facebook, even though some people use the hashtags (#) I don´t recommend it. It is proven that the posts with hashtags in FB have no difference in their success. FB posts rely on images, that is what truly makes the difference, so don´t bother wasting time creating hashtags for FB, remember we as cake decorators are always short on time so we won´t want to waste it.

Now, Instagram in the other hand is the home of the hashtags. It is a must to use them!

I have seen the number of my followers grow with the use of hashtags.  The number of interactions; meaning the likes and comments, have to do not only with the use of hashtags but with the quantity, quality of the hashtags and frequency of the posts.
Instagram allows you to use a large number of hashtags, and it is proven that posts with more than 10 hashtags work even better than others with less. We can even follow hashtags instead of a person or a profile.

Now, I don´t want to bore you with a long post, so I´ll ask you to just think about what social media platform really works for you and you are willing to commit to. Then in my next post, I´ll show you how to write a good hashtag and how to use it.

If you liked this post, please comment, like, share and subscribe.

See you next time

love,

Cristina

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad – Feliz Natal

I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and thank you for being part of this special year with me.

New courses, cakes, recipes, gelatine and more are coming next year.

Happy Holidays my friends!

Feliz Natal para todos meus amigos!

Feliz Navidad para todos mis amigos!

Love

Cristina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#hashtags…o que fazer e não fazer.(PT)

O que fazer e não fazer na hora de usar #hashtags:

Um bom grupo de #hashtags no fim de uma imagem faz toda a diferença, tanto para trazer mais trafego e seguidores para a conta como para facilitar a navegação dos nossos seguidores nas publicações

Como tinha exemplificado no post anterior a ordem deveria ser a seguinte, ainda que podemos jogar um pouco com o conteúdo:

Nicho: #comida #sobremesas #bolos

Conteúdo: #bolosdecorados

Marca: #theartcakeexperience

Local: #cristinaarevalo_bolosdecorados ( aqui prefiro ter a minha conta do que a minha morada, assim podem contactar-me a ver o meu trabalho)

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Ideias e “Trends”:

Há muitos #hastags que podemos usar e seguir com facilidade e ajudam-nos a entrar no “jogo” das redes sociais e o marketing digital. Partilho convosco uma ideia simples que pode ajudar a organizar posts nas redes sociais.

No artigo Social Media Calendar falo da importância de ter uma agenda de publicação, podemos completar esta agenda com publicações periódicas e de interesse usando #hastags famosos como:

Dias da semana: #mondayfunday #transformationtuesday #wisdomwednesday #throwbackthursday #foodfriday #socialsaturday #selfiesunday

Há muitas ideias, não deixem de explorar as suas redes sociais favoritas e usar isto para a vossa vantagem, tanto em contas pessoais como de trabalho.

Eu adorei fazer esta série de artigos, espero tenham gostado.

Não se esqueçam de gostar, comentar, partilhar e subscrever!

Beijinhos

Cristina

 

 

 

#hastags..O que faz um bom hashtag. (PT)

Continuando com esta série de posts sobre  aqui vai a segunda parte…

O que faz um bom (#) hashtag?

Deve ser memorável, único e relevante ao post ou a imagem. Deve de ser fácil de memorizar, não muito comprido para o seguidor não perder muito tempo em saber do que estamos a falar.

Bom Hastags!    #caketopper  #cakedesign  #cakesforher

Não tão bons:  #caketoppersforlittlekids  #cakedesignnewtrends  #cakesthatshewouldlike

Antes de usar um #hashtag, especialmente em outro idioma, é melhor ter a certeza do que estas palavras significam para não ter problemas depois, ainda mais se vamos usar este #hashtag como ferramenta de alguma campanha nas redes sociais para angariar mais seguidores; podemos enviar a mensagem errada.

Imaginem só:

#omeuboloquente acompanhado de uma imagem pessoal como uma mulher na cozinha, pode ser interpretado de muitas maneiras e levar a comentários indesejados.

mas se a imagem é um bolo a sair do forno e usamos um hashtag como #boloquentinho, evitamos usar a palavra “meu” e damos a ideia de que estamos a fala do bolo e não de outra coisa.

Vamos tomar um exemplo da minha conta do Instagram, 20180120_105208esta imagem do bolo da Bela e o Mostro foi um dos post com maior atividade e os #hashtags ajudaram muito:

#beautyandthebeats #belaeomostro / primeiro o alvo do tema, sem falar em bolos vou atrair público interessado na Bela e o Mostro

#bolosdecorados #cakedesign( sempre coloco em dois idiomas para ter um alvo maior)/ agora o Nicho ou a base do meu trabalho para saber o que faço

#beautyandthebeastcake / mais especifico a esta peça

#theartcakeexperience #cristinaarevalo_bolosdecorados/ finalmente a minha marca e conta do Instagram.

No proximo post vou falar sobre o que fazer e não fazer na ora de usar (#) hashtags

Não se esqueçam de comentar, gostar , partilhar e subscrever!

até amanhã…

Beijinhos

Cristina

 

 

#hashtags (PT)

20180506_131219Aparentemente não somos nada nas redes sociais sem um #hashtag

Acreditem que realmente é uma ajuda, mas que ainda que reconheço as vantagens de usar os #hashtags nas publicações das redes sociais, também confesso que há menos de um ano não sabia o que era.

Se são como eu, então aqui vai um muito simples crash course, um 101 de como eu uso os meus #hashtags

Para não fazer isto muito comprido e tedioso, vou dividir este post em uma série de artigos sobre o tema, espero que gostem!

O que é um #hashtag?

È uma ferramenta que permite identificar e seguir com facilidade um produto, local ,evento ou pessoa assim como promoções e modas. Consiste em usar o símbolo (#) seguido de uma palavra chave referente a aquilo que queremos identificar, sempre em minúsculas e sem espaços entre palavras.

A nível de negócio é muito útil para dar a conhecer o nosso produto e ser descoberto por milhares de usuários no mundo.

Quais são as redes sociais que usam #hashtags?

Pelo menos as principais, Twiter, Facebook e Instagram são as mais comuns. Confesso que não sou grande usuário do Twiter, devo ter uma conta activa há anos que nunca uso, por isso vou falar mais do Instagram e do Facebook.

Para o Facebook, ainda que há quem use os (#), não recomendo, está comprovado que os posts ou publicações com (#) no FB têm menos sucesso que os que não tem, no FB o melhor são as imagens, mas isto é para outra oportunidade.

Agora no Instagram, vale mesmo a pena usar!. Tenho visto como o meu número de seguidores tem aumentado com o uso dos (#) e enquanto aos ” Likes” e comentários dos posts tem muito a ver não só a quantidade de #hashtags que uso mas a qualidade dos mesmos, disto vamos falar mais a frente. Aliás no Instagram podem ser usados grande quantidade de #hashtags, e está comprovado que os posts com pelo menos 10 (#) funcionam ainda melhor que outros. Até podemos seguir só #hashtags em vez de pessoas ou publicações de contas.

No proximo post vou falar sobre o que faz um bom (#) hashtag.

Não se esqueçam de comentar, gostar , partilhar e subscrever!

até amanhã…

Beijinhos

Cristina