Disclosure - Are You Doing it Right?

Disclosure - Are You Doing it Right?

If you have been engaged by a brand or network, you have likely come across a term that says something like “Influencer shall comply with all laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines applicable to Influencer’s performance hereunder.”  That clause may strike you as vague, but, since you tend to follow laws and rules regularly (of course), whatever that means won’t be a problem.  Right?  Not necessarily. Amanda Schreyer, one of our Alt Winter 2015 speakers, guest posts today to tell you what you need to know about FTC guidelines.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Creating a Signature Look with Props

Alt Chat Wednesday: Creating a Signature Look with Props

In today's media landscape and world of constant sharing on social media, your visuals need to say you. And simply adding a watermark isn't enough. For images that are unique to you, you want elements such as colors and props that become your signature.

Join us Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter to chat about how you brand the images you publish on your site and share to social media. We’ll be talking about what makes up a signature look, sharing some of our favorite spots for props, and more.  

Before we chat about the specifics of what is in your images, take a moment to focus on how you're taking your images. Here are six ways to strengthen your visual branding.

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Evaluating Expertise

Evaluating Expertise

It is often hard to realize how much you know about a subject when you are in the thick of it. This was especially hard for me to comprehend as a teacher. All those little eyes looking up at me, believing with their whole heart that I knew everything about the world. In truth, none of us know everything, but we are all experts in what we practice on a daily basis. So if you find yourself answering friend's questions about Instagram like a pro, setting up a photo shoot while talking to your grandma about the news, or dominating a conversation about social media best practices, then chances are you are an expert. Just in case, here are three areas with corresponding questions to evaluate your expertise.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: The Art of Decluttering

Alt Chat Wednesday: The Art of Decluttering

Starting a new project can be challenging. We have clutter—both emotional and physical—getting in our way. Here are three steps to help you prepare your mind and space for new projects. Then join us Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter. We’ll discuss how to prepare for a new project, whether it’s clearing your mind or preparing your workspace or both. We’ll also cover the challenges of working in small or shared spaces and how to stay organized.

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New Clients: The First Conversation

New Clients: The First Conversation

Begin by having a conversation with your potential client to established desired outcomes. There’s a vast difference between hiring someone to set up your Twitter account and hiring someone to manage your Twitter account and your potential client might not know this. Though both are projects for which you could be hired, each comes with a different price tag and time commitment. Here are three things to consider during the first conversation with a new client. 

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Alt Chat Wednesday: The In's And Out's of Working with Brands

Alt Chat Wednesday: The In's And Out's of Working with Brands

Working with brands can propel a standard blog into a full-time business and successful career. But getting started and knowing who to approach can be very intimidating and quite overwhelming. So here are seven steps to help you get started working with brands. Then join us Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter. We’ll discuss how to approach brands, what skills equate to a successful partnership, what brands look for, and more.

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The Benefits of Frequent Collaboration

The Benefits of Frequent Collaboration

We often hear that blogging and small business are a celebration of community, but building that loyal community can seem like a challenge at first. One to find that success and build new relationships is threw collaborations big and small. During an June Alt Chat Alt community members hashed what it means to create a successful collaboration and brainstormed ways to get more involved, recognize complementary strengths, and get started. Here is what they had to say:

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Fourteen Apps that Every Creative Needs

Fourteen Apps that Every Creative Needs

Promoting what we do can be hard as creatives, bloggers, solo entrepreneurs, and small businesses. Not only do we need to determine which social media platforms our community is on, we need to develop and perfect the content for those platforms. A tall order.

Here are fourteen apps or services that will simplify the creation of amazing graphics, provide insight into what’s working and what’s not working, and help with scheduling your content.

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Following Best Practices May Not be Right For You

Following Best Practices May Not be Right For You

Infographics with the best times to share on social media and the worst times to share on social media are everywhere. They’re eye catching. But they can be overwhelming and they can actually hurt your engagement.

Here’s how to prioritize your social media efforts based on where your community is (or isn’t) today.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Finding a Social Media Approach that Works for You

Alt Chat Wednesday: Finding a Social Media Approach that Works for You

Social media, love it or hate it, is essential to the success of businesses today. Ventures won’t be successful if no one knows about them. And how do you get the word out?  Social media.

Let’s chat about which social media platforms you’re liking right now and which ones you’re over. Join us Wednesday August 12, 2015 at 9AM PDT/12PM EDT on Twitter. Until then here are seven steps for crafting a standout social media presence.

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