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Twitter Chat with Millennial Expert Chelsea Krost

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How did you get your first 1,000 followers? What should someone charge for a sponsored post? What happens when a company asks you to endorse a product... that you've never used?!

I joined millennial marketing and brand expert Chelsea Krost for a live Twitter chat this week to talk about what it’s really like to be a modern-day influencer. Thanks so much to everyone who submitted questions!

Here are a couple of my top takeaways from the chat. Head to #MillennialTalk on Twitter for the full convo!


Q: How important are live events in the career of an influencer? How should we leverage live events to grow our personal brand?

A: Live events are everything. I work in social media, but always say that there's nothing like being with someone IRL.


Q: Let’s chat about the famous hashtags: #ad & #sponsored. Why do content creators receive so much heat for using these hashtags on sponsored posts?

A: It's hard for some people to wrap their heads around the fact that you can love something - and also make money endorsing it. One of my favorite brands (and clients) WeWork puts it well: You can make a living - and a life.


Q: When is the right time for an #influencer to hire an agent/representative?

A: The earlier, the better! Brands are shelling out big bucks to micro-influencers, and you want to make sure you're partnering up profitably.

FIT: The Business of Social Media

FIT: The Business of Social Media

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As soon as I left my talk at Fashion Institute of Technology this week, I got this note from one of the students:

"I follow a lot of social media influencers on many platforms, and this is the first time I have had the chance to hear the behind the scenes of what is portrayed to be such a glamorous and 'easy' lifestyle. With society how it is today, a lot of the times myself and a lot of people I know don’t really trust social media influencers when they are promoting products because they are paid to promote. It was really refreshing to find out that there is lot of integrity behind who and what you promote, and it’s reassuring to know that hopefully there are other influencers out there like you. A lot of the times it is hard to believe someone is being genuine about a product when it is a paid sponsorship but hearing your side and how you run your business was insightful and revitalizing."

Thank you to the wonderful students at FIT for having me - and for the many beautiful thank you notes like this one. You make this influencer feel good at work every day.

Influencer Best Practices with Edelman PR & Booking.com

Influencer Best Practices with Edelman PR & Booking.com

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So you want to be an influencer?!

Last week, I joined Edelman PR and the team at Bookings.com to share my best practices about how to engage, work and build relationships with influencers.

Read more of my thoughts on the influencer industry over at Ad Age, where I explain why I love seeing the hashtags #ad and #sponsored.

Grand Cayman Island Tourism Talk

This   is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Cayman Islands. The opinions and text are all my own.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Cayman Islands. The opinions and text are all my own.

Over the summer, you may recall that I took a Euro-trip with Samsung Business to showcase how Samsung's Bixby Vision helps me identify landmarks (and translate foreign menus). What you might not have known is how instrumental the tourism boards of Austria and Germany were in helping me gain access to the landmarks, sites and sounds of both countries.

That trip was one example of the power of unlikely partners (in this case, Samsung Business and the Austria Tourism Board).

I was honored to speak further about the power of partnerships at Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Annual Conference (where I appropriately got photo bombed by a sun beam)!

Thanks Cayman for inviting me to speak! Excited for round two in Cayman Islands! ;)

Facebook Live with Refinery 29

This week, I hosted one of Refinery 29's final Facebook Lives 2016 - speaking about social media best practices in 2016 (and some trends we need to leave behind).

Top Social Media Fails of 2016

Before looking ahead to 2017, I talked about some of the biggest social media fails of 2016, from Ryan Lochte's untimely hair Tweet to Total Beauty's Whoopi Goldberg/Oprah mixup. The takeaway from these fails? Always do your research before posting on social media, hire thoughtfully, and if you do make a mistake, take a step back, assess the damage and apologize if necessary. 

Questions from the Audience

Before talking about best social media practices for 2017, I opened up questions to the Refinery 29 audience. Here are some of the top questions and takeaways. 

Q: Do you have tips on doing social media for businesses?
A: It can be difficult to create authenticity, as people tend to connect more easily with people than with brands. The most effective way for a business to create a successful social media presence is to fit into one (or more) of three categories: funny, beautiful, valuable. Give audiences something to come back to you for - time and time again. 

Q: Do you have tips for bloggers? 
A: Differentiate yourself. There are so many blogs on so many subjects, so it's essential to find a way to offer something unique to your audiences. Learn more about how to start a blog in my article for Refinery29. 

Q: Do you think a business needs to have all social media platforms?
A: Put simply: No. Social media is a quality over quantity game. Choose one or two platforms that really apply to your brand where you can post quality, memorable content rather than posting subpar content on every channel. 

Social Media Habits to Expire in 2016

1. Overexposure: You never want social media to be a one-sided conversation. Instead of over-sharing, try to engage with your audience, ask questions and inspire genuine conversation. 

2. Spamming: Avoid overusing hashtags and "follow for follow" or "like for a like" spamming. Be authentic, or your audience will see through your efforts to gain a following. 

3. Avoid Basic Content: Basic content (or posts that are uninspiring) should be avoided. Be creative and stand out. 

How to Nail Social Media in 2017

1. Differentiate. Add value to the community you have formed. 

2. Be proactive and reactive. Keep the social in social media. Engage with your audience. 

3. Focus on quality over quantity. I can't emphasize this enough. Create beautiful content that lasts and makes an impact.

Check out my full Facebook Live to hear more about best social media practices. We'll catch you next time!

5 Social Media Trends at RIS News' 2016 ENGAGE! Conference

What happens when your personal brand becomes your business?

This week, I attended the RIS News 2016 ENGAGE! Conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale to speak about just that - along with sharing the top five social media trends that retailers can capitalize on to reach their audiences. 

Here are those trends and some of the most important takeaways: 

1. Brand Ambassadors and Influencers

Influencers don't just introduce an audience to you brand - they add authenticity. In 2017, it’s no longer about finding an influencer who has several thousand followers but one who can authentically promote the brand in a way that get his or her audience to act.

2. Social Networks in the Workplace

Sometimes, your brand advocates can be right in your own office. More and more brands are using their own employees are a social army to promote and validate corporate culture.

3.  Video Trumps Text

Social video - like Facebook Like and Instagram Stories - are easy ways to turn a 50-person event a 5,000-person event.

4. The Importance of Storytelling

Storytelling has been a part of human history for thousands of years, but it's also a crucial marketing component for establishing your brand voice and authenticity.

5. Getting Users to Act

The most important trend for brands is going to be able to drive your fans to take a particular action step - and that doesn’t always mean to purchase. Getting users to react means building a rapport with them and that takes commitment, innovation and great storytelling.