This is a shout out for Zohair Yousafi a WordPress ‘Happiness Engineer’.
Well, Zohair you have indeed made me very happy today! Thank you.
I think one of the lessons in life that I have learned along the way, is to play to your strengths and delegate/pay for others skills where necessary.
In 30 minutes Zohair solved my various website problems and taught me how to resolve some of them myself.
Something, I had literally spent hours trying to do…
If content, not code is your thing, I highly recommend a business plan with WordPress, because their ‘Engineers’ are not only super efficient, but super patient and helpful and don’t make you feel like a complete idiot for what I am sure must often be simple solutions.
It is that old adage, it is easy when you know how!
So…..I decided to get a bit more ‘social’ about social media after a year being more active workwise, than vocal on my blog.
If you would like a hand, navigating Facebook/Instagram advertising or help writing a press release/contacting journalists, or a bit of a hand with content marketing or public relations in general, I’m still here to help.
But this year, I have to decided it is time to re-explore the creative side of my life, travel a bit (hopefully a lot!) and take up some new hobbies.
I’m going to share them with you, dear reader, to enjoy the experience second hand or feel inspired to try some of these for yourselves.
It will involve visiting other countries, taking up new artistic pursuits, creating podcasts (a step by step guide for those of you who love the idea but don’t know where to start) and generally having some fun.
And yes, there will be a fair number of photographs of pets. As we are a ‘pet’ family.
You are welcome to skip those to the parts that you enjoy the best, and if, like us, your life is enriched with furry feline friends, then you might enjoy them too.
The beauty featured in this particular post is Bella. It was not my first choice of name, but she lives up to the name in every respect.
Our one year old chocolate labrador simply enriches our lives (and finally has stopped chewing our shoes and furniture) which of course makes her all the more adorable.
Looking forward to a great year ahead, and sharing adventures of the travel, creative and the ‘social’ variety with you.
What are you planning to do a bit differently this year?
This week I discovered that I was able to create my own special Camera Effect AR Frame for Stories on Facebook. And of course, had to give it a try!
Facebook is launching a series of new features to help people customise their photos and videos in the social network’s continuing battle with Snapchat, an app that put the camera, photos and video at the front-and-center of social interactions. Today, Facebook is unveiling a new tool that will allow anyone, including Facebook Page owners, to create custom profile frames for user’s photos. It’s also introducing similar capabilities, along with other effects that can be used on both photos and videos, with its new “in-app camera” available in a single test market (courtesy of TechCrunch).
I’m not a graphic designer and had not the first clue but thanks to a very informative Tutorial by Neil Bennett, in Digital Arts I actually managed to create a Frame that Facebook approved. If you would like to try you own, read this article. http://bit.ly/2oHWD6e
It’s a bit cheesy, and floral but did involve some effort. I took photographs of some flowers in Manly. Then used an App called Cutout (Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator does the same) to isolate the little plants.
Uploaded them to Canva and then saved as a PNG with a transparent background.
Simple, when you know how!
Within 24 hours, my Frame was approved and quite a few people have been using it!
I believe it is only contacts within my own Facebook presence that can use the Frame I created but it does open up huge possibilities for digital marketers.
Tomorrow, I will make some suggestions that you might consider to help build your business using this technology. I’d love to hear yours.
If you are interested in Facebook Ads. I highly recommend you read this article.
Power Editor and Ads Manager can be quite challenging if you don’t keep up to date with the fairly frequent changes that Facebook makes.
There are paid options that simplify things like AdEspresso which are excellent if you have the budget for them.
And if you are using Instagram as a stand alone platform, the Ad options are pretty simple to use in comparison to going through the Facebook platform.
However, this article published in Social Media Today written by Jay Shemenski (@jshemenski) sets out the options in a really clear and easy to understand format which is why I thought I would save it here for you all!