My 4 Top Social Media Marketing Tips

Hi friends, how’s it going! Didn’t really have much to talk about food wise or fitness wise today, except I did go on a 7 mile trail run yesterday. It was awesome, in case you’re wondering.

I thought I’d share some of my tips for social media marketing today.
The biggest thing for bloggers, is social media. We’re on it a LOT. Which, I highly recommend doing Digital Detox on Lindsay’s blog
if you’re feeling burnt out.

So, a little back story…
I’ve been blogging since 2012. I got into it by taking up a job opportunity working with Claire’s Jewelry as a style blogger. Yepp, I used to blog about fashion before I got into healthy living blogging.

By the time I stopped blogging for Claire’s, I KNEW I wanted to create a blog myself. During the months leading up to 2013, I had several failed blogs. Mostly, because I was making fashion blogs and that really wasn’t what I was most passionate about. I was passionate about running! So I started a running blog. But, just so you know, it failed too. Why? Because I wasn’t into the social media world. I had no idea about how to even get people to read it. So I stopped blogging.

I had my other running blog during cross country seasons of senior year and I’d blog about my training.

Finally, January 2013, I had an idea for a blog name that fit me perfectly, had money to buy a domain, and had a lot of support from friends. In Shape Cupcake came to life, but it still exists 1.5 years later because I buckled down on teaching myself everything I can about social media. There’s always more to learn, but with these 4 tips, I’ve gained hundreds of more followers, discovered so many other blogs and small businesses, bumped up my views, and much more.

I love getting my blog out there and I bet you do too, but don’t let it consume you. Take a break sometimes and remember to be the best you!

Alright, here we go!

1. Comment, like, retweet, share…

By now, you most likely have a twitter, instagram, google +, facebook, youtube, and so much more! But just posting your links, or not posting at all, doesn’t do you any good. Interact with like minded people several times throughout the day with all of your social media accounts and you will see a difference. For example, I used to not comment on pictures on instagram but in April 2014, I decided to start commenting and create conversations on all the interesting images I drooled over, was inspired with, or from my friends’ accounts, starting at around 1200 followers. Its July 2014 and I now have almost 1800. For me, that’s excellent.
2. Join in on Twitter Chats

Twitter chats are amazing! Usually the one hosting the chat asks around 5-10 questions with a theme in mind and you answer them, look at others’ answers, interact with people, and just have a good time. Are you a foodie? Join #FoodieChats
RUNNER? #runchat every sunday evening. Into fitness? Follow #Fitfluential and ask about upcoming chats. Last night, I participated in foodiechats, healthywaymag chat, connectedlife chat with @fitfluential, and met some awesome people and gained a few followers.
3. Hashtags can be your ticket

This is serious. Hashtags are what will get your tweet, facebook status, or instagram image out there for people to see. Now, if you already have a good base of followers, you probably don’t need to put that many hashtags. Unless, you’re trying to gain more.

But, if you’re like me, you probably want to get more followers. Now, keep in mind, gaining followers to be popular, ain’t cool. But to gain followers so you can have more people know about health or fitness (in my case), is really cool! Look up the most popular hashtags within your topic and start putting them into action! For me, I usually pick some of these: #fitfluential #fitness #fitfam #nutrition #wellness #cleaneating #cleaneats #eatingclean #eatclean #instahealth
4. Be creative

Add images to your tweets, use fun and popular hashtags, professional looking images on instagram, pictures of you being you, ask your followers questions on facebook, join groups on linkedin, witty jokes always get a hit, or you can just talk about coffee because 95% of the people on this planet love coffee and will retweet you a million times. Okay, I’m serious. Actually…okay, yeah, I am.

When you interact with people, don’t just do it…do it because you truly want to talk to that person, comment on their stuff, and are interested in what they share!

Social Media Marketing Tips

Alright, QUESTION TIME!

  • Do you have a tip you’d like to share on social media?
  • How long have you been blogging?
  • Ever have a blog fail?
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My Running Tips for Beginners

Happy Friday everyone!

I usually write up a Food Friday post, like these:

But today, I wanted to do a Fitness Friday! While I was running yesterday, I kept thinking of tips I would share with beginners in the world of running. I wish I would have been told a lot of these…I had to learn the hard way.

So here we go!

1. Before you do anything! Go to a local store that will find the perfect shoe for your foot!

           Examples: Fleet Feet, Trak Shak, Dick’s Sporting Goods

2. Watch pros run (use youtube, go to a race, group runs) and check out their form.

           When I first started running, I would sway, run on my heels, not keep my landing in line (which ended up hurting my hips), would lean backwards, would be really tensed up without realizing.

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3. Don’t start running with music

           I started running with music and it messed me all up! Because of listening to music, I couldn’t hear how I was breathing, I had  to rely on it to get me going and to pump me up. That’s just the wrong way to go! In my opinion, music listeners are not going to become tough runners. Get rid of the music for a while! (I haven’t ran with music in 2 years)

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4. You want to be tough!

          If you are thinking of running long term, for whatever reason (weight loss, hobby, for fun, to tone up) it’s ten times better to be a mentally and physically tough runner than a softie. A softie is going to want to stop every 3 minutes, cry when its too hot, quit when there’s mud puddle, give up when you get a little tired…You can’t really achieve a goal if this is the case for 90% of your runs.

           Yes, we all have our bad days but you gotta face facts. Push through! The faster you make yourself tough instead of holding it off, the more your future self will thank you!

5. Endurance is better than speed

         Start with building that endurance. Build up to where you can run 1 mile without stopping, 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles…etc. Once you can start running multiple distances without stopping then you can start worrying about your speed.

          Example Speed Workout:

        – 1 mile warmup, 4X800m repeats, 5X200m repeats, 1 mile cooldown.

        – 1 mile warmup, 3-5X1000m repeats, 4X200m repeats, 1 mile cooldown

*800m repeats should be run at 5k pace, 200m repeats should be close to a full sprint

6. Fuel Right!

         Don’t eat crap before a run. Or after! Anything sugary, heavy, or hard to digest is not going to be your best friend before those miles. Instead, try eating a little oatmeal, a protein pancake, a kashi waffle, a bowl of cheerios, a banana with almond butter, before you run. During your run, sip on water. After a hard run, hydrate with Coconut Water.

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7. Run hills but don’t make decisions while running up them!

           I used to not understand how strides, hill repeats, and running hilly courses were for a runner. First, it makes you mentally tough! It makes those calves, booty, & quads so much more strong. After you start incorporating hills a couple times a week, you will notice a huge difference. Believe me!

           Examples: I try to have one 5-8 mile run that has lots of hills for me to run.

          Once a week, I will perform hill repeats (6-8) on a not too steep hill around 150 meters or so. Run it fast and hard.

tumblr_m4707muFQX1qzol258. Stretch, Stretch, STRETCH!!!

       Obviously, you should stretch. Dynamic stretching before or after a 1 mile warmup, then static stretching for 5-10 minutes after your run. MAKE TIME FOR IT. Or you might regret it down the road.

9. Join a running club!

         Seriously, after I started running with people (especially those long runs) it made every thing easier for me. I realize on runs by myself that these people I run with, run by themselves as well and have to push through just like I am. So, really I’m not alone! Plus it’s a ton of fun getting to know other runners. You’ll learn so much, exchange funny stories, and have a blast getting sweaty. Who would’ve thought that?!

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^^^I’m in the long sleeve bright blue shirt ^^^

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I have a ton of running tips, but these are just the few I wish someone would have told me when I started out! Seriously…

I started running in 2007-2008 and I was horrible! I cringe just thinking about it. I suffered the worst shin splits ever too (mostly because of my shoes) and had plantar fascitis for half a year because I didn’t know I needed a stability shoe. Running looks like it can be easy…but really, if you don’t take precaution first, you’ll end up hating it.

If you are a beginning runner, I hope you find these helpful!

Questions:

  • Did anyone give you tips when you first started running?
  • What’s your number one tip to a beginning runner?
  • Do you focus on endurance rather than speed or speed rather than endurance?

I’ll Take A Tip, Recipe, and Pizza

Hey y’all!

Ugh, sorry I forgot to post yesterday. Didn’t mean for that to happen but it did. Oh well!

I did get in 8 miles of mostly running with some walks here and there and then it was rest time for me. The sun really take its out of me.

Anyway, we got some fun stuff to talk about today!

Would you like a tip?

I love tips…especially when it’s about hair! I discovered this a while ago and wanted to share!

FIT HAIR

So, I don’t know about you, but I some times workout twice a day, which means taking showers twice-three times a day…and my hair can not take that much shampoo no matter how much conditioner I use Laughing out loud

So I got a TIP for YOU! (Specifically talking to girls with medium or long hair)

First thing– Always wash hair with a sulfate and paroben free shampoo! You will notice a big difference in a month. I know I did. Keep reading down below.

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Step 1

Rinse and massage hair with only warm water. Try to detangle hair if you can.

Step 2

Don’t use shampoo, just conditioner. Apply conditioner ONLY on the ends of your hair. Rinse.

I’ve been doing this recently and its saving me shampoo, time, and damage to my hair. Try it next time you’re in a hurry after your workout or if you already washed your hair once that same day.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3-1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1-2 tsp natural organic peanut butter
  • 1 packet of Stevia or 1 tsp of sweetener
  • Lots of pumpkin spice
  • 1-2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

Optional Add Ins:

  • Coconut flour (1 tbsp)
  • Almond Flour (1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Chocolate chips (1-2 tbsp)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Greek yogurt

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My dinner last night….

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Questions:

  • What’s your favorite kind of pizza?
  • Did you know about the FIT HAIR tip?