The Instagram Do’s and Don’ts

Let’s face it, we’ve all wondered what other people are thinking when they look at our Instagram. With social media being declared the highlight reel of how we live our lives, it only makes sense that we want to put our best foot (or photo) forward. So, being the social experts that we are, we decided to round up some of our do’s and don’ts for Instagram to help you live your best #Insta life.

DO: Engage with your followers!

While social media may be a place for you to express yourself, it’s also a place for you to interact with friends, family, fans, etc. Let your followers know they’re heard. Give them a like, follow, comment, anything to show you care.

DON’T: Follow and unfollow and follow again and unfollow again and you get the point.

Who doesn’t love a new follower? But there’s nothing worse than the haunting follow/unfollow cycle until you get a follow back. Just follow and let the Instagram course take its ride.

DO: Tag!

It’s a great way to engage with other brands and people. Plus, we all want to know where you got those super cute shoes and we don’t really want to ask. There are two types of tagging to be aware of – tagging accounts in the actual photo versus tagging accounts in the caption. There are pros to both. Tagging in the caption displays the account name without people having to click to show tags, giving immediate exposure. However, tagging the account in the photo adds it to their profile’s tagged photo section, allowing people who follow them to see it even if they don’t follow you. It also makes it more likely the account you’re tagging will see the photo even if they’re not logged into their Instagram at that moment. If you’re working with a brand or professional, make sure you find out if they have specifications for tagging!

DON’T: Take a sponsored post just to take a sponsored post.

More now than ever, our social media has become a reflection of not only who we are, but how we conduct our lives – what brands we use, what people we hang out with, what we want the world to know about us. Taking a sponsored post just for the sake of being #sponsored can cheapen your brand, whether it be a personal one or a professional one.

DO: Have fun with it.

At the end of the day, your social media should be fun! Nobody lives a perfect life, and even though Instagram may be the highlights, we all want to know you’re human from time to time. Be relatable; it’ll make your content all the more appealing to your followers.

DO: Take advantage of Instagram stories and Instagram live!

With Instagram rolling out new features all the time, Instagram stories are a great way to pop up on people’s feeds who don’t follow you, but probably should. Also, this is a great alternative to giving your followers a peak into your everyday life, without ruining your awesome Instagram feed.

Have some of your own tips or tricks? Tweet us @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram – @somethingsocial.

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Something Social: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Here at Something Social we know there’s nothing better than giving a thoughtful gift (besides for the great Instagram that may come with it).

Our team has decided to come together in holiday spirit and share with you our favorite gifts to give to that #SomeoneSocial in your life. Check them out below and let us know if you snag any of these for those special someones (or yourself – we don’t judge!).

  1. CycleHouse: For all your friends who love a good sweat, but also want to make sure they look good while doing it. This crop top is perfect for in and out of the studio – wear it for your next ride or pair it with some leggings for a brunch with your friends.
  2. The Glam App: Need your hair, makeup, or nails done for that holiday party or New Year’s Eve? Treat yourself and a friend to a day of pampering at home with this on demand beauty app.
  3. The Nice Guy: Friend visiting? Date night? Look no further for the perfect dinner. Besides being one of the trendiest spots in LA, the food does not disappoint.
  4. Kind Campaign: The holidays are the perfect time for gift giving – especially in the form of a donation! Help spread kindness by making a donation to the Kind Campaign in honor of a friend or family member.
  5. Reservoir: Stud bag. For all those studs in your life. Even if it’s yourself.
  6. Facile: Treat yourself to the gift of good (and healthy) skin this holiday season (and any other time of the year) with Facile. Between nutritionist recommended diets, peels, and vitamin shots, Facile is your one stop health shop.
  7. Wildfox: The gift for all those people who gave 2016 their all. We know we did.
  8. Bailey44: The perfect day-to-night blazer that will complete any look. The velvet will make you stand out at any holiday affair while still making you look mysterious. Which is all we can hope for sometimes.
  9. Ron Robinson: Can’t go wrong with a good pair of sunglasses. Ever.
  10. Vintage Malibu: For those holiday moments when you’re feeling extra splurge-y. Treat yourself. You deserve it.

We all know it’s the thought that counts. Looking for something to stuff your stocking with? Fear not; we have just the solutions for you:

  1. Bling Wipes: Sparkle. Shine. Do what you gotta do during the holidays. Make sure your jewelry always looks runway ready with Bling Wipes.
  2. Tayst Phone Case: Get one for you and a best friend! The perfect way to match while supporting young artists.
  3. Money on Honey: Give the gift of deliciousness to everyone you love.

Happy holidays from the Something Social LA team! Tweet us @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram – @somethingsocial.

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#SomethingSignificant: Cycle House Coat Drive

Do #SomethingSignificant: Cycle House Coat Drive

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we’re starting our new series, #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

This month: Cycle House Coat Drive.

A message from Cycle House…

#CHCOATCHECK: A Coat Drive for the Homeless!

The Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition has been feeding the homeless a hot dinner every night since 1987. As the temperatures have been dropping, they’ve expressed a desperate need for coats and socks, and CH wants to help! All week (and weekend) long we’ll be hosting a coat drive where you can bring your old coats and socks to either CH location. At the top of next week, we will deliver them directly to GWHFC!

Want to get involved? Follow Cycle House at @cyclehousela, tweet us @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram – @somethingsocial.

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