Another week come and gone. And boy, was it a rough one. February began with a nasty flu ripping through our office that left most of us stuck in bed or with a sure throat and unable to speak.
Talk about a major set back– it’s hard to convince people to work with you when you can barely get a word out! On the bright side it seems like most of us are on the other side of it. Hopefully by Monday we’ll be back in fighting shape!
Lots of fun and exciting things in the works in the next month or so– our founder Lisa Hennig is speaking at a YEG Boss Babes event on the 23rd giving a talk about creating manageable social media marketing campaigns. Should be a can’t-miss event!
Do you ever feel like you’re in an insta-rut? Consider switching your profile over to a business account. Instagram will automatically calculate your most popular posts and allow you to see what aspects of your content are most popular with your followers!
Once you’re switched over, simply click the little graph button in the top right corner of your profile beside your username (second from the end!) Voila, all your social media stats at an arm’s reach!
With one simple upgrade, you can see are sorts of information about your followers– including your demographics and who is viewing your posts. Here’s a sample from our feed:
As you can see, we have a large female fan base that’s located right in our hometown, Edmonton! We also have a feed of all our most popular posts below. This information is helpful because it helps us not only see who our audience is, but it also tells us what kinds of posts they like.
With all this information, it can be hard to know which statistics to really pay attention to. We recommend clicking on your most popular posts and clicking on view insights. Here’s an example of a post we made around Christmas, before we had launched:
By viewing our insights we can see the most important statistics to track in Instagram: how many likes, how many comments, and how many bookmarks each of our posts had.We can also see how many profile visits that post gave us and how many people reached our website.
Given that this post was a simple Merry Christmas to our followers, we’re not surprised by the lack of major clicks– but tracking these statistics while you’re in the middle of a marketing campaign can tell you how many people are actively engaging with your social media and how successful your online marketing can be.
In general, I recommend switching to a business account especially if you’re a solo-entrepreneur or a small business who can’t afford professional social media marketing. It may require a little experimentation, but eventually it can really help you target your audience!
That’s all for today’s #TipTuesday! Be sure to follow along on all our social media channels for more awesome posts. See you next week!
Well, it’s officially been one week since Copper Social Co. has gotten going and there’s already so many exciting things happening!
This week was definitely one of growth. Woke up one day to dozens of messages in our inbox from business students looking to intern with us this summer. The whole thing is pretty surreal considering less than a year ago we were students ourselves! All in all we have to say it was the single most validating thing to have happen– knowing that people are so excited about what we’re doing that they already want to join us!
This weekend we’re going to be doing some work with our real estate clients (let’s get real, it’s all an excuse to see some open houses and be a little nosy) and then we’re going to sit down and enjoy the Super Bowl (and all the opportunities for snacking that come with it!) Have a great weekend everyone!
Well, it’s the official launch date of Copper Social Co!
To be frank, it’s been one hell of a ride. The last year and a half of running Bankrupt Beauty Blog has been absolutely out of this world. I’ve made so many friends in this wonderful little community, but I’m excited to try to make a living doing what I love most about this industry: creating relationships between influencers and brands.
Copper Social Co. is founded on the idea of building up small businesses and online creatives by working together to engage with our followers. I’m so beyond excited to take this plunge with all of you, let’s make something awesome together!
Here’s to starting something new. Can’t wait to see where this takes me!
Well, I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching as of late. Been trying to figure out where I want to go, what I’m going to do, and what makes me happiest in life.
I know, I know. I’m very deep guys.
I’m super excited to announce that as of February 1st, 2018 I will be giving up Bankrupt Beauty Blog in the pursuit of starting my own business– several of you have already noticed the name change but say hello to Copper Social Co, the latest in Social Media Marketing!
I’m beyond excited and also a little scared to see where this goes, but I’m so thankful to go on this weird little adventure with you guys! You’re the best!
With a new year upon us, I’ve been taking some time to reflect on what 2017 left me with and where I want to go in the coming 12 months.
2017 was a weird year, guys. I ended a 5 year relationship, graduated from University, lived without phone service/internet/basic technology for 4 months, and had my friends group spread out and separate across the country. A lot happened. And even though it didn’t feel right at the time, all this shit led to some positive changes in my life.
So while I’m still riding this #NewYearNewMe vibe, I’m going to share some of my goals and resolutions for 2018.
Drink More Water
This is such a lame goal but probably one of the most important I can think of. I’m garbage at remembering to drink enough water– most of my fluids are ingested through cups of tea and the milk at the bottom of my cereal bowl. In 2018 I want to get better about drinking water, even if that means the additional trips to the bathroom each day.
Make Travel and Exploration a Priority
I’ve been a big home-body for most of my life, and 2017 was the first time I went on a solo adventure. In 2018 I want to do more of that– not necessarily alone, but I definitely want to put myself in more situations that warrant me relying on myself and putting myself out there in the world.
Spend More Time Outside
My current job pretty much demands that I spend 4 hours a day glued to my laptop, but after spending the summer cut off from technology I was surprised but how much I enjoyed unplugging. I really want to spend more time outside and away from my desk in 2018.
Become a Morning Person
My days usually don’t start until 9 or so, which means they usually end around 1 in the morning. I really hate that I miss a lot of my favorite morning yoga classes because of my sleep schedule, and that I miss out on family time in the morning– when I was growing up in school I would always wake up early and visit with my parents while we ate breakfast. In 2018 I want to get back to a healthier sleep schedule, especially one that doesn’t involve me blogging until the early hours of the morning.
2017 was definitely the year my life fell apart. As a person who hates change, this was especially hard to cope with. One of my proudest moments of the year was realizing that I had the ability to handle whatever life chose to throw at me– and even more, realizing that I kind of thrive in the madness that is an upturned life.
By far my biggest resolution in 2018 is to maintain this attitude towards change, and to use moments of uncertainty and wobbliness to improve myself as a person.
God, Oprah should interview me. She would love all this self-improvement shit.
What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own resolutions?
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A red lip is to the holiday season as presents are to Christmas morning– it’s not really necessary to enjoy the day, but it sure as hell helps.
While a red lip is a classic this time of the year, that’s the very reason why it can sometimes be difficult to wear– when everyone is familiar with the look you’re going for, it’s hard to pull it off in a way that’s entirely your own. Here’s are a few of my red lip hacks to help make pulling off a scarlet pout easy as hell!
Exfoliate Your Lips
A bold lip is a double edged sword in that it looks great… But it also highlights everything about your lips you don’t like. Namely, if they’re dry.
My number one tip is to make sure you are starting with exfoliated, moisturized lips– which are surprisingly easy to achieve. While brushing your teeth, simply swipe your toothbrush gently over your lips a few times, removing any dead skin and promoting circulation. Finish with a single layer of chapstick.
Mute the Rest of Your Face
While this is a tried and true tip, I stand by it– if you want the attention on your lips, you have the keep the rest of the face soft to truly make an impact.
I’ll limit myself to neutral colored eyeshadows (usually cream and soft browns to still create depth) and unless I’m going out I skip the liquid eyeliner– with a red lip it’s much more flattering to use a soft kohl liner that’s been smudged out.
BUT– Play Up Your Brows
A red lip does require some support from the rest of your face to keep it from looking clownish– and the best way to do that is to play up your bone structure by emphasizing your brows.
Spend some extra time filling in sparse areas and really focusing on creating full brows– although be sure to still create something that looks natural on your face. If you’re still feeling as if the red lip is wearing you, add a small amount of highlight under the brow, on the inner corner of the eye, and along the tops of your cheek bones to create more structure.
Line Your Lips
Straight up: the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to free ball your lips with a dark lipstick– in my experience there is no quicker way to potentially ruin your entire face.
When going for a bold lip, always take the time to line your lips and fill them in with a nude lip pencil. Not only does this allow you to establish where you’re going to put pigment, evens out any flaws in your lips– a bold lip is going to highlight anything unsymmetrical, so this is your chance to create the lips you always wanted.
But a word to the wise: Don’t go overboard. This is not the time to create those Kylie Jenner lips you’ve been lusting after. Stick as close to your natural lip line as you can.
Keep it in Place!
After spending years being notorious for leaving a smudge of lipstick wherever I go, 2017 was finally the year I set about keeping my lip colour in place.
After filling in my lips with a nude pencil, I carefully apply my first layer of lipstick, taking the time to really carve out my cupid’s bow and make sure there aren’t any flaws in my lip shape. Then, after giving it a minute or two to set, I lightly dust finishing powder over my lips.
Next, I reapply lipstick in a light layer, making sure my pigment is even. Finally, I’ll finish with a light layer of setting spray.
Another good trick is the use of lip stains. I am a huge believer in their staying power, and if you happen to have one in a similar shade to the lipstick you’re wearing they can be great for keeping everything in place.
The Finger Trick
There’s no kind of anxiety like Oh-God-Do-I-Have-Lipstick-On-My-Teeth anxiety, and once you wear a bold lip you live in constant fear. Are people looking at your mouth because of the lip color? Or is it because you have a big glob of red on your teeth???
Although there really isn’t a way to completely eliminate the threat, one thing that does help me is The Finger Trick. After applying and setting your lips, put your index finger in your mouth, pucker your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that was slightly too far on the inside of your lips should come off on your finger.
The Tissue Trick
There is a trick in reapplying lipstick that has been passed down woman to woman for generations: The Tissue Trick.
If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll tell you right now it’s genius– and the sole reason my lipstick stayed in place on my graduation day. If you’re out in public and have to reapply, start by swiping on a new layer of lipstick. Then, take a tissue, fold it in half, and press your lips down on either side of the edge (basically you are biting a kleenex with your lips.) Then, reapply lipstick again.
I have no idea why this helps lock in colour. Actually, I have no idea why this even helps. But it does. And my mother taught it to me, and I trust her.
What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Thinking of rocking a red lip this season?
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