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Why You Should Send Direct Video Messages on Instagram

Why You Should Send Direct Video Messages on Instagram!

Guest post by Erin Port from SimplePurposefulLiving.com

Instagram stories are my favorite way to authentically engage with my tribe, and they have single-handedly fostered the sense of community that I have with my followers. One of the methods I’ve used to do this is direct video messages.

If you’re looking for unique ways to meaningfully connect with your tribe and increase engagement, I’d highly recommend trying out direct video messages.

Why I Started Sending Direct Video Messages

One day I was responding to a tribe member via Instagram direct message and I saw there was a video message component built in right next to where I could send a text response. I remembered some advice I had received that face-to-face conversations could not be replaced by a written word and I decided to try sending my first video message response.

I started doing this often and my tribe loved it. They even started to respond with their own video messages, which was SO cool because I could see their faces and hear their voices!

These direct video messaging exchanges have been invaluable. Not only have I increased engagement, but I’ve also gotten to know my audience on such a more intimate level. I’ve been able to have direct connections with them and listen to their stories — which in effect has helped me create content that better reflects my audience and meets their needs.

So, How Do You Start Sending Direct Video Messages?

Don’t let video messages intimidate you; just try it out! Direct video messages are just like an Instagram story except they are sent to one individual instead of posted on your stories feed.

Here’s how to get started…

  1. In order to receive a direct message, you need to give your audience a reason to message you. Ask them a question on Instagram stories and tell them to message you their answer. It could be something as simple as asking them to tell you their favorite recipe or tv show — just something to get the interaction started!
  2. When someone responds to your story, message back with a video message. Simply click the video icon next to where you would type a response and record a personal video for them.
  3. Once you have recorded the video, you can modify how many times the video can be viewed. When you start out, I would recommend at least allowing it to be viewed again. People might be surprised at first to see a video message from you and will want to watch it again!

How Direct Video Messages Have Increased My Engagement

The social media world is run by algorithms, and those algorithms love authentic engagement. When you send direct video messages, you are not only getting to know your tribe better but the algorithm also sees you are engaging in a meaningful way. That’s a win-win!

Since I started using direct video messages, I have seen a large increase in the number of daily messages I receive. On average I receive about 100 messages each day. I take the time to respond by video message to everyone every day. (After all, I did ask my tribe to message me, so I want them to know they can expect a response from me to make it worth their time!)

We all have a desire to be seen, known and heard in this crazy world. Direct video messages give your tribe that ability to be seen and heard, and it feels more real and personal — like you’re friends! It completely changes the way you engage with your tribe on social media.

If you want to make authentic connections with your audience and increase your engagement in a meaningful way, I’d highly encourage you to try out direct video messaging!

Erin Port is wife and mom of three, soon to be four by international adoption. In addition, Erin is a public speaker and blogger. She founded Simple Purposeful Living to empower and equip women to lead simple and purposeful lives in a chaotic world so they can do what matters most with those that matter most. In her free time, she loves to find simple adventure with her family.

5 Ways to Overcome Social Media Burnout

Stressed out or overwhelmed by Instagram? Check out these 5 ways to overcome social media burnout!

A YBM follower recently wrote in with this really great question:

“Hey Crystal, I need some help! I started my Instagram account back in January as more of a mini blog because I didn’t want to have a full-fledged blog. I started as more of a home decor influencer, but I tired of always talking about home decor and it wasn’t fun anymore. I found myself desiring to be more of a lifestyle/homemaker blogger, but I have been floundering trying to pull it off. There are just so many things to include!

Do I need a niche? I have this thing set up for myself where I talk about certain things on certain days, but I feel like I’m seriously all over the place: Monday Motivation/Tuesday Home Tips/Workout Wednesday/Healthy Thursday/Friday Favorites. My brain is fried from trying to focus on so many topics so often, but I’m not sure how to fix it. It doesn’t seem to make sense to concentrate on one thing each week — like it’d be difficult to keep up a following. Help me stop floundering in this Instagram/blogging world! Please!”

If any of you have ever felt like this (I know I definitely have!), I’m sure you can relate to this feeling of being overwhelmed about what to post or talk about, how to choose what to focus on, and how to organize your thoughts and ideas.

Honestly? It can just feel like total social media burnout sometimes, and to avoid giving up and walking away from it all, I think it’s really important to learn how to combat these feelings of being completely overwhelmed by social media.

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Demystifying SEO: What It Is & Why You Should Care

Demystifying SEO! Does the word SEO make your head spin? Read this beginner's guide to understand what it is and get started!

Guest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

About six months into starting my blog, I had one of those unforgettable blogging moments where you can barely contain your excitement and it makes all of the work and effort invested into blogging so worth it!

I had woken up at 4 a.m. (which is when I currently get up in order to fit in time to blog!) and I decided I should check my Google Search Console and learn more about keywords.

I was so excited with what I discovered that I just couldn’t help myself… I woke my husband up and exclaimed, “Oh, my goodness, Travis, one of my blog posts is ranking in the first spot on Google!”

(Thankfully, my husband forgave me for my display of enthusiastic excitement, and I promised that I wouldn’t wake him that early in the morning again!)

How did I manage to have a blog post rank in the first spot on a Google search? Well, I could talk about searching for your perfect keywords, strategies to rank on Google, and tools you can use to help you craft your next perfect blog post, but before I do that, we first need to talk about what search engine optimization (SEO) is and why you should care about is as a blogger.

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Why You Need to Build a Platform (+ My Top 3 Tips to Get Started)

Why you need to build a platform, plus my top 3 tips to get started right away!!

Rachel recently wrote in and asked, “You talk about platform a lot, but what does that actually mean?

This is such a great question, because if you want to be a successful blogger, it is so important to know what a platform is and how to build one.

What is a platform?

Honestly, the word “platform” is one that makes me pause. I’m not totally comfortable with the word and its implied meaning, because here’s the thing…

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When You Want to Be a Blogger, But You’re Not Techie…

When you want to be a blogger, but you're not techie...

Do you feel called to write but you don’t want to deal with the technical aspects of blogging? (And you don’t have the money to pay someone else to do it for you?)

Sarah wrote in with this great question…

“I definitely want to start a blog and have started a couple over the years but they’ve fizzled out for various reasons. I love writing and want to do that, but I hate web design or anything tech-related. Is there any way to just blog and write and that be it? Any advice for someone like me who loves writing and feels called to do it but hates anything dealing with web design, web hosting, and tech stuff? And of course isn’t in a current position to pay someone else to mess with it? I’m sure I’m in the minority, but any help would be appreciated. Thank you!”

First of all, Sarah, let me reassure you that you’re not in the minority. I think tons and tons of people feel this way, and it’s actually a really common struggle.

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Should you use your own name as a domain name?

Should you use your own name as a domain name?

So many people ask me whether they should use their personal name as a domain name or a titled domain name that has good SEO (i.e. highly searched words).

Just in case you’re not sure what I mean by this, here are some examples:

  • CrystalPaine.com — This is a domain name that uses my personal name.
  • MoneySavingMom.com — This is a domain name with great SEO because of the common words in the title that people often organically search on the Internet.
  • YourBloggingMentor.com — Again, this is a domain name with pretty good natural SEO.

Are you ready to start a blog, but you’re deliberating on what domain name to choose?

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How I Got 200+ Comments on One Instagram Post

Want to increase Instagram engagement? I used this trick to get 200+ comments on one post!

Looking for ways to increase Instagram engagement?

I’ve been experimenting with different strategies to encourage and increase engagement on Instagram, and one of those things I recently did was kind of a fluke thing that really surprised me with how successful it was!

On an Instagram post about my blogging class, I asked people to leave a comment on my post if they’d like me to send them a link via direct message.

As a result of this one tiny phrase, a few different things happened…

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7 Ways to Avoid Legal Mistakes as a Beginning Blogger

7 Ways to Avoid Legal Mistakes as a Blogger

Jennifer recently wrote in with this question:

“I am such a rule follower and I’m so worried that I will do something wrong on my blog. Are there any basic legal things we should know about when first starting out?”

This is a great question and there are so many people I’ve talked to who want to start a blog but they’re so scared of doing the wrong thing or accidentally doing something illegal.

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