Instagram + Facebook Q&A

On Monday I shared some of my Reader Survey results, but it was too much for one post so I decided to save the Facebook and Instagram questions and comments for another day… and that day has arrived!

Also, I’m doing my weekly Facebook Live this afternoon, so we can discuss these topics more in depth over there, if you’d like! Be sure to tune in at 1PM EST over on my Facebook Page! In fact, there’s more info about how to find my Lives and all of that jazz in this post.

I’m just going to dive in, and if there’s anything I don’t cover or that you still don’t understand, please feel free to ask any followup questions in the comments.

Your Instagram Questions & Comments Answered

If you’re not already, you can follow me on Instagram HERE.

Q: Your Instagram posts never show up on my feed for some reason. Any idea why???

A: Ugh, I hate hearing this. So yeah… Instagram uses an algorithm that judges from your user behavior what they think you want to see. So, if you search for me and like and comment on my posts frequently, they will start showing up in your feed. Of course, it sounds really self serving to tell people to like and comment on my posts… but that really is the only way to get my posts to show in your feed if they’re not already.

Q: I’m still confused about how LIKEtoKNOW.it works. Is there a way to link your outfits directly on Instagram?

A: I got quite a few comments similar to this one. Trust me, bloggers don’t use LIKEtoKNOW.it just to frustrate you. *wink*

Here’s the deal. Instagram DOESN’T ALLOW clickable links in the description or comments — only the one in your profile. That is why rewardStyle (one of the affiliate networks I work with) created the LIKEtoKNOW.it app. They did that so you can shop our links right from Instagram.

That said, there are two other ways I can link to what I’m wearing on Instagram so you don’t need to use the LIKEtoKNOW.it app.

  1. Sometimes I use the Swipe Up feature in Insta Stories to link you to my blog post or a particular product, but I can only link to one product at a time, which is cumbersome.
  2. The best way to get links to what I’m wearing on Instagram without LTK is to go to my IG profile and click the link to Shop My Feed. That link goes to the page on my blog that features all of my IG outfits.

I did an Instagram Story and demonstrated exactly how to find that page from your phone or mobile device when on an Instagram picture. It is saved in my featured stories on my IG profile if you want to watch it. When you’re on your phone, just search for my profile, and you should see some circles under my bio. Tap the one the red arrow is pointing to in the screenshot below.

**In the interest of full disclosure, when you shop through LIKEtoKNOW.it or links on my blog, I earn a small commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you. Just consider me your virtual personal shopper! (And thank you for helping to support my business.)

Q: Is it possible to save pictures from Instagram to Pinterest? 

A: Apparently I should have researched this a bit because there are a few of ways to do this — thanks to those of you who commented or emailed to share these tips!

  1. When you’re on a specific picture, tap on the three dots and you will see SHARE. Tap Share and it will give the option to copy the link. If you then open your Pinterest app on your phone, it will prompt you to save the IG link you copied to your clipboard. You can then choose the image to save and choose the board you want it to go to.
  2. You can also screenshot the outfit picture and upload it to your pinterest, but if you do this, make sure to copy the link via the method above and paste it in as the source on Pinterest so the picture is properly credited to the owner.
  3. Gina also shared in the comments a way to pin from a blogger’s LIKEtoKNOW.it page, which is awesome for the blogger, but it may not be the easiest way for you. All that to say, there are a few ways to do it!

Q: I’m just getting into Instagram……I just look at photos. Is there more?! LOL

A: YES! Insta Stories are fairly new, but they’re really fun. If you look at the top of your home feed on Instagram, you will see different profile pictures of people you follow lined up along the top. (See the screenshot below.)

If there is a red circle around their profile picture, they have an Insta Story you can watch. They’re just supposed to be a fun way to show snippets of your life without posting to your IG profile. FYI, these disappear after 24 hours unless you save them as a featured story on your profile. (It’s basically Snapchat — Instagram totally copied them.)

That’s how it works if you want to browse your Insta Stories. Unfortunately their trusty algorithm also applies to Insta Stories, so if mine aren’t showing up for you and you’re curious if you’re missing something, to go my Instagram profile (use the search tool) and see if my profile picture has a red ring around it. If not, I haven’t posted a new Insta Story since you tuned in last (or in the last 24 hours) but if there is the red circle, just tap my picture, and my Insta Story will play from where ever you left off last.

INSTA STORY VIEWING TIPS:

  • If I go too fast for you, and you want to replay my Story, tap on the left of your screen, and it will go back one frame. Keep tapping to get back to the beginning.
  • Conversely, if I’m boring you, but you don’t want to “miss” something, tap on the right, and it will advance my Story one frame. Keep tapping until it looks like I’m done jabbering about whatever it was that was boring you.
  • If I have too much text to read on one image in the short amount of time the frame is showing, touch the screen and hold your finger on it — this pauses the story so you can read everything. Release when you’re done reading and want it to continue to play.

C: I really like your unboxing videos and try on sessions at the mall. Those are probably a lot more work than they appear to put together, but are so helpful to me as I’ve turned into an almost 100% online shopper.

A: Thanks for that feedback. I will try to do more of those. They are a bit of work, but if I’m there trying on clothes, I may as well snap a few pictures, right? I also worry that they’re annoying, which is one reason I don’t do them more often. Glad to hear some of y’all like them! (My kids are mortified. Haha!)

For anyone wondering where to see those, I do them on my Insta Story.

C: I’d be interested to see some lifestyle content as well as the fashion.

A: Like more of what I’m eating? Decorating? That type of thing? I do try to do that occasionally but I can do more. It’s just hard for me to remember, I get caught up in living and not sharing, which I know is a good thing, but still… I would be happy to share more when I think of it.

C: Use Instagram polls, like “This or That” on certain clothing pieces when putting together an outfit!

A: I love this idea!

Q: Post more creative photos.

A: Ha! I hear ya! I envy those who have really beautiful IG feeds, and I do try, but it’s just not my forte. I’ve thought of hiring someone to work on some more pretty lifestyle pictures, but that feels kind of disingenuous. It’s a fine line. 🙂

C: I’d love to see more instagram stories with verbal details on your ootd.

A: Ooooh, I like that idea too! In fact, I already tried doing that once this week. I did get a couple of responses, so hopefully people liked it.

C: Use more swipe ups to get to links.

A: I can do that! Again, I don’t want to be too pushy, so I don’t always do those.

C: Provide a second lower cost option of the items you feature.

A: Thanks, I will try to do more of that.

Okay, that’s about it for Instagram!

Your Facebook Questions & Comments Answered

If you’re not already, you can follow my Facebook Page HERE.

I also want to make sure everyone understands that my Facebook Page is different from my personal profile. If we are “friends” on Facebook, that does not necessarily mean that you’re following my page. The page is where I post everything blog related. I rarely post anything from the blog in my personal profile because it feels too pushy/salesy to me. Also, Facebook has Groups. Those are different than pages. You have to join a group, but you follow a page. So now that we have that all cleared up! Let’s move on to the comments and questions from my reader survey!

C: Your Facebook posts does not show up on my feed???? I have to deliberately go to your FB page.

A: Just like Instagram, Facebook uses an algorithm to determine what they think you want to see based on your user activity, so the more you interact with my page, the more likely it will show up in your feed. However, with Facebook does give you a few more ways to show them what you want to see.

  1. Make sure you have clicked “LIKE” on my Facebook Page. My page will never show for you if you haven’t added it to your Likes.
  2. Then the other thing you can do is click the “Follow” button that is right beside the Like button, and select “See First.” This tells Facebook to show you my posts first in your newsfeed. I do this with all of my best friends and the blogger pages I want to be sure to see.
  3. Also be sure to turn on Notifications so my FB Live videos to show up in your feed.

Beyond that, the only way to get Facebook to show more of my posts in your feed is to interact with my Page, “like” and comment on my posts, and share them if applicable. I understand that not everyone likes to do that for privacy issues, but that’s the best way.

Of course, you can always click over and see what’s new when you think of it. There’s a link to my FB Page on my blog in the menu bar at the top.

Q: I already get your instagram and emails so I don’t follow your Facebook Page. I assume Facebook is similar/same content.

A: I actually do put different content on my Facebook Page than I do on my blog or Instagram. I try to keep them different because I find it annoying when I see the same exact posts from friends on both networks.

Basically, I use Instagram to post my daily outfits and sometimes pictures of what I’m up to if I think of it. Then I use Facebook to post product roundups, sale alerts, and fashion-related articles that I think you’ll find interesting. Sometimes I post reader questions so we can crowd source, and I ask questions or post casual banter. I do, however, link to my blog posts on both.

Lately I’ve had some requests for outfits and more personal posts on my Facebook Page, and I’m happy to do that, but since I try not to post the same things there as I do on Instagram, the challenge is finding ENOUGH content to post on all platforms to keep them populated without being repetitive.

But I get it, not everyone wants to see me on every social media platform, and that’s okay!

C: I see a lot of “sponsored” content from you pop up in my Facebook feed. I wonder why this is since I already follow your page. Sometimes the pop ups are things I have already seen. I don’t want to say it is annoying because it really isn’t but I guess it is disappointing maybe when I have already seen the content and think I am getting something new.

A: Hm, I know what you mean. I notice this with other bloggers I follow.

First of all, so everyone understands, when you see a Facebook post that says it’s “sponsored,” that means I have paid for a Facebook Ad so that post will be seen by more people. On average, one of my non-sponsored Facebook posts will get seen by about 3,000 people. (But I have 16,000 followers.) Unfortunately this is typical for a Facebook Page. It’s Facebook’s way of getting business owners to pay for ads, and it works! I pay for ads on certain posts to try to get them out to more people.

Back to your point, I don’t know why FB keeps showing those to people after they’ve seen them. That is annoying, and I can’t really fix it or give a good answer as to why it happens.

C: I love it when you find a killer deal and share it on there as well as have links to the specific things you are wearing.

A: Yay, thank you! So glad it’s helpful.

Q: Maybe ask your followers for their style advice and recommendations when putting together an outfit. Engage your followers during your styling process.

A: Fun idea! I like this. It’s easier to do in Instagram Stories, though.

C: Perhaps post more spontaneous posts about real life.

A: I usually do this on Insta Stories as well, but I can see how it would make my Facebook Page more personal and fun. Something to consider…

C: Love the weekly live videos.

A: So glad to hear that! Be sure to tune in today at 1PM EST!

C: Sometimes I have trouble finding your Facebook Lives.

A: Oh, no! I do hear that from a few of you. There is no way for me to set it up ahead of time and link to it from the blog, so you do have to go to my Facebook Page and find it. It is only visible once I start it and make it live, so you may have to refresh my page a few times until I get started. I try to be on time, but punctuality is not my strong suit, and sometimes it’s a few minutes after 1PM when I get going. Again, be sure you are on my page, not my personal profile.

I do save them so you can always watch later, but of course it’s more fun if you tune in live so you an interact with me. I try to remember to link to them on my blog the next day for anyone who may have missed it, so you can easily find it. If you missed it, you can WATCH LAST WEEK’s LIVE HERE.

FB Live Q&A – 2018 Health & Fitness Goals

Thanks for watching my first Facebook Live of 2018! I will continue to do these on Wednesdays at 1PM EST and I will try to slip in an occasional evening Live for those of you who work.I was asked to share the following links re: things we discussed today…my Stella & Dot page – https://www.stelladot.com/sites/jolynneshaneRodan + Fields Solution Tool (figure out which line is right for you) – http://bit.ly/RF-solutiontoolthe sweater I'm wearing – http://rstyle.me/~abHvRthe necklace I'm wearing – http://bit.ly/2CDLc6c

Posted by Jo-Lynne Shane: Modern Everyday Style on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Q: I wish you had a group vs. a page so we could ask questions similar to Adore Your Wardrobe.

A: As it so happens, I do! Cyndi and I started a Fashion Over 40 Facebook Group a few years ago. (You do not have to be 40 to join.) You can request to join HERE but first you have to “friend” me on Facebook. Because it’s a private group, you have to be friends with a member of the group to be added. You can always “unfriend” me after you’re in the group, and you will remain in the group. I will not be offended; I understand that many people prefer to keep their Facebook friends to people they know.

It’s a friendly group, and new members are always welcome.

Q: Since we are FB friends because of the Facebook Group, I sometimes see your personal posts on my wall, but I don’t know if it is appropriate to comment (like hb to your daughter, congrats to your son on college, etc.)

A: Oh, please, feel free to comment! I actually make a lot of those posts public anyway. 🙂

I think that about covers the questions from the reader survey, but if you have any others, feel free to ask them here… or email me anytime.

Have a fantastic Wednesday and don’t forget to tune into my Facebook Live at 1PM!