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Tips needed on sharing a blog post

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hickory77 Wed 26-Sep-18 13:52:57

I've written a guest blog post for a social enterprise. I'd like to share it as much as possible because:

1) I'm just strarting out as a web content writer for small businesses and I could do with the interest and credibility
2) It's about a learning disability which I think it's important to raise awareness of

So how do I share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc? I'm trying to improve my skills in this area but still a newbie and very basic.

Of course I'll put it on my social media, but I have only 2 followers on Twitter right now so that's not much use! Just got family and friends on Facebook too. I'm wanting it to reach disability charities, schools, campaign groups ... that sort of thing.

I am aware that if I put @ before the charity name it automatically goes to that account. Is that right? Even if I don't know them? Does it then just appear in their Twitter feed?

So if I type @XXYYZZ at the end of my tweet - they just get it? Sorry if I sound hopeless! confused

What about hashtags? How would I use those? Can they help share the post?

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emmamehimandthem Fri 28-Sep-18 05:12:35

I’m not exactly a pro and I’m sure someone with more advice will be along shortly but yes if you @nameofcompany at the start or end of the tweet it will come up in their notifications that they have been mentioned in something. It will work like that too on Instagram and Facebook. It may also be worthwhile emailing these organisations directly introducing yourself and explaining about your post with a direct link to it. Also if you use hashtags that are relevant to your post(for example I recently posted imon Instagram about cervical screening so I used #’s like #nhs #cervicalscreening #ovariancancer etc so that people searching or following those hashtags may come across it.
Like I said, I’m no expert but I hope that helps a bit!

hickory77 Fri 28-Sep-18 10:10:19

Thank you emmamehimandthem. Fab advice! Seems I am on the right lines ....

I never thought of emailing charities direct with a link. That is a top idea. Hashtags do confuse me. So is it best to be very specific with a hashtag name?

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MissBattleaxe Mon 26-Nov-18 13:00:43

Hashtags lead people to you so use a few broad ones and few specific ones i.e MondayMotivation then, for example, #specificcharity or disability. Twitter is like a snowball. It gets bigger the more you react and agther followers. It's a two way street so like, comment and follow and you will find people doing the same back. It's a good idea to stay within your topic though rather than have unrelated follows for the sake of it.

NB if you start a Tweet with @nameofcomapny, it goes straight to them and is not posted to all your followers. To cover both ends, say something like Hello @nameofcompany! and it will go to them AND your followers.

Sharing on FB is easy. If you are going to be a professional content writer, then its easy and free to start your own FB page and getting friends to Like it.

Instagram works like Twitter- it's very reciprocal. Stay interested in other people and the same will (hopefully) happen to you. It doesn't have to be a long complicated comment, sometimes things like "nice photo" is enough to get you noticed by an account holder. Make use of hashtags. You can use more than you an on Twitter.

Good luck!

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