Our first Hands-On Instagram workshopI love it when one of those bright shiny ideas I have (usually in the shower) turns into something real and this workshop was one of those. I had the idea that, although Instagram is pretty easy to learn to use, it would be great to get a group of people together, tell them all the little tips and tricks that might otherwise take them months to pick up, talk about how to optimise their use of Instagram and then go out and do it. A kind of a combination of networking plus learning.
And on Saturday, that's exactly what we did. I had six women come along (a sell-out!) with a variety of different backgrounds and reasons for learning more about Instagram but they all hit it off famously and we had a fabulous day. We had about two hours of learning (and eating cake) first, and I was really pleased to see that even the more experienced Instagram users in the group learnt lots of new stuff (and some were beginners and learnt even more!).
From there we went down to Hillarys Boat Harbour and three pairs of participants each had to work on some practice tasks (you can see some of the results by hopping on Instagram and looking for the #amandasworkshop hashtag).
Big thanks and shout out to Jo of Wildfire Social Marketing, Vida of Just Improvise, Kath Mazzella, Aggie Lim, Rae of I Opened My Mouth and our lovely "other" Jo for making our workshop so much fun.
I haven't set a date for the next Hands-On Instagram workshop but if you're interested do email me and let me know.
#bizgram starts next week (2 September)
Speaking of bright shiny ideas: my idea to get lots of small business people using Instagram effectively (and to have fun with it at the same time), #bizgram, starts next Monday, 2 September 2013. There'll be a prompt each weekday in September which will inspire a photo you can take and share on Instagram, related to your work, that will both help you build a community on Instagram as well as be a great source of images you can share on other social media like Facebook and Twitter. To join in you just need to follow me on Instagram (@amandakendle) and use the hashtag #bizgram when you're posting. The prompts will be shown on Instagram too but here's the first look - the September prompts for #bizgram - get thinking! If you want to get the prompts in a reminder email each month you can sign up to the #bizgram mailing list.