Summer and Social Media

Summer is here (yay!) and for most of us, this means vacation time too (double yay!). Before going away, I spend a lot of time researching what to do, see, eat, buy at my upcoming destination, the last couple of years my favorite source of information is social networks and my connections there.

One of my favorite weekends away, was when I was going to Copenhagen, Denmark last fall, and asked my Instagram and Twitter feed what to do there.

I got so many great suggestions – dining places, must-sees, book cafe’s, best coffee, best view, (@XCEriksson even sent me his personal map with all his favorites), and could almost have spent the whole time there doing things suggested to me!

Check out my Snapshots from Copenhagen

(P)inspiration
Another go-to source is Pinterest. I love love love to look up my destination (or the dream destinations) and pin away.

Check out my previous post: Pinterest Travel Inspiration

Social Shaming
Another thing social networks is good for, is social shaming, and vacation time is no exception. Have you ever been frustrated by your fellow travelers carry-on luggage? Well, then the hashtag #CarryOnShame is for you!

Digital Detox
Instead of posting #InstaGo photos, checking in to Foursquare and sending Snap’s of everything happening during the summer, vacation can also means time to unplug and log-off for some. Maybe it’s time for a digital detox?

It sure is!⭐️ Nok en nydelig dag i Oslo! 😎 #StakkarsOss #Oslove

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I’m goin’ to Miami
As for my summer vacation this year, I’m going to MIAMI ( tipple yay!) followed by a cruise in the Caribbean sea. While the cruise days almost plan them self (Hello sundeck), I’m super-grateful for any recommendations for things to do / see / visit / eat / but in the Miami area! 🙂

Where do you get your vacation inspirations?

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Instagram downtime – What to do?

Instagram downtime - My catAs many of you propably noticed, Instagram had some problems earlier today. Many users (me included) could not post content or view the latest content posted by others.  It´s in  times like  this, I realize how addicted I really am to Instagram!

Here´s how I (tried to) go by without Instagram:

1 .Closing the app (- no effect)

2. Signing out of the app (- still no effect)

3. Turning off my phone (- nothing)

4. Deleting and re-installing the app (- still nothing – at this point I`m getting really upset – after all I do have photos of my cat, my food and skyporn to post!)

5. Check Twitter to see if I’m the only one to have problems (- Discover the #InstagramIsDown hashtag, and somehow feeling a little better)

6. Googling for answers (- not found)

7. Complaining on Twitter (- like everyone else)

8. Ending up uploading a photo of my cat and me to Twitter (- hashtagged #Selfie – which surely cost me some Twitter followers)

9. Hanging around at EyeEm (- for like 5 minutes…)

10. Instagram working again (- YAY – posting photo of my cat)

 

How did you survive the Instagram downtime? 🙂

BIEK Give Away – Status update

As mentioned in the Instagram Give Away: BIEK! blog post, I´m hosting a give away with BIEK.

Here are some of the contribution I´ve received so far. See more at tagboard.com

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Big thanks to everyone uploading their freedom photos to Instagram using the #MixiGiveAway hashtag! 🙂

And remember, there is still time to enter! Winners are picked on Monday (24th of March)!

#TemaTøyTirsdag

Instagram flette #tematøytirsdag

Flette er en favoritt, både på #TemaTøyTirsdag og ellers

Jeg og min kollega Marthe har ganske lik klesstil, og kommer titt og ofte opp på jobb i samme topp, jakke eller med samme hår-frisyre: Om jeg f.eks. får det for meg at jeg skulle flette håret en dag, kan du banne på at Marthe har tenkt samme tanken, og vi begge møter opp med identiske fletter i håret! 😀

På jobb blir det spekulert i om det er planlagt, og vi får ofte spørsmål om vi har avtalt antrekk på forhånd, der vi står med tilnærmet lik hvit blondetopp, jakke med paljetter, mørke jeans og ankelstøvletter. I begynnelsen var det faktisk helt tilfeldig, men i det siste har vi begynte å leke oss, med noe vi kaller tirsdags-utfordringene, (eller #TemaTøyTirsdag som vi fant ut at Instagram hashtaggen måtte bli 😉 ).

"Blazer-tirsdag" ble selvsagt dokumentert med en selfie! ;-)

“Blazer-tirsdag” ble selvsagt dokumentert med en selfie! 😉

Konseptet er enkelt – hver tirsdag velger vi et tema, i form av en stil eller et plagg, som vi så begge møter opp i. Det kan være så enkelt som “blazer-tirsdag”, “fargerik bukse-tirsdag”, eller den litt mer dristigere “styggfin kjole-tirsdag“.

De fleste kjenner vel til følelsen av å stå foran et klesskap som bugner over av kjoler, jakker, topper og jeans i alle farger, fasonger og stiler, og fortsatt ikke finne noe å ha på seg? Det blir ofte til at man tar på seg de samme antrekkene igjen, og igjen, og igjen. Mens den freshe jakke man bare “måtte” ha, blir hengende.

Uvanlige komboer kan også utgjøre en #TemaTøyTirsdag utfordring

Uvanlige komboer kan også utgjøre en #TemaTøyTirsdag utfordring

#TemaTøyTirsdag handler om å utfordre seg selv litt, tørre å ta på den styggfine kjolen ut på vift, pynte seg litt ekstra en vanlig tirsdag, eller bruke anledningen til å eksperimentere med color-blocking for første gang. Tryggheten ligger i at flere møter opp i samme stil (selv om vi har hatt noen nestenkriser – som følge av blant annet ødelagt glidelås og barnebleier på avveie! 😉 )

I morgen feirer vi vårens ankomst -tema for ukens #TemaTøyTirsdag er shorts! Har du lyst til å bli med, er det bare slenge ut bilde på Instagram og altså bruke hashtaggen #TemaTøyTirsdag!

Instagram Give Away: BIEK!

Photo: Dina Patey

Photo: Dina Patey

(English text below)

Jeg har vært så heldig å få muligheten til å arrangere en give awayInstagram i samarbeid med BIEK.

Jeg falt for BIEK-produktene jeg nå deler ut i det øyeblikket jeg fikk se de – både produktene og innpakningene oser luksus og kvalitet! Og BIEK har en ganske spesiell historie, som gjør produktene ennå mer aktuelle i år:

“For 200 år siden ble den norske grunnloven skrevet og Norge erklærte seg uavhengig fra Danmark. Originaldokumentet, selve Grunnloven, var et spesielt falset papir med BIEK vannmerke, 380 millimeter ganger 315 millimeter. 

I 2012 gjenoppstod BIEK® i Norge, denne gang som et selskap som designer og produserer høykvalitetsnotatbøker samt annet tilbehør for jobb, reise og læring.”  (Les resten av BIEK-historien her)

Hva kan du vinne?  

Office Notebook, black

iPad Sleve, black

iPhone Sleve, red

A4 Document Folder, red

Passport Sleve, red

BIEK-produktene kan også kjøpes på Nasjonalmuseet, i Operabutikken, hos Illum og på www.biek.no, om du ikke skulle være så heldig å vinne de da 😉

Hvordan kan du vinne?

Legg ut et (eller flere – du kan vinne flere ganger!:-) ) bilder som symboliserer frihet for deg. Det kan være alt mulig – en kaffekopp før alle andre har våknet, en joggetur i marka, en levert eksamensoppgave – Her er det bare å la fantasien og kreativiteten løpe fritt!

Legg til hashtaggen #MixiGiveAway og nevn meg (@mariannemixi), skriv gjerne også hva du aller mest ønsker å vinne! Vinnerne trekkes om to uker – mandag 24.mars.

LYKKE TIL!! 🙂

The document folder is amazing - it even matches my necklace ;-)

The document folder is amazing – it even matches my necklace 😉

Information in English

I´m hosting an Instagram Give Away with BIEK – a Norwegian quality brand designing and producing luxurious notebooks, work and travel equipments.

What can you win?
One of the following items can be yours! 🙂
Office Notebook, black , iPad Sleve, black ,iPhone Sleve, red, A4 Document Folder, red, Passport Sleve, red
 

How can you win?

Take a photo of something that symbolizes freedom to you – it can be anything – Enjoying the first cup of coffee in the morning before anyone else is up, finishing a workout or turning in a big assignment. So get creative! 🙂 Upload your photo(s) to Instagram, add the hashtag #MixiGiveAway and mention me (@mariannemixi).

You can enter as many times as you like, the give-away ends in two weeks: Monday March 24.

GOOD LUCK!! 🙂 

Wedding Planning in a Digital Era

Marianne Granum - digital wedding planning - Wedding hashtagI got married last summer, and during the wedding planning I leaned heavily on digital resources and social networks.
My two top resources was Instagram and Pinterest, here’s what I did:

Official Wedding Hashtagg

Hashtags are our times monogram, right? At least that was my mantra when coming up with a hashtag for our wedding!

Before, during and after the wedding we encouraged our guests to share snapshots and tag them #SplussM. The wedding photographer can’t be everywhere, and this way we got so many precious, hilarious and cute memories 🙂 We even had a couple of “digital wedding crashers“! 😉

Marianne Granum - Instagram live feed at weddingTo encourage sharings, we had an Instagram live feed at the wedding, and a list of ideas for what they could take photos of (Like “your food”, “the bride and groom kissing”, “your favorite treat on the dessert table”, “your outfit”, “someone taking a photo”, “the next couple to get married” and so on).

The hashtag was also mentioned in all communication with the guests, and incorporated in our wedding decorations.

Pinteresting wedding ideas
Pinterest is an almost unlimited source of wedding inspiration! I even had a wedding board there long before even being engaged, just because of all the beautiful dresses, table decorations, flowers, cakes and venues I came a cross.

Marianne Granum - Wedding survival kitBefore my wedding I created a joint pinning boards with my bridesmaids, so that we could share the great ideas we stumbled across.

Pinterest was also helpful when I was looking for gifts for bridesmaids and groom, I came a cross the idea of “Survival kits” for the big day, and I decided to make them my self and fill them with useful and cute stuff for the day. The girls got sparkling wine, matching ear rings, hair spray, nail polish and such. While the groom got a pair of socks (in case of cold feet ;)), playing cards, alarm clock and champagne.

Other social resources can be a Facebook group for all the guests or a wedding blog following the preparations up to the big day and sharing the memories from it afterwards. Do you have other digital wedding planning ideas? I’d love to hear them! 🙂

Instagram Direct is here!

Facebook has it, Twitter has it, Snapchat practically is it, and now Instagram also introduces a feature allowing its users to send private messages (photos and videos) to one, or a selection, of your Instagram friend: Instagram Direct is here.

You can even send to people that don’t follow you back (Hello @ryan_gosling!)

What does it mean?

For marketers: A way of communicating more directly to your customers and prospects, and adjusting the message to their preferences.

For customer service staff: Solve your customers problem by replying to them with a “show and tell” video of how to fix their issue.

For teens: You went through the same thing with Facebook, and now suddenly your mom is following you on Instagram too! With Instagram Direct you have a way of streaming your content, what is for your best friends only, and what all your followers (mom included) can see.

For the fangirl / fanboy: Send a photo or video message to your favorite star.

How does it work?

First of all, make sure you have the latest update of Instagram installed.

Next, go to the feed (the tab with a house), and you’ll notice a new icon in the right top corner:
Marianne Granum - Instagram Direct - instructions

Touch the icon and you’ll enter Instagram Direct, here it is pretty much business as usual: Take or upload a photo, or record a video, choose your filter and add a your comments. Ones your done with the editing and commenting, press the next button in the right top corner.

Normally this would have uploaded your content to your Instagram stream, but with Instagram Direct there is one more step: Choosing who should receive your message:

Marianne Granum - Instagram Direct - How it works

Select the receivers and you are ready to go!

What do you think of Instagram Direct? Useful or not? And what would you use it for?

Instagram: The Hashtag Effect

I just stumbled upon this article, 8 Data-Based Tips for Optimizing Your Content on Pinterest and Instagram on Cheetahanalytics.com and thought I’d share a few interesting findings.

The effect of hashtags
That the use of hashtags on Instagram generates likes and followers is no big secret, but this graph indicates that hashtags has a huge positive effect on the number of likes and followers:

Marianne Granum - Effect of Hashtags on Instagram likes - Cheetaha Analytics

Graph from cheetahanalytics.com

Popular hashtags

What tags you use is almost just as important, not all hashtags are as effective, here is a list of popular hashtags:

Marianne Granum - Most Liked Instagram Hashtags - cheetahanalytics.com

Graph from cheetahanalytics.com

Not surprisinlgy, the most popular hashtags touch upon Instagrams social dimention, interaction and getting something in return. Any hashtags you find surprising on the list?

Before you start adding hashtags, be sure to avoid these hashtag mistakes.

Digital Detox

Summer is here, and for many of us this means vacation time (YAY!). Have you thought about taking a vacation from more than just work/school? Maybe a digital detox with no emails, social network updates or phone calls is what you need? If so, here are some advice on the road:

– Take baby steps
Start with going without your smart-phone for a few hours and see how it feels. What’s the worst part? What do you miss the most?

– Don’t do it on your own
Tell your friends about your detox and ask for support, mentoring or a partner in crime.

– Find a substitute
To me, the scariest part about a digital detox would probably be not being able to upload photos to Instagram – I take photos all the time!:-D If you are like me, consider buying a lomography camera and re-discover the charm of not seeing the photo right away.

Marianne Granum - Lomography Fisheye
Picture borrowed from my sister, Hilde, taken with a lomography fisheye camera.

– Stay busy
Go on a phototrip, try a new recipe, play board games, take up an old hobby or learn a new skill.

– Go to a digital detox hotel or camp
If everything else fails, gather a group and go somewhere with no reception, no wi-fi and no power outlets. Did you know there are several digital detox hotels and sonatinens to go to? Here is list of the Top 10 Digtal Detox Hotels.

Are you considering a digital detox? And if so, what do you think is your biggest challenge?

Instagram: Top 3 Annoying Instagram Habits

There are lots of does and dont’s when it comes to Instagram, most of us have done some of the dont’s (I know I have!), here are the three Instagram habits that bug me the most:

– #Hashtagging #Every #Word

You probably seen this on Instagram and might have wondered if it is a good idea? It’s not. The point of adding a hashtag is to make your picture searchable and easy to find for people looking for that particular topic.

Turning every word into an hashtag is pointless – have you ever searched for #is #and #a ? No? Nobody else either… Instagram allows 50 tags per picture (which I think is plenty), make sure to add tags that people actually search for and don’t “waste” tags on these words no one searches for.

– Hashtag “cheating”
I guess this is a “crime” most of us are quilty of, adding popular hashtags that have nothing to do with the picture just to generate more likes.
While this might be effective, it’s also annoying and ruins the purpose of hashtagging and searching for photos on Instagram. If generating a lot of likes is your thing, try out the Tags for Like app. Tags for Like generates hashtags based on categories, determine your pictures category/ies and find popular hashtags to label it with.

– Adding a #Nofilter tag to pictures that 1) it’s obvious that you have not used any filters, and /or 2) is not that impressive.

Am I the only one that find the miss-use of #NoFilter tags annoying? Use #NoFilter when you’ve captured something quite stunning and have no need to editing it, or when the lighting is perfect or you created a natural filter (under a lamp, using your sunglasses or a paper sheet e.g.), not when you’ve taken a random nature pic that quite frankly could need some earlybird-magic 😉

What do you think is the biggest Instagram no-no?

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