An Introduction to Instagram TV

An Introduction to Instagram TV

Are you curious about this whole IGTV thing? In this podcast I’ll be helping you finally figure out what’s going on with Instagram TV and how you can get started. We’ll cover the basics of how to create your channel, and how to upload and promote your very first video. I’ve also got a whole load of examples to share of really effective content, which you can adapt and use to show off your own business.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the All-in-Whin Marketing Method. I’ve been working hard at updating my signature course for 2020. The next cohort is now open for registration. If you’re an ambitious, purpose driven business owner, and you want to improve your marketing, this course is for you! To find out more click the big yellow button below.

Vertical Video

When IGTV was first introduced, only vertical videos were supported, meaning you had to upload videos which were tall and thin, instead of short and wide. This was a massive contrast to the way other video platforms expected your to display content. However, Instagram users are holding their phone vertically already, to scroll through their feed and to view Instagram Stories. When they introduced this NEW platform, Instagram decided to keep the user experience as cohesive as possible. As of today, IGTV now accepts landscape videos as well, but most content creators are opting to stay with the vertical format, as it creates that seamless experience for their viewers. I’d advise you to stick with vertical video too.

How to create your own IGTV channel

It’s pretty straightforward to do, once you have your first video ready to go and saved to your phone. Open up your Instagram App and tap on the magnifying glass icon to get to your Explore page. Near the top, you’ll see a little icon that says IGTV, which will take you through that part of the platform. You’ll be able to see your top recommended video plus lots of other suggestions you can browse based on your interests and who you are following.

In the top right-hand corner, you’ll see a + button, and this is where you can upload your first video. The act of uploading your first video will create your channel. You can also go to Instagram.com/tv and do it from your browser too. You’ll then be able to do future uploads the same way, or you can do them from your computer.

Once you have your first video uploaded, you and other users will be able to find all your IGTV videos on your profile. If you tap on your profile picture, in the app, you’ll see that below your bio and story highlights, there are now three tabs where there used to be two. There’s a new one in the middle for your IGTV channel, where people can scroll through all your videos.

Promoting your IGTV videos

When you upload a video to IGTV, you have a number of different fields to fill in, and ways to promote the video. For example, you can and should share your IGTV videos to your feed. It’ll show the first 60 seconds, then the video will stop, and your audience have to click through to IGTV to see all the rest. The caption is simply made up of your video title, and then a divider dot, and then your video description. That means if you want your feed post to have hashtags, you have to include them in your video description, or else comment on the video as soon as its posted with a list of all the hashtags you need to include.

You can also share your full IGTV video to your Facebook page. Make sure your Instagram account and Facebook Page are connected properly if you want to do this one! 

How to upload an IGTV video

Click on the thumbnails in the gallery below to see full sized screenshots of all the upload screens for IGTV. Taken in Google Chrome and Android – other browsers and devices may vary!

How to create IGTV videos

As always, I love to include listener questions in my videos! Today’s comes from a follower over on Instagram:
Do you record your episodes natively on the phone or through an editing workflow? – David
There are lots of different ways you can put together your IGTV content, and it really depends on what you want to achieve. Let me give you the specifics of what I’ve been doing so far. First I record all the video clips on my phone, with the help of a mini tripod and a full sized tripod in some cases. Then I save all the video clips to a folder in Google Photos which helps me keep them organised and separate from all the other videos and photos I’m recording. Once I’ve got all my footage, I then download all the clips to my computer and drag them into Adobe Premier Pro – this costs about $20 a month. If you need something free you can get great results using ShotCut or iMovie instead. Also at this stage, I’ll head to Ben Sound or Free Music Archive to find some royalty free music to use. After editing and before I’m ready to upload I get my subtitles sorted. I’ll upload the final cut of the video to an amazing captioning service called Rev.com – It costs just $1.25 per minute of video. For videos less than 5 minutes, I typically get my subtitle files back in less than an hour or two. Subtitles are pretty essential for social media videos, so its well worth the tiny investment needed. Then I upload the subtitle file into Adobe Premier Pro where I can overlay it onto the video. I then export the final, subtitle video, and use the web browser to upload it into Instagram.

Examples of great IGTV videos

Find more on my Instagram profile @thewhinco – look for the wee circle near the top with “IGTV ideas” underneath.

Get in touch

I hope this inspires you to get started with IGTV. When you do, make sure you tag me @thewhinco, or drop me a message to let me know – I’d love to see what you’re getting up to.  You can email me if you’d like your question answered in a future episode, and of course please subscribe to Whin Big on Apple Podcasts. 

Leith Walk Police Box: “Even the story behind it is a little bit wacky,” with Monty Roy

Leith Walk Police Box: “Even the story behind it is a little bit wacky,” with Monty Roy

Meet Monty Roy who owns and runs the Leith Walk Police Box. Monty told us all about her journey with the police box, and how it became the wonderful community pop up space that it is now. She also shared how she uses Facebook and Instagram. And I shared some ideas about how to create exciting new content on social media – even when you’re talking about the same subjects over and over again!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the All-in-Whin Marketing Method. I’ve been working hard at updating my signature course for 2020, and it’s now open for registration! Click the big yellow button below to get all the details.

What goes on at the Leith WalkPolice Box

The Leith Walk Police Box has been used for a variety of different things. One of their longest standing pop up customers is a group called Edinburgh Tool Library. You join up, pay what you can and you borrow tools instead of buying them. It’s a really fantastic idea because you save money. You don’t have to buy a drill. You don’t have to buy a workbench. They’ve got everything from sewing machines to gardening equipment and you don’t have to worry about storing them either. The average drill is used for 13 minutes in its lifetime so Monty loves that “It’s a really great way of saving money and also saving the planet as well.”

Another regular customer is a man from Sicily, and his company is called Tipico Sicilian Confectioners. He sells nuts and dried fruits imported from Sicily, but he makes them into the most amazing sweets. It’s fantastic, the nuts are addictive They also have had a wide range of charities, for example The Woodland Trust. They’ve had local campaign groups like Save Leith Walk, which successfully managed to stop the demolition of a 1930s building on Leith walk and creatives such as artists like Stuart Bremner. He did some fantastic artwork on the side of the police box and he also sold some of his merchandise from the box. Other artists have done exhibitions in the police box and they’ve taken part in Leith Late, which is a grassroots arts festival.

 Monty’s in a little club of police box owners and compares it to owning a caravan. One of the other owners worked in the film industry previously. He helped set up a projector in the box so they could take part in some film festivals.

“One of the things that I really love about my business is that it’s very flexible. We’re absolutely open to all manner of ideas. Yeah, sometimes the crazier the better.”

How the Leith Walk Police Box started 

Having a police box and turning it into a community space is such an unusual concept, I was keen to ask how she got started. She spotted one for sale and thought “wouldn’t that be a great thing to own?” Initially she had no idea what she was going to do with it.

Monty’s family are from India and she considered selling Indian street food. After trialling it for a weekend the response was a bit mixed some people were really enthusiastic and other people were really not very receptive at all. She also wasn’t certain if she wanted to commit to this idea. There were two perfectly decent Indian restaurants on the same block, and she was aware she was competing with them. Monty felt it would be better to bring something fresh and new to the street. Not competing with local businesses, but hopefully bringing new customers to the area, increasing the footfall from outside. She decided it would be good to do different things all the time, but wasn’t sure how to make that work.

Monty started by putting a sign on the police box saying that it was a pop up space and it was available for rent and it’s flexible and affordable. Quite a lot of people are now finding them through the Leith Walk Police Box Facebook Page. She also loves going around markets to see what people are doing. She finds people who fit well with the ethos of the police box, then approaches them to see if they’re interested. They also have some charity spaces where they offer the pop up space for free because it’s something she feels really strongly about. They’re also trying to be more environmentally friendly and do business in a way that’s sustainable. I also think that’s really important; businesses have a responsibility to make sure that they are using their influence in a responsible way.

“I was really reluctant even to get onto Facebook, but now I’ve embraced it. I’ve had to embrace it, really, because that’s kind of the way the world works..”

Marketing The Leith Walk Police Box 

Building a community and connecting with existing communities is an important part of marketing and raising awareness for the police box. Monty has also made an effort on Facebook to try and find out what are other things are happening locally and promotes them. She says it’s really helped sharing posts and updates for other people, then they hopefully reciprocate for her. It’s an effective way of marketing because it doesn’t have to cost very much but also you’re reaching people that are local to you. There’s no point spending money, time and effort on targeting people that are not going to be able to use your services.

She admits struggling a lot with social media and asked for my advice on new ways to engage people when talking about the same subjects over and over. This is definitely a challenge I’ve faced too, particularly when teaching people about Instagram. Over the last couple of years, Instagram hasn’t changed very much except for the launch of Instagram TV (IGTV). My approach is to find new ways to say and teach people the same things. Maybe they haven’t heard it before, maybe it didn’t sink in, or maybe they just need a reminder. You don’t always have to have something that’s super shiny and different than everything you’ve posted before because sometimes the continuation of a theme or a topic is relevant to community.

Monty’s content can focus on the people, the relationships and the stories that happen within the community and the people using the box. That’s what’s going to be interesting. It will help potential customers to understand who goes to the box.

As well as the Facebook page, there’s a Leith Walk Police Box Instagram account, and they’re on TwitterI would say that Facebook and Instagram are where they’re going to find the businesses that are doing the things that make the most sense for what they have to offer. Instagram’s Monty’s favourite platform at the moment because you don’t have to say very much. The picture can sometimes say it all, it’s quite nice and easy. She likes using Canva as well, because there are lots of different photo templates and you can just add your text to top of it. This helps for someone scrolling through Instagram, they can very quickly see what your message is.

Monty wanted to know a bit more about IGTV. The main things to note are that videos need to be more than a minute in order for long, so the biggest barrier to using IGTV well is having the time to create more polished content, compared with what you might put up on Instagram Stories. Storytelling content works really well on IGTV and this would be ideal for the Leith Walk Police Box.

Get connected

If you would like to get in touch with Monty you can contact with her on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Visit the Leith Walk Police Box website for details on how you could use this wonderful community space.

Find marketing strategies for your personality

Find marketing strategies for your personality

Have you ever thought about how your personality might affect the way you approach your marketing? In this podcast we’re going to figure out how to come up with marketing strategies which will suit your unique approach. First, I’ll introduce you to a model of personality created by Gretchen Rubin, and then we’ll figure out how to apply it to your marketing.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the All-in-Whin Marketing Method. I’ve been working hard at updating my signature course for 2020, and the next cohort opens in February. Click the big yellow button below to get all the details and register for early bird access.

Learning about your personality

I love talking about personality – it was one of my favourite things to learn about when I was doing my degree. Gretchen Rubin’s model of personality The Four Tendencies isn’t intended to describe all elements of a person’s character, it only looks at two specific things.

  • First, how do people respond to external expectations (obligations and tasks given to them by other people)
  • Second, how do people respond to internal expectations (the goals and projects they’ve decided on for themselves)

Gretchen has researched and written extensively about this framework, if you’re interested in learning more, she has written two great books Better than Before, and The Four Tendencies. She also has a lot of resources on her website and there are several episodes of her podcast, The Happier Podcast, which specifically address the framework as well. Upholders can check out episode 35, Questioners are covered in 36, Obligers feature in 37 and Rebels are the focus of 38.

The Four Tendencies 

In the episode, I share three questions I want you to answer about yourself. Each question is multiple choice and has four categories to choose from. Listen to the podcast and have a think about which is the best description of you. Your answers will determine which of the below categories your fall into. 

Category A – Upholders

Gretchen describes the first category as people who “respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations.” If you’re an upholder, you’ll be great at completing tasks assigned by others, and ones that you give to yourself. You can help make time for marketing by putting it in your diary each week and treating it like any other meeting or appointment – if it’s in the diary, you’re committed. Make sure you have committed time to focus on big picture goals and remember it’s ok to sometimes be flexible and change up your approach.

Category B – Questioners

Gretchen describes them as people who “question all expectations and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified.” If you’re a questioner, you’ll be great at sticking to your own personal resolutions and goals, as long as you believe their worthwhile. As a questioner, you might be thinking you need to go away and do more research before you are ready to put stock in my recommendations. And that’s absolutely fine. Check out the links I’ve given you for Gretchen Rubin to find out more

Category C – Obligers

They do really well at responding to other people’s expectations, but have a complete block when it comes to their own. If you’re an obliger, you are really great at getting things done for other people. Obligers are wonderfully generous people, in that regard, but as a business owner, you need to find a way to spend time working ON your business, for yourself. Find a friend, a coach, or even a virtual assistant, to work with you and keep you accountable. Whenever you say YES to somebody, you have to say NO to someone else, so think about who’s losing out when you neglect to work on your marketing.

Category D – Rebels

The last of the four tendencies that Gretchen Rubin described are the Rebels. As she described it “Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike.” I’ll own up to it – I seem to slot pretty firmly into this category myself. If you’re a rebel, like me, then expectations make your skin crawl. If you don’t WANT to do something, there’s a good chance it’s not going to happen. I try to focus on the Identities which I have that are important to me, and whenever I can, I think about the Consequences of my decisions. Sometimes neither of those strategies work, and I spent my afternoon reading on the sofa when I should be recording a podcast episode. That’s fine too. You’ll get there. You do you.

The Four Tendencies framework, developed by Gretchen Rubin, is a brilliant tool for business owners to help customise their approach to marketing. How do you respond differently to internal and external expectations?

Get in touch

Personality and marketing is such an interesting topic, so if you have any questions you’d like me to answer, feel free to send me a direct message. My Instagram handle is @thewhinco or you can email me if you prefer, and of course you can subscribe to Whin Big on Apple Podcasts. 

Video creation, trusting your gut and being authentic in business, with Mike McGrail

Video creation, trusting your gut and being authentic in business, with Mike McGrail

Meet Mike McGrail of Getgo Studio. On the podcast, we talked about our experiences as business owners, covering everything from choosing a name to choosing your first hire. We also talked about how to use video as a tool to connect with new and existing customers to add value and to be open and authentic. It might be my favourite conversation so far. 

Today’s episode is sponsored by the All-in-Whin Marketing Method. I’ve been working hard at updating my signature course for 2020, and the next cohort opens in February. Click the big yellow button below to get all the details and register for early bird access.

Getting started in video creation

Mike McGail is a marketer by trade, creator of Getgo Studio a video production and marketing agency based just outside of Edinburgh in Queensferry, and working right across the UK.

He worked for a variety of marketing agencies until 2012 when he started his own marketing consultancy Velocity Digital. Clients began asking him to help with video creation because it’s a huge part of marketing. He was honest about his technical skill with a camera but felt he could help his clients because he knew the brand, their audience, what they were trying to achieve and how to tell a good story – so he fell into the role of producer and director. This inspired him to try and do it on a larger basis and Getgo Studio was launched in February 2019.

Mike’s day is incredibly varied as Getgo has a variety of offerings. First is a one-day training course in video creation, helping people get started making short videos for LinkedIn and social media. I’ve been on the course and can testify that it was awesome, I learnt so much and had a great day. A lot of people were asking Mike for his advice and he enjoys teaching so the course helps him combine the two. They also offer an all inclusive studio experience in Queensferry where people turn up with their content, and they film it then edit it. The third service is location filming. Mike’s been surprised by the demand for filming on location. About 85% of what they’ve done in the last nine or 10 months has been on location. That’s been right across the UK and there’s some exciting filming coming up in Europe this year.

He’s constantly learning and is currently doing Ron Howard’s direction course. It’s a brilliant master class and Ron Howard’s big thing is that any film or piece of video is made in the editing suite. Mike agrees because on the day you film what you film but it all comes together in the editing. His day can involve everything from marketing to pre production then shooting and it involves a lot of communications with the freelances he works with and his clients.

“Literally no day is the same and that’s one of the reasons I work for myself.”

Attracting clients and trusting your gut

Mike has worked out that roughly 94% of all the work that they’ve done has come from LinkedIn. Through initial discussions, not paid campaigns, just him putting himself out there on video. I’d recommend connecting with Mike, his videos are informative and injected with humour. He told the story of Getgo’s creation on LinkedIn, going through every stage and it engaged a lot of people. They liked how honest he was and his style of video so when he launched people were quick to get in touch keen to have a chat about projects.

Getting the word out about the training courses has mainly been driven through Instagram and networking. He used Instagram Stories a lot and people who connected with him through that have tended to come on the course. The location filming and people with want to book the studio seem to come from LinkedIn.

He admits marketing Getgo has been a bit haphazard. I think that the haphazard approach can sometimes work just as well as having a really organised strategic plan. Particularly, if you’re in a position where sticking to a really organised strategic plan is challenging, then allowing yourself to take a haphazard approach can sometimes be far more beneficial. Especially since Mike’s already got such a deep background knowledge of what good marketing is, his instincts are going to be really strong.

Mike agreed that you get a good gut feel over time and in business, you should really follow your gut. That’s been one of his biggest lessons over time, your gut normally tells you the truth and it feels weird going against it. Anytime he’s gone against it has rarely worked out. For example, in the last two years, he’s said no to more Velocity Digital work than he’s said yes to, because he’s not had the right feel about the project.

“I’ve never been a fan of soft metrics – likes, shares, comments. They’re an indicator of how your content’s performing, but what is it actually returning? Has it generated sales or clients? Or is it retaining people? Don’t forget that you have to look at retention as well.”

Being authentic in business

Social media can make things look brilliant. But behind the scenes, businesses are failing or more importantly, the people in those businesses are stressed, they’re on the verge of making themselves very ill. It’s so easy in this day and age to paint a picture of success that’s actually not true. It can be a dangerous thing because it’s inauthentic and doesn’t deliver the right essence of the business. Recently Mike put a written post on LinkedIn talking about how he was having a tough time. He got a lot of positive reactions and it highlighted the supportive community he has around him.

For small businesses making videos to market themselves, Mike advises a lot of your business is built around you, your knowledge, your experience and your personality. One of the best things you can look to do is tell your story. If you’re selling a physical product, then you really need to be showing people how it solves the problem that they’re having.

Obviously, he sells professional video services, but one of the reasons he does the training courses is to inspire people who just need to get going with video. Most of us have got a good enough camera in our pocket and just need some guidance on how to make the most of that.

Lastly, I asked Mike to share his favourite marketing videos. He named Burger King as a brand that smashed it in 2019 and one of his favourite ever videos is the $1 Shave Club launch, view the videos below.

Get connected

If you would like to get in touch with Mike you can contact with him on LinkedIn. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter. Visit the Getgo Studio website for details of the Video Creation training. Since recording, Mike has decided to close the all-inclusive studio he mentioned on the show to focus on on-location shooting. He is, however still offering a packaged service for creating short videos for social media and so on, please contact him for more information.

How to use Instagram Stories

How to use Instagram Stories

Have you ever wondered how to make the most of your Instagram Stories? Today we’re going to dive into all the details of my 6 favourite Stories strategies. We’ll be talking about everything from challenges to story telling, selfies to captions, and all sorts of things.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the All-in-Whin Marketing Method. I’ve been working hard at updating my signature course for 2020, and the next cohort opens in February. Click the big yellow button below to get all the details and register for early bird access.

Instagram Stories Challenge

I have LOVED Instagram stories ever since last June when I ran an Instagram Stories challenge for me and my followers called #Whinningit. I wrote up a prompt for each day of the month, and then went on to my stories every single day to have a chat and make sure I included the word of the day in my story.

Lots of people joined in, including a few people who posted to their feed as well as to Stories, so you can still catch up on the posts if you go to the hashtag over on Instagram.

6 ways to make the most of your Instagram Stories

I learned a lot from doing the challenge and from getting feedback from all those who joined in, and then spent the rest of last year watching what other people were doing and testing out ideas. Now I want to share with you SIX specific things for you to try which will help you make the most of your Instagram Stories.

  1. Use Stories to tell stories
  2. Put your face in your Stories
  3. Always caption your videos
  4. Talk about your business and about yourself
  5. Actively encourage people to connect and engage
  6. Check the insights for your Stories to find out what people like to watch.

Questions about Instagram Stories

Before recording this podcast I posted to find out if anyone had any questions about Instagram Stories so I could answer them during this podcast.

“I’m confused about when to use Instagram Stories and when to use the main feed – any advice?” – Lorna

I keep the feed for the pretty stuff, and the long term stuff, and use the Stories for day to day, less polished stuff, as well as chatting and asking questions. But there are so many different ways you could break it up, people do all kinds of things in both places! The key thing really is to make sure you’re measuring what works in both parts of the platform, and then try out different styles and ways of creating content to see what resonates with your audience.

“Is it worth hashtagging in Stories? No one seems to view Stories by hashtags yet?” – Jo

In short, yes, if you’re making Stories to appeal to new people. You need to choose the right hashtags in order for this to be effective.

“How many slides is too many?” – Fiona

If you use insights to check when people drop off, you can start to get a sense of what your Stories “half life” is – so for an average sequence, how many Stories do you get through before half your audience drops off? You want to keep it around that length, or a few Stories longer. Alternatively, you feel your engagement is pretty low already and you want to bring it up, try using fewer clips in a sequence, and make sure you’re squeezing as much value as you can into them.

Get in touch

Instagram is one of my favourite topics, so if you have any more questions you’d like me to answer, feel free to send me a direct message. My Instagram handle is thewhinco. I’d love to feature some listener questions in future episodes!

Feel free to email me if you prefer, and of course you can subscribe to Whin Big on Apple Podcasts.