What To Do Wednesday: #tptSMsurge Continues & Focus on Pinterest {8/5}

August 05, 2015

TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.

Welcome and thank you for being a part of ‪#‎tptSMsurge‬. The Surge began Wednesday, July 22nd. If missed the start, check out our week on Facebook here and our week on Instagram here.

TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.

Each Wednesday, we share what to do for the week as we focus on a specific social media platform. On Thursdays, we discuss technology tips. On Fridays, we highlight people to follow as "mentors" on each type of social media. We give you the weekends off and then on Mondays, we talk about how to vary your postings and content. On Tuesdays, we think back on our progress for the week. So what to do this week?

Step 1: Focus on Pinterest

TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.

If you are like me, you likely struggle with staying on top of social media: what to post, when, how often, and how to reach your intended audience. As to not get overwhelmed, this week will be all about Pinterest. If you don't have an account yet, you will want to create one. 

You will also want to consider if you want to have an account just for you as a teacher/TPTer separate from you as a person, or if you are comfortable mixing the two. If you have not done so already, you will want to verify your Pinterest account as a business account so that you have access to Pinterest analytics. You cannot connect your business Pinterest to your Teachers Pay Teachers store, but you can connect it to your blog or website. Pinterest's directions are here. I'd show you but mine is already verified.

This TPT social media planner and the weekly checklists will help you prioritize the steps you need to take to establish your presence on social media.

Whether you are new and clueless or feeling like an expert on Pinterest, you will just be focusing on the checklist for Pinterest on the TPT Social Media Planner & Weekly Checklist. The checklist is broken down into what you "must," "should," and "could" do each week. Start from the top, work your way down, and don't feel defeated if you don't get to everything. Remember those are just things you could do.

Step 2: Check Back in the Facebook Group

TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.
TPT Social Media Surge is a four week event designed to help you establish your presence on social media. Join our Facebook group for all the details.

Look for these postings throughout the week in the TPT Social Media Surge Facebook group for more information about how to best utilize Pinterest.  

Step 3: Join in our Twitter Chat

Last Wednesday we hosted a Twitter chat to discuss some of the top questions (general and Facebook related) you shared with us on our Google Form. This week we'll be focusing on some of the top questions again (general and Instagram related) you shared with us on our Google Form. Join us tonight, Wednesday August 5th, at 9pm EST

The Format:
9:00 Intros - Share your name, store name, and links to your social media (FB, Pinterest, IG). #tptSMsurge
9:05 Q1 - Many people asked "how do I gain followers?" (We want to stress that you want meaningful followers, followers who actually engage with your social media postings because it is relevant to them. Otherwise the number is just a number.) What are your thoughts? #tptSMsurge
9:15 Q2 - You asked "what apps are out there for IG?" Becky answered: http://goo.gl/GC9yUn How did that help you? Any other tips? #tptSMsurge
9:25 Q3 - You asked "How do I have a flash freebie or giveaway?" Becky again: http://goo.gl/GC9yUn How did that help you? Any other tips? #tptSMsurge
9:35 Q4 - You asked "how do I favorite, comment, etc. on IG" Becky covered the basics: http://goo.gl/GC9yUn How did that help you? Any other tips? #tptSMsurge
9:45 Q5 - Molly & Caitlin showed you successful IGers http://bit.ly/1IOkNjl & how to mix it up http://goo.gl/nsgKxI How did that help you? Any other tips? #tptSMsurge

The Directions:
1. Log into Twitter tonight, Wednesday, August 5th from 9-10 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #tptSMsurge in the search bar.  Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 5 minutes.
4. Starting at 9:05, I (@literarymaven) will post questions every 10 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #tptSMsurge.
5.  Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #tptSMsurge.
6.  Follow any TPTers responding and who are also using #tptSMsurge.
7.  Favorite and respond to other TPTs' tweets.


You can schedule your responses to the questions ahead of time using a scheduler like TweetDeck or HootSuite (but don't forget to use A1, A2, etc. and #tptSMsurge). Links are encouraged, so be sure to use a link shortener like tinyurl, bitly, goo.gl or ow.ly  Just visit one of those links and paste your long link to shorten it for Twitter. Using images is also encouraged when relevant.


New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic & stay positive!
2. Please do not post or promote paid products.
3. If you arrive late, try to look through other posts before beginning.
4. Feel free to just read, like, and/or retweet.
5. Always use the hashtag #tptSMsurge, including in your replies to others.
6. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means TPT buyers, students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.) 

Got questions? Leave a comment below or here in this Google Form.

Be sure to spread the word to any TPTers who might be interested in joining us as well. We look forward to continuing to connect with you during #tptSMsurge!

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