The Pinterest Lab - Week One

The Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

I'm pretty stoked to be bringing you an eight-part series all about Pinterest (and my experience with Jenna Kutcher's Pinterest Lab). This is going to be a totally unbiased, honest to the core, glimpse into me implementing the course + seeing what comes of it. Complete with my own analytics each week. I know it helps to read other people's genuine reviews and journeys with a workshop or course, so I thought perhaps you'd like to hop along for this ride!

WHAT IS THE PINTEREST LAB

Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Essentially it's a 3-module, online, do at your own pace, workshop all about how to use Pinterest to benefit your business. The first module is Clarifying Your Client, second is Powerful Pinning Strategies, and the third is Automating and Analysis. It's full to the brim with videos, PDF downloads, a workbook (mine is printed and in a cute binder already), tracker, and tons of bonuses.

A few things I had already put into place, but the rest, so far, is BRILLIANCE. My Pinterest is a MESS ten ways to Sunday, oy. But, not for long!

I'm just about to work through module 2 and am real excited. There is a step at the end of module 1 that's going to take me a hot minute (or week or more) but, worth it. Every tiny bit.

I'm committing to her, 10 minutes a day "account clean up" (a bit more when I can) as well as working through the modules/videos and will check back here with a new post each week for the eight-week tracking schedule because seeing the analytics change SHOULD be the push to keep at it!

You can read all the rest on The Pinterest Lab site.

ANALYTICS: IN THE BEGINNING

It's funny because, people are typically not quick to reveal these kinds of stats, but in my attempt at being completely authentic, I'd love for you to be able to follow along. So, without further ado, here are all the very beginning numbers. It's day 1 of officially implementing the strategies (disclosure: I got the course weeks ago, but have taken some time to work through the first module, because, life.)

Random note: as I work on cleaning up my Pinterest + using all the incredible tips and tools Jenna shares, I'm looking forward to seeing that banner up at the top reflect my brand a heck of a lot more!

Angie's Stats. As of today, June 13:

  • PINTEREST FOLLOWERS: 1575
    Easy to find this number, these are how many people I have following me on Pinterest. I've had an account since the beginning of Pinterest time, but have never used it for business/marketing, or been strategic with it.
     
  • TRAFFIC GENERATED FROM PINTEREST: 2
    Ouch! Two whole people came to my blog/website from Pinterest in the last 30 days, ha! One came from my profile, the other from this post (which was pinned).
     
  • PAGE VIEWS: 2170
    Page views here on my Squarespace site for the last 30 days.
     
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 1996
    I've been "building" an email list since 2009 - long, long before I knew why or that I would even want/need to for my future small business and publishing of book goals. I recently sent a newsletter and lost about 25 people (very normal) so I've back below 2k, for now!
     
  • NUMBER OF NEW PINS: 0
    This number is simply to keep track of my new goals, a certain number of new pins I'll be adding each week. Looks like I've not pinned a single recipe all week!
Pinterest Lab - a Series - Angie Warren - www.angiewarren.com

Until next week! Thanks for reading. Anyone else do The Pinterest Lab?

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A Free PDF, The Daily Do - Organize Your Bad Self

Introducing: The Daily Do. It's a sweet little best friend for your business. These planning pages were born out of my desire to be on top of my work day (and let’s be real, a sheer lack of organization)! Juggling multiple businesses is only possible when I am working ahead of the game.

We all need a good system in place - whether we are writing a book, a blog, own an Etsy shop, or sell products for a living (ahem, speaking to myself here - obvi.). What I found worked best for me was working in blocks, but not just blocks, I work better having specific areas I can toss my to-do items.

Included in this FREE download: Daily Do planning sheet for each day of the week, one for weekends, and one left blank.

HOW I USE MY DAILY DO?

Each section is for the basics of my day as I juggle all the hats. Here’s how it usually looks for me, it could be similar for you, or different - make it work however you’d like!

ADMIN - This is for daily email checking, updating my sales spreadsheet, checking other messages, etc.

CREATE - Here is where I list what design projects I’m currently working on for my shop. Maybe it means making a new Guide, a lead magnet, a promo graphic, or IG story.

SERVE - Nurturing those who graciously purchase from me, follow me, or are a part of my team is so important. Some days this looks like spending 15 minutes in a FB group or reaching out to someone to see how they’re doing. It always means taking small blocks of time to reply to comments and engage with friends and followers.  

UPDATE - This is for me usually in reference to updates to the digital products in my shop. It could mean any number of updating you need to do! 

WRITE  - I have a lot of writing to do! Aside from the book I’m working on, I have blogs to draft, newsletters to pen, posts to plan, etc.

I fill out the next day's page at the end of my current work day. It keeps me on track, allows for rollover, and is easy to toss in my laptop bag when I take work to-go.

Print them ahead weekly, or grab the blank one and stick that bad boy in a page protector for use with a dry erase marker. However you choose to use them, I hope they bless your business as they have mine.

 

HOW I GET MINE?

So glad you asked! I'd love for this to be a blessing to your small business. Click the button below to grab your freebie.

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Girl Wash Your Face

GIRL WASH YOUR FACE / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

This book, you guys. I haven’t felt so spoken to, empowered, or inspired since Present Over Perfect (and those who know me well know that is saying A LOT).
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Here’s the thing. I’m a people pleaser to. my. core. (Thanks mama). I want others to be happy, and in turn I think that means I want others (read: the entire world) to be happy with ME.
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NEWS FLASH: that ain’t happening, sister.
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Girl Wash Your Face / Rachel Hollis / www.angiewarren.com

We can not, will not, shouldn’t, aren’t created to, please the world. We will let people down. They’ll form opinions about us, our choices, our clothing, our career path, our creative outlet, what we post on social media, how we parent, how or who we love. The list goes on.
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Do you feel me on living in this cage of care? Anyone else working on escaping it? Maybe you too, feel you have to explain your “no” or list your “why” simply for the approval of a person who, in all likelihood won’t give it to us anyhow?
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Here’s the thing, the cold hard truth of it, and I’m speaking to myself here: there is NO JOY to be found in the desire to be accepted. There is only unrest, smallness, and hurt. There is only standing still in one place, tapping ones foot, wondering why on earth these bits of life aren’t any fun.
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Let’s make life fun. Let’s decide in the brilliant words of Rachel Hollis that we will do what we want, in celebration of the ability TO DO SO.

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Introducing: the Monat Marketing Kit

Thrilled to share the newest product in my Etsy shop, the Monat Marketing Kit! The 1st in an upcoming series of Marketing Guides for small business. What's included?

There are over 100 pages, divided into 9 PDFs. Print what will bless your business, leave what won't!

Included:

COVER & SUBJECT DIVIDER PAGES
- printable cover
- subject divider page for each included section

CALENDAR PAGES
- 12 monthly, blank calendars (dates left off so you may re-use them each year!)
- 12 monthly worksheets for filling in MP and VIP incentive info
- goals & affirmations page to be printed monthly
- quarterly & yearly planning sheets
- goals & affirmations page to be printed weekly
- 2 weekly printable pages
- weekly check-in (customers, VIP, MP checklists)
- daily self, mind, & monat worksheet

CUSTOMER & CUSTOMER GROUP PAGES
- giveaway planning sheet
- group live planning sheet
- posting prompts
- retail profile sheet
- retail order tracker
- vip profile sheet
- vip order tracker
- prospects worksheet

EVENT PAGES
- event in person worksheet
- event online worksheet
- event schedule
- event checklist
- guest list
- to purchase list

MONAT SPECIFIC PAGES
- call monat (contact info + list)
- flash sale tracker / worksheet
- flexship traker / worksheet
- monatborhood goal sheet
- rank advancement goal sheet
*BONUS 2018 summer block party worksheet

SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNER
- instagram weekly planning pages
- facebook weekly planning pages

TEAM & MARKET PARTNER PAGES
- team live planning sheet
- team incentives tracker
- onboarding check lists
- team posting planner
- team posting prompts
- market partner profile
- market partner order tracker
- market partner goals & business worksheet

TRACKING PAGES
- one sheet-12 month downline tracker
- one sheet-12 month social stats tracker
- one sheet-12 month volume & financial tracker
- expense tracking sheet
- borrow basket worksheet
- samples worksheet
- inventory pages

QUOTES
- 12 printable, pocket-sized inspiration:
(affirmations, bossbabe, & scripture)


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Come As You Are: An Invitation to Intuitive Eating

Come As You Are - An Invitation to Peace with Food + Body - Intuitive Eating - www.angiewarren.com

Can we have an honest conversation?
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It’s a deep one. It’s a revealing, honest, vulnerable one. I’d like to talk for a moment about this body of mine.
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I have spent the better part of my life in a war, a struggle with an internal dialogue that has spoken lies and untruths. Spit hatred like poison, more often than not as a whisper. But the most painful whisper you’ll never actually hear.
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I have told myself I’m not worthy. I’m not good enough. I’ve spoken that I’ll not be accepted unless I fit the ideal that so much of the world has told me I should be.
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I’ve allowed the words of others, some from those closest to me, to creep in and settle right there on my heart. “She shouldn’t be wearing that bathing suit, did you see her?” or “Wow she sure put on some pounds since I saw her last.” or “She isn’t small enough to accomplish that.”.
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And even if those words weren’t directed at me, I positioned them to be. I absorbed them. I allowed them to fuel a fire that was burning so great, I was choking on the embers that remained.
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I have spent the majority of my adult life dealing with Disordered Eating, I’ve hidden behind creative poses on camera, I’ve filtered myself into a position where I thought I was likely acceptable.
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And now? Now? I’m done hiding. I’m done with the games. I’m done with the diets. I’m done with the idea that I’m only worthy when I’m back in a size 4. I am done. with. the. hiding.
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Because here’s the truth of it: this body has created four babies, birthed three of them. It’s walked me through some of the worst days I wouldn’t wish on my most awful enemy. It’s carried me when I wanted to curl up and join the family members who went before me.
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And it’s pretty damn unfair that I’ve told it it’s not good enough. It’s pretty unfair that I’ve ever potentially allowed my children to think they’re anything less than the magnificent prize their Jesus created them to be.
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So I’m on a mission and it started with this, confession of sorts, today. To raise my voice and hope it encourages you to even find yours. To know you are beautiful as you are. To know restriction does NOT bring joy and diets are NOT going to last.
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You don’t have to hide. You don’t have move your body out of punishment. You don’t have to count or track or measure your way into glory. You can come just as you are and stand tall with me. I am forever and ever and ever grateful for the friend that said those words to me. She offered me and continues to, a safe place to stand. The encouragement and the knowledge that there is peace to be found with both food and body.
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And it doesn’t come with a membership or a good and bad food list. It doesn’t come with pills or scale obsession. It comes with time and kindness and lots and lots of freaking hard heart work.
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You can sit with me. Please, sit with me. Let’s change this for our sons and for our daughters. Let’s raise our voices and declare WE ARE GOOD AS WE ARE. The world needs more voices like this. I hope to hear yours, too.


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How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions

How to Add Paragraph Spacing to Your Instagram Captions // www.angiewarren.com

Huge paragraphs, no line breaks, random bullet points or emojis shared in an attempt to look simple, pretty, seamless: It's the number one frustration of mine with Instagram, that darn paragraph spacing issue! I've tried it all, and nothing has worked yet, not consistently at least, until this. It's the easiest thing really, silly almost, but by golly, it works and now my Type A personality can breathe easier when I 'gram. Phew.

The How-To

There are three important steps to accomplishing the paragraph spacing, but it's quick + easy once you got it down. Before we jump into it, I'll add this bonus bit: open your Notes app and create a new one. Name it INSTAGRAM for easy access later.

STEP 1. Write your sentence or paragraph. Then the first thing you will do in order for this to work is, at the end of your sentence/paragraph, where you'd like a line break beneath, you must hit enter RIGHT after your period. No spaces allowed. Hit enter right after the . Got it?

STEP 2. The second part of this magic is simple, it's this:  [⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀]. Not the brackets no, but the spaces in between the brackets. Just a handful of little spaces. That's it! Copy the spaces (again not the brackets). Those spaces will be pasted right after you've done step 1. Still with me?

STEP 3. Hit enter again to get to a new line and repeat steps 1 and 2. That. Is. It.

CAN I DO THIS RIGHT IN THE IG APP?

You can. This will work directly in the app, HOWEVER, I keep that Note titled Instagram for reference. I have an ongoing caption in there with the nine spaces (no brackets, see below) so I can quickly copy + paste it when and where I need to. Then I copy the entire thing and paste in my Instagram, boom, done. Simple, pretty, easy on the eyes, and gosh darnit, no more random periods or bullet points or what have you.

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