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How to Grow your Blog Using Instagram

Jan 7, 2022 10:31:52 PM / by Byter Team posted in Digital Marketing, Social Media, Content Creation


New to blogging and wondering how to get some traffic to your site? Or, maybe you’ve been blogging for a while but your audience is as empty as it was on day one. Queue the tumbleweed. 

Do not fear! Growing your blog’s traffic is easy once you know how to properly utilise your social media platforms. In today’s post we’re going to talk you through the wonders of Instagram, and how it can be used to deliver a regular stream of traffic to your blog. 

Why Instagram is great for bloggers

First off, Instagram attracts over 1 billion users each day. That’s a lot of potential readers for your blog. When used properly, Instagram can serve as a great way to grow both your followers and your readers. Here’s how:

  • It allows you to grow a community around your blog
  • It’s a platform where you can promote your latest blog
  • It enables you to connect with your readers

 Now that we’ve covered the benefits, let’s walk you through the best ways to create and operate a successful Instagram for your blog.

Choose a good username 

A good username will grab attention and draw people to your brand. If you already have a blog name, stick with that so you’re consistent across platforms. 

Pick a niche

If your content is all over the place, you’ll struggle to build a decent following. At the start of your Insta journey, you need to decide what your niche is going to be. This will be the topic or theme of your content.

If you’ve been blogging for a while you might already have a niche, for example if you write about food and publish recipes on your blog then you’re in a great position to build an Instagram page full of food related content. You could post video reels of the dishes being created, and photos of your final products. This will attract an audience who’re interested in food, and are likely to want to read your blogs.  

Master your Instagram bio

Think of your Insta bio as your elevator pitch. In 150 characters you need to persuade your audience to stick around and follow you. You can make use of emojis, hashtags and mentions to make it as interesting as possible. This is the only place you can insert a link too, so make sure you add a link to your blog here. 

Post frequently

It’s no good posting once in a blue moon if you want to build a substantial audience. Consistency is key. Everytime you publish a blog, create an Instagram post letting your followers know. Use high-quality images, attention grabbing captions, and of course, relevant hashtags. 

To optimise your growth rate, aim to post on Instagram 1-6 times per week. So, if you’re only publishing 1 blog per week, you’ll need to try and fill the gaps in between with photos and videos relevant to your chosen niche. It might seem like a lot of effort, but trust us, you’ll thank us later. 

Use relevant hashtags

Hashtags act as a discovery tool that allows anyone interested in your niche to find you. If you’re blogging about upcycling furniture… use hashtags like #upcycle #recycle #repurposed #homeinspo.

Top Tip: don’t use spaces in hashtags, anything after the space won’t be included in the tag. 

Include CTA’s in your posts

Everything we’ve said up to now will help you grow your account and gain followers. But how do you get those all important followers to take the next step and actually read your blog posts? 

This is where CTA’s come in. CTA stands for ‘call to action’, they’re words or phrases used to persuade your audience to perform a specific action. So if you want your followers to open a link to your recent blog post..tell them to. You could say something like the following: I went meat-free for an entire week, read about how I got on here, [insert link]. 

Engage with other bloggers

Within your chosen niche there is bound to be an entire blogging community. Interacting with others’ content will make you more visible in the community, and fellow bloggers might ask you to collaborate which is a great way to expose your brand to a tonne of new potential followers interested in your niche. 

Now you know how to properly utilise Instagram to grow your blog’s audience, there should be no stopping you! Go on, give it a try. 

If you need more advice on how to identify your audience, take a look at this blog we wrote on how to find your social media audience. 

Good luck!

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Big Social Media Updates for Small Businesses

Jan 7, 2022 10:23:09 PM / by Byter Team posted in Digital Marketing, Social Media, Marketing, Content Creation, Web Design


Social media updates are constantly updating and changing, therefore it is extremely important for small business owners who run social media pages to stay on top of all these updates. Why? Well, as these social platforms update their software they may prioritise certain posts over others, or may stay away from certain content limiting the amount of people saying the post and ultimately your page. So, understanding these updates will benefit your social media strategy. Facebook is slowly starting to integrate Instagram, making it easier for businesses to manage both. And Google has done some changes to its marketplace to help small businesses survive the change. We have curated below, a list of the main changes, and how they can help you with your business.


Instagram has been working on supporting small businesses for a while now, by actively encouraging users to share their favourite businesses. They have been doing this with special stickers designed to help businesses increase their “reach”. Instagram has also been encouraging spending in these small stores by increasing the convenience to shoppers through its new buttons, and Instagram shop.

COVID-19 and social distancing have forced businesses to update their normal sales models to an online presence. To keep up, giants like Facebook and Google have adjusted their services also.

1- New Buttons: “Donate”, “Gift Card”, and “Food Orders” stickers facilitating customer purchases.

The Instagram story tray now offers Gift Card, Donate or Food Orders story stickers. These stickers are available for business accounts only. All you need to do is choose a delivery partner and add a link to your product. After that, users can buy from you by just clicking on your Stories. These are brilliant for small business owners, you can post as many items as you want on your stories, they will be there for 24 hours. And, best of all, you can keep reposting them without spamming your followers. People who lazily click through your stories are more likely to purchase something if it is right there!

2- Support Small Business Button.

Instagram story tray has also made a special support small business stickers. These work differently to the other stickers mentioned above, these stickers are available to businesses AND non-businesses.

This sticker allows users to tag and share small businesses, and give their followers a preview of the business’s account. When people use the sticker in a story, the story will be added to a shared Support Small Business Instagram story. This means that the sharer’s followers can see the shared business along with other business people in that circle support. To put it in laymans terms: the button is designed to provide free marketing. It allows you to reach a new audience. You can share other businesses using the button, and they can share you sharing them… sharing. 

3- Instagram shop made more accessible.

Instagram shop now has a shopping tab accessible via the main grid on any business account. This shop is combined with the Facebook shop. Businesses can post a product as a post on their Instagram account and it will allow users to purchase the item directly from the post. Instagram is now also allowing anyone with a Facebook and Instagram business account and one eligible product to sell on Instagram. Right now Facebook has waived its commission fee until December 31st, 2020. So now is a good time to get started and build up a base before having to pay.

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Keyword Value & Buyer Intent: Is It Valuable To Rank?

Jan 7, 2022 10:19:02 PM / by Byter Team posted in Social Media, Content Creation, Keywords


Some keywords are more valuable to rank for than others, despite having lower search volumes.

Most keyword research tools will show you a value for CPC or Cost Per Click. This is the average value that an advertiser would pay per click to advertise on Google.

This is a helpful metric in determining if ranking for a certain key phrase would be valuable. If advertisers are willing to pay to bid on it, it’s likely to be a valuable keyword to target!

High Value Keywords

Some keywords have high commercial intent, meaning that they are more likely to drive a purchase.

As an example, you can see here that the keyword “personal injury lawyer” has an estimated CPC value of £110! That means advertisers are willing to pay £110 every time someone clicks their ad.

This would be a highly lucrative keyword to rank for.

The reason advertisers are willing to pay a high price to bid on this keyword is that it’s likely to result in a sale for their business.

(Plus, winning a personal injury law case could be worth hundreds of thousands, or millions of pounds!)

This is a high commercial intent keyword!

Low Value Keywords

To contrast this, here’s an example of some keywords related to someone searching for a blink 182 song.

Although these keywords get thousands of searches per month, advertisers are not willing to pay much to advertise on this search.

That’s because searchers are not likely to purchase something when searching for this. This is a keyword with low purchase intent!

When choosing your keywords, make sure to pay attention to not only the search volume but also the CPC value. This is often a good indicator of how valuable it would be to rank!

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13 Tips and Techniques to Up Your Videography Skills

Jan 7, 2022 10:02:24 PM / by Byter Team posted in Social Media, Content Creation, Sales and marketing

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Stop. Leave the expensive equipment on the shelves and those workshop sign-up emails unanswered. If your goal is to become a good videographer, it’s about paying attention to a few often-overlooked key details, then getting down to honing your craft.

As twentieth century American author and motivation speaker Jim Rohn put it, “success is neither magical nor mysterious, (but instead) the natural consequence of consistently applying the fundamentals.” Whether you’re shooting a higher-end production, or something as seemingly basic as a daily vlog, it’s the video filming basics that will help most to keep you on track.

Let’s take a look at 13 timeless tips and techniques to help you in your videography journey.

Smartphone Starting Point

Chances are you own a smartphone. Though often overlooked, they can be a great place to start practicing videography. You can ensure your phone’s kept level by turning on your screen’s overlay grid. Just remember to shoot in landscape and use the back camera for increased quality. If your budget allows, why not buy a reasonably priced gimbal stabilizer, an external microphone and a video tripod, then have a play around. If it’s not enjoyable at this stage, you know what to do.

Shoot Planning

Storyboards are a luxury afforded to you when shooting the likes of short films and commercials. To give yours a professional feel, be sure to add scene sequencing illustrations, which will act as a guide during both the shooting and editing processes. For the shoot specifically, remember to take into account the time of day and natural lighting, along with the specific cameras that are going to be used.

When covering events such as weddings, you’re going to need to know the timeline better than you know your own name. Prepare a shot list (first kiss, cake cutting, etc) and stick to one specifically chosen style.

Good Lighting

As touched upon above, one of the fastest ways to ruin the chances of your videos looking professional is to use the lighting incorrectly. Again, things are somewhat budget depending. If it’s simply a case of lamps and the sun, think of ways they can improve a scene. Always pay attention to the lighting throughout the process all the way back to the original conceptualization. It can literally make or break a scene’s effectiveness.

Simple Backgrounds

Though there are exceptions to the rule which naturally come at a more advanced stage in your development, one of the last things you want is your scene to look cluttered. You need the audience’s eyes focused on your subject(s). Simple, solid-coloured backgrounds such as a wall or bedsheet should do the trick. Just make sure your subject isn’t too far away from it creating an unwanted shadow.

Composition Improvements

The thing that will give you away as a novice quicker than anything is the lack of proper framing and composition. Arrange and allow visual elements to tell your story, whilst changing your camera’s framing to keep everything aesthetically pleasing. It’s sadly not a case of just aiming your camera at your subjects.

The Rule of Thirds

In photography, this is a type of composition in which an image is divided evenly into thirds, both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the image is placed at the intersection of those dividing lines, or along one of the lines itself. With the subject’s head not in the centre, but instead a little higher, they’re provided with a visual breathing or walking space when facing the sides. When taking over-the-shoulder-shots, it’s a good idea to remain on the same side of two people talking, while having a foreground and a background helps to create depth within a scene.

Proper Camera Placement

When beginners want a close-up shot of their subject, they tend to place their camera right up close, potentially creating unattractive facial distortions and making it difficult to crop out the scene’s edges. Instead, be sure to place your camera a couple of feet away and optically (not digitally) zoom in with your camera lens in carefully, eliminating the likelihood of a pixelated-looking video.

Manual Focus over Autofocus

Make sure to either use the exposure/focus lock on your smartphone or switch your standalone camera to manual focus, then put your own eyes to use. Of course, the autofocus feature has its time and place, but it has the potential to ruin a recording going in and out of focus during the likes of dimly lit scenes.

Opting for a manual focus also brings with it the opportunity to direct your viewer’s attention in more novel ways. By using a rack focus technique, objects can be focused on successively, with a shallow depth field helping to blur everything else out.

White Balance Settings

One way to ensure you’re going to be spending far more time in the editing room than you want is to forget to set the same white balance on all your cameras. Don’t rely on the default settings, as there’s no guarantee they all will have the same default colour temperatures. That way, you’ll be keeping things consistent and professional, while keeping post-production costs at a minimum. Remember, there’s no “perfect” white balance. Let your own intuition take the lead. Just try to keep things consistent.

Expose Scenes Evenly

On a similar note, using more than one camera can result in clips with different exposure settings. The same scene can appear darker in one camera and brighter on the other if you don’t set the same exposure settings, such as your aperture, frame rate and ISO levels. This is why dedicated cine lenses have t-stops, which stand for exact aperture values, instead of the more theoretical f-stop value on regular photography lenses.

For beginners, it may be easier to shoot in controlled settings where you can have the same lighting no matter the time of day and use the same camera with the exposure locked. It may take longer to record, but at least it will save you the headache of correcting your exposure during post-production.

There’s no shame in beginners using just one single camera in a controlled environment with the exposure locked. If you’re forced to shoot outdoors, with sunsets and clouds at play, remember that speed is key. Either way, always keep in mind the need to minimise time spent in post-production where possible.

Add Cinematic Techniques

By applying some cinematography techniques, you’ll really start to take your videography skills to the next level. Remember though, it’s never about using them for the sake of it. Be creative of course but chose them wisely and ensure that they serve your story, keeping in mind the old adage that less is often more.

Keep Things Steady

Steady surfaces and tripods are required to ensure you don’t run the risk of allowing your audience to view your work as nothing more than a home video which makes them want to vomit. Be it panning, a crane shot, or dollying from side to side, keep things steady, only moving your camera when you need to.

Shot Timing

To hold you viewers’ attention successfully, keep in mind the sweet spot is between five to ten seconds per shot. Furthermore, avoiding the temptation to pan or zoom for the first ten seconds should help keep camera movements and recording time to a minimum.

Think Like an Editor

To avoid the stress and frustration of having only one subpar shot of a scene, you’ll want to ensure you have a few “safety shots” keeping your angle and editing options open and the chances of reshoots to a minimum.

As was the case with the start of this article, when it comes to video editing software, it’s advisable to stay within your means. It’s certainly worth getting to grips with a simpler program before you delve into more complicated and, no doubt, more expensive options.

Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts if you choose to undertake a career in videography and want to become a great cinematographer. However, by following these tips and techniques, you should be on your way.

As always from the Byter Team, good luck!

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