How to add a contact button on Instagram

Listen up business Instagram users! We’ve got the scoop on an incredibly useful new Instagram tool. But, in order to add this feature you have to have a business page. Allow people to contact you with the click of one button. And here’s how:FullSizeRender-1

1. Go into settings, click on switch to business profile. The image below will pop up for you to connect an Instagram account to Facebook.IMG_0072

2. The app will take you into Facebook, click on the ‘Page’ you want to connect. For us, we connected Crush Brands Facebook page and Instagram account. Next, you’ll want to enter in the information you want available on your Insta page. You can add a contact e-mail, phone number, and the location of your business. Click ‘done’ and you’ll be back on your updated business Instagram profile.



As you can now see, there’s a contact button, which is super convenient for followers!

3. In case you didn’t know, here’s how you can check out your insights on Instagram. See how many impressions you have, what gender predominantly looks at your page, the average age range, location of your likers and more!

4. Now right from the Instagram app, you can get directions, call or e-mail us instead of following a link to our website.



Expectations vs. Reality

Are you a whore for the likes? Well, we are.

Where would we be if we didn’t #DoItForTheGram?

The “We ❤ NYC” Shot


What we’re trying to portray: Just roaming the streets during our lunch break! We love spending our free time on the calm NYC streets and avenues wandering around the fabulous city surrounded by beautiful tall buildings. Working in the city is so great. No need for subways or taxis; we’ll walk everywhere! #EmpireStateofMind

What’s really going on: Holy sh*t! These angry cab drivers seriously need to watch out. And yes, we chose to stop walking across the four-lane street so we could get this artsy AF Instagram shot, but so worth it because it will get so many likes. Do we care that everyone was yelling at us to get out of the way? No. It only took our entire lunch break to get the perfect angle—not too bad!


The “Did We or Didn’t We Eat That” Shot?


What we’re trying to portray: Look at how cool our dessert looks OMG. We’re so trendy by posting this on Insta and who cares if it’s swimsuit season. #NoRegrets

What’s actually going on: Let’s be clear here: the cotton candy colors make the picture great but none of us actually ate it. You know we’re a social media company; we’re all about aesthetics. It took an hour for us to order because the restaurant was so crowded but still worth it. We found a clean black wall to take the pic and used our ring light to make this picture on point, which it totally is.


The “Too Cool” for a Selfie, Selfie


What we’re trying to portray: Living the dream, looking amazing, and hanging out on the beach for sunset. Check out how good her collarbones look! Oh and the hair? All natural and flawless!! Thank you beach breeze!

What’s actually going on: The sun was setting, and the lighting was amazing. But, what you don’t see is how trashy this beach is. Someone should really clean up all of the seaweed and empty beer bottles. Best part of this photo is that you can’t see her wet hair/no makeup look. Appearance is everything and we captured as much as we could. You really thought we cut off her face to be artsy? Ha.


The Productivity Shot


What we’re trying to portray: The sunrise is so calming. We love starting our day with a Starbucks skinny vanilla latte w/ 2 Splenda and fresh fruit. There’s nothing better than getting a head start on e-mails at the crack of dawn right before yoga. Namaste!

What’s actually going on: Ooh I hope someone brought donuts today….


The Sand-y/Summer-y Shot


What we’re trying to portray: #BeachDay #BeachCasual! No complaints from the beach! Such a relaxing day laying out with a piña colada.

What’s actually going on: You don’t understand how hard it was to pose like this. Try to replicate it—we dare you. We saw this on Pinterest and tried to copy it, but it took forever. Nobody suns in a superman position as they drink a piña colada. Who even wears this much jewelry to a beach? Nobody. The messed up tan lines are worth this shot!


The Clean Eating Shot


What we’re trying to portray: Healthy food and the gym are two of our fave things! These greens taste amazing and can energize us for a long day at work. Plating is essential, and if this industry doesn’t work out we could always become a catering company. Follow us for delicious looking food! We’ll post the recipes in our bio.


What’s actually going on: Come on, this was absolute shit. Who could honestly get full off of this? We’d be hungry within 10 minutes. And, who has the time to cut their vegetables that perfectly? Time for takeout.


We all are guilty of posing, editing, or enhancing our pictures. We aren’t judging you! It takes some serious skill to make your real life look flawless and awesome. Just remember: try to not get caught!


Picture Perfect with These 9 Apps!

Ready, aim, focus, and snap! You’ve captured a picture perfect moment but something’s off—maybe the lighting or perhaps a blemish that needs to be removed. Thankfully, apps exist to save the day and of course, edit all of our photos and videos.

From the most basic editing to the advanced settings and tools, we’ve got the low down on the best apps to use for editing photos and videos.


VSCO: An app for trendy photographers, great Insta pics and more!

VSCO is in all-in one camera, editing, and photo sharing app that offers high quality results. It’s suitable for beginners and advanced phone photographers depending on how much you choose to play around with the different app settings. Kylie Jenner even uses this app to post most of her photos! She loves the simple yet cute effects. What sets VSCO apart from all other apps is the available filters and the library grid. It allows you to upload all of your photos into a library grid, which is super helpful in planning out how you want to brand your Insta feed out! It gives you a visual idea of what your photos will look like when placed near each other.


Facetune: Get ready for a makeover!

A mere $4 is a small price to pay for perfection. This app is capable of the impossible: flawless skin. You can erase blemishes, hide bags under your eyes, whiten your teeth, and make subtle thinning or reshaping tweaks if necessary. But, be sure to use the app in moderation! Beware of warping from over correcting because it may tip people off about where you edited! Overall, the app makes touch ups simple so anyone can reap its benefits! Perfect365 is a free similar app to Facetune, but we think perfection is worth the $4 price tag.


Camera +: “The Camera+ app is like a high-quality SLR lens”-TIME Magazine

What made this app so great has to be the Clarity filter. It can fix anything from poor exposure to camera shake. The layout and accessibility is what sets Camera+ apart as one of the best photo editing apps available. You’ll really notice the quality difference between normal pictures and edited Camera+ pics—definitely worth the download.


Photoshop Express: When it comes to photo editing software, Adobe always wins!

Fulfills all of the functions you need for picture editing and it’s free! The mobile version of the desktop software offers a smaller workspace than most apps, but it’s still one of the most capable after-effects programs out there. Popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, and adjustments are all available.


Birthday collages, anyone?

We love using this app over Pic Stitch because you can use way more pictures and aren’t restricted to certain layouts or borders around your collage. Photo Grid allows you to combine photos, texts, and stickers. All of the collages can be exported to any app on your phone including the Camera Roll.


Vid Lab: Wow your friends and families with homemade videos that look far from homemade!

Create professional results through the app’s user-friendly tools. Add overlays, sound effects, music, video effects, text, and voice-overs! The app makes creativity as easy as possible producing incredible results. No prior experience necessary!


Boomerang: The GIF creator for Insta

The app made for Insta videos creates a one-second burst of photos that play forwards and then reverses over and over in a loop. Great for blowing your followers a kiss or clinking some wine glasses together with your friends for a ‘cheers’!


iMovie: A few taps, a few swipes, and you’re ready for your big movie premiere!

iMovie makes simple video editing easy. It’s great for beginners, just tap, drag, and pinch your way around the video clips. Shoot video from within the app or access your photo/video gallery afterwards. You’re able to start shooting from scratch or use one of their preexisting creative templates. You can edit at resolutions up to 4K on iPhone 6s and iPad Pro if that is the high quality you’re looking for! A notable advantage of the app is the accessibility of iMovie on phones and your Mac computer. Video editors can utilize more advanced tools on the computer to get the video ready for its primetime debut!


Splice: Powerful edits made simple.

GoPro recently acquired this leading mobile video-editing app to deliver ultra convenient and powerful editing solutions to GoPro and smartphone users. Splice brings desktop editing software power to your mobile or tablet device without making it too complicated for users! You can pick transitions, trim video clips, add filters, show film in slo-mo, and add photos! Your video will sound great as well since Splice offers a large variety of free soundtracks, or you can pick a song from your iTunes library. Splice is free on the app store!


With followers constantly assessing our online posts, we strive to produce the greatest pictures and videos. We want to have the best lighting and greatest filters, but it’s important to still maintain the sense of realness.

Our advice: enhance wisely! Make it difficult to discern between what is real and what is fake.

Crushing It One Snapchat At A Time: MUST FOLLOWS

Twitter, Instagram, and all other social media platforms are great….but Snapchat gives you the most up to date and unfiltered experience. Not to mention the fact that we LOVE Snapchat because the camera does not flip our selfies around. What you see is what you get and that means as many shameless selfies as we want.

Snapchat-flashy-featuresSnapchat was introduced to the app hungry world in 2011. Today, the app has 200 million+ picture hungry snapchatters. As it continues to grow, so does the number of celebrities and athletes who use the app. In turn, giving the most exclusive looks into their daily lives.


Here is a list of the snapchatters CB dubs as MUST FOLLOWS!

Kylie Jenner

Username: KylizzleMyNizzl

This as unedited as you will ever see a Jenner.


Jimmy Fallon

Username: FallonTonight

Want to be the first to know about upcoming Tonight Show guests? Jimmy Fallon and crew use this Snapchat to make those announcements. Not to mention the fact that followers are often challenged to submit a comical drawing that may appear on the show.

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Dwyane Wade

Username: mrwade82

After watching a few days of 100+ second MyStorys, you will see that this basketball superstar has a lot of extra time on his hands in the off-season. Last week he even attended the Harvard Business School and was sure to snapchat every minute.


Gigi Hadid

Username: DoubleGiForce

When Gigi is not walking the runway in Paris or the Taylor Swift concert stage, she is hanging around her star-studded posse of friends. T-Swift and Kendall Jenner are just two of many who are often making Hadids MyStory.


Shay Mitchell

Username: OfficialShayM

This Pretty Little Liar might be our favorite snapchatter of all. Her close-knit group of L.A friends are the comedy to her snapchats. Plus, she takes us on the occasional golf cart ride and food frenzy on the #PLL set with Ashley Benson. #ButtahBenzo


The rest of the #PLL gang:

Ashley Benson

Username: benzo33


Keegan Allen

Username: lifelovebeautyb


Troian Bellisario

Username: gaia17


Mike Platco

Username: mplatco

You might know him from his work on the @PLL Snapchat, but a follow on his personal account is a game changer. He is a resident Snapchat artist, who never fails to reinvent creative ways to keep us yearning for his next MyStory.


Good Morning America

Username: GMA

It’s all about the interview before the interview….behind the scenes footage you do not want to miss.


Niykee Heaton

Username: niykeeheaton

If you are looking for scandal and the weekly rant about everyday girl issues….Niykee is the must follow for you.


Nicole Glass

Username: nicolesslaw

A Snapchat that will make your stomach growl with jealousy. Nicole is a foodie who truly knows her grub! #GetInMyBelly

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Username: LamboLuxury

Sorry Tyga, you may have 5.7 million followers on Instagram, but we are following you on Snapchat for the rare appearance of Kylie Jenner. #SorryNotSorry


Dorothy Wang

Username: dorothywang

Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff

Username: taylorannh

Morgan Stewart

Username: boobssandloubss

The everyday life of the #RichKids is also on Snapchat. Between Wang, Hasselhoff, and Stewart there is no story short of glitz and glamour.


Hailey Baldwin

Username: haileybisboring

Want to get up close and personal with this models lips? Well then, her Snapchat is the place for you. She may be rocking out to a Justin Beiber song or getting ready to walk her next runway, but she will always have the camera up close and personal.


Malcolm Stewart

Username: predator_34

Whether he is picking up chicks or riding his dirtbike, Malcom who has over half a million followers on social media has no problem doing it for the Snapchat. This Floridian will give you comedy and some wild rides. 😉

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LaLa Anthony

Username: thelalaanthony

LaLa is a basketball wife who has no shame in her momma game. Every day we see a new outfit or dance move from her beyond adorable children. This Snapchat story is definitely G-Rated and all about family.

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Jen Atkins

Username: jenatkinhair

The one and only stylist behind the Kardashians long locks. Jen will take you on private jets, beaches, and behind the scenes to some of the most exclusive photo shoots. This Mane Addicts Founder/CEO has no problem bringing you beauty in real time.


Nash Grier

Username: LifeOfNash

Nash first found his stardom on YouTube and now boosts almost 4.5 million subscribers to his channel. He brings his insanely funny demeanor and adventurous soul to his snap story every day.


Plus, be sure to follow your favorite CB girls, as they crush it every day.

Lauren Feinstein (Principal)

Username: laurenfeinstein


Max Clason (Head Of Content Development)

Username: maxclason


Just putting it out there…PET PEEVES.

We all have them. It is about time someone spoke up.

  • Chewing gum….unnamed
  • When you are at the nail salon and the manicurists are speaking Vietnamese, laughing. Obviously they know I didn’t put a bra on today but you don’t have to laugh! RUDE!

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  • When I hold the door open for someone and they don’t say thank you. The same goes for when I stop my car so that you can walk across the street, I better see some hustle out of you! Knees to chest, KNEES TO CHEST.

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  • Inspirational FB posts every day…. Just because you can quote bible scriptures doesn’t mean you’re living right. You still a whore.

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  • Taxes. I mean after all of the money they take out of my paychecks, the least they can do is send me a picture of the family I am supporting.


  • A new #WCW or #MCM every week got me like….Oh you’re dating someone else already I thought the 5 second rule only applied to food…. whore.

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  • Food Pictures on Social Media. We all love an oozzing chocolate cookie….but your salad with strawberries….NOBODY CARES & that is not food porn.

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  • When somebody sends you a “K” txt….never and I repeat never is this OK!

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  • When people text you first and then don’t respond when you text them back…..MAKE IT SNAPPY.

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  • Indecisive Text Messages…..I need to talk to you….Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 10.38.30 AM
  • The workout “Grunter.” We all see you can lift a lot of weight. We don’t need to hear you too.

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  • If I call you and you text me “did you call”….obviously I called that’s why it says MISSED CALL. If I wanted to text you I wouldn’t have bothered calling.Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 10.31.05 AM
  • People liking their own statuses. Might as well post a picture of you patting yourself on the back.

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  • Following and then immediately unfollowing on Instagram. Stop creeping for my EX’s new girlfriend!

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The hottest & most happening….

For some of us it’s a witty tag line, hot picture, or an obscene amount of followers. Whatever the case may be, we all have a few things we look at before we make the coveted like button go blue or the follow button go green.

We can’t deny that 50% of the time we are all a little stingy with our likes and follows…but there are a few people that make it impossible for us at Crush Brands to pass them by….for good reason:

For your #ROTFL…

  • Instagram: @miserable_men….Imagine the last time you took your boyfriend or dad shopping with you and getting to see the pictures of them waiting while you try on your 7th round of clothes at Forever 21…safe to say your gay bestie will never be published on this instagram account.

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  • Instagram: @babewalker, the writer of Physcos, is raginginly funny, and his posts never pass without a good laugh. Skip your daily workout and get your crunches in laughing.Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 3.25.35 PM
  • Facebook: The Funny Pic Page

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  • Twitter: @FriendlyAssh0leAsshole…YES…friendly…debatable…HILARIOUS…without a question.

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  • Blog: Betches Luv This, a perfect place to get your bitch savvy on. Amazing content based off of life or advice on how to deal with a clingy ex. This blog is sure to keep you laughing and feed your inner biotch.

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Those with taste so good we almost hate to love them…

  • Instagram: @lilyghalichi, she may look like a Persian Barbie on the outside, but this bombshell lawyer/Shah’s of Sunset star, is one hell of a fashionista and getting paid for it….duhh…she doesn’t lack style or sass.Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.07.45 PM
  • Facebook: Fashionably Kay is a homegrown fashion icon straight from her high school hallways, to now taking fashion blogging by storm. This girl has rocking taste and isn’t afraid to let her opinion be known about certain trends…good or bad and lets be honest…we appreciate that!

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  • Twitter: @makeupblogging Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy…..uhh maybe not, but this twitter will have your face looking on point with tutorials and always up to date makeup finds.

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  • YouTube: The MMandLShow…who wouldn’t want to follow two hot blondes who you can learn about LITERALLY every beauty tip in the world from! HELLO GORGEOUS!Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 3.47.42 PM
  • Blog: Boobs & Loubs….We all have a few guilty pleasures, and at Crush Brands, #RichKids is one of our guiltiest. Morgan Stewart has a lavish & savvy take on fashion…as she says “for the girl creating her own future. For the boy who digs boobs.” Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 10.40.10 PM

For our foodies…

  • Instagram: @nicolesslaw is giving us the juicy scoop on all things food and bringing her followers the best of the best food and restaurants.Screen shot 2014-07-16 at 3.32.12 PM
  • Twitter: @7eleven Gas stations honestly don’t get any better. If you aren’t sold on hitting them with the follow, just know they are almost always giving away free snacks 😉 #YourWelcome


  • Facebook: Eat More Chocolate…Joe Harberg is unwavering on the quest for the WORLDS GREATEST CHOCOLATE….need we say more?Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.14.18 PMScreen shot 2014-07-16 at 3.51.43 PM
  • Blog: I am a food blog, new recipes everyday, straight to the point, delicious food. Simple & Sweet, just how we like it!

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Blah Blah Blah, ESPN…get some new material:

  • Instagram: @deandrejordan6….L.A. Clippers player/BFF with Blake Griffin and he’s all about the practical jokes. Perfect combo of sporty meets funny.Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.15.40 PM
  • Facebook: XGames….we all get sick of the everyday basketball, football, and all the other BALL sports, so throw some boards & jumps into your feed with some KICKASS athletes!Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.16.29 PM
  • Twitter: @JohnnyFootball…Oh Johnny Manziel…you make it so easy for this parody account to be hilarious. Every tweet is laughable and leaves you wishing J.Manziel was your BFF.

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  • Blog: Korked Bats, taking on sports news with a little humor. A way better twist to the daily sports scene.

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 As if we needed anything else….here is some certified feel good follows….

  • Instagram: @theworldshideaways, finds some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, accompanied by pictures that make you feel as if you’re already there.#HappyHappyHappyScreen shot 2014-07-16 at 9.37.14 AM
  • Facebook: Elite Daily “Gen Y, for Gen Y.” Considering themselves a voice for Generation Y, and posting about real shit.

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  • Twitter: @gooodvibeees, perfect place for some daily encouragement or for those of you with a #Selfie that might need that perfect inspirational quote. Here is your goldmine!Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 10.50.08 PM
  • Blog: Humans of New York, a truly incredibly collection of random people and their stories.Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 11.26.44 PM



The Front Page of the Internet

Screen shot 2014-07-09 at 9.16.00 AM Every day news and content is published across the world, over the Internet, social media, news outlets, and yes, even hard copy newspapers (if anybody still reads those.) We are here to fill you in on the unsung hero of news and another way to put your business out there, Reddit.

Reddit is considered a message board where members across the WORLD submit content (with no character maximum.) Reddit is similar to the old school chat rooms, as there is so much opportunity, to leave comments, learn, and communicate with those who have submitted content.When you first find yourself on the “Front Page” of the Reddit website, it can come across as overwhelming and frankly look like a hot mess of links and text.  Reddit is not for the lazy of newsreaders because Reddit does take some navigating and weeding out of the crappy stuff. However, the credible news that is published is by civilian journalists on the ground reporting, right from the heart of the action. As we all know the best news comes from the horses mouth.

Reddit vocab:

  • Front Page- the home page of the reddit website
  • Upvote- content you find valuable, that you choose to press the upward facing arrow, which symbolizes you liked the content, and believe it has value
  • Downvote- content you find useless and don’t think should be on the front page because it has no value as content published.
  • Subreddits- the most popular topics on reddit, that are displayed on the front page, with links to their specific channel via reddit.

                        Examples: Funny, Pics, News, World News, and etc.

  • Multireddits- customizable groupings of subreddits, through which you can navigate the communities of your choosing, without being overloaded by the hefty amount of content on the front page.

                         Examples: Soccer, Art, Horses, Hunting, Bikes, Photography, and etc.

  • Karma: upvotes minus downvotes
  • Circlejerk –( No this isn’t a joke) A group discussion or activity between like-minded individuals that validates mutual biases or goals in a non-confrontational environment. Since Redditors share a very similar demographic, it happens a lot (there’s even a subreddit for it)
  • Orangered – a comment reply or message, indicated by the orange/red envelope at the top right of your browser

Reddit doesn’t moderate the forum and decide what news is important; the members do, which makes reddit stand apart from other news or social media publications. Reddit is a true democracy, because the members have the opportunity to bring the news straight to the reddit forum, and gives other members from across the world the chance to decide what makes the front page.

The Content

As you scroll through the content you have the choice to  “upvote” and “downvote. The process of upvotes and downvotess helps to determine a posts position on the site. Content that hits the front page by being upvoted is seen by thousands of people every hour, which leads people viewing the front page to click the link published. In turn, creating major traffic to the link, whether it be a news story, blog, or a website of a business. Screen shot 2014-07-09 at 9.56.37 AM



The world is a busy place…and every person wants to be filled in on different news. The great thing about Reddit is you can choose which sections of the site pop up into your feed on you customizable “Front Page.” When you access the home page focuses on the most popular “subreddits.”

FUN FACT: any topic can be a channel by using: desired topic)   Screen shot 2014-07-09 at 9.47.09 AMIf you want to just cut right to the chase, you can navigate yourself to “MultiReddits.” Multireddits appear as an expandable sidebar and are easily created by clicking the “create” button. From there you can enter the subreddits that will then be easily accessible for frequent visits. Those subreddits could be anything from horses, dirt bikes, soccer, art, and any other topic you find interesting. Screen shot 2014-07-09 at 9.51.37 AM To submit your own content is then simple: You choose your target, whether it be humor (Reddit members LOVE anything funny), news, or asking a question. Screen shot 2014-07-10 at 10.47.00 AM We also know most of us are chained to our Smart Phones….don’t worry no judgments from us, #TechNerds….but reddit is awesome because the website is completely compatible with your phone and safari. While there is also an app called Aliens that can get you set up on reddit and will allow you to cruise the content! Now that you have learned the navigation of Reddit, you have to decide which way to use Reddit, is best to accomplish your goals via the Internet and social interaction via Reddit.

Redditing for your own personal agenda:

o Use reddit to ask a question you may have, whether it is for your personal use or for a blog.   Screen shot 2014-07-10 at 10.35.39 AM o Publish the link to your personal blog to create a following via reddit. Be sure to have a catchy title to publish with….people like catchy and that will get you more upvotes! o   If you are using reddit for your personal use, it is important to get involved in the content…leave comments…get up in there!

Using Reddit for your businesses benefit:

  • Reddit members do not play friendly with businesses that come on Reddit to market their products. The best strategy here is to get involved with topics that relate to your business. For Example if you are an Art Gallery, the best strategy would be to get involved in forums talking about art. People want to relate to the other commenter’s and once a relationship is formed, they will be more inclined to read your published content and move to your website.

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  • Reddit is not a place to market; to get upvoted people have to want to relate to you, your information must be un-passable, and you have to relate to people in comments.
  • Your audience as a business is different, and you have to place your business strategically on the right “subreddits.” Once you can create a group interested in what you have to show them, you will be successful at pulling members into your businesses website.It’s really all about making authentic relationships.

The bottom line, Reddit is a perfect specimen of a true democracy where each individual is given the same voice. Once you dive in and begin reading the content, you will see Reddit is where the hottest news spanning all genres is coming from. Redditors are down on the ground, across the world reporting, with no ulterior motives but to get their information out there. Whether sitting in a shack in Africa or a front office with a view, REDDIT is the hottest source of news. 99dd8b8e0897e2f197bd7c9359ec74f5

To post or not to post that is the question….

It’s safe to say at Crush Brands we LOVE social media. Hashtags, selfies, you name it, we love it. Thanks to facebook, instagram, and twitter it can take about two seconds to share the pic of you and your duck face to all of your followers, or that delicious meal you just grilled, which happens to have an amazing sunset in the back, shoot another insta moment. Hey, we’ve all been there, going a little picture crazy and we’ve all been perusing our timelines saying “Ugh not another baby picture.” Its easy to get caught up in the social media moment, however we have a few ways you can keep your followers happy and keep you savvy when deciding on pictures to upload and which to keep on your camera roll.


o   Posting a ton of pictures in one day will only annoy your followers and clog their feeds; this is the #1 way to get unfollowed. No matter who you are, four pictures a day is the ultimate. 

o   If you went to a great party or event one or two pictures…or hell whip up a collage if you can’t decide on your favorites.

ImageImageClassic family pic #Boring…..playing in the ocean however…looks like a blast and it’s not something you see everyday! POST!

o   A #selfie everyday isn’t good for you or your followers…and its just annoying. 

 o Don’t take the above the wrong way we all have those days where were like “damn I look good”….upload that picture and own it, but save us the ohhh #NoMakeup #IDontCare caption…you know you look good and so do we.

o   One baby/dog/cat photo every few days is tolerable, remember self-control instagrammers.


This collage is a Grade A example of too much….yes your dog is adorable…but with this collage your too overwhelmed to even take in the cuteness!

o   Sunsets….we see them everyday…nobody cares that yours was extra pretty tonight.

o   When it comes to pictures of your food…if your at your local TGI Fridays save those for snapchat…if your in France eating escargot we can handle a picture.

o   Met your favorite celeb….post that and let everyone be jealous, plus if your lucky you might get a response from them!

o   Is the screenshot your about to upload an inside joke or something all of your followers can relate to….if its on our timeline we want to laugh too.


o   If you are making a peace sign or duckface in a fun picture….awesome post it…..if you are being serious about it….ABORT

o   No need to #MCM or #WCW every week…every now and then we love to see you and your significant love all over our timeline…but if its every week we are lead to the thinking “OMG your girlfriend is your #WCW….didn’t see that one coming” 😉

o   Found an adorable baby picture of yourself…totally expectable on Thursdays….#TBT…DUH

o  Last but not least….when posting a picture you have to think if its 1 am and your five tequila shots deep…might not be the best time to post anything.


Now guys all that said don’t be “that guy” or “that girl” clogging up our feeds…..keep it classy and back away from your smart phone people. Always keep your followers guessing what you’re going to post next 😉


Live TV: I Dream of Social Media


Surrounding us in our daily lives, social media is a driving force that is shaping everything we do.  News comes faster, conversations grow longer, more videos go viral, creating a wider and deeper sphere of interaction.  Social media goes beyond cyber space, changing the way industries work, especially television.  What once was talked about the next day with friends and family, live TV is now discussed moment to moment during the first time an episode airs.  With viewers getting more involved in live TV, social media is creating a bigger and better world for TV networks and shows.

With cliff hangers, plot twists, and other surprises, live TV does a great job of keeping their audiences hooked throughout an episode, and it also instills in viewers that dying-to-know feeling, they just have to know what happens next ASAP!  And there are always those OMG-did-that-really-just-happen moments that people absolutely must be the first to talk about right away.  Providing an outlet for the instant communication viewers to crave, social media gives users a way to connect, discuss, and create new topics surrounding TV shows, and it seems to be paying off for Live TV. mentioned that a Nielsen and SocialGuide study found that an 8.5 percent increase in tweets can equal a one percent lift in ratings, demonstrating that ratings are now tightly entwined with social media.  This means that for live TV to be successful, networks need to embrace social media, and they are doing just that.

Relying heavily on hashtags and Twitter handles, TV networks push viewers to discuss before, during, and after what’s happening in each new episode.  While flashing a show’s official hashtag or Twitter handle on screen during an episode welcomes viewers to get involved in social media, networks also incorporate madlib hashtags, which are clever conversation starters.  Consider the show “Pretty Little Liars” or #PLL, which was the most-tweeted cable TV show in 2012 and accounted for more than 52% of all Twitter activity on the day the show returned in 2013.  #PLL loves using madlib hashtags, which pop up on screen during dramatic scenes. found that in the episode “Dead to Me” that aired 2/5/13, #PoorSpencer appeared and gained over 22,800 mentions within a week.


Madlib hashtagging has become so popular that shows, specifically talk shows, are creating hashtag sketch segments.  Take Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, which does a segment called Late Night Hashtags.  This past week Fallon tweeted asking viewers to post raps about sharks for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week using #SharkRap.  Within thirty minutes after Fallon’s tweet, #SharkRap became a world-wide trending topic.  By incorporating madlib tweets, viewers are not only encouraged to connect with Late Night through social media, but they are also lured to watch live to see if their content has made it on air.


Social media plays an even greater role for some TV shows, such as Andy Cohen’s “Watch What Happens Live,” which prides itself on being a show that’s all about live social media interaction.  Influencing the show as it’s being recorded, viewers respond to content, polls, and questions, which gives these viewers a sense of ownership.  It’s not nearly as much fun watching the show if a viewer isn’t interacting with a smart phone or tablet, nor is it as enjoyable to watch after it first airs for it takes away a viewer’s ability to participate.  By focusing on social interaction, shows like this perpetuate the need for live TV, which is exactly what networks want.

Another way shows and networks entice viewers to watch live is through having the actors on the show live tweeting.  Including actors’ tweets in the mix creates an intimate experience between fans and actors as they are experiencing the same thing at the same time, much like watching new episodes together.  Take how #PLL has their actors live tweeting pictures of their reactions during an episode.  It’s as if your BFF is sending you a snapchat.


Generating more publicity or dictating show content, the use of social media encourages viewers to watch live TV.  Whether it be because of hashtags, to have a virtual relationship with their favorite actors, or because viewers don’t want to see spoilers on their newsfeeds,  live TV is the major forerunner for how viewers screen TV today.