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My interest in Social Media started when I noticed how social metrics could be used to enhance end-user experiences. Analytics is the name of the game, and all the major social media players are well versed in delivering those analytics in any number of ways. You have the 3rd party developers who make plugins and apps that promise to show you the key metrics you’ve been missing and help you make a fortune. Reality is, whether its Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. their API structure will only allow developers to take so much data (thanks facebook) and usually its pretty much the same story,  popular posts, +/- daily/weekly/annual followers, most popular hashtags, etc. Don’t get me wrong having the data on all those metrics is hugely helpful, especially if you understand how to read and react to it. And it actually very well might be able to make you a fortune or at the very least get you over the hump to that all important 100 like/1,000 follower threshold.


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A website Ithat was once in my toolbox bookmark is socialrank.com. They used to have the ability to deliver specific metrics that made a major difference like “most influential follower” which helped when trying to figure out who to interact with more and which accounts should be “pillars of your connections”. Losing that function when Facebook adopted new API policies was a major blow to my social media branding efforts. It forced me to regroup and find some sort of replacement metric for that invaluable metric. My brand receives anywhere from 100-2,000 new followers/week on the major platforms. It is time-consuming to curate quality engaging content and build out a website, I simply don’t have the time to check every follower I get, to see if they would be someone I should focus my energy on and try to collaborate with or simply give a follow back and keep an eye on. When Facebook changed their API requirements earlier this year, SocialRank lost their ability to provide the “influencer follower” feature. You can still use their twitter “influencer follower” feature, but that is of little interest to me as I don’t focus much of my energies on that platform. As it stands right now, Instagram Stories is still my best source of meaningful social media traffic to this site followed closely now by Pinterest. I expect Pinterest to soon overtake the top spot as I continue to mold this brand on the platformThe Hardt chartoftheday 6912 social media shopping influence n 1 300x214 WILL SPAM BE THE END OF FACEBOOK? Marketing Social Media  Pinterest Marketing Instagram facebook branding   Image of chartoftheday 6912 social media shopping influence n 1 300x214



I hadn’t really focused much of any energy on growing my Pinterest audience. To be honest, I thought of the platform as being geared more toward the female variety and my analytics from various platforms indicated to me that my audience is a 60/40 split with 60% men. Boy, was I wrong.  My profile laid dormant for months, with the occasional pin here and there for TheHardt.com. A month ago I started noticing something happening with Instagram that made alarm bells go off in my head. Much like every other user on the various social platforms, I would get spam followers/likes/comments and message requests. They never really bothered me much, as they would appear sparingly. This has made a dramatic shift recently. I have started receiving a ridiculous amount of spam followers and message requests. My Instagram account has been bombarded with so much spam that I rarely even look at my DM’s anymore. This is a major major major problem for Instagram parent company Facebook. 


There are so many different numbers for total users on Facebook, some have at 2 billion some have it a little less but the consensus is that it can’t grow any larger, there simply aren’t enough people in the world. You couple an inability for a bloated company to grow with its star child athlete ( aka Instagram) suddenly hanging out with the bad kids (spammers), you get a gap in the market. No one in the industry knows what’s going to happen better than Pinterest, as it appears they are gearing up to grow exponentially, or at least that is my belief.
Like I said earlier, I had never paid much attention to Pinterest, for me it was just the social platform that everyone knows about, has an account they don’t remember the password to, and sometimes uses but it didn’t have that glamour aspect, the verified badges and such. Well, Pinterest has slowly been rolling out their metrics dashboard and I gotta say, I feel like this platform is about to be a major player in not only the social landscape but the advertising community as well. The analytics being made available rival that of Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel except its analytics are strictly for your profile and not for your website. But still, there is much to gain here. If you think about it, Pinterest is Instagram but without the necessary caption. The one glaring bonus Pinterest offers is the “on media” link feature is known as a “pin” which is typically deep linked to whatever the original source of the content was. Instagram has stories which if you’re popular enough (have 10k+ followers) you can introduce a URL of your choosing. I understand the desire to limit the use of this feature to users with 10k+ followers as a way to it out of the hands of bots.
Almost every media outlet that covers social media, has their own take on the hugely problematic “fake news” situation that Facebook has. But there is an underside to that belly and that is the spam and in a lot of ways that could wind up being the real story. Facebook is a massive 2 billion user platform, so I would be foolish to think it is simply going to disappear because it’s not. It has become more than a social platform, it has become a primary tool for people the world over to communicate. 
Facebook is going to fall, and with it will go Instagram as well (hopefully Instagram won’t fall too hard, as it’s personally my favorite) It’s already happening and it’s almost to a point (much like global warming), where the momentum of the fall is no longer reversible and all you can do is wait till you land. Something is going to have to fill the gap Facebook will inevitably create. It’s my belief that Pinterest will be the big winner here. Everything seems lined up just right for Pinterest to make the massive push into a larger role in the social media market. Pinterest is currently ranked 76 in the world according to Alexa.com and I for one will be keeping a close eye on it. Obviously, I am referring to the Amazon-owned Alexa.com traffic rankings, the de-facto traffic ranking source for the internet. 
Anyways, I have comments disabled because of the constant spam I receive and I am not interested in using another plugin to combat that. However, if you found this article to be informative or would like to argue a different point, send me an email asher@thehardt.com with the subject WILL SPAM BE THE END OF FACEBOOK?

Social Media Influencer Engagement Rate Calculator

Social Media Influencer Engagement Rate Calculator

Asher 4:32 am 6:43 pm

Social Media Engagement Rate Calculator

  1.  Look at all of the influencers posts for the last 30 days and add up the total number of likes and comments on each post (e.g. if there are 17 posts in the last 30 days, add up the number of likes and comments on each of the 17 posts).
  2. Divide that number by the number of posts there are in the last 30 days (e.g. divide the total number of likes and comments from above, by the number of posts – 17 in this example)
  3. Now that you have the average engagements per post, divide that by the number of followers the influencer has.
  4. Finally, times the number above by 100, to turn the numbers into a percentage (the percentage will usually be between 0 and 10). This is the engagement rate of the influencer on Instagram.

Use the calculator below to find what your engagement rate on Instagram is. You can also learn about other brands or people and their engagement rates. Give it a try, simply type your Instagram handle into the text area on the top left and let the calculator do the rest. To calculate an engagement rate on Instagram manually follow the steps below.

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With the rise in popularity of “social media influencing,” there has been an equal influx of accounts on Instagram and elsewhere, who call themselves “influencers” but in reality have inflated followers/likes and even comments. Being somewhat of an influencer and having a strong understanding of how one goes about building their brand via social media, I know some of the tricks that are being deployed by these “influencers.” Among the newer tricks and an especially hard one to catch, they’re using what’s called “engagement groups.” Now you can probably imagine what those are, it’s pretty self-explanatory. What the “influencers” do, is they go around to all the like-minded “influencers” in their desired genre and ask if you would like to be in a new engagement group for influencers with a minimum of 50,000 followers. In these groups, they tell each other when they have posted and how they should post their comments, as to look at genuine as possible. Not only is this false engagement, but these “influencers” are duping tens of thousands of companies/brands into believing they are truly receiving worthwhile engagement.

It’s a gross practice.  Personally, I stay away from all this, I like to think my audience is educated enough to be able to tell whats fake and what’s not, besides, isn’t the objective of a social media influencer to generate organic conversation regarding a certain topic or product?

My point here is simple, just be careful when you are paying an influencer to promote a product for you. Even some of the largest influencers on Instagram practice the “engagement group” method and it’s pretty hard to spot. Make sure you’re getting your worth when purchasing social media promotional services. I’m not trying to be a hater or scare anyone away from using influencers, I’d only be shooting myself in the foot if I were. I’m trying to give you as much information in order for you and your brand or company to make an informed decision when choosing an influencer to work with.

Anyways, enjoy the calculator, it’s a fun and extremely useful too. Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions or need advice. I’m around 24.7. Much love.

Defining engagement rates (ER) on Instagram

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ER for Instagram is the amount of “total engagement” received by an Instagram account over a specific period of time, expressed as a percentage of followers. The equation is written as Engagement Engagement / Followers. Engagement is defined as anytime a user likes or comments on one of your posts. You can define engagement in separate ways, one specifically focused on likes and the other on comments. It depends on your particular commercial needs, but any interaction by other users with the photo is considered “engagement”  

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How to find your engagement rate.

Instagram has no data analytics “dashboard” but that doesn’t mean users are taking wild guesses. To find your ER for an Instagram page, you could use your own numbers or even that of competitors! Reachbird provides you with the best analytics that is designed from the ground up to track and measure the success of your influencer marketing campaigns. To make things easier, Reachbird can be set up to provide you with a PDF reporting function for all your metrics: number of likes, number of comments, number of posts, interactions total, number of influencers and engagement rate total. For strategic content and brand managers on Instagram, this is priceless information to beat the noise of the social media world and help make your brand stand out.

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Key calculations and definitions.

Engagement Rate on Instagram(Number of likes & comments) / (Number of followers) → Instagrammer with 100,000 followers and an engagement rate of 3% = 3000 likes + comments! User-generated-content: Any form of content ( e.g. blogs, posts, tweets) that was created by users of an online system or service, often made available via social media websites.Virality: Virality in Instagram is just possible when starting a photo-contest: E.g. influencers may initiate a contest and followers share own content with hashtags (#) or mentions (@). Virality factor: 21% of the follower reach (e.g.: Influencer reach = 1.000.000 – approx. 250 repostings from followers that reach again 210.000 followers) ROI: The average estimated ROI on 1$ spend is 6$ in influencer marketing.

via Forbes


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What Sort Of Functionality Has Been Integrated Into The Hardt Posts and Overall Site?

I have recently completed the Hardt Forum, where we will all be able to make introductions and debut our latest and greatest projects to our peers. Along with the forum, there will be the release of a subscription, from which you will have an opportunity to learn what goes into building an architectural, design art or really any creative brand in the digital space, with an emphasis on social media. I was able to make logging in and out of the system incredibly easy, by implementing "one-click" social login. Being logged into the system allows for you to not only easily submit your projects for feature consideration, but it allows you to create topics in the forum and to participate in upvoting/downvoting. If you look at every post on this site, there is an up/down arrow at the top of every post. This is a function similar to Reddit, in which you can vote to have a project higher up in the overall featured list., or you can vote to have it further down. I think that's a very cool function. I am also excited about a little more of a longer-term goal which is creating a curriculum from which those interested in keeping up with the fast pace of social media and digital marketing and building a branding with a lasting impression will be able to build something they will be proud of.

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What (if any) Is The Payment Scheduling For The Web Design Service?

So, the website design and developing services are broken down via package and is dependant on the volume of anticipated work. For example, The Full Package requires a deposit/down payment. The payment scheduling for this option is as follows: Down Payment/Deposit, Midway Point, Final Product Delivery. There is a review process as well tailored for each client and is done prior to each payment. The "Brand + Website" package require a deposit as well, and is broken down in a similar schedule as the "Full Website Package." Finally the most basic package "Website Package" which does not require a deposit and is guaranteed to be delivered within 1 week. The "Website Package" does not include reviews aside from the Final Product Delivery

*"Website" package 1-week guarantee is subject to change and is dependant on the current workload.

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I offer a full reporting of my most recent posts to those interested in working together. In the report, you'll find literally any and all the insights you would ever need to be able to make an informed decision as to whether you'd like to use my services.

Why Would I Pay "The Hardt" To Post My Project, When Other Sites Like Dezeen, DesignMilk, Dwell, etc. Don't Charge Anything?

Completely fair question. And to be totally honest, those brand/websites all have a much larger following, projects budget, a print version, staff etc. It's quite difficult to compete as a single employee. That said, you get a lot of intangibles, none of which those other brands or companies can offer, including immediate publishing, with the other companies they're dealing with a hierarchy, and I'm sure they're dealing with Editors etc. The Hardt, it's just me. If I like it, it gets on. Another intangible you get with me is building a relationship at the ground level. That's something money cannot buy, an opportunity to get involved in something like this at the very beginning. There's a lot more, but it's getting late and I need to finish these FAQ's. Email me if you're still concerned.

What Are Some Of The Ways For Me And/Or My Company To Get Involved In What The Hardt Is Doing?

There are a number of ways you can get involved ranging from being an investor, or you can submit an application for an internship. If you’re an architecture student/professor, artist, or even a venture capitalist looking for your next project, I can promise you, this will be an interesting brand for you to keep an eye on. You can become a sponsor and advertise on the website with banners and the such. You can be active in The Forum I just released. If you're a design/architecture/art magazine or publisher, I am open to collabs.You can be an affiliate and help me spread awareness about what I am trying to accomplish here. There are tons of ways so if you're interested get at me ASAP because I could use a hand.

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Me. Asher.

Is There A Way To Package The Web Design With The Social Media Services?

Every client is unique with each having specific needs they are looking to have met. That being said, the answer is Yes in almost any case I can think of. Packaging the web and social together is most likely best for brands or young companies looking to gain the upper hand on the competition. It is also dependant on what you'd like for my personal involvement to be as well. This package would almost certainly require a full-time commitment for several months while I build out the platform from which you will continue growing your brand long after I have completed the initial development. Learn more about my web design services here

When Will Hardt App Be Available? How Do I Become A Member?

Hardt App Is Still In The Early Planning Stages, However, It Is Fully Ready To Be Engineered and Designed Upon Successful Funding Of The Project. I would love to begin work on it right away and seeing as how my developing abilities have been progressing fairly rapidly, I don't see it being out of the realm of possibility that I may be able to build it myself in the coming months. We'll see.

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