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The Thin Line Between Self-Promoting & Spamming

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As a blogger or freelancer, it’s important to create awareness about your blog/freelance business. I spend a lot of time on the internet trying to publicize Fashion and Style Police, and get my content in front of my potential readers and clients. Although it’s necessary to put your work and business out there, you need to do it with caution so you don’t become a nuisance.
There is a thin line between promoting yourself, your blog or your business and outright spamming. Some people don’t know the difference and because of this they unknowingly spam on the internet everyday. More often than not, such people get bashed doing it but some never know how annoying their continuous noise promotion really is.
If you promote yourself tactfully, you’ll find yourself building a loyal following, making great connections, building relationships and grabbing many clients. To guide your activities, here’s a test you can use to determine whether you’re spamming or self-promoting. Whenever you want to write a post or create any sort of content on social media, stop and ask yourself; “Will this post or piece of content make my business grow in the long run, nurture my audience and still tell people know about me?” If it won’t, then you’re most likely spamming. If it will, then you’re self-promoting.
Just to keep you in the clear, here are 3 characteristics that will help you know the difference between self-promotion and spamming.
1.    Frequency of posting
One of the first things you notice about self-promotional content and spam is the difference in the frequency at which the post is made. A piece of content becomes spammy when you post the same kind of content several times a day using the same medium. For example, you post the same link to your blog 5 times in the same Facebook group. That can be annoying, especially to someone who has already seen the same link several times before.
When you are self-promoting you talk about yourself or your business frequently but not so frequently. So you can share an Instagram story highlighting what you have been up to that day, tweeting links to different blog post once in 2 hours, chit-chat with your followers, and go live on your Facebook page. This way you are promoting your business, but in different ways.
2.    Value of the content
Most times, as you promote you give value to your audience especially when you share tips or tricks as a means to show your expertise. The goal is to inform as well as create awareness.
When it comes to spamming, spammers share little or no value with their audience. You gain nothing of benefit. Spammers just drop links and don’t share actionable steps. Their primary aim is to get you to click, buy or download. There is usually no value added for spammers, but professional promoters know there should always be something in it for the readers.
3.    Build relationships
Spamming creates no reason for making connections or building relationships with people. Spammers do not care about whom they should share their content with. They can post to anyone and to anywhere. Oftentimes they pick random social media accounts or emails and send their content without caring whether their content will be useful to those people or not.
Those who self-promote take time to identify their audience and build relationships with them through helping out or sharing useful information. They do not post just anywhere. They carefully select where they post because they believe that it is more effective to show their expertise to those who will really need it. Those who self-promote build real relationships and grow their network. They also share other useful content from fellow bloggers/freelancers on their social media platforms.

 

What do you think of self-promotion and spamming? Do you have any tip to share?

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August 2016 Outfits

As we say goodbye to August, I reflect on how the month was for Fashion and Style Police. It was an exciting month for outfits and everything else. I had fun styling various pieces, and collaborating with a few brands. This August will definitely be remembered for all the right reasons.

Here is a quick recap on my outfits in August –

 

OOTD: Casual Day Wear Look

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This casual day wear look was the first outfit for the month of August. I enjoyed styling this outfit because almost everything I had on was new, so it was fun playing with new pieces. The highlight of this outfit for me was the Sam Edelman leopard print platform sandals. It was my first time wearing it (got it on sale, wink wink) and it looked beautiful paired with the dress. I like how relaxed this outfit looks. It looks effortlessly chic.

 

OOTD: Summer Fashion

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This is another outfit I really enjoyed styling. I was going for another relaxed look with this outfit, and I think I nailed it. The highlight here for me is the River Island sandals. I have fallen completely in love with this beauty. The Quiz coral top is also a beauty.

 

OOTD: Lace in Peplum

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This outfit is all about the gorgeous pink lace peplum top by Quiz. It was clearly the highlight of the outfit. I love how easy it was to style this outfit. The beautiful top did all the work.

 

OOTD: Style Comfort Zone

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This outfit was a style challenge collaboration with Boohoo, and I enjoyed stepping out of my style comfort zone, wearing this silver slip dress by the brand. It was a fun look.

 

OOTD: Chi Chi London Dress

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This outfit post was the last outfit for August and the most viewed outfit post for the month so far. It is also my favourite look for August. I look how glam it looks. The highlight of this outfit is definitely the black lace Chi Chi London dress. It is a beauty.

 

Which is your favourite outfit for the month of August?

 

 

 

5 Tips to Ageless Style

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I like to see a woman over 40 still rocking her style game. Many women lose themselves and their style once they start popping babies but that shouldn’t be the case. Looking good is good for every business, and it also helps your mental well-being. But some women believe they should change the way they dress once they start clocking their 30s/40s, and I agree and disagree with this. I believe there are many outfits we wore in our teens and twenties we may not be able to get away with in our 40s, because of changes in our body and lifestyle. But I also believe many pieces can be styled differently to suit various ages and stages in our life.

Here are my top 5 ageless style tips:

 

Build your Confidence

I wrote about building your body confidence some weeks ago and how important it is, and the truth is once you are confident, you can get away with any outfit. Body confidence is the first step in achieving ageless style. Once you are confident and in love with yourself, you can take on anything.

 

Go for Colour

Do not be afraid to experiment with colours. Wearing a bit of colour will make you appear more youthful. Why do you think the likes of Iris Apfel at 94 years, still wears a lot of colour? The right mix of colours and textures can take decades of you. White is a fail-safe colour that looks sophisticated on many. You can team your white pieces with softer/darker colours like purple, burgundy, navy blue or fuchsia pink, for a stylish effect.

 

Cover the Signs

For many, the neck and upper arms are usually the first parts of the body to reveal the true age (beware scoop and round necklines) so cover them up if you want. Scarves, shawls, sleeves, blazers, boleros and jackets can be used to cover them up stylishly. If you want to show off your neck, v-necks are the best necklines to go for because they draw the eye upwards for a more youthful effect. If you are worried about showing too much cleavage, pop a camisole under the v-neck top or dress.

 

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Wear the Right Size

Go for pieces that are well fitted. They will always look flattering and stylish. No one looks good in oversize/baggy clothes. Ignore the label size and focus on how it fits.

 

Dress for your Shape

Apart from wearing the right size, you also need to dress for your shape and not your age. Ignore what is in vogue, and go for pieces and accessories that flatter your body shape.

These are my tips for achieving ageless style. Do you have any tips to share? Do share..

 

 

 

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