Monday, June 30, 2014

Top Social Media Quotes for #SMDay!

How perfect that my first day back in the "#GirlBoss" office after a freelance project just happens to be Social Media Day. I love working in social media & blogging because it is constantly changing. There's always new platforms, new ideas & constant creativity. It's an inspiring and invigorating industry to be in.

In celebration of #SMDay I wanted to share my 10 favorite social media /start-up/marketing quotes. They may be just the inspiration you needed today! 


1. "You are what you share"- C.W. Leadbeater
2. "Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but the stories you tell" - Seth Godin
3. “Think like a publisher, not a marketer.”  David Meerman Scott
3. "Entrepreneurs are willing to work 80 hours to avoid working 40 hours a week"- Lori Greiner
4. If you’re looking for the next big thing, and you’re looking where everyone else is, you’re looking in the wrong place.” – Mark Cuban
5. "A brand is no longer what we tell the consumer it is- It is what other consumers tell eachother"- Scott Cook
6. "Social media is about sociology and psychology more than technology" - Brian Polis
7. "Focus on how to be social rather than how to do social" -Jay Baer
8. Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.”  Matt Goulart
9. "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower" - Steve Jobs
10. "Fail often in order to succeed sooner"- Tom Kelley, IDEO Design

Have a favorite business or social media quote? Share below!

dream big!




Friday, May 30, 2014

Stylish Social Tip #6: How to Grow Your Instagram Audience

Instagram is one of my favorite platforms because it's so visual, easy to use & interact with others- even when you're short on time.  It's a great return on your time investment. Since links can't be embedded in instagram post- it's better for brand awareness than driving traffic. Though, I do have some great tips whether you're a brand or a blog for growing your instagram audience. So, get excited!

Instagram tips for brands + bloggers:
1. "Like" pictures that you're tagged in to let people know you're engaged with them
2. Take the extra step to comment on an instagram post- it helps you stand out in a sea of 'likes" 
3. Use hashtags on your posts -check out these most popular hashtags or utilize more specific hashtags on an instagram post to link up with a smaller networking group.
4. For bloggers posting an outfit post, tag brands on the image so people can see where each piece is from- and the brand can see that you're giving them some social media love. 
5. Spread some positive instagram karma- search a hashtag related to your business (i.e. #socialmedia #smallbiz, #blogger,etc.) or use the "discover" tab of instagram to leave comments & follow other accounts.
6. Ask a friend or peer if you can guest instagram for them for a weekend to help expand your audience- and have them instagram from your handle as well.. win-win!

Social Media is not a one way street! You can't build relationships if you don't make an effort to engage on instagram with other users. If you only push out your own content, you won't see the return you're looking for. 

dream big!




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stylish Social Tip #5: Contact Info

As I mentioned, I was at Go Blog Social last weekend in Kansas City! I was able to listen to a huge variety of speakers from different fields. One of the biggest takeaways from speaker, Better Homes & Gardens Magazine was something so simple, but true. They said often times one of the hardest things as a brand when they're visiting blogs is finding the blogger's contact info... and it's so true!

Thus, their talk inspired Stylish Social Tip #5 .. make it easy for brands & clients to get in touch with you!

LPF Media: Stylish Social Tip #5- Contact Info!

I know how frustrating it is trying to get in contact with a blogger or brand and by the time you spend five minutes searching their websites' pages, you give up. Sometimes we try to hide it away in an "about me" page, or have it as a mail icon rather than written out. 

So here's my advice: Have your contact info in a clear & easy to find place (in fact.. have your contact info in many clear & easy to find places on your website). You never know what opportunities you might miss out on if you're too hard to get in touch with!

dream big!



Monday, April 7, 2014

Download LPF Media's Free Guide to Branding!

Over the weekend I had the honor of  attending and speaking at Go Blog Social in Kansas City. I had so much fun hearing the tips and tricks from experts on everything from photography and styling to building a business. It was such an amazing experience and I loved having the chance to share my story, and talk about the work I've done to brand my blog & business.

It was so inspiring to speak to other bloggers in the area & share some of the things that I've learned in my past seven years in the blogging and social media world!

Download LPF Media's Free Guide to Branding

I offered a free downloadable branding guide to attendees & I will extend the same bonus to my blog readers- because I had so much fun putting it together!

Sign up to receive the guide here .
xoxo, lauren

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Website of the Week: Canva

Listen, as a longtime blogger I know how time consuming & complicated trying to navigate photoshop can be. I am all about the websites that can make design simple & beautiful. If you don't want to hire a graphic designer, but want to create beautiful graphics for your blog or business you need to check out!

I read a review of the site from Vicky at Small Business Gal & knew I had to check it out. She also has an awesome video tutorial for navigating the site- though I promise it's pretty user friendly! The website gives you the dimensions & some pretty gorgeous custom made templates to design blog graphics, facebook headers, business cards and more. In addition you can add in text, stickers, labels, and background images. It makes for some pretty fun creative projects.

I personally love the ability to drag & drop your website homepage into all kinds of fun technology like ipads, phones & computers, like I've done above. You can really get creative with this site though- think about designing invitations for events, an opt-in for your facebook page. I love checking out the editor's picks for inspiration.

Even though I'm fairly savvy in photoshop, finding this site was so awesome- because it can be a huge timesaver, and I knew I wanted to pass it on! The best part is it's all free (except if you decide to use one of their stock photos in your creation)!

What websites are you loving for your blog or business right now? You know the kind that just make life a little easier (& prettier?) Be sure to share with us!

dream big!



Friday, March 21, 2014

Stylish Office Art

If you ask me one of the keys to success is an inspiring workspace. A beautiful gallery wall seems to keep you motivated and focused throughout the day. I am partial to motivational quotes & whimsical illustrations.  This girl can't resist a little bit of gold foil and bold color.

I'm sharing nine of my favorite art prints from super talented independent designers. These prints are sure to make your office a little bit more stylish! I'd style them in a gallery wall format grouping a few together.

I love the idea of also being able to support woman business owners and create an inspiring workspace! I seriously can't pick a favorite!

dream big!



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Stylish Social Tip #4 : Fabulous Free Fonts

Stylish #Social Tip: Free Font Resources //

One of my absolute favorite resources for making a blog or graphic design project feel extra professional is free fonts. You can seek out a specific font on a mission for a project, or go on a downloading spree to find fonts for any occasion.  For added aesthetic value try pairing two contrasting typography like an italic & serif or bold & thin font.

I've come up with a list of my absolute favorite fonts lately. They're a pretty little mix of bold, script and handwritten styles. I'll also share my favorite resources for free fonts for your projects.

LPF Media's Favorite Free Fonts //
Download these fabulous (and free) fonts for yourself below:

Like I said I'm a bit of a typography nerd. It's sort of embarrassing. I can actually identify them (and  usually do) out in public! But, no shame- my font love is your win, because I have some great resources to share. If you're on the hunt for professional or fun new fonts these are a few of my favorite websites:

One of the best ways to make your brand feel consistent across several blog posts, graphic design projects & social media channels is to choose a few fonts to use throughout your branding. This cohesiveness makes things feel connected and beautiful!

dream big!