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10 Vital Stepping Stones to Becoming a Vine Star

10 Vital Stepping Stones to Becoming a Vine Star

Stars are made on the Internet every single day. Many of those stars get their starts by creating addictive videos on Vine. For anyone who loves social media, it’s hard to believe that the world actually lived without this video phenomenon up until it was created in 2012. The amazing part is that you can actually become a star simply by recording six seconds of pure gold on your phone and uploading it to the Vine community for free.

While becoming a Vine celebrity may seem as easy as recording a quick video and waiting for views to rack up, it’s actually far more complicated than that. Are you interested in getting some views and recognition? Here are 10 tips for climbing to the top of the vine and becoming a Vine superstar.

1. Pay attention to your profile

Don’t make the mistake of creating a bland profile. Choose a profile picture for your Vine account that really pops. It’s important to think of yourself as a brand or public personality when choosing your photo. You should also use your profile as a spot for creating a witty, short bio that tells people what you’re all about.

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2. Be outgoing

You can’t just wait for people to find you on Vine. It’s important to start following some people that have similar interests as you. There’s actually a good chance that many of the people you follow will follow you back in return. Plan to follow a good mix of celebrities and ordinary people.

3. Introduce yourself

Nobody wakes up in the morning and becomes a Vine star. You need to start with a good first video. Go ahead and create a fun, friendly snippet that tells people who you are. People will likely stumble upon this video over and over again if they like some of your other videos.

4. Utilize hashtags

You will be practically invisible on Vine if you don’t use hashtags. Hashtags make it easy for people who are interested in the topic you’re posting about to find your videos. You should definitely use hashtags that are relevant to your posts to attract more views.

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5. Pick the right hashtags

Nothing is more obnoxious than using hashtags that have nothing to do with the content you’ve posted. In fact, doing so is a great way to lose credibility. While it may be tempting to try and attract views by using trending hashtags, you should only do so if your post is actually relevant to the topics that are trending.

6. Be active every day

You can’t expect a dormant Vine account to get much buzz. If your goal is to become a hit on Vine, you need to work at cultivating your persona each and every day. Make a plan to dedicate the first 15 minutes of your day to Vine activity. Start your morning by coming up with witty topics and scenarios that you can share with your followers.

7. Cultivate a unique style

All the great filmmakers have their own unique quirks that can be easily identified by fans. While a Vine video isn’t the same as a major motion picture, you should approach each video you make as if it’s a work of art. Take some time to cultivate a unique look and style that your fans will know you by.

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8. Don’t cram

You only have six precious seconds to make a huge impression on Vine. Many people fall into the trap of trying to say too much in that short span of time. Avoid cramming too much activity into your six seconds if you want to create something that is actually worth watching. You should focus on one key visual element per video when creating your videos.

9. Don’t shake

A shaky Vine video is the sign of an amateur. It is important to hold your phone or camera steady when shooting your footage. If you can’t seem to keep your hand steady, consider investing in a tripod that can hold your recording device.

10. Get loopy

Are you wondering what people are searching for most on Vine? You might be surprised that people want videos with loops. Once you achieve a perfect loop, viewers will watch your video over and over again. A loop is a great way to rack up views quickly.

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Featured photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 17, 2019

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

1. Make a gift bag.

A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

2. Give a toast.

Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

3. Write a poem.

“Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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4. Create your own labels.

There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

5. Give a gift card.

Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

6. Send a letter.

Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

7. Use social media to send a special message.

If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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8. Make your own digital greeting card.

While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

9. Make a YouTube video.

Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

10. Deliver cookies or candies.

Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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12. Put together a flower basket.

Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

13. Take a picture.

Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

15. Do something special for them.

Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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16. Reciprocate their help.

Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

17. Be there for them.

Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

18. Listen to them.

Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

19. Say it in another language…or two…

A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

20. Show them some love.

A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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