My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

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My Thoughts on Loop Giveaways and Like / Comment Pods

I miss the days when Instagram was easy, stress-free, and not having to worry about how to go around the “new algorithm changes” (literally rolling my eyes as I type this). Remember when you could get 600 likes with less than 10k followers? Or when your feed wasn’t controlled by Instagram’s new formula? Nowadays, you can have 100k followers with only 600 likes, if that (smh).

With the new changes, one must find ways to stay relevant in the blogger world. In other words desperate times calls for desperate measures… I’m talking about Loop Giveaways that have been all over your feed (guilty), and Like/Comment Pods (keep scrolling to read).

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LOOP GIVEAWAYS

As much as it’s annoying to see nothing but loop giveaways on my Instagram feed, I think it is appropriate to do one or two, not three in a day or in a week. Spread them to throughout the months. I made the mistake of doing two within two weeks only because I didn’t realize how close the giveaways were going to be (my bad). I won’t be doing that again.

Although a lot of people have their own thoughts and opinions about loop giveaways and are not fans of them, I am here to say that I see both sides. Some may think it’s like buying followers, but I have to disagree because someone actually ends up winning an amazing gift, while buying followers will only get you fake/ghost followers. These loop giveaways have their pros and cons.

Pros: Influencers who participate in these giveaways have a chance to gain more exposure from a wider audience, which means more followers. This is a pro, especially on a brand’s perspective since, unfortunately a lot of brands care more about quantity versus quality.

Cons: After the giveaway is over, you lose followers (not all but most), which is pretty standard and expected.

It really depends on how you look at it. The way I see them is that it definitely helps your blog/Instagram get recognition. The new followers might not have even known about your blog or Instagram, which can help in your advantage if they like your feed and stick around. OR, perhaps these accounts who are entering these giveaways are just in it for the free stuff (also pretty normal), and are only following for a chance to win, period. It’s really difficult to gage these loop giveaways, but I suggest every influencer who is trying to build their account to try a giveaway to see how they like it. If it didn’t matter about the number of followers you have on Instagram, then none of the above would be relevant. Unfortunately, as a full time blogger (I’ll speak for myself) we have to make sure our numbers keep growing and our engagement is high, which leads me to Like/Comment Pods…

Would I do another loop giveaway? Yeah, maybe –  but i’m definitely going to try to host more giveaways on my own and see how that works out. Not only for exposure but for my followers because I luv ya. 😉

 

LIKE / COMMENT PODS

For those of you who are not familiar with these pods, they are DM groups through Instagram or through the Telegram app (I’m sure there are others) with different bloggers who share their Instagram posts for the group to like and or comment on each other’s posts. It’s another way to support one another. I briefly mentioned my thoughts about it on my 5 Instagram Pet Peeves blog post. Very similar to my thoughts on loop giveaways – I’m not against them. My only issue is when other bloggers do not catch up, meaning like or comment on your posts. The way it works is that you must be caught up with whoever is involved in the group by liking and or commenting before sharing your posts with the group. Some follow rules, while most do not… this is based off my experience by the way. I had to leave a few groups because I felt like I was abiding by the rules while others were using lame excuses like “sorry no wifi, will catch up later” yet still share their post. This topic is silly, really. And I’m sure more for those who are reading this who are not bloggers, but this is the blogging world we live in.

Anywho, these are my thoughts on loop giveaways and like/comment pods based off my experience. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

xo

 

SHOP THE LOOK:

Chambray Jumpsuit | Sandals | Sunglasses | Bag

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Catalina Island GIVEAWAY!

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that Enocha and I were in Catalina Island last week. Catalina is just a boat ride away, and one of my favorite places to visit, especially when I want to get away for just a few days. We had a blast. It was nice to be back, since the last time we were there, was back in 2015, so definitely was due for some Catalina time.

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DAY ONE:

As soon as we arrived, we went to check into our hotel: Hotel Metropole, which by the way is the cutest little hotel EVER! I seriously wanted to take the pillows home. And I don’t sleep with pillows.

Once we checked in, we headed to Descanco Beach for our two hour… but felt more like 10 hours, kayaking adventure. Kayaking is so much, and boy is it a workout!

Lastly, we went to happy hour for $1 tacos and yummy margaritas. Our kayaking instructor recommended this taco restaurant that was just a few blocks away from our hotel. So yummy.

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DAY TWO:

We woke up super early for breakfast, then headed to our parasailing appointment at 8:30am. Yup, super early and super cold, but so much fun. I was being extra by taking my phone up with me to video and take photos… Yeah, I was THAT girl (smh).

We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up and get some OOTDs in before lunch at the Descanco Beach Club. The crab dip was totally my favorite. Also, we sat right next to Carlton (The Fresh Prince of Belair). Enocha was totally being a creeper taking photos, lol. Love that girl. 🙂

And we ended our day with taking last minute photos near the hotel. Bloggers being bloggers… what’s new. 😉

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Ok, now for the good stuff! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

Both Enocha and I have partnered with Catalina to gift one lucky winner a FREE TRIP TO CATALINA ISLAND, KAYAKING FOR TWO, $50 FOOD CREDIT TO DESCANCO BEACH CLUB AND TWO HOUR GOLF CART RENTAL!!!

CLICK LINK BELOW TO ENTER.

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*** Open to U.S. residents only and must be 18+ to enter. Winner will be announce via Instagram on Friday, April 14th, and winner will be contacted via DM. Good luck.

xo

Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Rebecca Minkoff runway show debuting her Spring 2017 collection, on behalf of GE Lighting, to celebrate the launch of the RMxGE Glow selfie case. It was so much fun. The best part was that it was a see-now-buy-now show, which meant that the audience was able to view the collection off the runway and shop the entire collection right after.

The collection was a mix of floral prints, flirty and whimsical silhouettes, along with statement handbags.

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Ok, now for the best part!

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Because I love you all, I will be hosting a giveaway. So be sure to keep an eye out for the image above on my Instagram to find out how you can win a Rebecca Minkoff x GE Lighting Glow selfie phone case.

xo

 

Vital Proteins Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, snapchat or view my insta stories, you know that I always add Vital Proteins to my drinks (hot or cold). In case you are not familiar with their product, here are the Collagen Peptides benefits:

  • Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
  • Contributes to deeper sleep
  • Increases athletic performance and helps achieve a lean body
  • Helps keep bones healthy and strong
  • Supports joint health
  • Promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems

Vital Proteins believe that whole-food-based nutrition containing collagen is essential for one’s overall health, fitness, and wellbeing. However, our bodies require an abundant amount of collagen and modern food processing has removed this natural, healthy nutrient. Supplementing our diet to ensure that our bodies are enriched with collagen is an important key to good health and a full life.

With that said, I have partnered with Vital Proteins to give one of you lucky boos one of their newest product – Vanilla Collagen Peptides. Yay!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @VitalProteins on Instagram HERE
  2. Follow me (@melrodstyle) on Instagram HERE
  3. Find the photo above on my Instagram & leave a comment telling us why you would like to try Vital Proteins.
  4. Tag a friend or two.

*** Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only.

Winner will be announced on Friday February 3, 2017 via Instagram, so be sure to keep an eye out.

Lucy Sui x MelRodStyle Giveaway

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Attention all brides-to-be! Great news! I’ve partnered with Lucy Sui to give away one of their amazing wedding books to make your wedding planning run smoothly, and this beautiful “xoxo” mug.

The rules are simple:

1. Follow Lucy Sui on instagram @lucysuisf

2. Tag 3 friends and leave a comment stating you have done the above

And done!

Winner will be announced via instagram Wednesday March 23rd.

P.S. if you don’t win, don’t worry because we’ve got a sweet discount code for 10% off entire website – coupon code: MELROD10

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Good luck! 🙂

xo

MelRodStyle x Wedding Salon Giveaway

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As you know, I got engaged to my long-time boyfriend a few months ago and am beyond excited to begin the wedding planning. I’m even more excited to announce that I have teamed up with the Wedding Salon to bring you a lovely giveaway for all the brides-to-be.

Wedding Salon is the nation’s leading luxury bridal showcase, where couples can discover the latest trends and best resources for their dream wedding. Five lucky brides-to-be or grooms-to-be will win one ticket each for you and a guest to experience the Wedding Salon showcase at International Century City, March 24th from 4-8pm. The first 5 to email jesse@weddingsalon.com with the subject line: MelRod Style sent me, will win the complimentary tickets.

For any other brides-to-be that want to join in on the fun, you can register at weddingsalon.com. Here’s a coupon code for $15 tickets ($75 value) to use when you register: code MRPC.

Good luck and hope to see you at the show!

xo

*** This event is for brides-to-be or grooms-to-be and their guest only. Must be 21 or older to attend. 

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365Hangers Giveaway

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I’m so excited to announce a fun collaboration with 365Hangers today! By now you should know that my outfit planning begins with shoes. It’s obvious I’m obsessed with them so I, along with 365Hangers will be giving away one lucky winner a pair of Fall booties from Vogue footwear.

It’s easy to enter.

  1. Follow @melrodstyle (that’s me!) and @365Hangers on instagram.
  2. Regram the giveaway photo (which can be found on our instagram), and be sure to use the hashtag #365autumnwin.

Winner will be announced on 9/22 so be sure to follow along! Good luck!

xo

SHOP THE LOOK:

Crop and Skirt c/o Stella and Jamie | Vogue Booties c/o 365Hangers | Zero UV Sunglasses c/o

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Love of Style

Every great love has a story, and this Valentine’s day, StyleMint is asking its community to tell their love story with fashion via instagram.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Follow @MintSider on Instagram.
  • Instagram an original photo of a stylish look you love.
  • Add #loveofstyle @MintSider.
  • Vote on your favorite entry by liking it on Instagram.

The person with the most likes for their look will be the winner, which will get to choose one item from Mary-Kate’s Pick Collection and one item from Ashley’s Pick Collection. In addition, the winner will be StyleMint’s Facebook profile avatar for a day. Contest is now through Friday, February 15th. Good luck!

xo

 

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend. Just wanted to check in and announce that we are hosting a pretty sweet giveaway on TheWeartogoGirls.com! Hurry and enter! The lucky winner will be announced on Wednesday!
Good Luck!

xo

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Arm Candi For Your Cell Giveaway

If you follow me on instagram (mel_twtgg) or twitter you may have seen me mention this fashionable phone accessory. Cellies are a stylish phone accessory designed to hold your cell phone all while providing visible and touchable access to your phone. It allows you to drive safely, be active, play sports, workout, etc.. It’s great for anyone on the go, which is pretty much all of us right! Handbag in one hand and phone in the other is the norm for me, so this arm candy accessory is convenient and genius.

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Since I was lucky enough to be gifted with two, I decided to give this teal mesh one away! Cellies can also be purchased through their website www.mycellies.com.

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Here’s how to enter:
Leave a comment telling me how you would use this wrist accessory.

Extra entry:
Subscribe to The Wear to go Girls! (be sure to leave a comment after doing so)

This Giveaway is open to U.S residents only. The winner will be announced on March 28th. Good Luck!

xoxo

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