Monday, December 22, 2014

Social Media As a Titleholder

Social media is a biggie in the International Pageants! As you can probably tell, Maggi, Samantha and I spend a lot of time posting on the Int’l Pageants blog as well as on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts. As pageant titleholders we are placed in the public eye, especially when it comes to the Internet. It is so important for us to use our words online to inspire, motivate, and entertain. So what is the secret to doing this successfully? Here are six of my best tips for social media:

1- Keep it appropriate! One question to ask yourself that typically works when deciding to post is, “Would I want my grandparents, religious leaders, boss or pageant director to see this?” If the answer to this is no, then DON’T put it online!

2- Be conscientious of your audience. This post geared towards pageant contestants would not resonate well with a football team. Post things that are relatable to those reading it.

3- Use social media to promote! Your accounts are not to just promote yourself but your the International Pageants and the area you represent. Do this proudly!! I would love to see all of the Class of 2015 change their usernames to their title like we have done. You can find me on Instagram @missteenintl2014 and on Twitter @missteenintl14.

4- Sharing what you are doing as a titleholder can be easily done through social networking sites. These can be awesome resources to let the world know about what kind of appearances and charity work you are involved in. I recommend creating an album with all of your photos to document your events.

5- Balance is important. I think having a variety of posts is good idea. I aim to include pictures of appearances, my “normal” life, health tips for my platform, and more. Not every picture needs to be a selfie haha. Keep it interesting!

6- There is a fine line between networking and security. It is so awesome that we can connect with people from all over the world through the Internet! Things like Mutual Friends may indicate that a person isn't a complete stranger, but safety should always be a concern. If you have not met, spoken with, or even heard of a person, it probably isn't a good idea to accept their Friend Request. Privacy settings are very helpful!

I hope these tips are beneficial as you market yourself online. There is so much value in presenting the best possible version of yourself on social media. Now get posting, sister queens!


If you believe in something, believe in it all the way!

Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014

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