Online Class TuneUp: Instagram Stories 101: The Basics

This Training TuneUp explores Instagram's Stories - those little circle videos that appear at the top of your Instagram account. Instagram launched Stories in 2016 as a way for people to post imperfect photos, videos, and "moments in-between" according to TechCruch.

In a 2016 interview with then Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom, people were only posting their most perfect and curated photos in Instagram. Stories was for those silly moments in-between the glossy photos, which can give people more creative freedom, and brands more opportunities to get closer with their people by being, well, imperfect and relatable. The Stories only last for 24hrs (unless you know a few tricks to keep them forever), so people can feel less attached to them.

Trivia Tip

Instagram's Stories was a copy of Snapchat, an earlier 24hr video sharing platform used by younger people. Instagram doesn't deny this, and Kevin admits in this TechCruch article: "They [Snapchat] deserve all the credit,” but insisted “This isn’t about who invented something. This is about a format, and how you take it to a network and put your own spin on it.”

This TuneUp explores Instagram Stories - the How and Why. At first blush, these may seem like one more thing you need to know about, and you may be skipping it, hoping that it's just a fad. Stories are here to stay, will be really good for your brand, and is easier than you think to do. Imperfections and all.

Covered In This TuneUp

  • Why Instagram Stories? Why would you want to make these silly - or beautiful - videos?

  • How do Instagram Stories help your brand?

  • Design Tips and Tricks - Yes, Instagram Stories are that easy to design. Just tap and drag on something cute.

  • What makes a good Instagram Story?

  • Learn about how Instagram Stories work - Where do they go? Who sees them?

  • One of the most important reasons to start using Instagram Stories right now - which might not be as true in years to come.

  • Question answered from a viewer: "What is worthy of an Instagram Story?"

  • Question answered from a viewer: "How many photos does it take to make 1 Instagram Story?" (Hint: this becomes a trick question)

Online Class TuneUp: Digital Marketing for Small Business

This TuneUp is based on a seminar Tin Shingle's co- founder Katie Hellmuth Martin delivered at the East Fishkill Library in the Hudson Valley of New York.

Learn quick and easy techniques that your business can use today that will help more people find out about your business. Designed for business owners who run a storefront, sell a product, or provide a service direct to customers, this workshop will get you comfortable with strategies in Facebook, Instagram, blogging, and knowing what to do with your newsletter.

Online Class TuneUp: Interview with Artist Anna West: How She Sells Paintings on Instagram


You know those people who sell things on Instagram? We're going to interview one to find out how she does it - with her paintings. Anna West is a painter full time (here's her Instagram), and she scours and devours Instagram to find the the best possible buyers of her art, and gets in front of them.

Anna has a sales goal each month, and a routine each day for her social media. Find out what it is and why it's working on this Tin Shingle Training Class!

Biggest Secret Revealed Here: The money is in the hashtags.

Sneak Peek!

Online Class TuneUp: Digital Marketing as Circuit Training

This Training TuneUp Webinar is going to pump you up! It’s treating your social media-ing as circuit training when you work out and tone up at the gym. We’re going to:

  • Cover some Motivation of Why you’re hitting certain social platforms and updating your website.

  • Feature a few Tin Shinglers who are doing a great job right now (Cold Spring Fitness and She's Her Own CEO).

  • Rotate between Facebook, Instagram, Google, your Newsletter and your Website as the workout routine.

  • Give you a recommendation of an album to play to get your friendly but competitive juices flowing to help you put your brand out there.

Some Artwork Used During This Webinar

Online Class TuneUp: Hey You...With The Hardley Used Instagram Account!


All too often we see PR obsessed members with either no social media accounts or worst yet neglected (or even private) feeds. What? No, no, no!

During this Training TuneUp, Katie Hellmuth Martin will uncover strategies from effective social media accounts, giving you inspiration, as well as dont's from other accounts to learn from.  If this is you - and you want the latest Instagram strategies, and constantly hunt for them but have no recent posts to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter - you better listen/watch this TuneUp stat!!

Online Class TuneUp: How to Take Great Photos for Instagram - with Special Guest Expert Jackie Foley

Just so you know...THIS TUNEUP IS AWESOME!!!

If professional photographer Jackie Foley's glowing headshot pictured here is any indication, your social media streams are about to get an upgrade. Jackie's photo assignments include online magazines, charities, makers, coaches, social media influencers, manufacturers, wholesalers, musicians, restaurants, yoga & pilates studios, and an international boarding school in Paris, where she got to spend the week photographing bright kids from all around the world. In this Training TuneUp, Jackie reveals the magic behind some of your favorite Instagram feeds, and how you can get the magic in you, too.

Online Class TuneUp: Mastering Brand Storytelling on Instagram

Instagram is one of the most fun ways customers get information about their favorite brands (yours!). Instagram helps inspire people to want to buy from your business. Marketers call this concept "brand storytelling."

After you watch this Training TuneUp, you're going to start doing more of it because you're going to understand the impact it has on your customers, whether that is getting them to attend your event, buy from your website, sign up as a client, or find your product in stores. Tin Shingle's co-founder Katie, is a digital marketer, graphic designer, blogger, and ghost publisher behind several Instagram accounts in different industries. She reveals strategies that can work for you right now to enhance your Instagram.