Five Friday Links: Savvy Instagram Entrepreneurs

FFLAUG26Happy Friday! We can’t believe it’s the last Friday of August – where did summer go? As we gear up for the hustle and bustle of the fall, we’re taking one last weekend to relax. We hope you can do the same! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy our Friday links:

Likes and Livelihoods: Instagram an Invaluable Tool for Savvy Entrepreneurs
“Instagram, I believe, is the reason why Coal and Canary is as big as it is and why we were able to quit our full-time jobs,” adds co-owner Amanda Buhse. In this Winnipeg Free Press article, four Winnipeg businesses (Coal & Canary, Jenna Rae Cakes, Mad About Style and Tiny Feast) explain how Instagram ‘likes’ translate to sales and how they’re making the free photo sharing app work for them as their only marketing tool.

CTV Winnipeg: Tiny Toba
Our own Linda Szyszkowski along with her husband Daniel Clement and dog June appeared on CTV Winnipeg earlier this week to promote their book “Secret Adventures of Tiny Toba.” Tiny Toba is a small bear, born in Melbourne Australia, who’s on a mission to teach the importance of gratitude in every area of life.

Ten Tips to Becoming a Better Entrepreneur
Becoming a successful entrepreneur means a lot more than just making a lot of sales. Strategy, longevity and survival all play a part as well. This Futurepreneur article provides ten tips on how to grow as an entrepreneur, and in turn, hopefully see more financial success.

Top 5 Email Marketing Tips  
Our inboxes are flooded with emails on a daily basis, so how does one ensure that their marketing emails stand out? Email marketing is often overlooked by small businesses but can be a very useful advertising tool. Digital Expert, Avery Swartz, provides five tips to keep in mind while developing an email marketing campaign.

What it Took to Get Society Nine, a Startup Selling Women’s Combat Fitness Gear, Off the Ground
Lynn Le wanted something different for women than the pink, men’s-sized combat fitness gear available on the market, so she did something about it. After winning a $15,000 grant from the city of Portland, she quit her job and started her own fitness gear company called Society Nine. Read how she plans to grow this startup into a national success.

Have a great weekend!