Tis time for another Social Media BOSS Interview! I hope that you all are enjoying meeting new bloggers that are absolutely killing the social media scene as much as I am. Today, let’s get to know Kellie Smith from Design Asylum Blog and get her take on Social Media!
You may have already “met” Kellie around my blog; she is the genius creator of Velvet Finishes paint – you know, the magic in a bottle that helped me transform my DIY girl boss home office!
Now, this lady is not only a crazy successful blogger at Design Asylum Blog, she is also one of my clients, mentors, and friends! To beat it all she is locally in my hometown of Dalton, Georgia – holy moly right?! I have been assisting Kellie with her many businesses for a while now and all the while she has taught ME so much about business. Seriously, Kellie is one of the most bad-ass women entrepreneurs that I know, she’s hella hilarious, and has a style that is infectious. Did I forget to mention, that she is one of the BEST advice givers out there?! Every time we meet to discuss her business, somehow I always walk out of there feeling guided by her in some way. I, along with thousands of others, enjoy reading her blog and transforming furniture with Velvet Finishes paint. She has been featured on many blogs, magazines, + more. Kellie Smith is definitely a Social Media BOSS y’all and for many reasons…
What’s the 411 on you and your biz?
I’m Kellie and I wear many hats! I am an interior designer and creator of Velvet Finishes paint. I also buy distressed properties to rehab and I blog at Design Asylum Blog. Whew..
Why use social media? What’s your take-away from it?
Since I am in my 50’s (holy crap, how did that happen??) it has been amazing to witness the advent of social media. The rise of social media completely changed how business is done and how we structure our lives. It has grown to be an important part of self and brand promotion. One I am still awed by.
Where is your social media home?
I enjoy instagram the most probably, but all forms of social media interest me for different reasons. With instagram I only follow accounts that spark my creativity. It’s nice to get a dose of inspiring DIY projects or beautiful interior shots in less than a 30 second stroll. Pinterest I can cruise for hours so I have to be careful! I use Pinterest with my design clients though, and it’s a great way to communicate visuals with them.
How long did it take you to grow your social media following?
Grown? We are still growing, building on our foundation every day. Some medias grow slower than others but overall I am pleased with my reach.
What overwhelms you the most with social media?
I think the pressure to be successful in the arena. It’s a love/hate.
Which social media network gives you the biggest return?
How much time per week do you spend in social media land?
I am thankful to have the most amazing social media strategist to handle the posting (AMY!). We have a plan on the number of posts and we do daily, weekly, etc and to what platform. We keep an eye on our engagement stats and are flexible with the ebbs and flows.
Do you ever think of unplugging from social media?
It’s easy for me to unplug from social media. I love the quietness of that. I see others and I feel like social media controls them, I get really tired of seeing people with their phones in their faces all the time!
What makes your fabulous self follow another blogger or brand on social media?
I follow people that I do business with, whether it’s a brand or a blogger, and people that inspire me. Sorry, but if I do not know you and you post pictures of your kids all the time, even if you have gorgeous design shots, I will unfollow. I realize that sounds snarky but I have limited time to be “social” and I turn to social media for inspiration.
If you could describe social media in one word – what would you choose? Social Media Boss in one word?
Where do you see social media going in the next 5 years? Will your biz change with the new trends?
Goodness, I couldn’t even begin to know! Social media technology is changing so quickly and I think it’s important to keep up with new and platforms and interesting ways to use social media for your business but I also think it’s ok to NOT be on every social media bandwagon.
What do you enjoy most by using social media?
Social media has a certain instant gratification factor that I find both enjoyable and annoying.
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Spill it. Any tips on how to rock social media like a boss?
I think the biggest thing about social media is to not be too hard on yourself in regard to. It’s difficult to post to multiple sites everyday when you are trying to run a business. So I say, pick your favorite medias and make them work for you the best you can. I feel quality of engagement is more important than quantity of followers.
What’s next from Design Asylum Blog?
Hopefully, increasingly interesting articles that keep my readers engaged.
SINCE WE ARE ALL ABOUT MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA A PARTY I ASKED KELLIE…
An interesting mix of people is an absolute must, but great food and a good bar can’t be ignored. 🙂
Thank you Kellie for showing us all how to colour or world’s!
FIND DESIGN ASYLUM BLOG ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SHOW KELLIE SOME SOCIAL SISTER LOVE!
FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST, TWITTER
DON’T FORGET IT : PIN IT!
*affiliate links were contained in this post. all thoughts on Velvet Finishes and Kellie Smith are my own*
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