PP Network https://theppnetwork.co.uk Learn, grow, succeed together! Sun, 06 Oct 2019 17:46:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How it all came to be! https://theppnetwork.co.uk/how-it-all-came-to-be/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-it-all-came-to-be Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:09:54 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=5694 Starting our first business was tough but it is what helped us become what we are today. So, we thought that a good way to get to know us better is to share how it all started...

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How it all came to be!

How it all came to be?

Well, to help you “dive” into the environment in which we operate and understand better our blog, we thought that it would be good to tell you how our journey as entrepreneurs started

24th May 2016 (The Idea)

It was 3 years ago, during that summer of 2016, when Petar (my partner), while being drunk, told me that he knows how to become successful. To be more precise, he just told me “Man, I identified a good way of making money”. Initially, I was not very interested in what he was saying as I was drunk as well but eventually, I started listening to him speaking about some kind of an Instagram page that already had over 10k followers. My reaction was: “What?! 10k followers?” and out of nowhere the idea of me having such account just hit me. I was already following such inspirational pages and as I was enjoying their content thought that I would love to be the one who is sharing it as well. 

10th July 2016 (Instagram page)

A few months later, while enjoying my free time as a teenager, I opened Instagram and said to myself “let’s do it”. This was the moment I started running my page. As you could have guessed we were making many mistakes in the beginning – one of the biggest one being that we were using the follow/unfollow strategy to gain our first followers. It sounded very easy. You follow a certain amount of targeted Instagram users and they will follow you back as they will enjoy seeing your content. However, that was not the case. People were following us back, but they did not engage with our posts which led to me having built a page with over 20,000 followers and less than 150 average likes – dreadful. So, we got very into it, we started reading a lot about different growth strategies, we were experimenting, we were getting in touch with other people with more experience and we started seeing results. After 4-5 months since starting my page, after all the struggle, my page exploded and started growing organically – it was like Christmas to me.

15th August 2017 (The BIG idea?)

Over time, we started realising how many people were also struggling with Instagram and needed somebody to guide them. After a year of successfully building our brands on Instagram, we saw ourselves as this “somebody” who could help others. There was demand. We were able to provide the supply and we started considering doing it. So, on the 15th of August we sat down and wrote a very basic plan for a business which consisted of connecting all of these struggling Instagrammers and providing them with the knowledge and tools to succeed. Afterwards, we had several 5-6 hours meetings during which we were going through each point until we reached the FINAL structure of the idea. It was a very tiring process and we were physically worn out after every meeting but mentally we were very fresh since we believed in the idea. At the same time, we had to deal with many tasks related to our return to university which was adding more pressure to the whole situation. However, our discipline helped us to come up with a clear plan for execution just before I left for Manchester and Petar for London. 

1st November 2017 (It was time to play)

We planned to start messaging people who might be interested in our idea and by doing so to have at least 60 accounts by the end of November. Thinking about it now, it was a very courageous move, wasn’t it? It was tough for sure. Another setback straight after starting the execution. We realised that it is not that easy to be pitching the idea to people and spark their interest in being part of it. We had to push harder, and we did it by working together and helping each other when needed. As a result, by the end of the month, we achieved our target and we had over 60 potential customers. It was time to play. We had a few sleepless nights to set up everything – different groups, logos for them, first lessons, how were we going to introduce new members, overall structure – everything. And then… voalá.

Our first logo ?

We started the 3 weeks of free trial for our service. It was extremely chaotic. Organisation-wise we had no idea of what is going on as it turned out that our potential customers had different expectations. We were actively communicating with them in order to see what was missing and we started improving the service from day 1.

21st December 2017

So, the 3 weeks passed, we have made many changes during them and the time to start asking customers if they want to pay for the service came. Decisive moment and a very stressful one. We were very inexperienced in terms of how to handle such situations and it was like the end of the world for us if nobody was going to subscribe to the real service – it was going to be the end of our big plans. HOWEVER, on the 21st December, we had our FIRST real customer, followed by 12 more clients in the next couple of days who trusted us. This was the REAL start of our journey full of many challenges, lessons and exciting moments which we will talk about in our next vlogs.

Quick spoiler, 2 months after starting PP Network, we had a talk with 2 of the most important members of Gary Vee’s team – Justin Novelo and Andy Krainak.

Petar and I during our conversation with Justin Novello and Andry Krainak ?

Andy Krainak with Gary Vee ?

Justin Novello with Gary Vee ?

Stay tuned for more.

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What is the Co-Founders Blog? https://theppnetwork.co.uk/what-is-the-co-founders-blog/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-is-the-co-founders-blog Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:05:38 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4925 Who are the people behind the blog? What will this blog be about? and many more questions are answered in this short blog in order to give you a better idea of what the Co-Founders' blog is.

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What is the Co-Founders Blog?

 

Hey there, welcome to the Co-founders’ blog!

Let us tell you a bit more about what should you expect from it… 

Who are the people behind the blog?

We are the co-founders of a digital media start-up. This experience played a vital role in our lives by helping us grow both professionally and as individuals and even though we are in our early 20s, we came up with the idea to start sharing with you what we have learned so far. We are young and driven and want to be able to say at some point of our lives “we made it!”. 

What will this blog be about?

We will talk about everything we have learned from starting a business from scratch with 0 capital and running it for over 2 years now. Topics will be very diverse and will be similar to “How to make better decisions?” or “Is it time to hire another person on board?”.

Also, we will cover more personal points related to time-management, focus, emotional intelligence, etc. because running a business does actually help you to improve yourself on a daily basis.

Last but not least, the plan is to speak about anything that interests us and might interest you. So, discussions about books, podcasts, business leaders and whatever comes to our mind will not be a rare occasion.

Who is it good for?

Any person who is interested in entrepreneurship or/and is focused on self-improvement.

How often do we plan to share cool stuff with you?

Every week we plan to publish 1 blog. Sometimes we might surprise you with special and unexpected editions.

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Engagement Assistance 01/19 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/engagement-assistance-01-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=engagement-assistance-01-19 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:54:14 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4618 The post Engagement Assistance 01/19 appeared first on PP Network.

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Q & A

A great way to engage but also learn more about your followers is to ask them interesting questions and then share their answers. You can download and use this month’s Q and A story templates by tapping here.

This month’s Engagement assistence presents some interesting questions you can ask your audience:

If you could read only one book during your lifetime, which one would it be and why?

Books can reflect a person’s interests, dreams and ideas and thus, people are often deeply connected to them and have strong book preferences. Your followers would like to express these strong preferences which would not only increase their engagement with your profile but sharing something that personal would also lead to them establishing a better relationship with your brand.

What’s the closest thing to real magic?

Magic is associated with the miraculous and the impossible. Thus, this question asks your followers about something they see as impossible or extremely difficult, something they admire. People have a strong emotional connection to what they admire and often want to share it with the world. This means they will engage with your profile by answering the question. The actual responses will be seen by other followers and can become a source of inspiration and admiration for them as well. This question can therefore lead to quality content too.

What’s the most useless talent you have?

Share a video in which you’re showing it. ?

This is a fun and cheerful question that you can ask as a gag. Your followers would be interested in showing their ridiculous stunts and pointless tricks, increasing their engagement with your profile and creating entertaining quality content for your followers to see.

What is something interesting you learned in the last week?

People often like to share interesting or important information with others. Hence, this question will both increase the engagement of your followers with your profile and lead to answers that provide some interesting educational material for people who see them.

Challenge

Organizing challenges for your followers will not only lead to a long-term engagement with your profile, but it would also help you establish a genuine relationship with a lot of them as they are overcoming the difficulties associated with the challenge, share their progress with your audience or alternatively see the progress others are doing. You can download and use this month’s Challenge story templates by tapping here.

This month’s Engagement assistence presents the following 2 challenges:

The New Habit Challenge

Your followers have to acquire a new positive habit during the next 3 weeks and update you on their progress while doing.

You can explain the challenge, its details and how you will share your followers’ progress in several stories or even a post. If you choose to do that through stories, you can create a highlight on your profile for this challenge in particular.

During the next 3 weeks, you can have frequent reminders about the challenge and have your followers send you their progress. You can then share this on your stories and add it to your New Habit Challenge highlight.

This challenge will not only increase the engagement with your profile but the results can also serve as inspiration for others.

The One Book A Week Challenge

In the next one month, your followers would have to read at least one book a week. At the end of each week they can tell you what book they read and what they think about it.

You can then share their responses as stories and create a highlight for this challenge specifically. You can launch the challenge, explaining the rules and other details in several stories or even a post.

Instead of reminders, you can share the covers of the books that people read and their thoughts on them every 1 or 2 days which will constantly notify the rest of your followers that the challenge is still running.

At the end of the challenge you can ask the followers that managed to read at least 1 book each week about their thoughts on the last month and the challenge in particular. You can finally share the answers of these people that completed the challenge.

The challenge will not only increase the engagement with your profile but also provide book recommendations and some valuable insight for those that see the stories.

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Post Example 03/19 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/post-example-03-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=post-example-03-19 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:32:24 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4610 The post Post Example 03/19 appeared first on PP Network.

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How you can create this as well:

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Post Example 02/19 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/post-example-02-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=post-example-02-19 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:31:38 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4608 The post Post Example 02/19 appeared first on PP Network.

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How you can create this as well:

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Post Example 01/19 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/post-example-01-19/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=post-example-01-19 Tue, 13 Aug 2019 18:30:58 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4606 The post Post Example 01/19 appeared first on PP Network.

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How you can create this as well:

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  3. Do this afterwards
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How to use hashtags the right way? https://theppnetwork.co.uk/how-to-use-hashtags-the-right-way/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-use-hashtags-the-right-way Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:31:27 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4444 The post How to use hashtags the right way? appeared first on PP Network.

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Hashtags can be used very easily – but how does one ‘really’ get the most out of its power?

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How to find your style? https://theppnetwork.co.uk/how-to-find-your-style/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-find-your-style Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:03:03 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4435 The post How to find your style? appeared first on PP Network.

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One of the most debatable topics is – What is more important? Reach or impressions?

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How to create eye-catching posts? https://theppnetwork.co.uk/how-to-create-eye-catching-posts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-create-eye-catching-posts Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:01:56 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4432 The post How to create eye-catching posts? appeared first on PP Network.

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If your aim is to create interesting content which has such an influence over your followers that they would like to see it more than once, then IMPRESSIONS are more important for you thanREACH. Higher impressions help you create long term relations with your followers. They will view your content again and again.

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How to create the perfect profile? https://theppnetwork.co.uk/how-to-create-the-perfect-profile/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-create-the-perfect-profile Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:01:27 +0000 https://theppnetwork.co.uk/?p=4430 The post How to create the perfect profile? appeared first on PP Network.

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Higher impressions help you create long term relations with your followers. They will view your content again and again.

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