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Friday, 10 January 2014 08:19

What defines you?

It’s that time of the year where most of us are focusing our energies on those unwanted holiday pounds, firming up before bathing suit season, and making better choices for a healthier lifestyle. While there’s nothing wrong with this—in fact I’m doing it myself—I do think that it’s important to keep things, in perspective.

I ran across the following TedEx video in my newsfeed. I can honestly say I don’t ever watch videos that are longer than a couple of minutes, let along a thirteen-minute video, but I couldn’t stop. I encourage you to watch this video and ask yourself what defines you.

I hope you find Lizzie’s story as inspiring as I have.

Kasie Smith is the president and publisher of West Michigan Woman magazine. 


Published in Pageant Blog
Monday, 16 December 2013 14:58

Engaging Social Butterflies


Social media is all about timing. If you have breaking news on a winner, post quickly and accurately. Here are some tips and tricks on running great social media pages. 

  • Facebook: Post one to three times a day. Post photos with links back to your website, because photos get the most “Likes” and click-throughs, and you want to inform girls about how they could be the ones in the photos. 
  • Twitter: This is a quick-moving social feed. Tweet throughout the day and include photos. This is a great platform for promoting current events and giving updates during the pageant. Don’t forget to use hashtags to organize your tweets about your program! For example: #MAO, #MAOTeen, #fourpoints 
  • Instagram: Who doesn’t take a lot of photos at the pageant? Use this social platform for snapping those quick pics of the contestants on stage—and, of course, the winner! 
  • YouTube: Seeing the reaction of contestants becoming titleholders is the best! Share that with future contestants by promoting it on your website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
  • Pinterest: What girl does not love Pinterest? Pin photos of dresses, inspirational quotes, shoes, jewelry, share videos from your YouTube channel … the possibilities are endless! No one has a whole day to devote to social media. That’s why these social managers are a great way to keep you on top of your social posting game.
  • Hootsuite: The most popular social manager makes it easy to keep track of posts across multiple channels, as well as conversations, analytics, and more.
  • Tweetdeck: This is a good resource if you use Twitter a lot. Manage Twitter feeds, schedule posts, and keep track of all inbox messages. 
  • SproutSocial: A great business tool to keep your messages organized, make scheduling posts easy, and allow you to keep tabs on your engagement and outreach to new followers.


Written by: Chelsea Stoskopf is fourpoints magazine's editorial assistant.


Published in Pageant Resources