Board gaming (also called tabletop gaming) has had a resurgence in recent years, starting with Settlers of Catan and bringing us into the modern-day where there are thousands of board games released every year. And, as board games become more popular, so does social media that is focused on board games.
If you’re into board games, you may be exploring the potential of becoming a content creator. Whether that means that you’re sharing pictures of the games you play or you’re making “how to play” videos, there really are a lot of different things that you can do in order to get your name out there. People love to see what other board gamers are playing and/or buying.
Boardgame Instagram is incredibly popular, filled with pictures and videos of people showing off their games, playing games, and more. How can you get your foot in the door? What sorts of things can you do to make sure that your Instagram page gets noticed by publishers and influencers alike? And what do you get for putting that extra effort into making yourself known on Instagram?
Building A Follower Base
One of the hardest parts of content creation on Instagram is getting noticed – and the best way to get noticed is by getting a steady flow of likes and followers. Building that following on Instagram can take a long time, which is why more and more people are turning to online services that sell Instagram followers, likes and views. Once you get your follower base established, you’ll soon be able to put out content and start growing the rest of your audience on top of that. It takes time and skill, but it’s worth the results that you get!
A Quick Look at Buzzoid: Who Are They?
In short, Buzzoid is a service that has been developed for content creators and influencers on Instagram. Used by thousands on a daily basis, Buzzoid allows customers to buy Instagram followers, likes and views in a few clicks. They’ve been around for a long time – since Instagram’s beginning, to be exact – and they seem to be always expanding and making things better for their customers.
Buzzoid’s Prices & Packages
If you’re looking to get some likes and followers to your Instagram profile, Buzzoid has packages that start at less than $3 for 100 likes and followers, and they go all the way up to 10,000 likes, which is just under $70. The other packages are $6.99 (500 likes and follows), $12.99 (1000 likes and follows), $29.99 (2500 likes and follows), and $39.99 (5000 likes and followers).
Video content is huge on Instagram, and getting a lot of views can help videos go viral. Buzzoid has packages for video views as well, starting at only $1.99 for 500. Click here to try Buzzoid.
How To Get Started With Buzzoid
In order to get started with Buzzoid, you’ll need to provide your Instagram username. No passwords, and only the private info necessary to take care of your payment. Once the payment is completed, you will see an immediate increase in whatever you paid for (views, follows, likes).
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How to Utilize Instagram Effectively as a Board Game Reviewer
There is so much to learn and know when you’re trying to navigate Instagram. But, there are plenty of different tricks and tips that board game reviewers use in order to ensure that they’re constantly growing and expanding. Here are some of the ones that we’ve found work the best.
If someone follows your page, do them a favor and follow them back! Not only is it a really simple way to get other people to check out your stuff, but it’s also a good way for you to start networking. Networking with other content creators can help you to get more information and to make sure that you stay in the loop about news and things that you may not have found out about otherwise.
Don’t Forget to Interact
Too many content creators end up using their Instagram in a way that is sort of laissez-faire and they don’t interact with their audience in an effective manner. As a result, you may find yourself struggling to get the follows you want to have. People are a lot more likely to follow someone that actually interacts with them because that means that your content is substantial and interesting.
Use Hashtags Effectively
When you start to use hashtags, be sure that you’re using them in a manner that works well and that is going to make sense for what you’re trying to accomplish. Whose attention are you looking to catch? What audience are you reaching out for and how can you be sure that you do it well? Hashtags are a pretty solid way to ensure that you catch people’s eyes. Find a couple of hashtag communities to get involved in (#boardgames and #bgg are two of the most popular) and see how much it helps to boost your page and its reach.
Don’t just post every once in a while. You’re much better off posting at least once a day, even if it’s just a picture of your shelves or something else that doesn’t have a ton of substance associated with it. The more often that you’re posting, the more often you’ll show up in search results or at the top of the list when someone decides to go ahead and click on a hashtag. It’s so much simpler and you’ll find that you feel much more engaged with your community, as well.
Quality over Quantity
While you do want to post on a daily basis, you also want to be sure that you’re posting solid content that people are going to enjoy. Even if it’s a picture of your favorite game attached to a question about gaming, it’s still quality content that is going to get people talking. You just need to be certain that you’re doing the best that you can and keeping eyes on what you’re doing instead of losing views over mediocre content.
Catch Every Moment
It’s important to catch every moment that other people may be the least bit interested in. People get excited about traveling – even if you’re just taking a silly selfie in the airport before you get on a flight to the next convention, it can garner a lot of views and likes on Instagram.
Photos are Art – Be an Artist!
You don’t necessarily need to focus on taking pictures of games while you’re playing them. Anything can be art, especially when board games are so highly produced nowadays. If you get good at making art from board game pictures, your pictures will get shared more often, and publishers may even use those pictures in their advertising, which can give you monetary benefits!
Online brain games can extend in-game ‘cognitive youth’ into old age, study says
A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and even 80s to multitask cognitively as well as individuals 50 years their junior. This is an increasingly valuable skill, given today’s daily information onslaught, which can divide attention and be particularly taxing for older adults.
“The brain is not a muscle, but like our bodies, if we work out and train it, we can improve our mental performance,” said lead author Mark Steyvers, a UCI professor of cognitive sciences. “We discovered that people in the upper age ranges who completed specific training tasks were able to beef up their brain’s ability to switch between tasks in the game at a level similar to untrained 20- and 30-year-olds.”
The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, underscore the cognitive cost of multitasking, which dilutes function by splitting focus, as well as the ways in which people across the lifespan can overcome the brain drain brought on by both the increasingly cluttered multimedia environment and the natural aging process.
For the study, Steyvers and his colleagues partnered with Lumosity, an online platform that offers a variety of daily brain training games. They focused on data from “Ebb and Flow”—a task-switching game that challenges the brain’s ability to shift between cognitive processes interpreting shapes and movement. Of the millions of people who played the game between 2012 and 2017, researchers randomly sampled the performance of about 1,000 users within two categories: those who ranged in age from 21 to 80 and had completed fewer than 60 training sessions; and adults 71 to 80 who had logged at least 1,000 sessions.
They found that the majority of older and highly practiced players were able to match or exceed the performance of younger users who had not played very much. Any lead seniors had, though, significantly declined after the 21- to 30-year-olds had completed more than 10 practice sessions.
“Medical advances and improved lifestyles are allowing us to live longer,” Steyvers said. “It’s important to factor brain health into that equation. We show that with consistent upkeep, cognitive youth can be retained well into our golden years.”
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