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Do you want to drive more traffic to your site with Pinterest?

Are you looking for ways to improve your Pinterest exposure?

To explore how Pinterest can help your business I interview Pinterest expert, Vincent Ng.

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The Social Media Marketing podcast is an on-demand talk radio show from Social Media Examiner. It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.

In this episode I interview Vincent Ng, host of the Pictures to Profits podcast and author of Pinterest Marketing: How to Search Optimize Your Pins and Boards for Pinterest. He’s a Pinterest expert and blogs at MCNG Marketing.

Vincent shares how to use Pinterest to drive more traffic to your website.

You’ll discover reasons why you should use Pinterest in your social media marketing, tips on images and plugins that can boost traffic to your site and provide social proof for your company and what you need to know about Pinterest’s smart feed and promoted pins.

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Listen as Vincent Ng shares tips for using Pinterest to get more exposure.

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Pinterest Traffic

How Vincent got started with Pinterest

While Vincent has successfully used Twitter and Facebook for his social media clients, he found neither site could drive much traffic to his blog.

Curious about Pinterest’s rapid early growth, he explored the site and discovered a fair amount of traffic going to his blog from it. That is when he decided it was the site he needed to be on.

Vincent found that Facebook and Twitter didn't drive as much traffic to his site as Pinterest.

Vincent found Facebook and Twitter didn’t drive as much traffic to his site as Pinterest.

Vincent has been on Pinterest since its beta stage four years ago and has witnessed how much the platform has changed and evolved since the beginning.

Listen to the show to discover the major changes and trends Vincent has witnessed on Pinterest.

Reasons to consider Pinterest for your marketing

People are naturally drawn to attractive, magazine-quality images. Information can be processed very quickly when it’s seen as an image or picture. Pinterest makes it possible to leverage beautiful, shareable images to drive more traffic to your site.

Pinterest makes it possible to use shareable images to direct traffic to your site.

You’ll hear Vincent describe how to lay out your images to get the most impact and reach from Pinterest.

Pinterest is also a powerful way for users to discover things they might not have expected to find. It’s become a visual search engine for products and can link items together based on how they’ve been previously pinned or searched.

Pinterest is a powerful way to discover products you might not have expected to find.

Pinterest is a powerful way to discover products you might not have expected to find.

Vincent shares how many people bypass Google and go directly to Pinterest to search for products and lifestyle topics because the content is curated by actual users and the results tend to be high quality.

Listen to the show to find out how Pinterest’s visual recognition engine links related products to be searched and discovered.

The biggest mistakes people make on Pinterest

The biggest mistake businesses make on Pinterest is neglecting to redirect the source of a pin back to their site. The source is the URL where you want users to be directed when they click on your pin.

The biggest mistake businesses make on Pinterest is neglecting to redirect the source to their site.

Make sure you redirect the pin source to your site.

You could potentially get hundreds of pins and repins on your image, but you lose the opportunity to grow your blog with Pinterest if you don’t link directly to your site as the source of the pin.

Listen to the show to learn how to edit your image to redirect where you would like your pins to point users.

The Pinterest smart feed and what marketers need to know about it

The Pinterest smart feed is a new algorithm based on the quality of the pin, the quality of the pin’s source (blog or website) and relevance of pins. Each factor is measured based on the number of users who link to the specific pin or the source.

High-quality images and the most popular sources are given preferential treatment on Pinterest’s feed. It also boosts pins from people you follow and will suggest related pins based on what’s pinned on your boards.

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The Pinterest smart feed gives preference to credible sources, people you follow and related pins.

According to Vincent, there are many variables at play with the Pinterest smart feed. The major one is whether a pin links back to a site that generates a lot of pins in general. If so, the site is considered a credible source and any pin from it gets boosted in the feed.

Listen to the show to explore how to experiment with Pinterest’s smart feed and related pins to attract followers, manage repins and increase lead generation.

Build a following on Pinterest

There’s no quick or easy way to become an influencer or build a following on Pinterest. It takes time and dedication and should be focused on building relationships with people who share your same passions and interests.

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Build a Pinterest following with people who share your passions. Image source: Shutterstock

Even if a user with hundreds of thousands or millions of followers pins your content and you see a spike in your traffic, there’s no guarantee it’ll happen consistently or lead to long-term success.

Vincent explores the high bounce rate that follows spikes in his Pinterest traffic and the reasons why this occurs.

Vincent recommends that marketers should maintain a business account on Pinterest for their company. Business accounts are required to access detailed analytics and data on your account and be able to advertise on Pinterest.

You’ll hear Vincent discuss in depth about advertising with Pinterest’s promoted pins.

Listen to the show to hear why the parent blogger community model for building followers on Pinterest is a good one to follow.

Tips on how to drive traffic to a website from a pin

It only takes one pin to go viral and drive a lot of traffic to your site. Vincent offers three tips on how to get noticed on Pinterest:

1. Create beautiful, vertical images for both mobile devices and desktops. If you don’t optimize your pins for both mobile and desktops, you’ll miss some great opportunities to gain visibility for your pins. Mobile usage on Pinterest is very high. Your images must also stand out because they compete with hundreds of other pins every single moment.

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Optimize your Pinterest images for both mobile devices and desktops.

2. Pin consistently. Vincent recommends you spend 10 to 15 minutes every day on Pinterest. Users who regularly engage with Pinterest and consistently share great images are rewarded with preferential treatment on the feed.

3. Add a Pin It button to your site. As a publisher, you can encourage more pins from your site if you improve social sharing on your blog. This is especially critical for the mobile version of your site, because you can’t hover over an image to pin it to your account on your smartphone like you can on your desktop.

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Pin It buttons on your site encourage more pins of your content. Image courtesy of Pinterest.

Listen to the show to discover some cool WordPress plugins you can use to make your images more pinnable, boost Pinterest traffic to your site and add social proof for your company.

What marketers need to know about Pinterest promoted pins

Pinterest’s advertising platform, called Promoted Pins, is currently only available to U.S. businesses and requires advertisers to go through an application process before it can be accessed.

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Pinterest’s advertising platform is called Promoted Pins.

To apply, you must create a pin and submit it to Pinterest for their approval. Once approved, you are given access to Pinterest’s advertising interface and are restricted to a number of rules and regulations to follow.

You’ll hear Vincent walk through the process of how to build a campaign on Pinterest, including selecting the right images and keywords.

Pinterest allows you to select the image and keywords for your Promoted Pins campaigns.

Pinterest allows you to select the images and keywords for your promoted pins campaigns.

With promoted pins, advertisers are charged a cost per click, but not for repins. So you have the potential to get a lot of additional traffic to your site beyond what you initially pay Pinterest to promote.

Listen to the show to learn how far your advertising dollars can go on Pinterest.

Discovery of the Week

Are you ever in a spot where a brilliant idea pops into your head and you have to struggle to remember it for later? Perhaps you hear something really great when you’re driving or walking while listening to a podcast?

Have you heard about sending a text to yourself? You can actually send a text message to yourself on your phone.

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Send yourself a text message when brilliant ideas pop into your head. Image source: Shutterstock

If you happen to use an iPhone, you can use Siri to text a reminder to your mobile, even in the middle of listening to a podcast. You just say to Siri, “Text my mobile (or iPhone). Don’t forget to send email on Monday,” and Siri will allow you to send the message to yourself.

When it’s done sending the message, your iPhone will go back to whatever you were previously doing. Then the next time you stop or once you get to your office, you can see the text and follow up on the idea. It’s so simple!

Listen to the show to learn more and let us know how texting yourself works for you.

Other Show Mentions

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