3 Steps to Promote Your Blog on Pinterest and Facebook

social media how toWould you like to drive more traffic to your blog from Facebook or Pinterest?

Are you optimizing your blog posts for social shares?

Using your blog, Pinterest and Facebook together can amplify your social media signal tenfold.

In this article I’ll show you how pin-worthy images and an enhanced Facebook update can increase your repins and blog traffic.

Getting the Formula Right

If you want to bump up your shares and repins, you need four things: useful content; a headline that grabs people’s attention; an attractive, pinnable image; and a cross-posting plan.

In the Facebook update below, Peg Fitzpatrick uses this formula. She wrote an enhanced Facebook update that included an excerpt of her blog post, a pinnable image (including her headline) and links to both the post and the pin.

optimized facebook book tour image post

A combination of good content, a pinnable image and cross-linking can get you more repins.

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How to Get Your Facebook Posts Noticed in the News Feed

social media how toAre your Facebook posts going unnoticed in Facebook’s news feed?

Are you wondering how to get more people to pay attention?

Sharing updates that speak to your fans’ interests and that entertains can provide great opportunities for interaction.

In this article, I’ll show you eight ways to get great traction with practical Facebook updates.

Rethinking Facebook Posts

Facebook has woven itself into the very fabric of our global community.

It provides a unique and powerful opportunity for your business to intersect with your ideal audience without that audience needing to search for you or already be thinking about you.

The downside is that you’re competing with a lot of other noise in the news feed. The key, then, is to find a way to attract your fans’ attention so your updates aren’t missed or ignored.

facebook update example

Marketers need to find ways to attract attention on Facebook.

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Twitter Photo Tagging: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Twitter Rolls Out Photo Tagging on Mobile: “You can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends.”

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“Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy.”

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Facebook Updates Follow Button: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Redesigns Follow Button and Like Box: “Similar to the Like and Share buttons, the Follow button and the Like Box plugin will also be updated with” Facebook’s new design.

facebook follow and like box buttons

The newly designed Follow button and Like Box.

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How to Improve Your Facebook Engagement Using Controlled Experiments

social media how to Are you wondering what type of Facebook post works best?

Are you struggling with getting engagement or reach on your Facebook posts?

You may have heard that you need to post more photos or more questions or more photos with questions…

But what really works best for your audience?

In this article, you’ll learn how to find out which types of Facebook posts work best for your page.

Why Experiments?

Running controlled experiments from time to time will help you discover what works on your page so you won’t have to take someone elses word for it.

It’s also a great way to help you come up with a posting structure that may help you streamline your content creation in the future.

#1: View Insights for Ideas

In your Insights section, you do have some data on your best post types (under Posts), but that can be a function of what types of content you have been posting lately. So you may not get the whole picture if you haven’t been posting many links recently. But it’s a good place to start your investigation.

best post types

Take a look at the best post types for your page.

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LinkedIn Introduces Showcase Pages: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

LinkedIn Announces Showcase Pages: LinkedIn’s new Showcase Pages “are dedicated pages that allow companies to highlight different aspects of their business and build relationships with the right community.”

linkedin showcase pages

"LinkedIn members will be able to follow the specific brands and products they care most about that have Showcase Pages."

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Twitter Changes Direct Message Rules: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Twitter Allows Direct Messages From All Followers: Up until now, you could only send a direct message on Twitter when the other person followed you back. Now you can change your setting so that anyone can send you a direct message even if you do not follow him or her back.

twitter setting direct messages

Go to Settings on your Twitter account and check this box if you'd like to receive direct messages from everyone.

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Facebook Page Insights Updated: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Facebook Rolls Out Updated Page Insights: “After gathering feedback from the early users of the new Page Insights,” Facebook is “rolling out the updated Page Insights to all page owners, and introducing some new, highly requested features as well.” Click here to find out what’s changed.

facebook page insights post reach

"Page Insights allows you to see not only whom you've reached—but also whom you've engaged."

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Pinterest Promoted Pins: This Week in Social Media

social media researchWelcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention.

What’s New This Week?

Pinterest Tests Promoted Pins: Pinterest experiments with ads as its traffic moves from the web to mobile and will be “promoting certain pins from a select group of businesses.”

pinterest promotion of pins

Pinterest says promoted pins will be tasteful, transparent, relevant and improved based on your feedback.

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