3 Ways Any Business Can Market on Pinterest

social media how toAre you looking for a way to fit in on Pinterest?

Do you know how to use Pinterest as a marketing tool?

Pinterest is built around beautiful pictures and that can be a problem for some companies.

If you don’t think your business is Pinterest-friendly, it’s time to reconsider.

In this article you’ll discover three Pinterest marketing tactics you can use to entice followers to click through, no matter what your industry or niche.

#1: Highlight Your Strengths

The challenge on Pinterest is to be as irresistible as possible. No matter what your end game is, you’re not going to get there without original content that stands out in a pinner’s feed. How do you do that if your company or product doesn’t really fit with the colorful, visual nature of Pinterest?

Realizing that pictures are not their strength, The Wall Street Journal has gained a Pinterest following by posting noteworthy quotes from their articles.

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Linking to online articles transforms this pin into a creative call to action.

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6 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers

social media how toDo you want more Pinterest followers?

Have you optimized your profile, website and images for maximum exposure?

A strong Pinterest community tells others you’re a trusted source of inspiration.

In this article you’ll discover six simple ways to quickly increase your number of Pinterest followers.

#1: Verify Your Pinterest Profile

A verified Pinterest account is an important step in building your following. It’s fairly easy to do and instills trust because it confirms your account is the real deal, not a knockoff. In turn, that makes your Pinterest profile more attractive to existing and new followers.

When you’ve verified your Pinterest account, people see a checkmark next to your brand’s URL in the Pinterest profile. This checkmark especially stands out on mobile and in profile searches.

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A verified account checkmark on Pinterest’s mobile app.

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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.

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

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Instagram Platform Ripe for Marketers Shows New Research

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Are you wondering how the social media landscape is changing for users?

Wondering where you should focus your social media activities?

Pew Research has released a brand-new study, which shows how American users have diversified their social media use.

Here are four noteworthy ways social media use is changing for American users:

#1: Facebook—Still Popular, but not Always “Platform of Choice”

The Pew study indicates that overall, Facebook continues to be a favorite, but 42% of online adults use two or more social networks. Among those who use just one social platform, 8% use LinkedIn, 4% use Pinterest and 2% use Twitter or Instagram as their platform of choice.

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Facebook still popular, but the grass is getting greener on the other side.

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How Brands Can Leverage Holidays for Their Social Campaigns

social media how to Do you plan marketing campaigns around major holidays?

Do you need ideas for your 2014 holiday social media marketing?

From Valentines Day to Easter and beyond, holidays are an important time for brands to engage customers and promote products in new and exciting ways.

And holiday-themed storytelling is an especially great way to build and cultivate a growing and engaged audience.

Here are four ways brands use social media to create and promote holiday campaigns throughout the year.

#1: Show the Fun Side of Your Brand With a Holiday Vine

Because Vines show up in Twitter’s main feed, they’re eye-catching and easy for people to share across Twitter and Facebook. Marketers have been quick to adopt Twitter’s 6-second video looping app to show a lighter and more creative side to the brands they promote.

Home improvement store Lowe’s used Vine to animate everyday household tools to look like bursting fireworks and wish their followers a happy 4th of July.

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Lowe’s has used Vine in a number of ways to reach their followers.

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26 Ways to Make Pinterest Work for Your Business

social media how to Are you looking for tips on how to use Pinterest strategically?

Is your business benefiting from Pinterest?

Pinterest is an effective tool for businesses of all sizes and sectors.

From B2B to B2C, there are a number of goals you can pursue—from driving web and foot traffic to increasing visibility with influencers and consumers.

In this article, you’ll find 26 tips, an A-Z guide for making Pinterest work for your business.

#1: Add an On Hover Pin It Button to Your Images

To drive referral traffic from Pinterest, your blog images have to make it to Pinterest.

The on hover Pin It button appears over images on your blog when a user mouses over them.

In the image below, you can see the on hover Pin It button on Social Media Examiner.

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Hover buttons are effective calls to action.

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7 Ways to Grow Your Blog With Pinterest

social media how toWould you like more traffic to your blog?

Are you looking for creative ways to use Pinterest to benefit your business blog?

Pinterest offers a robust path to help you build your blog.

You can use Pinterest to find content for your blog, grow your audience and increase your website traffic.

In this article, I’ll show you 7 easy ways to use Pinterest to grow your business blog and engage further with your online audience.

#1: Create a Blog Think Tank

Are you constantly clipping articles, studies, posts and pictures and placing them in an idea folder—online or off? Pinterest is tailor-made for doing this quickly and easily online.

Create secret boards for your blog post ideas and use them as placeholders for images, videos, quotes, etc. that you want to blog about in the future. Curate boards for single posts, a series you’re working on, even potential guest bloggers.

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You can use secret boards as placeholders for content you may want to use in the future.

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How Constant Contact Uses Pinterest to Reach a B2B Market

social media case studies“You can use any social media channel for B2B,” said Erica Ayotte, social media marketing manager at Constant Contact.

“Anyone who says you can’t is not being creative enough.”

She should know. Her team has grown their Pinterest following to over 18,000 in less than two years.

How does a company that is not retail and not inherently visual use Pinterest to reach a B2B target audience?

The keys are to expand your idea of what your brand is, think visually and have a curating mindset. Here’s how Constant Contact appeals to their small-business market on Pinterest.

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Constant Contact has 92 Pinterest boards with over 4,000 pins.

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12 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers

social media how toAre wondering how to get more Pinterest followers?

Are you looking to increase your Pinterest engagement and drive traffic?

In this article, I’ll share 12 tips on how you can get more Pinterest followers and promote your business.

Why More Pinterest Followers?

More Pinterest followers can help you get more likes, repins, comments, clicks and impressions.

This can then help drive traffic, increase sales, generate leads and build your Pinterest brand.

It also provides an opportunity for you to generate more engagement with your customers.

Here are the tips:

#1: Add the Pinterest Follow Button

The Pinterest follow button diverts website visitors to your Pinterest page, thereby attracting followers. This can be effective if you have a high-traffic website.

Install the button in several prominent places on your website and blog—the header, footer, sidebar, etc. Make it easy for people to find your brand page and convert them into followers.

To create your button, use the widget builder page on Pinterest or create a custom button that matches your branding.

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The Pinterest buttons can help convert website visitors into followers.

MindBodyGreen placed Pinterest buttons on the header and the sidebar of their website to divert website traffic to their Pinterest page and attract some of their thousands of followers.

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