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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Have you been struggling to figure out how Pinterest could help market your business?
Pinterest represents a massive opportunity for both consumer-focused and business-to-business companies.
In this article, I’ll show you three ways to build a successful Pinterest presence for your business.
Are you wondering how your business can benefit from Pinterest?
To learn some creative ways to use Pinterest to help your business, I interview Cynthia Sanchez for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast.
More About This Show
The Social Media Marketing podcast is a show from Social Media Examiner.
It’s designed to help busy marketers and business owners discover what works with social media marketing.
The show format is on-demand talk radio (also known as podcasting).
In this episode, I interview Cynthia Sanchez, host of the Oh So Pinteresting Podcast. She freely admits that she’s addicted to Pinterest. It’s changed her life in a major way and now she helps other businesses figure out how to tap into this growing network.
Cynthia shares how you can use Pinterest for market research and how to get your content seen by more people.
You’ll learn about some of the most popular trends on Pinterest and how to create attention-grabbing images.
Share your feedback, read the show notes and get the links mentioned in this episode below!
Have you heard about Pinterest Rich Pins and how they can help your marketing?
In today’s post, I’ll show you how businesses can get more from Pinterest Rich Pins.
Get to Know the New Pins
Pinterest is continuously expanding their functionality for businesses, from creating business accounts to marketing materials to help businesses get more from Pinterest.
The latest additions to Pinterest are the introduction of rich pins to include more information about pinned images and the integration of the Pin It button with mobile apps.
There are three types of pins that now allow you to share more information: products, recipes, and movies. The additional information for pins in these categories is provided by specific websites.
The difference between an enhanced (Rich) product pin and a regular pin of a product is the enhanced pin shows current pricing details and has a direct link to the product page. Regular pins require the user to enter the price (which can only be updated by the user) and the link only pops up when someone hovers over the image.
Would you like to make stronger connections with your customers?
Although many brands run creative contests on Pinterest, here are some new ways to engage audiences and build your presence.
Take a look at what these 3 brands are doing to get inspiration for using Pinterest creatively for your business.
#1: Run a Campaign to Give Back
One of the most interesting things I’ve seen on Pinterest was Sony Electronics’ Pin It to Give It campaign.
Sony Electronics used their Pinterest brand page to curate an array of Sony Electronics products that were pinned to the Pin It to Give It board. Every time someone repinned from the board, Sony Electronics donated a dollar to The Michael Phelps Foundation. The campaign ran from November 27 through December 31, 2012 and raised more than $12,500.