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Images that Interest and Intrigue

Tips to Make Your Target Audience Pinterested with Your Photos

Need Pinteresting pictures? Here are some methods that will catch the attention of your target audience:

1. Pin your own unique images.

When using Pinterest for your own campaigns, make sure you’re advertising your photos from your business. These images should reflect what you are as an entrepreneur and how you want your business to be seen. Make your store or retail outlet clean, neat and pretty. Take flattering pictures of your surroundings, the storefront and the store proper at different angles. Post pictures of customers using your merchandise. This is an effective marketing technique that will show prospective clients how people love your product.

2. Use target keywords in file names and individual pin descriptions.

Optimize your images with well-chosen keywords that will bring your Pinterest account on the first page of the search results. Make sure your pictures are appropriately titled using the alt text feature. This will help the spiders understand that your images are part of a particular category. For example, you want to post a picture of a blueberry cheesecake. You don’t want to make a mistake and name that picture, ‘blueberry cake’ or ‘blueberry pie.’

3. Pay attention to the image size.

As images are the main focus on Pinterest, you should pay attention to the image size. Make sure it’s not too small so it would look well when clicked. The optimal size should be at least 600 pixels with the thumbnail view at 190 pixels. Use these dimensions to size your Pinterest images accordingly. A picture that has not been appropriately sized will look strange and sloppy, so make sure you’re setting the right measurements for your images. You can also use whatever format, .jpg, .png or .bmp. Choose the right format that will effectively show off your subjects in a good light.

4. Pin quality photos with great visual appeal.

Before you snap a picture of your merchandise, make sure it looks good and is artfully displayed without any fixtures that might detract attention from it. A viewer may comment that your scarf looks really good but may get distracted by the floral curtain behind it. Make sure your background will complement your goods in a good way. Messy arrangements, loud colors and decorative furnishings can divert viewers from looking at your goods.

If you post quality pins, users will be more inclined to check out your content. If they like what they see, they’ll connect to you and interact with your content. They’ll click the heart icon or ‘Like’, comment and share your pictures. These images will function like a traditional brochure and generate leads that will increase your sales.

Have fun experimenting with your photos today! One of the pictures you’ll post may grab attention and lead a customer to call you about buying your merchandise.

 

Reference:

Social Media Today

Pinning to Get Customers Pinterested

How do Entrepreneurs Succeed in Pinterest Marketing

Entrepreneurs who do well in Pinterest make it their goal to show off well-taken pictures from their store. As Pinterest is a visual content sharing network, other businesses take a look at the most successful boards to see what pictures get the most likes, comments and ‘repins.’ The usual posts include photos of merchandise taken in a creative and appealing manner. Followers are encouraged to stay engaged as the page continues to get updates with more pictures that entice them to repin and buy. What other posts attract a lot of clicks? According to Synecore Technologies, here are other ways to engage your customers:

1. Display photos of your office.

People who haven’t gone to your office or store will be enticed to visit if you post beautiful pictures that present your place well. Allow your followers a view behind the scenes of your store, create digital scrapbooks of special events or introduce your staff in unique ways. This will make followers more curious to find out what your place looks like in reality.

The Scholastic Store offers a view of their main branch in New York in its Pinterest page. Here, you’ll see a set of dinosaur toys on display and three pictures from a Hunger Games party earlier this year.Followers of The Scholastic Store will certainly find this amazing, especially the pictures from the Hunger Games event. This may tempt them to look for updates on the latest events that will allow them to join and have fun with other book lovers.

Michaels Stores, an arts and crafts retail shop provides art classes for children and adults. They show pictures from their sessions, student artworks, and an exhibit of paintings from their classes. This type of pins, which shows how the store engages customers, has a three-fold effect:

  • Followers who have joined the art classes and had their pictures posted in this pinboard are sure to have been delighted with their inclusion in the store’s Pinterest page;
  • Customers are encouraged to join the art classes, seeing how much fun the enrolled students have achieved; and,
  • These pictures act as a marketing tool to entice more people to become customers of Michaels’ Stores.

2. Add a ‘Pin It’ and/or a ‘Follow Me on Pinterest’ button.

Engage your customers with your Pinterest page. Add on your website ‘Pin it’ buttons for users to click every time they want to share your content in their own Pinterest accounts. An ‘Add me on Pinterest’ button will also encourage your followers to stay up to date with your latest posts. This presents you more opportunity to connect to your customers and help them share your content more.

Mashable shows the ‘Pin it’ button in all its articles. Here’s a snip from Mashable.com:

Martha Stewart also connects to her fans and customers through Pinterest:

Start connecting to your followers today with a finely created Pinterest page. This will engage their attention and sustain their interest further with your business.

3. Allow users to post to your boards.

Make your page interactive for users and allow them to add their own photos on your page. Let them post pictures of themselves using your products, attending your events and mingling with your staff. This will show people how great it is to interact and perform transactions with you. As a result, this would encourage them to go to your website or store’s physical location to check out your merchandise and find out more about your business.

Birchbox, a company that provides beauty products, allows customers to submit their own videos that demonstrate how to use Birchbox merchandise and bring out women’s natural beauty. This encourages prospective clients to inquire and buy from Birchbox. Try this strategy on your business!

4. Use your pinboards to tell a story.

When creating a pinboard, think of a specific theme that would showcase your products well and interest your followers at the same time. This will engage your followers better and make them interact more with your page. Share pictures that your followers will find useful, exciting, funny or creative. Take a look, for example, at Whole Foods’ How Does Your Garden Grow pinboard (http://pinterest.com/wholefoods/how-does-your-garden-grow/).Unique ideas, like Examples 1 and 3, elicit exclamations of wonder from followers. This type of posts exposes how creative Whole Foods is when thinking of marketing ideas that will make them stand out from their competition. Example 2, on the other hand, shares content followers may find useful about taking care of their own plants.

Post content like the examples given above to engage your followers. This will encourage them to interact with you face-to-face and transact with you to buy your merchandise.

 

Reference:

Social Media Today

Photo Credits:

Whole Foods Pinterest Page

BHG Pinterest Page

Scholastic Pinterest Page

Birchbox Pinterest Page

Michael’s Stores Pinterst Page

Mashable.com

MarthaStewart.com

Open for Business in Pinterest

How to Use the Latest Social Site to Join the Social Networking Race

 

Pinterest is said to be women’s domain. It is estimated that for every 10 users, there are eight females and two males. Although women dominate this newcomer social media site, Pinterest is a leading referral traffic generator for retail brands. In the data gathered by TechCrunch in March 2012, Pinterest brought 3.6% of referrals while Twitter was barely ahead by 0.1%. This is particularly surprising as Pinterest is relatively new to the social networking race, while Twitter is an expert at it since 2006.

Businesses are interested in establishing their online presence through Pinterest because of the level of engagement users invest on this site. An increasing number of visitors go to Pinterest every month, not only because of the novelty it offers, but also the rich content that can be found here. It is also different from other visual sites as Pinterest shows all its content on the home page. All the pinboards are there, allowing you to click and see the pins inside. The interface is easy to customize, which makes it very attractive for users who want to personalize their page.

Excited to use Pinterest for your marketing campaign? Joined Pinterest but don’t know how to fully unlock its potential for your business? Here are some tips from a Synecore Technologies infographic:

It is best to pin on 2 pm to 4 pm on Thursdays and 1 am to 8 pm on Saturdays. Pinning on Thursday afternoons allows you much time in choosing which pins to post just in time for the online traffic rush on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Users are more active during these days because these are common rest days, especially for the working population.

What posts do you pin?

First things to consider are well-taken pictures of your products. If you don’t want to hire a professional photographer, learn how to take good pictures and take some creative shots of your own merchandise. With enough practice, you’ll become adept in presenting your goods in a pretty manner that will attract many sets of eyeballs.

Pinterest users love it when a business is very engaging. Bring your business closer to your followers with pictures of your workplace and staff. Take pictures of how your employees create and prepare your goods. Have old photos of last year’s thrilling team building activity? Show them off to the public. This will be particularly fascinating for followers who are great fans of your business. They naturally want to know more about your business, and this type of posts will further endear them to you.

Infographics are also great ideas. According to Wikipedia, these are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. This allows people to quickly grasp complex ideas because of the clear way the facts are shown. If you need to inform your customers about something complicated, an infographics will be effective in conveying what you need them to learn.

Want to drive more traffic to your blog? Try posting snippets from your articles. Pick out the most interesting statements to prick their interest. Add a link to your blog or place the web address on the end of each snapshot of the blog post so followers can check out your posts. You can also post your resource pages or references. This will help your readers when they need to check some information they see on your posts.

Post videos on your Pinterest page. Make sure the ones you add to your account are short, well-shot and appealing enough to make the viewers watch up to the last second. Consult a professional if you’re not sure how to create videos that would make customers want to replay. Keep in mind that you have to make your videos ‘short and sweet’ to sustain interest.

Customer testimonials can also be posted. In fact, it would be better if you ask pictures from your customers showing them using your product or enjoying a service you provide. The caption will serve as their endorsement on how fine your merchandise is or how satisfied they are with your services. This will serve as proof for your claims about striving for ‘customer satisfaction,’ ‘excellent craftsmanship,’ and ‘reliable customer service.’

One more thing to post can be your proof of certifications, association memberships and other credentials that prove your qualification. For example, you’re a general contractor who wants to get more building commissions for new homes, cottages and residential domiciles. Create a pinboard where can post pictures of your state license/s, organizations and community guilds which you are a member of. You can also post recommendations from your professional associations, which will add to your credibility.

 

References:

Social Media Today

Wikipedia

TechCrunch.com

 

Photo Credit:

BusinessMarketingPress.com

Instagram + Pinterest: A Visual Formula for Social Media

How Filtered, Pinteresting Pictures can Bring New Life to Your Marketing Campaigns

Instagram gained instant popularity when it was first launched in Apple’s App Store in October 2010. This mobile app lets users take photos and apply digital filters. It quickly gained a wide following from 100,000 in October up to 1 million users in December 2010. 2012 rolled in with 15 million users until on July, Instagram announced that it now has 80 million app users. This boom must have happened because Google acquired rights to distribute the app to Android users in April. There’s a noticeable big jump from the number of users in March (27 million) to May (50 million).

How did Instagram gained such huge popularity? This can be attributed to people wishing that some moments stand still for a time. With pictures, everyone can catch a moment to remember. This conveys a human wish to document events for keepsakes of times they want to go back to. Instagram goes a step beyond that, offering features that allow professional and amateur photographers to play with filters and make their pictures more beautiful and fun to look at. These filters alter images to look sharper, older or more vibrant. Take, for example, the pictures below:See how the last picture was enhanced? With Instagram, you can use filters to create entrancing images that catch attention and stimulate interest among your viewers.

Pinterest, on the other hand, is a visual content site that allows users to pin pictures they find interesting. They can create boards that feature different themes, according to their preferences. With its user-friendly features and attractive interface, this social network quickly gained fame, especially among the female demographic. There has been 11.7 million Pinterest users in May 2012, and that number’s still growing as the site did away with its invite-only membership and opened its doors for all users.There’s a possibility of a campaign that combines Instagram and Pinterest winning over the customers of a business. Entrepreneurs can use Instagram to take pictures of their merchandise and post the images on their Pinterest account. It can work, especially if you have a large number of followers on Instagram. You can drive your customers to go to your respective accounts on both social networks. Apply the best practices in both platforms and you can make your marketing campaign work!

Instagram has a balanced demographic with 50.8% male and 49.2% female users. There’s also enough audience from all age groups. With this mobile app, you can attract almost everyone to your business using the pictures you’ve taken. Pinterest can work as your pinboard where you’ll organize the images you’ve taken in artistic and aesthetic arrangements.

If you’re using Facebook and Twitter, you can post sample pictures of what you’re posting on Pinterest. This can entice your followers to check out your Pinterest page. Once users see your high-quality images, they’ll share your content and inadvertently promote brand awareness.

How do you fully utilize Instagram and Pinterest? Here are some techniques:

Well-taken pictures have a way of making ordinary subjects charming. Browse around Instagram and Pinterest, and look for the most popular photos. What are the common qualities of the most favored images? Other than the exceptionally lovely pictures, there are also everyday fixtures and average-looking goods spruced up to look unique. Here are some examples:

Have a cute office pet or mascot? Charm and engage your customers with pictures!

References:

Social Media Today

Quora.com

Wikipedia

ThunderSEO.com

Instagram for Brands

IgniteSocialMedia.com

Lexicalist.com

 

Photo Credits:

LaptopMag.com Blog

Pixoto.com

9BYTZ.com

YumSugar.com

Widen Your Online Presence with a Social Media Boost

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Make your business soar and succeed online with the help of five social networks.

Using social media to promote your business has the potential to generate big profit for your company. More and more people goonline to shop, look at different products, keep up with the latest news, catch up with friends, and more. This presents the opportunity for businesses to reach customers and build a large online client base.

Choosing which social media site where you can establish your business requires considerations, though. For example, does your target audience frequent this site? How about your competitors? How long have they been on social media? Are they just starting out like you? Other than that, is the social network of your choice fit your company? Is it suitable for your marketing campaigns?

Making a decision about what social media site to choose for your advertising project centers on your customers. Investigate whether they prefer to look at ads on traditional or modern media. Do they like reading newspapers, listening to the radio, and watching television more than browsing the Internet? If so, these are the media you should be focusing on. If your target market is the young adult group, mainly people ages 18-34 years old, then they probably have active online lives. They’re likely to have accounts on the most popular social networks, own a smartphone, and like to spend more than 8 hours surfing the web.

Once you find out where your prospective customers like to hang about, customize your campaigns to include content that appeals to them the most. Your audience might prefer to see pictures and videos more than text updates on your blog and social networking pages. How do you make your brand attractive and encourage them to say good things about your products?

Positive engagement is the key to build relationships with your target audience. Make your online presence active and interactive to better befriend them and make them feel close to you. How do you do that? First, you have to choose a social media site. Here is some information on five of the fastest-growing social networks today:

1. Tweeting on Twitter

Established in 2006, Twitter enjoyed a rapid growth as soon as it was unveiled on the Internet. It quickly garnered more users in 2007 when participants of the South by Southwest Interactive conference used Twitter to keep track of other attendees. They increased the average number of tweets up to 3 times the usual 20,000 tweets per day.

Business Standard, a national India newspaper, appended Twitter with the moniker, “SMS of the Internet.” This is because users can only type 140 characters on the Internet. This makes for straightforward posts, with emphasis on the ‘short and sweet’ type of messages.

How do you use Twitter for your business:

  • Heads-up for the latest company deals and coupon codes. This not only benefits followers but also businesses as well, as special offers and discounts tend to generate interest and increase traffic.
  • Customer service assistance. Customers prefer to reach out to businesses online instead of calling the hotline number. Interact more with customers and answer their inquiries and complaints. React to their suggestions and other feedback, as well. This will make them more satisfied with your business in general.
  • Customer Engagement. Twitter offers different ways to engage with customers using the @mention and Twitpic features. Arrange contests to increase brand awareness and make people come to your website and store’s physical location.
  • Promote the company blog. Encourage followers to keep up to date with the latest posts on your blog. You can share post industry news and company updates to discuss with your followers.

2. Pinning on Pinterest

Imagine Pinterest as a set of online bulletin boards which you can use like scrapbooks. The user-friendliness of this site made Pinterest break into the social media race on 2010. It became popular enough to generate 11 million unique visits, which makes it the fastest to break the 10 million unique visitor count record. Pinterest’s wide reach brought more referral traffic to entrepreneurs than LinkedIn, YouTube and Google+. In March 2012, it surpassed LinkedIn and became the third largest social networking site in the United States.

How do you use Pinterest for your business?

  • Enhance your brand image. What makes your business popular among your loyal customers? Is it the ambiance of your store? The way your products are presented? Adopt those same qualities on your Pinterest boards. If your customers exclaim over the décor of your site, why not post pictures of décor suggestions?
  • Showcase your products in a unique way. Unleash your creative side and think of ways to display your products. Take pictures that show them at their best. If you’re selling wines, show photos of your wine bottles in an unusual position that would display how the light reflects against the wine.
  • Be more social. Make your Pinterest page more social with posts about your customers. Are you providing art classes? Take pictures of the works of your students. Hosting a party with many followers in attendance? Post photos of your best-dressed participants. You can also allow customers to post pictures of how they use your merchandise. This not only increases customer engagement but also promotes your products to your followers.
  • Include other pictures relevant to your products. It can be boring to see the same things posted on one board after another. Be more diverse and post photos of different type of products related to your brand. For example, if you’re a greengrocer, post vegetarian recipes to promote using greens as ingredients. You can also pin images of cooked vegetables in different occasions like Thanksgiving, 4th of July and other holidays.
  • Inject humor on your posts. Humor is a great equalizer. Make people notice your page more with memes, jokes, and comic strips related to your products. If you’re managing a pet shop, create jokes using pictures of your pets. This works well with today’s fad of dog and cat jokes circulating around the net.

Check out the next article for tips on posting on Tumblr, Instagram, and Foursquare.

 

References:

Wikipedia Info on Twitter

Wikipedia Info on Pinterest

Search Engine Journal

TheSocialSkinny.com

Hubze.com

Hello, Vendor! I’m Very Much Pinterested.

How to Perform Pleasing & Popular Pinterest Marketing Campaigns

After gaining popularity since the early months of 2012, Pinterest became the next biggest social network after Facebook and Twitter. Its current demographics show that women remain its top users at 68%. This social networking site acts like a virtual mix of pinboards and scrapbooks where users can like, pin and repin images they find endearing, entertaining and educational. This characteristic makes it a huge attractant for women who want to express themselves through the pictures they love.

How does this relate to businesses? Entrepreneurs can use Pinterest to supplement a meager marketing budget. What they can do is hire a professional photographer and a model to showcase their merchandise. But what if you don’t have enough funds for expert work? You, a family member or a friend savvy in photography can take shots of your products and services. Don’t have the money to look for experienced models? Try people you know or customers satisfied with your products. This lends an authentic feel to your pins and can attract people to browse your selections further.

Pinterest caters mainly to predominantly female pursuits like the following:

Businesses involved in the categories listed above can gain considerable marketing success with Pinterest. The first thing to do before you start your Pinterest campaign is to plan your images carefully. What products are you going to advertise? How are you going to present them in the picture? Should they stand alone in a plain background or a colorful palette? Contrast and balance of colors is important as well as the angle you use when taking the picture. Consider the elements of photography such as:

  1. Lighting – source, amount and direction of light in the photograph. This can come from sunlight, flash bulbs or lamps.
  2. Texture –describes how the object appears to feel to the touch. How light falls on the object and changes its look can also affect its texture.
  3. Focus – sharpness or clarity of the subjects in the picture. Camera manipulation is needed to make blurry, gentle edges or create sharp detail through selective focus.
  4. Angle of View –position from where the photographer shot the image. The mood of a picture can be affected through shifts of angle. Using this technique can also bring about interesting images.
  5. Framing and Composition – how a subject is presented in the image. Photographers determine what to include in the frame. They, then, compose the image to draw the viewer’s attention to how they want the picture to be seen.
  6. Color – can make pictures look alive or subdued. For intense and dramatic moods, photographers use heavily saturated colors. Subjects that need a peaceful look should have muted colors.

Well-taken pictures get more attention than pictures not given enough effort. What further separates them from other boards is good storytelling. For example, if you’re selling baby paraphernalia, you can create a board starting with cute infant shirts, mittens and booties. After that, show pictures of cribs then mobile crib attachments. With this board, you can illustrate what items babies need at different stages of their life.

Another simple way to create boards is like arranging your products in a specific theme, color or type. This would create symmetry and a feel of organization. You can also create boards for each of your most popular products. From the baby product example above, you can start on clothes to accessories then rubber mats, nappies and other baby necessities.

What you also need to do is to involve your customers in your Pinterest marketing campaign. Take pictures of them using your products, whether it’s an appliance, a striking shirt or an eye-catching piece of jewelry. You can either ask them to pose or take candid pictures of them. This would further endear them to your business, as well as make prospective customers curious about your merchandise. See example below:

Looking at those pictures yourself will entice you to try out Elizabeth Daniel’s shirt design.

You’ve managed to hook new customers with your Pinterest campaign. How do you maintain the interest and excitement of your customers? You can do that through staying current with the seasonal trends, holidays and special occasions. Update your boards in advance to keep up with special holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Show off products popular in each and every season of the year from spring to winter. Maybe you can put up birthday and wedding gift ideas. You can also add wedding and baby shower boards, as well. The possibilities are endless!

Go on and release your creative side. Brainstorm with your staff about your Pinterest campaign.

Why not start experimenting with pins today?

 

References:

INC.com

Mashable

Repinly.com

Carter Museum

Sony, the Pinterest Star that Caught a Thousand and More Eyeballs

How Sony’s Pinteresting Strategy Generated an Increase of 800% Traffic to their Website

News Bulletin:
PINTEREST NOW THIRD LARGEST SOCIAL MEDIA SITE!

Upon learning about Pinterest’s overwhelming popularity, Sony began browsing and studying the social media site. Their staff found cakes shaped according to the form of old Walkman and other old Sony products honored the same way. These images helped Sony think of strategies in planning boards that would spark attention and maintain brand awareness. They also sought to find out how it can be used to get more in touch with users and regenerate further interest in Sony hardware and accessories.

Listed here is the six-part strategy that Sony undertook for its Pinterest project:

1. Research

In their Pinterest-wide scan, Sony found that fans are already pinning pictures of Sony products and images taken with Sony cameras and much more. This allowed them to capitalize upon the existing interest and make a campaign to drive more sales, promote brand loyalty and convert more fans. At first, they repinned pictures from fans, which built more relationships and increased interest. Boards filled with aesthetically appealing content were then brought out into the public.

2. Staff Involvement

The management arranged for a contest that drove employees to create boards pinned with content that they think would be catchy to the general public and attract more customers. This generated a wide range of creatively set boards filled with well-taken images about what Sony meant to them as a brand and way of life. Upon examination of the boards, Sony learned what will work well for their project.

3. The ‘Pin It’ Button

When Sony prepared to be Pinteresting, they optimized their website to add the ‘Pin It’ button. This was done to promote readiness for the resulting attention to be brought by their Launch-their-Pinterest-Campaign project. When fans found this button next to the image or text they found appealing, they clicked it to pin in their own boards. Doing so led to further traffic to Sony’s website.

4. Different Types of Boards

Since Sony’s fan and client bases are broad and diverse, the company drove various kinds of boards that would charm their audience. For the techie crowd, retro Sony products and ads were brought out. There’s also the Sony Artist Style is brought out where a fashion board of recording artists fascinated the masses.

5. Original Content People will Love

Once Sony captured interest with their starting campaign, they begin advertising content that sustained continued awareness of your brand. They announced special deals limited to Pinterest users and showed unique art like the heart formed by a number of digital point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs. This made traffic boom until it reached 800% since the offers’ appearance in May 2012.

6. Promotion through Other Websites

Since Pinterest is a highly competitive social media site where different netizens and brands show off their best pictures, Sony reached out to their fans in other avenues. The website, blogs and other tools like Pinreach and Curalate were used to promote interest to their site.

 

How can other brands and businesses approach the magnitude of Sony’s success?

If companies study and follow Sony’s example, they have the potential to be successful. What other businesses can do is to investigate what Pinterest advertising initiative will work best for their products. Only when they realize this can they start going on a campaign. So, start your own research now to be Pinteresting!

 

Reference: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/pinterest-case-study-sony/

http://econsultancy.com/us/blog/10080-how-sony-uses-pinterest-to-drive-traffic