Pinterest has a new feature and this is going to be a great source of massive traffic for us bloggers. Like Communities on Google Plus and Groups on Facebook, Communities on Pinterest are more social with engaging features like comments and likes.
But at the moment of writing, This is an ‘invite-only‘ feature. Don’t worry though. Here is a quick invitation link if you are excited about joining.
You get invited by an existing community admin to join a community. With this done, you will get a new menu item “Community” added to the top menu. This of course gives you full access to the community features.
My friend and pro blogger Tanyi Melvis wrote an exciting post on Pinterest Communities on my blog. While I recommend you check that out for some more detailed info, I’m going to give you some basic steps to follow.
1 – Follow the invitation link I mentioned above and click the “Join” button
Now, you are going to notice the new “Community” menu element.
Clicking this item takes you to the Community page where you have basically three things:
- Create your own communities
- Search and join existing communities
- Engage with other community members
Right this moment of writing, you are allowed to create up to four communities per business account.
2 – Here is how to create your own community.
- Click the Community menu item
- Click the Create community button
This takes you to the new community form.
Note that you’ll need to add a cover image, community name and description to have the “Create” button enabled.
The Community name automatically generates your community’s url. This may help in SEO
3 – Search and join communities
The Community home page is divided into three main parts:
- The list of your communities (Including the communities you joined)
- The communities search box.
- List of some recommended communities
You have the options to join any of the communities on the recommended list or use the internal communities search engine to find targeted communities.
I recommend searching and joining communities that can add value to your belonging. Like on any other social media platform, you will get more results joining targeted and niche focused communities.
4 – What next?
There are two things I recommend you do for better results:
a) Start a discussion
What I find quite interesting is the fact that you can easily attach a pin to a discussion using the Add Pin Icon. Of course you can also directly upload an image and add some text. However, I didn’t see any option to add a video, which we all know is an important content marketing channel.
As this is just the first phase of the pinterest community feature, I believe more is being added to make it more competitive.
b) Engage with other members
Creating your own communities and joining others is beautiful. But that’s not where we get results. You have to properly use the tool.
By liking items, dropping new comments and replying to comments makes it more exciting and engaging. That’s where you position yourself as a leader and gain traction in the community.
Here are some useful engagement tips:
- Read the discussion properly before dropping a comment.
- Don’t just comment to fill the gabs. Drop reasonable, attractive comments.
- Be personal and friendly in your comments.
- Avoid dropping links and making the thread spammy.
Why I think it’s important to start now with Pinterest Communities
Pinterest is a successful Social Media platform with millions of users and the recently added feature has witnessed massive success on other Social Media platforms. So it’s normal to foresee similar excitement with the social feature here on Pinterest.
At this early stage, most of the hot topics in different niches are yet to be taken. Being an early bird gives you the possibility to grab these topics and benefit from their growth in the near future.
The flexibility of the tool allows Community Admins to transfer communities from one ownership to the other. While I haven’t seen restrictions to this on their TOS page, this may be a source of some income creating and selling communities.
How to promote your Community
It’s one thing to create a community. It’s another to grow it. Unlike Facebook groups where “discoverability” is facilitated by allowing group members to easily add friends, Pinterest communities still lacks some of this facilitators.
However, the Add tool allows you to share your community on other social media platforms, send directly by email, invite members on the Pinterest platform or generate the community url for use on the web. Here is what it looks like:
Time to act is now
If you haven’t taken action, go ahead and activate the Community feature on your account and start work.
I’d like to be part of your community as well. Create yours and let me know how it goes.
What You Need to Know About Influencer Marketing in 2019
With the pervasiveness of the internet, online advertising becomes profitable both for small and large businesses to attract consumers, compared to traditional media in the past five years. Online advertising revenues in the US rose by 22%, to a record of $72.5 billion, surpassing TV ads ($69 billion) in 2016.
An average person is exposed to over 1,700 online ads each month, but only half of them are actually viewed. The use of ad-block applications also rose by 30% in 2016. Consumers today have become immune to ads. They don’t take what brands are telling them at face value and prefer trustworthy sources – a trusted friend, family member, expert or social media influencer.
They rely on these sources before making purchase decisions to seek assurance of a good quality or experience. A research from Nielsen confirmed that recommendations from close peers or family are the most trusted source of information, rather than company websites, consumer reviews, and editorial articles.
This leads to the rise of influencer marketing. Influencers are considered to be credible because of their expertise in a specific subject matter and their ability to engage with their followers. Thus, brands can capitalize on this by using influencers to reach the consumers on social media platforms – where internet users spend most of their time.
In 2017, 71% of internet users are using social media platforms and these figures are expected to grow in the future. Social media has become the channel where influencers connect with consumers.
The most popular platforms for influencer marketing are Instagram and Youtube. According to Goldmedia, sponsored content from both platforms accounted for 34% and 31% of total influencers respectively.
Shifting to Top Tech Influencers
Huawei Mobile, a global provider of smart devices, partnered with a top tech influencer, Judner Aura to introduce the new Mate 10 Pro smartphone by giving an in-depth review of the phone on his Youtube Channel (UrAvgConsumer).
His Youtube channel has the most viewed technology product reviews of all time, with some of his most popular videos generating around 1 million views. The fact that he is extremely well-known for his knowledge of consumer-tech products makes his reviews credible. Thus, influencers like Judner Aura act as a guide that followers turn to before pulling the trigger.
Retail Chains Turn to Fashion Bloggers
H&M utilized Instagram to target young consumers, with its 700 million monthly users ranging from 16-24 years old. A research showed that 85% of Gen Z uses social media platforms to learn about new products and is more receptive to product information on social media.
To promote its H&M Divided Collection, H&M partnered with fashion bloggers, Julie Sarniana and Megan Ellaby on Instagram, resulting in a huge spike in followers just moments after the post was uploaded.
According to 2017 ShareIQ analysis, H&M generated 39 million Instagram engagements from just 486 posts and 20 times higher engagement than its competitors. Since then, H&M has been a strong performer on social media platforms, joining forces with fashion bloggers, style bloggers, models, and other fashionistas.
Joining forces with influencers are effective because it leads to building a brand’s credibility since they specialize in a particular category of content. Take advantage of their recommendations, testimonials, product reviews, and commentaries to attract consumers on social media platforms.
40% of respondents mentioned that they made a purchase after seeing a social media influencers using the product or service. Influencer marketing is a worthwhile investment and if you plan to increase your budget for influencer marketing for your business, make sure to check out the infographic below.
A Fool-Proof Formula to Creating Original Content for Social Media
You are doing a great job of posting on social media every day, and some people appear to be liking your content. So, you’re good to go, right?
Research shows that 60% of today’s marketers generate at least a single piece of online content every day, which may include blogs or social media posts. However, not all social media content in particular is equal when it comes to quality.
Social media is an essential part of any digital marketing campaign. Here are a few fool-proof tips for creating sharable original content on social media from one day to the next.
Let’s jump in!
Tell Stories to Generate Original Content on Social Media
Anybody can find commonly used inspirational quotes in his or her industry and post them on their own social media pages. That’s easy.
However, not all people can effectively share firsthand accounts of events in their respective industries that taught them something and perhaps even changed their lives.
If you’d like to produce content around topics that are heavily saturated on social media, it’s paramount that you do something totally unique by telling stories.
If you provide your own input and give your post an original flavor readers can’t find elsewhere on social media, you’ve got winning original content.
Constantly Gather New Ideas
A challenge that many brands face is that they are closed in how they approach to social media marketing.
For instance, perhaps you look at the creation of social media content as a task that takes place within a certain time slot. Outside of this allotted time, you don’t give attention to your content. With time sensitivity aways being of concern, a great way to take advantage of social media and being in the moment, it to focus on Instagram hashtags. With hundreds of millions of users on the platform at any given time, this is a great way to reach a ton of users for free, while also ranking in their platform for what’s happening at any given moment.
If you’re serious about creating successful original content, you’ve got to think differently about when you post on social media. Instead, it’s important that you gather ideas 24-7.
For instance, whether you’re going to a movie at night with your significant other or you’re getting the kids ready for school in the morning, your brain should be wired such that you constantly look for fresh ideas for your social media content.
You could even use these ideas as inspiration for the messages you share as part of your short message service, or SMS, marketing strategy. (View here for tips about what and what not do in the area of SMS marketing, based on a real-world example.)
Take the Visual Route
Words are indeed powerful, but pictures are even more memorable and engaging.
So, if you’d like to create content that grabs your readers’ attention on congested social media news feeds, go visual. That means posting stimulating photos with your written content or even posting video to engage with your target audience on a personal level.
How We Can Help
In addition to highlighting about how to create original content for social media, we offer a wide range of tips and resources on creating effective blogs that generate results.
We understand that online marketing as a whole is quite competitive. In fact, you could say that trying to get your voice to stand out online is a lot like trying to scream louder than everyone else in a crowd of 10,000 people.
Yes, it’s hard, but it’s not impossible with the right tools.
Get in touch with us to find out more about how you can generate online marketing content that people actually want to read, and that will motivate them to purchase your offerings time and time again.
7 Quick Tips on How to Keep Your Instagram Page Interesting
Overwhelmed with a lot of great Instagram profiles popping up like daisies? I don’t blame you. With Instagram becoming a saturated space, about a billion active users, it’s tough competition to get your followers to stay interested. You can’t afford to be complacent even when you’re confident you have a great following.
The preferences and priorities of your followers change as they go through these fast-paced times influenced by mass media and technology. Keeping them happy and engaged increases the probability that they are here to stay.
Instagram is designed to showcase eye-pleasing photos. So use this to your advantage — high-quality, energized and dramatic images are a way to catch your audience’s attention. Use photo editing software or apps that offer a variety of creative filters. Caption photos that tell a curious story and stir positive reactions. Excitement. Nostalgia. Tapping into your audience through emotions builds a connection.
Sometimes things can get boring when you run out of ideas to create, that you just make do with a lazy topic. Try to breathe new life into reliable old posts or topics that may be relevant to your audience or the brand you are promoting. The content should offer something unique or add value to your followers. Every post should give to your audience a take-away to think about or something of use. They will learn to rely on your every post since they can relate to it relative to their everyday lives.
Effective content curation is a way that can get you to network online, as you are sharing relevant sourced content that you are using to increase your brand’s visibility. This means a higher chance of getting your brand out there, which equates to more potential likes and followers. If you want to increase visibility, buying Instagram likes can help you get ahead. The more likes you get, the more traffic you get. A win-win situation if you ask me!
Play with Trends
Admit it, it’s fun to join in on the latest hype or even crazy meme to make things lighter and more entertaining. Novel ideas spark interest and build even more ideas and dialogue. We are curious beings and new things, or even old things seen in a new light, are always great conversation starters. The more you get your audience interested, the more they will understand that your brand is keen on providing current and fresh concepts.
Following the Big Name Brands
One of the most effective ways to keep your own social media profiles and updates relevant and interesting is to keep an eye on the big players in your industry. It doesn’t matter if you are an e-commerce company, selling ads online, or even just posting pictures of the latest fashion — it’s important to know what your competition is posting, so you can not only get inspired by their promotions — but also get determined to do it even better! Follow the big name brands and most followed Instagrammers in your niche space to see what others are liking and sharing the most.
Engage in Debates
You can’t please everybody. There’s bound to be that one commenter who will think otherwise. It’s a great opportunity for you to get involved and comment back. It sends a message that you are in touch with your followers and not a snob. Just remember to keep the vibe positive and conversation healthy. Keep it classy!
Listen to Your Followers
So, you’ve established your brand and the kind of content you wish to sustain and build. There may be times when you’re so focused on getting your brand noticed, you’re set to base everything on your decisions. You forget your audience has a voice too. Don’t become one-sided. Feature them in your posts. Give back. Take the time to know and understand the needs or preferences of your audience but still keep true to your brand. Be receptive. Be flexible.
It’s a challenging feat to take on. But if your passion is blogging and getting satisfaction from seeing your followers happy, then keeping them interested will come naturally to you.
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