Wondering if Pinterest is worth your time as a blogger

It’s important to think of Pinterest as a search engine, not just a social media platform. This means that people use Pinterest to find things they’re interested in, like your blog posts. Similar to a search on Google.

Pinterest is a great way to drive traffic back to your website and grow your blog’s brand.

Here are 5 reasons how using Pinterest as a blogger can help improve your blog’s SEO, bring in more traffic, and grow your audience.

  1. Pinterest is a visual search engine –

    People visit with the goal of reading and saving pins in mind. When you pin something from your blog, make sure to add keywords in the title and description so pinners can easily find it. For example, if you write about travel tips, you could use keywords like “travel tips” and “vacation ideas” when you pin. Also, remember to use hashtags, this helps tell Pinterest what that pin is about and allows pinners to find pins. Consistency is key. It’s important to be consistent with your pins. If you only pin a few times a month, people will lose interest and won’t follow you. Try to pin at least once or twice a day to see the best results. You can create templates in Canva where you can easily swap out the text and the images while staying consistent with your brand. This allows you to use those keywords and tips at the text overlay and have eye-grabbing images that make your audience want to click on your image and go to your website.

  2. Utilizing Group Boards –

    You may join groups where you can share comparable material. Group boards are a great way to increase blog traffic because they allow your pins to be seen by more people. When you join a group board, make sure that the topics of the pins on the board fit with your blog content. If you have a travel blog, for example, it wouldn’t make sense to pin recipes on a group board about fashion. Be sure to follow the rules for each group board, most of the time you will find those rules in the notes section.

  3. Pinterest allows you to be creative with your pins –

    You may use your SEO abilities and hashtags to target people who are interested in your pins on Pinterest. When you’re creating pins, make sure they are eye-catching and include text overlays that describe what the image is about. This will help the pinner understand what your pin is about without having to click on it. For example, if you have a blog post about how to pack for a trip, you could create an image with the title. Pinterest also allows different types of pins, you can create animated video pins, video pins of you giving quick tips, or even pin your Instagram square images. Rich Pins make it easier for users to get information from a website by displaying metadata right on the Pin itself. When a user saves content with metadata on your site, it will become a Rich Pin. There are four different types of Rich Pins: app, article, product, and recipe Pins.

  4. Drives traffic to your website –

    When someone pins one of your blog posts to their board, they’re essentially sending people to your website. This is a great way to increase traffic and grow your audience. Make sure the images you pin are high-quality so pinners will want to click on them. Going back to the consistency, this is where a tool like Tailwind comes into play, this allows you to pin up to 200 images per week to your boards and even Tailwind Communities. Each pin you put up should have an SEO-friendly title and description with a link directly back to the blog post. You can then monitor your Pinterest Analytics and your Google Analytics to see where the traffic is coming from. For each blog you post on your website, you should create 10-15 images per blog to pin to Pinterest.

  5. Time Efficient Tools –

    Tailwind is a service that works with Pinterest to help you manage your time and drive more visitors to your website. I was hesitant about this purchase for some time. I expected to just look into the free trial and then cancel, but once I started using it, I couldn’t stop. Tailwind is a social media scheduling software that delivers real results in less time. Boost the effectiveness of your social media marketing efforts! Decide when to post on social media and how much engagement you want. A few bonus tips, you can use Tailwind to schedule to Instagram as well, you can also link your Instagram to Tailwind and post your images from Instagram to different boards on Pinterest. Tailwind will also allow you to create loop pins, these are great for your evergreen content that will always serve value to your audience, you put those pins in a certain loop that pins to the boards you want and over time it will automatically pin those out for you at the best times and days! This is a life-saving and time-saving tool! A must-have!

If you are ready to work with a team to do the leg work for you, meaning, create the images, pin them, write the description, and more, we are your team! We just launched a new blogger marketing program to help take items off your plate to give you as a blogger more time to write and less time worrying about creating images and social media strategy. Schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation today and let’s start increasing your website traffic!

Tips for Creating Video Content for Social Media

Considering how tight the competition is in the business world, businesses need to find creative ways to establish a deeper, more satisfying relationship with their audience. Creating video content will help you achieve your business goals.

The use of videos in content marketing is on the rise, with over 86% of businesses using them to reach their target audience. Videos encourage social shares and capture a wider audience. It makes it easier for people to consume the content, which is why people love it.

If you are planning to create video content, then we urge you to read this blog post. Here are some tips for creating amazing videos that people will want to watch and share.

Focus on the first few seconds

As the use of technology increases, it seems that people’s attention span is getting shorter. In fact, studies suggest that the average attention span of humans has reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. Now, what does this have to do with your videos?

You see, there is so much information available on the internet, especially on social media. If you can’t capture people’s attention within the first few seconds, they’ll leave and scroll to other content. That’s why it’s important that you captivate them right off the bat.

The first few seconds of your video should get people curious and encourage them to watch the entire video. You can start with strong hooks, thought-provoking thoughts, or inspiring quotes.

Tell a story

We understand that many of you are creating video content to promote your products, services, or your blogs. But if you want your videos to stand out and capture the attention of your target audience, we recommend that you do away with the sales speech. Remember, this video will be shown on online platforms, particularly on social media channels.

Unlike on television, people have the option to watch the video or to continue scrolling through their feed.  Make sure that the video is centered on the story, not the sale. Stories can help you build a deeper relationship with your audience and make your brand more relatable. Plus, people are more likely to remember things when it is wrapped around a story.

Provide excellent content

It is important to keep your audience in mind when creating a video. Your video needs to warrant the time of your audience. Focus on topics that are of interest to them. Find out what they care about. Offer tips, information, and advice. You want to educate your audience, but make sure that you do so by providing them with exciting and inspiring videos.

Keep it short

We understand that there are a lot of things you want to tell people about your business, but you wouldn’t want to bore your audience by creating a super long video. Your video should be no longer than 2 minutes. If it’s longer than that, people may not pay attention. The less you say, the more people are going to remember.

When making video content, focus on one subject at a time. If you want to discuss a few things, then we suggest that you create a separate video for each topic.

Always include subtitles

Your videos are likely to reach people from across the globe. And there’s a good chance that some aren’t fluent in English. Subtitles can help non-native English speakers and people with hearing disabilities to easily consume your content.

Also, Google indexes subtitles on videos, so it helps you improve your SEO rankings. So if you want to make it easier for your audience to find your video content, subtitles are the way to go.

Final thoughts

Video content is quickly becoming an essential asset for growing a brand. While there is no secret formula to creating videos that get lots of engagements, there are certain things you need to consider to achieve success. Feel free to use the tips I mentioned above to start producing effective video content.

If you need help creating a more detailed social media campaign strategy that is aimed that driving engagement and brand growth, we’re here to help. Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us and we’ll help you get started.

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Today, we will go through Pinterest, and we are going to do an audit on our account. So we have been working with Pinterest for a long time. We use Pinterest for many of our clients, driving traffic back to their website through a very strategic Pin strategy, posting to different boards, Tailwind communities, and different Pinterest groups, and also through promoted Pins. We were coming in to do this anyway to make sure we’re doing as we say to do. It’s one of those, “Do as we say, not as we do.” [chuckle] We want to make sure that what we’re doing with our clients, that we’re doing for ourselves as well. So as you’ll see, we are in our business Pinterest account. And when you come to your Pinterest account, you want to make sure that it is a business account. And you’ll see your home feed here. The reason why you want a business account is because of the analytics and the ads. So with a business account, there are also a few different Pins you can create. The analytics are very important because they will show you how many views you have each month on your Pinterest account. It will also show you what pins are being saved and have the most engagement, and your ads to promote those ads to drive more traffic back to your website.

Business Pinterest Account

We’re going to go to the business hub. And this is kind of the behind-the-scenes; this will tell you just a sneak peek of our analytics, which we’ll get to first. What our public profile looks like. So over here, on the right-hand side, you’ll see your logo. If this is a personal account you’ve been using, there should be an option that says “Switch to Business Account,” and that’s what you want to do. So a couple of things, you can change this header. You can have a specific header there as you have on your Facebook or your YouTube channel with your business name, what you do, your logo, things like that. We have it just set up to show our most recent Pins. So that’s more of a personal preference. This is a good space for that brand-building, we work with many different types of bloggers, so this may be a great area for your branded images with your mission or topics you cover. If you are a mom blog that works with kids ten and younger or just giving your audience a little insight into who you are, that’s a great place to have it.

Your logo or image here, your company name, and this all depends on your brand. Caitlin and I have branded Social Speak Network, so that’s our logo; that’s obviously what all of our social media is. But as a blogger, you may be branding your name, so this may be your name if you don’t have a business name for your blog. So it depends on what brand you’re using; that’s what would go here. And then your description, making sure it’s apparent what it is that you do. And then you’ll see we have only 635 followers, we’re following 129 people, but we have over 43,000 monthly views. That’s good for us. Pinterest is not a social media platform, It’s important to have followers, but you’re not banking on the number of followers you have on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. It comes down to your Pin strategy. That’s the most important piece.

So you’ll see that these are all the Pins that we have created and that we’ve put up on our account, and you’ll be able to see how many times they have been viewed, and these have just been posted this week, so there’s not a whole whole lot of views on them yet. You’ll see that the ones that we pinned a few months ago have many more views. So what I want to do is look at what the Saved button is, which will change our profile to show the boards that we have. Now, when you think you can click on All Pins, we’ve had 63,000 Pins. And there is a mixture here of what we want to do. We talk a lot about healthcare digital marketing tips. We have social media marketing for small businesses. We have SEO and blogging tips, social media management for bloggers, finding your target market, Instagram marketing tips, Facebook marketing tips.

Setting Up Pinterest Boards

Some of these boards like this one that only has 18 Pins, we have it pinned there for a while, so we can either move those Pins to another board or let that board go if we’re not utilizing it. With our SEO, you can see that we have 663 Pins there and 500 Pins in our healthcare digital marketing. So focus on the boards you’re going to be utilizing the most, and what’s important with those is that you have an SEO-friendly title, so search engine optimization. Remember, Pinterest is that search engine, so what is your audience looking for? Are they looking for how to find your target market? This is great because that is what this board says. And if you click onto the board again, we haven’t used that board a lot because we only had 16 Pins. Then the description. To describe what that board is about and what types of Pins people will be seeing on that board. And again, you want to utilize those keywords here as well.

You can add notes; if you post to a different group of Pinterest boards, they’ll have notes of those rules. That’s a great either way to utilize that Notes section. Doing your Pinterest audit, going through each of your boards, and ensuring that you have a keyword-friendly title, a description, if you click this Edit button, the pencil, this is… So here, I don’t have a description for email marketing, so email, maybe it should be, “Is email marketing dead? No. It is very much alive and works great. In this board, we will show you how to grow your email list and utilize email marketing for your business.” So email marketing tips, you can add a board cover. It’s going to pull up the Pins from that board, and you can pick which one you want, okay? Let’s see; we’ll do this one. Click done. And then if you don’t like that board cover, you can go back, click Edit, and then maybe find this one, and then that looks perfect.

You’ll have the name, the description, and then click Done, okay? So go through each of your boards and make sure that you are utilizing the space correctly. Here in our content marketing strategy, we have over 1700 Pins. But here on How to Build an authentic business brand, we only have 10 Pins. These tips can go into maybe our business tips, and we can get rid of that board. You can also have secret boards. We love using Pinterest to get ideas on what other people are pinning. So you can create a board here at the plus sign and click Board, and then this can just be Pinterest image ideas. Keep this board secret. So what this means is as you’re scrolling through Pinterest, you can save images to this board, but they will not show up on your profile, this is just for you to see as an admin, and then you can pull that board up and look at, “Oh, okay, this is what I liked about that image,” and… As you need. So, “Oh yes. Oh, I love how they did that. That’s perfect, I like that image. Oh, this is cute.”

Pinterest Images

Because you’re going to see, there are different styles to Pinterest images and different lengths, and the longer lengths work better. Here’s an infographic. This image here is slightly longer than this one, but it’s a little hard for me to read and seems a little cluttered. I may be more apt to click on this one because it’s cleaner. So look at what types of Pins you like, what images you like, and then save them to that private board so then you can get ideas when it comes time to create content, okay? So now you have these four Pins here in my super-secret board, and we are all set. So after you do the audit on your boards, you want to come over to your analytics. And I always just click on the overview. And now, with Pinterest, you also want to try different; Types of content. Images are number one. Try the square images. If you use Tailwind, you can link your Instagram to your Tailwind, and you can pin the exact images you’re putting onto Instagram on Pinterest. So that makes it easy to monitor those square images. Are they getting clicks?

If you pin them, you’ll need to change the link because they’re going to link back to your Instagram account automatically. If that’s where you want them to go, great, otherwise change the link back to your blog. As I said, the long images. And if you’re using Canva, Canva has a great tool to create Pinterest images at different sizes. So you can try different sizes, as I said but also get creative with your Pinterest templates of adding video into these templates. So that will help increase those user views because you can add your video to this image, customize the colors, add a different change of the content, and then be able to put that onto Pinterest. You would also just have animated images like this that say, “10 Great Places To Travel With Kids.” It stops the scroll on Pinterest. So as you use different types of content, you’ll want to monitor it in your analytics. Looking at your Pin’s impressions, you can look at engagements. And this is just going to be the last 30 days.

And then, and you can see okay, so on Wednesday, I had 85 engagements on our Pinterest account. That’s awesome. What about Pin clicks? We want to make sure we’re driving that website traffic to the right places. So we had 60 clicks on Monday, the 27th. Obviously, on Christmas, we still had 30 clicks, which it’s Christmas Day, and people are still on Pinterest, so Pinterest never sleeps. It keeps going and going. This is a great platform for you to be able to look at to say, “When is my audience on Pinterest, what days of the weeks?” And so that’s where you’re gonna wanna monitor your engagement, what are my top boards? Business tips and social media management for bloggers, we’ve had 5700 impressions, 56 outbound/inbound clicks, and this is no promotion, this is just organic, 31 saves, 111 pin clicks. So this is interesting to be able to see the difference between the boards, what’s working more, and what’s not. And then also here are…

Repinning Pins on Pinterest

Some of these are our original content, and many of them are curated content, meaning Repins from trusted sources, like pin, from CoSchedule, Social Media Today, Hootsuite, Buffer, etc. We look at Social Media Examiner Neil Patel, the people in our industry that we get our information from, and we’ll repin their boards, or their pins to our boards. And then many of them are, obviously, with our logo on it, this is our own. So it’s cool to see, okay, so this one here had 2500 views or impressions, but I can create an image similar to this with our branding and see if it gets even more views. So Pinterest gives you all of the data you need to be successful on Pinterest. Here we have 740, so 6.2% engagement on this pin, 2.2% engagement on that pin. So it’s good to know what people are clicking on, what images they’re finding attractive, to draw them to that, and so that’s really where we want to then focus on, okay, what about this post drew people to it, where it makes them wanna click, and keep going, because this pin was created August 27th, and this is the stats for December to this month, so it’s really cool to look at where… What’s working, and what’s not working.

Then the other part is, if you go back to your profile, you can promote some of the pins or as many pins as you want that you have put up, and this is where it helps drive that traffic to your website even more. So here’s why Pinterest is good at driving blog traffic, I clicked promote, and it’s going to bring me here: what is the destination URL you want, what is the daily budget, and how many days?

I think 84% of Pinterest is done mobile-y, so it’s important to see what it would look like computer view, but that mobile. So that’s what it would look like a computer, this is what it would look like mobile. Most people use Pinterest on their phones. So take time, go through your Pinterest account. If you need help figuring out what board names you should have, how you should be creating those pins, what that strategy looks like, let us know, we do have Pinterest management packages, and we are helping our clients with that creative process, but also more the time management process. If you’re using the right tools you can pin from anywhere from 25 times per week up to 200 times per week, if you’re utilizing the right tools, so… And that’s a mixture of organic content, pulling from your blog post, from your social media post, and then that’s also that repining, pulling from people that you know, and trust, that are like-hearted, and like-minded to your business, and being able to pin their pins to your boards as well.

If you need help, head on over to socialspeaknetwork.com today, schedule a free 30-minute consultation, let’s get you pinning correctly today. Thank you so much, have a great day.

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog With Pinterest

Most people use Pinterest to find delicious-looking dishes to try out, look up home decor ideas, or plan their dream vacation. But did you know that you can also use the platform to increase your blog traffic?

Pinterest isn’t a social networking platform, it’s a search engine where people search for images and then save them. That means Pinterest users are looking for new content, fresh ideas, and discovering new websites.

And since most business and content creators are focusing their marketing efforts on Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest can help set yourself apart from the competition.

Here are five easy ways for tapping the power of Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blog.

Optimize your Pinterest Profile 

While it only takes about a minute to create a Pinterest profile, it doesn’t mean your work is done. To get the most out of this visual platform, it is essential to optimize your profile, so it reflects your personal brand.

Upload a photo of you, not your logo. Using your personal photo helps you connect with your audience.

Pinterest is a search engine. So don’t forget to optimize your bio description and incorporate keywords based on your blog niche. If you have a mom blog and write content about organizing, you can use keywords like parenting tips, organizing tips, or decluttering in your bio description.

Choose the best blogs to pin

While you want to drive more people to your website, pinning every blog on Pinterest is not necessary. To get better results, we recommend doing some quick research to find what topics people are searching for and are already pinning.

As you do your research, create a list of the search words and common words found in the title and description. It would be easier for you to drive traffic to your blog if you pin blog posts that already have an audience on Pinterest.

What’s great about Pinterest is that you can create multiple pins for the same blog. It would be a good idea to try out different titles to see which one would capture your audience’s attention and bring the most traffic to your site.

Make your pins standout 

Since Pinterest is a visual platform, you must create pins that are visually appealing. Otherwise, yours will be lost in the sea of other content.

Use high-quality, vertical images on your Pinterest pins to really get people’s attention and stop them from scrolling. Also, make sure that it matches the recommended size for pins (2:3 aspect ratio or 1000 x 1500 pixels). You can create custom images with the size you want on Canva.

Another great way to make your pins stand out is to create curiosity with your pins. The goal is to provide just enough information to pique their interest but leave them wanting more. This way, they’ll have no choice but to click through to your blog to learn more. This strategy will not only help increase engagement but will also drive traffic to your blog.

Publish at the best times 

Just like any other social network, timing is critical on Pinterest. Your pins are likely to get more clicks if you publish at a time when more people are online and ready to interact with you.

According to Oberlo, the best times to post are on Fridays and Saturdays, around 8:00 to 11:00 pm and 2:00 am to 4:00 am.

Tailwind, a scheduling tool for Pinterest, has a SmartSchedule feature that suggests the best time to post based on your industry and the activity on your pins.

Spread the word 

Now that everything is set, it’s time to let your avid readers and loyal followers know that you also have an active presence on Pinterest.

Leverage all the social channels you’re already using and tell your followers about your Pinterest page. And don’t forget to link your website to your Pinterest page.

Final thoughts

Getting started with Pinterest can be quite confusing. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll realize how a social media platform most people ignore can have so much impact on your blog growth.

Establishing a Pinterest presence for your blog doesn’t have to be intimidating. Whether you’re an established blogger or you’re just getting started, we’re here to help.

Schedule a free 30-minute consultation with us, and we’ll help you bring more traffic to your blog with Pinterest marketing.
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How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog With Pinterest

 

How to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog With Pinterest

Social Media Tips For The Holiday Season

As the holiday season sneak up and the end of the year approaches once again, most business owners are thinking of ways to connect with their audience while looking for one last push to finish the year strong.

Every business owner I know has more on their plate than usual at this time of the year. They’re focused on mapping out their holiday social media strategy and pushing out online deals that would capture their audience’s attention. After all, consumers are already at their computers, with their credit cards on standby. You don’t want to get left behind.

Use these tips to get ahead of the marketing game and stand out from the competition.

Create holiday-themed content

Did you know that 64% of consumers turn to social media platforms when looking for gift ideas for their friends and loved ones? If you haven’t already, take this opportunity to share deals and special offers on your social media pages.

Of course, you shouldn’t just focus on deals. You want to offer valuable content to your fans and followers.

Take time to fill your social media calendar with holiday-themed content. Depending on what niche you’re in, you can create some gift guides, share holiday recipes, or even share some safety tips.

Host a holiday giveaway

With the competition getting tougher every year, businesses are looking for a way to stand out. Now, the only thing that’s better than a good deal is something you can get for free. Hosting a holiday giveaway gives your audience a chance to get a free give for themselves or their loved ones.

The key to a successful giveaway is high demand. That said, you need to provide a compelling incentive — something your audience wants. For best results, you can involve your audience in the planning process. Conduct a survey and ask them what they’d like you to giveaway.

But before you start planning what to give away and what the guidelines are, it is important to determine your goal. Are you looking for ways to grow your email list? Or are you hoping to get your followers involved with your brand?

Get your ads ready to go

The holiday season is a busy time for business owners. People are already in buying mode as they’re looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. If you want to generate more sales, you’d like to get your products in front of your audience. And running ads is one of the best ways to do so.

But here’s the thing… Ad costs usually go up this time of year since there is more competition. That means you’d have to pay a bit more than you would on a regular day.

To make the most of your ad budget, we suggest that you focus on warm audiences- those already familiar with your brand. Customers with pre-existing brand affinity are easier to convert than new, unproven audiences.

Create genuine holiday messages

2021 is nearing its end. This is the perfect opportunity for you to connect with your clients and customers in an authentic, non-salesy way. Not only will it help you build a relationship with them, but it’s also a good way to cut through the noise.

Remember that most users receive dozens of “Happy Holidays” emails from brands during the holiday season, so make sure yours stand out. So if you decide to send holiday greetings via email, we suggest that you create a powerful, personal message that honestly speaks to your audience.

A video message would be a great option if you want to increase your engagement while showing your customers how much you appreciate their support. Why? Because studies suggest that 72% of consumers prefer watching videos from businesses over other types of marketing.

Practice the art of storytelling

It’s the season of joy, giving, and gratefulness once again. Use this time to share a heartwarming story with your fans and followers and practice the art of storytelling.

With more vying for the attention of online shoppers, it becomes even more challenging to cut through the noise. A nice, touching story will capture your audience’s attention and get the readers into the holiday spirit.

There are a lot of ways to tell a story. You can write a blog, conduct an interview, or create a short video. The key is to focus on brand cohesion and a story that your audience can resonate with.

Final thoughts

The holidays is a time of joy and togetherness for many of us. But for businesses, both big and small, it’s also the biggest period for online sales. All of a sudden, you’re met with a flurry of holiday advertisements and tempting shopping deals.

If you need help capturing the festive season in your social media posts and looking to separate your brand from the competition, we encourage you to book a free 30-minute call with us. We’ll help you build your social strategy and prepare for a more profitable 2022.

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Can you believe we are already in the last month of 2021? It has flown by, and that brings me to my point of this video today. When to hire a digital marketing agency?

When is it time to bring in a company to help with your online marketing? This can be anything from social media to blogging, videos, your overall strategy, website help, landing pages, lead magnets, all of these components equal a big piece of your marketing, and with online marketing, there’s no way around it. You have to be online.

2020 really showed us that as business owners, there are a lot of people that had been in business for years selling some type of a product at events, and they had a very strong following. Once that went away due to the pandemic and shutdowns, they didn’t have the online component to help support them. Another example is if they were a coach, and just had the in-person meetings, and they didn’t have the systems in place to bring their patients online while being HIPAA compliant and being able to set up those different pieces that they needed to maintain their business.

Now coming to the end of 2021, we’ve learned a lot over the past almost two years. What do we need to do? As a business owner, if you don’t have employees, you most likely have independent contractors, maybe you have a bookkeeper, a graphic designer, a virtual assistant, and all of those people play a crucial role and being able to help you move forward every day, every month,  and every year. When it’s time to hire a digital marketing agency, and a lot of times people think it’s just too much, I’m never gonna be able to afford that, and there are different companies with different structures, Social Speak has been in business for 14 years, and we work hand-in-hand with our clients of all different sizes, from just solopreneur up to 52, 125 employees and more.

Looking at what projects do you need help with? Having a virtual assistant is absolutely probably one of the best things you’ll be able to invest your money in because they help with those daily tasks, they’re able to make sure that you are staying accountable and that you’re getting things done that need to be done. Whether that is sending out emails, scheduling meetings, maybe even putting together social media posts, if that’s something that they’re comfortable with. When we come into play is when you need help with that overall strategy. If you are a commerce shop and now you’ve started a Shopify store online and your sales are good and you’re growing, but you need help kind of getting to that next level, what does that look like?

Here are some questions you may be asking yourself:

  • What does that strategy look like?
  • How do you implement a successful Facebook campaign for ads?
  • Do boosted Facebook posts work?
  • Do you get more out of Pinterest?
  • How can Pinterest drive traffic to your website?
  • How do you create those images?

These pieces may be outside the skill set of your VA, which is completely fine. That’s where we come in to help bridge that gap. To be able to get you from point A to point B. We like to work in phases, phase one, this is what we want to do, phase two, phase three, etc. We will be working through things together and you’re able to have that support that you need on a technical side. The behind the scenes stuff can get messy and confusing like the Shopify sites, shipping, e-commerce shops on Facebook and Google, running the right ads, creating the right drip campaigns, and even remarketing ads.   How are you able to get those ads in front of more people? How are you able to do a remarketing campaign and make sure that the people that have shown interest in that ad are seeing it again? So they finally say, “Fine, I’ll buy… I’ll buy that item.” We all have seen those ads when we click on something on Amazon and then we see them on Facebook, those are remarketing ads, so how do you create campaigns like that to stay in front of your audience? Are you using the correct system for your email marketing? Are you sending out newsletters? Are you growing your email list? Those are all other pieces that where a digital marketing agency’s expertise comes in and can help you streamline your process and your systems and make sure that everything is in line and working the way that you want it to be working.

Whether you are a solopreneur, a coach, or maybe even have a small business, and you’re thinking of, “How can I… BLANK – create a free download, grow my email list, etc.  This is where a digital marketing agency comes in to help you navigate this online world and be able to show the best results possible, because that is key, if you have the right processes and systems in place, your success is only gonna continue to grow and you got into the business because you hopefully love what you do.

Maybe you’re creating these products, you’re hand-making them, or you are importing them, but they are… They mean something to you, you have a mission, you have core values that you wanna share to with the world, and this is what you wanna do, but you lack knowledge on that behind the scenes technical side of things, because in online marketing, there’s something new every day, and things are changing constantly, so if you’re not staying up on top of what those changes are and how to rethink this and make sure that people that are buying your products are then into being synced automatically into an email list and that you know where they came from and you’re using the correct coupon codes, and we can go on and on, but it’s important to understand that you have options and there are resources there for you, like Social Speak Network to be able to help you get from this point to this point, and help grow your business.

If you are looking to grow your business in 2022 and being able to look at that strategy, that overall strategy, what are the things that you need to change, what are the things you need to rethink, what are new things you wanna implement. We are here to help you. Please head on over to socialspeaknetwork.com, schedule a free 30-minute consultation. Let’s go over what you have been doing, what’s been working, and some ideas of what you would like to see and how we may be able to help fulfill that strategy and digital marketing agency role for your business to take it to the next level.

How Influencer Marketing Can Help Grow Your Brand

Influencer marketing has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. Although once regarded as a fad, this strategy has now taken the digital marketing world by storm. In fact, brands and retailers are turning towards influencers as major marketing channels.

Influencer marketing is expected to be worth $15 billion in 2022, with over 72% of marketers planning to increase their marketing budgets over the coming year. 

Have you ever wondered how influencers can help your brand?

Here are 5 reasons why influencer marketing can be a good idea for your business.

Reach new audience

Most businesses are having trouble increasing their fan base. If you are running a small business, your brand only exists to the people who have heard of it before. If you are hoping to grow your brand, make sure to incorporate influencer marketing into your marketing campaign.

Influencers have made an art out of creating devoted audiences with their voice and content. By reaching out to influencers who are talking to your target audience, you can increase the number of people who are familiar with your brand. By having them on your side, you’ll be able to reach even more consumers and engage with them. Eventually, it will help generate a loyal brand following.

For best results, be sure to choose an influencer who has a relevant audience for your brand.

Lower marketing cost

Big companies would hire celebrities to earn visibility for their products and services. Unfortunately, not all businesses have the capability to spend that much on their marketing campaign. Working with an influencer will help you increase your visibility without spending a lot of money.

Most influencers are active on different social media platforms. That means he/she can share your content on each platform. This will help increase your online visibility and help you build a strong social media presence. Since each initiative has multiple uses, influencer marketing will lower your marketing costs.

Increase trust in your brand

Aside from helping your reach your target audience, influencer marketing can also help you establish trust between you and your audience.

Today’s consumers are smart. They no longer fall for gimmicks and promotions. They do research and read feedbacks before purchasing. Often, they base their buying decisions on recommendations from family, friends, or online influencers. Instead of spouting off a list of glowing adjectives to describe your products and services, let the influencers do the talking.

Influencers have already built strong relationships with their followers. People consume their content and respect their recommendations. Since influencers carry a lot of credibility on social media, this will help build trust with your target audience. Remember, word-of-mouth recommendations spread through social media faster than fire in a dry field.

Win-win long-term partnership

Working with an influencer who shares the same market as yours is a win-win. In the long run, your relationship will generate results that will benefit both of you.

Studies suggest that more and more brands prefer working with influencers for at least 6 months instead of one-off campaigns. This allows them to build long-lasting relationships that lead to long-term success.

Despite its apparent advantage, investing in influencer marketing would be a waste of time and money if you’re working with the wrong one. Take time to see if you and the influencer have matching values before partnering up with one.

Enriched content strategy

Fresh and unique content is important to keep your audiences engaged. But let’s face it. It’s not easy to churn out new content on a regular basis. There will come a time when you run out of ideas, and don’t know what to write or talk about. This is where influencers come in handy.

Influencers know how to create quality and engaging content. They can help you come up with new ideas and fill the gaps in your content calendar. The best part? Their followers would be more than happy to read or watch the content they produce, which is beneficial to your business.

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Holiday Marketing Tips to Boost Ecommerce Sales

Holidays are undoubtedly the best time of the year to rake in the best profits. It’s that one season when consumers not only shop for themselves but for everyone else who matters to them.

People who usually don’t visit your site may suddenly be on the lookout for a gift for themselves or their family and friends. Either way, they are consumers. The only possible problem is that every brand is vying for their attention.

So how can you ensure that your e-commerce store stands out? Use these tips to boost your sales this holiday season.

Offer bundles

Every business owner shares a common goal: to generate more sales. Product bundling is a win-win for both sellers and buyers. You get to sell more products. Buyers, on the other hand, get a discount for buying multiple products. Plus, they get to save money on shipping.

This was a marketing strategy that Nintendo used years ago. They bundled their gaming consoles and video games, and the sales went up by 100,000.

The key is to find the right mix of your products for your bundled package. If you’re selling cosmetics, you can create a bundle that includes lipstick and a lip liner. They’re complementary products and would make sense for consumers to buy them as a bundle.

Highlight bestsellers  

For most e-commerce stores, their best-selling items make up 80% of their sales. These are proven products your customers love. If you’re targeting a cold audience, you want to be sure you’re putting your best foot forward.

Showcasing your bestsellers and recommendations on your platform will make it easily accessible for your shoppers. It can hasten their decision-making process. You’ll be doing them a favor by guiding them on what’s best in-store.

Create gift guides

People turn to Google for gift ideas for their loved ones. By creating gift guides, you’re not just doing your audience a favor; you’re also attracting more customers and improving your search engine rankings.

Of course, you’d want to include your products on the list. Be sure to highlight the features and benefits of each product to show people why it would make a great gift.

The more specific the gift guide, the more likely will it capture people’s attention. Consider the demographic of your audience when writing gift guides. Think about their age, gender, hobbies, interests, etc.

Maximize email marketing

With an average of 24% Click Through Rate and a 6% Conversion Rate, email remains to be the most cost-effective way to speak to your buyers at a personal level. This is where you build relationships with them way before the holidays.

To make the most out of the holiday season, you need to plan ahead. Send out teasers to build excitement for your upcoming sales. So when the day comes, your subscribers will be ready to click the “buy now” button.

Make sure that you personalize your email campaigns. There’s a good chance your competitors are also sending out emails. The last thing you want is for your emails to be lost in an inbox full of similar offers.

Redesign with a festive theme

Want to capture the attention of your potential buyers? Ensure that your E-commerce site, particularly your landing page, is in line with the festive theme of the season.

Choose a theme that resonates with the mood and the spirit of your target market. Changing colors, adding graphics, adding a dedicated category for the holidays would call better attention to your online store.

Make mobile shopping easy

It’s no surprise that the global population is attached to their mobile phones. Make sure that your mobile site is easy to navigate and that checkout is a breeze.

The more user-friendly your mobile site is, the more likely shoppers would do business with you. Support thematic searches (i.e., gifts for men, gifts for her) and give leeway for misspelling for an easier search. According to research, 25% of shoppers leave their cart because navigation and checkout are too complicated. Be mindful not to do that.

Offer limited-time discounts

To encourage buyers to complete their shopping, highlight any discounts on their existing items in the cart. A scarce offer for a limited time frame may also induce a sense of urgency to complete the process. Remember that competition is tough out there. The better your offer is compared to others, the more likely that consumers will stick with you.

Automate as much as you can

Incorrect orders and delivery delays are two of the many things that can completely turn away a customer for good. With the influx of orders during the holidays, automate as much as possible to reduce errors and mistakes.

Final thoughts 

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for both retail and e-commerce business owners. But let’s face it. Increasing sales isn’t something you can achieve overnight. It requires careful planning and a robust marketing strategy.

If you need help with your holiday marketing campaign, please feel free to reach out to us. Schedule a free 30-minute call with us, and we’ll help you create a marketing strategy that will boost your conversion rates not just on the festive days but the whole year-round.

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Social Media Etiquette Golden Rules for Posting on Business Accounts

Social media has tremendous power, especially for businesses. It allows you to build a relationship with your audience and generate leads. While it provides an easy and convenient way to connect with your audience, this connectivity carries risks.

In order to ensure that your business creates a respectful, valuable, and welcomed presence on social media, it is important to adhere to the etiquette. Keep in mind that social media is a public forum. One small mistake can have a negative effect on your brand’s reputation. A careless Facebook post or tweet can spiral into a full-blown crisis.

Here is some basic social media etiquette for businesses to help you get started.

Build a positive social media image 

Social media provides the perfect platform for you to get maximum exposure and strengthen your brand image.

Building a positive social media image means building a reputation. The best way to do this is to build a relationship with your audience. Create content that would get people talking. Make sure to respond to messages and comments to keep the conversation going.

Spread positivity by sharing uplifting content and inspirational news. Celebrate your wins and spotlight your employees on social media. This puts your company or organization in a good light by showing your audience that you care about your people.

Avoid over-sharing

Consistency is the key to social media success. You need to have a posting schedule and stick to it. Your audience will forget that you exist if you don’t post regularly. However, posting too often can annoy your fans and followers.

According to studies, one or two posts a day is enough to maintain an active presence on social media. This will help keep you relevant without becoming a nuisance. You are likely to see a 50% drop in engagement per post if you post 3 times or more per day.

Be self-centered in small doses

Most businesses use social media to provide their audience with updates about their business. Often, they use it to advertise their products and services. Although it’s fine to use social to promote your business, make sure that you encourage two-way communication. Don’t just bombard people with promotions, updates, and advertisements, communicate with them.

Use social media to engage your audience. If you want people to buy your products or use your services, you need to gain their trust. To do that, you first need to build a relationship with them. Strike a balance between entertaining, informative, and promotional to keep your audience engaged. Also, encourage people to comment on your posts and join in on the discussion. Ask questions, respond to their comments, share user-generated content.

Creating a social media calendar will not only help you plan and visualize your social media content but will also prevent you from publishing poorly written content.

Tame your hashtags

Hashtags can be quite beneficial to your social media marketing plan. They can help put your content in front of people and expand your reach. They can be advantageous as long as you don’t go overboard.  But if you use too much of them, they can be distracting. It can also make you look desperate.

Just because you can use 30 hashtags on Instagram, it doesn’t mean you should Use hashtags wisely. To make sure that you get more engagement, choose hashtags that are relevant to your business. For best results, create a unique hashtag for your business.

Don’t badmouth your competition

Some businesses badmouth their competitors in the hopes of discrediting them. However, this can do more harm than good to your business. You probably already hate your competitors, but bashing them makes you look silly and childish.

Focus on the great things about your business and keep the conversations positive. As the old adage goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”

 

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