1 Quick Tip to Create Eye-Catching Pins on Pinterest

Pinterest is a social media platform for sharing images and organising them into categories. It’s sort of like the those teenage Dolly posters you used to have plastered all over your room. The pictures of Jensen Ackles from Supernatural or maybe even Robert Pattinson from Twilight (please no!). Except without having the images randomly all over your room, they would be under categories of ‘hot guys’, ‘quotes’ or ‘friends’. You can do all this on Pinterest but that’s for your personal account. You do not post those images on a business Pinterest account. Don’t do it! (or else…)

Currently in Australia there aren’t too many people using Pinterest. There are only around 350,000 unique users down under. See more stats here. However if (like me) your target audience is in America, aged 35-54, then have I got a golden nugget of a social media platform for you!

What’s the Best Type of Image for Pinterest?

I’ve done the research for you from a Pinterest academy called Pinfinity so never fear, I know what I’m talking about this time. Don’t always listen to me.

The best type of images to use on Pinterest are long, skinny ones. See below.

Long skinny images

See how much the image on the right that I highlighted stands out? I won’t get into the details but if you want to know why long skinny images get the most eye balls and clicks, click here.

How to Create LONG, SKINNY Images using Picmonkey.com

Picmonkey is FREE and so easy to use for creating images for Pinterest. I highly recommend it!

I’ll show you step by step how to create an image for Pinterest using some images for Michelle Rose Fit (the business I’m a social media manager for).

1. After you click here to go to their website, click on the Collage icon at the top. See below!

Collage

2. A pop up of your documents will appear. You need to select some images to use.

2. Click the button on the left side of your screen with the collage icon. And then click ‘ducks in a row’ – I chose the one with three images side by side.

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3. Next click the rotating arrow to make the image long and skinny!

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4. Click and drag the images you want to use in your picture. In my case I decided to only use 2 images so I clicked the ‘x’ button to get rid of a square.

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5. Position your cursor on any edge of your image to drag and stretch the picture.

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6. Click edit to add text. Note: Once you go to the edit stage, you cannot go back and change your image! So annoying, I know.

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7. Click add text (wow so simple!) Then double click on the textbox that appears to type in your text. Click and highlight the text to change colour. And use the edges to drag and move the size around. If you want to move the text around, simply click off the text box then hover and click on the text to drag around.

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My finished product!

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Will you use Picmonkey now? What other Pinterest tips do you have? I’d like to know how to make that amazing infographic in the first image I posted. Any tips for me?

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Are you using Facebook Formulas? You Better Be!

I’m going to share with you some amazing formulas to use on Facebook and try right now. Let me know what you find after you’ve read through the steps of using Facebook formulas. 🙂 By the way, this practical tip is called Facebook Graph Search.

After working through Amy Porterfield’s Facebook academy, I’ve learned many useful and practical tips for managing a company’s Facebook page. It’s crazy how much you can learn online without a degree.

I’ve implemented some of the tips and I’m already seeing massive engagement changes on the company page I work for – which is Michelle Rose Fit. Feel free to give a sneaky like and I’ll love you forever ;P.

So Facebook formulas… what are they? You use them in the search bar on Facebook to find out about your fans and what other pages they like. Can you see the millions of opportunities just popping into your head? Probably not, so keep reading:

Here’s some business opportunities to finding out what your fans also like on Facebook:

  • You’ll find each individual person who likes your page or others. You can look at their public bio, learn about them and who they are, what other pages they’re liking and you can get specifics on gender and age too!
  • You’ll find out their interests so you can target specific posts to increase engagement – create memes, personal posts or videos. You can find what movies, music, games they like and more.
  • You’ll find out your competition. Now it’s a given how that will help you right? You can follow your competition, find out what they post, what gets people most engaged, what products they’re selling etc.

So what are the formulas you say? Just tell me already!

The Formulas

I want you to open another tab and open up Facebook. Of course, knowing you, you already have one open.

Go to the ‘Home’ page and click on the ‘Search Facebook’ bar at the top.

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All you have to do is type in these formulas and click enter: (don’t include page names in brackets)

Learn about your fans

  • Fans of (your page name) – here a list will pop up of all the fans who like this page. You can type this in for ANY company and get detailed information. If you’re not getting all the information, click ‘See more’ or click the ‘People’ tab at the top.
  • People who like (page name) and (your page name)
  • Pages liked by males fans of (your page name)
  • Pages liked by female fans of (your page name)
  • Pages liked by people over the age of 45 who like (your page name)
  • Pages liked by women over the age of 25 and who like (page name)

Learn about your fan’s interests

  • Pages liked by runners who like (your page name) – change the word runners into any other interests you can think of (e.g swimmers, marketers, shoppers)
  • Favorite interests of people who like (your page name)
  • Favorite interests of men who live in Australia and who like (page name)
  • Groups of people who like (your page name)
  • Places in City, Country visited by people who like (page name) (e.g Melbourne, Australia)
  • Movies liked by people who like (page name)
  • Games played by people who like (page name)
  • Favorite music of people who like (page name)

Learn about your competition

  • Pages liked by people who like (page name)
  • Pages liked by people who like (page name) and (your page name)

Want to know more? Check out this article on Facebook Graph Search.

Let’s Try It!

I tried ‘Favorite interests of men who live in Australia and who like Apple’ and drinking and hugging came up. HOW HILARIOUS! And true perhaps?

men who like apple

I typed in ‘pages liked by shoppers who like Myer’QV Melbourne and Luna Park Sydney came up. See right there, Myer could know a potential interest of their fans? They like Luna Park! They could hold events or discounts for Luna Park.

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I also tried ‘Pages liked by women over the age of 25 and who like Myer’ and see what came up below:

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Lastly, I tried ‘Places in Melbourne, Australia visited by people who like Myer’ and Crown Melbourne and Federation Square were the results. People who like Myer seem to be in the city a lot don’t they?

australia visited

Now it’s your turn. Let me know what you found out about your favourites pages? What other pages do they like? What are their interests? 

What Can We Learn from Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is a crowd funding website for creative projects. We can learn a lot from successful Kickstarter campaigns in our own digital marketing journey. You can imagine how difficult it is to go from $0 to $50,000 to crowd a new product or idea you may have. You can’t just set up the campaign and hope people will find it – you have to market it; show people why you’re different.

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Coolest Cooler struggled big time to get funds in the beginning. People weren’t finding them or weren’t interested because they needed a more ‘authoritative’ person to tell them it was a good project.

Ryan Grepper, creator of the Coolest Cooler learned that by reaching out to niche bloggers first, he could slowly climb his way to the top. And he did! He started contacting small blogs, then branched out. For each subsequent blogger, he told them ‘we were featured on this blog’ and that kept going until one day, he got onto the Today Show and became one of the most funded Kickstarter projects!

(c) FuzDesigns

Noke is a bluetooth padlock! Weird, right? You use your smartphone to unlock the lock or to be given permission to unlock the lock. How they climbed their way to fame was by gathering a social media audience early, well before Nokes were ready to be manufactured. Why is this important? They were able to build suspense in their followers every time they shared sneak peeks and little bits of information about Noke’s features.

By the time Noke was ready to be launched, they had a line at their doorstep with money flying everywhere.They made sure they used popular hashtags already trending and asked to participate in podcasts as well as blogs. 

This next example hasn’t become a success yet but I wanted to share it because it personally touched my heart. It is called Help Put Injured Pets Back on all Fours. Click the link to watch the heart-felt video of a disabled dog and how they were able to use 3D Printing to create prosthetic legs so he could run properly again. I happened to donate but I’m not sure if it’ll reach its target. A little hint, my next blog will include my video assignment and it may have something to do with pets.

Personally, any campaign related to animal welfare will turn my head and cause me to get involved. Is this the same for you? What’s a passion of yours that a digital marketer could influence you within seconds?

There are endless examples of successful Kickstarter campaigns out there. I won’t burden you with them all.

But maybe you can help me. Which Kickstarter campaigns do you like/have heard of? Have you ever funded a crowd funding campaign? What else can we learn from these platforms?

Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

How to be Connected but not Addicted to Social Media

Your Addiction is Helping Marketers

Digital marketers are now prying into your personal life.

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Holly playing with a toy

The TED Talk “The Curly Fry Conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you think” by Jennifer Golbeck explains how social media marketers are collecting data about your online activities. For example, they can now infer how smart you are depending on what you ‘Like’ on Facebook. If you like Twilight on Facebook, you may not be that smart (I’m joking! Or am I?).

Marketers around the world have so much data to play with, and it’s all because of your addiction. Although everyone’s addiction will help us in the workplace when we start playing with data, we also need to take a step back from the internet and smell the fresh air so to speak. Follow the example of my sister’s Dalmatian Holly to the right.

Keep reading to find out the real problems with being addicted to the internet and social media.

Problems with Your Addiction to the Internet

Are you Addicted to Social Media? (c) IFB

Are you Addicted to Social Media? (c) IFB

1. You’re less connected with your friends and family in real life:

Your addiction to the internet links to less participation in offline activities according to Espinoza and Juvonen’s 2011 study. When you feel bored, you can easily fill up your time by scrolling through your news feed instead of spending that time with your family dog.

Personally, I used to be addicted to the internet from 2008-2011. I played an online role-playing game called Impressive Title and I would easily spend up to 6 hours a day playing this game. When I wasn’t playing the game, I was instant messaging the friends I made from said game.

It was only when I went to Thailand in 2011 that I realized how amazing life can be when you spend time off the internet. All the amazing activities, the enjoyment, the thrill and the connections made with my siblings were much more memorable than this game.

What have you been addicted to? Let me know in the comments?

2. Looking down at your phone is causing you health problems

(c) Ed Yourdon

(c) Ed Yourdon

Did you know looking down at your phone at a 60 degree angle is the same as a 27 kilogram weight on your neck? That’s equal to 10 house bricks on your neck! The more you do this, the more likely your muscles will wear and tear and degenerate. Instead, align your phone horizontally with your face, just how you would sit and stare straight at a computer screen.

3. Your sleep suffers

So apparently looking at screens for too long is bad for our sleep. We all know this, but how many of us actually listen to the advice of shutting off all technology an hour before sleep? The blue light from your iPhone and computer screen limits your body’s production of melatonin – your sleep regulating hormone. You won’t feel as tired as you should and sleep will be more difficult.

I always have this problem of lying in bed and not having sleep come to me. Normally I turn to my iPhone and listen to How Stuff Works podcasts under ‘Stuff Mom Never Told You”. After a while I get tired enough to shut off the two girls voices and go straight to sleep. So clearly I’m naughty and don’t listen to the scientists!

What’s your technique to go to sleep?

How to Still be Connected

1. Set yourself a time to browse social media

Do you set yourself a time to use social media?

Do you set yourself a time to use social media?

Perhaps give yourself 3 times a day you can scroll through your news feed. In the morning, in the afternoon and at night. Limit yourself to 5 minutes as well.

I find that by only using my iPhone, and not my computer for Facebook, I spend less time on Facebook. It is more difficult to load websites on my phone than it is a computer so I can’t be bothered.

2. Use it as a reward

Use a 15 minute social media browse as a reward for finishing your homework, cleaning your room or doing the dishes

3. Turn ON notificationsmail

Turning on notifications allows you to go about your daily work and not feel the need to constantly refresh your notification list. Whenever I get a personal message, my phone will tell me. I don’t feel the need to refresh my messages on Facebook as much because of this. The same goes for emails too.

Do you agree with this? Or do you leave your notifications off? If I get a message ‘ding’, I finish what I’m doing and then I reply as a reward. Positive reinforcement for the win!

Tell me, I want to know!

1. What have you been addicted to? A specific game? Flappy Bird? A book, a social media platform?

2. How do you help yourself fall asleep? Do you turn off technology or use technology to tire yourself out like me?

3. What are your methods of staying connected but not being addicted to the internet? Do you agree with my methods?

References:

Espinoza, G. and Juvonen, J. (2011), “The pervasiveness, connectedness and intrusiveness of social network sites”,Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, Vol. 14 No. 12, pp. 705-709.