Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tips for Small Business - Pinterest

Pinterest is a mega scrapbook, that's for sure but can be very valuable for small business. Here are some great times we gleaned from the internet on how to make your pins, "Pinworthy" and draw customers to your door or website:

No. 1: Make your website Pin-friendly. Users can “pin” items to their personal boards by using a downloadable “Pin It” widget. To encourage consumers to engage with your company’s content, Etlinger suggests having a “Pin It” button on all content on your site, similar to the buttons that enable users to share content on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter.
“Having the pinning symbol is a fantastic intelligence tool,” says Etlinger, because it can show business owners what content is resonating with viewers online.
No. 2: Organize your content. Pinterest enables all users to create themed boards. Alexis Krisay, a partner at Serendipit Consulting, says businesses should organize content by theme, making it easier for other users to find and browse content.
“If you’re a home d├ęcor shop, organize boards so you have a home accessories board, a couches and chairs board and a pillows board,” says Krisay.
No. 3: Brand your pins. While it takes more time, the experts agree that branding the photos that are uploaded to Pinterest is worth the added effort.
“By including your logo on photos, when users share that photo, they’re sharing your logo,” says Krisay.
Etlinger agrees that businesses should use branding as much as makes sense. A logo in a corner is a subtle touch, while a huge watermark over the image may turn off some Pinners.
No. 4: Include shopper-friendly information. Compared to other social sites like Facebook or Twitter, Sterling says Pinterest users approach the platform with a shopping mindset. To take advantage of that, he and the other experts suggest including as much “shopper-friendly” information as possible, describing the product or service featured.
“Put as much detailed product information as you can without it looking hard or difficult,” advises Etlinger.
Drawing from real-life client experiences, Krisay says she has a realtor client who started including information about the homes he was showing (price, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc.) and doubled the number of direct leads on his website.
No. 5: Engage the community. Krisay advises her clients to spend approximately an hour each day on social media, dividing the time between various platforms like Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Aside from uploading new photos of inventory, the experts say business owners should seek to become active in the online community.
“Don’t follow people to get follows,” says Sterling, “but be actively involved in a sincere way.”
This might include repinning content that is relevant to your boards, answering users’ questions on your items or commenting on other users’ content.
“Think of this as a way to create broader and richer relationship with current and potential customers and friends,” says Etlinger.

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