Pinterest, Vine and Google Plus: three of the sites to keep an eye on in 2014.
Predictions to help businesses stay ahead of the curve
Guest post by Nikhil Jain
Target audience: Marketing professionals, SEO specialists, PR pros, brand managers, businesses, nonprofits, educators, Web publishers, journalists.
With 2014 knocking on the door, we thought it was time to put down the eggnog and take a hard look at what’s going to be hot on the social media marketing front the coming year — and what won’t be hot.
Before we do, let’s take a quick look at a roundup of trends that have originated from the most popular social networks this year. Continue reading →
Maintain your social profiles for better search results
Guest post by Cara Aley
With your company focused on its business goals and set up on social channels, it’s critically important that your online business reputation be one that is polished and positive. As you’re likely to be in the market for new customers, clients, partners or investors, it’s important that when they run a Google search on your business or startup, not only are you properly search engine optimized but that meaningful and positive results appear.
Social media as a marketing strategy is an important method for ensuring that this happens, and should be prioritized as much as or more than any other marketing strategy. I’ll explain why.
Social media profiles are critical for search engine optimization (SEO). You know what SEO is. (See Socialmedia.biz’s series on online reputation.) Now it’s time to start building those social media profiles in order to improve your SEO. Continue reading →
Flipboard, Foursquare, Instagram, memes & more ideas!
OK, we’re in the second week of January, but most of us are just settling back into work. So now’s a good time to think about where you want to take your digital marketing efforts for the rest of 2013.
Take what you want, leave the rest and let me know in the comments where you agree or (especially) disagree.
Start a blog
1I know what you may be thinking: Blogging is dead. However, if you’ll notice, most of what folks are sharing online via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+ are articles via links. The only real way of creating and providing content that can easily be shared everywhere is via a blog or some other kind of bloggish platform. Continue reading →
“Content is king!” Ah, the wonderfully overused statement that makes me want to throw my monitor at the wall and then hang my head in shame because it’s actually true. I feel like I can safely assume that we can all agree on the increasing importance of awesome content. Recently, it seems like everyone is championing for companies to evolve the way in which they approach creating content. (e.g. Coca-Cola’s 2020 content strategy. If you haven’t watched these videos, I’d highly recommend investing 20 minutes in order to see how big brands are changing the way they think about a cohesive marketing strategy.)
Besides the obvious SEO benefits to having original content, engaging material also helps your customers remember your brand. So having things people find interesting on your site makes it more likely for them to come back. Continue reading →
Target audience: Businesses, brands, marketers, Web publishers — anyone with a Pinterest account and a website.
You may have missed the announcement Thursday that Pinterest is now giving website owners a way to verify your website on your Pinterest profile page, whether it’s your own page or your brand’s page.
The idea is that by attaching your online identity to your Pinterest account, it brings a little more authority and credibility to your pages there — or, as Pinterest puts it, they’re letting you “express who you are.” It’s a good idea to go ahead and do that, since the pinboard-style image sharing website is now the third most popular social networking site, behind only Facebook and Twitter. (I’m at http://pinterest.com/jdlasica, come say hi and show off your own boards.)
3 steps to verify, but you need access to your site
1To begin, log in to your Pinterest account and select Settings in the dropdown under your icon at the top right. Scroll down and click the Verify Website button next to your site’s url. Note that Pinterest only supports verification for top-level domains, like www.yourcompany.com (or .org, .biz, .co, etc.). Continue reading →
Driving big traffic and making Pinterest a real marketing solution
Guest post by Colby Almond
When I was first introduced to Digg in 2007, I didn’t leave the computer until I absorbed every piece of information that Kevin Rose made available to me. When I switched over to Reddit in 2008, I found the content even more enthralling and gave out upvotes until my fingers bled on nearly ever subreddit. A few months ago my girlfriend, Alaina, was on her laptop on the couch totally enchanted by some type of site I had never seen before. However, I knew the passion and attention she was giving the site was all too familiar. There she was pinning and repinning content onto her boards like it was her job.
As a marketer of nearly seven years, I absolutely knew this “Pinterest” thing was going to be huge. I never would have expected, however, that it would change the world of viral marketing so quickly.
By early this year, Pinterest exploded from a casual social network to an absolute powerhouse of more than 10 million users. It’s now driving more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn. For a social network that long remainded under the radar for the marketing industry, these are numbers that can’t be ignored.Continue reading →