Tag: Pinterest.

pinterestspamAs Pinterest continually grows in one of the largest and possibly the most popular of the image sharing social sites, it does have it’s share of scammers and spammers, just like any internet site that you could actually find yourself accidentally clicking on. But just like any email or web page you are asked to visit, you must always take precaution when proceeding to do so. That just makes best business sense to protect your computer and to protect others from becoming infected if you have unknowingly started a virus or you’ve shared your information without realizing your identity has been stolen.

Examples of Spam, Scams and Hoaxes

Spammers can set up bogus accounts, using an automated software, so they can follow you, in hopes of you following them back. They’ll pin what you think is interesting images, then you re-pin them, sharing them with others. Spammers can also hack your account, discovering what your password is, then taking over your Pinterest account and posting pins on your behalf.

Bogus surveys have made their way into Pinterest, creating a way for scammers to offer a free gift for someone that completes it. First, you’re lured into clicking on the free gift Pinterest image, then as part of receiving the free gift, you have to share the pin on your profile, thus providing a way for many more to access the pin so they can re-pin it. That’s where it can take off and become “viral” in a bad way. 

After you complete the survey, you will be asked for address information and debit/credit card information so you can receive your free gift in the mail. The only gift you will receive is a big fat nothing!

As a photo sharing platform, you’re bound to run into fake images that have been altered or photoshopped to be considered as real images. Don’t fall for that. These are images created by your scammers. As I mentioned before, it’s best to practice caution when pinning or re-pinning images that look suspicious. 

If you want to avoid the ugly side of scamming and spamming on Pinterest, here are three tips to remember when marketing and networking on Pinterest:

  1. Use caution when clicking on any image, even on friends’ sites and you should be just a bit wary about participating in surveys or re-pinning suspicious images.
  2. Never, ever disclose your password or provide personal information to a site you’re not comfortable with. If it sounds fishy, then it is most likely a scammer trying to lift your information and create an attack on your identity.
  3. Pinterest has been more vigilant in putting the right protection tools in place to avoid scammers and spammers to infiltrate their platform, but it helps for you as a user to abide by these simple rules to keep your account protected as well. If you feel you have found a board or a pin that is suspicious, then report the pin to Pinterest. In the pinned image itself, you can click on the grey flag located at the bottom of the pin, then select the reason for reporting it. See screenshots below.

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Now that you’ve been equipped with the information you need to know to avoid spammers, scammers and hoaxes, pin on! 🙂

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Tfb&pinterestoday’s video tutorial illustrates how you can quickly post your Pinterest boards and pins on your Facebook business page. There is no automatic integration for your Facebook page like there is for your personal profile, so the easiest way to promote your valuable pins is to simply copy and paste the link of the pin (or a specific board) and provide a short post directly onto your FB page. Check out this short video on how easy it is! 

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pop-melanieAs part of my marketing development training for February, I have been taking the past few days to revisit the Power of Pinning program from Melanie Duncan and I highly recommend her training program to fully leverage Pinterest marketing for your business. (Note: I’m not an affiliate…just a big fan of Melanie’s program.)

If you are regularly present on social media, then you should know visual images are really popular, receiving the most engagement and activity when someone posts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. I don’t want to leave out Instagram as it makes its mark on social media, but I will leave that to another post in the future. With that said, I would really look at delving into Pinterest now and jumping on board like many other business owners and capitalize on how it can increase exposure and traffic to your website…and it’s all because of an image you (or someone else) created. When Pinterest was first released, people looked at it as a hobby and pinning things they liked, allowing them to come back to their pins and pull the info from them when they needed it. Fast forward a few years later and Pinterest is now used for many ways to attract followers who share the same ideas and inspirations. You can really engage your following by INSPIRING them with what you know is a solution to their needs. I know this may sound complicated now, but if you purchase and study through Melanie’s Power of Pinning program, you will get a better understanding of how Pinterest really works and that is just on the first module!

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power-of-pinning-pinterestJust to give you a quick look into the Power of Pinning program, it’s a 7-module training program that provides all the information you need to start your own Pinterest business account, all the way to how to measure the results of your Pinterest account. Each module provides at least six short video tutorials that you can watch over and over, with life-time access (Mod 7 has two videos). Each module also has a handout that allows you hands-on note-taking and just writing down what inspires you and what would inspire your audience. It’s a great way to brainstorm ideas once you receive inspiration from Melanie! She walks you through and describes each step with clear and concise instruction. She even goes that extra mile and provides tried and true tips that would work for any business owner. I really liked viewing Modules 5 and 6 where she talks about how to express our business value to our audience and ways to build our follower list quickly. When you put value and followers together, you’re sure to build trust and expertise that will ultimately drive traffic to your website. 

Right now, I have a small following on my Pinterest business account, but over the next few weeks, I am going to place Pinterest marketing at the top of my daily marketing schedule and build my boards and my following so I can start to see the results from it. I highly recommend you do the same. 

If you are not already following me, stop by my account and follow! You can find me here: https://www.pinterest.com/alethamcmanama/ 

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As the third installment of my “Blog Traffic Series” articles, I want to really touch upon how important it is to integrate social media marketing into your website or blog. If you missed the first two “Blog Traffic Series” tips, you can find them HERE.

Social-MediaAs a social media marketing professional, I know what social media marketing can do for small businesses. Simply put, it’s a very easy way to market your blog beyond just your website presence. It’s what every small business and large corporations are using to market their products and services. And if you are not implementing some type of social media marketing into your marketing plan right now, then you are missing many opportunities to increase your blog or website traffic, ultimately leaving money on the table.

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If you are not sure what social media platforms to implement into your business, then I would suggest you start with looking at what the trends are for social media marketing for this year and go from there. You can read what the latest trends are by checking out a recent article from Forbes called the “The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015”.

Once you choose and create your business profiles on the social media platforms that you feel comfortable with, then your next step is to connect these platforms to your blog. One of the easiest ways to promote yourself on your blog is to strategically add a Facebook and Twitter icon on your site somewhere. Most people add social media icons to their website sidebar. The best placement would be to make sure they’re above the fold when someone is visiting your website (i.e., what’s immediately visible to the end user). I’ve got a great resource of where you can grab some really nice icon images on this site, Icons, etc.

And if you are comfortable adding plugins to your site, and if you use WordPress.org, here is a list of plugins that I use to connect social media to my website and my client websites:

  • Facebook for WordPress – allows you to have a Facebook comments box, a recommendations box, a “Like” button and a share button
  • DiggDigg – provides you with a floating and/or anchored share box that you can add to your blog posts or pages (it’s what I have positioned on ALL my blog posts)
  • Twitter Widget – allows you to list your tweets on your site sidebar
  • Better Click to Tweet – allows you to add a 140-character tweet within your blog posts or pages, making it easy for a visitor to tweet your statement or quote, leading back to your post or page
  • Revive Old Post (formerly known as ‘Tweet Old Post’ plugin) – allows you to tweet and re-tweet old posts in an automated cycle (great way to promote your old posts over and over again!)
  • Buffer App – Buffer allows you to strategically schedule your posts and tweets so they are posted whenever you want them to be released

And if you want to add a LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest pin button to your site, you can find those resources here:

Lastly, I want to share my favorite social media resource sites that provide great information on the latest trends and tools that you always want to be on top of. Here they are:

  • SocialMedia Examiner – my top pick for all things social media!
  • The HubSpot blog – they have three social media guides to help you get a jump-start on social media marketing
  • Mari Smith – she knows everything you need to know about Relationship Marketing

After reading this article, and you still have no clue how you want to integrate social media marketing into your website or blog, please feel free to contact me for a no obligation consultation to discuss how I can help you kick-start your social media marketing plan for 2015.

Until tomorrow…(Day 16 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge)

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As part of my 2015 rebranding and updating of all my social media platforms with my new head shot and logo graphic today, I realized I needed to adjust image sizes, change out some content, etc. It’s a really good practice to review your images and content on your social media platforms on a regular basis anyway. With the platforms constantly changing their layouts, it’s good to know what the new image dimensions you can use.

To make it easy on anyone that wants to get a jump on refreshing their profiles on all their social media platforms, I’ve got the perfect infographic for you! Check this out compliments of the Constant Contact blog.

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Need a couple of more resources for resizing images or creating images for your social media platform profiles? Then I highly recommend Canva, especially since it provides pre-measured templates for most of your profiles images like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. There’s also Picmonkey that will allow you to resize your images and add text and graphics, if you like. Both of these platforms are free unless you want premium features, specifically for Picmonkey. And you’re welcome! 🙂

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