18 Tips for Optimizing Your Pinterest Images to Improve SEO

Pinterest is perfect for businesses with small marketing budgets, and you can improve SEO and drive traffic by optimizing your images.

22 Tips for Optimizing Pinterest Images to Improve SEOThe image-based social media site is an online bulletin board that lets you collect and share images by “pinning” them to virtual boards. It has been one of the fastest-growing consumer Web properties — according to comScore, it ranked 28th among U.S. Internet users in January, with about 30 million unique visitors.

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Social Media Image Sizing Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

Make sure that you have attractive, consistent visual branding across all of your social media platforms.

Social media profile sizing cheat sheet for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest

Visual marketing is a breakout trend on social media sites. Companies need to “show” instead of “tell”, and social networks are tapping into our desire for beautiful imagery and design. While content is a huge driver of  awareness, dazzling visual depictions create awareness and differentiation on a more visceral level.

Whether you’re just getting started with social media marketing or you’re a veteran, setting up profiles on all of the various social media sites can be a daunting process. It requires good planning and execution to ensure that your brand has a consistent visual voice on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

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Get More Retweets [Infographic]

Have you ever tried to figure out why some of your tweets are retweeted more than others? Or why some of them are ignored? 

The Art of Getting More RetweetsThere are a few techniques that can help you spread and amplify your tweets, including tweeting at ideal times and using popular Twitter hashtags. I’ve covered a few of them in two recent posts, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube: Strategic Marketing Best Practices and 11 Effective Twitter Strategies for Brands.

Here’s an infographic from Quick Sprout that summarizes some best practices and common factors that contribute to retweeting success…

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The Gap Between Social Customers and Social Marketers

More than three-quarters (76%) of social media marketers say they know what their customers want, but only one-third (34%) have actually asked them.

Shocking, right? One of the basic tenets of marketing — know your customers — is being ignored by the vast majority of brands that are trying to achieve success with social media marketing. There’s a major disconnect between what consumers desire and what they actually receive from the brands they follow on social networks. It’s no wonder marketers have trouble getting good results.

A revealing research report from the team at Pivot documents the growing gap between marketers and customers. The data shows that consumers and brands are far apart when it comes to perceptions, behaviors, attitudes, and expected benefits. This divide, which industry analyst Brian Solis calls the perception gap, presents a problem for brands that are trying to maximize user engagement and conversion rates on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Marketers must reach out directly to their audience and offer them what they want — if they don’t, they’ll suffer the consequences in terms of awareness, engagement, and revenue.

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube: Strategic Marketing Best Practices

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are, without doubt, the Big 3 of social media. They are important avenues for building brand engagement and influence. If your company has a presence on all of  them, you’re on the road to creating a name for yourself on social networks.

5 marketing strategies to rock Twitter, Facebook, and YouTubeBut these 3 platforms are very different from one other. Do you know how to effectively approach each one to achieve the best results?

Social media software firm Awareness has researched best practices for these dominant networks. 5 Killer Strategies to Dominate Social Media’s Big 3: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, a new white paper from the company, looks at the 3 social media platforms and examines 5 strategies marketers can use to grow brand awareness, foster brand advocacy, and generate leads and sales.

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15 Informative 2012 Marketing Infographics

15 Informative 2012 Marketing InfographicsWe live in the age of data. The information collected by the world’s databases grows by an astounding 40% annually. How we collect, harness, and use this content shapes our lives — our work, our relationships, everything. 

One way to make the fire hose of information more understandable is to use visual representations, which is why infographics have taken the Internet by storm over the past few years. I’ve posted quite a few of them in my blog because, if done well, infographics illustrate data in a way that makes it clear and actionable.

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Does Social Media Improve Google Organic Search Ranking?

Google SEOIf you manage a website, you know the importance of search engine rankings. Since more than 90% of all online traffic is driven by search results, search engine optimization can be vital to businesses. If your site appears on the first page of Google results, it can make a huge difference in brand recognition, sales, and your bottom line.

But there’s more to harnessing Google’s search algorithm than simply optimizing your site with keywords and meta descriptions. Social media activity is becoming increasingly important in organic search results. Google’s Social Search taps into your social networks to determine the people you trust and makes sure that you see content from them in your search results.

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