Top Success Tips for Pinterest

Pinterest is a catalog social media site of pictures and ideas from travel to business to the latest & greatest recipes to stir up your belly or even your love life.

Pinterest has been around since 2012 and currently has around 150 million active monthly users (mostly women). I’ve been on Pinterest for a few years now and find it to be one of the most interesting social media sites.  Not unlike Instagram as you just post pictures (pin it).  In the

I’ve been on Pinterest for a few years now and find it to be one of the most interesting social media sites and most fun too.  Not unlike Instagram as you just post pictures (pin it), but more informative.  In the pictures (you upload or share)  you must describe your picture so it shows up in The Pinterest Searches.  I’ve personally used Pinterest for recipes when cooking, making travel plans, and I personally love all the funny pictures, jokes, and quotes (great way to start your day with a big smile).  Here are some tips I have found useful for using Pinterest as a valuable tool to promote my businesses, blog, and brand over the past few years.

  • Pin Often (at least 1 time per day)  Post your own pics or find pics that are relevant to your brand or business.
  • Create Boards that grab people’s interests (a few of mine are: Cool Photos, The Truth Shall Set You Free, Places I’d Like To See, Social Media Tips & Tricks, Funny, and Get Healthy)
  • #Hashtags don’t matter on PInterest, but you must describe your picture in detail or know one will ever find it.
  • Boards & lots of them – pin to your boards regularly or they will get lost in SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
  • Set Up a Business Page on Pinterest (not personal) especially if you’re going to be using Pinterest for Brand Awareness.
  • Once you’re using Pinterest on a regular basis you’ll want to use Pinterest Analytics to see how you’re doing.
  • Engage with Others.  If someone reaches out to you or makes a comment don’t ignore.  You never know who your next customer might be.

If you’d like to get up to speed on Social Media Marketing make sure to download a free copy of my ebook on this website “Social Media Tips & Tricks for Business” and absolutely make sure to follow me on Pinterest.

How To Get More Twitter Followers

How To Get More Twitter Followers

Having been pretty active on Twitter since 2008 and now up to over 150,000 followers, I think I know a thing or two about how to get more followers on Twitter. Here are some of my top tips on how you can get alot more followers on Twitter.

• Share news articles or blog posts that capture your attention.

• Tweet about something that is funny or makes you laugh.

• Share your feedback on a movie or TV show you just watched.

• Tweet about a sporting event.

• Tweet about something funny (love to tweet jokes).

• Ask for feedback before you make a major purchase (also do the same on your Facebook Personal Page)

• Ask questions.

• Definitely participate in Follow Friday #FF and recommend your favorite people to follow.

• Tweet about a company milestone.

• Recognize an employee who has done a good job.

• Tweet about a good book you’ve just read.

• Tweet about a Youtube video you like.

• Always Retweet others and share the love.

• Thank someone for following you.

• Thank someone for mentioning you or Retweeting you.

• Tweet about something you just learned.

• Tweet your favorite quotesUse #Hashtags whenever possible

• Use #Hashtags whenever possible

If you’d like to learn more about Social Media Marketing and how to monetize it for profitable financial gain, please pick up my latest book The Social Media Puzzle & How To Profit From It on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

How Much Time Should I Devote To Social Media Daily?

How much time should I devote to social media daily?

It all depends on what your goals are and what you want to accomplish.  I know professionals who work from home who spend hours on Social Media for business and people like myself who spend maybe an hour or less per day on average.  But here is what I do know.

If you are not consistently posting on any of the major social media sites – you will not have a lot of success on Social Media if you are trying to promote yourself or your business.

Having made quite a bit of money in the past by using Social Media for my business endeavors here are a  few things I recommend to get the biggest bang for your buck.

  1. Don’t waste time too much time looking around.  Just like shopping know what you’re going in for and get out as quickly as possible.
  2. Post at least 1 to 2 times daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest and up to 6 times daily on Twitter.
  3. Like and retweet what others have to say (don’t just promote you).
  4. If you’re on a tight schedule – set a timer for 15 or 30 minutes (repeat daily)
  5. Have applications on your smart phone that allow you to post or engage at slow times throughout the day (standing in line at the grocery store, post office, on work break, etc.)
  6. Just like anything else to be successful, you must put some time and energy into it to get anything in return.

I think the 3 most important questions to ask yourself as it pertains to Social Media for your business is – What do I want to accomplish from it? How much time am I willing to put into it?  How much am I willing to spend?

If you’d like to get more information on how to be successful on Social Media.  You can pick up my new book “The Social Media Puzzle & How To Profit From it” on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

3 Things you must do to succeed in Network Marketing!

I have been involved in the network marketing profession part-time and full-time since 2007 as both a distributor and a sales trainer. I have always wondered why some succeed and so many more fail. I have found that the ones that do succeed aren’t really more talented than anyone else just more motivated. In fact, most anyone with a little bit of persistence who is willing to take action can make money in network marketing.

With that being said I am a firm believer in consistent daily repeatable actions. In other words, these repeatable actions must become habits and be easy enough to do that you can repeat them over and over without thinking about them. I personally have been mentored and coached by some of the top income earners in the network marketing profession and they always told me to take massive action. I personally always felt that was kind of crazy in a way as I never felt that others would follow my footsteps. So, this morning when I caught myself reading a blog by a 20 million dollar income earner Nathan Ricks, I thought it was such great advice that I would share with you what he does and has been teaching for the past 20 years with his team.

Here is what he had to say.

  1. Talk to 3 people daily about your business.
  2. Do 3 – 3 way calls daily with your team (probably won’t happen until your team grows past at least 20 people, but good advice for people with larger teams).
  3. Sponsor 3 new distributors/customers per month.

Now I personally haven’t tried this on for size as I haven’t been full-time in the network marketing industry since 2013, but I would say that even if I were part-time I would try to create a recipe like the above to simplify my activities and give me something to work towards on a daily and monthly basis. If you’d like to learn more about network marketing feel free to reach out to me as I have built large organizations of several thousand people in multiple companies in the past and have been a top income earner in more than a few companies.  If you’d like to take advantage of my free coaching feel free to fill out the online form by clicking here.

The Importance of #Hashtags

If you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Instagram these days for business, you might want to consider using #Hashtags as much as possible in your posts to get recognized in the searches on those sites. What are hashtags? Hashtags are those symbols that look something like this (#) and are usually followed by whatever the user wants to show up in the searches like #quotes, #blog, or #weightloss. Whatever your status updates pertain to, make sure to use (#) as often as possible, especially on Instagram and Twitter. This will not only get you more followers but will also get you more activity on your latest posts. Of course, nothing beats a large marketing budget to advertise your posts (upcoming chapter), but if you are on a limited budget, or just starting out, this is a great way to build up your presence on Social Media. If you’re like me and use Twitter a lot, make sure to Retweet posts with hashtags as this will help you get more followers as well. Just like in most everything – the more eyeballs that follow your business, the more biz you will get.

Also, it’s important that your hashtags are relevant to your status updates. If you’re posting something about weight loss, you probably don’t want to put #ladygaga in there. The whole thing with Social Media is engagement into your posts – connecting and building a relationship with your following.

Make your hashtags short and understandable. In other words, don’t use hashtags for things like #thisiswaytoolongforanyonetoread. go with things like #happy #funny #quotes #weightloss #gym #fitness.

Make a habit of putting hashtags in your status updates, especially on Twitter and watch your following begin to grow.  It’s also important to only #hashtag keywords in your post or relevance.  For example, if you post a quote, I always end my post with #quotes even though I didn’t mention anything about quotes per say in my message, but it is relevant being that what I posted was a quote.  If I post something like “Watching The Seattle Seahawks destroy the Detroit lions”, I would probably hashtag #SeattleSeahawks #DetroitLions and something of relevance like #NFL or if it’s a primetime game #mondaynightfootball.

If you’re using picture based sites like Pinterest and Instagram it’s important that you not only use hashtags in your posts, but also include a detailed description describing your picture.  This is the only way you picture will ever appear in the search engines of Pinterest or Instagram (since these sites are for posting images).  If you just post a picture with no description or hashtags you’re pretty much guaranteed that nobody will ever find your post.  There is still a debate out there on whether this is as important for Facebook, but I do it anyways.

So get in the habit of putting as many #hashtags into your posts as possible and this will help you get more likes and followers on Social Media especially on Instagram and Twitter.

If you’d like to get better at Social Media and begin to profit from it.  Please pick up a copy of my latest book “The Social Media Puzzle & How to Profit From It” at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The Social Media Puzzle

I’ve been involved in Social Media and Online Marketing in some way shape or form since 2008 and have trained people and consulted with business owners on how to effectively market their message in a noisy online world. With so many business owners using social media nowadays to market but not getting the results that they want, I felt it was time to shed some light on the subject.

I recently met with the owner of a Digital Marketing Agency and he shared with me that the highest spend on all advertising in 2017 for Small Business Owners was going to be on Social Media Advertising. I was down at The Bagel Shop the other day and on the cash register, there was a sign to follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook. If a bagel shop is using social media to help their business, then chances are that you should be too.

The social media landscape is opening up like we have never seen before and it is becoming more important than ever for business owners, celebrities, and just about everyone with a message to ensure they are effectively using Social Media. For the first time in 8 years of being on Social Media, I felt that it was time to share my experiences and provide a how-to guide that can help others with their business.

Businesses and professionals that embrace social media and use it well, will not only benefit from it on a brand awareness level but will profit from it. The most important thing you can learn from The Social Media Puzzle & How To Profit From It is how to be more successful in your social media marketing, how to be more consistent with it, and how over time you will profit from it. It has been said that facts tell and stories sell – and social media gives everyone the opportunity to tell a new story every single day.

To learn more about The Social Media Puzzle & How To Profit From It download a preview or order direct from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.