Video: Boost your Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest knowledge

How can I increase my followers? What are some ways to engage with my community? Is there a better way to organize my social media channels and save more time?

 

A few of our team members came together to discuss Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest best practices to answer these questions. We were hearing similar challenges from our sellers and affiliates about these social media channels and wanted to give you the tools to boost your social media skills through this one hour webinar recording.

 

 

If you are short on time, below are the key takeaways:

Twitter

How can you use Twitter to find new customers, engage with your community and get feedback to improve your business?

  • 310M monthly active users, as well as 500 million users a month that don’t ever log in
  • Fun Fact:  83% of world leaders have a Twitter account

Tips:

  • Never just add media for the sake of boosting engagement, make sure it is relevant to your message!
  • Listen:  Use the Twitter search to follow any query, such as your brand, your products, or trends that you’re interested in.
  • Maintain a good following/follower ratio. Your account will seem spammy if you’re following way more people than are following you.
  • Be active! If Facebook is an ocean of information, then Twitter is a river. Everyone’s timeline is semi-chronological, so the more you tweet the more you show up.
  • Cross-link your social media accounts. All of your social media accounts should work with each other to promote yourself. One example is promoting an upcoming Twitter Q&A on Facebook.
  • Watch your followers. If any high-value (high follower) accounts follow you, make sure to check them out and if they’re interesting to you and your brand, follow them back and send them a tweet!

Tools:

 

Instagram

How can you use authentic photos and videos to help your business tell a visually compelling story?

  • Instagram has a community of over 500 million members

 

Tips:

  • Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve – What do you want people to do? Who are you trying to reach? What do you want to say to them? How do you want to say it?
  • Create a theme for your account by choosing one or two filters you use consistently. You are creating a brand and color can increase brand recognition by 80%!
  • Create a posting schedule and stick to it.
  • Engage with your community – follow others, like, comment, and respond.
  • Have a call to action in your posts!  For example, ask questions to your audience, ask them to tag their besties, ask customers to tag you if they photograph your product.
  • Find the right hashtags by looking at other sellers/influencers and target customers with large followings to see what hashtags they are using.
  • Run contests and make your followers follow, like, and tag others.
  • Collaborate with other sellers or partners by posting each other’s photos and crediting each other.

Tools:

 

Pinterest

How can you use visual inspiration and ideas to create community and value for your business?

  • 176 million active users; 2 billion monthly searches
  • 93% of Pinners made online purchases in the past 6 months

Tips: (read more in depth information here)

  • Images should be 2:3 or 4:5 ratio.
  • Keywords:  Use SEO-friendly keywords in description/
  • Make your images easy to share. Add Pin-It button to your blog!
  • Share things other than just your products. Users want to see your personality too.
  • Consistency: Find a pace that works for you and stick to it (Schedulers are great tools to help with this!)
  • Ways to “brand” your pins: Add your logo, use consistent colors, use similar style (like the banners here), and use similar fonts.

Tools:

You can read even more social media tips here.

How do you use Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest? What are some of the tools you like to use? We’d love to hear any tips that you’ve seen work well and welcome any social media questions!

 


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How to Use Pinterest to Easily Promote Your Small Business

What is Pinterest and how can it help my small business?

 

Pinterest was founded in March of 2010.  Since that time, they have gained 176 million active users on their platform!  Their mission is to “help people discover the things they love and to inspire them to go do those things in their daily lives.”  They are definitely living up to that mission.  According to a survey in July of 2016, Pinterest receives an average of 2 billion monthly searches on their site.  In fact, many people report that searches in Pinterest are even more reliable than searches in Google.

 

Pinterest Tips for Small Businesses

 

How Can I Use It For My Small Business?

Utilize images of your products and keywords about your products to drive customers to your pages!

Tips:

Images Matter (videos too)

Pinterest is all about the visual elements.  Choosing the right images is probably the most important thing to learn when it comes to Pinterest. Images that are vertical (taller than they are wide) get the most re-pins. Aim for your images to be at a 2:3 or a 4:5 ratio for best results. Pins with text in the picture also tend to do very well. Use a tool like Canva or PicMonkey to make this quick and easy. Did you know you can pin videos too? Try adding some how-to videos or an in-use video of your product! Infographics and charts are also very popular on Pinterest.

Keywords are Vital

Using the correct keywords in your pin description can not only let more people find your pins, but lead to greater sales of your product. Be sure to use SEO-friendly words that relate to your product (no keyword stuffing though!). Be sure to use those keywords in the beginning of your description rather so customers can see them, even when the description is truncated.

Make it Easy for Your Customers to Share

  1. Pin It Button on website–Make it easy for your readers to re-pin images for you! Install the Pin-It button to your blog or website and encourage customers to pin images to their boards. This can be as simple as asking them to pin the image or by adding a social share icon each post.
  2. Alt Tags on images–Whenever you add an image to your site, you have the option to include an “Alt Tag” to the image. When it comes to Pinterest, these are especially important! When anyone pins something directly from your page, the description on the pin is pulled from this alt tag. This is your chance to get those descriptions to say what YOU want them to say and not something like “math book pic from home”

Show YOUR Personality too!

While being “on brand” is important, Pinterest is about connecting with others with similar interests as you. Nothing is more on brand than you! Show some of yourself on your Pinterest page. Are you a mother selling items to other moms? Add some parenting boards to your page!  Do you enjoy cooking?  Throw some recipes on your boards! You don’t have to sell your product all of the time. In fact, you will probably look more trustworthy if you are NOT selling to your potential customers all of the time!

Be Consistent!

Pinterest loves you to interact and use their platform so they give you more exposure if you are consistently pinning or re-pinning to your boards. Of course, it isn’t reasonable to assume you have time to sit on Pinterest all day, every day. Invest in a tool that will help you schedule some of the work for you. Tailwind, Buffer, ViralTag, and BoardBoosters are some popular schedulers that bloggers use. Whichever program you choose, test out different cadences to see what works with your audience. With Pinterest’s Smart Feed, you no longer have to be worried about “flooding” your audience with a bunch of pins at one time, so feel free to play around to see what works for you and your followers.

 


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How The Right Keywords Can Increase Your Storefront Traffic Exponentially

Imagine your Educents Storefront is a brick and mortar store on the street. How do people discover your business? Shoppers walk by, see your product, and stop if their interest piques.

How do you create that path of discovery on the web? A majority of online shopping traffic comes from people searching for what they need through websites like Google and Bing. When you optimize your page to appear in popular search results, you are placing your product in the shopper’s path.

 

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It’s easy to build great search engine optimization (SEO) on your Educents Storefront. SEO is the practice of filling a web page with keyword-rich terms. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure that your Educents storefront reaches new and broad audiences.

 

Research Keywords

As the creator of your product, you understand the problem that your product solves. So put yourself in your shopper’s shoes, and then do a little research. For example, if you’re selling educational videos, your shoppers might be looking for tools for visual learning. Find 5 different ways to search for that problem or solution. What other terms show up on those pages? A little research can help you go a long way when it comes to finding great keywords to help boost your SEO.

 

Best Tools For Building SEO

There are plenty of professional services that can help businesses discover relevant keywords, but the most effective tool is completely free.

The Google AdWords Keyword Planner is designed to help people come up with potential keywords for Google AdWords campaigns but provides helpful information for those who want to discover relevant keywords. The first step is to visit the Keyword Planner and sign in with your Google account.

 

To find relevant keywords, click on the box labeled “Search for new keywords…”

SEO keyword planner

In the field labeled “Your product or service,” enter a relevant search term to the product you are trying to market. In this example, we used “cursive practice worksheets.” The other targeting and customize options can be used at your own discretion, but are not necessary.

Once you click “get ideas,” you will be brought to a screen with a lot of information. You can see monthly trends and statistics about the search term you entered, but what you really want to pay attention to is the Keyword (by relevance) section at the bottom of the page.

SEO keyword planner
Once you get to the Keyword section, you can see a large list of keywords related to the one you searched for, the amount average monthly searches each term has, the competition, and the suggested bid (which is only relevant if you want to create an AdWords campaign). You can also sort this chart by each of the headers.

 

The Perfect Balance

Now that you have this long list of relevant keywords, it’s time to figure out which ones you want to focus on in your product listing. Most experts suggest you pick one target keyword, and around 3 similar keywords. The target keyword should be the one term you want to have the best results for, and will be the driving force of your page’s text, and the similar keywords will help support the main keyword.

 

Implementing Keywords

 

Now that you have all of your keywords chosen, you’re ready to go in and set up your page for SEO success.

 

Edit Pages

Now’s the time to edit existing pages for the listings you want to push traffic to. The best area to implement your keywords is in your Educents product description. Create a description that gets straight to-the-point. In two or three sentences, explain how your product solves a shopper’s problems or meets their needs. Include the target keyword in the first sentence.

Next, optimize the longer description by expanding on the ideas you introduced in the short one. Include your target keyword again, as well as your supporting keywords. There is no minimum for how often a keyword should appear for good SEO, but make sure not to “keyword stuff,” or overuse any keyword or else Google will think there’s something suspicious there. A good rule of thumb is that it should not appear more than once per 100 words.

 

Think Ahead

There are tons of places on a product page that can be optimized for SEO. Not just the text in the descriptions, but areas like image file names, or even the names of your products can be optimized for SEO. Next time you are introducing a new product to the Educents marketplace, think about the SEO first and you’ll realize it can be incorporated into a lot of steps of the process.

 


About the Blogger

Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 10.49.38 AM Ben Pack is a content marketing associate for Educents. He specializes in writing and editing for the Educents blog, SEM, and looking at pictures of very large dogs.

 

 

 

 

 


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Build your Business: Webinar Series with The Founding Moms

The Founding Moms Webinar

 

Mark your calendars!! Educents is thrilled to be partnering on a 3 part series with Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms, an organization that equips entrepreneurs with the tools for success.

Created exclusively for Educents partners, each event is a standalone but builds off the next. Gearing up for the holiday season starts here!

 

Learn more and sign up now:

 

Webinar #1:  How To Market Your Business Better – Saturday, August 27th, 11am CT

Webinar #2:  Focusing On Your Brand – Friday, September 23, 11am CT

Webinar #3:  Instagram & Twitter For Your Business – Friday, October 21, 11am CT

 

PLUS: Attendees will have the chance to win a month of entrepreneurial resources and an Entrepreneurship Field Guide!

 

See you there!

Missed it?  Not to worry.  Check out the highlights and recorded versions here and here.

 


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How Rock ‘N Learn Increased Sales 20x through Educents Facebook Advertising

 Highlights

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  • 20x increase in sales from previous week

  • 7x return on investment

  • Extensive engagement with 978 total reactions, likes and shares

 
 
 

Challenges

 

Rock ‘N Learn, a company that creates fun music-based learning programs and DVDs, is a well-known brand with Educents members. Sales for Rock ‘N Learn on Educents have come somewhat organically, but recently after a month of watching sales decrease week over week, Rock ‘N Learn was looking for a way to turn things around.  Since mothers make up majority of Educents’ sales, the Educents team suggested utilizing the power of their Facebook community of mothers to bring back momentum.

 

Solution

 

Educents ran a Freebie Friday/Markdown Monday promotion on the Educents Facebook page that starts off with a Friday giveaway and Monday Sale.Facebook

The campaign began with the Freebie Friday contest offering 4 DVDs of 1 lucky winner’s choice. To enter to win, Facebook followers could like the post, comment, or share it on their page. The post’s engagement and shares were impressive, and generated great traffic for Rock ‘N Learn’s storefront throughout the weekend.

For those who didn’t win or enter the Freebie Friday contest, the Markdown Monday sale was announced on Educents Facebook page letting followers know that Rock ‘N Learn’s products were 50% off.

 

“We have been thrilled with the results of Rock ‘N Learn’s Freebie Friday/Markdown Monday promotion. Its success has opened the door for us to partner with Educents in other marketing opportunities and build brand awareness for long-term growth. Of all the marketing opportunities, this is what I would recommend first.

What made this promotion so successful for us? I think the first key is to think big and provide a truly compelling offer. We decided to give away 4 DVDs (instead of just one) and let the winner choose from our full product line. This not only made the offer more enticing, it encouraged customers to take a serious look at all the products we have to offer. To follow up, we made the Markdown Monday a steep 50% off. And wow, did we discover the elasticity of demand! Sales soared.”

– Michelle Chandler, Sales & Marketing at Rock ‘N Learn

 

Benefits

 

This campaign resulted in Rock ‘N Learn’s biggest sales week ever on Educents.  Engagement on the posts totaled 544 likes, 293 comments, and 141 shares, giving Rock ‘N Learn extensive exposure with their target audience.

Revenue generated was impressive as well, with a 20x increase in sales from the previous week and a 7.7x ROI on the campaign.

 

How can your business benefit from Facebook?

 

Facebook is currently one of the most powerful and meaningful channels for getting your brand in front of mothers.  Many successful businesses rely on Facebook as their primary revenue driver. It seems easy enough to schedule a few posts a day about your product to generate steady traffic and revenue, but it’s no walk in the park.

Leveraging Facebook’s potential can be really difficult– building a quality following and newsfeed is time consuming, Facebook algorithms can prevent your posts from reaching your full audience, and you have to compete with the hundreds to thousands of marketing messages mothers see each day.

This is where Educents can help. Our dedicated social media team has developed a significant following that is highly engaged making our weekly reach between 2 and 3 million mothers.  Educents has reached this success by posting blog reviews from influential mothers, sharing funny content mothers can relate to, and hosting weekly contests and surprise sales like Freebie Friday and Markdown Monday. The Educents Facebook community continues to thrive and grow.

 


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“I must say Educents has done an excellent job growing a vibrant community on social media with engaging content. However, I did not realize how powerful it was until our Freebie Friday/Markdown Monday promotion.”

– Michelle Chandler, Sales & Marketing at Rock ‘N Learn

 

 

We have a few different options to choose from for marketing your storefront and products via the Educents Facebook page. To learn more, you can click here to see the full range of options, or email Kathryn@Educents.com to develop a custom plan and strategy.

 

 


 

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The Best Social Media Marketing Tips for Education Businesses

Social media is a great tool to communicate with your customers and promote your brand. We’ve compiled a list of some best practices used by Educents sellers that are rocking it on Facebook and other social channels.

 

Engage Daily

 

Sellers with Facebook accounts see most success when they engage with their community on a daily basis. Simply Kinder has developed a strong community of kindergarten teachers by sharing ideas, advice, pictures, and videos. Through posting curated content every day, there’s no mystery as to why more than 49,000 moms and teachers have “liked” their Facebook page.

 

 

Have a Weekly Theme

 

We love #TUESDAYTIPS from Alfred Music. Every Tuesday Alfred Music posts a tip for the week showing followers how to incorporate their products in a fun way.  Sellers who use a weekly theme to plan their posts find it easier to organize their social media efforts.

 

Tuesday Tips - Alfred Music

 

Create a Podcast

 

The children’s book publisher, Scholastic, goes beyond the pages of their books by sharing novels, films, and authors on their social channels. The publisher even creates a podcast for their community to learn more about their products. On the podcast, authors and experts discuss current topics in reading & literature. Virtual events like podcasts and webinars is a meaningful way to keep your audience engaged and interested.

 

Scholastic Podcast

 

 

Host a Contest or Giveaway

 

Contests are a great strategy to get your visitors to share with their networks and return frequently.  Evan Moor Educational Publishers hosts a weekly Friday giveaway.  They incentivize their followers by instructing them to comment on their post in order to enter the giveaway.  Sellers who host contests and giveaways tend to see higher audience engagement and an increase in sales.

 

Evan Moor Giveaway Post

 

Offer Great Support

 

Responding to questions over social media promptly is an easy way to elevate your brand.  LearnToMod answers questions at lightening speed, providing top-notch customer support to their users.  Create a brand that moms and educators love by responding to any comments or questions and offering stellar support through social media.

 

LearntoMod Twitter

 

Start implementing these social media strategies today to elevate your brand and increase your visitors to get more sales.

 


 

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