Unusually Useful Social Media Stats for Bloggers

Useful Social Media Statistics for Bloggers

While SEO continues to refer the most traffic to sites and blogs, social media is not far behind. In fact, in December 204, social media has usurped SEO as the top referring channel to websites with 31% of referral traffic coming from Facebook, Twitter, and the like.

While the sample size is small, this study is nonetheless indicative that social media has become a marketing conduit for bloggers to help not only drive more traffic to their blogs, but also increase your conversion rate or ROI!

If you’re still stuck with your ways of optimizing your blog for search engines, maybe it’s time to change with the times by including social media as part of your marketing agenda. To help guide you which tools to use or focus on for this channel, the social media statistics featured below should give you a better understanding on the kind of marketing strategy to prepare for.

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A Marketer’s Dream: Pinterest Pointers for Spectacular SEO

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Editor’s note: This post was written by Sorcha Mullis, an Online Marketing Specialist with White Chalk Road, a leading search engine optimisation (SEO) and online marketing firm in Perth, Western Australia. White Chalk Road provides SEO, SEM, PPC and online reputation management services to clients based in Perth and wider Australia. Connect with Sorcha on Google+.

pinterest pointersWhatever your business, you owe it to your company to explore the myriad of ways this social platform can benefit your marketing initiatives. Establishing a business presence on Pinterest is an excellent way to showcase your products or services and drive traffic to your website.

If your business still believes that Pinterest is merely about fashion trends and crock pot recipes, it’s time to think again. Take a look at these Pinterest pointers which can help you make the most of the platform. [Read more…]

Beyond Google: 5 Social Media Strategies for 2014

Social media strategiesIt doesn’t take an expert to see that Google search no longer has the same reach that it had just a few years ago. Sure, Google still controls more than two-thirds of American search, but it isn’t the only platform by where people connect online. Thanks to social media, your customers may be just as likely to find you on Facebook or some other sites as they are using Google search. Here are five social media strategies (websites) for 2014 that every company should consider.

Facebook — What are you using Facebook for? Hopefully, your business has its own page there, perhaps multiple pages for different and distinct products that you sell. Facebook can no longer be ignored: there are more than 1 billion global users engaged. Use it post new information about your company, to elicit feedback from your customers, and make special promotional pitches. Encourage people to “like” your pages and to reshare your information. [Read more…]

How Pinterest Can Cure Writer’s Block

cure writer's block with pinterest

cure writer's block with pinterest

Pinterest is one of the coolest new social media networks to come along in a long time. For the creative types, it can bring an endless source of inspiration and motivation, especially because it is so visually appealing.

However, even though its focus is on images, when it comes to the written word, Pinterest can be a great source for blog post ideas, especially when you have writer’s block. By maintaining an active Pinterest presence, you can help keep your creative juices flowing without having to resort to writing exercises or another round-up post made of links or images.

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Pinterest Is Loved By Middle-Class And Non-Urban Users, Plus Other Interesting Facts

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Pinterest LogoWe know women have flocked to Pinterest but that isn’t the only part of the demographic landscape worth investigating. A new study by the Pew Center on Internet and American Life has found that middle-class and non-urban users are also very popular on the social network.

The study found that 67 percent of respondents used Facebook, 16 percent used Twitter and 15 percent used Pinterest. Instagram was in fourth place at 13 percent and Tumblr maintained six percent of responses.

While only five percent of respondents were men the study actually found that women in general are more engaged on social networking. For example, 72 percent of women use Facebook compared to 62 percent of men.  [Read more…]

Pinterest Page Setup To Catch Criminals And Its Successful

Pinterest Page Catches Criminals

 

Pinterest Page Catches Criminals

Catching criminals often involves endless hours of detective work, reels of security camera footage and sometimes just a bit of plain old luck. A possibly more effective way to catch those same criminals is to use social networking website Pinterest.

The Mercury,a Pottstown, Pennsylvania newspaper, has so far posted 74 pictures to its newspaper Pinterest page and surprisingly the effort has been very effective.

Pottstown Police Capt. F. Richard Drumheller toldNPRthat the minute the page was setup tips began flooding in to his department. Drumheller notes: [Read more…]

An Educators Guide To Pinterest [Infographic]

Educators Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest for EducatorsPinterest grew by 4,377% from March 2011 through March 2012. The social networks growth is largely credited with its ability to engage users in a simple but effective way. The site has become so popular that the average user now spends 98 minutes per month simply browsing through Pinterest boards.

With engagement increasing and users discovering new recipes, tech tips and other information the teams atWorldWideLearnandQuinstreethave built a case study around how a virtual pinboard works for showcasing a students work to creating a sense of community through pictures.

The study includes information obtained from top-tier Universities who have used the social sharing platform to engage with students. [Read more…]

Pinterest Adds Website Verification to Profile Pages

Pinterest Adds Website Verification

Pinterest Adds Website Verification

Want to know more about exactly who you are following? Pinterest on Thursday rolled out website verification to profile pages.

The system also allows users to highlight their own website on their profile.

Pinterest plans to add the feature to pages across the site in the near future, allowing for more verification and by its very nature more transparency.

In a statement regarding the feature Pinterest officials proclaimed: [Read more…]

Pinterest Advertising First! Nutrisystem Must Add Disclaimers To Weight Loss Ad Claims

Pinterest Ads for Nutrisystem

Pinterest Ads for NutrisystemPinterest advertisers no longer have the free range to say what they would like without providing warnings to customers. The Council of Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division asked Nutrisystem on Tuesday to begin attaching disclosures about their weight loss testimonials to their ads.

A Pinterest board asked customers who were successful with the program to post testimonials about their “reasonable” weight loss from the program which prescribes a diet of prepackaged meals.

Pins on the board including a customers name, their “after” pictures and the number of pounds they lost while using the Nutrisystem program.

While Nutrisystem does not pay to use Pinterest NAD ruled that the curation of the sites marketing tools warrants proper disclosures on Pins.

Nutrisystem was quick to add the following disclaimer: [Read more…]

Social Networks Broken Down By Demographic [Infographic]

Social Media User Demographics Based On Network

To better portray how certain demographics use social networking and to show the pull those social networks have over users the team at Go-Gulf.com created a social network infographic.

Some statistics we already knew, for example Facebook rules the pack with 901+ million users. Other facts though are interesting, for example learning that Pinterest is still dominated by 68.2 % women.

Interestingly enough Pinterest users spend the same 405 minutes per month browsing the sites various pins when compared to 405 minutes that users spend on various parts of the Facebook website. [Read more…]