Pinterest Tips to increase SEO and Sales

Pinterest is a very important social network that can no longer be overlooked. Many businesses are using this platform to get more exposure and sales. This week I thought I would add some tips for marketers looking to improve SEO and get more business through Pinterest.

Why Pinterest?

How can you use it to increase sales? How can it lead to more blog traffic? Effective marketing and knowledge of Pinterest can boost your visibility and use rich media ads to capture a whole new audience. It’s said that Pinterest is the Google Search of the Display Network with over 100 million subscribers and hundreds of millions of boards. Each board is categorized by interest so there is an audience for every type of business. “People are planning out really core and important parts of their lives on Pinterest,” Ben Silbermann, Pinterest’s chief executive and co-found, told the New York Times. If you want to get started or increase your effectiveness in using Pinterest, consider these five marketing tips:

  1. Longer, Optimized Descriptions


Unlike many social media platforms, Pinterest allows 500 characters in your description. Users don’t really like reading lengthy descriptions so it’s a good idea to limit yourself to 200-250 characters for best results. To optimize the description it’s best to include keywords, 1-2 hashtags, and a call-to-action. Hashtags makes it easier for users to find your content through their search query and allows your pin to show more often.

  1. Continually Adjust your Campaigns

Because Pinterest is a visually driven site, it’s important to try split testing with a variety of different imagery to optimize click through rates. You can experiment using photos with or without text, new keywords, lower bids, and new audiences. Eventually you’ll find what works for your business and can get the return you’re looking for.

  1. Use Targeted Audiences


Pinterest is not as advanced as other social platforms when it comes to targeting but taking advantage of the features offered is a great way to increase your click through rate. You can show pins based on location, device, gender, and language.

  1. Find Friends

The quickest way to get followers on Pinterest is by finding and inviting people you already know.  It’s easy to find friends through facebook, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo accounts.

  1. Promote your pins.

(Note that unfortunately promoted pins are currently only available in the US at this time. Canadian businesses are unable to utilize this feature).  Promoting pins allows you to pay and get pins seen by your desired audiences in relevant search results, category feeds and home feed. This is a great way to reach the right customer at the right time.


Here are some other important growth and usage stats released by Pinterest:

  • The number of Pinners doubled in the past 18 months.
  • International users have doubled in the last year and make up about 45 percent of the total.
  • People have created more than 130 million boards categorized as Home Decor that represent rooms people have or want to someday redecorate.
  • People have created more than 180 million boards related to Food/Drink. Some of these are dinners that people will cook next week. Some are next year’s holiday dinner.
  • There are nearly 300 million boards about fashion, created by Pinners looking to discover their sense of style.
  • There are more than 30 million education boards created by teachers and parents helping kids learn in a more creative way.
  • There are more than 296 million fashion boards.
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Did Ikea Spain Win the Internet this Year?

Every year companies big and small dig into their creative minds and try to squeeze out a unique marketing campaign that capitalize on the heightened sentimental nature of the holiday season. They ask themselves what characteristics of the season inspires an emotional reaction from the general public and turn the idea into something big, exciting and fresh. Some stunts turn out terrible, some get the job done and a select few turn out to be absolutely brilliant.

Last year, WestJet’s Real Time Giving campaign brilliantly stole the spotlight. They integrated technology with the concept of gift-giving and the element of surprise to deliver a thorough narrative of the holiday spirit. Here is the video below:

This year, Ikea Spain released a video that can be argued as this year’s “campaign”.  Ikea’s campaign “The Other Letter”, confronts the question of materialistic giving vs. emotional giving by asking children to write two letters – one to the equivalent of Santa Claus and the other to their parents. The results were both shocking and touching. Almost all of the kids wanted to spend time with their parents instead of getting the new toy or the new game.

Although Ikea’s commercial advises against consumerism, they hit a brand awareness home run by striking the consumer emotionally and associating their brand to that of authenticity and feel-good emotions. Watch the video if you haven’t already:

It is interesting to note that both campaigns used the strategy of keeping their brand in the background while associating great feelings indirectly with their company. During a season where traditional ads tell you to buy, buy, buy, these clever companies went the opposite route and successfully integrated positive values to their brand philosophy and went viral in the process.

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‘Tis the Season for Marketing

With November well behind us, we enter prime Christmas Countdown Season. As soon as the calendar turns to December, it is all about the holiday season. For business owners, this mean that for the majority of the month, there is a universally adored reason to send out mailers, newsletters, emails… you name it.

It is crucial for any business to have a marketing strategy put in place for the Christmas season. It’s a great time to engage customers, hold promotional campaigns, and add a little personality to your brand. Many companies develop their Holiday season marketing strategy months in advance, but if you are a little behind on your business’s marketing tactics, here are a few tips to get you going the rest of the way.

1) Express your brand image through Christmas – post a greeting on Facebook, send out a jolly newsletter, show that you are up to date and interactive in social media.

2) Run a Holiday promotion – This could be anything free a free gift with purchase, a discount, a gift wrapping service. Use these tactics to boost conversion but also as a way of “giving back” to your customers.

3) Encourage user interaction on Social Media – People love sharing their holiday experiences and with the competitive nature of the advertising space this time of year, your best campaign could be one that leverages user generated content.

4) Provide Gift Suggestions – Give your customers a hand in picking out the perfect gift from your company’s catalogue.

5)      Study and Analyze past Holiday campaigns – Learn from what’s worked in the past and what has been a wash and incorporate the knowledge in to your latest campaign. Look for trends, results and feedback from years past to capitalize in the present.

Need help with your marketing strategy for the busy season? Contact Growth Media and let us know what we can do to help.

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Cyber Monday Takes the Cake

As the dust settles on Cyber Monday, we thought some sales stats and figures are in order. We obviously don’t have this year’s figures, but let’s take a look back at last year and see exactly how much buying power was exercised on this relatively new creation.


The biggest numbers we found were the increases in mobile purchases and social media recommendations playing increasingly larger roles.


Overall, sales figures on Cyber Monday were up last year 15.7% (over 2012) and raked in $2.29 billion. (This year’s prediction is to top $2.5 billion.)


A trend to really keep your eyes on: The largest increase was in mobile spending, which was up 55% over 2012. We predict that number will increase even more this year.


A breakdown of devices used:


Mobile phone: 5.6%

Tablet: 12.7 %

Computer (laptops and desktops combined:) 81.7%


On the mobile front, iOS users spent more than Android and other platform users:


iOS users averaged $120.29 per order, Android users averaged $106.70. 22.4% of all mobile traffic was iOS, with 9.1% being Android. Total sales figures break down as 14.5% for iOS and 2.6% for Android.


Combined iOS and Android accounted for 93.5% of all online sales via mobile and tablet.


Here’s something the Zuck isn’t going to be thrilled about: Social Media recommendations drove $148 million in sales, but Twitter was responsible for 24%, Pinterest for 17%, and Facebook for only 12%.


Although traffic will be heavy all day, the peak (last year) was at 8:00 AM (PST) and held steady throughout the day and into the early evening.


So what does this mean for the savvy marketer? With options available at speeds never seen, the smart shopper is looking for convenience, so make sure the mobile version of your website is ready and waiting for them when they go online.


If your page loads slow, guess what? According to Jason Freeman, a licensed psychologist specializing in consumer behavior, “We live in a society where instant gratification is no longer a bonus, it’s expected. We get frustrated when (what used to take 30 seconds) now takes just a few seconds.”


The best way to make sure your customers find and stay on your page? Make sure your mobile version is as snappy and easy to navigate as your full version.


We’ll pause the proceedings for just a bit to allow you to check your mobile site right now. Go ahead, we’ll be here waiting for you when you get back.


So what did you find? Is your mobile site not all that it can be? Did you have trouble navigating? Was the process to buy your goods or services a clearly marked path with as few obstacles as possible?


Now the real test, and this might take a few more minutes. What device did you use to check your site? It’s a great idea to try the functionality of your site on multiple devices so you can see how it performs.


What works well on an iOS device might struggle a little on an Android or other device. Or vice-versa.


As you can see from the numbers above, people are accessing mobile sites from all sorts of devices, so why single out a group from buying from you?


So that’s a wrap for this week, check back next Tuesday for our “Techies Christmas List,” chock full of ideas for the techie in your life!


Happy Tuesday!


The Growth Media Team






The Updated State of Social Media

A few months back we published “The State of Social Media.” (We republished as a reminder in October.)


The opening disclaimer was this: with the ever-changing landscape that makes up the Social Media World, these figures will be accurate for approximately one month. Two at the most.


So now it’s a few months later. Let’s take a gander at how those numbers have changed in just a short while:


Active Facebook users: 1.27 billion (up from 1.25)


Active Twitter users: 645,750,000 (up from 560.5 million)


Active Pinterest users: 70 million (holding steady)


Active Instagram users: 200 million (up from 150 million)


Active LinkedIn users: 332 million (up from 240 million)


So as you can see, in just a few short months each of these platforms (with the exception of Pinterest) has shown a dramatic increase in the number of active users.


And that’s really the most amazing of all: active users. These aren’t people who decided to jump on the bandwagon and then quickly abandon their profiles.


These are numbers of people who actively engage on a daily basis with these platforms.


While the numbers have shown an increase, what hasn’t changed is the fact that you absolutely need someone in the right chair managing all of these for you, leaving you to focus on and in your business.


Remember the old-school “complaint boxes” that were posted near the exits, especially at restaurants? Well, those boxes still exist but now they are digital inboxes in the form of comments and reviews online.


Now they’re out in the open for everyone to see, and those comments (especially the negative ones) need to be addressed in public.


There’s nothing worse for your business if someone sees a complaint or negative review on your social media sites and that comment goes unanswered.


That basically says, “We don’t care about the feedback from our customers.” With so many other options available at the click of a mouse, it’s pretty fair to say that the person doing the searching is now going to be the person doing the moving along.


Next week we’ll be discussing the effects a negative review or comment can have if it goes ignored, or worse, responded to badly. You’d be amazed how easy it is to diffuse a tense situation if handled in a polite and timely manner.


In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to email us right here and a member of our team will be in touch with you ASAP.


Happy Tuesday!



Tech Myths Debunked

We are all bombarded with information from multiple sources. We hear one thing from a so-called expert, only to have that opinion blasted down by another so-called expert. So we sent our staff out to research some of the most common myths that surround the world of technology, take a glance at what they found!


1. If I Have Five Bars I’ll Get the Best Wireless Service


Not exactly. The number of bars on your phone indicates how strong the signal is to the nearest cell tower. BUT, if a lot of other people are connected to the same tower, you might still experience dropped calls and slow service due to the congestion of traffic on that one tower.


2. It Doesn’t Matter if You Keep Your Laptop Plugged In All the Time


Actually, it does matter. A lot. Older nickel-metal-hydride batteries did need to be run almost completely out before being recharged


Today’s Lithium-ion batteries don’t have the “memory” that their older counterparts did. When you leave your laptop plugged in all the time, all you’re really doing is exposing the battery to unnecessary heat, which will shorten its life.


Regardless, lithium-ion batteries do have a shelf life. Expect to get only 2-3 years out of your laptop battery before it will need to be replaced.


3. Macs Don’t Get Viruses


It’s rare, but they do. While it’s true PCs get more viruses and malware than Macs, that’s mostly because attackers target the more widely used Windows operating system. Now that Apple computers are growing rapidly in market share, however, Mac users may need to be more cautious.


4. The More Megapixels a Camera Has, the Better the Pictures


It’s true that more megapixels means more detail in larger photos. That detail, though, depends not just on pixel count but also on the camera’s sensor: The larger it is, the more light data it can pick up, and the more detailed your images will be. If you add megapixels without increasing the overall size of the sensor, you reduce the amount of light reaching each pixel. Your point-and-shoot camera may have 20 megapixels, but if its sensor is the size of a pinhead, your photos won’t look so great.


5. To Get the Best HD Experience, You Need to Buy Expensive Cables


You can spend $3 on an HDMI cable or you can spend $3,000. Manufacturers will try to tell you that gold plated “High density triple layer metal to metal shielding with a turbo charge” will give you a faster, better Hi Def Experience. The simple truth is this: Signal over and HDMI cable is digital; it either comes through or it doesn’t. Unless you don’t care where your money goes, the less-expensive cables work just fine.


6. The World Wide Web and the Internet Are the Same Thing


Not at all.


The Internet is the infrastructure that allows information to be shared between networks across the world on computers, smart phones, tablets, and all other web-devices.


The “web” is just another network, the one that with sites and pages that start with www.


7. Using Your Cellphone at a Gas Station is a Fire Risk


Again, not at all. There has only been one reported fire that seemed to stem from cell phone use, but upon further investigation it was revealed that the phone had nothing to do with it.


According to the USA’s FCC, there is a “theoretical possibility” that a cell phone could cause a spark, but is said to be “highly improbable under normal circumstances.”


Just to be completely safe, we do recommend leaving your phone in your car when fueling, just in the small chance something could go wrong.


8. Magnets Will Erase Your Data


Only some kinds of data, and even then only with exposure to large magnets, such as the kind found in MRI machines or specialized equipment.


Info on your hard drive is susceptible to large magnets, but SSDs (Solid State Drives) such as thumb drives, are always safe.


So what do you think? Did we miss a potential myth you’d like explored? Please feel free to email us right here and let us know. We’ll get our snoopers going and ferret out the answer for you!


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The Scariest of Marketing Fails

It’s a month of spooky tricks, creepy crawlies, and all things scary.

What really scares you? What gets your heart pumping and your blood running? Scary clowns? Knife wielding maniacs from the movies? Or something you don’t care to admit to? (In my case, I’m terrified of birds. Always have been.)

Don’t judge me, those are some shifty little creatures.

No matter what it is, we all have fun creeping out our friends, and who doesn’t love to scare the Ovaltine out of people?

What we’ve done with this week’s blog is try to combine our two favorites: scaring people and marketing campaigns.

Now what in the world do those two have to do with eachother? You’d be surprised how closely they can be connected.

Companies spend huge amounts every year on their marketing campaigns, and once in a while, all of the moons align to create an absolute disaster. Complete wipe out. Big fat zero.

Now, we don’t want to laugh at someone else’s misfortune, but we can’t help but giggle at some the Scariest Marketing Fails of all times. Check these out:


But just not too close.


Ok, what? I love a free fee! Oh, wait…


Stop the bullying, stop the madness.


And fire our Marketing Manager. (Know your audience.)


Oh, they’re gonna treat him alright.


This is just a lawsuit waiting to happen.


And soap to wash your mouth out.


We’re getting some mixed signals here.



Funny? Scary? Scary that these campaigns and ideas actually made it past the Account Executive, or whoever was supposed to run a little quality control interference.

That’s what we have for this week, we’re already sneaking Halloween candy and are on a sugar high.

Happy Halloween!

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Feel free to email us right here!


The State of Social Media

Disclaimer: with the ever-changing landscape that makes up the Social Media World, these figures will be accurate for approximately one month. Two at the most.

But that’s kinda the point of this piece: the minute someone announces that they know “all there is to know” about social media, I check out. No one knows it “all.”

And why not?

Because it’s a constantly changing scene that evolves constantly. One of my favorite movies is “The Social Network” and I love, love, love the line “It never ends, it’s like fashion.”

Just when we think the newest platform can’t get any more advanced, BOOM! It does. Just when we pride ourselves on having mastered the newest tips and tricks, LOOK OUT! Those new features will be replaced by more advanced ones before you can even get your blog written.

We all remember when Facebook hit the 500 million user mark. We were astounded that Twitter even worked (who would’ve thought 140 character sentiments would be so popular?)

This little photo site called Instagram blew up faster than any site in recent memory and Pinterest continues to blow people’s minds with photos and videos.

As of publishing date, here’s where the biggies stand on a popularity front:


Facebook: 1.23 billion. BILLION. You read that correctly.

Twitter: 560.5 million

Pinterest: 70 million

Instagram: 150 million

LinkedIn: 240 million


That’s a whole lotta people spending a boat-load of time online.

So the question stands: are you using the right platforms to get your content in front of your target audience? With facts and figures available at the touch of a keyboard, we, as marketers have to make sure we’re spending our resources wisely and not just blindly blasting our message out, hoping that it finds the right set of eyes.

This is where Social Media Management enters the picture. You have a great product or service, your Social Media platforms are your chance to put a face (and a personality) on your brand and really stand out form the crowd.

Seems easy, right? It is if you have the right person in the right chair at the right time. If you’re lucky enough, you have an online marketing manager, social media manager, and traditional marketer all rolled up in one person.

If you don’t, then it’s absolutely time to make sure you have that spot filled. That’s where we come in. Let us take the guesswork out of your social media questions. Let us focus on the online world, leaving you valuable time to work on and in your business.

Have questions? We have answers. Feel free to email us right here!

Have a great day!