200 million users. That’s how many Pinterest users exist as of September 2017. 200 million. Think there’s anyone in that group who would want a new kitchen or bath? You bet there is.
Another statistic: 70% of those pinners are female. And the last time we checked, women are the drivers for remodeling projects.
One more: 75% of Pinterest users have purchased something they saw on Pinterest. Pinners are actively looking for product sources.
What Exactly Is Pinterest?
Pinterest has been defined as a visual search engine. People go to Pinterest to look things up, to find inspiration.
It’s also a social site where people go to share ideas with like-minded individuals.
Why Use Pinterest?
1. Pinterest posts are “evergreen,” meaning they stay current for a long time after they’re pinned. It’s possible for your content to appear in the Pinterest feed months after it was first posted. This is a huge benefit. Your content doesn’t die out in the first few hours, but can still be sending traffic to you months after it was published. Compare that to Twitter or Facebook.
2. It’s easy to go “viral” on Pinterest without really trying. Someone pins your latest post to his or her Pinterest board. Then ten people re-pin that content. And then another ten re-pin that same post. All of a sudden, your content is getting exponential exposure. The beauty of this is that the sharing and re-pinning can continue indefinitely.
3. As one expert said: “You need to have a very visual brand if you’re going to be using Pinterest.” Sounds like a perfect match for our kitchen design and remodeling businesses. If you have a story to tell and want to reach a whole new audience, then Pinterest is for you.
4. Pinterest will introduce your business to an entirely new audience.
Pinterest is divided up into pins and boards..
A Pinterest board is a group of categorized content, a collection of pins. Each one contains content with similarly related items, grouped by a theme or topic. When you hear someone say they “pinned”, they placed a post on a Pinterest board.
It’s possible to create a “secret” board that no one else can see but you and whoever you invite to see it. This is a way to share ideas with a client who is making her selections. (We like Houzz.com better for collaborating.) Secret boards probably don’t have much to offer to a business account.
A Pinterest pin is an image that you add (“pin”) to a board. A pin is just a post on Pinterest. It can be a plain image, or that image could be linked to something relevant, as most of your images should be.
A re-pin occurs when you pin someone else’s content. Or they pin yours. Essentially you are sharing it with all of your followers. It’s the same kind of thing as a Facebook “Like” or a Twitter “re-tweet.” You can re-pin from someone else, or you can pin something directly from the web.
Rich Pins are pins with additional information in them. They can be recipes, products, articles, apps, places, movies -- even a map. More about Rich Pins in Part Two of this series.
Pinterest experts recommend that you start with at least five (5) boards, each with at least five (5) pins. This fills your space nicely.
The boards themselves can have cover images. The cover image is at the top of the board, and it remains static. Or course you can change it at any time.
Naming your boards is next. Boards should be named based on your keywords. Since boards are searchable, don’t miss an opportunity to get found.
Pinterest is much more searchable than Facebook or Twitter so keywords are vital to your Pinterest strategy. You want to have the keywords in your title and in your description.
Don’t just pin photos of your own jobs. Of course, start with your own project photos, but make sure you’re adding other interesting content as well. Your boards should be ones your followers will be interested in.
Get More Re-Pins
As you browse through Pinterest, you’ll notice that most images are taller than they are wide. The aspect ratio needs to be 2 to 3. Image size should be 735 x 1100. Since most kitchen shots are horizontal rather than vertical, you will need some creative cropping.
Pins with light, bright colors in the images and 200- to 300-character descriptions do well.
For some unknown reason, images without faces get more re-pins.
Infographics do really well on Pinterest. Stumped for topics you could use to create an infographic?
How about: “Things To Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen”? “Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Designer”? “Most Popular Kitchen Designs”? “Materials To Consider For Your New Kitchen Countertop”?
You get the idea.
• Have a minimum of 2 to 3 pins per week
• Pin new content and re-pin
• Comment on pins
• Make sure your website is easily pin-able
• Follow new people
• Get active, get involved.
• See and be seen
Getting started with a business account on Pinterest isn’t rocket science; it’s fairly set it up yourself.
But getting exposure for your small business requires persistence and follow up, regular pins and interaction with others.
If this amount of commitment seems daunting, Kitchen Design Partner has the experience and expertise to keep your social media engine humming along.
Kitchen Design Partner offers a Local Foundation Package that includes Social Media Strategy and Management. Contact us online at www.kitchendesignerpartner.com or call 888-766-8470 to learn more about how to increase your online reviews.
A simple definition of content marketing is:
the practice of creating content and publishing it on your website to attract visitors who eventually become customers.
A solid definition, yes, but one that needs some clarification:
Content marketing is a long-term strategy, based on building a relationship with your potential customers, by consistently giving them high quality, relevant content.
In contrast to one-time advertising, content marketing shows that you actually care about your customers and more than ever, customers want to feel cared about
To reach, engage, and convert new customers for your business, your content has to be something people actually want.
And to be truly relevant in today’s crowded on-line universe, a content marketing piece needs to get noticed when a user is asking a question. Your content piece needs to be the best answer to the question being asked
Add Content that Answers Your Customers’ Questions
When you start considering how you can add more content to your website, think about all the different questions clients typically ask you.
Every time you have a conversation with a client and explain something to them, that’s your content.
If you’ve put together your Marketing Kit (see Blog post here) you’ve already created a list of FAQs (frequently asked questions) and SAQs (should ask questions). That’s your content. You’ve done some of the hard work already!
How well does your online content answer questions your potential customers are asking?
Your ability to helpfully answer questions not only
(1) assists your audience, but also
(2) helps your SEO because search engines view sites that give satisfying answers as valuable. Google now pays serious attention to answering questions that people type in the search box.
Google now offers two ways searchers can find answers.
We asked “HOW MUCH ARE CUSTOM KITCHEN CABINETS?” (We also asked “how much are kitchen cabinets?” and got the same results.)
Both of these answer and question features are displayed prominently in the search results – after the ads, of course -- giving those “answer” sites huge exposure.
The only way to get featured in an instant answer or related answer is to ask and answer these types of questions on your own website and social media sites.
Use the questions people ask for your blog inspiration.
The questions in the “People Also Ask” box above look like good blog topics, don’t you think? At the very least, they deserve space in your FAQ’s and SAQs.
They are just a teaser to get your brain started thinking in that direction. Here are some other suggestions based on search queries:
There are many other topics that can be expanded into blog posts that answer consumer questions such as these.
Google provides another source of ideas: use the drop-down list when typing a question in the search box
Below we asked “HOW TO CLEAN KITCHEN CABINETS?” You can see related questions other people asked -- all good blog ideas.
By making questions and answers a major part of your content marketing strategy, you get an opportunity to
Not bad results for simply writing down the answers to questions you get asked all the time.
Most small business owners don’t think they can come up with enough content and or know how or where to publish it.
If managing your content marketing strategy seems overwhelming, the Kitchen Design Partner team is expert content marketing specialists. They help their clients publish great content on their website and in other places on the internet.
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Photography – without it, our kitchen design/remodeling world would be a drab and dull place indeed.
Think how closely aligned our business is to the fashion industry. We use the same lingo: we’re kitchen designers, they’re fashion designers. Our work is called style, we probably “borrowed” it from fashion. Entire websites and magazines are devoted to our work and to their work.