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4 Ways Businesses Can Stand out on Pinterest

4 Ways Businesses Can Stand out on Pinterest

Pinterest is one of the biggest social media platforms today, with over 150 million users.

Statistics reveal that the social network has a large number of female users (71%). However, the number of men on Pinterest have doubled in the last few years, showing the growth potential that it holds.

Pinterest, like any other social network, can be used by businesses to promote their products or services. Users spend hours going through the social network, giving marketers a chance to reach to them. 70% of users actually check Pinterest to get tips or information on what they wish to buy.[1] The number is a lot higher when compared to other social media networks, such as Facebook, where only 17% of users browse the platform with a purchase in mind.

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Pinterest users also tend to spend more than Facebook users ($165 vs. $95), leaving no reason for businesses not to give Pinterest a try. So how can one make good use of this colorful platform? Here are some tips:

1. Set Up an Impressive Profile

It all starts with your profile. This is generally the first thing any user will see when they visit your business page. If you want to market on Pinterest properly, you need to look professional and come across as a serious contender.

Also, link your account to your Pinterest page and see what is getting the most pins. This will help you understand what gets more likes and what doesn’t. Concentrate on rich pins to get better results and come up with a Pinterest marketing strategy[2] that works. Moreover, design your boards neatly and follow a specific pattern. Give proper and keyword friendly names to your boards, and change their position based on season or relevancy. Lastly, keep your profile public to make it accessible to one and all.

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2. SEO Matters Even Here

Since most of us are used to making random posts on Twitter and Instagram with #hashtags, we tend to neglect how powerful search engine optimization can be when using social media networks. Pinterest is one network where keywords are of huge importance.

The basic idea is same as on any other website. You need to find keywords that are relevant to your post and use them properly. The idea is simple: you will need keywords to help people find you on Pinterest when they search for a relevant item on search engines.

Other than this, make sure to keep your setting public, and have your page open to search engines. If you fail to do so, your posts will not be visible to everyone and you will lose on potential visibility, which kills the purpose. After all, the more people see what you post, the more sales you can make. And remember that on average, around 50% of internet traffic[3]comes through search engines, and you do not wish to lose on this traffic.

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To make your profile visible to search engines, you need to disable ‘Search Privacy’ in your profile. While Pinterest’s own search engine can still find you without this option enabled, you will not be visible on Google and other search engines if you have search privacy on.

To turn it off, login to your account and go to your account settings. Now find the ‘Search Privacy’ setting and choose the option ‘No’ to make your pins visible to search engines.

3. Put Up Quality Pictures

Pinterest is all about photos, and you need to produce good quality photos to get attention; over 5 million pins are shared[4] in a day on Pinterest. A few common points among the most shared images are:

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  • Big images tend to get more shares on Pinterest. A minimum of 600 X Infinite is the recommended size. To be safe, you may use a tool like Canva as it comes with a readymade Pinterest tool to create customized images.
  • Post infographics, as they tend to get more attention on Pinterest. Whenever a claim is justified with a fact, it tends to get more likes.
  • Use a good camera to click photos. Since Pinterest is all about images, photos that have good quality angles and nice use of filters tend to get more attention.

4. Socialize a Little

It is important to socialize on Pinterest if you wish to make it big. Not only should you be active and make regular posts, you should also make it a point to communicate with other users and respond to comments.

In addition to this, make good use of influencers. You can do so, too, by following them and commenting on their posts. Since it is a social network, you will need to be a little social to stay relevant.

Pinterest can help you make more money simply by being active and promoting your business. However, remember that there may be a time lag, and you will need to put in some effort and time to understand what works and what doesn’t work for your business. Keep your eye on the latest stats and make changes as necessary, and you will begin to see positive results.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

But do you know what motivates your people?

It’s simple:

  • Is their work stimulating?
  • Does it challenge them?
  • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
  • Do you encourage creativity?
  • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
  • Do you praise them?
  • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
  • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
  • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

  • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
  • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
  • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
  • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

6. Monitor Their Workload

Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

  • Red means they’re fully loaded.
  • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
  • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

The Bottom Line

A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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