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4 Ways Businesses Can Stand out on Pinterest

4 Ways Businesses Can Stand out on Pinterest
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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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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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