[HOW TO] Get Started With Pinterest

Pinterest is the hottest social network out there right now! It allows a user to create virtual pin boards  for organizing their interests, and capturing inspiration and innovative images they find on the web. The saying “A Picture equals a Thousand words”, is the best way to describe why Pinterest has become so popular.

If you have not created an account on Pinterest yet, you are really missing out on a HUGE opportunity to drive targeted traffic back to you. Pinterest actually brings more referral traffic than LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube combined? Sounds crazy but this little network has been able to do this in less than 2 years.  According to Shareholic, it is on the verge of driving more  referral traffic than Twitter as well.

When Pinterest first started they required an invitation in order to create an account, but that is not longer the case. You can simply go to Pinterest and create your account by connecting with your Facebook, Twitter or just with email. (If you are setting up your Pinterest account for your business, I highly recommend creating a Business Pinterest account.)

 

 

Setting up your profile on Pinterest is simple. You will setup your username (limited to 15 characters) and I recommend using your name for personal accounts and business name for business accounts. Now if you have a common name or someone has already captured what you would like as your username, think of some combination with keywords or something that describes you/your business. I do not recommend adding numbers at the end (unless it relates to your brand) as it looks like you were late to the party. :-)

Once you have set up your username and added a brief description (limited to 200 characters) and your profile photo (DO NOT forget to add this, after all this is a site all about photos!) then start creating your boards and start pinning away.

I can’t wait to see you on Pinterest. Please come and check out my profile and while you are there, check out some pins. You can find me at: http://pinterest.com/urvimehta

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Social Media Marketing: Five Steps to Getting Started with LinkedIn

Social Media Marketing using LinkedIn is made easy by following five simple steps. LinkedIn is the perfect site to build your professional networks, keep in touch with connections, discover opportunities, develop relationships, build authority in your industry and also find leads and opportunities for you and your business. Keep it simple and check out these easy methods to getting started with LinkedIn.

  1. Create your account
  2. Complete and update your profile
  3. Create a summary
  4. Get connected
  5. Engage with Others

Creating an account

Go to http://www.linkedin.com and fill in your name, email and create a password and click the green join now button.

Complete your profile

Your LinkedIn profile is an important part of your social media marketing strategy. Upload a current, professional looking photo of yourself. You’ll want to complete your entire profile, and include previous work experience that you’ve had. Remember your profile is a representation of you. The little details are important to your profile; it should have substance, be grammatically correct and have no spelling errors. Include your chosen keywords liberally throughout your profile whenever you can so that others searching for those keywords can find you. Don’t forget your email addresses, new and old, to increase the opportunity for connections.

Summary tips

A summary should give a good snap shot of who you are and what you do. Use two to four sentences in your summary that incorporate your specialties or expertise. These sentences should include your keywords and add what you enjoy doing to help others to connect and get to know you.

Connecting on LinkedIn

Connecting with others on LinkedIn is controlled. In order to connect with someone on LinkedIn, you must show how you know them. Getting recommended by LinkedIn members who know you and what you are all about is a wonderful way to connect to with others.

Engage with others

Joining LinkedIn groups gives you the opportunity to maximize your networking and social media marketing efforts while connecting you with great people with similar interests. Start by joining employer alumni groups, were you will have connections with people you have something in common with. And finally, enhance your LinkedIn social media marketing experience by participating and interacting with others through posting, responding to posts and networking with other group members.

For more information about LinkedIn or to connect with Urvi Mehta:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/urvimehta

Twitter: http://twitter.com/urvimehta

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/urvimehta