Hide parts of content from your site visitors until they like your page. (As demonstrated here: http://spoiledbacon.com/adclick.html) The code can be written by hand or found for a fee online.
This is a great way to retain your visitors, but also give them an incentive to like by offering promo codes, hidden gems, or anything else they might like! Give it a try.
#1. Pin Amazing Pics – The best way to get followers is to pin repinable, likable and commentable pics period.
#2. Create Specific Boards – The majority of your followers will follow specific boards rather then you. Make sure your pins go in the proper board and truly fit the description of that board.
#3. Follow Power Pinners – Follow people that pin amazing pics. This will give you great ideas for pins as well as cool stuff to repin to your followers.
#4. Don’t Over Pin – A couple of pins per board per day. No one likes a million pins from the same person. People unfollow over pinners.
#5. Maximize your Description – This doesn’t neccessarliy mean using all of the available characters to describe your pin. Maximizing your Description means writing a powerful or relevant description about your pin. This could be something as simple as “want, or love or WTF?”
#6. Pin Original Content – Content moves fast on the web. The best content gets shared quickly. Creating and pinning original content is the a great way to gain followers.
#7. Pin Interesting Videos – Create a board/s for videos. Pinterest is a great place to pin and view cool / interesting videos.
#8. Like & Comment on Pins – Get involved. Like and comment on pins you like. This establishes a relationship with the pinner and you will get more follow backs if you are truly involved.
#9. Install the Pinterest Bookmarklet - http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/ install this app in your browser for quick and easy pinning.
#10. Repin Amazing Pics - What more need I say?
#11. Follow JEMSU on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jemsu/cool-ads/
Pinterest may have started out as a place for women to share product images, but its meteoric rise as a social network makes it a great place for businesses too. Think of it as a place to share ideas in a visual way and be creative about how you can profit from that. Users on Pinterest love to share and repin images from a whole range of categories. As with any social network you just need to find a balance between self-promotion, social networking, and making money.
Here are just a few ways you can use Pinterest both for profit and promotion.
Promote Your Blog
If you have an image on your blog, it’s pinnable. For that reason alone, you should always add an image on each of your blog posts along with a “Pin it” button under each. Aside from that, readers are drawn to images and an interesting one encourages them to go on and read your article.
When you or a reader pins your image to Pinterest, it creates a direct link back to your blog. This not only adds to your link-building efforts, it can bring a whole new type of traffic to your site. Create themed boards on Pinterest that are based on the categories on your website, and make sure that you always pin your own blog post images to those boards.
Involve Your Customers
Having Pinterest boards is a new way to engage your customers online. Not only can they pin their favorite images to your boards, but they can comment on them and share them with their friends and followers. When people enjoy interacting with your website, they’ll come back more often. This not only builds your relationship with website visitors, but it gives you far greater opportunities to showcase your products and services.
Inspire Your Customers
Often people only see your products in one way and for one purpose. Pinterest boards give you the chance to inspire different ways to use your products through visuals. For example, if you sell wedding favors, you can show pictures of them at the table settings of customers’ weddings. That’s far more inspiring than a simple product image in your store.
Show That You’re a Real Person
It’s always difficult to make a personal connection with people online vs. face-to-face. By including both business boards and personal boards in your Pinterest account, prospects and customers get to see some of your own interests. They start to see the real person behind the business persona. Even if you are representing a large company, remember that customers are eager to know the real people behind the corporate face. If you’re a small business or entrepreneur, this is even more critical.
Add Affiliate Links
You may not realize it, but you can also insert your own affiliate links on your pins. It’s a whole new way of doing affiliate marketing. You can create boards that are just product oriented and earn cash when people click those links and buy something. Just go into the “edit” button for a specific pin and replace the direct link to the product with your affiliate link.
Pinterest isn’t going anywhere any time soon and it is incredibly active. Make the most of it as a place to engage your customers and prospects. At the same time, it presents a new opportunity to earn income online from a completely different source.
Getting fans to comment on your Facebook Page can take a lot of time and effort. And it can sometimes be painful seeing other Facebook Pages who make engagement look easy.
But even the most active Facebook Page walls began from a standing start. And many of them got to where they are today by making it easier for fans to comment on their Page.
Asking questions are probably the easiest way to get fans commenting. But keep in mind that Facebook fans don’t like homework. If they have to spend time trying to understand a question, they’ll be less likely to answer it.
As a local business, you have a very limited prospect and customer base. However, once a business goes online, the potential for more sales is only limited by the logistics of shipping. And international delivery rates are cheaper than ever, so that’s not an excuse! In fact, some websites, like Etsy, have made it feasible for even the smallest individual business owner to give the whole world access to their products.
While it’s certainly possible to survive purely as a local business, the potential to grow and prosper is far greater when you have a website also. It’s just a matter of being visible to customers and prospects in the place they spend much of their time, while opening up your business to a whole new market.