Ever wonder how often you should update your website? The answer is simple. Your site needs a “face lift” when it no longer helps you achieve your business goals. Websites are like fashion, the look and feel of websites change rapidly and so does the technology used to build them, and the things they can do to help engage your customer with your service, your products and your brand.
If you are wondering if you should update your site, let me give you a few things to think about:
If you are not sure if it is time to update your site, we would be happy to provide you will a free consultation to evaluate your site and see what else is possible. We will review your needs, talk about your target market, branding and your competitors. We want to help you understand the process and walk you through any recommendations that we make so you understand all the options open to you.
That’s our job – to help your business be successful. Call us at 204-885-2469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – let’s get things moving forward before the busy-ness of fall is here!
You've heard about it – you’ve seen it on Facebook. It’s the hot new trend in social sharing. Just when you thought it couldn’t get more interesting, balancing the mix of Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook, here comes the new kid on the block – Pinterest – an image sharing site that has increased in unique visitor traffic by 155% between Dec 2011 and Jan 2012.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a visual social network that allows you, the user to share and discover by "pinning" images to your own "pinboards" (collections around a common theme) or by seeing and “repinning” what others have pinned to their pinboards. You can upload images from your computer, or pin things you find on the web using the Pinterest bookmarklet, the Pin it Button, or just uploading the image url. You can add video, and you can write keyword rich captions, though I don’t know how long it takes their search index to add things in. (more testing!)
Did I mention that you have to be invited by someone you know who is already in Pinterest – or request an invite directly from Pinterest? Not sure why - but you have to ask to play in their sandbox. Do it. Worth it. So many pretty pictures.
You can search, you can browse, you can follow friends (or strangers), and you can comment on the images. You can repin the images others have posted – the equivalent of “liking” I guess, and then they become part of your collection of pins too. You can also use the integrated Facebook “like” button to show off what you like on Pinterest. (pesky cross pollination).
But can you use it for business? You bet.
If your work life involves anything visual - even if that means stretching the definition of visual a bit – you can market yourself on Pinterest. For hair stylists, florists, jewelry makers, artists, fashion designers, crafters, cake decorators, even photographers, the uses are obvious – I would recommend watermarking your images with your copyright and your url to keep your ownership identity high – you can’t stop people from “stealing” your images, but you can slow them down. And Pinterest encourages “Sharing” – for enjoyment, vs. stealing outright for commercial use.
Less traditionally visual businesses might need to be creative and use some imagination, but I’m sure that there is a Pinterest angle for just about everybody. We can help by working with you to design a comprehensive social media strategy and action plan. Call us!
Why does Pinterest matter?
It builds traffic – increases blog subscribers - build brand and url awareness (but without direct SEO benefit as the links are nofollow!) – and puts your visual collateral in front of a growing and voracious audience – which is inextricably tied to other major social media channels. It gives you something to talk about via social media. You get fans. Friends. Likes. And ultimately, site traffic to your primary web domain. FTW!
I’ll be doing a webinar on May 31th at 11:30 am CST on how to use Pinterest for business. Seats are limited - but I’m prepared to do it twice if there are enough people interested. Reserve your spot now by emailing email@example.com – and I’ll get back to you with login information.
In the meantime, explore Pinterest and start thinking about how you can make best use of this dynamic new social sharing platform. Take a look around – pin something, and repin something. You can get lost in it – because a pinned picture is worth a thousand words (and a handful of website visitors).
As part of our support and celebration of Small Business Week, I took a road trip up to Arborg Manitoba to speak with members of the Interlake business community. My goal? To once again “Demystify Social Media” for over 60 business community leaders, over a tasty buffet lunch at the Arborg-Bifrost Community Centre.
We had an excellent workshop in Arborg with nearly 70 small business owners participating/attending! On behalf of the Manitoba Marketing Network Board, I told our Arborg partner’s (East Interlake Community Futures, Arborg & District Chamber and Arborg Bifrost CDC) that you were very pleased with their event coordination and promotion efforts towards attracting such a large number of business owners. Our new partners are very excited to host MMN for a Gimli Roundtable event in the future. We promoted a future Gimli Roundtable event to the audience and it was well received.
It was great to answer your questions and I appreciate your comments! Thank you to the Manitoba Marketing Network for organizing this event for a very important regional business hub.
The rise of Social Media as a professional marketing toolkit has become a hot topic amongst small business people in recent months – we are doing more and more public speaking events on that topic, as well as hands on training for our clients – both in person and via webinar style coaching sessions. Strategic Social Media interaction can be a vital part of your business’s marketing mix. It doesn’t replace a well designed custom web site, with high quality content and proper search optimization. Winnipeg businesses are learning the importance and power of strategic social media use – not just for the kids anymore (if it ever was).
If your business needs some hands on coaching to help create a high impact social media strategy, or help in setting up your social media platforms, Modern Earth is here to help – affordably. Call or email us today!
The web is a powerful marketing tool, but it is a landscape fraught with pitfalls and distractions. What can you do to ensure that your online marketing efforts will bring you traffic and be profitable?
Modern Earth Web Design has partnered with the University of Winnipeg Department of Continuing Education and Lanoie.com to provide a series of courses called Digital Dim Sum. Check out our course list below - and see what whets your appetite for learning how to maximize your online marketing, increase your Google Analytics knowledge or use of social media to promote your business!
Join Philip Giles, VP of Business Development for Modern Earth, for the first of our Digital Dim Sum courses on September 10th from 9am to 12pm at the University of Winnipeg. Philip will take you through the theory and practice of online marketing - with a focus on identifying where the true Return on Investment (ROI) is, and how to maximize it using digital tools.
In this course, Philip will cover topics such as:
Hope we'll see you there!
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of talking with CTV Winnipeg's Jeff Keele about the power of social media to encourage younger people to vote in the coming provincial election - and get more involved in Canada’s political landscape as a whole. Recently we have seen the political landscape, in both Canada and the United States, shifting its focus into online marketing - especially using tools such as social media to boost their causes.
This year’s federal election saw just more than 60% of Canadians at the ballot box - only a small increase from 2008’s record setting low.
One of the lowest demographics for voter turnout overall is youth, between 18 and 30 years old. A number of organizations, such as the University of Manitoba, want to change that by finding ways to use social media to encourage young people to vote. Initiatives such as "Vote Any Way" on facebook, take aim at engaging young people in choosing their next government at all levels.
See the clip from last night’s CTV News at 6, "CTV's Jeff Keele on new strategy aimed at getting young people to vote," for more information, and make sure you’re ready to vote in October!
There’s more to the marketing environment in Manitoba than you might expect – especially with respect to online marketing.
Beyond just using tools like Twitter and Facebook for customer service and lead generation, there’s a movement to create global business networks through these new tools – whether it’s from a B2C (business to consumer) direction, or a B2B (business to business) angle. Fast communication, near-instant response, and the ability to build and keep up with large networks of engaged people is encouraging a much higher level of attentiveness and agility in many businesses across the globe.
Thanks to an opportunity I recently had to participate in a book review program for The Now Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Smarter, Faster, and More Social, I asked fellow Winnipeg-based marketer, and Globe and Mail columnist Ryan Caligiuri to talk briefly about the changes he’s seen in business marketing over the past few years.
Ryan’s been in the marketing community here for a number of years – before Imaginet, he worked for Protegra, another Winnipeg business. Though we’ve been following each other on Twitter for some time, we met recently at TEDx Manitoba, where Modern Earth covered the event with a tweet team of Susan Hurrell and myself. Ryan was among the many enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who helped make the event what it was, and demonstrated a clear love of collaborative work – which is exactly what social media teaches us.
Ryan expresses, very eloquently in the video on YouTube, that we’re just starting to see the real effects and benefits of social media in businesses.
Watch on YouTube - The NOW Revolution Book Giveaway Winner - Ryan Caligiuri
You can find Ryan on Twitter, by following @RyanCaligiuri.
Thanks for stopping in, Ryan, and taking the time to talk!