As Scarlet was cleaning out the Nytemare's stalls, he was thinking of how happy they would be with the new oats he had just gathered. He knew variations of things for them to eat would help so that they wouldn't get bored having the same old hay all the time.
As he was finishing, Snoop appeared and was asking if there was anything new going on. When Scarlet started to explain to him about the change in the diet plan Snoop's eyes lit up.
He said he was sorry but had to run as Scarlet had just given him a great new hint to use about Pinterest.
Here is Snoop's Hint - When you go to the Notifications that Pinterest supplies to you on your page, Pinterest will often tell you that someone has created a new board. I figured that's nice as that it is just different 'feed' for them and why should I care?
Well, here is some food for thought... click on some of those new suggested boards offered from the notification. Then check out the pins on them and see if you can pick up some new 'oats' (pins) to try out that are truly outside your normal diet. This is the stuff that Pinterest loves to grow fat on. Your numbers should hopefully grow with a new infusion of a food source.
Efem was so excited from the results of the experiment that Lesley did with Pinterest that she just lit up and had to share the results with The CAT. Here is what was learned:
This is an example of how you can label a single image and see how many times it can be posted. The main thing I wanted to discover was if Pinterest would recognized these as five individual pins or as the same pin. Pinterest saw each as being unique and a new pin.
Now the downsize of this was that since I created these all at once and pinned them all at once... I lost impression value. The first one hit high and then each one went down in numbers from there. What also was interesting is that by using my Engagement page I was able to see the Stats very clearly on these pins. Plus my picture/pin did not show up on my Engagement page if I posted to a group board. After thinking about it, it does make sense since a group board isn't a board directly on my page but a shared board.
So just to recap... if you have 3 or 4 pictures re-labeling the images for each picture with different links would create up to 15 to 20 unique pins... that is almost a whole month if you just pin once a day!
Efem and The CAT hope you enjoyed the hint this week - they did.
The other newbie thing is the icon between the bell and the red dot (shown in the picture below). This icon of the 1/2 bell is called the Engagement Page. One can see where Pinterest is also ratcheting up the need to engage or talk with potential pinners and buyers. This page is a clear shot to those who have made a comment or question on your pin ~ making it easier to response to them. Hopefully we will find out more about this as it get developed further as not all pages are getting this just yet.
In the meantime if you want to check it out, just login on a computer to see if the 1/2 bell is there. It may not appear on a mobile app until after you look at it on your computer (like other issues we have discovered).
Snoop is now off again to see what else he can uncover in his search to solve the mysteries of Pinterest.
The power behind the nice thing about commenting on a pin is that by doing so, the pin gets a higher placement in the newsfeed suggestions.
So, the Baron came up with this 'fix' for the problem. If the option to comment on a pin does not appear on your mobile device (1) Pin a pin to your board from the mobile; (2) Log into your Pinterest account on a computer or laptop; (3) Find the pin that was just pinned from the mobile and make a comment ~~ when you go to the pin on your board with the mobile, the option for comments should now appear. If it does not work the first time, repeat this process again... it took the Baron two tries when he was testing this 'fix'.
Ever wonder how to set up that cool slide show under your Pinterest banner to feature some of your best products? Well the Hint this week is from the CAT who heard this tip from the birds in the Twitter Line (he also decided to sit in my chair and nobody can move him so we left the hint for him to do). Hopefully it will help you create that look.
When you click on the dots, a list will appear. Select the "Settings" option.
By selecting Settings you will be taken to your Profile Page. Scroll down the page and under the Location box is a line that says Featured boards. Click on the Edit button next to that line.
A page labeled Edit featured boards will pop up where you now can choose up to five (5) different boards. Select your best boards which represent what it is you want to showcase, preferably about who you are and what you offer.
Click on the downward arrow to the right hand side of each slot and a list of your boards will appear. Select the board you want and then head down to the next slot. Repeat for how many boards you want featured. Then hit Save. You will be returned to your home page and have now created your featured board slide show. Now I have to go - I hear a bird calling me and I want to catch-up (or is that ketchup) on the latest gossip before lunch...
Atian is always good about telling me to check out more than one resource or in this case, social media platform. Which is why this week's hint is for Instagram instead of Pinterest.
The mistake, which for many who are new to Instagram, is thinking that the comments “to learn more" or "read my blog" is a caption that is going to work. I know I was guilty of this assumption too.
Sadly, it really doesn't work that easily. The post might be viewed but usually no one clicks to go anywhere else. Especially as Instagram doesn't offer options to list links other than the one you chose to put under your bio.
One suggestion I came across was to think of Instagram as a place where I can offer quick, short, and to-the-point type of information. Examples might be to give a tip about something, offer inspiration, or even make the reader laugh. And then at the end of the caption, if I so choose, I can still ask for the click to go to my website or blog.
My hope is that I can build a following that will love to click away and come to my blog (but I am going to have to work up to that). In the meantime, I will pay more attention to my "posts" so that hopefully my viewers will feel they were engaged with a thought for the day... or learn something new... or even possibly see a sneak peak of my newest character without having to feel they have only half of the story.
Those same words could also be hashtag words but with the # symbol before it. Keywords and hashtags are both tools for the search engine to use in helping to locate me in cyberspace.
But what really sparked my inspiration in what Ember shared with me is a place I never thought to add keywords. That was to the naming of my images. How quickly I just drag and drop over a picture to pin to Pinterest when I am creating new pins. Stop!!! Take a moment... rename that file/image name to some key words. For example, I might rename the picture porcelain doll handmade.jpg. Right there I have made it easier for the Pinterest search engine to find me. Just one more baby step towards being seen.
This way your followers, when they click on your pin can go right directly to your FB page or Instagram and see more of what you offer. This is another way for your followers to find you and keep up on your latest creations.
Or are your boards arranged so when anyone comes looking for you, they see what you create first? It is, after all, YOUR ball and you should be the one shining.
Here are a couple of hints from the Dowager on how to improve your looks:
A way to look like a princess is by making all the boards relate to a theme or what your business is. If you come to my doll page you will find everything is Doll, Fairy, or Art themed. By the time you leave my boards you know exactly what I do and how it relates to my dolls. Whether or not I am an expert you will decide, but it will be apparent to anyone who comes to my page as to what I do and that I am proficient.
So, what is the big attraction to group boards? They will help your pins be seen by a bigger crowd, created by all the collaborators coming together, in a board which hopefully increases your reach. They are also an excellent source of re-pinnable content for your own boards.
Until Gardner planted this kernel of thought in my head, I hadn't really let my plan blossom. Now I had something to work with, as this has given me a new way to pin and grow.
Here is The Plan:
I also reach out to those that are following me and re-pin some of their interests or pins as well. The equation that I am planning is to re-pin 30-35 pins (1/2 coming from my group boards and 1/2 from followers) with an additional ten of my own. The ten of my own pins comes from the one new pin I created from my website (refer to steps one and two of The Plan). It will be exciting to see how well it works as I start using it this month.
Snoop has found several articles about Instagram and Pinterest while searching for stories from something called the World Wide Web... we don't know what that means, but he swears by it...