The new year will be here soon and so now is when you should be planning your marketing and strategies for your content, Pinterest, social media, product creation, sponsorships and more. Is it important to have a strategy specifically for Pinterest? With 250 million monthly users, it sure is! Here are the steps for creating a Pinterest strategy that will help grow your blog and business. #bloggingtips #marketingyourbusiness #growblogtrafficRead More
Retailers know that many people start their planning and shopping early whether it’s in a brick and mortar store or online. The holidays are a busy time… buying gifts, planning and attending parties, traveling to visit relatives...there's a lot to do. Searching for and saving holiday ideas on Pinterest is
in full swing. Holiday sales has actually been increasing each year and is predicted to hit as much as $720 billion this year!* So how can you get in front of these shoppers with your blog content and products? Figure out who they are and what they're looking for.
If you're a blogger with graphic design ideas you will want to use the right graphic design programs. Adding visually appealing graphics to your blog is one way to make it stand out and reinforce your brand. In addition to blog graphics you will need to create pins for Pinterest, social media graphics and more. If you're just starting out, you may not have the budget or want to spend the money for professional graphic design software. The industry standard is Adobe, with products like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. These are the programs I use and prefer because they offer quite a bit of options. The company developed Adobe Creative Cloud, a monthly paid subscription alternative instead of spending hundreds of dollars to own the software. Many believe paid pro tools are the only way to go if you want to produce quality graphics. But there are some free options that are pretty good. Keep these in mind when deciding whether to go with free or paid graphic design tools.Read More
When blogging first became popular, it was common for bloggers to simply choose a photo they liked and plop it into their post, sometimes with a catchy caption. But now in today’s crowded and competitive market, a simple photo won’t do. Editing your blog photos or graphics helps you stand out. Two reasons why your blog needs visually appealing graphics that you can customize is that it creates brand awareness and increases social sharing. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a graphic designer to edit stock photos. You just need to learn a few basics to get started. Follow these tips to start learning how to personalize stock images.Read More