Using Social Media Optimization to Enhance Your Pins and Pictures

Social Media Content Optimization: How To Optimize Your Pins & Pictures

by | May 23, 2013 | Social Media

Today’s newest and greatest in social media content optimization happens to be almost all visual. Instagram, with over 100 million users and 4 billion users, is one of the most popular iPhone apps out there. Pinterest, one of the newest social media platforms, has at least 100 million users with over 30 billion pins.
With this many users available on these new social media platforms, business and companies are including their campaign strategies to advertise to the people on these sites. Besides CPC, the best way to do this is simply by organically populating their own Pinterest and Instagram corners and encouraging their fans to follow, like and re-pin. Social media content optimization across these platforms is a major player.
Besides getting your business, company or person actually on these platforms: what more can you do for exposure across these two social media platforms?
A lot. Copyblogger says that although Pinterest and Instagram revolve around visual content, you can still optimize content on each of these platforms, in your postings.

Social Media Content Optimization Secrets: Getting Popular on Pinterest

For one thing, infographics with optimized descriptions are big on Pinterest. Pinning a tall, infographic style piece if you don’t have an infographic is another excellent route to go—statistically, tall and narrow images get more repins than fat and wide.
Social media content optimization for your pins shouldn’t be more than 200 characters (think meta description). This text gets crawled by search engines and helps your readers identify a keyword about you, so make sure to include your keyword here.

Secrets: Getting Interesting on Instagram

Hashtags, hashtags, hashtags: they might feel the opposite of useful when you type them in, but hashtags encourage follower activity by a huge ratio than Instagram pictures posted without it. The top followed or returned hashtags on Instagram encourage reciprocal behavior, and are as follows–#FollowforFollow, #LikeforLike, and the like. Nature focused hashtags like #Sky, #Sun, #Clouds, are very popular (interestingly) as well. (The least-liked hashtags include #Drunk and #loveyou).
Inspiring pictures do very well on Instagram and Pinterest alike, as well as DIY or home and garden focused tidbits. Think about the DIY content your audience might be interested in.  If you sell SEO services, “how to write your own SEO blog” – or if you’re a contractor, “how to build your own garden”.  Think about what you’d discuss, if you were your own reader.
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