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Social media and SEO tips from ionSearch

Social media and SEO tips at ionSearch

ionSearch at the Electric Press, Leeds

As soon as I heard about ionSearch – the search marketing and social media conference in Leeds – I wanted to go. The line up of speakers was fantastic and, as a copywriter, I knew the conference would present a valuable opportunity to learn more about SEO.

I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets through a social media competition so I headed off to the Electric Press with my PR associate Nikki.

The conference was every bit as informative as I hoped it would be. For those who couldn’t make it, here are the most useful SEO and SM tips and stats that I picked up from each speaker:

Lee Odden of TopRank Online Marketing

  • Paths to purchase: One per cent through social media alone. 51 per cent through search alone. 48 per cent through a combination of search and social.
  • 16 per cent of queries on Google have never been searched for before.
  • Know your target audience: how they discover information, what they consume (eg video), how they consume it (eg tablet or mobile) and how they engage.
  • Use a blog or website as a hub with your social media activity as spokes all relating to it.
  • Develop an editorial plan for your blog content six months in advance and use a combination of fixed and dynamic content so you can react to current events.

Tim Grice of Branded3

  • Understand the people who are already finding your website and how they get there.
  • Think: why would people want to link back to this page?
  • Good content gets more social shares than it does links.
  • Different people like and share – try to get those who do both.
  • Google wants fresh, relevant, unique and up-to-date content.

Andy Atkins-Krüger of Webcertain Group

  • One third of activity on mobiles is search.
  • The third biggest growth activity on mobile is retail – people are buying things.
  • A tablet is best treated as if it was a desktop – don’t use Adobe Flash.
  • $25M is spent per day on Newsstand on iPad alone.
  • 25 per cent of all apps on Apple are free. 75 per cent of all apps on Android are free.
  • The most popular apps are entertainment, games, business, news and weather.
  • Two things drive traffic to apps – the amount of downloads and how much people use the app once they have downloaded it.
  • Apple bought out Chomp in February for $50M – they’re going to use it as a search engine for apps.

Danny Gray of Google (speaking about Google+)

  • 77 per cent of brand content is created by consumers.
  • Brands who are having success on Google+ are creating different circles for different target audiences.
  • Use Google+ ripples to see how your content has been shared.
  • The best way to use Google+ is to share valuable content and hold hangouts (video-chats).
  • Promote your page with badges and offline marketing.

Dave Snyder of Steelcast

  • We’re about to hit a renaissance in SEO, mixing science (more traditional SEO) and art (quality content).
  • The key is to create highly shareable content and media with depth, and finding it a home.
  • Learn what each social media platform has to offer and what content will work.
  • Facebook API tells you so much information about your target audience.

I really hope you find some of these useful – please get in touch at fiona@wordsbyfionakyle if you want to talk about any of them further.

How to… use Pinterest for business

Social media site Pinterest is the flavour of the month. One glance at the home page and it’s instantly obvious why it has become such a big hit. Its pages are adorned with endless stylish, beautiful images perfect for planning a wedding or kitting out your new house. No doubt it’s lovely to look at, but are there any business applications…?

There seems to be a blog being posted every minute about Pinterest right now and I am a member of the wonderful Let’s Talk Here group on LinkedIn where members have been posting some great articles sharing ideas about using Pinterest for business. I have also used it myself for a brainstorming session at a design agency and found it inspirational. At a recent social media training session I held at a law firm, I mentioned Pinterest purely as a scene setter but the lawyers were full of fabulous ideas about how they could use it.

How does it work?

Pinterest is billed as an ‘online pinboard’. You have to apply to be invited, then once you receive your invitation, set up an account simply by logging in through either your Twitter or Facebook account. Set up as many or as few boards as you like and start pinning! You can choose to either ‘repin’ pictures that other people have posted on there or download the ‘pinmarklet’ to your browser enabling you to pin images from any website you look at (although some, including Flickr, have chosen to opt out for copyright reasons). When you click on an image that is pinned on Pinterest, you can click through to the original website. Pinterest is now driving more traffic to websites than big names including Google+, LinkedIn and MySpace.

Some ideas for using it for your business:

  1. Use it as a showroom – Pinterest seems to have been colonised by crafters early on and they are making great use of it by showcasing their products. Have a peak at Craft Magazine‘s boards to see how they are being used. Photographers can make fantastic use of it in this way too.
  2. Bring your brand and values to life – US company Whole Foods was one of the first to embrace Pinterest and its Pinterest page is packed with tempting imagery of food and also pictures that reflect their values – using organic food and caring for the environment, for example. (See Social media news blog Mashable’s article for more on this). Have a look at how big names including Starbucks and The Guardian are using it.
  3. Use it as a mood board – One of Pinterest’s strongest selling points is the imagery that people are sharing – gorgeous, stylish pictures of interiors, holiday destinations and products they love. When creating a new brand at a design agency last week, the designer and I spent time using Pinterest to inspire us and pin images that worked for the brand. Now we have a great way to visually communicate our ideas to the client.
Check out this article for even more inspiration about how you can use Pinterest.
If you are interested in following my boards, then click here for my Pinterest page.
How are you using Pinterest for your business? I would love to hear some of your ideas!

Get your LinkedIn summary right

In January 2012, I reached 200 connections on LinkedIn and decided to mark this milestone by offering some advice on how to make the most of your LinkedIn profile. Or, more specifically, the summary section at the top.

I went through the LinkedIn profile of every one of my 200 connections to see how they were using this opportunity so that I could share some tips on how to write the best summary and common mistakes to avoid.

I was shocked to discover that 79 of the 200 profiles (now, I’m no mathematician but that’s over a third… I think!) had no summary at all. If someone turned to you in the elevator of elevator pitch fame and asked you what you did, would you just stand there with your mouth closed? To me, that’s the exact equivalent! You are being given an amazing opportunity to sell yourself and, by extension, the company you work for, to anyone who happens to view your profile – why wouldn’t you take it?

Top 5 most common mistakes

  1. Misuse of apostrophe in ’10 years’ experience’ – most people use no apostrophe at all, someone had written ’10 years’ of experience’ (the ‘of’ makes the apostrophe obsolete) and I even saw ’10 year’s experience’.
  2. SME’s – SMEs should not have an apostrophe.
  3. Lead rather than led – eg ‘customer lead solutions’and ‘I have lead’.
  4. X company name provide (rather than provides) – a company is singular – imagine saying ‘the company provides’ instead.
  5. 1990’s – there shouldn’t be an apostrophe in this, or 90s etc.

Top 5 over used words

When you read 200 profiles in a row, you start to notice the same words cropping up again and again. If you want your profile to stand out, consider avoiding the following:

  1. Passion or passionate
  2. Key (as in key clients)
  3. Creative thinker
  4. Bespoke
  5. Engage or engaging

Top 5 typos

Please proofread your profile before you publish it! Or, if you don’t feel confident enough to do it, I’ll be happy to look at it for you. The worst mistakes I spotted were:

  1. Breif
  2. Prvate sector
  3. Marketting
  4. Hamds on work
  5. Piece of mind

What makes a great LinkedIn summary?

After having studied so many LinkedIn profiles, the ones that stood out for me were:

  • Concise – Any more than three short paragraphs is too much – some of the best ones were just one, very succinct paragraph.
  • Clear – If you do something technical, try to avoid using jargon that people won’t understand. If you do two very different jobs, try and keep them separate and consider explaining how they fit together or how you moved from one industry into the other.
  • Full of personality – People buy from people and the summaries I remember gave a real flavour of the person who was being described. And make sure you describe yourself here, not your company – there’s plenty of space for that further down.
  • Up-to-date – If you changed jobs, don’t forget to update your profile.

Remember – this could be your big chance to make a great impression – grab the opportunity with both hands! If you want any advice about writing a stand-out LinkedIn profile, please get in touch on fiona@wordsbyfionakyle.co.uk and, to see how else I can help, please visit my website.

LinkedIn summary

An example of a LinkedIn profile including summary