Visual social media, and visual content within social media, has become more important than ever. There are social media channels, such as Instagram or Pinterest, which are solely designed for image or video sharing and connecting with people through visual media. However, even regular social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, have begun putting more and more emphasis on images and visual content as a way to connect with other users.
One of the main ways to utilise and make the most of images on your social media profiles has always been through your profile picture. On every social media channel, this is definitely the most important image, whether on a personal profile or a business page. For businesses, this is the place you attach your company logo, as it’s the first thing that users see of your profile. Your profile picture, for company or personal use, is always attached to your comments and content on any social media channel.
However, there are restraints on your profile picture. Mainly, your profile picture is only capable of revealing a small image connotation of your business’ or personal page. This means that you aren’t able to show as much creativity, or reveal as much information, through your profile picture alone.
Therefore, ever since Facebook developed their Cover Photo, the majority of the other social media channels have followed suit; allowing you to show a large header picture on your separate profiles. As these header images, or cover photos, are the largest image on your profile, this gives you more freedom to reflect your personal profile, or your business page, in a creative way. A header image also gives you a better, and bigger, opportunity to showcase your business or brand through this social media, and reveal more information to your consumers or potential new customers.
At this present time, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are the main social media platforms that utilise a header image capability on their pages and profiles. Additionally, LinkedIn has recently started looking into cover image possibilities – allowing their Premium Members (paying members) to add a background photo onto their profiles. LinkedIn states that they will begin rolling this out to non-paying members once they have ensured that it functions correctly (although it will probably be a while, as they will undoubtedly use their cover image as an incentive to become Premium).
The fact that header images now play such a vital role in every main social media platform’s profiles shows how important it is to make the best use of your header image, whether business or personal page. For business purposes, your cover image can be used to convey the message of your brand in more depth, or even to advertise an important feature of your company.
It is also now possible to put a significant amount of text, and create a call to action through your cover image on these social media platforms. This means that there is even more potential to advertise your business through your social media profiles.
Allow us to give you 5 creative examples for how you can make the most of your social media header image or cover photo, in order to enhance and advertise your business!
1. Showcase Your Products Creatively
The most important part of creating a good header image is to focus on the visual aspect. Although your business can now advertise using words and calls to action, one of the most effective ways to showcase your business is through creatively representing your products or services. Take a look at these brands for fun examples:
2. Enhance Your Header Through Your Profile Picture
This is perhaps easier on Facebook, over the other social media channels, and it was more widely used when Facebook first developed their cover images. Although, it is still a fun feature that you can take advantage of. Many brands, and personal profiles, have created funny images through this, and it is still something to look into for your brand’s Facebook profile.
3. Promote New Products, Services or Events
If you have a new product, service or event to advertise, then it’s obvious that you can effectively showcase this through your header image. The image is the biggest on all social media profiles, meaning you have more space to advertise the new product or event, utilising calls to action as well as inviting imagery of the product.
4. Straightforward Call to Action
In a similar way to promoting a new product or event, a straightforward call to action is always a useful and effective way to use your social media header image. Invite your consumers to contact you in some way, or visit your website, or join you on another social media platform. If you utilise them on your website and for your general online presence, then why not use them for your cover image in the same way?
5. Seasonal Celebrations or Promotions
One way of making sure you keep your header image fresh and up to date is through using it to celebrate the changing seasons. With themed headers, your business will look current and on trend. Also, you could utilise the seasons to create seasonal promotions or deals, and advertise this through your cover photo. The only problem with this is you must remember to keep an eye on your header image, and remember that you need to change it at least four times a year – when the seasons change!
Ultimately, just have fun with your cover photos or header images!
Remember that it can be a crucial place to advertise or showcase your business and brand image. Visual social media and marketing is more valued than ever, and all social media users will pay attention to the main header image featured on your profile.
Mainly, however you want to represent your business or personal profile with your cover image, just make sure you utilise it in some way. The majority of business and personal accounts have a header image for all of the social media platforms that use the cover photo function, so it is important that you don’t forget about the header when you create your accounts!
If you would like Bright Yellow Creative to help you optimise your social media profiles through your header image, or any other part of the profile, then contact us today!
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Some blame the internet for the widespread usage of brand names used in our everyday language. However, the usage of brand names as everyday terms, verbs and nouns is nothing new. There are a lot of brands that we all use in everyday conversation without thinking about it, or perhaps without even realising it’s a brand.
The fact that so many brands can go basically unnoticed in our modern language and accepted lexicon definitely signifies how powerful they have become. However, it is uncertain whether a brand name becoming an everyday term is a good or bad thing.
Many claim that obviously it is the utmost praise for that brand, as it has now become a representative and synonymous for that particular product. However, there are certainly downsides, especially when you consider that colloquialising brand names causes the brand to lose its whole identity.
Benefits of Verbalising Brands
There is no disputing the fact that brands still aspire to become a common term, verb or noun. For example, many online websites, services and social media crave the Google effect, aiming mainly to become verbalised in that way.
One well-known example of an online branded service that certainly aspired to the Google effect is rival search engine Bing. Microsoft brought out Bing in 2009, and started attempting to gain the success and notoriety of Google. Google has become synonymous with online search engines, and is the biggest used.
Bing was launched with the intention to become a verb in the way that Google has. Microsoft CEO and Bing creator, Steve Ballmer, claimed they named Bing as such because it is an easy term to use for searching. He claimed that people would naturally say “Bing it”, in the same way of the common “Google it”. Microsoft launched a whole advertising and marketing campaign revolving around the term, and trying to get it colloquialised. Well… we all know how well that turned out.
However, Bing’s attempt does signify the majority of brand aspirations towards verbalising their brand, or having their brand become a noun. Simply because the branded product or service would gain more recognition from becoming an everyday term. Also, what greater public acknowledgement than for your brand to become synonymous with that particular product or service?
We did our own “Bing it On”… Sorry Bing.
Cons of Brand Colloquialisation
Although we praise the verbalisation of brand names as everyday terms, and can see the positives in a Google effect, there are no denying the cons. Also, is it really all that good for a brand to become synonymous with a product or service?
If you think of many of the brands that have become common nouns, the majority of people forget that the term is an actual branded name. Becoming a noun or verb does force the brand into losing their individual brand identity, which they must have worked so hard to create initially. This means that their brand ultimately loses all meaning and becomes generalised.
Consequently, the most disappointing result of brands becoming generalised is that the majority of people don’t actually use the brand they are claiming to use. If we think of the Sellotape example: how many of us are simply purchasing the cheaper alternate sticky tape, but still calling it Sellotape?
A few examples of brands that have become common nouns are: Hoover, Chapstick, Tupperware and Post-Its. In the office, we are all agreed that, despite using these terms frequently, we don’t necessarily use those specific products. However, does this really impact negatively on their success all that much?
Also, there are many brands that are commonly used in households, that haven’t become nouns or verbalised at all. It is inexplicable to understand how certain products and services become colloquial terms, while others don’t, but achieve similar success.
If you consider the term Hoover – it is widely used as a term for vacuuming, whereas the success of alternate vacuuming products has signified that many actually no longer use the Hoover. Conversely, the creator of Dyson, James Dyson, has stated several times that his main goal and ambition is to get Dyson verbalised. Dyson has certainly become a massively successful brand of vacuums, although many are using his product and still calling it Hoovering.
Brand Power and Future Aspiration
Considering that the goal for many widely known brands is to become verbalised or a noun does suggest that the pros for becoming a colloquialised brand far outweighs the cons. Also, the brands that have become everyday terms are the most successful, and have gained that success previously, whether people are currently using them in conversation without buying the products, or not. They are still widespread, renowned, and commonly acknowledged.
The notoriety of these brands makes them known all around the world, despite language barriers, which certainly emphasises the power of brands. No matter your stance on whether colloquialising brands is a good or bad thing, there is no denying that the ability to connect languages and countries is highly powerful. Branding is simply one of the most renowned and powerful advertising and marketing tools of all time.
Here at Bright Yellow Creative, we have been working out the brand names that we use in our everyday language. The realisations are definitely surprising! There are so many brand names that we use so commonly, it is strange to remember that they actually only should connote to that one brand. Try and think of brand names that you use in regular conversations – there are more than you first think!
While you’re thinking of your favourite, well-known brands, take a look at our article about logos here, and how important they are in creating and enforcing a brand!
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One of the most effective ways to make your website fully Search Engine Optimised (helping your website rank higher in searches) is through link building. However, there are two examples of link building: external and internal links.
External links are the links made to and from other websites, which help your website become more legitimate, particularly if the other sites linking to yours are reputable. External links are renowned for helping your website boost its SEO, although internal links can be just as effective. Internal links are the links made within your own website, including links to your website’s pages, links in the header and footer, or links created in blog posts on your site.
Internal link building is one of the most overlooked ways to help Search Engine Optimise your website. Your site acquires just as many benefits from internal linking as it does from external linking to and from other websites. Plus, there are many advantages to creating a flowing internal linking system within your website, that helps users easily access and navigate around your site. For example, the main page that you would expect to find a range of links to other pages and posts is on your Home Page.
However, internal link building isn’t just necessary on your Home Page. You should make your entire website linkable, and easily accessible. If it is difficult to get to a certain page or part of your website, then there will be less traffic towards that part. Users want a site that they can easily navigate around, and often if a site is difficult or slow, then they will simply click off.
Internal Link Building Through Blogging
In making your website wholly linkable and functional, you must include your blog and each blog posts. Often, you will find that your blog starts creating its own navigation of links as you develop your blog. For example, if you write about a topic that’s relevant to a past blog article, then it is useful to link back to that post. Shortly, all of the topics that you regularly write about will start to link back to one another, and will be helpful to a user who wishes to learn about that topic in particular, without having to trawl through your archives.
Also, if you find that you regularly write about a particular topic, then it would be useful to create a main page for that subject. Creating a page on your website would help drive traffic, and help with the SEO. SEO can particularly be reached if you were to name that page something that encompasses the keywords around that certain topic. This page would be utilised effectively, as you could link all of your blog posts onto that page, and it would create a better flow and navigation, especially for users who want to find out all they can about that topic.
However, the main method of internal linking through blogging is to simply feature the links to other blog posts and relevant parts of your website throughout the article. It would also be beneficial to direct the clickable links to open in separate website tabs, in order to make sure the user stays on the first blog article until they click off naturally.
Accessible Navigation Helps SEO
We have already touched on the importance of navigation, and making sure your website is easily accessible. Navigation is perhaps the most important part of utilising internal links on your entire website, including your blog. If your website is not efficiently and easily accessible, then you will lose traffic and users on your site.
Navigation is one of the most important ways to guide the user onto the pages and blog articles that you want them to see. Guiding the user is particularly essential for a business. Each website user is either a current or potential consumer for your business, and it is paramount to direct them to purchase a product, service or simply contact you directly. Your website should be designed and navigated to create sales, increase your consumer base and ultimately benefit your business.
Another benefit of utilising internal link building into your site navigation is that it keeps users on your website. If users can keep clicking through onto pages and blog articles that all contain interesting, relevant information, titles and keywords, then they will stay on your site for longer. A good internal linking structure is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the bounce rate on your website. If you have engaged your website users with interesting content on one page, with easy links to other pages then they will likely click through to read more.
When utilised fully, your website’s internal linking will benefit your website, SEO and your business in general. Making sure your internal links are accessible is vital in allowing search engines to index your site. In order to fully Search Engine Optimise your website, you must therefore ensure that there are no broken links or blocked pages, for example.
Also, most importantly, you must make sure not to overdo your linking (whether internal or external), and particularly ensure that these links don’t exceed 100 per page or blog post. If a page or article is overly peppered with links, then it can definitely overwhelm the actual content. Particularly, make sure that each link is relevant and contributes to the content and topic of the page or blog post. Relevancy is important for both search engines and for your regular website users.
Ultimately, don’t underestimate the importance and benefits of internal link building in your website. It is the easiest way to generate traffic, search rankings, and ensure that users stay on your website for longer. It can be just as effective as external links, even link building to reputed websites.
If you are unsure how to optimise internal (or external) link building to boost your website search rankings and all-round SEO, then we can help!
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The key word in social media marketing is the emphasis on “social”. In its most basic description, social media marketing is simply word-of-mouth, powered by technology. Social media networks have been engineered as the modern way to connect people, build relationships, and assist social interactions. It is easy to share information and current content with your friends, family and coworkers, and the vast majority of people presently have at least one social media platform where they connect and interact with others.
The fact that so many people are involved in social media means that it has become an essential platform for all sorts of businesses to attract consumers and drive their business. Social media gives your business a place to communicate with your customers, and expand the widespread reach and knowledge about your specific services and products. It allows you a brilliant platform to create and expand a brand for your business, which is essential in every form of marketing.
The main downfall of businesses on social media is that many assume social media marketing is only worthwhile and successful for small businesses, or new companies that are starting out. This couldn’t be more incorrect, and there are many searchable examples of leading brands that have been boosted by successful social media marketing campaigns. However, saying that, it is a great opportunity for smaller businesses and those starting out to get their services and products made known by a wider audience online. Although, it is crucial to continue your presence on social media after you have reached a level of business success and recognition.
The Many Platforms
When getting started with social media marketing for your business, there are such a variety of social media platforms, meaning it can be difficult to navigate and decide which channel would be right for you. All of the varied social media seem to offer similar services, with slight differences and methods of getting your desired consumer attention. However, usually they fit into 3 categories, which are: word-based, image-based, and video-based platforms, generally:
- Word-Based Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn
- Image-Based Social Media – Pinterest, Instagram
- Video-Based Social Media – YouTube, Vine
However, a few of these categories do overlap, and most contribute a combination of images and text, with opportunities to upload videos from platforms, such as YouTube. Yet, although there are similarities between a few of the various social media channels, there are often distinct differences between the audiences that each platform reaches. The audience is often the pivotal reason to choose a certain social media network, as it all depends on the types of consumers you would like to reach for your business. Each business should have a certain kind of consumer in mind, and cater to that consumer through their branding and marketing.
If you are still having difficulty deciding, then start with the most populated social media channels. The most popular social media platform that has the biggest audience potential is unarguably Facebook, with approximately 1 billion users worldwide, and an average user share of 2.5 billion pieces of content every day. Facebook is definitely the place to start advertising and marketing your business and brand image. Also, the network makes it easy to start up your own company page and allows your personal Facebook profile to maintain the page as admin. Another positive of Facebook is that it’s the main network with a wide variety of user demographics, including users of all age and genre very equally.
If you search for the majority of companies and brands on Facebook, you will find a page for them, as it is the prominent network. However, this doesn’t mean that Facebook is necessarily the best for promoting your business and gaining success and sales quickly. This is why other brands expand onto other social media platforms, and try to gain as much exposure and consumer reach as possible.
If it is more effective and beneficial for your business and brand expansion to diversify onto many various social media accounts, then how can these networks be best handled? There are a few alternating thoughts about how to make the most of the separate networks. For example, some believe that it is beneficial to put different information on the various channels, as the same people who follow you on one social media network may well follow you on your other ones. Therefore, making sure that you share different, interesting content on all of the different channels may well be helpful.
However, the other thought is to share consistent content over most of your social media, to help with business and brand continuity. This seems to be more of an accurate way to go about social media marketing, and makes sure that all of your online audience and consumers can see what you are posting. Also, it seems to be the case that various demographics use different social media platforms, so sharing similar relevant content over all of your social media channels will invariably reach different consumers.
Successful Social Media Marketing Campaign
If you are still wondering about the success of social media marketing, and how it can help your business benefit, then there are so many good, fun examples to be found online! Here is one UK example that you will probably remember and appreciate:
One of the biggest successes in 2013 revolved around Three Mobile and their dancing pony. The campaign was based on a television advert about a Shetland pony moon walking across the countryside to the sound of “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac, which really grasped viewers’ attentions. The advert ended with the hashtag #danceponydance, which then sparked the attention online and over social media. The video went viral right away, and consumers utilised their hashtag all over Facebook and mainly Twitter. The video went up on YouTube, and achieved 1.5 million views in the first week, and currently it has gained around 10 million views to date.
Three Mobile’s campaign also included a second part, which was entirely online, and revolved around their ‘Pony Mixer’: dressing up your own pony and picking a song for the pony to dance to. The whole campaign lasted precisely 17 days, and over this period the results are clear: 1.3 million ponies generated on the Pony Mixer, 190,000 Tweets using #danceponydance, and a total of 100 million overall consumer impressions. However, the results are not just online, as the positive sentiment of the brand increased by approximately 67%, whereas Three had previously had quite a negative public impression before. This undoubtedly led to a greater success for the UK mobile network, through public perception and knowledge of the brand alone.
Why Choose Social Media?
Ultimately, all companies and businesses utilise social media in some way, and you don’t have to put on a massive marketing campaign in order to get noticed and help your brand awareness. Sometimes, the most effective social media marketing is just making sure that your social media feeds are kept up to date with relevant, fun posts and information for your consumers.
One example of continued success over social media is the brand of Oreo, which is an American biscuit. Oreo simply focuses on sharing created images over their feeds, mainly utilising Twitter and Instagram. They create images that are similar to adverts, but can be shared easily and more cost effectively online. A particular successful image they created and shared was during the 2013 Superbowl, at the time of the blackout. They created a real-time social media stunt and generated a fun, relevant image, with the tagline “you can still dunk in the dark”. This was both witty and effective, and immediately gained mass sharing over social media. Their Twitter and Instagram feeds are full of funny and shareable images that relevantly advertise the brand.
Many businesses understand the role of social media marketing, and how it can be cost effective and make huge gains for their brand awareness and all round sales. However, if you are stuck for time to effectively handle your business’ social media feeds and marketing campaigns, this is where Bright Yellow Creative Group can help!
We can handle multiple social media feeds for your business, and share fresh, interesting content over all of the channels. This will allow you to focus on your business alone and creating your brilliant products and service, with the ease of knowing that your social media networks are all taken care of. Social media marketing simply needs a lot of focus and an everyday presence in order to connect with viewers successfully, and be utilised in a beneficial way to improve your business and sales figures.
Bright Yellow Creative offers several varied social media marketing packages, which will include as many social media accounts, and as much brand-related, fresh, original content that you would like. Utilise your social media beneficially, and allow it to work for you, creating mass brand awareness that will directly increase your consumer base. Take a look at our bespoke social media services here!
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Welcome to the second part of our SEO through social media guide! We have already discussed how to get the most out of your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram profiles, which you can access here. In this Part 2, we will explore Pinterest, YouTube, Vine and LinkedIn, and how to Search Engine Optimise these platforms and get the most out of them for your business and brand.
Firstly, a reminder again: for all of the social media accounts, you must ensure certain things are on point, for example: you must use relevant profile pictures, headers or banners, descriptions, URLs, and links or linkbuilding. The various platforms have some differences, but these are usually similar, and you must ensure the information is fully correct.
This is Part 2 of our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media explaining how to utilise your social media profiles, and make them work for your business:
Using Pinterest as a platform to Search Engine Optimise your business and brand is a relatively new method, although it is becoming highly effective. Particularly as, recently, Pinterest created “Pinterest for Businesses”, which is essentially an opportunity to get analytic reports and various other benefits. In order to access this, however, you would need to have an active business page, as well as the newest available version of Pinterest. Here, we are going to guide you through simply creating your business Pinterest account, and how to utilise SEO through the profile.
After you ensure that your profile picture, profile title and URL are all relevant to your business, you can utilise the description tool again. On Pinterest, it is important to keep the description brief and use keywords, using relevant information about your business and brand. Pinterest uses a separate line for your website URL, and allows you to verify your website on the account. In order to verify your site, you would need to upload a file or plugin for your website, including a verification code that Pinterest gives you. Then, your website will appear as verified and it will make your Pinterest account more reliable and legitimate.
Pinterest works as an online pinboard, and the best way to use it for your business is to create a good number of boards on various topics, which all relate back to your brand image and values. Pinterest makes it easy to “like” and Re-Pin relevant content from other boards and users, as well as images and content from other websites, other than your own. However, when you can upload interesting created content from your website, do so, as this will create even more backlinks to your website from this social media platform.
This platform is similar to Twitter, in that it works on a follower basis, and you must follow people in order to generate follow-backs. However, Pinterest makes it possible to either only follow one specific board from a user, or the option to “follow all boards”, which means you are following all of the content that user uploads. This means that it is possible for other users to follow the boards that they are interested in, without necessarily following your entire account, which is helpful as it creates a wider interest in your brand and business. Also, Pinterest is open to allow users to Re-Pin without necessarily following any board, which creates a wider share and potential audience for your profile and brand.
As with your other social media accounts, it is firstly important to choose a relevant title, URL, profile picture and header for your YouTube account. However, make sure to follow their given guidelines and infographic to make the most of your header on your YouTube profile, as it can be tricky! Also ensure to include a relevant, brief page description including good keywords. YouTube is a platform owned by Google; therefore everything you include on the account is searchable in a similar way to Google+.
Google Search contains a video search application where you can find and watch YouTube videos on Google, which means your uploaded videos are all searchable content separately. However, the content included in your video is not included in the search, and they only generate your search rankings through your video titles and descriptions. Therefore, it is important to include relevant titles, which include keywords and commonly searched for terms in your niche market, to help improve your Search Engine Optimisation. YouTube also allows you to include as long a description as you like, and it is recommended to make use of this and write long, keyword-inclusive, descriptions on each of your uploaded videos. Google has access to all of the content in this description, meaning they can be ranked in searches as well.
It is important to utilise YouTube to create original, unique content to share and generate interest in your business and brand. You can share YouTube content and videos over your other social media accounts, as well as embed the videos directly into your website. Using YouTube, your business can create fun ways to convey information to your consumers, rather than through writing, and, in a way, YouTube often serves more as an application to enhance your other social media accounts and website rather than a social media account on its own. However, it is still important to encourage YouTube subscribers and linkbuilding to your YouTube account, as YouTube is a public site where people can access and view your video content without requiring a YouTube account, which encourages furthering your search rankings and traffic to your website and other social media accounts.
Vine works in a very similar way to Instagram, only instead of images, Vine is a social media platform based on short video clips. The video clips can only be up to 6 seconds long, and creates a more fun social media video platform to share uniquely created content. It offers another exciting way to share insights into your company, and create more accessibility into your business and brand for consumers. For example, you can share short tutorials, reveal snippets of work information, office space or employees. Vine also utilises hashtags as a search method, allowing users to find video content based on keywords in your videos’ titles and descriptions.
Vine also makes it possible, similar to YouTube, to share your videos and content onto other websites and social media accounts, meaning it is a good way to share information and improve your brand awareness. This is good for Search Engine Optimisation as it creates a web of links back to your website and business over the various accounts. Other people can also share your Vine videos, which would improve your brand awareness. The most successful Vine videos are ones that become viral, meaning they are shared and seen by a wide audience of potential consumers, who will all be made aware of your business.
The most important factor for Vine is to keep in mind your brand image and values, and keep relevant to what you want to convey to your consumers and wider audience. Pick a relevant, searchable account title and description, as well as profile picture, and upload videos that reflect your values. It is also paramount to create interesting content that will interest and appeal to users, and draw attention and traffic back to your website and business, encouraging success and sales.
Within the LinkedIn social media platform itself, the search engine results are displayed using an internal set of algorithms to prioritise certain profiles over others. One of the main ways LinkedIn ranks you in the search is through the size of your network and the amount of connections you have. LinkedIn shares results that have at least some connection with the user searching, even if the connection is only 2nd or 3rd level. This makes it paramount to expand your network, and create connections with as many users and profiles as possible, in order to become a prioritised search result.
LinkedIn is very much a platform where businesses can connect with other businesses, and having a business LinkedIn profile helps your business appear more legitimate and reliable for consumers. In order to increase how searchable your business is on LinkedIn, it is important to fill out your profile completely in every relevant area, and constantly use keywords and correct information. It is also possible to use LinkedIn, similarly to other social media accounts, to share information and fresh content, in order to encourage engagement and connections.
One of the main ways you can expand your network and number of connections on LinkedIn is through participating in LinkedIn groups. This increases your LinkedIn profile awareness to other users, and allows you a way to connect to people easily and share information about your business and brand. It is important to use these LinkedIn groups to contribute content and engage with others, and encourage consumers to discover more about your business. It is important to share links to your other social media accounts, as well as your website, on LinkedIn, as well as linking to your LinkedIn from your website and other accounts. This is important in order to become fully Search Engine Optimised on the LinkedIn platform, as well as in a search engine.
the more social media platforms your business expands within, and the profiles you create, will help increase your business’ online presence. It is important to attempt to target all of these separate social media consumer bases in order to expand your brand awareness and Search Engine Optimisation. It is useful to understand how to fully utilise each account separately, however, and learn the strengths and positives that the accounts can bring to your business.
Remember, if you have any further questions about SEO and social media; don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Also, if you want to read about Search Engine Optimisation through different social media platforms, don’t forget to read Part 1 of Our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media here.
Bright Yellow Creative has a wealth of experience in social media marketing, and how to optimise each platform to benefit businesses. We understand the role of Search Engine Optimisation in creating links to your website, and generating interest in all aspects of your brand and its online presence. Improving your search rankings directly widens your business’ consumer base, and therefore increases your overall success and sales.
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There are two distinct steps in utilizing Search Engine Optimisation through social media: the first is to SEO your actual social media profiles to get the most out of them, and the second is to use your social media accounts in order to create traffic and backlinks to your website. There are several ways that you can SEO your separate social media profiles, in order to create an interest and reliability for your brand. The separate social media accounts allow you to link back to your website in the profile descriptions, and through linking posts from your website in your shared content on your profiles.
However, in order to successfully optimise your accounts, you must discover your way around each social media platform separately, and find out how to make the most of them through their different structures and methods. In this Part 1, we will explore Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, and how you can optimise these social media platforms to improve your business.
Firstly, for all of the social media accounts, you must ensure certain things are on point, for example: you must use relevant profile pictures, headers or banners, descriptions, URLs, and links or linkbuilding. The various platforms have some differences, but these are usually similar, and you must ensure the information is fully correct.
This is Part 1 of our Guide to Search Engine Optimising Your Social Media explaining how to utilise your social media profiles, and make them work for your business:
This social media account is arguably the most widely used platform at the moment, and it is very important to get your business and brand on Facebook as a company page. Firstly, in creating your account, you must include the correct business’ title for your page title, and make sure that name is also in the Facebook URL, as well as company description. Facebook allows you to write a short description and a long description, however it is advised that you mainly keep to the short description of fewer than 170 characters. This should be a very brief, but conclusive description, and include keywords as well as your website URL. The reason for this is because the Facebook description is searchable, and keeping it brief but informative is the best way to garner attention for your page.
In order to create interest and ensure people are incentivised to click through to your website, it is important to update your page regularly, and utilise fresh, unique content. This content doesn’t solely have to be from your own website, and it helps to link relevant content from other sites and platforms. However, it is paramount to motivate people to access your website, so always link content and new posts from your website when you can. As well as linking to your website, it is also beneficial to link to other social media accounts in your social media information and descriptions. For example, using Facebook’s longer description as a place to link your other social media accounts, as Facebook doesn’t have a clear place to link to them. It is also paramount to link to your Facebook account from your website, and generate a “web” of links between your website and various social media accounts.
Asides from linkbuilding, another way to SEO your Facebook profile is through adding people and inviting them to “like” your company page. You can do this through your “friends” list, and try to create an interest in your brand. It would also be useful to encourage people you know to share your company page’s content, and invite other people they know to “like” your page as well. The most important way to utilise Facebook is to make sure you are social and able to connect with people easily, and this matters most with other social media accounts as well.
As well as using a suitable profile picture and header, as with other accounts, it is very important to create a relevant, good description for your Twitter account. Twitter works through searchable hashtags, and using hashtags in your description helps you rank higher in Twitter search rankings. Make sure your company name is correct, and your description is relevant and utilises hashtags related to your business and brand. Also in the Twitter description, similar to Facebook, it is important to include your website URL, and keep the description brief overall.
Hashtags are also important, and easily utilised, in your shared content and “Tweets”. As well as helping your Tweets to become more search friendly, hashtags are also used to create trends on Twitter, and people can view the most widely used hashtags at any specific time. It is important to keep relatively up to date with trends on Twitter, and understand the keywords and topics that Twitter users are exploring. Asides from hashtags, another way to make the most of your Tweets and share content that creates interest, is to utilise other media, including images and videos, in your Tweets. Also, create links to your website, and share your created content and posts on that site, as well as creating links amongst your other social media accounts. Similarly, ensure that your website has a link directing your users to your Twitter account, as well as other social media profiles.
In regards to generating followers on Twitter, it is important that you follow people in your industry, niche, or who are similar. Also, aim for the important people in your market, and try and make your presence known through Re-Tweeting them, and following their followers. Encourage people to follow you back, and engage with you and your brand through your Tweets, which will ultimately build a presence for your account. Again, the key to Twitter is to be as social as possible, and make the most of your account in order to benefit your business.
Google+ is obviously Google’s favourite social network, which makes it the social media platform that can be most Search Engine Optimised. Also, Google has access to all of the data on your Google+ profile, so everything will be used in creating your search ranking. Other social media accounts don’t give Google access to everything, which makes Google+ more important to make fully SEO throughout the profile. Therefore, after you have created a good, relevant profile picture and header for your Google+ profile, you will need to include a good description. Google+ has a slightly differently set out structure to other social media profiles, however.
For Google+, you would include the description in the section titled “Tagline”, which is equivalent to the brief, keyword-ridden, description on your other social media accounts. Google+ also allows you to include a bigger overall company description in the field titled “Introduction”. In this field, it is important to include as many correct and relevant details as you can, including a link to your website or blog URL. On Google+, there is a field titled “Other Profiles”, where they allow you to add links to your other social media accounts easily. Remember, all of these sections are searchable through Google, and thus it is paramount to utilise keywords and correct information. There are other fields in which you can upload more details and descriptions, including your contact information, which would come up easily in a Google search. Also, make sure to fill in other relevant fields with as much detail as possible, which will all help your business’ reliability.
As far as using Google+ to improve your SEO, it is important to share interesting, relevant content from the Internet, as well as from your own site. Ensure that you share multimedia along with your text posts, such as images and videos, and lots of unique, fresh information that your users will find appealing. Also, link back to your website and share created content from your site, as well as other social media sites. Google+ is all about building connections, and encouraging people to connect to your profile by showing that you are a reliable and well-established business and brand. Another way that Google+ can be utilised to improve the quality of your business and brand, is that you can use it to create a Google verified authorship. This simply means that you can get your name and picture displayed in search results next to your written articles. Google authorship increases the quality of you and your brand, and signals that you are an expert in your field and business niche.
Google+ is, simply put, the most Search Engine Optimised social media account out there, and it has become more important to get your business established on there in order to create reliability for your potential consumers. Using Google+ improves your search rankings straight away, and it is the most important profile to keep up to date and completely keyword-optimised. If your Google+ profile improves in search rankings, it will impact well on your website search rankings, and generate a lot more traffic for your business.
Instagram is undoubtedly the most important image-sharing social media platform currently. Images have become one of the most important ways to utilise social media marketing recently, and Instagram makes it easy to share creative, interesting image content. Businesses have begun using Instagram more than ever, and use their social media account to share insights and interesting information about their business and brand with their consumers.
Instagram makes it possible to become more Search Engine Optimised as it also utilises a hashtag system, where users can add a description and hashtags to their images, in order to make them more searchable and user friendly. Instagram also makes it easy to input these created images onto user’s other social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, which enhances your web of links and generates more traffic back to your website. Also, if you make sure to create your Instagram business account as an open, public profile, it can be reached and accessed by a wider audience who don’t need to have their own Instagram profile.
The image platform differs to Pinterest, which also works as an image-based social media platform, as Instagram promotes unique user-created content, rather than Re-Pinning other users’ content, which Pinterest is based on more. This means your business can utilise the platform to become more user-friendly and accessible to your consumer base, and share content relating to your business, or workspace, for example. Also Instagram doesn’t require a lot of written description or content, so it is important to utilise your username as your business title, and give a brief description in the header.
Instagram works on a follower basis also, making it important to follow important people in your business or market, and try to encourage followers from people interested in your niche. Also, you can get people to connect and engage with your shared content and images through utilising hashtags and searchable keywords, where users can “like” your images and connect with you directly. Instagram is becoming bigger and more popular than ever, and is not a social media platform to be underestimated.
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