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!
We know exactly how to make social media work for your business, so take a look at our social media services here and our excellent price packages breakdown here! Represent your brand effectively through social media now!
We have recently introduced our monthly priced packages for our Social Media Management, Content Marketing and WordPress Blog / Website Design Packages, which can be found here.
We have designed these packages to be as flexible as possible, and clearly show exactly what we do, and how we can benefit you and your business!
The packages are created for you to pick and choose the services you would like to receive, and at what quantity. For example, if you were to pick one of our Social Media Management packages, it is easy for you to add Content Marketing to the package at any time, simply at a small extra cost.
The packages are all priced monthly, with our Social Media Management and Content Marketing additionally separated into Bronze, Silver or Gold Packages. The Bronze Package would give you the minimum amount of management, leading up to the Gold Package, which would give you the maximum amount of complete management for either your Social Media or Content Marketing.
There is also our additional package, which is the Platinum Package. Our Platinum Package differs slightly because it covers all three of the ways we can help you Digitally Market your business: Social Media Management, Content Marketing and WordPress Blog / Website Design.
We strongly suggest our Platinum Package if you are a business starting out, as we can really boost your online presence and consumer base, as well as creating a Blog and Website for your new business.
Also, the Platinum Package would include every Social Media Channel you would like to be managed, as well as our maximum Content Marketing and Blog Creation every month. It is an absolute value for money, as it provides you with everything you could possibly need to enhance your business.
We can make our Platinum Package bespoke to you, suiting all of your business’ needs and brand values.
However, if you would like to purchase the packages separately, here is a breakdown of the three different packages and how we will benefit you and your business!
Social Media Management Packages
Our Social Media Management Packages are separated into our Bronze, Silver or Gold Packages, as well as being included in the overall Platinum Package. However, we also include our Starter Package for Social Media Management, which acts as an introduction to the Social Media Management we offer.
So, from as little as £49 a month, you can receive our Starter Social Media Management Package, and witness how we can improve your business’ online presence initially. Our Starter Package only covers Facebook and Twitter, as we would consider these the two predominant Social Media Channels. It will give you a taster about how we can boost your business’ Facebook and Twitter usage.
After our Starter Package, we can then expand into our Bronze, Silver and Gold Packages. Our Bronze and Silver Packages allow you to choose 3 Social Media Channels for us to manage, although the Bronze would give you minimum coverage and the Silver would give you extra. Then, our Gold Package allows you to choose 4 Social Media Channels, and we will manage them all fully and maintain a constant presence for your business, expanding your consumer base thoroughly.
These packages are priced monthly, although in this price you will receive weekly attention to your Social Media. This is why we have broken down our Social Media Management services into weekly tables, so you can easily see exactly what we will do for your business week-to-week. For example, if you were interested in Facebook Management, we have broken down exactly how many updates you will achieve per week through the separate monthly packages, depending on whether you choose this channel via our Starter, Bronze, Silver or Gold Package.
We are highly experienced in Social Media Management, and know how to expand your brand, consumer base, and make your business succeed online. We offer a wide variety of Social Media Channels that you may be interested in, from the obvious Facebook to the more unique Vine. We can handle any Social Media Channel of your choice, and we have broken down each Channel into tables so you can witness how we can use them to enhance your business.
Check out our Social Media Services here for a fully comprehensive breakdown of what each Social Media Channel offers your business.
Additionally, if you were wondering about the exact benefits of Social Media Marketing, check out our article here.
Our Content Marketing Packages are also separated into Bronze, Silver and Gold Package options. We outline exactly what we will do for your business monthly, including Targeted Marketing Campaigns and monthly SEO for your online presence, as well as blog creation and written blog articles relating to your business.
It is also possible for us to maintain and manage your website and WordPress blog, if you were to acquire our Gold Package. However, for all three packages we offer written blog articles, however we can offer you a greater quantity of material in our larger packages.
For all three Bronze, Silver and Gold Packages, we will handle your SEO and Online PR to a varied extent. We also offer monthly reports from Google Analytics statistics. This will reveal how well your website is doing and how much traffic your business is generating, as well as showing how your consumers and website visitors are acting on your site, including the pages and features that resonate with your audience.
Please check out our Digital Marketing Services here! We fully explain how SEO and Content will enhance your business, boosting your online presence and brand identity.
If you were wondering how Content Marketing works and how it will benefit your business, take a look at our article here for more information.
WordPress Blog and Website Design Services
The services we can offer you towards your blog and website design vary slightly to the monthly packages of the other two, mainly because we don’t offer separate Bronze, Silver or Gold options.
However, this is mainly due to the fact that many of these services come as one-off costs. For example, we can create a WordPress blog or Landing Page for your business, which would start at a one-off guideline cost. We can also offer services such as banner or header designs, either for your WordPress Blog, Website, or any Social Media Channel.
As part of these services, we also offer you the opportunity to manage your WordPress Blog or Website, separately from our Content Marketing. These prices would start at approximately £49 per month, although would vary depending on the amount of management required. Also, we offer our blog article and content creation at a separate cost, at the guideline price of £28 per 1000 words. Additionally, we can also offer proofreading and editing services, if you would like us to check your blog article content, for only £16 per 1000 words.
We would like our services to be as flexible as you would like, and if you would like to receive an individual service outside of the entire package, that is fully available.
Check out our WordPress Blog Creation and Management page here, explaining exactly how this will help and boost your business.
Also, if you were wondering how blogging helps your business, and truly boosts your Search Engine Optimisation, then take a read of our article here.
Our prices for each package are additional to our other packages, however if you would like to combine any of our three Digital Marketing Services, we can offer you discounted prices. For example, if you would like to combine our Social Media Management and Content Marketing services, then we can offer you a combined price point, depending on the quantity of services you would like.
Also, if you would like to receive individual services outside of the full packages, then that is available. We would be able to agree on a bespoke quantity and level of services for your business, and quote you a guideline price for these services. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly about any prices or options for tailoring our Digital Marketing Services.
The full breakdown of our services can be found in our Price Packages here. Also, take a look at our comprehensive breakdown of our services and how each channel and option can benefit your business here.
Please contact us today to speak to us and arrange any of the packages. We look forward to hearing from you!
Content Marketing is not about advertising. In some ways, it is not even about marketing as viewed in the traditional sense. Consumers have long since shut down to traditional forms of marketing, including standard advertising. For example: Sky+ services to skip adverts, magazines are becoming more widely read online, and online users are becoming adept at simply glossing over things like banner ads, and there is always AdBlock. This means it has become more difficult than ever for a business or product to grab a consumer’s attention, both online and in traditional publications and advertising.
However, this doesn’t mean that all is lost for advertising and marketing. With these changes, there have been great advancements in the online world of marketing, known as digital marketing. For example, the use of social media has become so widespread, that Social Media Marketing has become one of the main ways to reach your desired audience effectively. (Read more about our definition of Social Media Marketing here.) Although, asides from social media, another brilliant and beneficial way to gain an audience and consumers for your business, is through a fairly new technique known as Content Marketing.
Content Marketing is simply all about the content, and creating content of worth and value to a potential, clearly defined audience. It is a focus away from traditional advertising, which allows your consumers to really connect with you as a business. Content Marketing can be worked in a number of ways, including: written informative blog articles, sharing original image based content, and creating and sharing videos intended to inform your audience. The majority of these forms of Content Marketing work on a basis of being shared through Social Media Marketing, and so often the two go hand in hand.
Written Blog Articles
The written blog articles is arguably the most important way to make the best use of Content Marketing, through creating articles of interest and appeal to your desired consumer. The majority of business and brand websites have begun attaching a blog to their site, including articles based on relevant topics that will interest your audience.
Blog articles work as a way of keeping consumers accessing and engaged with your website, which allows more time for them to consider your business and brand. Also, the blog can be utilised as an interesting way to get your voice and brand ethos out to your consumer. A potential consumer will be able to recognise your brand easily, and subconsciously, consumers will connect to businesses of similar viewpoints and values to them. It works for the consumer to see your business as more humane and customer-orientated, and more than just a business and brand front. It will also assure that your business has a more reliable voice and standpoint, which will reflect positively onto your business and services offered.
Another positive and beneficial facet of Content Marketing, and particularly important for written blog articles, is that the content created will be available to access for years to come. Articles that you create today will be available to read and view on your website for years into the future, in a similar way that a consumer today can access posts that you may have uploaded a year or so ago. Also, if a consumer is attracted to one blog article on your website, they may be interested to keep clicking through and reading post archives. This means that you will engage with the consumer more, and they will appreciate your content related to your business and services. Therefore, Content Marketing, and written blog articles on your website, becomes invaluable to your business.
Although, if you are unsure about creating a blog section of your website, then consider other methods of creating written articles to share your content and information about your business. For example, many businesses utilise Email campaigns as a way of sharing original, created content. This mainly works as an Email sign up, where they share regular updates with fresh content straight to the inboxes of their Email list. This also counts as a Content Marketing campaign and strategy, although it works better to include shorter articles as the Emails, to provide a more concise, informative written article to your developed consumer base.
If you are interested in the invaluable benefits of written blog articles, but are unsure what to include in your blog content, then start off with short posts based on your business, services and products. Creating a blog on your website is a great way of communicating with your consumers, and offering them examples of how a product can be best utilised, and describing how a particular service you offer fully works. It is also a perfect way to inform your consumers of unique positives and interest points of your business, for example if your head office is based in an interesting location. Think about your business, services and products, and start creating talking points for your brand.
Creating and Sharing Original Images and Videos
If your business works on a more visual basis, or perhaps you would enjoy creating original images and videos based on your business and services, then Content Marketing is a great way to create and share. Content Marketing isn’t solely based on written articles relating to your business and brand, and creating original image and video content is an efficient, fun way to convey information and relevant details about your business.
Images are one of the top ways that gain potential consumers’ interest and attraction to a business, service or product, simply based on the fact that images are fun and eye-catching. There are two main ways that you can share relevant, creative images about your business. Firstly, you can share original images through social media, linking consumers to your various accounts, where creating fresh image content would be a great way to grab consumers’ attention. There are also certain varied visual-based social media platforms, such as Instagram, which can help promote your brand through created images.
Secondly, you can create original images to be shared on your website directly, through creating a main image-based blog. This would work well if you were a very visually based business, and you could focus more on creating and generating fresh image content, rather than basing your Content Marketing on written blog articles mainly.
However, another way to attract consumers to your business and brand in a visual way is through utilising videos and creating video Content Marketing. This is similar to images in that you can use these videos to share on both social media, as well as your own website, as unique content. Businesses and brands can also creatively utilise videos in a blogging format, in the form of a video blog, where you can convey information to your consumers and desired audience in a similar way to a written blog article.
Why Use Content Marketing?
Ultimately, Content Marketing works as the newest, most beneficial way of marketing and advertising businesses. It has adapted to provide potential consumers, and your desired audience, with relevant, valuable content that they will find interesting and engaging. It is one of the most effective ways to inform consumers about your business, services and products, and connect with them on a more personal level.
Content Marketing is built to last. A blog article, image or video content that you create today can easily be accessed years from now, and will always be related to, and bring consumers to, your business. It will attract potential new consumers in a unique way that allows your audience to feel connected to your business and brand.
Also, effectively utilising Content Marketing online, and particularly on your website, is one of the easiest, and most beneficial, ways of gaining a solid, reputable brand identity. Businesses are able to build up and form an identity through providing a voice for your brand, and supporting your brand values and ethics, which your desired audience will connect with.
Many businesses understand the many positives and benefits of Content Marketing, and how it makes huge gains for their brand awareness and all round sales. However, if you are stuck for ideas about how to create this content and best utilise this new style of marketing for your business and brand, this is where Bright Yellow Creative Group can help!
We can create fresh, interesting content, which is relevant to your business and brand values. We can develop your voice, and allow you to effectively connect with your consumers and potential desired audience. This will allow you to focus on your business alone and creating your brilliant products and service, with the ease of knowing that an effective Content Marketing strategy is in place and taken care of. Content Marketing simply needs a lot of focus and an everyday presence in order to connect with viewers successfully, and allow you to become a reputable brand. An effective Content Marketing strategy will ultimately improve your business’ services success and sales figures.
Bright Yellow Creative offers an effective, creative Content Marketing package and strategy, which will benefit your business and brand. We can create as much brand-related and brand-boosting, relevant, original content that you would like. Utilise your content creation 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 content marketing services here!
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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!
We will boost your brand, starting now! Contact us here today for more details!
Social media marketing has become more important than ever, with visual social media taking the lead on the traditional text-based channels. The majority of social media platforms utilise imagery and videos to boost their content, however the most effective way to make the most of visual marketing is through social media channels that generate imagery and videos specifically.
As far as video based, YouTube takes the clear lead as the main go-to for videos relating to all sorts of purposes, including brand marketing. Although there are other video based platforms available, including Vine and Vimeo, the niche isn’t as competitive. However, with regards to image based social media, there appear to be two distinct platforms, which seem similar in offering identical services. These two options are Instagram and Pinterest. These channels often make businesses feel torn with regards to which one to choose to promote their brand.
We will discuss the main points of interest for both platforms, and see how Instagram and Pinterest compare. Therefore, hopefully working out which visual platform would be most beneficial to boost your brand.
Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media networks, currently weighing in with approximately 70 million regular users. Also, Pinterest is unique in offering an audience that is predominantly female at a majority of approximately 68%, with the largest gender difference of any other social media channel. Pinterest users also tend to be slightly older in general, with the core demographic being 18-34 year olds.
In comparison, Instagram has a phenomenal 200 million active and regular users, with approximately 45 million photos shared and 1 billion photos “liked” every day. Males and females are more evenly represented on the platform, although females just take the majority at 55% of the users. The application is also most popular with younger users, and has the same core demographic of 18-34 year olds as Pinterest. However, this core demographic is far bigger, making up nearly 70% of users. Also, the popularity drops dramatically with regards to older users. Interestingly, the most popular (or “liked”) brand on Instagram at this moment is the official MTV account, which perhaps sums up the target audience within Instagram quite accurately.
As far as user engagement, Instagram far outweighs the engagement rate of Pinterest, possibly due to the fact that Instagram has over double the amount of active users. Additionally, Instagram’s user engagement has over 50 times the engagement rate of Facebook, as well as 20 times the engagement of Twitter, according to recent research. With regards to Instagram vs. Pinterest: two thirds of Instagram users use the channel everyday, whereas only one quarter of Pinterest users use the network daily.
However, as far as accessibility goes for both Instagram and Pinterest, Instagram does seem to be more difficult to access, as the platform is only currently available through a phone application. Although Instagram makes it possible to view the site online on a computer, you are limited in what you can do on the computer. You can create an Instagram account on your computer, as well as search for users and view public profiles, and choose whether to follow or unfollow other users. It is also possible to engage with other users and brands, as you can like and comment on content freely from a computer platform. However, it isn’t possible to view who users follow, or other users who are following them. And, more importantly, the platform doesn’t allow you to upload content from your computer, including profile pictures, and the only way you can edit your profile online on a computer is through changing your written profile bio.
With regards to Pinterest and accessibility, you are able to fully access and create a Pinterest account using your computer online solely. It is also possible to get a Pinterest application for your phone, where you can generate pictures and other users’ content in a similar way to Instagram, however this is not necessary in order to get the most out of the platform. Conversely, Pinterest works better used from your computer, and allows you an interesting platform to view other users’ images and content. Pinterest looks aesthetically like an online pin board, and lets you easily view and curate other users’ content onto your own Pinterest boards. In this way, it appears far more accessible than Instagram, and you can engage with the platform easier than if it were mainly on a phone application.
With regards to content, this is where the two are most dissimilar, surprisingly. At first look, it appears the content would be practically identical, as they are both visual social media channels that generate images mainly. However, the main difference is in the content you can generate onto your personal and business Pinterest and Instagram accounts. Specifically, Instagram promotes original content, and encourages users to create photos that they can edit with filters and other photo altering tools on the application. Whereas Pinterest allows users to curate other users’ content onto their own profiles as they wish, so long as they keep the sources.
On Instagram, the platform is based on uploading your own content, which can either be a photo that you have already taken on your phone, or the user can take a photo directly through the application. There are many options to put filters over the images, to enhance them or make them look a certain way, as well as other editing tools. However, with Instagram, it isn’t possible to re-post, or generate any content that belongs to other users, and the stress is very much on fresh, original user-created content. Therefore, the main way you can interact with other users is through “liking” their images, or commenting.
Pinterest is therefore slightly different in its content generation. On Pinterest, you are allowed to “re-pin” other users’ content: in fact, the majority of posts on Pinterest are “re-pins” from other content, or from outside websites. You are also able to upload your own original content, however there isn’t as much emphasis on this. Also, there aren’t any tools or plugins for editing or altering your images, and the upload method is quite simple. If you wanted to upload content onto Pinterest, they give you the option to Pin from outside websites, via the URL, or upload from content on your computer. Some outside websites also make their images able to be “Pinned” straight from their pages, and add a “hover-on” button, which appears when you pass your mouse over the image.
One of the main pros of using Pinterest for your business, rather than Instagram, is that you can utilise linkbuilding far more easily and efficiently on Pinterest. The majority of the images on Pinterest are links, and when you click on the image it takes you to the website source. Therefore, when you upload your own original content, you can include link backs to your website and business. This also makes it a lot easier to upload written blog articles from your site, as you can “Pin” the main image from your website, and add the description, so that the image links back to the article. This makes it a lot easier to find your article and website, and improves the number of links you have built.
Pinterest is one of the main social media channels that can create the most referrals and links to your website, and studies have shown that the network often generates more referrals than Twitter, for example. It is easy to see why, as each image has a website link and source behind the content. Also on Pinterest, they allow you to include a large description to accompany your image, and often it is featured just as important as the image itself.
This is completely different to the feature of links and linkbuilding on Instagram. On Instagram, the images aren’t able to have a link source when you click on them, either on the phone application or the website. Also, if you add a link into the description, you are only able to click on this on their phone application currently. This is similar to their use of hashtags – they only work on the application, and don’t come up as links on the website at all. So, you would only capable of copy and pasting the link if you were on the website. This means that Instagram doesn’t add to your business as far as linkbuilding, and isn’t classed as a very impressive referral site.
In conclusion, in the debate of whether Instagram or Pinterest is more effective for your business, there doesn’t seem to be an exclusively clear winner.
Both Instagram and Pinterest are popular photo-based platforms, with similar audiences who are interested in attractive, original content. Also, they are both great for sharing your visual social media, including images and videos, in order to effectively showcase and attract interest to your business and brand. However, for people who believe that they are inherently similar, that is not entirely true, as there are clear differences between them. They have completely different pros and cons and can’t fully compare, as their uses are quite conflicting.
Instagram has more users, and is more focused on original, fresh content, whereas Pinterest is more accessible from various platforms and is more beneficial towards linkbuilding and generating website referrals. Basically, it completely depends on your needs and requirements as a business, as to which one to choose. Or, if you are still stuck with your decision – choose both!
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