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5 Simple Steps to Create Eye Catching Images for Social Media

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Creating your own images for social media helps you stand out from the crowd, yes it takes more time and thought than just searching for a stock image to use,  however I guarantee the images you create will get better results than using a stock image, that lots of other businesses may have used.

With so much information being shared on social media using images to catch people’s eye and tell them what they are going to get if they stop to read your post or click to read more is essential.

Here are my top 5 tips for creating images that get you and your business noticed:

1) Make sure the image is relevant to your post

Using an image that doesn’t relate to your post will get the wrong person clicking through, while you ideal clients scroll past because they don’t slow down long enough to read the text.

using images in social media

In the image above, which picture is going to get the right people to read the article?  Having the wrong people click through to your website causes a higher bounce rate on your site, as someone clicks the link and then leaves your site quickly because the article isn’t relevant to them.

In the first image I might be trying to stand out by being different and quirky, using the picture of my son’s Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon, hoping that people will get the build connection.  However being obvious gets the right people to click through or stop to read your post.

2) Add text to your image

Adding the blog title to an image will tell people what they are going to get if they stop to read your article.

adding text to images for social media

Now with the title text added to these 2 images the Lego Star Wars one is telling people what they get, so the click through rate and bounce rate will both improve.

3) Always add your website and business logo to images

Adding your website address and business logo to images is very important, as it builds brand awareness and if someone shares your image using a screenshot, people that see it will still be able to see your logo and website.

4) Optimise the sizes of your images for different social media sites

A square image will work on Facebook and Instagram, but it won’t look very good on Twitter and for Pinterest you want to create images that are portrait rather than landscape and for a blog post landscape works better than portrait.  This is why I use Canva.com to create images, as there are perfectly sized templates for different social media posts and headers.

square image optimised for Instagram

The above image has been designed to share on Instagram and Facebook.

5) Be consistent with colours and fonts

Being consistent with the colours and fonts you use in your images, will help people relate the image to your business.  I use the colours of blue, red and white in my images as these are the colours in my logo.  Using lots of different fonts in one image doesn’t look as good as only using 2 or 3 fonts.  If you aren’t sure about this have a look at images you like and count how many fonts they use.

There are lots of other details you can go into when creating images but these basics should help you create your own images for social media, quickly and easily.  I am not a graphic designer but these 5 tips have helped me create images for social media that people interact with.  I create all my own images for social media using a combination of stock images and my own photos taken using my mobile.

Do you create your own images for social media?

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If you live in Lincolnshire I have a Creating images for Social Media masterclass on the 13th October, 6 – 8 pm at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, email socialmedialincs@gmail.com to book a place.

Top 5 reasons for using Social Media Marketing to promote your local business

Are you using Social Media Marketing to promote your local business?

  • Do you have an independent shop or business on a high street of a town or village in the UK?
  • Do you want more people to come through the door of your shop or restaurant?
  • Do you have a business that serves local businesses?
  • Do you want an affordable way to market your business?

Lots of bricks and mortar businesses don’t have a good presence on social media and are missing a great way to get people to know about their business and to buy from them.  Whether it is because they think social media is only worth doing if you have a website or maybe they are too busy in their business to get the proper training.

There are many benefits of using social media marketing to promote your business, which I cover in another blog post What is Social Media Marketing? However, here are my top 5 reasons why your local business should be using social media marketing as part of your marketing strategy:

1) Social media helps you get found online

If you haven’t got a website then having good profiles on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter will help people find your business, when they search for businesses similar to yours online.  If you have a website you can use social media sites to direct traffic back to your website.  Also when people search for your business online your social media profiles will appear as well as your website.

2) Use a business Facebook Page as your main online presence

Following on from my first point, if you don’t have a website you can use a Facebook business page to provide information you might have on a website such as contact details, opening times, special events that you are hosting etc.  Although I would always advise people to have their own website as that is where you have control of what you want to achieve online.

3) Tell people what products you stock

A well thought out Facebook page with good quality images of the products you sell or services you provide will communicate to prospective clients what you do.

Recently I was going into local businesses doing a leaflet drop and telling business owners about my business.  In the village that I was doing the leaflet drop there was a small health food shop, that I often walked past thinking I must pop in there one day, when I have time.  When I popped into this health food shop to tell them about my business, I found out that they stocked products I usually bought online, because I hadn’t found any other local Health Food shops that stocked them.  If this shop had a Facebook page and had a logo in the window saying they were on Facebook, I would have followed their page and found this out a lot sooner.

4) Keep loyal customers up to date

Facebook and Twitter are great tools for keeping your business in the mind of loyal customers, as long as your content is high quality and relevant to your customers they will love seeing your updates appear in their timeline.

5) Allow loyal customers to recommend you to their friends

One of the biggest advantages of social media is that happy loyal customers can easily tell their friends and family about your great business and products.

Another bonus to using social media marketing for your business is that it is highly likely that your competitors might not be using social media yet.

However, before you set up a Facebook page and Twitter profile for your business, I would advice you to get some quality training from a social media consultant like myself, as training from an expert will help you get quicker results from your social media marketing.   Also working with a social media consultant to formulate a social media marketing strategy for your business will help you save time, enable you to measure how well your social media is performing and whether it is getting the results you want for your business.

I also help my clients to think how their clients might search for what their business provides and give ideas on what content those clients might find useful and engage with.

Are you a bricks and mortar business that gets good results with social media marketing?  If you are a hotel or B and B you might find my post about using social media to promote your holiday accommodation useful.

How to use Social Media to promote your holiday accommodation

 

Social Media for tourist accommodation

Social Media is a great marketing tool for any tourism business, whether you are a B & B, Hotel, Self-catering let or tourist attraction.  It can save you money on your advertising budget and get better results, if done well with a strategy behind it.  Social Media can increase brand awareness, be used to add value for customers and prospective customers and helps your business stay in existing customers newsfeed, so that when they are planning their next holiday there you will be.

However, sometimes you are so busy working in your business that you haven’t got time to think about Social Media and it is just easier to continue paying for the adverts that you have always done, especially when everyone else is doing the same thing.  But with a little extra time and thought you can use Social Media to help your business stand out from the rest.

Therefore, I have written this article to get you thinking how you could use Social Media to promote your business to your ideal customers and get better results from the time you put in.

Social Media works best if it is fully integrated into all your other marketing activities, whether they are online or offline, make sure all your marketing material such as leaflets or adverts include follow us on Facebook, Twitter @….  Equally make sure that there are links (and they work) to your Social Media accounts on your website, on your email newsletters and at the bottom of the emails you send out.

Facebook Page

Use your Facebook page to tell people what is going on in the area.  Share information about things that are happening this week and weekend, for visitors who are staying with you, to give them ideas of what they could do during their stay.  Also share events that are happening in the future for people that are planning a holiday in the future.  As someone who uses Social Media to research and plan holidays, this is very valuable for prospective clients and if I came across a holiday let sharing this sort of information, that made my life easier and saved me time, I would be more likely to book my holiday with that place.

Here are some ideas of the sort of things that prospective customers would be interested in:

  • Places to eat
  • National Trust properties
  • English Heritage properties
  • Local attractions for children
  • Local Market days
  • Good places to go shopping
  • What’s on at the Cinema and the Theater
  • Things to do on a rainy day
  • Museums and galleries
  • Local shows and festivals
  • Swimming pools
  • Indoor play areas, ten pin bowling, laser quest
  • Local beaches
  • Nature reserves

Below is the type of Facebook update you might want to share.

Visit Lincoln Steak & Chips

Think of all the different types of leaflets that you might have available to visitors and see which ones of those have links to their Social Media.  Hopefully you will have an idea of the sort of things that your ideal visitors like, whether they are families with small children or older people without children, so you will be able to tailor the content to what they will be interested in.  If you aren’t sure what your ideal customers visit the area for, why not send a short questionnaire out to visitors that have stayed with you in the past.

You can follow other local attractions pages via your page so that you can easily and quickly share their content, you could also create a list of dates of certain annual events so you are sharing the right events in plenty of time.

Don’t forget to share content that is relevant to your establishment, such as the beautiful view from the bedroom window or pictures of the lovely homemade cake and cup of tea that is available on their arrival or the yummy breakfast full of local produce.

Twitter

Follow lots of local attractions, places to eat, local tourist accounts that share great content and retweet their tweets about what is going on locally.  Then sprinkle in your own tweets about the best places to shop or have a cream tea in your local area, again always think of how you can add value to existing and prospective visitors.  Also by retweeting other people’s content they may retweet your promotional tweets.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a site that is very good for any tourism related businesses, as there is nothing better when you are planning a holiday or weekend away to pin a few things to your places I want to go board, there to refer to when you are actually ready to book the holiday.  Pinterest is a site where you can organise and pin images from a website, so that you can refer back to them at a late time.  The site is very inspirational and aspirational and some people use it to organise things they want to do or own some day.  If an image is pinned properly, when you double click the image on Pinterest it will go straight to the page on the website it was pinned from.

If you have great images on your own website you could create a board all about your property, then have boards for places to eat locally, things to do, places to see etc.  Giving your clients an online brochure of things to do when they come and stay with you, similiar the image of the boards below.

Pinterest Boards Lincolnshire

Instagram

Instagram is great if you have the time and love taking pictures with your phone, Instagram posts gets lots of engagement via likes and comments but unlike Pinterest there is only one clickable link and that is in the person’s or business’ profile.  You can type links into a description but it won’t be clickable.  Also unlike other Social Media sites sharing other people’s post can’t be done within the app itself, you have to use a regram app and you have to have the permission of the other person to regram their pictures.  That said Instagram is great for increasing brand awareness and is great if your ideal customers are under 30.

I hope this article has given you some ideas on how you can use Social Media to promote your business and give your clients and prospective clients useful information about the local area.  If you would like to work with me either for training on a specific Social Media platform or to work on your Social Media strategy do get in touch or take a look at my Social Media Services page.  Also if you have found this post useful please do share it via your favourite Social Media site.

Monday Motivation – Working with an expert

Work with a Social Media trainer

Work with a Social Media trainer

Social Media is relatively easy to use, most people have used Facebook for quite a while before starting a business so why do you need to find a good Social Media Trainer?  Because there are lots of Facebook business pages with very few likes and very little interaction.  Yes you could buy some likes but that is a waste of your money, far better to invest the money in learning how to use Social Media successfully yourself.  Lots of people say they are too busy to do their own Social Media but you don’t have to spend hours on Social Media if you learn how to use it efficiently and effectively.

Successful Social Media isn’t about the number of likes it is about the level of interaction you get from your followers and that depends on you being consistent and sharing quality, relevant and useful information with your followers, but to do this you need to know the basics of how to use the different Social Media sites.   Yes you can spend a lot of time reading blog posts about Social Media and trialing what works but the problem is there is a lot of information out there and not all of it is of high quality.

So save yourself some time and money by finding a Social Media trainer and work with them to make your business a success on Social Media.

If you would like to find out more about working with me get in touch, either using the contact form or give me a ring for a quick chat.  Let me know what Social Media platform you would like help with in the comments below.

Pinterest Video Tutorial

A while ago I wrote a post about Pinning Images from Facebook and linking them back to the Facebook page that they were from, well today I have done my first video tutorial on that very subject and it also shows the new Pinterest layout too.

I hope you like this video please leave any comments below.