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How to Use Pinterest to Market Your Wellness Business

Ah, Pinterest. The almost forgotten, old-school-back-in-the-early-Facebook-days social media platform. While Instagram has taken over much of what Pinterest originally offered (namely, super cute photos for people to ooh and ah over), it still has major relevancy as a unique social media platform.

Because Pinterest is essentially a virtual organized craft box, with separate sections and corners for everything that make up the whole, it’s a fabulous online tool for creating super cool, unconventional things like resumes and menus.

You can also market your wellness business using Pinterest, by creating profile using your business’ name, then creating boards that are similar to website pages.

If you own a wellness business, you probably already know that your largest consumer demographic is probably women aged 20-45. This is because women make healthy choices for their families, so by marketing to this demographic, you’re reaching entire groups of people, not just one at a time.

Here’s how Pinterest for business works:

Step One

Create a Pinterest account under your business’ name. Fill in the description using  information that includes the business’ address and hours.

Step Two

Create boards that are similar to website pages. For example, you can create boards such as:

  • About
  • Philosophy
  • Products
  • Services
  • Purchase Information
  • Hiring
  • Contact

Step Three

Within each board, pin images that pertain to the board’s function or relevancy, and then write a description to go with each image. For instance, under Hiring, you can pin something that might look like this:

resume tips

Under Philosophy, you could include a pin such as this one:

 

Pinterest kind cosmetics

Step Four

Follow everybody who might be relevant to your wellness business. In other words, find your tribe on Pinterest and follow them. Chances are, they’ll get that notification and at least check you out.

Ideally, you’re hoping for new interest, referrals, and engagement.

And that’s it! Pinterest is a really fun (and free!) way to get creative with your marketing efforts. Using Pinterest for marketing is also opening your business up to new places and a different demographic—one that actively uses Pinterest as a platform.

So get creative, get pinning, and get marketing your business in a new and creative way.

References

Resume Image found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/292893447/modern-resume-template-the-amelia?ref=listing-shop-header-1&pp=1

Cosmetics Cheat Sheet found here: http://thezoereport.com/how-to-know-which-beauty-products-are-actually-natural/?crlt.pid=camp.LNGjQwjNBVIO


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Social Media Strategy for Beginners

If you own a small business, you’re probably making use of social media marketing. Right? But do you have a general (or specific) plan, or do you just wing it and hope for the best?

One of things Fresh + Fit does for our clients is develop language guidelines and a corresponding social media strategy. Essentially, this includes brand-based etiquette for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There are 5 main categories we generally address when it comes to social media strategy: tone, hashtags, tags, images, and frequency of posting.

Since all three of these social media platforms are quite different, we try to create an overall symmetry between them, while staying true to each of their unique benefits:

Facebook Social Media Strategy

Tone: This will be the same for each platform, and will completely depend on your brand’s identity. If your brand is fun, spunky, and upbeat, then this is the tone you set for all your social media posts. If your business is more informative and educational, then the tone set on social media will need to match that vibe.

Hashtags: On Facebook, hashtags should not be used in the main copy. Instead, place all hashtags at the end of your post. Many businesses choose to separate their main post copy and the hashtags by using periods or spacing or both. Facebook is great, because you have no limit (or a very, very high one) to the number of characters you can use in a single post.

So hashtag away!

The reason behind not using hashtags within your main copy, is simply because it makes the copy harder to read, which can dissuade the reader from reading your whole post.

(Which would be too bad, since you took the time to write it. Right?)

Tags: Unlike using hashtags, it’s okay to directly tag people or pages within your post. Facebook tags don’t display the ‘@’ symbol in front of them, so it looks cleaner.

Don’t be afraid to tag more people or pages at the end of your post (along with hashtags), if you didn’t directly reference them within the main copy.

Images: Images are imperative on Facebook. They will come up automatically if you’re using a URL within your post, but if you’re not, add something relevant that catches the eye of your reader. Remember, a picture is worth 1000 words, so choosing the correct photo is an art in of itself.

Frequency of Posting : All platforms are a little different, but 1-2 posts a day (maximum) is what we recommend for Facebook. Although the algorithms change every few months, they’re designed to recognize ‘Facebook spamming’, which is essentially posting on your business page way too frequently.

When Facebook’s algorithm picks this up, it will respond by making your page less visible, not more. It’s Facebook’s way of disciplining businesses who spam their clients.

Moral of the story? 1-2 posts per day, and stay consistent with what you choose.

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Twitter Social Media Strategy

Tone: As we wrote in regard to Facebook, the tone of your tweets should match your business’ brand model.

Hashtags: The main difference between using hashtags on Twitter as compared to Facebook, is the character limit you are obliged to follow on Twitter. Because you’re limited to 140 characters, hashtags can be used within the main copy of your tweet.

BUT: if you have room to use hashtags at the end of your tweet, then do it. As with Facebook, hashtags can be distracting, and are always better when placed at the end.

Tags: Use within the main copy of your tweet, and add to the end if you’re not directly referencing whomever you’re tagging within the main copy of your tweet.

Images: Although not necessary, images always make for better tweets. People are very visual, and a great image can catch a reader’s eye and compel him to read your tweet—and share it!

Frequency of Posting: With Twitter, feel free to tweet as much as once an hour throughout the day. With our clients, we make sure to schedule at least 3 tweets per day, and then with comments and shares, we typically end the day with around 6-7 tweets.

Here’s the bottom line for your Twitter social media strategy frequency: minimum 3; maximum 12.

Instagram Social Media Strategy

Tone: Ditto for Facebook and Twitter. (See above.)

Hashtags: As with Facebook, it’s best to leave the hashtags at the end of your post, separated by spacing or punctuation—especially because you have an unlimited character count.

Tags: Feel free to tag if relevant within the main copy of your post (and yes, you need a paragraph—don’t post images with no copy), and then you can tag more at the end.

Images: The most important part of Instagram! Images for Instagram are not only required, they need to be good. For this platform, we recommend spending more time on the image than on the actual post copy.

Visitors to your Instagram feed will see the first 6-9 images, so it’s important to make them beautiful and diverse.

It’s also important to your social media strategy that Instagram photos are original and unique.

Frequency of Posting: Instagram posts can go up 1-2 times per day—as with Facebook. If you post more, it will look like spam. (But again, try and stay consistent. Post every day!)

Creating language guidelines and a social media strategy is important for any business. Develop your own, stay true to your brand, and above all? Have some fun!

Call us to talk social media strategy, guys–we have your back on this. To find out which social media platforms might be best for marketing your business, read this article by Forbes.


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5 Steps to Executing a Successful Digital Marketing Campaign this Fall

It’s fall, Vancouver! Wow. Time flies. The end of the summer always brings with it that push to reconfigure, re-evaluate, and plan. And that goes for marketing, too! Since 2016 is all about digital marketing (over 80% of marketing is now conducted online!), we can only imagine what 2017 will bring. So let’s chat about fall digital marketing campaign ideas for your Vancouver wellness business!

First of all, here’s a **great graph to show you which digital marketing methods had the best commercial impact earlier this year:

digital marketing chart

Pretty cool, right? So with all of this information in mind, let’s figure out how to optimize your fall Vancouver wellness business promotions!

Here are the 5 steps to executing a successful digital marketing campaign, including the initial idea, the visualized campaign, the redefined message, the quantified tweaks, and the optimized push:

Initialize Your Idea

This is basically the bones of your campaign. What is the point? What are your goals? Who are you appealing to? Where will you find these people? Once you know the answers to these questions (and others!), you can begin to formulate your ideas for a fall campaign.

Visualize Your Campaign and Get Creative

Turn your idea into a reality. Begin to actually visualize what this campaign will look like. What will it entail? Gather your team, develop a plan, and create ways to put that plan into action. Then do it! Will you employ social media marketing, or content marketing? (Or both?) What will the voice of your message sound like? (Playful? Aggressive? Cautionary?)

These things need to be mindfully thought out at this stage. Once they are, it’s time to put your plan into action.

Define Your Message

Think of your fall digital marketing campaign as an organic being. It’s going to move and change (while still maintaining the original intent behind it!), and that’s a good thing. You may find that one avenue isn’t working as well as another might, and by moving from influencer marketing to mobile marketing, you’re able to define what your message is and how it’s seen.

Quantify and Tweak

This step is all about measurement.

Keep an eye on what’s going on. Respond to messages and questions. Check your analytics, daily.  How is your promotion going? Who is your digital marketing campaign actually reaching? Are they who you want it to reach? And is it working? Are you making sales or generating leads?

Is your message being received the way you want it to be received?

At this point in the game, you should know what’s working and what’s not, and then be able to tweak your message so that in lands in the laps of your target demographic.

Optimize and Push–Hard

Once you know that your digital marketing campaign is reaching your target demographic and receiving optimal engagement, now’s the time to really push hard. What does this mean? On Facebook, it could mean increasing your ad budget. It could mean extending your campaign to include wearables and cross-promotion.

When you hit the sweet spot, you’ll know it (if you’re paying attention–and you should be), and you can really get creative and aggressive with how your message expands.

If your Vancouver wellness business needs help with social media management, content creation, event promotion, or your fall digital marketing campaign, contact us! We’d love to help.

Good luck!


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**Graph provided by Smart Insights.

Your Vancouver Social Media Manager Needs to Be a Great Writer

A Great Vancouver Social Media Manager

Coming up with clever ways to convey messages in 140 characters or less while accompanied with really great images doesn’t seem overly difficult. But if you want people to take a genuine interest in what you’re putting out there, the message needs to be creative and unique.

Content marketing is not just about spreading or sharing information. It’s about telling people why that information will help their businesses, or change their lives for the better. Which is why to be a great Vancouver social media manager, you need to excel at writing.

Here are 3 reasons why incredible writing results in better engagement, and why if you’re in the market for a great Vancouver social media manager, you should do your homework on your potential hire’s writing skills:

Great Writing Evokes Emotion

If you’re trying to build a brand that tells a story—one that your targeted audience can relate to and understand and feel a connection with—you need to not only be able to do that in a couple of sentences; you must also convey emotion while doing so.

Simply put, people take interest in brands that they can share an emotional connection with. Think of your favourite Twitter account or Facebook page. What is it about this particular brand that draws you in? Is it the look and design? The content? The trustworthiness or klout that comes with their products or services?

It’s probably a combination of all three.

But it’s also the feelings of excitement or whimsy or inspiration that tug at your heart strings while absorbing the brand’s message. And design and klout can’t stand on their own—they need the fab content in order to grow and convey the intended message about the brand.

Great Writing is Clever

Clever writing compels people to want to read posts and status updates, then share that information with others. As social media managers, it’s our job to hook our clients’ target demo with words. If the writing is boring, it won’t get read, and it won’t receive any engagement. If that happens, what are our clients paying for? Either way, it’s a lose-lose situation.

You must write well to sell!

Great Writing Lends Klout

When businesses hire great writers to help convey their brand’s image and message, that’s a sign of the type of importance those businesses place on their brand’s online profiles. As Vancouver social media managers who are fully immersed in the land of digital content marketing and constantly reading tweets, snaps, Instagram blurbs, and status updates on Facebook, we totally judge businesses by the grammar, punctuation, and general content of their social updates all the time.

We even judge images!

So when it’s obvious that a business has made the effort to offer educated and relevant information to their customers and clients by hiring a social media manager who can write well, we’re impressed. For us, it immediately gives that business klout, which increases their brand trustworthiness and makes us want to buy from them or use their services.

So what about you? Are you in the market for a great Vancouver social media manager? At Fresh + Fit, we’re not only Vancouver social media managers, we’re also great writers. Contact us today to find out how we can help your wellness business succeed in digital marketing.


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Spring Clean Your Social

It’s about that time of year when we all get up, shake off the dust, tip our heads to the sky and breathe in sunshine and warmth and vitamin D and the smell of cherry blossoms.

(And a lot of pollen, so if you have hayfever, maybe sip a little nettle tea, first.)

Springtime means getting our lazy, winter butts in gear and putting extra emphasis on productivity. Since social media plays a huge part in any businesses’ digital marketing strategy, consider spring cleaning your social—not just your office.

(But do that, too—cleaner offices inspire increased productivity in your employees. True story.)

Here are 5 ways to spring clean your social:

Purge Those Extra Accounts

We all have them—for Fresh + Fit, it’s Pinterest. We’ll totally admit it. We are NEVER on Pinterest. Like, ever. So why do we even have a Pinterest account?

Good question.

Remember this: your business does not need to be on Pinterest and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and Snapchat and Google+ and Reddit. Choose 2-3 social forums and rock them. You cannot be efficient and productive by trying to manage a million social media accounts.

For most businesses, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the biggies. Choose a couple, and let the rest go.

Create an Editorial Calendar

Are you still flying by the seat of your pants? Why? Life is easier with a plan, right? You don’t have to come up with great content and blog ideas on the spot—you’ll have already planned it all out!

A good rule of thumb is to create a new calendar each month. Keep the next 3 months or so in the background, and fill in events and other things as you go. By the end of each month, the following month will be almost done!

WAY easier, guys. Honestly.

Update Your Info + Images

When’s the last time you edited your social info and updated your profile pics and headers? If you’re using stale media, change it! In the last few months, we’ve had clients do the following:

  • Move locations
  • Add a phone number
  • Change an email address
  • Re-brand
  • Get trademarked
  • Merge with another business
  • Get new pro photos taken

These are all things that affect your profile on social! So make sure you’re up-to-date, and you’ll stay more relevant and easier to find for your clients.

Edit Who You’re Following

It’s a good idea to go through who you’re following once a year and make some changes. Many of us follow people or organizations or businesses that don’t make sense or have anything to do with what your business is about.

Remember, potential clients, customers, and other businesses frequently check social forums to see who you deem important enough to follow. If you’re spamming your own news feed by following accounts that don’t make sense, cut them out!

Stop it.

Be Specific + Focused

Don’t just post for the sake of posting. Why? Because you’ll be missing out on posting content that’s actually valuable to your audience. By spring cleaning your social, you’re removing what doesn’t work and focusing on what does—and being specific and focus works.

(Being random is soooo 2010.)

This month (April) is the perfect time of year to clear your social clutter, and get on track for being productive, efficient, and brilliant at what you do. What’s that old adage? Work smart, not hard?

Yeah, do that.


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Measuring the Success of Your Social Media Strategy

Businesses who are active on social media definitely have a leg up on those who aren’t. But posting content is just one part of the two-prong strategy: you also have to measure how well those posts are doing. In other words, posting is great, but the goal is to attract your target demographic of people and engage them long enough to make an impact.

If your ideal audience isn’t reached or engagement doesn’t happen, then what’s the point?

Measuring the success of your social media strategy is completely necessary to understand whether or not your plan is working. (We’re assuming you have a plan, but if you don’t, maybe start HERE.)

Below are 4 easy ways to measure the impact your social media posts are having on the audience you’re trying to reach:

Track your total number of followers at the beginning of each month.

This sounds completely rudimentary, but one of the easiest ways to track how fast and effectively your business’ social media is growing, is to track actual numbers. Using a program like Excel to compare and contrast days, weeks, or months is a great way to have a concrete visual of what’s going on, and more importantly, what isn’t.

Most social media platforms also have built-in metrics tracking. Making a mindful point to access and use those tools will help you, and it requires almost no effort.

We know you’re busy, and that extra effort doesn’t come easy.

Keep an eye on how engaged your visitors are.

Are people actually seeing your posts? If so, are they liking them or commenting? Are your posts being shared? These are things that are important to track. Maybe you’ll discover that your foodie posts attract more Facebook visitors than your design posts. Or maybe bullet-point lists attract more engagement than paragraphs.

You won’t ever know until you track.

Notice the conversation (or lack thereof).

Are people talking about what you’re posting? If your posts are getting people excited and prompting shares and likes, then you’re on the right track. If not, then you need to re-evaluate.

Maybe your posts have great content, but your audience would respond better to questions or polls. Or perhaps your ‘hooks’ needs to be improved or tweaked.

See what time of day your posts garner the most views.

This is a super simple, but completely valuable tidbit of info: at the end of each month, go through your posts and make note of the ones that had the highest engagement. Then do the same for the ones that had the lowest engagement. Notice what time they were posted, what the topics were, and what kind of media was associated with each.

By doing this, you’ll find out a lot about what your audience likes and doesn’t—and that is information you can use.

By keeping actively aware of what’s doing well and what’s falling flat, you can save yourself a lot of time. Measuring performance is crucial to a great social media strategy, because without measuring, you have no idea how well you’re doing.

Tracking the outcome of your social media posts can also give you great insight as to whether or not you’re using the right platforms. Maybe your business should be on Instagram instead of Facebook. How will you know unless you pay attention?

So hopefully this post helps. For additional assistance, we suggest you give this one a read: 7 Social Media Mistakes Every Company Needs to Avoid.

Good luck, and get tracking!


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5 Rules for Social Media Automation

Our lives are insane. Glorious, but insane. We are living in a generation of bigger, better, faster, stronger. (Thank you, Daft Punk.) So we cut corners when we can and try and we stretch our hours to make it seem as though our days are 30 hours, not 24.

(Even though they actually feel like 6.)

Automating your social media posts sounds genius, and it is, until it isn’t. What do we mean? Well, there are rules to follow regarding social automation, and that’s what this post is about. Check ‘em out:

DO Use Hootsuite to Schedule Your Week in Advance

I know, we’re plugging HootSuite, but honestly? It deserves to be talked about. HootSuite Scheduler is an amazing tool that allows you to fill your socials calendar and post on a consistent basis. Use it!

DON’T Forget to Measure How Well Those Posts Did

Because otherwise, there’s no point. If you’re posting irrelevant information that your audience doesn’t connect with or care about, there’s no point to posting. Period. The whole idea is to be providing interesting content that your readers will enjoy, which makes them want to connect with you, which makes them want to do business with you.

So no blind posts—watch the reactions, and measure their success. If you’re noticing a buzz, great! Keep doing it. If not, it’s time to change your content. You won’t know this unless you measure.

Content

DO Make Your Posts Relevant to Your Audience

There’s that ‘r’ word, again. Relevance is to social media what ketchup is to a hot dog—you gotta have it.

By creating and posting and re-posting content that your readers will enjoy and connect with, you are doing them a service. You’re helping them. You’re making a difference, and they won’t forget it—they’ll come back for more.

If your content is not relevant to the audience who sees it, you need to either change your audience, or change your content.

DON’T Forget to Read the Articles You’re Promoting

This one seems like a no-brainer, but we have ALL been there when a message pops up that reads “What about this article is appealing to you? Have you read it?”

And the answer? Uhh…nope.

Don’t put yourself in the position where you’re sharing content that you don’t even like or agree with, because you didn’t take the time to make sure it reflected you or your online persona. Open up those links, and read, baby, read.

DO Change the Way Your Posts Look Depending on the Platform

This is also important, because while Twitter requires 140 characters or less minus an image file (which is totally clutch because we’re a lazy society who loves to look at pictures instead of read) and/or link, Facebook is much more chatty, and Instagram’s pics need to be high-quality—not the same kind of pics you can get away with on Twitter.

We’re not saying you have to completely post different things, but what you post on Twitter and Facebook may not be right for Instagram. And what you post on Instagram is using much too short and concise for Facebook.

Bottom line? Make sure your posts make sense.

There are many more rules to learn, but we feel these are the basics. Once you’ve got these down, you’re good to roll up your sleeves and learn more. Because that’s what social media is all about: learning. It’s about sharing content, connecting with people, and measuring your impact.

And you ROCK, so we want to hear from you. Connect with us @freshfitvan.


 

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