Adding a Pinterest Widget

Social-Media-Ideas-GirlOne of the best ways to add some spice to your website is to add in a social media feed. Your social media feed will help feed the content and updates that you’re posting through social media into your main blog.

The feed will appear as a widget that displays on the side of your screen. You can generally choose how big or small you want the feed to be, so you can customize how much attention to direct to the feed.

Here’s how to add social media updates to your blog.

Twitter Widget

To get started, go to the Twitter widget section.

https://twitter.com/about/resources/widgets
Click on “Widgets for My Website.”


Then choose the “Profile Widget.”


Enter the username that you want to generate a feed for. This can be your own username or someone else’s.


A preview of the feed will appear on the right. Once the feed looks right to you, just click “Finish and Grab Code” to copy and paste the code onto your website.

Facebook Widget

To access Facebook’s activity feed, go to:

http://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
Then click on “Activity Feed.”


Type in the domain of the site whose feed you want to display. The feed on the right will show you what your feed will look like.


Click “Get Code” on the bottom once you’re ready to post it to your website.


Google+

Google+ doesn’t have a built-in widget creator. However, there are several outside tools you can use to add this functionality.

These options include:

GGLPls

Widgetplus.com

Widgplus.com

WordPress Plugin

Here’s hot GGLls’s widget looks. You can access it here:

http://www.gglpls.com/google-plus-feed-widget/
Start by entering your Google ID. This is the string of numbers you see in your URL when you access your own profile.


Then specify the settings you want to use to generate the Widget’s feed.


The embed code will be displayed below the options box. Copy and paste it onto your server.


Adding a Pinterest Widget

Pinterest doesn’t have a built-in widget system. However, there are a number of different WordPress plugins you can use to create a Pinterest widget on your WordPress blog.
To get started, go to your plugins search field and type in “Pinterest widget.”



The most popular and highly rated one at the time of writing is the “Pinterest Pinboard Widget.” Choose one plugin and install then activate it.


Then go into your WordPress widgets (under “Appearance”) and drag and drop the widget. Then configure the widget to look exactly as you want it to.


Your Pinterest widget will now appear in your sidebar!

Adding a social media widget to your site can really help add interactivity and help cultivate a sense of consistency within your brand. It’ll help join your social media site and your website together into one community. If you’re going to take the time to build up content in social media, why not link it up to your main site?

5 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Fan Activity


Gone are the days when you marketed “to” your customers.  Now, with the popularity of social media, there is a new way to market: it’s interactive.  You no longer have to figure out creative ways to relay messages that will somehow get peoples’ attention, and then sit back and hope it’s working.  By marketing through social media, you get to hear your customers’ reactions first-hand, and can tweak your marketing efforts accordingly.  If you have accepted the new reality of social media marketing and are ready to take your Facebook potency to the next level, it is time to start thinking about improving your interactions with your fans.  How do you do that?

 

Here are five ways to increase your Facebook fan activity:

 

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  • Interact on other fan pages.  This is quite simple: if you want to establish your credibility on Facebook and lend some relevance to your fan page in order to stimulate fan interactions, then you need to be active in the Facebook world.  One of the best ways you have of doing that is to be visible on other, related fan pages.  Get involved in serious discussions, post useful tidbits of information, or even just show support for the page, and people will reciprocate by participating more on your fan page.
  • Apps.  There are a number of useful applications that you can plug into your fan page in order to encourage interactions amongst your fans.  For example, the “Fan of the Week” app actually keeps track of your fans’ participation and acknowledges your top fan of each week.  People love recognition and this app will encourage them to hang out on your page more often.
  • Be genuine.  Your fans don’t want to feel that they are communicating with a robot.  Be human.  Be yourself.  Interact on a personal level and people will respond.
  • Fan page partnerships.  Make it a point to promote other fan pages that you support, and those fan pages will do the same for you.  You can promote other fan pages by sharing their pictures and posts, and by linking to their pages from your own page.
  • Have a contest.  Host a giveaway of some sort and provide your fans with a chance to win it, based on their participation.  You can set this up any way you like.  Many fan pages pose a silly question, or even a photo caption contest, and then advertise the prize and the deadline date.

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As you can see, there are some very simple steps you can take to increase your Facebook fan activity.  If you want to get the most out of your social media marketing, contact the professionals.  We at Westwood Virtual Associates can help take your Internet presence to the next level.  Contact us by phone, at 513-317-3049, or email: Joanne@WestwoodVA.com.