For those ladies (and gentlemen) who can’t get enough beauty products and social media, I introduce to you Trainca.se. Continue reading “Trainca.se: The Social Network for Beauty Mavens”
Have you heard of Pinster? It’s an all-Pinterest analytics tool. It pulls information straight from your Pinterest account and displays it at an at-a-glance overview. Examples of metrics you can see include your best pins of the month, your worst boards, best times to post, and so on. Continue reading “Pinster: Analytics for Pinterest”
Today I discovered a cool new social “network” (or maybe social network aggregator) called RebelMouse. Here, you can connect your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and other networks to give you a streamlined dashboard that looks very similar to Pinterest. Continue reading “RebelMouse: Combine Your Social Networks Visually”
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love editing photos. I was lucky enough to find an awesome and FREE photo editor, thanks to Melanie Duncan of Entrepreneuress Academy. She gave a webinar on using Pinterest for business, and gave a quick tutorial on PicMonkey.
Here are some basic things you can do on PicMonkey:
- Change colors
And here are some of the more fun things you can do:
- Photo editing effects, similar to Instagram
- Enhancements such as teeth whitening, blemish-removal, makeup adding, etc.
- Text (with cute fonts!)
- Cute and fun clip art
- Seasonal add-ons (like Halloween fonts)
This is great for creating dynamic photo content for Facebook, Pinterest, etc. Remember, photos are one of the best ways to drive engagement on your social profiles!
There are many things about Pinterest that I love, so I won’t list them here. It’s addicting, it’s fun, it’s hedonic. Whatever. There ARE a few things about Pinterest that drive me crazy! Of course, I know it is usually the fault of the posters, but I like focusing my blame on the social network itself.
- Diet Hypocrites! Do you want to make me fat or make me skinny? First you show me hundreds of delicious recipes for extravagant desserts and dinners…and then turn around and tell me 100 ways to work my abs without crunches! What do you want from me?
- Teasing: You show me adorable outfits, and when I click on the link, it just takes me to a stupid blog with the photo. No way to purchase said outfit…just a blog with the photo.
- Someecard Abuse: Those Someecards that are constantly being pinned. There’s a new create-your-own feature which allows un-funny people to take a hilarious concept, create inside jokes, and make someecards incredibly unfunny.
- Fitspiration/Thinspo: Okay this just makes my blood boil. Annoying fitness-inspiration quotes that usually make no sense, and usually feature disgustingly skinny models:
Okay enough complaining. You know I love my Pinterest. These were just a few things that irk me about it and sometimes can drive me away. Do you have any Pinterest pet peeves?
I found this very addicting website/online store called Obaz. It’s actually an affiliate store that sells products from other online stores like ModCloth, West Elm, and other brands you see all over Pinterest. This means that when you click on their links to buy the products, they get a cut. I found it through a pin on Pinterest, and am now quite addicted.
Here’s how it works:
- They show you, one at a time, products that are very popular
- You then choose “Want” or “Next”. Want adds the item to your “bag”
- You must create an account (they obviously prefer through Facebook) to add products to your bag. They will send you “recommendations” if you so choose
- When you view your bag, it looks eerily like Pinterest–not a coincidence I’m sure:
- When you hover over images, you see a “Pin It” button. I have been using this to add products to my pinboard “Wishlist”. Hint hint, boyfriend. My birthday is June 30 🙂
- When you click on a product, you see pricing, product info, the shop it comes from, etc.
- Notice the comments on the products?
This is a wonderfully crowd-sourced website that encourages its users to interact, pin, lust, and get addicted. Absolutely genius. One of those things that makes you think “Why didn’t I think of that?”. Try it for yourself, and try NOT to get addicted!
Lyst is a website similar to Pinterest, and you can connect it with the famous photo-sharing site. It allows you to follow brands and bloggers through their own network. If an item you have pinned (or is on your “lyst”) gets discounted, Lyst will notify you by email.
I sense this to be very dangerous for someone like who me who A) loves fashion and B) has a hard time ignoring great deals.