We’re quite fond of photos and videos much like the online community on Pinterest. It’s no wonder that we heart the pinboard-style visual sharing site (we made our own Pinterest account too!) and are always inspired by what people are pinning.
Our publishers are also including Pinterest as part of their marketing strategy and we’re seeing a lot of readers using our new social sharing capabilities. Remember that readers can like, tweet, pin, and share their favorite print and digital publications from our website or within the web-based viewer.
For those of you starting a Pinterest account, here are a few tips we’ve found to be helpful on how to use the visual platform to market your publication and engage with your readers.
- Pin photos from your publication or website – The pinned images will include a link back to your site, which will help drive traffic there.
- Pin videos – Go beyond just pinning pictures and share videos especially ones that are highly relevant to the theme of your Pinterest boards.
- Introduce the members of your team – Let your readers and customers know who’s behind the genius.
- Follow other Pinterest users in your local area and/or field of expertise – You can see how other pinners are getting likes and re-pins and help build upon your presence in your community. Remember to follow us on Pinterest, too!
- Ask fans to pin photos of themselves with your publication – This is a great way to build engagement with your readers and learn which issues are their favorites.
- Test different captions – Be sure to include keyword phrases and hashtags, and remember to have fun with your captions.
- Find out which pictures have been pinned from your site – Simply type the following URL: “http://pinterest.com/source/ADD YOUR URL HERE” and you can see which photos or content are most popular. Find out what people are pinning now, from MagCloud.com!
As a publisher, are you using Pinterest to market your publication? Share your tips on how to use Pinterest with us in the comments section below.
Vacationing this summer? Whether you’re flying internationally or driving just a few hours away, we want to help make every moment of your trip a little more memorable.
As promised in our Summer Fun with MagCloud blog post, we’ve got some great tricks and tips to help you capture your summer memories through photography.
Hitting the Beach
As fun as they are, beaches can prove to be tricky for photo opps! Some points to remember when capturing your fun in the sun:
- Try shooting closer to sundown: Not only will there be less people there, but the sun will be at an angle that produces great shadows and colors.
- Try black and white: This can completely change the mood and feel of a shot. It’s great for overcast or dull days, too.
For more beach tips, check out this helpful blog post!
Family picnics make fantastic photos! When hanging out at the park and snapping shots between bites of potato salad, remember a couple of basic things:
- Location, location, location: Picking a spot in the sun or the shade will make for a beautiful lighting situation!
- Useful props: Place wax paper or white shower curtain between the sun and your subjects. This will diffuse the light and soften the shadows.
Check out even more ways to make your family picnic memorable by reading the full post from Olympus cameras here.
Making Vacation Last, Digitally
Shooting perfect shots of vacation can take some talent, even with your new digital camera! Bad vacation photographs get thrown away, while great shots can create a lifetime of memories. Remember these tips:
- Power up: Nothing is worse than wanting to snap that perfect picture, and realizing your battery is dead!
- Don’t be afraid to crop: Cropping a photo can change an average photo into a dramatic one, especially if you crop “off center.”
- Rule of thirds: When you are lining up that beautiful church, amazing sunset or one-of a kid safari shot keep in mind composition and the rule of thirds dividing your photo into thirds both vertically and horizontally with the key subject at the intersection point. Newer smartphones make this particularly easy to do with their Grid settings.
- Put your own spin on landmarks and well-known sites: Rather than take the usual straight on shot of the Eiffel Tower consider taking it from underneath looking straight up, take a lush jungle shot in the rain, or shoot the crowd below from the top of the Empire State Building. Don’t be afraid to take unique shots or see things as the locales do.
- Go for contrast and color: Boat sales against a blue sky, a garden of wildflowers, colorful mailboxes on a cobblestone street all make for interesting travel shots with pops of color.
Here’s a few other tips to get you inspired.
We’re curious about your best vacation photos – what are some tricks and tips you’ve learned along the way? Please share with us in the comments below!