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Gaining Exposure Through Pinterest

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Pinterest has been gaining momentum in a huge way. According to Compete, unique visitors to increased by 155% just in one month, from December 2011 to January 2012. It’s a fairly new social networking site that allows users to create ‘Pinboards’. A pinboard is basically a theme-based image collection of, well, whatever you want and you can share them with other users.
Behind all the fun, Pinterest can be a great marketing tool for brands and businesses…like yours.

Greetings from your Nova Scotia virtual tour provider and social media director for RTV Inc. Let’s take a quick look at specific Pinterest tactics you can use to your own marketing advantage.

1. Feature your virtual tour business name on your profile for greater exposure. Use your virtual tour business name as your username when signing up, or you can also change your user name to your business name after your profile is set up.
2. Be sure to fill out the “About” section on your Pinterest profile. It will show up right beside your photo, and will be one way that users can find out more about you, so tell them who you are and what you do.

3. Link your other social media accounts and decide how you want Pinterest to interact with these accounts. Having seamless social networking connections means more followers. It will also put the Twitter and Facebook icons on your profile.
4. Don’t leave out your virtual tour business URL- this also will appear!
5. Pin content frequently and steadily, not in bursts. This will maximize exposure.
6. Your board names are very important. Get creative but try not to make it too long. Every time you share something your board name will be seen so make an impression. You’ve got a 180 character limit.

7. Tagging users in Pins is a feature that is not yet widely used but it’s a great way to get your name out there. Pin other professionals in your field and engage with customers. Do so by using ‘@username’ in your description.
8. Comment frequently on other people’s pins. Just like with tagging use it to engage with other professionals in your industry and to interact with customers/fans. Obviously, use the same social media etiquette that you would use on Facebook and Twitter.
9. “Like” other people’s pins to let them know you think that their content is great and to let them know your paying attention.
10. Variety is the spice of life and Pinterest is no exception. Pin from lots of different sources.
11. It’s OK to pin your own blog posts, but don’t over-promote. Follow the usual rules of any other social media site.

12. Be smart about your image descriptions and always include them — a good description will stay with an image as it gets repinned all over the Pinterest world. Use your virtual tour business name in the description if the image is from your own site.
Pinterest is quickly surpassing current marketing favorites like LinkedIn and YouTube so it would be a great idea to hop on the Pinterest train if you haven’t already.

Make sure register for tomorrow’s Social Realty show if you have not already. Register Here:

We’ll see you there RTV!

Nancy Bain
RTV Social Media Director
Virtual Tour Software & Social Media Training

Why Start a Virtual Tour Business With RTV

I wanted to take the time to talk today about diversifying your income streams. In decades past, and especially today’s economy, who isn’t looking for additional or different sources of income? Whether it’s a necessity for your family or you’re looking for a hobby to gain you some extra cash flow for vacations and luxuries, creating your own Virtual Tour Business through RTV can be just the thing you’re looking for.

Let me start by noting that when you think of 360 virtual tours, you may think of real estate virtual tours and simply let the thought process end there; please read on! RTV virtual tour providers around the world provide professional HD virtual tour services and photography to just about any business entity in existence! From college campuses, to museums and hospitals, resorts, restaurants, cruise ships, assisted care facilities, animal clinics and more. Now, doesn’t that sound fun!

At RTV we offer an exciting and more importantly PROFITABLE side business to your current income stream. If you’re especially good, this can even turn into a full time job and provide you with the bulk of your salary.
Who can start a virtual tour business? Well, just about anyone! We’ve been around since 1999, have served over a billion virtual tours and have setup thousands of virtual tour providers worldwide. If you have some extra time, are willing to get out and talk with people in your community, enjoy working with technology and photography, and will put forth the energy to get the proper training and education from us, you’ll make the perfect virtual tour business owner.

We pride ourselves on taking the time to coach our virtual tour business owners and provide them with all the information they need to get started and stay successful throughout their entire experience. As an RTV full service provider you will receive your virtual tour business start up, ready-to-go marketing presentations, weekly training seminars, order forms, flyers, brochures, start to finish training, unlimited software updates, toll free technical support, leads, deals from our national accounts and so much more!!

If you’ve been laid off or have limited funds, I’m happy to tell you that a virtual tour business typically has a very low start up cost and a fast turnaround on your investment! Selling just 10 virtual tours makes your money back! This is a great option for teachers with summers off, nurses and airline pilots who have weeks on and off at a time, construction workers who do seasonal work, and so many more!

I would love to invite you to call one of our representatives to see if your area is available and get some more useful and surprising information about why RTV is the right choice for you.

Yours Sincerely,

Jason LaVanture
Order a virtual tour today: 866-947-8687