Pinterest Inspired Nursery Dresser Makeover

Like many (new) moms, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration as I prepared to welcome baby #2.

#2 was quickly starting to feel like Second Fiddle, reusing nearly everything – all clothing, crib, changing table, and the rocking chair. The dresser and wall art would be the only unique element to her room, and I wanted it to be spectacular. So, I compiled all of the ideas and presented them to Manfriend – the real art-eest in the relationship.

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Naturally, I turned to Craigslist to find a cheap dresser, and we scored in Carson City for $40. [Side note, this is a hilarious post on ways to get the best stuff on Craigslist without getting murdered.]

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Manfriend appears and voila!

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Isn’t it darling? The wall art is also hand painted!

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 Pinterest Inspired Nursery Dresser Makeover
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6 Tips for Using Social Media to Grow Your Blog and Business

I originally wrote this post for Alissa over on Rags to Stitches. I’m re-sharing it here as I think there’s a great deal of value for bloggers and businesses seeking quick tips for using social media to grow their online presence.

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One of my passions is helping businesses build and grow their online social media.

Whether you’re running your own business or building your personal brand, each of these tips will help you better align your goals and make the best use of your time.

In addition to the tips below, I invite you to read my post about SEO for bloggers. If your site isn’t coming up in organic search, how will new users find you?

  1. Research. Let me start by saying you don’t need to be on every single social network. Every decision you make should be based upon research and data. As a blogger you already know the only way to have a community is to be a part of it. Figure out where your readers like to hang out. Are they active on Facebook? Twitter? Read some of their favorite blogs and engage  - comment, “Like”, repost, etc.
  2. Analytics. Once you’ve done your homework, spend some time getting to know your website’s analytics. If you don’t have Google Analytics installed on your site, do it NOW. It’s a free service with incredibly robust data that can tell you where your readers are coming from, which content is most popular and what keywords are driving traffic. I also like to use GetClicky. That’ll tell you down to the IP address who is on your site and how they got there.
  3. Measure. Create a monthly report to track your growth or decline over time. Set a reminder in your calendar to pull data on the 1st of every month. Track page views, visitors, referral sites, top content etc. (If you want to see a sample report, I’d be happy to email it to you). DON’T GET CONSUMED BY THE #S. Do not obsess over how many visitors you have. Quality is way more important than quantity in social media. Use the data to discover what your readers like to see, but don’t write because you think it’ll bring you more traffic. Write because you can’t wait to share with the world!
  4. Twitter is my favorite social media platform. It’s a great way to get information quickly and connect with people you might not otherwise have access to. A few tips – before you write a Tweet, always research to see if the person you’re writing about is on Twitter (include their handle); research to see if a hashtag about that topic exists (#parenting, #sewing, etc.) this will increase visibility of your message; DO NOT AUTOMATE YOUR TWEETS TO YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE! Stick to 140 characters and use bit.ly to shorten your URLs. Also, use Hootsuite to monitor keywords related to your brand or business.
  5. Facebook. I’ll say it again. QUALITY is more important than QUANTITY. Don’t get hung up over how many followers you have, instead focus on making those followers your brand ambassadors. Be a good host – engage with anyone who comments or posts. Engage with other pages by ‘Liking” them or commenting as your brand, and update regularly. Include a picture with your post every chance you get [videos do best on Facebook] and ALWAYS include a call to action. For example, “Please ‘Like’ this post if you dig it.”
  6. Pinterest. Add a “Pin It” button to every post. In your analytics you’ll be able to track how much traffic Pinterest is driving to your site. It’s incredible.
The most important take-away about building community online is learning how to strike a balance between how much you share about your own brand and how supportive you are of other companies.
If you have any questions, or want to discuss any of these platforms in more detail, I would love to hear from you!
 6 Tips for Using Social Media to Grow Your Blog and Business

I’m on AOL Daily Finance Talking about How to Use Pinterest to Save you Money

Pinterest is now the third-most used social networking site. Amazing considering it hasn’t been around for too long, and it’s an invite-only  platform.

I frequently get asked (professionally and personally) -

  • What is Pinterest?
  • How do I use it? I don’t get it …
  • Should my brand be on it?
  • It’s probably not going very last long is it?

While no one can predict the latter, given how wildly successful it’s become in a short span of time, I can’t image it’ll go away anytime soon. In fact, if used correctly, it can become a powerful source of traffic to your blog or website. [We'll talk more about personal branding and social networks later this week.] 

The first thing I tell people (consumers) is go on Pinterest with a project in mind. Otherwise the site can be overwhelming and a total time suck. It’s a gold mine for collecting ideas and developing DIY projects. That’s what I’ve used it for. One of my current projects is the baby’s nursery. I created a (very specific) board on nursery dressers.

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Meanwhile, I scoured Craigslist and local used furniture stores for a cheap dresser. I scored one for $40.

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I shared my Pinterest board with Manfriend, we brainstormed a few ideas together and then he ran with it. Below is the work in progress. We’re reusing paint we have from the Child’s room from 3 years ago. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!

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To see how other people are using Pinterest to collect ideas and ultimately save big bucks on projects, check out the article on AOL Daily Finance. 

 Im on AOL Daily Finance Talking about How to Use Pinterest to Save you Money