8 Top Pinterest Tips for Beginners

Pinterest is a content sharing service where members “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboards. Pinterest also has standard social networking features so you can share with your friends. Learn how to set up your Pinterest account. Once you have an account, you can pin your cool finds on the internet.

Many interested patrons attended my Pinterest session at the Algonquin Library. For more information on upcoming sessions, visit our events calendar. Here are 8 top Pinterest tips for beginners to get you started.

  1. Create unique Pinterest boards for each of your favorite topics. Pin photos and videos about that topic to create a collection.
  2. Select a cover image that represents the theme of your Pinterest board. Our minds grasp visual concepts faster than text on a page. Be sure readers can tell at a glance what your board is all about.
  3. Pin clear, easily recognized images for your Pinterest boards. Bright colors and high contrast images are easier on our eyes.
  4. Describe your images and videos accurately without complex words. Pinterest allows up to 500 characters in the object’s description.
  5. Include words that invoke emotions and feelings in the reader. Choose colorful terms which inspire the imagination and memories.
  6. Increase your search engine visibility by using keywords and internet links in your description. Keywords may actually be a phase or group of 2-5 words.
  7. Post links to your Pinterest pins on your Facebook or Twitter accounts to share them with your friends. Ask others to LIKE and COMMENT on your pins and SHARE your pins with their friends.
  8. Design a unique visual resume and pin to your Pinerest board. Log on to Pinterest and search “resume” to see some incredibly creative ideas others have showcased their talents and skills.

Using these 8 top Pinterest tips for beginners to create your first Pinterest boards and pin your favorite pictures, movies and more. Click on COMMENTS and post a link to one of your favorite boards. Please tell us why this Pinterest board is your top pick.

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How To Get Join Pinterest Create Boards and Pin Pictures

Pinterest is a content sharing service where members “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboards. Pinterest also has standard social networking features so you can share with your friends. This weekend I will be demonstrating the features of Pinterest at the Algonquin Library. For more information on this session, visit our events calendar.

Pinterest members create virtual boards for different topics. Create a board for your hobbies, favorite restaurants, post your resume or to show off your professional portfolio. Search Pinterest for topics of interest. When you find an image or video you like, you can repin the object to one of your boards.

My Pinterest boards include food, travel and McHenry County happenings. Here is how you can get started with Pinterest.

How to create a Pinterest account:

  • Open a web browser and type http://www.pinterest.com in the URL bar
  • Create your Pinterest account by connecting with Facebook, Twitter or using an email address.
  • Click on a few of the images that capture your attention

How to create a Pinterest board:

  • Click “Add”
  • Click “Create a Board”
  • Enter your new board Name, select a category and add other pinners (those who can add pins to this board)
  • Click “Create Board”

How to add Pinterest Pins to your board:

  • Click “Add”
  • Click “Add a Pin”
  • Type or paste the URL
  • Click “Find Images”
  • Scroll and select an image
  • Choose a board
  • Enter a description up to 500 characters
  • Click “Pin It”

Have fun with your new Pinterest boards and pin what is interesting to you. Share your pins with your friends on Facebook and Twitter for greater visibility. We are always interested in hearing your ideas for using Pinterest. Click on COMMENTS and tell us how you are using Pinerest for yourself or your business.

Enter your email in the box on the right and click subscribe for more tips on Pinterest and other social media tools.

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Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet to Opitimize Your Pinterest Boards

Pinterest virtual bulletin boards are all the rage in the social media world. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan Learn how you can use Pinterest to market your business and gain attention.

The Algonquin Library hosts a Pinterest session Sunday August 12, 2012 where you can learn what Pinterest is and what it can do for your business. For more information or registration visit our CyberLife Tutors events calendar.

Below is a Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet from Pinely to give you a few ideas before the live session.

Pinterest Marketing Cheat Sheet from Pinerly

 

 

 

 

Get Noticed By Hiring Managers LinkedIn Webinar

Webinar: LinkedIn for Your Effective Job Search led by April M. Williams, President CyberLife Tutors.
Learn how LinkedIn has helped 80 million professionals around the world further connections, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and are interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

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LinkedIn

This fast-paced webinar highlights:

– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search

– Building online networking connections

– Initiating introduction requests

– Effectively using groups

– Leveraging Q&A

– And more!

Sessions will last about 60 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your log on information will be sent via email 24 hours before the class and will include log on information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

Limited seats for this session. Reserve your seat today!

February 8, 2:00 – 3:00 Central

COSTS: $32 Click the Buy Now button below to reserve your seat. Pay securely with PayPal. Your log on information will be sent in email 24 hours before the session.

>>>> REGISTRATION CLOSED <<<<<

REQUIREMENTS:

Basic computer knowledge and a computer (Mac, Linux or Windows) with high-speed internet access and telephone. You do not have to install or download software. All you need is a browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Reserve your seat now! Call April for more info 414.502.7745

Webinar Use the Power of LinkedIn for Job Search

Webinar: LinkedIn for Your Effective Job Search led by April M. Williams, President CyberLife Tutors.
Learn how LinkedIn has helped 80 million professionals around the world further connections, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and are interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

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LinkedIn

This fast-paced webinar highlights:

– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search

– Building online networking connections

– Initiating introduction requests

– Effectively using groups

– Leveraging Q&A

– And more!

Sessions will last about 60 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your log on information will be sent via email 24 hours before the class and will include log on information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

Limited seats for this session. Reserve your seat today!

January 12, 2:00 – 3:00 Central

COSTS: $32 Click the Buy Now button below to reserve your seat. Pay securely with PayPal. Your log on information will be sent in email 24 hours before the session.

>>>> REGISTRATION CLOSED <<<<<

REQUIREMENTS:

Basic computer knowledge and a computer (Mac, Linux or Windows) with high-speed internet access and telephone. You do not have to install or download software. All you need is a browser, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Reserve your seat now! Call April for more info 414.502.7745

LinkedIn Webinar for Columbia Alumni

Webinar: LinkedIn for Job Search
July 28 Noon – 1:15 pm Central
led by April M. Williams, Speaker, Author, Coach

Workshop Fee for Columbia College Alumni: $15 (Discounted from $32)

Learn how LinkedIn has helped 70 million professionals around the world further connection, create opportunities and build careers. This webinar is specifically for who are new to using LinkedIn and/or interested in how LinkedIn can serve their job search. Get an overview of key features along with important effectiveness and etiquette/protocol tips.

This fast-paced webinar highlights:
– Tailoring your profile to be noticed in your job search
– Building online networking connections
– Initiating introduction requests
– Effectively using groups
– Leveraging Q&A
– And more!

Sessions will last about 75 minutes with time for participant questions. Please note: your registration confirmation will include logon information and dial-in number (long distance charges may apply).

REQUIREMENTS:
Basic computer knowledge and a computer with high-speed internet access and telephone.

Contact Information
Primary Contact
Cynthia Vargas
312-369-8640

Date: July 28, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Location: online

More information

Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce Gets LinkedIn

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Contact: April M. Williams

Cyberlife Tutors

847-207-7412

april@cyberlifetutors.com

Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce Gets LinkedIn

Social Networking Connects Business Community

ALGONQUIN, IL, July 1, 2010 – Networking means time, often taking us away from our business and family. Most business owners face the same problem. How can I be more effective in my networking to build my business?

Recognizing the need to connect with others to build business, twenty members of the Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce expanded their business networking skills with the “I’m on LinkedIn, What’s Next?” LinkedIn class. The session led by April M. Williams of CyberLife Tutors was co-sponsored by the Richmond Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce and Shah Center for Corporate Training.

“The enthusiasm of the class was contagious!” said Barbara Mikula, Branch Manager at Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. “We are so excited to be able to connect with other chamber members to promote growth in our businesses in a relaxed and fun environment!”

The “I’m on LinkedIn, What’s Next?” session provides business owners with the tools to create a LinkedIn presence that attracts clients. It focuses on updating your LinkedIn profile to make a positive first impression.

Monica Hamann, Branch Manager at McHenry Savings Bank in Richmond, had this to say about the session: “I liked it a lot, great marketing tool. The class was very informative and easy to follow.”

About CyberLife Tutors:

CyberLife Tutors, located in Algonquin, Illinois, specializes in integrating social networking with traditional marketing for McHenry County businesses. April’s book, Social Networking Throughout Your Career is available on Amazon.com.

More information on upcoming classes available at the following link: http://www.cyberlifetutors.com/blog/?p=606

EDITORS: If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with April M. Williams, please contact April at 847-207-7412 or email April@cyberlifetutors.com.

Social Networking Classes for Business

Student feedback for the recent social networking classes in McHenry has been fabulous. We have a whole new set of LinkedIn users, Facebook friends, Twitter Tweeters and bloggers out there.


This four class series ran three times in McHenry at the Shah Illinois Small Business Development (ISBDC) Center.

After the class, students were invited to join our LinkedIn group to share learnings and best practices with each other. If you attended one of my social networking classes and would like to join this group, send me an email and let me know the class you attended.

If you missed on the session in McHenry, you still have time to register for classes in Elgin. Check our events page for the upcoming events.

Social Networking Class July 2010

New summer social networking for business classes added to our summer schedule. Check out these sessions in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. These sessions are designed for business owners and employees who want to leverage the power of social networking tools to gain market share. Learn how you can rank higher in Google and other search engine results without paying for these hits. See how you can use these tools to build relationships and community with your current and potential customers.

  • Blogging Basics – 7/12/2010 Students will need access to a web based email account (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc) to participate in this class.
  • I’m LinkedIn, Now What – 7/19/2010 Create a free LinkedIn.com account before class
  • Facebook for Business – 7/26/2010  Create a free Facebook.com account before class

Register early as these sessions have been selling out. Contact Elgin Community College for information on class fees, dates, times and locations. For information on upcoming classes and other events visit our website events page.

Autumn Social Networking Class Elgin ECC

The Autumn Social Networking schedule at Elgin Community College is here. This series called “Small Business Evenings” will be in Streamwood, Illinois. The classes are a joint partnership between Elgin Community College, Illinois Small Business Development Center and Village of Streamwood.

Limited seating available for these session. The last series of classes sold out. If you are interested in attending, do not wait to register.

CSS 310 Tweet for Profit
People are looking for your business on Twitter. Are you there to talk with them? Learn how to make the most of this micro-blogging tool. Create a free Twitter account before the class starts.
300 67693   7-9PM    9/1/10   $69.00

CSS 313 Facebook for Small Business
Learn how to leverage connections to build relationships for business. Learn about group and fan pages and more. Create a free Facebook account before the class.
300 67692    7-9PM   9/8/10   $69.00

CSS 311 Blogging Basics Small Business
Curious about blogging but you do not know where to start? In this session you will create your own blog and post your first online message. NOTE: To participate in the session, you’ll need access to a web based email account such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail, etc.
300 67690    7-9PM    9/15/10     $69.00

CSS 312 I Am Linkedin, Now What?
In this session learn how to build effective connections, get recommendations, get introduced to others, find customers and partners, use groups and stay in touch with other potential contacts. Create a free LinkedIn account before the class starts.
300 67691    7-9PM   9/22/10      $69.00

Registration

For more information and registration, contact Elgin Community College.

  • Online – Small Business Development category
  • In Person at the Main Campus
  • By Phone Call 847-622-3036
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