What is the point of using hashtags?
I was so confused when I would see hashtags all over social media.
Hashtags have long been a part of social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, but they now have crept the way into sites like Pinterest , Facebook and google + sparking interest from a whole new potential-hashtag-using audience. I could not understand what all the rage was. In fact, I thought it was something people were just trying to be cute, trendy and funny with.
Little did I know they actually do mean something.
I am no social media expert. In fact, I am not even great on social media. I would much rather be creating something and sharing on my blog than blabbing all over social media. With that said, being a blogger and being active on social media is vital to what we do and share.
So what is a hashtag? A hashtag is a word or a phrase prefixed with the symbol #
This technology has endless possibilities, and if used correctly then it is a very powerful business tool.
There is no directory of hashtags. You simply put a hashtag in front of any keyword that you think is relevant.
Example for Pinterest: If you are sharing one of your great painted furniture or wedding images on Pinterest (don’t forget your watermark and URL on the image). Add your photo description and #weddingphotography #vintagewedding, #paintedfurniture #chalkypaint #KILZ, etc, etc, NOW when a potential bride is searching wedding photography, or someone is looking on how to paint furniture your brand also receives exposure.
These rules go for non-bloggers as well. If you are on Pinterest and social media why not have your latest and greatest project or hashtag seen?
This is also great for the brand themselves. If they hit the hashtag, they see all your wonderful projects with their brand name. You just may be in the next publication of #Countrywomanmagazine.
Hey, you never know!
Hashtags also trend on places like twitter and google+. So if you are using a popular hashtag people have the potential to hit it and see your image and gain a new follower or two.
A hashtag is essentially a new way to search for things on social media across the board. Hit and it will take you to the latest and greatest!
Will there be something new on the horizon? Of course, there always is, but for now
hashtag away. I am getting much better at it.
If there is something more to it that I missed feel free to comment and give me your thoughts as well.
In fact, last year when I painted my Rit dye vase
it was my hashtag that Rit dye stumbled upon on Google + and Pinterest.
I made this post mostly for my non-bloggy friends here that come and read me.
I am certain you are on social media and see this all the time and perhaps wondered.
That is all for today!
if you are not a regular here hope I see you back again.