Pins Of The Day – April 2014 – Week Two – Manly Tips

Here are the pins of the day for the second week of April 2014.  For this week I chose pins that  I believed men would find interesting.  Pinterest is viewed for a platform that is mostly for women.  They do outnumber the men, but  there are tons of interesting boards that men would find interesting.  Here are some great “Manly” pins that I found:

04-07-14 – 34 Things You Can Cook On A Campfire

Monday’s Pin Of The Day comes from +BuzzFeed Community

It’s getting warmer here in Texas and some great camping weekends are starting to shape up.

One of the things we look forward most when we camp is cooking over an open fire.  Here is a great roundup of camping recipes that you’ll love to try!

04-08-14 – WD-40 Survival Guide

Tuesday”s Pin Of The Day comes from WD-40. Every man should have a can in his garage.

Did you know you could remove paint with WD-40?

My uncle actually sprays it on his elbow because he says it helps with his arthritis. Of course, he’s well lubricated most days anyway if you get my meaning…

What are some strange uses you’ve seen with WD-40?


04-09-14 – What Every Man Ought To Know About Focus

Wednesday’s Manly Pin Of The Day comes from +Art of Manliness

Great article on improving your focus.  Some benefits of learning to manage your attention are:

•  Improves relationships
•  Boosts resilience
•  Increases happiness
•  Increases creativity
•  Deepens our wisdom
•  Improves our critical thinking
•  Gives us more flourishing and enjoyable life


 04-10-14 – Altoids Tin Survival Kit

Thursday’s edition of the Manly #PinOfTheDay

This Pin Of The Day comes from one of my favorite +Pinterest  boards simply titled Zombie Survival.

Here is everything you need to know to create your own survival kit just using a empty Altoids tin.


04-11-14 -Manly Pinterest Tip #1 – Secret Boards For Your Daughter

This the Pin that […]

You Can With Canva!

Does trying to find images for your blog or website make you shudder? Do you throw up your hands in frustration when you realize the learning curve for Photoshop? Do you really want to start using Pinterest but worry about creating great images?  If you answered yes to any these  questions, then Canva may be the tool for you.

Canva is an online tool to help you create beautiful graphics for blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, and just announced….Pinterest!

That’s right, Canva now has templates specifically to create Pinterest pins at the optimal size for engagement, 735 X 1102.  Before, when using Canva, you had to use the blog graphic template of 800 X 1200.  Now they have prebuilt post ideas to help you craft announcements, tips, recipes, collages, quotes and  much more.

So why would you want to use Canva in the first place?  For me it comes down to two things:  Speed and ease of use.

The ability to have templates to start an idea off is a huge time saver.  Canva includes hundreds of free graphics, photos, fonts, and layouts to choose from that really does allow for endless possibilities.  This video gives a great introduction in using Canva

The biggest benefit and probably the biggest drawback as well, is that Canva is entirely online.  When an account is created, the creation process happens completely via your browser.  Canva revolves around the simple drag and drop.  The biggest thing I had to get used to was actually how simple it was!  I was used to having grids and layers to fool with like in Photoshop.  Once I embraced and learned the ins and out the Canva interface, the creation process became much faster.

As […]

Pins Of The Day – April 2014 – Week One

Here are the pins of the day for the first week of April, 2014

03-31-14 – Find Your Ideal Client & Get Them To Buy

Monday’s’s Pin Of The Day comes from Jason T. Wiser’s On Track Tips Hangout On Air.  On today’s show he interviews Andrea Vahl

This interview was full of great tips on finding out who is your ideal client, where to find them, and how to convert them.

Here’s a couple of topics that were discussed:
•What can you do to get immediate customers?
•Why it’s sometimes important to go “offline”.
•Why it’s important to help the client first.


Pin Of The Day – 04-01-14 – April Fools’ Day

This is a prank I’d love to try, but I really don’t want to have to sleep on the couch for the rest of the year.  Braver men than me will have to try.


Pin Of The Day – 04-02-14 – Better Images for Pinterest = Big Google Payoff
Wednesday’s Pin Of The Day comes from Cynthia Sanchez  from Oh So Pinteresting Podcast.  This episode includes a great interview with Vernon Ross on the importance of creating great images.

Cynthia’s podcast is a must listen for anyone who is interested in using Pinterest to it’s greatest potential.  She’s also active on Google+ so make sure she’s in your circles.

Here’s a couple of topics that were discussed in this episode:
•How to link Google Plus to Pinterest
•Creating pinnable images with free tools.
•How Pinterest is changing web design.


Pin Of The Day – 04-03-14 – Why Ignoring Pinterest Group Boards Is A Costly Mistake

Thursday’s Pin Of The Day comes from Anna Bennett writing for Viraltag

Anna shares that one of the fastest ways to get more content and build followers is to join and create group boards on Pinterest.

Reasons to use group boards:
• Increases your number of followers immediately.
• It brings people together creating a sense of community.
• Helps your […]

Pins Of The Day – March 2014 Week Four – Blogging

Last month I started posting a #PinOfTheDay Pinterest pin over on Google+ on the advice of Peg Fitzpatrick.

It’s a great way to share daily content on both Google+ and Pinterest.  Since both Google+ and Pinterest really shine with showing large images, the two platforms work really well together.

Here’s the weekly wrap up of all the pins I shared as #PinOfTheDay this week.  Enjoy! (more…)

Using Pinterest More Effectively with Chef Dennis Littley

A power-packed line up, consisting of Les Dossey, Wade Harman, Stephan Hovnanian, Mike Allton, and myself sat down in January with Chef Dennis Littley for my Google+ HOA show, Manly Pinterest Tips, to discuss the ins-and-outs of Pinterest and how it can help food bloggers and other folks interested in social media.

Littley fell in love with cooking at a young age, and now you can read about his many gastronomic adventures at his appropriately named blog A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis at

Chef Dennis started blogging in 2009, with the intention of helping his culinary students. He quickly found out, though, that his ‘Real Food for Real People’ mantra struck a cord with people all around the world.

Since then, Chef Dennis has embraced social media, particularly Google+ and Pinterest, hosting shows like Good Day Google Plus and The Bloggers Guide to Using Google+ Effectively, as well as a appearing on several of his colleagues’ shows, including mine.

In this episode of Manly Pinterest Tips, I discussed with Chef Dennis and the rest of the panel the many uses of Pinterest, especially for food bloggers.  We went over how to drive traffic to your site using Pinterest, how to get photos of food dishes to look as good as they taste, and why it is a good idea to post vertical photos on Pinterest.

We also touched on some changes coming to Pinterest, including rich pins and the new related pins feature.

Here is a list of questions we discussed:

What do you use Pinterest for? How do you use it in your food blogging? (1:41)
Where does Pinterest rate in driving traffic? (2:24)
Do you take all the pictures of your food dishes? Are there tricks to making it […]

Stewart, Storytelling, and Stunning Social Media

So, what exactly makes a good story?  Watch the video below and we’ll continue the conversation after.

Wow!  What a poem by Jimmy Stewart.  I wanted to use that video as an example. To me, that poem included everything that makes a great story.

The reasons this video is so powerful because:

It is humorous.
It is compelling.
It is personal.
It has an emotional connection.
It is memorable.

Great stores use humor.
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” – Victor Borge

Using humor in a story can break down walls between yourself and your audience.   A humorous story at the start of your presentation can put the audience at ease.  Something about laughter can disarm preconceived notions that one may have about your writing or your presentation.  Humor also can add contrast to your story later.

In the video, you’ll notice Jimmy Stewart starts with humorous facts about his dog that gets the audience involved and listening.  He jokes about how his dog was a real “man-eater”, and how the delivery boy was his favorite prey.  This laughter sets up the contrast for the ending of the story.

Being able to use a humorous story in your article or blog post can be a effective way to draw readers in and  help  connecting them to your main point.  Telling a “this happened to me” funny story can be a great way to introduce a point and also personalize yourself to your audience.

Using humor in your in social media can be tricky business.  Trying to be funny in 140 characters on Twitter is an art form.  You can show a little of your funny bone on social media.  People want to interact with a person rather than a brand.  Make sure your posts are […]

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    Email Marketing with Stephan Hovnanian and Wade Harman [VIDEO]

Email Marketing with Stephan Hovnanian and Wade Harman [VIDEO]

Stephan Hovnanian and I were on Wade Harman’s Google+ HOA show, Relationship Marketing, where the three of us discussed the importance of being trustworthy and creating personal relationships with your email subscriber base.

Wade, who now blogs at, has a very interesting work history. Before he became a blogger, social media marketer and HOA show host, Wade was a coal miner in Southwestern Virginia, where he worked six days a week deep underground using a machine called a ‘scoop’.

A few years ago, he was injured on the job, and needed a find a new source of income. The rest, they say, is history.

In our time together, Stephan, Wade, and I went over how we manage our email lists, how we engage and build relationships with those who opt-in, where to locate opt-ins among your content, and how to grow and maintain your list.

Here’s a list of questions we discussed:

Why should you try to have a personal relationship with people who opt-in to your email list? (4:15)
How do you set up your blog for emails? What kind of opt-in techniques work best? (9:10)
Why did Stephan decide to put his email opt-in below his posts? (10:53)
What types of people respond to the free offers we use to get them to join our email lists? Are they responsive later? (13:06)
Why should you have a dedicated landing page for email subscriptions? (15:42)
Are exclusive offers useful to drive signups? (17:03)
Do you purge your email list? (19:35).
What’s the secret to growing email lists? (19:57)
Once you get people to opt-in to your email list, how do you build trust with them in your messages to them? (20:38)
What are some writing tips to help build relationships? (25:17)
Do you change your headline every […]

Become The Biggest Reuser

Repurposing is what turned a failed product at 3M into one of its biggest successes.

You may know the story:  3M developed a not-so-sticky adhesive for use on bulletin boards, a product idea that really never sold well.  Arthur Fry, a 3M chemist, didn’t give up on the glue that was used, and kept trying it for other uses.  One Sunday, Fry was singing in his church choir and dropped the bookmark from his hymnal.  He realized that his failed adhesive could be used to keep little notes and bookmarks in their place.  Instead of sticking the adhesive to a bulletin board, they could put it on a piece of paper and stick it anywhere.
With this great idea for repurposing, the legendary Post-It Note was born.
As business owners, content creators, producers, and creatives I believe it’s going to be more and more important to figure out how to repurpose each piece of content we create.

The days of creating a killer video or a piece of content that will be shared over and over are gone.  If they do happen, it’s going to be few and far between because the shelf  life for content is growing smaller and smaller.  For small businesses to survive, they must brainstorm and learn the best way to reuse each piece of content.

For example, take this trailer I created for The Manly Pinterest Tips Show.  When I first released it, people were blown away;  they re-shared it even if they weren’t interested in Pinterest.  However, since I first released it, engagement has dropped off and comments have dried up.

A few years ago, that trailer would probably have been good for a whole season of an Internet show.  But with all the great content coming out today, it’s […]

The Death Of Captain Underpants

Just like that, Captain Underpants is dead, never to be see again. And yes, I was Captain Underpants.

Let me explain.  I used wake up in the morning, stretch, and head off to start the coffee.  Once my bloodstream was sufficiently caffeinated, I’d sit at the kitchen table and do work on my laptop.

When my kids eventually woke up, they really thought it was funny to see Dad sitting at the table with his boxers and T-shirt working on the computer.  Hence the moniker, Captain Underpants.

So why is Captain Underpants dead?  What has changed?  Well, Google Hangouts is what happened.

For those of you who don’t know, Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video chat platform which includes both desktop and mobile versions.  All of that is great, but the real killer is the video conference capabilities.

Gone are the days where I can sit at the table and work without a care for what I look like.  Gone are the days where a morning shower isn’t necessary, and a baseball cap is part of my uniform.  Captain Underpants is truly dead.  Now, in any given moment, a client may request a video chat to ask for help with a problem.  Or I may be watching a Google Hangout On Air (more on that in a minute), and the host may ask that I leave the audience and be part of the show. It truly has changed the way that I work.

Not that I’m complaining.  Ever since I’ve started using Google Hangouts, my networking has gone through the roof.  If you have never been involved in a Hangout before, it’s hard to describe how much a face-to-face video call can tell you about another person.  I’ve […]

Manly Pinterest Tip #4 | Pin Funny Stuff

As the last of 2013 winds to a close, many Mom’s and Dads are counting the hours until Christmas vacation is over, and the kids finally get back to school where they belong.

Dad’s, instead of hiding in your man cave, plan a fun night with the family using Manly Pinterest Tip #4:  Pin Funny Stuff

Create a board on Pinterest called “Funny Jokes”, “Funny Videos” or equally creative, “Humorous Hi-Jinks”.  Then, pin amusing stuff throughout the week to that board.  Remember, one of the cool things about Pinterest is that it isn’t just for pinning images, videos can be pinned as well.

Then plan a fun, family night and share your funny images and videos around the table with your family.  Or, better yet, create a group board for the entire family to pin to.  Then, have a standup comedy or joke night where everyone in the family has to go around the table and take turns sharing a joke, funny picture, or video.  Believe me, you’ll learn a lot about your kids sense of humor this way.

Let me get on my soapbox here for a minute.  Remember your kids learn their sense of humor from you.  Use this time to train them about what real humor is. Listen, I laugh like everyone else when I see a guy get smacked in the woo-hah with a bat on America’s Funniest Videos.  I chuckle when I look and see year book photos of 80’s hairstyles.  The problem is that I see a lot of images online that make fun of a person who looks different and is mocked and ridiculed because of it.  I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to protect and help people, […]