Halloween can be about so much more than Trick or Treating. This traditional annual celebration of all things spooky is an opportunity for children to learn. The importance of traditions, history, the differences between fact and fiction and storytelling. They can also study how people from other cultures celebrate their Halloween.
At Popplet we love Halloween. At times like this, we get a good look at how incredibly creative our most avid users are. Check out some of their ideas.
Halloween is rich in tradition and steeped in superstition; a genuinely sacred night for some, and a traditional night of warm family fun for many others. This is the one night a year when Scary Ghosts, Wicked Witches, Evil Spirits and all manner of Creepy Crawlies roam the Earth with impunity – so watch out, stay home, be safe! Should anyone (or anything!) knock on your door, be nice! Because we all know what happens to people who aren’t nice on Halloween, don’t we?
Dressing up, trick or treating, going to parties and having fun are just some of the things us mere mortals do to entertain themselves when evil is loose. For a great many others, Halloween also means making stuff: costumes, masks, lanterns and decoration, and yes, Popplets! We took a look at how Popplet people were busying themselves by getting into the spirit of Halloween, but be warned, what we found is not for the faint hearted. Continue reading →
Learn how to increase blog traffic with nothing more than a calendar and Popplet!
Recently, we have been looking at ways to generate website traffic using Popplet. We started by looking at how creative professionals are getting website traffic using Popplet and Twitter hashtags, and have discussed how to leverage current trends to create timely Popplets that spark reader curiosity.
But both of these techniques need you to be able to tune into the zeitgeist at the right time to add value to what people are already interested in. That can be hard work if you have been so immersed in your own creative process you haven’t really had time to see what people are talking about this week.
As a creative professional with a dynamic website aimed at attracting new visitors regularly, you have probably started to create a content calendar to help you map out your future blog posts. Here’s how to increase blog traffic by factoring in seasonal trends into your content plan.
Dates like Halloween and Thanksgiving happen every year, and are increasingly talked about in the weeks beforehand. In the graph below, you can see that Google searches for these holiday terms remains dormant for most of the year and kicks into high frequency as the date approaches:
Build your seasonal trend Popplet so it has a relevance to your business as well as to the holiday. For example, a chef or catering company could share a recipe or two and this year’s menu options for Thanskgiving on a popplet. A design company might share home made decoration tips or a swatch board for creating your own holiday posters.
When you have completed your popplet, embed it into your blog post so you are offering readers an interactive experience at your site. Don’t forget to tweet the link to your popplet regularly using the holiday term as a hashtag (such as #thanksgiving) and to post your popplet creations to other social media sites where you think readers will appreciate your work.
Schools could use this technique to create a relevant class activity based on the holiday date. Popplet user Mr Fornadel, for example, used Popplet in his math class. Students created a dinner menu and then used their skills in calculating fractions to determine how much it would cost for each person to attend the celebrations. General studies or foreign language classes could use the holiday season to discuss how these dates are celebrated in other cultures.
It’s not too late to share your Thanksgiving popplets with us. Post a link to our Facebook page or tweet us the details. Here’s ours:
We will be continuing this series on how to increase blog traffic with Popplet in 2013. In the meantime, we would love to know which methods you have used and what is working for you. Share your results with us on our Facebook page.