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Leverage Pinterest Pins to Win

Pinterest is on fire.  It rapidly became one of the fastest growing social networks, and Pinterest’s social influence is now comparable to Twitter.  Recently, there have been a number of exciting developments on the business side of PinterestPinterest-social-media-marketing—making the social network a more streamlined and optimal social marketing channel.  With its aim to “connect everyone in the world through the things they find interesting,” Pinterest could be a powerful addition to your content and social media marketing.  

If you have not yet been drawn in by the Pinterest craze, here is the relevant information about the visual social network; it provides a space for you to create and share themed photo and video collections and then share them with your friends and other connections—on Pinterest and beyond.  Although the network is more popular among women than men, it does attract a diverse age demographic.  Pinterest offers users all the standard social networking options, such as following the “pin boards” of friends, “liking” and commenting on images others “pin,” “re-pinning” content to their own collections or “pin boards,” and the sharing of photo and video content via Facebook, Twitter and email.  Pinterest could become a major channel for your content marketing, particularly if your website features high-quality video content and infographics. 

Strategic social content curation, which has become vital to social media and content marketing, entails the discovery, collecting and sharing of relevant, high-quality content, which will appeal to your target market, across all your social media channels.  You should be social and avoid only sharing or “pinning” your own original content. 

Optimize Your Business Page

You must have a highly relevant username.  Usernames appear in the URL of Pinterest profiles.  Use your business name or something very similar, so your brand will be easy to find on Pinterest.  A top-notch brand page is critical for building a following and developing your unique Pinterest style.  Display a profile image, which highlights your logo or company name.  The photo should be of something that your internet-wide audience already associates with you.  Board covers can make your pin boards more visually striking.  Choose attractive and distinctive pins for your boards; set the best ones as your board covers. 

You also have option of rearranging your boards to ensure that your most important ones are featured prominently.  Adding categories to your boards will boost the reach and visibility of your pins and get them listed in the “Categories” section of Pinterest; even users who do not follow you can discover your pins, when they browse though categories.  Employ SEO to expand your Pinterest following at a faster pace.  Adding keywords to the “About” section of your business page can also increase your network-wide visibility.  If you can create and maintain a robust and highly trafficked business page, it could even be included in the top search results for your keywords. 

"Pinterize" Your Website

Simply “pinning,” “re-pinning,” “liking,” and commenting on Pinterest images will not enhance your social media ROI.  To compel your website visitors to share your content with their social followings, optimize your company website for Pinterest, which will increase your reach on the social network as well as your overall website traffic.  Webpages with embedded share buttons are much more likely to be shared on social media; adding the “Pin It button" to your website will prompt and encourage visitors to share your visual content on Pinterest.  Consider adding the button to your blog posts and any relevant landing pages.  The "Follow button" is another useful option—making it quick and easy for website visitors to find and follow you on Pinterest.

Getting the best results from your inbound marketing requires relevant, information-rich and high-impact content marketing.  Consider throwing Pinterest into your marketing mix; the visual social network is a rich avenue for attracting a wider captive audience, enhancing SEO and ultimately amplifying lead generation.  The key to success on Pinterest is thinking of unique, creative and entertaining themes for your “pin boards.”  Get creative, and pin to win.

Join The Conversation

  • Sperez's picture
    Jul 4 Posted 3 years ago Sperez

    Great points, Monica! Glad to see you recognize the power of Pinterest! Anna, I'd have to disagree with you that users are not looking to engage- I really think it is the opposite! I find it one of the most engaged mediums on social media. Have you experimented with your content? Pinterest offers a great Web Analytics that can help show you what is striking the right now with your followers. You are correct that Pinterest users are in a shopping mindset however, I've found some crazy stats lately doing some blogging on the subject. Pinterest users are shown to spend more per purchase than on any other social media platform! If you want to see some companies leveraging their Pinterest account successfully, look at my recent piece How 5 Businesses Are Using Pinterest Boards to Creatively Promote Their Products - The Wishpond Blog which exemplifies the tips that Monica gives here. 

    I wrote one about using Pinterest Web Analytics as well, which I invite you to check out but I won't link it here as Monica's piece touches on some of the same points that I write about in that post. :) 


  • anna bennett's picture
    Jun 24 Posted 3 years ago anna bennett

    Thanks for the article - I am always happy to see someone promote Pinterest because I do believe that it's the best platform for getting more website referral traffic and drive sales! In addition  Pinterest users are there with a shopping mindset while other platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are about having conversations with their fans/followers. Here's several case studies to prove my point

    As a Pinterest specialist I can tell you that Pinterest users don't generally like to chat on this platform. Most don't even spend the time filling out the description box. Sure you'll see some comments here and there but there's not a whole lot of value in liking and commenting on the pins - this is the sad truth from my experience. Conversations on Pinterest will rarely get you additional followers. If someone repins your images you're better off inviting them as a board contributor. I talk about this on my last blog -

  • Monica Romeri's picture
    Jun 24 Posted 3 years ago Monica Romeri

    Stephanie, thanks for your thoughtful comments.  I agree with the points you made; I am glad you liked the article.  

  • Jun 24 Posted 3 years ago shbeckham

    Great article and agree that Pinterest will continue to play an important part in a company's social media presence. Pinterest will allow companies to reach a different market segment, especially females, and it is important to develop your profiles and board appropriately.

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