*This post was updated in March 2018*
Pinterest For Beginners
One of the social media accounts I love using the most is Pinterest, not only because it is extremely easy to search for something but it is also my go-to for ideas. I use it all of the time to search for inspiration and how to's. From outfit ideas, recipes and cleaning tips to all things work related. It really is a wealth of information. I use Pinterest consistently and promote my own work from my website and Etsy shop.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to use Pinterest to promote your business >>
1. Complete Your Profile and Try To Add Keywords
When I wrote my own Pinterest profile I made sure I included the words free knitting patterns, crochet and crafts as these are the words that best describe my website and what I offer. People who read this can see straight away that this is what I will be sharing and what I am offering. If you read the bio information, I have gone into a bit more detail to tell people that the main thing I do is share free knitting patterns. To search for keywords, type them in the Pinterest search bar and see what comes up and take it from there.
2. Set Up Boards That Can Show Off Your Work
I set up a few boards that showcase my own work, from free knitting patterns, paid patterns and crafts from my Etsy shop. I pin to these boards regularly and write descriptions that include keywords. The keywords will help your images to be found when people search, again type your keyword into the Pinterest search bar and see what comes up, this will help you to write descriptions. Also, you can make sure your board cover photo is appealing, some people say that board covers don't matter at all because most people don't look on your profile, but it just makes me happy to see that all of my boards look pretty.
Another thing to do if you are a business owner is to set your Pinterest account as a business account. This allows you to see analytics and allow rich pins. The rich pins are really great when you pin from your Etsy store or website store as it takes all of the info on it and the price. Meaning people can click straight through to the product and buy!
It's pretty easy to set up and if you look for help within Pinterest on how to switch to a business account you will be able to do it without buying any help books etc.
3. Pinterest For Bloggers
*Find People To Follow and Group Boards To Join*
Follow people whose content interests you. I follow people who are fellow crafters, knitters and creatives. I also follow fashion, interiors and illustration based content.
Joining group boards is a great way to share content and get your own content shared by multiple users. I am getting more into this and have read a lot about group boards as this is a great way to drive traffic to your website or Etsy shop. This is something that requires a bit of research on how to get into it.
Another way of getting your content shared and sharing others' content is to sign up for Tailwind. I have a free trial for now until I work out if it is worth it to pay or not. You can schedule your pins and join Tailwind Tribes - groups who can share your pins, as long as you share theirs. I'm currently trying this out but have heard good things. I'm already getting a huge amount of trffic from Pinterest each day, but I'm experimenting to see if I can get more.
4. Make Some Links
Link your Facebook and Twitter account to Pinterest. You can easily share pins to these accounts and keep your followers updated. I used woobox to add the Pinterest link to my Facebook page for handylittleme. Check it out here:
5. Keep An Eye On Your Followers
Take notice of who is re-pinning you and reach out to them. Re-pin their content if it interests you and even invite them to pin to one of your boards. We do this at work and I get invited to pin on various boards, so I can add my ideas to projects. It's always a good idea to interact with people and take note of your notifications, who is pinning what and which of your pins are most popular. It can let you see what content is popular and what you should add more of. For example; many of my free knitting patterns are very popular and are re-pinned regularly.
You can also track your popular content in your Pinterest analytics and to go further in your Google analytics or if you have Squarespace - in your Squarespace metrics. You can check where your traffic is coming from and which Pins are the most popular. This will then give you ideas for making more top quality content that your audience will be interested in. You need to check the data regularly to see what is happening with your Pins and what people like.
This is just the bare minimum of what you can do with Pinterest. There are many ways to use Pinterest to your advantage as a marketing tool. You can go in depth with the analytics also, looking at top Pin impressions, re-pins and clicks.
I also LOVE the secret boards and have quite a few that I use regularly. This is a great feature for projects or ideas that you don't want your followers to see. I use this for work, for ideas and can share the boards with my colleagues. I come back to my secret boards nearly every day, for content that is useful for the many projects I am working on. If you want to check out my Pinterest or follow me, click the button here:
If you follow the steps above, it will go some way to help you to increase your following on Pinterest. I have been seeing an improvement lately after working on my own account, with an increase in followers and an increase in traffic to my website. I have been developing a strategy to increase my following and promote my Etsy shop. Pinterest for bloggers can really make a difference in the number of people who are visiting your website or Etsy shop.
If you want to read more about using social media to promote your business/Etsy shop, please see my other posts here >
Do you use Pinterest daily?
Do you have any tips to share?
Let me know in the comments and happy pinning! xoxo
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