social media how toDo you use Pinterest for your social media marketing?

Interested in better ways to connect with your audience?

People use Pinterest differently from other social networks. Instead of conversations or news sharing, people use Pinterest to collect information about their interests.

In this article you’ll discover what the Pinterest community looks for and how to create pins to get their attention.

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Discover how to create Pinterest content that connects.

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How Pinterest Differs

Unlike other social networks, where people mostly share things that have already happened, most of the pins on Pinterest are about things people want to do or achieve.

The word “dream” is commonly found on Pinterest, especially in board titles, such as dream wedding, dream vacation, dream wardrobe and even dream man cave.

dream man cave pinterest board

Pinterest is a resource for people who want to do things in the future, which is why the word “dream” comes up so often on the platform.

People use these boards to collect pins for inspiration for the long- and short-term. This is good news for businesses, because people will (hopefully) turn their dreams and plans into reality one day and start buying the items they’ve pinned.

Boards with pins of recipes, DIY projects or gadgets are likely to be realized sooner rather than later, and could all lead to purchases at any time. This is why visibility on Pinterest is so important.

Many business owners also use Pinterest for their own planning needs, so it’s a great platform for business-related tools and software, as well as consultants and service providers. For example, if you’re a graphic designer who creates boards dedicated to logo and web design ideas, you could easily get hired if the right person sees and is impressed by your boards.

social media tools pinterest board

If you’re seen as a resource, your community will keep coming back for information again and again.

Some Pinterest users express their personality through their accounts. They pin images of things they identify with, such as art, fashion or quotes that they find meaningful or funny. These are excellent ways to connect with customers. Plus, when you know what your audience likes, you can tailor content or even create products and services to suit them.

Here are three ways to share pins that will engage your Pinterest community.

#1: Produce Content That Inspires and Informs

If you’re looking for a source of inspiration for content that would do well on Pinterest, look no further than your email inbox or the FAQ section of your website.

Create videos and articles that address common questions asked about your products and services, as well as share different ways to use your products. Upload pins (along with links to posts) that get your community excited about using your brand.

Duck Brand creates outstanding informational content. They not only show different ways to use their products for maintenance and repair projects, but also explain how to do creative projects with their tape.

duck brand pinterest board

Duck Brand shares practical and creative uses for their products and inspires their community to be creative as well.

The company gets Pinterest users involved by challenging them to use Duck’s products creatively. For example, Duck Brand asked participants to create prom dresses and tuxedoes in a competition for a $50,000 scholarship.

The key is to construct boards and pins that inform and inspire your community so they’ll want to try new things and get creative with your products.

What Doesn’t Work on Pinterest

To use Pinterest as a marketing tool, you need to create original content. However, not just any type of content will do.

A blog post and photo of your CEO doing something charitable might get a lot of engagement on Facebook or Instagram, but it probably won’t get more than a glance on Pinterest.

Your Facebook followers are likely to comment and share their thoughts on what the CEO did, but your Pinterest community won’t be that interested because your content doesn’t align with the way people typically use the platform.

#2: Create Descriptive Images

When people think of Pinterest, the first thing that comes to mind is images. Create visuals that have a clear message so they’ll grab your audience’s attention.

If you pin a product or a food photo for a recipe, a good image might be all you need. However, if the concept is more abstract or you’re promoting a service, get creative with images and perhaps include some text.

blog article image with text overlay

Separated from the article that it relates to, this image requires a text overlay to capture the attention of the community and inspire people to click.

For example, in the graphic above, the car represents the concept of bringing traffic to a website from Pinterest. If this image was placed next to the title of the blog post, the car image alone would be enough. However, this blog post was also shared on Pinterest and other social networks, so the image needed a text overlay. This made the image more eye-catching and helped clarify the message independently of the blog.

When visitors go to your website or blog, they can easily learn all about your business. When they see one of your images on Pinterest, the image needs to provide enough information that users know what message you’re communicating and thus will be driven to engage. Create images that your community can interpret and respond to in a way that makes sense to them.

#3: Selectively Curate Content

Your Pinterest business profile shouldn’t only be about promoting your content, products and services. Build an account that serves your audience. After all, social media is an extension of your customer service.

Curate content that your Pinterest followers will find useful to make your account a more valuable resource. This also takes the pressure off of you to create all of the content you need to keep your account active.

beverly wilshire repins

The Beverly Wilshire repins helpful content from other boards, such as sights to see in Los Angeles.

For example, the Beverly Wilshire not only pins images of their hotel, but also repins content from other boards to help people plan trips to Los Angeles. They use place pins so people can also reference the information on their mobile devices while exploring the city.

When deciding what content to pin from other online sources or repin from other Pinterest accounts, make sure the content reflects well on your business. If the information is accurate, aligns with your brand and is valuable to your audience, go for it!

Final Thoughts

It’s important to keep your community in mind when marketing your business on Pinterest. Create and curate your account in a way that serves your Pinterest community for the best engagement and results.

What do you think? How do you create community on Pinterest? What Pinterest content do you use? What types of images get you the best engagement? How do you determine whether the content you repin aligns with your brand? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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  • Linda Pretorius

    Such useful information, thank you.
    I just have one problem, I don’t know if people can pin from my site. I tried to test after I added the round pin it button, but then I get the message that Pinterest can’t communicate with my site. I’ve tried almost everything to get it fixed (sometimes making more of a mess than anything else.) Do you have any advice with this?

  • Angie Sivori

    Great information, as always, Cynthia!

  • Amy L

    My biz is books for children, educational and fun ones. Since may home schoolers (including me) love this publisher, many of my boards are home school / education related. The books from my site are only a small piece of what I pin there. I have almost 600 followers without even trying.

  • Deepak

    This is a great, and Such useful information, thank you

  • Valentina Portnova

    Thank you, very interesting!

    For us in Russia is not very developed Pintrest …
    I think that the situation will change in the future.

  • Vikas

    Here is 1 question.Is there ideal time to post images in pinterest like Facebook and twitter?

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    Thanks Angie 🙂

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    That’s great Amy! Wishing you continued success 🙂

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    My pleasure Deepak.

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    Hi Vikas, Smart Feed, which is Pinterest’s filtering system, helps bring users pins their likely to be interested no matter when they log in but the most active times on Pinterest tend to be evenings and weekends.

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    Valentina, this sounds like a great opportunity to get an early start in building your presence on Pinterest before it’s really crowded there 🙂

  • Vikas

    I am from India and using Pinterest since last 7-8 months. We arrange free Photography contest online and post contest entries (Most of them amazing photos) by creating contest name boards. Still didn’t get expected result. I didn’t know what I am doing wrong? I am surely looking forward to use your techniques. Anything other Can I do?

  • Diana Steinberg

    Pinterest can be a difficult tool for companies to master and use effectively. Since it’s currently dominated by digital wish lists in the “DIY” space, a brand cannot simply pin a
    snapshot of a product and anticipate success. In addition to the items listed in the article for creating pins that captivate attention, here are some other tips for companies to use Pinterest effectively:

    1. Don’t just focus on products or services.

    2. Get employees involved.

    3. Use it to genuinely connect by sharing about the people behind the company.

    4. Think about how the company influences lifestyles.

    5. Run a campaign.

    6. Don’t forget about Pinterest during a crisis.

  • Your post just inspired me to make a new board that has “dream” in it. This was pretty informative. Thank you so much.

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    My pleasure 🙂

  • Cynthia_OhSoPinteresting

    Great points Diana, thanks 🙂

  • Thanks for your suggestion.

  • Great resource, Cynthia – thanks!

  • Chef Agata C

    Awesome article!!! Thanks for sharing