Running contests on Pinterest is a great way to expose your brand to a large audience, attract new followers and engage with your existing follower base.
In this article, I’ll showcase nine businesses running successful Pinterest contests.
Why Pinterest Contests?
Here is why you should run a contest on Pinterest:
- Pinterest is the third most popular social network in the U.S. in terms of traffic.
- Pinterest has accumulated 14.9 million users as of July 2012.
- Pinterest is retaining and engaging users as much as 2-3 times more efficiently than Twitter was at a similar time in its history.
- Over 80% of pins are repins, demonstrating the tremendous “virality” at work in the Pinterest community.
- Pinterest accounted for 3.6% of referral traffic as of January 2012.
- Shoppers referred by Pinterest are 10% more likely to make a purchase than visitors who arrive from other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
Using Pinterest contests, your brand can engage with consumers in a personal and cost-effective way.
Are you looking to build a strong Pinterest following?
Did you know that you can integrate your Facebook and Pinterest marketing?
Yes, there’s a way to get Facebook fans to create exposure for you on Pinterest.
Establishing a large audience of followers on Pinterest is one of the most important aspects of a successful Pinterest marketing campaign.
Here’s the skinny: Although during the setup process you can choose to link your Pinterest account to your Facebook personal page, there is currently no way to automatically hook up to your Facebook fan page.
So what’s a business to do?
The truth is most business owners have not figured out a solution. They are failing on Pinterest because they think that they have to build a new following from scratch. Well, that is patently untrue.
Here are five ways to use Facebook to build your Pinterest following.
#1: Get a Pinterest Tab for Your Facebook Fan Page
The easiest thing to do is just go to Woobox and create a Pinterest tab for your Facebook fan page.
This is because people like to be engaged with images.
The good thing about Pinterest is that every new post is an image around which a lot of engagement can be driven. So there’s great potential to drive a lot of engagement on this social media network.
Here are 6 ways to drive more engagement with images on Pinterest.
#1: Run Competitions
People love taking part in competitions, whether it’s to win a coupon, money, get their two minutes of fame or just for fun.
On Pinterest, you can run competitions where the winner is the user who pins the best pictures or has the Pinterest board with the best collection of pins. You could also do something creative like Peugeot Panama.
Peugeot Panama takes a picture of one of their cars and divides it into pieces. They pin one of these pieces of the picture onto a Pinterest board and ask their followers to pin the rest of the pieces onto one of their boards and share it with Peugeot Panama.
Their Pinterest followers have to go to Peugeot’s Facebook page or website to find the missing pieces of the picture. Usually the first 5 people to complete the picture win a prize.
Callan Green, senior social media specialist at Sony Electronics, never thought she would want a pair of leather pants.
“But I saw enough pins on Pinterest that I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to own them,’ and I went out and bought some.”
It was the fall of 2011 and she was discovering firsthand the power of Pinterest to drive sales.
The image-based, pinboard-sharing social media site launched in March 2010 is now the third-largest social network, behind Facebook and Twitter.
In March 2012, it tallied 2.3 billion page impressions to over 4 million unique visitors a day.
“We were all using [Pinterest] personally,” said Green of the social media team at Sony Electronics, “and realized the power of the platform to drive people’s interest in purchasing.”
Have you used Pinterest to promote your business-to-business (B2B) company?
Many consumer-facing businesses have had a lot of success promoting themselves with Pinterest.
A recent study by SteelHouse shows that “Pinterest Users Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Purchase Than Facebook Users.”
However, many B2B businesses are still wondering how to promote themselves with Pinterest.
Check out how these B2B businesses are using Pinterest. Try to replicate their techniques for your business.
Here are 7 tips for successfully using Pinterest for your B2B business.
#1: Use Infographics
Would you like to benefit from a flood of new traffic as millions of new users join the social media site and search for familiar brands?
Could your business benefit from 482,000 followers?
That’s what happened to author Sherry Petersik, on Pinterest at Sherry @ Young House Love. Talk about an early lead.
Are you wondering how Pinterest could increase your blog readership?
Pinterest drives more traffic to websites than YouTube, Reddit, Google Plus and LinkedIn combined according to new research.
With this in mind, here are six easy steps for tapping the power of Pinterest to drive more traffic to your blog.
#1: Choose the Best Blog Posts to Pin
You don’t need to pin every blog post on Pinterest. You’ll get better results if you selectively pin your blog posts on subjects that already have an audience on Pinterest.
This means you need to do a little research on Pinterest to find if people are already pinning items on your blog post topics.