The BasicsPinterest may not be right for every brand. Angie Pascale suggests that if your brand has “stunning imagery and develops unique products, Pinterest might be a good fit for you.” She has a list of 13 verticals that can leverage Pinterest.
- Apparel—men’s, women’s and children’s
- Food/beverages, especially recipe-driven
- Interior design
- Wedding themed
- Health care
- Personal care
- Home improvement/DIY accessories
- Kids products/toys
- Promote products
- Get more traffic to your website
- Get Pinterest followers
And here are some goals most retailers DON’T KNOW they can achieve:
- Get feedback on upcoming product lines
- Boost your brand reach on other social networks
- Get social recommendations
- Run Contests to get new leads
- Analyze your customer’s shopping behaviour
- GET NEW SALES
So how can exactly can I achieve these goals and increase my sales?1. Add the Pin It button to your website 2. Promote more than your products 3. Create boards for different styles 4. Optimize your product pins 5. Run a Contest 6. Monitor, Analyze & Re-target 7. Add your Pinboards to your Facebook Page
1. Add the Pin it Button to your Website (Duh!)Adding a Pinterest button next to every product and content page is now a must. It makes pinning your products a simple click – as opposed to manually adding the link from your website onto Pinterest, etc. that most shoppers will not have the patience for. Pinterest has several choices available for the Pin it button – I recommend using one that has a counter. If a shopper sees that a number of people have Pinned it (read recommended it) they will be much more likely to trust that it’s a great product and purchase it. Here is a great blog on how to add the Pinterest button to your website – http://techably.com/add-pinterest-button-to-website/5310/
2. Promote more than just products
The temptation for any business is to post pins only for products you sell. Giselle Gonzalez is a promoter for Cakestyle, a company that makes wardrobe suggestions for women, and says one key is to post interesting news tidbits, tips, and products from other companies. She says “Pinterest users are savvy in spotting a board that is too self-serving and only posts product photos.”
Crowdsourcing can also be very effective for brands. Ask fans of your brand to pin pictures of themselves with their favorite product of yours and tag you, then you can re-pin those photos onto a VIP board. “It’ll give a shout-out to these fans and show potential customers that your current users really like using your product,” says Lauren Drell, the Campaigns Editor at Mashable.
3. Create boards for different stylesEveryone is looking for something that fits their style. If you create a dedicated pinboard that you update frequently with items of the same style shoppers who like that style will come to see it every time you add something new. It’s OK if that style pinboard doesn’t have any of your products in it. Shoppers who browse your pinboards will come to trust your opinion and will look at the things you sell personally. Even if they aren’t interested in your products they’ll be more inclined to mention you to a friend to check you out because you’re someone they trust.
4. Optimize your product pinsJust like on your website, it’s important to structure your products in a way that makes them super-easy to find and understand AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!! 1. Create boards of your products in the same categories as on your website. Yes I know it’s boring but it will make it so much easier for viewers to navigate through your products and find what they’re looking for. 2. Include a price tag on your product posts. As shown in the infographic above, Pinterest pins with prices get 36% more likes than those without. How do you include a price tag on your product in Pinterest? In the description of a pin, include a dollar sign followed by the products price, such as $40 or $2.99. When a price has been added to a pin’s description, Pinterest displays a price tag ribbon in the pin’s top-left corner.
5. Run a contest!There are many different types of contests you can run on Pinterest. Your goal(s) can help you decide on the contest type. Here are a few examples of contest, each fulfilling a different goal:
- Add more followers to your Pinterest profile - All your contests should require participants to follow you on Pinterest
- Get feedback on your upcoming product line or project, create a board with your proposed products/project - Ask participants to leave a comment on which one is their favorite and why
- Get more traffic to your website - Ask participants to create a board (name it with your brand name) and pin their top 10 favorite items from your website
- Get social recommendations, get new customers and increase your sales - Create a board that allows contributors and ask your customers to upload a photo of themselves using your products or upload a video testimonial. This establishes instant credibility, which is the key in getting new customers
- To increase your brand awareness - Ask participants to create a board with pins that best represent your company. This can include items/products from your own website or inspiration from other sites
***Keep in mind: Your contest can have more than one goal, but pick no more than two or three goals per contest to keep things less confusing for your participants.Take a look below for some examples of Pinterest competitions: AMC Theatres
The second-largest movie theater chain in North America, AMC Theatres, is generating a lot of engagement through Pinterest contests. AMC has created an entire pinboard, AMC Giveaways, dedicated to contests and giveaways. The visually attractive pins direct users to appropriate contest landing pages.
Landing pages contain contest details and an entry form. The entry form is best utilized by AMC collecting basic customer information and customer preferences.
HuHot HuHot launched a Pin It to Win It contest during the month of June, 2012. The participants had to create a HuHot recipe and pin it on one of their own pinboards in order to enter the contest. This was perfect for their brand as it got entrants thinking of cool things they can make and it got them sharing their great ideas with their friends.