Best Pinterest Tips and Tricks - Creative Uses for Pinterest.com
Who DOESN'T love Pinterest? Seriously, it has got to be one of the best new social media and bookmarking products in recent years. With a seemingly simple idea (use a picture as a webpage bookmark and share it with your friends) this has become a wild phenomenon!
There are dozens of ways that people have learned to use this site creatively. Whether you are planning a family vacation, shopping for the newest Star Trek gewgaw, or organizing your favorite recipes, there is a tip in here for you! Many people have even found ways to use Pinterest to market their company, build a brand, and develop an active following for their organization.
Read on for some of fandom's favorite Pinterest Tips and Tricks - and leave some of your own in the comments! We would love to hear from you!
Add a Price
Have you seen those diagonal banners crossing some of the pictures? That is created by including the price of the item in the description. When you pin a product, simply add a description like "My Favorite Stuffed Cthulhu $18.99" and Pinterest will automatically add the $18.99 as a banner in the corner.
This is a great help to save people the effort of having to open up the link to find the price. Efficient, clean and elegant, this is clearly one of the top tips on how to use Pinterest effectively.
Organize and Arrange Your Boards
This is one area where the fine art of organization is extremely important. All of your pins are organized on "boards." A properly named board will make it easy to find the contents. I don't recommend heading down the ultra-OCD path and naming them in accordance with the Dewey Decimal system, but some well-thought out names will serve you well later.
Oh no! What if you change your mind later and want to add a new board? That happened to me earlier this year when I realized my recipe collection board was getting way too cluttered. I created two new boards ("Family Favorites" and "Baking") and spent a bit of time moving pins to those categories. I don't know about you, but it seems like I end of making the same dinners each month - so I thought it would be a good idea to organize them in a smaller, but more frequently used folder.
How many cooking folders do you have?
Stop the E-Mail Madness!
As much as I love Pinterest, I get bombarded with email notifications that someone re-pinned an item I posted. For a while, it was fun to see them grow in popularity, but it didn't take long for my email box to become bombarded. Learn the Three Easy Steps to Stop Pinterest Emails.
A Recipe Collection
OK, you probably just read about this above, but it is worth mentioning in more detail here.
Use Pinterest to collect recipes. Have you ever misplaced a recipe that you wanted to make for dinner? You searched as much as you could, but couldn't find where it was in your cookbooks, or your recipe cards, or your email - You get the idea!
Save yourself the effort and pin your favorite meals in well organized boards. There is no need to go scrounging through the dozens of cookbooks or stress over locating the grease-stained recipe card - all your meals are organized nicely right from the site.
Are you Addicted?
How often do you Pinterest?
Interact with Blog Readers
Do you run a blog or have your own site? Want to engage your readers more and increase traffic? Here are some tips to help bloggers use Pinterest to improve their readers' experience!
Plan A Trip
This is a very smart tip! Let's say you are planning a family trip to the Nation's Capitol. What on earth should you do? Search for Washington DC and click on "Boards."
Note: Their search engine defaults to searching for Pins, so overriding that to look at the Boards will get you a different set of ideas.
Once you find things that pique your interest, pin them to a Family Trip board of your own. I recommend naming it along the lines of the destination area to help other pinners on their trips!
Look below at some of the boards I found for Washington DC. What can you find for your trip to Paris, Miami, or the San Diego Comicon? I bet you will be pleasantly surprised!
Do You have a Bucket List?
What are ten things you want to do before you die? Skydive? Visit Africa? Hike through the Pacific Crest Trail? Watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Times Square?
Everyone has things that they want to do before they die. Why not record them in a board for YOUR bucket list? You might even get lucky and have your husband find a Valentine's Day idea in there. Ok, only if you're REALLY lucky, or he is in a LOT of trouble!
But seriously, keep your dream adventures consolidated into one location to remind yourself of your goals. Seeing them every day will improve your odds of completing them. Need help figuring out what you want to do? Look at other pinners' bucket lists for ideas!
This is my absolute favorite tip! I pride myself in finding the perfect gift for people. It has to be creative, thoughtful, meaningful, and special. There is a lot of pressure, right?!?! Pinterest just became my new number one shopping idea book.
No, they don't sell anything, but thousands of people before you have pinned cute or creative items that just might pique your interest while looking for a gift.
- Got a 10 year old boy who likes LEGOs? Do a quick search on the site and come up with more ways to use LEGOs than you could have ever imagined.
- How about your husband who loves the Zombie series Walking Dead? Search for it and be amazed at all of the creative ideas people have found for Zombie gifts.
Add a Secret Board
This is an exciting feature! You can create a board, just like you do for anything else, but you can make it "secret." What that means is that the only people who can see it are you and anyone you invite to it! These will always be found at the bottom of your list of boards.
Step 1: Click on your name to go to your profile.
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of your boards and click on Add a Secret Board.
Step 3: Name your board and assign a category.
That's it! Of course, you can always click on the Add a New Board button and toggle the Secret slider to Yes.
I like to use this for gathering gift ideas for other people throughout the year. I don't want them seeing it, but I love having all of the ideas in one place. This is a fantastic addition to the Pinterest site.
Catch a Laugh
People post the silliest things here! There is no need to open up your email to read the latest joke or see the crazy things that happened. Instead, open up the Humor section and prepare to laugh!
A word of warning here: There are some pictures and words that you may not want your children to see, so please preview the page before kids walk into the room. Adult content is not allowed, but there is no shortage of profanity in the pictures.
Market Your Etsy Store Products
Do you have a small business on the side? I love how so many people market their items on this site. It's a perfect platform for those creative Etsy store items.
If you are really smart, you will track what products are bought that were pinned frequently. At a minimum, track the 're-pins' and the 'likes' to help gauge demand for particular items. Your hand-sewn Al Gore-sock-puppet may not be as widely popular as you expected! Experiment and see what this demographic find appealing.
Are you interested in the most popular items on the site? Simply click on the "Popular" option as circled in the picture above. Find out what is re-pinned the most!
Create a Reference Library
I wanted to learn some new crochet techniques and found a huge amount of links to helpful websites. I expanded my searches to knitting, scrapbooking and even decoupage . If you can dream it, someone pinned it! The problem I quickly encountered was how to keep my favorite tutorials organized. They simply got lost in my generic craft boards.
Instead, I created boards titled "Knitting Tutorial" and "Crochet Reference." You get the idea. This is a fabulous way to keep the very specific type of helpful sites organized. I bet you're thinking the Dewey Decimal System isn't too far off now!
Enjoy it from your Cell Phone
Yes! There's an app for that.
Apple's iTunes has a free app for Pinterest. An easy download and look for your favorite pins while you are on the go!
Find the Best Craft Patterns
Tired of scouring dozens of blogs for the latest felt animal patterns or new knitting yarns? Odds are that someone did the work for you and pinned the most popular and cutest items already. Check out the new pins in the 'DIY & Crafts' category for some amazing finds from the farthest reaches of cyberspace!
Ever heard of Amigurumi? Check out the picture below for the newest patterns for these adorable Japanese crochet patterns. Yup - found them on Pinterest!
Search for All Pins to a Specific Site
This is one of the best tricks out there! Let's say you want to know all the pins that link back to a specific site. Why? If you have an Etsy store, this tip will help you find what products were repinned the most. You will be able to follow trends and see what flopped. What a great, real-time tracking tool!
Just enter the link below (replace the [Web site URL] with the site you are interested in.)
http://pinterest.com/source/[Web site URL]/
I use this to see what other great crochet patterns a blogger has posted. Odds are, if I liked one of her patterns, I would like more! Scrapbook and knitting ideas are the same way. I usually find that an designer has a lot of related items I like!
Another Way to Search for a Specific Site
Another way to accomplish this same search is by clicking on the domain name of the subject site on the left hand side of the page.
I circled it in red in the picture to the right.
Have fun and experiment with this!
Are you a huge Halloween fan? I am! I am always looking for creative costume ideas and love to see what fun things people have found throughout the web.
Mix up your search and see what you can find. I love the popcorn costumes (which we made for my son this last year) and the LEGO mini fig costume shown on the right.
What did you find that served as inspiration?
Store Inspirational Home Ideas
Early in my marriage, I would cut pictures of home decorating and layout ideas from magazines and paste them in a scrapbook. I dreamed that when we had enough money, we would design and decorate our house and used those pictures to inspire us.
Well, enter the new age of social media and bookmarking! Instead of a dusty scrapbook, I went digital and created a few boards to collect ideas on how we want our dream house to look!
Create your own Gift Registry
Do you have a wedding coming up? A birthday? A just-because-I'm-me day? Create a board titled Gift Registry and pin some of the items you want. Your friends and coworkers will appreciate the ideas and will certainly save disappointment from your only friend who DOESN'T use Pinterest!