Pinterest For Business
In the past few weeks, several pinners have commented that their Pinterest feed has changed, some just slightly and some more drastically. Many have mentioned that their feed is showing one category of pins in large chunks, especially food or fashion pins. We’ve learned that these changes are due to Pinterest’s new smart feed.
What is it?
Pinterest describes it as helping better control and sort the composition of pinners’ home feeds to more accurately reflect what each user cares about. There are three components to their algorithm that populates your smart feed to make sure it is dynamic, relevant, and current.
How does it accomplish this?
The “smart feed worker” assigns scores to rank each pin uploaded or repinned from a user someone follows, Related Pin, or Interest Pin. Next, the “smart feed content generator” takes those scored pins and rearranges them in relation to your interests and by what it sees as quality. No longer does timeliness solely decide the order you see pins on your feed. The “smart feed service” combines new pins with pins that previously appeared in the home feed. (more…)
It’s officially October which means it’s time to start decorating with cobwebs, ghosts, black cats, and bats! It also means it’s that time of the year when baking pumpkin-everything is not only okay, it’s encouraged. After we got such great feedback from our Easter Potluck Pinterest Party and 4th of July Potluck Pinterest Party, we’ve decided to host an influencer-exclusive, online Halloween Pinterest Potluck!
Many of you may already be planning on making something special for the Halloween season that you found on Pinterest. You may as well potentially win prizes, right? The more creative the homemade treats are, the better. The top two most-Liked pins will win a $200 or $100 Amazon gift card. The HelloSociety team will then select our overall 3 favorite recipe pins to each win a $50 Amazon gift card! There are 5 chances to win and if your recipe pin doesn’t win, you’ll still get a $5 Amazon gift card as a thank you!
It’s simple: Create a Halloween dish (or a few!) and send a photo to us by October 30th at 10 am PST. Also please send us a link to the inspiring recipe (or a similar one) so we can share how others can make your creations too! This gives you 4 full weeks to send your Halloween treat photos in.
Posted In - HelloSociety - Behind the scenes
Anthropologie is a women’s retail store with a variety of beautiful curated goods including everything from clothing to home decor and bedding, to kitchen utensils, jewelry and books. What makes Anthropologie unique is its regular addition of goods from various artists and designers.
With 58 boards and over 5k pins, Anthropologie has been able to curate beautiful boards with creative themes that match the feel of their stores effectively. They’ve also hosted multiple Pinterest contests to help spread awareness and gain followers.
In comparison to their competitors, Anthropologie is leading the way with 488k Pinterest followers and growing fast. Free People (Anthropologie’s sister company) is second with 344k followers, Urban Outfitters (it’s sister company) has 171k followers, and BHLDN (it’s sister company) has 141k, J.Crew has 157k, Gap has 79k, Madewell has 76k, Bloomingdales has 74k, and Banana Republic has 24k followers.
The following case study shares what Anthropologie is doing right, what could be improved on, and pros and cons to their overall Pinterest strategy.
What Anthropologie is doing right (more…)
November and December are when Pinterest usage is most active. Pinners are searching for decor to decorate their homes and are shopping for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas coming up, now is the perfect time for brands to start planning their holiday Pinterest strategy.
According to Sprout Social, in a recent Lab42 survey of 500 Pinterest users 18+, data revealed that in 2013, 74% of pinners were on the hunt for gift ideas during the holidays and 54% used Pinterest more frequently during November and December. 19% of participants reported spending more money during the holidays because of something they saw on Pinterest and 59% purchased an item as a result of seeing it on the platform.
The holiday season is an important time for brands to get their Pinterest strategy on point. During the busiest shopping time of the year, if a brand’s Pinterest strategy is done well they have the potential to reach a very high number of people, many of whom are looking to purchase gifts for the season.
Below I’ve shared three things brands should implement right now, three key factors to apply to Pinterest board concepts, as well as examples of boards where brands were able to showcase their products for the holiday season in a unique and effective way. (more…)
For those with business Pinterest accounts, have you checked out the new (and much improved) Pinterest analytics yet? Use this blog post as a guide to help you understand what each page means and why it’s helpful to your overall Pinterest strategy.
Don’t have a business account yet but have a website or blog? Edit your profile to add your website URL to your account, verify your website, and then switch to a business account here. It’s quick and easy to do. Now go to analytics.pinterest.com to see your new analytics so you can follow along with this guide.
An example shot of the new Pinterest analytics home page.
Where to begin
When a brand is able to successfully integrate its products with a creative, aesthetically-pleasing Pinterest board theme, it’s a huge win. Not only will it be beautiful, the board’s interaction will also increase, reflecting that quality pinning. The following boards are some of our current favorite examples from brands integrating their products with inspirational pins in creative ways. Check them out and get inspired to start a new, creatively-fueled board.
Lilly Pulitzer – Summer Printspiration 2014
This board shares prints from Lilly Pulitzer’s new summer 2014 collection. The surrounding inspirational pins visually capture some possible inspiration for those prints. This board not only looks beautiful, it follows our recommended 20/80 rule: 20% brand content and 80% other content. (more…)
1. Press the spacebar to quickly scroll down your feed.
For those who don’t already know, you can press the spacebar to quickly scroll down your Pinterest feed at a nice pace. If you’re on Pinterest for a while, like I can be at times, it can make searching through feeds and searches much easier on your wrist. Try it now!
2. Promote getting new followers with the ‘follow landing page.’ (more…)
Jetsetter is now the 3rd highest-followed brand Pinterest account, just behind L.L.Bean and Harper’s Bazaar and just ahead of Nordstrom with over 4.4 million Pinterest followers! What is Jetsetter? Jetsetter is a travel site that allows you to book trips at exclusive rates. What makes Jetsetter’s Pinterest really unique is how quickly they gained their high following. From April 2012 to August 2012, Jetsetter grew from 2k followers to over 1 million followers. Is that amazing or what?
Jetsetter focuses almost every one of their Pinterest boards on travel. By having such a specific niche, with 53 boards and over 4,000 pins, Jetsetter has engaged travel-loving pinners across the world. What board are they famous for? Their ‘Daily Moment of Zen’ board has over 4.3 million followers and shares breathtaking views from places anyone would love to be at, at any moment.
Jetsetter having over four million followers on Pinterest is a little surprising since they only have 255k Facebook followers (and a Pinterest Facebook app!), 39k Twitter followers, and a little over 9k Instagram followers. So how did Jetsetter earn this many followers? When brands, especially when they’re not well known, gain a very high following quickly – it’s almost always due to luck of some sort, like a board being featured, and a good habit of pinning. So although Jetsetter’s virality was a little bit of luck, it was also a lot of great pinning, strong travel focus, along with a great Pinterest contest that made this all happen.
What Jetsetter is doing right (more…)
For brands, bloggers, and regular pinners, it’s easy to improve your Pinterest profile for better interaction and a higher following in just 10 short minutes (or less!) Follow these steps to make sure your Pinterest is in tip-top shape. If your account is already optimized in that area, skip it and move on to the next.
Minute 1: Optimize board names
Unless your account has over 50k followers, it’s a good idea to name your boards something simple and likely to be searched. This can help increase the chances of your board showing up in board searches. Although “Summer Lovin’ – Had Me a Blast” is a cute name, it’s almost completely unlikely anyone would ever search that. Instead stick to something simple and 1 or 2 words max, like “Summer,” “ Summer Inspirations,” or “Summer Love,” at least until your account reaches a high-enough follower count.
Minute 2: Reorganize boards by relevance
Drag the most relevant boards to the top. This includes upcoming holidays, current seasons, boards that are most relevant to your company, or your favorite topics at the moment.
Minute 3: Connect Pinterest with your Twitter
It’s quick and easy to attach your Twitter profile to your Pinterest. It’s always a great idea to cross promote social accounts. Increase your Twitter followers while building a stronger fanbase! It’s also completely optional to have your Twitter automatically post each pin you share. We recommend having that turned off so it’s not overwhelming to your Twitter followers.
Minute 4: Make sure each board is correctly categorized (more…)