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Zoe Waldron

November 20, 2014


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Are you throwing a Friendsgiving this year? Are you familiar with what a Friendsgiving is? Well, it’s pretty self explanatory. It’s a get together between friends celebrating Thanksgiving together, either on Thanksgiving or a little before. Typically it’s a potluck where each friend attending brings a dish or two and a bottle of wine or another beverage. This is usually accompanied with games, DIYs, festive decor, and the realization that you are truly thankful for your amazing best friends.

The following guide shares steps on making your Friendsgiving this year one to remember, all thanks to inspiration from Pinterest.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 3.08.28 PM     Create a Friendsgiving Pinterest Board. (Make it secret if you’d like!)

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 3.08.38 PM   Check out our Friendsgiving Pinterest board for inspiration ranging from free printables and DIY leftover boxes to homemade mini pies and fall sangria recipes.

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 3.08.44 PM   Start pinning what you’d like your Friendsgiving to look like by searching for Thanksgiving recipes, decor, DIYs, outfits, and invites. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

November 12, 2014


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Michael Kors is a luxury women’s and men’s fashion brand with high-quality clothing, bags, shoes, watches, and accessories. Michael Kors has 14 boards, 2500+ pins, and over 150k Pinterest followers! In comparison to their followers, Michael Kors is dominating with over 3x more followers than their highest-followed competitor Ralph Lauren with 50k followers. Some others include Coach, Inc. with 40k followers, Guess with 15k Pinterest followers, dkny pr girl has 16k, and Calvin Klein doesn’t have a Pinterest account. The following case study shares what Michael Kors is doing right, what could be improved on, and pros and cons to their overall Pinterest strategy.

What Michael Kors is doing right (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

November 5, 2014


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- This is something I see a lot of brands doing. They don’t have a lot of images besides product shots so they upload a ton of Instagram images hoping they’ll perform well. Although sometimes Instagram images do fine, I never support more than a few here and there. The square sizing doesn’t show up as large as it could and needs to be optimized. If image is too blurry – don’t bother.

- How to optimize? Simply crop to be more vertical (narrow) and test pin to make sure it shows up clearly when clicked.

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- No, it’s best to stick to 20-25% brand images or 1 out of every 4 or 5 pins (also known as the 20/80 rule). Too many branded images leads to loss of followers. I usually aim to pin in a constant rotation of categories to keep it fresh (although with the new Smart Feed this is a little less important). Pin a recipe, then a beauty tip, then a photo of a beautiful beach, then your product, then a DIY, then a home decor idea, etc…

- By sharing branded images next to beautiful, inspirational imagery, it sets the scene and helps promote sales and higher engagement. Looking for an example? Check out Madewell’s paris / j’adore board. A poor example is the Kohl’s board below.

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Kohls’ Falling for Autumn board is trying to incorporate products and inspirational images, but needs to follow the 20/80 rule! They’re doing more of an 80/20 rule. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

October 23, 2014



This baby carrot and hummus sunflower is a cute (and super healthy) addition to any fall party, baby shower, bridal shower, or even just a cute afternoon snack for kids and adults alike!

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Zoe Waldron

October 13, 2014


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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…)

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Zoe Waldron

October 1, 2014


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.


Step 1) Email info@hellosociety.com letting us know you’d like to participate! (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

September 18, 2014


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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.

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What Anthropologie is doing right (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

September 10, 2014


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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…)

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Zoe Waldron

September 3, 2014


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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.


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Where to begin

When on the main analytics page, the new Pinterest Analytics are separated into three segments: 1) Your Pinterest profile, 2) Your audience, and 3) Activity from your website. (more…)

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Zoe Waldron

August 27, 2014


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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

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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…)

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