50 Top Tips & Best Ways to use Pinterest for Business

What is pinterest?

 Simply put, it’s a virtual, all over the interwebs, ginormous pin board that is even more addictive than Facebook,as if such a thing was possible. As I found out 3.5 weeks ago, after ignoring my invite for 3 months.

“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”

That’s their spiel. But as I see it, there’s way, way, way more to it.

When google analytics showed me that pinterest was now the # 1 referrer of traffic to my Facebook page in just 2 weeks, ahead of even this website, I KNEW it was gold.

It has huge potential for small business owners, self employed people, big business, brands, solopreneurs, bloggers, coaches, pretty much … everyone. How? Let me count the ways.

Here are 50 ways small businesses and self employed professionals and creatives can market using pinterest:

  1. Sell your products and services
  2. Build interest and awareness about upcoming events, services, products, branding etc
  3. Offer discounts to pinterest followers
  4. Hold contests for your business
  5. Promote your upcoming book in storyboard form (or get ideas for writing)
  6. Create a visual representation of your business
  7. Establish your expertise, go-to-ness and helpfulness by sharing useful, valuable information
  8. Make different boards for different topics to segment your audience so people can choose what they want to follow instead of having to follow all your boards (good for targeted followers)
  9. Create and build your community in 5 ways
  10. Get inspired, motivated and creative
  11. Do market research for new product ideas
  12. Ask questions and learn new things from those in your field
  13. Build your brand by showcasing your blog and website
  14. Share tips and images relevant to your industry (even if you haven’t created them yourself)
  15. Create your own images and imbed urls in them
  16. Collect valuable resources for clients and readers
  17. Collaborate on projects
  18. Find images and infographics to use in your blog posts
  19. Connect with your tribe in a more personal way
  20. Create videos and pin them on a special board (thus hitting the auditory AND visual buttons)
  21. Add your pinterest url to your digital signature & in your ezine for more exposure
  22. Brighten up the day with some funnies – regular happy breaks = more productive work ;)
  23. Increase website traffic! Link your pictures to your website or Facebook fan page and get new sources of traffic (pinterest is now the # 2 traffic referrer to my Facebook page, ahead of even this site!)
  24. Use your keywords to describe these boards (yay, SEO)
  25. Share your pins on your social media networks
  26. Let your style attract your right people (esp if you’re a personal stylist, designer etc)
  27. Redo your home office
  28. Find things to do on a budget
  29. Create tutorials and “how to” series via images or videos
  30. Do reviews & recommendations of products people want, even if not yours
  31. Inspire people - no matter what your business, you are always in the business of inspiration
  32. Create a vision board and amp up your daily manifesting
  33. Use interesting images to get peoples’ attention
  34. Grow your community and network the right way
  35. Showcase your portfolio
  36. Find useful time management, productivity and lifestyle information (although to be fair, time management will go for a toss – it’s even more addictive than facebook .. but a lot more useful)
  37. Use it like a search engine – search terms to find revelant information, get insights and ideas for your business
  38. It’s a visual representation of real time trends just like twitter
  39. Collect ideas for website design
  40. Find and follow like minded people (comment on their pins & repin them to connect)
  41. Share your favourite books, connect with your fave authors (interview them, learn from them)
  42. Share travel destinations (great for travel bloggers, travel agents, destination home owners, bed & breakfasts etc), recipes (food bloggers) and so on
  43. Share generously, not just your own content but that of others
  44. Use it to shine and be authentic, it’s a powerful platform for you and your work
  45. Give your boards interesting, simple, and descriptive names to make it easier for people to find and follow
  46. Facebook is a social connection network, pinterest is about ideas, inspiration, design, visual appeal, and has a high aspirational aspect
  47. Follow a few big names to get started, leave comments, tag people
  48. Add the pin it button to your browser and pin anything on the web
  49. Put a pin it widget on your website so readers can bookmark & share your posts and images on pinterest
  50. Get intentional – are you looking to drive traffic to your blog, create awareness for your services, build a brand, connect with people, get ideas, share, or .. ?

If you found this post useful, please bookmark, pin, and share it with others, thanks!

  • What other ways have you seen pinterest be used for business?
  • Did any of these ideas help you? I’d love to hear from you!
  • Oh and I have a handful of pinterest invites – if you’d like one, leave a comment below and I’ll email you one. 

You can also connect with me on pinterest and check out the Marketing your Business with Pinterest board where I’ve collected some great articles and posts to help you use pinterest effectively.

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Got questions, thoughts, feedback? Happy pinning!

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  1. says

    Tia –

    Interesting. I do wonder if the SOPA-style laws that congress seems hell-bent on foisting on us could prove to be a problem with Pinterest at some point, but this new platform certainly has my attention.

    And, yes, if you’re offering an invite, I’d be delighted.

    Thank you,

    – Daniel

    • says

      That gives me the chills, Daniel! It has the potential to severely impact the widespread of of pinterest – heck, that would probably shut the site down? I’ve found a few of my own creations floating around the web and turning up in the unlikeliest of places so now I stamp them with my url but really, it’s virtually impossible to find sources these days unless people actively use watermarks etc. Invite on the way!

  2. says

    This is a great resource dear Tia! I recently joined Pinterest and I am in love and tickled by the possibilities! I am such a visual & spatial person..Thanks for the juicy ideas here. Let’s go play!

    • says

      You’re welcome, Marjory! I just collected the ideas from what I’ve seen people doing – it’s a fun playground. See you there!

  3. says

    Tia,
    Mahalo for this post. I have been a bit afraid to jump in. Your post made me realize it is in fact how my brain thinks. PLEASE send me an invite. I’ll connect with you right away and start using it as my art board for what I do.

    Loved your info here!
    Aloha wags!

    • says

      Hey lady, come on in the water’s fine! Glad you decided to take the plunge, just sent you your invite <3 Warning: You WILL get addicted and fall madly in love with it ;)!

    • says

      Hi Betsy! Do you mean linking it to your site? When you upload a pic, once it’s done, hit the edit button and you’ll see a box for the url – that’s where you tack on your website/facebook links. If you’re pinning straight from the web using pinmarklet, it usually pulls in the url from whatever page you’re on then (can be edited). Lmk if that helps or if you meant something else entirely. Cheers! T

  4. says

    *grin* thank you..I love the visual creative expression so now I must check it out..my thought is that I will get sucked right in–creating and viewing–so when I am absent from my site this week, Tia, and my children are starving because I am loving this new forum and have no time to cook, but I am fulfilled, we shall thank you:)
    I love new and different!

    • says

      Thank me and blame me both at once! Hey, let your kids create their own boards too ~ then no one will remember they haven’t eaten.. er.. wait … that means each person has to have their own device with which to waste hours of perfectly good time! Ok … slinking out of here … *hands-in-pocket-whistling-nonchalantly-with-innocent-who-me-look-on-face* .. oh what the heck, SEE YOU THERE!

  5. Lara says

    Hi Tia,
    thanks a lot for this great post on how to use pinterest for business, i will definitaley use it as a guide. It would be great *please* if you have an invitation for me, thanks a lot.

    • says

      Paige, I’ll send you an invite – you’ll love it! Seriously .. I am more into pinterest these days instead of my personal FB (although I love my Your Life YOUR Way page). And like I said, # 1 referrer to my Facebook page ahead of even my website :O I’m going to start linking more pix to my website now.

  6. says

    You know, Tia (well…you really don’t know yet…but you will in a second!) – I’ve been wondering about Pinterest and how it worked. I’ve been hearing a lot – and thinking about how it all ties together. And then – you write this!! You’re genius!!! (THAT…you knew already!!)

    If I could pin a hug onto your Pinterest wall (is that what it’s called??) – I would!!!

    xoxo

  7. says

    Thanks for this post, Tia! I just jumped in a couple days ago…after watching the Pinterest cork bobbing along in my stream in the form of an invite for weeks.

    Your post confirms and highlights much of what initially inspired me to take the plunge. This is going to be F U N !!!

    And PS… I pinned this post on my newly created “Joy of Brilliancy LOA Vortexy Peeps Pins” board. :D

  8. Andrea says

    Hello! This is my first visit on your blog, I was actually searching for information about Pinterest. I would be very happy if you could send me an invite :) Thank you.

  9. says

    Excellent as always, Tia! I am a Pinterest addict, and had given only the slightest thought to ramping up my coaching site’s visibility there. This is such a great post to help us take the leap into using what we have available to better ourselves!

    BTW, I saw that you are following me – that made my day!

    Keep being you – you are amazing and an inspiration!

    Kind regards,
    Susan

    • says

      Muchos gracias, Susan! What a gorgeous comment :) smiling ear to ear! And yes, start using it today to ramp up your business presence. Cheers! T

  10. Chris says

    This is fabulous…so much to see, share and indulge. I can see great potential for businesses…thank you for this blog!

  11. says

    Hi Tia,

    I just recently heard about Pinterest and love the concept. Your post makes it sound even better than I imagined. Who knew it’s so versatile? I was wondering how to get and invite so if you have any left, I’d love to be included.

  12. says

    OMG, this is so good. YOU ARE soooooooooo GOOD. I can just make it my life’s quest to follow and do what Tia says to do. I probably would be at a much more successful place ;-)
    Thank you for this. It looks really fun. Yikes. I have to get over that saboteur noise…”who has time for this? I can barely get my newsletter out.” I can do it. thanks for making it clear.

    • says

      You are too cute, Mai Vu! :) :) :) You can more than do it, it’s different from anything else you’re doing in terms of marketing and WAY more fun! Now, do you need an invite? Sending one just in case!

  13. Eileen Mastro says

    This new media is very fascinating with many benefits. Do you know or have you heard how long one needs to be “wait listed” in order to be part of this? I have been “waitlisted” for a few days now!

    • says

      I takes a couple of weeks, but if you get invited by someone already on pinterest it’s just a few hours, I think. Can’t send an invite to the same email addy though, so if you have another one you can use email me and I’ll send you one.

    • says

      Oops, just saw this – did I send you an invite already, Missy? On the way just in case! Man, pinterest’s exploded all over the blogosphere the past few weeks ay!

  14. says

    Great explanation of Pinterest Tia! I initially dismissed it as just a bunch of women doing online scrapbooking. (That comment is not meant not be sexist – I just don’t know any guys who scrapbook!) Your post makes it appear to be so much more.

    So you’ve spawned this idea: I have video slide shows of high school senior portrait sessions. Would it be acceptable to post those videos with a link for people to buy posing guides so they can copy those poses for their own sessions? Any other ideas along that line?

    I’d love an invite to join Pinterest. What do yo think the ratio of female:male users are on Pinterest ?

    • says

      Hey Mark, you’re not alone in thinking that – I did too! Till I started seeing my traffic soar and the viral nature of the site. It’s about 80:20 in favour of women pinners, 55% in the age group 25-44. I haven’t seen any terms that say you can’t do what you suggest, the only the pinterest stresses is that it’s a community, and to make sure you’re adding good value to it and sharing other people’s stuff as well, instead of using it as a one way broadcast or sales machine. Try it out! Sent you an invite :)

  15. Nima Tsering says

    Thanks a lot Tia for clearing the Pinterest thing so precisely, at first I thought what’s going on out here but gradually my confusion was clear.

    Thanks a lot Tia
    Nima

  16. says

    Hi Tia. I’m not on Pinterest (in fact, I don’t see a whole lot of guys on there. Must be a chick thing) but my wife is getting very much into it. She designed our entire bedroom based on ideas she got on Pinterest. I love that you can do business on there. And I love the vision board idea.

    • says

      Bryan, I got one of my friends onto it – he is a photographer and adventure trips organiser – he’s now using it to create events, showcase previous events, connect with adventure lovers etc. It IS an 80% female dominated platform at the moment and may not be right for everyone depending on what your business is, but for anyone in the coaching, blogging, and creative fields, it’s an awesome avenue for community building and traffic generation! Yep, it goes beyond just design stuff :) Soo… are you joining? Thanks for the comment!

  17. says

    I just started using it last weekend so this post is perfect for me. I know mostly women use it but guys can definitely join in on the fun.

      • says

        Hey Benny! I link pictures I have created or uploaded to my FB page. Click on “edit” on top of the picture, see the “link” box? That’s where you put it. Aside from that I don’t do anything, but I’m guessing that people click the link and that’s how they end up on my Facebook page!

  18. says

    Hi Tia,
    Wow, you’ve just re-awakened my interest on Pinterest! I’ve been on it for months and had so much fun but then I got busy with other things and haven’t checked it out in a while.
    I had no idea it’s a gold mine and that I can do many things with it. Your list has given me a lot of ideas and I realize I can use it for my current project.
    It’s definitely time for a visit. Thanks a lot, Tia!

    • says

      My pleasure, Theresa! The sooner you start using it your way, the better! Do come back and leave a link to the project on pinterest so we can see how you used it – helps give others ideas too :) Looking forward to it! T

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