By: Stephanie Burkhart
Social media sites are a great way to attract new readers and Pinterest is one of the fastest growing sites today.
What is Pinterest? Is it free?
Yes, Pinterest is free. While Twitter and Facebook focus on words, Pinterest attracts your attention by using pictures and graphics. Pinterest is mainly about collecting and sharing. Think of it as an online scrapbook.
What can you collect on Pinterest?
Anything. There are two ways to do it. Upload a picture from your computer, or re-pin a picture using the "pin it" button that you can add onto your tool bar.
You can have multiple "scrapbooking" boards, and name them whatever you want after your own interests.
How can Pinterest work for me as an author?
You can create a board named after your book and those pictures that have inspired the setting – a landscape, an actor, or an item featured in the story. You can pin the book's trailer or anything else that is relevant to the novel. Don't limit yourself. Say you like to cook, too. Pin up your recipes on your board, too. By pinning a new recipe every week, you'll keep your followers checking in. Sharing recipes is very popular, but you can also share jewelry, candles, soap, and baby ideas.
Some Interesting Stats:
Pinterest is popular because of the simplicity of its design.
80% of its users are women.
There are 11 million unique visitors a month.
In the US, people are 70% more likely to buy a product if they find it through Pinterest.
I've got no time. How do I fit Pinterest in?
Set up a social media "plan. Say you can only fit an hour in for marketing. What's a necessity? Emails? Blogging? Facebook? Twitter? Triberr? Pinterest? Budget your time and stick to it. A little pays off. Plan 15 minutes for emails, blogging, Facebook, and Pinterest. The next day: Emails, Triberr/Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. A constant, active presence attracts followers.
Question: Are you on Pinterest? Share your Pinterest link. What do you like about the site? Any misc. thoughts to share?
Author Bio: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She lives in Castaic, CA and has two young sons. She adores chocolate and is addicted to coffee. Her books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow and 1st Flag of NH.
First Flag of New Hampshire:
Can Alyssa and Miguel find the first flag of New Hampshire before time is up?
My Pinterest Link:
Links for 1st Flag of New Hampshire:
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