The Pinterest web site describes this social media as "a place to discover ideas for all your projects and interests, hand-picked for people like you."
Watch the short video about Pinterest.
Why should writers care about Pinterest when they're already inundated with other social media platforms? Glad you asked!
Mia Wenjen, a prominent blogger and social media user I found on Twitter, wrote an excellent blog post called "Social Media Marketing 101 for Authors." I highly recommend you read this! Mia suggests that of all social media platforms, "Pinterest is where it is at. Pinterest is the number one driver of referral traffic for all bloggers that I know."
Check out these stats from Pinterest:
- 1.36 million visitors a day
- 68% of users are women
- 50% of users have children
- average time spent on Pinterest is 16 minutes
- 28% of users have an average income of $100k
- average age of users is 25-34
- Pinterest shoppers spend more per checkout than Facebook and Twitter
So writers, if you haven't already, join Pinterest! It's free, but you have to have an invite from a friend. (I can send you one if you need; let me know in the comments.)
Once you're a member, you create thematic boards and pin anything to your board with virtual bookmarks called pins. (see movie above) Popular boards are crafts, recipes, home decorating and remodel ideas, etc... But writers can take advantage of these boards as well.
- pin photos of the setting of your story
- pin photos of people whom your characters are based upon
- start a board on mentor texts (Our grogger Marcie Atkins has many already)
- pin web sites of writing classes you want to take
- pin covers of books you want to read or have read
- pin THINGS YOU'VE WRITTEN (and your family and friends will repin them)
- pin articles for research
Okay, the sky's the limit, and this post is too long. Let's continue Pinterest for Writers Part 2 on April 15th. See you then!