Five Mistakes to Avoid on Pinterest

Pinterest puts the fun back into social networking, both for business owners and the followers who love them. By simply following a few best practices, you can use your Pinterest boards to win new followers and convert them into customers.

When used right, Pinterest can bring you new business, but when used incorrectly, Pinterest can hurt your brand’s reputation.

Image credit: Crumpart

Image credit: Crumpart

As a busy entrepreneur, you want to ensure that every minute you spend on Pinterest pays off. What you pin (and how you pin it) reflects on you, your product and your brand, so you need to ensure that every pin you share reflects the message you want to send.

To help you make the most of this growing social media network, here are the top five mistakes I see brands make on Pinterest and how to fix them:

1. Missing optimization opportunities

The mistake: Many users search Pinterest for new products and ideas. The keywords they search could be those you’re already using online, but if you’re not using them on Pinterest you won’t be discovered.

The fix: Make your keywords work double duty by using your highest performing in your Pinterest profile, pinboard and pin descriptions.

2. Letting the pins fall where they may

The mistake: Newly created pinboards fall into place after those you created first. As time passes, the boards you most want your followers to see may be lowest the page.

The fix: Above the fold is an old newspaper term. Editors place the most interesting content above the fold in a broadsheet newspaper to catch readers’ attention at newsstands. You want your most important boards, like your new product board or your press mentions board, in the top row of pinboards.

To rearrange your boards, visit your profile and click the board icon next to the “Edit Profile” button, just above your top row of boards. Drag your boards to reorder them and click the red arrow when you’re finished.

3. Too much or not enough text

The mistake: Many pinners treat Pinterest like a mini blog and include several paragraphs of text with each pin. Others write a one-word description like “Cute!” and call it a day.

The fix: Pinterest is all about the images, so chose images that speak for themselves. Help them along with a catchy description that drives the users to click the link and learn more.

Challenge yourself to keep your pin text over 10 and under 40 words. And don’t forget to work in your keywords.

4. Low quality images

pinterest-keywordsThe mistake: In fear of under-pinning, many pinners will share any image, regardless of its size, level of pixilation or composition. Pinning low quality images implies that you don’t understand the importance of images, or worse, don’t care.

The fix: There are so many ways to create engaging images that you should never be without a pin. Here are three:

  • Create an image for each blog post you write. Chose images you have the authority to edit and overlay them with a quick nugget of text that entices readers to click. Pin the image to a board dedicated to your blog posts.
  • Ask customers to share images of them using your product to highlight how much people love it.
  • Turn customer testimonials into catchy images by using a fun tool like www.quozio.com or www.pinstamatic.com. You’ll have some great images in less than 30 seconds!

5. Straying off-topic

The mistake: You’re bound to have interests outside of your business that you want to share, but frequently straying off topic can make users wonder why they follow you.

The fix: Craft a mix of boards that will appeal to your followers sharing brand and niche related items and a few boards that drift off-topic. Ensure that every pin you post is assigned to a board that fits it best so everyone can find and follow what they want.

Avoiding these five Pinterest mistakes will help you look like the social media savvy business owner you are and remind your followers why they chose your boards and your brand. Happy pinning!

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Need some more help on setting up your Pinterest account and other  tips? Check out our Zero to Pinterest Marketing course inside Social Media Marketer.

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Andreea-Ayers-150x150Andreea Ayers works with product-based entrepreneurs to help them grow their product line. She provides game-changing tips and strategies for wholesale, retail, publicity and marketing at www.LaunchGrowJoy.com. She is also the author of Pinterest Advantage, a guide and course on using Pinterest to grow your business.