4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Pinterest

Posted March 23rd, 2012 @ 1:06 PM by Marci RobertsonPrint

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pinterestA picture is worth a thousand words (or so some say). If that is true, than no wonder Pinterest has been such a huge success! This new social media craze has thousands of followers and can hold its own against other social media rivals such as Facebook and Twitter.

This online scrapbook allows you to “pin” the things you love to your very own virtual bulletin board. For us visual people, it is a utopia of wonder that can captivate it’s audience (if you’re not careful) for hours. Here are just four reasons I have fallen in love with the site and why you too, as a women in ministry, must get on board the Pinterest Express.

1. Organize Decorating Ideas for Upcoming Events. Keeping a virtual scrapbook of ideas for your next church event is super easy to do. When you come across an idea you love and want to remember that great idea, all you do is push the “pin it ” button that you install when you sign up for Pinterest the first time. Then you can name your file whatever you wish, let’s say Mother Daughter Tea or Events and Pinterest will store all of your ideas in that folder for a quick and easy reference.

2. Provides Links to Websites. Another great thing about Pinterest is it provides a way for you to gather more information about the picture you are viewing by making it click-able.  When you click on a photo you love, you are automatically re-directed to the website from which it was pinned. This is great because it links you to more information about what you are looking at and introduces you to new websites that you might not otherwise have stumbled across on your own.

3. Follow People with Great Ideas. Pinterest allows you to follow other people that have the same taste as you in fashion, design and other great ideas. When you follow someone on Pinterest you will be allowed to peek at their pinboards to get great ideas for yourself and repin if you like on your own pinboards.

4. Promote Events, Products, and Books. While Pinterest doesn’t highly encourage self-promotion on their site, many marketers are taking advantage of their large audience to promote their products, books and events and link people to their personal websites. By adding the Pinterest widget to your blog or homepage, you increase the potential others will pin your ideas and share with others. For more great ideas on how to use Pinterest as an author or speaker, check out this blog by marketing expert Rob Eager, How to Use Pinterest to Market Books.

Don’t just take my word for it, check out Pinterest for yourself. I’m confident you will have as much fun with it as I do. Happy pinning everyone!

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