Pinterest Analytics Explained: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics Part 1: Analytics Terminology

Pinterest Analytics, available to Pinterest for Business users only, are a MUST for anyone using Pinterest to market or promote their own content (products, services, blog posts, etc.). But many users, especially those newer to Pinterest Marketing, are often confused by the terms and numbers. What do “impressions” mean? What numbers are important for me? What does it mean when the numbers drop?

This blog series aims to answer some of the more common questions about analytics. I’ll also identify and explain some of the stat trends you might see and what that means for your overall pinning strategy (i.e. what adjustments you may need to make).

To start, let’s do a quick tour of the analytics dashboard and discuss some terminology.

If you hover over the “analytics” menu button, you’ll see that you have 3 or 4 options in a drop-down box. Everyone should see “overview” “profile” and “people you reach”. If you’ve verified your website, then you should also see a “website” option.

If you do not see a “website” option, you need to go verify your website with Pinterest in order to see these stats. This is SUPER important if you are using Pinterest to market/promote your own content! If you’ve tried to verify your website unsuccessfully, and it’s been more than 24 hrs since you tried, you’ll want to put a ticket in with the Help Desk. They can help verify your site manually.

We’ll get into what each of these sections show us later in the series. For now, let’s iron out what each type of stat is:

  • An impression is the same as a view. That means a pin from your account showed up on someone’s screen as a result of the smart feed, a search query, etc.
  • A viewer is a single Pinterest user/account and is not the same as an impression. Several impressions may be attributed to a single viewer.
  • Pinterest shows a stat called “average engaged”. This represents the number of viewers taking an action and is different from an engagement. An engagement is an action taken on a pin by a viewer (save, click, etc.), it documents the number of actions taken. Average engaged documents the number of people taking action.
  • A save is the same as a repin. That means someone added your pin to a board. Where this gets tricky is that once a pin from person A is added to person B’s board, saves from person’s B’s board count toward THEIR analytics, not yours. So the save stats you see here are direct repins from a pin that links to YOUR Pinterest account (regardless of whether the content of the pin belongs to you).
    • Pinterest counts any pin you add to any board as YOUR pin. This includes:
      • all of your uploaded pin images
      • all of your saved pin images from anywhere on the web
      • all of your saved pins from anywhere on Pinterest
      • So, if YOU clicked “save”, then that pin is yours – the CONTENT may not be yours, but the pin is.
I know that’s super confusing! We’ll dig deeper into this and I’ll show you examples as we go through the series.
  • A click registers when someone is redirected from a pin on Pinterest to the website link associated with that pin. Again, this doesn’t mean they visited YOUR website, but this click is counted under your stats because the pin is saved from your Pinterest account.

Okay, we’re going to stop here and I’ll give you all until next week to wrap your heads around this info!

If you’re confused about any of the above terms, join me in my Pinterest Mastermind Community and let’s talk about it!

Check out the Resource Library for the case study video & more Pinterest Tips  HERE!

Until then,

Happy Pinning!-2

 

Must Do’s for Bloggers: Pinnable Images

Must Do's for Bloggers: Make Pinnable Images

If you want to share your blog content on Pinterest you need one really important thing… something to pin!

You MUST have a photo or graphic image in your blog post in order for your post to be pinned. If you don’t, and someone tries to pin your post from say a Pinterest browser extension, they’ll just get some ugly gray or moss green square with your blog post title in white letters. And that is not at all enticing people to visit your site.

 

What you need are “pinnable images”!

 

While, yes, any photo or graphic image can physically be pinned, that doesn’t mean they are ideal for pinning.

So what makes a good “pinnable image”?


Vertical aspect ratio:

Meaning taller than it is wide. A good minimum size is 735×1102. I often use 800×1200. You can even make them LONGER and do 800×4000 if you want! Longer pins are good for things like infographics, collages, step-by-step instructional pins, etc.


Good photo editing:

Meaning that you’ve balanced your brightness, contrast, white balance, etc. Photos that include good lighting. Words you want to be able to associate with your pin images include bright, airy, and clean.

Use eye-catching images and colors:

Pinks, reds, oranges, and corals tend to grab the eye more than cooler colors do and pins including these colors statistically perform better on Pinterest. That does NOT mean you can never use blues or greens, they’ll perform just fine too. Just pins with warmer colors tend to perform even better.

Minimal Text:

Don’t overwhelm viewers with walls of text on your pins. Text overlay is fine and it’s good to put your blog post title on your pins. But practice good design and strive for a balance between imagery and text – with a slight preference for imagery.

Minimal “blank” background:

You see this more with product pins. Something stuck in the middle of an all white or all neutral-colored background. Don’t do this! Again strive for eye catching, eye pleasing photos and graphics. It’s okay to have SOME negative space/white space – use those spaces for text overlay – but if more than 50% of your pin is negative space, it’s probably not going to perform as well as it could.

Create a cohesive look:

Use a few templates and rotate through them. That way all of your pins collectively create a “branded” look and feel. You can easily recognize content from certain pinners when all of their pins fit a color and style theme. This helps you stand out, gain visibility, and create brand awareness.

Use a few templates and rotate through them. That way all of your pins collectively create a “branded” look and feel. You can easily recognize content from certain pinners when all of their pins fit a color and style theme. This helps you stand out, gain visibility, and create brand awareness.

Overall, remember that people on Pinterest are scrolling through hundreds of pins. Yours need to pop! Don’t let your pins get bypassed by creating horizontal/short, grayed out, and uninteresting pins!

If you’re not sure how to create these “pinnable” images/graphics, check out Canva.com. They even have a free “design school” to help you learn the basics of layouts, color usage, etc.

Or, you can mark this off your “to do” list and hire me to do pin design for you. 😉

Whatever you do, DON’T skip or skimp on the visuals! You’re taking enough time to blog, take the extra time to make your content shine with good visuals than will get repinned over and over!

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Resource Library HERE

Have Pinterest Questions? Join my private Facebook Group- Pinterest Mastermind Community- HERE

Happy Pinning!-2

Must Do’s for Bloggers: Verify your Business Account

Must Do's for Bloggers- Verify Your Business Account

Must Do’s for Bloggers: Verify your Pinterest for Business Account

The very first thing you should do when deciding to use Pinterest to market your blog content is to register for (or convert to) a Pinterest for Business account. Having a business account is free and enables lots of cool features, like analytics, rich pin capabilities, promoted pins, and more!

You can register for a business account here: https://business.pinterest.com/en

 

To convert an existing account:

  1. Log into Pinterest
  2. Click on your profile and view it in “boards” view
  3. Click the cog by your name for settings
  4. Select “convert to business account”.

The very next thing you should do is to verify your blog/website with your Pinterest account. This enables you to see impressions of pins from, repins from, and clicks to your blog content.

How you do this is going to depend on your platform. Here’s how you can do this for WordPress and Squarespace sites.


For WordPress.com users, verification is easy!

  1. Log in to your dashboard and head over to Tools.
  2. Click “available tools” and scroll down until you see the “site verification” settings.
  3. Open Pinterest in a new window and click into Analytics Overview.
  4. Click “verify website”.
  5. Copy the entire code in the pop-up box.
  6. Click over to your WordPress tab and paste this code in the Pinterest verification text field and save.
  7. Click back to Pinterest and click “finish”.

It might take a little time to verify, but sometimes it’s instant. If it hasn’t been verified in a day or two, try again. If it still hasn’t verified, you’ll need to contact the help desk.

You can see screenshots and instructions HERE.

 

For WordPress.org users, you may need to use a plugin. Pinterest Verify plugin should make this easier for you. But, you can also follow the instructions here: 

 

For Squarespace users, Squarespace gives these instructions:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings.
  2. Click Connected Accounts.
  3. Click Connect Account.
  4. Select Pinterest from the Social Accounts menu.
  5. Log in using your Pinterest username and password.
  6. Click Allow to authorize the connection between Pinterest and your site. We’ll never post anything to Pinterest without your permission–this authorization adds an option to create a new pin when you publish new content.

If you’re on Shopify, Weebly, Wix, or a host of other platforms, check out this page for your site specific instructions.

 

 

Best Type of Content to Pin: Beauty & Fashion

Best Content to Pin: Beauty and Fashion niche

You’ve got style, you’ve got class. You’re… a Beauty & Fashion Blogger! Goodness, how my mom-life appreciates you and your gift to the world. You offer tips, advice, and perfectly styled photos that take the guess work out of trying to figure out how to pull myself together. You are the real MVP!

To show my utmost appreciation for you I thought I’d offer a bit of strategy to help boost your Pinterest Marketing. After all, the world needs what you do- or we’d all just be walking around in messy buns and yoga pants wondering where our sense of fashion is hiding. So, today we are going to be looking at the BEST content to pin for the Beauty and Fashion niche.

But first, let’s talk some of the basic essentials for making sure your Pinterest is getting the reach it needs.

HERE ARE SOME PRACTICAL TIPS TO REMEMBER THAT WILL MAKE PINTEREST WORK FOR YOU:

  • SEO, SEO, SEO! I can’t say enough about Search Engine Optimization. Pinterest is a search engine so don’t be skimpy with the keywords you use in your board titles, descriptions, etc. Bring people in with great search terms- board titles can make all the difference.
  • If you are running out of content do a keyword search within Pinterest and look through different boards instead of pins. This will bring up pins that don’t always show up in your Smartfeed or typical search results. Only so many pins can show up at the top so this is a great way to find new content. My recommendation is to follow some of these boards. You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to find new content. Following people within your industry will save you so much time!
  • When brainstorming SEO friendly board names or descriptions for your boards I will always recommend searching right there within Pinterest. You will be able to see popular searches and learn what’s working (and what’s not) from other accounts.
  • Take advantage of free help when it’s offered. Be sure to get access to my resource library!

NOW, on to the good stuff!

HERE IS THE LIST OF BASELINE BOARD IDEAS FOR Beauty & Fashion Bloggers:

 

  1. Makeup Tips & Tutorials
  2. Makeup Inspiration
  3. Pantone’s Colors of the Year
  4. Skincare Tips
  5. DIY Bath and Beauty Products
  6. Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring Fashion (1 board for each season, rotate)
  7. Wedding Fashion/Makeup/Hair
  8. Hairstyle Inspiration
  9. Hair Color Inspiration
  10. Tattoo & Piercing Inspiration
  11. Style Collections (Boho, Street, Business, etc.)
  12. Handbags and Fashion Accessories
  13. Nail Art & Manis
  14. Color Collections
  15. Shoes, Boots, & Heels

Accounts to Follow:

  1. Orglamix
  2. Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty
  3. Hello Glow
  4. Who What Wear
  5. Fashion Gone Rogue
  6. Sephora
  7. Nordstrom
  8. Pantone Color

 

By now, you already know how amazing Pinterest is for your business/brand. Within this powerful tool is the ability to grow your visibility and get such a specialized reach that lands you right onto the screens of your ideal viewers. I’ve seen how Pinterest has changed everything for my clients- I can’t wait to hear how it grows your business as well!

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Resource Library HERE

Have Pinterest Questions? Join my private Facebook Group- Pinterest Mastermind Community- HERE

Happy Pinning!-2

BFS Pinterest Planner

Pinterest Pin Planner

Organization is a powerful tool. So is Pinterest. Imagine what the possibilities are when the organization of a planner and the marketing strategy of Pinterest get together. That’s a powerful combo!

So, consider this Wednesday a day for the BEST Pinterest news ever! I’m preparing to release an incredible resource that is sure to help you maximize the power of Pinterest and maintain your growth momentum in the process. Are you ready to hear what I’ve done?? Good, I’ll tell you!

I am wrapping up the development of an EPIC Pinterest Planner! That’s right- this planner helps you strategize your schedule for Pinterest in a streamlined and SEO & growth strategy-friendly way!

Check out some of the awesome things that will be included!

  • Noting Target Market Details
  • Tracking Weekly Stats (because who doesn’t want to keep up with growth trends?!)
  • Brainstorming new board ideas by season, holiday, and month
  • Keeping track of group boards. This is going to be great for recognizing the best places to share your content.
  • BONUS sheet for Tailwind to keep track of tribes (#TailwindTribesForTheWin)
  • Goal planning & strategy
  • Pinning Schedule
  • SEO Worksheets
  • BONUS Special Board Booster Edition

 

I’m doing cartwheels I’m so excited for this planner to come out! Can you handle how great this is?? And, BONUS, it’s going to look so great! You’re going to absolutely LOVE this planner!

If you want first dibs (and a discount!), get on my newsletter list HERE! (You’ll also get access to the Free Resource Library this way, where there is a sneak peek page right out of the planner plus other awesome goodies!)

Otherwise, keep your eyes on the blog to find out when and how to get your copy! Until then…

Happy Pinning!-2

 

Best Content to Pin: B2B & Blogging

Best Content to Pin: B2B & Blogging

Running a successful business is our dream, right? We want to one day have the type of system that easily attracts our ideal clients without having to spend hours sending out proposals, seeking in Facebook Groups, etc. The best way to make the process of turning viewers into clients, buyers, or long time readers is simple- good marketing.

Pinterest is an incredible tool for gaining traffic from ideal clients. Creating boards, following accounts, and posting quality pins is the ticket to seeing the right people making it to your website.

But, what do we pin? I’m so glad you asked! Being that I run an online based business (and work with incredible people who do the same) I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t when it comes to filling up your boards. So, like any good Pinterest Savvy friend would do I’m sharing some of my suggestions for the best types of content to pin for a Business & Blogging focused account.

But first, let’s talk some of the practicals for making sure your Pinterest is getting the reach it needs.

HERE ARE SOME PRACTICAL TIPS TO REMEMBER THAT WILL MAKE PINTEREST WORK FOR YOU:

  • SEO, SEO, SEO! I can’t say enough about Search Engine Optimization. Pinterest is a search engine so don’t be skimpy with the keywords you use in your board titles, descriptions, etc. Bring people in with great search terms- board titles can make all the difference.
  • If you are running out of content do a keyword search within Pinterest and look through different boards instead of pins. This will bring up pins that don’t always show up in your Smartfeed or typical search results. Only so many pins can show up at the top so this is a great way to find new content. My recommendation is to follow some of these boards. You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to find new content. Following people within your industry will save you so much time!
  • When brainstorming SEO friendly board names or descriptions for your boards I will always recommend searching right there within Pinterest. You will be able to see popular searches and learn what’s working (and what’s not) from other accounts.
  • Take advantage of free help when it’s offered. Be sure to get access to my resource library!

NOW TO THE FUN STUFF!

HERE IS THE LIST OF BASELINE BOARD IDEAS FOR B2B & Bloggers:

Baseline Boards to Have:

  1. Entrepreneur Business Tips
  2. Business Finances / Bookkeeping
  3. Business Legal Advice
  4. Business Branding Tips
  5. Social Media Marketing
  6. Email Marketing / Newsletters
  7. Video Marketing
  8. Freelancing Tips
  9. Blog Ideas and Tips
  10. Graphic Design Tutorials
  11. Productivity & Time Management
  12. Web Design / WordPress Tips
  13. eCommerce Tips / Sales Tips
  14. Client Relations & Onboarding
  15. Public Relations / Public Speaking

Accounts to Follow for Content:

I absolutely love Pinterest for what I’ve seen it do for my clients! I’m positive these tips will help you see more traffic and get seen by the right people! If you are unsure if your account is where it needs to be you should sign up for a FREE Case Study and I’ll offer some tips to help you boost your account!

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Resource Library HERE

Have Pinterest Questions? Join my private Facebook Group- Pinterest Mastermind Community- HERE

Pinterest Case Study: Whiffy Bean Bags

Pinterest Case Study: Whiffy Bean Bag

In my private Facebook Group, I launched a fun new project: Pinterest Case Studies! I offered to do a free quick review of Pinterest for one follower a month as a chance for everyone to get my top 3 suggestions for sprucing up their Pinterest and taking it to the next level. This is round two and this week we are looking at Whiffy Bean Bags.

Leah, owner of Whiffy Bean Bags, makes Lavender filled Flax Seed Bags that help with pain, tension, and stress. Lavender is incredibly soothing and these bags are a great gift or treat for yourself. I actually picked this shop because I used to make similar products on Etsy so I thought I could offer some helpful tips for their Pinterest. I was so excited to offer feedback.

Just scrolling through this account their SEO is pretty good. It’s important to remember to take advantage of every SEO friendly space to boost your visibility and get your account viewed by your target audience. (Need to figure out your target audience? I’ve got you covered! Just head to my FREE Resource Library to download a worksheet that helps you narrow that down!) Places to be sure to have SEO rich content are in the Bio as well as board and pin descriptions.

OKAY, NOW FOR MY TOP 3 SUGGESTIONS. THIS IS WHERE WE DIG INTO WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON AND MAKE A FEW ADJUSTMENTS.

Organization and Visual Appeal

When scrolling through this account I noticed that the board covers were pretty inconsistent. It’s a great idea to create a cohesive look throughout your Pinterest account because the aesthetics of a page can either deter or attract your ideal audience. I also strongly recommend grouping similar board topics together. This makes your page easier to navigate and will highlight to your audience that you want to make sure they find the content they are looking for with as much ease as possible.

Fill up empty boards

I’d suggest making boards with fewer than 25 pins secret until there is enough content to be attractive to someone viewing the board. Less than 25 pins are not really enough content to make someone stick around.
BONUS SUGGESTION: Out of place and/or personal boards should also be hidden (or deleted). They are a bit confusing to traffic and that’s not ideal.

Remember: You can’t get traffic to your website if you can’t keep traffic on your Pinterest.

Target Audience

Make sure your boards reflect your target audience. I know I mentioned this earlier but I can’t stress this enough. If you aren’t pinning content that’s attractive to your audience it will be incredibly difficult to turn viewers into customers. It needs to be apparent from your boards who your target market is.

 

Just a few simple tweaks to your Pinterest account can make a world of difference when it comes to growing your business awareness and customer base. Don’t forget to be consistently active with pinning every day to highlight to your audience that not only do you provide quality content but you provide it regularly.

I can’t wait to hear how these tips help you!
Be sure to check out the video for this case study HERE!
Want to be featured in a case study? Follow this LINK and sign up!

Happy Pinning!-2

 

Best Content to Pin: Kids & Parenting Niches

Best Content to Pin Kids & Parenting Niche

As a mom myself I know how valuable Pinterest is for parenting life-saver tips. I find myself looking for activity ideas, crafts, recipes, home remedies- you name it and I’ve looked. Why do I use Pinterest? Because it has so many fabulous resources!

What about the people on the other side of the searches- the ones who are aiming to provide the valuable content to the millions of parents looking at Pinterest every day? If you are one of the folks in the kids/parenting niche then this post is for you!

I’ve spent some time digging around in Pinterest and I found some quality accounts and boards for you to check out and follow to help add fabulous content to your boards as well as ideas for baseline boards for your account! Before we dive into that let’s re-visit a few must-remember’s for Pinterest marketing.

Here are some practical tips to remember that will make Pinterest work for you:

  • SEO, SEO, SEO! I can’t say enough about Search Engine Optimization. Pinterest is a search engine so don’t be skimpy with the keywords you use in your board titles, descriptions, etc. Bring people in with great search terms- board titles can make all the difference.
  • If you are running out of content do a keyword search within Pinterest and look through different boards instead of pins. This will bring up pins that don’t always show up in your Smartfeed or typical search results. Only so many pins can show up at the top so this is a great way to find new content. My recommendation is to follow some of these boards. You’ll be glad you did when it’s time to find new content. Following people within your industry will save you so much time!
  • When brainstorming SEO friendly board names or descriptions for your boards I will always recommend searching right there within Pinterest. You will be able to see popular searches and learn what’s working (and what’s not) from other accounts.
  • Take advantage of free help when it’s offered. Be sure to get access to my resource library!

*some of these may or may not be applicable, depending on the child age range of your target market. I.e. Parents of babies vs. Parents of teenagers will have very different board recommendations. Use the below as a guideline/inspiration only and alter where needed.

Now to the fun stuff!

Here is the list of Baseline Board Ideas for Kids/Parenting Niches:

  1. Mom Tips (or “Parenting Tips” if targeting Dads too)
  2. Easy Kids Meals
  3. Healthy Kids Snacks
  4. Kids Craft Ideas
  5. Kids Summer Activities
  6. Kids Travel Activities
  7. Kids Birthday Party Ideas
  8. Kids Birthday Cakes
  9. Kids Gift Ideas
  10. Baby Shower Ideas
  11. Gifts for New Moms
  12. Nursery Decor
  13. DIY Baby Foods
  14. DIY Home Remedies
  15. Green Cleaning Tips

As a bonus here are some Pinterest boards I recommend following that will add great content for your niche:

  1. Kindergarten Toolkit
  2. While They Slept
  3. Growing a Jeweled Rose
  4. Rachel @ The Analytical Mommy
  5. Anna @ The Imagination Tree

I am certain that these tips are going to help you with getting your incredible content out to the masses! Pinterest is a powerful business leveraging tool! Enjoy the process and, as always, stay tuned for more Pinterest Strategy tips coming your way next week!

Don’t forget to sign up for the FREE Resource Library HERE

Have Pinterest Questions? Join my private Facebook Group- Pinterest Mastermind Community- HERE

Happy Pinning!-2