Are you a Pinterest Power User? I confess. I'm really getting into Pinterest. While I'm mostly focused on using it as a business tool – to find and share great blogging and marketing content – I do enjoy spending a few minutes a day browsing through the images of food, jewelry and gorgeous places. I also make a conscious effort to go beyond business and share a bit of my personal tastes, what inspires me, where I want to travel, and recommended reading.
You probably already know Pinterest is a great fit with blogging (and getting more traffic). And, if you're anything like me, you've only got so many hours in the day and you want to maximize the time and impact you can make with Pinterest.
I've been experimenting with a some very cool Pinterest tools and apps I've found that make my pinning easier, faster and now, give me better information about how my pins are working for me.
5 Tools for Pinterest Power Users
1. The "Pin It" Button
Don't underestimate this button. It's the #1 way I do my pinning precisely because it is fast and easy. Go to the Pinterest Goodies page and simply drag and drop the button onto your bookmarks tool bar. If you're using Chrome, here's a video to show you how to add it: Then, any time you find a great image and article to share, click the Pin It button and go.
I finally received my invitation to use this new site. Pinerly is still in the beta phase and you can only get in by invitation as of writing this post. Pinerly has a lot of potential. It's an analytics tool for your pins. You create campaigns for your pins and then track clicks, likes and comments. With this information you can determine the best times for you to pin as well as see what type of content gets the best results with your audience. In the screenshot below, you'll see I just set up my first campaign so there's not much data but I think you'll get the idea of the kind of information you will get. The only drawback to Pinerly is that you must pin your images and URLs from Pinerly so it can do the analytics for you.
3. Url2Pin.it and Screen2Pin
These two tools give you the ability to pin a webpage vs. an image. The tools grab a screen shot of whatever URL you enter so you can pin the screenshot. Screen2Pin is a Chrome extension for Url2Pin. I use it to pin blogs I read and recommend.
4. Pin A Quote
Quotes are hugely popular on Pinterest. Now you can create your own quote inspired images with Pin A Quote. Highlight text on a webpage you want to quote, click the Pin A Quote button (after you drag it to your bookmarks toolbar) and pin it. The free version is basic: grey text on a white background. For $1.99 you can upgrade to Pin A Quote Pro and customize your pins with colored backgrounds and different fonts.
Ever wonder how you can get posts on your Facebook page pinned? Try Pinvolve, a Facebook application that creates a Pinterest style board for your status updates that include images. This gives you the opportunity to link pins back to your Facebook page and attract new fans. After you install the app, when your fans click on it and hover over an update, they'll see a Pin It button. I would also suggest if you are posting status updates with images, that you pin them as well.
What's your favorite Pinterest Power Tool? Have you tried any of the tools in this post? I'd love to know your experience with Pinterest and the tools you're using to get more traffic and engagement from your pins.
Want more in-depth info on using Pinterest? I'm hosting a free 1 hour webinar with Jessica Kupferman and her partner Sammi Johnson on how to use Pinterest for Business Blogs on April 25! This webinar will fill up fast. Get details and register here now.