Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Why do you use Pinterest?

my Pinterest boards

I found a really useful article about which pins on Pinterest get repinned the most.
I found it a bit surprising on some counts and obvious in other ways, like a very saturated image gets more attention that a dull one. Things I rarely consider, like the aspect ratio of the image having an affect, were mentioned too.

art wishlist board
Pinterest has been very helpful to me from an art sales standpoint but that is not the sole reason I use it. Its so yesterday, but I use it mostly to save and categorize images and ideas.
The article is a good read but it made me wonder, why do you use Pinterest?
Has it helped you business or blog?


Karena said...

Hi Kerry,
I use it to categorize my images and what I love in many area. I do also make a category for a special post,(which I am about to do) for an artists, designers etc extra exposure.

I have not figured out a way though to see how many times a category or image has been viewed...have you? If so let me know!

2013 Design Series

Vel Criste said...

I don't think it has helped my blog a lot in terms of bringing traffic, but it has helped me organize for posts and such. I pin projects I most definitely want to do someday and also just beautiful things! The main thing that guides me with pinning is that, I PIN FOR ME, and not my followers. :-)

Magnaverde said...

I don't think that Pinterest has done anything at all for sales in the shop and it certainly hasn't sent anybody to the blog, but I've recently found that it is a useful place to keep images that I refer to when I'm coaching people on their decorating project--and that's what I am: a coach not a decorator as such. That is, I have an interior design degree, but these days, people are resourceful enough to find stuff on their own and they're often capable of doing (or contracting out) the actual work themselves, but they're often clueless about how to combine styles or put together the things they like, so they come to me for aesthetic guidance and, often, a bit of hand-holding. Let's face it, decorating isn't cheap and there's nothing sadder than someone who's spent a bundle of money and ended up with what looks like a high-end tag sale: a bunch of expensive things that, however nice they are by themselves, just don't work together.

Anyway, so, these days, I talk people through their decorating problems (rather than do the decorating myself) and try to keep them on the right path and out of the ditch. As a new client once said to me "OK, so you're like the decorating version of Sherlock Holmes: you don't run around searching for clues or chasing down bad guys, you just sit in your consulting room, listen to people's problems and then come up with the logical solution." Precisely, my dear Watson.

Anyway, so when I lay out the solution to whatever the problem-of-the-moment is, instead of using pictures of current rooms to illustrate my points--pictures in which newness & glossy paper & good photography frequently mask poor design choices--I use images of historic rooms, in which, thanks to the wonderful clarifying effects of time, the gap between good & bad design choices stands out in high relief, whereas that same gap wouldn't have been as obvious when those same rooms were new. And here's the thing about looking at pictures of rooms from fifty or a hundred years ago: you don't have to decorate in traditional style to absorb the aesthetic lessons that older rooms hold out--but the lessons still apply. Or,as Magnaverde Rule puts it: History has all the answers. All we have to do is look them up.

Anyway, as my source material for all that, I probably have images of ten thousand historic interiors (good & bad, stored on a separate hard drive in chronological order), so I hardly need Pinterest to keep track of images I like, but just lately I realized that I can use Pinterest to upload and make accessible to clients whatever relevant examples I need to show them, and if, in the process, other people find some of those pinned images useful, too, well, that's cool.

Raina Cox said...

I started using it for clients and then got sucked in. Now I'm on multiple times a day, zoning out with gorgeous interiors.

And how was it I wasn't following you? Because I'm a dork, that's why. That's fixed now.

Happy 4th!!

Kim said...

I come and go from Pinterest. I like it ... I try to use it. And I do like saving favorite images for future projects. It is really an afterthought for me ... I don't know whether that is good or bad!! Happy Fourth!! xo

An Urban Cottage said...

Pinterest has been a great way for me to collect and store ideas for my house. Being able to print out images has provided a great way for me to communicate ideas to contractors when making renovation plans and to store vendors when I'm looking for products.

While Pinterest has brought highways of traffic to my blog from people pinning images, I probably won't use it myself once I finish my house. It just makes me want things.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I use it to gather ideas and for my clients.. I have been meaning to do Instagram....haven't tried it yet!

jackie jade said...

i will have to check out that article. i still use pinterest to save ideas and inspiration. but it is definitely helpful fr putting your blog out there as well.
-- jackie @ jade and oak
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