So as we’ve been setting up and fleshing out this site, we’ve had a lot of time to check out the new social media tools at our disposal. We knew we wanted a twitter account, no big surprise there, but we were also keen to try something new for a while. That’s when I started to look at Pinterest.
As a male who is neither planning a wedding nor interested in cupcake decoration, it seems that Pinterest has passed under my radar for the last year or so. And while the main use of Pinterest so far does seem to be mainly for home decoration, fashion and DIY craft projects, there is a huge potential for photographers, filmakers or any business that wants to share an image of themselves and what they are all about.
Here are some articles that we found interesting and will keep in mind as we begin to grow our Pinterest account.
It’s not unusual for filmmakers to put together a visual scrapbook of inspiring and evocative imagery that communicates the texture, feel, and mood of the film they are aiming to create. This is often shared with the DP, production designer, actors, etc., who might then share their own ideas with the filmmaker, and in the process create a general consensus of the movie’s vision. With Pinterest you can do this on-line.
“I think photography is the number one thing to get noticed and get your items pinned and repined on Pinterest,” agrees Beth Quinn, owner Beth Quinn Designs, LLC . “Eye-popping photos will spark more interest—and by using props and making sure that the photos are very pretty and aesthetically pleasing, people are more likely to repin your items”—something Quinn knows all about as her beautifully photographed “be passionate, be fearless, be strong” charm necklace recently generated 1,500 repins and 400 likes on Pinterest, causing traffic on her website to spike dramatically and orders to stream in.
We’ve all been there: you click the “Pin it” button, only to be told that “…there are no big images or video to pin on this page.” Because Pinterest requires that Web pages have large images or compatible videos to create a pin, this issue isn’t uncommon for Pinterest addicts.
To work around the problem, pin any photo related to the page you initially wanted to pin. Click “See your pin” to view it on Pinterest, then click Edit. Now change the link so that it leads to the page you initially wanted to pin. It’s not the simplest solution, but works if you’re desperate to pin a page.