How PR pros can use Pinterest

With
175 million monthly active users, there’s no denying the popularity of Pinterest.

Not only does it have one of the most active followings among the big
social media networks, it’s also unique in its purpose.

Rather than connecting with friends and family, Pinterest users are
actively searching for communications from brands. They’re looking for
ideas and products—everything from recipes to home decor to pet grooming
tips to travel itineraries—and bookmarking them on their personal Pinterest
boards.

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This “pinning” behavior also gives content on the platform a much longer
shelf life. The
average life of a pin is seven months or more, compared to Twitter’sseven minutes.

So how do you use Pinterest for your PR efforts? Here six ways:

1. Share your story visually.

Pinterest, like Instagram, is a visual storytelling platform, and PR pros,
at their core, are storytellers.

Through photos, infographics and videos, you can visually share your story,
allowing you to better connect with your audience and further your reach as
other users pin your content.

2. Share the stories of others.

Not only are you able to put out your own messages on Pinterest, it also
offers you the opportunity to see what your audience is talking about, as
it relates to your industry.

Research brand and industry keywords on the platform and “re-pin”
user-generated content to your own Pinterest boards.

You never know where your next story may come from, and Pinterest is full
of new ideas.

3. Pin industry news.

Pinterest provides a great outlet for sharing information about events and
trends happening in your industry.

You can even
invite others to contribute to your board, providing a great way to crowdsource content and get access to resources
you may need later without having to do all of the research yourself.

4. Pin media clips.

In
Muck Rack’s 2018 journalist survey, 63 percent of journalists in the U.S. and 68 percent of journalists
worldwide track how many times their stories are shared on social media.

Pinning news articles, blog posts and TV clips about your business or
client is a great way to increase the reach of the story, which serves the
dual purpose of highlighting the great things other outlets are saying
about you, while also helping out the journalist who wrote or recorded it.

5. Add the “Pin It” button to your website.

You’re doing a great job of sharing content from your website and news
articles on Pinterest, but don’t let your efforts stop there.

Make it simple for other users and journalists to pin your content by
adding the “Pin It” button to your website or blog. This tool allows users
to quickly add your content to their own Pinterest boards with just the
click of a button.

6. Create an idea board.

Did you just attend a conference and hear lots of great advice from
industry leaders? Or maybe you read an article that gave you a great story
idea for your client or company to use in the future.

Pinterest offers a great way to track, save and refer back to these ideas
so you can use them at a later date.

Pin that article or take a photo of that presentation and save it to a
Pinterest board with your own notes attached and never forget another
stroke of brilliance again just because it hit you at an inopportune time.

As Pinterest usership continues to grow and an even greater number of
online searches take place on the platform, it will continue to be an
important tactic in any well-rounded PR strategy.

How do you use Pinterest, PR Daily readers?

Jessica Lawlor

is the features editor for the Muck Rack blog and handles PR and social
media for Muck Rack.

A version of

this article

originally appeared on
Muck Rack,

a service that enables you to find journalists to pitch, build media lists,
get press alerts and create coverage reports with social media data.

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