I’m not a Pinterest newbie, but I’ve only recently created a Pinterest account for On the Dot Creations. To keep myself motivated, organized, and accountable, I’ve created a Pinterest Promise - a contract of sorts, if you will, with my Pinterest followers, my blog readers, and anyone else who might come into contact with my Pinterest account.
Even though I created this Pinterest Promise for my own purposes, perhaps this post will inspire you to create a Pinterest Promise too.
My Pinterest Promise
I promise not to pin a bunch of pins in one sitting.
I don’t like it when someone I follow goes on a pinning spree (filling up my entire Pinterest feed), and I need to be conscious of this, too. If I have a large block of time to pin, I’ll pin a few items, but save other pins to a “Pin Later” (secret) board and then “drip” them out slowly over time.
I promise to pin from the source.
As I discussed in this post about Pinterest etiquette, I will attempt to pin from the original source of an image. If I find a post or image that is “re-blogged” from another source, I will try to find the original post and pin from there.
I promise to write helpful pin descriptions.
In my opinion, a helpful pin description is one that draws the reader into the post without giving away the entire post. It makes a person want to find out more information. I promise to write more than “Wow” or “Love” or just a smiley face in the pin description space. I want to provide value to those who see my pins.
I promise to pin vertical images when possible.
Let’s face it — vertical pins just look better. :)
I promise to “click through” a pin before pinning it to one of my public boards.
If I’m short on time, one option is to simply “like” the pin (which does not alert my followers) and then find time later to check the pin source and re-pin to one of my boards if the source is accurate. The reputation of my brand is at stake every time I pin something to Pinterest. I would never want to re-pin something that turns out to be spam.
I promise to comment on others’ pins when I can.
This is something I need to improve on, but I’m trying. Commenting on pins is a wonderful way to network with other pinners and thank them for bringing an image or post to my attention.
I promise to keep my board covers attractive and coordinating when possible.
Because Pinterest is such a visual medium, I believe that board covers do matter. I try to consider the overall look of my Pinterest account when choosing my board covers. How do the board covers look side by side? Do they provide an attractive representation of my brand? Just like you would arrange products attractively in a store (online or brick-and-mortar), work to coordinate your board covers as well.
I promise to keep the arrangement of my boards current.
Pinterest makes it “drag-and-drop-easy” to arrange boards however you wish. Be strategic with this! Move boards about an upcoming holiday or season to the front of the line, but then move them to the bottom once the season is over. There’s nothing worse than seeing a Halloween board at the top of an account at Easter time! Yuck!
I promise to follow boards selectively.
I rarely follow all of a pinner’s boards. I’d rather follow particular boards that interest me. This keeps my Pinterest feed neat, tidy, and relevant to my likes. It also saves me time. Scrolling through my Pinterest feed on my desktop or my phone and seeing tons of images that don’t interest me is a waste of time.
I promise to make an effort to re-pin or “like” at least one pin (or follow a board) of each person who follows On the Dot Creations.
Of course, my account is small right now, so this step will be easier for me than for those who have thousands (or even millions) of followers. It’s a nice gesture, though, and doesn’t require much time.
4 Reasons to Create your own Pinterest Promise
Perhaps you’ve read this post and become inspired to create a Pinterest Promise of your very own. Awesome! If you’re not sure you need a Pinterest Promise, here are 4 reasons that might convince you:
- Creating a Pinterest Promise can help increase your Pinterest accountability. The more accountable you feel to your followers, the better boards you’ll curate!
- Posting your Pinterest Promise in a conspicuous place (your About page, your blog sidebar, etc.) will help convince those considering following you that they are making a good decision. You might even gain more followers because of it!
- Your Pinterest Promise might inspire others to create their own Pinterest Promise.
- The more accountable, thoughtful pinners there are in this world, the better Pinterest will be!
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Have you tried any of the suggestions in my Pinterest Promise? Have they benefitted your Pinterest account in any way?
I’d be honored if you followed one, several, or all of the On the Dot Creations boards on Pinterest! Feel free to share a link to your Pinterest account in the comments below so we can follow you, too!