A Guide to Event Marketing on Pinterest

Pinterest isn’t just another time-killing-app. Pinterest is leading the way in event marketing.

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According to an article, I found, Pinterest pins are 100 times more spreadable than a tweet, with the retweet average hitting only 1.4%. And, as for Facebook, the half-life of a pin is 1,680x longer than a Facebook post. I soon came to realize that Pinterest is a great tool for any event businesses, in particular for promoting upcoming and past events.

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Why is Pinterest Important to your Event Business?

Pinterest’s ease of use for visually bookmarking, organizing and sharing things you love has made it a hit among individuals and businesses alike. Aside from feeding obsessions with backyard ideas or exotic destiny vacations and gourmet food, the real strength of Pinterest is the integrated features of their business accounts.

It seems to me that Pinterest has an influence on what people are buying. Using social media to research or bookmark items for purchase appears to be a core element of the social buying process. It makes sense to get your brand involved by integrating Pinterest into your strategy. Why? According to Pinterest,  “87% of Pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest,” “93% of Pinners have used Pinterest to plan a future purchase” and “When asked who they would rather follow—their favorite brand/store or celebrity—83% of people said they would prefer to follow the former.”

Why is Pinterest Important? 87% of Pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest

How does Pinterest work?

If you aren’t already aware, Pinterest is a personalized media platform and visual bookmarking tool. Pinterest allows its users to share visual assets like photos or infographics as a type of social currency in their own right — for example collecting likes and “repins” is the equivalent of shares or retweets — instead supplementing web pages, blog posts, or other text-based media.

Pinterest users can quickly post images from other websites to their personal Pinterest accounts using the “Pin it” taskbar button, or they can just browse the Pinterest platform to discover, like, or “repin” content others have already posted. Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann summarized the company as a “catalog of ideas,” rather than as a social network, which inspires users to “go out and do that thing.”

The visual aspect of Pinterest is one reason why it’s captured the interest of so many businesses, from photographers and designers to big name retailers, who are using it as a portfolio or merchandise catalog. Customers and clients can say which products they love (shoes, bottles of alcohol, furniture, etc.) and want to buy for themselves, and their friends can facilitate the endorsement by pinning the pictures to their personal walls.

Pinners by the numbers

Among Active Pinners (those who access Pinterest once a month or more often), here’s the current breakdown by gender, race, age, income, marital status, and other characteristics. (Source: Ahology)

  • Gender: 82% female, 18% male
  • Race: 75–80% identify themselves as white, 10% as Hispanic, 5% as African-American
  • Education: About 45% have graduated college or postgraduate
  • Employment: 56% employed, 15% homemaker, 12% unemployed, 10% students
  • Marital status: More likely to be single and living alone (33%), and less likely to be divorced (9%)


How is Event Marketing with Pinterest Different?

Pinterest stands out from other social marketing platforms because Pinners are open to your marketing. Two-thirds of the content saved to Pinterest comes from businesses. And that isn’t just coincidence. According to the research from Ahalogy, Pinners are eager to connect with brands.

How is event marketing with Pinterest different?

Active Pinners have a 9% higher average income than non-users, according to Ahalogy. Businesses looking to reach this sought-after demography also get an added benefit for their investment: active Pinners say they spend less time consuming traditional media like magazines, catalogs, and television. In other words, you can reach the audience you want for much less than it costs to invest in traditional advertising.


Pinterest is an ideal platform for marketing an event business

Pinterest is perfect for building interest in your events. Not only does Pinterest allow you to share intimate moments from your past events, it is a great platform for sharing information about upcoming events or even your business. Here are a few more reasons why Pinterest can help you grow your following:

  • Pinterest is capable of driving significant referral traffic — Over 5% of all referral traffic to websites comes from Pinterest, according to 2014 Shareaholic research. This is second only to Facebook, which drives almost 25% of all referral traffic on the web. (Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit and Google+ each refer less than a 1% share of the market.)  This basically means that an event businesses with clickworthy content on Pinterest have a better chance at driving conversions and other desired actions on their website.
  • Pinners have more purchasing power than non-Pinners — Active Pinners have a 9% higher average income than non-users, according to Ahalogy. Businesses looking to reach this sought-after demo also get an added benefit for their investment: active Pinners say they spend less time consuming traditional media like magazines, catalogs and television. In other words, you can reach the audience you want for much less than it costs to invest in traditional advertising. You are likely to sell more tickets to your events, classes, concerts, and conferences on Pinterest.
  • Pinners have larger shopping carts — The average order value from Pinterest referral traffic is $58.95, compared to $55 for Facebook, according to Shopify research. Posting images of past events and classes you teach is an excellent way to gain more ticket sales.
  • Pinterest influences purchase — Pinners are engaged, loyal advocates. That advocacy isn’t just limited to browsing. In fact, a vast majority of Pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy, which also applies to how people choose venues for weddings, large conferences, and catering companies. For instance, many event planners use Pinterest to find the perfect venue or food service and catering ideas.
  • Pinterest can help grow your branding by fitting into someone’s life — 66% of Pinners say they use the service to save and collect things that inspire them. When you add a mix of inspirational and actionable Pins, you’re giving people creative ideas that help them plan for what’s next. Imagine how useful Pinterest can be to your next Paint & Vino or Car Show event. When attendees share the experience on Pinterest after the event, you can easily re-Pin your attendees photos on your Pinterest Board.


Over 10,000 inspirational event marketing ideas on Pinterest

Here a few great Pinterest boards related to events and event marketing. As you will see upon visiting these boards, there are thousands of inspirational event ideas available on Pinterest.

  • Special Events — this board is ideal for viewing the latest venue trends, as well as over 10,000 of the latest catering, fashion, and design trends.
  • Event Marketing — this board is a great resource for all of the latest event marketing trends.
  • Event Planning — this is one of our Pinterest boards with curated pins about event planning.


Marketing Events with Pinterest

Pinterest is a godsend to future of event marketing. With Pinterest, you can quickly reach a broad audience just by sharing an image. As you already know by now, Pinterest is very different from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn Pinterest is not a real-time platform; in contrast, pins tend to continue generating traffic for many weeks after posted. Pinterest is also not particularly conversational. Nevertheless, using Pinterest for events has substantial potential. You just need to do it the right way.

5 ways to use Pinterest for events:

  • Share presentations or key slides from the event on Pinterest — Since Pinterest allows you to upload your images, you can take screenshots of slides or demonstrations and share them with notes on the key point. For Extra Credit: Place a link to your Slideshare presentations in the pin description.
  • Promote your subject matter, and expertise year-round with Content Marketing on Pinterest — Pinterest is great for content marketing. Check-out Event Espresso on Pinterest for examples: we have boards on Event Marketing Tips, Event Planning, Content Marketing, and more. People attend conferences for the content and networking, so remind them year round why they want to come again next year while attracting new fans in the process!
  • Give event attendees, speakers and sponsors another way to network — Create community boards and let attendees, speakers or speakers produce related content for you. Pinterest provides a great channel to grow as an event organizer while building a community around your event business.
  • Create a crowd-sourced photo album of the event — Collect photos from your event attendees! The Pinterest mobile app is ideal for quickly pinning photos from a mobile device. Invite event attendees to contribute as collaborator’s to the event’s board and you have an instant photo album of the event. You can also turn it into a competition and give prizes to the most rePinned Photos.
  • Run a Pinterest Competition during the event — Using Pinterest contests, your brand can engage with consumers in a personal and cost-effective way. Competitions can also help you collect customer information, preferences and feedback. This valuable data can then be put into action to enhance your offerings and acquire more attendees, which is a fun idea that has been around for a few years on Pinterest. However, you need to make sure you don’t break the rules.


Tracking Marketing ROI with Pinterest Analytics

As a Pinterest Business user, you get access to Pinterest Analytics, which has a lot of valuable data about the people you reach on Pinterest, such as user demographics, interests, and your top Pin impressions. Consistently measuring your activity on Pinterest can also help your business identify what types of content resonate best on this platform and with your specific audience.

People you reach: Demographics

Our Pinterest account was somewhat dormant before I decided to take it over. As of December 2016, I started re-Pinning some seasonal pins, I found, as well as creating a few custom images to share. I also started adding nicer images to some of our older blog posts, then started sharing the pictures with a link back to our website. As you can see in the picture below, our average monthly viewers and engagement grew substantially over that 30 day period.

Pinterest analytics -- people you reach - demographics

People you reach: Interests

Pinterest also allows us to gauge the interests of people we reach. We can use this data to write better articles and when promoting our products on the Pinterest marketing platform.

Pinterest analytics -- people you reach - interests


11 Great Facts About Pinterest

I know, I know, you are probably tired of reading by now. I am tired of writing. However, I couldn’t bring myself to leave out these interesting facts about Pinterest. Enjoy 🙂

  • There are over 75 billion ideas on Pinterest.
  • 87% of Pinners have purchased a product because of Pinterest.
  • 72% of Pinners use Pinterest to decide what to buy offline.
  • 67% of Pinners are under 40-years-old.
  • Over 5% of all referral traffic to websites comes from Pinterest.
  • Pinterest said 80% of its users access Pinterest through a mobile device.
  • 93% of active pinners stated that they use Pinterest to plan for purchases and 87% reported that they’d bought something because of Pinterest.
  • Food & Drink & Technology are the most popular categories for men.
  • The average Pins made by an Active Female User is 158.
  • Articles: More than 14 million articles are Pinned each day.
  • Average time spent on Pinterest per visit is 14.2 minutes.


In Conclusion

If you’ve made it this far, you are aware that Pinterest is a very powerful platform for growing the reach of your event and gaining interest around your next event. It also presents a terrific opportunity to stay top of mind with your customers, sponsors, and others in your event niche. If you haven’t used Pinterest as a resource when it comes to planning your event, then you are likely missing out on a time-saving asset. Pinterest is full of ideas, and with its simple pinning system, you can quickly organize your thoughts for later retrieval. Consider it a scrapbook for your event business!

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Need some inspiration? Here are my favorite event businesses on Pinterest

Personally, I love using Pinterest as a source for information when writing blog posts, finding projects for my family to work on, and ideas for my backyard. There is no denying that Pinterest is one of the best resources for inspiration and advice for event professionals. Since this blog post is related to events, here is a list of my favorite event businesses to follow on Pinterest:

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Do you currently use Pinterest to market your events? What are some of the ways you use Pinterest? Share your tips and comments with us in the comments below.

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