I'm at Terry's Place talking about using Pinterest for writing research. For my expat readers, not only do I have boards dedicated to novel research, but I also have boards on Japan and Japanese food. For those interested in Japanese earthquake news, there's a pinner who pins daily a map of Japan with earthquake spots on it.
There’s been a lot of debate lately about Pinterest and how well it works in marketing for writers. If you go to Repinly, an official site of Pinterest, you can find current statistics on popular categories, activities, and pinners. Under the Repinly stats on popular pins, books don’t even rate a percentage. “Film, Music, & Books” only makes three percent of the Popular Boards pie chart. However, considering the #1 pinner — with 3,251,754 followers — has a board on books, Pinterest is still valuable for writers.
But, you say, that’s just one more thing I have to do as a writer. I know. I’m with you on the whole time ration of things to do vs. writing. Bear with me.
Check out Rob Eagar’s article on Pinterest for marketing your book in Writer’s Digest. Beth Hayden also praised Pinterest’s marketing appeal in her 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest. According to Hayden, in “January 2012, Pinterest drove greater traffic to websites than LinkedIn, Google Plus, Reddit, and Youtube combined.” In both articles, Eagar and Hayden give helpful hints on how to use Pinterest for marketing.
I thought I would share how I’m using Pinterest as well, not because I’m a black-belt in Pinterest marketing, but because I love the site. I hope that it helps me with marketing, but I love it as a great place to do research.
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