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As a talented Etsy maker, it’s time to embrace the powerful allure that Pinterest has for your customers.

Follow these actionable tips and tricks to learn how to promote your Etsy shop on Pinterest.

Why Should You Promote Your Etsy Account on Pinterest?

Pinterest users have more buying intent than the users of any other social media network. 

In fact, here are some stats from our Pinterest Statistics post that might convince you even more that Pinterest is the place for your Etsy store:

Between enticing shoppers, displaying carefully crafted photos, and harnessing the power of a search engine, Pinterest is ready-made to help you promote your Etsy store, sending buyers right to your virtual door.

How to Create a Pinterest Business Account

This is a fairly easy process and something you can definitely do on your own. We have a full guide to creating a business account on Pinterest to help you get started!

Once you’ve created your account (or if you already have one) you can move onto creating your brand with great visuals and building out client-focused boards and Pins. 

 

Creating Great Visuals for Boards & Pins

We recommend starting off with your brand aesthetic, then moving into actual content creation.  Here are few expert guidelines to get you started:

 

Create Beautiful Pins

We all judge a book by its cover. When it comes to visual platforms, we judge products (and accounts) on the quality of their photos and images.

The Lingua Nigra Etsy store does a great job showcasing beautiful photography in their product Pins. This store brings character (and characters) into their images and portrays products in simple settings that feel real.

If you’re looking for a way to create stunning Pins like Lingua Nigra, then you should check out our guide to creating beautiful Pins to learn how to take your images to the next level.

If you want all of your Pins to look beautiful, try out Tailwind Create! Our Create tool allows you to create dozens of pins in minutes with excellent design & messaging. It’s so easy. 



 

Adopt a Pinterest “Style”

One thing that Etsy stores Bittersweet Design Boutique does well is aligning their Pins with the brand style. No matter which board you land on, everything feels cohesive.

Here is a snapshot of Bittersweet Design Boutique’s account. Notice how all of the Pins look like they belong together?

Bittersweet Design Boutiques Pinterest Boards

When creating Pins, you’ll want to keep the same overall strategy in mind. Make sure that the Pins are quality, with aesthetically appealing colors & images. 

Tailwind’s Create tool will curate those Pins for you, all you have to do is plug in your site and select the images you’d like to feature. Tailwind does the rest, providing multiple options for you to choose from!

 

Claim Your Etsy Store on Pinterest

  1. Click the three dots at the top of Pinterest.com to open your menu and then click Settings.
  2. Click Claim in the left-side navigation, and then click the red Claim button next to Etsy.
  3. Enter your email and password to sign into Etsy.
  4. Confirm by clicking the blue Allow Access button. 

We have an entire help article on claiming your Etsy store on Pinterest. It has all the steps + pictures to help guide you through the process.

How to Pin Etsy Items on Pinterest

Again, we have a great article on Pinning Etsy Items on Pinterest that outlines this process in detail. Here are the steps we recommend and a few tips (although we recommend reading the full article for more in-depth information):

Maximize Space with Vertical Photos

Include vertical images at the end of your Etsy listing images. This can help to avoid issues with Pinterest’s image ratio not matching Etsy’s square images.

While Etsy categorizes products in nice square columns and rows, Pinterest only limits image size by width. This means it’s better to Pin vertical images to claim more real estate in the feed.

Here are two of the same images by Bittersweet Design Boutique. The photo on the left takes up twice the amount of space as the image on the right. In a busy Pinterest feed, taking up double the visual space gives you twice space to promote your Etsy shop!

Bittersweet Design Boutique uses long Pins on Pinterest

Tailwind Create will do this for you! All you need to do is add your Etsy shop URL to the platform and select the product images you’d like to feature and it’s already done for you. Did we mention that you can do it for free? Try it out here! 

Don’t be afraid of lifestyle photos. Using those more natural, lifestyle photos from Etsy works well on Pinterest. It’s a great way to accentuate your brand and make it feel real and livable. 

Do write SEO descriptions for your posts. Make sure that your Pins are targeting search terms that users are searching for. If you can get the right terms down, you’ll get more traffic to those Pins.

While Etsy categorizes products in nice square columns and rows, Pinterest only limits image size by width. This means it’s better to Pin vertical images to claim more real estate in the feed.

How to Get More Followers on Pinterest

Create Idea Pins

Idea Pins are perfect for building brand awareness and attracting new, engaged followers. Typically, Idea Pins contain more than one page made up of images, videos, or a combination of the two. Pinterest adds an end page which encourages people to follow you. You can even see in your Pin stats how many follows have resulted from people viewing your Idea Pins.

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Embrace Getting Saves (Repins)

We all get a little squeamish when someone Pins our carefully crafted Etsy product to a Board called “DIY,” “Craft Ideas” or worse, “Going to Make / DIY.” In fact, the fear of landing on one of these Boards keeps a lot of Etsy makers off of Pinterest.

While the do-it-yourselfers rarely buy, you never know how many of their followers might be looking for your exact product, or might not have the time (or the skills) to make it themselves. Additionally, their Repin and Pin engagement helps your Pin rank better in the Pinterest algorithm. The Pinterest algorithm dictates which Pins everyone sees in their feed and in search results. The more Repins and engagement you get, even if it’s not on your ideal Board, the better your odds at showing up in searches with potential customers.

To learn more about which factors help increase your Pin visibility, watch our Pinterest SEO webinar. It’s short and sweet, and infinitely easier to understand than the Pinterest Engineering blog, which is where the info originated!

Always Pin At the Best Times

The Tailwind Pin scheduling tool comes with a built-in “Smart Schedule” that keeps you Pinning at the best times for engagement throughout the day (keeping you top-of-mind with your followers).  That’s why people who use Tailwind grow their following 2.5x faster than those who don’t.

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  • Make beautiful Pins faster than ever before with Tailwind Create
  • Get more engagement with SmartSchedule.
  • Collaborate, share and grow with Tailwind Communities
  • Automatically reshare your best Pins at safe intervals with SmartLoop.

Don’t worry, we’re not done yet!  Here are 4 more tips for how to promote your Etsy shop on Pinterest.

 

Expert Tips for Selling on Pinterest from Etsy

Take Advice From Successful Etsy Sellers

Social Media Marketing Secrets of Successful Etsy Sellers

We took the time to talk to some successful Etsy sellers on your behalf about how they use Pinterest (and Instagram) to promote their Etsy shops.  in this FREE download 8, Etsy shop owners share their secrets to Pinterest (and Instagram) marketing.

Download: “Social Media Marketing Secrets of Successful Etsy Sellers”

 

Think Like a Search Engine Marketer

Part of the power of Pinterest as a marketing platform is in its dual function as a search engine.  People go to Pinterest and search for things there.  If you want to promote your Etsy store on Pinterest it would be an excellent idea to get in the heads of your prospective customers and figure out what they’re searching for on Pinterest.

  • Brainstorm keywords and keyword phrases that your customers might search when looking for your products
  • Use “auto-suggest” to conduct simple keyword research.  Simply start typing in the keywords you brainstormed to see what terms are suggested.  Terms will be suggested that get searched regularly.

Pinterest Auto Suggest Keywords
Pinterest “auto-suggest” returns keywords that are searched as well as related boards

Google Auto Suggest Keywords
Google auto-suggest pulls from a larger volume of searches and so can get more granular.

  • Look at the results for those searches, they’re your competition, craft more attractive Pins that better meet the ‘search intent’ of those keywords.
  • Populate the data-pin-description of the images you share and your Pin descriptions with the keywords you’re targeting. It’s not as bad as it sounds… here’s how.
  • Create Pinterest boards that target the categories of keywords you’re trying to rank for and Pin your SEO’d Pins to those boards.

Pinterest is also a powerful paid advertising platform.  If you want to get near immediate feedback on which of your Pins perform well you can see their clickthrough rate (CTR) in the Pinterest Ads Manager.  Our Pinterest Ad Rep recommends that you should focus on campaigns with a CTR of 0.55% or higher.

Pinterest Ads Manager
The Pinterest Ads Manager dashboard

When you find the Pins that generate clicks and conversions for you, it’s easy to increase their budget to reach more people.  One of my favorite things about Pinterest as an advertising platform is that you can target based on search. Search intent is often correlated with the intent to buy (which is why search marketing is so popular in general).

 

Be Consistent

You know from running your Etsy store that building a following and attracting customers on the platform means continually sharing new products and growing your offering. Pinterest is very similar.

You need to consistently share Pins and grow your boards to steadily increase your audience.

Through studying our most successful accounts, we’ve discovered that accounts sharing between 20-30 Pins a day see the most growth. Once accounts go above 50 Pins a day that growth often flatlines.  On average Tailwind members share 28 Pins per day!

Tailwind Pin Scheduler

Tailwind’s Pinterest scheduling tool has helped more than 100,000 bloggers and marketers master Pinterest. With lightning quick Pin scheduling, a smart calendar that makes sure every Pin is posted at the best possible time, and actionable analytics, we make growing on Pinterest easy.

 

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Ever wondered how to promote your Etsy shop on Pinterest? These tips will have you making the most of your efforts on Pinterest in no time.

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Melissa Megginson is resident Community Manager and Cat Lady at Tailwind, the leading Pinterest & Instagram tool for brands. Melissa specializes in affiliate marketing, public speaking, and making our members look good. Find her on Twitter and Instagram at @MelMegg.

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