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Tips for Using Pinterest for Ecommerce


Nowadays, many people are using Pinterest to as a tool for promoting their ecommerce businesses. What makes Pinterest ideal for ecommerce is that it is a social media platform which is primarily visual. Since many people use photos to market their products, Pinterest offers a place where they can pin, link and share their photos. Using different pin boards, one can easily highlight different items. In addition, you can also post photos of future sales and products.

The following are some guidelines for using Pinterest for ecommerce.

  1. Appear professional

Make sure your Pinterest account looks as professional as possible. Customize your profile page, arrange your pin boards appropriately and use unique and catchy board covers. Do your best to make your account stand out from others in your niche.

  2. Include Pinterest widgets in your product pages

Having Pinterest widgets in your product pages will enable people to easily share your products. Whenever an image is repinned, it will still have a link to your product page, as well as your Pinterest profile. This will result in an increase of traffic to your ecommerce site.

  3. Use watermarks for security

Plagiarism has become a major issue of concern on the internet. More recently, people have been complaining about copyright violation on Pinterest. One of the best ways of protecting yourself is by including a watermark in your images, either a URL to your site or your business name. This will ensure that, even when your image is shared, you still retain the credit.

  4. Use descriptive text

Even though Pinterest is largely about images, text is still a very important element. A brief description is important for giving context to images. This is especially useful when displaying product images. In addition, descriptions work well for special sales or promotions.

  5. Use tagging effectively

Tagging others in your posts is very important. The tagging for Pinterest and Twitter is closely related. You can use live searches, @screenname commands and #hashtags. Tagging is a very effective strategy for appreciating your customers and addressing their concerns. In addition, it can be very helpful for managing the reputation of your business.

  6. Be social

Interaction in social media platforms needs to be two-way. Take time to follow other people and repin, like or comment on their images. However, make sure you interact with others in a deliberate manner, only focusing on images which are relevant to your business or brand. You might also want to have additional separate boards where you can pin inspirational, useful or humorous images.


When it comes to ecommerce, Pinterest works in almost the same way as other social media sites. The main difference is that Pinterest is mainly concerned with visual content. With consistent posting of high quality and exceptional content, success is inevitable.

Charles Mburugu has a passion for web-based technologies and online business. He is presently writing for