Saturday, 9 February 2013

Pinterest for compers

Last week I gave some ideas for things to do when you lose your comping mojo and one of my suggestions was that you should try different types of comping, for instance Pinterest.

Since than I've had lots of questions about Pinterest, and have been frantically pinning away myself - all in the interest of research, of course. Although I'll be delighted if I happen to have pinned my way to any prizes along the way.

If you've not used Pinterest before, the first step you should take is to read my post "It's time to take an interest in Pinterest" which I wrote last May. The competitions listed in it have long since closed but the rest of it is still relevant.

Once you have set up your account, your main question will be

How do I find competitions to enter on Pinterest?

The best way of all is to find and follow other compers. Like other social media, news of what's happening spreads from user to user, so the more compers you follow the better your chance of spotting competitions.

You are welcome to follow me - here is a link to my profile page Now, you will find that I use Pinterest a lot for craft, so if you aren't interested in seeing my craft pins, I suggest you follow me then go to the boards  "Craft" and "Craft 2" and unfollow those. If you really only want to see my competition pins, the board you need is "The Best of the Web"     NOT my Grape Vine board. On The Best of the Web you will find my pin-to-win entries, if the competition instructions don't say they have to be pinned to a specific board, pins from competitions on websites and blogs where pinning a picture of the prize is one of the entry routes and instruction  pins from competitions I have found, whether I've entered them or not, even if the entry has to be made via a different board.  The Grape Vine board has just a few pins on it - feel free to use these to practise repinning and commenting on pins. That's what they are there for!

Unfortunately you can't organise the people you follow into groups, like you can on Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to see what your friends are entering you need to either check regularly or save their profile pages in your own bookmarks.

If you want to try searching for new competitions, your first move might be to try Pinterest search - that's the search box on the top left of the page. However that will bring up all sorts of results that don't help you - out of date competitions, foreign competitions, sandcastle building competitions, infographics about competition between different businesses  - you're likely to be exhausted before you find anything to enter!

Rather more useful is Twitter search -  search for "Pinterest competition". It is  a bit unpredictable - I tried it twice while writing this and once I found several current competitions, the second time the most recent result was six months old!

So for me it is back to good old Google, where you can search for "Pinterest competition" or "pin to win" and then use the Search Tools menu to narrow it down to UK only sites and results from the last week or month, so you will see the most current competitions.

Now you've found some competitions to enter, here are some tips on entering, compiled  with the help of @_NaomiK_  from Twitter,  who has won THREE creative competitions on Pinterest recently, so she knows what she's talking about!
  • Read the instructions! If you are asked to use a specific board title and/or hashtag, make sure you DO use them and that you spell them correctly. If you don't follow those important instructions, your entry won't be  counted.
  • Don't pin rival products. If a brand has asked you to create a board for your competition entry, it's good manners not to pin other brands' products on to your entry. (Goodness, the number of times I must have fallen foul of that one!)
  • Concentrate on brands you really love. When you create your board, your passion will show.
  • Check that it really IS a current competition.  Closing dates are not always given, but if you go to the original pin on the promoter's board and click on it, right at the top of the pin it will tell you how long ago it was uploaded. If it is more then a month or so ago, the competition is likely to have closed.  You can get a general idea of the age of a pin or board by noting that on a person's profile page, the newer boards are added at the bottom, but on a board the newer pins are added at the top.
  • Repin the right pin. In Repin-to-win competitions, make sure you don't repin another comper's pin. You need to work your way back through the Pinterest trail, clicking on the pin or links above and below it, until you find your way to the promoter's original board. If the pin has been repinned several times, it can be a meandering trail but it's the only way of being sure you have entered.
  • Favour competitions where the promoter has some way of contacting you. If you just repin a pin, the only way they can really tell you who has won is to comment on their own pin, so you have to keep going back to check it. The best ones have a link to a form for you to fill in with a link to your board and your contact details, or ask you to tweet or email them a link to your board. If they've not thought out a straightforward way to contact you, they could end up having problems getting hold of the winners, as this lady found out after running her first Pinterest competition.
  • If you are creating a board but are worried other people may copy it or repin your pins you can use one of your "secret" boards at the bottom of your profile page to create the board, changing it to a public one when you are ready to enter the competition and submit the URL. Don't forget to make it public before submitting it though!
Over the few days I've been researching this, I've pinned at least a dozen competitions to my board The Best of the Web so why not pop over there and see if anything takes your fancy? And don't forget to check out my instructions for how to use Pinterest if this is all mew or mystifying to you,

11 comments:

  1. And herre's another Pinterest competition that I've just this minute spotted:
    http://pinterest.com/cakeandbakeshow/competition-inspired-by-the-cake-bake-show/

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  2. Just something to note, Pintrest is primarily aimed at females & female orientated comps, so if your a male comper, give it a miss ( for comps at least ).

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    1. Really? http://pinterest.com/poundstopocket/no-strings-attached/

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  3. Please read my post correctly , i did say " Primarily ". Now off you go and find some more.

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    1. Ha! I've told YOU how to find them now so I can go and spens hpurs pinning household tips and diet hints I'll never use. Isn't that what women are supposed to do on Pinterest? (Actually I'll be pinning cardmaking ideas and cute kittens)

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    2. Spend hours..... Autocorrect can be a very strange creature......

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  4. Ha ! ??. you showed ME nothing. I don't use pintrest anymore, since their TOS is borderline illegal ( ref copyright infringement ). But hey, have fun

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  5. Hola Jane, thank you for to visit my blog, i´m glad to see you.
    Great idea with pinterest! and thank you for yours tips.
    I hope to see you soon.
    A hug from Palma de Mallorca

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  6. "Have you read my "Pinterest for compers" post yet? http://competitiongrapevine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/pinterest-for-compers.html … Complete with anonymous sexist comment!" please clarify the " sexist" comment.

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  7. I have a suspicion that the Pinterest search facility is a bit unreliable meaning that some entries are not even picked up by the promoter. For instance, I created a secret board for the Warehouse Fashion competition that closed last night, only making it public yesterday just before the deadline.

    The rules stated that your board had to be named #SPOTTEDAT Warehouse. When I search for #SPOTTEDAT Warehouse only 50 boards are found with that title (mine is not amongst them) yet 64 people have commented on the original pin with links to their boards (this was not a requirement of entry according to the terms of the competition). If Warehouse pick their winner from the boards they find in a search they will not be choosing from all the entries! I much prefer competitions where it is a requirement to send a link to my board via a form or in an email.

    Thank you for all your useful tips Jane.

    Sarah

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  8. I noticed NaomiK had won a few with some fab boards, it show how much effort she puts in. Some really good tips here. I just try to really enjoy making one in my own 'style' instead of thinking what will make me win? I'm not usually very good at 'creative' comps so it's fab to find something fun to do that inspires me. Emma C x

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