Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pinterest Promoted Pins?? & GIVEAWAY

Carol Dekle-Foss
In an effort to pull my website out of an internet no man's wasteland, I have been tweaking my keywords, meta tags, descriptions etc etc..to the point of my brain turning to mush. Google insists that my site remain barren, with only the occasional lost soul tripping and falling down my URL. So to try and increase traffic, I strolled down the path of Pinterest Promoted Pins.  My intent was one of hope for us all. I was going to test it out and do a post today to share my amazing results. The Pinterest Promoted Pins mysterious marketing marvel ended up being just..meh.
The results were 45 repins with 8 clicks to my website. The below stats say it had 56 repins, so maybe 11 to secret boards?? Will I do it again? Maybe. Maybe not. As expected, the campaign didn't attract all that many buyers. 
Now they are launching Buyable Pins, showing up on iphones and ipads very soon. Sigh. As of now, this is something I WON'T be trying. Is it just me? I find this very scary and can visualize customer nightmares galore. Products out of stock, wrong products being shipped, customer not receiving refunds...etc etc. I know, I'm being pessimistic. It will be very interesting to see what happens with Pinterest in the upcoming months.

Okay, enough about Pinterest... Let's talk GIVEAWAY!!!

I've had a few requests to purchase my sandblasted pendants, so I've decided to start selling them on my website. I've listed some, and will be listing more in the next few days.


To celebrate, I am offering this sandblasted pendant and ceramic beads set as a GIVEAWAY!


The stone is a pretty red fossil coral sandblasted with my Tree of Life design. 

To win, just leave a comment on your thoughts about Pinterest. Do you hate the Promoted Pins or do they not bother you?  Have you ever pinned a Promoted Pin? If you run into a Buyable Pin will you purchase through Pinterest? We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!

Also, to enter more than once, you can share this post, like my Facebook page, or follow me on Pinterest. Just let me know in your comments.

UPDATE: Oops! I forgot to add that I will be announcing the winner on my next post scheduled for July 15th. Thank you everyone for your comments and input! It's greatly appreciated!!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

49 comments:

Jess Green said...

I don't really mind the promoted pins, as long as they are close to my actual interests! As some one who has just started selling on line I understand how useful they can be to sellers.

As for buying or selling through Pinterest - I think I will wait a while and see how things go with that!

Jess Green said...

I am following you on Pinterest now!

Jess Green said...

And I have liked you on Facebook

Anonymous said...

I use Pinterest to get ideas and information. So, sometimes I do pin Promoted pins. I doubt however, that I would make a purchase from Pinterest. I kind of like to get the feel of a person...in person, in a store, through their own website, etc.

KJ said...

I am just barely on pinterest. I do not even know what Promoted Pins are. I am, as you no doubt guessed, unlikely to buy through Pinterest. What I am likely to do is follow a pin that I like back to the original website and if I want to purchase purchase through an independent shop or (still) Etsy.

If I say bah-humbug it would probably be appropriate. I love blogs, social media, not so much.

Ann Schroeder said...

Promoted pins do not bother me. I don't think I've pinned one because they are usually things I'm not interested in, but I've pinned suggested pins that I like, so that's just one step away. I would surely pin your promoted pin! I wonder who it gets promoted to? I probably wouldn't be comfortable buying through a pin, but I would find the person's website and buy from there. That could change. I used to be uncomfortable buying on Facebook, and now I do it all the time. Your sandblasted pendants are beautiful!

Lisa Mack said...

almost always use Pinterest to get creative juices flowing and fed. Would I buy? Hmm. I don't go there to buy, I go there to seek inspiration. Maybe as it evolves my mindset will also. I find jewelry is best held in the hand, eyes create hunger and the wallet appears. Good luck!

Lisa Mack said...

Now following you on FB & Pinterest! Beautiful work

Amanda Leonhart said...

I don't see how selling off Pinterest would be any worse than anything else! Maybe I am overly optimistic! I would certainly be very happy to see an amazing component I liked, then not have to search to find the correct store to purchase it from. So- I would buy from Pinterest!

Amanda Leonhart said...

I just followed you on Pinterest, and I have already liked you on FB!

OnMyPawz said...

I love gathering ideas from pinterest, and as you said google is not too forgiving in their search function. Pinterest on the other hand helps me find artists a lot, I try to use that more than google to be honest with you. And as a previous poster said the promoted pins are quite fine with me as long as they are relevant! =) I have not heard to much about paid pins, but it sounds like something that's going to need a second to get the kinks out so you might be best in that decision! Beautiful pendants also, I cannot stop staring at them! Whoever wins is a blessed soul! =)

stregajewellry said...

this giveaway is just gorgeous! Love the earthy colors and of course, the tree of life. Thanks for the opportunity.
Now, my thoughts on Pinterest. I use that site for inspiration, ideas, tracking trends, DIY projects, tutorials. etc. I get promotional emails for pins "selected" according to my interests but they rarely match what I am truly looking for. Because I have lots of jewelry pins, I get completed pieces instead of components. How I find items to buy is from FB "shares" and groups. I doubt seriously I would buy directly from Pinterest. I am happy to find new stores/artists when I see a pin I like but having a "buy" pin would somehow be limiting.

stregajewellry said...

I got a bit longwinded in previous comment. Forgot to say I am sharing this on FB and in a couple of my "groups". (Lee Koopman) I trust shops I have found in groups and among my jewelry making friends. And trust is very important to me when I am buying. I like to feel that I "know" the seller.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I don't think I would make a purchase from Pinterest. I would, however, follow a link to the artist web site. But I am old and leary of new places to give my personal information.

stacilouise said...

i am so happy to see you selling your sandblasted beads!!! That one for the giveaway is just gorgeous!

Sandy Kershner said...

So glad I'm not the only one lost in the 'internet wasteland' also known as the 'sponge' that sucks up so much of my time!

I've tried the promoted pins on Pinterest with a tiny bit of response and I also pin others that I like.

I will say that I pinned one of yours and it's turned out to be my most 're-pinned' pin!!!

Alicia said...

Never used the 'Promoted' anything, with the amount of information that is online today I don't expect any 'promotion' to bring in big things. The online presence is being built like every brick-and-mortar customer base: slowly, one painful like after another :) Same with buying / selling on Pinterest: I think used well, it will work nicely. Will it be abused on both sides (seller / buyer)? Most likely, just like everything else in life, this won't be a forest w/o rotten branches :)

Alicia said...

Followed on FB :)

Alicia said...

And followed on Pinterest :) I love your pieces, and the sandblasted one is absolutely gorgeous (the entire set is, in fact, beautiful; Thank you for the opportunity!

Linda A. said...

When I think of pinterest, I think "it's a place to go for ideas or inspiration" vs "a place to find something cool to buy", if that makes sense. That's just me though. :-)

brenda heald said...

Love your beads ....would love to win

Karen Z said...

LOVE the sandblasting! Sadly, will not be buying til my 'stash of UFO's' is cleared (good incentive to move on, anyway!). As to Pinterest... meh to promoted pins. Pinterest in general, really... but it is useful at times.

Zan Caperton said...

Beautiful pendant! I love jasper and the tree of life is one of my favorite designs. I really enjoy your blog and will comment on it more often so you can know we (the readers) are out here.
I would love to be the lucky winner. I liked/followed you on FB.
Thanks for the chance to win!

Shaiha said...

I love Pinterest and I could see how it could be used to drive people to a website to purchase but I wouldn't buy directly because I prefer the one of a kinds.

Shaiha said...

I have shared this post.

Nan Smith said...

Beautiful pendant and beads! Following you on Pinterest.

Carol Dekle said...

Awesome feedback everyone! Thank you so much! It's good to hear that some of you don't mind promoted pins, and that some of you may even consider purchasing from a buyable pin. It will be very interesting to see what transpires down the road. I sure do hope pinterest remains the visual eye candy that so many of us have come to love.

Ann said...

I don't like the promoted posts that have a gif embedded. I don't think I would actually buy through Pinterest, but you never know.

Kathy Lindemer said...

I am following you on Pinterrst now! I love your giveaway and I hope I win it. I have to say that promoted pins do not bother me. Pinterest is my favorite social media platform. I usually pin something from my shop there everday. It generates as some traffic to my Etsy shop. I've pinned suggested pins that I like and use it to collect information on ideas that I am interested in. I might buy from it, however, I won't pay to be on it. I only buy on Facebook, from suppliers that I know and those are folks whose blogs I read and Typically have Etsy shops or their own online shop.

Thanks for the article and giveaway!

Lynn said...

I love Pinterest and use it for inspiration---so many diverse and beautiful jewelry styles! I don't mind the promoted pins or the pin suggestions and will check them out if it is something that interests me. I think I would buy something from interest once they get all the bugs worked out. I truly love your etched pendants and your wonderful style of jewelry and I would cherish that beautiful pendant and set of beads---thanks for the opportunity!

Lynn said...

I had already liked you on Facebook! :)

Lynn said...

I followed your Jewelry board on Pinterest and had already followed your Design board. :)

Sarajo Wentling said...

Gorgeous bead set... LOVE that pendant! I'm not a huge Pinterest user... I'm not sure what promoted pins are either. I did just see the email from them about the purchase pins or whatever but I'm not sure I see that as the best idea either. For me, I'm going to seek out an artist on their website, Facebook, or selling platform of choice (such as Etsy or whatever). I always try to buy as directly as possible to cut out the fees and middlemen!

Sarajo Wentling said...

Oh and I liked your page on Facebook! :)

Janice said...

I don't really mind the promoted pins as long as they're close to my actual interests. I'd probably be more apt to go to the original post and buy directly from the artist though. That's not to say I wouldn't buy from Pinterest if it's a generic item.
I liked your FB page and am now following several of your boards. I'm glad I happened along this post because I love your sandblasted pendants. I hope you'll be putting more pendants in your store I love some of the ones here that aren't in the shop right now. Thanks for the giveaway!

Barefoot Lindy said...

I basically use Pinterest for ideas. I have found a few pins mostly beading patterns that leads to Etsy that I'll purchase. So I don't mind promoted pins.

Barefoot Lindy said...

I shared your post on Facebook (Lindy Grkman), liked your Facebook page and am following you on Pinterest!

Lori Schneider said...

Just started to look at more promotion of my jewelry. Will follow this

Divya N said...

I rarely repin from Pinterest, mostly I pin directly from blogs and websites, so i havent really come across a promoted pin. But the concept is intriguing, it will maybe work for posts that have a short tutorial followed by a resource sale by which the site will make money. thanks for the great giveaway

Terri Del Signore said...

I really don't spend much time on pinterest. I enjoy pinterest as a place for inspiration but I try to avoid it because I can loose a lot of time there. Too much!!

lakesuperiorwaves said...

I have not come across buyable pins or promoted pins either but I love Pinterest for stimulation of the senses.

freebird7100 said...

I love pinterest. I don't guess I have seen (or noticed a promoted pin) but if it is something that I am interested in I would kinda be glad to see it. Now the unusable pins I think.I feel the same as you. I don't think that it will be as easy of an access as they think it will be. I can sorta see future migraines in the making with this. I also love that you are giving this away. The pendant is beautiful. I think it is beautiful.

Betz61 said...

I love the promoted pins on Pinterest and love going to others etsy sites to see what is available out there . So happy to follow you on Pinterest and Facebook as your idea on cutting the refrigeration copper tubes came up and just had to learn how. Your enameled ones were beautiful as are your sandblasted stones . Does your husband help you a lot or is this something you mostly do on your own.

Anonymous said...

For some reason it's not letting me post with my google account but I'd like to leave a comment to enter the giveaway, but also to tell you my thoughts on the Pinterest question, as well as your blog and beautiful work... But you won't be able to tell who I am... Any suggestions on how to fix this issue? 😉

Carol Dekle said...

Hello! Not sure how to fix, but feel free to leave a comment on the link to this post on our Facebook page. Would love to hear your thoughts!

Carol Dekle said...

It will count as an entry.

Carol Dekle said...

Hi Betz61,

We are a group of ladies and we each do our posting. I make the sandblasted pendants. Thank you so much for your positive comments! My husband is there when my equipment needs work and I can't fix myself, but otherwise I make all my jewelry. He does make the ceramic beads too, and I am very proud of him!

Carol Dekle said...

It's great to hear Janice that you would buy directly from the artist. I am the same way. I will be listing more pendants to my site soon! Contact me on my Facebook page terrarusticadesign if there is a particular design that you wanted.

windbent said...

If a buyable pin lead me to a reputable site or an artist I already was familiar with, I would be interested. One the other hand, I love that it used to be about sharing your tastes in food, art, jewelry, beads, music, pop culture, fashion, etc with friends and finding like minded people without the commercial aspect being too predominate. I worry that the paid pins will start to overshadow the other pins.

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