HOW DO DESIGNERS USE PINTEREST?
WE HAVE A SECRET.
As of July 2017, more than 175 million people use Pinterest every month. 75 billion Pins are currently found on the platform. These are some amazing numbers. What is even more amazing is, that less than a year ago, our design firm did not even have a Pinterest account. Gasp. Gag. Choke.
Kicking and screaming we are painstakingly creating Little Black Domicile’s Pinterest Account . You may be surprised how we are using it and why.
Preview Of An Upcoming Post On Little Black “domicile”!
Before we delve into the apparently “new” meaning of Pin Me, let us reminisce of what it used to mean a long time ago. True Love. Or at least that’s what it felt like when a guy gave you, “Pinned You”, his fraternity pin, high school ring or id bracelet. It meant going steady and not dating others. If you are in the over 50 group, you just paused and had a little flashback. It’s for all of you under 50 we will cut back to the topic at hand. Pinterest. Your True Love.
Trivia – Remember Who’s Pin This Was?
To better understand how we are using our Pinterest account. We invite you to take a look at our account in the link below.
If you already know all about how to use Pins and Boards that are open to everyone, then you can skip this brief tutorial. I admit, before setting up this account for our firm, I was unaware at how much of an organizational tool Pinterest can be. Sadly, my only experience with the site had been to patiently wait while a client scrolled thru a good portion of the 75 billion pins to find the one I had to see!
Once you are in the account….
BOARDS-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
SPECIFIC BOARDS PER TOPIC
(in alphabetical order)
SCROLL DOWN WITHIN THE BOARD TO INDIVIDUAL PINS
VISIT AN INDIVIDUAL PIN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TOPIC
SAVING AN LBD POST PHOTO
You can also save photos you see within LBD’s post by hovering or pressing on the photo until the red “save” button appears. Yes, I know this is all a refresher if you are one of the 75 million Pinterest users and I may have been the only person on the continent that did not know how to efficiently use this wonderful tool. Bear with me.
Our public Pinterest boards are published after we have posted about a subject. The boards a good way to quickly look for a topic and have a link back to the blog to learn more. We do keep the boards updated and sometimes add new photos and links. However, most of the time they are “old news”. You do not have to be a follower to see any of these boards or pins.
THE EXCITING SECRET WAY WE USE PINTEREST
If you have a Pinterest account you have the option to make secret boards just as we do. We all have the choice of who we invite to see these boards. Here’s the exciting part of why I, yes Kristen, even me who did not want a Pinterest account , now use it several times a day.
The photo above has a secret board titled Powder Rooms. Currently we have over 100 secret boards all with various number of photos and notes. When a board gets to the point where it has good info, we will publish it. Some boards may never go any further than Pinterest while others become full blog post and projects.
Here’s how we are using Pinterest in a way perhaps different from the norm. We are adding years of photo archives to our Pinterest account. Not just adding new photos. Personally, I have over 40,000 design related photos in multiple digital archives. As an example, a year ago on this week here are the photos I archived. The system I was using allowed me to organize by date, but not topic or to record info. I remember the client we were working with because she sent me the scooter photo and said it reminded her of us. Me zooming ahead and she along for the ride! She is a class act and wanted her “downsize” to make her even classier! Going back and putting together this photo collage for this post took an hour. Although it does look fab, how nice it would be to have this on a Pinterest board with all the project info in one place. Heaven for us and fun for our client.
Our massive archive of photos have scattered notes of where they came from, why I saved them and what is unique about the content. We also have binders full of paper photos. Because good design is timeless, many of these photos remain relevant. I will add them to Pinterest from our archives as we use them. Saving these photos to Pinterest secret boards will create an entire design library of information that grows daily and can be available to you, our subscribers.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
First, if you choose to sign up and follow us on our Pinterest Account, you will get automatic updates when new boards with pins are released. Our pins are not just pretty photos but also our thoughts from a design perspective of why we saved the photo and what excites us about the content.
Previews of an upcoming blog post, like the one above, will also show up on Pinterest and may be a topic you will be interested in. A coming attractions message board of sorts.
Lastly, if you are a follower both on our Pinterest account and a subscriber to the blog, you can email us and we will be happy to invite you to see any secret board pins we have in the archives on specific topics not already on the published boards. For example, you may want to see what we have stock piled on Staircases. If we don’t already have a board underway, we can dig thru the archives and get one going from your suggestion.
Think of it as a free design session while sitting in your jammies in the comfort of your own home. Like having an inside track of what we are working on and thinking about.
Wait a minute. Why would we offer to open up and share design “secrets”? Aren’t these archives our secret sauce, our special weapons, the keys that unlock all the tips and tricks we have? Pehaps. Maybe. Probably not. Anyone can look long enough and find nearly everyone online now. Our philosophy is that good design is for everyone and everyhome. This blog is intended to continually promote this idea and inspire our readers to create the Perfect LBD for their homes. Our online design service is growing every day with readers following this blog. It is our privilege to help so many of you design, plan and implement your projects. We will be here when you need us. Until then….
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“A home is not a shelter. It’s your soulmate.” –laurel bledsoe