How-To Win a Pinterest Contest

About a month ago, I became slightly addicted to entering Pinterest contests – specifically Pin-to-Win contests. Out of  seven contests, I walked away with one score, a 2nd place win of the Tangled Vacation 2012 contest from Socially Tangled. I was excited and very appreciative, of course, but it left me thinking – what did I do wrong on the others? I was damn creative, described my boards in what can only be referred to as “word porn” and went above and beyond in most instances to stand out from the other contestants. Most of these individual Pinterest contests only had a handful of entrants, too. Did I really suck that bad? How hard is it to win a Pinterest contest? Depending on the company promoting the contest and individual requirements, it can be quite a challenge winning one of these babies. Here are some tips for winning:

  • Make sure to read the fine print. Some want you to pin a specific image from their Pinterest boards or website. Others only want you to pin 5 images or create a board with a specific title to populate with pins. If you don’t read all of the requirements and guidelines, you could be automatically disqualified.
  • When they say the number of pins does not count – meaning Sassy Sally pinned 432 images to your measly 45 – they might be telling you a little white lie. Three out of the seven winners of the contests I entered had the most total pins. And their boards and descriptions were pitiful! Pinning is time-intensive, so unless you have hours of free time to pin images think twice about entering those with no cap.
  • If the contest asks you to create a specific board to hold your pins, unless it states otherwise, spend some time giving this board a great description. Include any relevant hashtags and really get creative!
  • Encourage your friends, family and followers to like, repin and comment on your contest board and pins. While this may not be a requirement, it can go a long way in helping you stand out from the crowd.
  • When posting the URL of your finished board to a contest board, include a little note along with the URL. It doesn’t hurt to thank the contest organizer or to tell them what a great time you had pinning to win.
  • Some of the contests pin the names of the winners onto the contest boards and state the winner has 48 hours to respond and claim the prize. So be conscious of the dates and regularly check to see if a winner has been announced.

Full disclosure – being a social media consultant, I often setup and manage Pinterest contests for my clients. So I did know what I was getting myself into. For two days during a lazy weekend, I had a blast pinning to win!

Posted on by Crystal in MommiFried Extras

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