It is no joke when I say that I spend ALL DAY on Pinterest. Like truly the majority of my workday I am on Pinterest for one of my clients OR am using a tool that helps me run my Pinterest Consultancy business. Time is precious and I think we all want to get off the computer and be more present in our lives so I thought I would share my favorite time-saving Pinterest tools that I love!
Time-Saving Pinterest Tools That I LOVE!
I wanted to share my Pinterest time-saving secrets with you as I am just one of those people that thinks if we put out good vibes into the world, it will come back to us. Right? I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine (in a non-creepy way I promise). So here are the best time-saving Pinterest tools that I love as an expert.
Ok, so I am starting with the backend because really, that’s where the work starts. You have created awesome content and now you want to share it on Pinterest…. Over the years, there have been so many changes and updates that it was hard to know what to put where anyone. The Tasty Pins plugin solves that problem! It created by the folks at Pinch of Yum and truly, this plugin does ALL the things for us: Tasty Pins allows you to enter information to benefit your SEO AND Pinterest, set your Pinterest description, use the Alt Text description appropriately, hide a Pinterest lead image if you don’t want it to appear in your blog post and finally it lets you disable specific images so they cannot be pinned. Amazing right? Pictures of your children making a craft or devouring a meal you cooked up? No problem. You can disable it so it cannot be shared on Pinterest. I have started using this plugin on my own blog and have several clients testing it out as well. So far so good, we are all super happy with its user-friendly setup and if it does what it says it will do, we all win. If my review of the Tasty Plugin feels a little premature (admittedly I have not been using it very long), check out these Tasty Recipes Testimonials from happy customers here.
After you create your beautiful content, you want to make sure it is optimized for Pinterest. Limited computer skills and time? Don’t stress, Canva to the rescue. Canva has been on the scene for awhile and frankly, used to suck. A friend encouraged me to give it another chance one day when I was in a rush and I am so glad she did. I am now converted and recommend Canva as a wonderful FREE resource for those that have limited design skills. Sure it might not have the flexibility and ease of programs like InDesign and Photoshop, but it lets you get the job done quickly. Making Pinterest friendly images is essential for ensuring your content gets in front of as many eyes as possible on Pinterest. There are tons of Pinterest templates that you can play around with and once you are comfortable, even customize. Canva also has a Pro version available that allows you to create a brand kit and upload your own fonts and logos to use.
PicMonkey has a free version or several paid tiers available depending on the functions that you’re interested in. You can use PicMonkey to design pins and graphics, but ultimately it is known for its photo editing capabilities. With PicMonkey you can add overlays, effects, adjust exposure and colour balance, as well as portrait retouching.
Alright, it is time to get serious. I have written about Tailwind before. I know it isn’t every bloggers favorite Pinterest tool but it definitely one of mine. I have been Tailwind for awhile now and find that it is a huge time-saving tool for Pinterest. Tailwind allows me to schedule content, upload lead images, ensure I am adding my own content to Pinterest daily and track my domain pins to see which are gaining traction. It also allows me to plan well in advance for seasonal trends. A really important factor to consider as a Pinterest consultant is that Tailwind is an approved partner with Pinterest. It is crucial that I only recommend the best tools to my clients. There are a few additional Tailwind features that I love including the ability to create board lists (HUGE time saver), have an interval pinning tool, run regular educational webinars that provide tips for marketing and growth, excellent customer service, and schedule content at your best times. This last feature is what sold me on Tailwind. We cannot be in all places at all times but Tailwind lets you capture those times when YOUR people are on Pinterest (even if you are off grabbing an artisanal latte in a hip coffee shop!). There is one last feature of Tailwind that I think deserves it’s OWN space.
So I wanted Communities to have its own space to shine. I can’t even count how many times I get asked if Tailwind Communities (formerly Tailwind Tribes) is worth it. Here is my honest review of Tailwind Communities. Once you get the hang of them, they are incredibly efficient and beneficial to 99% of the clients I work with. Communities are just like, well good friends. Once you find the Tailwind Communities that work for you, you are golden. It might take awhile but everyone has their sweet spot. Find the Communities that love your content (and share content that is a good fit for your account) and it is all smooth sailing from there. I think where some bloggers and biz owners run into difficulty is that they join Communities that are not a great fit. The search function for Communities is super helpful in finding new Communities that might be better for you and your content. Still struggling to understand what Tailwind Communities are? Think about them this way, Communities are Pinterest Group Boards but out of the “public” eye. So basically secret group boards. People who are using Communities are just like you – that want to use Pinterest strategically and want to share other peoples content, so we all have a vested interest in Tailwind Communities running well. So my honest review of Tailwind and Tailwind Communities is that it is an extremely good investment for most serious Pinterest for Business users.
The magical world of Facebook groups for businesses and bloggers. Seriously, I had no idea how much networking, brainstorming, and advice gets doled out in secret Facebook groups. If you aren’t already spending some time in Facebook groups, I highly suggest you find a few (or ask online friends for recommendations). There are two groups I belong to where Tailwind Tribes get shared: Tailwind Tribes for Pinterest and Pinterest Strategy & Growth. These groups can save you some time and help you find like-minded business owners to share with.
Browser Extension Add Buttons
This seems like a no-brainer but I am shocked at how many people DO NOT add the Pinterest browser Pin It button and the Tailwind browser extension. It is the easiest way to quickly save links while you are logged into Pinterest (oh hey using Pinterest the way we are supposed to!!!) or throw it into your Tailwind drafts to schedule later (also great for times that you see great content but want to share later).
So those are my absolute best 7 time-saving Pinterest tools that I love. It sounds a little complex but it truly is not once you have this system in place. It saves me time and runs my work like a well-oiled machine. If you are ready to work on your Pinterest account and want to take it to the next level, consider optimizing and cleaning up your account.
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