Combine Pinterest and Email Marketing to Increase Sales


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If you are a business or service professional that targets women, you probably know that you need to get on Pinterest.

With 70 million users (80% women), 23% of which use it once per day, Pinterest is fast-becoming a business must-have, especially for brands selling items online.

The social network is being used by top brands all over the world to drive traffic to their website and increase online sales. Many of these brands are integrating their Pinterest presence and strategy with their email marketing – a surefire bet to increase sales, when done well.

So how can your business combine email marketing and Pinterest for maximum impact? Here are 7 ideas and examples from some of the top brands on Pinterest:

1)     Carter’s: Pins We Love

Children’s clothing retailer Carter’s sends out frequent emails to their customers featuring what is most popular on their Pinterest boards.

With bold, colorful designs and lots of cute faces, moms and dads alike are bound to find something pinnable in the email.

Carters - email marketing plus Pinterest

2)     Lancome – We Love Pinterest!

To announce their presence on Pinterest, beauty and make-up company Lancome sent out a special email announcing it with an added bonus – a Pinterest contest! Their enthusiasm for Pinterest in contagious, so even if someone on their email list is not currently using the social network, they may be compelled to check it out, and to follow Lancome.

Lancome Pinterest

3)     Horchow – Targeting Influencers

Furniture company Horchow uses their emails to customers to provide useful information and exclusive tips from top bloggers and interior designers. During National Decorating Month, the company ran an entire Pinterest campaign, promoted via email, featuring their favorite “PinPals”. They even offered an incentive to check out and purchase items directly from their Pinterest boards – free shipping!

Horchow Pinterest

4)     ShopNBC – Trend Spotting

ShopNBC uses Pinterest and email marketing to share the latest trend alerts. Email subscribers can click over to their carefully curated pin boards featuring the top trends, such as bright colors and gemstone accessories.

ShopNBC Pinterest

5)     Babies R Us – Pin It Button

This simple email from Babies R Us features a Pin It button on the image in the email, to encourage either shopping now or pinning and saving for later.

Babies R Us Pinterest

6)     Zulily – Pinable Graphics

On online retailer that seems to be made for Pinterest is the powerhouse zulily. zulily has fun with Pinterest, creating special pinable graphics, just “for the fun of it”.

They also add an incentive to pinners, promote via their emails: If someone purchases an item from zulily from a pin that you have shared, you get $ 15! What could be better?

zulily Pinterest

7)     Mark Shale – First Look

Fashion firm Mark Shale offers exclusive sneak peeks to its Pinterest users and email subscribers, a great incentive to sign up and follow the brand.

Mark Shale Pinterest

The key to effectively integrating Pinterest with your email campaigns is simplicity. Do not shove a Pinterest announcement or Pin of the Week into an email chock full of other news, images and content.

Pinterest is its own animal with its own distinct culture and many millions of committed users. If you can market to your email list on Pinterest, you have double the chances of enticing them to make a purchase.

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