A few days ago, I attended my first Pinterest Party. To be honest, my social media skills primarily lie with Twitter and Instagram. Facebook is up there too, but I haven’t really gone beyond the functionality that was around when I first signed up in 2004. Google+ is cool, I like it but I often neglect it, though I am working to be more diligent with posting.
So aside from having my account registered to reserve the name, my Pinterest skills are virtually non-existent. I had to ask my wife to give me the 5 minute abridged version of the instruction manual. It’s kinda cool, being able to take pictures from the web and ‘pin’ it to a category, make notes, and share it with others. I can see why it has been so popular.
Once I was primed with how everything works, I signed up to the pin party and was given contributor permissions on the board. When the pin party started, I started pinning away. It was really cool to be able to select pictures on a website to post and then add your own notes to it. While I was adding my pins and ideas on the board, I saw a rush of post from all the other parents posting as well. There were some pretty great ideas, ranging from baby shower suggestions to nursery decor to newborn photography ideas.
All of this was sponsored by some really cool brands by means of a giveaway. It was a really great way to get your brand out there and get people interested about your product. I found this pin party through @StokkeBaby on Twitter. They make baby products ranging from strollers to furniture to car seats. I really love the design and style of their products. There were other brands involved as well, such as @ilovehippeas, who makes natural baby hair products, and @BabyCargo, who makes stylish baby gear. I have never heard of Hip Peas and Baby Cargo, but they all look like cool products and I will be thinking of them now that I know who they are.
Sadly, I didn’t win anything, but I had a blast with this pin party and I am looking forward more of these in the future. I will probably be also using Pinterest more to get ideas for baby stuff.