BLEND is on Pinterest!
Have you caught the Pinterest bug, yet? Do you find yourself looking at pins of your dream house, the latest hair braids, crock pot recipes or maybe D.I.Y. projects? Perhaps you follow a serious “pinner” who has created boards for everything that interests you – from kids craft projects to holiday table settings. If you don’t know what Pinterest is it’s time you see what the buzz is all about.
Pinterest is essentially a visual bulletin board or scrapbook of all the great things you find while surfing the internet. According to the Pinterest website, “Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
BLEND now has a Pinterest profile in which to inspire, to raise awareness about childhood obesity and overweight, and to capture the essence of BLEND. In a recent blog posted by Jackie Kaufenberg (Vivid Image), 3 Ways Nonprofits Build Success with Social Media, BLEND staff Kathy Geislinger explains the decision to create a Pinterest profile. BLEND uses all sorts of social media tools that are integrated on the website, including: Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, Blog and Guest Blog postings, and Email Marketing campaigns. These tools assist BLEND and are critical to build a stronger image, build a base of support and become better-connected, better-networked, and better-informed all to create an infrastructure for effective movement building. Creating a Pinterest profile just makes sense to advance our efforts and connect with others with similar interests.
When you take a look at the BLEND Pinterest page you will find standard boards like “Healthy Recipes” and “Get Moving“, and, interesting boards like “Inspirations” and “Infographics” that share healthful imagery and quotes to motivate followers. Some boards are clever and may not be considered typical but they will certainly speak of the BLEND mission to drive awareness and build support for healthier communities. For instance, the “Healthy Communities” board touches on the subjects of SRTS, Complete Streets, and the need for play spaces in our communities; while “Collective Action” looks to showcase local and national efforts which strive to encourage social and cultural change towards reversing the epidemic of overweight and obesity.
Regardless of which BLEND board peaks your interest we are sure you’ll find something worthy of repinning! That’s the nature of Pinterest – you find something you like you ”repin it” to one of your boards. BLEND will continue to add boards and pins that are relevant, easy and affordable…and, most importantly, those that have the potential to motivate personal action and advocate for change.
We invite you to check our Pinterest profile and follow us! Pin a new recipe, read an inspirational quote…and be sure to check out our new Halloween board - ”Trick-or-Healthy Treat“. We’ve pinned great ideas to celebrate a healthy, happy Halloween!
As always, we are grateful for our supporters and are very excited to share our “pins” with you! Tell us if you have a Pinterest profile – we’ll take a look at what you’ve pinned!
Want to learn more about BLEND’s social media efforts? Check out this blog post by Jackie Kaufenberg (Vivid Image) Secrets to BLEND’s Guest Blogging Program!