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4 Tools for Pinterest Analytics and Monitoring

May 07, 2012
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I have to assume that by now you know what Pinterest is. If you don't, I have only one question for you: How long have you been living under that giant rock? Because Pinterest is one of the fastest growing sites and trends on the web, with people going crazy over it.

Where once the major addiction was Twitter and Facebook, now there are users constantly pinning images to their Pinterest board and sharing pictures with friends.

Pinterest has been announced as the #1 traffic referral for many image-friendly sites. While being an effective buzz marketing tool, it's yet that effectively tracked. Feel free to skip ahead to a tool of your interest.

Pinterest Analytics Tools:

1. Google Reader

Pinterest monitor

More than for just subscribing to blogs and site updates, Google Reader can also be used to monitor your reputation and social media progress. All you have to do is import Pinterest "source" page for your site into it and start accumulating data.

Since Pinterest doesn't have a traditional feed system, it may be not that easy to subscribe to it. But you can create an RSS for any website, Pinterest included, through Feed43. It is free and doesn't require a registration. Here's a detailed instruction on how to feed your Pinterest "source" page using Feed RSS.

Pinterest Analytics

Then let it gather in Google Reader to check over whenever you need to. This will give you a good way to track what is being pinned from your site and when:

  • Use Google Reader's search option to filter your site pins by keywords.
  • Use Google Reader's "Trends" option to track when is the highest "pin-friendly" time for your site.

2. Cyfe

Cyfe

This program doesn't just cover single site analytics. It monitors all of your business and social media profiles for data, and puts them all in one place for real-time reports. They have a very basic version for free that has five widgets and unlimited dashboards. From there, you get more features, such as users, real-time sharing and custom branding for $9, $29 and $49 per month.

The free option is a good way to go if you want to try it out and see if you like it before committing to spending any money. It is one of the few dashboards that have been created with Pinterest as a monitoring option, but it has a number of others like Pingdom, Constant Contact, SalesForce, Add This and dozens of others.

Two ways to monitor your Pinterest activity using Cyfe:

  • Add "Pinterest" widget to track your pins, likes and following numbers.
  • Create an RSS feed of the Pinterest "source" URL (see the above section for instructions) and feed it into Cyfe.

Cyfe pinterest

3. Google Analytics

Pinterest referrals

An obvious tool that many use for their site referral monitoring is Google Analytics. But it might not have occurred to you to put it to use as a social media monitor.

Here are detailed instructions on how to set Google Analytics to track your website referrals from Pinterest.

4. Pinerly

Pinerly

Pinerly is your Pinterest account analytics tool.

This dashboard is specifically designed for Pinterest. It allows you to follow and unfollow pinners, schedule pins on your own board, find popular pins and get stats on what is being pinned right now, or involving you and your brand.

Conclusion

Pinterest is becoming an ever more important part of social media marketing. If you have thought of using it, these tools will allow you to monitor your progress and get real data to help you along the way.

Comments

Ahman Adam
May 08, 2012

 Very appreciative and excellent insight how to do things that I may have done slightly differently!

Tad Chef
May 08, 2012

It seems there are only four tools. Did you forget one?

Elisa Gabbert
May 08, 2012

You are correct! Looks like Ann did forget one. I updated the title and numbering to reflect that! Thanks for pointing it out.

Ann Smarty
May 08, 2012

Oh I did? Looks like I have lost one when editing. Sorry!Here's a great one to add to the list: http://pinalerts.com/index/loginIt sends an alert to your email once a page from your site is pinned! Cool!

Elisa Gabbert
May 08, 2012

Thanks, Ann!

Jgar
Jun 02, 2012

lol we'll let you off this time :)

Pinfluencer
Sep 14, 2012

Another great analytics tool for Pinterest that measure engagment and influence is Pinfluencer.

Jennifer
Sep 15, 2012

It's been a few months since this article was published, but since then WhichSocial have launched, another handy analytics tool specifically aimed at retailers. It gives you details about which of your products are trending, which pins are being converted into sales and lets you benchmark your performance against your competitors. Have a look!http://whichsocial.com@whichsocial

Thomas
Dec 08, 2013

Great insights, I will try these immediately!

Michael Bian
Feb 22, 2014

I really appreciate this. Very excellent insights.

Jed
Jul 07, 2015

Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
I'm trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I'm not seeing very good gains.
If you know of any please share. Many thanks!

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