Launches ‘Pin It if You Love It’ Contest

by Christine DemosFebruary 1, 2012

We’re excited to kick-off our Valentine’s Day Pin It If You Love It contest, our first-ever challenge on Pinterest. Never heard or Pinterest? Check out our Pinterest blog highlighting this awesome site.

To enter simply create a virtual pin board featuring ten homes you love on for a chance to win one of five $250 home improvement gift cards. Contest ends February 15, 2012. Winners will be judged on creativity and originality based on the description provided and selections made, composition of boards and overall relevancy to contest theme.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1:

Create a Pin It if You Love It board on Pinterest. Be sure to follow on Pinterest too!

Step 2:

Pin your favorite homes for sale or rent on – go to the website ( and pin at least ten of your favorite homes for sale or rent. (*Please include a link to the home listing inside the description if you are uploading a photo.) Your pins can be based on location, interior or exterior design or whatever else strike your fancy!

Step 3:

Link your board to enter the contest – Provide a link to your board below for a chance to win one of five $250 home improvement gift cards (click on Add Your Link)

If you have any questions or would like an invite to Pinterest, please feel free to contact And remember to check out the Pinterest article on our blog for resources. Please see the official contest rules before entering.


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Christine Demos
Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!
  • February 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Hope I shared the link correctly. Thanks!
    Sidney Cook

  • February 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks! I love Pinterest, it is sooo addictive. It’s like windowshopping all day long. I love home improvement stuff, we just recently bought a home and I am always looking for tips on how to decorate on a budget.

  • Erika Barnes
    February 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Pinterest is not letting me post the images I want. It is only showing the add images on the page. I’ll keep trying. 🙂

  • February 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Now THAT is a clever use of Pinterest! Way to go!

  • Cerrisse Wood
    February 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    So fun! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  • Becca F
    February 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I agree with Lisa, what a cool use of Pinterest!!

  • February 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    You helped me and my wife find our home in Ocala, Florida.


  • Gillian Luce
    February 1, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Glad everyone is loving the Pinterest contest! It’s a hot new site that’s extremely addictive…why not earn a chance to win while pinning! 🙂 Good luck to all entrants!

  • Karin Hill
    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you for pushing me towards ‘shopping’ for a home to rent / buy. It is something I should be doing anyway – I truly enjoyed the task. Bless you! I WILL return to your site!

  • Mary Rickrich
    February 1, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    how do you enter if you don’t have a blog? I love pinterest, and took the time to choose my 10 favorite homes and pinned them to my new board but cannot complete my entry because I don’t have a blog.

  • Erika Barnes
    February 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    sending now

  • February 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    thanks for the help, I believe I am entered.

  • Sara Haaf
    February 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I am confused on what you mean by include a link in the description? When you click on the pin it will pull you over to the site, is that what you mean, or should I edit all the descriptions?

  • Gillian Luce
    February 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hey Sara! For those participants who aren’t using the Pinterest book mark tool the pin may not pull the link which is why we ask that a link be included. If your pins pull the link, you are just fine! Good luck in the contest. 🙂

  • Marlenda
    February 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

    My link goes to the log in page – how can I edit it to go to the board?

  • February 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Homes help us find our Ocala, FL. home

  • February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    So happy to find We will be moving to Orlando shortly so this is a great resource for me. Thanks for the sweepstakes.

  • February 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks! What a fun contest – I love Pinterest and I love looking at homes for sale! Woohoo!

  • Heather S
    February 2, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Ok resubmited my board not sure what was wrong with the first one. Hopefully this is right?

  • February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    What a great tool for Interior Designers, Realtors and Clients!! Love this!! What a nice perk too!

  • February 2, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    What a great way to use Pinterest to market your business! I love it!

  • February 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    This was really fun! I had a great time looking through and creating my board! 🙂

  • February 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    What a great contest! Thank you for including Canadians! 🙂

  • Danielle H
    February 3, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Another Dream Home board, I love pinterest, maybe adding a “historic” home to your choice of features would be helpful for those of us who LOVE older well loved homes!

  • Dusty Horn
    February 3, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Yay, I hope I’m lucky winner! I had a lot of fun looking at the gorgeous homes listed on My visual list of dream homes on Pinterest is now complete…well, maybe not! A big thanks to!

  • Dusty Horn
    February 3, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Oops, I hope I’m “a” lucky winner! Good luck to everyone! 🙂

  • Heather Speaks
    February 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Glad I discovered…such an easy way to search for homes to buy. We’re looking to buy a home within the year and would like to stay in the area.

  • Terri
    February 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Wow, two of my favorite things… Pinterest and beautiful homes! Oh yea, $250.00 is my favorite thing too!

  • Howard Steeley
    February 4, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Love to win

  • February 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Just love the idea great ideas and great houses altogether

  • Kitty Church
    February 5, 2012 at 2:56 am

    ~ WOW this was so much fun ~ It took several days of searching and lots of ~ I want to live there comments to my husband ~ Good Luck Everyone ~

  • Dusty Horn
    February 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I entered the contest a few days ago. I’m now following on Pinterest! Thanks again for the opportunity! Hope you like my pins! 🙂

  • Nicole
    February 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Makes me really sad to see Pinterest being abused this way. This is not what the site is designed for. I guess it wont be long before it just becomes a big place for people to advertise, no longer a place to just go and share what i like, and what my friends like. Instead they will be “sharing” things to win so companies can advertise for free. Slowly it will lose what we all love about it.

  • Gillian Luce
    February 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    We’re so sorry to hear that you feel Pinterest is being abused by us and other brands. We assure you our contest and other Pinterest efforts do not mean to harm your connection with friends or your exploration of other users’ boards. While yes, our contest aims to get the word out there about, our efforts are also to help Pinterest users enjoy photos of the homes we feel are beautiful and that we’re proud to display. Thank you for sharing your concerns with us. If you’d like to talk with us further about this, please contact me at

  • Nikki S
    February 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Following! Link! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Kim Paddleford
    February 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I linked my Pinboard successfully, but messed up. I accidentally typed my last name in the email box, so I have a red “x” next my name and you don’t have an email. Is there something I need to do to fix this? Great idea for a contest btw!

  • Kim Paddleford
    February 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks Leslie! It worked!

  • February 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I wish we could search for houses by style of home instead of location. I’d like to look up all the lovely old Victorians regardless of location . . . 🙂

  • Whitney
    February 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Love this contest! I look at homes all the time so it’s nice to have a reason to now! LOL 🙂
    Hope I shared my board right! 🙂

  • Rita Daniel
    February 13, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks so much for having this contest and your pinterest blog on how to use pinterest. I got to learn how to use pinterest which I have heard about before but hadn’t used.

  • Colleen G
    February 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Not sure I did it right

  • Nan L.
    February 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Hope I did this right!

  • Susan Benson
    February 15, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Entered but have x by my name 🙁

  • christy
    February 16, 2012 at 4:06 am
    I’ve been trying all this time to submit my board but cannot. I’m sending it you way in case you can help. Pinterest: CraftingChristy

  • abby glover
    February 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    When are the winners announced?

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Sidney! You shared it correctly! Good Luck on winning :o)

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Thank You for your feedback. I’m sorry you’re having issues. Can you please take a screenshot of the error and email it to

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Mary! You don’t need to have a blog to enter. Click on add your link. In the URL box, insert the URL for the board you created in Pinterest. Then just your name and email address. Let me know if you still have issues. Good Luck!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hi Marlenda. Click on the board so you are looking at all of your pins in the board. Copy that url and put that in the linky. Let me know if you have any issues. Good Luck :o)

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Heather S!

    There have been a few issues with the links, but I just checked and the link you just added worked. Thanks for re-submitting! Good Luck!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Kim Paddleford! I am able to see your entry. The red x is there only because it’s the link you submitted and you are able to delete it at any time. I see that you inserted your last name instead of your email address and we will need your email address to contact you if you win, so what you can do is click the red x and delete your current entry link, then re-enter with all the correct info. If you have any questions or need additional help, email us at

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Glad you’re enjoying the contest! I believe I found your board and yes you shared it correctly. Good Luck!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Colleen! I found your board and re-submitted your link. You’re all entered now 🙂 Good Luck!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Good Morning Nan L. I looked through the entry names and I do not see yours. To Enter: Click to submit your link. In the 1st box paste the link to your board on Pinterest, in the 2nd box enter your name & in the 3rd box enter your email address. If you’re still having issues, you can email me at and I will try to help you more. Good Luck in the contest!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Hi Susan Benson! The red x is next to your name because that is the link you submitted and you have the ability to delete your entry at any time by clicking the x. No need to worry, you entered correctly! 🙂

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 16, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Christy! By looking at the time your comment came through I’m guessing you were unable to submit your link because the contest had already closed. It looks like your comment came through at 3.06am EST and the contest ended at midnight EST. Thank You for participating!

  • Leslie Ortega
    February 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    HI Abby Glover! They will be announced on the blog later today…stay tuned ;o)

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