Power Tools, DIY & Social Media - How To Make Them Work for You
Posted by Mark Hunter - March 15, 2013
Today we've got a guest blog post written by Jay Preston, blogger and Brand Manager for ToolHQ, Australia's premiere cordless power tool supplier.
He enjoys sharing tips and ideas on DIY and building projects, as well as info on the power tools and their best uses.
Well, almost nobody.
Why Social Media Matters to DIYers
These forms of media are great for sharing information quickly and keeping in touch, but they are also very important in business as well.
These are great ways of getting immediate feedback from customers and potential clients, and it is a great tool to use to stay in front of them as well. It seems like every time I turn around, there is a new social app sweeping in from out of nowhere to change the way things work.
I for one have discovered one recently.
Pinterest and Power Tools
Discovered is probably too strong of a word considering millions of people are already using it, but Pinterest is a great resource for sharing information. It is a simple enough concept; allow users to “pin” pictures and items of things that they find useful, helpful and interesting into a digital photo book. You can attach information and comments to the pictures, group them however you want, share and archive them.
You can find people with similar interest and look at their finds as well.
What I like about Pinterest is stumbling across a new idea. Pinterest is ideal for the DIY’er and anybody that likes to use power tools.
There are millions of photos to sort through, ideas by the truckload. I was tackling a project at home to add a mantle to our boring brick fireplace. I looked at some friends’ mantles and even checked out a few ideas at the home improvement stores.
I flipped through a few magazines at the local bookstore and wasn’t seeing anything that was of particular interest.
Then my wife suggested Pinterest and I was hooked. I searched and looked and there were things that I hadn’t even considered doing until I saw them for myself. I organized some ideas to share with my wife and we found something that worked for us.
There are ideas for just about any DIY project you can think of.
Kitchen remodels and bathroom remodels are just the start. There are gardening ideas and ideas on organizing your garage as well. What’s nice is that you don’t have to clip the photos and try to hold onto them in the junk drawer in the kitchen. You can keep them neatly organized online with easy access anytime you want. And you can share what you like with family, friends and coworkers with a click of a button.
Now, I’m not saying that Pinterest is the solver of all problems; in fact it created another one for me. Sure, I can find lots of exciting and new ideas, but there is one drawback. My wife now has a file very well organized for new projects that she wants me to get started on around the house.
How do you use social media to learn new skill, discover new project or buy new power tools? Share with us in the comments below.
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