13 Years Ago This Month I Left a Six Figure Corporate Job…

Celebrating 13 Years of EntrepreneurshipIn November 2001, I left a six-figure, job at Adobe (Seattle office) to come home and start a business.

My primary motivation? To fulfill my dream of being an “at home mom” to my 4 month old daughter and 4 year old son.

But as single parent, I got a lot of flack.

My family and friends thought I was crazy to leave a secure, high-level IT position for an unknown business venture.

However I knew if I didn’t make the move, I would always regret it.bellie_noah_2002

And 13 years later, I can say that every day I wake up immensely grateful for my life as an entrepreneurial mom.

Entrepreneurship is Life Changing

For me ecommerce was the vehicle that allowed me to change my life, and the life of my children.









And over the years, I’ve been honored to help more than 90,000 online merchants in 15 countries representing 2600+ niche markets and 100’s of millions of dollars in sales change their lives via ecommerce.

At the end of the day, for me, that’s what this is all about…

Helping people change their lives using ecommerce and selling online as the vehicle.

So as I celebrate my 13 year anniversary as an entrepreneur, I’d like to thank you

My newsletter and blog readers, students, clients around the world, for welcoming me into your lives and your businesses – and giving me the opportunity to share my ecommerce marketing strategies, insights and training to help you change you change your life via online sales.

My Entrepreneurial Journey

I often get asked about what it takes to make it as  entrepreneur, support a family on my own, and manage it all, while still balance. This week on Facebook and Pinterest, and here on my blog, I’ll be sharing some of my top tips to business longevity.

The challenges, the high-points, and the “inner game” that’s helped me to run a successful business that has supported a family for 13 years. What I share with you might surprise you!

You can start reading about my journey as an entrepreneurial mom here.

And now, LET’S CELEBRATE!13anniv

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This year, during our pre-Thanksigivng dinner gratitude sharing, my son (who is now a high-school senior!) said he was grateful that I’d shown him you can achieve your dreams through persistence, hard work and determination.

… That brought this entrepreneurial mom to tears. :)

Whatever your dreams are for your business, I want to encourage you to follow them! The road is not always smooth, but at the end of the day, the journey is more than worth it!





How Pinterest Promoted Pins Turn Products Into Best Sellers


Pinterest Promoted Pins are THE hottest topic in ecommerce marketing this year.

And for good reason.

Promoted Pins are bringing a new level of visibility and sales to ecommerce products this holiday season.

In fact a single Promoted Pins campaign just took one of my client’s products from a good seller to an Amazon best seller in a matter of a week…

64 Clicks, 40 Repins and… Now a Best Selling Product

“Lisa, this is pretty darn exciting.  After learning from you how best to phrase my keywords in my Pinterest promoted pin ads, I reworked them on a single product (it only had 1 or 2 clicks at best).   In about a weeks time, I am up to 64 clicks  — since it is a holiday item it was time to get a little more traction.  It has gone from a good seller to a best seller!

Thanks, Lisa, your insight was invaluable!  – Kelly”

However, Pinterest Promoted Pins are so new, most people don’t understand how they work and how they can benefit your business.

Let’s  discuss in today’s blog post.

Understanding Promoted Pins

The first step in using Promoted Pins is understand what they are and how they’ll benefit your business and increase sales.

And there’s more to this than anyone (including Pinterest) is talking about.

A Pinterest Promoted Pin is essentially a paid ad on Pinterest.

Taking a “regular” Pinterest Pin and turning it into a paid ad.

You’ll recognize a Promoted Pin because it’s labeled as such in the bottom left hand corner of the Pin.



Once your Pin is promoted it gets increased exposure when:

  • A Pinterest user does a search for the keyword phrases that you’ve optimized your Promoted Pin for
  • People browse one of Pinterest’s pre-defined categories
  • A Pinterest user browses via the new Guided Search


At this time, Promoted Pins are not found in the Home Feed (the news feed that you see when you first log into Pinterest).

There is a lot of incorrect information about this being bandied about on the web.

  • Related Pins are shown in your Pinterest Home Feed (Pinterest serves these up at their discretion). Related Pins and Promoted Pins are two different things.
  • Also, your Standard Pin will show up in your newsfeed as a regular Pin normally would. Even if you have promoted it.

Below is an example of how users see a Promoted Pin in Pinterest’s Category Browse and Guided Search…



How Promoted Pins Increase Sales

There are 5 core ways that Pinterest Promoted Pins can increase your sales (six if you sell on Amazon).

The purpose of advertising with Promoted Pins is to:

  1. Sell More. Get your products in front of more and new targeted, interested Pinterest buyers
  2. Build a Following. Get exposure to potential new customers and people who aren’t yet following your business on Pinterest
  3. Make Your Pins go Viral. Generate more repins on your Pins, giving your products an even broader reach
  4. Accelerate the Process. Build an interested following more quickly on Pinterest, who will engage with your pins (both promoted and non-promoted) on a regular basis
  5. Drive click-throughs on your Pins over to your products on Amazon, Ebay, your website.

Understanding the purpose of your Promoted Pin is key to deciding what Pins to promote and what keyword phrases you want to optimize the Pins for.

An Added Benefit for Amazon Sellers


An added benefit for Amazon merchants is the more traffic you send to an Amazon listing, the more that listing is boosted in search. Even if a customer doesn’t buy at that time, the increased traffic to your Amazon Product Page, will give your Product Page an added boost in Amazon’s search for buyers who come in through Amazon’s front door.

Optimizing Your Promoted Pins

Because Pinterest Promoted Pins is still in Beta, it’s not a super intuitive program at the moment.

In fact, I’ve spent 25 hours under the hood of Pinterest, testing, tracking, and understanding how to keyword optimize Promoted Pins to get maximum visibility in search.

After my initial testing of Pinterest Promoted Pins in which I cracked the code on what you must do to keyword optimize your Pins (it’s different than your standard PPC keyword optimization strategies) for maximum visibility, I applied my strategies to Kelly’s pins.

Within a week, a Pin that was getting no traffic, achieved 40+ repins and 64 click-throughs to her product page, and drove her product from an OK selling product to one of her best-sellers on Amazon.pppsave25

This is the power of Pinterest Pins and how fast they can work to boost your sales.

If you’re just getting started with Pinterest Promoted Pins for the holiday selling season, you don’t have time to test, track and figure out what works, the holiday sales are happening NOW!

That’s why I’ve just added a brand new Promoted Pins video to my Pinterest for Holiday Sales that details step-by-step how to use Promoted Pins and get results.

To celebrate the opening up of Pinterest Promoted Pins, you can save 25% of Pinterest for Holiday Sales through Tuesday November 18th.

Have questions about Promoted Pins? Ask in the comments below!