|Everything you ever wanted to know about Pinterest|
(but were afraid to ask)
Update: We've distilled the Pinterest wisdom from this series of blog posts into one handy downloadable eBook. We hope it's useful.
Pinterest is emerging to be one of the hottest social networks of 2012. A recent report found that Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn (some analyisis by Brian Solis here).
You might be wondering if your brand is a fit with Pinterest. There is no harm is registering your brand's name, and that will help stake your claim against brandjackers. Some industries have obvious curation tie-ins that make joining Pinterest a natural fit (retail, design, beauty.) Other industries will need to be creative to find a way to make use of Pinterest's visual curation emphasis to benefit their overall community efforts.
Pinterest has identified the following “best practices" for brands:
- Pinning from various sources rather than one specific site.
- Repinning from within the site to engage with others – repinning is one of the most social activities on Pinterest and it’s how any user really builds his/her network of followers.
- Creating at least a few boards that cover a broad range of interests, rather than maintaining a single board devoted to one topic.
In working with Pinterest, it is evident that the platform in its current state has been built with individuals in mind, not brand curators. It takes some creativity to bend a profile to suit a brand's needs. Likewise, Pinterest's internal search delivers nebulous results.
It can be difficult to find examples of how brands are currently using Pinterest, as Pinterest's search will not always surface relevant content and many of the current articles on the web rehash the same case studies (West Elm, Whole Foods, Mashable, etc.) In thinking about your brand's direction on Pinterest, you may find helpful the following index and loose categorization of 100+ brands currently participating on Pinterest.
100+ Brands on Pinterest
|Cabot Cheese's genuine appreciation for the company's roots|
makes it one of our favorite brand curator examples.
Food and Cooking
|Cooking Light devotes a pinboard to Blogs they love.|
|HGTV and Pinterst are a natural fit.|
|USA Today segments its brand voice by using |
different brand accounts for different topics.
Fashion and Lifestyle Magazines
|The Seattle Seahawks football team experiments with Pinterest.|
|Threadless curates its own content on Pinterest |
by sorting t-shirt designs by theme.
|Anthropologie claims its name without curating content.|
|Etsy's early adoption and intense use|
pays off in number of followers.
Beauty and Fashion
|Tarte Cosmetics shows staff photos and product picks.|
|Nina Garcia (and staff) embraces her role as tastemaker.|
|Blogher curates from member blog content.|
Home Goods and Services
|Texas A&M University keeps its students and alums in mind|
when adding content.
Colleges and Universities
|Verizon participates on Pinterest ... perhaps unwisely?|
Pinterest Boards about Brands
Many thanks to the Pinners who are curating boards about brands on Pinterest:
Previous posts in our Everything Pinterest series include -
Post by Bliss Hanlin, Community Manager at eModeration
Freelance writer and social media enthusiast, frequently to be found blogging with with the social media management agency eModeration. You can find her on Google+.
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