Is Pinterest the Missing Link in Your Social Media Strategy

by Guest Author on April 22, 2013

in Guest Posts, Social Media

pinterest_logoIf you haven’t been living in a cave, you are probably already using Facebook and/or Twitter for marketing your business. Does it make sense to add another social media channel, when you have behemoths like Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to feed? Read on, as you might find out that Pinterest is just the missing link in your social media strategy.

What is Pinterest and how does it Work

According to the latest available stats, Pinterest has 11 some million active users. That number might have swelled as the slick new social media platform is growing phenomenally fast. Pinterest achieved 145% growth in 2012, according to some estimates.

In the simplest terms, Pinterest is an online Pinboard where you can create and share “boards”, containing “pins” from your website, uploads, or from anywhere on the Internet. The content shared on Pinterest is mostly pictures. Even the quotes and texts are in pictorial form. Just like in Facebook or Twitter, you can follow people on Pinterest and their pins will start appearing in your feed. When you like a picture, you can “repin” it to any of the boards that you have created, and share it with your followers. You can also share the pins on Facebook, Twitter, email, and can also imbed them in your website.

Why Pinterest is Vital for Your Business

Pinterest beats Facebook and Twitter because Pinterest creates referral links with the speed of light. If you have used Facebook or Twitter, you might have an idea how hard it can be to get followers, and then to get your followers to share your content. The primary social behavior on both Facebook and Twitter is not to create referral links or share content. Facebook users login to read stories from their friends and comment on posts. Pages are of secondary importance to them, and the sharing rates for business posts are negligible for most industries. Twitter users are there to read tweets from the people they are following, and to get their own tweets across. They do click on links and like to see pictures with tweets, but that is not the primary social behavior on Twitter.

Pinterest is different. The primary reason why a user logs into Pinterest is to repin and share interesting content. When anyone repins or shares your picture, a referral link is created. If you are posting great content (read pictures), you might be pleasantly surprised to see thousands of people repining your pictures within the first couple of months. It might be hard to achieve a compatible number of shares or retweets on Facebook and Twitter, even in a couple of years.

Some of the people who will share your content will have thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of followers. What it basically means that they are referring your business to a huge number of potential customers.

How to Go About Marketing on Pinterest

I would suggest proper planning before you start posting on Pinterest. Of course, you can make a free Pinterest account just by logging in with your Twitter or Facebook account. You can uncheck the “post your activity to Timeline” option from the settings menu if you don’t want everything you do on Pinterest to be automatically published to your Facebook timeline. Start following people, and some of them will follow you back. Do not post anything unless you are fully prepared. The quickest way to learn is by observing others.

Meanwhile, make your Pinterest plan. Collect your content and tools, which might comprise of a good quality camera, an Instagram account (for revving up images), and that’s about it. Pinterest works best for food, clothing, fashion, cosmetics, and all other businesses that can produce visually attractive content.

Guest article written by: Kapil Jekishan is a huge social media advocate who runs his own blog [tp lang=”en” only=”y”]Latestcrunchs[/tp][tp not_in=”en”]Latestcrunchs.com[/tp], which is a technology portal for both aspiring and established bloggers to contribute their ideas. Why not write for Latestcrunchs today by contacting Kapil.

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Mohd Aktar April 23, 2013 at 09:53

Hey Kapil, nice information on Pinterest. It was great reading this post.. Thanks for sharing.

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Anshdeep Verma April 23, 2013 at 10:00

Great post Kapil, I was browsing for this information, its really helpful. Keep going.

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Kapil Jekishan April 23, 2013 at 15:11

Thanks Mohd and Anshdeep for your feedback. I’m glad you enjoyed my overview of Pinterest and how to best use it for your own business.
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Christine April 24, 2013 at 09:39

This blog is really interesting about what new pinterest and how much help built a reputation in large traffic generation in pinterest marketing.Would like to appreciate the effort of Kapil for creating such a wonderful blog which is very helpful for the visitors

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Katherine Reyes April 24, 2013 at 10:55

Thanks for your post i will use pinterest to pin my products..

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Uwe April 24, 2013 at 12:25

that is very interesting article about Pinterest. its really helpful for me. thank yor for share.

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Mitch April 24, 2013 at 12:47

Kapil thanks for providing information of why Pinterest is vital for business and how to do marketing on Pinterest. Great!

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shanon April 24, 2013 at 23:52

The best thing about Pinterest is its all about pictures. Whenever I make any post and include an image, I share it in pinterest if I think it will create buzz among others. This is the simplest way to share your website link and images. Its pretty easy, fun and you doesn’t need to type a lot. In pinterest, picture talks.

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Kumar Suhas April 25, 2013 at 15:15

Hi Kapil , Pinterest has grown up to one of the top 100 site and almost around the top 50 sites as per the Alexa rank. It is important part of the social media strategy these days. This information shared by you is really helpful while accommodating Pinterest in social media strategy these days.
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Claire Buffay April 25, 2013 at 16:07

It’s always nice to know something new. I would like to give it a try.

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Gordon Olson April 25, 2013 at 23:13

I have a Pinterest account but I haven’t been using it because I didn’t know where to start, but I will try to implement your tips now. Thanks for the advice Kapil.
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Kapil April 26, 2013 at 07:36

Thanks all for your insightful comments – given Pinterest is the fastest growing platform and the fact consumers relate to visuals a lot more than text, we really should leverage it a lot more.
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Bossi April 27, 2013 at 13:16

Wow, I didn’t know pinterest was this usefull. I’m going to create an account as we speak. Great post.

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Kapil Jekishan April 29, 2013 at 02:09

Go for it Bossi! It really comes down to trying each individual social media platform to see what works best for you. Like most things, give it about 3 months before you draw any conclusions. All the best.
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Kimsea April 29, 2013 at 12:05

Thanks for sharing! Absolutely, many people said yes about Pinterest but I did get many traffic from it. I that maybe I missed some trick about this platform. I try to learnt about how to gain effective from. That great review.
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Nick Taylor May 17, 2013 at 15:02

Pinterest really won’t help much with organic SEO, but it can drive traffic.Pinterest is a very important apps in my works now a days. You can add a “pin it” button to your blog so users can share your images on Pinterest with a link back to your site. it is crucial to see how you can enjoy the Pinterest SEO advantages and features.
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Markas Cetar March 28, 2018 at 14:22

Thanks for helping me out from my problem

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