Pinterest is practically a newcomer in the social media landscape but it has so caught the fancy of millions of netizens since its launch in 2010 that it is now officially the third largest social network in the United States, behind only Facebook and Twitter (Experian Hitwise, March 2012). According to Comscore.com, “Pinterest buyers spend more money, more often, and on more items than any of the other Top 5 social media sites,” and according to Hitwise data, “Pinterest drove more referral traffic to retailers than LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+.”
Consumer brands have been taking advantage of Pinterest’s fast-growing user base and getting good results with their efforts. B2B marketers as well can integrate Pinterest in their marketing campaigns, as many B2B experts and social media analysts agree that it is an effective marketing tool.
According to marketer Jim Ewel, Pinterest is a great way to “humanize” your company. A lot of B2B marketers today advertise customized or personalized services to retailers, business owners, and second-level wholesalers they are targeting. People want to interact with people, instead of faceless brands.
Before we proceed, remember that Pinterest is a highly visual sharing site. Its popularity shows how something as simple as a picture can drive people to your website and turn this traffic into conversions. The challenge lies in carefully building a B2B marketing strategy for Pinterest that works well with your business and fits the type of products and services that you offer.
Just this month, Pinterest dropped its invitation-only approach and is now open to everyone.
Here are some useful tips and tricks on how you can use Pinterest to gain B2B marketing success.
Want to be more visible on Pinterest? This infographic will guide you through 6 marketing secrets that will make you more visible on this popular platform.
Every company on the planet is looking for a cheap and effective way to get their message, product or service into people’s minds. It’s the natural way of thinking for an entrepreneur, but sometimes finding those outlets can be a challenge. There is simply no easy way of marketing your idea to millions of people instantly without a little bit of initial work. The one thing a lot of these companies have figured out is that social media, and networking in particular, is one of the best ways to get their stuff out there. And it’s super cheap as well! In fact, it is free. But it takes a lot of work to build up a following that will make your idea go viral and reach people not currently in your body of followers. That’s when marketing secrets are worth gold.
One of the most popular and brightest shining stars in the social networking sky right now is of course Pinterest. It’s an intriguing and ultimately easy to use social networking platform on which you can share pictures and videos with just a couple of clicks. Building a following on Pinterest isn’t hard, but it could sometimes take time. That’s the reason why I wanted to share some marketing secrets with you which all pertain to Pinterest.
I recently stumbled over a well executed infographic that goes into 6 fundamental marketing secrets that will help you gain a lot more momentum on Pinterest, which is something I think a lot of companies want to do. It was created by Hubze and is a visually pleasing piece of creativity that will shed some much awaited light on what marketing secrets work best on Pinterest. It’s called 6 Savvy Secrets For A Successful Pinterest.
While consumer brand marketers are embracing Pinterest enthusiastically, many B2B marketers are still in a quandary about the visual sharing site. On one hand, it’s highly engaging, rapidly growing, and has more than 11 million users. On the other hand, 80% of users are women and the most popular topics continue to be fashion, cooking, home decor, crafts, weddings and kids.
So, is Pinterest worthwhile for business marketing? Does it really help with SEO? And if Pinterest is worth the effort of getting to know the ins and outs of yet another social network, what are the best practices for using it?
The seven experts below contend that the site is indeed worthwhile for business, that it’s sort of helpful for SEO, and that their tips can lead to business success there. While some B2B marketers will likely remain skeptical, there’s no sign of Pinterest’s growth slowing anytime soon and the demographics are shifting, making the site at least worth keeping an eye on for now.
How To Get The Most Out Of Pinterest by Search Engine People
Advising “If you’re an entrepreneur, marketer or small business owner, do yourself a favor and join the site now,” Matt Beswick provides a concise but helpful guide to using the visual social network, from getting started and building a following to generating more traffic and properly categorizing your graphics.
Why Pinterest Is NOT Your SEO Miracle Worker by Search Engine Land
Jordan Kasteler notes that while SEO practitioners initially flocked to Pinterest for its do-follow links, the site changed course and switched to the insidious no-follow links in March 2012. Nevertheless, he does suggest seven ways for SEO pros to constructively use Pinterest as a social network rather than a source of easy backlinks.
B2B Marketing & Pinterest: 5 Tips for Becoming the Ultimate Pinner by Marketo B2B Marketing and Sales Blog
Chris Russell offers five tips for using Pinterest for B2B marketing, such as “Pinterest’s search is all about keywords…simply adding a description (adjectives help!) will immediately get eyes on your pin…They’re basically the same rules as Yahoo search circa 1996. Load up relevant, popular keywords in the description of your pins and boards and you are guaranteed to get more views/likes/follows.”
10 *Useful* Rules for Using Pinterest for Business [Infographic] by Unbounce
Oli Gardner provides the “10 commandments” of using Pinterest for business, in both text and infographic form, among them: “honor thy source,” “remember to be social” and perhaps most helpfully, “Research and measure your pins — A key here is to check Google Analytics to see the value of the Pinterest traffic you are getting…also don’t be afraid NOT to use Pinterest if you can’t make it successful.”
7 Surprising Pinterest Insights Every Marketer Needs by Heidi Cohen
Heidi Cohen contends that if you are skipping Pinterest because you’ve heard it’s “a female dominated, crafting ghetto” then you are “missing out on an important social media marketing opportunity regardless of whether your business is B2C, B2B, not-for-profit or solopreneur oriented.” And she backs it up with research showing that Pinterest’s user base is increasing male, 80% prime working age (between 25 and 54 years old), highly engaged and mobile-savvy.
Pin to Win: The Ultimate Short Guide to Pinterest for Business by Social Media Today
Brett Relander puts forth nine “no-fail guidelines” to business success on Twitter, such as “Keep your boards in order. A common mistake is to dump all your content onto one board. Instead, use different boards to break down content in a way that makes sense,” and “Take care with your links…Make sure that your Pinterest links take the viewer directly to the exact right content. Another important point is to check links for images that you are re-pinning. When you re-pin, you are implicitly delivering a recommendation, so make sure the link works and is not spam.”
25 Tips to More Effective Marketing on Pinterest by Brent Price Carnduff
Brent Carnduff suggests setting up a business page, verifying your account, tagging other Pinterest users, adding “follow me on Pinterest” and “Pin it” buttons to your website or blog, and creating boards with tutorials or product instructions among the more than two dozen helpful Pinterest tips here.
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