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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.

 

He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:

 

The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold

 

Avoid Self Promotion:

 

"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".

 

Here are the takeaways:

 

My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.

 

**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.

 

**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.jeffturner.info/pinterest/]


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You Are What You Curate: Why Pinterest is So Hot

You Are What You Curate: Why Pinterest is So Hot | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Om Malik for Gigaom

 

The author says "Pinterest is one of the hottest startups around these days and represents the latest buzzword in the Valley: curation".

 

Here's what you need to know:

 

2012 will likely see an acceleration of structured, push button, social curation across the web. Why? Because most users don’t want to take much effort to produce content, and consuming content in a structured manner (especially photos) is also much faster.

 

**Just as the first wave of social media has transformed the consumption of information,

 

**this next wave of social curation will fundamentally change how users find and interact with content over time.

 

My commentary:

 

 As a business person, I see tremendous value in Pinterest because as the title of this article suggests, what we post online tells a story about who we are, what we represent and shows a human side through our curated topics. This allows others who may be potential customers to find points of connection which is a great way to start a relationship. It also gives me a chance to listen by observation to what my audience wants at a deeper level. This is a great starting place and can lead to many opportunities that lie ahead.

 

Excerpt:

 

**platforms — YouTube, WordPress and Tumblr — have had more success, thanks to faster, cheaper broadband connections. Twitter and Facebook are the big winners of this sharing.

 

**Are thinking about building a product, evaluating a company or just wondering why early adopters are so crazy about Pinterest, Instagr.am or Quora?   

 

**we’re playing a role in a movie: edited, directed and starring us.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/wEnbpQ]


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Tom George's comment, January 12, 2012 6:36 AM
Nice one Jan, and nice topic by the way.
Mariusz Leś's comment, January 20, 2012 8:55 AM
I really don't know why Pinterest is so "hot". I use Fancy (thefancy.com) instead (it has an android app, that's why, nothing else).
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5 Hot Tips for Brands to Connect With Consumers on Pinterest

5 Hot Tips for Brands to Connect With Consumers on Pinterest | SocialMediaDesign | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Lauren Drell for American Express Open Forum -

 

 

Intro:

 

We've all been hearing a lot about Pinterest lately, so you're probably wondering whether you should take the plunge and create a profile for your company.

 

****We say you go for it, especially if women are your target consumers–70 percent of pinners are female.

 

**Pinterest has a highly engaged audience–a reported 3.3 million users logging more than 421 million page views–so there's plenty of opportunity for brands to flesh out pinboards and catch pinners' eyes.

 

"Join these brands' efforts of staying ahead of the social media curve by joining–and having fun with– Pinterest".

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

****Beyond pushing one's products, you also can use Pinterest as a way to convey your company culture–post pictures of the office, the mascot, people's cubicles, lunch breaks and office events. Fans are interested in these details, and this imagery helps to humanize the brand.

 

For a look at what some brands are already doing on Pinterest, check out the roundup below. Perhaps they'll inspire your own boards.

 

Here's just one brand example........

 

West Elm: The furniture brand posts images of various rooms–bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens–to inspire the interior designer in you. By showering you with beautiful homes, it gets you thinking about nesting without taking an overtly sales-y approach.

 

My commentary:

 

This article says 70% of pinners are female and that may be true for today but this is just the beginning and lots of men are starting to pin as well. I see all kinds of possibilities here for many brands aiming at women or men. Like I told people in 1994 when the web was just beginning and there weren't many people online, it's a good idea to put your stake in the ground now as it's evolving because this is going to be big!

 

I can speak from experience, Pinterest is amazing on so many levels. Think of it as a new restaurant, you don't just eat in one place do you? Don't put your social networking campaign in one or two baskets, get on board for a very interesting ride. Please feel free to comment or share any experiences you're having, would love to hear from you and follow you there too:-).

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zqNGEy"


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Pinterest: There's Something here For Everyone - [video] Inspiring!

This is another compelling story about Pinterest - the video says it all. It's a deaf woman's story about how she's using visuals to communicate her story. There's something for everyone on this network and this is just the beginning.

 

Please feel free to follow "Pinterest Watch" for continuous news coverage on this hot new network. You can also follow me on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jangordon/

 

Intro:

 

I'm discovering new ways to use social media to show I can integrate and make noise in the masses. I love how versatile Pinterest is. It serves many purposes..

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

See the full video here: [http://bit.ly/x2qRyD]


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