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What is Pinterest ??? (many things to many people - and now being referred to as "the fastest" growing business in the world


By Richard Grace March - April 2018

I published this page a few weeks ago - now I know that the "world" is very pinterested - more than just this tiny island of UK. So I need to decide what to do! (Any comments by email would be appreciated!)

 With more than "250 million" daily users and a growth rate of more than 50% per year the indication is that Pinterest is fulfilling a demand rather well! It is not another Facebook which remains dominant in terms of group social interaction. Pinterest is an image and word / searchable matching application with astounding / addictive share-ability AND top class functionality. + it is fun + easy to use! (that has to be the main reason for P's astonishing results)
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Our decisions are influenced by how things look - we all know that visual images are important regarding a high percentage of everyone's desires,interests and purchases.
In USA today more than 70% of females between 25 and 55 now use pinterest "daily" for both enjoyment and decision making. The male equivalent has reached over 50 % !!. Here in the UK we "WILL" catch up ?.
This relatively new ability to record images and make comparisons of product availability and cost is dramatically changing the way shopping works. Pinterest has made image sharing "easy and enjoyable" + product matching and price comparison is simple. - "drag frame on image + click" or with lens "point phone and click" (you are now looking at - choice, including links directly to suppliers info).  Pinterest has become "simply" THE leading platform for image recognition, image comparison and image sharing. Many images / (pins) link directly to more info, advisors and most importantly, websites where you can review ideas and buy stuff on-line.


So - What now? Firstly - here directly below is an example pin board - I made 18 boards in total as part of my research - (+ more at the bottom of this page. These boards are all connected "live", the one here has (10,000+" photos of cats) - "yes I did say ten thousand + of cats" - as you are reading this - right now - you can try by scrolling and clicking about with it - or read more and scroll back. Of course I recommend you see more of this first - it's only a 3 minute read in total !

There are vast untapped, valuable applications of this technology for most if not all businesses as well as benefits for users.
The FREE Pinterest, powerful and simple to use "app" lends itself to easy integration in websites. e.g. Images from sites can be saved and shared by anyone visiting. Importantly (here is the benefit), these images can and do carry inbuilt digital information of real value (links). This helps users to find more quickly the best source of the product, idea, service or experience being offered. This functionality makes Pinterest a "search engine" of amazing ability.


It's as simple as this for most businesses:


If images of what you do or sell are important then you must have a plan in place regarding how to benefit from using Pinterest. This has to become a  part of your business strategy. If not, you’re missing out on key opportunities, + (perhaps) exposing yourself to loss of business to competitors. Why? - because your competition will become P friendly sooner than yourself. (Shops and stores are struggling right now and Amazon is building more capability by the minute.) - ask yourself why this is?


Why should you use Pinterest for business?


Pinterest is an image based text searchable information network. Pinners are sharing ideas when planning projects or seeking out new products to buy, enjoy and use. I have studied all the latest data closely. Pinterest is all set to overtake "twitter" within months, to become "second only" to Facebook in the league table of the world's most used websites. It's quite different from all other social networks. Before I say any more about how to use Pinterest for business, here’s quick overview of some key Pinterest terminology. It's simple so I had to "spice" it up a bit.


What are Pins?


A Pin is any image or video with text and links that someone "a pinner" chooses to save to their own Pinterest boards. For businesses, more important than the image itself (if anything could be) is the website link it can and does "very often" carry. If an image is pinned from your own website it carries a link back from where it came. Pins get repinned by others looking for similar ideas and visits to your website go up. If visitors stay a while and pin more of your images - (guess what ?) the result is more web traffic and potentially more sales!
Every pin with an embedded link points back to the website it was from. More than 150 billion (that's a hundred and fifty thousand million) Pins to date indicate that something is changing, not to mention there is something working!

What works?


In order to keep things organized, Pinners sort their own Pins into collections called boards. For example, boards can be product offers, case studies, project information or simply grouped images of things the pinner likes or aspires to.
Your own boards can be liked and followed just as you yourself can "like" and "follow" any boards of other pinners, AND maybe most importantly, you can make comments and include keywords + #hashtags.


Web Integration


For many businesses an active Pinterest account is now becoming a "must have". It can drive web traffic at costs miniscule by comparison with other strategies. It is becoming more and more significant to many business situations. Images are vital to marketing and pinterest integration with your website is now vital to maintain a competitive position.


How to start


Open a Pinterest account - make boards, label them and start pinning. If you choose to receive feedback the Pinterest system will keep you informed day and night (you select the frequency) + all the info needed to understand how to achieve the results you want.
Other Pinners can follow your entire portfolio, or just the specific boards that interest them most. Once followed the Pins you save will appear in their feed. (in this case always associated with both written and visual info).


What is a feed?


A Pinterest feed is just like a feed on any other social network - it’s data or let's just call it info - about links and content from boards and users that a Pinner has followed or pinned or re - pinned.


How to set up a Pinterest account.


If you use Pinterest to enhance the marketing of your business, you must create a Pinterest business account, rather than a personal account. Business accounts offer specific features e.g. analytics and the ability to use Pinterest paid advertising if required.
If you already have a personal Pinterest account, you can convert it to a business account easily. Simply, fill in some additional information about your own business + accept the business-specific terms of service.
The account setup is as easy as it gets - register - choose name - choose business or personal - sign up DONE. Now - name a board and start to pin. No payment is required or asked for to sign up and use this system. Pinterest generate revenues by offering more stuff on a choice basis.


What user strategy is best:


Experienced pinners will all say the same:
Best to pin regularly / often - the system wants you to do this, the most feedback and benefit goes to those who contribute regularly. There are available, separate apps. (approved), which help automate and schedule your pinning process. (I have used "tailwind" and "pinfollow" - recommended).
Set your goals - Personal / Business - Define your strategy to suit.
Have fun - you are about to join the fastest growing network on the planet.


How is Pinterest integrated in an existing website ?

Easily - when you have a business account - see above - Pinterest "give" you access to all the codes free of any charge + simple on screen instructions about how to configure and use them. These codes "snippets" are cut and pasted from their page on-line into your existing code at the point where you want your new stuff to appear.

If you are reading this using a laptop and mouse - right click - select "view source" and you will see my own Pinterest code snippets right here. So - Pinterest give you these code snippets - you paste them in. Of course - you may choose to leave this to whoever looks after your website (or ask them to give you 10 minutes training) - But let us not pretend this is difficult.


Summary ?

1. Sketch out where you want the P buttons (of your design and choice) +  any "call to action links" to appear. 2. Paste in the Pinterest supplied codes. 3. Upload the modified pages. All done! Now, keep an eye on how your visitors behave (using P free analytics) and make alterations to suit. More visitors to your website will result (easy to see in analytics). - If you get your message right then more sales will follow. -- This of course is assuming your products or services are displayed correctly to the right audience and only you know this! - How simple is that!


 This Page written by Richard - Pinterest name "ricardospizza"

For businesses we are offering setup, integration with websites and on-going advice / consultancy (paid help). Contact Richard - You can see it working here / check out on this website. See how Pinterest integration has generated 40+% traffic growth in 6 months!

Overview

It works like this - during my own Pinterest learning phase I placed images on a test board "the cat one" I named "Noellas Cats" Images from here have been pinned and repinned all over the planet and the ones pinned from this page generate traffic daily. "Pity I don't have any cat related products to sell! -? - "But - sometimes I write my own ideas before I have thought them out!" Here below is my chosen cat pin and a photo of one of the most famous people who ever lived (having a chat with one of our neighbours). + a couple of others.

DIY - How to Start ?

Open a pinterest business account (free) - create boards - pin stuff and get followers + feedback data - integrate this with your website - watch for an increase in your traffic and sales. If you need help contact me for the process documentation. - Thanks for reading and happy pinning.

Photos I used - Random examples here: ?

The photos below are TOTALLY random. When re-pinned they carry "automatically" 1. This webpage link - 2. A brief description of the photo content, and 3. Pinterest supplied "Rich Pin lables" to make them stand out.

Very successful pin with cat lovers  Our next door neighbour meets Edward Teller  Our son Gideon loves to ski  small-dream-house Very powerful pin - people like it a lot

Neil posted on Facebook Tiny House in Vermont   Very Good Cat Pic cannot be real   Very popular tree house pic 

   This is the life - annexe, small house with everything   Outdoor Kitchen - This seems to meet the definition !!   This is the life - plan for annexe, small house with everything

 Snapshot of real pinterest analytics figures  

Here are my own figures SO FAR!!!! Pinterest work on this site by myself all of it! - you can go direct to see all my test boards on Pinterest in new window click here

These test boards open in a new browser window and take you directly to all my test boards WITH the numbers in order that you can check back here easily to re-read the above. Boring I know but very important - here you can see the number of pins and boards, the number of followers and most importantly - you can see the ratio of following to followers I used... Changing the ratio can produce MORE traffic immidiately.  Comments / questions are welcome..  (my direct email link is below).

I am writing the web page that explains the setup process detail now! How to write about "human nature" - That's the difficult bit because everyone thinks they already know - yes they do but telling people what they already know is the "trick" of marketing. If you would like a bit more detail email me with your questions - that is completely free!

I am in Chester UK - if you want to talk with me at no cost that is easy - send me an email and then (by appointment) we can chat free of any cost or use the talk button on the bottom of this page. I can advise and send code direct to your device as we are on-line (using this makes the world a small place !).

Having re-read this "my own script" - Even I find it too good to be true - however I have the data - how ? Firstly - I had a quick look and it made me think - then - I spent 12 months experimenting for a couple of hours each day. - I searched for experts and read ALL their stuff and then, did a LOT of what was recommended - I integrated it in my own website, then watched the results using analytics - I talked to friends and family about it "they all let it go above their heads". Now I have CONCRETE results there is a bit of a change in thinking underway!

This can't be done overnight - but it can be done at very low cost - if you wait then the cost will rise + 1. You may find it NEEDS to be done to compete - and 2. You will find that the catching up time becomes an issue - (that is how most good ideas progress) - "and that's all from me".

  Thanks for visiting - If you got this far - stay and have a play around with my test boards they click through the Pinterest site where the pin boards are. I am presuming Pinterest truncate the photo numbers on test / display boards as 40,000 photos would slow down this page! Feel free to contact me if you need help! Use email-Richard link below.

Every 10 seconds 80,000 new photos, comments and graphics are added to Pinterest - this is March 2018, the trend is upwards and the graph is not a straight line - there has to be a reason - Pinterest have "more" things right than wrong - "that's for sure" my own experimental testing reached 517,673 views in the last 4 weeks  + I have now recorded details of more than 150,000 potential purchasers!

Thanks for reading any comments welcome:

As you can see for yourself - this is all about background and startup. I am preparing now the full paper on stage 2 implementation and on-going automation. To be amongst first to receive this send an email with a very brief description of what you would like to achieve. (my next piece of research supporting the above includes discussions with 5 experts who are ALL "ladies")  - I am going to claim fame as one of the first (men) to write about this! (updated 22/04 - draft 1 is ready and initial tests are working - still waiting for 2 busy ladies final input!)

It's 22/04 and I have completed my stage 2 work plan (version 2). I am recommending some tools for scheduling and some for developing infographics. This stage of my work has included demographics analysis and the profile of following + followers. There are some important tools which help to build a good understanding of this process. Tool 1. - free is "pinfollow" this tool allows some understanding of the important follower and following ratios and demgraphics. Tool 2 is "tailwind" a significant piece of software which links itself (given your permission) directly to your pinterest account and allows for automation of some important and time consuming processes. + The effect of joining group boards..


Swans and cygnets in real danger      Doorway to more web traffic      Borrowed from Doorway Collection

In a keynote at Shoptalk, a retail conference in Las Vegas (on 20/03/2018), Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest discussed how visual discovery will be a key part of the future and how we use a camera will expand beyond just taking photos. “I think in the very near future, people are going to query the world around them all the time,” Silbermann said. “Its going to open up the possibility for retail experiences to happen anywhere at any time.”

 


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