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 storage and matching application with astounding /
addictive share ability AND functionality. + it is fun + easy
to use! (that is probably the main reason for their astonishing results)
Decisions are influenced by how things look - we all know that visual images are important regarding a high percentage of everyone's 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 fast.
This seemingly - 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 fun" + product matching and comparison is simple. - "drag frame on image + click". Now Pinterest has become "simply" the leading platform for image recognition, image comparison and image sharing by a long way. Many images / (pins) link directly to suppliers, advisors and most importantly websites to 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 - (my boards are all live the one here has (8000+" photos on cats) - "yes I did say eight thousand + of cats" - as you are reading this - right now - you can try by clicking about with it - or read more and scroll back. Of course I recommend you read 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 with websites. e.g. Images from web-sites can be 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 source of the product, idea, service or experience being offered. This makes Pinterest a search engine of amazing ability.
It's as simple as this for most businesses:
If images of what you do or what you sell are important then you must have a plan in place regarding how to benefit from Pinterest marketing. 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 they 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 a network where people search for inspiration, Pinners are sharing ideas when seeking out new products to buy, enjoy and use. I have studied all the latest data closely and 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 talk 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 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 a pin arrives 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 ?) this = 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!
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 images the pinner likes or aspires to.
Your own boards can be liked and followed just as you yourself can "like" and "follow" AND maybe most importantly, you can make comments and include keywords.
For many businesses Pinterest is now becoming a "must have" as 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 choose the frequency) with all the info needed to understand how to get 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 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 would like to use Pinterest to market your business, you should 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 need to fill in some additional information about your own business + accept the business-specific terms of service.
The account setup is as simple 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 products on a choice basis.
What strategy is best:
Experienced pinners will all say the same:
Best to pin regularly / often - the system wants you to do this and the most feedback and benefit goes to those who contribute regularly.
Set your goals - Personal or Business - Define your strategy to suit the goal.
Have fun - you are about to join the fastest growing network on our 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 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 the Pinterest code snippets right here on this page. So - Pinterest give you the 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.
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. - If you get your
message right then more sales will follow. -- This of
course is assuming your products or
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 now offer setup, integration with websites or 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!
It works like this - during my own Pinterest learning phase I placed images on a test page and pinned "the cat one" to a board I named "Noellas Cats" It has been pinned and repinned all over the planet and generates 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 is my chosen cat pin and a photo of one of the most famous people who ever lived on our planet (having a chat with one of our neighbours). + a couple of others.
How to Start ?
Open a pinterest business account (free) - create boards - pin stuff and get followers + feedback data - integrate this with your website - increase your traffic and sales. If you need help contact me for the process documentation. - Thanks for reading and happy pinning.
Site Photos - Random examples here: ?
The photos below
are TOTALLY random.
When 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.
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 by email welcome.. >> (my email link is below)
I am writing the web page that explains this bit 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 but 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 !).
I have 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 and analysing. - 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 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 all 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. + 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!
Note: after 6 days - What a response! (just dipped my toes in the water) AND then MASSIVE response for Pinterest Consultancy - I never set out down this track but it does seem that I hit the spot!!!
As you can see for yourself this is all about background and startup. I have prepared a full paper on startup - implementation and automation. To get this send me an email with a brief description of what you would like to achieve.