Tuesday, April 30, 2013

10 Top Ways to Win Using Pinterest for Business - Review

Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that allows users to create a visual, online pinboard with images they love organized around topics of their choice by category.  it's the fastest growing social media site in history, the third-largest network after Facebook and Twitter and has over 25 million members and 10 million unique visitors a month.

The most recent studies incidate that nearly 20 percent of women using the internet are on Pinterest, 72 percent of Pinterest users are female, and 66 percent of those are age 35 or older, and the average amount of time visitors spend surfing the Pinterest site is an hour.  

Karent Leland, author of the new book "Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business," has created a comprehensive and easy-top-use guide to hitting the road running and quickly making Pinterest into a valuable source of prospects, promotions, and profits.  

"Great business brands are about telling compelling, congruent stories,and Pinterest s at its core about storytelling in pictures," says Leland.  "Pinterest has tapped into this visceral lover of visuals, and no small business, entrepreneur, or corporation can afford to miss the boat on bringing what they offer beyond words and into images."

Taken from her new book "The Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business," Leland offers these top tactics for achieving maximum performance in business on Pinterest.

1.  Strategize  First and Pin Second:  Consider your objective before you pin.  Are you trying to: drive traffic to your website  boost your brand awareness, promote new products or service, educate your customer base  enhance customer understanding and enthusiasm increase prospects and sales or improve customer service   Depending on your strategy  you will want to pick the images that best support your objectives.

2.  Manage and Balance Your Percentages:  Create inviting boards by making 40 percent of your pins motivational and inspiring, 40 percent instructional and educational and only 20 percent about your brand--including products, services, sales items, pofiles, specials, and contests.

3.  Make Your Website Pin Friendly:  Install the Pin It Button on your website and give every page and blog post a featured image that can be pinned automatically.  In addition put a social media "Follow me on Pinterest button on your home page.

4.  Share With, Engage and Promote Others:  Build your brand by engaging with others through re-pinning, commenting on and liking other pins.  You can also tag @ another pinner you are following in one of your pin descriptions.  Engaging with others in these ways generates flow back to your Pinterest.

5.  Establish Your Expertise:  Craft keyword-rich pin and board titles and descriptions to boost y9ur Google ranking and be found for your expertise.  Use hashtags # to highlight key words and phrases your customers search for.  In addition, emphasie pins with a focus on problems and solutions you specialize in.

6.  Integrate Pinterest With Your Other Social Media:  Connect with your other social media by creating a Pinterest tab on Facebook, tweeting your pins, and embedding pins in your blog posts

7.  Organize You Pinboard:  Research shows that pins place front and center receive the highest percent of viewers and capture the most attention.  So place your most important pins near the middle of the top or second row of the board.

8.  Give Away Value- Added Information:  According to Pinerly, pins that have a call to action see an 80 percent increase in engagement.  Post pins that focus on free reports, e-books, videos, and podcasts you offer.  Be sure to add a live link to each of those pins' descriptions.

9.  Leverage the Power of Multimedia:  Make your Pinboards more interactive by sharing videos, webinars, teleclasses, screencasts and podcasts.  Good multimedia pins include:  presentations, expert tutorials, product demos, behind-the scenes tours and experts from live recorded interviews, courses and trainings.

10.  Analyze You Metrics:  Sign up for access to Pinterest Web Analytics via you settings page and pay attention to which of your pins generate the greatest response and interest.  The info will help you see which of your pinning efforts are paying off and shape your future strategy.

About the author

Karen Leland is the best-selling author of nine business books and the President of Sterling Marketing Groups, where she works with entrepreneurs  small business an Fortune 500 companies around the globe on building stronger personal and business brands.  Her clients have included AT&T, American express, Marriott Hotels, apple Computer and Johnson and Johnson, among others.

She is a  regular speaker for business groups and has spoken for the Young Presidents' Organization, american Management Association, and Direct Marketing Association, among others.  Karen is a frequent guest of the media and has been interviewed on "The Today Show," CNN, CNBC, and "Oprah."

Se writes a regular branding and marketing column for Entrepreneur.com and has been published on Woman's Day, Self The Los Angeles Times, and others.

Disclaimer:  In keeping with the FTC 16 CFR Part 255 I would like to inform you that I received no financial compensation for this post.  I received a copy of the book Pinterest for Business for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

1 comment:

Lorenzo said...

Here is another tip for Pinterest. The Pin it button or Pinterest bookmarklet works on multiple platforms including iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad.