Everything you ever wanted to know about Pinterest
Update: We've distilled the Pinterest wisdom from this series of blog posts into one handy downloadable eBook. We hope it's useful.
Pinterest's current population is made up of an interesting mix of designers, bloggers, moms, fashionistas, and early tech adopters. As the site grows, so does the userbase. Some brands are using currently using Pinterest, but with a new medium, there is a level of experimentation to even the most polished effort. Below are tips on getting started with Pinterest as a brand curator.
Participating on Pinterest as a Brand Curator
On Pinterest, full, rich content boards to better than sparse ones. For brands, a steady feed of newly pinned or repinned content is better than one mad set-up dash and then a dusty account. The one exception to the above is in claiming a brand address. It is far better to claim an account for your brand’s name now, even if you have yet to identify if your brand is a good candidate for Pinterest participation, than to leave your brand’s name unclaimed and available for a potential or accidental brand-jacking. (On Pinterest, "Time" and "Time_Magazine" produce decidedly different results.)
Show Your Lifestyle and your Brand Taste Aesthetic
Getting started on Pinterest can be a daunting task. Pinterest designer and co-founder Evan Sharp sums it up: “For most consumer brands, the idea behind your brand makes sense on Pinterest.” Whole Foods follows this advice particularly well. Boards focused on gardening, recycling, and world charities add value and context to their brand. West Elm is another company that makes use of this strategy, repinning user-sourced content to their own inspirational boards with titles like “Globalist” and “Chevron Stripes.” Other Pinterest users “follow” West Elm once they discover they have been repinned and/or followed by the taste making brand.
Hobbiests, bakers, crafters, designers, and other "hands-on" driven people love to use Pinterest as a source book for making visually appealing projects. Brands can leverage this desire by making short tutorials on the use of a product and presenting it either through a photo tutorial that is easily understandable when in pin form, a photo plus content that give clear how-to instructions (do-it-yourself, recipes, crafts,) or by making use of the ability to pin YouTube videos.
Use it as a Focus Group
Pinterest can be used as a focus group by watching what your followers pin, as well as watching what popular pins in your category or industry reflect about current trends. Chobani watches repinned recipes as a source for possible test kitchen candidates. Nordstrom watches for surges in popularity measured by direct engagement (pins and likes) for trends and styles.
Show Your Core Values
For a brand curator, creating different boards on Pinterest can help show the different sides of its personality and its core values. Chobani uses this strategy effectively in its Pinterest boards, championing Chobani Moms on one board and inspiring fitness on another. Cabot Cheese displays its core values in the subjects it curates – Farmer Pride, Vermont, and Cow themed boards receive equal attention to the food recipe and photography boards.
Post by Bliss Hanlin, Community Manager at eModeration