Update: We've distilled the Pinterest wisdom from this series of blog posts into one handy downloadable eBook. We hope it's useful.
Pinterest is emerging to be one of the hottest social networks of 2012. A recent report found that Pinterest drives more referral traffic than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn (some analyisis by Brian Solis here).
You might be wondering if your brand is a fit with Pinterest. There is no harm is registering your brand's name, and that will help stake your claim against brandjackers. Some industries have obvious curation tie-ins that make joining Pinterest a natural fit (retail, design, beauty.) Other industries will need to be creative to find a way to make use of Pinterest's visual curation emphasis to benefit their overall community efforts.
Pinterest has identified the following “best practices" for brands:
- Pinning from various sources rather than one specific site.
- Repinning from within the site to engage with others – repinning is one of the most social activities on Pinterest and it’s how any user really builds his/her network of followers.
- Creating at least a few boards that cover a broad range of interests, rather than maintaining a single board devoted to one topic.
In working with Pinterest, it is evident that the platform in its current state has been built with individuals in mind, not brand curators. It takes some creativity to bend a profile to suit a brand's needs. Likewise, Pinterest's internal search delivers nebulous results.
It can be difficult to find examples of how brands are currently using Pinterest, as Pinterest's search will not always surface relevant content and many of the current articles on the web rehash the same case studies (West Elm, Whole Foods, Mashable, etc.) In thinking about your brand's direction on Pinterest, you may find helpful the following index and loose categorization of 100+ brands currently participating on Pinterest.
Post by Bliss Hanlin, Community Manager at eModeration