I run a company called Social Fresh. We do train marketers on how to use social media to build better businesses. We do conferences and online training, all found at SocialFresh.com.
Started in early 2010, very small steady growth until early 2011. They even tried to sell the site to a couple magazine publishing companies in NY that turned them down.
We are going to review 4 traits that make Pinterest unique. Pinterest is an image economy.
Or put another way, Pinterest is a visual feast. This is the first of four traits that makes Pinterest unique.
Images are shared more because they are so easy to figure out. To consume. It happens almost instantly. Read a sentence, a paragraph, watch a video and you it will take you some time. Images are the bullet trains of communication. Guilt. We don’t talk about this a lot, but there are a few reasons why we share or do not share content with other people. And one of them is guilt. Sharing content is a recommendation that somebody else should take time out of their life to consume it. There is guilt involved with that ask. Whether we realize it consciously or not. We stop, we think. Is this going to be annoying for other people to consume. A long article or video has to be pretty epic for us to share it. An image, however, takes seconds of our time, and therefore the guilt factor dissapears. Images speak 1000 words. The visual medium causes emotional reactions more quickly than just text on a screen. Images can tell an instant story. And because we attach emotion to images so quickly and easily, we are compelled to share that emotion. We are social creatures after all.
This is not only funny, and I LOVE someecards. But it is wildly true. Go to FB, you see a few posts, go to Pinterest, you see a dozen. More stuff, more often.
Via Buzz Referrals
More referral traffic, more shopping cart use, more browsing, and more sales than Facebook
We curate rather than create. She looks at recipes instead of cooking something. Again, aspirational. This of course is also a someecard, a hugely popular pinning meme. And memes are huge on Pinterest.
They use stake holders and staff and employees and bloggers to help manage their content on Pinterest. They use local boards, fan boards, etc.
Source = Repinly
Red = organic growth Black = auto follow list
Calories, health info, and price of family meals – who? House number from Lowe’s Quotes, text based images from everyone Exercise routine from Women’s Health 5 ways to wear a pair of shoes, and outfits, from Nordstrom
Most popular categories of pins - - - Source = Repinly
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7. Contests Nordstrom Sweepstakes •
Five $1,000 prizes • Pin three images, fill out form • 2 weeks long • Promoted w/ Facebook & Twitter • 400% increase in new daily fans • 570 more pins per week from their website post sweepstakes
8. Find The Right Timing
Most Active Times On Pinterest • Daily, throughout the day, in groups • Little stream fatigue • 2-4pm ET • 8pm-1am ET • Saturday mornings
9. Build A Content Calendar
Who: partners, bloggers, employees What: repins, web pins, owned pins When: frequency, daily, grouped Where: group, active, inactive boards Why: where to drive traffic Consider: •Content types •Pinning Party