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lakeerieartists
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on 04/16/2012

Just saw this in my EPN in basket so thought I would share with you folks:

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last six months you’ve probably heard of Pinterest, the newest darling of the social media world. The service allows users to “pin” photos and other forms of web content to virtual boards as a sort of online scrapbook or web collage. In addition to being the third largest social network behind Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest is also prompting action from online retailers. Recently eBay and Amazon both added Pinterest buttons to product pages as an additional option for social sharing.

Why does this matter to me?

One of the things that I’m passionate about in my role at ePN is exploring the impact that new technology will have on the way we do business. We may not need to jump on every new trend, but it is important to understand how emerging technology will change the way our consumers behave. With Pinterest making such a large landgrab of consumer mindshare in such a short time, I thought it would be helpful to look at some of the data behind its growth.

In March, Pinterest had 104 million visitors from the U.S. – up 50% from January and February. And although these metrics do not include mobile traffic, Pinterest has announced that an iPad app is in the works. We can only imagine how much traffic will jump once they start catering to mobile users.

Pinterest is popular with women – about 60% of the site’s users are female. They tend to live in the middle of the country with popularity spiking in states like Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Oklahoma and Kansas.

You can read more about Pinterest from CS News.

Do you use Pinterest?

Personally, I’m curious to find out what our partners think of Pinterest. Do you use it on a personal level? What about for business? Have you found a way to integrate it into your revenue stream? Please leave your insights in the comments below

 


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
kliffgorre
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on 04/17/2012

Just by looking at Pinterest's homepage and what's popular on the site, I find it to be not the most appropriate platform for my sites. It's visual in nature. Since most of my sites contain nothing but textual content, Pinterest isn't the right match for me.

Anyway, I can see the potential of the site for photography sites, travel blogs and shopping sites in general.


Guest
on 04/17/2012

I use it.  I pin stuff like crafts and recipes and whatnot, but I also have a board that is just for my digital publishing pages, sort of like a portfolio.  I check it every couple of days and do find some really neat things.  I have some friends that are downright addicted.

I have also started a second account completely unrelated to my regular account to do some amazon spam.  I know I know, but I'm broke and need this.  I figured out how to pin amazon items without losing my affiliate code and I'm just going to post and post.  It may or may not work, but I figure I can spend 30 minutes a day putting up 20 items for a couple weeks and see what happens.

2uesday
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on 04/17/2012

As Amazon and eBay they have added the buttons to their sites; does that help to clarify the situation about Amazon/eBay  images being pinned from our articles?

lakeerieartists
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on 04/17/2012

 

2uesday: 17. Apr 2012, 07:17

As Amazon and eBay they have added the buttons to their sites; does that help to clarify the situation about Amazon/eBay  images being pinned from our articles?

That is one of the reasons that I brought this up again, 2uesday.  The question has to be asked.  I think that in the long run, affiliates like Amazon and Ebay will decide that the potential traffic outweighs the breaking of any affiliate TOS.  But technically no, it doesn't, because these buttons link directly to the selling site.


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
katiem2
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on 04/17/2012

This is all very exciting, thanks for sharing.  We should all be taking full advantage of this great source of traffic.  Unless of course it's not for you.  It's SO easy!


dustytoes
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on 04/17/2012

I do still have a few boards up at Pinterest where I've tried to include some of my Zazzle products, but - since we are not suppose to pin all our own things - and I do understand why - and I'm not sure who I should pin, I haven't been paying a lot of attention to it.

Besides using it to add products for sale, I had boards with info I was interested in, but then I didn't know if I really should be using their photos, so I deleted a lot of them.  I think that unless I see a site with the "pin it" button, I won't be pinning.

 

 


Jimmie
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on 04/18/2012

60% women? More like 80%.

Pinterest has become a primary traffic source for my blogs, and I am now very deliberate about.Catering to it.

Marie
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on 04/18/2012

PInterest is a big part of the reason why I started to watermark all my personal crafty photos with the name of my blog that it belongs to. I figure that if people want to take my photos and use them elsewhere like posting on PInterest, I may as well have them doing some promotion for me.

You can't rely on the person linking back properly to the original article or blog so watermarking with a domain name (where it can't easily be cropped or removed without spoiling the photo - I'm wise to a lot of tricks that people use!) is a good branding and promotional technique.

I don't get much time to play on PInterest myself but really try to encourage other people to pin my items instead. Jimmie has a great article on How to Get Pinned at PInterest which is very useful.

 


Kangaroo_Jase
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on 04/19/2012

I have no Pinterest at this time.

lakeerieartists
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on 04/19/2012

 

Kangaroo_Jase: 19. Apr 2012, 06:34

I have no Pinterest at this time.

Very funny (sarcasm)!


Paula Atwell (aka lakeerieartists) is the owner of an online art gallery, Lake Erie Artists Gallery and a freelance writer
evelynsaenz
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on 05/06/2012

I find that Pinterest is a great way to promote articles about teaching and education. There are lots of moms and teachers using Pinterest.


Have a wonderful day, Evelyn
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