Pinterest – has it caught your attention yet? It should!

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Pinterest – has it caught your attention yet? It should!

I have to admit that I’ve caught the Pinterest fever! It’s a dream for this wannabe Martha Stewart – all my favorite things in one place, neatly organized, and easily shared. Nirvana!

So, what is this new nirvana I’m drooling over? Pinterest is a relatively new site (a little under 2 years old) that is self-described as a ‘virtual pinboard’. Others describe it as a social bookmarking site that focuses on images.

In a nutshell, Pinterest allows you to organize and share things that interest you with your friends. Called a “pin” (much like a tag) the user posts something they find online or “repins” something that a friend has shared on their “pinboards”. Think of a pinboard as a corkboard that you have at home, which has tons of torn pictures or articles stuck to it for inspiration or as gentle reminders. You can create pinboards for any category that interests you: food, crafts, organization, fashion, interior design, inspirational sayings, etc…

For a very visually stimulated person like myself, this can become addictive.

At this point, I am sure you are thinking “Great- another time suck. How will this benefit me and my business?”

From a marketing and branding standpoint, the possibilities are endless.

A recent Ad Age article touts that the magazine Real Simple – probably one of the most perfect Pinterest audiences – receives more referrals from Pinterest than they do Facebook. Shannon King, GM of digital for Real Simple magazine, says that, “It speaks to the power of engaged audience members. We view it as an important part of our social media strategy.”

In the same Ad Age article, it notes that major retailers like Etsy, Nordstrom and Lands’ End are also jumping onto the Pinterest bandwagon and becoming early adopters of this new social platform. These retailers realize the potential to share info, but also to learn about their community and see what trends and styles they like, and what their purchasing cycles are.

Blogger Holly Hanna of The Work at Home Woman, recently wrote about ways that Pinterest can help small businesses. According to Hanna, product producers, online retailers and direct sellers are obvious candidates. Create pinboards with creative descriptions of your products and don’t forget to use your SEO keywords!

Hanna notes that graphic designers, artists and photographers are also obvious users.

But what about a service based business, such as a small restaurant or food product? What about a hair stylist or event planner? Think of Pinterest as a way to showcase your work (another portfolio area). Isn’t seeing a plate of gorgeous food one of the most wonderful things around?! And doesn’t that help you to decide whether to try a new restaurant? And what if you are searching for a new hair stylist? Wouldn’t you prefer to see their work first? Or see that they stay on top of new trends?

As with any social platform, do not forget that this is a conversation – a give and take. Use this opportunity to show consumers that you have good taste and style by repinning complimentary products. How about pinning a lovely wine that pairs well with your new dinner special? Or an amazing clip to accessorize your new “do”?

Pinterest is still a ‘by invitation only’ group – but getting an invite to join is easy. Just request an invite from Pinterest or ask a friend to invite you.

If you would like an invite to join – just leave me a comment below. And in the meantime, check out my pinboards!

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33 Responses to “Pinterest – has it caught your attention yet? It should!”
  1. Holly Hanna 15 December 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I’m totally hooked on Pinterest! It has become one of my favorite social networks – I can’t wait to see how it evolves, especially for small businesses.

    • Andrea Schulle 15 December 2011 at 5:29 pm #

      I am with you on this one, Holly! I see so much potential for small business to market their products/services.

  2. Lesley 16 December 2011 at 4:33 am #

    I think Pinterest is fantastic!! However it’s really hard to get an invite, so if you can, I’d love it if you’d invite me!! Thanks & Merry Christmas! :)

    • Andrea Schulle 16 December 2011 at 8:06 am #

      Lesley, I would be happy to send you an invite. Thank you for posting in the comments!

  3. luannsaid 16 December 2011 at 8:43 am #

    I must admit: I was so excited when you told me you were writing about Pinterest because I haven’t had a chance to investigate for myself. I love it when you do my research for me, dear. Thank you!

    • admin 19 December 2011 at 8:23 am #

      Always at your service, LuAnn. :) I hope you get a chance to play around in Pinterest soon. It’s fun and a marketers dream!

  4. Jacqui Hillas 17 December 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Ohhhh sounds interesting! Can I have an invite please jdhillas@hotmail.com

    • admin 19 December 2011 at 8:22 am #

      Hi Jacqui! I hope you love Pinterest as much as I do. Your invite is coming this morning.

  5. Lana 18 December 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I would love to try pinterest! Thanks!

    • admin 19 December 2011 at 8:21 am #

      Thanks for reading the blog post! Hope you enjoyed it. I am sending you an invite now. Let us know what you think!

  6. Bunny 26 December 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    I’ve requested an invite from interest twice over the past 3 months and nothing, nada! Would you be so kind as to send me one – I’m hurting over here! :) redesignrebuild@gmaildotcom

    • Andrea Schulle 27 December 2011 at 9:03 am #

      Hi! Just sent you an invite…hope it helps! Look forward to seeing you on Pinterest.

      • Bunny 27 December 2011 at 11:40 am #

        Just got it – thank you sooo much!!! :)

  7. Tim 27 December 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Hi, can someone please send me an invite, been on the waiting list for sooooooo long :(

    email address kyjuan85@hotmail.com

    Thanks

    • Andrea Schulle 28 December 2011 at 9:57 am #

      It’s been sent your way. Happy Pinning!

  8. Nancy J.Giacomini 1 January 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Could you please send me an invite to pinterest, love your blog and thank you for the information. Happy New Year!!!

    • Andrea Schulle 2 January 2012 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Nancy! Your invite is on it’s way. I am glad you enjoy our blog site and hope you visit again soon. Happy Pinning!

  9. Catalina Calderon 6 January 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I just started using it and I have been seeing great results already!

    • Andrea Schulle 7 January 2012 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you for your comment. We’d love to hear more about how you are using Pinterest and the results you are seeing!

  10. Kristin 17 January 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Why is it so hard to get in? I’ve requested an invite from the site over a month ago and still have not got one. Can you still send me one? I swear I had been on Pinterest a year ago to check it out, but my email doesn’t work! If you are inactive, do they close the account? Sorry for the questions, this is just on my mind. Thanks!!

    • Andrea Schulle 18 January 2012 at 9:20 am #

      They are getting too many requests, I suspect. I have just sent one to you and you should get it quickly. Happy pinning!

  11. Jen OOConnor 23 January 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi! I saw Pinterest while I am browsing on Facebook. It was love at first sight, I went to the website and I was so dissapointed that I am on waiting list to get in..please please invite me I desperately want to join! Thank you so much!

    • Andrea Schulle 24 January 2012 at 10:54 am #

      Your invite is coming now. Good luck and happy pinning!

  12. Christine Cox 5 February 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    I am madly in LOVE with Pinterest! Now I understand why everyone’s catching the fever! Follow me http://www.pinterest.com/christinercox – - – I can’t wait to share with you!

  13. Jennifer 6 February 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Can you send me an invite? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks!!!

    • Andrea Schulle 8 February 2012 at 9:06 am #

      Hi Jennifer! Your invite has just been sent. Happy pinning!

  14. Amber 22 April 2012 at 10:17 am #

    So wanting to do Pinterest, but on the waiting list. Why do they do that? Can you please send me an invite?
    Thanks.

    • admin 23 April 2012 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Amber! I think the folks at Pinterest are overwhelmed right now with their success. I have sent you an invite. Happy pinning!

  15. mihunsup 28 April 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    Hey, can you send me an invite too? I’ve been on the waiting list for 2 months now. Blergh. Dying to do some pin-ing for my wedding next year. Hihi. I’d appreciate it. Thanks!

    • admin 30 April 2012 at 10:53 am #

      Your invite was just sent. Congratulations on your engagement!!!

  16. sarah 2 May 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Hey can I get an invite? I need it for work and I cant get register! help guys :) my email is francy_tlc@hotmail.com

    • admin 2 May 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Invite just sent! Happy pinning!

  17. Gemi 30 June 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Hi! I just loved your pins and woul love to get on to pinterest, but it is so difficult.. would you mind sending me an invitation? Thanks a lot!

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