Are you addicted yet?
I’m referring to the Palo Alto- based social networking and visual bookmarking site, Pinterest. Co-founded by Ben Silberman, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp, relatively unknown entrepreneurs (until now), the three founders have managed to secure financial backing from Silicon Valley and $27 million in venture capital to date.
Not too shabby for a company that has been hailed as the next big thing in social media. Rumor even has it that the site, developed in late 2009, is driving more referral traffic than Google+.
Vision Boards for the Early Adopter Masses
Pinterest has taken an old concept — “vision boarding” — and made it new. Now your interests are accessible to the early adopter masses in an aesthetically pleasing format. And if you own a small business and find the need to express yourself, what better way to do it than by pinning it up on your virtual wall for the world to see.
But before you spend too much time pinning for pleasure, here are five simple ways you can unleash your “pinning purpose” and boost your business using Pinterest.
1. Repurpose and curate your best online content.
There’s no need to spend hours recreating the wheel. Repurpose your online website content and pin it up on Pinterest. Utilize Google Analytics to decipher your top ranked content. Then, pin your most popular products on boards and share your company blog content with a world of potential prospects.