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There are numerous ways a business can build a brand and ultimately grow. One of the most popular tools to help with this is social media, of which there are numerous services. The newest social media service is Pinterest which is dedicated to the sharing of images. Pinterest has recently been updated with a new layout and features that businesses with profiles will benefit from.
Here’s a brief overview of the new features introduced with Pinterest’s recent layout changes.
How to get the new layout
Before you can use these features, it would be a good idea to upgrade to the new layout. While, like other social media services, this will be happening automatically over time. Unlike other platforms, the new layout is available for all users to switch to when they feel ready, however when you switch to the new layout, you will not be able to go back to the old one. Here’s how you can switch:
When the new layout loads, you’ll notice that the pins are bigger, the category button has been moved to the left side of the profile beside the Search bar. You’ll also notice that the comment button has been moved from the pins, you can access it by clicking on the image. On top of cosmetic changes, two useful functions that businesses will find beneficial.
Now, when you look at an individual pin (click on the image), you will notice a number of changes.
This will make it easier for users to discover what other people are pinning. For your business this means potentially higher exposure. Think of this as something similar to the way Facebook works: If a person likes you, the chances of this like showing on their friend’s profile, and that friend visiting your Page is higher. It’s kind of like easy brand exposure.
Arguably the most useful feature added recently is Pinterest Analytics, which allows you to see if your pins are being clicked on or shared, and the general success of your activities. This will go a long way in helping you determine the overall success of your Pinterest oriented efforts.
The main caveat with this is that your profile/business’s website needs to be verified and connected with your profile. If you have an unofficial Pinterest account, you can change it to a business one by:
If you would like to have a new username or account simply go to http://business.pinterest.com/ and press Join as a Business. You will be asked to set your account information, username, etc. You will need to verify your account which will involve you having to download a file and upload it to the server that hosts your website. We, or your web hoster can help you with that.
After your account is verified, you will notice that if you hover your mouse over your account name a drop-down list should pop up with Analytics being about half way down. Click on that to be taken to the section.
This section will display a bunch of graphs including:
Overall, Analytics is a useful tool that will give you a clear picture of what is working and what isn’t. If you pinned a picture of a dog and noticed that it got zero pins while another got hundreds, it may be a good idea to create/look for more similar content.
If you are looking to integrate Pinterest into your business’s social media strategy or would like or learn more about how to use the service, please contact us today.
Published on 10th April 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.