Unless you’ve been living under a social rock in the last few weeks, you’ll have seen about a trazillion blog posts about Pinterest.

If you are one of these rock-dwellers, here’s the skinny on Pinterest – it’s a picture board (kinda like the cork boards you have in the kitchen) where you can “pin” your favourite images, and share with your Pinterest friends.

It’s actually been around for just under two years, but recently exploded in users. Cue the requisite blog posts, and now books on how to use this phenomenon for [insert pretty much any topic here, but especially if it includes the words "MARKETING", "BRANDING" or "BUSINESS"].

While there’s no doubt Pinterest can be used for more than just friendly and social pinning, do we really need the huge glut of words being written (and yes, I see the irony of this very post here)?

Go to Amazon and type in “Pinterest” and you get 25 results in the books section.

Titles like “Pinterest for Dummies” (seems an oxymoron), “Pinterest Marketing Bible”“Learn Pinterest Secrets $$$”, etc…

Now, I haven’t read the books and I’m sure the authors have great stuff they want to share – but 25 books this year alone?

Maybe. We’ll have to wait until the books are released to be sure. So, just in case you can’t wait until then, here’s the Ultimate Pinterest Guide to get you started AND continuing to use Pinterest.

Maybe I’ll submit to Amazon… ;-)

The only Pinterest guide you'll ever need

  • Full credit to my friend Liz Scherer for the three steps guideline used in the image for this post.
367 comments
DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@southsideadguy Cheers sir. And noticed we're essentially neighbours in downtown TO, we need to hook up :) @skypulsemedia

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@southsideadguy Cheers sir. And noticed we're essentially neighbours in downtown TO, we need to hook up :) @skypulsemedia

JanelleJ
JanelleJ

I have spoke to an artist who strongly dislikes Pinterest. She said that once her work is pinned, Pinterest has full rights to all of her work. They can modify it and do whatever they want with it, she looses all control. She doesn't want her work on there at all and has since deleted her account completely.

JanelleJ
JanelleJ

I have spoke to an artist who strongly dislikes Pinterest. She said that once her work is pinned, Pinterest has full rights to all of her work. They can modify it and do whatever they want with it, she looses all control. She doesn't want her work on there at all and has since deleted her account completely.

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

Well I have a similar idea for a How to Lose Weight book: 

1. Eat less

2. Exercise more

Maybe we can find a publisher to do a two-fer? 

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber

Well I have a similar idea for a How to Lose Weight book:  1. Eat less 2. Exercise more Maybe we can find a publisher to do a two-fer? 

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@joeldon Yeah, but they're trying to score your dollars and position themselves as go-to experts ... ;)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@joeldon Yeah, but they're trying to score your dollars and position themselves as go-to experts ... ;)

mbredl
mbredl

What about Copyrights?

mbredl
mbredl

What about Copyrights?

alizasherman
alizasherman

@ariherzog @dannybrown Ah, he's wrong about @pinterest but that's okay. I love it when the smart folks are looking away. Good opportunities.

alizasherman
alizasherman

@ariherzog @dannybrown Ah, he's wrong about @pinterest but that's okay. I love it when the smart folks are looking away. Good opportunities.

lorimcneeartist
lorimcneeartist

@PegFitzpatrick Hi Peggy, congrats on all your blogging successes!

lorimcneeartist
lorimcneeartist

@PegFitzpatrick Hi Peggy, congrats on all your blogging successes!

Jens-Petter Berget
Jens-Petter Berget

Wow, that's what I've been doing. But I figured that it should be more. I have no idea how people drive massvie traffic from Pinterest. But I love the idea that it's all about the content / images.

Jens
Jens

Wow, that's what I've been doing. But I figured that it should be more. I have no idea how people drive massvie traffic from Pinterest. But I love the idea that it's all about the content / images.

Penney Fox
Penney Fox

You do realize that most of us are closet Pinterest addicts

skypulsemedia
skypulsemedia

@dannybrown @SouthsideAdguy you didn't know each other? Anthony rocks the @senecacr8tive and is very powerful in T-Town. So is @satisfeye

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb

@dannybrown @SouthsideAdguy you didn't know each other? Anthony rocks the @senecacr8tive and is very powerful in T-Town. So is @satisfeye

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @Lisa Gerber Dammit! You did yours in two steps - I clearly have a lot to learn..!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @mbredl What about them? ;-)

 

That's meat for a serious post, and there are some good ones out there about this. My own take is (and speaking with artist friends, for example), they happily allow Pins, because it raises awaresness of their work (and has led to sales).

 

It's why I make this blog open via Creative Commons - the more content that's allowed to be freely shared, the more eyeballs you receive. You just need to make sure you state how it's shared.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @mbredl What about them? ;-)   That's meat for a serious post, and there are some good ones out there about this. My own take is (and speaking with artist friends, for example), they happily allow Pins, because it raises awaresness of their work (and has led to sales).   It's why I make this blog open via Creative Commons - the more content that's allowed to be freely shared, the more eyeballs you receive. You just need to make sure you state how it's shared.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@alizasherman @ariherzog Except I wasn't on about Pinterest itself, but the crazy amount of "expert books" crawling out the woodwork... ;)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@alizasherman @ariherzog Except I wasn't on about Pinterest itself, but the crazy amount of "expert books" crawling out the woodwork... ;)

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@lorimcneeartist Good morning Lori! Thank you so much!! Enjoy your Saturday!!

PegFitzpatrick
PegFitzpatrick

@lorimcneeartist Good morning Lori! Thank you so much!! Enjoy your Saturday!!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

 @Jens Funnily enough, we were talking about this yesterday at Fisher College of Business in Columbus. The brands that don't try and force traffic and think more creatively are definitely the ones that will succeed.

 

Or, they could just leave Pinterest alone and have it remain the cool place it is, without brand and marketing intrusion. ;-)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

 @Jens Funnily enough, we were talking about this yesterday at Fisher College of Business in Columbus. The brands that don't try and force traffic and think more creatively are definitely the ones that will succeed.   Or, they could just leave Pinterest alone and have it remain the cool place it is, without brand and marketing intrusion. ;-)

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@skypulsemedia @SouthsideAdguy @SenecaCr8tive @satisfeye I'm sure we met when i talked at Seneca cola years back but not 100% sure

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@skypulsemedia @SouthsideAdguy @SenecaCr8tive @satisfeye I'm sure we met when i talked at Seneca cola years back but not 100% sure

alizasherman
alizasherman

@DannyBrown There is a big blurring now with so many people self-publishing e-books to position themselves as "experts" @ariherzog

alizasherman
alizasherman

@DannyBrown There is a big blurring now with so many people self-publishing e-books to position themselves as "experts" @ariherzog

skypulsemedia
skypulsemedia

@dannybrown I bet @satisfeye was the one asking you all the hard questions you couldn't answer @SouthsideAdguy

howiegoldfarb
howiegoldfarb

@dannybrown I bet @satisfeye was the one asking you all the hard questions you couldn't answer @SouthsideAdguy

ariherzog
ariherzog

@alizasherman @DannyBrown Fact is, there's no reason for a @pinterest book to hit the shelves now. It's not as if the app is new.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@alizasherman @ariherzog Agreed. And with so many desperate for "advice", a lot of willing victims to sell to...

ariherzog
ariherzog

@alizasherman @DannyBrown Fact is, there's no reason for a @pinterest book to hit the shelves now. It's not as if the app is new.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@alizasherman @ariherzog Agreed. And with so many desperate for "advice", a lot of willing victims to sell to...