The buzz over Pinterest is slowly dying, but the number of people using the website is still growing. According to Brandignity, Pinterest has over 4 million unique visitors per day with 2.3 billion page views in March. There have been many statistics showing that Pinterest users are generally interested in fashion and design and are generally women, but it seems that there isn’t much talk about whether these people are looking for entertainment or looking for business. In other words: Is Pinterest used in the B2B community?
The first step to answering this question, and the first step to answering many questions in business, is by looking at your target audience. Bruce Clay, Inc. offered some great statistics about the audience primarily using Pinterest:
- 39% of people earn $25,000 to $49,999 per year.
- The majority of people are ages 39 to 44 (29%)
- More than 80 percent of users are women
- The majority of users enjoy looking at fashion designers/style, interior design, hobbies, and cute collectibles or animals.
Once you really consider the audience of Pinterest and your target audience, you’ll be able to have a better idea if Pinterest can work in your favor. Do you work with companies who work with audiences who fall into one or two of the above categories? If yes, then Pinterest can work for your B2B company; however the answer will be “no” for many. Although it can’t hurt to give Pinterest a try, it may not be a good idea to rely on the results for your B2B company if your audience doesn’t match up with the Pinterest Audience.
Top Ways Your B2B Business Can Utilize Pinterest
If you’re a B2B company that decides Pinterest aligns with your business objectives, there are a few ways that you can take advantage of the new phenomenon:
1. Connect Links With Your Images for SEO Purposes
Whenever you post an infographic, image, or video, you have the option to connect it with a link to your website. If someone pins your picture then you will get an inbound link back to your site; thus helping improve your SEO efforts. This will also help someone find where the image was originally found, which helps increase the visibility or your site.
2. Connect with Customers/Clients and Future Customers/Clients
Pinterest also works as a social network, so it’s a good idea to go through and try and connect with other businesses where a partnership could potentially occur. This will help you see what others are posting to Pinterest and help you understand the types of things that your customers/clients find interesting.
3. Use the Pinterest Badge Code to Help Promote Your Involvement
The Pinterest badge code to help let other businesses know you are active on Pinterest. You never know who is going to be interested in seeing your campaign on Pinterest, but putting a badge on your site will ensure that those who are interested can find your page.
4. Use Images Even if That Is Not a Large Part of Your Business
Just because you are a B2B company does not mean that you can ignore the reason Pinterest is so popular in the first place. Even if your company does not specialize in images, it’s important that you still post images. Posting a lot of content will not get you great results when using Pinterest, so work with your designers and see if you can create something unique and eye-catching for your followers.
Does your B2B company utilize Pinterest?