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10 Best Pinterest Practices. In the world of social media there are few mediums that go untouched, but there are those that are significantly more prominent than the others.

10 Best Pinterest Practices

Facebook and Twitter being the reigning kings and others trailing behind with users unsure of what to do. However, Pinterest is proving to be an extremely useful tool for businesses to engage in. So why should you be be interested in Pinterest. Recent new data is showing that it has now become the 4th largest referral network after passing Yahoo and now only sits behind Google, Facebook and Twitter. Its referral traffic grew by 43.7% from June to July and grew again by 33.33% from July to August. Infographic: The Astounding Power Of Pinterest. In our upcoming October design issue, one of the many fascinating feature stories we’ve lined up is a lengthy profile of Pinterest and its elusive CEO, Ben Silbermann.

Infographic: The Astounding Power Of Pinterest

That story goes live later this week, but until then, I wanted to offer a teaser, in the form of an infographic about Pinterest, created by Fast Company's staff and designed by our own Ted Keller. In this profusion of figures, you find out a few, key things about the image-sharing service. Creating Perfect Marketing Pins For Pinterest. There’s no doubt Pinterest is a promotional platform to consider.

Creating Perfect Marketing Pins For Pinterest

So far, its extraordinary growth has been without comparison, and many people foresee Pinterest becoming one of the most powerful giants within social networking. It somewhat is already, but there are still things that the people behind it are tinkering with in order to perfect its performance and yield. As we all know, so far the platform has been a forum for sharings of fashion, food and inspirational quotes. However, slowly but surely, there is more content being submitted and shared through this visual social networking service. For business, it could have a profound impact on your reach, but it all depends on whether or not you know what you’re doing when it comes to creating perfect marketing pins. The skills and knowledge necessary when creating perfect marketing pins aren’t always clear and easy to learn. On a service like Pinterest, the picture you use is of course 80% of the share. Via: []

Marketing / How Pinterest Is Changing Website Design Forever. Pinterest gains social traction. It's bad for a tech startup when the founder wakes up to a barrage of emails saying the website crashed, or some part of it is broken.

Pinterest gains social traction

But Ben Silbermann, the West Des Moines native and founder of social media site Pinterest, said there's something even worse: silence. Which is what greeted him when a Pinterest iPhone app went down earlier this year. "It's a hundred times worse to wake up to nothing, because no one noticed," he said, laughing. Those days are over. Time magazine called Pinterest — a website where users post collections of images of their favorite food, clothes, places and everything else — one of the five best social media sites of 2011, along with Google-Plus and Klout. But Silbermann isn't getting ahead of himself. The soft-spoken 29-year-old believes Pinterest fills a need on the Internet for people to express themselves. How Pinterest Changed Website Design Forever. Even if you haven't ever visited popular visual bookmarking site Pinterest, you might recognize its design elements — which have been popping up everywhere since the startup burst onto the mainstream scene in 2011.

How Pinterest Changed Website Design Forever

The site doesn't use traditional web building blocks. "It's almost like a window-shopping mode," says Khoi Vinh, the former design director for "It puts the ball back in the user's court," muses Andrew Beck, a web designer at Blue Fountain Media. "It flattens the information hierarchy," describes Jeff Croft, a web designer and co-founder of ebook lending site Lendle. Pinterest puts web content into sticky-note sized blocks users can organize onto pinboards that fill the entire browser screen. Though the hot Palo Alto startup is staying mum about its user numbers, one study found it drives more traffic to websites than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined. Why Pinterest Is So Addictive. Five Ways Brands Can Leverage Pinterest Now. Editor’s Note: Reggie Bradford is the Founder and CEO of Vitrue, a provider of social marketing SaaS solutions.

Five Ways Brands Can Leverage Pinterest Now

Follow Reggie on Twitter at @ReggieBradford and Vitrue @Vitrue. Pinterest is hot. White hot. The 2011 Crunchie award winner for Best New Startup has been on a roll lately, hitting almost 12 million monthly unique visitors and crossing the 10 million milestone faster than any previous independent site, according to comScore. And a new report from Shareaholic indicates Pinterest is already generating more referral traffic to websites than YouTube, Reddit, Google+, and LinkedIn combined. The social content curation service has captured the attention of millions with a unique platform that allows users to express interests and ideas through visually appealing images on virtual bulletin boards.

Vitrue has been following Pinterest closely as part of our normal vigilant assessment of the social space. 26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business. Are you wondering how your business could use Pinterest?

26 Tips for Using Pinterest for Business

To say there’s been a lot of buzz about Pinterest in recent months would be putting it mildly! Pinterest’s ease of use for visually bookmarking, organizing and sharing things you love has made it a hit among individuals and businesses alike. 56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest. How Pinterest is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Social Media for Business. Move over Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

How Pinterest is Becoming the Next Big Thing in Social Media for Business

Another social media site is stepping up as a valuable marketing tool for businesses. Pinterest, an online bulletin board for your favorite images, launched in 2010 and is already experiencing wild growth. The site registered more than 7 million unique visitors in December, up from 1.6 million in September. Pinterest: Everything You Need To Know Is In This Massive Post. Let me guess, you heard about Pinterest.

Pinterest: Everything You Need To Know Is In This Massive Post

Or more like, you can’t spend 15 minutes online without hearing about it… And now you’re thinking, “should I jump on the wagon too?” 7 Examples of Brands That Pop on Pinterest. I’m sitting here next to an empty pan of mini red velvet donuts, and all I want to do is find another recipe to bake this weekend.

7 Examples of Brands That Pop on Pinterest

No, my first stop won’t be the Food Network, Gourmet, or Cooking Light. What I am dying to do is head over to my new obsession -- Pinterest -- to discover the next pastry to tackle. Currently, I'm using Pinterest to save links to just about everything: recipes I love, clothes I want to buy, or furniture I want to furnish my house with someday. As a 25-year-old graduate student, someday is a little farther off than I’d like, but it’s best to be prepared. 7 Ways Journalists Can Use Pinterest.