New Social Network Pinterest’s Growth Represents Marketing Opportunity

Pinterest-logoPinterest uses the digital pinboard as the organizing concept for a content and discussion-focused social network that is wildly successful with over 11 million total visits in one recent week. At first glance the homepage reminds me of the nicer women's mags I see in the grocery store checkout line. That may help you identify a demographic match for a lifestyle site that seems to be missing music.

Like any social network, Pinterest may or may not be a good fit for your act. It's a highly active network identified as one of the "top 10 websites within the Hitwise Social Networking & Forums category" with:

"visitors to the site in the 12 rolling weeks ending December 17th skewed female (58%) and between the ages of 25 and 44 (59%). Pinterest and the Social Networking & Forums category both receive their highest share of visits from California and Texas."

Eli Goodman also argues for interest in the Midwest. All of which indicates a different demographic swath than that of Facebook or YouTube.

Pinterest includes such Tumblr-esque notes as repinning that allows for content sharing within the network.

What I'm not seeing, unlike most social networks, is the presence of music as a draw for participants. That's a huge missing piece of the Pinterest puzzle and a powerful opportunity for musicians whose audience fits the demographic or who feel they can reach such a demographic.

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Hypebot contributor Clyde Smith maintains his freelance writing hub at Flux Research and blogs at All World Dance and This Business of Blogging. To suggest topics for Hypebot, contact: clyde(at)fluxresearch(dot)com.

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  1. love the concept but had issues with pintrest invites (waiting 2 months, not cool) and the fact you can’t make anything private so i went with instead. now i’m addicted to thing. love posting things and sending crafty things to my mom. but it also lets me create private boards so that i can plan events without everyone seeing what im doing.

  2. Nice article Clyde. We are seeing a terrific jump in traffic from Pinterest, which is incredibly exciting. Good point about the absence of music. I hadn’t thought of that angle.

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