What's the latest craze in online marketing? It's still before lunch; there's still time. The question is jocose but tagged with realism; there are tons of ways to 'socialize' on the Web through social media sights, Pinterest (featured in the New York Times) being the latest to pass the social threshold (and the first to reach the 10-million-visitors-a-month club so quickly).
So another social site is calling our attention. What's the contrast? Where are the unique aspects? The Huffington Post did pinpoint one stark contrast; at present, the logistics of a Pinterest account is less self-serving and more inviting for visitors. This is a nice contrast to marketers and brands that don't want to 'scare' off potential consumers; Facebook and Twitter are undeniably advantageous for business, but there is an overabundance of commercialized sentiments on both platforms. As the Times post brings to attention, "Facebook and Twitter posts tend to "come with the silent subtext, 'Here's how great I am.' On Pinterest, the tone seems to be 'Wouldn't this be great?' "
The mention of de-commercialization may seem ironic after Search Engine Journal did a post about the behind-the-scenes affiliate linking taking place. While users and marketers host opinions regarding Pinterest's ulterior interests and levels of transparency, it seems clear; the platform is useful for many brands, especially those benefitting from showcasing visual elements of offered services and products.
While advertisers and marketers 'actively' seek opportunities, addressing consumers on social sites like Twitter and Facebook, a brand could adopt a 'grass roots' approach with Pinterest, allowing consumers to come to them rather than opting (in some cases, "spamming") the reverse notion.
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