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If you're looking for help with how to use to Instagram, here are 30 Instagram rules for businesses!
I selected this article by Jenn Hermann who is doing a 12 month series for Curatti on how to use Instagram to create amazing results for your business. I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenn on Instagram and she knows what she's talking about!
Here's an intro:
"If you’re struggling with how to use Instagram as part of your marketing strategy, it might be because you don’t know what to do and what not to do."
Here are some highlights that caught my attention:
Complete your bio with relevant information
Include your website in the bio – this is the only place where you can include a hyperlink
Do NOT share every Instagram post to Facebook or Twitter. Give people a reason to follow you here
Do not follow everyone that follows you – follow only those with similar interests or engagement
Thank and engage with everyone who commented on your post and use the @ before their name otherwise they won't see it
If you like this topic, we will be covering this once a month - join us and stay informed on how to navigate the digital world - great articles written by professionals who area successful in their area of expertise - Lots more coming.................join us
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Selected by Jan Gordon for Curatti covering Curation, Social Business and Beyond
Read more here: [http://bit.ly/1hstUDd]
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Instagram is een social fotoplatform dat een enorme groei heeft doorgemaakt. Een goed voorbeeld ook van de voortdurende trend en de waardering van mobiele gebruikers voor het delen van meer visuele informatie.
Het artikel geeft een overzicht van alle do's en don'ts, en geeft goede tips hoe je Instagram voor je bedrijf kunt gebruiken.
This article and infographic is from PR Daily and there are some encouraging findings about the social customer and the shift in customer service from call centers to social media engagement
A recent U.K. study from Fishburn Hedges, found that 65 percent of consumers prefer social media for customer service concerns, while a mere 7 percent opt for call centers.
It would be interesting to see how this study compares with the customers in the US and what percentage of customers are using social media to engage with brands. Here's what caught my attention:
Don't let social media define you
**Your brand must define it. It mus be a continuation of a brand using the appropriate channels and not a kee-jerk reaction to following hows others are using it
**Customer data offers insight into behavior, but social media takes that to a different level, enabling brands to tap into emotions
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read article infographic here: [http://bit.ly/MRplnd]
I selected this piece written by Jay Deragon because his insights and suggesgtions are like a beacon in the chaos of change. This piece is no exception. Tto paraphrase:
Social is changing so rapidly, it's impossible to create a plan when you have a moving target. The only solution at this point in time is to dive in and learn quickly.
Here's what caught my attention:
**The evolution of the web is accelerating with new tools, new discoveries and the subsequent market dynamics effected by these changes.
**As more and more conversations begin to impact business models, market relations and the supply and demand equations the more traditional mind sets try and fit these changes into the old box.
**Most executives are totally disconnected from the dynamics created by all things social.
**Yet the same executives expect their managers to come up with a plan to use this thing called social media.
**If you ask someone for a plan that neither you or they understand you’ll get a plan that doesn’t create anything new
**it only addresses all things social in context to what they know
**What they know is not what they need to know.
**the plan ought to be more about understanding, learning and adapting to the new marketplace dynamics that are changing your relationships with buyers
**Guy Kawasaki says: "Don't plan social media just do it!"
**Doc Searle wrote The Cluetrain Manifesto
which Jay refers to in this piece, I highly recommend it, it's like a roadmap for everything discussed in this article.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
Feel free to visit my other topic: "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/LnyFU1]
This piece was written by Aaron Dunn for Content Marketing Institute.
These steps apply to your overall content marketing strategy whether you're creating or curating content.
**Companies are now left trying to make sense of which ones they should be paying attention to, what they need to be doing in these channels to gain a competitive advantage, and how it all ties into their overall content marketing strategy.
**In today’s rapidly shifting web, it’s essential that companies start to take a more holistic approach to content marketing and connect more effectively with their various stakeholders across a number of web and social channels.
Here are the four steps:
As we awaken to the new realities of content, here are four ways to rethink your content execution, and take advantage of the new content life cycle.
**Structure your content marketing strategy as a holistic system that allows you to connect more effectively with various stakeholders across a number of social channels, drive conversation, and influence customers.
**Open up content contribution to more users across the organization, providing more opportunities to connect with and engage customers in social channels, and extend your online reach.
**Be sure to remove any technology or process roadblocks that inhibit the expansion of your contributor pool — the more people who are able to contribute easily, the more content you will have to push across your channels.
**Deliver fresh, compelling and timely content that engages users and keeps visitors returning to your site, and then be sure to extend that content into your social channels.
**Be sure you are listening to the online conversations of your target audience, and optimize your content and content strategy based on the insights you gather from them.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"
"Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read more: http://bit.ly/J69H56
I selected this piece by Steve Olenski for Forbes because it's good for B2C marketers to see the results of their social media campaigns.
This article is specifically aimed at B2C marketers where their consumers want instant gratification - promotions, giveaways, etc. Having said that, part of the purchasing cycle can include content in some cases depending on what you're selling and who your audience is.
Here are findings of a survey recently conducted by Market Force - a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions.
12,000 consumers in the US and UK were asked how they engaged with varying industries via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+
**81% of US respondents indicated posts from their friends directly influenced their purchase decision
**80% of respondents “tried new things based on friends’ suggestions.”
**78% of respondents said the posts by companies they follow on social media impact their purchases.
**consumers are not all that interested in content but rather want something i.e. a promotion, giveaway, etc. when it comes to social media and their favorite brands.
Are Brands finally "getting it" when it comes to social media?
**They are getting more and more cognizant of the fact that what they post, share and so on can and will impact what the end user does – in this case, make a purchase decision.
**out of the 12,000 who participated 75% were women. This is incredibly significant given the fact that women account for 85% of all consumer purchases
Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Content Curation. Social Business and Beyond"
See full article here: [http://onforb.es/KQTqAR]
By Pawan Deshpande, CEO, HiveFire. "Last year my company, HiveFire Inc., shared the results from our B2B Marketing Trends survey".
Here's what they found and found:
**82 percent are incorporating content curation
Click through to this recent post titled “Content May Be King” for more content curation definitions and trends.)
**The fact that this represents a notable increase (up from 48 percent) from the Content Curation Adoption survey that we issued earlier that year sent a strong message that curation is gaining favor amongst marketers.
For our Curation Habits Report, we analyzed over one million articles curated by our customers to identify:
which curation methods drive the highest engagement rates and identified some interesting trends.
Here are a few things they found:
Original Content vs. Third-Party Content
On average, approximately 87 percent of curated content are third-party articles and 13 percent are original content.
**Additionally, on sites where there is a mix of original and third-party content
**original content receives approximately 17 percent more click-thru activity
**Curated sites that have between 16-30 percent original generate the most pageviews.
Capturing Reader Attention
Throughout the analysis, it became clear that there are several ways that curators can draw attention to their content.
**For starters, articles that included a picture generated 47 percent more click-thru activity than articles without.
Medium snippets (between 141 and 1,200 characters) generate 20 percent more click-thru activity than small snippets (140 characters or less) for any given curated site.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/HWl5DO]
In case you missed this article, I'm reposting it today because it's definitely worth your while if you're using content to build your business. Conversationagent not only gives you some great tips for creating compelling content but also shares examples of people who are doing a good job with each suggestion.
These ideas can be used for content curators as well - to create buzz and build an audience, providing "context" is what sets you apart from others - these tips are ways to accomplish that.
"Connecting ideas and people -- how talk can change our lives".
Here are a few things that caught my attention:
**. Make digestible bits of advice in micro-interactions gain big impact. Kellye Crane built a community for #soloPR practitioners off a Twitter chat filled with useful advice.
** Create a new list. People like to see where things stack against each other. By far, the most popular list is still the one Todd And created and AdAge took over.
** Give away secrets and tips to help others become more effective. Adam Singer is very generous in that regard.
** Teach something new or from a new perspective. Kathy Sierra has been able to do that on a topic that for many was considered not quite appealing
** Inspire people to take action and change the world. Entrepreneur Chris Guilleabeau is a good example of that.
** Be opinionated about future trends. That's a trait that is best exemplified by Robert Scoble.
** Track and review future trends from behind the scenes. A good guide is Louis Gray.
**Create a conversation around a social object. That's what Hugh MacLeod does.
** Become the expert hub on a subject matter. The consistent "go to" person for branding is the team at Branding Strategy Insider.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing, Social Media and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://www.conversationagent.com/]
This piece (user chart included) was written and posted by Matt Silverman, contributing editor for Mashable, .
My commentary (I'm personally experiencing amazing results after being on Pinterest for about 4 months).
****Even with all the hooplah surrounding Pinterest, it's important to remember, that Pinterest is only a side dish in your business, paying attention to your main course and how Pinterest supports that is what is key. See article here: http://bit.ly/yXET4P by John Jantsch.
Having said that...........
This user engagement chart is astounding, as you see the rise in Pinterest users in a very short time.
**In my opinion, Pinterest gives you the opportunity to showcase your work without a lot of text anything that gives us a breather in that way is a blessing.
**Images speak a thousand words if you know how to use them properly.
**Showing other sides of you that are consistent with your brand message gives people a chance to see you beyond the text you post on other sites.
**Pinboards like favorite books, homes and spaces, etc. give people points of entry, a connection with you because they identify and like the same things, a great way to start a conversation, have them look to see what you do and who you are.
**Everything we do online tells a story about us, it's our digital identity, Pinterest is a place where you can tell your story in a whole different way.
**Pinterest is also a place where you can relax, fantasize about the wardrope you'd love to have, or the amazing car or cars you want to have. Let's face it, we're all plugged in 24/7, this is a place where you can lighten up and/or market your business all on the same site.
**Pinterest is not only gaining a ton of users, but those users are spending an average of 89 minutes on the site
** Facebook is still leading by 405 minutes along with Tumblr also 89 minutes but it's obvious Pinterest is moving up quickly.
**It's important to know how to use Pinterest to showcase what you do in a subtle but engaging way
Feel free to visit my topic "Pinterest Watch" a collection of articles from branding, case studies, metrics all in one place.
Read article here: [http://on.mash.to/xNZoVj]
I rescooped this from my topic Pinterest Watch, because I feel this infographic really gives you some insight into what's really happening on Pinterest and it's definitely something I want to bring to your attention.
If it makes sense, this site is a great mix in your marketing efforts. Niche sites, especially ones that are visual with less text are becoming more popular everyday and Pinterest is definitely leading the way. Take a quick look at what's happening.......
"How fast is Pinterest growing? How many people work there? This infographic lays it out.
**Pinterest has emerged as the runaway social media hit of early 2012. You probably knew that already. But did you know the company just has 12 people? Or that 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook fans are women?
**Lemon.ly, a visual marketing firm, took a deep dive into the data to catalog Pinterest’s stunning rise and produced the infographic below.
**What’s clear is that with 10 million users, Pinterest has already made its mark in terms of web design influence, if nothing else.
This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.
He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:
The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold
Avoid Self Promotion:
"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".
Here are the takeaways:
My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.
**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.
**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"
Read full article here: [http://www.jeffturner.info/pinterest/]
This amazing article by Dion Hinchcliffe for Dachis Group contains such a huge wealth of information, it is a major challenge to present highlights that might be of relevance to my audience and peers.
A glance at the infographic gives you what is in essence, a table of contents. My advice would be, avoid all distractions and give the article the full attention it deserves.
Here are a couple of things that I hope will convince you to click the article link and read more:
**Smart Mobility: This paragraph could have been an article in its own right. The author discusses tablet growth and how Near Field Communications will be accessible from 100 million devices!
**Big Data: "For social business, big data is leading directly to social business intelligence services which will enable organizations to spot trends, identify opportunities, and operationalize social media in general"
**Cloud: The next major step is the Public Cloud - moving existing infrastructure onto the cloud for cost and operational agility reasons.
**The rise of the next Web: HTML5 is sparking a revolution in mobile browsers, enabling high capability 'touch' user experience, location, local storage, video and audio streaming. And the Internet of Things will also become more real as more products we buy will be web-enabled.
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zqB3St]
This video is part of a series called Open Foresight Project - to participate and learn more, they're on Facebook.
Leading social and tech experts present their visions for Facebook's future impact on society. They explore the open ended question, What is the future of Facebook?
Fascinating discussion with leading social and tech experts who present their visions for Facebook's future impact on society.
Some questions raised - Who controls data and privacy issues
As our needs change, we're likely to outgrow today's technologies.
Read the comments as well - here's a quote:
"Stowe Boyd "The rise of a truly open social web is the biggest challenge to Facebook. And it will ultimately derail it and sideline it." Agree or disagree?
Lots of unanswered questions, only time will tell, definitely worth your time.
Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
See video here: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTbboNQ31Ig&feature=share]
Pamela Vaughn posted this on Hubspot - and there are some pretty interesting statistics on how people are interacting with brands on social media with an infographic and 21 amazing statistics.
Inbound marketers understand the value of maintaining a presence on social media sites as a way to connect with prospects and customers and generate new business leads.
But how exactly do people interact with brands in social media?
On which social sites do they tend to be more interactive with businesses, and how do they prefer to engage?
ATYM Market Research put together an awesome infographic based on its research into how internet users interact with brands on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and they came up with some pretty captivating statistics.
Check out the infographic here: [http://bit.ly/uYBls6]
The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity
I chose this infographic and article from Blackbaud because it helps you go from social media to social business. It was written for non-profits but it definitely applies to any business as well.
By understanding how to evaluate people by their degree of influence and their ability to help change behavior in others can be invaluable to you and your organization.
**It's also important to use this information to understand how you and your organization fit into this mix. They say knowledge is power, once you have a clearer picture, you can shift what you're doing and take your business or cause to the next level for greater results.
"Understanding the Value of Your Social Media Influencers: How to Identify and Empower Those Who Can Engage an Entire Community!
(Download the White Paper Today!)"
Here are some highlights:
**Learn how to use the information your consitiuents are sharing to attract more people to your mission, campaign.
**Learn how to analyze your database and assign social scores to engagers that represents their ability to interact with and influence others across their online networks
**Based on the social score you assign to these individuals, you can then segment them into one of four categories, each of which plays a diferent role on social networks, relevant to your business
Here are the categories:
Key Influencers - They have a powerful impact not only the people they know but also others they don't know. Their posts are widely spread and shared by more people than many other people
Engagers - These people have well-established social networks and are strong influencers of people they know personally
Multichannel Consumers - They enjoy keeping up with social media conent and occasionally participate. Their influence is not a dominent part of their persona
Standard Consumers These engagers read and watc updates more than they create new content or make comments. They are more influenced by family and friends.
Read article and see infographic here: [http://bit.ly/N4a2Km]
I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece.
There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.
*GREAT CURATORS Understand your readers. Know their fears, dreams, and desires. How can you engage with someone you don’t understand?
**Don’t write for a large audience. Choose one person, picture him, and write to him as if he’s a friend.
**Use a conversational tone of voice. Nobody wants to chat with a company.
**Be engaging. Using the word you is the most powerful way to be more engaging.
Be remarkable. So much content is out there, how can you stand out?
**GREAT Creation or Curation comes from CONTEXT Disclose your point of view, tell your personal story, and develop your own voice.
**If your readers feel they know you, they will connect with you.
**Use familiar language. Check Twitter, Facebook or Google’s Keyword Tool – and find the wording your readers use.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Marketing and Beyond"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/HQj1vl]
This piece was written by Brian Solis about what he refers to as Generation C - the "always connected" generation.
There are a lot of relevant insights and suggestions in this article. I've pulled out some points that caught my attention:
What is the future of social media? Do you think it will pull ahead of classical media?
**Social media has given birth to a different type of customer, the connected customer or otherwise what I refer to as Generation-C where “C” represents “connected.” Gen-C is not bound by age. They’re not defined by income or education.
** They live the digital lifestyle and traverse across all demographics. These consumers do not surf the web like other customers. They don’t learn nor make decisions like that of their traditional counterparts.
**They live and breathe in social networks and rely on smartphones or tablets as their windows to the world.
**when you compare the size of the market for traditional consumers vs. Generation C, only one of the two segments is growing while the other is shrinking over time.
**If you had to invest in the future of your business to earn attention and ultimately relevance, the greatest ROI is tied to the connected customer
Here are some takeaways:
The goal is to have a process and a supporting system for recognizing opportunities and piloting them as they arise.
**The trick is to understand the difference between emerging and disruptive technology
**only focus on those that will deliver and not distract.
How can social media activity increase the revenues and profitability of a company?
**To activate social commerce requires that you define an experience around the transaction where the outcome is of course the sale
**the journey is in its own way engaging and fulfilling.
**You must define a click path from a social network to a destination that facilitates a transaction but is also in alignment with the expectations of a social consumer
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions"
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/I3lErJ]
Digital marketing isn't a fad - it's the future. And although it may be a notoriously difficult task to project the future; the most telling variable is what's happening in the present.
Look around you and you'll notice that the world is connected, communicating and constantly clicking.
There's no reason to believe that the demographic cohort that will follow Generation Y, will be any different. In fact, the next generation will be the first that cannot conceive a world that isn't defined and enabled by the Internet, mobile devices and online social networking. Still not convinced?
The following Infographic by ROI Media - http://bit.ly/JOOy40 - presents an overview of the digital landscape, and the changes pointing towards the need for social media marketing in commerce.
Download / Embed Here: http://bit.ly/JOOOA7
I selected this post by copyblogger because this is one of those pieces you can read once but it really comes to life when you're writing that article, blog post, curating someone elses piece. There are so many valuable insights and suggestions, it's definitely worth reading and keeping for those days when you need creative inspiration.
I selected this wonderful piece by Michael J. Fern of Intigi because it reinforces the importance of curation and has a lot of great insights.
In this article the author refers to Robert Scoble,who has built an enormous following on several social networks by curating and sharing the latest news about technology and startups.
He says that just like Scobleizer, startups should use curation to catapult their online presence and influence.
**Curation is a useful approach for all companies but especially for startups:
Here's what especially caught my attention:
If outsiders view your company as a key source of industry informataion, you will quickly build your brand recognition as well as develop trust and goodwill among customers.
**Hub of Information
By being first to market as a content curator in your space and by hosting curated content on your website, you can quickly rise as a primary destination site for those interested in your industry.
By creating a bundle of articles, images, videos or websites that relate to a specific them and keeping it updated, this “guide” can become an important resource for social media marketers.
**Content with Commentary
Using 3rd party articles and adding your own point of view you can build a dedicated following. He refers to Daring Fireball, a blog that has built an impressive loyal following of 30,000
**Successful curators often employ several of these approaches in addition to producing their own original content
Feel free to visit our fanpage - Curatti launching soon - everything you ever wanted to know about content curation - http://on.fb.me/wfWPao
Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/zTGY37]
By Pivot Conference - http://bit.ly/wkNX8s
Does a brand’s social presence impact your purchase?
An Infographic published by Mr. Youth - http://bit.ly/zgjXLd , a word of mouth marketing firm, polled 4500 adults to uncover the impact of social media on purchases.
They discovered that social media not only influences brand reputation and PR, but often can lead directly to a sale.
Over 90% of respondents either received or made recommendations to friends and families on Facebook. 65% of these social recommendations directly led to a purchase.
On top of that, 80% of those who received a response to a social media post by a brand made a purchase as a result of that interaction.
With numbers as striking you’d think businesses would be quick to comprehend. Yet according to the study, brands only respond to half of their social media posts, divided almost equally between Facebook and Twitter.
Download here: http://bit.ly/AcwkmT
This article with infograph was written by by Tyrell Mara via maxOZ. The author has given us a beautiful visualization of a social business model.
What does a social business model look like, where each dept. of an organization is leveraging the social web, and social networks specific to their strategy?
The author has some questions for you and me:
**What makes sense about this social business model?
**What is missing, what should be added?
**Is there a specific area where you see value for yourself or your business?
**Where on this Social Business model does your organization currently operate?
See full article here: [http://www.tyrellmara.com/social-business-social-media-perspective/
This piece is from Martin Geysler's collection - Social Media What We Think About it.
If you subscribe to a lot of blogs and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline your process.
One of the most powerful dynamics of social media is the democratization of information. The more you can read, learn and share, the more value you should be able to extract from various digital channels.
Tapping into Web 2.0 to stay educated and informed is a labour intensive proposition.
**The tools are free but your time comes at a cost, so the more efficiently you can mange the process the better.
**If you subscribe to a lot of blogs (and other RSS feeds) and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline the process.
Before getting started there is one important caveat I need to mention.
**This is a broadcast tactic that will help you become more efficient at scheduling and sharing information. It’s one small piece of digital communication puzzle.
**To get the most out of social media you need to make connections and build relationships by engaging in real time. Enough said, let’s proceed.
Read more: http://www.socialmediaexplorer.com/social-media-marketing/buffer-and-google-reader/
This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems.
After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:
He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:
**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.
What most caught my attention:
**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.
**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced
**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.
**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view
**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise
**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.
I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation. We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find. But choose, we must! The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.
If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"
Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/yKZdG6]
Yesterday I selected a post by Elad Gil who talked about Pinterest changing the way we share and consume information on the web. Today I have selected another article by Don Reisinger for Cnet News - digital home, who says, "let's not jump to conclusions here and has more to say about this.
I do admit I'm participating on many betas because I feel the need to stay informed. I'm not usually drawn to every new thing that comes along but somehow, Pinterest has caught my eye.
Let's take a look at why Pinterest is becoming one of the most popular social networks, what's really happening here?
**Pinterest so far has been the only company to distinguish itself. Late last month, Experian Hitwise, a company that monitors consumer behavior on the Web, reported that Pinterest had 11 million visits during the week ended December 17, jumping 4,000 percent compared with six months earlier.
**The massive bump catapulted Pinterest to the 10th spot in Experian's listing of the most popular social networks, just behind Yelp. Experian also discovered that Pinterest has found a loyal following in women.
**In the past three months, women have accounted for 58 percent of its userbase, and nearly 60 percent of those women are between the ages of 25 and 44.
**Opinions are mixed over why Pinterest has been able to attract such a large audience.
**Is it the service's solid design? Is it the attention it has received from media outlets shocked by its growth?
**Is it, perhaps, the fact that it recently raised $26 million from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, giving it bundles of cash to play with? It could be all that.
**But Gil thinks it might also have something to do with its ease-of-use.
**"Pinterest was one of the first sites to take push button content generation (via bookmarklets and 're-pinning') and structure it into sets of curated content called 'boards
**This allowed users to collect content from across the Web, as well as from other users on the site.
Reisinger ends his article with a word of caution:
**"Pinterest has yet to offer its service publicly. And once it finally moves beyond its invite-only phase, the company will be truly tested."
Followed by the question:
**"will the mainstream Web user who typically joins the social game after early adopters pick up their invites, find value in it?"
** Chances are, we'll get the answers to those questions later this year.
Read full article here [http://cnet.co/xilVUk]