By Edward M. Bury, APR, aka The PRDude
Kick off for Super Bowl XLVI (that’s 46 for those not familiar with Roman numerals) is around two hours from now. So, I’ve got to work fast on this post. Plus, I’ve got to start my homemade gumbo and still have some time to watch some of the pre-game programming, which I believe started yesterday.
In reading the Sunday Chicago Tribune, a piece in the Business section drew my attention. The well researched and well-written article was filed by Tribune reporter Sandra M. Jones on a relatively new internet startup called Pinterest.
The focus of Pinterest is pretty simple. According to its website, Pinterest allows subscribers to “organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.” And, they use “pinboards” — what used to be known as “message boards” or maybe “forums,” to promote their interests, businesses and websites.
As you can imagine, Pinterest has a big following among women, including that fast-growing and increasingly powerful online creature — the Mommy Blogger. Full disclosure: I’ve never met a Mommy Blogger, and we don’t have kids. But I understand they wield a lot of power in the online community, especially involving the sales of things like diapers and strollers.
To be successful today online, of course, graphics and video have to be a big part of the package. And, Pinterest is big on images. I scanned the Men’s Style Pinboard and learned that a “J.Crew Secret Wash lightweight shirt in Fallon check” received 1 Like and 6 Repins.
I trust that’s a good thing for the folks at J. Crew, but I’m not sure what it does for the subscriber who posted it. (Unless, of course, he or she works for J. Crew.)
So, on to my idea and just how to factor in public relations among the recipes and wedding plans. First, I did a search on the Pinterest site for “public relations.” My results did yield “pinups” (my word) for a book on International Relations, Public Spaces in Banyoles (I think that’s in Greece), an image of the New York Public Library under construction circa 1908, an image of the Public Market Sign at Pikes Place Market and a few others.
Nothing specific here on “public relations.” You know, stuff about strategy, realistic objectives, open disclosure, ethics and for Pete’s sake — the essence of effective modern public relations which is two-way communications. So, maybe we need some images.
Here are four I found with a simple Google search:
My next step will be to actually be accepted as a Pinterest subscriber. I applied and got this message:
Thanks for joining the Pinterest waiting list. We’ll be sure to send you an invite soon.
We’re excited to get you pinning soon!
– Ben and the Pinterest Team”
“Ben” refers to founder Ben Silbermann, a Yale graduate (according to the Tribune article) and former Google employee who launched Pinterest two years ago. (Want numbers? The site had 7.5 million unique visitors in December of 2011, just below Tumblr.)
Hey Ben: If you read this post, please let me know what I have to do to get moved up on the waiting list. I’m ready to start pinning.
How about you? Are a “Pinhead?”