Launched in March 2010, the invitation only site Pinterest.com received nearly 11 million total visits during one week last December, almost 40 times the number of total visits versus just six months ago. Stats from ComScore showing that Pinterest had 11.7 million unique monthly visitors in January 2011.
Pinterest.com is growing like crazy; check out this website now if you haven’t. Pinterest is not only surprising of its own traffic growth but also being a referral giant (driving more traffic than Google+ and LinkedIn) and retail sites like ideeli.com has seen increased sales resulted from Pinterest traffic.
But, what makes Pinterest so successful? To understand that, let’s take a look at what Pinterest is from its official introduction:
Pinterest lets you 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.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People love to browse, organize and share all the beautiful things; Pinterest did nothing but inspire and empower its users to do that. Yes, that’s the secret: Pinterest inspires people. The inspiration connects people to something greater and gives them the courage and power to incarnate their unique talents.
Of course, tactically Pinterest has benefited a lot from its well integration with Twitter and Facebook; but, it’s the inspiration that fueled the word of mouth.
Companies are trying to push their products to consumers via regular advertising or social media campaigns, which may influence the prospective customers; but, it’s not sustaining and will be eventually vanish after which the companies get ready for the next “push”. Yes, this is how most companies get their products sold; but, this doesn’t create great companies or businesses.
Adidas inspires people with “Impossible is nothing”, having motivated millions of people; with Canon, “you can”. When you open a can of Coca-Cola, you actually “open happiness”. At IKEA, you are not buying furnitures as it’s a place you “design your own life”.
If you are one of few who strive to go from “good” to “great”, build and inspire your community, for which social media is a great tool for you.